• Death toll in Rajbiraj reached four

    Death toll in Rajbiraj reached four Setopati, Kathmandu, Mrach 6 - Death toll in Rajbiraj incident after the police opened fire at the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) cadres who tried to obstruct the Mechi-Mahakali Campaign of CPN-UML Monday afternoon has reached four. Rajbiraj is tense after the incident and chances of unfortunate incidents are increasing, media persons there told Setopati.

  • UDMF withdraws support from govt, announces protest programs

    UDMF withdraws support from govt, announces protest programs Setopati, Kathmandu, March 6 - The United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) has withdrawn support from the current government and announced protest after death of three persons in Rajbiraj on Monday. An emergency meeting of the UDMF held in Kathamndu after the Rajbiraj incident has taken the decision to that regard, leader of Nepal Sadbhawana Party Manish Suman told Setopati.

  • 3 confirmed dead in police firing in Rajbiraj

    3 confirmed dead in police firing in Rajbiraj Sanjib Bagale, Saptari, March 6 - Death toll in Rajbiraj incident after the police opened fire at the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) cadres who tried to obstruct the Mechi-Mahakali Campaign of CPN-UML Monday afternoon has reached three. Sanjan Mehta, 18, died on the spot while other two have breathed their last in the hospital, CDO of Saptari Udhav Timalsina told Setopati. The police had tried to stop a large number of UDMF cadres who reached the Gajendra Narayan Singh Industrial Area to obstruct the UML program even after the party shifted the venue from the core of Rajbiraj.

  • UML stops Mechi-Mahakali Campaign for three days

    UML stops Mechi-Mahakali Campaign for three days Sanjib Bagale, Saptari, March 6 - The standing committee meeting of CPN-UML held Monday evening in Saptari after death of a person in Rajbiraj has stopped Mechi-Mahakali Campaign for three days. The emergency meeting held at the residence of UML leader Suman Raj Pyakurel in Rupani in the evening has taken the decision, deputy chief of UML publicity department Surya Thapa confirmed.

  • One killed in police firing in Rajbiraj

    One killed in police firing in Rajbiraj Sanjib Bagale, Rajbiraj (Saptari), March 6 - One person has been killed and over a dozen injured as the police opened fire at the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) cadres who pelted stones at the mass meeting of CPN-UML inside the Gajendra Narayan Singh Industrial Area on Monday. The deceased has been identified as Sanjan Mehta. "I have also received report about death of a person. I have yet to confirm it with the hospital though," CDO of Saptari Baldev Gautam said.

  • Oli uses Maithili in Rajbiraj, doesn't mention amendment bill

    Oli uses Maithili in Rajbiraj, doesn't mention amendment bill Sanjib Bagale, Rajbiraj (Saptari), March 6 - CPN-UML Chairman KP Oli on Monday used Maithili language interspersed with Nepali to address the mass meeting in Rajbiraj, Saptari in what can be called an attempt to improve his image of an anti-Madhes leader. Oli, who has been calling constitution amendment bill anti-national, did not mention the amendment bill in his speech of around five minutes. "Eighty percent of Madhesi leaders (Constituent Assembly members) have signed on this constitution. This constitution, therefore, is of all the people," he reasoned.

  • UML's Mechi-Mahakali campaign enters Province 2

    UML's Mechi-Mahakali campaign enters Province 2 Setopati, Saptari, March 6 - The Mechi-Mahakali campaign of the main opposition CPN-UML has entered Province 2 on the third day on Monday. A four-kilometer-long motorcade including over 600 small and big vehicles is now crossing Koshi barrage. There is a tight security arrangement for the rally of around 4,000 persons with top UML leaders.

  • Over 1,600 security persons deployed for UML's program in Saptari

    Over 1,600 security persons deployed for UML's program in Saptari Setopati , Kathmandu, March 6 - More than 1,600 security persons including Nepal Police and Armed Police Force (APF) personnel have been mobilized in Saptari ahead of CPN-UML’s mass meeting there as part of its Mechi-Mahakali campaign. A police source told Setopati that around 1,200 Nepali Police personnel and 400 APF are being mobilized in the district.

  • Police, UDMF cadres clash in Saptari, dozen arrested

    Sanjib Bagale , Saptari, March 6 - Tension ran high at Kanchanpur and Gajendra Chowk on Monday morning after clash ensued between the cadres of United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) and police personnel. At least 2 vehicles at Kanchanpur and 3 at Rupani have been vandalized by the cadres of Madhesi Front. The cadres of Madhesi Front have burnt tyres at various places of Saptari, according to UDMF district coordinator Dinesh Yadav.

  • Phagu Poornima begins with installing of ‘Chir’ (PHOTOS)

    Phagu Poornima begins with installing of ‘Chir’ (PHOTOS) Narayan Maharjan , Kathmandu, March 5 - Phagu Poornima or Holi has started from Sunday with installing of ‘Chir’ (a bamboo pole) at Basantapur of Hanumandhoka in Kathmandu. A colorful ‘Chir’ was erected at 8:15 am, the auspicious time for the occasion. It is believed that the festival of color begins across the nation with installation of Chir that has colorful pieces of cloths on Fagun Shukla Asthami. The festival celebrated for eight days will conclude with burning of the ‘Chir’, on the full moon day.

  • Mahara thanks India for help in cutting load shedding

    Mahara thanks India for help in cutting load shedding Setopati, Kathmandu, March 3 - Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara has thanked India for providing nearly 380 MW of electricity during the winter to reduce load shedding in Nepal. Mahara conveyed the gratitude to Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who on Friday completed two-day visit of Nepal on invitation of Mahara and Industry Minister Nabindra Raj Joshi, according to a press statement issued by the Indian Embassy in Nepal.

  • Gachchhadar prevails over Foreign Minister Mahat

    Gachchhadar prevails over Foreign Minister Mahat Setopati, Kathmandu, March 3 - Chairman of Forum Democratic Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar, who is not even in the government, has finally prevailed over Foreign Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat for appointment of foreign employment entrepreneur Sharmila Parajuli as ambassador. Minister Mahat had sent a formal proposal by withdrawing names of foreign employment entrepreneurs Asha Lama and Parajuli from the list of proposed ambassadors after widespread condemnation.

  • RPP chooses cow as election symbol

    RPP chooses cow as election symbol Setopati, Kathmandu, March 3 - Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) has chosen cow as the party's election symbol on Friday. The party, which opposes secularism to woo the Hindus, has unanimously decided to keep cow, considered holy in Hindu religion, central member of RPP Mohan Shrestha confirmed.

  • Nepal must overcome fear of unknown: Jaitley tells PM

    Nepal must overcome fear of unknown: Jaitley tells PM Setopati , Kathmandu, March 2 - Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told Prime Minister (PM) Pushpa Kamal Dahal that Nepal must overcome fear of the unknown to attract investment. Jaitley, who arrived in Kathmandu Thursday afternoon to participate in the Nepal Investment Summit-2017, said so while meeting PM Dahal at his residence in Baluwatar.

  • India committed to partner Nepal for growth: Arun Jaitley

    India committed to partner Nepal for growth: Arun Jaitley Setopati, Kathmandu, March 2 - Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said India is committed to partner Nepal in her aspirations for growth. Jaitley who arrived in Kathmandu Thursday afternoon said so while addressing the Nepal Investment Summit-2017 that started earlier on the day. He also expressed commitment to invest in hydropower, connect Nepal to India's rail network, irrigation, health and education sectors, transmission lines, roads and bridges and other sectors.

  • Construction of Gautam Buddha International Airport sluggish

    Construction of Gautam Buddha International Airport sluggish Bhagawati Pandey, Kathmandu, March 2 - The construction of Gautam Buddha International Airport has not gathered pace despite favorable environment. At least 30 percent of construction work has been completed until now. Contractor is to blame for the slow-paced construction despite the availability of construction materials and favorable weather conditions. The construction work failed to gather momentum last year due to the Indian blockade and unavailability of construction materials.Pace of construction does not seem to be satisfactory even this year despite no such problems.

  • SC continues stay against appointment of Chand as IGP

    SC continues stay against appointment of Chand as IGP Shova Sharma, Kathmandu, March 1 - The Supreme Court has cancelled promotion of Jai Bahadur Chand to the post of IGP of Nepal Police on Wednesday. A division bench of justices Hari Krishna Karki and Ishwor Khatiwada after hearing both the sides related to the two writ petitions against Chand's appointment has deemed Chand's appointment illegal.

  • Mishra applies for Sajha Party at EC

    Mishra applies for Sajha Party at EC Setopati, Kathmandu, March 1 - Former journalist Rabindra Mishra on Wednesday registered an application at the Election Commission, Nepal to secure the name Sajha Party and weighing scale (taraju) as its election symbol, coordinator of the party Rabindra Mishra confirmed. "We have registered the application to just secure the name of the party and election symbol as registration of party has been stopped by the Election Commission now," Mishra told Setopati.

  • SC verdict on IGP appointment today

    SC verdict on IGP appointment today Shova Sharma, Kathmandu, March 1 - Hearing on writ petitions filed against promotion of Jai Bahadur Chand to the post of IGP of Nepal Police has concluded Wednesday and the Supreme Court will deliver its verdict today itself. A division bench of justices Hari Krishna Karki and Ishwor Khatiwada had heard both the sides related to the two writ petitions from last Wednesday.

  • Manjeev Singh Puri recommended as new Indian Ambassador to Nepal

    Manjeev Singh Puri recommended as new Indian Ambassador to Nepal Setopati , Kathmandu, March 1 - The Indian government has recommended Manjeev Singh Puri as new Indian envoy to Nepal. The Indian government on Wednesday morning wrote to the Nepal’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs for Puri’s agreemo, according to ministry sources.

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

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    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.

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