Corruption Blamed for Nepal Being Stuck in the Dark Ages

Kathmandu is now lit up after the end of load-shedding. Pic: Bikram Rai

In 2016, the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) got a new chief, Kul Man Ghising,  and Nepalis immediately started getting 24 hours of power supply.  This is after a decade of  crippling power shortages ( 2006-2016), during which they were told again and again the problem was due to the tremendous gap between demand and supply.

As it turns out, plenty of electricity already existed, but much of it was being sold to line the pockets of top NEA executives who were selling electricity to industrialists.  

Read more at https://www.nepalitimes.com/here-now/how-they-kept-nepal-in-the-dark-ages/.

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Bill Gates Supports Income Brackets to Describe World

Image: REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Bill gates will eradicate “developing” and “developed” from his vocabulary after reading  a recently released book entitled, “Factfulness,” by his good friend and Swedish statistician Hans Rosling.

Here’s how the four global income levels break down:

Level 1: People live on less than $2 a day. Rosling estimates that one billion people are living at or below this threshold. They get around on their own two barefoot feet, cook over an open flame like a cookfire, fetch water in a bucket, and sleep on the ground.

Some people living in countries like Nepal, Madagascar and Lesotho fall into this income category — but not all.  Many have much higher incomes, especially if they live in big cities.

One Year Without Vehicle Horns

Vehicle HornsTraffic moves along a road in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Nov. 1, 2017. (Sara Hylton/Bloomberg News)

The use of vehicle horns has been outlawed in Kathmandu since April of 2017, the start of the Nepali year.  Many doubted the ban would be successful, but one year later, the streets remain quiet.

“To mark the new year we wanted to give something new to the people of Kathmandu,” said Mingmar Lama, the head of the traffic police at the time the ban was introduced. “The horn is a symbol of being uncivilised. We wanted to show the world how civilised we are in Kathmandu.”

The ban was later introduced in other parts of the country, including the tourist hot spot Pokhara.

Source:   Vidhi Doshi, India correspondent for The Washington Post based in New Delhi.

Tourism Up in Mustang

Tourism in Mustang

According to Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) in Jomsom, foreign tourism rose in 2017 by 34.49 per cent.  Of 52,475 tourists who visited Mustang, 4,115 visited upper Mustang, said Office Chief, Tulasi Dahal.  Tourists come from India, China, America, London, France, South Korea, Canada, New Zealand and Israel.  Among the many tourist sites are Lomanthang, Muktinath, Marfa, Thini and Kagbeni.

Source: http://bit.ly/2DBtOPj