KATHMANDU, June 11: More than half of the houses damaged by the 2015 earthquakes were less than 20 years old.

BIRATNAGAR, May 18: The second phase of local elections is likely to be less exciting for the Muslim community who will be busy celebrating their greatest festival Ramjan during that time.

Rohini Pande, Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and Co-Director of Evidence for Policy Design, is reputed for her pioneering research into economic costs and benefits of informal and formal institutions in the developing world and the role of public policy in affecting change. Michael Callen, who is an assistant professor at University of California San Diego, specializes in political economy, development economics and experimental economics. The two were recently in Kathmandu to train senior government bureaucrats on designing evidence-based policies. So how does Nepal benefit from such evidence-based policy-making? And what can it learn from other countries? Biswas Baral and Mahabir Paudyal caught up with the two while they were in the capital.

Happiness more or less

March 24, 2017 10:43 am

We, as a nation, are quite the happy bunch, or so it would seem. That is if you believe the World Happiness Report, 2017 released on the International Day of Happiness (Yes, there is such a day in case any of you were wondering) that falls on March 20th.

NEW YORK, March 18: Researchers are keen to examine if there is any link between the increasing usage of smartphones with the decreasing consumption of drugs in teenagers, the New York Times (NYT) reported.

KATHMANDU, March 5: With less than 70 days left for the local poll, a debate has surfaced among various ministries whether the poll can be conducted without passing a law to fix the numbers of ward in the local level or not.

KATHMANDU, Feb 3: Number of complaints registered at the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has drastically decreased last year as compared to the preceding year.  Along with the decline in complaints, the anti-graft body's efficiency to tackle corruption has also hit a record low, according to the details mentioned in a recent annual report published by the CIAA.

KATHMANDU, Jan 31: Government agencies are losing their institutional capacity to expedite capital spending.

Bollywood star Deepika Padukone’s Hollywood debut film xXx: Return of Xander Cage is all set to hit US theatres in the US. While the Bajirao Mastani actor has been going all out promoting the film, she revealed she is happy being less recognised in the West as compared to her home country.

Less equal

January 17, 2017 00:15 am

We must aim for a socially inclusive country that ensures the welfare of a broad section instead of serving few elites

MYAGDI, Dec 18: The community schools in Myagdi are facing an existential crisis in the backdrop of declining number of students and failure to merge the schools that are geographically isolated.

KATHMANDU, Dec 17: Prime Minister and Chairman of CPN (Maoist Center) Pushpa Kamal Dahal has clarified that he has less property as made public recently because of the party policy to transfer a leader's property in the party's name.

KATHMANDU, Oct 18: Progress in capital spending by the government has gone down this year with only 3.37 percent of the budget allocated for the purpose spent in the first ninety days, or first quarter, of this fiscal year.

CHARLESTON, Oct 9: A weakening Hurricane Matthew lashed Georgia and the Carolinas on Saturday in what appeared to be the last leg of its march up the East Coast, leaving in its wake millions of Americans relieved that one of the most fearsome storms on record in the U.S. wasn't that bad after all.

Women finding festivals less tedious

October 8, 2016 08:35 am

KATHMANDU, Oct 7: Although in the past, festivals meant additional work for women, the scenario is gradually changing. In recent years, they face less hassles and a more liberal family environment.

KATHMANDU, Oct 3: As many as eight bills related to the economic sector have made it through the parliament in recent months and a few more are in their last legs of discussion in the parliaments’ committees.  These moves have been widely hailed by the private sector.

A warming planet might not dry out Earth as much as previously believed, because plants will become less thirsty as carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rises, researchers said Monday.

KATHMANDU, July 12: Rasuwa district is one of the popular destinations for foreign tourists. Based on foreign tourist footfall, the district should have been in government's priority while allocating budget for district-wise tourism infrastructure development projects. But such is not the case.

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France, June 10: Nothing less than winning will do. Germany's quest for a record fourth European title, only two years after winning a fourth World Cup, begins Saturday against Ukraine in Lille.

Talk less, engage more

June 3, 2016 19:48 pm

I wanted to show them how it’s done but never gave them the space and time to practice it themselves