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
Although KMC is justifying its decision to demolish Bagdurbar, arguing that the palace was not built by Bhimsen Thapa, conservationist Chanda Rana sees the argument is ridiculous. She spoke to New Spotlight on the issue. Excerpts:
By A Correspondent Jul 18, 2018
Dr. JEET JOSHEE is the first Nepali-American to hold the prestigious position at California State University, Long Beach USA. Joshee, who was born in Bandipur, Tanahu in western Nepal, attended Bhanu High School , Bandipur, Tanahun. He left Nepal in pursuit of higher education to the United States some 33 plus years ago. He got his first master Degree from School for International Training in Vermont, USA and second Master degree and Doctoral Degree in International Development Education form University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was an Assistant Dean at University of Connecticut and was appointed Dean in 2005 at Cal State San Bernardino. Now is he is Associate Vice President for International Education and Global Engagement and Dean of the College of Professional and International Education at California State University, Long Beach. He is also a the President of the American International Recruitment Council (AIRC) and also affiliated for a long time with the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), European Association of International Education (EAIE) and Asia-Pacific Association of International Education (APAIE). Dr. Joshi spoke to DEEPAK RAJ JOSHI about his education, career, experience and home country. Except:
By Deepak Raj Joshi Jul 16, 2018
With the restructuring of the state into three tiers, Central, Provincial and Local levels, the functions of the Department of Water Supply and Sewerage (DWSS) have also transformed. With his long experience in the water supply and sanitation sector, Director General of DWSS Tej Raj Bhatta spoke to New Spotlight on issues related with the transformation.
By A Correspondent Jul 01, 2018
Completing many projects in rural parts of Nepal under earthquake recovery projects in remote parts of Nepal, Karuna Foundation, a local NGO, has shown a way to address the poor and marginalized population of Nepal. Deepak Raj Sapkota, Executive Director of Karuna Foundation Nepal, an NGO working in the field of Prevention of Childhood Disability (primary and secondary), Community Based Rehabilitation by strengthening local systems which ensures ownership, sustainability and efficiency, spoke to NEW SPOTLIGHT on the topic. Excerpts:
By A Correspondent Jul 01, 2018
Elected a year ago, Norbu Syangbo Ghale chairperson of Naukunda Rural Municipality of Rasuwa District, has his own experiences to share. Elected on the slogan of brining Singha Durbar to the Rural center, Ghale is yet to see any changes in the style of governance. Ghale spoke to KESHAB POUDEL at his Rural Municipality office. Excerpts:
By Keshab Poudel Jun 15, 2018
I came to Kathmandu in 1975 intent on not studying law. At first I tried to study medicine as well as a few other things but wasn’t successful, so ended up biting the bullet and applying to Law school but I failed with this too. I went to the school’s office to find out why I hadn’t passed and was told that I’d answered the test using old criteria. My school was teaching old laws and subsequently caused me to fail.
By Alex Bushnell May 04, 2018
Robin Marston has been a leading figure in Nepali tourism and trekking for nearly forty years. He led Mountain Travel, Nepal’s first trekking agency, for twelve years and managed the famous Summit Hotel for fourteen years. Since then, he’s played an important role in conservation and charity work, and has left a lasting legacy in Nepal. It was my second time meeting Robin, and this time he invited me to his home for our interview. I met him in the lobby of the Summit Hotel before he led me to his house just next door. Outside his gate I was surprised to see a sheep, an animal I hadn’t seen since arriving in Nepal. I wasn’t even sure if they existed here. I was even more surprised when Robin called for “Shobha” to come inside with us. We sat in his garden, eating biscuits, drinking tea and petting Shobha the sheep, and started the interview.
By Alex Bushnell Mar 23, 2018
Following the appointment of Chief Executive Officer Yubaraj Bhusal, the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has amended some regulations and guidelines to make the procedures for private housing grant easy over the last three and half months. CEO Bhusal, who has worked in different ministries as a secretary, including in the Ministry of Finance and National Planning Commission, is a seasoned bureaucrat with his own developmental approach. Excerpts:
By Keshab Poudel Feb 18, 2018
For an organization, the first 25 years mark a very important milestone. So, for the Himalayan Bank Ltd, a premier private sector joint venture bank, its recent silver jubilee celebration was special. Founded with the initiative of Nepal’s first governor Himalaya Shumsher Rana, Himalaya Bank Ltd has made immense contribution in transforming Nepal’s financial sector and in Nepal’s overall economic and social development. Although financial institutions are in dozens, Himalaya Bank has its own glory, credibility and prestige in the financial sector of Nepal as well as abroad. The task of running the bank, retaining its credibility in the present context, is undertaken by Chief Executive Officer Ashoke SJB Rana, son of Himalaya Sumsher Rana, who celebrated his 90th birthday recently. As Nepal’s economy is growing in a new political structure, CEO Ashoke SJB Rana spoke to New Spotlight on various issues. Excerpts:
By A Correspondent Feb 05, 2018
Although almost three years have passed since recent earthquakes devastated Nepal, overwhelming numbers of victims are yet to find a respite. Min Bahadur Shahi, convener of HAMI, spoke to New Spotlight on related issues.
By A Correspondent Jan 21, 2018
Despite the decline in the generation of electricity from the domestic power plants, Nepal Electricity Authority is supplying electricity to the country without shedding the power load. At a time when there is a growing rumor about the possibility the load-shedding schedules returning, Kul Man Ghising, Managing Director of NEA, spoke to New Spotlight on the likely scenarios. Excerpts:
By A Correspondent Jan 07, 2018