DIG Silwal 'detained' by police
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 24 - DIG Silwal, who was one of the four contenders for the top post of the Nepal Police, was taken under control by the police while he was seeking legal advice from Thapa at the latter’s residence in Baluwatar.
Federal Alliance, UDMF withdraw all protest programs
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 23 - The Federal Alliance and United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) have withdrawn all the protest programs which they had announced earlier. “The joint meeting of FA and Madhesi Front has withdrawn all the protest programs following the agreement reached with the government late Saturday,” said Co-chairman of Federal Socialist Forum Rajendra Shrestha.
No poll after budget: UML
Setopati, Kathmandu, April 23 - The parliamentary party meeting of CPN-UML Sunday afternoon has concluded that the local election cannot be held after the annual budget is presented in the parliament. The meeting, that ended shortly after the Cabinet decided to hold the polls on May 14 and June 14, has decided that the party will not accept presentation of the annual budget in a way to influence the election.
Local election on May 14 and June 14
Bishnu Budhathoki, Kathmandu, April 23 - The Cabinet meeting on Sunday has decided to hold local election on May 14 and June 14 as per the agreement reached with the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) Saturday evening to hold the polls in two stages.
UML will respond only after seeing written agreement: Oli to PM
Sanjib Bagale, Kathmandu, April 23 - CPN-UML Chairman KP Oli has said the party will respond only after seeing the written agreement that the government is set to sign with the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF).
Prime Minister (PM) Pushpa Kamal Dahal briefed the main opposition leader about the agreement reached with the UDMF on Saturday and sought support of UML for that during the impromptu one-hour meeting.
Cabinet meeting stalled as PM leaves to meet Oli
Setopati, Kathmandu, April 23 - The Cabinet meeting held to decide on revising the new constitution amendment bill as per the agreement reached with the agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) on Saturday has been stalled after Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal left for Balkot to meet CPN-UML Chairman KP Oli.
Advocate Nirupama Yadav deputy mayoral candidate of Sajha Party for Kathmandu
Setopati, Kathmandu, April 23 - The recently-formed Sajha Party on Sunday has announced its central coordination committee member and advocate Nirupama Yadav as the party's candidate for deputy mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City. Born in Saptari and raised in Banke, Yadav, 39, currently resides in Kathmandu-14 and has been working in Kathmandu after being married to a man of Morang at the age of 17, a press release issued by the party reads.
Cabinet meeting underway to revise constitution amendment bill
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 23 - The Cabinet meeting is underway to decide on revising the new constitution amendment bill as per the agreement reached with the agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) on Saturday. The Prime Minister's Secretariat has informed that the Cabinet meeting is scheduled to be held at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers at 11 am Sunday.
President Bhandari returns home
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 21 - Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar, Deputy Prime Ministers Kamal Thapa and Krishna Bahadur Mahara, among high-level officials received the head of state at Tribhuwan International Airport.
Team of Home Ministry heads to site after landslide blocks Arun River
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 21 - The landslide that occurred in the Barun River of Sankhuwasabha Friday has blocked the Arun River, forming a 2-km dam at Syaksila Gola of Bhotkhola Rural Municipality. According to Chief District Officer of Sankhuwasabha Shiva Lal Joshi, the landslide that started at four Thursday afternoon blocked the Arun River. Joshi said that the landslide might have occurred due to the outburst of glacial lake.
Naya Shakti to unite with Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal soon
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 21 - Baburam Bhattarai-led Naya Shakti Nepal and Upendra Yadav-led Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal on Friday have begun the process for party unification just after a day of merger of six Madhes-based parties. Issuing a joint press statement on Friday, NSN and FSFN have informed that a 'Party Unification Coordination Committee' has been formed for the merger process. The Committee also includes a senior leader of Federal Socialist Party Ashok Rai along with two leaders.
Mahato changes tune, Thakur sings same old song
Setopati, Kathmandu, April 20 - Leader of the newly united Madhes-based party Rajendra Mahato changed his tune but chief of the party Mahantha Thakur reiterated the hard-line stance of a single autonomous Madhes province. Addressing the program for unification of six Madhes-based parties on Thursday, Mahato said the party no longer belongs only to the Madhes and also represents the hills and mountains.
6 Madhes-based parties unite to form Rastriya Janata Party
Sanjib Bagale, Kathmandu, April 20 - Six Madhes-based parties--Tarai-Madhes Democratic Party, Sadbhawana Party, Tarai-Madhes Sadbhawana Party, Rastriya Madhes Samajbadi Party, Nepal Sadbhawana Party and Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic--have unified to form Rastriya Janata Party Thursday afternoon.
Five Madhes-based parties to announce unification today
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 20 - Five Madhes-based parties are scheduled to announce their unification Thursday to form a new political party, a unified Rastriya Janata Party. The five parties including Tarai-Madhes Democratic Party, Sadbhawana Party, Tarai-Madhes Sadbhawana Party, Rastriya Madhes Samajbadi Party and Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum- Democratic would merge Thursday amid a program.
PM Dahal proposes to conduct local election in two stages
Bishnu Budhathoki , Kathmandu, April 19 - During the meeting of five parties at PM's official residence in Baluwatar that PM summoned to deliberate on the contemporary issues and local polls, PM Dahal has proposed to hold the local elections at two stages- the first on May 14 and the second after 25 days of holding first phase election.
Natural gas gushing out of deep boring ignites fire in Sirutar (With Video)
Narayan Maharjan, Bhaktapur, April 18 - The administration struggled to contain the fire that was ignited while doing deep boring for a drinking water tank in Sirutar of Suryavinayak Municiplaity 1 Tuesday morning. Fire engines form Bhaktapur, Kathmandu and Lalitpur were not been able to douse the fire that started at around 10:30 in the morning. A joint team of Nepal Police and Armed Polcie Force (APF), and the locals tried to douse the fire.
President Bhandari receives ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 18 - President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on Tuesday received ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan. She was welcomed by her Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat and visited Yamuna Biodiversity Park at 9:30 this morning
Check if your name is in voters' list
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 17 - The government on February 20 had announced that it will hold local level election on May 14. But most of us may not know how to check who can cast vote in the upcoming election. One may be also be enthusiastic to know whether one's name is in the voters’ list. To check if your name is included in the voters’ list, do the following:
Public holiday on Friday to mark Prez's return canceled
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 17 - The government that announced public holidays on Monday and Friday to mark Bidhya Devi Bhandari's state visit to India and her return home respectively has canceled Friday's holiday amid protests. "Public holiday on Friday as per declared earlier has been canceled amid strong protests," according to a source at Ministry of Home Affairs.
RPP to field actress Rekha Thapa as Kathmandu deputy mayor candidate
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 17 - Actress Rekha Thapa is vying for deputy mayoral post of Kathmandu Metropolitan in the local level election scheduled for May 14. "The Kathmandu District Working Committee of Rastriya Prajatranta Party (RPP) is preparing to recommend former spokesperson Rajaram Shrestha for mayoral and Thapa for deputy mayoral post of Kathmandu Metropolitan," a source informed Setopati.
Challenges for reconstruction
One of the major challenges faced in the reconstruction process of Nepal is the absence of elected local government. Lack of government in local level was reflected in the major pre-disaster and post-disaster events, where it took months to reach the affected region and still no widely-accepted data is available. In the absence of an elected local government, top-down approach of governance has its own accountability deficit.
Apil KC/Keshab Sharma
Making sense of Adityanath's rise in Modi's India
The most notorious incitement of communal hatred by Adityanath was his exhortation to 'kill ten woh log ['them' meaning Muslims]' rather than knocking the doors of legal system 'if one Hindu is killed' in riots.
Kathmandu means so much to me, and it looks like for people who promise to be the agent of change for the better, their own names mean a lot. A lot more than Kathmandu it seems.
Identity and nationhood
Whoever says nationhood is not important would be lying. For example, belonging to a particular nation may give certain advantages to a person that one belonging to another nation would not get.
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.
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.