NC to finalize new ministers today
Setopati , Kathmandu, August 23 - Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba is finalizing the names of ministers from his party by today evening or Wednesday noon. If the names are finalized accordingly, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal will administer the oath of office and secrecy to the newly added ministers on Wednesday. "We're preparing to send the final name list of the ministers by today evening or Wednesday afternoon," a leader close to Deuba told Setopati.Deuba to fly to Singapore for health check-up on Friday
Setopati , Kathmandu, August 22 - Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba is scheduled to visit Singapore for his health check-up on Friday. Deuba, who suffers from stomach-related ailments underwent check-up for indigestion and stomach problems three years ago, is visiting for his regular health check-up at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, said his aide, Bhanu Deuba.Connect power supply to ex-Queen Mother Ratna's residence: Culture Ministry to Energy Ministry
Setopati , Kathmandu, August 22 - Ministry for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has sent a letter to Energy Ministry, hoping to connect the electricity supply to the Former Queen Mother Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah's residence Mahendra Manjil within the premises of Narayanhiti Durbar Museum. The power supply was cut off on Sunday after Mahendra Manjil failed to pay the electricity dues.
Cable car connects Thankot-Chandragiri, opens up new tourist spot (IN PHOTOS)
Setopati , Kathmandu, August 21 - A cable car service connecting Thankot and Chandragiri hill has come into operation. The sevice supported by Austrialian technology and launched by Chandragiri Hills Private Limited operates 41 cabins. Passengers travelling in the cable cars can see a scenic view of Tarai districts near the Kathmandu valley, as well as mountain peaks including Mount Annapurna, Mount Everest and Mount Ganesh, among others.Dey Pukhu Jatra observed in Khokana (IN PHOTOS)
Narayan Maharjan , Kathmandu, August 21 - Dey Pukhu Jatra that sees a young female goat thrown in the pond was observed in a historical village of Lalitpur district, Khokana on Saturday. The festival is marked every year on Bhadra Krishna Dwitiya, according to a local Narottam Shrestha.PM Dahal, Indian PM Modi to meet on Sept 16
PM Dahal to visit India on Sept 15
Setopati, Kathmandu, August 21 - Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal is visiting India on September 15. PM Dahal's official visit to India was scheduled after Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bimalendra Nidhi, who is on a India visit as PM's special emissary, met with Indian PM Narendra Modi at the latter's residence at 7 Race Course Road in New Delhi on Saturday.
Free dialysis comes into force finally, but patients decry ceiling
Pabitra Guragain, Kathmandu, August 21 - "Life has been painful for me. I can neither live a healthy life nor let myself to die." These were the words of Binita Oli, 31, form Ota VDC of Ropla, a hilly district in mid-western Nepal, who suffers from kidney failure. Around three months back, she shared her feelings while waiting for her turn to undergo haemodialysis service at the Bhaktapur-based Human Organ Transplant Center. She has been living on this life-support treatment and medication since she was diagnosed with renal failure a year back.Janai Purnima being observed in Capital (IN PHOTOS)
Narayan Maharjan , Kathmandu, August 18 - Janai Purnima which is also known as Rishi Tarpani is being observed across the country. Tagadharis or those who wear the 'Janai' (the sacred thread) around their bodies from the left shoulder change the sacred thread today after having a haircut and a bath on this occasion.Nain Singh Mahar elected NSU President
Setopati , Kathmandu, August 18 - Nain Singh Mahar has been elected as the president of the Nepal Student Union (NSU) under the 11th general convention being held at the Nepali Congres (NC) party office, Sanepa. Mahar secured 1435 votes, while his close contender, Manoj Mani Acharya obtained 1316 votes.
Deepika on Forbes' list of world's highest paid actresses
PTI , New York, August 24 - Leading Indian actress Deepika Padukone has made her debut among the world's top 10 highest paid actresses with earnings of USD 10 million dollars in a list alongside Hollywood heavyweights Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts and "Friends" star Jennifer Anniston. Padukone, 30, is the only Indian actress and the sole newcomer in Forbes' 2016 list of the 'World's Highest-Paid Actresses', coming in on the 10th spot.Jinas Lama crowned 'Miss Grand Nepal-2016' title
Kathmandu, August 24 - Jinas Lama bagged the title of 'Miss Grand Nepal-2016' overcoming 10 contestants to hold the title in the beauty contest finale concluded here late Tuesday. Similarly, Pooja Shrestha and Jyotsana Maharjan won the titles of first runner- up and second runner-up respectively. The contest was organised by Looks International.China unveils Mars probe, rover for ambitious 2020 mission
Xinhua, BEIJING, August 24 - China on Tuesday released images of a Mars probe and rover which the country plans to send to the Red Planet within five years. China plans to send a spacecraft to orbit Mars, make a landing, and deploy a rover in July or August 2020, said Zhang Rongqiao, chief architect of the Mars mission at a press conference in Beijing. "The challenges we face are unprecedented."
Magnitude 6.1 quake rattles Rome, central Italy
AP, Rome, August 24 - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude estimated at 6.1 has rattled Rome and central Italy in the middle of the night. There were no immediate reports of damage early today, but state-run RAI radio said people ran into the streets in central Umbria and Le Marche regions shortly after the quake struck just after 3:30 AM local time.NC to finalize ministers today
Kathmandu, August 24 - The coalition partner Nepali Congress is set today to finalize ministers from the party to join the Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led government. The ministerial nominations were delayed after after the general convention of the party's sister organization, Nepal Students' Union, extended to longer time than expected, said NC leader Nabindra Raj Joshi, adding that the final names will be public today.'Will visit India only after presenting constitution amendment proposal in House'
Kathmandu, August 24 - Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said he will embark on India visit only after presenting a proposal on the amendment of the constitution in Parliament and readying election-related laws. "I am preparing to go on a visit to India after making the election-related laws and presenting a proposal of constitution amendment to address the demands of the parties associated to the Madhesi Front," the PM Dahal said in a meeting while talking to the media persons at his official residence at Baluwatar on Tuesday evening.
DPM Mahara leaves for Pakistan
Kathmandu, August 23 - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Krishna Bahadur Mahara left here today for Pakistan to participate in the Eighth SAARC Finance Ministers' Meeting. Mahara left for Pakistan at 9.30 pm today, according to the DPM's press advisor, Tribhuvan Poudel. He was accompanied by Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mani Bhattarai and the Joint Secretary at the Finance Ministry Baikuntha Aryal.Information Minister assures to implement minimum wage for working journalists
Kathmandu, August 23 - Minister for Information and Communications Surendra Kumar Karki has committed to implement the recommendations made by the Minimum Wages Fixation Committee regarding the minimum wages and services of the working journalists. While receiving the memorandum submitted by the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) in the Ministry today, Karki assured to implement any such decision made by the previous government.S. Korea urges Japan to stop distorting history on "comfort women"
Xinhua, SEOUL, August 23 - South Korea on Tuesday urged Japan to stop distorting a historical fact on "comfort women," a euphemism for Korean women forced into sexual servitude for Japanese military brothels before and during World War II. Seoul's foreign ministry spokesman Cho June-hyuck told a press briefing that the forcible recruitment of "comfort women" is an undeniable historical fact that the international community has already confirmed definitely.
Victory over the Netherlands: A one-off event?
Cricket pundits have dubbed the 19-run victory over the Dutch in the alien European conditions as the greatest win by the Nepali cricket team in the 50-over format.
Sujan AdhikariA strange paradox
Recent events across the world demonstrate a seemingly strange paradox: the rise of insecurity and fissures in the body politic of major powers around the world.
Saurabh KaushikMadhesi women speaking out
The fact that Madhesi women, with their dual-subalternity, have reached a point where they can see liberation as an immediate issue that is relevant to their lives and not a distant incomprehensible matter is an achievement and a cause of (cautious) optimism for where the Madhes movement is headed.
Why Dr KC's demands are genuine
Dr Govinda KC is absolutely correct and needs to be heard urgently: Unless medical education in Nepal can be systematically regulated without political interference, the rule of law in Nepal is meaningless and Nepal risks becoming a failed State.
Gregory G. Maskarinec, PhDWhy BREXIT, why should we care?
World politics is a free marketplace of ideas, with political event in one part of the globe having potential lessons for the other part of the world. Although an event geopolitically distant from ours, Brexit offers important lessons for Nepal.
Bidhan DahalMessy schools
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 Bimoli
What 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.
Simone GalimbertiWhy 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.
Perhaps Lord Vishnu has diabetes
In Hinduism, oat is used as a pious substance for worshipping different forms of Lord Vishnu. Hindus do not use akshyta (rice); rather, they use jau (oat) and til (sesame seed) to worship Lord Vishnu.
Dr Archana NepalThe First Twin Temblors and After-5
Then it happened again: A major jolt matching the twin temblors of April 25. I could immediately feel the tenacity and forcefulness of this big one. The entire 10-story building went boom-bam-boom, boom-bam-boom in vibrations. Our floor heaved. The windowpanes rattled. The trees outside swayed to and fro in swirling sighs. Birds cooed, chattered and flapped away in confused directions.
Peter J KarthakGene, culture and schizophrenia
It has been shown by different studies that symptoms of schizophrenia vary across cultures. Patients from some countries may experience mainly auditory hallucinations while those from other countries experience more visual.
Ketan Jung Dulal
How to kill 'Nepali time'?
It is easy to say, “It's our culture to start late.” Nobody is naturally late; it is the repetition of such phrases that perpetuate a culture of tardiness. Let’s make active changes to initiate a campaign of on-time arrival and kill the NEPALI TIME.
Rajendra K KhatiwadaThe First Twin Temblors and After-4
Very soon I realized that Nepal by now had mammoth problems in its hands. Its many mostly hilly districts had been punctuated by destroyed houses and hovels. Roads were blocked by landslides. Imminent scarcities of all kinds were being seen and experienced. There was a rapid deterioration of self-esteem and confidence. With mental and psychological breakdowns already evident in human psyches and equilibriums, the adversely affected populace had become limpid, impotent and clueless.
Peter J KarthakRedefining Doctor-Patient Communication
Patients who sometimes wait almost 2-3 hours for their turn end up getting less than 5 minutes with doctors. What's worse is that most of this time is used to prescribe tests and medicines. Not receiving an adequate explanation of what is being prescribed as the next course of action often leaves patients with the impression that the doctor is unnecessarily prescribing a variety of tests and expensive medicines. This should change.
Women in media in Nepal
Increasingly more women are working in radio and television, and now online media houses at both national and local levels. Yet, female presence is still miniscule when compared to the development of media and the involvement of men in the field.
Kripa BhandariThe First Twin Temblors and After-3
In the late afternoon, a strange series of sight greeted me. As the reluctant and accidental keeper of our camp, I saw many groups of visitors coming from the neighborhoods near and afar. They were mostly inquisitive women and curious kids, perhaps their children. These were self-appointed ‘observers’ who entertained themselves by visiting the camps of their fellow quake sufferers.
Peter J KarthakThe First Twin Temblors and After - 2
All the refugee families had made each of their provisional kitchens on the ground floor of their homes, and tea and food were prepared in such makeshift corners. Our family kitchen was on the upper level of the land, separate from the main house. It was part of the foothills of Pulchowk, and an altogether different lay of the landscape. The kitchen opened up to a long space in front to the southwest, and it was a sturdy stretch that also looked safe.
Peter J Karthak