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132 Reasons
REPUBLICA
Checking religious extremism
Terrorist attacks inside Pakistan have become so commonplace even the bloodiest events in the country rarely make headlines these days. Yet Pakistan Taliban’s Thursday afternoon siege of an Army-run school in the frontier town of Peshawar that left 132 children dead stunned the world. Even the Afghan Taliban, whose terror tactics are often as horrific as those employed by their Pakistani counterparts, condemned the incident. These children were targeted because their fathers, mostly serving and retired men in Pakistani Army, were allegedly involved in Army raids that killed innocent children in the tribal areas of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (Peshawar is its capital). As perverted as this sense of tit-for-tat justice might seem, the bitter reality of today’s Pakistan is that nothing is sacrosanct anymore, the ethics of conventional warfare long scarified at the altars of entrenched ethnic hatreds. While the seven gunmen in suicide vests rained bullets on children on Thursday, they shouted: “God is great!”
Destroy Syndicates
Subhash Ghimire
Transport syndicates

Love is a beautiful thing. However, when love becomes possessive or self-serving, it has the power to not only hurt but also to destroy. Add a thirst for wealth and a disregard for the other and this love is a formula for tragedy. This is the story of the Nepali transportation syndicates, whose obsession with easy money comes at the expense of precious human lives.
Although the Supreme Court in 2011 ordered the government to ban syndicates of all forms, it continues to thrive under political protection. Syndicated transport systems across the country have become too powerful. It is time to break them to keep alive the spirit of free market economy.

Road accidents across the country have killed more than 600 people in the last five months. According to traffic police, six people die in road accidents every day, and more than 1,800 people lose their lives on our roads every year. For the record, we have lost 20,000 Nepalis on road accidents in the last ten years, more than what we lost in the ten years of war.
Likewise, we lose about four billion rupees from road accidents every year, double the amount from losses due to natural disasters. More than 50 percent of accidents in hilly areas are due to the poor condition of buses; only 30 percent are caused by driver negligence.
Teacher's Call
Amar Bahadur Sherma
“If you beat me up, I will complain to my mom who will kill you.” One of my colleagues once was astounded at such a remark of his student in the classroom. I too was shocked to hear it. In our times, a school was understood to be a temple of learning and the teachers to be gods imparting knowledge. My parents and teachers were able to inculcate right meaning of a teacher and a school into me. Contrary to it, students these days are openly flouting customs and mores of the education field. Parents don’t tell their children about the importance of national cultures, festivals, and other religious practice that begin right at home, not the school.

We teachers endeavor to instill a feeling of goodwill, discipline and unity in students by engaging them in school assemblies and different extra-curricular activities. Unfortunately, parents send us letters to permit their wards to stay idle in classrooms. We didn’t have access to cell phones and internet during our times in school. But nowadays parents buy their children expensive smartphones and encourage them to take these gadgets to school to show off their wealth, violating school’s prohibition on bringing mobile phones.
Tale Of Terror
REPUBLICA
Taliban attack on an Army-run school in Peshawar Tuesday left the whole world in deep mourning. Over 140 people, including at least 132 children, have been killed in the terrorist attack. But this is not the only case in which terrorists have targeted innocents. There have been a number of such terrorist attacks in the recent times. Here is an infographic representing this act of barbarism.
Illicit Money
REPUBLICA
December 2014 report from Global Financial Integrity, “Illicit Financial Flows from the Developing World: 2003-2012,” finds that developing and emerging economies lost US$6.6 trillion in illicit financial flows from 2003 through 2012, with illicit outflows increasing at an staggering average rate of 9.4 percent per year—roughly twice as fast as global GDP.
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