KATHMANDU, Aug 13: The Department of Roads (DoR) achieved 58 percent progress in the fiscal year 2078/79, followed by 70 percent progress in the fiscal year 2079/80. Sushil Babu Dhakal, director general of the DoR, said that although the progress rate increased last year compared to the previous year, it fell short of expectations.

KATHMANDU, Jan 20: Nepal achieved globally renowned progress in reducing child stunting and scaling up nutrition services during the Millennium Development Goals era (2002 -2016), despite periods of political and economic instability, according to a special supplement of the Maternal and Child Nutrition Journal published on Thursday. However, the country still faces considerable nutrition-related challenges. Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets on stunting and wasting is not advancing at the speed, scale or equity required, and may be further derailed by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

KATHMANDU, Jan 6: Around 27 percent construction work of Nagdhunga-Naubise tunnel road has been completed.

KATHMANDU, March 15: The reconstruction work of Kasthamandap has witnessed 90 percent of progress.

KATHMANDU, Oct 9: The Kathmandu-Tarai/Madhesh Fast Track project, which is listed as a national pride project, has achieved a very minimum physical progress.

The Limpiadhura, Kalapani, Lipulekh border dispute has taken Nepal-India relation to one of its historic lows. In the immediate aftermath of changing maps and heated debates calling their own claims as based on historical evidence and questioning the motive of the other, a “cooling down” period to prevent relations from deteriorating further may be needed. But sooner than later both South Asian neighbors, interlinked with inextricable bonds of history, geography, politics, economics, culture and religion, must meet to resolve the problem through serious and friendly negotiations.

KATHMANDU, Feb 7: The Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Development has achieved 70.5 per cent progress in the budget implementation in the first six months of the current fiscal year.

Downsides of development

January 21, 2020 08:29 am

One could claim the best thing federalism brought to Nepal is speedy development. No matter which corner of the country you visit today, you see construction works happening around. Big yellow machines seem to be operating everywhere—from high hills to the plains. The dust across the nation has become a sign of development and progress. You can see it along Pathlaiya-Birgunj Highway, Birgunj-Kaliya route, Biratnagar-Itahari route or track opening for Madhya Pahadi Lokmarga. Biratnagar is in its worst. Here every road is in the phase of rebuilding.

KATHMANDU, Dec 24: Minister for Youth and Sports Jagat Bahadur Bishwakarma has said Nepal achieved an expected progress in sports.

KATHMANDU, Nov 22: A World Bank survey has showed that 95 out of 100 households in Nepal have access to electricity.

Better together

November 17, 2019 09:11 am

MADRID – Above all, Europe is freedom, peace, and progress. We must move forward with these values and make Europe the leading model of integration and social justice that protects its citizens. The Europe we aspire to, the Europe we need, the Europe we are building is based on democratic stability within member states and cannot accept the unilateral breach of its integrity. The Europe we admire has been built on the principle of overlapping identities and equality for all citizens, and on the rejection of nationalist ideologies and extremism.

KATHMANDU, Aug 11: The government appears to be on the offensive against the outlawed Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) led by Netra Bikram Chand, as police continue to arrest key members of the outfit instead of gearing up initiatives for talks.

Creative Thinking

March 29, 2019 08:05 am

Before pouring out my thoughts on creative thinking, my sincere salute to the ones doing outstanding jobs in their respective works, namely Jack Ma, Elon Musk, Satya Nadella, Sunder Pichai, Mark Zuckerberg and the list goes on.

WASHINGTON, March 28: China has made unprecedented proposals in talks with the United States on a range of issues including forced technology transfer as the two sides work to overcome remaining obstacles to a deal to end their protracted trade war, U.S. officials told Reuters on Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, Nov 25: Members of the transitional justice (TJ) bodies formed to settle conflict-era cases have warned that discontinuation of the existing TJ bodies to form a political mechanism in their place, as proposed by a section of rights activists and some of the conflict victims, may further complicate the situation and derail ongoing progress in settling the conflict-era cases.

BANGKOK, Nov 2 : Asian shares advanced Friday after a strong finish on Wall Street, helped by news of possible progress on resolving trade tensions between China and the U.S.

KATHMANDU, Oct 13: Only seven out of the 21 national pride projects have achieved 50 percent or more progress although their completion deadlines are inching closer.

KATHMANDU, Oct 12: Government officials and experts from various sectors have underscored the need for sharing knowledge for the progress of society and the country.

KATHMANDU, September 25: Nepal has ranked102nd out of 162 countries and territories included in the Economic Freedom of the World: 2018 Annual Report.

KATHMANDU, July 26: Nepal has made a significant improvement in the World Bank's 2018 Logistics Performance Index (LPI) compared to the index of 2016.

TOKYO: July 18: The Japan Sports Council gave a progress report on the new National Stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday, saying the project is 40 percent complete with two years to go before the opening ceremony.

Where is the progress?

July 12, 2018 02:00 am

Sorry state of Mid-hill Highway

KAZAN, July 3: South Korea hammered the Germans, and Japan very nearly did the same to Belgium, but Asia’s representatives are once again heading home before the business end of the World Cup gets going.

KATHMANDU, June 28: Ministry of Agriculture, Land Management and Cooperative has started taking needful action against 98 traders at Kalimati Vegetable Market after finding that they were doing business flouting rules and regulations of the Kalimati Fruits and Vegetable Development Market Board.

Progress in recurrent spending is 77 percent of Rs 803 billion but rising costs of regular spending is a matter of concern for economists as they go largely in regular spending including paying salary.

KATHMANDU, June 13: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has expressed his concern over the progress of Kathmandu-Tarai/ Madhes Expressway.

Martin Perschler directs the US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, a cultural heritage preservation grant program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State. In Nepal, it has provided financial and technical assistance for reconstruction of Gaddi Baithak at Hanuman Dhoka and other heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. Mahabir Paudyal and Kosh Raj Koirala met with Perschler to discuss various aspects of heritage reconstruction and study of architecture and history.

KATHMANDU, May 16: Chairpersons of UML and Maoist Center, KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal have stated that the party unification was a ‘work in progress.’

KATHMANDU, May 14: When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced to speed up development of Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project during his Nepal visit in 2014, many thought that the bilateral project, which had remained in paper for 18 years, would finally kick off.

KATHMANDU, May 1: Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has asked all hydropower companies to furnish an updated report of construction works in their project site within 15 days.

No progress in talks on left unity

April 22, 2018 06:53 am

KATHMANDU, April 22: The third day of talks between top guns of the CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) ended inconclusively on Saturday as differences over power sharing and rotation of premiership continue to hinder unification efforts between the two ruling parties.

KATHMANDU, April 22: The third day of talks between top guns of the CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) ended inconclusively on Saturday as differences over power sharing and rotation of premiership continue to hinder unification efforts between the two ruling parties.

KATHMANDU, April 18: Talks between leaders of the CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) on Tuesday failed to make headway as deadlock continues over the latter's demand for a dignified merger.

KATHMANDU, April 9: The Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration has halted voluntary retirement process meant for those government employees unwilling to join the adjustment at three levels, citing no further direction from above.

Pressing for progress?

March 16, 2018 08:03 am

Many watched the video of Radha Chaudhary being beaten mercilessly for practising ‘witchcraft’ with horror. It was the sort of clip that I would normally go out of my way to avoid if I weren’t writing this article. While the whole video is undoubtedly chilling, the reactions of most folks watching it, I suspect, were one of pure anger. It was infuriating to watch all the village people treat it like a travelling circus – just sitting there and, presumably, enjoying the show.

MAHENDRANAGAR, March 12: It has already been two decades since Nepal and India agreed to jointly develop Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project on Mahakali River in far-western Nepal. But the project is yet to enter construction phase.

Progress for women, for all

March 8, 2018 00:56 am

At this crucial moment for women’s rights, it is time for men to stand with women, listen to them and learn from them.

NEW YORK, Mar 6: The prevalence of child marriage is decreasing globally with several countries seeing significant reductions in recent years, UNICEF said today. Overall, the proportion of women who were married as children decreased by 15 percent in the last decade, from 1 in 4 to approximately 1 in 5.

KATHMANDU, Feb 23: The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) has shown Nepal making a little progress in curbing corruption in 2017.

KATHMANDU, Feb 20: Chief Justice Gopal Parajuli claimed on Monday that his tenure at the apex court has seen much progress in the judiciary.

GORKHA, Feb 8: Chumnubri Rural Municipality in northern part of Gorkha district bordering Tibet remains isolated from the rest of the district in lack of road networks. Despite repeated calls, locals had failed to draw attention of the government in the past. In case of medical or any other emergency visit, the only option for the residents was to charter a helicopter, which would be not affordable for most of them. However, this is going to change very soon as Nepal Army is constructing road that would connect the area to other parts of the district and nation.

Jan 27: Debutant Alexis Sanchez had little trouble adjusting to his new place in Manchester United’s line-up as he assisted the opening two goals in the Premier League club’s 4-0 FA Cup fourth round win at Yeovil Town on Friday.

KATHMANDU, Jan 19: Bibeksheel Sajha Party Nepal has urged the government to make public the progress on the Nepal-India border survey conducted recently by Nepal.

LAMJUNG, Dec 17: Twenty-nine years old Prabhat Ghimire of Dordi Rural Municipality, is a primary level teacher. Ghimire, who has done masters in Nepali, earned a teaching license by passing the exam of Teacher's Service Commission (TSC).

KATHMANDU, Dec 5: At a time different candidates have been promising to build roads, among other things, to attract voters, progress in road construction, however, has remained very poor.

BASEL, Nov 23: Manchester United missed a chance to reach the Champions League knockout stages with a match to spare for the first time since 2014 after a late goal condemned them to a 1-0 defeat at Basel in a pulsating Group A clash on Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, Oct 26: The Supreme Court has sought details from the Election Commission about the progress in printing separate ballot papers for elections to parliament and the provincial assemblies.

KATHMANDU, Oct 12: Government officials have claimed that construction work of Gautam Buddha International Airport Project is now moving at a satisfactory pace.

LEEDS, August 28: England edged to an 82-run lead at lunch on the fourth day of a fascinating second test against West Indies at Headingley on Monday, reaching 251 for four and losing just skipper Joe Root in the opening session.

SANDY, July 27: Manchester United ended their pre-season tour of the United States with a defeat to Barcelona but manager Jose Mourinho was satisfied with his team's overall performance and fitness level ahead of the new season.