Irreparable LossBy The Rising Nepal
The novel coronavirus disease has turned out as the cruellest pandemic of the 21st century. Even if the world has succeeded in making anti-COVID-19 vaccines within a year of its outbreak, the loss of lives and economic costs it caused were beyond imagination. Over 3.5 million people have succumbed to the pandemic that hit almost all countries across the globe. It has exposed unequal social order, turned the economy upside down and created political crises in many places. T
Preparations Toward Budget ExecutionBy The Rising Nepal
The budget estimate for the upcoming fiscal year 2021/22 presented on Saturday by Minister for Finance Bishnu Prasad Paudel has an ambitious plan to revive the COVID-19 pandemic- hit economy back to its healthy shape. Targeting a growth of 6.5 per cent at this difficult situation is a challenging affair but post-pandemic recovery naturally calls for steps that are progressive and untraditional. The budget statement has injected new rays of hope in all sectors of national life and
Ensure Gender EqualityBy The Rising Nepal
Despite having a patriarchal social structure, Nepal has been making a steady progress in terms of reducing gender inequality. As achieving gender equality is one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the country has remained effortful in realising this. The Constitution of Nepal, 2015 envisages a society which is free from all sorts of gender disparity. Article 43 of the national charter deals with women's social, economic and health-related rights. It ensures their rights to lineage, right...
People-Centric BudgetBy The Rising Nepal
The government unveiled the annual budget for the fiscal year 2021/22 on Saturday, which primarily seeks to end COVID-19 pandemic and gain fast economic recovery. The post-pandemic phase demands greater investment to revive economy through growth, reconstruction, and employment generation so the budget size has been increased by Rs. 173 billion from the last fiscal year. While announcing the budget of Rs. 1.647 trillion, Finance Minister Bishnu Prasad Paudel had incorporated the sound suggestions...
Polls End UncertaintyBy The Rising Nepal
The Prime Minister a week ago recommended the dissolution of the House of Representatives and dates for general elections. Before the PM's decision, President Bidya Devi Bhandari on May 21 had rejected the claims of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Nepali Congress president Sher Bahadur Deuba to the premiership post, prodding the Prime Minister to make his recommendation to her. Earlier, Prime Minister Oli and Deuba had staked conflicting claims to form the new government as per Article 75 (6) after...
Laudable Vaccine SupportBy The Rising Nepal
Since the resurgence of the deadly second wave of COVID-19 in Nepal, the country has been grappling with this unprecedented public health challenge. It has been quite difficult for the country with a poor healthcare system to deal with such a devastating situation. In the initial days, it was a Herculean task for the government to manage oxygen and other essential medical supplies for hospitals taking care of the COVID-19 patients. However, doctors and other health workers have be
Urgency Of VaccinesBy The Rising Nepal
The world is now in a fierce battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. Up to now over 3.38 million people have succumbed to the virus that first spread in late December 2019. Owing to its highly contagious nature, it travelled fast across the world. Its mutational quality made it dangerously fatal. As a result, its second and third waves are hitting the nations leaving behind a trail of deaths and scenes of desolation. Despite loss of lives and economies on an enormou
Price Of DisobedienceBy The Rising Nepal
The infection of COVID-19 has not shown a sign of subsiding since the outbreak of the second wave about a month ago. Fatalities have not gone down significantly though there have been fluctuation of figures time and again. This tendency calls for aggressive response against the pandemic o
Successful AscentsBy The Rising Nepal
In spite of the raging COVID-19 pandemic in Nepal, mountaineering activities, especially expeditions to Sagarmatha, have resumed in spring this year. Over 170 climbers made it to the summit of Sagarmatha on Sunday (May 24) alone, according to the Department of Tourism (DoT). They were successful in reaching the summit as the weather was favourable. Some 100 more aspirants are now in the process of making their push to the summit. Earlier in the second week of this month, as many as 150 climbers had...
Global Partnership To Combat VirusBy The Rising Nepal
As the COVID-19 pandemic spread from one country to another last year, it became a truly global phenomenon, threatening the nations and people simultaneously. Coronavirus has triggered health, social and economic crisis of unprecedented proportions, which made the people practically realise that the human race is sharing the same planet and is facing same predicament. This is because the world is increasingly becoming interdependent not only economically and technologically but also from the security...
A Timely Feasible StepBy The Rising Nepal
President Bidya Devi Bhandari on early Saturday dissolved the House of Representatives (HoR) and called for fresh general elections on November 12 and 19 on the recommendation of the government. The termination of the Lower House of Parliament came after the President repudiated the petitions of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Nepali Congress (NC) president Sher Bahadur Deuba that they submitted to form the government under their leadership. She termed the applications of bot
Daily Wage Earners Need Urgent HelpBy The Rising Nepal
AFTER the upsurge of a deadlier second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nepal, most of the economic activities have come to a grinding halt once again for the past couple of weeks. Life has become more difficult, especially for daily w
Threat Of New VariantsBy The Rising Nepal
The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc across the country for the last couple of weeks. Based on the number of virus infections and fatalities caused by it, one can gauge that the pandemic has caused devastation and hit the peak point. The rising number of daily infections and deaths amidst a problem related to oxygen and ventilators impels us to arrive at such a conclusion. After reaching the peak, the viru
Timely Response Against COVID-19 Saves LivesBy The Rising Nepal
PROPER response and handling can make a big difference when it comes to controlling the spread of COVID-19. While movement restrictions and early vaccinations have brought desirable results, common flaws like cultural and political gatherings held in indiscriminate manner have brought devastating consequences. We have good examples from New Zealand and Australia which have adopted restrictions with ruthless rules.
Enhance Health FacilitiesBy The Rising Nepal
Nepal has been facing a very tricky situation with the emergence of a deadlier second wave of coronavirus. Most parts of the country have now been into partial or full lockdown. This harsh measure has been in place to rein in the fatal virus disease. The federal government has decided to mobilise all its means and resources to bring this unseen enemy under control. The COVID-19 Crisis Management Centre (CCMC) has come up with a crucial decision to integrate the entire national healthcare system against...
Muster Global Support To Combat PandemicBy The Rising Nepal
THE COVID-19 pandemic has caused global health crisis. The virus respects no borders and nationalities. It first spread in China and travelled to most parts of world, infecting and killing millions of people in the past 16 months. Therefore, it needs regional and global cooperation to eradicate the scourge of the pandemic. There are various diplomatic efforts to muster the support of nations to this end. In the third week of April, five south Asian nations, including Nepal held digital interaction...
New Government And Pandemic ChallengesBy The Rising Nepal
After getting a new lease, the government is however staring at a very pernicious second wave of the pandemic that has claimed hundreds of lives within a short span of time. Shortage of beds, oxygen and medical equipment at health facilities across the country has resulted in a higher rise in the death toll. The media is rife with reports that many hospitals have opted not to admit COVID-19 patients after running out of oxygen and medical supply. People are dying i
Big Hospitals To Have Own Oxygen PlantsBy The Rising Nepal
AS the healthcare system in Nepal has lately been overwhelmed with a continuous surge in the number of serious COVID-19 patients, the government has intensified its efforts to deal with this problem. For the past few weeks, the country
Saving Lives From VirusBy The Rising Nepal
HOSPITAL beds, oxygen supply, ventilators and vaccines are now on top of public concern as the second wave of coronavirus is spreading its tentacles in ever faster speed. It seems that peaking of infections and a return into the reduction mode is taking some time despite the restriction orders enforced in different parts of the country, particularly the urban centres of the country. The second wave of the virus, which involves its rapid spreading mutated variant, has caused more severe symptoms compared...
Political Outlet Needed To End UncertaintiesBy The Rising Nepal
The country has been thrust into a new political course that was not widely intended by the people struggling to come out the scourge of COVID-19 pandemic. The three-year-old KP Sharma Oli-led majority government has lost confidence, pushing the country into a new political fluidity. Now the process of making an alternative government has kicked off. After Prime Minister and chairman of CPN-UML KP Sharma Oli lost vote of confidence in the federal parliament on Monday, President Bidya Devi Bhandari...