On Sunday evening, the Nepal Electricity Authority cut off power supply to Mahendra Manzil, a bungalow within the Narayanhity Palace complex in Kathmandu, which is the residence of Ratna Rajya Lakshmi Shah, the former Queen Mother of Nepal.
At one time Nepal was exporting garments worth Rs. 12 billion every year and providing jobs to as many as 500,000. Then it was able to garner investment amounting to six billion rupees. However, now over 85 per cent of the garment factories have stopped operating. So far garments worth Rs. 4.2 billion has been exported in the 11 months of the fiscal 2015-16.
As the head of a coalition government that has political parties which share a history of animosity, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal will need to be more flexible and accommodating. He is indeed making extra efforts to match his often repeated words — that he has learnt from his mistakes during his first eight-month long tenure as prime minister in 2008 — in deed. At home he has become less acerbic and critical towards the Opposition.
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,