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Shakti Samuha wins Magsaysay

Nepal’s Shakti Samuha has been awarded with the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award. Shankti Samuha is Nepal’s first NGO established and run by victims of trafficking. Manila-based Ramon Magsaysay Awards Foundation announced on 24 June Shakti Samuha along with two other individuals and organisations as this year’s awardees which includes a Filipino doctor Ernesto Domingo, Afghanistan’s […]


Natural disaster, manmade death toll

Last month’s flood tragedy in the Indian state of Uttarakhand bordering Nepal killed thousands who were on pilgrimage there. Massive cloudbursts over western Nepal and the neighbouring Indian state of Uttarakhand in mid-June unleashed the total average monthly rainfall in a short span of 24 hours. An early arrival of monsoon in South Asia brought […]


“Abolishing the monarchy was a mistake”

Interview with Shashank Koirala, leader of the NC and son of former Prime Minister BP Koirala, BBC Nepali, 19 July BBC: Whose philosophy – BP Koirala or GP Koirala – is more pertinent in the current political scenario? Shashank Koirala: I still stand by BP Koirala’s beliefs. He agreed with the king as far as […]


One-man leadership

UCPN (Maoist) Vice Chairman Narayan Kaji Shrestha and General Secretary Post Bahadur Bogati resigned from their posts on Saturday. Their resignation comes after Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Friday floated the proposal to keep only the post of chairman and dissolve all other posts as central committee members. Dahal’s proposal of chairman centered leadership is […]


Thimpu gets the message

Bhutan’s incumbent rulers forgot that he who pays the piper calls the tune RAHUL GOMEZ in THIMPHU From the Indian perspective it does look like the opposition PDP’s victory in elections in Bhutan on 13 July proved that he who pays the piper calls the tune. The ruling Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) seems to have […]


Economic sense

To force rulers to plan for the long-term, Nepal should establish an Economic Council as a national futures think tank MADHUKAR SJB RANA Finance Minister Shankar P Koirala’s 2013-14 budget presented on Sunday was a commendable effort of the technocratic leadership to depoliticise the process in a desperate attempt to bring the economy back on […]


Here comes the budget

The Ministry of Finance released Nepal’s budget on Sunday for the fiscal year 2013/14. Finance Minister Shankar Prasad Koirala presented a budget of Rs 517.24 billion emphasisng on accelerating development. Last year’s budget came in three fractions. This year’s budget has prioritised energy, infrastructure, agriculture, tourism, and export sectorson to achieve 5.5 per cent growth […]



 

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