Missing The PlotBy The Rising Nepal
When devastating floods struck Zhengzhou in central China in August 2021, BBC journalists reporting on the disaster claimed that they encountered a lot of verbal abuse, both online and in real life. Chinese netizens accused BBC journalist Robin Brant of factual distortion and rumour-mongering at first, but things got slightly more out of hand as they resulted in a standoff between the BBC team and a group of angry locals. A statement issued by the BBC after the happenings claimed that their reporters...
Child Marriage, American StyleBy The Rising Nepal
Fact at times sounds stranger than fiction just as what is strange in a place gets to be a routine affair elsewhere in a dazzling display of variety. For instance, marriageable age. Eligibility for marriage entails interesting conditions even in industrially advanced countries with a high degree of education and scholars among the most quoted in approval by academics across the world.
A Debate On The Rights Of NatureBy The Rising Nepal
With the climate change posing a survival threat to humanity, the political discourse has undergone a drastic change. It has acquired new language, logic and content after the nations faced water, health, food, energy and climate crises globally. Along with the traditional determinants of politics such as ideology, demography, cultural values and religious beliefs, the disruptions in the environmental systems have become driving factor of politics. Currently, the health of the planet earth as well...
Omicron Dampens Tourism HopesBy The Rising Nepal
With the outbreak of a third wave of COVID-19, the hope for the recovery of the tourism industry in Nepal from 2022 has been dampened. Currently, the country records more than 10,000 COVID-19 cases on a daily basis. The new coronavirus variant — Omicron — is believed to have been driving infections at such a worrying rate.
Save Narayanhity From CommercialisationBy Ritu Raj Subedi
The Narayanhity Palace Museum has come into limelight for wrong reasons. Once a symbol of power, dignity and majesty of kings, the Narayanhity Palace has now turned into stories of corruption scam, sleaze and fraudulence, mocking the hubris of fallen mighty rulers. Of course, the history of Narayanhity was not completely clean either. But in republican era, it should serve as a history book for the posterity. The systemic corruption also crept int
Do We Need A Booster Dose?By The Rising Nepal
The vast majority of current COVID-19 cases are seen among unvaccinated people although many vaccinated with no record of travel history are infected with the Delta variant as well as the most recent Omicron variant. Many studies revealed that the Omicron
Freaky ChildrenBy The Rising Nepal
Every parent wants his/her child to emulate the Russian prodigy Bella Devyatkina who can speak eight languages at the age of eight. Bella utilised the extended lockdown imposed to curb COVID-19 to study foreign languages sitting on the couch. Quite the contrary, most of our kids felt irritated during the lockdown instead of using their leisure time for creative venture.
Nurture Good Politics In NepalBy The Rising Nepal
In Nepal, good politics can be shaped not only by leaders who are well-known for sharing political power among themselves but through cooperation among them for common good by which the majority of people can improve their scale of freedom and standards of living. This equally requires pulling the restless and polarised politics of the nation’s political leaders moving into the reverse direction of their respective ideologies and parties and fixing them at the centre. It is essential to keep up...
AMR Emerging As The Next PandemicBy The Rising Nepal
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is spreading rapidly worldwide, and has even been likened to the next pandemic – one that many people may not even be aware is happening. A recent paper, published in Lancet, has revealed that antimicrobial resistant infections caused 1.27 million deaths and were associated with 4.95 million deaths in 2019. This is greater than the number of people who died from HIV/AIDS and malaria that year combined.
Opt For Remotely Proctored ExamsBy Aashish Mishra
Our universities are utterly incapable of conducting physical exams during the COVID-19 pandemic without putting students at risk. This has been made abundantly clear by the recent student protests. Yet, they have also not devised any other way of evaluating the students’ knowledge and grading their abilities fairly (despite several alternatives being readily available). So, if educational institutions insist on exams and want those exams monitored to supposedly protect their integrity, then they...
Three Decades Of Free MediaBy The Rising Nepal
Three decades ago, Nepali months of Magh and Phalgun were full of political events in Kathmandu. Political parties, civil society, intellectuals and journalists were bracing for the decisive nationwide pro-democracy movement against the party-less Panchayat rule. Major political parties, including the Nepali Congress and different factions of the Nepal Communist Party, reached an understanding to launch a joint movement. Nepal
Advancing Global Health SecurityBy The Rising Nepal
Global health is broadly a field of study, research and practice that places a significant priority on achieving equity in health for all populations. In principle, it is about achieving better health outcomes for vulnerable populations
Lanka’s Reconciliation Still In QuandaryBy The Rising Nepal
The end of any war or conflict does not bring in immediate normalisation to the lives of the conflicting parties. And this holds true in most parts of the world, including Sri Lanka. Plunged in a deep level of crisis for 26 long years, the South Asian island nation’s reconciliation process has still been in turmoil.
Have No Dilemma On Local PollsBy The Rising Nepal
The political clock in Nepal turns back to almost two decades back when the parties had been embroiled into the issues and controversies bearing upon the destiny of the local government. As the five-year term of the local governments -- village development committees (VDCs), municipalities and district development committees (DDCs) -- was nearing completion in those days, political parties were weighing in the realpolitik pros and cons of whether to keep the local governments alive and going taking...
Prioritise Public EducationBy The Rising Nepal
Every nation prioritises education because it is the precursor to national prosperity and success. It is always a sine qua non to a healthy society. Public education is the marker of the social and economic standard of any nation. However, in Nepal, many people are concerned about the state of public education. The chasm between private and public education in the country has now been widened due to the failure to reform s
Life Underground: Reality Or Utopia?By The Rising Nepal
The problems of overpopulation and the threat of various disasters - from climatic to nuclear and space - are increasingly making us think about alternative spaces for life. Alas, space has not yet been mastered by us to such an extent as to build colonies o
Migration Hits AgricultureBy The Rising Nepal
As centuries pass by, human civilisation has been taking its turns. If one reviews the evolution of Mesopotamia, also known as the cradle of civilisation, the ploughing culture was introduced in 4,000 to 6,000 BC. Since then and now the cycles of role of women and men in human civilisation has taken turns in the power cycle. The ploughing culture has been one strong element of who controls the land and thus becomes the “master” and household head.
The Clash Of CulturesBy The Rising Nepal
The political scientist Samuel Huntington’s famous thesis that the post-Cold War world would be defined by a clash of civilisations turned out to be off the mark. While there certainly is cleavage and conflict, the cause is a clash of cultures within civilisations. It is this clash that fuelled the assault on the US Capitol on 6 January 2021. Such intra-civilisational clashes ultimately make civilisation itself impossible – or at least dysfunctional, as US politics now very much seems to be....
Media RepresentationBy The Rising Nepal
Take a minute to pause and think over all the media messages presented to you. It could be a song, a movie, news report or even an advertisement jingle. Who are represented in these various media messages? Or rather who aren’t included? Further, what do the messages intend to express? Often, the dominant groups in most societies are overrepresented while the minority groups are underrepresented. As such, dominant groups are the set of people who are in majority and claim the most privileges while...
COVID-19 Pandemic Is Third Wave Lurking?By The Rising Nepal
The nation is staring at the likely COVID-19 third wave, though the government has brought forth a slew of measures to stop the advance of the dreaded coronavirus. This time the new variant of contagion - Omicron, which, according to experts, can infect communities - has given headaches to the authorities as the infection rate has spiked in a short span. After the country reported its first Omicron infection in December last year, our pligh