As mercury is dipping this winter, reports of people succumbing to cold wave have started to make headlines, once again like in the past years. At least 13 people (and counting) have lost their lives to deadly cold in the districts of southern plains—nine in Saptari district and three in Rautahat.
Following media reports that the government has finalized provincial capitals for the seven provinces, people have taken to the streets in various districts demanding their places be declared provincial capitals. Every district and city aspires to be provincial capital, and some of the senior politicians are adding fuel to the fire on this debate.
Bank interests are rising at an alarming rate these days. As bank and financial institutions (BFIs) are now competing to attract fixed deposit at over 13 percent, the borrowing cost has also become expensive.