Nepal is all prepared to conduct democratic elections for federal and provincial parliaments on November 20. This is for the second time that the democratic exercise is being conducted in Nepal following the promulgation of federal democratic constitution. This will not only lead to the smooth and peaceful handover of power to those elected by the adult citizens but also clearly indicate that Nepal is set to move forward on its course to institutionalise democratic ethos and institutions. In fact, the real intent of these democratic exercises and practices has been to ensure that the consent of the governed is secured through democratic process and procedures to ensure legitimacy and ownership.
Imagine what happens if government gives you Rs. 500 per month as a citizen of this country without any condition attached. You will love your caring and welfare-oriented government. The history o
In September, there has been an avalanche of talks and workshops on suicide prevention. This level of widespread awareness is warranted considering the rise in the rate of suicide. As per police records, the rate of suicide has risen by 14.2 per cent in the current year. It is no longer an issue we can attribute to a whim of a person and shy away from taking responsibility. The programmes on suicide p
European countries have witnessed rising a right-wing trend. However, Nordic countries are different. Nordic trend is left-centric. In other words, it is called social democratic model. Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland are Nordic countries and these countries are always seen differently as they have unique political model distinctly different from both Western capitalist countries and the communist or socialist model. The model Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland have adopted is called the Nordic model.
One of the regular phenomena of human nature is the quest to learn more and a need to migrate from one place to another in search of better opportunities. The opportunities could
Dashain has arrived as September nears its end and it is already autumn season. The air feels pleasant as the monsoon in Nepal is replaced by a balmy weather which is neither too hot nor too cold. And for most, it is time to relax and unwind in the Dashain vacation. Students will be at home for the festival holidays and so will most office workers. However, f
Global travel and tourism community is once again committing to working together for sustainable tourism development while celebrating the World Tourism Day (WTD) today with the theme of “Rethinking Tourism.”
President Bidya Devi Bhandari's refusal to authenticate the bill that sought to amend the Citizenship Act, 2006 has opened floodgates of debate about whether our constitution allows the titular head of state to act in ways that the country's constitution does not allow.
Commercial banks have recently hiked the rates of interest on deposits with a view to wooing deposits to cope with the liquidity crisis they have been in for a long time. They have increased the rate of interest on fixed deposits to 12.13 per cent per annum, up from 11.03 per cent per annum. There was a gentlemen agreement among the commercial banks not to increase the rate of interest on deposits on their own.
In 2021, China proposed the Global Development Initiative (GDI), which calls for staying committed to development as a priority, a people-cantred approach, benefits for all, innovation-driven development, harmony between man and nature, and results-oriented actions. The initiative shows that China stands ready to work with other countries in putting development at the centre of the global agenda.
For its 48th edition, Aalekh literary journal recently celebrated the 122nd anniversary of the pioneer short story writer Guru Prasad Mainali in Kathmandu. (Press Council Nepal lists the publication in “A” category.) It was a well-deserved tribute to the literary luminary’s life and legacy. Mainali’s work, marked by simple diction and uncomplicated themes, is filled with spontaneity as the source of ideas, which explains his relatively limited number of, but enduringly appreciated, written output.
It is an indisputable fact that corruption is the abuse of assigned power and authority for making private gains. Taking or offering bribes, embezzling public funds and influencing officials are some of the activities associated with corruption. This form of irregularity deteriorates public trust, weakens governance, aggravates inequality, deprivation and causes social disunion ecological mess. Corruption takes a toll on society in many ways. So, corruption is regarded as the biggest obstacle to socio-economic development of nations globally.
The Tongora Refugee Camp (TRC) in Zimbabwe is being supported by UN agencies to implement a smart farming technology that increase farm yields and supplement refugees’ income. Refugees often have no access to land to engage in farming and yet it could be a source of food and extra income. It is for this reason that the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in 2021 launched a hydroponics farming project in the Tongora camp.