As we cross over towards the second half of January, Nepalis can be assured that the biting cold will slowly start to wane. However, cold waves are still affecting the Tarai belt, where more than 50 people have died of severe cold this winter.
The country’s attention is on the left alliance, as the two parties within it—the CPN-UML and the CPN (Maoist Centre)—have not just won a massive victory in the federal elections but are also in a position to form governments in six out of the seven provinces. The only place where the left alliance is not dominant is in Province 2, where the Madhesi population overwhelmingly voted in the Sanghiya Samajwadi Forum Nepal (SSF-N) and the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJP-N).
The euphoria over the successful conduct of the polls, the first under the new constitution, is fast giving way to anarchy and confusion. Last Wednesday, abuses were hurled at the sitting Chief Justice, Gopal Prasad Parajuli, during a hearing before a division bench of Nepal’s Supreme Court.
Nepal has an economically feasible hydropower capacity of approximately 40,000 MW, but the fact that electricity imports from India have surged by about 20 percent in the last two weeks and are projected to jump further to 26 percent shows just how miserably we have failed to exploit this potential.
In northeast India, water-management practices to deal with climate change
In a small village on the north bank of the Brahmaputra in Assam in northeast India, farmer Horen Nath stood gazing at his partially submerged paddy field. The floods had kept their annual date but mercifully, the farmer said, the waters have started receding. "The weather has become very strange of late. We always had ample rain,