President Bhandari leaves for five-day visit to India (PHOTO, VIDEO)
Anish Regmi , Kathmandu, April 17 - President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on Monday has embarked on a five-day visit to India at an invitation of Indian President Pranab Mukherjee. Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Speaker Onsari Gharti, Deputy Prime Ministers and chiefs of constitutional bodies bid farewell to the President at the Tribhuvan International Airport.
Public holidays for Prez's visit and return against her wish
Setopati, Kathmandu, April 16 - The government on Sunday has announced public holidays on Monday and Friday to mark Bidhya Devi Bhandari's state visit to India and her return home respectively despite the president not seeing any need for that.
No need to declare holiday for my visit: Prez Bhandari
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 16 - President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on Sunday said the government should not declare public holiday on Monday on occasion of her state visit to India at an invitation of Indian President Pranab Mukherjee. During a discussion held among secretaries, staffers and advisers of the Office of the President, President Bhandari opined that holiday should not be declared for her visit..
UDMF, Federal Alliance announce protest programs
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 16 - The United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) and Federal Alliance on Sunday announced protest programs stating that the new constitution amendment bill registered by the government is incomplete and full of flaws.
Ex-Secretary Kishore Thapa to vie for mayoral post of Kathmandu from Sajha Party
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 14 - Former Urban Development Secretary Kishore Thapa is vying for the mayoral post of the Kathmandu Metropolitan in the local level election scheduled for May 14. Sajha Party, formed by journo Rabindra Mishra, has decided to pick Thapa for the post of mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan city in the election.
MaHa hands over houses to Musahar community
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 14 - Senior artistes Hari Bansha Acharya and Madan Krishna Shrestha have handed over the model integrated settlement constructed in Musahar community of Mahottari by Dhurmus-Suntali Foundation on Friday, marking the Nepali New Year 2074.
Vehicles banned from blowing horns in Kathmandu from today
Setopati, Kathmandu, April 14 - Vehicles plying Kathmandu roads are not allowed to blow horns from the Nepali New Year 2074 that falls on Friday. The meeting held among the office-bearers of Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Department of Transportation Department, Traffic Police and other stakeholders made a decision of banning blowing horns.
No interim order on IGP appointment
Setopati, Kathmandu, April 12 - The Supreme Court (SC) hearing the writ petition filed by DIG Nava Raj Silwal against appointment of Prakash Aryal as the IGP of Nepal Police has refused to issue an Interim Order as demanded by the petitioner. The single bench of Justice Ishwor Prasad Khatiwada on Wednesday, however, has asked the government to give reasons about why Aryal was appointed.
Local election set to be held in two stages
Bishnu Budhathoki, Kathmandu, April 12 - The government looks set to hold the local election in two stages even though it was announced to be held on May 14 due to the latest political developments. "The government is preparing to hold election in two stages whether the Madhesi Front participates or boycotts it," a top government source told Setopati.
UDMF to boycott local election
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 12 - The United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) has decided to boycott the local election scheduled for May 14 and start agitation. The meeting of UDMF held at the party office of Tarai-Madhes Loktantrik Party (TMLP) in Bijuli Bazar to forge its official stance on the new constitution amendment bill registered at the parliament on Monday has decided to reject the bill, boycott the election and start agitation.
At least 67 materials being procured for local poll: EC
Rohit Khatiwada , Kathmandu, April 12 - The Election Commission, which is gearing up for holding the local election on May 14, is currently working on managing 67 types of election-related materials. “The commission had prepared the list of necessary materials for conducting polls with the announcement of election date. Of the 67 types of the materials required for election, most of materials have been arranged,” Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhi Prasad Yadav told Setopati.
'India nabbed missing Pak colonel in revenge'
Setoapti, Kathmandu, April 12 - The retired Pakistan Army Colonel Muhammad Habib Zahir, who has gone missing from Lumbini near Nepal’s border with India since April 6, may have been nabbed by India, The Indian Express reported Wednesday quoting Indian intelligence sources. Sources in the security establishment, according to The Indian Express, have stated that Indian agencies had been on Zahir’s trail for long and he was lured to Nepal with the promise of a “big catch”.
New constitution amendment bill registered in parliament
Sanjib Bagale, Kathmandu, April 11 - The government has registered a new constitution amendment bill in the parliament on Tuesday after withdrawing the amendment bill that was under consideration in the parliament. Section Officer at the Law Ministry Rajendra Prasad Adhikari registered the new bill later on the day.
Govt takes back previous amendment bill
Sanjib Bagale, Kathmandu, April 11 - The government on Tuesday has withdrawn the amendment bill currently under consideration in the parliament to pave the way for registration of a new amendment bill. The bill was registered in the parliament on November 29 amidst protest by the main opposition CPN-UML. It was tabled in the parliament on January 8 with UML staying silent. The party has again remained silent about withdrawal of the amendment bill on Tuesday.
Water grows money for Yo Maya
Setopati , Syangja, April 11 - Just like Yo Maya, this problem of no easy access to water was being faced by women and other people of her village Eladi and nearby villages—Dipka and Thuladi of Syangja. Some used to spend even up to 6 hours a day to manage water need. They had no reliable water source which resulted in high dependency on subsistence agriculture, poor nutrition, and sanitation.
DIG Silwal moves SC against IGP appointment, again
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 11 - DIG Nava Raj Silwal on Tuesday has again filed writ petition at the Supreme Court against appointment of Prakash Aryal as the IGP of Nepal Police. The government on Monday had appointed DIG Aryal as IGP. The cabinet meeting, that started in the afternoon and continued till night, filled the post that had remained vacant after the SC canceled promotion of Jai Bahadur Chand on March 21.
Gangster Dava Lama shot at Gaurighat (WITH VIDEO)
Prakash Dhungana, Kathmandu, April 11 - Gangster Dava Lama has been shot at one Divya Party Palace in Gaurighat, Kathmandu Tuesday morning. Lama was shot thrice at 9:20 in the morning as he entered the premises of the party venue, that also has a gymnasium, to exercise, according to SP at Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu Pradyumna Karki.
Bisket Jatra begins in Bhaktapur (PHOTOS)
Narayan Maharjan , Bhaktapur, April 10 - The festival began with the pulling of the chariot of Bhairav Nath from Taumadhi at 5 pm Monday. Prior to the formal beginning of the festival, the Bhairav is worshipped as per tantrik methods and is placed on the Chariot, and the official pooja done on behalf of the Guthi Sansthan.
Cabinet endorses new constitution amendment proposal
Sanjib Bagale, Kathmandu, April 10 - The cabinet meeting, convened after three weeks owing to seniority dispute between deputy prime ministers, has endorsed the draft for new constitution amendment bill on Monday and decided to withdraw the one currently under consideration in the parliament. The government has prepared the new amendment bill to address the demands of Madhesi Front and to bring them on board for the local election scheduled for May 14.
Prakash Aryal appointed IGP of Nepal Police
Setopati, Kathmandu, April 10 - The government on Monday has appointed DIG Prakash Aryal as the IGP of Nepal Police. The cabinet meeting, that started in the afternoon and continued till night, filled the post that had remained vacant after the Supreme Court (SC) canceled promotion of Jai Bahadur Chand on March 21.
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.
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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.