KATHMANDU, May 29: The government has unveiled a budget of Rs 1.647 trillion, introducing a number of populist programs, despite the widespread concerns from various fronts not to launch such programs at a time when midterm elections have been announced.

KATHMANDU, May 27: Former finance ministers and former vice-chairmen of the National Planning Commission (NPC) have cautioned the government that a full budget introduced through ordinance in the absence of the federal parliament could invite massive economic instability in the country.