Who will save the Oli government?

July 21, 2020 16:40 pm

If there has been one big change in two and half years since Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli took office, it is near complete reversal of public faith in him and his government. The expectation that his administration would do better than previous ones has died down completely. The hope that coming days will be better, governance will improve and the Prime Minister will change the way he is governing the country has been shattered.

With the passing by the State Affairs and Good Governance Committee of the Citizenship Bill, many are thinking: Will the country come up with a progressive piece of legislation that can truly be in the best interests of the nation and its people?

Youth and good governance

June 10, 2020 15:20 pm

Youth represent the largest segment in Nepali society. According to Nepal’s National Youth Policy, approximately 20.8 percent of the total population of the country falls in the age group 16-25 years while 40.68 percent of the population falls in the age group 16-40.

Worst is yet to come

April 30, 2020 16:21 pm

Until April 20, when the government issued two infamous ordinances to change the existing laws regarding political parties and the constitutional council, before the alleged “abduction” of a lawmaker to break a fringe party apart became public, Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli still had something to fall back on. Because he has had a critical kidney transplant surgery recently, there was some sympathy for him. The Covid-19 pandemic, which is ravaging the world, was overshadowing the issues of government accountability. There was a space for him to rethink the way he is governing.

Reimagining governance

April 29, 2020 16:00 pm

Many countries have implemented lockdown hoping to reverse epidemic growth by decreasing infection numbers to low levels by social distancing the entire population as coronavirus continues to spread globally. As a result, the global economy faces the worst recession since the Great Depression. This has come about because of the overtly hierarchical bureaucratic structures of the World Health Organization (WHO) and most governments around the world are not designed to be agile and responsive to tackle a global pandemic such as COVID-19. There is no denying that the pandemic has exposed a crisis of global governance. Maybe now is the right time to reimagine governance for the hyper globalized, overpopulated, and digitalized world of the 21st century.

What we gained, what we lost

April 16, 2020 09:40 am

It was early in the afternoon of April 9 30 years ago, when the news reached Washington that King Birendra had agreed to replace Panchayat with multi-party democracy, the long-held demand of democracy activists in the country. Prior to the King’s surrender of absolute authority, tens of thousands of demonstrators had converged in Durbar Marg in front of the royal palace. Nearby, in front of the Annapurna Hotel, some demonstrators climbed on the statue of King Mahendra, to hang a shoe garland. The military personnel standing nearby had earlier warned that they would shoot anyone engaging in such mischief and, surely, they shot a number of demonstrators while climbing the statue. In the evolving mêlée, the military fired on the crowd randomly, killing some 150 demonstrators.

Let the government govern

July 2, 2019 01:30 am

Opposition to the Guthi Bill challenged the legitimacy of the government but could it be a watershed moment that breaks Kathmandu’s domination over Nepal?

KATHMANDU, April 11: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that his government is focused on strong governance.

NEW DELHI, March 26:  Most Indians are happy with the direction of the country and economic prospects for the next generation, a Pew survey published weeks ahead of general elections showed, although the level of satisfaction has fallen over time.

KATHMANDU, Dec 7: Finance Minister Dr Yuba Raj Khatiwada has said the journalists' pen should flow the causes of good governance and development.

Making difference locally

December 3, 2018 02:00 am

For nearly last two years after the local elections were held in 2017 to bring governance to the people’s doorsteps, Nepal’s local governance system has largely earned a bad fame.

It’s about the next 20 years

November 19, 2018 12:25 pm

Politics is fleeting. Politics is immediate—reactionary. Marred by petty squabbles, election cycles, and publicity tactics, it compels one to be emotional because it begets high stakes—high, real-life stakes that have important consequences. What we fail to understand—what is, therefore, impossible to separate—is that politics and governance should remain independent. Governance, not government.

KATHMANDU, Oct 4: Two major publications on federalism published by Governance Facility were launched amid a special function held in Kathmandu on Wednesday.

Toward open governance

July 30, 2018 00:30 am

Nepal has institutions in place to embark on open government system. We only need to use them creatively

KATHMANDU, July 8: Minister for Forests and Environment, Shakti Bahadur Basnet, has said that good governance was imperative to fulfill the dream of prosperity.

Digitizing governance

July 5, 2018 00:30 am

The government must develop policies and programs to enhance investment in ICT to materialize e-governance vision

SURKHET, June 30: The government of Karnali Province has decided not to provide allowances to government officials for programs it organizes, according to spokesperson of the provincial government and Minister for Land Management, Agriculture and Cooperatives, Bimala KC, said.

KATHMANDU, June 10: Daayitwa is preparing for the 8th Nepal Public Service Fellowship Program. The fellowship program aims at inspiring youths to enhance positive conversation and action in Nepal’s public governance system.

The way to smart governance

May 18, 2018 08:43 am

He simply wanted to make an impact on people’s lives through simple innovations. So, around nine years ago, he established CellApp Innovators. Over the past decade, this company has worked to develop simple mobile applications that can help in solving day-to-day problems.

Judging Chinese governance

March 29, 2018 00:30 am

Western view that Xi Jinping is laying groundwork for a Mao Zedong-style personality cult is fundamentally flawed

KATHMANDU, Feb 23 : The US President Donald J. Trump has congratulated KP Sharma Oli on his election as the Prime Minister of Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Feb 14: Twenty-one Nepalis have been selected to attend the Australia Awards Short Course on Inclusive Governance for Effective Disaster Risk Reduction at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia from 19 Feb-3 March 2018.

KATHMANDU, Jan 21: The party unification coordination committee of CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) has constituted a committee to formulate the policies and plans for good governance and development.

KATHMANDU, Jan 18: Former international journalist and a senior fellow at Carnegie's Democracy and Rule of Law Program, Sarah Chayes, discussed her award-winning book 'Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security' at an event in the capital on Wednesday.

MYAGDI, Jan 12: CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that development and good governance are the major responsibilities in the coming days.

First governance mobile app launched

December 28, 2017 11:35 am

KATHMANDU, Dec 28: Search for Common Ground, Nepal’s first governance mobile application was launched at Singha Durbar amid the Next Growth Conclave 2017 on Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, Dec 27: The government has finalized a draft of the directives concerning the roles and responsibilities of the provincial governments, proposing seven ministries in each provincial government.

Major publishing houses from 16 countries have signed memorandums with the Foreign Languages Press (FLP) to translate and publish the second volume of Chinese President Xi Jinping's book on governance.

An important aspect for this is world’s participation with respect to creating open data. Where does the data come from? Certainly, there is existing data that the government has. But, then we are talking about community-based data generation. So the communities themselves making decision about what data they want to have collected, what they like to be able to share and how that process might work.

KATHMANDU, August 30: Various speakers have underlined the need for the country to join the Open Government Partnership (OGP) -- a global movement promoting the values of transparency, accountability, participation and technological innovation.

Internet Governance Forum begins in Nepal to launch discussions on internet ecosystem

Dharan is considered a unique town due to its cultural, social and geographical features. In the recently concluded second phase of the local level elections, Tara Subba, CPM-UML candidate garnered maximum votes and was elected as the mayor of Dharan Sub-metropolitan City.

KATHMANDU, July 10: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Development, Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar, has presented Local Governance Bill-2073 BS in today's meeting of the Legislature-Parliament.

KATHMANDU, July 5: A section of lawmakers, airing their views in the special hour of the Legislature-Parliament meeting today, stressed the need for formulating laws required for operating the local levels in the aftermath of the completion of local elections in six provinces.

BEIJING, June 26 : A book on governance written by Chinese President Xi Jinping marked the 1,000-day anniversary of its debut over the weekend, setting a new record in China's publication history in 40 years with over 6.25 million copies in 22 languages already in print worldwide.

KATHMANDU, June 20: Over a dozen acts required for the operation and management of local governments as envisioned in the new constitution are yet to be finalized even a month after the first phase of local polls held in 283 local units on May 14.

In Nepal, when young people respectfully bow down to greet family elders, they receive blessings of good health and long life. Together with these blessings we give our children, it is crucial that we ensure that important policies and systems are in place to tackle our most critical health threats. Today, World Health Day is a chance to look back at our achievements on this, as well as an opportunity to note the challenges we cannot afford to be complacent about.

KATHMANDU, Feb 8: Nepal at present is gearing up for three major elections that would change the face of leadership in the new federal set up of the country.

A year of governance disaster

January 2, 2017 09:10 am

KATHMANDU, Jan 2: Nepal's governance status remained disastrous in 2016.  Lokman Singh Karki faced an impeachment motion, the first time a CIAA chief is going through this. The impeachment motion charging him with abusing his authority to benefit his family business and silence opponents is still pending in Parliament. With the impeachment motion, Karki has been suspended from his post.

DANG, Dec 24: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has directed the government authorities to provide services to the people in a smooth, transparent manner as well as to maintain good governance.

KATHMANDU, Dec 13: The government has prepared a draft bill on the governance and management of local units by maintaining ward level as the unit of service delivery as well as allowing all of them the powers to draft their own laws in the matters related to local units.

KATHMANDU, Dec 10: Leaders of various political parties taking part in a discourse organized by the Human Rights and Peace Society here on Saturday have pressed for bringing into effect the new constitution to ensure good governance and transparency in the country.

KATHMANDU, Dec 10: Experts have said that stability of governance is more important than political stability for the economic development of a country.

KATHMANDU, Dec 6: As the Local Bodies Restructuring Commission prepares to submit its report to the government next week, a serious crisis is likely to arise in local governance once the report is submitted.

KATHMANDU, Dec 2: Anomalies prevail in the medical sector because of the government's weakness, said Dr Dinesh Binod Pokhrel, former president of the Professors Association at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH).

KATHMANDU, Nov 28: A cabinet meeting held at Singha Durbar on Sunday decided to give consent in principle to the concerned ministry to formulate federal and provincial laws related to local governance.

KATHMANDU, Nov 26: Anomalies prevail in the medical sector because of the government's weakness, said Dr Dinesh Binod Pokhrel, former president of the Professors Association at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH).

KATHMANDU, Aug 11: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said the present government attaches foremost priority to making the governance and the public services accountable to the people.

KATHMANDU, July 23: The Good Governance and Monitoring Committee of the parliament on Friday instructed Chief Commissioner Lokman Singh Karki and other officials of the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) to appear at the committee on Sunday to discuss on the CIAA's intervention in the entrance exam of Kathmandu University School of Medicine.

KATHMANDU, July 8: In an attempt to promote transparency, the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) office is all set to initiate paperless governance system starting from the upcoming fiscal year 2016\\017.