On June 18, Facebook, in partnership with a surfeit of other large and powerful corporations, including Uber, Spotify, PayPal and VISA, announced that it would lead the effort to create a new global currency called Libra.
The state of public transport services in Kathmandu Valley is very poor. The city’s urban transport is barely coping with demand. Nowadays, during peak hours, the average speed of vehicles can be as low as 7 kmph.
Observing the shenanigans and hubris of Nepali rulers of late, one is reminded of the fact that over-reliance on either religion or ideology as state policy can be disastrous for the rulers, and the people, in the long term.
Rose Schwietz’s rendition of the Brief Candle, which recently completed its run in Kathmandu, explores the absurdity of life in its sudden unpredictability. In a quest to decipher such unfathomability, the play often straddles the thin line between life and death in an attempt to deduce a rationale.
Last Sunday, on May 19, Sri Lanka celebrated Vesak, the annual commemoration of the life and death of Shakyamuni Buddha. As 70 percent of the population of Sri Lanka is Buddhist, Vesak festivities in the past have been grand in scale.