There’s a lot of intl commitment to help Nepal’s reconstruction

The Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende was in Kathmandu to attend the International Conference on Nepal’s Reconstruction, held on June 25.

Relief should make locals independent, not dependent on charity

Almost two months after the Great Quake, Nepal is witnessing new problems related to child protection.

Reconstruction body will have donors as observing members

The government has decided to set up a reconstruction body before the donors’ conference on June 25, for which the National Planning Commission (NPC) has already submitted a proposal.

One-window reconstruction will avoid mistakes of relief phase

Six weeks after the Great Earthquake, the country is gradually moving towards the reconstruction and rehabilitation phase.

Political parties risk irrelevance if they fail to tap aspirations of the young and educated

Baburam Bhattarai, former prime minister, former finance minister, and UCPN (Maoist) ideologue, portends a “paradigm shift” in Nepali politics following the devastating recent earthquakes.

The UN should use as much national capacity as possible

In times of great natural disasters, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) becomes the international focal point for disaster relief.

Our homes must be small, light so they don’t kill us when they fall

The cliché that goes, ‘earthquakes don’t kill people, buildings do,' was appallingly true in the April 25 Great Earthquake.

Govt call to coordinate aid has been seen as control attempt

Two weeks after the Great Earthquake, the government has proceeded to relief phase from search-and-rescue.

Two large quakes in short time span, one after another is rare

The Great Earthquake on April 25 shook all of us. As of yet, the death toll has climbed to 7,000 and the extent of the damage is expected to be in the billions

Plans need funding from the beginning, not when outbreak occurs

More than two weeks later, the mystery disease in Jajarkot has finally been identified as swine flu.

Compact between people and state is breaking down in Tarai

Last week, protests erupted in Gaur, after the government unveiled a plan to open branch offices of the District Land Revenue Office and Department in Chandranigahapur.

Without political will, Dr KC’s demands cannot be fulfilled

Last Thursday, after 12 days of a hunger strike, Dr Govinda KC signed a deal with the government, ending his protest that drew national attention towards government apathy.

Investors need to see that the government is committed

Last year, Nepal signed a Power Trade Agreement (PTA) with India, providing much-needed headway to hydropower development in the country.

Very little teaching, learning goes on in public schools

With the commencement of the School Leaving Certificate (SLC) examinations last week, thousands of students and parents have shifted into study mode.

Strong presence of women in first CA did make a difference

Former US Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton is said to have cited Nepal as a successful example in significantly reducing maternal mortality in the past two decades.