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Archive for August, 2013


Hari, the mail boy

Amrit Bhadgaule, Nagarik, 17 August Every morning Hari Bhujel from Chame, Manang district gets up at 5.30 and makes the long walk downhill to Timang carrying letters. The ninth grader from Lokpriya Higher Secondary School is a mail boy and the proud owner of the keys of Chame. At Timang he picks up a parcel […]

A fistful of dollars

Two news items this week can have significant impact on our economy. On Tuesday, the US dollar crossed the Rs 100 barrier with a potentially huge impact on inflation and balance of payments. The same day, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal held a press conference in which it announced an ill-timed and ill-thought ban on […]

Flight ban ‘disastrous’

The aviation and tourism sector in Nepal has reacted with dismay at the decision on Monday by the civil aviation authorities to ban wide-body flights to and from Kathmandu, saying it would be disastrous for the economy. The head of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) Ritesh Chandra Lal Suman told a press conference […]

1 USD = NRs 100

For the first time ever, the Nepali rupee has plunged to over Rs 100 against the dollar. On Tuesday, the state’s banking regulator Nepal Rastra Bank set the exchange rate at Rs 100.6 per USD. From the time it hit an all-time low at Rs 93.5 per dollar on 12 June, Nepal’s currency depreciated further […]

Back to square one

Talks between the government and CPN-M led fringe parties opposing CA elections in November ended without any agreement on Monday. Pasang Sherpa of the Federal Socialist Party said they had demanded elections be postponed before proceeding to further discussions. But the government refused on the grounds that almost all preparations were nearing completion. No date […]

No room for love

Binita Duwadi and Bhim Bahadur Bishwakarma from Dhading fell in love and got married. The only problem: they belonged to different castes. Binita’s family disowned her and threatened to kill her for marrying a Dalit boy. The young couple then moved to Kathmandu and remained ‘underground’ for their safety. Last Sunday Binita was abducted from […]

Going, going…

Surendra Poudel, Nagarik, 14 August The Nepal Embassy on 12A Kensington Palace Gardens in London is a national embarrassment. The walls of the magnificent building are cracked and so are the pillars that keep it standing. Entering through the front door, one sees the wall paint and wallpaper are already flaking off. Drainage pipes installed […]