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Category: Opinion

Self-reliance is the only way out for a resilient Nepal

 Manoj Karki 7 Nov, Kathmandu: Twenty six years after the first major economic blockade by neighbouring India, Nepal has been caught napping with no easy way out. Though reasons and time period of the two blockades in 1989 and 2015 are different, Nepal’s suffering is due to the same reason i.e. dependence on India. The impact of the two blockades differ as the level of dependence was different. The dependence level in terms of trade on India in 1989 was around 40 per cent whereas it is almost 80 per cent at present. The reason behind the Indian government...

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Welcome the dream coming true

Narayan Prasad Ghimire 16 Sept, Kathmandu: More than six-decade long aspiration of Nepalis to have constitution through the Constituent Assembly is coming true very soon. The Constituent Assembly, the largest body of people’s representatives, is all set to promulgate new constitution on September 20. Till Wednesday 1 pm, 237 articles of the new constitution bill were passed by the CA, making these the constituents of the new constitution. With this, most of the important articles have been endorsed. As per the endorsements, Nepal is now an independent, indivisible, sovereign, secular, inclusive democratic socialism-oriented federal democratic republic. Full press freedom...

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Growing need of healing

Now we must live new lives and make peaceful nation for those who taught us humanity, those who smiled seeing the death, those who remained in the front line, and those who served the nation with great hearts for the sake of nation until the last breaths. The whole nation is in grief on the brutal murder of our brave police personnel on duty and with the demise of humanity of people simultaneously. I wish they may live long in the world who really taught the lesson of humanity and patriotism to the world. However we lost our beavers forever...

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Definition of art should not fence or confine art

Sandesh Shrestha 29 Aug, Kathmandu An exhibition of canvas paintings ‘Of Struggles and Dreams – A Homage to the People of Nepal’ is currently underway at the Siddhartha Art Gallery portraying the resilience of the Nepali people and their dreams in the face of the traumatic event of an earthquake. The display of the artworks by Martin Travers, an international mural and street artist from South London, was not planned, but a stroke of serendipity. A total of 10 pieces of artworks are displayed at the exhibition – which will last until September 6 – and is a tribute...

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People have responded to the draft constitution, now leaders’ turn to reciprocate

Deep Raj Sanyal 25 July, Kathmandu : This week, the country witnessed yet another democratic exercise in the constitution-writing process after the second Constituent Assembly election of 19 November 2013, as the CA sent the preliminary draft of the constitution to all the 240 electoral constituencies for public feedback. In response, thousands of people put forward their opinion and suggestions on diverse aspects of the constitution. People also had the option to feed in their suggestions to the Constituent Assembly by phone, fax, e-mail and post. And as data suggest, there was overwhelming response from the people to the...

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Disaster Risk Management: Where we are?

Bikash Adhikari Nepal is highly vulnerable to various types of disaster like earthquake, floods, landslides, fire, epidemics and effect of climate change. According to the disaster Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Study Report (UNDP/BCP 2004), Nepal ranks 11th in the world form earthquake vulnerability standpoint. Likewise, the country is placed in 30th place from floods aspect. In another similar report (World Bank 2005) Nepal is classified as one of the frequently Natural disaster reoccurrence country. So it is important to analyze policy, legal provisions and institutional structures Nepal has adopted in relation to Disaster Risk Management. Institutional journey on Disaster...

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SLC and the stress factor

Kushal Pokharel Feb 21, 2015 Every year as SLC approaches, students across the nation tend to panic. They are really concerned whether they would be able to cross the ‘iron gate’ or not. For those who are talented the worry is related to percentage and divisions including distinction. Whereas it is natural for examinees to desire for better marks in SLC, what is worrisome is the level of stress that they take to perform better. After all, even the good result that involves too much stress is short-lived. However, this is not to say that the students mindset operates...

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Nepal’s higher education in crisis

Feb 7, 2015. By: Kushal Pokharel Background Prosperity of a nation rests on the stock of human capital which in turn depends the quality of educational system. Realizing this fact, both the developed and the developing countries have regarded education as a major instrumentof development policy. Knowledge has become a key element for growth and development in today’s global economic environment. It is also very important for surviving in the competitive environment that has started to prevail for the past few decades since globalization came into practice. With the emergence of global markets, companies are focusing on employing more professionals with a thorough knowledge of the specialized field. Against this backdrop, the role of higher education  is vital as it provides the maximum exposure to the practical aspect of the knowledge already possessed. Increased knowledge streams have increased the employment opportunities available for students.Expansion and diversification of higher education system is an ongoing process across the world. Globally speaking, the curriculum of the higher education system encourages students to explore opportunities and become analytical and self-exploratory in life. Courses are updated on a regular basis as per the needs of global markets and country’s economic needs. They are interdisciplinary, project-based, and research-driven. With higher orderthinking skills, multiple intelligence and authentic assessments embedded in the education,  students are self-directed and work both independently and interdependently.The curriculum and instructions are designed...

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Learning from the success of Nepali cricket team

Kushal Pokharel Of late, two things are creating buzz in Nepal. First, the political parties who promised to give a new constitution by  Jan 22 deadline, set by themselves have deceived the public. Second, the performance of the National Cricket team  in the recently held ICC World Cricket League Division-2. These two different events have created much hype in the media including the public domain. On the one hand, there is a deep frustration among the  ordinary mass owing to the failure of the promulgation of a new constitution. On the contrary, the recent performance of Nepali Cricket has made us jubilant and ecstatic. Behind both the unsuccessful and the successful mission, there are few leaders involved. The so-called big leaders of the major political parties are chiefly responsible for the failure of the CA. Regarding the success of the cricket , the credit  goes to Nepalese cricket coach along with the prolific captaincy of Paras Khadka and the team spirit of all the members. Although, it seems the Nepalese politics and cricket are two separate issues, there is a common thread of hope that calls for observing its proximity.  In other words, Nepalese would have been extremely happy if the constitution was promulgated in the stipulated time. After the April uprising of 2006, public had expected that the country would get a new constitution and political system capable...

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The elusive national prosperity

Kushal Pokharel Context  The course of  development of  the advanced countries  is marked by  a critical juncture of economic resurgence. Be it the case of U.S. which attained greater heights after the end of the civil war or it’s about Japan’s economic boom in the aftermath of the second world war upto the end of the  cold war , a particular turning point has shaped the development trajectory. Sadly, in the context of Nepal, a major shift in economic history still remains elusive. Despite frequent changes in political system over the last two centuries, the economic overhaul is a...

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