Nepal

Nepal, China to discuss hydro projects

The first Nepal-China joint steering committee (JSC) meeting to discuss development of hydropower projects will be held in Kathmandu later in September, a Nepali official has said.

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Prioritise capital spending

The government has failed to ramp up capital spending in the current fiscal year as well. Capital expenditure hovered around Rs47 billion in the first half of the fiscal year, or around 14 percent of the annual capital budget of Rs335.2 billion, show government data.

Circle of death

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.

Come together

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).

Next door Nepal: Ball is not just in the court

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.

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Air pollution battle in India needs a sense of urgency

If India takes the top place in GDP growth globally, why we have such lower targets in meeting air quality over five years, particularly considering the fact that it is the 65 percent of India’s young population would be the main victims of the worsening air quality, writes Rajendra Shende for South Asia Monitor . 

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Bangladesh, ADB sign deal for rural road network

 The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Bangladeshi government have signed an agreement for $200 million in loans to improve the rural road network in Bangladesh.

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