Nepali political parties are shifting to a multi-faction system where each sitting top leader is facing challenges from within by aspiring leaders. Political dynamics, the art of social transformation and basic party functions
Artificial Intelligence (AI), long a subject of academic research, is now unfolding in a realm of experimental opportunities, hopes, and unexplored potentials. The recent surge in AI's momentum is attributable t
Our minds are never idle. When not focused on doing a specific task or achieving a goal, we daydream, fantasize, ruminate, reminisce about something in the past, or worry about something in the future. In fact,
Progressive social movements often carry contemporary and eternal elements in them. Contemporary elements become irrelevant when society progresses to embrace new social realities while eternal element provides interface to these movements helping them to connect with new value systems and ensure continuity, growth and change. The ideals and values of the movements intertwine to create a symbol of social virtues which fire the imagination of people toward sacrificing for the creation of liberal, free, equal and inclusive societies. But the history shows that the complexities and challenges of democratic movements extend far beyond the romantic notions o
It was definitely encouraging to hear the commitment of Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda that he would ensure a corruption free administration. The Prime Minister made this commitment while speaking at the question and answer session of the House of Representatives on Sunday. According to a news report published in this daily, responding to concerns raised by MPs about the slow progress in corruption investigation involving influential figures, the Prime Minister affirmed that investigations have commenced dismissing any fear of governmental failure while reiterating his determination to maintain a corruption free administration.
February has not ended yet, and within this month, we have heard two very gruesome stories of individuals murdering their family members and committing suicide afterwards. Termed correctly as homicide-suicide or murder-suicide, researches highlight that these type of incidents are rare in nature. However, we do hear about them at times. Just three days ago, a man was reported to have killed his wife, eight-year-old daughter and his three-year-old granddaughter. After committing the crime, he had made his fifteen-year-old son record clips. In the videos he basically admitted to the crime and explained his reasons. The father wanted the clip to be sent to his wife’s first-born, his stepson, who is working in Saudi Arabia. He then went on to commit suicide, leaving the young teenage boy alone. The boy is now in a situation where in the blink of an eye, he has lost all of his family members. The amount of mental trauma and suffering is indescribable. What is even more terrible is that he had to witness all of these matters and had to even record the video. In another incident, a few weeks ago, a woman jumped from the thi
Disputes are indeed the inevitable part of human interaction, occurring in various settings such as families, workplaces, and communities, government agencies, offices and so on. To address these disputes effectively, various mechanisms and techniques have been devised and created. Basically, dispute resolution mechanism can be categorised into adversarial and non-adversarial types. Court litigations are based on adversarial jurisprudence resulting into win-lose outcome. But
The debates on the university education reforms have of late gained momentum as Tribhuvan University (TU) is set to get a new leadership. Academics and concerned stakeholders have stated that appointment of the Vice-Chancellor (VC) based on the political connection has led to the deterioration of the quality of TU's education and credibility. It is widely agreed that the practice of recruiting the key officials through flawed process is unlikely to help end the structural anomalies, plaguing the country's oldest varsity for decades. A growing number students make a bee line at the Tribhuvan International Airport
A few years back, during the festival season, the cost of paragliding in Pokhara was dramatically reduced for a short period of time. As a result, scores of people jumped at the chance to experience the thrill of soaring in the high skies. Even an international paragliding competition was held in 2020, giving Pokhara global recognition. Pokhara is known for its lush landscapes, serene lakes, and the majestic view of snow-filled mountains. Proponents of the tourism sector in Pokhara are so innovative that the place never stays out of the spotlight. When bungee jumping and a cable car were first installed in Pokhara, locals were euphoric with the possibility that more and more tourists would flock in. Everything was going well until the coronavirus pandemic forced people to stay confined in their homes. The post-lockdown period saw a serious decline in the number of tourists, but the tourism business has now picked up its pace in Pokhara. When one visits Pokhara, the first place they opt to go is Lakeside, a buzzing area situated on the edge of Phewa Lake. In this part of the city, the streets are spotless, and when you walk along the streets, you could take in the view of calm Phewa enveloped in a thick forest of Raniban. Taal Barahi, a temple situated in the middl
Even as the quality of democracy continues to erode globally over the last two decades, the number of countries that claim to be democratic are still in majority in the world. The quality of democracy is gradually fading away not because of the constitution, system and institutions but owing to the behaviour and intention of the rulers and political actors. There are certain fundamental elements that are indispensable in a democratic polity. These elements include people’s active participation in the political process, periodic elections, rule of law, freedom of speech, equal rights and opportunities for people irrespective of their economic and social status, among others.
South Asia has about 25 per cent of the world’s population. There are vast landscapes and natural resources shared in this region, including the highest peaks on earth and some of the driest and low lands. The region is home to some of the most beautiful flora and fauna on earth, and some of them are getting extinct or moving towards being extinct due to the adverse impact of climate change in the region. This region also has some of the oldest civilisation
In ancient Greece, democracy took root during the 5th BC. Athens is the earliest example of democratic governance in which adults with the exception of women, slaves and non-citizens would take direct part in the public decision-making. In an assembly called Ecclesia, they would gather not just to discuss but also to vote on important matters of laws and policies. Following the Greek civilisation, the Roman Republic too supported elements of democracy in which an inclusive group of Roman citizens could elect representatives to the Senate while also participating on myriad political processes. Thus, the ancient Greek and Roman civilisation are credited for laying the foundations for representative democracy.
Many Nepali Congress (NC) functionaries and sympathisers have been waiting for the outcome of the highly anticipated Mahasamiti meeting, which began Monday in the picturesque town of Godavari. The three-day meeting of the NC top decision-making body is expected to produce decisions that will not only set the agenda for the country's oldest democratic and largest party in the current parliament, but will also assist the party in bolstering the nation's socioeconomic and political well-being in the coming days. It will assist Congress strengthen its position in ensuring long-term stability, peace, good governance, growth, and prosperity for the country. The conclave must also assist the party in fulfilling its role for institutional growth and federalism and republicanism. The Mahasamiti meeting, being attended by over 2,100 representatives from across the country, came at a time when the largest party was under fire from various quarters for being plagued by internal strife and failing to devise measures to lift the country out of its current predicament. Many Congress supporters and ordinary citizens believe that conference will