Election largely peaceful; opportunity to pave way for national prosperity

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); KATHMANDU: Finally the first phase of civic polls – first-ever election after the promulgation of the new Constitution – has been held amidst uncertainties and unwelcoming predictions. The local level elections in the provinces no. 3, 4 and 6 were held on May 14 with enthusiastic participation of a significant number of voters. The election provided the people an unprecedented opportunity to exercise their franchise to elect their representatives and form their governments almost after a hiatus of around two decades. The...

Year of economic ‘boom’ but challenges for retaining sustainable and rapid growth

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); KATHMANDU: The country’s economy turned ‘astounding’ in the fiscal year 2016/17, thanks to regular power supply and subsequent expansion of the industrial output, regular monitoring of the development projects, efforts for good governance, favourable climatic condition, sufficient rainfall resulting in the record high paddy production in the country’s history, among others. The private sector too increased investments while the banks and financial institutions (BFIs) in the country faced credit crunch...

Year 2073 BS: policy reforms in health sector exciting

Kathmandu, April 13: Various significant improvement measures were taken in health sector in the year 2073 BS (2016-17 AD). With Health Minister Gagan Thapa taking the leadership of the Ministry around eight months ago, the public health issue, one after another, has received media coverage almost every day. During the period, the Ministry has deployed doctors from permanent, temporary, contractual and scholarship category in 198 primary health facilities to provide health service from the nearest possible area. This was undertaken as per the campaign of the Ministry to reach out doctors to...

Politics has consumed much of our valuable time, now high time to focus on economy

KATHMANDU: With the local level election approaching, the big political parties have swung into action with their various election-centred activities. In this connection, 80 or odd parties that have registered with the Election Commission for the purpose of participating in the local level election have started drafting their respective election manifestos. It might be assumed at this point that the economic growth and local development is going to be the main agenda on the manifestos of these political parties, and rightly so. All those who are familiar with the country’s roughshod journey...

Tap into reliable and stable domestic tourism

KATHMANDU: Realizing the benefits of advertisement and publicity, Nepal Tourism Board or NTB has decided to use the platform of news giants like BBC and Reuters, and of travel site TripAdvisor to help realize the huge tourism potential of the country. This was also very much needed to get the country back into the world of tourism following the 2015 devastating earthquake, that had in many ways hampered the tourism sector. And for the promotional campaign, NTB, the government body responsible to promote tourism in the country is investing a whopping one million US dollars. This is a very significant...

Ways OBOR could become a boon for Nepal

KATHMANDU: Despite unnecessary hue and cry from a section of politicos at home over the Prime Minister’s recent trip to China, the visit turned fairly successful to further cement Nepal-China relations by clearing some ‘misunderstandings’, and most importantly establishing Nepal’s firm commitment to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), also known as ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR). Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, in an interview to China Global Television Network (CGNT), shared that his discussions with Chinese President Xi Jingping was primarily focused on...

Issues emerging around internet governance in Nepal

KATHMANDU: A total of 3.6 billion people – nearly half the world population- use the internet now. As the internet has become a global facility for communication, commerce and innovation, it has been the hangout of the youth populace these days. Nepal, despite being the least developed country, has witnessed increasing internet penetration. As per the recent Management Information System (MIS) report of the Nepal Telecommunications Authority, the internet penetration has reached 54.34% in Nepal. However, question persists of quality- internet speed and access. As is the global trend, most...

Election fervor in Nawalparasi; who are in race?

Parasi, March 24: Election fervor has increased in municipal and rural areas of Nawalparasi district with the preparation of local levels elections gaining momentum. Political parties have stepped up their preparation with the date announced by Election Commission for civic polls – which is taking place after 19 years – coming round the corner. Leaders and cadres of parties along with locals are seen talking about the potential candidates for municipalities and rural municipalities. The thoroughfares and intersections are visible with local leaders and cadres of the parties where major...

Nepal Investment Summit 2017 – An opportunity for attracting more foreign investment

Kathmandu: The Nepal Investment Summit that opens in the capital on March 2 is expected to be a big opportunity for the country in terms of attracting foreign as well as domestic investors to core sectors of the economy. The theme of the summit is, ‘Harnessing Investment Opportunities in Nepal.’ More than 200 investors from 25 countries are participating in the two-day meet being hosted by the government. The government is expected to take this opportunity to call for investment in eight identified major areas. It is hoped that the foreign investors will be forthcoming in this connection....

How many struggles to wage? How much is too much in Nepali politics?

KATHMANDU: A week back, Nepal marked the National Democracy Day. Falgun 7 as per Nepali calendar is marked every year memorizing the historic event that Nepalis got freedom from autocratic Rana regime. Similarly, four weeks back, Nepal observed the Martyrs week. The Democracy Day is reminded for downfall of Ranarchy, while the Martyrs week is marked reminding the contribution of those who played significant role to topple the Ranarchy and the party-less panchayat system as well. The panchayat system was imposed by king Mahendra following a coup that sent the first people’s elected Prime Minister...

Local polls announced at last after gap of 19 years but challenges remain

KATHMANDU: The Government has announced the date for local elections to be held on May 14. The date as reported in the media was announced in consultation with the Election Commission, a constitutional body responsible to hold the elections in a free and fair manner. The announcement by the government comes after relentless pressure from all stakeholders, including members of the ruling coalition and the main opposition party in the parliament. It was also pressing given the constitutional provision of having to hold all the three tier (in the new federal set-up) elections by January 2018. As...

Threshold for healthy politics and stable governance

Kathmandu, Feb 8: Nepal at present is gearing up for three major elections that would change the face of leadership in the new federal set up of the country. Notwithstanding the ongoing tussle between amendment to the new constitution and elections, the latter is inevitable as it is a constitutional requirement that must be met by the parties and the government. As per the new constitution, elections to the legislative in all three tiers of federal Nepal must be held by January 2018. Accordingly, the government has accelerated the passing of election-related laws. Laws related to the Election...

Nepal Literature Festival 2017

The Nepal Literature Festival is Nepal’s only international literature festival. Since its inception in 2011, it has been bringing together many national and international writers for a celebration of the written word. The four-day festival is a wonderful opportunity for readers to listen to and interact with world renowned writers. It also gives the lovers of Nepali literature the much-needed international exposure while also making sure that international writers are given an overview of the Nepali literary scene. It also opens up possibilities for literary translations. In this annual...

2016 AD: A year with mixed results for Nepal in foreign relations front

Kathmandu, The world bids adieu to the Year 2016 and enters into the 17th year of the new millennium as the clock strikes 12 tonight. By all accounts 2016 was a year with mixed results for Nepal from the perspective of expansion of international relations and conduction of balanced foreign policy. Some achievements were made towards preparing the long-term outline for expansion of economic cooperation with two immediate neighbours – India and China- for further consolidating the age-old ties with these countries based on cordiality, goodwill and friendship, and for giving it a new impetus...

Feature news: Improved Fixed Chimney Brick Kilns becoming successful in multiple aspects

Kathmandu: Brick entrepreneur Raj Kumar Lakhemaru of Tathali- 9, Bhaktapur who was doubtful in the beginning over his choice to rebuild his industry with the application of new structures based in an engineering design in the aftermath of the Gorkha Earthquake is now certain that he was not putting his investment at risk as his revived brick kiln has already started showing signs of better results. The revived improved fixed chimney brick kilns including that owned by Lakhemaru based on an engineering aspect (Improved Force Draft System) are producing quality bricks with less use of fuel (coal). Lakhemaru,...

Mardi: The Hidden Treasure

Dec 24, 2016- Annapurna is the most famous region for trekking in Nepal and its popularity is well deserved. Not many regions are capable of offering the array of trekking options that this region does. Many renowned trails such as Annapurna Base Camp (4,100 m), Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700 m), Poon Hill (3,190 m), Muktinath (3,760 m), Tilicho Base Camp (4,100 m), and Thorung La (5,416 m), lie clustered in this scenic region.  However, there is a newly-developed trekking trail that not many people know of just yet—the Mardi Himal Trek. Located just east of the Annapurna Base Camp in the lap...

Is it time for America to purge the electoral college system?

WASHINGTON,  (Xinhua) — The final popular vote count was released Tuesday showing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton with a near 3 million lead over opponent Donald Trump, who secured his presidency one day earlier as the Electoral College voted 304 to 227 in his favor. The rare phenomenon of a candidate winning the popular vote — this year by a record breaking margin — but losing the election has sparked heated debate on whether the electoral college system, which was devised by the country’s founding fathers, should still be part of the presidential election. There...

Chandragiri cable car: Expensive and unaccountable

KATHMANDU: Once you board the newly operated Orange Bus in Kathmandu Ring Road as a passenger, the lady conductor hands you a ticket after you pay the fare which is not more than 25 rupees to the maximum. This ticket in your hand means you have an insurance cover of 50 thousand rupees, in case of any accident while you are on this bus. But if you buy a ticket to take a joy ride in the newly operated Chandragiri Hills cable car which is worth Rs. 700 for a two-way 18 minutes ride, the terms and conditions on the back of the ticket read – “The owners and the management team of Chandragiri...

Bring on board disgruntled parties before election

Kathmandu: The recent decision of the big three political parties to go for local elections without bringing the disgruntled parties on board is not a good idea at least at this point of time, for it may push the country into confrontation and conflict. Over a year, the major political parties were divided on whether the constitution should be promulgated despite the displeasure of Madhesh-based political parties. They have been demanding changes to some provisions of the constitution regarding provincial demarcation, representation in the upper house, and the citizenship. The political parties...

International Migrants Day to be marked for week amid calls for migrants’ security

Kathmandu: The country is observing the International Migrants Day, which falls on 18 of this month, for a week around the theme – ‘Commitment for Safe Foreign Employment: Solidarity of Us All.’ The Ministry of Labour and Employment announced in a news conference Monday that the Day would be marked for a week with it, the Foreign Employment Promotion Board, Nepal Association of Foreign Employment Agencies and the organisations working in the sector, organising various programmes and events. In this connection, the Ministry would be holding the main programme at the Labour Village...