Opinion / Interview

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 […]

Yet another pall of political uncertainty as parties spar on local body restructuring (Commentary)


Deepraj Sanyal / Kathmandu: The restructuring of the local bodies has become a new bone of contention among the political parties of late. Many people had hoped the country would get a political outlet with the Madhes-centric parties participating in the Legislature-Parliament in the election of the new Prime Minister after a gap of nine […]

Nepal has negative investment environment and unfriendly business climate


Krishna R Pandey: Deal makers, investors and entrepreneurs Shrivastav Brothers are betting that Nepal will likely remain an unattractive country for foreign investments unless the government and private sector both change the way they have been used to do business. Pankaj Shrivatav and Ash Shrivastav have advised and invested in many companies in different geographies […]

With a ‘botched’ first innings, will Dahal deliver in second stint as PM? (Commentary)

Prachanda at Parliament

Pritam Bhattarai / Kathmandu: Going against the long ‘customary practice’ requiring Nepal’s Prime Minister to pay his or her first official visit to India, then Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal in 2008 chose to make his first official visit to China instead. This act turned out to be harmful for Dahal, apparently angering New Delhi […]

All Out Against High Rise and Big Structures in Kathmandu (Commentary)


Deepraj Sanyal / Kathmandu: The Gorkha Earthquake of 25 April 2015 should have taught all of us a lesson regarding how we should build our structures. As is said, it is not the earthquake that kills but the infrastructures that we have constructed that do. The magnitude 7.6 temblor flattened houses, buildings and other structures, […]

Utter disregard for rule of law setting bad precedent in Nepal (Commentary)

Minister Pun Inspection

Pritam Bhattarai / Kathmandu: For an ideal nation, both the government and the citizens share responsibilities and are bound to abide by the rule of law. To be more precise, in a democratic nation, how the rule of law is functioning determines the running of the state of affairs. On May 26 earlier this year, […]

Should Nepal become a nation as ‘happy’ as Bhutan? (Commentary)


Manoj Karki / Kathmandu: Like Nepal, Bhutan too is a landlocked country squeezed between two giant neighbours —China and India. However, unlike Nepal, Bhutan has not had any issue of doing the balancing act between the two emerging economies. Bhutan has also not suffered like Nepal for becoming too close or distant with any of […]

The Brexit shock, but no effect in Nepal (Feature)


Narayan Prasad Ghimire / Kathmandu: A shock wave ran across the globe as Britain voted last week to exit from the European Union, the regional association to which the country was tied for four decades. Any country with small or large economy, or a tiny nation to the super power, the British severance from the […]

A Food for Thought for All on 13th National Rice Day (Commentary)

Paddy Field

Deepraj Sanyal / Kathmandu: Have you had your meal today? If yes, you most likely had the common Nepali dish, i.e. dal-bhat-tarkari-achar. Bhaat or rice is the staple food for most Nepalis, and for that matter most Asians. We have so great a penchant for rice that if for some reason we had not eaten […]

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