A loose coalition of ten political parties under the leadership of CPN-Maoist on Thursday met Prime Minister Sushil Koirala to warn him against signing any power agreement with India ‘in haste’. Their immediate concern is Upper Karnali.
During Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Nepal visit in early August, the two countries had inked a deal to give ‘final shape’ to an earlier agreement between the Investment Board of Nepal and the GMR Energy of India for joint development of Upper Karnali power project.
Nepal’s health sector has many problems, including the shortage of doctors, diagnostic equipment and facilities, and medicine, which most people know about. It also has some serious problems about which very few people outside the medical profession know. One such problem is overwork and sleep deprivation among medical officers that results in thousands of preventable deaths and millions of unnecessary tests, procedures and medications.
Most hospitals in Kathmandu force medical officers to work 36-hour-long shifts twice a week and nine hours a day on other days, for a total of at least 90 hours a week, largely in order to cut costs. Medical officers or house officers are in constant contact with patients and are responsible for their wellbeing and treatment. They are the ones who advise patients and healthy people alike about diseases and lifestyle changes in order to maintain and improve health.
Teenage is a journey, a transition to adulthood. This is when youngsters feel the most confused and lonely
After plenty of interaction with young people, I felt like writing about their expectations of their parents. Now most of you parents might be thinking, “We fulfill just about all of their expectations, what more would they want from us?” Granted, parents do fulfill majority of their children’s expectations, but there is more to it than we are ready to accept.
There is no doubt that teenage is a journey, a transition from growing up to becoming grown up. This is the period when youngsters feel confused, lonely and isolated. In this fast-paced life, parental support is necessary for children to keep up. Everyone expects his or her parents to be there when something exciting or sad happens, and children are no exception.
It is important to pick up books once in while
so that kids will accept it as a normal activity
A colleague of mine was concerned over how she could get her little daughter to read. “She just doesn’t care for books,” she said, “It is TV all the time. I wonder what I can do to correct the habit.”As I was thinking of answers, she added, “How can I make her like you, reading all the time?” That is a question I need to ask my parents, for they have made bookaholics of both their daughters. But ruminating on my past, I could think of a few things that made me the way I am, always scrambling for books, finding absolute pleasure only in the world of words, and liking book-gifters the best.
All book lovers will have their own answers to the question, and I have a few of mine.
The stampedes being witnessed at the centers taking in applications for the South Korean Employment Permit System (EPS) shows the desperation of Nepali youth to leave the country. In the first two days of application, over 40,000 had registered for the mandatory Korean language tests; the number is expected to climb to 60,000 by the Saturday deadline. South Korea is considered the most lucrative employment destination for non-skilled workers, with normal monthly pay averaging Rs 100,000, which comes to 25 times the average monthly income in Nepal. Since the pay is so good, even those with graduate degrees are applying. Only a fifth of all applicants will be eligible to eventually fly to South Korea. While on the short term Nepal stands to gain from their remittance, in the long run, the mass exodus of skilled and non-skilled workers in such vast scales—with as many as 2,000 leaving every single day—negates any possibility of revival of the moribund Nepali economy.