The coronavirus pandemic has exposed our vulnerabilities. During these difficult times, we have been threatened in many ways. One mighty question that many people have on their mind is: Who are the most resilient people? The answer is obviously farmers in rural areas. Their life is always in a prescribed format of social distancing, not by any force of law, but by their lifestyle. Unlike the households in cities and urban centers, settlements in villages are scattered.

Beware of fake news

April 22, 2020 14:00 pm

When I was a college student in the early 1990s, the daily bus ride was fun and oftentimes a curious event. Among the regular beggars, singers and pickpockets encountered in the buses and bus terminals were the hawkers for newspapers, cheap magazines, and booklets. They would mix the names and surnames of the people in petty news and try to create the name of a leader or a celebrity. Then they would shout about the fabricated event. If they shouted 'Bhattarai is dead’, people would buy their stuff and would end up realizing that someone called Bhattarai had died in a hospital or a road accident. They mixed common events such as death, marriage, divorce, and illness with the names of the bigwig to create a sensation. But the prospective reader first thought about some big personality and bought the item. By the time they realized, the hawker would have exited the bus and the bus itself would be 3-4 stations down the route. An example of classic, non-digital, pre-internet, pre-social media fake news.

Capitalism’s Triple Crisis

April 2, 2020 09:18 am

LONDON – Capitalism is facing at least three major crises. A pandemic-induced health crisis has rapidly ignited an economic crisis with yet unknown consequences for financial stability, and all of this is playing out against the backdrop of a climate crisis that cannot be addressed by “business as usual.” Until just two months ago, the news media were full of frightening images of overwhelmed firefighters, not overwhelmed health-care providers.

Governing lawfully in crisis

March 26, 2020 08:03 am

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop worldwide, causing unprecedented disruption and demanding swift and significant government action. The pandemic is requiring governments to take extraordinary measures: Massively scaling up public health capabilities, pre-empting catastrophic economic consequences, and invoking emergency measures to restrict—even track—movement and enable control over private domains. The global crisis, which is anticipated to continue for many months, is already transforming social and economic life and altering the practice of politics and government.

Facing your fears

April 5, 2019 09:20 am

Fear is a common emotion that most people feel time and again in their lives. Although the general perception is that eventually, people will automatically grow out their fears, that isn’t really the case. A lot of people (children and adults alike) are in a constant battle with something that makes them fearful. What is fear and how can you get a grip on it? Here, we have psychologist Karuna Kunwar explain how fear develops in an individual, how it can affect your life and how you can overcome it.

Words have consequences

July 25, 2018 02:00 am

Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Sher Bahadur Tamang resigned on Tuesday. He was not convicted of corruption nor was he proven to have committed financial irregularities.

U.S. President Donald Trump warned Iranian President Hassan Rohani on Twitter to ‘NEVER, EVER THREATEN” the United States again or face consequences “few throughout history have ever suffered before.”

WASHINGTON, April 14: Russia’s ambassador to the United States on Friday warned that there would be consequences for the U.S.-led military strikes on Syria, adding that it was not acceptable to insult Russia’s president.

KATHMANDU, March 16: Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) Governor Chiranjibi Nepal has cautioned microfinance institutions (MFIs) about growing anomalies in the sector and against deviating from their service motive of providing financial and banking services in the rural areas at a very low cost.

SEOUL, South Korea, March 7:  China has said it will take unspecified measures against a U.S. missile system being deployed in S. Korea, and warned that Washington and Seoul will bear the consequences.

Global warming and its consequences

What do the Madheshi parties make of the Supreme Court verdict on constitution amendment? Do they in fact even support the amendment bill tabled by the ruling coalition? Biswas Baral and Mahabir Paudyal talked to Sarbendranath Sukla, General Secretary of Tarai Madhesh Democratic Party, a key constituent of Madheshi Morcha.

KATHMANDU, Dec 5: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has warned the top leaders of various political parties that they will have to face serious consequences if the three sets of elections are not held by January 2018 by way of implementing the Constitution.

US President-elect Donald Trump has warned American firms wanting to relocate abroad that they will face punishment, as he announced a deal with air conditioning manufacturer Carrier to keep jobs in the country.

KATHMANDU, Aug 7: Lawmaker and well-known legal expert Radheshyam Adhikari said that the CIAA will have to face consequences if it continues to overstep its jurisdiction and defy court orders.

KATHMANDU, June 5: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Ananda Prasad Pokharel, today said the carbon emission from other countries was affecting Nepal.  At a programme held to launch 'Environmental Law Journal' to coincide with the World Environment Day by Environmental Development and Conservation Legal Forum, Minister Pokharel said Nepal was forced to bear the brunt of carbon emission of western countries.