Local election on May 14
Setopati , Kathmandu, Feb 20 - The government will hold the local election on May 14. The third cabinet meeting on the day held in the evening took the decision to that regard, according to government spokesperson and Minister Ram Karki. The cabinet meeting that lasted for almost two hours has also decided to immediately release Rs 10.29 billion to the Election Commission to hold the election.
Kamal Thapa elected RPP chairman
Setopati , Kathmandu, Feb 20 - Kamal Thapa has been elected as the chairman of Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) securing 2,804 votes. Of the total 3,136 votes cast on Monday, 81 votes were invalid. Thapa’s rival Pradip Bikram Rana garnered 251 votes.
Govt recommends 14 names for ambassadors
Sanjib Bagale, Kathmandu, Feb 20 - The second cabinet meeting on Monday has recommended names for the vacant ambassadorial positions in 14 countries.
One-way traffic in BP Highway to resume from Tuesday morning
Setopati , Kathmandu, Feb 20 - The BP Highway that caved in on Sunday night will be opened for one-way traffic from Tuesday morning. “One-way traffic is possible from Tuesday morning as two loaders are being mobilized to repair the alternative track,” chief of Dhulikhel-Bardibas road project Bharatkaji Dewaju said.
ICC positive to lift Nepal's suspension
Nabin Aryal , Kathmandu, Feb 20 - International Cricket Council has finally agreed to resolve disputes in the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) by amending its statute. This is the first time ICC made its opinion clear following the meeting of ICC officials and Nepal Advisory Group held on Saturday and Sunday in Kathmandu.
RPP fails to elect Kamal Thapa unopposed
Setopati , Kathmandu, Feb 20 - The effort of Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) to elect Kamal Thapa as an unopposed chairman has failed. Kamal Thapa and Pradip Bikram Rana are now competing for the party presidency as no candidates withdrew their candidacy within the deadline that expired at two on Sunday afternoon.
Govt asks LBRC to add local bodies in Madhes within 7 days
Setopati , Kathmandu, Feb 20 - The cabinet meeting in the morniing has given the Local Bodies Restructuring Commission (LBRC) seven days to allot additional local units in the plains and to request the house speaker to move the onstitution amendment proposal forward in the House meeting scheduled for Tuesday.
BP Highway in Sindhuli caves in
Sindhuli, Feb 20 - Vehicles heading into the capital from Ramechap, Dolakha, Khotang, Solukhumbu, Okhaldhunga and the eastern districts in tarai have been stranded. The District Administration Office (DAO) has issued a notice to the concerned transport entrepreneurs to inform the small and large vehicles heading towards Kathmandu to stay off the road for the time being.
Police SLR looted by unidentified group in Rupandehi
Setopati , Butwal, Feb 19 - Tensions ran high after an unidentified group made off with the police weapon at Silautiya of Rupandehi on Sunday. According to the police, an SLR that was carried by the police at the police station of Badaliya of Silautiya VDC of Rupandehi was looted.
Govt preparing to announce election date on Monday
Setopati , Kathmandu, Feb 19 - PM Dahal is confident, after meetings and discussions with UML Chairman KP Oli, that UML will not obstruct if the amendment process were moved forward after announcing election date.
Kamal Thapa likely to be elected RPP chair unopposed
Setopati, Kathmandu, Feb 19 - Kamal Thapa is set to be elected chairman of Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) unopposed with senior leader Dr Prakash Chandra Lohani unlikely to register his candidacy. "No other candidate apart from Thapa has filed nomination until now. The deadline for filing nomination is set to expire at two in the afternoon but it is highly unlikely that anyone else will file nomination," RPP Spokesperson Mohan Shrestha told Setopati.
Hearing on IGP appointment deferred to Tuesday
Setopati , Kathmandu, Feb 19 - Hearing on the writ petitions filed to stay the promotion of Jai Bahadur Chand to the post of IGP of Nepal Police has been deferred to Tuesday. A division bench of justices Hari Krishna Karki and Ishwor Khatiwada was to hear both the sides related to the two writ petitions on Sunday.
RPP General Convention kicks off
Setopati , Kathmandu, Feb 17 - The general convention of Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) has kicked off at Bhrikutimandap on Friday. Various sister organisations of the party organised rally from different places in Kathmandu Valley including Balaju, New Bus Park, Gaushala, Satdobato, Balkhu, Kalanki, Ring road for the convention.
Prakash Chandra Lohani announces his candidacy for RPP chairman
Setopati , Kathmandu, Feb 17 - Senior leader of Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) Dr Prakash Chandra Lohani has announced his candidacy for the party's presidential race in the general convention that is beginning from Friday. Expressing his dissatisfaction towards the party election symbol at a press conference organized on Friday at Reporter’s Club, Lohani announced his candidacy for the top party post.
Election, agitation likely to be announced on same day: Yadav
Setopati, Kathmandu, Feb 16 - Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal Chair Upendra Yadav has warned of launching an agitation if the government declares the date for holding local elections. Talking to Setopati, Yadav, who is also the coordinator of Federal Alliance, said that his party would launch an agitation if the government declares the election date.
Kamal Thapa to be elected RPP Chair unopposed
Setopati, Kathmandu, Feb 15 - Top leaders of the recently unified Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) have agreed to make Kamal Thapa chairman of the party just two days ahead of its general convention. Top leaders--Pashupati Shumsher Rana, Lokendra Bahadur Chand, Prakash Chandra Lohani and Kamal Thapa--signed an agreement to that effect after meeting at the residence of Kamal Thapa Wednesday evening.
Election date by Feb 19: PM tells CEC Yadav
Setopati , Kathmandu, Feb 15 - Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal held a meeting with Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Ayodhi Prasad Yadav Wednesday morning. PM Dahal assured CEC Yadav that the local elections date would be announced within this week.
Govt preparing to announce election date within 4 days
Sanjib Bagale, Kathmandu, Feb 15 - The government has started preparations to announce election date by February 19 after holding discussions with the main opposition party CPN-UML and the Madhesi Front. The government, currently trapped between the contradictory demands of the former to announce election date first and the latter's to announce it only after moving the process for constitution amendment forward, is planning to announce election date after negotiating with both the sides.
Pay hike proposed for justices including chief justice
Sanjib Bagale, Kathmandu, Feb 15 - A new bill has proposed to raise monthly remuneration of chief justice to Rs 73,680. The bill related to remuneration and other perks and benefits of justices including the chief justice has been registered in the parliament. It has proposed to provide Rs 1,000 in special monthly allowance and Rs 10,000 as annual clothing allowances.
Singha Durbar continuously supports 'crusher mafia'
Shova Sharma, Kathmandu, Feb 14 - Local Development Officer (LDO) Jeev Lal Bhusal went to observe activities in the Chure forest and rivers within a few days of assuming office in Banke district. The government had already implemented the standards for extraction of stones and sand from rivers then. But the contractors extracting stones and sand from the Chure forest in Nepalgunj and rivers nearby had not complied.
Calling 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.
Nepal 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
Ideologies 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.
Menstrual taboo outdated
I have seen my sisters and friends isolated and treated in discriminatory manner during their first menstruation cycle. They were not allowed to look at the sun, to touch water source, flower, fruits, any male family member, nor even hear their voice. The activist may claim the situation has changed and I do agree but still during every month my loved ones turns into untouchables beings.
Physicians are humans too!
To err is human. People make mistakes. Clinicians are no exception. But as soon as a patient or a person enters a doctor’s room, he or she forgets that the doctor too is a human being and expects too much from him or her.