Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools across Nepal have been closed since March 19 and it is not clear when they will open. They could remain closed for many more days. The major challenge at this point is to ensure that all children have access to education. Many experts have expressed their opinions on the issue. Some favor online teaching methods while others opine that Nepal is not yet ready for online teaching. It is important to be clear regarding the availability of radio, mobile phone, television, computer and internet facilities as well as the current use and possibility of digital learning materials and software while discussing the matter.
With now almost four months, the corona pandemic has resulted in over 100 thousand deaths. The modeling based on a number of tests and recovery data to date indicates some positive trend of recovery but it has not been very effective. The world focused on isolation measures, developing drugs and vaccines but various other options. Let me talk about those options. Vaccination is an ultimate cure as it helps the body to make an antibody to fight virus attacks. Scientists were able to quickly sequence the genetic materials of COVID-19 as early as in January and manipulate its gene sequence to develop a vaccine. A vaccine developed earlier for corona epidemics—SARS in 2002-04 and Mers in 2012—was never used as the virus was contained. These vaccines are now being trialed against COVID-19 by Novavax company and ready for human trials this spring. A biotech firm Moderna also claims that their vaccine will go for clinical trial soon in Australia. China is also on the race to try its own vaccine for clinical trials. A vaccine needs testing in animals first and then in humans in three-phase trials for approval. Thus it could cost several hundred million dollars.
MUNICH – As the COVID-19 pandemic escalates, the risks inherent in global supply chains are more apparent than ever. Rather than await a return to business as usual, with manufacturing activities concentrated in countries where labor is cheap and plentiful, advanced-economy companies are shifting their focus to the lowest-wage workers of all: robots.
The government postponed Secondary Education Examinations (SEE), board exams of grade XI and XII and all university examinations as the nation enforced lockdown to ensure the safety of citizens amid COVID-19 pandemic. The students who were preparing for the examinations are now locked up in their own houses and classes for other students have stopped altogether. In this situation, people have started to express concerns about the education of their children. Educators are likewise worried. Meanwhile, the debate has started on alternative ways of educating people while maintaining social distance.
Sworek, a new tourism destination, has come into the radar of multiple travel enthusiasts within a short duration of time. Located in Bhirkot-5, travelers are required to travel a distance of about 8 km from Adhikhola to reach Sworek. The destination also has road accessibility and is considered an ideal location for paragliding competitions. Local tour leader, Krishna Jung KC, stated that traveling to Sworek was pleasant even during the monsoon.
Parent’s separation can be a difficult and stressful experience for any child. Many struggle to deal with this emotional baggage throughout their lives. But at the tender age of 14, Sujata Gurung had many more things to worry about. After her parents got divorced, she had to take care of her two younger siblings, and that too when there was no means of livelihood.
KATHMANDU, Nov 5: It’s a childhood dream for many to become a pilot when they grow up, but it takes a lot of hard work and determination to become one. Captain Bed Prasad Upreti is one such pilot who saw possibilities in adversity.