Statements of flydubai representatives recorded
Rabindra Shahi, Kathmandu, April 10 - The Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) administration has recorded statements of local representatives of flydubai airlines that has been accused of discrimination against Nepali passengers. "We took statements of residential manager of flydubai and other officials at the TIA," Spokesperson at the TIA Prem Nath Thakur told Setopati. "The residential manager has submitted a written statement," he added.
Devotees throng Boudhhanath Chaitya for Temal festival (PHOTOS)
Anish Regmi , Kathmandu, April 10 - The devotees circumambulate the Boudhhanath temple and light butter lamps in the memory of their family members and relatives who have died throughout the year. The festival will last till Tuesday night. Devotees from Kathmandu and surrounding areas have come for the festival. The festival management committee has estimated that more than 100,000 devotees will visit the temple this year during the festival.
Nepal Airlines senior pilot Awale held with USD 93,600 from TIA
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 10 - A senior pilot of Nepal Airlines Corporation has been arrested with a large amount of undeclared American dollars from the Tribhuvan International Airport Sunday night.
Probe against flydubai for discrimination against Nepalis starts
Setopati, Kathmandu, April 9 - The government has initiated investigations into the alleged incident of discrimination against Nepali passengers by flydubai airlines. Chief Secretary Som Lal Subedi on Friday had directed the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation to probe the incident.
27 parties get election symbols
Setopati, Kathmandu, April 9 - The Election Commission has awarded existing election symbols to 27 political parties as per the act related to local elections. The number of parties getting existing election symbols reached 27 following the Supreme Court order on Samajbadi Janta Party of Minister Prem Bahadur Singh.
We will recover tax from Ncell at any cost: PM tells PAC
Sanjib Bagale, Kathmandu, April 9 - Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Sunday has said that there will be no compromise on the issue of recovering capital gains tax on sale of telecommunication giant Ncell. "Ncell has not gone anywhere and we will recover the tax at any cost," Dahal told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the parliament.
'Saptari incident due to government's weakness'
Setopati, Kathmandu, April 9 - A parliamentary probe committee has concluded that five commoners lost their lives in the Saptari incident as the government failed to make reliable security arrangements. The sub-committee under the Social Justice and Human Rights Committee of the parliament, that submitted the report after field investigation, has found that the majority of the victims were shot above the knee and recommended that the guilty security persons be identified and brought to book.
Discrimination against Nepali passengers by flydubai to be probed
Setopati, Kathmandu, April 7 - Chief Secretary Som Lal Subedi on Friday has directed the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation to probe the incident of discrimination against Nepali passengers by flydubai airlines. Subedi has written to the ministry stating that the piece about incident of discrimination against Nepali passengers by flydubai published on Setopati has drawn his attention and directed it to immediately probe the incident and take action, and report about the same to him.
No respite in old age
Prawash Gautam , Kathmandu, April 7 - Due to ageing, his strength has waned considerably. Today, all his weight seems to focus on keeping afloat the wheelbarrow’s legs over the ground while he pushes it. He says he has never given any thought to whether or not he finds this work tiring. “They worry for me,” he tells of his family members. “‘You’re too old to work now’ they often say,” he says.
Only 3.9 km of Melamchi tunnel remains to be dug
Sanjib Bagale , Kathmandu, April 7 - Only 3.9 kilometers of the tunnel under the Melamchi Drinking Water Project remains to be dug. Deputy Executive Director of the Melamchi Drinking Water Project Ramakanta Dawadi told Setopati that tunnel digging is gradually gathering pace.
SC issues show-cause notice to Deuba on 'contempt of court'
Setopati, Kathmandu, April 6 - The Supreme Court on Thursday has issued a show-cause notice to Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba on the contempt of court case. Justice Ishwori Prasad Khatiwada hearing the writ petition filed by advocate Hari Prasad Mainali against the party and its president has directed Deuba to furnish his response within 10 days.
Cabinet meet postponed over seniority row
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 6 - The cabinet meeting slated for Thursday has been postponed as the seniority row among deputy prime ministers (DPM) could not be settled. Today's cabinet meet has been postponed for April 9 as the seniority dispute between two DPMs, Bimalendra Nidhi from Nepali Congress and Kamal Thapa from Rastriya Prajatantra Party, could not be settled.
State must watch Bomjon closely
Ameet Dhakal/Girish Giri/ Bhanubhakta , Kathmandu, April 5 - It may be too late if the state does not engage with him and his followers in time. There are enough examples of unfortunate incidents when the state is late in trying to control cults. Engagement does not mean keeping them under surveillance and controlling them. It means watching them closely and communicating with them. Showing curiosity about what the Bomjon phenomenon is and how it moves forward.
MaHa to handover houses to Musahar community
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 5 - Senior artistes Hari Bansha Acharya and Madan Krishna Shrestha are scheduled to hand over the model integrated settlement constructed in Musahar community of Mahottari by Dhurmus-Suntali Foundation. The foundation led by comedian duo Sitaram Kattel (Dhurmus) and Kunjana Ghimire (Suntali) is handing over the settlement to Musahar community on April 14, marking the Nepali New Year 2074.
Forum-Democratic, Rastriya Janamukti and Dalit Janajati unite
Sanjib Bagale , Kathmandu, April 5 - The Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar led Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Democratic, Shiv Lal Thapa led Rastriya Janamukti Party and Dalit Janajati Party on Wednesday announced their unification. An agreement was reached among Forum-Democratic, Janamukti Party and Dalit Janajati Party for the unification Wednesday afternoon.
Seto Machchhindranath chariot procession kicks off (PHOTOS)
Narayan Maharjan , Kathmandu, April 4 - The chariot procession of Seto Machchhindranath, the God of rain and harvest, has kicked off from Tindhara Pathshala in the capital on Tuesday. The procession that began from Tindhara was taken to Asan through Ratnapark and Bhotahiti. The chariot would be taken to Hanumandhoka on Wednesday, shared Chariot Procession Management Committee member Binod Tuladhar.
Forum-Democratic to unite with Rastriya Janamukti Party
Setopati, Kathmandu, April 4 - The Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar led Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Democratic and Shiv Lal Thapa led Rastriya Janamukti Party will be united on Wednesday. "The two parties are scheduled to announce unification tomorrow. Everything including positions has been decided," leader of Forum-Democratic Ram Janam Chaudhary told Setopati.
Some 325,000 voters added in 8 districts of Province No 2
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 4 - A total of 325,000 new voters have been added in eight districts of Province No 2 for the local election, accoridng to the Election Commission. However, the United Democratic Madhesi Forum (UDMF) has been claiming that a large number of voters have been missed and demanded to hold election only after adding the missed voters.
Obstructed Muglin-Narayangadh road section resumes
Setopati, Kathmandu, April 3 - Obstructed Muglin- Narayangadh road section after dry landslide has resumed from 4 pm on Monday. According to Chief District Officer of Chitwan Narayan Prasad Bhatta, the vehicular movement has resumed from 4 pm on Monday. The death toll has climbed to two and two others were injured in the incident.
People come for enrollment after announcement of election date: Yadav
Interview, Kathmandu, April 3 - First, they have to go to the villages. Election offices in tarai are closed. Many did not go for enrollment assuming that the election will not be held. There is still uncertainty about the election. Many names have been missed also while changing VDCs into rural municipalities (after local level restructuring). They have been going to the election offices to complain. The offices are not responding.
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.