Parliament forms probe panel to investigate budget 'leak'
Setopati, Kathmandu, May 31 - As per the agreement between the government and the main opposition Nepali Congress, the Parliament has formed a committee to probe into allegations of Nepali Congress that information on the budget was leaked before it was presented at the House on Saturday.Govt, NC agree to form panel to probe budget 'leak'
Setopati , Kathmandu, May 31 - The main opposition party Nepali Congress (NC) and government have agreed to form a probe committee to investigate the leakage of the budget information and figures to the media before it was presented before the House. The government agreed on forming the probe committee after NC repeatedly disrupted the parliamentary meeting on Monday for four consecutive times despite Speaker Onsari Gharti's attempt to commence the meeting.House meet adjourned for tomorrow after NC protest
Kathmandu, May 30 - With the major opposition party Nepali Congress (NC) demanding a probe into the 'leakage' of budget information before its presentation at the parliament, the House meeting was obstructed today. Although the Speaker adjourned the meeting three times due to the protests, Speaker Onsari Gharti could not resume the meeting called for holding theoretical discussions on budget.
NC obstructs House meet to protest 'leak' of budget info
Setopati , Kathmandu, May 30 - The main opposition party, Nepali Congress on Monday has obstructed the parliament meeting, claiming that the budget estimates for the fiscal year 2016/17 was leaked in violation of the fiscal discipline. The largest political party claimed that the government had leaked the annual budget prior to its unveiling before the parliament on Saturday. MPs of the Nepali Congress and United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) rose from their seats to protest immediately after Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar commenced it.Govt unveils budget of Rs 1.05 trillion for 2016/17
Setopati , Kathmandu, May 28 - Finance Minister Bishnu Poudel today unveiled the budget of Rs. 1.048 trillion for the fiscal year 2016/17 before the Legislature- Parliament. The budget for the fiscal year will prioritize on post-earthquake reconstruction, hydropower generation, tourism, urban development and good governance.Finance Minister presents budget for fiscal year 2016/17 at House ( Major Highlights)
Setopati , Kathmandu, May 28 - Finance Minister Bishnu Poudel has presented the annual budget for the upcoming fiscal 2016/17 before the Legislature-Parliament today. Poudel said that the budget for the fiscal year will prioritize on post-earthquake reconstruction, hydropower generation, tourism, urban development and good governance.
Federal Alliance to sit for talks if govt sends formal letter
Setopati, Kathmandu, May 27 - A meeting of the Federal Alliance, an alliance of Madhes-based and Janajati parties, has decided to sit for talks with the government if it receives a formal letter in its name. The meeting held to review its capital-centric protests and future programs at the office of Sanghiya Samajwadi Forum Nepal office, Tinkune also decided that its next phase of protest programs will be centered in provinces and districts.Transport strike (IN PHOTOS)
Narayan Maharjan , Kathmandu, May 26 - Transport strike enforced by transport entrepreneurs and workers to protest the newly implemented hike in the fines for violating traffic rules has affected normal lives in the Capital. Although proportionally few privately owned motorcycles and cars are running, the public transportation have remained disrupted.Transport strike calls revision of fines for traffic rule violation, affects life in Capital
216 strike enforcers arrested in the Valley
Setopati , Kathmandu, May 26 - Transport strike enforced by transport entrepreneurs and workers to protest the newly implemented hike in the fines for violating traffic rules has affected normal lives in the Capital. Different transport entrepreneurs and workers have organized transport strike across the nation.
Cincinnati Zoo director defends killing gorilla to save boy
AP , CINCINNATI, May 31 - The Cincinnati Zoo’s director on Monday defended the decision to kill a gorilla to protect a 4-year-old boy who entered its exhibit, noting it’s easy to second-guess after the child was recovered safely. The male western lowland gorilla named Harambe was killed on Saturday by a special zoo response team that feared for the boy’s safety. Video taken by zoo visitors showed the gorilla at times appeared to be protective of the boy but also dragged him through the shallow moat.'Sankhu: Historical and Cultural Heritage' launched
Kathmandu, May 31 - A book titled 'Sankhu: Historical and Cultural Heritage' aimed at bringing the historic importance of Sankhu to the limelight was launched on Monday. Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies (CNAS) is the publisher of the book in the English language. Tribhuvan University (TU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Tirtharaj Khaniya launched the book amid a function.Chinese transgender man fights for job equality
AP , BEIJING, May 31 - A 28-year-old transgender man who goes by the name of "Mr. C" has become the public face of the fight for job equality in China, where sexual and gender minorities are only beginning to emerge from virtual invisibility. The man, who keeps his real name secret to protect his parents' privacy, is fighting his dismissal from a medical testing center in court and is seeking a ruling stating that no one should be discriminated against on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.
Amber Heard’s lawyer slams accusation of her blackmailing Depp
PTI , Los Angeles, May 31 - Actress Amber Heard’s lawyer is slamming an accusation that she is blackmailing her estranged husband Johnny Depp. Attorney Peter Sample said the allegations are completely false, reported The Wrap. “The allegations against Ms. Heard are absolutely and unequivocally false. The claim that she is blackmailing Johnny has no basis in reality and is nothing but the typical celebrity muckraking for profit,” Sample said.Forest fires damage property worth Rs 70 m in Arghakhanchi
Arghakhanchi, May 31 - Forest fires at different parts of Arghakhanchi damaged property worth million of rupees, directly affecting people of 24 villages including the Sandhikharkha Municipality. A total of 174 houses and 90 cowsheds were completely destroyed after bushfires caught the human settlements, Assistant Chief District Officer Chiranjibi Ghimire said. The villagers lost cash, food grains and clothes worth Rs 70 million, he said.Pope Francis honors George Clooney, Richard Gere, Salma Hayek
PTI , Los Angeles, May 31 - Pope Francis honoured Hollywood actors Richard Gere, George Clooney and Salma Hayek with the Olive Medal of Peace in an event to promote the Scholas Occurrentes foundation. The A-listers have agreed to work as ambassadors for the foundation’s arts projects, said The Hollywood Reporter. Scholas Occurrentes, or “schools that meet,” is a foundation that links 400,000 schools and educational networks from various cultures and religions in 82 countries.
Who's in the IPL XI for 2016?
Agencies , May 31 - After wrapping up the 9th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on late Sunday, ESPN Cricinfo, a website on cricket, has picked out the best 11 players from different teams of IPL 2016. David Warner, Bhuwaneshor Kumar and Mustafizur Rahaman of Sunrisers Hyderabad are in the list. Similarly, Virat Kohli from Royal Challengers Bangalore is also included in the list.6.1 Magnitude quake shakes parts of Taiwan
Agencies , May 31 - An earthquake measuring 6.1 in magnitude shook parts of Taiwan on Tuesday, according to international news agencies. The tremor was felt in its capital, Taipei, residents and officials said, but there were no immediate reports of damage.17 security personnel killed in major fire at arms depot in Nagpur
PTI, Nagpur, May 31 - At least 17 security personnel, including two young Army officers, were today killed in a major fire that broke out at the central ammunition depot in Pulgoan early this morning. Two officers and 17 Defence Security Corp (DSC) jawans were injured in the blaze, some of them critically, an Army officer said.
Peace, economic development and prosperity can only be achieved when politicians rise above from their deep slumber of personal pursuits and petty gains at the expense of state. Its high time Nepali politicians realized this.
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.
Was the Human Rights Watch report biased?
No analysis was done on how the killings in the Terai were triggered by the political action of the Morcha, including its decision to impose a destructive, human rights violating blockade on the entire country. But without this analysis, we are fated to repeat history.
Sushma JoshiFreedom to Tweet
Do we want to live in a state that respects the right of an individual to hold political views and express them without fear, and do we feel it as a responsibility to speak up when there is clear indication of shrinking democratic space? I am not certain about the answer but how vocally we support Penner’s freedom provides a good proxy.
Binod AcharyaPlight of Nurses
The state and other concerned authorities in the medical field should take measures to genuinely appreciate the work of the nurses by taking initiatives to ensure their dignity, provide them adequate financial remuneration and enforce acceptable working hours.
L. D. Maharjan
More than whether the free speech of a Canadian with uber privileges and multiple media connections was violated by the Nepali state, I think the question is more about how the human rights community is developing in contemporary Nepal.
Sushma JoshiWhy Lok Man Singh is out of line
As a student of law, I firmly believe that rule by due process and the dignity of the premier judicial institution of the country is essential for social, political and economic progress. Hence, my worry over the CIAA’s flagrant defiance of the 5 January court orders in my case, which also reflected its acts of impunity in earlier cases.
Kanak Mani DixitFatal 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.
Pain 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 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.
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.
Prawash GautamThe 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".
How 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.
Moni JhaTara 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.