Main three parties agree in principle on holding local polls
Kathmandu, Jan 22 - Major three political parties have agreed in principle on holding local level elections in the fourth week of April, 2017. The agreement was reached at a meeting of top leaders of the main three political parties called by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Saturday evening in a bid to create a favourable environment politically, legally and in terms of security to organise the local level elections at the earliest.'Maskmandu' in photos
Anish Regmi , Kathmandu, Jan 20 - With an objective to draw attention of public and government towards the deteriorating air quality of Kathmandu Valley, under I care for Clean Air Campaign, C-CAR organized 'Maskmandu second edition: Clean Air Rally cum Talk Program' today. Maskmandu second edition is the extension of Maskmandu organized by C-CAR last year.Makaju re-appointed KU's Vice Chancellor
Setopati , Kathmandu, Jan 20 - Ram Kantha Makaju has been appointed to the post of Vice Chancellor of Kathmandu University (KU). Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the KU, Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Friday morning appointed Makaju to the post of Vice Chancellor, PM's press advisor Govinda Acharya informed.
Sub-committee formed to look into veracity of charges against Karki
Setopati , Kathmandu, Jan 18 - The Impeachment Recommendation Committee today formed a three-member sub-committee to move ahead the impeachment motion registered against recently dismissed chief of Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority Lokman Singh Karki. The sub-committee includes Deepak Kuinkel of Nepali Congress, Rewati Raman Bhandari of CPN (UML) and Ram Narayan Bidari of CPN (Maoist Center).Nepal to formulate laws allowing offenders to do community service in place of jail term
Sanjib Bagale , Kathmandu, Jan 18 - A law is being formulated that will order offenders to perform community service on the basis of type of offenses they commit. A sub-committee formed under Bill of Penal Offence (Determination of Sentence and Implementation) has proposed determining punishment on the basis of progressive discipline.Satungal-Chobhar section of outer ring road to be constructed this year
Setopati , Kathmandu, Jan 17 - The government is preparing to construct the outer ring road to incorporate three districts of the Kathmandu valley this fiscal year. “Satungal -Chobhar road section is the first stretch being built under the section-wise construction of a total 73-km long outer ring road,” Project Chief Deepak Shrestha told Setopati. This road section will stretch up to 6 km. Those areas that lie inside Kirtipur municipality will also be included in this outer ring road section.
Wedding ceremony of president's younger daughter (PHOTOS AND VIDEO)
Kathmandu, Jan 16 - The wedding ceremony of the younger daughter of President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and popular Communist leader the late Madan Kumar Bhandari, Dr Nisha Kusum Bhandari, was solemnized at the Shital Niwas Monday. The President's daughter tied the knot with Abhishek Yadav, the eldest son of engineer Munilal Yadav and lawmaker Kiran Yadav.Gyawali moves Supreme Court against dismissal
Setopati , Kathmandu, Jan 16 - After being removed from the position of Chief Executive Officer of the National Reconstruction Authority, Sushil Gyawali today moved Supreme Court. He moved the top court on Sunday to file a writ petition, stating that the government dismissed from his duty while he was appointed by erstwhile government led by KP Sharma Oli for the term of five years.Former King Gyanendra to attend President's daughter wedding reception
Setopati , Kathmandu, Jan 16 - Former King Gyanendra Shah is scheduled to attend the wedding reception of President Bidhya Bhandari’s daughter at Sheetal Niwas, the Presidential official residence today. "Former King Gyanendra Shah will reach the functon at 12:05," Phani Raj Pathak, Personal Secretary to former King Gyanendra told Setopati.
Priyanka Chopra shows support for anti-Trump Women's March
PTI , Los Angeles, Jan 23 - Actress Priyanka Chopra extended her support for the Women's March that was organised in Washington DC, a day after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States of America. The 34-year-old actress could not be a part of the peaceful protest due to her busy shooting schedule.Gold price increases
Setopati , Kathmandu, Jan 23 - The price of fine gold has increased by Rs 200 per tola. According to Federation of Gold and Silver Dealers' Association, fine gold is being traded at Rs 55,600 per tola. Similarly, standard gold is being traded at Rs 55,300 per tola.Three-tier elections must for avoiding political vacuum: Nepal
Pokhara, Jan 23 - CPN (UML) senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal today stressed the need for holding all three-tier elections to save the country from a political vacuum. Speaking at a press meet organized by Press Chautari Nepal, Kaski, Nepal said the election-related laws must be presented before the Election Commission by putting on hold the constitution amendment proposal for sake of holding the elections.
Education officer and principals seal 21-point agreement
Bhaktapur, Jan 23 - The government-run community schools' principals and district education official have sealed a 21-point work execution agreement to bring additional reforms in the educational quality of Bhaktapur district. District's Chief Education Officer Arjun Bahadur Rayamahji and school principals have agreed to execute various programs for the academic year 2073 BS.Samsung says faulty battery causes Galaxy Note 7 to catch fire
Xinhua , SEOUL, Jan 23 - Samsung Electronics said Monday that faulty battery caused its flagship Galaxy Note 7 to catch fire after discontinuing the fire-prone device more than three months ago. In a special press conference in its headquarters in Seoul, Samsung said the mix of thin battery design and other manufacturing issues caused the Note 7s to explode or set on fire, which led to property damages and injuries.Police constable killed in Rajbiraj motorbike accident
Rajbiraj, Jan 23 - A police constable was killed after a bike crashed into a pole at Sitapur stretch of the East-West Highway. The deceased has been identified as Gyandev Yadav, 33, of Prasbani VDC -5, Area Polcie Office, Rupani said. The police constable working at Thoksilla of Udayapur was heading west in the ill-fated bike (Ko 26 Pa 3001) when the accident took place.
Campaign against child marriage practices launched in Haat VDC
Baitadi, Jan 23 - A campaign against child marriage practices has been launched at Haat VDC of Baitadi district. The Child Network, Girls' Rank Group and Child Marriage Alleviation Committee will head the door-to-door programs, interactions and social boycott of those involved in child marriage practices as part of the campaign, Haat Health Post In-charge, Binod Kumar Kunwar said.Parbat's migrant workers form social organization in Qatar
Phalebash (Parbat), Jan 23 - The Nepali migrant workers in Qatar have established a non-governmental organization (NGO) with an aim to provide quality education at the community schools of Arrthar Dandakharka VDC, Parbat. The youths of the village who are employed in Qatar have formed Arrthar Dandakharka Service Society for the altruistic purpose.Pipe theft obstructs Jajarkot irrigation project
Jajarkot, Jan 23 - The local villagers of Majkot-6 have been deprived of irrigation facility after someone stole the pipe of the irrigation project. The theft has occurred within two years of the start of the Pipse Wadar-Pallachaur Irrigation Project. The 400-meter long pipe was stolen two months ago, Irrigation Project Chairman, Marimal Tiruwa said.
Fidel Castro’s legacy
Castro proved that socialism itself is not an inept and bankrupt idea, and kept on knocking at the doors of the capitalist countries to ruminate on their missteps during their colonial rule and to redress them by extending true helping hands – not those contaminated by greed, profit motives, and undue interferences – to the needy countries.
Sanjaya GajurelThe problem of not cutting trees
A forest is a renewable crop, and just like agriculture, one could harvest old trees and then nurture new seedlings to come in the forest floor and grow into a mature forest again (of course subject to environmental limits which can be established through some methods of assessments and planning). But why doesn’t this simple wisdom prevail in Nepal’s forest governance and management circles?
Dr Hemant R OjhaFrom Mecca to Baijanathpur
The year 2016 belongs to one Nepali cricketer in particular – Sandeep Lamichhane. The year saw him grow from a boy to a man. His magical leg-spin bowling during the U19 World Cup was praised by some of the greats of world cricket, even drawing comparison to the spin-legend Shane Warne.
Walking over the roads!
Well-designed sidewalks inter-networked with market areas, retails, or any other stations could reduce the number of pedestrian crosswalks and function to separate vehicular and pedestrian pathways. Unfortunately, in our context, pedestrian sidewalks are not incorporated into primary objectives during road and transportation planning.
Apil K.C./Upendra SapkotaChallenges of being a woman
Coincidentally, the President, the Speaker of the House and the Chief Justice are all women currently. However, having women heading the top state posts does not mean the end of patriarchal values and structural discrimination against women. There still lies a long battle ahead to bring real change in the lives of the ordinary women in Nepal.
Mohna AnsariNepali Cricket: Challenges and Potential
The CAN’s membership has been suspended; the court case regarding the dispute between the CAN and National Sports Council (NSC) is still on hold; there is no proper domestic cricketing structure; and, the infrastructures and stadiums are in desperate shape. The ICC is keeping its close eye on how things will unfold, and could permanently cancel CAN’s membership anytime. Despite all these unfavorable circumstances, there are still enormous potential and possibilities.
Recipe to reform education sector
Academic expert with high ethical standards and courage, not the PM, should be the chancellor of universities in Nepal.
Kosh P NeupaneActing local, thinking global
Relying on energy infrastructures that are solely profit-driven or require huge investments or are extremely polluting has left one in four Nepalis starving for energy and has left Nepal ranking 74th (out of 80 countries) in the Energy Development Index.
The #IWalkFreely survey amassed over 1000 responses and an overwhelming 92% of the participants reported they had been harassed on the streets in one form or another. More bleak still, 98% of all women participants stated they had been harassed making this an indisputably gender based issue.
ECHO supporting for 'Open Defecation Free Nepal'
Realising the current situation and aiming to combat the problems of community people, ECHO has come forward as one of the key players to support the people in this VDC along with others so that they regain their ‘honor’ and the government of Nepal succeed in its mega plan ‘open defecation free Nepal’.
Ishwar RauniyarHem Raja - Hotel de l' Annapurna
Somebody nudges me. I wake up and look up with bleary eyes at Mr. Shahdev SSJB Rana holding my uniform blazer in his right hand. Had my skin been white, I would have turned cherry red with a mixture of fear and shame at being caught so red-handed. And that too by the person who was second in position in the hotel food chain, only below Princess Helen Shah herself. Before I could blurt anything out at my Managing Director, he whispers, “Lamichhane, next time I will not give this blazer back for you to wear.”
Deep LamichhaneEyes that change their color
Not long after my grandmother’s passing away, the cat died too. Whenever I think of my grandma, I happen to think of him, or think of grandma whenever I think of him. Although I knew them for much different lengths of time and shared very different moments, that their deaths appeared so close bound them so well together in my memory that I cannot explain in words. How a small animal as a cat could transform experience and memories, I did not know.
Periods are pure
Personally, I was on my first day of period this Laxmi Puja. Without a tint of fear or shame, I enjoyed Tihar, from making rangoli to playing deusi bhailo and putting Bhai Tika. And I am confident that I have not committed any “sin”.
Prativa SubediTrump or Clinton?
Polls on the eve of the election show that the race is very tight but Clinton has slight edge over Trump. 270 electoral votes are needed to win the presidency out of 538 total votes. As polls open for a historic election, American could be very likely on the way to choose their very first woman president.
Lekh Nath AdhikariDo looks matter in real life?
It doesn’t matter what you are on the outside, it’s what you are on the inside that counts. So goes a much stated saying when applauding inner virtues above external looks. But pause for a moment and ask yourself “Is it true? Don’t looks matter at all?”
A patient's odyssey
“You should not expect much from doctors in Nepal because they choose to stay to serve the country unlike many who fly abroad to study and never come back,” a friend told me to mitigate my frustration. I understand what she meant; I acknowledge all those who choose to serve home but why is it aberrant to expect an ounce of professional ethics from them?
Geetanjali UpadhyayaWords of gratitude
Over my daily monotonous commutes, I have realized that Mahanagar Yatayat and Traffic police in the valley deserve our utmost respect.
Narbada GhimireBungee jumping in Pokhara: A lifetime memory
As I approached, Kai was taking a picture of himself with Fishtail mountain. The alluring scenery greatly contrasted with the horror of bungee jumping. "This is my last living photo," said Kai.