Toward open governance

July 30, 2018 00:30 am

Nepal has institutions in place to embark on open government system. We only need to use them creatively

ANKARA, July 29: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Pastor Brunson will not be a part of a prisoner swap deal with the United States despite US President Donald Trump's remarks on sanctions. Erdogan also said that the remarks by Donald Trump about possible sanctions against Turkey were a "psychological warfare".

KATHMANDU, July 17: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that the government was working to lead the nation on the way towards prosperity.

On Saturday, the news of the K-town couple Priyanka Karki, and Ayushman Deshraj broke via various social media platforms. The news of their engagement was first broken by Deshraj’s mother – Rabina Deshraj.

Central Working Committee member and a senior leader of Nepali Congress, Dr Shekhar Koirala is a vocal critic of internal conflict and strong advocate of change within the party. But Nepali Congress has not yet been able to stand assertively on issues of public concern and has rather been reactive to government actions. What led Congress to this situation? How will it go ahead in the days to come? How does the party evaluate performance of K P Oli’s government? Mahabir Paudyal and Kosh Raj Koirala asked.

Toward elite rule

June 7, 2018 01:30 am

The unified communist party looks like a club of VIPs with present and past PMs, DPMs, heads of parliament, provincial assemblies and provincial governments

JUMLA, May 21: The schools of Patarasi Rural Municipality of Jumla wear a deserted look as students have headed toward highlands for picking yarsagumba, a prized medicinal herb with aphrodisiacal properties.

Toward better economy

May 16, 2018 00:29 am

Nepal’s economy would have long collapsed without remittances for imports have sky-rocketed while exports continue to plummet

BAJHANG, April 22: With the beginning of the new academic session, parents were just preparing to enroll their children to schools when a large number of schools in the rural parts of Bajhang were shut down due to the arrival of the Yarsa-picking season.

ILAM, Feb 26: Dismayed with the care-free attitude of their elected representatives after the polls, locals often blame the representatives for using them only as stepping stones to fulfill their vested interests.

Toward zero hunger

February 8, 2018 00:34 am

Tarai is often called Nepal’s food bank but children there suffer from malnutrition and food crisis.

PARBAT, Jan 6: High use of pesticides in farms, especially vegetables that are the grazing area for bees, has significantly affected beekeeping businesses in the district.

Federation of Nepal Cottage and Small Industries (FNCSI) has thanked the government, election commission, political parties and the people for their roles in successful completion of parliamentary, provincial and local elections. Issuing a statement on Sunday, the federation expressed hope that the country will now move toward economic prosperity after the end of the transition period.

KANCHANPUR, Nov 29: Nepali Congress leader and a candidate to the House of Representatives from Kanchanpur-2, NP Saud has stated that the unnatural alliance of two communist parties will push the nation toward instability.

KHOTNAG, Nov 22: With federal parliamentary and provincial elections less than a week away returning officers are heading toward polling stations in the district.

KATHMANDU, Nov 19: Bina Magar arrived at Kathmandu after the demise of her husband Prakash Dahal. See video here.

NEW YORK, August 30: World number one Rafa Nadal dismissed Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (6) 6-2 6-2 to ease into the U.S. Open second round on Tuesday, setting the Spaniard on a collision course for a long overdue Flushing Meadows showdown with Roger Federer.

DOTI, Aug 12: For the first time in the district, Small and Cottage Industry Development Committee had offered gemstone-processing skill development training in Dipayal last fiscal year. There was a vacancy for 100 people for the training that was given under the initiative of the Ministry of Industry. However, only 38 participated showed up for it.

SEOUL, South Korea, August 10: North Korea has announced a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers. If carried out, it would be the North's most provocative missile launch to date.

POKAHRA, July 16: At a time when the government is gradually decentralizing its functions under the federal structure, banks and financial institutes (BFIs) in Pokhara are setting up their head offices in Kathmandu.

NUWAKOT, June 27: Farmers of Nuwakot are becoming attracted toward Japanese rainbow trout farming again after some villages in the district were selected for the 10-year Prime Minister Agriculture Modernization Project.

Australia's hopes of a fourth successive World Cup appearance remain in their own hands after a nerve-jangling 3-2 win over Saudi Arabia in their qualifier in Adelaide on Thursday.

BIRATNAGAR, May 27: Cadres of the agitating Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) and other Madhes-based parties have celebrated the government's announcement to upgrade Biratnagar Sub-metropolitan City to a metropolitan city a few days ago. They organized a rally in the city area, carrying party flags and banners, claiming that the city had been upgraded to a metropolis because of them.

“Mummy, my friend has called me to visit Pashupatinath Temple”, I said. I was very eager to visit the temple as it was going to be probably the last visit before he left. I momentarily forgot that I was menstruating and for my mother visiting a temple during menstruation was like committing a crime.

KATHMANDU, April 22: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said the fiscal policy of Nepal should be oriented toward facilitating spending on post-earthquake reconstruction and infrastructure as quickly as possible.

Nabindra Raj Joshi, who was the deputy mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City after the democratic movement of 1990, is the Minister for Industry. He has been actively engaged in endorsing long-stalled Acts and Policies, including SEZ Act and Company Act (Amendment), which are part of the second generation economic reforms in Nepal, through the parliament. Joshi, who has received applause from all quarters for hosting 2nd Nepal Investment Summit after a gap of 25 years, talked to Kuvera Chalise and Santosh Neupane of Republica on various issues related to business environment in Nepal. Excerpts:

LUCKNOW, March 19: A saffron-robed Hindu holy man was sworn in on Sunday to lead Uttar Pradesh, sealing what appears to be a shift in course by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that could redefine the world's largest democracy as a Hindu nation.

JUMLA, Feb 27: Women entrepreneurs of Patmara VDC in Jumla district have now been attracted towards buckwheat production.

KATHMANDU, Feb 21: Madhesi People’s Rights Forum (Democratic) (MPRF-D) has shown green singles toward taking part in the local elections announced by the government.

Toward light

November 28, 2016 00:25 am

The credit for the success in ending load-shedding goes to one person: NEA chief Kulman Ghising

KATHMANDU, Nov 18: Newly appointed Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Yu Hong on Friday  paid a courtesy call to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Krishna Bahadur Mahara.

BARDIYA, Nov 12: Public hospitals in Bardiya district have been charging patients against the government's free medicine policy.

KATHMANDU, Aug 6: Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport, Ramesh Lekhak on Saturday said that the government has expedited the implementation of the 3-point deal reached among Nepali Congress (NC), CPN (Maoist Center) and United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF).

SEOUL, South Korea, Aug 3:  A medium-range ballistic missile fired Wednesday by North Korea flew about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) and landed near Japan's territorial waters, Seoul and Tokyo officials said, one of the longest flights by a North Korean missile.

KATHMANDU, July 29: The United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF), a political group that has been unhappy with the new constitution, has shown green singles toward joining the government to be formed by the Nepali Congress-CPN (Moist) alliance.

KATHMANDU, July 23: Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse) index climbed up 53.09 points this week to close at 1,798.83 points on Thursday.

Toward gender equality

June 18, 2016 09:18 am

Both men and women must recognize their individual identity and learn to respect that of others.

JUMLA, June 12: About a week ago, locals of Chandannath Municipality-13 in Jumla district chased down and badly wounded a barking deer that had wandered into their village from a nearby forest in search of water. The animal was saved from death only after the locals of neighboring Chandannath VDC-14 intervened and informed the District Forest Office (DFO), Jumla.