Seto Machchhindranath chariot procession kicks off (PHOTOS)
Narayan Maharjan , Kathmandu, April 4 - The chariot procession of Seto Machchhindranath, the God of rain and harvest, has kicked off from Tindhara Pathshala in the capital on Tuesday. The procession that began from Tindhara was taken to Asan through Ratnapark and Bhotahiti. The chariot would be taken to Hanumandhoka on Wednesday, shared Chariot Procession Management Committee member Binod Tuladhar.
Forum-Democratic to unite with Rastriya Janamukti Party
Setopati, Kathmandu, April 4 - The Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar led Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Democratic and Shiv Lal Thapa led Rastriya Janamukti Party will be united on Wednesday. "The two parties are scheduled to announce unification tomorrow. Everything including positions has been decided," leader of Forum-Democratic Ram Janam Chaudhary told Setopati.
Some 325,000 voters added in 8 districts of Province No 2
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 4 - A total of 325,000 new voters have been added in eight districts of Province No 2 for the local election, accoridng to the Election Commission. However, the United Democratic Madhesi Forum (UDMF) has been claiming that a large number of voters have been missed and demanded to hold election only after adding the missed voters.
Obstructed Muglin-Narayangadh road section resumes
Setopati, Kathmandu, April 3 - Obstructed Muglin- Narayangadh road section after dry landslide has resumed from 4 pm on Monday. According to Chief District Officer of Chitwan Narayan Prasad Bhatta, the vehicular movement has resumed from 4 pm on Monday. The death toll has climbed to two and two others were injured in the incident.
People come for enrollment after announcement of election date: Yadav
Interview, Kathmandu, April 3 - First, they have to go to the villages. Election offices in tarai are closed. Many did not go for enrollment assuming that the election will not be held. There is still uncertainty about the election. Many names have been missed also while changing VDCs into rural municipalities (after local level restructuring). They have been going to the election offices to complain. The offices are not responding.
Morang has the largest number of voters (With List)
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 3 - The Election Commission has finalized the voter list for the local election on Sunday. The commission has informed that over 14 million voters will be eligible to caste their votes in the local level election scheduled for May 14.
One killed as dry landslide at Muglin-Narayangadh road buries vehicles
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 3 - One motorcyclist has been killed and two persons injured in dry landslide at the Muglin-Narayangadh section of the Prithvi Highway on Monday. "We have recovered a dead body of a motorcyclist from Salyan and taken out a petroleum tanker and a pick-up van. We fear a few more motorcycles may also have been buried," CDO of Chitwan Dr Narayan Prasad Bhatta told Setopati.
Has enrollment of 100,000 voters been missed in Madhes?
Rohit Khatiwada, Kathmandu, April 2 - Chairman of Federal Socialist Forum Upendra Yadav during the meeting of Nepali Congress (NC), CPN (Maoist Center) and the Madhesi Front on Friday said around 100,000 voters have not been included in the voter list and demanded that the local election be held only after including those missed voters. Setopati contacted the central office of the Election Commission in Kathmandu and a few district offices including that in Yadav’s home district Sunsari to see how many voters were added after the second Constituent Assembly (CA) election held in November 2013.
Naya Shakti stages sit-in at election office, Baburam Bhattarai arrested
Setopati , Kathmandu, April 2 - Police on Sunday arrested Coordinator of Naya Shakti Nepal Baburam Bhattarai while trying to picket the Election Commission Office in Kantipath. Police have also arrested his wife and leader of Naya Shakti Nepal Hisila Yami along with CPN Maoist Revolutionary leader CP Gajurel.
Malla guides Nepal to thumping 7-wicket win over Hong Kong
Setopati, Kathmandu, March 30 - Skipper Gyanendra Malla put up a brilliant all-round performance to steer Nepal to a commanding seven–wicket win over Hong Kong in its third match of the Emerging Teams Asia Cup at the Sheikh Kamal International Stadium in Gopalganj, Bangladesh on Thursday.
Precedent of DPMs in Nepal
Sanjib Bagale, Kathmandu, March 30 - Prime Minister (PM) Pushpa Kamal Dahal could not hand over the reins to any of his three deputy PMs before going to China last week due to dispute about seniority which meant the government remained without a head for a week.
NA entrusted with preliminary construction of Nijgadh Airport
Setopati , Kathmandu, March 30 - Nepal Army (NA) has been entrusted with preliminary construction of the proposed second international airport in Nijgadh, Bara. Construction of the airport, that was limited to papers for the past two decades, was handed over to NA as appointing a contractor company would take more time.
Lohani names new party United RPP (Nationalist)
Setopati, Kathmandu, March 29 - Prakash Chandra Lohani, who recently quit Kamal Thapa led Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP), has announced a new one, United RPP (Nationalist), organizing a press conference in Kathmandu on Wednesday. He claimed to have formed the party to move the country toward progress by maintaining national unity.
Furnish appointment documents of 80 judges for High Court: SC to Judicial Council
Shova Sharma , Kathmandu, March 29 - The Supreme Court (SC) has issued a show cause order to Judicial Council and asked it to furnish appointment documents of 80 judges for High Court. A single bench of Justices Ananda Mohan Bhattarai conducting hearing on the writ petition against appointment of judges for High Court has asked Judicial Council to furnish appointment documents.
Sajha buses to ply Bhaktapur roads within a week
Setopati , Kathmandu, March 29 - The Department of Transport Management (DoTM) has provided route permit to Bhaktapur for Sajha Yatayat amid protests by transport entrepreneurs. Sajha Yatayat on March 13 had submitted an application to DoTM asking for permission to ply its vehicles on Kalanki, Tripushowr, Sundhara, Baneshwor, Koteshwor, Jadibuti, Sallaghari, Byasi, Kamalbinayak, Jagati and Suryabinayak route.
PM Dahal returns home (Photo and Video)
Narayan Maharjan , Kathmandu, March 29 - Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal returned home on Wednesday after completing his week-long visit to China. He returned home with his delegation at around 11 am via Air China. PM Dahal had left for China on March 23 to take part in the Boao Forum for Asia annual conference.
Philippines hits 10-man Nepal for four
Setopati, Kathmandu, March 28 - Bikram Lama's handball inside the penalty box cost dear as 10-man Nepal suffered a humiliating 4-1 defeat in the AFC Cup qualifier against Philippines at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila on Tuesday.
Polling stations not yet fixed in six districts of Province No 2
Setopati , Kathmandu, March 28 - Polling stations for the local level election slated for May 14 have not been fixed in Province No 2 due to United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) protests. According to Spokesperson of Election Commission (EC) Surya Prasad Sharma, around 69 polling stations have been fixed until now. Sharma informed that the commission has designated polling stations only in Bara and Parsa out of eight districts in Province No 2.
Nepal lets Bangladesh off the hook to bow out of group phase
Setopati, Kathmandu, March 28 - Nepal allowed Bangladesh to recover from a precarious position twice to suffer a 83–run defeat in its second match at the Sheikh Kamal International Stadium in Gopalganj, Bangladesh on Tuesday to bow out from the group phase of the Emerging Teams Asia Cup.
Nepal suffers six-wicket loss to Pakistan
Setopati, Kathmandu, March 27 - Nepal suffered a six-wicket loss at the hands of Pakistan in the first match of the Emerging Teams Asia Cup at the Sheikh Kamal International Stadium in Gopalganj, Bangladesh on Monday. Nepal struggled to 180/9 in 50 overs after being put in to bat by Pakistan that eased to victory losing just four wickets in 45.1 overs.
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.
Kathmandu means so much to me, and it looks like for people who promise to be the agent of change for the better, their own names mean a lot. A lot more than Kathmandu it seems.
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.
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.