Nepal’s economy is undergoing a tough time owing to the both internal and external factors. Soaring price hike of consumer goods and energy, high interest rate and liquidity crunch have hit both business community and com
Soil is sometimes dismissed as a dirtying agent that soils our clothes and helps generate mud on the land surface and dust in the air. But the truth is that soil exists as the basis for life because food grows on soil. All food crops grow on soil, so do the greenery and all kinds of herbs and vegetation that keep our environment healthy. Food crops, medicinal herbs, shrubs, bushes, flowers, mangroves, animal fodder, grassland and timber forest, and list can go very long. Life cannot be imagined in their absence. And these life supporting and oxygen supplying vegetation world
As the world is bracing for sustainable development, it is essential for all the nations to carry out development activities and preserve the natural environment side by side. A harmonious relationship between humans and nature is needed for materialising the concept of sustainable development. Wildlife is vital for maintaining ecological balance, food-chains and natural cycles.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights has stressed right to life, which means human rights should begin at birth. It is the right of every human to be born healthy, without any complications that hamper his/her physical, mental and professional growth. For this, the lives of mothers and their babies need to be saved with timely health services and interventions.
Many Nepali women, men, and children have been victims of human trafficking. Previously, traffickers used to take many Nepalis to different cities in India, where the victims would be forced to engage in physical labour as household, restaurant, or factory workers, while many Nepali women would be sold to brothels besides being forced to work as labourers or household maids. In current times, when many countries have opened their borders to our migrant labour, Nepalis are being trafficked to other places for the same reasons. Traffickers smuggle Nepalis in order to offer them with lucrative professions. Most times, trafficked Nepalis are forced to labour as modern-day slaves, and some, particularly women, are mistreated physically and sexually. There have been reports of women being sexually molested while working in other countries.
The law, however, stops motor vehicles from plying at a speed surpassing 40 kmph in areas having dense settlements. Such places are also known as built-up areas. The speed limit for Ring Road and major highways is 50 kmph while it is 40 kmph in built-up areas. Vehicles need to drive only at a speed limit of 10-20 kmph along the roads nearby schools and hospitals. Despite such legally obligatory provisions in place, their compliance seems to have been rare in practice.
When the internet revolution began to sweep the world in the late 1990s, the people had no inkling of its scope and impact on the society. It has brought a drastic change to the mode of communication among the people. The virtual world has become source of catalysis to move, shape and transform the real or physical world. Now no sector is detached from internet that is now an essential part of most of human activity and professions. But, as a saying goes: ‘every coin has two sides’, the internet-driven conduct, interaction and business have also pros and cons. No doubt, the internet has enabled the people to accomplish works fast and meticulously but it has also been abused to harm the innocent lot. Anyone with a personal computer can create fake account to cheat people or share false news and information or spread rumours and hate speech through social networking sites to mislead the community.
Rate of interest in the financial market plays a crucial role for the growth and stability in the economy as it directly affects the cost of capital. High rate of interest on lending makes capital costlier resulting in the contraction of business activities. Conversely, l
Despite the gradual receding of COVID-19, Nepal’s economy has been reeling from its aftershock and other hitches. The drawn-out pandemic gave a fatal blow to all the industrial and service sectors contributing to the national economy. That led to an overall economic slump, triggering joblessness, liquidity crisis in the market and high inflation. As an endeavour to cope with the burgeoning liquidity crunch, the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) allowed the Banks and Financial Institutions (BFIs) in February and July this year to raise interest rates on deposits as well as loans. Then, inter
Nepal has achieved another milestone in crucial democratic exercise by successfully conducting the three-tier elections this year. Local polls were held in May and federal and provincial elections on November 20. The country has placed ample emphasis on organising polls in a free, fair and credible manner, strengthening the democratic institutions as well as earning people’s faith in them.
Flying unmanned flying vehicles (UFVs) or remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) for varied reasons has become a prominent activity of contemporary times. Some use it for fun, while others use such vehicles to acquire aerial images of landscapes, buildings and people. It helps some individuals collect holiday experiences, conduct study and researches, among other things
Nepal's economy is going through a challenging situation even after COVID-19 crisis. It is needless to mention that the pandemic had dealt a severe blow to global economy, and Nepal's economy was not an exception. With a weak industrial base, the country can produce only limited products, with soybean oil and palm oil being the major exportable items. The country adds value to these products and exports them to India after having imported raw materials from different countries. Following COVID-19 pandemic, the Russia-Ukraine war has hit the world economy in one way or the other. Almost 10 months have passed since the war began. And it has been quite problematic for many countries globally, including Nepal, to import the raw materials. Consequently, Nepal's export trade has suffered a setback. Raw soybean oil comes from Bangladesh, Argentina, the United Arab Emirates and the United States of America (USA) while the country imports raw palm oil from Indonesia, India, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand.
The results of the elections to the House of Representatives (HoR) and Provincial Assemblies are pouring in. The people are keenly watching the outcomes of the polls as they will determine the new political course of the country. The ruling Nepali Congress (NC) is now leading in the tally of the number of seats under the first-past-the-post (FPTP) election system while the opposition CPN-UML is