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Towards tech-friendly polls

2017-05-24 [ Source: The Kathmandu Post ]

Local elections are the key drivers of a functioning democracy, a responsible opposition, the rule of law and strong institutions.

Holiday Junkies

2017-05-18 [ Source: The Kathmandu Post ]

Nepal was closed by political forces. Strikes were welcomed and offices were shut at any rumour about security issues. The development industry, which is nearing three decades of active work in Nepal, needs to introspect on how to push productivity and change the work culture. Tackling the issue of holidays could be a starting point.

Do Nepalis really need jobs?

2017-05-01 [ Source: The Kathmandu Post ]

The Nepali term for a job is ‘jaagir’, an Urdu word meaning a land grant provided by feudal lords and rulers on which you seek rent. A market that is dominated by rent-seeking individuals kills the competition in the same manner that rent-seeking cartels kill level playing fields for business.

In South Asia, the time has come for border economic zones

2017-04-11 [ Source: Nikkei Asia Review ]

Frontier areas need help to overcome constraints on economic progress

Hopes for 2074

2017-04-11 [ Source: The Kathmandu Post ]

The course of a nation’s journey is like that of a person’s journey; there are moments of opportunity that come knocking. Year 2074 looks like one of them; I hope we will not squander it.