How do we secure our data while living in a glass house?

Published On: May 8, 2020 11:38 AM NPT By: Krishna P Bhandari

The scenarios are examples of measures to protect important information. Whether that information is in the form of spoken word, a document or other important item, the degree of precaution and the level of security measure used depends upon the importance of the concerned item. The challenge to ensure data security has increased manifolds with the advent of cyberspace. The sudden explosion in the amount of personal and organizational digital data along with the necessity to get connected to the outside world has posed an amplified challenge to secure data.

The fault lines of civil society

Published On: May 7, 2020 05:05 PM NPT By: Chandra D Bhatta

Debate on civil society has arisen in the midst of Covid-19 crisis and at the height of political conflict in the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) which does not need to be elaborated here for the obvious reasons. The debate however, once again, is centered on who the ‘civil society’ in Nepal is. The predominant view with regard to civil society is such that it is an independent sphere having capacity to create counterbalance to the state and market (also with the power of the Church in the Christian West few centuries ago) which, in turn, would work to uphold ‘voices of the voiceless’ and facilitate with appropriate agencies in fulfilling their concerns.

The Trump Effect on Global Press Freedom

Published On: May 7, 2020 03:59 PM NPT By: Mellissa Fung

LONDON – I had been captive in Afghanistan for about two weeks when the government of my home country, Canada, contacted those attempting to negotiate my release. They told negotiators to get me on the phone the next day, when the United States military would be flying a drone over where they thought I was being held, in order to determine my whereabouts.

Virtual learning during lockdown

Published On: May 7, 2020 03:01 PM NPT By: Aatma Ram Neupane

Governments and people around the world now are fighting against COVID-19. As with other disasters and emergencies, COVID-19 has impacted all groups of people differently.  Students are the worst affected by this pandemic.

Trust the local governments

Published On: May 7, 2020 02:46 PM NPT By: Purushottam Ojha

The Constitution of Nepal-2015 has allocated the power of state among one federal government, seven provincial and 753 local governments, called rural and urban municipalities. Elections of these institutions were held in 2017 and all the office bearers are in place to run the business of the country. A big debate is going on among various sections of Nepali society in respect of the performance of these elected institutions in leading the country, alleviating the hardship of the people and taking the country to the path of prosperity. The issues grappling the public discourse are about rampant corruption, nepotism, favoritism, poor service delivery and high incidence of taxes, fee and charges sapping up the meager income of the people.

A better new normal !

Published On: May 6, 2020 11:52 AM NPT By: Guy Ryder

In these times of COVID-19, the big challenge for most of us is to find ways to protect ourselves and our families from the virus and to hold on to our jobs. For policymakers that translates into beating the pandemic without doing irreversible damage to the economy in the process.

Riddles of electoral democracy

Published On: May 4, 2020 04:05 PM NPT By: Pranab Kharel & Gaurab KC

The ongoing wrangling within the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has brought to fore the question of relationship between statecraft and citizenship. In the near history, one of the key indicators to cement this relationship has been the voting process as part of what could be termed as electoral democracy. The replacement that we have witnessed after 1990 oscillated among the parties and gave rise to the new legitimacy of voting system therein.

The End of the US-China Relationship

Published On: May 4, 2020 03:09 PM NPT By: Stephen S Roach

NEW HAVEN – It didn’t have to end this way, but the die is now cast. After 48 years of painstaking progress, a major rupture of the US-China relationship is at hand. This is a tragic outcome for both sides – and for the world. From an unnecessary trade war to an increasingly desperate coronavirus war, two angry countries are trapped in a blame game with no easy way out.

How the pandemic will disrupt project lifecycle

Published On: May 4, 2020 01:23 PM NPT By: Prabhakar Ghimire

There have been many analyses worldwide about the effects and possible effects of Covid-19 in social, economic, cultural, education, and public health sector. Economists have also discussed the multi-dimensional impacts of Covid-19 in Nepal, most of them based on assumptions or available rough data. This article is mainly focused on how this pandemic is going to affect the lifecycle of development projects in Nepal. Generally, large-scale projects pass through five phases: project conceptualization, project planning (feasibility studies), construction, operations, and handover under the project lifecycle.

Let there be food

Published On: May 3, 2020 04:03 PM NPT By: Bhairab Raj Kaini

Although the COVID-2019 epidemic is primarily a public health crisis, its impact on other sectors including the agriculture supply chain has started to be visible. The outbreak has already caused significant economic disruption around the world and is likely to continue to do so for some length of time. Regarding agriculture, it has an effect on both the supply-side and the demand side. Restrictions on the movement of goods and people have significant socio-economic repercussions on people's livelihoods. They often lead to disruption of market chains and trade of agricultural products, with significant potential impacts on the populations that depend on them for their livelihoods and their food and nutrition security. Supply chain management (SCM) in agriculture implies managing the relationships between the businesses responsible for the efficient production and supply of products from the farm level to the consumers.