Fiscal Policy 2014: Can it Revive the Economy?

On July 13 the government unveiled a Rs 618 billion annual budget for the fiscal year 2014-15 with significant investment promised in energy, infrastructure, agriculture and irrigation sectors. Finance Minister Dr Ram Sharan Mahat, who has time and again committed to kick-start second generation of economic reforms, termed the budget as reform-and investment-oriented. Though the budget hasContinue reading “Fiscal Policy 2014: Can it Revive the Economy?”

“Nepal May See 10% GDP Loss From Glacier Melts, Climate Extremes”

Climate change-driven events like melting glaciers pose a grave risk to Nepal’s economy, and could cause losses equal to almost 10% of the country’s annual gross domestic product (GDP) by 2100, says a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) climate and economics report for South Asia. “The population is extremely vulnerable, not only to the immediateContinue reading ““Nepal May See 10% GDP Loss From Glacier Melts, Climate Extremes””

The Kathmandu Post interview: When blogs were Twitter and Facebook

Originally posted on Wagle Street Journal:
The Kathmandu Post celebrates its (and Kantipur’s) 21st anniversary today by publishing a 16-page pullout on Nepal’s social media scene. The supplement, titled “Platforms of Change“, explores how Nepalis are using the Internet and its various platforms mainly to express themselves and to connect and share and debate. In the lead…

Thabang: The village that didn’t vote; once hosted Maoist guerrillas

Originally posted on Wagle Street Journal:
A man in Thabang, Rolpa, face smeared with colored powder, celebrated Maghi festival. On the background is an anti-election slogan- “the one who asks for vote will get chot (hurt).” (यो लेखलाई नेपालीमा पढ्न यहाँ क्लिक गर्नुस्) On November 19, 2013 Nepal held national elections for the second Constituent…

Why do you need Ushaft’s election updates for Nepal?

Originally posted on Ushaft's Blog:
More info (22nd Nov): Followups to this blog post can be seen here: How was the polling day? and Citizens’ Statement about Maoists’ walkout from vote counting. After polling closed across Nepal, I have made some revisions about my prediction made in the initial posts of this series. The…

Justice Delayed is Justice Denied: Transitional [in] Justice in Nepal

As today is Blog Action Day 2013, and the theme this year is Human Rights, I thought it would be an appropriate time to write a piece about transitional justice in Nepal. All say Nepal is in political transition but none of them are clear how to end this transition. It seems political parties haveContinue reading “Justice Delayed is Justice Denied: Transitional [in] Justice in Nepal”