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The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has started installing more solar-powered streetlights in the capital city. This will add to the number of solar streetlamps covering more stretches of its streets, a process which was begun during the preparations for the latest SAARC summit held in Kathmandu some two years ago.


During the last two months, several articles have been published about the Imja Lake lowering project and disaster mitigation initiatives taken by Nepal Army and Hydrology and Meteorology Department (DHM).


We are consuming poisons every day. Doctors tell us to consume green vegetables and fruits for good health. But what if these ‘good’ foods including grains and pulses contain dangerous fatal chemicals? So if you are buying snow-white cauliflower, you should think about whether it has been recently sprayed with insecticide. Our farmers’ tendency to spray banned pesticides on vegetables has grave consequences for their consumers. 


Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal promised to do all he could to develop Siraha. He made his promise during a recent visit to his Baluwatar office by a Siraha district delegation. The delegation reminded the prime minister that he has been elected from Siraha and as such had an obligation to help with its development. And the prime minister obliged, promising that he would push some key development issues.


The launching of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) almost one year before was a historic event. Despite enormous complexities, it largely incorporated many progressive agendas, very crucial from the low income country’s perspectives.


On Thursday, A cabinet meeting was expected to chart the path for the adoption of a constitution amendment by the parliament. But the meeting ended after the prime minister and his team expressed fear and anger over a statement issued by the former king Gyanendra, a day earlier. Deputy Prime Minister Bimalendra Nidhi, who also holds the charge of home affairs, issued a veiled threat that the former king could be arrested in connection with the royal palace massacre shootout, 14 years ago, in which 10 members of the royal family, including the then-king Birendra, lost their lives.

Ex-king Gyanendra has spoken yet again against the pathetic state of the state these days. His recent statement resembles the thinking of the majority. Yes, our unity is challenged and we do not know where this will all lead to. But, if he is hoping for a comeback—and nothing is wrong with that as politics is all about maximizing one’s interests—he needs to reinvent himself to solve the very problems he has highlighted in his statement.  

In order for Nepal to graduate to the status of a middle income country, the current per capita Gross National Income (GNI) of US$ 730 must be raised to US$ 4,125. But the economic growth of Nepal has been rather sluggish for most of the post-1990 era. According to Basnet and Pandey (2014), even historically, annual economic growth in Nepal has been low, averaging around four percent since the early 1960s. Overall, the economy grew by 4.1 percent in the 1980s, 4.8 percent in the 1990s, 4.1 percent in the 2000s and 4.4 percent since then. 

For decades, governments around the world increased the scope and magnitude of their activities, taking on a variety of tasks that the private sector previously had performed.  

In its flagship report, Tackling Inequality published by the World Bank in October as part of The Poverty and Shared Prosperity series, the bank urges prompt action by governments around the world to bridge the increasingly big gaps between those at the bottom of the pyramid and those who have been benefiting from decades of unparallel economic growth.


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