- Abha Lal
The ‘man of the house’ that I went to was offended that I wanted to interview his wife and his mother, not him, and said: “I can give you all the answers you want. What do you want to know? They [his wife and mother] don’t know anything about such things, they are incapable of understanding the magnitude of what is happening. You will waste your time.” MORE
'Fight is not over', Dr KC says while ending strike
Setopati, Kathmandu, July 25 - Dr Govinda KC has ended his fast-unto-death on the 16th day today. The senior orthopaedic drank juice offered by three patients Saroj Nepali, Chewang Lama and Anita Devi Mahato visiting Teaching Hospital to end the fast.Dr KC, Govt sign 4-point agreement, KC to end strike today
Kathmandu, July 25 - The government has signed a four-point agreement with the agitating Dr Govind KC. With this, Dr KC is likely to call off his fast-unto-death on Monday. The agreement was signed between the government's talks team and Dr KC late Sunday night. As per the agreement, 50 percent seats to be arranged free of cost in the government medical college for the medical study will be gradually increased to 75 percent. Similarly, agreement was also reached to include the provision in the realted bill to have at least one government medical college in each province.PM Oli announces resignation
Setopati, Kathmandu, July 24 - Prime Minister KP Oli has announced resignation from the post of the country’s top executive post. The resignation came at the end of his address to the legislature-parliament today.
PM Oli submits resignation letter to President
Setopati, Kathmandu, July 24 - Prime Minister KP Oli has already submitted resignation letter to President Bidhya Devi Bhandari. A source at Sheetal Niwas told Setopati that the PM submitted the letter to President before his address to the parliament.Cabinet recommends President to remove constitutional hurdles to form govt
Setopati, Kathmandu, July 24 - The cabinet meeting has recommend President Bidya Devi Bhandari to remove constitutional hurdles and pave way for the formation of a new government by invoking Article 305 of Nepal’s constitution. According to a minister, cabinet decision was made based on the proposal of prime minster KP Oli.Police baton charge Dr KC supporters outside CIAA office (with PHOTO FEATURE)
Half a dozen protesters arrested
Bharat Bandhu Thapa, Kathmandu, July 24 - Police launched a baton charge against protesters including doctors, nurses, students, who were outside the CIAA office in Bhatbhateni. The protesters had bands reading “pagal” (crazy) wrapped around their heads and were calling for the impeachment of CIAA chief Lokman Singh Karki as per the demands of Dr. Govinda KC.
Discussion on no-confidence motion continues in parliament (LIVE)
Setopati, Kathmandu, July 24 - House meeting has commenced again after two-hour recess. NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba is addressing.Deliberation on budget-related bills begins
Setopati , Kathmandu, July 22 - The Legislature-Parliament meeting has finally convened today after the major three parties agreed to hold discussions on the budget-related bills before the no-confidence proposal. As soon as the House began, Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar allowed time to Nepal Workers and Peasants Party lawmakers Prem Suwal and Dilli Prasad Kafle to table their amendment proposals related to the Finance Bill.Parties ink deal, House to vote on budget bill, forward no confidence proposal today
Setopati, Kathmandu, July 22 - Parliament meet is set to convene today after the major three parties inked a deal. NC leader Bimalendra Nidhi informed that NC, CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) decided to first table the budget bill to vote, after which the House will take forward the no confidence motion against PM KP Oli led government.
NC forms steering committee to hold NSU convention
Kathmandu, July 25 - Nepali Congress (NC) has formed a steering committee to hold the election of Nepal Student Union's 11th convention on the slated date from August 7 to 9. The five-member committee comprising Prakash Sharan Mahat as the coordinator, Govinda Bhattarai, Kishor Singh Rathour, Gururaj Ghimire and Pradip Prasad Poudel.Three seriously injured in Sindhuli landslide
Sindhuli, July 25 - Three people are seriously injured and the fourth one is in critical condition after a landslide buried them in Sindhuli today. Binda Kumari Shrestha, Bishnu Prasad Koirala and Rupmani Magar have been injured when a landslide at local Karkarey, Kamalapul in Kamalamai Municipality-10 swept away the shop of Moti Lal Shrestha, the District Police Office said. Two of the injured have been referred to Kathmandu for treatment after they could not be treated at the District Hospital. Koirala have been kept at the Orthopedic Hospital at Jorpati and Rupmani Magar at the B&B Hospital in Kathmandu.Number of traffic violators decreasing with fine hike
Kathmandu, July 25 - Number of people violating traffic rules has decreased by half after the Metropolitan Traffic Police Division increased fine for the offenders. Deputy Superintendent of Police and Spokesperson of the Division, Rajendra Prasad Bhatta, said that with hike in fines, number of drivers violating the traffic rules has decreased. The Division has now increased fine to Rs 1,500 from Rs 500.
271 killed or missing in China rains, 59,000 troops sent
PTI , Beijing, July 25 - Eighteen more bodies were today recovered in flood-hit China, pushing the toll due to heavy torrential rains to 271 killed or missing, prompting the army to mount a massive relief and rescue operation by deploying 59,000 troops. In the devastation caused by torrential rains, the death toll has gone up to 150 and the number of those missing to 121. Eighteen people were recovered today in China's Anyang City, Henan Province.'Mars rover Curiosity can now fire laser on its own'
PTI , Washington, July 25 - For the first time, NASA's Mars Curiosity rover can fire its onboard laser all by itself, mission scientists say. New software is enabling ChemCam, the laser spectrometer on Curiosity, to select rock targets autonomously - the first time autonomous target selection is available for an instrument of this kind on any robotic planetary mission. The ChemCam (chemistry and camera) instrument aboard Curiosity "zaps" rocks on Mars and analyses their chemical make-up.Sajha Yatayat providing service unhindered
Kathmandu, July 25 - Despite the general strike called by Netra Bikram Chand-led CPN Maoist today, Sajha Yatayat has been providing transport service along with security to the general people. A total of 16 buses of Sajha Yatayat are providing services to the Kathmandu denizens from this morning. Acting Executive Chief of Sajha Yatayat, Mahendraraj Pandey, said that Sajha Yatayat has deployed police personnel in the buses today for the security of passengers and bus itself.
Salt price skyrockets in rural Gokha
Gorkha, July 25 - The salt price has skyrocketed in the northern part of Gorkha district, a relatively remote settlement. A kilogram of salt that cost Rs 20 in general has increased up to Rs 150 in these rural areas. The VDCs in northern part of Gorkha district including Loh, Prok, Bihi, Chumchet, Keraunja and Kashi, among others are not connected to road and thus the daily consumables, including foods items, are mostly ferried by using mules.7 kids killed as train hits school van in India
Xinhua , NEW DELHI, July 25 - At least seven children were killed and 12 others injured after their school van was hit by a speeding train at an unmanned crossing in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on Monday morning, a senior police official said. "The incident took place when the van of a private school, carrying about 19 children, was passing through the unmanned crossing at Mehandipur in the state's Bhadohi district. The Manduadih-Allahabad passenger train rammed the van around 8 a.m. local time," he said, on condition of anonymity.SLC Grade Upgrading Exam to be held from July 29
Bhaktapur, July 25 - The Office of the Controller of Examinations, Sanothimi, has completed all preparation to hold SLC Grade Upgrading Exam scheduled from July 29. Examination Controller Krishna Prasad Kapri said that all necessary materials required for holding examination including question papers, answer sheets, among others have already been sent to all districts.
Madhesi 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.
Abha LalWhy 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.
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 BimoliWhat 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.
Why 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.
Abhishek JhaIn defiance of CIAA’s parallel state
Some grave questions confront us at this time: is it appropriate for the CIAA to be made a vehicle for promotion of personal familial interests? Can the Commission be used as a tool for implementing vendettas by its chief, or as a weapon to achieve his ends? How is it that the Commission’s leaders are allowed such rampant impunity while every other institutional or individual authority in the country is bound by at least some norms of accountability and transparency?
Dr. Govinda KCFDI in Nepal: A tale of two giants
Despite its current political instability, Nepal is still an attractive destination for certain investors, especially Indian companies due to physical and cultural proximity.
The 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.
Sabina ThapaThe 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 Karthak
The 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 KarthakA Search for Clarity in the Valley
We were a group of 16 medical professionals on a trip of fact-finding, capacity building and treatment for the villagers who call the valley home. The organizer, a nurse from Minnesota, had recently lost her daughter to suicide, a story which had attracted a few other volunteers who wanted to mend their own hearts while mending others' wounds. For the rest of us, we found ourselves empathizing with their losses as we walked in the shadows of the Himalayas over the one-year anniversary of the Gorkha earthquake.
Maria Ontiveros & Rabindra AdhikaryThe First Twin Temblors and After-1
The twin temblors of equal matching pack lasted half a minute between them, each one of fifteen or so seconds. Their magnitude on the Richter’s Scale remained unknown. Cellphones collapsed, electricity was off, TV was out of the question, and our lunch remained uneaten. The land slowly settled, the walls stopped zigzagging, and houses stood still. More people emerged from their houses, and we gathered on the vacant lot next to my house. I found myself barefoot, my slippers having been left in my study in my hasty evacuation. Everything – my wallet, my cell phone – remained in the room which I would seldom reenter for many days, except to grab something in great haste.
Peter J Karthak
Is New York still a melting pot?
The reality was unlike my expectation. Having diversity does not necessarily mean there is unity and sharing. I had come to the US thinking that people here blend together as one and rejoice together. Rather, it was the opposite.
Dipika ShresthaA fragmented justice
As he approached nearer, I saw a man almost as white as a Romanian actor in his blue Wrangler jeans. He had a big bag pack, a water bottle on the small net pouch of his bag. He slightly bent forward while walking. His forehead wrinkled voluntarily; perhaps he was internalizing songs or hymns.
Achyut Raj BhattaraiA balanced union
Many researches have found that regular practice of yoga can manage and cure all kinds of non-communicable disorders like dieabetes, asthama, back pain, obesity, anxiety, depression and oncology.