Jai Bahadur Chand appointed IGP of Nepal Police
Prakash Dhungana, Kathmandu, Feb 12 - The cabinet meeting Sunday morning has appointed DIG Jai Bahadur Chand as the 25th Inspector General of Nepal Police. The cabinet meeting also appointed DIG of APF Sinha Bahadur Shrestha as the IGP of the paramilitary force.
There is no shortage of stones, rather glut of unsold materials
Girish Giri, Hetauda, Feb 10 - Dev Kumar Syangbo did not believe when told that a proposal has been sent to the cabinet to revoke ban on import of stones. The young geologist, who has been witness to the devastation due to plunder of Chure region during his two years with the President Chure-Tarai Madhesh Conservation Development Board, just gave a wry smile typical of the native Tamangs.
Govt extends term of TRC, CIEDP
Setopati, Kathmandu, Feb 9 - The government on Thursday extended the term of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) by a year. An emergency cabinet meeting held at the Prime Minister’s residence in Baluwatar took a decision to the effect, according to the PM’s Secretariat.
No shortage of stones: Chairman of Chure Board
Shova Sharma, Kathmandu, Feb 9 - Chairman of President Chure-Tarai Madhesh Conservation Development Board Birendra Yadav has said there is no shortage of stones even as a proposal for relaxing the standard for mining in the geologically vulnerable Chure region has reached the cabinet citing lack of stones for development works. "The complain about shortage of stones in markets is not true. We have not been able to even stop excavation of stones from rivers," he told Setopati.
Govt seeks to relax standard to resume plunder of Chure
Shova Sharma, Kathmandu, Feb 9 - The Environment Ministry has proposed relaxing of the standard implemented two and half years ago to regulate and control mining in the geologically vulnerable Chure region. The proposal cites lack of stones for development works as the reason for relaxing the standard on the one hand while also contradictorily seeks to lift the ban on export of stones.
Deuba-Nidhi dispute on IGP appointment reaches tipping point
Setopati, Kathmandu, Feb 8 - The dispute between Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba and Home Minister Bimalendra Nidhi about appointment of the Inspector General of Nepal Police has reached the tipping point. Deuba wants to promote DIG Jai Bahadur Chand to the top post while Nidhi is in favor of another DIG Navaraj Silwal.
Minister Thapa's Rs 60b master plan for health reform
Shova Sharma , Kathmandu, Feb 8 - Minister for Health Gagan Thapa has a five-year master plan to bring reforms in the health sector of Nepal. Thapa talked about the master plan at an interaction program of Nepal Literature Festival 2017 held at Pokhara last week. It can be brought into implementation with an investment of Rs 60 billion, according to him.
1200 MW to be added to national grid within 3 years
Setopati , Kathmandu, Feb 8 - At least 1200 megawatt of electricity is being added to the national transmission grid within three years. A total of 1200 to 1500 megawatt of power generated from hydropower projects being constructed by the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) and private sector will be connected to the national grid within three years, according to Managing Director of NEA Kul Man Ghising.
Govt to blacklist quake victims for not constructing houses
Bhanubhakta , Kathmandu, Feb 7 - The government is preparing to take action against quake victims for not building houses even after receiving the first tranche of housing aid. The 42nd meeting of the executive committee of National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has decided in this regard. "We've decided to take action against quake victims for not building houses even after receiving first grant of Rs 50,000," the Authority's deputy spokesperson Bhisma Kumar Bhusal told Setopati, "A notice will be issued first in Gorkhapatra daily to make them aware. We may also ask them to return the amount as per the law or they may also be blacklisted."
You have visited India five times. Why haven't you visited China even once?
Interview, Kathmandu, Feb 6 - But we are asking why there is no railway, roads, transmission lines and why other agreements are not implemented now as per the understandings signed by Oli. It is not that easy. Implementation of many projects developed by China and Nepal, and India and Nepal is taking time even now. Implementation, therefore, is very complex.
SSP Khatri held for smuggled 33 kg of gold
Prakash Dhungana, Kathmandu, Feb 5 - Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Shyam Khatri has been arrested for alleged involvement of smuggling 33 kg of undeclared gold. The Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police on January 5 had seized 33 kg of precious yellow metal from one Gopal Bahadur Shahi at the Tribhuwan International Airport. According to CIB, Shahi had arrived in Kathmandu with 33 kg of gold from Dubai on an Air Arabia flight.
Newborn boy stolen from Narayani Sub-Regional Hospital found
Setopati , Kathmandu, Feb 5 - The newborn boy that was reported stolen by an unidentified woman from the Birgunj-based Narayani Sub-Regional Hospital Friday afternoon has been found. The infant born to Mukesh Pashwan and his wife Asha Devi Pashwan, a couple from Birgunj Sub-Metropolitan-2 Chhapakaiya, at 10:40 am was stolen from the birthing ward of the hospital at 2 pm Friday.
Kathmandu 7th most polluted city in the world
Setopati , Kathmandu, Feb 5 - Kathmandu has been ranked as the seventh most polluted city in the world. According to the Pollution Index Rate 2017 published in Numbeo.com, a user-generated cost-of-living statistics website, Kathmandu is ranked seventh with 95.73 pollution index.
Newborn boy stolen from Narayani Sub-Regional Hospital
Setopati , Birgunj, Feb 3 - A newborn boy has been stolen from the Birgunj-based Narayani Sub-Regional Hospital on Friday. The infant born to Mukesh Pashwan and his wife Asha Devi Pashwan, a couple from Birgunj Sub-Metropolitan-2 Chhapakaiya, at 10:40 am was stolen from the birthing ward of the hospital at 2 pm today.
Weak rock poses challenges in Melamchi Project
Sanjib Bagale , Kathmandu, Feb 3 - Difficulties in boring tunnels have raised doubts about completion of the much- awaited Melamchi Drinking Water Project by October. Five kilometers of the 26-km tunnel has yet to be completed. The Melamchi Drinking Water Project has said that the presence of weak rock in the remaining five kilometers is posing a challenge in completion of the project in the stipulated time.
PM to consult UDMF on local polls
Setopati , Kathmandu, Feb 3 - Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal is all set to consult the leaders of United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) on the issues related to constitution amendment and conducting local polls, among others on Friday. The Prime Minister's Secretariat has informed that the discussion will be held at 4 pm at PM's residence.
CK Raut arrested from Janakpur
Setopati, Kathmandu, Feb 2 - The police have arrested secessionist leader CK Raut from Janakpur Thursday afternoon. Raut, a permanent resident of Saptari district, was arrested from a rented room at Machha Bazar near the old Janakpur Bus Park-4, where he had been living, for the past six months at around 3 pm today.
Parliament passes bill on local election
Setopati, Kathmandu, Feb 2 - The legislature-parliament has passed the bill on local election on Thursday. The bills related to the Election Commission, voters' list and election offences and punishment have already been passed.
PM inaugurates Khimti-Dhalkebar transmission line
Bhanubhakta , Kathmandu, Feb 2 - The construction of a 220 kV Khimti-Dhalkebar transmission line has been completed. Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal on Thursday inaugurated the transmission line amid a program organized at Khimti of Dolakha.
Deja vu for Bhutanese refugees denied resettlement by Trump
BINOD SAPKOTA, Beldangi, Feb 2 - Kali Maya Magar, a Bhutanese refugee living in hut number 340 at sector C4 of Beldangi camp, had a strange feeling of déjà vu after being told she cannot fly to the United States for resettlemnt. She has been living in the same hut for 22 years after being chased from her home in Bhutan along with tens of thousands of Nepali-speaking Bhutanese by the Bhutanese government in the 1990s with Indian blessing.
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.