Why Ethics Matters In AIBy The Rising Nepal
Imagine you are going for a job interview in the near future. Instead of presenting your résumé to HR, you place it in a machine, which notifies you that you have been rejected because you are a woman. Alternatively, you may apply for a loan with a bank and be denied because you belong to a certain ethnic group. Alternatively, you upload a photo to a social media site and have it used by a security company for surveillance purposes without your knowledge/consent. Our innate instincts tell us we...
Punish CharlatansBy The Rising Nepal
It is a matter of shame for the nation as a whole that some private hospitals and labs have still been involved in an illicit and irresponsible act of issuing fake PCR test negative reports to foreign job aspirants. They seem to have gone for such an unethical business practice only to make a quick buck. As COVID-19 is more transmissible than other viral diseases, countries around the world have, since the beginning, made it mandatory for all air travellers to produce a PCR negative report while...
Avoiding Geopolitical PitfallsBy Ritu Raj Subedi
Nepal’s metaphoric identity as a ‘yam between two boulders,’ coined by its founding father Prithvi Narayan Shah, continues to be veritable to this day despite all seismic internal and external upheavals spanning two centuries and a half. There were efforts to deconstruct this sagacious saying by many phony intellectuals and political radicals. But the popular adage reminds the rulers of the geopolitical sensitivity of Himalayan nation constrained and protected by complex topography. Even in...
Keep Cholesterol At Ideal LevelBy The Rising Nepal
Millions of adults worldwide have high cholesterol levels in their blood. High cholesterol poses risks of heart disease and stroke that are leading causes of death globally. The risk of heart disease and stroke rises as the amount of cholesterol in the blood increases. Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance produced by the liver. An appropriate level of cholesterol is essential for maintaining good health. It is essential for the synthesis of hormones, vitamin D, and digesting various fatty foods....
Seeds Of ProsperityBy The Rising Nepal
In Chimanimani, a remote region in east-central Zimbabwe, small-holder farmers are taking steps to reduce the economic impact of natural disasters. Some 200 farmers use a modest building in a village to store seeds of a variety of crops, including okra, millet, cassava, sorghum, groundnuts and maize. The seed bank offers a kind of insurance: In case of a crop-destroying natural disaster, farmers can plant stored seeds to revive their farms. Such a disaster struck in March 2019, when tropical Cyclone...
Concluding The Transitional PoliticsBy The Rising Nepal
The intense flash of Nepal’s comprehensive peace accord is sputtering into its sixteenth year. During this juncture, each political party of the nation has shared power with the other irrespective of size, ideologies and identities. Yet they also bear shared amnesia about managing conflict residues. As a result, the site of transitional politics does not dot an end. The loftier spirits and zeal in the peace process are wrecked by a dilemma caught in a short of right guide to address the causes...
What Do Plants Do All Day?By The Rising Nepal
It is easy to think that the daily life of a plant is a simple one. They seem to just stand there and sunbathe. However, plants are very busy all the time doing many things. This activity is aimed at surviving the day and planning for the future.
Marketing In New MediaBy Aashish Mishra
Nepal is witnessing a media shift. Radio, once the primary source of news and information for the majority of the population, has been replaced by television (according to surveys by the Sharecast Initiative Nepal). And television, too, is in the process of being replaced by digital media. More and more people, especially in the urban areas, are turning to platforms like YouTube for entertainment. The number of social media users has skyrocketed in the past decade. There is no denying that Nepal...
Making Online Media ResponsibleBy The Rising Nepal
Recently, an official of Press Council Nepal shared an incident to reveal the psyche of the young Nepali journalists working in an online media. An online media journalist once told the Council that when he worked by abiding by all the ethical values for about two years, he failed to get any response from the readers. “As I started to breach the professional values, then only my media outlet began to be noticed. Consequently, my earnings started to increase,” he said.
The Winter Of Our DiscomfortBy The Rising Nepal
The start of 2022 has been marked by a deepening sense of unease, and not just within governments as they confront challenges relating to health, the economy, geopolitics, and, in some cases, national and financial security. Households and a wide range of companies are feeling it, too. All have been pushed out of, or kept away from, “normality” much longer than expected. COVID-19 is a relevant factor, of course, but it has been joined by several other developments, from rising geopolitical tensions...
Keep Your Feeling Of Empathy IntactBy The Rising Nepal
Whenever my vacation begins, I treat myself in my ‘me-time' when I watch a movie or a documentary having a convincing story plot. In one of my vacations, I still remember coming across a certain Hindi movie that deals with India’s contemporary social issues. I found the movie so heart touching that I could not help shedding tears.
Strengthening Mediation MechanismBy The Rising Nepal
This writer did access the text of India’s Mediation Bill 2021, the other day, which was passed by the Parliament of the Union of India toward the end of the last month. The bill had indeed gone through the process of broad-based deliberation and scrutiny of the wider section of alternative dispute resolution champions, mediation advocates and practitioners from India and outside for a considerable length of time before it was enacted by the parliament. The Indian mediation bill had been looked...
Intra-party Democracy At StakeBy The Rising Nepal
The general conventions of CPN-UML and Nepali Congress (NC) reelected former party chairs for the next tenure while the CPN-Maoist Centre concluded its convention handpicking the central committee members by Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda. Subsequently, Prachanda has been reelected as the chairman of the party.
Support For TongaBy The Rising Nepal
Tonga is a tropical archipelago nation situated deep into the South Pacific. It is home to a population of just 105,000. Tongans are known for their spirituality and humility, yet otherwise respectful nature. Yet this country has been struck by tragedy over the past week due to a mighty volcanic eruption. The eruption was so powerful that it could be heard thousands of miles away.
Care Economy Growing FastBy The Rising Nepal
As the pandemic progresses care economy has become more and more vital for the human race. However, it is not much debated nor given attention to. The economy in general has been hit hard by the pandemic. The poorest and the working class have been affected and hit hard having a negative impact on economic growth and livelihood opportunities.
Indian Farmers Want Agrarian Crisis To EndBy The Rising Nepal
In 19 November 2021, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the repeal of the three contentious farm laws, after thousands of farmers had been camping at Delhi border points in a protest of unprecedented scale since November 2020. Modi admitted the failure in convincing the farmers and appealed to them to call off their year-long protest. In his speech, he said: ‘I apologise to you, my countrymen, that despite my government’s good intentions, there may have been some lack in our Tapasya...
Social AnxietyBy The Rising Nepal
In the times when social distancing is the norm, a feeling of dread keeps looming blaringly. It has certainly affected the social lives of people globally. The gregarious ones missed their social ambience while the quiet ones became even quieter in the lack of social environment. People became attuned to physical distances which they tried to soothe with the help of technology.
‘Endemisation’ Of COVID-19?By The Rising Nepal
As the Omicron variant is attacking Europe and other continents, a new way of thinking has emerged in Europe. Several European countries are discussing the possibility of treating COVID-19 as an endemic disease. It is surmised that as the Omicron variant has higher transmissibility than other variants, the variant could be the last one in Europe, indicating that no other variants would emerge and that the respiratory contagion would be weaker, thus assuming the ‘endemic’ tag.
Using Disability Neutral LanguageBy The Rising Nepal
People care about the words they use," my friend said in a conversation about empowerment and inclusion. “Good intentions and thoughts are more important than the words,” he added. The incident made this scribe realise that it is necessary to learn about the perspective of people with disabilities and share it with others. The writer of many media articles about people with disabilities, usually promoting some form of inspiration, often confuses us when they claim that the individual somehow...
Say ‘No’ To DowryBy The Rising Nepal
Simply, an amount of money or property that a bride brings to her husband on their marriage is dowry. Historically, this practice was willingly followed by the parents of the bride in many parts of the world, but now it is being forcefully demanded in numerous places. It was prevalent mainly in wealthier families. But unfortunately, it has not spared even ordinary families at present. It is true that a young man may require financial support to settle his life and fulfill his needs. But it should...