Removal of Cooperative Act from meeting agenda riles lawmakers
Lawmakers, in the very first hour of the Legislature-Parliament meeting Friday, expressed concern over the removal of the Cooperatives Act from the agenda of discussions.
Taking time from Speaker Onsari Gharti, they said the government did not pay its attention to the promotion of cooperative business that according to them remaining as one of the pillars of a three-pillar economy and a 'major' base for nation's economy.
There are six million cooperatives members across the country, this sector has a four-percent contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and has directly employed 100 thousand people, but the promotion of this sector is still not in the priority of the government, as they complained.
Though the Cooperative Act was initially included in the agenda for discussions in the meeting, the government had withdrawn it later.
Lawmaker Pashupati Chaulagain demanded the government instantly present the Act before the House.
Bikram Bahadur Thapa accused the government of infringing on people's right to property while implementing the road-widening project in the Kathmandu Valley.
People's losing house and land in the widening drive must be compensated justifiably and their right must be ensured, he asserted.
He was of the view that Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba's upcoming India visit be focused on addressing inconveniences and unjust treatment facing the Nepali at the hands of Indians. The government should clearly take the matter of border encroachment toward Nepal's side with the India Government.
Ashok Kumar Mandal took the time to urge the government to make immediate arrangements for the supply of relief assistance and compensation to the life affected by water-induced disasters (landslides and foods) in various Tarai-Madhesh districts.
Lawmaker Dimple Kumari Jha complained that the government has not made any efforts at providing relief and compensation to the families affected by the inundation at a dozen settlements in Saptari district. She stressed the need of ending the pathetic condition of the Muglin-Narayangadh road section.
MP Shree Prasad Jagebu stated that general life has been affected in different places of Panchthar and demanded relief and compensation to the affected people.
Lawmaker Tarini Datta Chataut called on the government to address the demands raised by Prof Dr Govinda K.C. who is on a hunger strike for the 11th time demanding reforms in the medical education sector.
MP Chudamani B.K. Jungalee said the government has not paid any attention to take action against the land mafia who encroached upon the land covered by the Phewa Lake and drew its attention to prioritize the conservation of the Phewa Lake, which remains as an ornament of Nepal and to remove the encroachment in the tourism site.
Meanwhile speaking in the Zero Hour of the meeting of the parliament Friday, lawmakers drew the government's attention to addressing the local and national issues as the impact Dr Govinda K.C.'s hunger strike has had on hospital services, the alleged corruption in the land purchase of Nepal Oil Corporation and the ongoing hunger strike of the temporary teachers.
The MPs drawing the government's attention on these issues include Kripa Ram Rana, Kripasur Sherpa, Krishna Bhakta Pokharel, Goma Kunwar, Gauri Kumari Oli, Chandra Kanta Bhandari, Jagadishwar Narsingh K.C., Jeevan Bahadur Shahi, Tapta Bahadur Bista, Dilli Prasad Kafle and Tulasa Rana, among others. RSS
International conference on ARFF kicks off
An international conference on 'Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF)' has begun in the capital Wednesday. ARFF America and Nepal Rescue and Fighters' Association have jointly organized the conference under the slogan 'Aviation Growth, Challenge and ARFF Dynamics'. Discussion would be held on the issue of safe air transport service in the two-day conference.
Preparation afoot to bring back rhinos swept away by flood
Preparations are underway to bring back the endangered one-horn rhinos that were swept away or dislocated to various places in the country and bordering India by the recent floods.
- Relief materials distributed to 500 Saptari flood-hit families
- Bharatpur, Narayangadh declared no-horn zone
Flights in Tenzing-Hillary Airport disrupted for past 8 days
Flights to and from Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla in Solukhumbu district have been disrupted for the past eight days, leaving hundreds of tourists stranded.
Effect of monetary policy on risk, stability and financial crises
The crisis of 2008–09 has reignited a new interest in understanding money and credit fluctuations in the macro economy, and the crucial roles they could play in the amplification, propagation, and generation of shocks both in normal times and, even more so, in times of financial distress. This may reopen a number of fundamental fault lines in modern macroeconomic thinking between theories that treat the financial system as irrelevant, or, at least, not central to the understanding of economic outcomes, and those that reserve a central role for financial intermediation.
Air pollution control measures for Kathmandu Valley
According to the World Air Quality Index website, Air quality index of Ratnapark, Kathmandu was 158 on April 22 which is unhealthy. This means children and people with respiratory diseases should avoid outdoor exertion at this pollution level. If this quantity increases to more than 300, air quality level is considered as hazardous which means everyone should avoid outdoor exertion.
The return trip
It took us over five hours, drenched in rain, walking through treacherous ratomato sluggishly. It should not have taken more than two hours in a normal day. It was the cruellest irony that no sooner did we reach Panchkhal and sat at the Pipal Chautari to rest, than the bus we had left behind, arrived with people in the bus bursting with laughter on seeing us.
Prospects for Nepali talents in the Diaspora
When Indu, a Nepali American teen studying in Virginia, asked Panta whether she could inspire Nepali youngsters into music industry and convince their parents to consider Nepali music as a path to professionalism, the female heartthrob of Nepali music could not fully convince her.
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.