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Govt to provide Rs 500,000 each to bereaved families
(9 hours ago) The government has decided to provide a financial assistance of Rs 500,000 each to the families of those killed in the avalanche at Mount Everest base camp on April 18. Altogether 13 mountaineers had lost their lives while three are still missing in the incident. At a program organized by Reporters´ Club here on Wednesday, Minister for Cultur
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House will pass TRC bill ‘soon’
(today) Minister for Information and Communications and government spokesperson Minendra Rijal has said that he is positive that the TRC bill, or the bill on Commission on Investigation of Missing Persons, Truth and Reconciliation will be passed by parliament soon. The bill is in keeping with Nepal’s international commitment to human rights while also ad
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Ex-king Shah says he worships for sake of country and People
(today) Former king Gyanendra Shah has said that his aim of offering pooja at different religious shrines was for peace and prosperity of the people and the country. The ex-king worshipped the Suresh wornath Mahadev in Sishaniya VDC-3 in Bara district on Wednesday. Responding to a query, the former king told journalists to ask for information from the
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IMF mission bats for a powerful NRB
(today) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) should be authorized to directly liquidate or scrap the license of any banks and financial Institutions (BFIs). An IMF staff mission, led by Alexander Pitt, has recommended that the new central bank act should give NRB the power to scrap the license of any BFIs or liq
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Nepal-India border sealed for Lok Sabha polls
(today) Nepal-India border area in Mornag district has been completely sealed from Tuesday evening. The border area was sealed from Tuesday evening until Friday morning in view of the security sensitivity during the Lok Sabha election in Bihar State of India. The Lok Sabha election is taking place in Bihar on Thursday.
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Govt to set criteria for consul gen appointments
(today) After receiving a litany of complaints against the appointment of Kathmandu -based Nepali honorary consul generals, and those representing Nepal aboard, a recent Cabinet meeting has asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to prepare criteria for such appointments. After reports about haphazard appointments of honorary consuls, the Cabinet on April
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Fixing nonstructural components can stave off injuries during earthquake, say experts
(today) Constructing a resilient building alone cannot ensure safety of the occupants when a deadly earthquake strikes. Seismic resilience of non-structural elements within the building is equally important for the safety of individuals and properties, say experts. Every building comprises of structural and non-structural components. While the structural
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Pokhara to light up streets with solar power
(today) Major road sections in Pokhara city will have electricity round the clock seven days a week in two months from now. There will hardly be any dark alleys and streets as solar-powered street lights will be guiding late-night revelers and others to their destinations without any hassles. Talking to Republica, Executive Officer at Pokhara Sub-Metropo
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Ex-Kamlaris warn of protest
(today) Freed Kamlaris in five eastern Tarai districts have warned of taking to the streets to protest the “failure” of the government to implement the 10-point agreement reached with the Freed Kamlari Struggle Committee on June 7, 2013. Freed Kamlari Development Forum (FKDF) in Kanchanpur submitted a memorandum to the District Education Office (DEO) an
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Return salary‚ allowance: CIAA
(today) The Commission for the investigation of Abuse of Authority today directed former chairpersons of Brihattar Janakpur Area Development Commission to return the salary and allowances they had taken illegally. As per the CIAA’s directive, Digambar Ray has to return salary and allowance of 48 months, which is equivalent to Rs 4 million. The anti-graft
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Dahal in Namobuddha Resort to prepare political document
(yesterday) UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has arrived to Namobudhha Resort here in the district, on Tuesday. Dahal arrived here along with his wife Sita Dahal at Kanodanda-based resort in bid to prepare his political document for the party´s upcoming national convention. According to sources, some central leaders of the party will also join Da
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Donors overlooking govt budgetary system: Report
(yesterday) Despite repeated calls from the government to use the national system to channel foreign assistance, a large portion of the donors’ money has remained outside the country’s budgetary system. As much as 36 percent of the total donors’ fund was disbursed in the last fiscal year, bypassing the country’s budgetary system, according to the Finance Min
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Aang San Suu Kyi visiting Nepal in June
(yesterday) Myanmar opposition leader and democracy icon Aang San Suu Kyi is arriving in Kathmandu in the second week of June. Su Kyi is arriving in Kathmandu to participate in a two-day function being organized by B P Memorial Trust and BP Thought Academy on the occasion of the late B P Koirala´ centenary birth celebrations starting June 14. She is scheduled
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Experts call for protection of rhododendron forest
(yesterday) When they set off for Tinjure-Milke-Jaljale, popularly known as TMJ, which is a Rhododendron Conservation Area in the eastern part of the country, their sole aim was to have a good time amid blossoming rhododendron flowers. The flowers are in full bloom during March and April. “We were on a sightseeing tour of the hilly region in the eastern
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Nepali migrant workers dying at higher rate
(yesterday) Nepalese migrant workers, whose earnings contribute one-fourth to Nepal’s economy, are dying at a higher rate in foreign shores each year. According to a data obtained from Foreign Employment Promotion Board (FEPB), the number of Nepalese migrant workers dying in foreign countries, including the Gulf, has increased by around 60 percent in four ye
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Apex court justice names likely today
(Apr 21) The Judicial Council is likely to recommend names for Supreme Court justices on Monday. The apex court, which faces a shortage of justices , has only five permanent ones against the provision of 15. Five temporary justices had left office around a week ago after their extended term got over. The constitutional body is likely to recommend na
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Lobbying intensifies as JC meets to recommed justices (Apr 21)
Lobbying intensifies as JC meets to recommed justices
(Apr 21) Political parties have been keenly watching the developments as the Judicial Council (JC) holds discussions to recommend names for the vacant posts of justices at the Supreme Court. According to a source, political parties have been lobbying to get candidates close to them recommended for the vacant posts of justices. Political parties had be ... Read Full News
Search aborted; spring climbs uncertain
(Apr 21) Search operation for three Sherpa guides missing in the Everest avalanche has been called off due to ‘too much risk’ involved. A meeting of expedition operating agencies and guide associations on Saturday night decided not to conduct the search mission, saying it was almost “impossible” to retrieve the three remaining bodies buried underneath the
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HSEB fails to keep permanent Plus 2 tie-up promise
(Apr 21) Despite raising millions of rupees from higher secondary schools (HSS) for feasibility study, the Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB) has not provided permanent affiliation to a single Plus Two. The HSEB collected some 4 million rupees at the rate of Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000 from community and private schools, respectively, in fiscal year 2008/0
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Closure of casinos leaves more than 11,000 jobless
(Apr 21) The government decision to close all casinos with effect from Sunday has left more than 11,000 people jobless. Kishore Silwal, president of Casino Association of Nepal (CAN), told Republica that all casinos shut operations from Sunday as per the government decision. “The decision, however, has left more than 11,000 people employed by the casinos j
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Hawkers warn of tougher protests after talks with authorities fail
(Apr 21) Agitating street vendors have accused the government of trying to snatch away their livelihood by forcing them to move to areas where they would find no buyers. On Sunday, the third consecutive meeting among the agitating street vendors and officials of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) ended inconclusi
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Govt delivers citizenship certificate to Mukesh Kayastha at his doorstep
(Apr 21) In a gesture to honor the youth injured in course of the people´s movement of 2006, government officials visited the house of Mukesh Kayastha delivered the citizenship certificate to him. Kayastha remains paralyzed after being wounded in the people´s movement. On the eve of the People´s Movement, a team led by Chief District Officer of Kavre D
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Maoists, FSPN, Madhes parties to form new alliance
(Apr 20) Leaders from the UCPN (Maoist), some Madhes-based parties and the Federal Socialist Party Nepal (FSPN) have agreed to forge a ‘strategic alliance’ and jointly lobby for their agenda with regard to constitution-making, peace process and other fronts as well. UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, FSPN Chairman Ashok Rai, Madhesi People’s Rights
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4 killed in Gumli road accident
(Apr 20) At least four persons were killed while 10 others got injured, six of them seriously, in a jeep accident in the district on Sunday. Three persons died on the spot and one on the way to the hospital, informed our correspondent Bishal Bhattarai. The jeep, Lu 1 Ja 2592, was heading to Tamghas, the district headquarters, from Chartala when it met
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Sectt: CA panel chiefs to be elected by April 28
(Apr 20) The Constituent Assembly  Secretariat is set to announce election dates to select the chairs of five committees of the constitution drafting process on Monday, three months after the first meeting of the CA . As parties have failed to reach a consensus, officials said the elections will continue till April 28 to select the heads of Political Dia
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Fire bikes proving their worth in city
(Apr 20) Equipped with special siren and basic fire extinguishing system, recently- launched fire bikes have proved instrumental in extinguishing fires, especially in congested and narrow alleys of the city, said Kathmandu Fire Brigade. On April 9, KFB received information about an inferno at Masang Galli of Mahabouddha. The blaze originating from an 11-K
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Brick kiln workers urge employers to ensure basic facilities
(Apr 20) Brick kiln workers of Bhaktapur district came together on Saturday to urge the owners of brick kilns to ensure basic facilities like clean drinking water, toilet, electricity and other sanitation services for them at their work place. “We have tolerantly worked in brick factories for years despite facing hardships in lack of basic facilities. Our
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Dhankuta village reels under water shortage
(Apr 20) As many as 48 Dalit families of Todketol VDC in Dhankuta municipality have been grappling with water woes for the past one month after the only well in the locality dried up. “After the village’s only water source went dry, locals are forced to walk for three to five hours to Tankhuwa Khola to get water,” said local Kamala Biswokarma, adding, they
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Govt to probe irregularities in free medicine program
(Apr 20) At the time when massive irregularities and corruption has been exposed in free medicine programs, Republica has also found that different government agencies have been purchasing the same drugs for the free medicine programs. As a result of this duplication many common medicines has been gathering dust at the government stores in different parts
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Leaders stress on settling wartime cases through TRC
(Apr 19) CPN (ML) General Secretary CP Mainali has argued that wartime crimes should be settled peacefully with the formation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission ( TRC ). Taking part in a face-to-face programme organised by the Reporters Club here in the Capital on Saturday, leader Mainali stressed that peace and constitution drafting processes
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Parties fail to pick head of CA dialogue panel; call for consensus
(Apr 19) The Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee of the Constituent Assembly once again failed to pick its chairperson on Friday. The meeting was postponed after a majority of the lawmakers called for electing the head of the committee through consensus. The committee, whose role is considered as one of the most important in the constitution writ
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House resumes; parties for bulk handling of war cases
(Apr 19) The Legislature-Parliament resumed on Friday after major political parties including the opposition UCPN (Maoist) reached an unwritten agreement not to adopt a piecemeal approach to dealing with confl
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Damaged by earthquake three decades ago, 300-year-old temple still awaits restoration
(Apr 19) Most of the monuments located in Patan Durbar Square were destroyed in 1934 when the most powerful earthquake ever to hit the Kathmandu Valley struck. Although the then rulers of the country rebuilt most of the temples with the help of local artisans, no effort was made to restore the Bhaidegah Temple located on the southwestern corner of the Squar
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Govt declares casinos illegal
(Apr 19) The government has declared all casinos operating in the country illegal and asked them to shut operations by Sunday. The decision brings an end to the gaming business that began in the country 47 years ago. The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) took the decision as the operators of casinos did not show interest to clear out
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All casinos declared illegal for defying order to obtain permits (Apr 19)
All casinos declared illegal for defying order to obtain permits
(Apr 19) All the casinos in Nepal have been declared illegal as none of them obtained new operating licences by the deadline which expired on Friday. The Tourism Ministry has written to the Home Ministry to shut down all the gaming houses from Sunday. The Finance Ministry has also been informed of the decision. The government had ordered the casinos to ... Read Full News
29 INGOs not in contact with SWC
(Apr 19) total of 29 international organizations have remained out of contact with the Social Welfare Council after signing a general agreement with the Council some ten years ago. As these organizations have stopped communicating with SWC after pledging to work for various purposes, their status remains fuzzy. Officials at the SWC told that they are not
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UCPN-M drags Kanak Dixit into controversy
(Apr 18) Unified CPN-Maoist Constituent Assembly member Shakti Bahadur Basnet today told the Parliament that noted journalist and human rights activist Kanakmani Dixit had received grant for “using media to promote regional peace and development” from the Royal Norwegian Embassy on August 22, 2013. However, Dixit said he had not violated any law of the lan
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Donor funds used without accountability: Lawmakers (Apr 18)
Donor funds used without accountability: Lawmakers
(Apr 18) The battle over the proposed TRC bills took a new turn on Thursday, with lawmakers and pundits questioning the integrity of one of the major critics of the bill and the role of the donor which has funded his organisation. Kanak Mani Dixit, editor of Himal South Asia and publisher of Himal Khabarpatrika, is the executive director of South Asia T ... Read Full News
House obstruction likely to end today
(Apr 18) The parliament proceedings, which have been obstructed by the main opposition UCPN (Maoist), is likely to resume Friday as the three-party talks on Thursday were positive toward that direction. Prime Minister Sushil Koirala at the inter-party talks requested UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal to withdraw their protest as the Maoist cadres a
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Maoists positive about letting House function (Apr 18)
Maoists positive about letting House function
(Apr 18) A meeting of three major political parties on Thursday concluded on a positive note about resuming the business of the stalled parliament. Top leaders of the ruling Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML and the opposition UCPN (Maoist) met at the Prime Minister's Office to discuss the scenario after the Chitwan District Court's verdict on releasing the ... Read Full News
Easing night commuting: KMC to add more solar-run bus stops
(Apr 18) Kathmandu Metropolitan City plans is adding more solar-powered bus stops in the Capital to facilitate the night commuters.    KMC is revisiting the project after it built around 40 such bus stops in various parts of Kathmandu, including Bhadrakali, Lazimpat, Naxal, Tripureshwor, Ratnapark and Chabahil, in partnership with Trilochan Infrastructu
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EPF‚ CIT loan NOC Rs 2.5 billion
(Apr 18) The Ministry of Finance today formally agreed to arrange a loan of Rs 2.5 billion for the Nepal Oil Corporation to help it partially clear its dues to the Indian Oil Corporation, which has slashed supply of petroleum products to Nepal triggering shortage of petrol and diesel. Newly-appointed Finance Secretary Yuba Raj Bhusal, who joined the office
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JC to recommend permanent justices within a week
(Apr 18) The Judicial Council (JC) has decided to complete all the procedures of recommending permanent justices at the Supreme Court within a week. JC, which is entitled to recommend justices at the apex court, met for the first time on Thursday after the appointment of Chief Justice Damodar Prasad Sharma. "We´ll make recommendations for permanent jus
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Locals halt transport over road accident
(Apr 18) Enraged by the deaths of their relatives in a jeep accident, the villagers of Khalanga, the district headquarters of Jajarkot, have shut down local market and halted transport service from Thursday. The locals say they will not call off their agitation unless the District Administration Office of Jajarkot takes action against the driver of the ill
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Justice Acharya resigns over appointment row
(today) Expressing dissatisfaction towards the appointment of justices at the Supreme Court, Jumla chapter of apex court justice Ekraj Acharya resigned on Wednesday. Acharya submitted his resignation letter to chief justice Damodar Pandey. The Judicial Council had recommended eight names for the vacant posts of justices at the SC on Tuesday. The counc
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17 student unions demand deferral of FSU poll
(today) Seventeen student unions have expressed their reservation on the Free Students Union (FSU) election slated for May 28. All Nepal National Independent Student's Union- Revolutionary (ANNISU-R) along with 17 other unions protested over the election s accusing the Tribhuvan University of announcing the dates in collusion with the ruling student
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JC selects eight permanent judges for apex court
(today) The Judicial Council, headed by Chief Justice Damodar Prasad Sharma, today selected eight permanent justices for the Supreme Court. All the nominees are from among judges of appellate courts. Baidhyanath Upadhayay, Gopal Prasad Parajuli, Dipak Raj Joshi, Govinda Kumar Upadhayay, Om Prakash Mishra, Devendra Gopal Shrestha, Cholendra SJB Rana and Ja
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JC recommendations for SC justices court controversy (today)
JC recommendations for SC justices court controversy
(today) Recommendations by the Judicial Council (JC) for filling vacant positions of permanent justices at the Supreme Court have drawn controversy. The JC on Tuesday recommended the names of eight chief judges at appellate courts for the vacant posts. A meeting of the JC, which is headed by Chief Justice Damodar Prasad Sharma, recommended Baidyanath Upa ... Read Full News
Police seize huge cache of red sandalwood from Dhading
(today) Police on Wednesday confiscated huge cache of illegal red sandalwood from Jhaprekhola area along the Tribhuvan Highway. Police has also nabbed a person along with the illegal sandalwood. Acting on a special tip off, Metropolitan Police Range Thankot seized 69 pieces of logs of sandalwood from a van, Ba 3 Cha 6810, at around 1 pm this afternoon
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Govt addresses major demands
(today) In a ground breaking move, the government on Tuesday agreed to meet most demands put forth by mountaineering and guide associations, including raising the insurance coverage to each individual ‘mountain worker’ on the world’s highest peak to $15,000, up from $10,000. But mountaineering guides, who have threatened to boycott the spring expeditions
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After Everest tragedy, Sherpas face stark choices
(today) When a deadly avalanche struck a group of Sherpas last Friday morning, Chhedar Sherpa had just reached Camp One of Mount Everest. When he learnt about the devastating incident, Chhedar, 49, could not go further up. He abandoned the expedition right away and took part in rescuing his friends buried under the huge debris of ice. On Saturday, Chheda
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Has Everest avalanche discouraged tourists? (today)
Has Everest avalanche discouraged tourists?
(today) The deadliest avalanche on Mount Everest on Friday that killed 13 Sherpas and left three missing has created psychological ripples among tourists and trekkers alike, say tourism entrepreneurs. They however deny that the incident has discouraged them from carrying out their feats. According to tourism entrepreneurs, in the wake of the tragic Everes ... Read Full News
Panel objects to minister's remarks on fuel price hike
(today) The parliamentary committee, formed to recommend the government to suggest on distribution and supply management of petroleum products, took exception to Information and Communications Minister Minendra Rijal’s purported remark in Biratnagar recently that the fuel prices must be hiked. Panel member Rajendra Pandey said the body does not agree with
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New sessions, but without textbooks
(today) This new academic session, government school students are being forced to attend school with empty bags as they are yet to receive their textbooks. According to Principal Nirmal Giri of Bishwa Niketan School at Tripureshwar in Kathmandu, the excited students have not been provided with books on time. He stated, “We started the new session from Sun
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New police regulation to strengthen chain of command
(today) The new Police Regulation-2071 that came into effect from Monday is to strengthen the chain of command of the police organization as the new provisions seek to make immediate supervisors accountable. The new Nepal Police Regulation-2071, prepared after months-long homework, replaces the existing Police Regulation-2049. The new regulation focuses
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Education Ministry's Under Secy under CIAA custody
(yesterday) The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on Tuesday held an under-secretary at the Ministry of Education on charge of bribery . The CIAA has accused under-secretary Beni Madhav Bhattarai of taking bribe from the students assuring them to get through the MBBS entrance exams. CIAA spokesperson Shreedhar Sapkota inform
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CIAA nabs former uder secy Bhattarai for taking Rs 10m as bribe (yesterday)
CIAA nabs former uder secy Bhattarai for taking Rs 10m as bribe
(yesterday) The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has taken former Under Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Benimadhav Bhattarai, into custody on the charge of receiving Rs 10 million as bribe from the MBBS students luring them to get through MBBS tests. The anti-graft body nabbed him in connection with receiving bribe from t ... Read Full News
Taskforce to address Sherpa demands promptly
(yesterday) A day after Sherpa mountaineering guides pressing a series of demands warned of boycotting Mt Everest expeditions this season, an emergency meeting called by the government on Monday formed a taskforce to recommend which of their demands can be fulfilled and which cannot. The taskforce, led by the tourism division chief at the Ministry of Culture,
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Avalanche-missing kin agonize over lack of news (yesterday)
Avalanche-missing kin agonize over lack of news
(yesterday) To the kin of the three Sherpa guides who are still missing following the deadly avalanche Friday near Camp One on Mt Everest, the wait for news, good or bad, is almost unbearable. Twenty five-year-old Menuka Gurung, wife of the missing Ash Bahadur Gurung, 29, from Laprak-7 of Gorkha district, arrived in Kathmandu on Monday morning to find out abo ... Read Full News
Rights activist urges Adhikari couple to break hunger strike
(yesterday) Rights activists affiliated to various human rights organization in the country have appealed to the Adhikari couple to end their hunger strike on tuesday. The Adhikari couple has been continuing the hunger strike for last 180 days demanding that the guilty involved in the murder of their son, Krishna Adhikari, of Fujel from Gorkha district, be b
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JC most likely to recommend names for justices today
(yesterday) The Judicial Council (JC) would most probably finalize its recommendation for the vacant posts of justices at the Supreme Court on Tuesday. "We have inched closer, and are planning to finalize everything by Tuesday," said Justice Ram Kumar Prasad Shah, who is a member of the powerful council. According to a source, the JC meeting on Monday dis
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Disposable heroes
(yesterday) On April 18, a massive avalanche swept the western side of Mount Everest, killing 16 Nepali mountaineers at a stroke—the single deadliest day in the history of Everest. The mountaineers, mostly Sherpas, were on their way from Base Camp to Camp 1 at around 6.45 in the morning, laden with food and mountaineering gear when the avalanche hit. The men w
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Lawmakers divided as parliament debates TRC bill
(Apr 21) As the parliament began deliberations on the bill on Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission on Enforced Disappearance on Sunday, lawmakers from various political parties have aired their differing views. During the debate, lawmakers from the same party expressed differing opinions about the bill. Senior Nepali Congress (N
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In House, TRC bill gets wide support (Apr 21)
In House, TRC bill gets wide support
(Apr 21) The much-awaited transitional justice bill, which was tabled in parliament on Friday, has received a broad support of cross-party lawmakers. On the first day of deliberation on Sunday, the lawmakers said some amendments could be made to the bill on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Commission on Enforced Disappearance. But everyone seem ... Read Full News
Allure of devotional songs draws devotees to Pashupatinath in droves
(Apr 21) For the last seven years, it has been part of her daily routine to attend Pashupati Bagmati Ganga Aarati, organized by Shree Pashupatinath and Bagmati Ganga Aarati Sewa Samiti on the premises of Pashupatinath Temple every day in the evening. Shanti Shah, 45, is ready to forgo all other activities to be present at the aarati, which are basically dev
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Fuel situation to ease in 3-4 days, NOC assures
(Apr 21) As refuelling stations across the Kathmandu valley started running dry within hours of opening, the Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) on Sunday said it has increased supplies after the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) agreed to give fuel on credit. The IOC agreed to supply more fuel to Nepal following the government commitment for the NOC to provide Rs 2
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EC code of coduct for CA by-elections
(Apr 21) In the run-up to the June 22 Constituent Assembly by-elections, the Election Commission has announced different dates to enforce the election code of conduct to the political parties, their candidates, the government and its various bodies, civil servants, poll volunteers, NGOs and media, among others. According to a statement issued by the EC on
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Foreign jobs dept plans database of migrant workers
(Apr 21) In a bid to protect migrant workers from rampant use of forged documents, the Department of Foreign Employment (DoFE) has decided to preserve valuable documents in a computer database. The DoFE said it has started the process to preserve the details submitted by workers while acquiring work permit. The decision was made in response to the growin
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CNP lacks resources to treat injured wild animals
(Apr 21) Two years ago, two maimed baby rhinos brought to the CNP had met a similar fate. Both had sustained multiple injuries in a tiger attack. Currently, Sauraha Nature Conservation Fund is harboring an injured tiger but its condition is not encouraging. A rhino and two other injured tigers are being treated at CNP. It was revealed that doctors and v
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No amnesty in bill, say leaders
(Apr 20) Amid criticism from some victims' groups and rights organisations over a provision of amnesty , political leaders involved in the drafting committee of the crucial bill on transitional justice mechanism have said there is no provision of amnesty in the proposed bill and it should be endorsed with necessary amendments to ensure justice to conflic
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NC starts second phase of Mechi-Mahakali campaign
(Apr 20) In view of the upcoming local bodies´ election, the Nepali Congress is organizing its second phase of Mechi-Mahakali Awareness Campaign in the eastern parts of the country from Sunday. The campaign organized by the party´s Central Policy and Orientation Academy headed by Vice-president Ram Chandra Paudel is starting the second phase of the progra
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Survey suggests 43% in favour of federalism
(Apr 20) 42.9% of people are in favour of federalism , while 39.3 % are against the idea of federalism in the new constitution , according to a survey conducted by Vision for Nepal Foundation (VIFON), a non governmental organisation.   A survey conducted by VIFON, a Washington DC-based organisation, shows that majority of the people are in favour of
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Four years gone‚ but hope remains
(Apr 20) Two more days, and four years will have gone since an American hiker went missing in the Langtang area. Her parents continue to hold out hope that she is alive. Paul, the 57-year-old father, is arriving here tomorrow with his wife Connie, to find some answers about their daughter Aubrey Caroline. “It’s our fifth visit to Nepal since Aubrey disapp
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70 Nepalis in Thai jails, want royal pardon
(Apr 20) A joint team from the Nepalis embassy in Thailand and the Non-Resident Nepalis Association in Thailand (NRNA-Thailand) has learnt about the condition of Nepalis serving jail terms in Thai prisons. The team comprising Charge d´Affaires at the embassy Dor Nath Aryal, NRNA-Thailand President Khagendra Raj Dhakal and embassy official Hari Bahadur Tha
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Hundreds of Nepalis continue to defy govt ban
(Apr 20) Despite the existing employment ban imposed on Nepalis in war-torn Libya, more than 500 Nepali migrants are working there, according to the Nepali embassy in Egypt. The embassy also looks after affairs of Libya. Kaushal Kishor Ray, Nepal’s acting ambassador to Egypt, said that three others are languishing in Tripoli-based prison. The workers-
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Another body pulled out of Everest mess
(Apr 20) The search and rescue mission comprising nine high-altitude Sherpa guides and three foreigners retrieved one more body from Friday’s avalanche site at the Everest base camp on Saturday. The team pulled out the body of Dorjee Khatri of Taplejung from the snow rubble after three hours of search which was stymied by bad weather. Bodies of three oth
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Sagarmatha Bangmaya honors writers
(Apr 20) The Sagarmatha Bangmaya Pratisthan (a literary organization) has honored four literary figures in recognition of their contribution to the promotion of Nepali language and literature. The organization honored them amidst a ceremony organized on the occasion of its annual general assembly here Friday. Litterateur Dahal Yagyanidhi was honored with
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15 killed in deadliest Everest avalanche
(Apr 19) Fifteen high-altitude Sherpa guides including base camp cooks were killed by an Everest avalanche on Friday morning, the deadliest single mountaineering accident ever on the world's highest peak. At least eight people have been rescued, some of them with serious frost-bite injuries. Lhakpa Norbu Sherpa of the Himalayan Rescue Association said 12
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Norway embassy refutes allegation of 'anti-peace'activities
(Apr 19) Embassy of Norway has denied allegation by the UCPN (Maoist) that Norway was funding anti-peace activities in Nepal. Issuing a press statement on Friday over allegation on the misuse of Norwegian funding to the South Asia Trust, the embassy said all Norwegian funding is transparent and made public on the embassy’s website and its partners are reg
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Norway: Action to be taken if charges serious (Apr 19)
Norway: Action to be taken if charges serious
(Apr 19) Amid claims that The Southasia Trust misused funds received from the Royal Norwegian Embassy by campaigning against the ongoing peace process, Norway has said it has not aided "anti-peace activities" in Nepal. The embassy, however, said if any allegations are serious and require action from its side, it would look into them. The statement on Frida ... Read Full News
Fuel supply will ease from Tuesday: NOC
(Apr 19) Amid shortage of petroleum products, Nepal Oil Corporation ( NOC ) has said the supply will ease only from Tuesday. NOC said petrol imports through Raxaul increased to 500kl on Friday from 400kl on Thursday. “The diesel supply, however, stands at 450kl compared to normal supply of 550kl daily,” said NOC ’s officiating Managing Director Sagar S
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No health centers in Gorkha villages
(Apr 19) After Nima Dorje, 32, of Lapu village in Gorkha district fell off a cliff seriously injuring himself on Tuesday night, chartering a helicopter to the city was the only way to save his life. Though p
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Annapurna Circuit opts for alternative trek route
(Apr 19) Fearing the real possibility of a gradual fall in the number of trekkers opting for the Annapurna Circuit due to the problem of pollution posed by the Beshishahar-Chame road track, an alternative trekking route is being developed to keep tourists interested. The 35-kilometer route is expected to be completed at a cost of Rs 3 million. “Most parts
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Two Adhikari murder accused freed on bail
(Apr 18) The Chitwan District Court on Thursday issued an order to release on bail two Maoist cadres allegedly involved in the 2004 murder of Krishna Prasad Adhikari .   Following court hearing in the case, a single bench of Judge Binod Mohan Acharya gave its verdict to release Chhabilal Poudel and Bhishma Raj Poudel, two of the 13 suspects, setting the
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Two Fujel accused released on bail (Apr 18)
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(Apr 18) Two accused in the Krishna Adhikari murder case, which has now led to political deadlock, have been released on bail by the District Court, Chitwan. District Court judge Binod Mohan Acharya on Thursday released Bhimsen Poudel and Chhabilal Poudel on bails worth Rs 27,000 and Rs 25,000 respectively. Bhimsen and Chhabilal are the only accused wh ... Read Full News
Parties to ensure 50% candidacy for women in local polls
(Apr 18) Major political parties have expressed commitment to ensure 50 percent candidacy for women in the forthcoming election to local bodies. During a discussion with the officials of the Election Commission (EC) on Thursday, representatives of major parties said they were very positive about a draft act proposed by the commission, which stipulates 50
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Tiny but multi-talented, Sundari thinks big
(Apr 18) While growing up in the hills of Nuwakot district, she had no idea what her destiny would be. She completed her school-level studies in the village and set foot in Kathmandu for the first time 16 years ago. Now at 30, Sundari Mishra has decided what she wants to do in life. Setting herself up as an entrepreneur wasn´t easy for her. Her short legs
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Panel formed to probe Sunkoshi bridge collapse
(Apr 18) The Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport Management yesterday formed a three-member panel to probe the truth behind the collapse of the under-construction bridge over the Sunkoshi River in Okhaldhunga. The committee, headed by Tej Raj Thapa, professor at Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk Campus, comprises Gokarna Bahadur Motra and R
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Reparation, reconciliation rather than prosecution
(Apr 18) As pressure mounts from various quarters, including the human rights community, to prosecute those involved in cases of serious human rights violation once the proposed Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) materialises, a majority of conflict victims who suffered at the hands of state security personnel want reconciliation to ensure sustainabl
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Nepal pledges basic toilets for all by 2017
(Apr 18) Twelve percent of Nepalese at present do not have access to safe drinking water and 38 percent are without basic sanitation. Nearly 10,500 children under the age of five die each year of diarrhoeal disease because they don´t have access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Nepal assured the Sanitation and Water for All High-Level Meeting in Wash
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No civil servant, leader can be multi-national: Pandit
(Apr 18) The Minister for General Administration Lal Babu Pandit , determined to take action against civil servants obtaining green card, permanent residency and citizenship of foreign countries, said that no civil servant or political leader can be multi-national or have multiple identities.  I will never let bureaucrats and leaders have identities from
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