One Belt One Road: Prospects & Challenges
Nepal thus has to debate, discuss, analyze and then conclude the cost and benefits of the OBOR for its populace. The benefits of OBOR for Nepali economy are easy to understand, but the short, medium and long-term consequences are not simple, and thus require careful examination.
Chintamani Mahapatra -
RJP's suicidal move
Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJP) has announced protest programs including general strike to disrupt the upcoming second round of local election. Formation of RJP with merger of six Madhes-based parties had sent a positive message both to the plains and the hills.
Maoist commitment torn in Bharatpur
There is no confusion about who tore the ballots in Bharatpur. Nepal Police under Prime Minister (PM) Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Home Minister Bimalendra Nidhi has already revealed that Maoist cadres, who tore the ballots, have been arrested. The only remaining questions are why CPN (Maoist Center) tore the ballots and what happens next.
Usable 'full budget'
The budget statement of this year will be a full budget for the entire year but sans announcement of new policy initiatives and new projects and programs.
Dr. Hemant Dabadi -
Oops! Deuba does it again
Deuba and Dahal have made a mockery of the constitutional provision of impeachment as a weapon of last resort with its preemptive registration as a tactical move to stop CJ Karki from delivering justice. This will set a bad precedent and there will be more such tactical use of impeachment in the future considering how justices at the SC are being appointed in political quotas in recent times.
Prem Dhakal -
Challenges for reconstruction
One of the major challenges faced in the reconstruction process of Nepal is the absence of elected local government. Lack of government in local level was reflected in the major pre-disaster and post-disaster events, where it took months to reach the affected region and still no widely-accepted data is available. In the absence of an elected local government, top-down approach of governance has its own accountability deficit.
Apil KC/Keshab Sharma -
Making sense of Adityanath's rise in Modi's India
The most notorious incitement of communal hatred by Adityanath was his exhortation to 'kill ten woh log ['them' meaning Muslims]' rather than knocking the doors of legal system 'if one Hindu is killed' in riots.
Jiwan Kshetry -
Not so golden
Many of the problems students face at school is created by the system. There is this decadent and outdated mentality among educationists, policy makers, teachers, parents and the society as a whole which treats every student like a finished factory product with a definite size, shape and color, whereas the fact is that every human being is different with a distinct personality, strength and weaknesses.
Chandra Mani Bimali -
High rate internet addiction, poor sleep, depression in Nepali undergraduates
A recent study published in the journal, BMC Psychiatry has found that a high percentage of undergraduate students suffer from internet addiction, depression and poor sleep quality. The study was based on 984 students from 27 undergraduate campuses in Chitwan and Kathmandu. The researchers relied on the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, Young’s Internet Addiction Test and Patient Health Questionnaire-9, to see how students were faring in these important areas.
Gemma Hawkins -
LDCs told to improve their efforts in renewable energy
The recent Regional Meeting on Sustainable Energy of the Asia-Pacific Least Developed Countries (LDCs) took place recently in Kathmandu, with stakeholders encouraging LDCs to make the important switch from traditional fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.
Gemma Hawkins -
We take pride in Sagarmatha and also Bhagwan Buddha. We should introspect as to what has been “our” contribution in the making of both. The tallest mountain landmark is the outcome of tectonic push against the bigger landmass creating the upward drift that created the Himalaya. Prince Siddhartha, on the other hand, was born 2556 years ago or 23 centuries before Nepal got unified under Prithivi Narayan Shah. Siddhartha is believed to have attained enlightenment at the age of 35 or around six years after leaving Kapilvastu.
Hemant Arjyal -
All this pointed that the election will be held with public support despite efforts by those against it. But all that changed after three people were killed in Rajbiraj after the police opened fire on Madhesi Front cadres who were ‘hurling petrol bombs’ toward the venue where UML Chairman KP Oli had just finished his short address.
Prem Dhakal -
Proud to be a woman
During my teenage, the media brainwashed me by asking me to grow taller, slimmer, and fairer because that’s how “beautiful women” are. Dress in such a way that it is not too traditional yet not too vulgar. Smile in such a way that makes you likeable but not too “easy.”
Samiksha Koirala -
Psychological and social economic effects of alcohol abuse
Risk behaviors such as drinking and driving and inappropriate sexual behaviors are also common practices linked to alcohol use. Alcohol is also considered to be a causal factor in most vehicle accidents. Financial problems and job loss are also associated with high-risk alcohol use.
Dr Kedar Karki -
Why Nepali NGOs have to rely on foreign funds
While the availability of public money for state-activities and those controlled by elected politicians has increased in the past 25 years, the channeling of Nepali public money to Nepali NGOs is almost non-existent in the form of grants.
Pratyoush Onta and Avash Bhandari -
Leaving BBC to enter politics
Some of my well-wishers had advised me to join existing political parties rather than setting up a new one. I have reached the conclusion that doing so will only change me but not the country. Therefore, I have chosen this alternative and challenging path.
Rabindra Mishra -
Big responsibility for UML, Madhes-based parties
The main political responsibility now is to take the constitution amendment process to conclusion and hold the local election. Only that will rid the country of the ever-extending transition period. The parties must bury their petty disagreements and bitterness to utilize this great opportunity we have to propel the country toward stability and development.
Calling for a Public Debate on CSOs
The solution suggested by many, i.e. delegitimizing and killing off NGOs through regulatory mechanisms, harks back to the days of the Partyless Panchayat System, when the right to organize and associate freely was overridden by the state’s preoccupation with control, coordination, and uniformity.
Avash Bhandari -
Nepal facing disaster in the recovery from earthquakes
The disaster in earthquake recovery is as visible in the politics of power around the national disaster recovery institutions and aid-funded programs, as in local places where the earthquake victims continue to struggle for rebuilding houses and regain a normal life, for nearly two years now.
Dr Hemant R Ojha -
Horrible to cleaner air quality in Nepal
The science of air pollution is loud and clear – air pollution is causing an adverse impact on human health, food and water security, climate, economy and national development goals around the world. Scientists have built a strong evidence-based case that cannot be ignored anymore. We all must act now to reduce harmful impact of air pollution in Nepal and elsewhere. We can.
Dr. Maheswar Rupakheti -