On the lead up to the Constitution Day and the day itself last week, as cynics on social media were jeering at the government’s appeal to people to mark the day by wearing national flag emblazoned t-shirts, my contemplation was on what the press and intelligentsia would say about the constitution that turned four on September 20, 2019. There were two stark responses: outright ambiguous and dismissive.
Anyone critically following views and opinions peddled by media in Nepal, including social media and major news media, must have sensed this. The information landscape is flooded with half-information and misinformation. Emotion prevails. Reason has taken the backstage. It is easy during such times to lose foresight and context. The costs of decisions made during periods of half-information can be very high and irrevocable.
WASHINGTON DC/HONOLULU, Nov 13: United States officials including defense strategists and members of the intelligentsia have called on South Asian nations to make the right choice while entering into infrastructure development cooperation with China.
WASHINGTON DC, Nov 3: Recognizing Nepal's strategic importance, top officials from the US Department of State and US Agency for International Development have stated that they need to do for Nepal much more than they have been doing at the moment. The American officials expressed such views in an interaction with a group of visiting journalists from four South Asian countries—Nepal, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka -- last week.
KATHMANDU, June 5: Tuesday marks the completion of Qatar’s one year of struggle against the blockade imposed on it by its Arab neighbors and co-founders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC): Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain, along with their ally, Egypt. They abruptly cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar and imposed travel and trade bans.