SC orders immediate release of DIG Silwal
Shova Sharma, Kathmandu, April 24 - The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday has ordered the Nepal Police to immediately release DIG Nava Raj Silwal and produce him before the court today itself. A single bench of Chief Justice Sushila Karki hearing the habeas corpus petition filed by DIG Silwal earlier on the day has given the order.
Oli calls govt Dhurbe elephant
Setopati, Kathmandu, April 24 - CPN-UML Chairman KP Oli on Monday has called the government Dhurbe, a mad elephant from Chitwan, that had terrorized locals there. Speaking at the House meeting Monday afternoon, the main opposition leader said the government does not care about rules and laws and said it is like Dhurbe that unleashed terror in Chitwan. He raised questions about detention of a serving DIG Nava Raj Silwal and pointed how it treats the commoners.
Hearing on habeas corpus petition of DIG Silwal finishes
Shova Sharma, Kathmandu, April 24 - The Supreme Court (SC) has completed hearing on the habeas corpus petition filed by DIG Navaraj Silwal on Monday. A single bench of Chief Justice Sushila Karki heard the petition and the Apex Court is expected to issue an order today itself.
Ex Home Secy killed after being hit by a bike at zebra crossing
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 24 - Former Secretary at the Ministry for Home Affairs Padma Raj Subedi was killed after being hit by a motorcycle while crossing the road from a zebra crossing Sunday night. "79-year-old Subedi died after a motorcycle hit him while he was crossing the road from the zebra crossing in front of Bajeko Sekuwa in Anamnagar on Sunday," Traffic Police Inspector at Singha Durba Babukaji Giri told Setopati.
SC to hear DIG Silwal's petition Monday itself
Shova Sharma, Kathmandu, April 24 - The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday has scheduled the hearing on habeas corpus petition filed by DIG Navaraj Silwal for Monday itself. A single bench of Chief Justice Sushila Karki will hear the petition. DIG Silwal earlier on the day had filed the petition demanding his release claiming he has been put under unlawful detention by the Nepal Police.
DIG Silwal files habeas corpus petition at SC
Setopati, Kathmandu, April 24 - DIG Navaraj Silwal has filed a habeas corpus petition at the Supreme Court (SC) Monday claiming he has been put under unlawful detention by the Nepal Police. Advocate Purna Chandra Rajbanshi filed the petition on behalf of DIG Silwal at the Apex Court requesting a hearing today itself. SC SpokespersonBishwo Raj Poudel told Setopati that hearing on the habeas corpus petition can be scheduled today itself as is the general practice in such petitions but decision has yet to be taken on that.
Registration of candidates for Phase I poll extended by two days
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 24 - The government has extended the deadline for filing nominations for the first phase of local election by two days. The joint meeting of ruling parties, Federal Alliance and United Democratic Madhesi Front and the officials of Election Commission (EC) held at the Prime Minister's residence in Baluwatar on Monday morning has decided to extend the deadline for registering the name of candidates for the phase I poll to May 1 from April 29.
DIG Silwal 'detained' by police
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 24 - DIG Silwal, who was one of the four contenders for the top post of the Nepal Police, was taken under control by the police while he was seeking legal advice from Thapa at the latter’s residence in Baluwatar.
Federal Alliance, UDMF withdraw all protest programs
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 23 - The Federal Alliance and United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) have withdrawn all the protest programs which they had announced earlier. “The joint meeting of FA and Madhesi Front has withdrawn all the protest programs following the agreement reached with the government late Saturday,” said Co-chairman of Federal Socialist Forum Rajendra Shrestha.
No poll after budget: UML
Setopati, Kathmandu, April 23 - The parliamentary party meeting of CPN-UML Sunday afternoon has concluded that the local election cannot be held after the annual budget is presented in the parliament. The meeting, that ended shortly after the Cabinet decided to hold the polls on May 14 and June 14, has decided that the party will not accept presentation of the annual budget in a way to influence the election.
Local election on May 14 and June 14
Bishnu Budhathoki, Kathmandu, April 23 - The Cabinet meeting on Sunday has decided to hold local election on May 14 and June 14 as per the agreement reached with the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) Saturday evening to hold the polls in two stages.
UML will respond only after seeing written agreement: Oli to PM
Sanjib Bagale, Kathmandu, April 23 - CPN-UML Chairman KP Oli has said the party will respond only after seeing the written agreement that the government is set to sign with the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF).
Prime Minister (PM) Pushpa Kamal Dahal briefed the main opposition leader about the agreement reached with the UDMF on Saturday and sought support of UML for that during the impromptu one-hour meeting.
Cabinet meeting stalled as PM leaves to meet Oli
Setopati, Kathmandu, April 23 - The Cabinet meeting held to decide on revising the new constitution amendment bill as per the agreement reached with the agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) on Saturday has been stalled after Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal left for Balkot to meet CPN-UML Chairman KP Oli.
Advocate Nirupama Yadav deputy mayoral candidate of Sajha Party for Kathmandu
Setopati, Kathmandu, April 23 - The recently-formed Sajha Party on Sunday has announced its central coordination committee member and advocate Nirupama Yadav as the party's candidate for deputy mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City. Born in Saptari and raised in Banke, Yadav, 39, currently resides in Kathmandu-14 and has been working in Kathmandu after being married to a man of Morang at the age of 17, a press release issued by the party reads.
Cabinet meeting underway to revise constitution amendment bill
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 23 - The Cabinet meeting is underway to decide on revising the new constitution amendment bill as per the agreement reached with the agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) on Saturday. The Prime Minister's Secretariat has informed that the Cabinet meeting is scheduled to be held at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers at 11 am Sunday.
President Bhandari returns home
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 21 - Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar, Deputy Prime Ministers Kamal Thapa and Krishna Bahadur Mahara, among high-level officials received the head of state at Tribhuwan International Airport.
Team of Home Ministry heads to site after landslide blocks Arun River
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 21 - The landslide that occurred in the Barun River of Sankhuwasabha Friday has blocked the Arun River, forming a 2-km dam at Syaksila Gola of Bhotkhola Rural Municipality. According to Chief District Officer of Sankhuwasabha Shiva Lal Joshi, the landslide that started at four Thursday afternoon blocked the Arun River. Joshi said that the landslide might have occurred due to the outburst of glacial lake.
Naya Shakti to unite with Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal soon
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 21 - Baburam Bhattarai-led Naya Shakti Nepal and Upendra Yadav-led Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal on Friday have begun the process for party unification just after a day of merger of six Madhes-based parties. Issuing a joint press statement on Friday, NSN and FSFN have informed that a 'Party Unification Coordination Committee' has been formed for the merger process. The Committee also includes a senior leader of Federal Socialist Party Ashok Rai along with two leaders.
Mahato changes tune, Thakur sings same old song
Setopati, Kathmandu, April 20 - Leader of the newly united Madhes-based party Rajendra Mahato changed his tune but chief of the party Mahantha Thakur reiterated the hard-line stance of a single autonomous Madhes province. Addressing the program for unification of six Madhes-based parties on Thursday, Mahato said the party no longer belongs only to the Madhes and also represents the hills and mountains.
6 Madhes-based parties unite to form Rastriya Janata Party
Sanjib Bagale, Kathmandu, April 20 - Six Madhes-based parties--Tarai-Madhes Democratic Party, Sadbhawana Party, Tarai-Madhes Sadbhawana Party, Rastriya Madhes Samajbadi Party, Nepal Sadbhawana Party and Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic--have unified to form Rastriya Janata Party Thursday afternoon.
Challenges for reconstruction
One of the major challenges faced in the reconstruction process of Nepal is the absence of elected local government. Lack of government in local level was reflected in the major pre-disaster and post-disaster events, where it took months to reach the affected region and still no widely-accepted data is available. In the absence of an elected local government, top-down approach of governance has its own accountability deficit.
Apil KC/Keshab Sharma
Making sense of Adityanath's rise in Modi's India
The most notorious incitement of communal hatred by Adityanath was his exhortation to 'kill ten woh log ['them' meaning Muslims]' rather than knocking the doors of legal system 'if one Hindu is killed' in riots.
Identity and nationhood
Whoever says nationhood is not important would be lying. For example, belonging to a particular nation may give certain advantages to a person that one belonging to another nation would not get.
The shankha blower from Bichour
Coincidentally, Ram Lal Joshi, the Radio Nepal singer had his house adjacent to ours and had been hearing him blow it every day. Hari worked as a bagainche in Singha-durbar during day. Ram Lal got him to blow the shankha as a part of musical instrument for Radio Nepal’s iconic signature tune.
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.