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.
EU lawmakers tell UK: If you're leaving, get moving
Indignant European Union lawmakers pressed Britain to end the uncertainty that has gripped European and global markets, saying Tuesday that if it intends to leave, it should start the process immediately. Prime Minister David Cameron entered talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker hours ahead of an EU summit which is expected to hear from the British leaders that exit talks might not be launched before October. Cameron has said he wants informal talks on what comes next before that happens.
Japan-Nepal Political Consultation to take place tomorrow
A meeting of Japan-Nepal Political Consultation among the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the countries is all set to take place in Kathmandu on Wednesday. The meeting between high level officials of both countries is said to concentrate on consultations concerning marking the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Nepal, while officials of the countries will exchange their views on various aspects of the mutual relations between the countries.
CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Dahal, Australian ambassador hold talks
The CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Australian ambassador to Nepal, Glenn White held a meeting at the former's residence at Lazimpat today. During the meeting, Dahal and White discussed the latest political developments and constitution implementation in Nepal. On the occasion, Dahal opined that it was necessary to form a national unity government to fulfill the remaining works of the peace process, to address the demands of the Madhesi, Tharu and indigenous communities and to expedite the post-earthquake reconstruction works.
Local polls should be held in set time frame: UML leader Nepal
Former Prime Minister and ruling CPN-UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal today said that the local body elections should be held within the time frame set by the government. "The government should not compromise on holding the elections as holding election is the need of the hour," Nepal said, talking to mediapersons at the Tribhuvan International Airport before departing for Vietnam to take part in an international workshop to be organised by the International Communist Workers' Party.
Govt team arrives in Mustang for mine research
A government team arrived in Mustang on Monday to carry out a study on possible fuel and salt mines. The 22-member team headed by Industry Minister, Som Prasad Pandey, includes representatives from the Department of Mines and Geology, domestic and small industries as well as technicians.The team will carry out a comprehensive study on the possibility of petroleum products' mines in Muktinath area.
What to study?
A few days back, I received a call from a friend who I had not met for a few years. “I wanted your advice on what my daughter could choose after completing her 12th grade,’’ he said. My response to him was that it depends on a range of factors, such as his daughter’s interests, preferred career destinations (Nepal or abroad), her academic track records, family’s financial capacity to pay for tuition and other educational costs, and so on.
Dr Hemant R Ojha
Inclusive sports and CSR
When working with the issues of inclusion and discrimination, still too few people imagine that sports can be a catalyst to bring that indispensable funding and support needed to create a more inclusive society in Nepal. We should understand that sports can be the biggest platform to bring disability in the mainstream discourse.
Is New York still a melting pot?
The reality was unlike my expectation. Having diversity does not necessarily mean there is unity and sharing. I had come to the US thinking that people here blend together as one and rejoice together. Rather, it was the opposite.
A fragmented justice
As he approached nearer, I saw a man almost as white as a Romanian actor in his blue Wrangler jeans. He had a big bag pack, a water bottle on the small net pouch of his bag. He slightly bent forward while walking. His forehead wrinkled voluntarily; perhaps he was internalizing songs or hymns.
Achyut Raj Bhattarai
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.
A right time to look for alternative fuel
Nepal’s march to cleaner energy is not only expected but essential as an alternative to petroleum products is strongly felt among public and political circle.