• PM's China visit uncertain due to lack of confirmation of Jinping meeting

    PM's China visit uncertain due to lack of confirmation of Jinping meeting Setopati, Kathmandu, March 17 - The China visit of Prime Minister (PM) Pushpa Kamal Dahal scheduled for the last week of March is uncertain after failure to set up a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. PM Dahal is now unsure about the visit in lack of confirmation for the meeting with Jinping even though formal invitation for the program of Boao Forum scheduled from March 23-26 in Hainan province arrived Thursday evening, according to a source at Baluwatar.

  • CEC Yadav apprises PM of election preparations

    CEC Yadav apprises PM of election preparations Kathmandu, March 17 - Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhi Prasad Yadav has apprised Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal of the preparations regarding the local election on Friday. Yadav reached the PM's residence at Baluwatar on Friday morning to inform the PM about the Commission activities and ongoing preparations to hold local level election on May 14.

  • Govt deploys executive officers at rural municipalities (With list)

    Govt deploys executive officers at rural municipalities (With list) Setopati , Kathmandu, March 17 - The government has deployed executive officers at 481 rural municipalities across the country. The Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development on Thursday deployed executive officers to the offices of rural municipalities.

  • PAC summons PM on Ncell tax avoidance episode

    PAC summons PM on Ncell tax avoidance episode Setopati, Kathmandu, March 16 - The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the parliament on Thursday has decided to summon Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal to hear the facts about alleged attempt by the cabinet to help Ncell avoid capital gains tax. Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara during the PAC meeting on Thursday claimed that the cabinet only discussed about the issue on March 8 after Ncell registered a letter at the Office of the Council of Ministers, and no decision was taken during the cabinet meeting.

  • Final hearing on IGP appointment on March 19

    Final hearing on IGP appointment on March 19 Shova Sharma, Kathmandu, March 16 - The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday has scheduled the final hearing on writ petitions filed against promotion of Jai Bahadur Chand to the post of IGP of Nepal Police for March 19. A joint bench of Justice Ishwor Khatiwada and Justice Tej Bahadur KC have ordered a full bench for the hearing on March 19. It has also ordered the government to send the evaluation file at the time of promotion.

  • Hearing on IGP appointment could not be conducted

    Hearing on IGP appointment could not be conducted Setopati, Kathmandu, March 16 - The final hearing on promotion of Jai Bahadur Chand to the post of IGP of Nepal Police could not be held on Thursday as Chand's lawyer Sushil Panta argued that Justice Tej Bahadur KC, who was also part of the bench when the Supreme Court (SC) had ordered to continue the interim order to not allow Chand to assume office, was again included in the bench for final hearing along with Justice Ishwor Khatiwada.

  • How to check if your name is in voters' list?

    How to check if your name is in voters' list? Setopati , Kathmandu, March 16 - The government on February 20 had announced that it will hold local level election on May 14. But most of us may not know how to check who can cast vote in the upcoming election.

  • SC to conduct final hearing on IGP appointment today

    SC to conduct final hearing on IGP appointment today Shova Sharma , Kathmandu, March 16 - The Supreme Court is set to conduct its final hearing on writ petitions filed against promotion of Jai Bahadur Chand to the post of IGP of Nepal Police on Thursday. A division bench of justices Tej Bahadur KC and Ananda Mohan Bhattarai will conduct hearing on the case, according to source at top court.

  • Secondary Education Exam begins today

    Secondary Education Exam begins today Narayan Maharjan , Bhaktapur, March 16 - The Secondary Education Exam – the transformed examination of School Leaving Certificate – has begun throughout the country since 8 am this morning. The examination of English subject is being held across the country at once in a peaceful manner, informed Examination Controller of Sanothimi-based Examination Controller Office Ambika Prasad Regmi.

  • Singha Durbar blossoms (PHOTOS)

    Singha Durbar blossoms (PHOTOS) Narayan Maharjan , Kathmandu, March 15 - The Singha Durbar looks beautiful due to various flowers that have blossomed in its premises. The Gorkha earthquake that struck on April 25, 2015 knocked down various historical monuments, partially damaging the nation's administrative center.

  • Madhesi Front withdraws support from govt

    Madhesi Front withdraws support from govt Sanjib Bagale, Kathmandu, March 15 - The Madhesi Front has withdrawn its support for the Pushpa Kamal Dahal government accusing it of not honoring agreements, and announced it will now stay in opposition. "We are withdrawing our support for the government through the Speaker today," Madhesi Front leader Mahendra Raya Yadav said in the parliament. "The announcement of local election is against the constitution and should be taken back. The federal election must be held first," he added.

  • SC has interfered in govt's work: PM

    SC has interfered in govt's work: PM Setopati, Kathmandu, March 15 - Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal in his response to the writ petition filed by advocate Kapil Dev Dhakal on promotion of Jai Bahadur Chand to the post of IGP of Nepal Police has called appointment of IGP the government's jurisdiction and demanded annulment of the petition. The Supreme Court (SC) has scheduled the hearing on the case for March 16.

  • Gauchan, Regmi, Kami rested for Emerging Nations Cup

    Gauchan, Regmi, Kami rested for Emerging Nations Cup Setopati, Kathmandu, March 15 - Senior players Shakti Gauchan and Basant Regmi and fast bowler Sompal Kami have been rested while Mohamad Asif Sheikh, Dilip Nath and Dipesh Shrestha are the new additions in the 15-man squad announced for the upcoming ACC Emerging Nations Cup to be held in Bangladesh from March 25 to April 4.

  • EC to issue voter identity cards with security features

    EC to issue voter identity cards with security features Setopati , Kathmandu, March 14 - The Election Commission is distributing new electoral identity cards with various security features before the local level election announced for May 14. “We have prepared new electoral identity cards with four various security features,” Secretary at the Election Commission Gopinath Mainali told Setopati, “Identity cards will be printed after finalizing the name list of voters.”

  • Clinical Nepal keeps WC qualifiers hopes alive

    Clinical Nepal keeps WC qualifiers hopes alive Setopati, Kathmandu, March 13 - Nepal put up a clinical display to thump Kenya by seven wickets at the Tribhuvan University Cricket Ground on Monday to keep hopes of qualifying for the ODI World Cup qualifiers to be held next year alive. The bowlers led by Mahboob Alam and Sharad Vesawkar bowled Kenya out for a paltry score of 155 runs before skipper Gyanendra Malla and 17-year-old Dipendra Singh Airee smashed Kenyan bowlers to romp to victory with 118 balls remaining.

  • Lohani quits RPP

    Lohani quits RPP Setopati, Kathmandu, March 12 - Former chairman of Rashtriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) Dr Prakash Chandra Lohani has quit the party on Sunday expressing serious reservations about working style of party chairman Kamal Thapa. He has accused Thapa of utter disregard of the party’s statute after the general convention of unity ignoring the understanding reached at the time of general convention and using the party as a tool to serve his personal and political interests.

  • Phagu Poornima being celebrated today (PHOTOS)

    Phagu Poornima being celebrated today (PHOTOS) Anish Regmi , Kathmandu, March 12 - Phagu Poornima or the festival of colors is being celebrated with in the hilly areas, including the capital on Sunday. The festival will be marked by tarai denizens on Monday. The Phagu Poornima celebration begins with a Holika dahan or making a bonfire commemorating the death of Holika on the eve of Holi, the symbol of triumph of good over evil. The next day, people enjoy smearing one another with different colors including abir or red vermilion powder.

  • Kenya dashes Nepal's chances for WC qualifiers

    Kenya dashes Nepal's chances for WC qualifiers Setopati, Kathmandu, March 11 - Nepal’s chances of qualifying for the ODI World Cup qualifiers to be held next year suffered a huge blow as Kenyan skipper Rakep Patel guided his team to a nervy five-wicket win in a rain-affected ICC World Cricket League match at the Tribhuvan University Cricket Ground on Saturday.

  • Encroachment on sovereignty, territorial integrity and border will not be tolerated: Nidhi

    Encroachment on sovereignty, territorial integrity and border will not be tolerated: Nidhi Setopati, Kathmandu, March 10 - Home Minister Bimalendra Nidhi, briefing the parliament about the shooting of a Nepali national by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) in Kanchanpur, said the government will not tolerate any kind of attack and encroachment on sovereignty, territorial integrity and border. He added the government and Nepali people are alert about that, and assured that the government will investigate the incident. He also revealed that the government, which has already declared the victim Govinda Gautam a martyr, will provide Rs 1 million to the family of victim and will provide free education for the victim's two kids.

  • Volte-face by Indian Embassy on Kanchanpur killing

    Setopati , Kathmandu, March 10 - Chargé d'affaires at the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu Vinay Kumar on Friday met Foreign Secretary Shankar Das Bairagi this morning to convey condolences on the killing of a Nepali national by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) in Kanchanpur a day after the Indian Embassy denied involvement of BSF in the shooting. "He informed Mr Bairagi of the decision to initiate an enquiry on the incident at the border of the Lakhimpur Kheri - Kanchanpur districts and requested that the Nepalese side may share post-mortem and forensic reports to facilitate the enquiry process," according to a press statement issued by the Indian Embassy

Opinion

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    We take pride in Sagarmatha and also Bhagwan Buddha. We should introspect as to what has been “our” contribution in the making of both. The tallest mountain landmark is the outcome of tectonic push against the bigger landmass creating the upward drift that created the Himalaya. Prince Siddhartha, on the other hand, was born 2556 years ago or 23 centuries before Nepal got unified under Prithivi Narayan Shah. Siddhartha is believed to have attained enlightenment at the age of 35 or around six years after leaving Kapilvastu.

    Hemant Arjyal

  • Unwarranted misfortune Unwarranted misfortune

    All this pointed that the election will be held with public support despite efforts by those against it. But all that changed after three people were killed in Rajbiraj after the police opened fire on Madhesi Front cadres who were ‘hurling petrol bombs’ toward the venue where UML Chairman KP Oli had just finished his short address.

    Prem Dhakal

Blog

  • Men at work Men at work

    Currently the larger part of our urban area resembles a war zone with bulldozers and mechanical diggers running amok. What is left behind the unfinished work typically consists of mangled water pipes, jumbled up and torn telephone and electric wires, mounds of dug earth and gravel heaps, unfilled ditches and incomplete manholes.

    Hemant Arjyal

  • A great aviator in the Nepali skies A great aviator in the Nepali skies

    Deepak was not only a competent pilot but also someone who had the inner strength to always remain cool, calm, and collected. That nature helped him make a total of three emergency landings in his career as a pilot when he suddenly had to deal with technical malfunctions while flying an aircraft.

    Deep Lamichhane

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  • 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.

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