End Anomalies In Medical EducationBy The Rising Nepal
Medical education in Nepal has arrested general people's attention, albeit for wrong reasons. The operator of a private medical college in the eastern town of Biratnagar barred students from attending classes after the latter denied paying additional fees when asked by the college authority. The issue came to a head when students resisted against increased fees levied on them. According to some media reports, the added fees ran up to about Rs. 2 million.
Nepal’s Graduation From LDCBy The Rising Nepal
It has been 50 years since Nepal was included in the list of least developed countries (LDCs) in 1971. The country could not come out of the morass of underdevelopment during the Panchayat regime. Neither could the country slough off the tag of an LDC during the multiparty democracy after the overthrow of the Panchayat system in 1990. However, the country has been able to gradually make progress on the development front. As a result, the country is becoming a middle-income developing country in December...
‘Love Hormone’ Makes People FearlessBy The Rising Nepal
Many are familiar with the term “oxytocin”. It is called the “love hormone”. It is usually generated when we are around a loved one or someone we have sympathy for. However, recently, employees of the University of Bonn in Germany found that oxytocin performs another curious function - it makes a person fearless in the truest sense of the word.
A Peek Into Identity EquationBy The Rising Nepal
In these days of assertive identity, words like assimilation, integration and melting pot seem to be in less use because some people fear that the slightest of insensitivity could rub the nerves of individuals and sections the wrong way. Both the acclaimed figures were from democracies — one who first hailed from the United Kingdom, known to many as the mother of parliaments — and India, which prides in claims to be the world’s “largest” democracy on the st
Fear Of OmicronBy The Rising Nepal
In the face of a growing fear of the transmission of the Omicron variant across Nepal, life is quite normal in the Kathmandu Valley. Businesses and educational institutions have been running as usual. The country has reported a sudden increase in the number of daily COVID-19 infections to around 1,000 along with two dozen fresh Omicron cases. Following a week-long general convention of the CPN - Maoist Centre, its two top leaders — Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ and Narayan Kaji Shrestha —...
A Tribute To Nation's UnifierBy The Rising Nepal
Come Poush 27 of the Nepali calendar, an old dispute resurfaces. Some small political parties draw media attention to their demand of declaring Poush 27 as public holiday while some others – mostly those nurturing extremist viewpoints – go against it. Poush 27 is the birthday of Prithvi Narayan Shah, the founding father of modern Nepal. There should not be any controversy in paying tribute to the nation’s unifier who serves as the source of inspiration, pride and unity for Nepalis. Prior to...
Control Anger, Avoid Health ProblemsBy The Rising Nepal
Everyone becomes angry. As basic as happiness, anxiety, and disgust, or sadness, anger is one of the elemental human emotions. It is a normal, instinctive response to a threat. Sometimes, anger is necessary for our survival. Therefore, anger is a normal as well as healthy emotion and only becomes a problem when we have a problem with controlling it. Anger is associated to fight flight or freeze response of the sympathetic nervous system. When one gets angry, his/her
Restore Aadikavi’s AbodeBy The Rising Nepal
Though demolition of structures in different places can be similar in nature, some leave more impact than the other. I have seen many houses on the Mahendra Highway either being abandoned or destroyed. But those destructions may not have made me so sorry as that of the house belonging to pioneer poet Bhanubhakta Acharya.
Perils Of Pre-political PoliticsBy The Rising Nepal
The national conventions of Nepali political parties have generated a lot of public interest and excitement in the renewal of leadership legitimacy. Yet, it is not easy to explain why the political spectrum in Nepal often oscillates between the right and the left without finding a middle ground for effective governability - leadership gaining an ability to know veiled incongruity of political patterns and perform, manage and steer the right balance of statecraft. The problem does not lie
China's Service Sector Becomes Key FDI MagnetBy The Rising Nepal
China has maintained its top place as the most attractive destination for global investment by securing 1 trillion yuan ($156.85 billion) in the first 11 months of 2021, which is more than the entire 2020 FDI inflow. The investment further demonstrates the rising interest among global investors in the country's service sector.
The History Of Polls In NepalBy Aashish Mishra
The year 2079 looks set to be the year of elections. The five-year term of the local governments, provincial assemblies and the federal House of Representatives is expiring next year and as is the beauty of democracy, people will go to the polls to elect new representatives with a new mandate. So, while we look forward to a series of fresh elections next year, it might also be appropriate to take a look back at how it all started. The history of elections in
In Pursuit Of Media DiplomacyBy The Rising Nepal
In today's world of mediated communication, the international media has become influential in diplomatic behaviour. However, it is not easy to cultivate the media influence by engaging with media outlets to enhance the dignity of the countries. The flow of information and communication across the world is yet to be able to manifest and reflect a global plurality of views. Hence, the core idea of public diplomacy, which includes media diplomacy, has also mainly beco
Real Threat To American DemocracyBy The Rising Nepal
Much remains to be learned about what happened in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021. But almost from the moment that rioters stormed the Capitol, it has been clear that America’s constitutional order resisted Donald Trump’s effort to subvert it. The available evidence suggests that Trump supported a cockamamie scheme to have Vice President Mike Pence refuse to certify the results showing that Joe Biden had won the Electoral College vote. The idea was that amid the confusion created by unauthorised...
Manage Waste ProperlyBy The Rising Nepal
The other day, I came across a man with his big black car. He stops on an empty road, looks around and then retrieves a big white sack of garbage. And right in front of my eyes, I see him toss it to a heap of piled garbage. It felt like he had found a perfect place for garbage management. At that moment, my mind was saying: “Solid waste management is such a joke in the Kathmandu Metropolis!” Keeping the house neat and clean is a priority for every household. After cleaning, we collect all...
Enhance TU's Research CredentialsBy The Rising Nepal
A TV news item telecast, the other day, took note of the technical weaknesses on the proposals for the study submitted to the University Grants Commission (UGC) by the Tribhuvan University (TU) research centres like the Research Centre for Applied Science and Technology (RECAST) and Centre for China and Asian Studies (CNAS). The weaknesses were singled out by an independent panel formed by the varsity itself reportedly at the behest of the UGC. Needless to say, these two centres had been once the...
Consolidation Of Nepal-China TiesBy The Rising Nepal
The relations between Nepal and the People’s Republic of China are age-old. The deep-rooted relationship between the two neighbours have evolved since the days of those who crossed the Himalayan border such as monk and scholar Buddhabhadra, Princess Bhrikuti, Araniko as well as Chinese monks such as Fa Xian and Xuan Zang. Since the formalisation of diplomatic relationships in 1955, the affairs between the two have been marked by friendliness, cooperation, and respect for each other’s sensitivities....
Chinese In AfricaBy The Rising Nepal
Over 600 Chinese companies operate in Zambia, mostly in the Copperbelt region and mainly to serve Chinese mining companies, according to Global Risk Insights, a political risk analysis firm. As of December 2020, Zambia owed the Chinese government more than US$ 23 billion in loans, used for projects and infrastructure building, it adds, noting that this debt creates a risk of economic dependence. On the other hand, Zambia benefits mightily from the growing Chinese presence – not only in terms of...
Language As Medium Of Social ChangeBy The Rising Nepal
Regarding the language of political correctness, it would be worthwhile to refer to G.B. Shaw’s Pygmalion (1913). In this play, the playwright presented a character named Henry Higgins, Professor of Phonetics, who would like to improve the English society by teaching the Englishmen how to speak good English. As he saw a street flower-selling girl named Elizabeth Doolittle, he noticed that she spoke cockney dialect, which he thought was bad English. Then he decided to teach her to speak like a duchess...
Women’s Battle For LeadershipBy The Rising Nepal
The number of women holding political offices in Nepal has been significantly increasing. Similarly, although the number of women holding political positions in the USA grew substantially in the last two decades, men still outnumber women by more than 5-to-1 ratio.