Ivanka Trump to step down from businesses: Reports
A file photo of Ivanka Trump
Ivanka Trump, America's incoming first daughter and wife of newly named White House special advisor Jared Kushner, will step down from the Trump Organisation and her own label, US media reported said today.
The reports came just hours after President-elect Donald Trump announced that her husband would take on a top-level job as special advisor to the incoming Republican commander-in-chief.
They suggest an effort by Ivanka Trump, vice president of development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization who set up her own company that sells clothes, shoes and jewellery, to comply with ethics laws.
The couple is destined to move from New York to Washington, reportedly snapping up a new home in an upscale suburb, but US media do not expect Ivanka to take on a formal job at the moment. Her husband's appointment comes despite a federal nepotism law, passed after then-president John F. Kennedy appointed his brother as attorney general, that prohibits any president from hiring a relative.
Kushner's lawyer Jamie Gorelick told the Washington Post said she was confident that the law does not apply to Kushner's appointment. In the past, Trump aides have drawn a distinction between cabinet-level jobs and positions within the White House, suggesting that the latter carry more leeway for the president to appoint whomever he wants.
Kushner's lawyer has said he will resign as CEO of Kushner Companies, his property development firm, and "divest substantial assets in accordance with federal guidelines." The Post reported that while his wife plans to resign from the Trump Organization and step away from her company, she will focus -- at least in the short term - on settling her family into Washington.
She came under fire shortly after the election, when her company used her appearance in a family television interview to market a $10,000 gold bracelet that she wore during the segment.
The couple's moves to break their business ties will compound pressure on the president-elect to do the same. He is set to give his first news conference since the election on Wednesday, at which he is expected to lay out his own plans for the family business during his tenure at the White House.
No alternative to elections: UML Gen Secy Pokharel
CPN-UML General Secretary Ishwor Pokharel has said that his party will cooperate with the government to hold the local level polls in slated date, May 14. Speaking at a press meet organized by the Press Chautari, Kaski chapter on Sunday, Pokharel said elections were essential to end political transition and to implement the constitution.
Blasts kill 6 as troops battle militants in east Bangladesh
At least six people, including two policemen, have died in explosions in eastern Bangladesh as troops battle suspected militants holed up with an ammunitions cache, police said Sunday. The explosions Saturday on a road near an Islamic religious school in Sylhet city also wounded at least 25 people, police officer Bashudev Bonik said.
Voter education training for regional trainers starts in Pokhara
Voter education training for regional trainers has started in Pokhara, Kaski keeping in view of upcoming local level elections slated for May 14. Organized by the Regional Election Office, Pokhara, a total of 70 trainers from various 12 districts including Gulmi, Palpa of Lumbini zone and other 10 districts of Dhauwalagiri have participated in the training, said election office chief Ganga Lal Subedi.
NC CWC meeting kicks off, Deuba presents 9-point agenda
The Central Working Committee meeting of Nepali Congress (NC) has kicked off Sunday morning at the party headquarters Sanepa. NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba presented a nine-point agenda in the meeting including the formation of a 29-member Work Performance Committee and conducting the local election.
PM Dahal terms Nepal-China ties unshakable, broad-based
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who is currently on an official visit to China, attended the welcome reception hosted by Ambassador of Nepal to the People's Republic of China, Mr Leela Mani Paudyal, at the Embassy of Nepal in Beijing on Saturday. While addressing the reception, the Prime Minister said that Nepal and China enjoy very warm, cordial, unshakable and broad-based bonds of ties characterized by mutual cooperation, understanding and appreciation of each others' aspiration and sensitivities, the Embassy of Nepal, Beijing stated in a press release.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.