Communicating about corona

April 13, 2020 09:09 am

Communication in crisis is vital. Imagine how inordinate it would have been the intensity of coronavirus catastrophe up until now had there not been modern communication tools to prevent the spread of the virus. Effective communication is the most powerful weapon to fight the virus. Coping with the fright of deadly virus will largely depend upon how constructive messaging we can give to prevent its contagion. Proper flow of information at the right time can save the lives of people whereas its absence or misinformation can have shattering consequences.

Talk to children about coronavirus

April 4, 2020 09:09 am

Everyone is talking about coronavirus. It is now a pandemic, with schools closed, and the country under lockdown. People are wearing masks. Now their household has hand sanitizer bottles. On top, you instructed everyone to wash their hands every half hour. Even the phone company set the phone's caller ring back tone to play information related to coronavirus. Under such circumstances, your children have heard about coronavirus.

KATHMANDU, March 29: With a view to informing the people about the government initiatives against COVID-19 and make the control and prevention actions more systematic, the Ministry of Health and Population on Sunday started a website and mobile app.

Truth and ecstasy

February 16, 2020 11:56 am

Faking complete knowledge is not wisdom. Therefore, it is a wise thing to say “I don’t know”. Only the people who can admit to not knowing tend to be more intellectually and emotionally confident than the ones who pretend to know it all. Herein lies the openness to the path of learning and knowledge.

This age of social media is called the “Golden Age of Content.” Social media is full of freely available and accessible resources. But many people are overwhelmed by a large amount of content in social media like YouTube and Facebook.

Digital media is already at its peak and there is no doubt on that. While many of us might not have the time to read a lengthy article, source of information such as podcasts are already fitting in our busy lives.

KATHMANDU, July 10: Collaborating with the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology(DHM), Nepal Telecom has unveiled a plan to disseminate early warning message through free SMS service system among targeted people.

Mayor of Bhaktapur, Sunil Prajapati announced the new curriculum for schools in Bhaktapur on Tuesday at the municipality organized event.

KATHMANDU, March 27: Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara has sought the role of National Information Commission to inhibit the dissemination of information capable of damaging democracy.

KATHMANDU, March 15: An application has been filed at the National Information Commission (NIC) after Madhav Narayan Municipality of Rautahat refused to provide expenses made for development projects in the municipality.

Open the data

March 5, 2019 03:49 am

Local governments need to improve service-wide data and information production and archiving systems.

KATHMANDU, Feb 21: Minister of Information and Communications Gokul Baskota said that users of the social network are not necessarily to be registered in the government bodies.

KATHMANDU, Nov 13: The government's move to withhold information about the decisions of cabinet meetings has drawn widespread criticism.

An ode to a monster

August 18, 2018 01:10 am

Generally speaking, we try to learn as many new things as possible on subjects/areas of our interest. But it becomes a bit challenging if it falls outside the realm of one’s studies or profession. It was easier getting fascinated by aviation, but it was difficult to get necessary information then.

KATHMANDU, July 22: National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has sought information about six Chinese firms that have partnered with Nepali civil contractors to submit a bid for rebuilding of Dharahara.

CHITWAN, June 22: Chief Information Commissioner, Krishnahari Baskota, has spoken of the need of establishing information commissions in all seven provinces to ensure the people's right to information (RTI).

Infant information revolution

June 20, 2018 01:00 am

Billions of people nowadays carry a tracking device that continually violates their privacy. We have put Big Brother in our pockets

KATHMANDU, June 2:  The government has promoted Minister of State for Communication and  Information Technology  Gokul Prasad Baskota to the post of Minister for Communication and Information Technology on Friday.

KATHMANDU, May 18: The 1st Science, Information and Technology National Youth Conference-2018 is taking place in the Capital from June 18 to 20 with the aim to review existing situation in various aspects of science, information and technology, and make necessary work policy of related field in next 10 years.

MYAGDI, May 11: A digital tourist information center has been established in the district headquarters of Myagdi, Beni, with the aim to provide information about agricultural productions and religious and tourist destinations of the district.

While a politician needs to be honest, at the same time they need to be careful when it comes to sharing information to public. They must be aware of any opponent taking advantage of them. In many cases, they might be deceitful in their own personal lives. For a politician, information sharing should be kept minimum at times so that their chance of winning election is not thwarted.

KATHMANDU, April 17: The Department of Civil Registration (DoCR) has launched an information system to systematize the social security allowance (SSA) scheme.

BEIRUT, Jan 29:  An interactive map posted on the Internet that shows the whereabouts of people who use fitness devices such as Fitbit also reveals highly sensitive information about the locations and activities of soldiers at U.S. military bases, in what appears to be a major security oversight.

KATHMANDU, Jan 12: Minister for Information and Communications Mohan Bahadur Basnet has said that separate guidelines would be prepared to organize the online media.

KATHMANDU, Jan 3: The High Court (HC) OF Patan on Tuesday allowed Nepal Police to seek sources of information from online news portals.

BANEPA, Dec 28: A tourist information center has been opened at Dhulikhel, of Kavre, to provide necessary information to tourists and to promote tourism attractions in the district.

KATHMANDU, Nov 28: The National Information Commission (NIC) of Nepal and the Information Commission of Bangladesh have signed an agreement for mutual cooperation.

KATHMANDU, Nov 4:  Complaints have been lodged against 699 local level information officials not providing public information. These complaints have been sent to the office chiefs of the related offices by post at the initiatives of Freedom Forum, a non-governmental organization working in the field of freedom of expression and the right to information for long, coinciding with the National Information Day.

KATHMANDU, Oct 9: Tribhuvan University (TU) constituent colleges have appointed information officers after official information were sought from them.

KATHMANDU, August 14: The Ministry of Information and Communications has called on all mass media, telecommunications service providers and government bodies to collect fact-based reports and disseminate them, at a time of crisis caused by floods and landslides triggered by incessant rains.

KATHMANDU, August 8: Minister for Information and Communications, Mohan Bahadur Basnet, has said the government was busy with homework to establish an 'information centre' in major countries and cities of the world as it wants right dissemination of information about domestic affairs of public interests in foreign countries.

Banks, corporate houses and government offices, among other organizations, are undergoing Information Systems Audit (IS Audit) in Nepal, which is a good sign that our society is moving towards information management and data security. But many are still unaware about the idea and evidently, fail to understand why they need it.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday she would tell U.S. President Donald Trump that intelligence shared between their two countries had to remain secure after leaks to U.S. media about the Manchester attack.

BRUSSELS, May 18:  The European Union's competition watchdog has fined Facebook 110 million euros ($122 million) for providing misleading information over its buyout of mobile messaging service WhatsApp.

Information warfare

May 16, 2017 00:15 am

Russia employs armies of paid trolls and botnets to generate false information that can later be legitimated as if it were true

INARUWA, May 4: Sixty-three farmers group in Sunsari district received mobile phone in order to help them acquire information about weather and climate change.

Information gap

April 27, 2017 01:00 am

Better information management could have addressed issues such as poor coordination between development and government agencies.

KATHMANDU, April 24: Minister for Information and Communications Surendra Kumar Karki has instructed the subordinate bodies under the Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC) to pitch for capacity-building by increasing coordination among the concerned bodies.

KATHMANDU, April 20: Speaker Onsari Gharti has urged the authorities concerned to relay the May 31 local level election-related information to the people effectively.

CHITWAN, April 11: The Ministry of Agricultural Development (MoAD) has started an innovative program in Chitwan through which farmers can get information about pest attacks in their crop or livestock illnesses, among others, from their smartphones itself.

SAN FRANCISCO, March 21:  Google wants to make it easier for you to find answers and recommendations on smartphones without having to think about what to ask its search engine.

KATHMANDU, Feb 20: Youngsters flocked Landmark Education over the weekend to attend a two-day seminar organized in the capital with the aim of disseminating information about some of the renowned universities of Melbourne, Australia.

KATHMANDU, Feb 6: The Freedom Forum has sought information from 60 colleges affiliated with the Tribhuvan University (TU).

HETAUDA, Jun 21: Minister for Information and Communications Surendra Kumar Karki has shared his plan of developing the postal service into Community Information Center.

LANGLEY, VA, Jan 19: The Central Intelligence Agency on Wednesday unveiled revised rules for collecting, analyzing and storing information on American citizens, updating the rules for the information age and publishing them in full for the first time.

Kathmandu, Jan 6: Minister for Information and Communications Surendra Kumar Karki has said the government is ever committed to the development and promotion of community journalism.

MYAGDI, Dec 20: Despite the information technology penetrating the world, the age-old tradition of assigning the Katwal (messenger) to relay important messages and announcements in the remote villages of the district is still in existence.

KATHMANDU, Dec 18: Personal property details of Minister for Information and Communications Surendra Kumar Karki has been made public.

KATHMANDU, Oct 20: The ruling Nepali Congress (NC) has said that it has no information about the impeachment proposal registered in the Parliament against Chief Commissioner of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) Lokman Singh Karki.

Nepal trade information portal launched

September 29, 2016 00:40 am

KATHMANDU, Sept 29: The government has launched an online trade information portal to help support investment and trade facilitation.