Polluted Kathmandu

With the increase in the number of vehicles and industries, the air quality of capital Kathmandu is getting worse.

Dec. 4, 2016, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol 10. No. 8,December. 02,, 2016 Mangsir 17,2073)

As Nepal’s political parties are pushing their own agenda, nobody seems to be concerned about the possible constitutional deadlock, which will ultimately put Nepal into another phase of chaotic order. As we have been repeatedly saying that Nepal will have to go through a long process to see political stability last, the current political situation seems to be heading in that particular direction. Since the political process is in an uncertain political cycle, we have decided to cover the declining trend of remittances and its implications to Nepal’s overall economy. For almost one decade now, Nepal’s economy has performed strongly with good support from remittances, maintaining the balance of payment in Nepal’s favor. With the decline of oil prices and demands of foreign workers in the major market like Gulf and Malaysia, Nepal’s economy will likely see a hard time with direct impacts on foreign currency reserves. With the increase in the number of vehicles and industries, the air quality of capital Kathmandu is getting worse. With initiatives from former minister and leading environmental activist Ganesh Shah, German Ambassador to Nepal Matthias Meyer, UNESCO country director, a group of people representing civil society activists, scientists, senior government officials, experts and media persons held a brainstorming meeting as a first step to raise the awareness. Along with all these agenda, we also have regular columns and interviews as usual in this issue. 

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