Victory in defeat

The keenly awaited results of the local level elections finally came out yesterday, exactly two weeks after voting took place on May 14. With 64,913 votes, CPN-UML’s Bidhya Sundar Shakya defeated Nepali Congress’ Raju Raj Joshi (45,269 votes) to become the new mayor of Kathmandu Metropolis.

May 29 2017

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Mixed legacy

Vilified for his controversial positions on a number of issues, including the impeachment proposal against Chief Justice Sushila Karki, Prime Minister Dahal, however, left office yesterday on a high note.

May 26 2017

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Low-growth trap

Nepal’s political class has paid very little attention to economic policy over the years. The last decade was consumed by negotiations on the peace process and the constitution.

May 25 2017

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Searching for sanctuary

In a striking symbolic gesture of Nepal’s commitment against wildlife trade and poaching, more than 4,000 animal parts, stored for about two decades after being seized from poachers, were burnt in the Chitwan National Park (CNP) on Monday.

May 24 2017

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Brands that matter

More and more international hotel chains are entering Nepal to tap the immense potential of Nepal’s travel trade sector.

May 23 2017

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Turn confusion into clarity

If all goes well, Prime Minister Dahal will soon start to clear the way for Deuba to head the government, now that the first phase of local elections is over. The Maoist Centre chairman said as much in his interview with Kantipur yesterday.

May 22 2017

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Chasing the monsoon

The South Asian Climate Outlook Forum (Sascof) last month released a consensus statement signalling that Nepal is expected to see normal rains this monsoon.

May 19 2017

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The great deal of China

Nepal finally took a decision to join China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) last week, and a memorandum between the two countries was signed in Kathmandu.

May 18 2017

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Walk this way

Pedestrian cooperation with the law is as important to maintain road safety as is the enforcement of traffic rules. Unfortunately, jaywalking is rampant on the roads of Kathmandu and other urban centres, leading to numerous traffic hazards.

May 17 2017

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Empower the grassroots

Only two weeks are left for next fiscal year’s budget to be presented in Parliament, but the Ministry of Finance is still undecided over the allocation of financial resources for local bodies.

May 16 2017

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Periodic polls

Elections in Nepal wear a festive look. The first phase of local elections yesterday was no exception. Other than decent turnout across the 34 districts, voters—women, men; youths, old-timers—showed great enthusiasm.

May 15 2017

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