Although he has reached 92, Himalaya Sumsher Rana, the first finance secretary of Ministry of Finance, who established the Ministry working alongside Finance Minister late Subarna Sumsher Rana, has observed all the and ups and downs of Nepal’s Civil Service for over seven decades. From the civil service of a unitary state, where he laid a foundation preparing the first annual fiscal budget, to the current federal structure, Rana says he has seen growing corruption, instability and irresponsibility.
By Keshab Poudel Sep 08, 2019
Long before the word Gender Equality and Social Inclusion were coined globally and implemented at national and professional levels, Ambica Shrestha, renowned entrepreneur, heritage conservationist and social worker, had started to build capacity of women and encourage them to participate in economic activities. Not only women, she has also been restlessly promoting the people and community with no access to resources and opportunities. Shrestha, Chairperson of Dwarika's Hotel, a living museum of Nepal's archeology and crafts, still continues her mission to enhance the capacities of men and women
By Keshab Poudel Aug 25, 2019
With the announcement to release coins to celebrate Guru Nanak’s 550 birth anniversary, Nepal has shown a great respect and honor to Guru Nanak. However, Prachin Udasi Guru Nanak Math, one of the oldest shrines, with valuable handwritten Guru Granth in its ownership, at Balaju, is on the wane. Encroached from all sides, including the spiritual sects, schools, communities, roads and individuals, this oldest Math with unique architecture and valuable documents is likely to disappear from the map given the current pace of encroachment
By Keshab Poudel Aug 02, 2019
Financed by Asian Development Bank, Gautam Buddha International Airport (GBIA) shows how the fate of a project can change for the better while development partners and implementing agencies are working in collaboration. From almost a stage of collapse due to various technical, financial and other reasons, GBIA recovered its lost pace of progress and is nearing completion now. If the project continues to maintain the current speed of work, it will be complete by coming December, opening enormous opportunities for western parts of Nepal
By Keshab Poudel Jun 30, 2019