• Volte-face by Indian Embassy on Kanchanpur killing

    Setopati , Kathmandu, March 10 - Chargé d'affaires at the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu Vinay Kumar on Friday met Foreign Secretary Shankar Das Bairagi this morning to convey condolences on the killing of a Nepali national by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) in Kanchanpur a day after the Indian Embassy denied involvement of BSF in the shooting. "He informed Mr Bairagi of the decision to initiate an enquiry on the incident at the border of the Lakhimpur Kheri - Kanchanpur districts and requested that the Nepalese side may share post-mortem and forensic reports to facilitate the enquiry process," according to a press statement issued by the Indian Embassy

  • Modi's NSA Doval sad at Kanchanpur incident

    Modi's NSA Doval sad at Kanchanpur incident Setopati, Kathmandu, March 10 - Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, on behalf of Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi, called PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Friday to express sorrow at the killing of Nepali national by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Thursday. Doval expressed sorrow about the incident and conveyed condolence to the bereaved family during the telephone call made at two in the afternoon, Dahal's personal website posted. PM Dahal called the Kanchanpur incident serious and briefed Doval about gravity and sensitivity of the incident.

  • Home Minister to brief House about Saptari, Kanchanpur incidents

    Home Minister to brief House about Saptari, Kanchanpur incidents Setopati, Kathmandu, March 10 - Home Minister Bimalendra Nidhi will brief the parliament about the Saptari incident and shooting of a Nepali national by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) in the meeting that started at 1:30 Friday afternoon. Four persons were killed in the police shooting in Rajbiraj after Madhesi Front cadres obstructed CPN-UML program in Rajbiraj on Monday. Govinda Gautam was killed and around five others injured earlier on Thursday after BSF opened fire on Nepalis on the issue of construction of a culvert at the Nepal-India border

  • BSF starts inquiry on Kanchanpur shooting

    BSF starts inquiry on Kanchanpur shooting Setopati, Kathmandu, March 10 - The Border Security Force (BSF) has initiated an inquiry on the killing of Govinda Gautam in Kanchanpur on Thursday, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs confirmed releasing a press statement on Friday. "The government of Nepal is being requested through diplomatic channels to share post-mortem and forensic reports to facilitate the process," the statement reads.

  • UDMF's strike partially affects life in Valley (PHOTOS)

    UDMF's strike partially affects life in Valley (PHOTOS) Anish Regmi , Kathmandu, March 10 - The strike called by the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) to protest the death of its four cadres in Saptari incident on Monday has partially affected the normal life in Kathmandu Valley on Friday. At least 25 banda enforcers were arrested from Satdobato of Lalitpur district on Friday morning, informed DSP Ishwor Karki.

  • Jajarkot bus accident: Death toll climbs to 26 (UPDATE)

    Jajarkot bus accident: Death toll climbs to 26 (UPDATE) Setopati , Kathmandu, March 10 - At least 26 people were killed and 36 others injured in a road accident occurred in Jajarkot district on Thursday. According to Jajarkot Chief District Officer Krishna Poudel, at least 15 passengers died on the spot and 11 others breathed their last while undergoing treatment in the District Hospital. Of the deceased, 21 are male and 5 are female passengers. Identities of 21 victims have been established so far.

  • 11 die in bus accident in Jajarkot, heavy casualties feared

    11 die in bus accident in Jajarkot, heavy casualties feared Setopati, Kathmandu, March 9 - Eleven persons have died and many seriously injured when a bus with over 50 passengers going to Khara from Khalanga, district headquarters of Jajarkot, fell around 200 meters down the road at Bahara of Bheri Malika Municipality 4 Thursday. Jajarkot Police confirmed 11 bodies have been recovered until now.

  • Bus accident in Jajarkot, heavy casualties feared

    Bus accident in Jajarkot, heavy casualties feared Setopati, Kathmandu, March 9 - A bus with over 50 passengers going to Khara from Khalanga, district headquarters of Jajarkot, has fallen around 200 meters down the road at Bahara of Bheri Malika Municipality 4 Thursday. "The accident is a frightening one. The number of casualties can be high but we don't know details yet," CDO of Jajarkot Krishna Chandra Poudel told Setopati about the accident that occurred at around 5:15. "The bus has fallen off a very difficult slope," he added.

  • Kamal Thapa to join govt as DPM

    Setopati, Kathmandu, March 9 - RPP Chairman Kamal Thapa will join the Pushpa Kamal Dahal government as deputy prime minister and local development minister later Thursday. The party will also send Dil Nath Giri as tourism ministe and Parshuram Tamang as a minister of state. Thapa, Giri and Tamang are scheduled to take oath of office at 6:30 in the evening today..

  • One killed as Indian BSF opens fire on Nepalis

    Setopati, Kanchanpur, March 9 - One Nepali national has been killed and around five others injured on Thursday after Indian Border Security Force (BSF) opened fire on Nepalis on the issue of construction of a culvert at the Nepal-India border area despite prior agreement with India to build a temporary structure. Govinda Gautam, 20, of Ananda Bazar-6 breathed his last at the CP Hospital in Dhangadi where he was taken after being shot on waist. BSF opened fire on Nepalis who were protesting after the Indian side stopped construction of the culvert when bricks had already been laid.

  • Female conductors felicitated on Women’s Day (PHOTOS)

    Female conductors felicitated on Women’s Day (PHOTOS) Narayan Maharjan , Kathmandu, March 8 - Maiti Nepal on Wednesday felicitated nine female conductors of Mahanagar Yatayat to mark the 107th International Women’s Day the world is celebrating with the theme, “Women in the changing world of work, planet 50-50 by 2030." Maiti Nepal honored Sabina Ghimire, Gopini Nepali, Rubina Rai, Bhima Ghimire, Chet Kumari Basnet, Kamala Poudel, Uma Bishwokarma, Renuka Adhikari and Sita Syangtan amid a program organized in Kathmandu on Wednesday.

  • Govt urges UML to stop Mechi-Mahakali Campaign for political dialogue

    Govt urges UML to stop Mechi-Mahakali Campaign for political dialogue Setopati, Kathmandu, March 8 - Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Home Minister Bimalendra Nidhi, during the meeting of big three parties held at the prime minister's residence in Baluwatar on Wednesday, urged CPN-UML to stop its Mechi-Mahakali Campaign and sit for dialogue to end political impasse. UML leaders in response said they will not stop the campaign but are ever ready for dialogue and discussion.

  • UML slams govt for lack of security of its offices

    UML slams govt for lack of security of its offices Setopati , Kathmandu, March 8 - The main opposition CPN-UML has slammed the government saying the party is not sure whether to depend on government for security or not. Speaking to reporters after leaving the meeting of big three parties held at the prime minister's residence in Baluwatar midway, UML Vice-chairman Bam Dev Gautam said, "We have informed the government about Saptari incident. Our party offices are being set on fire. We are being terrorized and feel there is no government."

  • Struggling for survival

    Struggling for survival Lara Hoefemann - Most of the women who drive three-wheelers through the Valley work up to 14 hours a day. For a lot of women, this is the last option to earn money for their families. This is because a lot of them are single woman – they have no husband, who can help them out.

  • UDMF issues 7-day ultimatum to govt

    UDMF issues 7-day ultimatum to govt Setopati , Kathmandu, March 8 - The United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) warned of withdrawing its support to the incumbent government if its demands were not addressed within seven days. The UDMF leaders held a meeting with Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal at latter's official residence in Baluwatar on Wednesday and presented a five-point memorandum.

  • Anurag Dvivedi to head police in Saptari, Ram Adhar Jha APF

    Setopati, Kathmandu, March 7 - The Home Ministry on Tuesday transferred SP of Nepal Police Anurag Dvivedi to Saptari to take over from SP Divesh Lohani after three persons were killed in police firing in Rajbiraj on Monday. Similarly, Ram Adhar Jha has been made chief of APF in the district to replace Dan Bahadur Karki, Spokesperson at the Home Ministry Balkrishna Panthi told Setopati.

  • Federal Alliance announces nationwide protests, strike

    Federal Alliance announces nationwide protests, strike Setopati , Kathmandu, March 7 - The Federal Alliance has announced various protest programs including enforcing a general strike to protest against the deaths of its cadres in Saptari incident on Monday. An Alliance meeting held today at the office of Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal in Tinkune made its protest programs public.

  • 'Conspiracy for collective murder of UML leaders in Saptari'

    'Conspiracy for collective murder of UML leaders in Saptari' Sanjib Bagale , Kathmandu, March 7 - CPN-UML on Tuesday has called the Saptari incident conspiratorial. Organizing a press conference at its central office in Dhumbahari, UML said conspiracy was hatched to murder all UML leaders collectively by encircling the venue of its mass meeting at Rajbiraj Monday afternoon.

  • Saptari CDO, police, APF chiefs recalled, new team to be sent

    Setopati, Kathmandu, March 7 - The Home Ministry on Tuesday has recalled Chief District Officer (CDO) of Saptari Uddhav Timalsina, and chiefs of Nepal Police and APF there to Kathmandu after the Rajbiraj incident. The ministry is preparing to send a new team to replace CDO Timalsina, SP of Nepal Police Divesh Lohani and APF DSP Dan Bahadur Karki, a source at the ministry told Setopati.

  • Indefinite curfew in Saptari from 1 pm

    Setopati , Kathmandu, March 7 - Administration has imposed indefinite curfew in Rajbiraj from one Tuesday afternoon after the protest of United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) became violent, administrative officer at the District Administration Office, Saptari Janak Koirala confirmed. UDMF cadres vandalized the CPN-UML party office at Rajbiraj, Gajendra Narayan Singh Industrial Area and vehicle of the National Human Rights Commission earlier on Tuesday.

Opinion

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    We take pride in Sagarmatha and also Bhagwan Buddha. We should introspect as to what has been “our” contribution in the making of both. The tallest mountain landmark is the outcome of tectonic push against the bigger landmass creating the upward drift that created the Himalaya. Prince Siddhartha, on the other hand, was born 2556 years ago or 23 centuries before Nepal got unified under Prithivi Narayan Shah. Siddhartha is believed to have attained enlightenment at the age of 35 or around six years after leaving Kapilvastu.

    Hemant Arjyal

  • Unwarranted misfortune Unwarranted misfortune

    All this pointed that the election will be held with public support despite efforts by those against it. But all that changed after three people were killed in Rajbiraj after the police opened fire on Madhesi Front cadres who were ‘hurling petrol bombs’ toward the venue where UML Chairman KP Oli had just finished his short address.

    Prem Dhakal

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  • Men at work Men at work

    Currently the larger part of our urban area resembles a war zone with bulldozers and mechanical diggers running amok. What is left behind the unfinished work typically consists of mangled water pipes, jumbled up and torn telephone and electric wires, mounds of dug earth and gravel heaps, unfilled ditches and incomplete manholes.

    Hemant Arjyal

  • A great aviator in the Nepali skies A great aviator in the Nepali skies

    Deepak was not only a competent pilot but also someone who had the inner strength to always remain cool, calm, and collected. That nature helped him make a total of three emergency landings in his career as a pilot when he suddenly had to deal with technical malfunctions while flying an aircraft.

    Deep Lamichhane

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  • Menstrual taboo outdated

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