Category: Opinion

What’s worth the life of an ordinary Nepali citizen?

Manoj Karki Kathmandu: Just in four days since the Monday of this week, 32(5+26+1) innocent Nepalis lost their lives. And none of the deaths were due to any natural causes. More unfortunate and tragic it was that they were all avoidable. It all started with an unwarranted clash between police and the locals in Saptari that resulted in the death of 5 innocent people. This was followed by the tragic road accident on Thursday in Jajarkot, when a passenger bus fell off a cliff leading to the death of 26 persons, 15 of them on the spot. And on...

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How many struggles to wage? How much is too much in Nepali politics?

Narayan Prasad Ghimire A week back, Nepal marked the National Democracy Day. Falgun 7 as per Nepali calendar is marked every year memorizing the historic event that Nepalis got freedom from autocratic Rana regime. Similarly, four weeks back, Nepal observed the Martyrs week. The Democracy Day is reminded for downfall of Ranarchy, while the Martyrs week is marked reminding the contribution of those who played significant role to topple the Ranarchy and the party-less panchayat system as well. The panchayat system was imposed by king Mahendra following a coup that sent the first people’s elected Prime Minister BP Koirala...

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Local polls announced at last after gap of 19 years but challenges remain

Manoj Karki KATHMANDU: The Government has announced the date for local elections to be held on May 14. The date as reported in the media was announced in consultation with the Election Commission, a constitutional body responsible to hold the elections in a free and fair manner. The announcement by the government comes after relentless pressure from all stakeholders, including members of the ruling coalition and the main opposition party in the parliament. It was also pressing given the constitutional provision of having to hold all the three tier (in the new federal set-up) elections by January 2018. As...

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The Power of Economic Empowerment

Pramila Acharya Rijal Central to inclusive and sustainable industrial development is the urgent need to harness the economic potential of women – half of the world’s population. Women perform 66% of the world’s work, yet earn 10% of the world’s income. At the same time, they account for 85% of consumer purchases and control $20 trillion in worldwide spending. It is estimated that by 2020, 870 million women who have been living or contributing at a subsistence level will enter the economic mainstream for the first time as producers, consumers, employees and entrepreneurs. The economic impact is expected to...

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The End of US Soft Power?

Shashi Tharoor NEew Delhi – One major casualty of Donald Trump’s victory in the bruiseing US presidential election is, without a doubt, America’s soft power around the world. It is a development that will be difficult – perhaps even impossible – to reverse, especially for Trump. Traditionally, countries’ global political power was assessed according to military might: the one with the largest army had the most power. But that logic was not always reflected in reality. The US lost the Vietnam War; the Soviet Union was defeated in Afghanistan. In its first few years in Iraq, the US discovered...

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Problems of education

Umesh Raj Regmi University education plays a great role in the development of a country. However, this realisation has not come upon developing countries like Nepal. For more than two decades, Nepal has been working to uplift its educational standard by providing quality higher education, but there are many hurdles on the way. The state too has not been paying adequate attention to the dissemination of university education through various modes at different locations. The number of universities in the country has increased, but the standard of education being offered is often neglected. Hence, the governmental practice of boosting...

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Dream Discourse

Santosh Gautam Setting the Scene Prime Minister’s dream has initiated a hot debate in Nepal. With his dream as the motion of the house people from different walks of life have been putting their views for and against the motion. The academia, the business sector, the NRNs, the politics all seem to be divided into two poles. Laxmi Prasad Devkota’s couplet on aiming to touch the moon has been referred frequently by a side of the debate and the present pathetic plight of different aspects of the nation including the  miserable situation of the quake victims has been referred...

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The budget discussion

Ishwor Aryal According to the Asian Development Bank the Growth is expected to slide markedly in FY2016, affected by reconstruction delays, extended trade and transit disruptions as minority groups object to features of the newly announced constitution, and an unfavorable monsoon. Recovery in FY2017 is contingent on accelerating reconstruction and restoring trade and transit to normal. The economic growth in 2015 was 3% and by the end of 2016 it may remain 1.5% due to the vast devastating earthquake and Indian Economic Ban. The next year in 2017 it may slightly go up to 4.8%. In history we have...

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Leadership: What does it really mean ?

Human Beings have appetite for the power, no  matter, what that so-called power means.  Human beings seek power to rule, power to conquer and power to exist. One of the powers, we human beings desire is the power of leadership. We learn what is leadership but we barely understand the essence of it, We know leadership in a way of leading others .However, we never know the reason behind it. From the very root level to the top most level, human beings seek leadership, attain it but are never meant to manifest its real assets. To be a leader,...

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“Baseless Indian Influences Over PM’s China Visit”

Ishwor Aryal Jayashankar the Indian foreign secretary keeps emerging whenever there is a big hotcake on Nepalese yard. He is frequently reported to be rude in dealing with the leaders of Nepalese political parties and his presence with very unkind and unprofessional manner has now been a big topic to be discussed. Nobody is unaware that the attempts of dragging the PM’s China tour under Indian influences is going on now. An Indian foreign secretary has a direct and unlimited access to the PM cabinet and the presidents of other stakeholder political parties, this is the first issue to...

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