Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has urged UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal to sit for talks with the ruling parties. Prime Minister Koirala, who reached Dahal's residence at Lazimpat, stressed that the new constitution should be written on consensus to give continuity to the common journey that began from the 12-point agreement. MORE
PM urges Dahal to sit for talks
Kathmandu, Jan 30 - Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has urged UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal to come for talks with the ruling parties.Constitution will be based on consensus: Oli
Setopati, Kathmandu, January 30 - Chairman of CPN-UML KP Oli has said that the Constituent Assembly (CA) will eventually draft the constitution, even though the parties failed to promulgate it by January 22, a date to which the leaders had politically committed to draft the new constitution.Justice elusive for conflict-era crimes in Nepal: Human Rights Watch
New York, January 29, 2015 - In spite of the new coalition government pledging to uphold long overdue promises of justice, accountability, and a new constitution, the Nepali government made virtually no discernable progress in any of these areas, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015.
Talks with NC, UML is like surrendering: Bhattarai
Setopati, Kathmandu, January 29 - Senior leader of UCPN (Maoist) Dr. Baburam Bhattarai has said that his party was against holding talks with the ruling parties.China's yuan joins top 5 most-used global currencies
BEIJING, Jan 29, 2015 (AFP) - China's yuan has become the world's fifth most widely used payments currency, with the value of cross-border deals settled in it more than doubling in 2014, data from transactions organisation SWIFT showed Wednesday.ICC confirms Nepal's place in ICC World Cricket League Championship
KATHMANDU, Jan 28: - Amid a rumors in media, International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday has decided to allow Nepal to play ICC World Cricket League Championship.
Prabhu Sah against party decision
Bishnu Budhathoki, Kathmandu, January 28 - UCPN (Maoist) leader Prabhu Sah has stood against his party's decision to boycott the meetings of Constituent Assembly (CA) and parliamentary committees.Maoists to boycott CA, parliamentary committees
Kathmandu, Jan 28 - The Unified CPN (Maoist) has decided not to attend any parliamentary committee meetings.Common Man's cartoonist RK Laxman passes away at 94
DNA, Tuesday, January 27 - Emminent cartoonist RK Laxman passed away on Monday in Pune. He was 94 years old.
Six students missing since 3 days
Kawasoti, Jan 30 - Six students studying in Grade 9 at Pashupati Sangbed Boarding Sanskrit Secondary School, Pragatinagar of Nawalparasi district, have gone out of contact for the last three days.Teenager dies due to electrocution
Gaushala, Jan 30 - A girl, who sustained critical injuries after receiving electric shock while taking bath, died in course of treatment today.Biratnagar Jute Mill closure leaves 400 workers jobless
Biratnagar, January 30 - Some 400 workers have been rendered jobless after the closure of the Biratnagar Jute Mill, the oldest jute mill of the country.
Nepali, Indian security officials agree to check border security
Parasi, Jan 30 - The Nepali and Indian security officials have agreed to cooperate with each other to curb the criminal activities in the border areas.Private distributors to supply books in Karnali
Nepalgunj, Jan 30 - The government has planned to provide the textbooks to the students from remote Karnali zone through the private sector.Gorkha school gets support to set up library
Gorkhabazar, Jan 30 - The Gorkha Community Development Project has provided the assistance of Rs 350,000 to a local Neelkanth Secondary School of Thumi for setting up a library.
Gorkha National Liberation Front founder Subash Ghising passes away
Times of India, Kolkata, January 30 - Subash Ghising — principal architect of violent hill politics in West Bengal that challenged the Left Front government's might in the 1980s — died in a Delhi hospital on Thursday. He was 79. He is survived by his son. His body will be flown in from Delhi on Friday.Armed group loot property worth Rs 3 million
Dhankuta, Jan 30 - An armed group looted property worth three million rupees at Jitpur VDC in Dhankuta on Thursday night.Mega Bank and Paschimanchal Bikas Bank merge
Kathmandu, Jan 30 - The Mega Bank Nepal Ltd and Paschimanchal Bikas Bank have agreed to merge.
Unpacking the Bahun identity
The entire discourse on identity has focused on the dichotomy of the oppressors vs the oppressed, the CHHEM vs the Adivasi-Janajati and so forth and so on: ‘loaded term/phrase’ VS ‘loaded term/phrase’. These grand definitions lump together vast groups of people into pigeon holes, thus forcing social and political polarization.
Bidushi DhungelNepali nationalism and right to nationality
The ‘security or fear factor’ (as most politician want to call it) should not be the reason for depriving fundamental right of nationality to a person whose allegiance to Nepal could not be challenged otherwise.
Kedar NeupaneManufacturing New Development Strategy for Nepal
Now is the time to change the strategy of development. Only manufacturing industries can change the face of Nepal. If young Nepali workers—skilled or unskilled— get decent working wages inside the country, their migration will decrease, energetic manpower will remain in the country, which will aid in poverty reduction through widespread employment opportunities.
Rajendra K. Khatiwada
Idolized, but not understood
The image of the female Maoist soldier that one finds in Jana Astha is that of a tough woman who values her cause beyond her life: “You can kill me, but you cannot break my dedication towards the revolution,” says Namuna in Ankhai Agadi Sangini ko Shahadat before she is killed. “Sacrifice is made by a revolutionary, not by a particular caste or sex.”
Sewa BhattaraiA ray of hope in Nepal
What I saw during my recent visit was that a process has indeed been established in Nepal's administration; there is now a need to refine it, which is mostly about common sense, i.e. not much effort is required for this. If the existing disbelief in the system can be restored, we can expect better Nepal in few years. It is not that people in US and other developed countries are different. It is the system which binds them, and which is resilient even to political upheavals.
Sanjaya GajurelHitting the fanatics where it hurts the most
The movie is full of all the emotions ranging from fun and joy to loss and despair. Makes you laugh all the times with brief moments prodding serious soul-searching in between. … The movie hits them where it hurts the most, yet leaves very little space to be attacked in response.
Life expectancy and new challenges
Latest developments confirm that Nepal has already entered the stage of health transition wherein non-communicable diseases are the main causes of mortality. While embracing the health similar to middle-income countries, Nepal faces unprecedented challenges of quickly gaining momentum to the preventative aspects of life-style related conditions such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.
Dr. Sudan Prasad NeupaneNepal's political parties and their power mentality
The crux of Nepal's problems largely lie in the political parties' mentality to rule. Such tendency will never resolve Nepal’s existing problems of poverty, unemployment, large scale temporary and permanent migration, unbalanced regional development, among others.
Chandra Sharma PoudyalHealing 'fail' psychology
The categorical 'pass' and 'fail' evaluation of SLC exam became demotivating factor for millions of youngsters towards education.
Being versus Having
The West (or rather the material world) has, in the imagination of these youngsters, become the key to happiness, a synonym of El Dorado, a piece of heaven. It might appear so from far. But beyond the pleasant comfort, the sense of insecurity in people's lives in these societies is such that it create all kinds of fears.
Isabelle LippitschChallenges of Nepali Cricket
The bitter truth of the current team is that there is a dearth of strong bench players. Form or no form, the team is forced to play with the same set of players with some minor changes.
Bikash KCThe Ocean Refuses No River
It’s clear from the effort in Nepal that sharing a small amount of time each week for cleaning the environment and social responsibility can make a positive difference. These actions are a good example for others to follow.
Where's my right to sleep?
I wonder if we have any law related to noise, any Act related to heavy vehicles plying in the residential areas. I'm not talking about one or two vehicles bringing in drinking water or building materials into the neighborhood; I'm talking about small roads turning into highways for heavy vehicles.
Anita KarkiAir pollution in Kathmandu
Thinking of Kathmandu as the gem of spiritual inspiration and precious history is definitely a thing of the past now. Today, tourists who come to Kathmandu are already dreaming of escaping the city for healthier locations as soon they arrive here.
Isabelle LippitschSome seats for women
I grew up in a culture where men are taught to spread their legs, extend their arms wherever and whenever. Men take a lot of space and intrude on it every time. Women are taught to squeeze and to learn to shrink. Imagine how difficult it is for a woman to share the little available space with a man in a crowded vehicle and stand?
Now this is embarrassing, a girl rode past me!
In 2011, I was working for a reputed media house. The first thing I noticed there was that the media house was a men’s world, but so are most places in Nepal.
Abha DhitalUnderstanding Nepal through KIMFF
Katmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF) is totally a different kind. This festival is about offering food for the mind and the heart of curious audience. It’s about mountains, challenges and beauty; it's also about different global as well as local social issues.
Isabelle LippitschGlobal warming and its implications in South Asia
Even though SAARC Summit was a perfect place to find a common agenda, leaders did not take a definite step on climate change. The meeting only agreed to establish a rapid response to natural disasters and underlined the urgency to establish a legal protocol by the end of 2015. Nepal, being the host and one of the most vulnerable countries, should have initiated the conversation.