When knowledge is not free

February 19, 2021 07:00 am

One of the lasting legacies of the post 1990 politics is great confusion between knowledge and opinion.

Hi everyone, my name is Nepal. COVID-19 has forced me to take sick days. I am on my 35th sick leave, and it has been extended to May 7th.

Misdiagnosed affliction

January 29, 2020 09:46 am

Recently, a physician affiliated with one of the premier private hospitals in Kathmandu wrote about present day working environment in health sector in a Nepali daily. While he raised some valid issues, including that of mistreatment of service providers, medical college mafia, financial extortions, and improper licensing of facilities and manpower, he argued these matters largely portray physicians as victimized professionals, and likened their predicament to byathaa (an affliction) that they have to endure on a daily basis.

Israel’s Democracy Fatigue

January 21, 2020 08:35 am

JERUSALEM – If any Western country is suffering from democratic dysfunction, it is Israel. With the country’s political leaders having again failed to form a government following the most recent parliamentary election in September, voters will head back to the polls in March 2020 for the third time in less than a year. Yet, given Israel’s inflamed, polarized politics and its highly proportional electoral system, what else can one expect from this next national vote except more deadlock?

Downsides of development

January 21, 2020 08:29 am

One could claim the best thing federalism brought to Nepal is speedy development. No matter which corner of the country you visit today, you see construction works happening around. Big yellow machines seem to be operating everywhere—from high hills to the plains. The dust across the nation has become a sign of development and progress. You can see it along Pathlaiya-Birgunj Highway, Birgunj-Kaliya route, Biratnagar-Itahari route or track opening for Madhya Pahadi Lokmarga. Biratnagar is in its worst. Here every road is in the phase of rebuilding.

Guilty pleasure

January 12, 2020 08:05 am

Can pleasures be guilty? Or can a pleasure make a person feel guilty? In an article published in The New York Times on July 1, 2019, Micaela Marini Higgs mentions Sami Schalk, an assistant professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as saying “guilty pleasure is something that we enjoy, but we know we’re either not supposed to like, or that liking it says something negative about us.”

Why IT Bill is flawed

January 11, 2020 08:57 am

Arresting for writing in social media platforms, forcing artists to delete their songs from the internet and filing court cases against comedians are some of the missiles launched by the authorities to curtail free speech in recent times. These trends suggest that the government authorities are determined to curtail freedom of expression in online and offline platforms. With the promulgation of regressive and restrictive laws one after another, the situation is getting worse.

Legislature disbands in failure

January 11, 2020 07:50 am

KATMANDU, Nepal — Nepal descended into a new crisis on Sunday after rival political parties in the Himalayan nation failed to reach an agreement on a new constitution before the national legislature’s term expired at midnight.

US Strategic Incoherence

January 7, 2020 12:05 pm

NEW YORK – The United States emerged from the Cold War some three decades ago possessing a historically unprecedented degree of absolute and relative power. What is baffling, and what will surely leave future historians scratching their heads, is why a series of US presidents decided to devote so much of this power to the Middle East and, indeed, squander so much of America’s might on the region.

Dismal outcome

December 31, 2019 09:10 am

That Nepal’s agriculture sector is not producing enough to meet the needs of its about 30 million people is a reality. Despite having potentials for growing a huge amount of crops, vegetables and fruits, most of our fertile lands in the hills and plains remain barren. We are importing fruits, vegetables, even food grains, mostly from India. Official figures show Nepal imported agriculture products worth Rs 200 billion in the last fiscal year and it’s in the increasing trend.

Reimagining democracy

December 31, 2019 09:00 am

When Carl Linnaeus first coined the term Homo Sapiens in the year 1758, modern humans had already shed their seemingly homogenous biological construction to reveal differences that were far too festered for common grouping. The ideological, religious and cultural leanings of different societies all over the world have been shaped with experiences and doctrines that are unique and relevant only to a particular community or a group.

The year of the Yeti

December 31, 2019 08:30 am

For a few days, yours truly had been searching for the topic to write something or anything about. You see this scribbler is not some great writer, who can write a masterpiece in a jiffy, in a manner that a magician brings out all sorts of objects as per the demand from the audience.

Connecting Asia

November 20, 2019 09:23 am

The moot question is whether China and Nepal can provide a conduit for linking pipeline from Central Asia to South Asia. It needs trilateral dialogue among China, Nepal and India

APF seize onions worth Rs 3 million

November 19, 2019 10:38 am

RAUTAHAT, Nov 19: A team of Rautahat-based Armed Police Force has seized a truck full of onions which were being illegally smuggled into Nepal from India.

KATHMANDU, Oct 31: Newly elected chairperson of Bibeksheel Nepali Dal Milan Pandey has committed to upholding people's agenda in the changing context.

Making most of vacations

October 13, 2019 01:00 am

During this vacation, spend time communicating with your children and understanding their needs. It is important for children and parents to understand each other

Preventing digital feudalism

October 13, 2019 00:30 am

Threat posed by artificial intelligence and other technologies lies in how they are being designed and deployed

Next phase of China’s reform

October 3, 2019 00:30 am

To continue China’s integration into global networks, the authorities will need to overcome strategic challenges

Give time to your kids

September 28, 2019 00:30 am

You need to focus on turning the scarce time into something memorable for both you and your children. Once you commit, you will figure out a way to do that

Water, disasters and people

September 28, 2019 00:00 am

The Koshi basin provides an opportunity for transboundary cooperation to address and manage shared disasters, and help save lives and livelihoods

BRI can be an effective mechanism to facilitate bilateral trade, strengthen relations and enable environment to make our people prosperous

The clean-energy fast track

September 19, 2019 00:30 am

Solar and wind are already cheaper than fossil fuels when it comes to generating electricity, and electric vehicles are close to challenging internal-combustion-engine cars on price

Migrant workers bring in skills

September 18, 2019 00:30 am

Let’s use returning migrants’ skills and earnings to increase domestic production

Joining the technological frontiers

September 17, 2019 00:30 am

AI applications will eventually be so broad and so embedded in every aspect of our daily lives that they will likely contribute three to four times more to global output than the Internet

Reason to worry for Nepal

September 12, 2019 01:30 am

Recent developments in the immediate neighborhood down south should be a matter of serious concern for us, given our complicated relations with it.

State of real estate

September 11, 2019 01:00 am

How is it possible that land prices in Nepali cities with poor infrastructure are close to land prices in London, New York, Tokyo and Shanghai?

Acting deaf n dumb

September 7, 2019 01:00 am

New tourism minister has come up with list of tasks he wishes to get done before Visit Nepal Year 2020. But he has left out many aspects

Does intoxication fuel creativity?

September 7, 2019 00:30 am

Many renowned writers have been known to write under the influence of alcohol and various drugs. Why creative people seek out stimulants/intoxicants such as alcohol and drugs is still an unsolved mystery.

Mentoring the youth

September 7, 2019 00:00 am

Initiating and promoting mentoring and coaching culture can be of great help for youth who are seeking jobs

Distancing India

September 4, 2019 01:30 am

Nepal’s 50 years of effort at distancing ties with India has come at the cost of hurting its economy and creating a hurdle to connect the country to the world outside

Make your father proud

September 4, 2019 00:30 am

We need to change the stereotypical attitude toward parenting that rests firmly on traditional belief that fathers are the breadwinners and mothers are the homemakers

Testing times

September 3, 2019 01:30 am

With the new developments in Kashmir, Nepal may have to listen to and deal with the pressures and persuasions from India, China and Pakistan, all at the same time

Rebranding Lumbini

September 3, 2019 01:00 am

Apart from saying ‘Buddha was born in Nepal’ how many worthful initiatives have we taken to promote the birthplace of Gautam Buddha?

Flailing at China

September 1, 2019 02:00 am

Notwithstanding all the criticism of China in the West, progress on the road to the Next China actually has been quite extraordinary over the past dozen years

Managing wastes

September 1, 2019 01:30 am

Unmanaged waste has adverse impact on public health and economy. The government should manage it properly

Claim your products

September 1, 2019 01:00 am

In lack of specific Geographical Indication law, Nepal could even lose its sovereign rights over the products which have their origin in Nepal

Breaking the barriers

September 1, 2019 00:30 am

No matter how much we glorify role of ICT in improving education, it cannot happen without larger participation of teachers

Financial exclusion

August 28, 2019 01:30 am

Poverty, illiteracy and lack of access to financial services are key barriers to promoting entrepreneurship in Nepal

Governing agriculture

August 28, 2019 01:00 am

We need to make agriculture governance system effective through the backup of strong organizational set-up and human resources

Danger of climate doomsayers

August 28, 2019 00:30 am

Doom and gloom distort our worldview and can lead to bad policies. The future is bright, and we need smart decisions to keep it so

Dealing with syndicates

August 26, 2019 01:30 am

As long as the market-related inefficiencies that actually gave rise to syndicates remain, the transportation syndicates will rise again, in one form or another

Toward quality journalism

August 26, 2019 01:00 am

Buddha’s teachings carry much relevance in journalism as well. Journalists should explore these values to promote quality and deepen their journalistic insight

Trump’s war on evidence

August 26, 2019 00:30 am

US President Donald Trump has made no secret of his disdain for experts and evidence-based policymaking

Conversation with digital darlings

August 24, 2019 02:00 am

Don’t go coy with these faceless digital darlings. Get mollycoddled by striking a lovely conversation with them now

Bringing peace in Kashmir

August 24, 2019 01:30 am

India and Pakistan should engage in dialogue with or without external mediation to find lasting solution of Kashmir problem

Power to youth

August 24, 2019 00:30 am

Grassroots level policy-making and activism can truly transform Nepali youth and Nepal

Deschooling education

August 22, 2019 01:30 am

Every class has students capable of becoming singers, dancers, poets, athletes and actors but our education system is discouraging them every moment

The pain of going around

August 22, 2019 01:00 am

Nepal aviation has been subjected to EASA’s blacklisting since December 2013 because many European lives were lost in domestic sectors in STOLs and helicopter crashes

Forgetting Palestine

August 22, 2019 00:30 am

Never before in Israel’s history has it been able to develop a foreign policy so free of the Palestinian issue

Give credit where due

August 20, 2019 01:30 am

Present day political leaders and self-declared intellectuals revel in demonizing King Mahendra as a dictator. Let’s not be so thankless to the King who created a foundation for us to stand on