Congress leader Mahat to join cabinet
Nepali Congress leader Ram Sharan Mahat is taking the oath of office as a minister without portfolio in the swearing-in ceremony being held Tuesday afternoon at Shital Niwas.
According to Congress sources, the newly elected Prime Minister Sushil Koirala also wanted the party leader Prakash Man Singh to take the oath as a minister without portfolio.
But Singh insisted that he be sworn in as deputy prime minister.
"As we are yet to settle the power sharing issue with UML, Koirala asked him to join the cabinet later," said the source.
Mahat will be the only minister from the Congress to take the oath in the swearing-in ceremony at Shital Niwas.
UML is also not sending its ministers to take the oath after Koirala rejected to give the home ministry to the party.
President Ram Baran Yadav will administer oath to the newly elected Prime Minister Koirala and Mahat.
President Bhandari stresses on consolidating security, economic diplomacy
President Bidhya Devi Bhandari today stressed on consolidating the national unity, security and economic diplomacy by keeping the country's overall interest at the center. During a meeting, with section officer trainees of diplomatic service undergoing training at Institute of Foreign Affairs, at the President's Office, she pointed out the need for all the bodies in the public service to work for the people with a sense of service.
We won't join govt without respectable ministries: Poudel faction
Faction led by senior Nepali Congress (NC) leader Ram Chandra Poudel has warned of not joining the government if its is not provided with reputable ministries in the PM Dahal-led cabinet. Expressing its dissatisfaction over the selection of ministers from NC, it has warned of staying away from the government. Meanwhile, MPs associated with Poudel faction have also stressed on not join the government without getting respectable ministerial berths.
Baburam Bhattarai shifts to new residence
Coordinator of Naya Shakti Nepal (NSN), Dr Baburam Bhattarai, who was searching for a residence since a month, has recently shifted to a new house with 7 rooms and a small garden. "Finally we found a new house. The house looks small but the garden can accommodate 5 to 6 vehicles," Bhattarai's aide Biswadeep Pandey told Setopati.
FGSFN delegation calls on PM Dahal
The Federation of Grill and Steel Fabricator's Association Nepal (FGSFN) has demanded that the government bring all grill and steel entrepreneurs under the ambit of law by making registration process of industry easy and smooth. The FGSFN delegation called on Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal at the latter's official residence at Baluwatar today, and urged PM to make arrangement of taking action against those who do not want to come under the ambit of law.
NC finalises four ministers, discussion on other nominees underway
The coalition partner Nepali Congress (NC) has finalized the names of four ministers from the party to join Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led government. Discussions on other ministerial nominees are underway. According to a source close to Deuba, Arjun Narsingh KC and Prakash Sharan Mahat are most likely candidates for Education Ministry and Foreign Affairs Ministry respectively. Similarly, Balkrishna Khand is likely to take charge over Defense Ministry.
Victory over the Netherlands: A one-off event?
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A strange paradox
Recent events across the world demonstrate a seemingly strange paradox: the rise of insecurity and fissures in the body politic of major powers around the world.
Perhaps Lord Vishnu has diabetes
In Hinduism, oat is used as a pious substance for worshipping different forms of Lord Vishnu. Hindus do not use akshyta (rice); rather, they use jau (oat) and til (sesame seed) to worship Lord Vishnu.
Dr Archana Nepal
The First Twin Temblors and After-5
Then it happened again: A major jolt matching the twin temblors of April 25. I could immediately feel the tenacity and forcefulness of this big one. The entire 10-story building went boom-bam-boom, boom-bam-boom in vibrations. Our floor heaved. The windowpanes rattled. The trees outside swayed to and fro in swirling sighs. Birds cooed, chattered and flapped away in confused directions.
Peter J Karthak
Let’s change the way we see rape
Feminism can help punish a rapist, but can never control rape. Some say rapists are mentally disturbed people. If this is true, how do we explain gang rape? Can a whole gang be mentally disturbed at the same time? What makes understanding the motive behind rape more difficult is that some rape cases are a result of ‘punishment’ imposed upon the raped by community for ‘violating’ social norms, customs.
For the visually impaired
Coincidentally, I was surfing the internet one day when I recalled those yellow tiles. On Google I typed ‘Odd yellow tiles on the sidewalk’. Instantly trusty Google displayed answers on the screen. I felt a fat smile form on my face as I read. Immediately I was praising Nepalese policymakers.