Tag Archives: Nepal

South Asia Needs to Face up to Water and Energy Dilemma

South Asia’s water and energy crises are deeply intertwined. Growing energy demand drives water shortages and lack of water fuels power outages. Regional cooperation – such as power trading between countries – could ease tightening resource constraints but such solutions have been largely scuppered by political suspicions.

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Nepal’s Mystical Dolpa in the Mist

Dolpa is one of the last two among Nepal’s 75 districts that doesn’t yet have a road connection and seeks to protect its pristine remoteness. Along with its rugged tree-less terrain, Dolpa’s jewel is Phoksundo Lake, a lapis lazuli-colored body of water, it is Nepal’s deepest and second-largest lake.

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Building Silk Roads for the 21st Century

Pakistan is not alone in China’s larger vision of building a web of Silk Roads to connect it with Central Asia and as far as Germany. From 1992 to 2011 China spent 8.5 per cent of GDP on infrastructure, much more than the developing country average of 2–4 percent. And, from 1992 to 2007, China spent US$120 billion on building 21748 miles of highways.

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Modi’s Nepal Yatra

Narendra Modi’s Nepal trip seemed to be personal, political and geopolitical, all rolled into one. The visit did gladden many Nepalis but left open the question as to how Modi plans to reach out to the other South Asian neighbors

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‘History Wars’ Set Ablaze Again in India

Controversial school books present an extremely contentious view of Indian history rooted in the ideology of Hindutva, the Hindu nationalist political movement — and sometimes propagate pure fantasy

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Nepal Struggles to Curb Craze for ‘Himalayan Viagra’

The rush to collect rare caterpillar fungus or ‘Himalayan Viagra’ has led to violent clashes and deaths since Nepal's government legalized the lucrative trade. Rising prices and soaring demand in recent years have driven a gold rush in mountainous regions. Yarsagumba fetches at least US$14,000 to US$16,000 per kilogram at the source and prices increase dramatically for traders further up the supply chain.

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Drones Investigate Himalayas’ Melting Glacier

Scientists have used unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – also known as drones – for the first time to monitor melting glaciers in the Himalayas more accurately.

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Nepal Learns from the Negev Desert

Ambika Regmi was working in her vegetable patch at home in Jhapa one day last year when she heard that she had been selected to go to Israel. But unlike other young women in her village, who had gone to Israel to work as caregivers for the elderly, Regmi had been chosen to take part in advanced agricultural training.   …

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Nepalis Fear as India Dykes Mahakali River

Last June, a flood in the Mahakali river – which marks a part of Nepal’s western border with India – swept away almost half of Khalanga Bazaar, a town that is the headquarters of Nepal’s Darchula district. The cause of the flood is still a debate. Most locals blame Indian officials, alleging that they opened the gates of the Dhauliganga dam upstream. This has been consistently …

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Nepal’s Three Curses

The first curse of Nepal’s governance is domestic political failure, resulting in poor governance and continued destitution of this country’s long-suffering citizens.   The chronic mindless misconduct of politicians masquerading as ‘the people’s representatives’ is leading to another squandering of the electoral mandate. The horse-trading, wheeling-dealing, and backroom bargaining prove that the so-called rulers of Nepal have learnt nothing.   …

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