Editorial

Respecting Intellectual Property

Early in school, most people encounter one form of Intellectual Property (IP) as students are not allowed to pass off the work of famous authors as their own. If they do so in their homework or projects, then they are accused of plagiarism and lose marks with the teacher. There …

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Who failed Sonam?

The case of Sonam Tamang, a Learn and Earn Program (LEP) student who fell into coma with massive brain damage after getting TB and Meningitis in Japan, has elicited much sympathy. It is perhaps time to ask why Sonam is in the state she is in today and who failed …

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The Zhemgang mistake

Generally speaking, the DNT government has been given credit for being smart in the way it approached a host of issues -including the recent the pay hike. However, trust a smart person or in this case -the government to make some basic but fundamental errors. The government may not have …

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What a dying media will mean

A major consequence of austerity measures by successive governments is a continuing decimation of the private media as advertisement budgets get cut, and so the crisis is a creation of the government, unintended as it may be. This decimation flies in the face of the responsibility of any government to …

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Quality health care

From the campaign pledges and its recent pay hike, the government has made it clear that its main focus is in the social sectors of education and health. Both, in fact, are correlated -as the first important step to good education is a healthy child with a healthy brain. With …

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Quality Education

Going by reports from across the country, there is increased morale among teachers after the recent pay hike. It is not only about the money, but also the realization of the respect and importance being given to their profession and the education sector. For teachers, the hike also comes with …

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Walking the talk

For a long while, teachers and doctors have been talked up by politicians across political parties, but there was not as much to show when it came time to walk the talk. The DNT government must be commended for coming up with a visionary and long-term pay hike recommendation when …

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Age of Consent

The proposal to reduce the age of consent from 18 to 16 has led to a polarized debate. One side argues that this will lead to the sexual exploitation of young girls by much older men and predators, and the other side says the law in its current form has …

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What the boulder issue reveals

This whole issue around boulders best signifies how lack of good regulatory mechanisms and the absence of a long-term policy is bad for both transparency and the private sector. Export of boulders and stones to Bangladesh has become big business in the last few years. The logic being that it …

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Dealing with sexual harassment

Sexual harassment is a serious issue and it must be treated as so. The recent case in CLCS where a large number of students came forward with complaints and the compulsory retirement of nine lecturers and one support staff shows the extent of the problem. The CLCS case may have …

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