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Archive for August, 2013


Justice, now

The authorities in Nepal need to ensure that the new investigation into the murder of Krishna Prasad Adhikari, allegedly killed by the Maoists in 2004, proceeds without political interference  Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today. The international human rights group issued a statement in New York calling for investigations and prosecutions for grave abuses committed […]

Overloading caused Sita crash

An investigation into the crash at Kathmandu airport on 28 September last year of a Lukla-bound Sita Air flight has concluded that it was caused by passenger and cargo payload that exceeded the plane’s maximum takeoff weight. Nineteen people, including 12 tourists, five Nepali passengers and crew were killed when the Dornier aircraft stalled soon […]

Déjà vu at election time

Bhojraj Pokharel’s book on the 2008 polls is a handbook for conducting post-conflict elections, and has lessons for November KUNDA DIXIT As Chief Election Commissioner, Bhojraj Pokharel was at the centre of things during the iffy period of elections in 2007-8, and he has lots of stories to tell. Nepal Votes for Peace could be […]

Common minimum targets

The Power Summit ’13 organised by Independent Power Producers’ Association of Nepal ended on Tuesday, with investors, politicians, government officials, and experts agreeing on the need to develop a common minimum understanding regarding Nepal’s hydropower plan. At a plenary discussion at the end of the two-day summit, panellists were asked about 1) exporting power to […]

Do journalists need an education?

India’s Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari had the media aflutter with a proposal that those wishing to be journalists should first pass an exam before they are granted a licence to be reporters. Tewari presumably believes the quality of Indian journalism has plummeted, and that this deterioration can be stemmed through a license system. […]

Understanding air pollution

One of the biggest ever gathering of Nepal’s atmospheric scientists and policy makers in Kathmandu this week has concluded that air pollution is no longer a local phenomenon and regional collaboration is required for systematic atmospheric research. Recent global assessments and local studies indicate that air pollution is linked to several thousand premature deaths and […]

Powered up

The Power Summit ‘13 organised by the Independent Power Producers’ Association of Nepal kicked off today in Kathmandu, with private developers, policy-makers, and investors attending discussions on Nepal’s hydropower industry. Inaugurating the programme, President Ram Baran Yadav said that energy should be ever-present in Nepal’s economic agenda and that widespread poverty and social inequity form […]