The ministry has taken the decision to withdraw the names of Lama and Parajuli after widespread condemnation of the decision to make the two entrepreneurs operating manpower agencies ambassadors of the countries where their agencies send workers. MORE
The show kicked off with Justin Timberlake dancing down the Dolby Theatre aisles, singing his ebullient song, "Can't Stop the Feeling," from the animated film "Trolls." It was an early cue that the Oscars would steer, at least in part, toward festiveness rather than heavy-handedness. Protests, boycotts and rallies have swirled ahead of Sunday night's Oscars. But host Kimmel, in his opening monologue, quickly acknowledged that he "was not that guy" to heal a divided America. MORE
Gachchhadar reaches Baluwatar to protest withdrawal of names of two envoys
Setopati, Kathmandu, Feb 27 - Chairman of Forum Democratic Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar reached Baluwatar to seek the prime minister's help after the Foreign Ministry took back the names of Asha Lama and Sharmila Parajuli from the list of proposed ambassadors. Lama was proposed for UAE on quota of Nepali Congress (NC) and Parajuli for Oman from Forum Democratic.Madhes-based parties register amendment proposal
Seek separate province including Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Saptari, Udayapur and Siraha
Setopati, Kathmandu, Feb 26 - Five Madhes-based parties including Madhesi People's Rights Forum on Sunday have registered an amendment proposal on the constitution amendment bill tabled at the parliament for discussion. They have proposed an eighth province including Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Saptari, Udayapur and Siraha districts. They have also proposed to split Chitwan but not split Nawalparasi district.'Rebel' ruling lawmakers register amendment proposal
Setopati, Kathmandu. Feb 26 - Lawmakers from the ruling coalition led by Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN (Moaist Center), who have been opposing the constitution amendment bill that proposes changes in demarcation of province 5, have registered an amendment proposal in the parliament on Sunday. Dhan Raj Gurung, Amar Singh Pun and Chandra Bhandari of NC, and Top Bahadur Rayamajh of CPN (Maoist Center), who have been opposing the constitution amendment bill ever since it was registered in the parliament, have demanded to not change demarcation of province 5 stating only the provincial assembly has the authority to change provincial demarcation.
NC won't register amendment, RPP asks to stop process to seek consensus
Sanjib Bagale, Kathmandu, Feb 26 - Ruling Nepali Congress (NC) will not propose any changes in the constitution amendment bill, party president Sher Bahadur Deuba said after the parliamentary party meeting on Sunday. "We are in the government. The government will present amendment. No amendment will be registered by NC," Deuba confirmed.Parties intensify discussions on amendment bill
Sanjib Bagale , Kathmandu, Feb 26 - Political parties have intensified for internal and multilateral discussions to register changes in the constitution amendment bill. Nepali Congress (NC) is holding discussion with its lawmakers from tarai at the NC parliamentary party office. Chief Whip of NC Chinkaji Shrestha told Setopati that the party will also consult other parties after the internal discussion.8 arrested in connection to murder of Durga Tiwari
Bhagawati Pandey, Kathmandu, Feb 26 - The police on Sunday made eight persons arrested in connection to the murder of the then Rupandehi president of CPN-UML-affiliated Youth Association Nepal Durga Tiwari public. An unidentified group on December 19 had shot Tiwari dead in Devdaha of Rupandehi district. Tiwari was targeted while he was riding his motorbike along the local Boliya Marga, around 300 meters south of the East-West Highway.
Voting on amendment bill may take up to one month
Setopati, Kathmandu, Feb 24 - The constitution amendment bill stuck at the parliament for around two months has finally been tabled for discussion after CPN-UML—that was claiming the anti-national bill does not desrve to be registered and voted on in the House—relented. The questions related to amendment now are when it will be voted, who will vote in favor and whether it will be passed or not.Army Day marked (PHOTO)
Anish Regmi , Kathmandu, Feb 24 - A special program was organized by the Nepalese Army at the army parade ground at Tundikhel on Friday to mark the Mahashivaratri festival and the Army Day-2017. The Army opened celebratory fire from rifles and cannons and also presented a march-past, display of armaments and military equipments, freefall/fly past, military skills, cultural show and band display. Mass PT display including 'shoot to kill', Taekwando and khukuri drill were also presented.Heavy snow obstructs internet from China
Rabindra Shahi, Kathmandu, Feb 24 - Heavy snowfall has obstructed the internet protocol service that China had agreed to provide to Nepal Telecom three months ago. NT and China Telecom Global on December 8 had reached an agreement to deliver internet protocol service to Nepal with terrestrial cable route (TCR) to connect two countries via Jilong Gateway of Rasuwa.
N Korea executes 5 senior executives with antiaircraft guns
AP, Seoul, Feb 27 - North Korea executed five senior security officials with antiaircraft guns because they made false reports that enraged leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea’s spy agency said Monday. The comments by the National Intelligence Service in a private briefing to lawmakers come as Malaysia investigates the poisoning death of Mr. Kim’s estranged half brother, Kim Jong Nam.UML's campaign for national unity, social harmony: Oli
Kathmandu, Feb 27 - CPN-UML chairman and former Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has said that the Mechi-Mahakali Campaign which is set to kick off from March 4 to 18 will be meaningful to end transitional phase, instability and maintain national unity and social cohesion. While directing the party volunteers to be deployed for the Campaign here on Monday, Oli further shared that the Campaign would be more meaningful to inform the people about the policy and program of the party to end all kinds of instability surfaced in the country.Bhattarai says election 'impossible' before constitution amendment
Rukum, Feb 27 - Naya Shakti Nepal's coordinator Dr Baburam Bhattarai has declared that holding of any sorts of election before the constitution amendment was not possible. He was of the view of addressing the voices of Madhes first through the constitution amendment so as to find a suitable atmosphere for conducting the three-tier election.
Pele’s son to serve drug-related prison sentence
Agencies , Sao Paulo, Feb 27 - The son of football legend Pele has handed himself in to complete his sentence for money laundering and drug trafficking. Edinho, a former goalkeeper at Pele’s club Santos, was found guilty of drug trafficking and money laundering in 2005 but has been fighting the charges ever since.Gold price down, silver price stable
Setopati , Kathmandu, Feb 27 - The price of gold has decreased by Rs 100 per tola. According to Federation of Gold and Silver Dealers Association, the precious yellow metal is being traded at Rs 56,200 per tola. Meanwhile, silver price has remained stable and is being traded at 835 per tola.Jumla women attracted towards buckwheat production
Jumla, Feb 27 - Women entrepreneurs of Patmara VDC in Jumla district have now been attracted towards buckwheat production. The women of Patmara-2 have started micro enterprises for promoting buckwheat cultivation and production in the area. They have also formed three groups- Danfe, Pragatishil and Maharudra- with an objective of producing buckwheat in a competitive manner.
MP donates Rs 43,000 to FNJ Jhapa chapter
Bhadrapur, Feb 27 - Member of Parliament (MP) Sarita Prasai has extended an amount of Rs 43,000 to Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) Chapter in Jhapa. Prasai's representative Tika Prasad Prasai on Sunday handed over the donated amount to FNJ Jhapa chapter President, Bhim Nemwang, at Birtamod.Amendment process will conclude soon: Thapa
Baglung, Feb 27 - CPN (Maoist Center) leader Ram Bahadur Thapa on Sunday said the constitution amendment process would soon reach a conclusion. Speaking at a press meet organized by Press Center Nepal Burtiwang Unit Baglung, Thapa claimed that the process would further advance in the upcoming parliamentary session.Dhangadi Rotary club hands over building to elderly home
Bhimdattanagar, Feb 27 - Rotary Club of Dhangadi has built a two-room building for Women and Elderly Service Centre of Bhimdattanagar, Kanchanpur. The club handed over the building constructed at a cost of Rs 773,000 to the elderly home on Sunday, Rotary Club of Kanchanpur's member Karan Singh Pal said.
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
Horrible to cleaner air quality in Nepal
The science of air pollution is loud and clear – air pollution is causing an adverse impact on human health, food and water security, climate, economy and national development goals around the world. Scientists have built a strong evidence-based case that cannot be ignored anymore. We all must act now to reduce harmful impact of air pollution in Nepal and elsewhere. We can.
Dr. Maheswar RupakhetiFidel 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 Ojha
From 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.
Sujan AdhikariWalking 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.
Shopping – changing trend
With the city getting bigger, the shopping trend has gone through a change as well. People prefer pre-packed and -weighted items. Semi-cooked food items, requiring nothing more than boiling, are popular even if junk.
Hemant ArjyalInquiry Commission and socio-political questions
Hon. Justice, a constitution is not the act of a government, but of a people constituting a government. Hon. Justice, the Inquiry Commission is to investigate the cases registered in the backdrop of the government’s action which delegitimized the people of their proximity with the constitution.
Abhishek JhaIdeologies on T-shirts
In my opinion, Buddha was a great revolutionary, as was Einstein. Anything that challenges the present way of thinking about life is a revolution. In student politics, when it comes to revolution, the only blood I want to imagine being used is that flows into your brain and comes out energized with new ideas with every heartbeat.
Rules are made with keeping greater public safety in mind and mandatory helmet rule is an example. But it is equally true that majority of riders do not care to strap helmets as necessary.
Hemant ArjyalAn irreparable loss
My first question is “Is love a punishable crime?” All these years, I thought love is a boon and hatred a bane. And suddenly, I come to know that someone is humiliated just because he is in love.
Prativa SubediOur Bagmati
During our school days it was not unusual for some classmates to play truant and head for Bagmati during monsoon floods to swim. The easiest way to learn swimming, the daredevils boasted, was to jump into the swelling river. Perhaps, it was in tune...
Strangers among us
Fourteen years of education from a government primary school in my village to a private school in Janakpur to high school in Kathmandu, and finally to the reputed Pulchowk Campus. But I am yet to see boys and girls sitting together in class.
Randhir ChaudharyKishore Raj Pandey- My treasured mentor
Kishore Dai had set a record in Nepal by being the first Nepali ever to become a General Manager of two major five star hotels in Kathmandu. And, believe it or not, the two hotels were again Hotel de l’Annapurna and Hotel Yak and Yeti
Deep LamichhaneWelcome to the Trumped World (Dis)Order!
Trump has constantly argued that Russia is a lesser threat compared to China. For the neo-realists in Trump’s camp, the alignment of United States with Russia will make the international system more stable.
Dhruba Raj Adhikari