Elite Stakes Dwindle In Public EducationBy The Rising Nepal
The quality standards of the public schools in Nepal have deteriorated over the years despite massive resources outlay for the sector. It is the vested interest of the policymakers and political party leaders that has often been alleged to contribute towards deterioration of the school education.
China’s Two SessionsBy The Rising Nepal
One year ago, the world faced the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. China, where the virus was first detected, had already applied unprecedented lockdown measures to curb it and could see the first positive signs. Under the circumstances it was, of course, impossible for the 2020 sessions of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, and the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the country's top political advisory body, to normally...
Pandemic Exacerbates Gender InequalityBy The Rising Nepal
On March 8 this year, I was pleasantly surprised by my next door 6-year old neighbour who visited me with her father with a card she had made for me. On it, she wrote “happy women’s day aunty - women are strong”. Her father also brought a gift for me – a bag with
Biplav’s Entry Into Mainstream PoliticsBy The Rising Nepal
The government was finally able to bring the Netra Bikram Chand Biplav-led Nepal Communist Party (NCP) into mainstream politics on March 5 with the signing of a three-point agreement. In accordance with the agreement, the government will lift the ban on the Biplav outfit, release its cadres and leaders from jail and withdraw all pending criminal cases against them. On the other hand, the Biplav outfit will shun violence and join mainstream politics in a peaceful manner.
Equality For WomenBy The Rising Nepal
Like each year, the world celebrated International Women's Day on March 8. The United Nations (UN) creates a theme for Women's Day every year and this year it is "Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world." It is certainly opportune to the current scenario. The pandemic has highlighted the stark reality of gender inequality and the prevalent discrimination against women. As the global economy stalls, women have either lost their jobs or have been confined to unpaid jobs with...
China Eradicates Absolute PovertyBy Hou Yanqi
Poverty is a persistent challenge that troubles many countries. Zero poverty is a long-held dream of humankind.
Apex Court Ruling Headache For NCP LeadersBy The Rising Nepal
In its latest verdict, the Supreme Court (SC) has dealt a big jolt to the prospect of the beleaguered ruling Nepal Communist Party to remain in power as a united political force. Since the ruling has turned the present political equation upside down, the leaders of the feuding factions are
No To Violence Against WomenBy The Rising Nepal
Under a broad definition, violence against women includes women trafficking, rape, marital rape, incest, mental torment, gender discrimination, rough treatment of women, physical torture, verbal and sexual abuse. Generally, violence is an impediment to accomplish the objectives of quality, development and peace. It violates, impairs and nullifies human rights and basic freedoms. Since time immemorial, violence against women is proving to be an effective weapon in the hands of men through which they...
A Pioneer PhotographerBy The Rising Nepal
February 24, coronation 1975 was the biggest media event for foreign journalists. More than 50 heads of state and government, princes, princesses, ministers and special representatives attended the spectacle. Educated, well-travelled and duly trained in her field of specialisation, Teeka RL Laxmi Simha was a woman with a vision. At a time when colour films rolls had to be sent abroad for processing and printing, colour photography was a rarity. Credit goes to Simha for taking the plunge in introducing...
Reducing COVID-19’s Impact On EducationBy The Rising Nepal
COVID-19 is health issue. It has, however, significantly upset all dimensions of human life, including education. According to a UNESCO report, 1.6 billion children all around world have been severely hit by the temporary closure of educational institutions - schools, colleges and
Towards Lasting PeaceBy The Rising Nepal
Despite the Supreme Court's recent verdict to reinstate the House of Representatives (HoR), Nepal has been reeling from political instability, with a stark division within the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP). However, there is the light at the end of the tunnel as the reinstated House has convened. The parliament has now to carry on its vital responsibility of settling the ongoing political impasse, thereby paving the way for stability, peace and development.
Nation Awaits Political CliffhangerBy Ritu Raj Subedi
Nepal’s political crisis, triggered by the dissolution of the House of Representatives (HoR), is heading to its denouement.
Need To Develop TelemedicineBy The Rising Nepal
Current medical practices have not changed much since the time of Hippocrates. When a patient becomes sick, s/he either has to come to a clinic, emergency room, or hospital. In spite of the internet transforming every aspect of our lives, from how we gather information to how we purchase groceries, the way medical care is delivered has relatively remained unchanged.
Avoid Domino EffectBy The Rising Nepal
Following the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, Vladimir Lenin had said, “To command revolution is easy, but to run a government is not easy”.
Making Sense Of Political CultureBy The Rising Nepal
Nepal’s ancient heritage has hailed polytheistic faiths and diverse cults. It was not without order. Tradition and order derived from the notion of dharma had obliged conformity to the leadership, coordination of citizens’ behaviour and the means for change in the social, legal and administrative system as per yug dharma,
Privacy, Security Issues Of National ID CardBy The Rising Nepal
The idea of national digital identity card was introduced in Nepal in July 2009 in the government’s ‘Policies and Programmes’ to make voters' lists more systematic. The budget speech presented in the same year mentioned a "biometric smart card" would be used in elections and also in the distribution of social security allowances. In April 2010, a pilot project was launched to distribute voter identity cards with photos and fingerprints. It was believed that the pilot projec
How To Fact-checkBy Aashish Mishra
In the era of social media and minute-to-minute bulletins, news is starting to move farther and farther from the truth. Headlines are sensationalised, quotes are edited and photos are used out of context to “motivate” the readers to click. It seems that media around the world are competing with each other to see who can make their news more alarming, who can trigger the most emotional response and whose story goes viral. And in this pursuit of virality, news organisations appear perfectly willing...
Enhance Competence Of Civil ServantsBy The Rising Nepal
As the Federal Parliament convenes on March 7 in line with the Supreme Court’s verdict, stakeholders of civil service expect the lawmakers to finalise the long-pending Civil Service Act. Delayed passage of the Act has procrastinated vital reforms needed to enhance the morale, efficiency and accountability of the civil servants. If frequencies of amendments to Nepal Civil Service Act are any guide, we have hardly been pragmatic. No long-term vision has been the order of the day in terms of amendments...
The US Military And Capitol MobBy The Rising Nepal
The disproportionate share of insurrectionists at the US Capitol with a military background are not representative of the armed forces as a whole.
The Surname DebateBy The Rising Nepal
We now see a very common practice among newly married couples around the world. Wives take the surname of their husbands, dropping the surnames of their parents. While this is not compulsory in most countries and women have the right to make necessary choices, there still exist some countries where laws regarding this matter are highly strong, leaving women with no choice at all.