Danger of climate doomsayers

August 28, 2019 00:30 am

Doom and gloom distort our worldview and can lead to bad policies. The future is bright, and we need smart decisions to keep it so

Trump’s failed Iran policy

August 11, 2019 01:30 am

Trump’s biggest problem is that the other signatories to the 2015 nuclear agreement from which he has withdrawn the United States, have remained committed to the deal

KATHMANDU, July 18: Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) Governor Chiranjibi Nepal has put mergers of banks and financial institutions (BFIs) high on his agenda as the central bank prepares to unveil its monetary policy for fiscal year 2019/20.

Government health insurance is a universal health insurance policy. It is regarded as a social security (social protection) scheme.

JUMLA, June 29: In its policy and program for the Fiscal Year 2019/20, Tila Rural Municipality of Jumla has prioritized infrastructure development, education, health, and tourism sectors.

KATHMANDU, June 13: Nepal Bankers' Association (NBA) has advised the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) to bring policy incentives for commercial banks to encourage them to go for 'big' merger and acquisition (M&A).

KATHMANDU, June 9: Minister for Finance, Yuba Raj Khatiwada, has said that the Securities Board of Nepal (Sebon) should not function under the shadow of Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB).

JANAKPUR, June 7: Leaders of the ruling coalition have filed an amendment proposal against the policy and program presented by Ratneshwar Lal Kayastha, governor of Province 2, on behalf of the provincial government on Sunday.

POKHARA, June 5: The policy and program for financial year 2076/77 scheduled to be tabled before the Gandaki state assembly today has been postponed for June 7.

KATHMANDU, May 28: Minister for Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation Padma Kumari Aryal has said that the government has prepared the policy for landless squatters.

KATHMANDU, May 21: The government has prepared a guideline giving the responsibility of preparing the policy and plans on narcotic drug control to the local level.

KATHMANDU, May 12: After President Bidya Devi Bhandari presented the government’s policies and programs for Fiscal Year 2019/20 in parliament on May 4, it was found that the government’s policy for the country’s film industry is concerned only about foreign filmmakers.

KATHMANDU, May 7: The meeting today of the House of Representatives has passed with a majority the policy and programs presented by the government for the fiscal year 2076/77.

Agenda for Europe

May 6, 2019 00:25 am

AMSTERDAM – The European Union has spent much of the past decade managing crises, and has even faced a possible threat to its continued existence. Popular attitudes toward the EU have soured, too. Whereas citizens were generally positive about the first two waves of European integration in the 1950s and 1980s, they have been increasingly critical of the EU since at least 2008-2009, if not earlier. The key question in Europe nowadays is this: are we better off with or without each other?

KATHMANDU, May 5: Kathmandu denizens were hoping that the government’s policies and programs announced on Friday would speak at least about two development projects that have long been in their wish list -- the construction of bad roads in the Kathmandu Valley and completion of Melamchi Water Project.

KATHMANDU, May 4: The government in its policies and programs for the upcoming fiscal year 2019/20 unveiled on Friday has given priority to the development of sports infrastructures.  The policies and programs, presented by President Bidya Devi Bhandari in the federal parliament in Kathmandu, have prioritized the building of cricket infrastructures across the country and the hosting of the 13th South Asian Games.

KATHMANDU, May 4: The government’s policy and program unveiled ahead of the annual budget is supposed to give a clear direction to its activities and expenditure in the upcoming fiscal year. But the policy and program unveiled by President Bidya Bhandari on Friday lack anything as such, according to economists.

LONDON, May 2: The U.K. should effectively eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 by rapidly adopting policies that will change everything from the way people heat their homes to what they eat, an independent committee that advises the British government on climate change recommended Thursday.

UNITED NATIONS, April 23: The head for the UN Convention on Biological Diversity pledged Monday "a wide open door" for input form the indigenous community in the next global policy for biodiversity.

Hemophilia cure

April 18, 2019 00:30 am

The government should consider incorporating a specific hemophilia care policy in the national health policy of Nepal

KASKI, Feb 17: Chief Minister of Gandaki Province Prithvi Subba Gurung has said that the entire goals and planning of three-layer of governments should be focused on single direction.

Case for clean feed policy

January 14, 2019 01:00 am

Finance Minister Yubaraj Khatiwada should coordinate with Ministry of Information and Communication to immediately implement clean feed policy

NC’s policy departure

December 17, 2018 01:00 am

Perhaps for the first time in its political history, NC places India on equal footing with China in its foreign policy agenda

KATHMANDU, Nov 29: Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) has taken a flexible policy for commercial banks in terms of calculation of their prudential lending limit known as credit to capital plus deposit ratio (CCD), amid a shortage of lendable fund in the banking system.

America’s self-defeating China policy

November 1, 2018 00:30 am

After decades of globalization and technological progress, countries are more interconnected than ever, with policy decisions made in one country having far-reaching spillover effects

Flawed policy on Palestine

September 24, 2018 00:30 am

The Palestinians are a proud people. They will not be blackmailed into accepting US-Israeli diktats

LALITPUR, Aug 2: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Chairman of Nepal Communist Party has asked the opposition parties to compete in policy and programme instead of engaging in blame games.

KATHMANDU, Aug 1:  A senior leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India has suggested to Nepal to pursue a “Look South” policy in its foreign policy orientation keeping in view the "immense benefit" Nepal can reap from India, India Ocean and beyond.

KATHMANDU, July 27: Prime Minister KP Oli has come down heavily on some diplomatic missions and international and national non-governmental organizations for showing unwarranted interest in the formulation of new policies in Nepal.

TRIPOLI, July 23: As tensions over the migration policy inside the EU continue to escalate, the bloc has been attempting to stay afloat by literally shipping the problem abroad. However, its plan to establish migrant processing centers in the North African countries has run into a brick wall, which Europeans built themselves with their invasion of Libya back in 2011.

KATHMANDU, July 19: A senior official of Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) has said that central bank put economic growth in priority while preparing Monetary Policy for Fiscal Year 2018/19.

HELSINKI, July 16: U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin arrived at the presidential palace in Finland for a long-awaited summit on Monday after Trump blamed Washington’s own past “foolishness and stupidity” for bad relations.

KATHMANDU, July 15: Speakers attending an interaction program here today pointed out the need to formulate policy to promote entrepreneurship and achieve economic prosperity.

Pragmatic monetary policy

July 15, 2018 02:30 am

Reducing lending rate

KATHMANDU, July 13: The Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse) index maintained a slightly positive bias during morning trading session on Thursday. However, stocks came under pressure mid-day and continued to decline throughout the remaining sessions. At the close, the index stood at 1,191.98 points -- a drop of 13.66 points, or 1.13 percent, compared to Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, July 13: Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) introduced Monetary Policy for Fiscal Year 2018/19 in Kathmandu on Wednesday.  The monetary policy unveiled a week before the new fiscal year begins has drawn positive responses from bankers, business leaders and economic analysts, as it focuses on reining in the runaway interest rates that has dampened confidence of the private sector which was increasingly finding credit from the banking industry unaffordable.

KATHMANDU, July 12: Stocks got off to a strong start in the morning session on Wednesday, managing to move 15 points higher as the session progressed. However, the benchmark Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse) index cut gains in the final trading hour to close flat. The index dropped 0.29 points to end at 1,205.64 points, recording a turnover of Rs 479 million.

KATHMANDU, July 11: Nepal Rastra Bank has reduced the spread in interest rate to 4.5 percent from 5 percent. Unveiling the monetary policy on Wednesday, according to the central bank, now the interest gap between the savings and the loan provided by banks will be 4.5 percent from the new fiscal year.

KATHMANDU, July 11: Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB), the central bank, is launching the new monetary policy later in the afternoon today.

KATHMANDU: Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse) index rallied on Thursday – the last trading day of the week, recouping all the losses of the past two weeks. The benchmark index closed at 1242.41 points, posting a gain of 36.01 points compared to Wednesday.

PORTLAND, June 30: Liberal activists, parents and first-time protesters motivated by accounts of children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border plan to rally in hundreds of cities nationwide Saturday to press President Donald Trump’s administration to reunite the families quickly.

KATHMANDU, June 27: Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) is preparing to unveil monetary policy for the upcoming fiscal year next week. According to officials of the NRB, the central bank is at the final stage of preparing the draft of monetary policy for Fiscal Year 2018/19.

NEW JERSEY, June 18: Democratic lawmakers joined protesters outside immigration detention facilities in New Jersey and Texas on Sunday for Father’s Day demonstrations against the Trump administration’s practice of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

WASHINGTON, June 18: The emotional debate over separating immigrant parents and their children at the nation's southern border is getting some strong comments from first ladies — past and present — who want the practice changed.

SURKHET, June 12: Parliamentarians of Karnali Province said that the province has been unable to bring policies and programs as per the need of the people.

SURKHET, June 11: Parliamentary Party leader of Nepali Congress (NC) of Karnali Province Jiban Bahadur Shahi has said that the policy and programmes of the Karnali Province was just an imitation of the federal government’s policy and programmes.

New directive formulated by the Ministry of Home Affairs mandates central and district level cross-agency committees to keep a close watch on foreign nationals and take them under control if they are found involved in suspicious or illegal activities

KATHMANDU, May 25: Former prime minister and coordinator of Naya Shakti Party, Nepal, Baburam Bhattarai, has challenged the government to present the implementation plan for its policy and programs for the next fiscal year.

KATHMANDU, May 24: Naya Shakti Nepal Coordinator and lawmaker Dr Baburam Bhattarai has said that the government's policies and programs do not have concrete plan.

KATHMANDU, May 24: Main opposition party Nepali Congress  President Sher Bahadur Deuba has said the policy and programs presented by the government in  parliament for the upcoming fiscal year lack any novelty.