Analyst, Not AstrologerBy The Rising Nepal
In a recent statement, the United States’ President Joe Biden made a lofty announcement that, health permitting, he would seek four more years in office in 2024. With the observation of the past three dozen years and commenting on world affairs, this scribe can say with confidence that Biden won’t contest for four more years at the White House. His Democratic Party is unlikely to have an 82-year-old sitting on the powerful seat until he reaches 86-plus.
Linking Pedagogy To ResearchBy The Rising Nepal
Our pedagogical system has been guided by the Western pattern of learning. Though many critics claim that knowledge originated from the East, Nepali schools and universities tend to follow the American or European model of education. Where ever it originated, education should facilitate us to live a complete life. Getting education is for preparing ourselves to cope with any circumstances that may emerge in the upcoming days. Teaching has so far been an information gathering process. Today, learners...
Ban Solar GeoengineeringBy The Rising Nepal
To mitigate global heating, this technology is being proposed as an option. The big problem is that it is impossible to assess what risks global application would lead to. In January, 16 scholars published an open letter to governments around the world, asking them to ban solar geoengineering at planetary scale. I too have signed the appeal, and will elaborate the reasons here.
NA Poll Rout Bodes Ill For UMLBy Ritu Raj Subedi
The five-party alliance has registered a resounding victory in the recent National Assembly (NA) elections. It made a clean sweep of 18 seats out of 19 in the Upper House. The main opposition CPN-UML that suffered a humiliating drubbing; it managed to secure only one seat. Ironically, some UML leaders have expressed happiness that it won one seat and bagged cross-votes in some provinces as it had to fight against five parties. This is UML's pseudo happiness that hides its growing dismay in the wake...
When Will COVID-19 Pandemic End?By The Rising Nepal
The world is in the midst of the worst surge in terms of cases even after two years of the COVID-19 pandemic despite widespread inoculation drive. Although many more people are or will be infected, there are signs that SARS-CoV-2 has changed in terms of its virulence as the Omicron variant is less likely to cause severe disease and there is still hope that the deaths will be much lower with this surge than previous ones. The World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that the next COVID-19 variant...
Tribute To MartyrsBy The Rising Nepal
A person who happily sacrifices his/her life for the cause of the nation and people is called a martyr. A martyr does not compromise his/her ideology and belief. So, martyrs are the revolutionary figures committed to broader welfare of society. We pay homage to both known and unknown martyrs.
Instinct Of National Self-PreservationBy The Rising Nepal
The general propensity of humans and nations to actively perform helps them to keep away from vulnerabilities or extinction and take full advantage of the chances of self-preservation. National self-preservation is one of the powerful instincts that motivates the nation to fight for the quality of its lifelines’ continuity, survival, stability and progress. The natural instinct of self-preservation of Nepal animates a deep feeling of Nepalis to defend the identity of self as a sovereign nation...
Complying With Prosocial Behaviour During COVID-19By The Rising Nepal
The virtue of selflessness and compassion is deeply rooted in human conscience, and in many instances result from socio-cultural influences and life experiences. One such life experience of the 21 century is COVID-19. This pandemic is a hard lesson and has certainly invoked the relevance of prosocial behaviour and its compliance. Prosocial behaviour encompasses the actions intended to help others. It is a part of natural human biology and ingrained conditioning of some religious practices.
Three Cities, One RootBy Aashish Mishra
Panauti is the centre of attraction this month. The city is hosting the famous once-in-12-years Makar Mela this Magh. But while Makar Mela may be the biggest festival of the city, it is not the only one. One of the most important festivals is Jya Punhi or Desh Jatra where Panauti residents pay homage to their main protecting deities Indreshwor Mahadev, Bhadrakali, Unmatta Bhairav and Brahmayani. Similarly, this historic town also plays host to a number of visiting festivals, of which, the Harisiddhi...
Ways To Meet Brain Gain GoalsBy The Rising Nepal
People move to other places to enjoy and explore but they eventually return home after the travel. They share their experiences with other people in their neighbourhood. Many young people go abroad for further studies also. They learn things, return home with new knowledge, and use it to develop their own place. This has been an age-old tradition in many cultures of different parts of the world.
Symbiosis Between Capitalism And DemocracyBy The Rising Nepal
Democracy is a system of governance whereby voters choose their leadership as they prefer. Capitalism is an economic system driven by private ownership of principal commodities. In capitalism, investments play dominant roles determined through private decisions. Matters concerning investment amount and nature, pricing, production, distribution of commodities and creation of competitive environment is taken freely by the private sector. Free and open market mechanism is a must for capitalism.
The Plight Of Afghan LGBTQBy The Rising Nepal
Afghanistan is now juggling with so many things besides the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the overthrow of former Afghani President Ashraf Ghani and his government in August last year, the Taliban have emerged as a major force in this conflict-hit nation. Their comeback has become a headache, especially for the marginalised and the excluded communities, including women and LGBTQ.
Dealing With Macroeconomic ChallengesBy The Rising Nepal
Nepal has now been reeling from the third wave of COVID-19. Nepal’s economy, which has just been recovering, seems to get badly impacted by the current wave of the pandemic triggered by its new variant of Omicron. With the resurge in infections, the government has already started imposing some restrictions on mobility and carrying economic activities. High infection rate, spreading into communities, has lowered the traffic volume on the street. Passing through the COVID-19 since March 2020, several...
Why Local Polls Draw Growing InterestBy The Rising Nepal
Local elections in some countries do receive relatively greater political attention, publicity and provoke more critical comments, discussions and assessments than in the others. There should be some major reasons for this widening interest. The first reason in this regard could be attributed to the importance and material significance attached to local governments in the respective countries' constitution and laws, and the roles they perform in the overall governance and development in the jurisdictions...
Comfort CharacterBy The Rising Nepal
All of us have watched a movie or read a book. Our selection of entertainment could have been influenced by media, friends or boredom but one common outcome from this activity is the attachment to a certain character. As you read these lines, your brain must have already reminded you of that fictional person or animal. Why did you relate to this character? What was the unique trait that attracted you? These questions are worth asking when one finds themselves drawn to these beings of the virtual...
Is Omicron Beginning Of Endemic?By The Rising Nepal
As the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus has become a household phenomenon in Nepal and globally, a new term “endemic” is being talked about. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the USA, defines endemic as “the constant presence and/or usual prevalence of a disease or infectious agent in a population within a geographic area.” In simpler terms, it means “a point at which the infection is no longer unpredictably disruptive,” according to Stuart Ray, a professor...
Honing Reading SkillBy The Rising Nepal
If you ponder on the matters that you usually read in a day, you will be surprised to see the amount and diversity in the subjects that you read. You may read a label of a product in a supermarket or the ingredients in a recipe. You could also read a novel, a news report or an article as you are currently doing. Likewise, you could read text messages on your phone, a to-do manual, a brochure of a company or even the subtitles of a movie.
Quandary Over Election DatesBy The Rising Nepal
After the issue of holding three-tier elections cropped up recently, ruling party partners found themselves in a quandary. As the confusion over the dates of these elections persisted, some coalition members declared the next Nepali year - 2079 B.S.- will be the election year when the nation will go to the polls the whole hog. According to them, the next Nepali year will see elections at all 753 local levels, seven state assemblies, the federal parliament, or the House of Representatives.
Eliminating Vaccine HesitancyBy The Rising Nepal
Two years on, COVID-19 has not shown any signs of abatement. If anything, the respiratory contagion has affected the world beyond people’s wildest dreams with the emergence of one variant after the other. Now, over 350 million people have been infected with over 5.6 million deaths worldwide. The world is now mainly in the grip of Omicron and Delta variants. The Omicron variant can spread from person to person faster than any other variants. However, its effects are milder than those of Delta and...