Govt to write to EC to start preparations for local polls
Setopati , Kathmandu, Feb 2 - Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Thursday consulted the Attorney General and the Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs in relation with holding the local elections. During the discussion held at the PM's official residence in Baluwatar in the presence of the leaders of ruling parties along with Minister for Home Affairs, the government has agreed to write to the Election Commission about local polls.
Changed Dahal-Deuba strategy
Setopati, Kathmandu, Feb 1 - It is difficult to predict whether the amendment proposal will be passed or not. It cannot be passed if all the parties opposing it were to remain together. The major coalition partners, therefore, have adopted the strategy of roping in even the middle-sized parties like RPP and Forum Democratic before amendment.
Shree Panchami being celebrated today (Photos)
Anish Regmi , Kathmandu, Feb 1 - Shree Panchami also known as Basanta Panchami or Saraswoti Puja, is being celebrated across the country by worshipping Saraswoti, the Goddess of knowledge, wisdom, learning, art, music and culture on Wednesday. The festival is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the bright half of the Nepali month of Magh. People from the Hindu and Sikh communities mainly in Nepal and eastern India observe this festival.
District judge to be chief election officer
Sanjib Bagale, Kathmandu, Jan 31 - District judge will be the chief election officer for the local election in each district instead of the chief district officer (CDO) as is the practice now. The sub committee under the State Affairs Committee, deliberating on the bills related to election, also has proposed that the staffers to be deployed for holding elections will be from judicial service.
New plane of Himalaya lands at TIA
Rabindra Shahi , Kathmandu, Jan 31 - The new aircraft of Himalaya Airlines landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu Monday afternoon. The twin-engine A320-214 (registration number 9N- ALV) was flown by a French pilot and a Nepali one from Hamburg International Airport to Kathmandu, according to vice president of the private sector airline Bijay Shrestha.
House endorses Bill on Election Offences and Punishment
Kathmandu, Jan 30 - The second session of Legislature-Parliament today endorsed the Election (Crime and Punishment) Bill-2073 BS. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bimalendra Nidhi presented the bill needed for holding the local poll before the meeting seeking an approval.
Dor Prasad Upadhyaya elected PAC chair
Setopati , Kathmandu, Jan 30 - Dor Prasad Upadhyaya has been elected the Chairperson of the Public Account Committee (PAC) of the Parliament. Of a total 39 vote cast, Upadhyaya, who was backed by the ruling coalition parties, garnered 23 votes, whereas his contender Pashupati Chaulagain secured 16 votes.
Parties fail to forge consensus on local polls
Setopati , Kathmandu, Jan 30 - The meeting called by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Monday failed to forge consensus on holding the local level elections. The meeting was held among the leaders from the ruling parties- CPN (Maoist Center) and Nepali Congress- and the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) at the PM’s residence in Baluwatar.
Federer turns matador to kill Raging Bull's pursuit
AP, Melbourne, Jan 29 - Roger Federer has won his 18th Grand Slam title and put some extra distance on the all-time list between himself and Rafael Nadal, the man he beat 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in a vintage Australian Open final on Sunday. It was the 35-year-old Federer's fifth Australian title, his first at a major since Wimbledon in 2012, and it reversed the status quo against his nemesis, Nadal.
Govt to hold local polls by mid-May: PM tells CEC
Setopati , Kathmandu, Jan 29 - Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal held a meeting with Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Ayodhi Prasad Yadav on Sunday. During the meeting held at Prime Minister's residence Baluwatar, the duo held a discussion on announcing the date for conducting local level polls, according to a source at Baluwatar.
Last rites of Yama Buddha performed (Photos)
Anish Regmi , Kathmandu, Jan 28 - The last rites of Anil Adhikari, a rapper best known as Yama Buddha, who was found dead at his apartment in London on January 1, was performed at Pashupati Aryaghat on Saturday evening. Adhikari's body was airlifted to Nepal from UK on Saturday noon. Earlier before his cremation, his body was put at Nepal Academy for paying tribute to him.
Three election commissioners recommended
Setopati, Kathmandu, Jan 27 - The meeting of the Constitutional Council on Friday recommended the names for the three vacant posts of commissioners at the Election Commission. The recommendees are Narendra Dahal, Ishwari Prasad Poudel and Sudhir Kumar Sah, according to Deputy Speaker Ganga Prasad Yadav.
Devotees observing Swasthani Brata reach Pashupatinath (Photos)
Narayan Maharjan , Kathmandu, Jan 27 - Devotees observing Shree Swasthani Brata are thronging Pashupatinath temple on Thursday. Shree Swasthani Brata, a popular ritual observed by the Hindus, began from January 12. The festival ends a month after in Magh Shukla Purnima.
Cabinet decides to consult political parties on LBRC report
Sanjib Bagale , Kathmandu, Jan 27 - The government Friday decided to hold necessary discussions among the political parties on the report submitted by the Local Bodies Restructuring Commission (LBRC). "The cabinet meeting held today decided to take the report forward after holding discussions and necessary changes," said Minister for Information and Communications and spokesperson of the government Ram Karki.
Nepal Literature Festival kicks off in Pokhara
Setopati , Kathmandu, Jan 27 - The 6th Nepal Literature Festival has kicked off in Pokhara from Friday. The four-day festival is organised by Bookworm Foundation and Random Readers' Society, a book discussion group committed to the promotion of Nepali arts, culture and literature. The festival will witness discussions in over three dozen sessions on various issues of the society.
Ultra-runner Mira Rai declared National Geographic People’s Choice Adventurer
Setopati , Kathmandu, Jan 27 - Ultra-runner Mira Rai has bagged the title of National Geographic People's Choice Adventurer of the Year 2017. National Geographic had announced top 10 nominees for the 2017 Adventurers of the Year for their extraordinary achievements in exploration, adventure sports, conservation or humanitarianism.
Punishment proposed for offending candidates
Setopati, Kathmandu, Jan 26 - The all-party sub committee has proposed so while deliberating on the bill related to election offences and punishment, according to member of the sub committee, Ganga Lal Tuladhar. "The candidates found to be involved in trying to influence voters with money, feasts and other forms of handouts can be fined anything from Rs 25,000-300,000 and jailed for six months to three years," he revealed. "The party concerned can even be deregistered if the party is also found involved in the offenses," he added. He stated that such punitive measures have been kept for the first time in Nepal.
39 SSPs transferred
Setopati , Kathmandu, Jan 26 - The government on Wednesday transferred 39 Senior Superintendents of Police (SSPs). The Ministry of Home Affairs took the decision on transfers. SSP Chabilal Joshi has been transferred to Kathmandu as Kathmandu Police Chief, Dinesh Amatya to Metropolitan Crime Division and Thule Rai as Lalitpur Police Chief.
Two election-related bills passed by parliament
Setopati , Kathmandu, Jan 25 - The Legislature-Parliament on Wednesday passed two election-related bills to lay the groundwork for local election that the Pushpa Kamal Dahal plans to hold by mid-May. The passed bills are those related to the Election Commission and the voters' list. The bill related to the Election Commission will allow the government to fix election dates in consultation with the Election Commission while the other bill will make voter identity card mandatory to vote in federal, provincial and local elections.
Nepal ranked third most corrupt country in South Asia
Setopati , Kathmandu, Jan 25 - The Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2016, released by Transparency International, a global anti-corruption watchdog on Wednesday has shown that Nepal is the third most corrupt country in South Asia. Nepal stands at the 131st position in transparency with a score of 29 points among the 176 surveyed countries. Nepal was ranked 130th among 168 countries on CPI 2015.
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.