UML, UCPN (M) sign 9-point agreement
Kathmandu, May 6 - The major ruling parties - CPN-UML and UCPN (Maoist) - signed a 9-point agreement late Thursday night aiming to consolidate mutual trust and understanding between the coalition partners. The agreement was signed by UML Chairman and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal to effectively implement the agreements reached prior to the formation of the present government, and thereby resolve the overall problems facing the nation.Difficult to form govt under me immediately: Prachanda to Deuba
Setopati, Kathmandu, May 5 - Chairman of the UCPN (Maoist) Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' has told the President of Nepali Congress (NC) Sher Bahadur Deuba that it was difficult to form a new government under his leadership immediately. Dahal's remarks came during a meeting between the two at his residence in Lazimpat this morning.UCPN (M) decides to form new govt under Prachanda
Appeals to all parties to join the government
Setopati, Kathmandu, May 4 - The UCPN (Maoist) has decided to form a government under the leadership of its chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda'. A meeting this morning of the party's office bearers held at Dahal's residence in Lazimpat decided to form a national consensus government under Dahal's leadership and appealed to all political parties to join the government.
Parliament's budget session begins
House adjourned after reading President's message
Setopati , Kathmandu, May 3 - The first meeting of the second session of the Legislature-Parliament that commenced today was adjourned after reading the President's letter. The Legislature-Parliament meet convened at 11 am at the parliament building in New Baneshowor, and was suspended until 11 am on Wednesday.Cabinet promotes 6 under-secretaries
Setopati , Kathmandu, May 2 - The meeting promoted under-secretaries Govinda Prasad Rijal, Jhakka Prasad Acharya, Neeta Pokhrel Aryal, Nawaraj Dhakal, Gajendra Kumar Thakur and Uday Bahadur Rana Magar as joint secretaries, informed Minister for Peace and Reconstruction, Eknath Dhakal.Deuba issues directive to promptly hold NSU convention
Setopati, Kathmandu, May 1 - President of the largest party Nepali Congress, Sher Bahadur Deuba has issued directive to immediately hold convention of the party's youth wing Nepal Student Union (NSU). Deuba summoned NSU chairman Ranjit Karna and leader Hrishikesh Jung Shah in his residence in Budhanilkantha and directed the duo to expedite process to promptly hold long due election, NC leader Bimalendra Nidhi told Setopati.
'Caravan' actor Thinley's final rites performed
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 29 - Final rites of actor Thinley Lhondup of Oscar-nominated movie 'Caravan' was performed as per Buddhist tradition in Teku today. Home Minster Shakti Basnet offered final tributes. PM KP Oli was scheduled to pay tribute on behalf of the government, but Basnet took the role as PM changed his plans.ICC ban wakeup call to free sports from politics in Nepal
Manoj Karki, KATHMANDU, April 28 - Only recently, Nepali national cricket team defeated Namibia twice at home turf in the ICC World Cricket League Championship. It was a back-to-back victory for the home team in front of a full house TU cricket ground, with a significant century by captain Paras Khadka in the second match.UDMF submits memorandum to govt, demanding two provinces in Tarai
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 27 - The Madhes-based parties that are not happy with the federal map in the new constitution have submitted a memorandum to the government, demanding two provinces in the Tarai region. They submitted the memorandum to the chief districts officers in the various districts.
President's India visit suspended
Setopati, Kathmandu, May 6 - President Bidhya Devi Bhandari's official visit to India said to begin from next week is suspended as the cabinet is yet to approve of the visit, according to President's secretary Veshraj Adhikari. "We've not received approval from the cabinet until now," Adhikari told Setopati. "So the visit is suspended for now."Ghalegaun residents launch homestay to root out caste-based discrimination
Ghalegaun (Lamjung), May 6 - Despite various programs being run against caste-based discrimination across the country, the ill-practice is still in existence. But the residents of Ghalegaun village, also known as 'SAARC village' and a popular tourist destination, have adopted a noble idea to root out the practice from the village. They have launched a homestay service in a Dalit settlement in the village, which is expected to create awareness among people and help eliminate caste-based discrimination.Gucci sorry for warning to Hong Kong funeral offering shops
AP, HONG KONG, May 6 - Gucci and its parent company have apologized after drawing heavy criticism for warning some Hong Kong shops not to sell paper offerings for the deceased that resembled the fashion brand's luxury products. The brand and its Paris-based owner, Kering, also said in a statement Friday that they regretted any misunderstanding from the letters, which were sent to six shops last month. It added that "Kering and Gucci would like to reiterate their utmost respect with regards to the funeral context."
Our personal skin microbes highly stable: Study
Xinhua , WASHINGTON, May 6 - The microbial communities living on your skin are highly stable over time, even if you wash regularly or contact with bacteria-laden object, a U.S. study said Thursday. The finding could be applied to better understand a wide range of human skin disorders through the development of prebiotic, probiotic, and microbial transplantation approaches, according to the study published in the U.S. journal Cell. "While much more research is needed, this finding is one step in helping us understand what microbes are present on healthy human skin," study author Heidi Kong of the U.S. National Cancer Institute, told Xinhua.Two killed as tractor hits bike in Kanchanpur
Bhimduttanagar, May 6 - Two persons were killed in road accident at Belauri Municipality-7 Ramnagar of Kanchanpur district last night. Ambika Saud Pal, 30, and her two-year old child Alisa Pal were identified as the deceased, said police. The accident took place when a tractor (Se 1 Ta 7864) hit bike (Se 1 Pa 2976) at the place.In California, couple's return to meat sparks vegan uproar
AP , LOS ANGELES, May 6 - At the Cafe Gratitude restaurant chain in California, waiters serve plates of vegan rice bowls, vegetable pizzas and tempeh sandwiches with names such as "Gracious," ''Warm-Hearted" and "Magical." The last two weeks, though, have been anything but kind. Angry patrons and animal rights activists are calling on vegans to boycott the restaurants after learning that owners Matthew and Terces Engelhart have begun eating meat and consuming animals raised on their private farm.
Rajbiraj Municipality employees stage sit-in
Saptari, May 6 - The sit-in demonstration staged by the employees of the Rajbiraj Municipality continued on the third day. The municipality employees have staged the sit-in calling for addressing their 13-point demands. Among the demands include the Executive Officer of the Municipality Bishnu Prasad Gurung to correct his working style, scrapping the 'confidential' town council meeting and providing three months' salary of the employees which has been halted.Kenya: Woman found alive after 6 days in collapsed building
AP, NAIROBI, May 6 - A woman has been found alive after six days in a collapsed building and rescuers are working to free her, a Kenyan government official said Thursday. Rescuers are creating room to release the woman who is speaking to medics waiting to treat her, said Pius Masai, the head of the National Disaster Management Unit. "The medical team has administered IV, glucose has been administered. She is talking and in good spirits ... we are taking our time to ensure she is removed safely," Masai said.Elderly beaten to death
Dang, May 6 - An elderly man was killed when a group of boys thrashed him at Laxmipur-2 in Dang today morning. Deputy Superintendent of Police Krishna Sharma said that Ishwor Damai breathed his last in the course of treatment at Rapti Sub Regional Hospital in Ghorahi. A dispute between Ishwor's son and his friends, while playing cards led to the murder, Sharma said.
Fatal Flaws and National Planning Commission
The damages to Kathmandu’s “code compliant” buildings due to last year's earthquake were the consequence of fatal flaws in policy execution by responsible government agencies. Even the National Planning Commission, the government’s highest-level policy advisory body, lacks professionalism and commitment to reform.
Naresh KoiralaShades of fear and revenge
We must ask our collective conscience: Would Thapa and Dixit have to face these attacks had they not stood up against Karki’s appointment? There is revenge behind it. State vengeance against the citizenry is in itself an abuse of power.
Ameet DhakalA long way to healing
Political parties and government of Nepal have ignored the plight of earthquake survivors and continue to engage in political maneuverings for their own interests.
Jomsom to Atlanta Via Pokhara
Pokhara and Bhairawaha international airports are assured game changers for the region and country’s economies due to their huge potentials.
Hardik Gurung'School Leaving after Cheating'
Everything good and praiseworthy about the SLC examination has become a thing of the past which we can only yearn for.
Chandra Mani BimoliChildren at risk post-quake
It is estimated that over 90 percent of Nepal's orphanages are supported by foreigners, and over 75 percent of the children living in these homes are not real orphans.
Of Roads, Rails and Transit
The agreements signed during Nepalese PM Oli’s visit to India have provided a renewed focus to trade and connectivity issues in the region. Taken in light of the intensifying efforts at institutionalising the BBIN initiatives aimed at sub-regional connectivity, these agreements are a sign of things moving forward in the right direction.
Saurabh KaushikBuilding space for working moms
Family support, gender sensitive working environment, responsible care homes and trained nannies could be big relief to moms-to-be of this and coming generation.
Sabina ThapaTransit deal with China and jittery Indian response
The biggest achievement for Nepal from the transit agreement, subject to construction of necessary infrastructure, is that the possibility of a fourth Indian blockade has been ended in a stroke ending the status of being India-locked.
Make Your Intention Prevention
Many of these infections can be prevented when simple practices are used in hospitals and OPDs. The single most important way to prevent hospital-acquired infection is proper hand washing. The hands of nurses and doctors could become common sources of infection as they touch many things in the hospital as well as patients themselves.
Dr Andrew TrotterA Dharahara story
The enclosure within antique wall surrounding Dharahara imparted a melancholic ambiance. A teenage girl from my village was among those who perished under Dharahara. No, I never knew her, nor had I ever seen her. Had climbed up Dharahara with the boy she loved, my father told me two weeks after the earthquake. The boy was about to migrate abroad for work, and they wanted to see Kathmandu far and wide from atop Dharahara before he flew away.
Prawash GautamThe Quake
I put my head down again, and noticed the drip-drip-drip of blood from my mouth. The blood was dark red. I put my tongue against my tooth, and felt it shake. I had no idea, in that moment, what had hit me, and what had hit my country. As the cries of the people rose around me in eerie terror, it felt like an attack of some sort—a military attack, perhaps, or a bomb. It didn’t occur to me that this was an earthquake.
The Dhaulagiri Diary
The boys sang dohori, dancing and repeating "beniko bajara, jata maya utai chha najara", the famous folk song. Also echoed in the Chhari valley until late night "Dhaulagiri ma, sake rin tiraula natra firimaa".
Surendra RanaHow the steel industry has shaken up UK Government
The UK government has been accused of not doing enough to protect the industry against the ‘dumped’ Chinese steels.
Bidur BhattaraiThe Human in my Woman
Once again I dispose of the orthodox ideas that attempt to convince me that not all of my unborn children are going to be equally special solely because of the gender they will be assigned to.
Tara Aama - Joy amid suffering
She told us love is a very simple thing that we try to complicate. She said that we show our love and affection without knowing the reason why we give it.
Anushka LamichhaneCaring for fellow animals
We could revert to our own religious beliefs - the basic tenet that Hinduism and Buddhism espouse, for example, is a reduction of suffering of all sentient beings including animals.
Ketan DulalAn eerie tale of single, unmarried guy of 30
During those days of yore, discomfiture engulfed me every time a girl accosted me. They would usually come to learn something from me, like math-works or stuffs. I grappled best to hedge them off thinking in this crowd of the people why they would come to me. I was shy, and I was reticent. In my whole school days, I only spoke two or three girls of my age.