VALERIE JULLIAND, the United Nations Resident Coordinator and recent United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative in Nepal, has been working in the country since July 2016 overseeing the work of the various UN agencies in Nepal. Julliand sat down with SAIMA PUN at the UN House to discuss the United Nation’s involvement in supporting Nepal’s development.
By Saima Pun Jan 14, 2019
Bimal Acharya, a young and dynamic Mayor of Mechinagar Municipality of Jhapa District, is committed to bringing transformation in his area, which has been restructured recently with several Village Development Committees of the past falling under his jurisdiction. Mayor Acharya, a young leader of Nepali Congress, spoke to New Spotlight on various issues related to the local governance. Excerpts:
By Keshab Poudel Jan 12, 2019
Twenty American Peace Corps Volunteers, the first since the organization suspended its operations in Nepal in 2004, are back again. As this year marks the 50th anniversary since the Peace Corps arrived in Nepal in 1962, former Peace Corps Volunteer SCOTT SKINNER spoke to KESHAB POUDEL about his experiences and contributions in Nepal. Skinner served in Nepal between 1962 to L964 and visited the country frequently. Excerpts:
By NEW SPOTLIGHT ONLINE Dec 21, 2018
VERONICA CODY, the European Union Ambassador and Head of Delegation to Nepal, assumed her current role in Nepal from September 2017 and has been working with the European Union for 25 years where she has held a number of significant positions as a diplomat in that time. Ambassador Cody met with SAIMA PUN at the EU’s Office to discuss the European Union and Nepal’s extensive development partnership and relationship.
By Saima Pun Dec 20, 2018
Although he also served as an assistant minister at the center and got elected to the central parliament, the Mayor of Baitadi Municipality, Keshab Bahadur Chand, chose to contest the election in his local municipality. Chand, who secured victory as the mayor from Nepali Congress, finds there is more work here to complete. Under the new constitution and act, the mayor of municipality’s exercises more authority than the minister of the center. Chand spoke to KESHAB POUDEL at his office in the Patan Municipality of Baitadi district, reverently about the function and power of municipality. Excerpts:
By Keshab Poudel Dec 09, 2018
International Organization of Migration, UN Migration Agency Nepal, has been supporting Nepal in various sectors related to migration. Paul I. Norton, Chief of Mission, International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN Migration Agency, Nepal, spoke to New Spotlight on various issues.
By A Correspondent Nov 19, 2018
Despite a decade after the emancipation of Haliyas, the government is yet to provide shelter and livelihood opportunities to all freed Haliyas. Gopi Mainali, Secretary of Ministry of Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation, spoke to NEW SPOTLIGHT on various issues regarding the programs. Excerpts:
By A Correspondent Nov 03, 2018
As Nepal is celebrating the World Contraception Day on 26th September organizing various programs the country is yet to fill the gap in demands of contraception. Marie Stopes Nepal is a leading organization working in Nepal in family health sectors, Sophie Hodder, the Country Director at Marie Stopes Nepal, spoke to New Spotlight on various issues.
By NEW SPOTLIGHT ONLINE Sep 26, 2018
The overall portfolio performance improved significantly in recent years. The contract award achieved for investment projects in Nepal in 2017 was $435.9 million, and disbursements were $275.4 million (with program loans), historically the highest level in Nepal for the second year in a row
By NEW SPOTLIGHT ONLINE Sep 25, 2018
As Nepal has almost fulfilled the Open Defecation Free (ODF) target with over 95 per cent coverage, many challenges remain in making the universal coverage on sanitation possible and providing safe drinking water. Director General of Department of Water Supply and Sewerage Tej Raj Bhatta spoke to New Spotlight on these and other related issues. Excerpts:
By NEW SPOTLIGHT ONLINE Sep 22, 2018
Rev. Dr. Martin Junge, General Secretary of The Lutheran World Federation is in his eight-day visit to Nepal. While here, he went to project sites and interacted with the community members. Before returning home, Dr. Junge had talked with KESHAB POUDEL in an exclusive interview at LWF-Nepal’s office. Excerpts:
By Keshab Poudel Sep 19, 2018
As Nepal government is celebrating Constitution Day with fanfare, leader of Rashtriya Janta Party Rajendra Mahato is terming the day as a Protest Day boycotting official ceremony and commemorating the day as a martyr’s day. Mahato spoke to NEW SPOTLIGHT from Dhangadhi. Excerpts:
By NEW SPOTLIGHT ONLINE Sep 19, 2018
The new Constitution has completed its third year. In these past three years, supporters of the Constitution have remained and continue to be hopeful about the document. Critics who are less enthusiastic about its promises are not aspiring. Nevertheless they contested in the elections under the Constitution. With this context, we sat down with Dr Bipin Adhikari, constitutional expert and dean at the Kathmandu University School of Law, to discuss the three years of the implementation of the 2015 Constitution of Nepal and its future prospects. Following are the excerpts.
By NEW SPOTLIGHT ONLINE Sep 19, 2018
As Nepal and Germany are celebrating sixty years of establishment of their diplomatic relations, German ambassador to Nepal ROLAND SCHAEFER, a career diplomat, who in his past diplomatic assignments had occasion to deal with conflict-hit areas like the Balkans, Colombia or the Middle East, spoke to KESHAB POUDEL on various issues of Nepal-German Cooperation. Excerpts:
By Keshab Poudel Aug 18, 2018
Bhola Prasad Dahal, PhD, Country Director at Search for Common Ground Nepal, has extensive knowledge on good governance and development issues in Nepal. As Search for Common Ground recently released SINGHA DURBAR II, a public television show related to the contemporary issues of good governance, accountability, federal structure, civil society, service delivery, migration and SDGs, Dahal spoke to New Spotlight on related issues. Excerpts:
By A Correspondent Aug 18, 2018
Since the establishment of diplomatic relations 58 years ago, Israel has been supporting Nepal in various areas and the bilateral relations between the two countries have become stronger over time. The Embassy of Israel recently celebrated the National Day of Israel in a different way, with the Wheelchairs of Hope. Benny Omer, Ambassador of Israel to Nepal, spoke to Keshab Poudel on this and various other issues. Excerpts:
By Keshab Poudel Aug 05, 2018
Senior Advocate Dinesh Tripathy, who has challenged government decisions to ban rally at public places, is a constitutional expert of Nepal. Having fought for several litigations related to protection of human rights, including sending Maoist Dhungel in prison, senior advocate Tripathy spoke to New Spotlight on various issues of contemporary interest. Excerpts:
By A Correspondent Aug 03, 2018
Legal education has been an important challenge in Nepal. Different law schools in the country have different programs for the undergraduate and graduate legal studies. Kathmandu University School of Law (KUSL) at Dhulikhel, the youngest law school in the country, also has unique perspective in legal education. New Spotlight spoke with Dr Adhikari recently on the specialty of their academic program, and their current approach in this regard. Excerpts:
By NEW SPOTLIGHT ONLINE Jul 22, 2018