Category: Opinion

EDITORIAL: Heed the call

The ways of the government are starting to become autocratic, and they are eroding the gains made after the 1990 uprising The Oli government’s intimidating tactics to subdue freedom of expression through a series of laws and deny justice to the victims of the decade-long conflict under one pretext or the other might require a volte-face. The government did not yield as long as the…

Raising financial literacy: Local levels have big responsibility

Studies indicate that financial literacy in Nepal is low. Ensuring a greater deal of financial literacy in Nepal requires the active engagement of three parties — regulatory agencies, Banking and Financial Institutions, and educational institutions On observing the lifestyle of the villagers, they seem to have no financial plans. They spend money right away, with no vision for the future, and are in no mood…

EDITORIAL: Ad hoc plan

The idea of setting up industrial villages at the local levels should be carried out only after a well-thought-out plan of action The concept of establishing industrial villages at the local levels is not a bad idea in itself as long as it helps to lift the farmers – major suppliers of raw materials – out of poverty and increase their income. Majority of the…

Don’t burn the stubble: Upcycle or recycle crop residue

Relying heavily on just one or two crops has always been a terrible idea. India’s granary, Punjab, resorted to rice-wheat rotation after displacing other traditional crops, including barley and pulses, more suited to the region A lot of noise is made throughout India, from Punjab and Haryana to Delhi, during the paddy harvesting season. Stubble burning isn’t an act of ignorance or illiteracy but of…

Lean: Concept and its application

Lean is a method that grew out of the Toyota Production System in the middle of the 20th century to create a more effective and efficient business by motivating and engaging the workforce to eliminate wasteful practices. In general, it helps business to increase overall profitability and customer satisfaction by reducing non value additions. In today’s competitive world, we are forced to do more with…

EDITORIAL: Cycle of corruption

Corruption erodes the trust of the people in the govt, the parties and the service-providers, and, above all, it impedes development You actually don’t need an anti-corruption body to tell the Nepalis that corruption is rife in Nepal. The 24,000 complaints of corruption that the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) handled in 2018-19, including 17,000 new ones, speak volumes about its…

Sustainable business mantra: Keep competitors on mind

The marketing models should change from being product-centric to market-oriented. Now the pull model is favoured over the push model, where the consumer defines the requirements and the manufacturer makes the products accordingly With the rapid expansion and adoption of technology, the nature and operations of most industries have changed significantly. With many companies adopting the latest technological developments like process automisation, digitalisation, cloud computing,…

See you soon!

“Let’s talk only after we meet.” Your last words before disconnecting the call, and words that left me with heartrending pain. “Okay,” as I replied, tears filled my eyes, and immense exhaustion captured my body. Everything came to a standstill. I knew I had to let you go. No matter how much we know what is forthcoming, we can never be fully prepared for it….

Improving test quality: A teacher’s role in it

Anything that is out of the ordinary or the norm requires some extra bit of work. Teachers at the outset need to start by designing the test specification in line with the intended objectives of the course A general and a layman’s understanding of the term ‘test’ is that students take it and teachers give it, with the former deemed as having understood the taught…

Bread and butter

I didn’t know for a long time as to what my boss meant by bread and butter. He would often thunder at me: “This is my bread and butter.” I would take it literally and would think to myself as he signed off tens of letters that this guy must be a real glutton to think of bread and butter all the time. His business…