Taliban suicide bombers 'kill up to 40' cadets near Kabul
Agencies , Kabul, June 30 - Two Taliban suicide bombers killed as many as 40 cadets and civilians in an attack on the vehicles carrying graduates on the western outskirts of Kabul. According to the international media reports, suicide bombers have attacked an Afghan police convoy outside Kabul. On the basis of preliminary information, a police official said that three buses were attacked as they approached the Afghan capital from neighboring Wardak province.National Paddy Day observed (PHOTO FEATURE)
Narayan Maharjan , Kathmandu, June 29 - The 13th National Paddy Day was marked throughout the country including the Capital today, organising various programs. Rice planting programs were organised in different places on the occasion. The theme of the National Paddy Day today is ' Expansion of Community Nursery- the Basis for Commercial Rice Farming'.Parliament session resumes
Setopati , Kathmandu, June 29 - The Parliament proceedings that had been obstructed since last week due to the main opposition Nepali Congress have resumed from Wednesday. The House session recommenced after the government agreed to release Rs 150,000 in first installment as grant for rebuilding of damaged buildings ravaged by the quake.
Nepal ranked 33rd most fragile state in the world
Setopati , Kathmandu, June 29 - Nepal is placed as the 33rd most fragile state in the world, according to the Fund for Peace (FFP), a Washington-based research and educational institution. According to the Fragile States Index published by Fund for Peace, Nepal has 91.2 points.Bagh Bhairab Dance festival celebrated in Kritipur (PHOTOS)
Narayan Maharjan , Kathmandu, June 29 - Shree Bagh Bhairab Dance Festival (Gathu Pyakha), which is celebrated once every 12 years, has concluded after ritual procession at Kirtipur on Tuesday. The festival is locally celebrated at Lumadhi Bhadrakali and Kritipur in Capital.Four parties reach agreement on grant distribution to quake victims
Setopati , Kathmandu, June 29 - The government has agreed to release Rs 150,000 in first installment as grant assistance to last year's earthquake victims. As the main opposition Nepali Congress did not back off from its stance of releasing Rs 200,000, the government decided to raise the amount from Rs 50,000 to Rs 150,000 in order to end the standoff.
PM addresses House
Kathmandu, June 29 - Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is addressing the Legislature-Parliament at 2 pm today. Deputy Prime Minister Bhim Rawal informed mediapersons about PM addressing the House on the reconstruction and about 13 Nepalese guards killed in Kabul attack on June 20. The Parliament meeting, which has been postponed consecutively from Thursday, is taking place at 2 pm today after an agreement was reached on the demand made by the main opposition Nepali Congress (NC).TIA staffs banned from using Facebook, YouTube at work
Setopati , Kathmandu, June 29 - Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) has restricted its staffs of Immigration and Departure longue to use Facebook and YouTube. The decision was taken on the directives issued by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli after a photo of an employee using Facebook was released some days ago, said Chief of TIA Immigration department, Uddhav Prasad Timilsina said.Kunder's 'Kriti' removed from YouTube after plagiarism allegations by Nepali filmmaker
Setopati , Kathmandu, June 29 - Bollywood Director Sirish Kunder's 18- minute short movie 'Kriti' is removed from YouTube after plagiarism allegations by Nepali filmmaker, Anil Neupane. Neupane claimed that his 13-minute short movie, BOB, released on May 22, 2016 was almost copied in 'Kriti'. However, Kunder has refuted the allegations. On Monday, he emailed Neupane personally and warned him to take back his allegations.
MP demands action against manpower companies that sent slain Nepalese to Afghanistan
Setopati , Kathmandu, June 30 - Nepal Workers' and Peasants' Party lawmaker Anuradha Thapa Magar has demanded to file a case against manpower companies that sent Nepalese guards killed in bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan to work as security guards in the war-torn country.Maoists warn of blocking budget
Setopati , Kathmandu, June 30 - Ruling coalition CPN (Maoist Center) has warned of halting the endorsement of the budget for the upcoming fiscal year if the nine-point agreement reached with the CPN-UML is not implemented. Janardan Sharma, an influential leader of CPN (Maoist Center), said that the nine-point agreement was signed to take the peace process to a logical end. He warned that if the UML fails to honor the pact then the Maoist would block the budget.Motorcyclist killed in road accident
Lahan, June 30 - A motorcyclist was killed in a road accident at Dhangadhimai Municipality-9 in Siraha district today, police said. The accident took place when a truck (Na 5 Kha 3466) hit motorbike (Sa 2 Pa 8951) at the place. Sushil Singh Danuwar, 32, of Chandargunja-2 of the district was identified as the deceased, police added.
TRC receives 45, 000 conflict-era cases of human rights violation so far
Kathmandu, June 30 - The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) so far has received as many as 45,000 cases of human rights violation committed during the Maoist decade-long insurgency. The TRC is expected to receive over 50,000 conflict-era cases of human rights violation by July 17 the last extended date to file such war-era cases, TRC officials said.After 'Kriti', YouTube removes BOB over copyright claim
Setopati , Kathmandu, June 30 - YouTube has removed short movies by Nepali Filmmaker Anil Neupane and Bollywood Director Shirish Kunder for having same plot. YouTube, which removed Kunder's recently released movie 'Kriti' on Wednesday after Neupane alleged him of copying his film BOB, also removed BOB after receiving copyright claim from Abhayanandan Singh.Landslide disrupts Daldale-Bulingtar road section
Kawasoti (Nawalparasi), June 30 - Vehicular movement has been obstructed along the Daldale-Bulingtar road section in the district due to a landslide that occurred at Dhungre for three days. With the disruption of the traffic, locals are facing difficulties due to the shortage of food items and other daily goods. Such problems occur each rainy season due to the negligence of concerned bodies as they are failing to repair and upgrade the road section, complained locals.
Minister Gajurel stresses national consensus govt
Bhimduttanagar, June 30 - Minister for Agricultural Development Haribol Gajurel has stressed on national consensus government. Speaking at a press conference organized by the Press Center here today, Gajurel emphasized on the consensus government, adding that it was essential to complete the remaining task of the peace process, to hold the elections and to prevent the constitutional crisis if the political course failed to move smoothly.Film academy invites 683 new members to join
AP , LOS ANGELES, June 30 - Six months after announcing intentions to double the number of female and minority members in its ranks by 2020, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 683 new members to join the organization. The academy says its invitees are 46 percent female, 41 percent minority and represent 59 countries. Should all of the invitees accept, the new class would make the academy's overall membership 27 percent female and 11 percent non-white, up from 25 percent and 8 percent respectively.Silver price increases while gold price falls
Setopati , Kathmandu, June 30 - The price of silver has increased by Rs.10 per tola in the domestic market. According to the Federation of Gold and Silver Dealers Association, the price of silver has settled at Rs. 835. Its price on Wednesday remained at Rs. 825 per tola.
Education in Nepal has become a Jatra, a complete mess. No matter what the politicians and bureaucrats want us to believe with their many experiments in education, the reality is that education here does not inspire a vision of promising future.
Chandra Mani BimoliWhat to study?
A few days back, I received a call from a friend who I had not met for a few years. “I wanted your advice on what my daughter could choose after completing her 12th grade,’’ he said. My response to him was that it depends on a range of factors, such as his daughter’s interests, preferred career destinations (Nepal or abroad), her academic track records, family’s financial capacity to pay for tuition and other educational costs, and so on.
Dr Hemant R OjhaInclusive sports and CSR
When working with the issues of inclusion and discrimination, still too few people imagine that sports can be a catalyst to bring that indispensable funding and support needed to create a more inclusive society in Nepal. We should understand that sports can be the biggest platform to bring disability in the mainstream discourse.
Why is there exclusion in Nepal’s Court?
The practice of parliamentary hearing in Nepal performs very little of significance value because the real essence of hearing is absent in the procedure. It’s so contradictory that an individual that the the parliamentary hearing committee finds as incompetent and doubtful and tags as one with misconduct is decided by the JC as competent, impartial and as someone having sheer pertinacity.
Abhishek JhaIn defiance of CIAA’s parallel state
Some grave questions confront us at this time: is it appropriate for the CIAA to be made a vehicle for promotion of personal familial interests? Can the Commission be used as a tool for implementing vendettas by its chief, or as a weapon to achieve his ends? How is it that the Commission’s leaders are allowed such rampant impunity while every other institutional or individual authority in the country is bound by at least some norms of accountability and transparency?
Dr. Govinda KCFDI in Nepal: A tale of two giants
Despite its current political instability, Nepal is still an attractive destination for certain investors, especially Indian companies due to physical and cultural proximity.
Peace, economic development and prosperity can only be achieved when politicians rise from their deep slumber of personal pursuits and petty gains at the expense of state.
Chandra Sharma Poudyal & Dr Chandra Lal PandeyApology accepted! But does it matter?
The universal declaration of human rights came into existence to protect people from the state or a powerful institution. It’s a legacy of the Second World War, where states were the perpetrators. Nevertheless, the HRW report rightfully provides context and fairness by including violent attacks by protesters on police and termed it, “criminal attacks on defenseless police".
Diwaker JhaThe Constitution is Not a Magic Elixir
Since federalism is a demand so closely tied to the new Constitution, this is not something both sides seem willing to give up on. Neither, however, do they seem to be able to come up with a mutually satisfactory solution. Nepali politics is adept at stonewalling, and this is something that could potentially continue for the next half century, in the manner of Burma, which is dealing with the exact same promise made of federalism to ethnic minorities, but which never came to fruition.
Is New York still a melting pot?
The reality was unlike my expectation. Having diversity does not necessarily mean there is unity and sharing. I had come to the US thinking that people here blend together as one and rejoice together. Rather, it was the opposite.
Dipika ShresthaA fragmented justice
As he approached nearer, I saw a man almost as white as a Romanian actor in his blue Wrangler jeans. He had a big bag pack, a water bottle on the small net pouch of his bag. He slightly bent forward while walking. His forehead wrinkled voluntarily; perhaps he was internalizing songs or hymns.
Achyut Raj BhattaraiA balanced union
Many researches have found that regular practice of yoga can manage and cure all kinds of non-communicable disorders like dieabetes, asthama, back pain, obesity, anxiety, depression and oncology.
Slow spinning 'Phirphire'
I am not arguing that Buddhisagar should experiment, as some other writers have attempted in Nepali literature. But he cannot overlook the readers' expectations. His style should be amended to stay more attuned to the times and the readers' expectations.
Raj Kumar BaralPain that speaks
Without understanding why I was crying, the poor child would wipe the tears off my eyes. But I could sense that she took it as role play where she became my mamma and I her baby. "Everything will be ok. Don’t worry," she would say in her limited speech. But I could not tell her that what was aching me was the fear of having to leave her midway of our journey, of leaving her grow in the absence of her mother.
Samana SainjuMake 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 Trotter
A 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.
Sushma JoshiOnce upon a time in 1934
For younger generation like mine or my parents', Juddha Sumsher rushing horseback to Kathmandu from hunting expedition after the earthquake would become more evocative of a tale from a book of fables than an event that our parents and grandparents experienced.