Is anti-sedition law killing journalism in the northeast?

Published On: July 30, 2021 05:29 PM NPT By: Namrata Biji Ahuja

Kishorechandra Wangkhem, 41, is one of the petitioners who have challenged the controversial sedition law in the Supreme Court. This outspoken Manipur-based journalist has been booked twice for sedition, twice under the National Security Act (NSA) and once for defamation. As he walked out of jail on July 23—after spending more than two months in Manipur Central Jail in Imphal on an NSA case—he said he has become more confident and fearless to speak the truth.

Political trilogy

Published On: July 30, 2021 12:40 PM NPT By: Narayan Manandhar

Nepal’s anarchic monarchy had an unceremonious end after the notorious palace massacre of 1 June 2001. The incident was a kind of implosion within an exclusive system. King Gyanendra was able to drag on the dead and defunct monarchy for the next five years simply because the 9/11 incident took place and subsequently the US declared a “war on terror”.

Hepatitis Can’t Wait!

Published On: July 28, 2021 12:15 PM NPT By: Dr Pallavi Koirala

Every year, World Hepatitis Day is celebrated on July 28 to raise awareness and understanding of the disease. This date remarks the birthday of Nobel prize-winning scientist Dr Baruch Bloomberg who discovered the hepatitis virus and developed the diagnostic test and vaccine against the virus.

Land Reform: Lacking Holistic Approach

Published On: July 28, 2021 07:20 AM NPT By: Bhairab Raj Kaini

Sustainable land management is a complex process which calls for a holistic approach. An interdisciplinary and inter-institutional coordination mechanism is a must but is lacking and/or ineffective at present. In order to reverse land degradation processes, we require appropriate incentives and actions to change the behavior of the land users.

Herd Immunity Key to End COVID-19

Published On: July 27, 2021 12:02 PM NPT By: Dr Prakash Budhathoky

Nobody is safe until everybody is safe. So a large chunk of the world population needs to be inoculated against COVID-19 so as to develop herd immunity in the population.

The Social Enigma behind Untouchability

Published On: July 25, 2021 03:14 PM NPT By: Rajaram Bartaula

In order to emancipate and liberate oursewlves from the caste system, we have to, first and foremost, erase and eliminate it from our minds and remind ourselves that discrimination is an act of sin. But that’s a herculean task as the caste system has been stuck deep in our thoughts for over a millennia.

Build Back Better with Cooperatives

Published On: July 24, 2021 02:15 PM NPT By: Shankar Man Singh

Cooperatives in Nepal offer a wide range of services, including savings and credit, insurance and non-financial services. Their achievements in the field of socio-economic development of the members indicate that they can grow as cooperative players in the development of Nepal.

The India-Nepal 'Special Relations' Myth

Published On: July 23, 2021 10:50 AM NPT By: Dr Surendra Singh Rawal

The very premise of the "special-relations" is flawed, and so are its futile implementation attempts by the Indian side. Undoubtedly, India wants Nepal to be a good neighbor. In that case, Indian policymakers should shun the mindset of 'special relations’ and focus on friendly and good neighborly relations between the two sovereign countries, putting all major bilateral issues -- including the inert 1950 Treaty -- on the table for renegotiation.

The Accidental Prime Minister

Published On: July 22, 2021 01:14 PM NPT By: Narayan Manandhar

With mere 63 seats in parliament which has 275 seats, the Nepali Congress party (23%) was not even fit for an opposition, forget heading the government. But the unfolding of political events and circumstances pushed Deuba to head a wobbling government that could easily fall apart with no reasons rather than holding together with a purpose.

COVID-19: Importance of post-vaccination surveillance and adverse events monitoring

Published On: July 21, 2021 02:26 PM NPT By: Rajshree Thapa, Kiran Bam and Satish Raj Pandey

Monitoring and surveillance will enable early detection and investigation into adverse events following immunization and adverse events of special interest.