Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal is unlikely to sign any major agreements during his official visit to China. During a press conference organized to brief about preparations on PM’s visit on Wednesday, Minister for Foreign Affairs Prakash Sharan Mahat said that no agreements will be signed. MORE
The subcommittee under the State Affairs Committee has proposed for setting at least three percent threshold for allowing parties to represent in legislature under the proportional representation. The meeting of subcommittee held on Wednesday in Singha Durbar has proposed of securing at least three percent of total votes cast for the proportional representation. MORE
Over 200 reconstruction engineers tender resignation
Setopati , Kathmandu, March 22 - More than 200 engineers have tendered their resignation, said Chief Executive Officer of National Reconstruction Authority Govinda Raj Pokharel. Central Project Implementation Unit under Urban Development Ministry had deployed at least 25 engineers, sub-engineers and technicians in 14 worst-hit districts for technical training.No major deals to be sealed during PM's China visit: Foreign Minister
Setopati , Kathmandu, March 22 - Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal is unlikely to sign any major agreements during his official visit to China. During a press conference organized to brief about preparations on PM’s visit on Wednesday, Minister for Foreign Affairs Prakash Sharan Mahat said that no agreements will be signed.3 percent vote, 1 seat must to become national party
Sanjib Bagale , Kathmandu, March 22 - The subcommittee under the State Affairs Committee has proposed for setting at least three percent threshold for allowing parties to represent in legislature under the proportional representation.
SC annuls promotion of Chand as IGP
Silwal is more qualified than Chand: SC
Shova Sharma, Kathmandu, March 21 - The Supreme Court (SC) has canceled promotion of Jai Bahadur Chand as the IGP of Nepal Police on Tuesday. A full bench including Chief Justice Sushila Karki and justices Hari Krishna Karki, Ishwor Prasad Khatiwada, Ananda Mohan Bhattarai and Anil Kumar Bhattarai delivered the verdict after conducting final hearing on the writ petitions filed against Chand's promotion on Sunday and Monday.Other parties trying to corner UML: Oli
Setopati, Kathmandu, March 21 - CPN-UML Chairman KP Oli has accused other parties of trying to corner his party. Addressing a press conference organized by the party to thank for the Mechi-Mahakali Campaign on Tuesday he claimed other parties are scared of the local election.Final hearing on IGP appointment concludes
Verdict likely on Tuesday
Shova Sharma, Kathmandu, March 20 - The final hearing on writ petitions filed against promotion of Jai Bahadur Chand as IGP of Nepal Police concluded on Monday. The Supreme Court (SC) is expected to deliver its verdict on Tuesday. A full bench including Chief Justice Sushila Karki and justices Hari Krishna Karki, Ishwor Prasad Khatiwada, Ananda Mohan Bhattarai and Anil Kumar Bhattarai conducted final hearing on Sunday and Monday. .
Nepal climbs 8 places in happiness ranking
Nepal ranks 99th ahead of India, behind China
Setopati, Kathmandu, March 20 - Nepal has climbed eight places to be ranked 99th in the World Happiness Report 2017 published by the United Nations on Monday. Nepal, placed at 107th among 156 countries with a score of 4.793 in 2016, has 4.962 points this year and finishes ahead of Bangladesh which is ranked 110th with (4.608), Sri Lanka 120th (4.44), India 122nd (4.315) and Afghanistan141st (3.794).'Melamchi water to be supplied by October'
Sanjib Bagale , Kathmandu, March 20 - Difficulties posed due to presence of weak rock while boring under Melamchi Drinking Water Project have gradually decreased. As a result, probability of supplying Melamchi water to Kathmandu denizens by October, 2017 has increased. Presence of weak rock in the remaining five kilometers of 26-km tunnel had posed a challenge in completion of the project in stipulated time.Chand's lawyers boycott final hearing
Shova Sharma, Kathmandu, March 20 - Lawyers of DIG Jai Bahadur Chand did not come for the final hearing on writ petitions filed against his promotion as the IGP of Nepal Police on Monday. The advocates of the government side, however, have already defended Chand's promotion earlier on Monday. A full bench of the Supreme Court (SC) including Chief Justice Sushila Karki and justices Hari Krishna Karki, Ishwor Prasad Khatiwada, Ananda Mohan Bhattarai and Anil Kumar Bhattarai are conducting final hearing on the writ petitions filed against Chand's promotion on Sunday and Monday.
Maoist for proceeding with amendment keeping aside boundary dispute
Kathmandu, March 22 - The ruling CPN (Maoist-Center) has decided to proceed with the constitution amendment keeping on hold the dispute over provincial boundary. The meeting held at Prime Minister's residence in Baluwatar took this decision on Wednesday. The meeting discussed the issues related to constitution amendment as increasing the number of local units, and number of the representatives in the National Assembly, said party Spokesperson Pampha Bhushal.PHSC unanimously approves names of proposed 12 ambassadors
Kathmandu, March 22 - The government had recommended Lucky Sherpa for Australia, Niranjan Kumar Thapa for Israel, Sharmila Parajuli for Oman, Ramesh Prasad Koirala for Qatar, Arjun Jung Bahadur Singh for Korea, Prativa Rana for Japan, Yubnath Lamsal for Denmark, Choplal Bhusal for Bangladesh, Padam Sundas for Bahrain, Bhim Krishna Udas for Myanmar, Bishwambher Pyakurel for Sri Lanka and Mahendra Prasad Singh Rajput for Saudi Arabia as the ambassadors and sent the names to PHSC for hearing.'Nepal takes energy sector as means of achieving socio-economic development'
Kathmandu, March 22 - Energy Minister Janardan Sharma has said Nepal has identified energy sector as a means of achieving socio-economic development and the incumbent government is active for the development of energy. In his address to a two-day regional meeting on sustainable energy for Asia-Pacific Least Developed Countries kicked off here on Wednesday, the Energy Minister said the Government of Nepal was working on necessary policies and plans with a goal of upgrading the country to a middle-income developing country through the means of sustainable development of energy sector.
Nearly 100 students treated for food poisoning in Egypt
AP , Cairo, March 22 - Egypt's Health Ministry says 98 students in the Nile Delta north of Cairo have been treated for food poisoning symptoms in the second case of suspected mass poisoning caused by government-issued lunches this month. Hanaa Sorour, a ministry official based in the delta, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that all the affected students were released from the hospital after suffering stomach aches, vomiting and a slight fever the day before. The ministry is studying food samples to determine the cause.Registration of personal details to go digital
Kathmandu, March 22 - The Department of Civil Registration under the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development is preparing to register personal details and vital information digitally. The digitalized service will come into effect from the coming Nepali month of Baisakh to register personal details like birth, death, marriage, migration and divorce, said information officer at the Department Khil Prasad Subedi.Shrestha bags Nick Simons Award-2016
Kathmandu, March 22 - Bal Gopal Shrestha, public health inspector at a health post in Pyuthan, has grabbed the Nick Simons Award-2016. Established by the Nick Simons Institute, a Nepal-based organisation working in the field of rural health care, the award is given to one among health workers every year contributing to the holistic quality and infrastructure development in rural health system.
House meeting postponed by one and half hour
Kathmandu, March 22 - A meeting of Legislature-Parliament scheduled to take place at 3 pm on Wednesday has been deferred until 4:30 pm. The meeting called to present a report of the Bill to amend and integrate laws related to political parties that has been passed after deliberations by a meeting of the State Affairs Committee has been put off as it took time to prepare the report, said Spokesperson for the Parliament Secretariat Dr Bharat Raj Gautam.1 year on, many scars have healed, yet Brussels still hurts
AP , Brussels, March 22 - Brussels International Airport, where 16 people died in two bomb attacks on March 22, 2016, looks shiny new. The Maelbeek subway station, where another 16 died from a backpack bomb, processes commuters much as it always has. And tourism is recovering, despite Donald Trump calling the Belgian capital a "hellhole" that should be avoided at all costs.Nepal Police retrieves firearm lost during Kanchanpur clash
Bhimduttanagar, March 22 - Nepal Police has retrieved a Chinese pistol and its magazine that got lost during a clash occurred in Ananda Bazaar of Kanchanpur near the Nepal-India border two weeks ago. There was a scuffle between the Nepali nationals and Indian Seema Suraksha Bal (border security force) on March 9 in Ananda Bazar over the issue of construction of a culvert at Punarbas. A Chinese pistol and its bullets remaining in the possession of Assistant Sub Inspector Madhav Bhatta deputed to interfere in the clash was lost from the border area.
We take pride in Sagarmatha and also Bhagwan Buddha. We should introspect as to what has been “our” contribution in the making of both. The tallest mountain landmark is the outcome of tectonic push against the bigger landmass creating the upward drift that created the Himalaya. Prince Siddhartha, on the other hand, was born 2556 years ago or 23 centuries before Nepal got unified under Prithivi Narayan Shah. Siddhartha is believed to have attained enlightenment at the age of 35 or around six years after leaving Kapilvastu.
Hemant ArjyalUnwarranted misfortune
All this pointed that the election will be held with public support despite efforts by those against it. But all that changed after three people were killed in Rajbiraj after the police opened fire on Madhesi Front cadres who were ‘hurling petrol bombs’ toward the venue where UML Chairman KP Oli had just finished his short address.
Prem DhakalProud to be a woman
During my teenage, the media brainwashed me by asking me to grow taller, slimmer, and fairer because that’s how “beautiful women” are. Dress in such a way that it is not too traditional yet not too vulgar. Smile in such a way that makes you likeable but not too “easy.”
Psychological and social economic effects of alcohol abuse
Risk behaviors such as drinking and driving and inappropriate sexual behaviors are also common practices linked to alcohol use. Alcohol is also considered to be a causal factor in most vehicle accidents. Financial problems and job loss are also associated with high-risk alcohol use.
Dr Kedar KarkiWhy Nepali NGOs have to rely on foreign funds
While the availability of public money for state-activities and those controlled by elected politicians has increased in the past 25 years, the channeling of Nepali public money to Nepali NGOs is almost non-existent in the form of grants.
Pratyoush Onta and Avash BhandariLeaving BBC to enter politics
Some of my well-wishers had advised me to join existing political parties rather than setting up a new one. I have reached the conclusion that doing so will only change me but not the country. Therefore, I have chosen this alternative and challenging path.
Big responsibility for UML, Madhes-based parties
The main political responsibility now is to take the constitution amendment process to conclusion and hold the local election. Only that will rid the country of the ever-extending transition period. The parties must bury their petty disagreements and bitterness to utilize this great opportunity we have to propel the country toward stability and development.
EditorialCalling for a Public Debate on CSOs
The solution suggested by many, i.e. delegitimizing and killing off NGOs through regulatory mechanisms, harks back to the days of the Partyless Panchayat System, when the right to organize and associate freely was overridden by the state’s preoccupation with control, coordination, and uniformity.
Avash BhandariNepal facing disaster in the recovery from earthquakes
The disaster in earthquake recovery is as visible in the politics of power around the national disaster recovery institutions and aid-funded programs, as in local places where the earthquake victims continue to struggle for rebuilding houses and regain a normal life, for nearly two years now.
Dr Hemant R Ojha
Being a social worker in Nepal
Nepal, going through political transition, is in dire needs of right and professional practices of social work to take the country on sustainable path. Social work professionals, practitioners and educators facilitate and work within communities to highlight and create actions to enhance and/or to protect the environment in which the communities live.
Jai Kumar SahOn behalf of Rabindra Mishra, unofficially
People were congratulating Mishra for his bold move. I call it particularly a bold move because he had already established himself as a respected journalist and a generous philanthropist, and yet was risking all the good name he had earned for himself for something which he considered more important than his good name and image.
Parthivendra UpadhyayaDelinquency of thought
A never-married economically strong woman in urban area is considered as not attached, lonely spinster, cat lady who loves autonomy, is carefree, uncontrolled and doesn’t like to be told what to do, and when and how to do things.
From the day she is born, an unwed daughter before puberty is considered to be an incarnation of the living goddess, she too is a “Kumari” and as such, she is worshipped in her home every year, with family members bowing to her in a show of respect. Among newars, a daughter is an indispensable part of a household, so much so that the women are to be married twice to gods before a man is allowed to become a part of her.
Sanjay Adhikari and Revigya JoshiA touch of love
For those secretly in love, the expressions the touch evoked – look on her eyes, smile on her lips, a trace of anger and of scorn – became signs of what the others felt; the touch was a question, a reading of another's heart.
Prawash GautamViolence against women and girls
A woman undergoing daily physical abuses may suffer from grave injury -- broken hands or legs, head injury or scars of smoke in many body parts -- including death. These kinds of activities are against law and human rights. Everybody has right to live. Physical violence to women and girls shows the cowardice of males and boys.
Worshippers of phallus
Similarly, many writers have cited Shiva Puran to tell the origin of Shiva Maha Puran where Shiva appears in an infinite Linga-fire pillar, as Vishnu tries to find the bottom of the pillar while Brahma tries to find its top. Lord Shiva says it is his true form; he has no beginning and no end; he was never born nor could he die.
Sanjay AdhikariWhich way, 'post office'?
The postal system in Nepal was never robust, probably because the postal volume was never big. Low literacy level constricted volume of correspondence even as the opposite should have happened due to geography. It was, and it is still, not out of ordinary when literacy handicapped need someone to help read/write letters for them.
Hemant ArjyalCall for protection to good people
Corruption is so rampant that even in places where you can get fair services like passport service from Department of Passport, people would rather bribe the officials than wait in a line for about 30 minutes. Moreover, the privileged ones use their connections to get their passport without feeling any qualms about other people waiting in the line.