via How Nepal got the electricity flowing – CSMonitor.com explains how those at the head of the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) exaggerated a power crisis which lined the pockets of a chosen few while holding back progress in Nepal and creating unnecessary hardship for its citizens. The hero in this story is none other than Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, otherwise known as Prachanda, former guerrilla leader in the Maoist insurgency. Shortly after taking office, he appointed Kul Man Ghising as the NEA’s managing director, who says he is “managing demand and supply with maximum efficiency and complete honesty”. How refreshing!
Congratulations to Sunmaya Budha (left), an 18 year old from remote Jumla, Nepal who, at the beginning of this month, became the Asian SkyRunning Championships Ultra SkyMarathon® champion – her friend Purna Laxmi took silver medal.
She won the title, but came second in the race. But, second to who? No less than the current Trail Running World Champion, Caroline Chaverot. Sunmaya has only a teeny tiny history of running trail races: a 12 km race in January, 30 km in September, a stage-race around Manaslu in November. And then this 50+ km race in Hong Kong, 20km longer than any race she’d run before.
The regular interruption of power in Nepal causes more than a little inconvenience. Often residents resort to alternative sources imported from abroad or hold back on modern improvements because the power to supply them cannot be relied upon. Recent increases in power supply, as well as identified sources of leakage have contributed to progress, and, at least in the Kathmandu Valley, load-shedding has not occurred since the festival of Tihar.
Follow this link to read some highly effective commentary on the subject from Uttam Maharjan in The Rising Nepal: The Rising Nepal: Ending Load-shedding In Kathmandu Valley