Something amiss

November 30, 2016 00:45 am

Twenty-year-old Amrita Kumari of Murtiya, Saptari, epitomizes the kind of indirect, structural violence on women that is common in Tarai-Madhesh. Last year, her parents had arranged for her to get married to the family of Sagar Mahato of Lalbandi of the same district.

Keep digging

November 29, 2016 00:45 am

The 14-km Naubise-Nagdhunga stretch can take what seems like an eternity to traverse for the weary passengers trying to enter the national capital by road. Long lines of vehicles, big and small, wind their way down from the chicken-neck of Nagdhunga check-post, waiting for the police inspection at the check-post after which they can roll into Kathmandu Valley.

Green gems

November 28, 2016 00:45 am

The best way to minimize traffic and ease people’s movement is not to widen the roads—although this might help—but to improve the state of our public transport.

Keep trying

November 26, 2016 00:45 am

We welcome the decision of Nepali Congress and CPN (Maoist Center), the two main constituents of the ruling coalition, to once again make a concerted effort at garnering consensus on constitution amendment.

Benefit of doubt

November 24, 2016 00:45 am

Splits and mergers are common features of political parties in the developing world. Nepal is no exception

Sell it

November 23, 2016 00:45 am

We have in this space repeatedly pointed out the need for common understanding on constitution amendment among at least the four main political forces—Nepali Congress, CPN-UML, CPN (Maoist Center) and the Madheshi Morcha—that own up post-2006 political changes.


November 22, 2016 00:45 am

Nepalis often have unrealistic hopes of their parliamentarians. They expect their elected representatives to solve their each and every problem—the long hours of load-shedding, shortage of drinking water, inflation, pollution, poverty, you name it—preferably overnight.

Pros over cons

November 21, 2016 00:45 am

Speaking to Republica recently, Paul Jackson, a British conflict-resolution expert who has closely studied post-conflict societies around the world, including Nepal, pointed out how Nepal’s peace process was a rare success story.

Away with cash

November 19, 2016 00:45 am

India’s decision to ban Indian currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations that are in circulation, almost overnight, has created a wave of panic that is rippling across India.

Build on it

November 17, 2016 00:45 am

When Nepal Police arrested five national footballers, including the reigning captain Sagar Thapa, in October, 2015, on charges of match-fixing, Nepali football aficionados were disgusted. They saw it as a sign of everything that was wrong with Nepali football back then: it was being managed by a thoroughly corrupt governing body, ANFA, under Ganesh Thapa, player motivation was low, football infrastructure was crumbling, and the national men’s team was suffering one after another humiliating loss.