The Grant Trap: An Unfathomed Economic Curse

Published On: May 25, 2022 06:30 AM NPT By: Pradip Kumar Kafle

Debt trap has been a topic of concern in Nepal, as a significant portion (approximately one tenth) of the total revenue needs to be allocated annually for paying the interest and principal to the foreign lenders.

The World is Watching How America Regulates Cryptocurrencies

Published On: May 23, 2022 12:00 PM NPT By: Bimal Pratap Shah

The US is taking a liberal approach toward cryptocurrencies. On 9th March 2022, President Joe Biden put out an executive order calling on the government to examine the risks of crypto assets to protect US-based people and businesses interacting with virtual digital assets, abolish illegal crypto activity, and explore the possibility of creating a Central Bank Digital Currency.

Building Public Faith to Build Our Democracy

Published On: May 20, 2022 06:30 AM NPT By: Milan Jung Katuwal

The elements of a functional democracy must include the following: separation of power, independent judiciary, direct or indirect participation of the people, rule of law, transparency of the government officials, safeguard of fundamental rights, free and fair elections, to name a few. I challenge any of our contemporary political leaders to say if even half of these parameters have been met in Nepal.

Tech Sovereignty: National Power Capability to Threat to Humanity

Published On: May 18, 2022 06:30 AM NPT By: GP Acharya

Russia is challenging the NATO, US, nd the entire EU because of its technological strength and national power capability. North Korea is bullying the US because of its advanced missile and defense technology. The US and China are intimidating each other because of their tech capabilities. All these are eventually posing threats to humanity.

Ukraine War and Risk of Food Insecurity in Nepal

Published On: May 16, 2022 12:00 PM NPT By: Hari Prasad Shrestha

Nepal’s agriculture sector is still in a primitive stage. If India lacks foodstuff itself and stops exporting it to us, we might be in a crisis of food insecurity. The fact that India recently banned the export of wheat is not a good sign. The Russia-Ukraine war only makes matters worse for us.

Bridges and Barriers

Published On: May 15, 2022 06:30 AM NPT By: Shyam Sharma

All languages must be used for advancing and using new knowledge for social good. And scholars should strive to build bridges instead of barriers with languages.

Implications of low women representation in local polls

Published On: May 12, 2022 06:30 AM NPT By: Neelam Dhanuse

Achieving gender equality is merely a dream with a limited share of women in decision making positions. Nepal has committed to equal opportunity in a sustainable manner. Limiting the opportunity of women in governing bodies is a sign of backlash and is deepening the gender equality gap.

Mercury exposure among metal-plating workers in Nepal

Published On: May 11, 2022 08:00 AM NPT By: Ram Charitra Sah

The exposure to workers is metallic vapor inhalation and dermal absorption as they directly handle mercury in the workplace, often without necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The bio monitoring of mercury among 20 metal-plating female workers in the Patan area of Lalitpur revealed very high levels of mercury exposure.

Bitcoin, Techno Sapiens, and Blockchain Democracy

Published On: May 10, 2022 02:22 PM NPT By: Bimal Pratap Shah

Nations are not permanent and tend to collapse if positive political goods are not delivered to citizens. Nepal is moving in this direction.

Might Does Not Make Right

Published On: May 9, 2022 06:30 AM NPT By: Pertti Anttinen, Gilles Bourbao, Nona Deprez and Dr. Thomas Prinz

War has returned to Europe. Almost thirty years after the Yugoslav wars, civil defense sirens again went off in the heart of a European capital.