UML leader Oli discharged
SETOPATI, KATHMANDU, MARCH 1 - CPN-UML Parliamentary Party leader KP Sharma Oli has been discharged from hospital on Saturday. Oli was admitted to Grande International Hospital in Dhapasi last Saturday following increase in uric acid level in his blood and arthritis.
Court orders reinstatement of five Nagarik journalists
SETOPATI, KATHMANDU, FEB 28 - Nepal Republic Media had sacked journalists Manoj Dahal, Madhav Dhungel, Navin Aryal, Govinda Pariyar, Shyam Bhatta and Chanki Shrestha a little over a year ago. The journalists, except Shrestha, had then filed a case against the media house at the Labor Court in April last year.
Vairagis Photo Feature
ARPAN SHRESTHA - Ascetics from different sects throng Pashupatinath during Maha Shivaratri. It should be noted, however, that the number of ascetics visiting the temple is dwindled each year, thanks to government negligence and hostile young Nepalis.
Who will take action against Madhav Nepal, says Bamdev Gautam
SETOPATI, KATHMANDU, FEB 27 - Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bamdev Gautam has taken a jibe at CPN-UML senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal over his refusal to attend the party's standing committee meeting and accept the party's decisions. Speaking at a function organized by Reporters Club Nepal on Thursday, Gautam said, "I've faced action for speaking against party decisions many times in the past. But who will take action against someone who has led the party for 16 years and parliamentary party for 17 years, and also been a prime minister? There is no plan to take action against him; it will not happen."
Mahashivaratri festival today
Kathmandu, Feb 27: - Hindu devotees all over the country today are celebrating the great festival of Mahashivaratri by worshipping Lord Shiva at various rivers, ponds and temples since early morning.
Gharti, Thapa contesting for the post of CA Vice-chair
SETOPATI, KATHMANDU, FEB 26 - Lawmakers from UCPN (Maoist) and Nepal Workers and Peasants Party (NWAPP) are contesting the election for the post of Vice-chair of the Constituent Assembly (CA). Maoist lawmaker Onsari Gharti is sure to get elected to the post as Congress, CPN-UML, Forum-Loktantrik and RPP-N have decided to back the Maoist.
Spider-Man to support bio-gas project in Nepal
SETOPATI, KATHMANDU, Feb 26 — - Andrew Garfield, who plays Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the upcoming movie Amazing Spider-Man and his co-actress Emma Stone, are supporting a project that aims to provide clean bio-gas energy for local communities in Nepal.
5-pt directive of DPM Gautam
Kathmandu, Feb. 25: - Newly-appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bam Dev Gautam has given a five-point directive to the officials of the Home Ministry to ensure peace, security and harmony in the country.
PM Koirala directs Ministers to create favourable atmosphere to write constitution within a year
Kathmandu, Feb. 25: - At the first meeting of the Council of Ministers held after the expansion of the government on Tuesday evening, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala directed the ministers to commit to creating a favourable atmosphere to write the new constitution within a year, institutionalizing the federal democratic republic and navigating the political transition.
NIGHT OF SHIVA
Setopati, Pashupati,Kathmandu, Feb 25 - Ascetics and pilgrims flock to Pashupati Temple in Kathmandu for Maha Shivaratri festival this Thursday. Thousands of Hindu pilgrims from around the world visit the holy temple every year to observe Maha Shivaratri or the night of the worship of Shiva thatoccurs on the 14th night of the new moon during the dark half of the month of Falgun. Shiva devotees keep vigil during the night of Shivaratri and offer special prayer to Shivlingam or the phallic idol at midnight. Photos: Prakash Lama
Gangster Manange arrested
SETOPATI, KATHMANDU, FEB 25 - Police have arrested gangster Dipak Manange from Dasharath Stadium on Tuesday. He was arrested when he was watching a football match between Manag Marshyandi club and Police club at the stadium. He is currently being detained at Kathmandu District Police office.
Namelist of new ministers
Setopati, Kathmandu, Feb 25 - Prime Minister Sushil Koirala is administering the oath of office and secrecy to his cabinet members at Shital Niwas at 5 p.m.
Congress finalizes list of ministers from the party
After days-long hectic meetings, Nepali Congress has finally prepared the list of ministers from the party. Six ministers are from the party establishment and four from the faction led by Sher Bahdur Deuba.
New ministers to be sworn in at 5 p.m.
SETOPATI, KATHMANDU, FEB 25 - More than two weeks after he was elected to the helm, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala is finally expanding his cabinet on Tuesday afternoon. According to Baluwatar sources, the prime minister will administer the oath of office and secrecy to his cabinet members in the presence of President Ram Baran Yadav at the latter's office at Shital Niwas at 5 p.m.
7 UML ministers from Oli-Gautam faction, 3 from Khanal-Nepal faction
SETOPATI, KATHMANDU, FEB 25 - Out of the 10 minister-nominees from the UML, seven are from KP Oli-Bam Dev Gautam faction and three from Jahalanath Khanal-Madhav Kumar Nepal faction. Bam Dev Gautam, Radha Gywali, Mahendra Pandey, Khagraj Adhiari, Dal Bahadur Rana, Karna Bahadur Thapa, and Hari Prasad Parajuli are from Oli-Gautam faction, while Bhim Prasad Acharya, Lal Babu Pandit, and Purshottam Poudel are loyal to Khanal-Nepal camp. Similarly, out of 10 ministers from the party, three are loyal to Gautam.
UML picks more than half of its members from outside parliament
Violating the parliamentary practices, the UML has selected more than half of the leaders from outside the parliament on the party's list of ministers. Six leaders out of 10 are not the members of the legislature-parliament. Khagraj Adhikari, Mahendra Pandey, Radha Gyawali, Dal Bahadur Rana, Lal Babu Pandit and Hari Parajuli are not the members of the parliament.
UML finalizes list of ministers
SETOPATI, KATHMANDU, FEB 25 - The Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML) has finalized the list of the ministers from the party. The party is sending 10 ministers to the cabinet led by Prime Minister Sushil Koirala.
Maoist leader Gharti files candidacy for the post of Deputy CA Chair
Setopati, Kathmandu, Feb 25 - UCPN (Maoist) has fielded party leader Onsari Gharti for the post of Deputy Chair of the Constituent Assembly (CA). Gharti is almost sure to get elected to the post as the Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN-UML, the first and second largest parties respectively, have already decided to vote for the Maoist candidate in the election to be held on Wednesday.
Standard Chartered Bank to give USD 1 million to Tilganga
SETOPATI, KATHMANDU, FEB 24 - Standard Chartered Bank has agreed in principle to donate USD 1,000,000 to Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology.
Tentative distribution of ministerial portfolios
Setopati, Kathmandu, Feb 24 - Sources say the major political parties have agreed to share the ministerial portfolios.
Amendment of Education Act: A betrayal to capable candidates
Not all, but many of the temporary teachers who have been wishing to become permanent, no doubt, appointed on the basis of their political ideologies. They couldn't succeed in the examinations despite repeated attempts. They carried the bags of those parties during their teaching career.
The Doklam dilemma
Being a buffer state between the two giant neighbors, Nepal should conduct its foreign policy vis-à-vis China and India in a very sensitive manner. Nepal has always maintained that it would not allow its soil to be used against any neighbor. At the same time, Nepal should make sure that its own national interests are never compromised.
Gaurab Shumsher Thapa
To dogs, with love
Many find talking about basic animal rights stupid when no basic rights of people are guaranteed. However, there are still few people who are aware how humane behavior has turned toward cruelty and indifference which can be vividly seen through the way street dogs and other animals are abused around us.
Unanswered questions on recent leftist alliance
Although they seem to be very much communist while in opposition, whether about the 'Indian semi-colonial status' in Nepal or American hegemony, this has never been evident while they actually come into power and rule Nepal.
Dr Chandra Sharma Poudyal
What we need to learn from Thailand?
Thailand is a developing country. But it seemed like a developed country at first sight. It is hard to believe that Thailand is a developing country. There are big buildings, and clean and broad roads. The city is clean with no trace of pollution.
Traffic Police in Kathmandu
As busy and hassling as the traffic system in Kathmandu is, the Traffic Police here have to handle an equally strenuous job. Over 1,400 traffic officers in and around the Kathmandu Valley battle against the pestering traffic and air pollution each day.