What is convalescent plasma therapy, how it works and does it work for Covid-19
Medical experts across the world are experimenting with the therapy in moderate to critical Covid-19 patients. There has been some success, but they are yet to conclusively call it a proven and effective treatment.
Alarming rate of deaths threatens rhinos
The threat of one-horned rhino poaching, which was at its peak during the armed insurgency, is no more. What’s worrisome is the high number of deaths in the past few years from unspecified natural causes.
Wide, open spaces: the state of public land in Kathmandu
Open spaces are vitally important to the social, cultural, environmental and aesthetic life of a city but in the Kathmandu Valley, they’re fast shrinking.
Why agricultural subsidies have failed to benefit needy farmers
Farmers are in need of various forms of support but people outside the target group are profiting due to the irregularities in the distribution of grants and subsidies.
What is the land scam that has shaken the government’s seat all about?
The story of Lalita Niwas, which involves multiple administrations right from the early days of king Mahendra’s Panchayat.
Who is the controversial swami everyone can’t stop talking about?
The self-proclaimed Swami Balyogeshwor has been implicated in multiple fraud cases and has disappeared ever since the charges became public.
What is the controversy over Agni Sapkota as Speaker all about?
Ever since the ruling Nepal Communist Party selected Sapkota as its candidate for Speaker of the House, rights activists and conflict victims have protested the decision.
What do we know about the new strain of coronavirus, and should we be worried?
The virus, which has claimed 17 lives and infected hundreds, can be passed from person to person.
What new vegetation growth high in the Himalayas means
As rising temperatures expose land under snow in the mountains, the treeline is moving up. A new study reveals the alarming situation but scientists are unable to say exactly what the consequences will be.
Why the MCC compact courted controversy in Nepal
Politicians are divided over the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s links with the US’ Indo-Pacific Strategy and provisions that say the agreement will prevail over Nepal’s laws in case of conflicts.
Why Nepal’s tourism campaigns have—and haven’t—worked
Given the success of past initiatives, tourism entrepreneurs have high hopes for the campaign that aims to bring in 2 million tourists.
Nepal needs another international airport. So why is Nijgadh being held up?
Local residents want the project to take off, hoping economic returns. But there are also nationwide protests against the plan, mainly over the number of trees that have to be felled to create space for the airport.
Everything you need to know about Chhaupadi, the taboo ritual of banishing women to period huts
Legal actions and social campaigns have failed to make people in Nepal’s remote western regions understand the urgency of abolishing the deadly tradition.
Why Nepal's social security scheme has failed to take off
Employers are apprehensive about signing up to the programme, workers are not fully aware of the scheme, and the government has failed to convince contributors.
Why sand mining is rampant and what’s (not) being done to control it
Although regulations are in place, political connections and influence are allowing haphazard—and illegal—extraction of sand and other riverbed materials across the country.
What ails our kidneys and what’s the remedy?
Kidneys can be kept healthy through physical activity and a balanced diet. Haemodialysis and transplant are available if the vital organ stops working.
Why has Nepal failed to attract enough foreign direct investment?
Foreign direct investment is vital for accessing new technologies, business practices, and markets, especially when the country aims for the middle-income tag.
What is sickle cell anaemia and why is it so prevalent in the western plains?
Marriages within the tribe, social stigma, lack of public awareness and cumbersome process to avail of government help are sickening mostly the Tharu community.
Why is Dashain a time of great rejoicing and festivity for Nepalis
Weather, halt to farming activities and social interactions all make the festival a grand affair.
Why are there so many road accidents during Dashain?
Speed, overload, fatigued drivers and poorly maintained vehicles lead to crashes in the festival travel rush, authorities say.
Why are Kathmandu’s traffic jams notorious?
Kathmandu Valley has seen a steady rise in the number of vehicles even as effective measures of traffic management are lacking.
What is dengue and why is the outbreak so severe this year?
Cases of dengue fever have been reported from at least 56 districts across the country and experts warn it is likely to continue spreading until the end of the post-monsoon period.
Why floods and landslides batter Nepal every year
Loss of lives, property, livestock, and infrastructure continues to amount to millions of rupees, but the efforts to minimise the destruction remain inadequate and inefficient.
Everyone is talking about Rabi Lamichhane. Here’s what you need to know about the law that had him detained
Last year, the government introduced a new Criminal Code, a section of which criminalises abetment to suicide.
Why Nepal’s public schools have a poor report card
A majority of public school teachers are affiliated to political parties. This gives them a defence against possible action if they fail to perform their duties.
Everything you need to know about cryptocurrencies
Although digital currency is increasing in popularity across the world, in Nepal, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are considered illegal forms of financial tender.
Why the government’s development spending is slow and flawed
Even as the budget is presented six weeks before the new fiscal year, the government has failed to install measures to expedite development works and give people respite.
Why Nepal's open defecation free campaign hasn't worked
With 11 districts yet to achieve open defecation free status, the government is unlikely to meet its September target.
Everything you should know about the Nirmala Pant rape and murder case
Police are nowhere close to identifying and arresting the perpetrators.
What you need to know about how the changing climate could impact Nepal
From droughts in Upper Mustang to floods in the southern plains, there are indications all around that the country is already dealing with adversities created by climate change.
Everything you need to know about the Guthi Bill
The bill, which proposes controlling all public and private trusts, has outraged the Valley’s indigenous community
Everything you need to know about the biggest gold smuggling racket in Nepal
Nepal's biggest gold smuggling racket also exposes serious security vulnerabilities at the country’s only international airport.
15 things in the new national law every Nepali should know about
Some of the provisions outlined in the government’s new Criminal Code threaten free press. However, many provisions in both the Criminal and Civil Code may come as welcome news for Nepalis.