• Namelist of new ministers

    Namelist of new ministers Setopati, Kathmandu, Feb 25 - Prime Minister Sushil Koirala is administering the oath of office and secrecy to his cabinet members at Shital Niwas at 5 p.m.

  • Congress finalizes list of ministers from the party

    After days-long hectic meetings, Nepali Congress has finally prepared the list of ministers from the party. Six ministers are from the party establishment and four from the faction led by Sher Bahdur Deuba.

  • New ministers to be sworn in at 5 p.m.

    SETOPATI, KATHMANDU, FEB 25 - More than two weeks after he was elected to the helm, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala is finally expanding his cabinet on Tuesday afternoon. According to Baluwatar sources, the prime minister will administer the oath of office and secrecy to his cabinet members in the presence of President Ram Baran Yadav at the latter's office at Shital Niwas at 5 p.m.

  • 7 UML ministers from Oli-Gautam faction, 3 from Khanal-Nepal faction

    SETOPATI, KATHMANDU, FEB 25 - Out of the 10 minister-nominees from the UML, seven are from KP Oli-Bam Dev Gautam faction and three from Jahalanath Khanal-Madhav Kumar Nepal faction. Bam Dev Gautam, Radha Gywali, Mahendra Pandey, Khagraj Adhiari, Dal Bahadur Rana, Karna Bahadur Thapa, and Hari Prasad Parajuli are from Oli-Gautam faction, while Bhim Prasad Acharya, Lal Babu Pandit, and Purshottam Poudel are loyal to Khanal-Nepal camp. Similarly, out of 10 ministers from the party, three are loyal to Gautam.

  • UML picks more than half of its members from outside parliament

    Violating the parliamentary practices, the UML has selected more than half of the leaders from outside the parliament on the party's list of ministers. Six leaders out of 10 are not the members of the legislature-parliament. Khagraj Adhikari, Mahendra Pandey, Radha Gyawali, Dal Bahadur Rana, Lal Babu Pandit and Hari Parajuli are not the members of the parliament.

  • UML finalizes list of ministers

    SETOPATI, KATHMANDU, FEB 25 - The Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML) has finalized the list of the ministers from the party. The party is sending 10 ministers to the cabinet led by Prime Minister Sushil Koirala.

  • Maoist leader Gharti files candidacy for the post of Deputy CA Chair

    Maoist leader Gharti files candidacy for the post of Deputy CA Chair Setopati, Kathmandu, Feb 25 - UCPN (Maoist) has fielded party leader Onsari Gharti for the post of Deputy Chair of the Constituent Assembly (CA). Gharti is almost sure to get elected to the post as the Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN-UML, the first and second largest parties respectively, have already decided to vote for the Maoist candidate in the election to be held on Wednesday.

  • Standard Chartered Bank to give USD 1 million to Tilganga

    SETOPATI, KATHMANDU, FEB 24 - Standard Chartered Bank has agreed in principle to donate USD 1,000,000 to Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology.

  • Tentative distribution of ministerial portfolios

    Tentative distribution of ministerial portfolios Setopati, Kathmandu, Feb 24 - Sources say the major political parties have agreed to share the ministerial portfolios.

  • NC, UML to back UCPN (Maoist) for CA vice-chair

    NC, UML to back UCPN (Maoist) for CA vice-chair SETOPATI, KATHMANDU, FEB 24 - The UCPN (Maoist) is likely to field central committee member Onsari Gharti as its candidate for CA vice-chair, but Maoist leaders are still divided over whether to file candidacy for the post of CA vice-chairman.

  • NC, UML fail to finalize ministers

    SETOPATI, KATHMANDU, FEB 24 - According to NC leader Bimalendra Nidhi, new ministers will be sworn in on Tuesday after both the coalition partners finalize the lists of ministers from their parties.

  • Koirala begins preparation to expand cabinet

    SETOPATI, KATHMANDU, FEB 24 - Two weeks after he was elected to the helm, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has begun preparations to expand his cabinet. Koirala took the move after his party worked out a compromise formula to settle the disputes over power sharing with the UML, the major coalition partner.

  • Khanal, Nepal, Gautam to select UML minsiters

    SETOPATI, KATHMANDU, FEB 24 - UML Standing Committee has entrusted Chairman Jhalanath Khanal, KP Oli and Bam Dev Gautam with the task of selecting ministers from the party. The Standing Committee meeting at Grande International Hospital, where party's parliamentary leader KP Oili has been undergoing treatment for rheumatism and high uric acid, decided to entrusted the leaders with the task of selecting minister.

  • 604 Mahottari teachers fined

    KATHMANDU, FEB 24 - The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has fined 604 teachers in Mahottari district for not submitting their property details.The CIAA has also ordered the teachers to submit the details of their property within one month.

  • Medical college operator-cum-legislator to stage hunger strike

    A day after the Supreme Court (SC) declined to issue an interim order to reinstate Sashi Sharma to the post of IoM Dean, UML lawmaker and operator of Man Mohan Medical College, Rajendra Pandey stated that he would stage a sit-in in front of the parliament building if Tribhuvan University doesn’t give affiliation to his private medical college.

  • Oli's health improving

    Oli's health improving Kathmandu, Feb. 23: - The health condition of CPN (UML) Parliamentary Party leader, KP Sharma Oli, who was hospitalized at Grande Hospital, Dhapasi, following arthritis problem has been gradually improving, Oli's aide Ramesh Acharya said.

  • Qatar ready for investment in Nepal: Dahal

    Qatar ready for investment in Nepal: Dahal KATHMANDU, FEB 23 - The Qatar government has showed readiness to invest in Nepal's infrastructure development, hydropower and tourism. The Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister and the Labour Minister of Qatar said with the UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal that Nepal was a proper place for investment and the Qatar government was ready for it.

  • One Class, One community

    One Class, One community ABHA DHITAL, KATHMANDU, FEB 23 - On December 27th 2012 four friends took what has to be one of the best decisions of their lives so far. After an engaging, thoughtful conversation, Himal Shrestha, Aman Maharjan, Samir Dhodari and Kiran Risal concluded that they could and, they should, give back to their society.

  • Shriwastav to continue as IOM Dean

    SETOPATI, KATHMANDU, FEB 23 - The Supreme Court (SC) on Sunday declined to suspend the newly appointed IoM Dean Dr Rakesh Shriwastav and reinstate former Dean Shashi Sharma.

  • NC-UML talks 'positive'

    Setopati, Kathmandu, Feb 23 - The NC-UML bilateral talks on Sunday ended without finalizing the power sharing details in the new cabinet.


  • Amendment of Education Act: A betrayal to capable candidates Amendment of Education Act: A betrayal to capable candidates

    Not all, but many of the temporary teachers who have been wishing to become permanent, no doubt, appointed on the basis of their political ideologies. They couldn't succeed in the examinations despite repeated attempts. They carried the bags of those parties during their teaching career.

    Manoj Sapkota

  • The Doklam dilemma The Doklam dilemma

    Being a buffer state between the two giant neighbors, Nepal should conduct its foreign policy vis-à-vis China and India in a very sensitive manner. Nepal has always maintained that it would not allow its soil to be used against any neighbor. At the same time, Nepal should make sure that its own national interests are never compromised.

    Gaurab Shumsher Thapa


  • To dogs, with love To dogs, with love

    Many find talking about basic animal rights stupid when no basic rights of people are guaranteed. However, there are still few people who are aware how humane behavior has turned toward cruelty and indifference which can be vividly seen through the way street dogs and other animals are abused around us.

    Sujita Shrestha

  • Unanswered questions on recent leftist alliance Unanswered questions on recent leftist alliance

    Although they seem to be very much communist while in opposition, whether about the 'Indian semi-colonial status' in Nepal or American hegemony, this has never been evident while they actually come into power and rule Nepal.

    Dr Chandra Sharma Poudyal

Readers Column

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    Thailand is a developing country. But it seemed like a developed country at first sight. It is hard to believe that Thailand is a developing country. There are big buildings, and clean and broad roads. The city is clean with no trace of pollution.

  • 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.