Shree Swasthani Bratakatha begins (PHOTOS)
Narayan Maharjan, Kathmandu, Jan 12 - The Shree Swasthani Brata Katha, a popular ritual observed by the Hindus since Poush Shuklapurnima (full moon day), is beginning from today. The festival ends a month after in Magh Shuklapurnima Nepalis, especially the Hindu women, observe the month-long festival worshiping four-handed deity Swasthani with Chakra, Trishul, Sword and Lotus in each hand at the centre while Astha Matrika or eight deities of power --- Mahakali, Baishnavi, Brahmi Maheshwori, Kaumeshwari, Barahi, Indraayani, and Chamunda painted around her--- and reciting Swasthani Brat Katha (story) everyday.
Gyawali sacked, Govinda Pokharel picked as new NRA chief
Sanjib Bagale , Kathmandu, Jan 11 - The government today dismissed the Chief Executive Officer of National Reconstruction Authority Sushil Gyawali. The cabinet meeting made the decision to sack Gyawali.
Constitution amendment bill to be endorsed within a month
Setopati , Kathmandu, Jan 10 - It will now take a month for the constitution amendment bill to be endorsed in the Legislature-Parliament. The Parliament Secretariat has informed that it would take a minimum 15 days for a bill to complete all its process. "After tabling the bill in the House, it needs to be published for the information of general people. The bill then will be put for theoretical discussion and it will take around a month to complete the whole procedure including amendment," said spokesperson of the Parliament Secretariat Bharatraj Gautam.
Four reasons to demolish Singha Durbar: Report
Bhanubhakta , Kathmandu, Jan 9 - Ministry of Urban Development has concluded that the main building of the quake-damaged Singha Durbar needs to be demolished. The recommendation experts deployed by Central Level Project Implementation Unit of the Ministry conducted study on Singha Durbar. The Project chief Shivahari Sharma concluded that a new building needs to be constructed as its existing structures was damaged in last year's Gorkha quake in such a way that they could not be retrofitted.
SC annuls Lokman Singh's appointment as CIAA chief
Setopati , Kathmandu, Jan 8 - The Supreme Court has annulled the appointment of Lokman Singh Karki to the constitutional post of Chief of Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA). A joint bench of justices Ishwor Khatiwada, Ananda Prasad Bhattarai and Anil Kumar Sinha concluded that Karki did not meet qualifications required to hold the post of CIAA chief.
Govt tables constitution amendment bill amid protest
Setopati , Kathmandu, Jan 8 - The government has tabled the constitution amendment bill amid protest by opposition alliance led by CPN (UML). The bill was tabled by Law Minister Ajay Shankar Nayak after Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar announced that the protest notice against the bill by Nepal Workers and Peasants Party MP Prem Suwal and Chitra Bahadur KC had been rejected by majority.
House meeting resumes, Law Minister tables election-related bill
Setopati , Kathmandu, Jan 8 - The Legislature-Parliament meeting has resumed. Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ajaya Shankar Nayak tabled the Local Bodies Restructuring Bill-2073.
SC concludes hearing on Karki's case, says 'wait and see'
Shova Sharma, Kathmandu, Jan 8 - Hearing on the case filed against the suspended chief of Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) Lokman Singh Karki, questioning his eligibility for the topmost constitutional post, has concluded today. Advocates Shambhu Thapa, Surendra Bhandari and Om Prakash Aryal, among others, presented their arguments during today's hearing.
House meet postponed until 3 pm after endorsing condolence motion
Setopati , Kathmandu, Jan 8 - The Legislature- Parliament meeting slated for 1 pm today has been put off after endorsing a condolence motion on the demise of former Member of Parliament Maniram Pokharel. Pokharel was elected to the House of Representatives from Khotang district in 2015 B.S. The proposal by Speaker Onsari Gharti was unanimously passed by the meeting.
Opposition parties decide to continue House obstruction
Setopati , Kathmandu, Jan 8 - Nine opposition parties including CPN (UML) have maintained their earlier stance of obstructing the House until the government revokes the constitution amendment bill. However, they have decided to let the government table the election-related bill in the Legislature-Parliament. Deputy Leader of UML's parliamentary party Subash Chandra Nembang informed that respecting the Supreme Court's, the meeting of opposition alliance held today at Singha Durbar has decided to let the government table the election-related bill.
NRA chief Gyawali furnishes second clarification to govt
Setopati , Kathmandu, Jan 8 - Chief Executive Officer of National Reconstruction Authority Sushil Gyawali on Sunday furnished his second clarification to the government. Gyawali submitted 6-pages clarification to the secretary of the Prime Minister's office Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya today at 11 am. The government had provided 24 hours to Gyawali to furnish second clarification, stating why he should not be relieved from his duty.
Hearing on Karki's case to conclude today
Setopati , Kathmandu, Jan 8 - Hearing on the case filed against the suspended chief of Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) Lokman Singh Karki, questioning his eligibility for the topmost constitutional post, is concluding today. Advocates Shambhu Thapa and Surendra Bhandari, among others, will present their arguments during today's hearing. The hearing is likely to conclude following the hearing.
Opposition parties hold mass demonstration in Capital (PHOTOS)
Narayan Maharjan , Kathmandu, Jan 6 - Nine opposition parties including main opposition CPN (UML) are organizing a mass demonstration in the Capital today against the constitution amendment bill registered in the parliament by the government. "The protest rallies are being held from various locations of the Capital," UML's Publicity Department Chief Yogesh Bhattarai told Setopati.
UML mass demonstration to cause traffic congestion in Capital
Setopati , Kathmandu, Jan 6 - Nine opposition parties including main opposition CPN (UML) are organising mass demonstration today against the constitution amendment bill registered in the parliament by the government. The government on November 29 had filed the constitution amendment bill at the parliament secretariat to address the demands of Madhes-based parties.
Tired of the cold wait, Nepal quake survivors rebuild
AP , Kathmandu, Jan 6 - People who lost their homes in the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal nearly two years ago are tired of waiting for help to rebuild. The slow pace of distributing government grant money for rebuilding has left many people to spend their second winter without a home. Nhuchhe Laxmi Prajapati and Shiva Prajapati, who are not related, are building their houses now, by taking out loans with high interest rates.
Govt decides to seek more clarification from NRA CEO
Kathmandu, Jan 5 - The government has decided to seek more clarification from Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) Sushil Gyawali. The CEO was not removed today but additional clarification was sought to be submitted within 24 hours as the clarification submitted on Wednesday was not satisfactory, according to a source at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers.
Govt acquires ex-Princess Prerana Shah's land
Setopati , Kathmandu, Jan 5 - The government has acquired 15.1 ropanis of land in Chauni of Kathmandu that was provided to Prerana Rajya Laxmi Singh, daughter of former King Gyanendra Shah, in dowry. A joint bench of Chief Justice Sushila Karki and Justices Deepak Karki and Sapana Malla gave the decision.
Govt has opportunity to withdraw amendment bill following SC verdict: Oli
Setopati , Kathmandu, Jan 5 - The main opposition CPN (UML) has said that the constitution amendment bill should not be forwarded in the House following the Supreme Court's order. The Supreme Court on January 2 had said that an interim order is not required in relation to the writ petition filed against the constitution amendment bill that proposes to redraw provincial boundaries.
Govt dismisses NRA chief Sushil Gyawali
Setopati , Kathmandu, Jan 5 - The government on Thursday dismissed the Chief Executive Officer of National Reconstruction Authority Sushil Gyawali after finding his clarification unsatisfactory. The cabinet meeting on Thursday made such decision.
Why do you need clarification after three months?: NRA chief to govt
Setopati , Kathmandu, Jan 4 - Chief Executive Officer of National Reconstruction Authority Sushil Gyawali is furnishing clarification to the government today. Showing dissatisfaction with his performance in the post-quake reconstruction drive. the government on December 29 had given him a week to furnish clarification.
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.