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.

KATHMANDU, May 7: The government has decided to continue with the development construction works although it has extended the lockdown till May 18 to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

In quarantine, in America

May 3, 2020 12:41 pm

Too much freedom spoils a country and its characters. I have evolved as an unstable character since I started working from home beginning mid-March because of stay-at-home orders owing to the coronavirus pandemic. My workspace keeps changing from couch to study table to dining table to the kitchen island to deck depending on my mood. I can occupy any space I want anytime. Had it not been for the coronavirus, I would be working from a space that is neither assigned nor reserved to me.

HONG KONG – There is nothing like a pandemic to expose systemic differences. For China and the United States, which were locked in an ideologically driven competition even before the COVID-19 crisis, those differences are stark. But the two countries have at least one thing in common: when this is all over, they will need to rethink their social contracts.

KATHMANDU, Feb 16: Policy-makers, experts and practitioners of technical vocational education and training (TVET) have highlighted the need of its reforms in terms of institutions, policy and programme so as to broaden its discernible contributions to the country's development.

KATHMANDU, July 16: The Securities Board of Nepal (Sebon) has unveiled a 72-point Policy and Program for Fiscal Year 2019/20 for the development of the securities and commodities exchange market.

Ailing public health facilities

July 11, 2019 02:00 am

Health service has always figured as the top priority of the state in its policies and legal framework.

Why GDP still matters

June 25, 2019 00:30 am

GDP remains the single best indicator to guide government policies. Ignoring it in favor of alternative measures of wellbeing is likely to lower people’s overall quality of life

KATHMANDU, May 6: A today’s session of the House of Representatives continued preliminary discussions on the government's policies and programes for the upcoming fiscal year (2076/77 BS). Taking part in the deliberations, the Lower House members representing opposition parties viewed the fresh policies and programs as abstract and scattered.

KATHMANDU, May 4: The main opposition Nepali Congress on Saturday registered an amendment proposal on the annual policies and programs tabled by the government in the Federal Parliament.

KATHMANDU, May 3: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has said that her recent visit to China was productive to take bilateral ties with the northern neighbor to a new level.

KATHMANDU, May 3: President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Friday said that the fiscal year 2019-20 will be historic for rapid economic development in the country.

KATHMANDU, March 7: A top UN official has said Nepal is a very progressive country in terms of formulating policies favorable to address issues related to women empowerment, sexual and reproductive health, adolescents and the concerns of LGBTI and other minority groups.

Mechanization challenges

December 16, 2018 00:25 am

Inconsistent government policies, inaccessibility of credit in remote areas and scarcity of machinery are among the major challenges of agriculture mechanization

KATHMANDU, Dec 13: Authorities and experts on migration and gender have stressed on the need of evidence-based gender-responsive policies to tackle the problems of unsafe migration and reintegration of migrant women.

KATHMANDU, Nov 21: Governments of least development countries (LDCs) must prioritize dynamic enterprises and enact policies to help them thrive, create jobs, innovate and transform their economies, recommends a recent report released by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

RUPANDEHI, Oct 4: In a bid to tighten security in Province 5, Ministry for Internal Affairs and Law has started discussions with the chief district officers (CDOs) of all 12 districts, Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and Central Investigation Bureau regarding security strategies.

JUMLA, Sept 29: Tila Rural Municipality of Jumla has put in place strict rules and policies against the representatives and locals promoting and practicing the ill-traditions of Chhaupadi and untouchability.

Makings of 2020 recession

September 17, 2018 01:00 am

The current global expansion will likely continue into next year but by 2020, the conditions will be ripe for a financial crisis, followed by a global recession

KATHMANDU, Aug 20: The Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security has given pace to the formulation and implementation of laws and policies to systematize the foreign employment, migrant workers' problems and society security.

On anti-poverty policies

June 26, 2018 01:00 am

In fighting poverty, we should be skeptical of silver bullets and ensure that every policy, however well intentioned, receives deep scrutiny

LAS VEGAS, June 24: President Donald Trump defended his tough stance on immigrants crossing the U.S. border with Mexico on Saturday, praising his administration for a job well done and saying his approach will make the United States stronger.

DANG, June 20: Bangachuli Rural Municipality of Dang district recently passed a policy on education. The policy states that the management committee of each community school of the rural municipality shall be chaired by the ward chairperson concerned.

KATHMANDU, May 24: The National Assembly members have viewed that the issues missed in the policy and programs the government brought recently should be incorporated in the budget.

KATHMANDU, May 24: The Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse) index witnessed another bleak trading session on Wednesday, shedding 4.55 points, or 0.34 percent. The benchmark index closed at 1,328.27 points.

KATHMANDU, May 23: Six amendment proposals have been registered seeking an amendment to the policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19. The government had presented the policies and programs in the parliament on May 21.

KATHMANDU, May 22: The main opposition party, Nepali Congress, has taken suggestions from experts regarding the government's policies and programs.

KATHMANDU, May 21: President Bidya Devi Bhandari is presenting the policies and programs for upcoming fiscal year at joint session of Federal Parliament and National Assembly for the first time after the promulgation of the constitution.

KATHMANDU, May 21: The government is all set to present its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 at the Federal Parliament on Monday.

KATHMANDU, May 20: The government is all set to present its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 at the Federal Parliament on Monday.

WASHINGTON, May 15: President Donald Trump’s prospects for brokering the Mideast peace “deal of the century” plunged ever deeper as the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem opened amid bloodshed in Gaza. The day fueled global concern that U.S. policies are tipping the broader Middle East into deeper, intractable conflict.

KATHMANDI, May 2: President Bidya Devi Bhandari is scheduled to present the government's policies and programs on May 15.

RAUTAHAT, April 26: CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' has said that the left alliance government was preparing the government policies and programs to facelift the country.

SURKHET, April 25:  The government of Karnali Province on Monday unveiled its plans and policies prioritizing tourism, infrastructure, herbs and hydropower sectors. Presenting it in the parliament, Governor of the province Durga Keshar Khanal stated that rapid development of the region is possible by focusing on the prioritized sectors.

DHANGADHI, April 16: The meeting of the Province Assembly of Province No. 7 on Monday endorsed its policies and programs for the current fiscal year with an aim to achieve prosperity through the development of various sectors.

KATHMANDU, Mar 7: Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) on Tuesday held an interaction with cultural experts as it prepares to make amendment to National Cultural Policy 2010.

BIRATNAGAR, Feb 12: Industrialists and business people of Province 1 have said that government policies and the prevailing laws are not industry-friendly.

KATHMANDU, Jan 24: Civil Bank Ltd has signed an agreement with Life Insurance Corporation (Nepal) Ltd to sell the latter's life insurance policies.

KATHMANDU, August 23: CPN (UML) leader and former Finance Minister Surendra Pandey has said the government must introduce a cooperative policy at the earliest for management of the cooperatives.

KATHMANDU, Aug 4: The World Bank has argued that the decision to award contract of Solar Power Plant conforms to the procurement policies and practices of its members.

KATHMANDU, May 27: Today's meeting of the Legislature-Parliament has started deliberations on the government policies and programmes for the fiscal 2017-18. President Bidya Devi Bhandari presented the policies and programmes at the parliament on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, May 27: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Saturday tabled a copy of the government's policies and programs which was unveiled by President Bidya Devi Bhandari.

KATHMANDU, May 25: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has unveiled the government's policies and programs of the Fiscal  Year 2017/18 at the Legislature-Parliament meeting on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, May 22: President Bidya Bhandari is set to unveil the policies and programs of the government for the upcoming fiscal year, in parliament Thursday.

KATHMANDU, May 21: The government endorsed its policy and programs and policies for the fiscal year 2017/18 on Sunday.

Cabinet endorses health policies

May 18, 2017 23:00 pm

KATHMANDU, May 18: A Cabinet meeting held on Thursday approved three health services policies.

SEATTLE, April 30: Thousands of people across the U.S. marched in rain, snow and sweltering heat Saturday to demand action on climate change — mass protests that coincided with President Donald Trump's 100th day in office and took aim at his agenda for rolling back environmental protections.

WASHINGTON, April 20: World finance leaders are gathering on U.S. President Donald Trump's home turf on Thursday to try to nudge his still-evolving policies away from protectionism and show broad support for open trade and global integration.

KATHMANDU, Feb 16: Though the sixth periodic plan had introduced the idea of exporting electricity back in the 1980s, the possibility of beginning power export in the near future appears slim, experts say.

KATHMANDU, Jan 26: Leaders of information and communication technology (ICT) business have said that there is a need to effectively implement policies and regulations related to the ICT sector.