Vaccine Diplomacy In Time Of PandemicBy The Rising Nepal
COVID-19 is a global health emergency. It took quite some time to develop the vaccines to curb the pandemic. However, COVID vaccines, in comparison to other vaccines in the past, have arrived quite quickly in Nepal. Thanks to our great neighbours India and China that respectively provided one million doses and 800,000 doses of vaccines to Nepal. It has also received 348,000 doses of Covishield with the support of the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF and other concerned organisation. Under...
UML Leaders Towards Reconciliation?By The Rising Nepal
After the rival lawmakers decided to shelve their plan to resign en masse at the last moment on May 13, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli received a much-needed lifeline. PM Oli would have left the office, had the bickering CPN-UML members of parliament resigned. Following the months of hurling charges against one another, bonhomie seems to have returned in the ruling party as differences have narrowed. The two feuding sides have agreed to sit for a purposeful, result-oriented dialogue by setting up a...
Scramble For OxygenBy The Rising Nepal
IT’S all around us, but people all across the country are scrambling for it these days. I am talking about oxygen, the gas that sustains our life. The atmosphere around us has about 78 per cent nitrogen, 21 per cent oxygen and 1 per cent other gases. We breathe in oxygen from the atmosphere, but in recent weeks the second wave of COVID-19 has gripped the entire country, and most people are spending a lot of their time every day talking and worrying about growing shortage of medical oxygen to save...
Wings Of WordsBy P Kharel
LIKE an arrow flying from the bow, any word, once expressed, cannot be taken back. So goes the word of wisdom familiar in this region since time immemorial. Words carry the power to encourage/discourage someone, soothe ruffled feelings, warn, teach, share and the whole range of action. They represent an outlet for one’s feelings, moods, quest and pursuits. Stir the cup of big issues and spur fresh debates.
The Price Of COVID Denial And ComplacencyBy The Rising Nepal
AS a saying goes, no disaster strikes with a warning. The coronavirus disaster we are facing now had, however, plenty. The first wave it unleashed had already demonstrated the power of its lethality and cruelty. Health experts had warned – drawing on historical precedents, particularly the Spanish flue of 1918 – successive waves were a foregone possibility and would be more disastrous. Before the scientific warnings were heeded, the second wave hit the country resulting in the hue and cry that...
Vaccines In FocusBy The Rising Nepal
LOCAL authorities in several COVID-19 hotspots of Nepal have been scrambling to manage oxygen and intensive care beds with the second wave of pandemic. Many people are dying from this contagion daily in lack of life-saving oxygen.
Oli’s Third Innings in GovernmentBy The Rising Nepal
A series of melodramatic events that unfolded on Nepali political stage last week are now over. KP Sharma Oli has again become the Prime Minister of Nepal. An all-out effort of opposition parties to prevent him from being appointed to the highest executive post has come to naught. Oli’s successful moves to make peace with his arch rival Madhav Kumar Nepal and muster the support of one influential faction of Janata Samajbadi Party (JSP) enabled him to regain his premiership which he lost after failing...
Preparing For Third Wave Of COVID-19By The Rising Nepal
A decline of new COVID-19 cases and the beginning of mass immunisation drives across several countries over the last few months of 2020 have driven the world with enthusiasm about a long-term solution to the pandemic. But the euphoria turned to be ephemeral. We are now in the midst of the second wave which is infecting more people than expected. Many countries are already in their third wave and few in subsequent waves. Several mitigating strategies are being implemented around the world. Those...
Woes Of Far-west FolksBy The Rising Nepal
With unrivaled topographical diversity, the western part of Nepal stretches over 250 kilometres from the north to the south. This region is very rich in vegetation. Long and tangled perennial rivers like the Bheri, Karnali, Mahakali and countless rivulets as Ramaroshan add beauty to this region. Looking at it from the point of view of human settlements, this is regarded as the first urbanised area of the country. The Sinja River
Nepal Needs Global Support Against PandemicBy The Rising Nepal
Despite of all her measures, Nepal is still struggling to control the COVID-19 pandemic. Just 14 months back, with the confirmation of the second case of coronavirus in Nepal, the government had imposed nationwide lockdown to break the spread of virus chain.
Tech Transformations In Healthcare SystemBy The Rising Nepal
We live in a world of innovation, disruption and change. Healthcare practices around the world are rapidly evolving using the advanced technology leverage. They are destined to see a revolutionary change beyond recognition in the coming decade, with modern technology at the centre.
The Fame Of MachhindranathBy Aashish Mishra
It’s the Bikram Sambat year of 546 and it has not rained in Kathmandu for more than a decade. The heavens have not let loose a single drop of water for the past 12 years, turning the fertile green valley into an arid desert. The rivers and ponds have dried, the crops have failed and Swo
Fight Against COVID-19 A Moral Imperative To ActBy The Rising Nepal
CORONAVIRUS pandemic is ravaging the poorer countries more than the rich ones. The only way to end the COVID-19 pandemic is to immunise enough people worldwide. But growing inequity in global access to vaccines is significantly impeding the path to immunisation.
Global Media Ethics In COVID-19 PandemicBy The Rising Nepal
IT is still appears to be a distant dream to formulate a set of principles and policies for equitable and responsible dissemination of information worldwide. Global journalism is yet to be able to manifest and reflect a global plurality of views. Amidst the global outbreak of COVID-19, non-Western intellectuals have found many instances of biased practices based on cultural stereotype. In their view, in absence of impartial perspectives, global journalism is doing injustice to the larger section...
Celebrities Meant To Celebrate?By The Rising Nepal
WHEN Bill Gates and Melinda announced they were ending their 27-year-long marriage, everyone’s attention was drawn towards the distribution of their massive property. How much would Melinda get? Did they sign prenuptials? These topics were trending more than the disastrous COVID-19. But what exactly do we get by learning about their private life? If only reading celebrity news would help me earn a penny!
Strange Bedfellows, Baseless AllegationsBy Gopal Khanal
IT was a foreknown fact. The arithmetic of the House of Representative (HoR) was against Prime Minister Oli since some of his own party’s parliamentarians, led by Madhav Kumar Nepal, were not in his favour. They had pulled their weight to unseat him at all cost.
Virtual Platforms Replace Traditional ModeBy The Rising Nepal
EVEN during these difficult times caused due to the virulent second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, interactions, meetings, conversations, conferences and dialogues have become possible and emerged as potential alternatives to conventional practices. Zoom interactions, Google meets and many other online platforms have made communications easier, instant, frugal and speedier. Universities, campuses even dow
Make SDGs BindingBy The Rising Nepal
EXPERTS are calling for more consistent implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda. They believe UN sustainable development governance is in need of reform and see a role for a powerful new body, such as a UN Sustainable Development Council, with the power to demand binding rules. In Germany, the government is advised on sustainable development policy by the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE), an independent body made up of people from different areas of public life, including civil society,...
Ensure Fair Deal In Vaccinating CitizensBy The Rising Nepal
As the private sector is bidding tenders to purchase the COVID-19 vaccines, a lot of concern and speculations are surfacing on how corruption rackets will be exposed in the already prevalent commission system in Nepal. There have been several incidents where the Nepali term chal khel or underhand dealings in giving tenders on the basis of commission have been exposed. The country is now engulfed in speculations on corrupt practices in the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines. According to UN Office on...