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Archive for January, 2012


Tough times

Just when we thought that the Supreme Court deadline finally sent alarms ringing in the Constituent Assembly, the parties have once again locked horns over governance and state structure. While the Nepali Congress and the UML have teamed up with sixteen parties in favor of ‘improved’ parliamentary system, the Maoists have patched up their internal […]

Pricey oil and gas

The Nepal Oil Corporation increased the price of petroleum products on Wednesday. The price of petrol has been hiked by Rs 10 per litre and will now cost Rs 115. Prices of diesel and kerosene have been increased by nine rupees a litre and will now cost Rs 85 per litre. The price of LPG gas […]

Beijing’s gifts

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao and his 40-member team concluded their five-hour visit on Saturday afternon, after meeting Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, President Ram Baran Yadav and top leaders of the major parties. During the brief visit, Nepal and China signed eight agreements. The separate agreements are on concessional Chinese loan to Nepal worth US dollars […]

Wen in Kathmandu

The people of Kathmandu woke up to an unexpected morning. There was heavy security presence in the streets and riot police were deployed to every crossings around the valley. The unannounced visit of the Chinese premier Wen Jiabao came more as a shock than a surprise for the people whose weekend plans went all wrong. […]

The Chinese ambush

The controversial visit of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao which was shelved few weeks back is taking even more dramatic tryst. Unconfirmed sources in the government leaked the news to the media late on Friday that Wen will land in Kathmandu on Saturday at around 11 in the morning and after meeting his Nepali counterpart for […]

The great himalayan trek begins

The much anticipated trek through the Great Himalaya Trail that stretches from the foothills of Kangchenjunga in the eastern Taplejung district to remote Darchula in the far-west takes off on Friday. The Great Himalaya Trail- Climate Smart Celebrity Trek (GHT-CSCT) will be led by Apa Sherpa who has scaled Mt. Everest 21 times so far. […]

Peace Corps returns

US officials formally announced in Washington on Wednesday the return of the Peace Corps to Nepal after they were pulled out following an explosion set off at the UAS Information Centre in Gyaneswor in September 2004. Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Asia Nisha Biswal […]