Paradox of republic

June 18, 2020 08:00 am

Impartiality has been one of humankind’s longest and the most elusive pursuits. Despite a variety of reforms enacted throughout history, none of them seem to be enough to get us past the finish line. One would assume that a democratic framework, through increased representation, would gradually bridge the divide in society—and it does to a certain extent—but when the pace of progress appears to be sluggish, there is the risk that passive public participation might end up being the same as compliance to an unjust regime.

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.

Time for national awakening

June 8, 2020 12:16 pm

Murder of  Nabaraj BK and a group of his friends all belonging to the Dalit community, a gruesome act of violence driven by discrimination and racism, is again bringing up latent patterns of social exclusions, structural patterns that are still dominant in the society.

KATHMANDU, May 29: The budget for fiscal year 2020/21 unveiled by the government on Thursday was expected to restructure the tax system largely along with revising income tax slabs to invigorate the economic activities that have been largely hit by the over two months of the nationwide lockdown.

KATHMANDU, May 27: The government has directed the Lumbini Development Trust (LDT) to complete construction works as stipulated in the Lumbini Master Plan on time.

Big failure of small government

May 20, 2020 15:00 pm

LONDON – Decades of privatization, outsourcing, and budget cuts in the name of “efficiency” have significantly hampered many governments’ responses to the COVID-19 crisis. At the same time, successful responses by other governments have shown that investments in core public-sector capabilities make all the difference in times of emergency. The countries that have handled the crisis well are those where the state maintains a productive relationship with value creators in society, by investing in critical capacities and designing private-sector contracts to serve the public interest.

KATHMANDU, May 18: The government on Sunday decided to extend the nationwide lockdown until June 2.

KATHMANDU, May 6: Government has decided to extend nationwide lockdown till May 18.

KATHMANDU, April 27: The recent arrest of former secretary Bhim Upadhyay by the police on the charge of cybercrime has been largely perceived as the government's deliberate attempt to stifle critical voices.

KATHMANDU, April 23: The government has said that it is mulling over introducing a ‘digital education system’ for schools to continue the teaching and learning process even during the nationwide lockdown which was enforced a month ago to fight the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

ARGHAKHANCHI, April 21: Nationwide lockdown has hard-hit the dairy farmers in the district. A chhurpi (traditional Nepali cheese) factory at Sandhikharka municipality-7, Gachchhe Bazaar has shut down owing to low demand and unavailability of transportation services.

KATHMANDU, April 15: Ministry of Home Affairs has instructed both of police institutions to call back security personnel involved in security of VIPs owing to shortage of manpower along Nepal-India borderline at a time when the country is struggling hard to combat against the spread of COVID-19.

KATHMANDU, April 9: Authorities said that the government has not made any official decision regarding allowing the people, who are forced to live in Kathmandu due to nationwide lockdown, to leave Kathmandu for their hometowns on Friday and Saturday.

KATHMANDU, April 8: The Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) has urged the government to pay attention to the implementation of coronavirus control and sensitization campaign.

KATHMANDU, March 29: People were found defying the government's lockdown orders today as well.

Trace and test

March 26, 2020 08:36 am

Yet another person has been tested positive of Covid-19 on Wednesday, according to National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL) of Ministry of Health, making the number of total positive cases three out of the total tests of 687.  That Nepal has not had to witness fatality so far is a matter of relief but many think that we have negligible positive cases because Nepali health authorities have not tested the people. To test the people, health facilities must have protective gears and test kits as well, which they do not have.  Worldwide, the number of infection is rising. So is the number of deaths too. In this context, Nepali authorities must do at least two vital things to ensure that the pandemic can be contained.   First, trace.  Health authorities need to trace all persons the infected came into contact with and bring them to medical facilities. They should be tested and even if they are found negative they should be put in quarantine depending on the severity of the case.  For the moment, it is crucial to trace the contacts and whereabouts of all those who were in contact with two persons recently tested positive.  And then, having traced them, health authorities should test all of them. Given the speed in which Covid-19 is spreading, health authorities should test every individual who has the symptoms of flu and fever.

Governing lawfully in crisis

March 26, 2020 08:03 am

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop worldwide, causing unprecedented disruption and demanding swift and significant government action. The pandemic is requiring governments to take extraordinary measures: Massively scaling up public health capabilities, pre-empting catastrophic economic consequences, and invoking emergency measures to restrict—even track—movement and enable control over private domains. The global crisis, which is anticipated to continue for many months, is already transforming social and economic life and altering the practice of politics and government.

KATHMANDU, March 23: Minister for Health and Population Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal today said the government would rescue and provide free treatment to COVID-19 infected people.

BIRATNAGAR, March 16: The Nepali Congress (NC), Morang has demanded the government show its concern over a rising market price amid fear of coronavirus.

Bungling on MCC

March 10, 2020 11:00 am

Ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leaders look headed toward scuttling the 500 million dollar American grant largely on the basis of misinformation and rhetoric. NCP has remained a divided house on Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) grant assistance of the US government. While a section of leaders, mostly representing former UML, has stood in favour of endorsing MCC agreement from the parliament, those aligned with former Maoist faction seem resolutely opposed to the idea. It was hoped that the task force formed by NCP to study the matter and make the recommendations to the government would come up with the needed solution. It did not. As a matter fact, the task force, which submitted its recommendations to the government on February 21, seems to have made the matters worse, when it suggested that the government should not endorse MCC without revising the contract.  The government has been hesitant to even start deliberations on MCC after the task force submitted its report.

KATHMANDU, Feb 28: The government is preparing to recruit an additional 226 workforces for the operation of a railway service from Kurtha in Dhanusha to Jayanagar India.

HETAUDA, Feb 23: Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa 'Badal' has said that Nepal has been able to make a good impact in the international forum with significant improvement in the state of law and order in the country.

KATHMANDU, Feb 7: Chief Minister of Gandaki Province Prithvi Subba Gurung said the Province government had moved ahead with due legal process and foundation.

KATHMANDU, Feb 4: The parliamentary Development and Technology Committee on Monday directed the government for revising project design process to ensure timely construction of bridges that have remained affected for a long time due to faults in design.

KATHMANDU, Feb 3: The government is looking for an alternative to putting an end to the traffic jam that is a daily phenomenon on the Koteshwar-Jadibuti section of the Araniko highway.

Govt pushes nation back; Thapa

January 30, 2020 13:09 pm

INARUWA, Jan 30: The main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) leader and former minister Gagan Kumar Thapa has blamed the government of pushing the country back.

KATHMANDU, Jan 28: Leader of Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJP-N) Mahendra Raya Yadav has said that his party is ready to join the Oli-led government if the party's key demands are met.

DUBAI , Jan 28: The current U.S. government is the worst in the history of America, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on state TV on Tuesday.

Susta people to get new houses

January 27, 2020 15:06 pm

PARASI, Jan 27: The government of province 5 has started building houses for the citizens of Susta in the West Nawalparasi district, who are deprived of fundamental services. The government's decision has brought happiness to the people.

KATHMANDU, Jan 23: The government objective of reaching access of commercial banks to all local levels across the country is close to materialization. According to a Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) report, only 10 local levels are without a bank.

KANCHANPUR, Jan 22: Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport, Basanta Kumar Nembang, has said that national projects are on government's priority.

KANCHANPUR, Jan 19: The government handed over an integrated settlement for freed Haliya in Kanchanpur district on Sunday.

Govt. needs to be serious: Dr Koirala

January 14, 2020 12:36 pm

BIRATNAGAR, Jan 14: Nepali Congress central member Dr. Shekhar Koirala has said that the government should become serious to not allow the situation of the country to deteriorate further.

Children's Act to be amended soon

January 13, 2020 14:14 pm

KATHMANDU, Jan 13: The government is set to amend the Act Relating to Children that aims to free Nepal of street children. Efforts were underway to amend the Act, said Chandra Kumar Ghimire, Secretary of the Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens.

KANKAI, Jan 10: State-1 governor Somnath Adhikari 'Pyasi' has said the government has not made any discrimination in the education sector in the name of the community and private schools.

KATHMANDU, Jan 9: The Government of Nepal has expressed its serious concerns on recent developments in the West Asian region.

KATHMANDU, Jan 6: A bill, which is on the verge of endorsement by the lower house of parliament, may pave the way for the government to shut down social media sites at any time and under any pretext, according to experts.

KATHMANDU, Jan 2: The agitating sugarcane farmers on Thursday served a seven-day ultimatum to the government to address their demands at the earliest.

KATHMANDU, Jan 1: A joint House committee on Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation of State’s Directive Principles, Polices and Responsibilities has directed the government to issue a new political map of the country by including the Indian-encroached Nepali areas including Limpiyadhura.

The year of the Yeti

December 31, 2019 08:30 am

For a few days, yours truly had been searching for the topic to write something or anything about. You see this scribbler is not some great writer, who can write a masterpiece in a jiffy, in a manner that a magician brings out all sorts of objects as per the demand from the audience.

KATHMANDU, Dec 29: The government has decided to observe the 22nd Earthquake Safety Day meaningfully.

Preparation on to open Ratna Temple

December 19, 2019 12:36 pm

KASKI, Dec 19: The government has stepped up its preparation to keep Pokhara-based Ratna Temple open for public in view of the English New Year 2020.

Rage against road accidents

December 17, 2019 11:18 am

Road accident is rising astronomically, and along with it, the death tolls and injuries but the country does not seem to have made any serious efforts to save people’s lives from these largely preventable accidents. This is a national tragedy and a national shame too. It is estimated that around seven accidents happen in Nepal every day and around seven persons are dying every day.

SARLAHI, Nov 28: Farmers who have been facing problems time and again in receiving payments from sugar mills now feel cheated by the government. The government has made several announcements to punish those mills that do not make timely payment. But the government itself has not given the subsidy money even after a year has already passed.

Nov 25: 6 things to know by 6 PM today

November 25, 2019 18:00 pm

Your daily dose of missed important news of the day.

DANG, Nov 25: Nepali Congress senior leader Ramchandra Poudel has accused the incumbent government of reversing the democratic norms and values one after another.

POKHARA, Nov 22: Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba on Friday said that Prime Minister KP Oli’s nationalism has turned lampasarbad (inertia).

Nov 19: 6 things to know by 6 PM today

November 19, 2019 18:00 pm

Your daily dose of missed important news of the day.

KATHMANDU, Nov 17: Industrialists and entrepreneurs on Sunday criticized the government for imposing heavy taxes in the name of collecting hefty revenues.

Kuwait's government submits resignation

November 14, 2019 17:43 pm

KUWAIT, Nov 14 : Kuwait’s prime minister has submitted his cabinet’s resignation to the ruling emir of the Gulf Arab state, a government spokesman said on Thursday.