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.
Minister Gajurel inaugurates spice factory
Minister for Agricultural Development, Haribol Gajurel inaugurated a ginger processing and spices industry set up by the Janahit Agriculture Cooperatives Ltd at Maghe of Suryodaya Municipality-4 today. Speaking on the occasion, Gajurel said that he was committed to implementing the 27-point Agricultural Commitment Paper issued by the government and the scheme of providing pension to farmers.
UCPN (M) to discuss intensely for unification of Maoist parties
The meeting of the Standing Committee of UCPN (Maoist) held today has decided to hold intense discussion among the split Maoist parties for unification. The meeting held at UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal's residence in Lazimpat in the capital decided to further the discussion on the same to draw the conclusion at the earliest, according to UCPN (Maoist) Secretary-General Krishna Bahadur Mahara.
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NC President Deuba, Speaker Gharti hold meeting
President of the Nepali Congress(NC), the main opposition party in parliament, Sher Bahadur Deuba and Speaker Onsari Gharti held discussions on forging consensus for the passage of the parliament regulation. Chief Whip of the Nepali Congress Chinkaji Shrestha told RSS that Deuba and Gharti held discussions at the former's residence at Budhanilkantha on forging consensus regarding the passage of the parliament regulations.
PM urges all sides to cooperate in constitution implementation process
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said that the ruling and opposition parties have the main responsibility of implementing the constitution and they should work together for the same. Talking to journalists at Biratnagar Airport today, Oli urged all parties to cooperate in constitution implementation process and urged all not to create hindrance in the process.
Fatal Flaws and National Planning Commission
The damages to Kathmandu’s “code compliant” buildings due to last year's earthquake were the consequence of fatal flaws in policy execution by responsible government agencies. Even the National Planning Commission, the government’s highest-level policy advisory body, lacks professionalism and commitment to reform.
Shades of fear and revenge
We must ask our collective conscience: Would Thapa and Dixit have to face these attacks had they not stood up against Karki’s appointment? There is revenge behind it. State vengeance against the citizenry is in itself an abuse of power.
A Dharahara story
The enclosure within antique wall surrounding Dharahara imparted a melancholic ambiance. A teenage girl from my village was among those who perished under Dharahara. No, I never knew her, nor had I ever seen her. Had climbed up Dharahara with the boy she loved, my father told me two weeks after the earthquake. The boy was about to migrate abroad for work, and they wanted to see Kathmandu far and wide from atop Dharahara before he flew away.
I put my head down again, and noticed the drip-drip-drip of blood from my mouth. The blood was dark red. I put my tongue against my tooth, and felt it shake. I had no idea, in that moment, what had hit me, and what had hit my country. As the cries of the people rose around me in eerie terror, it felt like an attack of some sort—a military attack, perhaps, or a bomb. It didn’t occur to me that this was an earthquake.
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.
I'm with Dr KC, are you?
Since the past few years, KC has fought to bring reforms in Nepal's medical education sector. As a medical student myself, I understand and fully support the demands raised by him.