Nepal’s Journey Towards a Digitalised Economy

With emerging technologies and innovations paving way for considerable economic, social and political benefits, most developed and emerging economies around the world have been working hard to join the league of world’s most digitalized economies. As a result, countries like Nepal aiming to become a digitalized economy have become a commonplace phenomenon as well. However …

Why Cities Matter?

I arrived in Nepalgunj, a rising major metropolis in Western Nepal, from Jumla, a mid-hill district in the same region and my hometown, for the first time in late 1900s to meet my father who worked in one of government offices there. But few years later, in early 2000s, I came to Kathmandu, country’s Capital …

Good Political Culture

Political parties’ failure to adjust their ideologies, principles and actions could put the country at risk These days, people are constantly questioning the performance of Nepal’s political parties—be it in terms of maintaining internal cohesion or having enough collaborative efforts with other parties to work towards common national interests. While common Nepalis exhibit this trend …

BRIDGING THE GAP – Emerging Technology Increase People’s Access To Finance

January 2017 remained a very important month for smartphone users in Nepal, mainly for two big reasons. First, the iPhone was celebrating its tenth anniversary and the second, Nepal Telecom (NT) was launchingLTE-based 4G services for its postpaid GSM users in Kathmandu and Pokhara effective from day one of this year. When late Apple co-founder …

GDP Per capita – Cuba Vs SAARC countries (1990 – 2014)

In 1990 Cuba's GDP per capital value was higher by almost four times than that of SAARC's most prosperous nation then - Sri Lanka. With an exception of Maldives & Afghanistan (for which data were missing), the performance of remaining five South Asian countries was even worse. Twenty-four years later, Cuba's GDP per capita exceeded $19,000 despite US Government's …

Links for 22/11/16

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Links for 09/11/16

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Interesting linkages between natural calamities, labor migration & remittances

According to World Bank's recent Migration and Development Brief, remittances to labor-sending developing countries rise in the aftermath of a disaster. Moreover, those countries witness gradual increase in remittances in following years if extreme disasters, climatic & geological, affect more than 10% of the population - All developing nations saw rise in remittances by about 2% of …