October 23, 2017

Preparing for the Expected in Nepal

Natural disasters strike randomly, they do not choose a country. The issue then is how you prepare for these disasters in countries like Nepal where resources are not properly deployed towards initial preparedness that could help in the actual relief efforts. Read More »

South Asia Braces for Intense Heat This Summer

With temperatures already topping 40 degrees Celsius in many places and a weak monsoon forecast, southern Asia is likely to suffer through yet another recording-breaking summer Read More »

Pakistan Ranked Happiest Country in South Asia

Pakistan is ranked as the happiest country in South Asia. Israel in Middle East, Uzbekistan in Central Asia, Costa Rica in Central and South America and Algeria in Africa are ranked happiest countries in their respective regions in the 2017 World Happiness Report. Read More »

Melting Glaciers May Impact Hydropower Plans

The World Water Week has put the focus back into shrinking glaciers but the jury is still out on the impacts they will have on the flow in snow-fed rivers and hydropower generation. Read More »

View from India: Fresh Turmoil in Kathmandu

The K.P. Oli-led government has managed to stave off yet another crisis after Maoist leader Prachanda flip-flopped on the issue of withdrawal of support. However, more instability looms ahead. Read More »

China’s Influence in Nepal Endangers Tibetan Refugees

The country's impact on Nepalese politics makes life for Tibetans there extremely difficult. Read More »

Finally, Nepal Gets a Constitution

First promised over a half a century ago, Nepal's new constitution is surprisingly progressive. But it's led to tensions with neighboring India and with underrepresented ethnic groups. Read More »

Why Nepal is So Prone to Earthquakes

The earthquake that struck Nepal was caused by the same forces that built the Himalayas, and science is helping predict where the next quake might strike. Read More »

Crafting a Constitution for Nepal

In Nepal, there are hurdles to the constitution drafting that have to be resolved urgently if the radical leftists and the royalist right are not to blow away hard-won freedoms. As a player in Nepal politics, the best support India can provide is by staying outside the convention of constitution writing. Read More »

India, Nepal Sign Deal to Build Another Mega-dam

As Nepal signs a deal with India to build another 900 MW dam during the Indian prime minister’s visit to Kathmandu, concerns grow that the rush to develop hydropower is misguided Read More »