Vote Of Confidence Litmus Test For Madhav NepalBy Gopal Khanal
As Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli decided to secure a vote of confidence in the federal parliament, the national politics has taken a new turn. It has obviously shaken the power-centric politics. President Bidya Devi Bhandari has called the meeting of House of Representatives (HoR) on May 10.With the House meeting approaching, the leaderships of the major parties are busy making their strategy to tip the scales in their favour. Main opposition Nepali Congress on 4 May de
How Amartya Sen Cultivated His ScholarshipBy The Rising Nepal
Literally confined at home due to prohibitory restriction on the movement for contain the chain of coronavirus infections, this writer used the sedentary time to shuffle through the collections of vintage issues of magazines such as Newsweek, Frontline, the other day, that have been stacked in my book shelf for several years now. Suddenly, I caught hold of the commemorative issue of Frontline– India's national magazine
Think Local, Buy LocalBy The Rising Nepal
As economic conditions worsen under the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Zambia is looking for ways to boost domestic industries. In February 2021, Zambia’s Agriculture Ministry restricted imports of onions and potatoes into the country, saying local farmers can meet the demand for the two vegetables. The ruling affects companies such as South African-owned supermarket chains that operate in Zambia and import vegetables from South Africa. The import restriction “is in line with the presidential...
Free Press Checks DisinformationBy The Rising Nepal
MAY 3 is celebrated all over the world as the World Press Freedom Day. Nepal too has been celebrating this day. However, this year the gloom of the pandemic has overshadowed the celebrations. The United Nations General Assembly declared May 3 as the World Press Freedom Day. This day is observed to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right of freedom of expression enshrined under Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Declaration...
The ‘Gundemic’: Can Genie Be Back In Bottle?By The Rising Nepal
TWO innocent people, one Chinese included, were killed in a shooting spree in downtown Los Angeles on April 27. This is the latest case of the "gundemic" but did not even make the headlines, as similar reports have become so commonplace that they can no longer capture public attention. In 1886 when the US Supreme Court first recognised that the Second Amendment protected individual's right to keep and bear arms, the genie of the "gundemic" skipped out of the bottle. S
An Uncertain EraBy The Rising Nepal
THERE is a term in psychology called liminality that describes a state of transition from one stage of life to another. It is derived from the Latin word, limen which means "a threshold." It certainly seems like the world is at a threshold during this era of pandemic. Adding to it is a general fear of uncertainty. May be our savings are running out, our career and education have been halted or perhaps we are facing a precarious future. Each one of us has experienced despair in the current times...
Nation Battling Raging PandemicBy The Rising Nepal
Nepal is now fighting a tenacious battle against the raging coronavirus pandemic. An increasing number of patients having pandemic symptoms have overwhelmed the treatment and medical care capacity, compelling the Health Ministry officials to declare that the government health facilities cannot provide adequate beds and treatment to the needy patients if the nation continues to witness an exponential growth in the virus infection. The second wave of the pandemic that appeared with the new strain of...
Turn Prohibitory Orders To AccountBy The Rising Nepal
The government has imposed prohibitory orders in the Kathmandu Valley for two weeks since April 29 in a bid to break the chain of transmission of COVID-19. Such orders have also been imposed in other hotspots. The second wave of the respiratory contagion has been affecting Nepal for some time. Now the daily infection tally has crossed 5,000, which is not a small deal. Likewise, the number of deaths has also surged. When the first wave of COVID-19 was subsiding, both the government and people adopted...
Sexual Harassment First Step Towards RapeBy The Rising Nepal
We all travel through different ways to attend our works. Those who use public vehicles the most are the students. And the female students are most likely to suffer from such acts in the public vehicles. Maybe the perpetrators find young females as easy targets since they would not dare to speak about it in public. ‘Do not wear short clothes if you want to avoid harassment. It’s normal to happen in a public vehicle. Girls should not choose the last seat in the public vehicles while travelling...
Western Tears For UyghursBy The Rising Nepal
Muslims in various parts of the world, as is also the case with many other religions, suffer setbacks and hardships but it is extremely rare to be touched upon seemingly with sympathy from the industrially advanced West. Among the exceptions are pathetic conditions allegedly suffered by Muslim minority in China’s largest region of Xinjiang. Of late, Xinjiang has become the focus of trade tussle between the United States-led West and communist China. Washington and its allies claim that 12 million...
FDI In Agriculture: Opportunities & ChallengesBy The Rising Nepal
In January this year, the Government of Nepal amended the Foreign Investment and Technology Transfer Act (FITTA) opening agriculture to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). Until the amendment, the Act had barred FDI from primary agricultural production, including poultry farming, fisheries, bee keeping, fruit production, vegetable farming, oilseed and pulse seed production and the dairy industry. As soon as the bar was lifted, arguments started to abound for and against FDI in agriculture.
Collaborate To Fight PandemicBy The Rising Nepal
No one will be safe until everyone is safe’. Yes, this mantra arrests the mood and fate of people hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. This calls for equitable distribution of vaccines to deal with the global public health emergency.
Nepal’s Ties With Neighbours Red Line Must Not Be CrossedBy The Rising Nepal
In one of his thought-provoking essays, Sardaar Yadu Nath Khanal (1913 – 2004), doyen of Nepal’s diplomacy under King Mahendra, has said, “A system of governance does have a red line (Laxman Rekha)”. This system of governance was characterised by autonomous sobriety, maturity and self-discipline based on the five principles peaceful coexistence. A red line will have two primary sets of players - first is inside the line and, second, outside the line. The insiders of the line shall be defensive,...
Combating Second Wave Of COVID-19By The Rising Nepal
The euphoria at defeating the coronavirus disease had been building since late last year when daily COVID-19 cases declined to two digits in Nepal. The second wave was stimulated by different factors such as people becoming careless about the preventive measures, started attending weddings and social gatherings, political rallies, and religious gatherings. Fewer people were taking the vaccines which slowed down the vaccination drive. Lesson
Ensure Win-Win OutcomeBy The Rising Nepal
As usual, the 132nd International Labour Day, also known as May Day, was observed with much fanfare across the world on Saturday. Before the Industrial Revolution, the pace of human civilisation was smooth, steady and friendly in the Western as well as the Eastern parts of this planet. Earlier skilled craftsmen did their manual works while the workers would perform their duties based on their physical strength to the level of satisfying their masters. It was because there was no rush for producing...
Ensuring Occupational Safety During COVID-19 PandemicBy The Rising Nepal
With the slogan of “Invest now in flexible occupational safety and health systems”, the 132nd International May Day is being marked today. It is imperative to create an environment conducive to building a civilised, dignified and prosperous Nepal as per our vision, respecting labour and investing by promoting employers.
Safeguarding Privacy In The Digital WorldBy The Rising Nepal
Many scholars have said in the virtual world, people make public many issues that they before a decade or two thought to be the matters of private life. Digital platforms and companies know the deepest secrets which people did not want to share with anybody and these companies are thriving on the private data collected with or witho
The Distorted CensusesBy Aashish Mishra
The 12th national census of Nepal is scheduled to begin on June 8 this year. At the risk of romanticising something statistical and bureaucratic, the census has been the one constant of an otherwise tumultuous and unstable Nepali history. Since the first census, or headcount as it was known back then, 110 years ago, two autocratic regimes – Rana and the Panchayat – have fallen, democracy has been twice seized – by King Mahendra in 1960 and King Gyanendra in 2005, two people’s movements have...
News Portals Must Follow EthicsBy The Rising Nepal
The concluding sentence of Power Without Responsibility: The press, broadcasting, and new media in Britain, a seminal work by James Curran and Jean Seaton, seems to be a utopia in the present chaotic world of media. In the book first produced in the 1980s and then updated in the new millennium, the duo hopes that we can build a better media system that combines power with the responsibility to people. They attempt to pursue an idea to enable the media to perform functions like informing, discussing,...