I would not say there is anti-India sentiment among the people. But this sentiment is certainly prevalent in certain sections of the society and in some geographical areas, mainly around the capital city.
While the government has upped diplomatic initiative with the Indian government to provide exchange service for Nepalis holding demonetized Indian currency, there has not been any progress in this direction so far. Sagar Ghimire of Republica talked to Minister for Finance Krishna Bahadur Mahara on Tuesday to know what the government is doing to resolve the issue. Excerpts:
The National Planning Commission (NPC) is the apex advisory body of the government for formulating a national vision, periodic plans and policies for development. It serves as a central agency for monitoring and evaluating development plans, policies and programs. Despite the NPC taking a lead role in the formulation of planning as well as monitoring of development projects, the implementation aspect has remained weak as reflected in the failure to boost capital expenditure. Sagar Ghimire and Laxman Biyogi of Republica talked with Min Bahadur Shrestha, the vice chairman of the NPC, on the problems in project planning and implementation as well as the government plan to bring supplementary budget. Excerpts:
KATHMANDU, Nov 8: As his participation in a function in Goa, India, which was reportedly attended by a Tibetan leader also, causes controversy, Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba said he is well aware of the sensitivities of northern neighbor China and that he and his party were committed to the One-China policy. He answered a few questions by email.
Arun Kumar Ahluwalia, the CEO of Everest Bank Ltd, is soon returning to his parent bank, i.e. Punjab National Bank, after completing his three-year term. He has been promoted to the post of General Manager of Punjab National Bank. He holds over three decades of experience in banking sector and has key expertise in credit and recovery. Punjab National Bank holds 20 percent stake in the EBL which has been serving its clients through a network of 61 branch offices, 86 ATMs, five extension counters and 24 revenue collection counters in Nepal, and a representative office in New Delhi, India. As Ahluwalia wraps up his tenure with EBL, Republica's Sagar Ghimire talked with him to know about his experiences in Nepal. Excerpts:
Radheshyam Adhikari was among the first lawmakers to raise the issue of impeaching CIAA Chief Lokman Singh Karki in the parliament. Adhikari, a lawyer by profession, was also instrumental in defining CIAA’s jurisdictions in the new constitution. The Nepali Congress MP spoke to Republica’s Biswas Baral and Mahabir Paudyal on Tuesday about the rationale for the impeachment motion, the CIAA’s role and how the motion will be taken ahead.
KATHMANDU, Oct 6: Stephen Freiheit, a Denmark based photographer and artist was recently in Kathmandu to attend the annual award event hosted by South Asia Communications (SAC) to honor the ‘Pattern Breakers of the months’ (2014-2016).
Coca-Cola has recently launched 'Mann Kholaun Coke Sanga' campaign -- a localized interpretation of Coke's global 'Share a Coke' campaign -- with 15 new labels to celebrate relationships, on the auspicious occasion of Dashain and Tihar festivals. In an email interview to Republica, Alok Kohli, Coca-Cola Country Director, Nepal, talked about Coca-Cola's first of its kind campaign in Nepal and the celebration of relationships. Excerpts:
CPN-UML vice-chairman and deputy parliamentary party leader Subas Chandra Nembang had a bird’s eye view of the constitution-making process in Nepal, having served as the chairman of both the first and the second Constituent Assembly.
Jackie Duff, the Strategic Program Director of The Coca-Cola Company's Women's Economic Empowerment Programs, was recently in Kathmandu to take stock of the Coke's social business initiatives in Nepal.