Category: Opinion

EDITORIAL: Act tough

The CIAA and PAC must launch thorough investigations into the security printing press scam that has cost the job of a minister Minister for Communications and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Baskota was forced to step down on Thursday after a video tape, leaked to media outlets, proved his nefarious involvement in a commission bargain with a local agent of a Swiss firm that proposed to…

Migration and mental health

Foreign employment over the last decade has greatly improved the socio-economic lifestyle of the Nepali people. International migration pumped more than Rs 784 billion in 2018/2019 into the local economy. While largely accepted as being positive for our economy, one cannot ignore the cons of it. Parents are abandoned when their children move out of the country, and the elderly face an uphill battle with…

EDITORIAL: Migrants’ woes

What is quite surprising is that road accidents are a major killer of Nepal’s migrant workers in the destination countries It is indeed sad that 21 Nepali migrant workers are lying in a coma and undergoing treatment in hospitals in different countries abroad. Of them 20 are in the Gulf countries while one is in South Korea. This has put the government in a dilemma…

Chaos from corona: Let’s get our ducks in a row

It’s a no brainer that we need to emphasise clean and hygienic production of meat and meat products by gradually discouraging the wet market and opening standard slaughterhouses in various regions of the nation Human infections with the common coronavirus are mostly mild and asymptomatic. To date, seven coronaviruses have been shown to infect humans, where four of the common human coronaviruses cause the common…

EDITORIAL: A travesty of justice

It is surprising to note that the KDC did not deem it necessary to look into other details of attempt to rape submitted by the police After languishing in police custody and Dillibazar prison for 133 days, former speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara walked free on Monday following acquittal by the Kathmandu District Court (KDC) on charges of attempt to rape a staffer of the Parliament…

A nation at risk: Invest heavily in education

Nepal invests only 3.7% of GDP in education, which is lower than those developing economies that have now realised the importance of investing in education, such as Ethiopia (4.5% of GDP), Senegal (7.4%) or Mozambique (6.5%) The future of our children and our nation is at risk. This is because learning achievement of our children is low and stagnant. The time to bask in the…

Dedicated cycle lane

I was taken aback, though with sheer excitement, to read the news that Lalitpur Metropolitan City (LMC) had made and implemented a dedicated cycle lane from Kupondole to Mangal Bazaar. Being a frequent commuter on that route, I, wondered how in so little a time it could have been possible. With much optimism, I made my way to experience the much-anticipated dedicated cycle lane. Unfortunately,…

Time holds the key

It is a captivating premise— of how our bodies are so spectacularly skilled in preserving balance. When our body’s temperature, for example, increases we sweat to cool down. When our blood pressure levels, likewise, drop, our heart rallies to recompense the shortfall. Everything — from blood pressure to brain function — fluctuates rhythmically with the cycles of the sun, moon and the seasons. Such old…

EDITORIAL: Justice for the girls

The Lalitpur incident clearly shows that school-related sexual harassment and gender-based violence are a serious problem in our education system It begins with harassment of the victim and eventually leads to sexual abuse. This happened to the girl students at Shree Narayan Basic School in Lalitpur. In a hand-written letter submitted to the school principal Friday morning, the students, all below 13 years, complained that…