Interview

‘We have overcome almost every challenge to put the economy on track’: Finance Minister

‘Our immediate priorities in the last one year were enabling laws, putting administrative and budgetary set-up in place, and ensuring division of roles and accountability in the context of fiscal federalism.’

Feb 12 2019

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This is not a flat world

Born and raised in Bihar, Amitava Kumar is a writer, professor, and journalist whose books have long explored the immigrant experience. Combining storytelling with reportage, poetry, and photographs, Kumar multi-genre books take a multi-disciplinary view of migration.

Feb 02 2019

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Our role model should be a Nepali

A US college dropout, Aashish Adhikari returned to Kathmandu in 2011 to start anew. While on a short trip to visit his grandparents in Kavre, he discovered that his ancestral lands were perfectly suited to planting coffee.

Jan 28 2019

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‘People-to-people exchange between Nepal and Japan will further increase’

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is arriving in Kathmandu today on a two-day official visit at the invitation of Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali. Kono’s visit comes less than two months after Gyawali’s trip to Tokyo and is the first visit to Nepal by the top Japanese diplomat in seven years.

Jan 09 2019

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MC and UML couldn’t come together on Lenin’s birth anniversary but May 5, Marx’s 200th birth anniversary, is coming up

April 22, the birth anniversary of Vladimir Lenin and the founding day of the Nepal Communist Party, has passed. This was the proposed date of unification of CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre). But leaders from both parties suggest that even though unification did not occur on the said date, the parties will eventually come together.

Apr 23 2018

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Lack of a cost conscious culture has allowed those in govt to believe they can spend the state’s money as they like

The Auditor General’s annual report presented to President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Thursday has only reinforced what preliminary audits of financial transactions indicated—most federal units are far from compliant to standard accounting practices. And these discrepancies in book keeping, it seems, are not confined to the local levels, pointing to a serious lack of financial accountabiilty country-wide. Mukul Humagain and Prithvi Man Shrestha talked to Auditor General Tankamani Sharma about the reasons behind this recurring financial indiscipline.

Apr 16 2018

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The new government has a large mandate to work effectively

What is the conflict between your ministry and Investment Board Nepal (IBN) over decisions on hydropower projects?

Apr 09 2018

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India understands PM Oli has a strong mandate and he’ll negotiate from a position of strength

On April 6, Prime Minister KP Oli will make India his first foreign destination as Prime Minister of Nepal in his current tenure. New Delhi has been making overtures to restore Nepal-India ties that had hit a low when Oli was last prime minister.

Apr 02 2018

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Are administrators ready to take on the same amount of accountability that I take as captain?

The achievement is remarkable considering that Nepal only just made it to the Qualifiers by virtue of making it to the final of the ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division 2 in Namibia where they lost to fellow qualifier United Arab Emirates in the final.

Mar 26 2018

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Nepal’s economic growth will form the crux of our engagement with foreign governments

What is the primary foreign policy emphasis of the government of the left alliance headed by KP Oli?

Mar 19 2018

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Anti-India rhetoric probably helped UML during elections but it cannot be used in long-term politics

What is your initial assessment of the recently formed government, which has a near two-thirds majority?

Mar 12 2018

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