Editorial – Help us help Nepal

It can’t have escaped your notice that Nepal has been devastated by two earthquakes. The charities are out there helping feed and clothe people. Medical supplies are on their way as is emergency shelters, tents and sleeping bags. But what people need more than anything is power. Power to heat and light homes, cook food, […]

Tap hydropower potential, World Bank tells Nepal

Nepal is being urged to tap its hydropower potential to solve the nation’s energy crisis. The World Bank said it is a “core task” for the country, which still faces power cuts of at least eight hours a day. It will also help in boosting public income through electricity trade with neighbouring India, it added. […]

Blog: A murky view from the top of the world

I was ecstatic! A month in my home country after three and a half years of not having seen my family. It was supposed to bring a breath of fresh air. Except it didn’t (literally!). As I walked out of Nepal’s international airport to see some of my family members waiting impatiently, I was struck […]

Saving lives with solar at Nepal blood bank

Aid charities are building a blood bank in Nepal’s capital city which can withstand earthquake-induced power cuts – with solar panels. Blood supplies need to be kept chilled in fridges but in quake-prone Kathmandu, power supplies are a daily occurrence. Backed by the charity British Red Cross, the Nepalese Red Cross Society is building a new blood […]

Climate change could slash South Asia’s GDP by 9% – report

South Asia could see economic losses of up to 9% of its GDP every year by the end of the century if the world continues to invest in fossil fuels. That’s according to a new report form the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which predicts the collective economy of six countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the […]

India to lend Nepal $1bn for projects including energy

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has offered Nepal $1 billion (£594m) in loans to help the nation invest in hydropower plants as well as other infrastructure projects. Mr Modi visited the Himalayan country yesterday – the first by an Indian Prime Minister in 17 years – in a bid to boost relations between the two […]

Nepal gets $180m to tackle power shortages

A loan worth $180 million (£105m) has been granted to Nepal to help the nation tackle its crippling power shortages. The cash will be used by the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) to upgrade and expand transmission and distribution lines and substations, allowing the transfer of up to 2,000MW of power to main load centres in […]

World Bank approves $84.6m for hydroelectricity in Nepal

The World Bank is helping address the energy shortage in Nepal by providing financing worth $84.6 million (£50.2m) for a hydroelectric project. The Kabeli-A project, which will be built in the Panchthar district in the eastern hills of Nepal, will have a total capacity of 37.6MW. It will be connected to the national grid via […]

China to ‘set up solar power station in Nepal’

China is reportedly planning to install a solar energy power station in Nepal. Reports claim the Nepal Government has shown interest in lighting up the Singha Durbar (pictured), the official seat of the Government, in the capital city of Kathmandu with solar panels. Keshav Dhoj Adhikary, Joint Secretary at Nepal’s Energy Ministry is quoted as […]

Blog: 12-hour power cuts? The nightmare norm in Nepal

I miss a lot of things living away from my home back in Nepal – the magnificent scenery, exquisite food, beautiful temples and my family. What I don’t miss however is the amount of ‘load shedding’ hours people there have to cope with. Load shedding is the term used when referring to a power cut. […]