A report by an international think tank says that 58 percent of Nepali children aged between eight and 12 are exposed to cyber risks. The risk involves cyber bullying, video game addiction, online grooming and online sexual behaviors. The study found cyber bullying (49 percent) to be the most prevalent among Nepali children followed by online sexual behaviors (26 percent).
With the conclusion of elections for National Assembly on Wednesday, the country will now hopefully get a new prime minister in the next two weeks or so. The National Assembly election also marks the end of all the required processes for the country to start executing three levels of government as envisaged by the constitution.
As we impatiently wait for the newly elected government to take shape, caretaker government of Sher Bahadur Deuba decided to declare civil servants, security personnel, public sector employees and government teachers killed during the decade-long Maoist war as martyrs. Earlier, Maoist-led government had also declared all its cadres killed during the conflict as martyrs.
The federal government’s focus has to be in strengthening the local units and not weakening their constitutional rights under any pretext. The local units must be provided with adequate infrastructures and needed human resources to run the system.
This week has been quite encouraging in terms of implementing federal set up as envisioned by the constitution. As many as five provinces—Province 3, Province 2, Province 7, Province 6 and Province 5—have concluded their first provincial assembly meetings paving the way for electing speakers and deputy speakers of respective provinces and thereby laying the foundation for the formation of provincial governments.
Major political parties must also unite and have a uniform voice on bilateral and international issues. If parties differ on ways to deal with India and China, they must sort out the issues before presenting a united front.