Opinion / Interview

Misappropriation of migrant workers’ fund a setback to foreign employment sector (Commentary)

Labor, Foreign Employment

Pritam Bhattarai / Kathmandu: Like every government of the past, the present government too began with a pledge to carry out reforms in the foreign employment sector. One of the pledges made by the government was to rescue migrant workers stranded and languishing in various jails in different destination countries. However, anything substantial is yet […]

RTI Act’s One Decade Reviewed Marking 1st International Right to Know Day


Narayan Prasad Ghimire / Kathmandu: Good governance remains a long quest in Nepal. Commitment from political parties to bureaucracy and civil society for building good governance is therefore commonplace, and so are the discussion and debates on various tools contributing to this. In connection with the First International Day to Universal Access to Information, the […]

Resuming closed industries- how challenging?


Narayan Prasad Ghimire / Kathmandu: After the Hetauda Garment Factory was closed, the cotton farming in Banke, Bardiya and Kailali was stopped. When Birgunj Sugar Mill was closed, the farmers gradually stopped growing sugarcanes in Bara, Parsa, Rautahat, Dhanusha and Sarlahi. Similarly, the farmers from Jhapa, Morang and Sunsari had to opt for other business […]

Bureaucracy intertwined with politics ruins public service delivery

Civil Service Day

Narayan Prasad Ghimire / Kathmandu: “It’s because of unstable governments that the development activities have failed to accelerate thereby severely affecting the country as a whole. We (bureaucracy) are compelled to work with three governments in a year. Furthermore, as civil servants are unnecessarily indulging in politics, public service delivery has become ineffective. However, we […]

Nepal’s long quest for equidistant relations with her neighbours (Commentary)

Photo Courtesy: The Kathmandu Post

Manoj Karki / Kathmandu: All eyes will be on Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal when he begins his customary but significant visit to neighbouring India next week. The visit will be the second by a Nepali Prime Minister in six months time. Prime Minister Dahal follows KP Oli who visited the southern neighbour in February […]

Thapa’s rise to power; Will he be able to leave his mark? (Commentary)

Gagan Thapa

Pritam Bhattarai / Kathmandu: The market is abuzz with recent reports of two incidents making headlines and becoming the talk of the town. They are Nepali Congress leader Gagan Thapa’s elevation in Nepali politics with the appointment as the Health Minister and the increasing trend of influential political leaders and VVIPs including former President Dr […]

Right to Information: Rhetoric or Reality


Krishna Sapkota / Kathmandu: Right to Information (RTI) is one of the 31 fundamental rights enshrined by the Constitution of Nepal (2015). Article 27 of the Constitution has bestowed citizen the right to access information on any matters of public importance held by public agencies except some matters. This is, however, not the first Constitution […]

Recognition of Internet as effective medium of freedom of expression practice a need

An illustration picture shows projection of binary code on man holding aptop computer in Warsaw

Narayan Prasad Ghimire (Kathmandu) / Aug 21: Flurry of views and comments on social networks on any public issue and their viral spread has been normal with the expansion of internet in Nepal too. One of the modern wonders, the internet, has been the quickest medium to circulate ideas and information and augment business thereby […]

Free dialysis service finally comes into force, but patients decry ceiling


Pabitra Guragain / Kathmandu: “Life has been painful for me. I can neither live a healthy life nor let myself to die.” These were the words of Binita Oli, 31, form Ota VDC of Ropla, a hilly district in mid-western Nepal, who has suffered a kidney failure. Around three months back, she shared her feelings […]

Quake survivors upset with INGOs; rampant spending of aid money


Prasanna Pokharel / Gorkha: Locals of Gorkha – the epicenter of the 25 April 2016 earthquake – have expressed their outrage to the INGO’s acts of haphazard spending of aid money in the district. People vented their ire at the INGOS’ activities of distributing relief to accessible people, rampant distribution of relief and reconstruction support […]

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