It is apparent that India is trying to shirk its responsibility by expressing an unwillingness to provide adequate exchange facilities to Nepalis holding banned Indian banknotes of 500- and 1,000-rupee denominations.
A number of studies in recent years have shown that Nepalis, particularly urban dwellers, are breathing in highly toxic air. Last year’s Environment Performance Index put Nepal at 177 among 180 countries in terms of air quality.
Prime Minister Dahal is flying to China today. After attending the Boao conference, he will travel to Beijing where he will attend important bilateral political meetings. He will then spend a day in Tibet.
The country is fast gearing up for the local level polls slated for May 14. An unintended consequence of the election preparations is that hundreds of thousands of students of public schools will not get their textbooks on time,
Two fateful incidents over the past week—one in the East and another in the Far West—punctured the veneer of the perceived political calm and peace in the country, exposing the fact that Nepali society continues to be vulnerable to conflict.