Monthly Archives: December 2008

A Nepali Docs Tragic Death in the US

By Deepak Adhikari and Jerome L. Sherman
in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette This story originally appeared in the PG

In this mountainous country bordered by India and China, doctors are considered to be godlike.

That makes the fall of Dr. Shiva Lal Acharya, who left a farming village to attend Nepal’s most prestigious medical school and then moved to Chicago for a residency program, even more shocking for his friends and family.

On Dec. 13, Dr. Acharya died after hanging himself in the Allegheny County Jail. He had been in custody since September, when he was charged with hitting and killing a motorcyclist on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and then running from the scene of the crash.

“I rued his wrong decision-making,” said Dr. Ranjan Sapkota, a friend and classmate of Dr. Acharya who lives in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital. “As a doctor, he should have guarded the dead body.” Continue reading

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Indians Discuss About the Changed Nepal

Indians discuss changed Nepal

By Dinesh Wagle
Wagle Street Journal

A group of eminent Indians with deep interests in Nepal gathered in New Delhi on Saturday to talk about the ‘changed Nepal’ in which they critiqued the first 100 days of the Maoist-led government, raised eyebrows on the Integration, expressed suspicion to ‘the China Card’ and discussed on ways to stop Maoist victory in the elections under the new constitution.

One of the participants in the discussion program organized jointly by Indian Council for International Cooperation and India International Center (IIC) was N N Jha, former Indian ambassador deputy chief of mission to Nepal and a Bharatia Janata Party (BJP) expert on international affairs, who recalled his recent meeting with Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal and said that India has to find ways to prevent a Maoist victory in the elections held after the formulation of new constitution. Continue reading

Maoist, the Party of Prime Minister, Attacks Himalmedia, the Newspaper House

Update: The CPN-UML boycotted a scheduled meeting of the political coordination committee, which was supposed to be attended by Prime Minister Puspa Kamal Dahal, as a mark of protest against the Maoist attack on Himalmedia Pvt Ltd on Sunday. The UML also issued a statement condemning the Maoists for “brutal attack” on Himalmedia. Former CPN-UML General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal visited the Himalmedia office and expressed solidarity with the media. “This is condemnable attack and is aimed at intimidating the free press,” Nepal said after the visit. (source)

Himalmedia attacked
Himal Magazine journalist Damabar Krishna Shrestha, who was injured, talks about the attack.

Activists of the ruling party CPN-Maoist today attacked one dozen employees, including scribes, of the Himalmedia Pvt Ltd, the publisher of Nepali Times, Himal Magazine, Wave Magazine. The Maoist cadres vandalised the Himalmedia office at Hattiban in Lalitpur and attacked the staffers including Publisher and Nepali Times editor Kunda Dixit, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ashutosh Tiwari, Executive Editor Kiran Nepal and senior correspondent Dambar Krishna Shrestha among others. Continue reading

Federalizing the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

Officially the former kingdom of Nepal has become the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. But the country hasn’t been federalized yet.

By Bipendra Basnyat

Just came out of an evening of brain storming about Naya Nepal; the idea was to discuss some of the scholarly articles on how can Naya (New) Nepal be “federated”. In other words how can our country be demarked into various states/political regions and can they be socio-economically viable? To figure out what makes sense and what does not? It was indeed a great idea of all the people involved in organizing such an event and a way for us to “Speak Out our Mind”. More than any thing else it was a great opportunity for Nepalese staying abroad to pass on their concerns to the legal entities of Nepal. I applaud the organizer Washington Nepali forum and United States Institute for Peace for providing us this opportunity. Continue reading

Drafting Of Statute for the Republic of Nepal Formally Begins

By Republica
Republica is upcoming English language newspaper from Kathmandu, Nepal.

Newly formed committees at the Constituent Assembly today started the process of drafting a new constitution for the Republic of Nepal, eight months after the people elected the supreme constitution-making body.

Fourteen committees including a Constitutional Committee, 10 thematic committees and three procedural committees held separate meetings to decide how they should enter the process of giving the new republican Nepal a democratic constitution within the next 17 months. Continue reading

Road Safety in Nepal

By Lilu Thapa

OVERCOME WITH GRIEF: Guardians of Pravin and Prabeg Subedi, who died in Thursday’s bus accident in Nawalparasi, at Bharatpur Hospital on Friday afternoon. Pic by Dipendra Baduwal

The bus accident in Nawalparsi which caused death of almost a half century of Children on the way back from a picnic highlights the road safety failure of the country. What caused the accident, the core reasons behind and are there no ways to curb such devastating road accidents in the future? Nepal has been marred by many frequent tragic road accidents resulting in deaths of hundreds of people each year. Whenever there is an accident it’s a customary to blame the driver, pedestrian crossing the road or a parked vehicle or even bad condition of the road. But the roots are deeper. Continue reading

TEN Reasons to Invest in Nepal

By Bhupendra Khanal

Many aggressive companies are staying away from Nepal, thanks to poor security situation. The power majors are considering of huge investment in Hydropower sector to export power to the power hungry states of India and China, and this is good news for Nepal. A country with very high hydro-power potential has one of the costliest energy, which simply is not acceptable. Nepal needs to reform the energy sector and prepare the base for development.

While the companies like Samsung, Kodak, LG, Kia etc have entered Nepal, their performance has not been very good in the past. The things are likely to change when Maoist are in the government. Many more companies are likely to follow the investment in this Himalayan country provided the early movers succeed. There are multiple reasons why companies would like to invest in Nepal:

1. Favorable Location: Nepal is a country between India and China, two fastest growing economies globally.

2. Power Sufficiency: Nepal is power rich (hydropower potential is more than enough for any future growth in economy).

3. Pleasant Climate: Nepal has one of the best climate on the world. The valley cities of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Surkhet and Dang are the front runners for this. Eastern city Dharan and western city Butwal are other places with comfortably moderate climate in the likes of Indian Silicon Valley, Bangalore. Continue reading

B 19, Jangpura Extension [New Delhi-110014, India]

The Kathmandu Post intro for the following story: Our New Delhi correspondent finds his bearings in a new city
[Here is the PDF version of the Op-Ed page of the Post dated 10 December where this article appeared after it was first published in Kantipur.]


I live in the third floor of the pink building on the left- Jangpura Extension

By Dinesh Wagle
Wagle Street Journal

“B 19, Jangpura Extension,” I told the cabbie soon after landing at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi a month ago.

In 45 minutes we were in JE looking for the B block. Four minutes later, we were in B block looking for house number 19. And soon I was in front of the building whose third floor is rented by Kantipur Publications, the publisher of Kantipur and The Kathmandu Post, for their New Delhi Bureau office and residence for the bureau chief. As the cab came to halt, I stood in front of what would be my home for the next several months. Continue reading

Democracy And Jumbo Jets [From Bangkok Under Seize]

By Paul Reitman, expat from Nepal, stuck in Bangkok

[The Nepali version of this article, written two days ago, appeared in today's Kantipur Daily]

Of late, there seems to be a growing relationship between democracy and jumbo jets, although there has always been some connection ever since Jumbos first took to the air. In recent times, struggles around democracy (or not) have involved hijackings of aircraft, the ramming of planes into skyscrapers, and as seen in Bangkok just this past week, the hostage-taking of several international airports. Continue reading

Nepal Suffers From Cold War Paranoia

Ties with Beijing doesn’t mean alienating Delhi

Chinese foreign minister visits nepal
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi (right) upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, on Tuesday (2 Dec). Jiechi is on a three-day visit to Nepal. On the left is Foreign Minister
Upendra Yadav.

By Akhilesh Upadhyay

Kathmandu has seen a flurry of high-profile visits in recent weeks. None more so than that of Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, who arrived on Tuesday (2 Dec) and his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukhherjee who was here last week.

There is some nervousness in various quarters in Kathmandu about these hectic diplomatic activities and conspiracy theories are doing frenzied rounds. Is the Maoist-led government coming down? Is the peace process falling apart? And worse still, is Nepal turning into a battleground for contending foreign powers, not least India and China, both emerging world powers? The Cold War mind-set continues to haunt.

It need not be. Continue reading