As the trade war continues

Published On: January 16, 2020 07:49 AM NPT By: Rabindra Rajbhandari

In its recent economic and fiscal outlook, International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned that the two greatest potential dangers to global growth in 2019 were a no-deal Brexit and an escalation of trade war between the US and China. The first looks unlikely but the second has brought the whole world into a course of dilemma about the world economy.

Dilemma of Central Banking

Published On: January 16, 2020 07:39 AM NPT By: Miao Yanliang

BEIJING – Low interest rates—both nominal and real—have been a persistent feature of advanced economies since the 1980s. How long, many now wonder, can the trend last?

Is the party over?

Published On: January 15, 2020 08:36 AM NPT By: Pranab Kharel

Three decades of politics based on party system following the restoration of democracy in 1990 requires some serious introspection. This is particularly pertinent at a time when a single party or amalgamation leading to a large party formation has actually put the country at an important crossroads. Nepal Communist Party (NCP) formed following the merger of former CPN (UML) and former Maoist (Center) has a historic opportunity before them.

End of Free-Market Paradigm

Published On: January 15, 2020 08:29 AM NPT By: Diane Coyle

CAMBRIDGE – The 2020s will be the decade when the idea that economic problems can be “left to the market” to solve is finally put to rest—after some 40 years during which that belief has caused untold damage to society and the environment.

Social media is unsocial

Published On: January 14, 2020 08:42 AM NPT By: Looniva Rajbhandari

Social media has taken over the world like deadly virus. Social media was built to create opportunities for people to bridge communication gap and connect with people all over the world. But now it has become the reason for the communication gap. New research has shown it could be having the opposite effect and leaving people more and more isolated.

Demonization of Journalists Must End

Published On: January 14, 2020 08:32 AM NPT By: Leon Willems

AMSTERDAM – Five years ago this month, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi stormed the Paris offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and, in a nightmare lasting just minutes, killed 12 people. In the days that followed, millions marched in France and elsewhere to express solidarity with the murdered journalists.

Vision for 2020 and beyond

Published On: January 14, 2020 08:26 AM NPT By: Nishan Kafle

The last decade(s) was a decade of great disillusionment for Nepal. Petty politics reigned supreme and issues of development took a backseat. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that all the social progresses Nepal has made thus far—decreased infant mortality rate and progress on education, maternal health etc—have been despite the government, not because of it. But the 2020s presents an opportunity for Nepal to right its wrongs and chart a new way forward to ensure economic prosperity for all.

Global Balancing for Kalapani

Published On: January 13, 2020 09:28 AM NPT By: Dr Robert A Portada III/Uttam Paudel

Dark water emerges from the springs of this remote valley in the mountains, a land of exquisite beauty, a land under military occupation for decades.

The Assassin’s False Creed

Published On: January 13, 2020 09:22 AM NPT By: Nina L Khrushcheva

MOSCOW – For an armchair warrior like US President Donald Trump, who received five deferments from serving in Vietnam, assassinations must look like a foreign-policy silver bullet. You take out your enemy’s leadership with a drone strike or a rifle shot and, presto, your problems are solved. In fact, there is no historical basis for believing that assassinations solve anything. But there are plenty of precedents that they make things far, far worse.

No city for disabled

Published On: January 13, 2020 09:11 AM NPT By: Amod Pyakuryal

Nepal celebrated 27th International Day of Persons with Disability (IDPD) on December 3, 2019 with much fanfare, public service announcements, and programs to mark the occasion in Kathmandu, which as a rapidly growing metropolitan city, has gravely failed those with disabilities to live as healthy and independent individuals.