Judiciary, Executive On Collision CourseBy Ritu Raj Subedi
As the Supreme Court (SC) has invalidated one government ordinance after another, embattled Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has found himself on a sticky wicket. Now his five-member cabinet that is handling 25 ministries is obviously facing difficulty in running the day-to-day affairs of the state amidst the coronavirus pandemic. The SC has refused to recognise the cabinet reshuffle made following the dissolution of House of Representatives (HoR) and announcement of mid-term elections. The PM has already...
Using Social Media PrudentlyBy The Rising Nepal
In 1997, the first social networking site, SixDegrees, was launched. This site enabled users to upload a profile and make friends with others. Since the availability of the first blogging site, social media began to explode in popularity creating a social media sensation. Beginning early 2000s, LinkedIn, MySpace Photobucket, and Flickr gained prominence and enabled online photo sharing. YouTube launched in 2005, providing an efficient way for people to communicate and share with each other across...
Nepal Must Tread A Fine LineBy The Rising Nepal
A nation’s balancing act implies keeping itself in some distance from immediate neighbours and distant powers and at times defying their certain surly policies so as to maintain its internal autonomy and external sovereignty in international relations. The evolution of polycentric world order has increased the tolerance of big powers to the freedom of small nations. Balancing act, as a rational conduct of a nation, bears profit to build its ability to protect itself and its citizens, fulfil their...
Inequitable Reduction In Tariff on EVsBy The Rising Nepal
The government has eliminated excise duty and limited customs duty on import of electric vehicles (EV) between 10 per cent and 40 per cent. This will come into effect from upcoming July 1. It is in stark contrast to internal combustion engine (ICE) cars which attract excise duty upward of 60 per cent and customs of 80 per cent. Elated at the radical departure, social media lit up with congratulatory notes. But what if the policy change, instead, worsens equity and destabilises finances without contributing...
The Myth Of MeritBy Aashish Mishra
Civil service is the most sought-after employment in Nepal. Good wages, job security and guaranteed retirement benefits attract hundreds of thousands of aspirants to sit for the Public Service Commission (PSC) exams every year. People study day and night, buy dozens of books and join coaching classes as steps to pass those few exams that they believe stands between them and a successful life. But the seats are limited and, naturally, not everyone can make it. This breeds sadn
NTV’s Quest For Global OutreachBy The Rising Nepal
Does Nepal need a separate television channel with the contents designed for the global audience? Is the country capable to start up and continue a worldwide television channel? These questions sounded similar to those raised during the initial phase of Nepal Television (NTV) in the mid-1980s. A section of people had opposed the television broadcasting project, citing that it could be a white elephant. They argued that entire efforts to operate the TV stations would be futile, troublesome and expensive....
Confronting Challenge Of Climate ChangeBy The Rising Nepal
Climate change has been a daunting challenge. Tackling it effectively requires combined efforts from the countries around the world. Those countries that emit higher amount of gas emissions have greater responsibilities in curbing the harmful gases that exacerbate climate change. Efforts towards reduction of greenhouse gases globally have been underway for some years though they are not sufficient to achieve the targets set by international agreement reached in Paris in 2015.
Mend Your WaysBy The Rising Nepal
North Korea is one of the very few nations that remains completely secluded from the outside world. But the communist country's extent of abilities is beyond one's imagination -- be it nuclear expansion or hacking. From The Lazarus Heist- Episode 10 produced by the BBC, we hear shocking news about the country. The podcast revolves around a 2016 hacking incident that Bangladesh Bank was a target of. A group of North Korean hackers, popularly known as the Lazarus Group, was nearly succ
Is Anti-Oli Protest Constitutional?By Gopal Khanal
The Supreme Court (SC) on 22 June invalidated two consequent expansions of the cabinet by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli after the dissolution of the House of Representatives (HoR) on 21 May. With this, 20 ministers were relieved of their posts. The SC has cited Article 77 (3) in its ruling to quash the appointments of the ministers. It states that if the Office of the Prime Minister falls vacant after the Prime Minister fails to win a vote of confidence or resigns, the same Council of Ministers shall...
Coronavirus, Calamities And CapabilitiesBy The Rising Nepal
At a time when COVID-19 has taken a heavy toll of lives surpassing all contemporary records, another tragedy has befallen the country caused due to the early onset of torrential monsoon rains last week. The rains brought the tragic disasters that deflected the attention of the authorities from COVID-19 to calamity. However, the pattern of monsoon rainfall during the previous year was different from what seems to be this year. Last year weather fluctuation was very much uncertain and u
Promote ICT EducationBy The Rising Nepal
Information and communication technology (ICT) plays a significant role for the overall development of a country. This is why the ICT Master Plan (2013-17) considers the use of ICT in education as one of the strategies to achieve the broad goals of education.
The West Turns East For HappinessBy The Rising Nepal
Instead of talking and listening to the negative aspects of the coronavirus pandemic only, it is good to look at some of the positive aspects as well,” said Dr Baneera Bijjala, a Nepali-origin pediatrician, presently settled and working in the UK for over two decades, during a WhatsApp conversation with me. She further opined that ‘in the western world, the people are now seeking spiritual values more and more to comfort themselves and those around them’. This led to a change in lifestyle,...
Overcoming Social Stigma In PandemicBy The Rising Nepal
The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked unparalleled panic in Nepal and several other countries. In this regard, social stigma in the pandemic is due to unscientific beliefs and a lack of understanding among the general public. Erving Goffman, a Canadian sociologist, stated that social stigma is a behaviour that socially dis
Prioritising Mental HealthBy The Rising Nepal
Recently, the tennis world was abuzz with the news of Naomi Osaka's decision to withdraw from French Open tournament. A Japanese professional tennis player, Osaka made this decision to prioritise her mental well-being. Prior to this decision, she had withdrawn from press conferences of the French Open. And she has pulled out of this year's Wimbledon as well. According to the Women's Tennis Association, Osaka currently ranks second amongst the female tennis players worldwide. She has won four grand...
China-US Rivalry And The G7By The Rising Nepal
The Group of Seven met together in Cornwall of the United Kingdom on 11-13 June 2021, intending to send a revivalist message to the world that “America was back”. Having prepared the venue to execute the policy of partnership and engagement, President Joe Biden was more than keen to replace the isolationist stance of Donald Trump’s “America first” ideology. Of course, it did lure his domestic audience and also reverberate into the global ecosystem, but how successful has the club of seven...
Achieving Universal Health CoverageBy The Rising Nepal
Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is a broad concept that ensures that all people, whether rich or poor, privileged or underprivileged, get access to the healthcare facilities they need without any discrimination and financial burden. UHC encompasses a broad array of services ranging from health promotion to prevention and treatment of disease to rehabilitation services and palliative care for patients. UHC has three major dimensions: health services, financial management and population.
Virus As LevellerBy The Rising Nepal
The restrictions are gradually being eased after the exhausting months of the second wave. As we make attempts to follow the everyday flow of life, this second wave has revealed a different side of the society. It is the unspoken rule in every power dynamic that the stronger dominates the weak. The poor and minority sections in any community bears the heavier load in any social problem. This was seen during the lockdown as many struggled for both food and healthcare and relied on the upper class...
Disorder For New OrderBy The Rising Nepal
President of the United States, Joe Biden last week exhorted G7 summiteers at Carbis Bay in Britain’s Cornwall region to come up with the required finance to counter China’s growing global influence. This is an admission as to how fast and how far the communist country has fared in the new millennium, presaged as it was by seething frustrations echoed by the noises and notoriety the United S
Let Things Not Fall ApartBy The Rising Nepal
An unwelcoming yet compelling sound often reverberates to my ears – “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold/Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,” – the powerful poetic lines that W. B. Yeats penned in his poem “Second Coming” a century ago. These lines spelled out the anxiety of a staunch follower of Christianity. To his utter dismay, the poet saw that the world had lost its order, especially the Christendom that crumbled before his eyes. Things on both sides of the Atlantic fell...