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
At a time when the law and order situation is deteriorating, state institutions are weak and activities of inimical forces are growing in the absence of strong institutions in Nepal, Narendra Modi has started his second tenure as the prime minister of India with a message to follow a peaceful neighborhood policy. However, even before starting the second tenure by Modi, political leaders, intellectuals and intelligentsia, who were the part of ongoing changes of Federal, Secular, Democratic Republic of Nepal, are issuing nervous, panicky and contradictory statements based on their imagination on India’s possible new policy towards Nepal.
By Keshab Poudel Jun 07, 2019
As local and provincial governments are giving less priority to Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI), Violence Against Women or Gender Based Violence (GBV), has been growing in the mid-western region of the past that is now Karnali Province. With provincial and local level governments slashing the budget under GESI, gender-based programs have been affected. At a time when over 90 percent budget goes to infrastructure development, for road and building, the achievements made by Nepal in gender issue over the years might face a reversal
By Keshab Poudel May 21, 2019
As Nepal government plans to generate 10,000 MW of hydropower in the next ten years for domestic consumption and export, more than a hundred dams in the river are required to divert water and realize the plan. On the flip side, Nepal's fishes and aquaculture are sure to come under threat. Published by the Asian Development Bank, a study on the Impact of Dams on Fish in the Rivers of Nepal proposes various ways to preserve fishes while constructing the dams
By Keshab Poudel May 05, 2019
With the abolition of monarchy in 2008, the special privilege and status given by Nepal's Monarchy to King of Mustang, who agreed to peacefully merge politically with Nepal, also came to an end. However, Upper Mustang's religion, culture and landscape continue to attract people from around the world. Thanks to the continual patronage of former Raja of Mustang Jigme Singhi Palbar Bista and his family members, Buddhist Monks and ancient monastery, Upper Mustang is able to retain its glory of past. With her own love to Mustang's monastery, religion, culture and landscape, Dr. Susanne von der Heide from Himal Asia, has been backing all the efforts of people of Upper Mustang for the preservation and protection of heritage and monastery.
By Keshab Poudel Apr 18, 2019
Nepal is in the process of bringing another citizenship act which aims to distribute citizenship certificates to all Nepali citizens. However, the debates in parliament have been directed to making the process harder. As Nationalism and citizenship certificates have nothing to do with each other, members of the communist party added many restrictions and hurdles to providing people citizenships in the name of protecting nationalism.
By Keshab Poudel Apr 02, 2019
As Nepal has been passing through a political crisis and facing severe economic challenges, former finance minister and leader of Nepali Congress DR.RAM SHARAN MAHAT spoke to KESHAB POUDEL on various contemporary issues. Excerpts:
By Keshab Poudel Mar 29, 2019
Dalit women from the Dolkha district have shown that the implementations of livelihood programs backed by reconstruction and advocacy help them take political power and become economically independent. As women alover the world including Nepal celbrated International Women's Day, the projects and program launched by LWF-Nepal with collaboration from Evangelical Lutheran Churches In America (ELCA) have helped to revive the life of dalit women, who suffered from earthquake
By Keshab Poudel Mar 17, 2019