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Oli returns home, says his life has been prolonged
(8 hours ago) CPN-UML parliamentary party (PP) leader KP Sharma Oli, who was in Indian Capital New Delhi for nearly one and a half months for his treatment, has returned home. Talking to media persons upon his arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu Wednesday, leader Oli said that the medical treatment in India had prolonged his life.  He
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TRC bill: Pillay warns against attempts to grant amnesties
(today) United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has expressed grave concerns regarding a bill presented at the Legislature Parliament which could lead to amnesties for serious human rights violations. Under the bill , which is aimed at creating a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a Commission on Disappearance s, thes
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Bring Adhikari murder case under TRC purview (today)
Bring Adhikari murder case under TRC purview
(today) While the hearing on “Adhikari murder” began on Tuesday at the Chitwan District Court, the kin of those accused in the murder have demanded that the case be put under the purview of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). “Despite compelling evidences that shows that the accused are innocent, the so-called lawyers and activists have been f ... Read Full News
AG paints bleak picture of national pride projects
(today) The Office of the Auditor General (OAG) has pointed out that progress on national pride projects has been sluggish and unsatisfactory due to lack of adequate budget, implementation efficiency and disputes at the local level. Submitting its 51th annual report to President Dr Ram Baran Yadav, the OAG has painted a bleak picture on the progress of ei
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Rayamajhi warns of moving int'l court against PM
(today) UCPN (Maoist) leader Top Bahadur Rayamajhi has warned that his party would move the International Court of Justice against Prime Minister Sushil Koirala for his involvement in the hijacking of plane if the government does not immediately withdraw cases against party cadres arrested on charge of murdering Krishna Prasad Adhikari of Fujel, Gorkha.
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UCPN (M) using Adhikari murder case as bargaining chip: Baidya
(today) CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya accused the UCPN (Maoist) of using the murder case of Krishna Prasad Adhikari of Fujel, Gorkha, as a bargaining chip to deal with ruling parties-- Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN-UML. Addressing the inaugural function of the third district assembly of CPN-Maoist Pyuthan on Tuesday, the CPN-Maoist Chairman said
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CDO urged to end monkey menace
(today) People from Sunarpani, Kathjor, Salu and Manthali have lodged a complaint at the District Administration Office, seeking help to end monkey menace in the villages. Scores of villagers reached the DDC and demanded that the monkeys, which they said were troubling them for long, be killed. They also urged Chief District Officer Gopal Prasad Parajuli
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UCPN (Maoist) to launch stir if cadres not freed
(yesterday) The UCPN (Maoist) has threatened to hit the streets and launch an agitation in parliament if its cadres detained by government agencies in connection with insurgency-era cases are not released immediately. The opposition party on Monday boycotted a three-party meeting called by Prime Minister Sushil Koirala to discuss the selection of heads of fiv
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UCPN (Maoist) leadership dispute cripples sister wings (yesterday)
UCPN (Maoist) leadership dispute cripples sister wings
(yesterday) Most of the sister wings of UCPN (Maoist) have been ridden with faction and rendered almost dysfunctional thereby weakening party´s organizational base. For instance, the just concluded national convention of All Nepal National Independent Student Union Revolutionary (ANNISU-R) utterly failed to elect its leadership. The party headquarters ha ... Read Full News
Acharya: Reconciliation basis for TRC formation
(yesterday) Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Narahari Acharya, who also holds the Peace and Reconstruction portfolio, has said the proposed bill on Truth and Reconciliation Commission ( TRC ) takes a reconciliatory approach. Acharya made it clear that the objective of the TRC and Commission of Inquiry on Disappearance (CID) is directed at d
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Ex-king Gyanendra throws weight behind religion
(yesterday) Former King Gyanendra Shah on Tuesday remarked that the religion aids to flourish national integrity, unity, harmony and social belief. Speaking while observing the Mahakumba Mela in Chatara, Sunsari this morning, the ex-king added that the religion manifests nation, society, cultural harmony and national trust. “Hence, following religion is
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Victims, right defenders cry foul over revised TRC bill
(Apr 11) The government on Wednesday registered the bills on Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Commission on Enforced Disappearance in parliament, paving way for the formation of long-awaited transitional justice mechanism. But the move of the government that involved a series of ´gives and takes´ among three major political parties has ignite
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No respite for brick kiln workers despite hard toil
(yesterday) By the time clock strikes 6 in the morning, Talak Bahadur Parsai and his wife Rama would have already made 2500 raw bricks. The laborious Prasai couple gets up before the break of dawn at 1 am and makes raw bricks till late morning. “It is our daily routine. When we get up and start making bricks, people are still in deep slumber,” said Rama, who
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Irate cricketers bowl a googly at CAN
(Apr 11) The national cricket team members today appealed to the government to bring in new management at the Cricket Association of Nepal and vowed not to participate in any tournament as long as the old management remained at the crease. “We want nothing but a new CAN management,” said skipper Paras Khadka at a press meet today. “These people are not cap
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Team Nepal boycotts national championship (Apr 11)
Team Nepal boycotts national championship
(Apr 11) Less than three weeks after the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) announced Rs 150,000 cash prize (per head) for Nepali cricket players´ performance at the World T20, serious differences have emerged between the team and the association. On Thursday, Nepal cricket team, led by Paras Khadka announced that it will boycott the national cricket champ ... Read Full News
Major parties divided over HLPC
(Apr 11) The dispute over the formation of High Level Political Mechanism ( HLPC ) has delayed the process of selecting the chairmen for five committees in the Constituent Assembly (CA). HLPC is a cross-party committee that handled key political issues before the November 19 election. The parties are, in general, divided over the formation of HLPC and
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78 arrested in Khandbari
(Apr 11) Police today took at least 78 persons under control at Khandbari in Sankhuwasabha. According to police a mafia network is involved in luring girls and boys to India with the promise of jobs there. An unidentified group from India has been taking the youths to India. Almost all the arrested were from Khandbari municipality and remote northern VD
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Jujubhai all set to pierce tongue a 6th time
(Apr 11) When he decided to pierce his tongue for the first time six years ago to celebrate Bisket Jatra on the first two days of the Nepali New Year, he hardly thought about the pain he would have to endure. “No one was ready to pierce his tongue for the occasion. The centuries-old tradition of piercing one´s tongue was on the verge of disappearing. So,
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KMC padlocks housing office for non-payment of tax
(Apr 11) In a marker of its intention to take stringent action against property tax defaulters, the Kathmandu Metropolitan City on Thursday padlocked the office of the Thapathali-based Kanchanjungha Housing at Trade Tower which is responsible for the overall operation of the complex. The Tower which currently houses some 25 entities including banks and
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No amnesty for serious human rights violations
(Apr 10) After years-long intense dispute over key provisions relating to granting amnesty, the government on Wednesday finally drafted the bill on forming a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and a Commission on Enforced Disappearance (CED) and registered it at the parliament secretariat for endorsement through the ongoing House session. The govern
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Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal planning to change its name
(Apr 10) The Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal (RPP-N) leaders are planning to change the party name through its general convention scheduled for next month. Many members of only mainstream royalist party in the country are of the view that the existing name sounds like splinter faction of Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP). The RPP-N was formed in 2008 by a
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Massive fire in Saptari
(Apr 10) A minor was killed and over 65 families rendered homeless after a fire engulfed a settlement at Thalhi, Jamunimdhepura-6 in Saptari district on Thursday. Two other children have gone missing following the misfortune. DSP at Saptari District Police Office, Raj Kumar Baidwar, informed that Rukshar Khatun, daughter of one Mohammed Aslam, died in t
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Rights activists decry TRC bill
(Apr 10) Human rights activists and legal practitioners have expressed strong reservations over the bill on the formation of Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission on Enforced Disappearance registered by the government in legislature-parliament on Wednesday. Rights activists and legal practitioners claimed that the bill does not comply with
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Govt tables TRC bill (Apr 10)
Govt tables TRC bill
(Apr 10) The government on Wednesday tabled a reviewed bill on Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Commission on Enforced Disappearances with special focus on reconciliation. The bill has proposed a commission, which will have a status of a judicial commission with rights akin to a court. The commission will have a tenure of two years. The bill, whi ... Read Full News
H1N1 flu cases on rise: Docs
(Apr 10) An influenza virus has started rearing its ugly head with an increase in the number of people detected with the flu.   Six people have died while 31 are detected positive with an H1N1 influenza ‘A’ commonly known as swine-flu since January this year. This virus, expert say, has been in circulation since the 2009 pandemic outbreak of the influenza
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Mired in corruption, PU left without top officials
(Apr 10) The Purbanchal University is running without top officials after the anti-graft body suspended them on charge of involvement in corruption cases concerning the university. The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) had suspended Vice-chancellor Maheshwor Man Shrestha and Registrar Niroj Raj Pandey on corruption cases last week.
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Two more PU officials suspended (Apr 10)
Two more PU officials suspended
(Apr 10) Three days after directing the Prime Minister´s Office to suspend the Vice Chancellor (VC) and Registrar of the Purbanchal University (PU), the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) directed the PU to suspend a dean and an assistant dean over corruption charges. The CIAA´s move against the dean of humanities faculty at the PU S ... Read Full News
Teachers protest in House demanding permanent status
(Apr 10) The Legislature-Parliament meeting today witnessed a rare and unique protest from visitors, who chanted slogans at the audience gallery when the House meeting was going on. Eight temporary teachers had managed to enter the Constituent Assembly hall holding audience passes that are generally provided on the recommendation of lawmakers. They migh
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TIA loader arrested
(Apr 10) Police today arrested Ramesh Mirinching, 19, on the charge of stealing cash from a luggage belonging to Bishwa Chandra Bade of Kathmandu, at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Miringching of Rauta-9, Udayapur, used to work as a loader for Aazad Construction Service in the international airport. Police said he broke open the lock of Shrestha’s l
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Referendum if no accord: PM
(Apr 09) Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has conceded that the government has failed to pick up as anticipated since the government has a tricky task of rallying all the political parties. "However, many have made an incorrect impression that it was due to me," he said, asserting that he will not run away from the responsibility. During an interaction wit
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Fake non-machine readable passports up over 100pc
(Apr 09) The use of fake non-machine readable Nepali passports has been increasing more than 100 percent every year. According to data obtained by Republica from the Department of Immigration (DoI), the number of fake non-machine readable passports and visas (which have to be filled in by hand) that were recorded in 2013 was 873 while the figure was just 4
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CIAA directs to suspend two PU deans
(Apr 09) The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has directed to suspend two Deans of the Purbanchal University (PU) on Wednesday. CIAA directed PU to suspend Sambhu Prasad Koirala, Dean of Humanities and Arts department and Rajesh Jha, Dean of Science and Technology department of the universirty to allow unimpeded investigation i
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Under-construction truss bridge caves in
(Apr 09) An under-construction bridge over the Sunkoshi River along the Siddhicharan Highway, linking Toksel of Okhaldhunga and Ghurmi Bazaar of Udaypur, collapsed yesterday night. The reason why the bridge collapsed is yet to be ascertained. Though gusty winds have been blamed for the bridge cave-in, some suspect there could be some technical faults. C
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Bridge over Sunkoshi River collapses (Apr 09)
Bridge over Sunkoshi River collapses
(Apr 09) An under-construction bridge over the Sunkoshi river connecting Harkapur in Khotang with Ghurmi in Udaypur collapsed on Monday night. The reason behind the collapse is not immediately known. The construction work on the bridge connecting Okhaldhunga, Solukhumbu and Khotang districts was scheduled to be completed within the current fiscal year. "O ... Read Full News
Disagreement arrests transitional justice work
(Apr 09) On the third day of its formation, the cross-party taskforce finds itself in the thick of fresh disagreements over transitional justice bills. In Tuesday's meeting of the taskforce, a dispute surfaced over the provision of amnesty and prosecution in the proposed bills on Truth and Reconciliation Commission ( TRC ). According to leaders, the three
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Patan Museum to reopen next week
(Apr 09) An extended Patan Museum will open for public from the first week of Nepali New Year. After four years of rigorous work, the restored Mulchowk and Sundari Chowk on the southern block of the existing museum is ready to welcome heritage aficionados and tourists. Over 100 craftsmen were involved in the restoration process every day for four years. T
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Plus Two teachers threaten protest
(Apr 09) Higher Secondary Teachers’ Association Nepal (HISTAN) has threatened not to cooperate in the upcoming examination of grades 11 and 12 if the government fails to address its demands before the exams begin. The umbrella organisation of teachers from higher secondary schools (HSS) across the country announced various protest programme to pressurise
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US resettles 75,000 refugees from Bhutan
(Apr 08) Of the nearly 89,000 Bhutanese refugees resettled in the third countries so far, the United States of America (USA) alone has resettled 75,000 Bhutanese refugees as of Tuesday. According to the US embassy in Kathmandu, the 75,000th refugee from Bhutan departed from Nepal for the USA on Tuesday. Forty-four-year-old Tilak Chand Ghimire left Nep
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Big Three agree on bills on TRC‚ Commission on Disappearances
(Apr 08) Three major parties today agreed on drafting the bills on Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Commission on Disappearances as per the spirit of the Comprehensive Peace Accord. At a meeting of the three parties — the Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and the Unified CPN-Maoist — held at Prime Minister Sushil Koirala’s official residence in Baluwatar tod
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Cross-party committee to finalise separate bills (Apr 08)
Cross-party committee to finalise separate bills
(Apr 08) The three major parties—Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and UCPN (Maoist)—entrusted a cross-party taskforce  on Monday to draft bills on transitional justice mechanism in line with the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, Interim Constitution, Supreme Court order and past agreements. A meeting of top leaders, held at the prime minister’s official residence in ... Read Full News
Firefighting with motorcycles
(Apr 08) The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has started to provide firefighting services through motorcycles targeting the narrow streets in places like Ason, Indra Chowk and others. The quick rescue team of motorcycles, named Toofan Fire Motorcycles, will reach any corner of the capital within minutes in case of fire or other calamities. The authorized
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Oli, Gautam dared to run for chief
(Apr 08) CPN- UML senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal has challenged party leaders KP Oli and Bam Dev Gautam to contest in the upcoming general convention for the party leadership. Nepal said he is not afraid of standing up against anyone for the party chairman’s post. Addressing the closing ceremony of the central committee meeting of the Youth Association
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Parties agree to form panel to discipline lawmakers
(Apr 08) Parties have agreed to set up a Code of Conduct Monitoring Committee in parliament to discipline lawmakers and watch their activities. The Legislature-Parliament is likely to announce the formation of the committee this week. The parties took such decisions after the lawmakers are seemed to be indifferent towards keeping up with their obliga
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NC, UML pushing us into war: Chand
(Apr 08) CPN-Maoist Secretary Netra Bikram Chand on Monday alleged that the ruling Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML were pushing his party into war. Comparing the current political situation with that of 1996 when they started the ´people´s war´, Chand said, “We were compelled to choose war after our demands were neglected and the situation now is similar.
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Contractor for postal road moves India's dispute board
(Apr 08) The contractor of the Tarai Postal Road has applied to the Dispute Resolution Board of India, seeking compensation saying they were not provided land for carrying out the construction. Vishwa BVSR JV, the Indian contractor of contract packages 3, 4 and 5, has been out of contact for about a year and had taken away all the equipment and machinery fr
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Govt provides Rs 950,000 to school that ran classes in toilet
(Apr 08) Upon learning that a primary school at Santapur Distiya village in the Rautahat district was forced to use a toilet room as a classroom for lack of physical infrastructure, the District Education Office (DEO), Rautahat has decided to provide Rs 950,000 to the school. According to District Education Officer Laxmi Prasad Bhattarai, his office has a
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Lack o f stability, experts pegging back NPC
(Apr 08) It has almost been 60 years since Nepal started planned development exercise. And, the country has hitherto seen nine five-year plans and two three-year interim plans. As the National Planning Commission (NPC)—the body entrusted with the job of formulating the government’s development plan—prepares to introduce the third interim plan, there are se
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House clogged over TRC, meeting adjourned for an hour
(today) UCPN (Maoist) has obstructed the meeting of the Legislature-Parliament protesting the government move to file case against 13 Maoist activists in connection to Krisha Adhikari murder case before the formation of Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). With the Maoist obstruction, the house meeting has been adjourned for an hour. At the sta
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Adhikari murder case: UCPN (Maoist) obstruct House (today)
Adhikari murder case: UCPN (Maoist) obstruct House
(today) The UCPN (Maoist) obstructed the Legislature-Parliament session of the Constituent Assembly on Wednesday protesting against the government move to file case against 13 party cadres in connection with the 2004 murder case of Gorkha's Krishna Prasad Adhikari . CA Chairman Subash Chandra Nembang adjourned the House for an hour after the Maoist l ... Read Full News
Rescued female domestics still want to work abroad
(today) “I will have to go abroad again if the government can´t provide us any job opportuties,” said Jamuna Darji in a subdued voice. She adds, “I worked for six continuous years in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon but I don´t have a penny saved in my bank acccount.” Darji, 40, wishes to remain in Nepal but complained that it was futile to look for job opportuni
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Two dead, seven hurt in Jajarkot Jeep Accident
(8 hours ago) Two persons died on the spot and seven others were injured when a jeep met with an accident on wednesday at Tatopani of Khalanga-Panchkatiya road section in Jajarkot. The people deceased in the accident are Ramraja Singh, 21, of Dhime-4 and Dandabir Oli, 50, of Khalanga-7. Of the injured, condition of three is critical. A jeep (Bhe 1 Ja 604) skidd
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KMC drives hawkers out of Khula Manch and Ratna Park
(today) Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has forcefully removed street vendors selling goods at Khula Manch (Open Theater) and Rantapark as part of its drive to clear the hawkers from public spaces of the capital. “Street vendors will not be tolerated in public spaces anymore,” said Dhanapati Sapkota, chief of Implementation Department at KMC. Over
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TU Ayurved Hospital closed for 10 days
(today) The administration section of the Tribhuvan University (TU) Ayurved Teaching Hospital, Kirtipur has remained closed for the past 10 days due to the protests of hospital employees. TU Employees Association, Ayurved Teaching Hospital unit has padlocked the administration section since April 7 for an indefinite period, putting forth various demands.
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Family breakups a price of working abroad
(today) Falling prey to ‘fake lovers’ is a tendency on the rise among the wives of migrant workers, who faithfully sent home their hard-earned money. This is resulting in family breakdowns, with the children the worst affected, according to police. They did not, however, have any exact records. “We can safely say that such cases are simply on the rise. H
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39 Lebanon-stranded arrive home with IOM help
(yesterday) Thirty-nine stranded Nepalese migrant workers, most of them victims of trafficking and exploitation, were repatriated on Monday from Beirut, Lebanon with support from the International Organisation of Migrants (IOM) and Nepal´s embassy in Cairo, Egypt. Upon a request for assistance, IOM had made available resources from its Humanitarian Assistance
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CA moots reviving previous bills
(yesterday) The Legislature-Parliament is contemplating over reviving and discussing important bills registered in the previous Parliament, leaders and experts have said. The government had registered 31 bills but due to the dissolution of CA in May 27, 2012, the bills could not get endorsement and are still pending at the Parliament Secretariat. Some of the
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Drugs for free-distribution rot at health centers countrywide
(yesterday) Jagat Nepali, chief of Allapot Health Post, Kathmandu said that he recently disposed of over 5,000 tablets of Cotrimoxazole that had crossed the expiry date. The medicine used in pneumonia treatment is on the essential drugs list and was meant for free distribution from government health centers. Nepali also destroyed over 500 bottles of Metronida
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Additional counters set up for MRP collection
(yesterday) People are expected to feel relief in acquiring passports after the government started collecting applications for the same from additional three counters. The government has started providing the service from nine counters now against the existing six counters keeping in view the difficulties and the delay faced by the service recipients in getti
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Sharma pledges he will punish corrupt judges
(Apr 11) Acting Chief Justice Damodar Prasad Sharma today faced a salvo of questions as well as allegations when he faced the Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee, a mandatory constitutional provision that he needs to go through before he is appointed the chief justice. Lawmakers grilled Acting CJ Sharma, asking questions about corruption in the judici
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Acting CJ vows to reduce case backlog (Apr 11)
Acting CJ vows to reduce case backlog
(Apr 11) Acting Chief Justice Damodar Prasad Sharma has vowed to reduce the backlog of pending cases at the apex court to below 11,000 from around 17,500 at present. Attending a parliamentary hearing at the Parliament Secretariat on Thursday, Sharma said the SC could bring down the backlog of cases if an adequate number of justices are appointed. “Once th ... Read Full News
Move afoot to split CAAN into three entities
(Apr 11) The government has prepared a draft of the Nepal Civil Aviation Act to facilitate division of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal into three bodies and privatise airports. The draft of the Act prepared by a consultant for the CAAN, the civil aviation regulatory body, envisages splitting the CAAN into three separate bodies (see info box). Current
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18 government secretaries transferred
(Apr 11) An a major bureaucratic reshuffle after formation of the new government, the cabinet on Thursday transferred 18 secretaries. A cabinet meeting held at the Prime Minister´s Office took a decision to this effect. While Surya Silwal has been transferred to the home ministry, Yuba Raj Bhusal has been transferred to the finance ministry. Suman Sharma
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Top Maoist leaders in dispute over ANNISU-R leadership
(Apr 11) Dispute has intensified in the UCPN (Maoist) leadership over the choice of new leadership in its student wing All Nepal National Independent Students Union-Revolutionary (ANNISU-R). Although the union´s 19th general convention, which concluded Thursday, has decided to allow Himal Sharma to continue as its president, UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa
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CoAS cycles 75 km to Koshi Tappu barracks
(Apr 11) Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) Gaurav SJB Rana on Thursday cycled 75 kilometers from Itahari to Kusaha for an inspection visit to a Nepal Army (NA) company and its units at Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve. NA Directorate of Public Relations (DPR) said that CoAS Rana inspected Indradal Company during his two-day long visit to the army´s eastern divisional
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Cabinet decides to hold by-elections on Jun 22
(Apr 10) A cabinet meeting Thursday made decisions on various issues including holding by-elections in four constituencies on Jun 22. The other decision made today by the Cabinet is to provide additional amount of Rs 5 million for Khumbha Mela taking place at Chatara in Sunsari district. Likewise, the Cabinet also reshuffled secretaries in various mini
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Circumstantial evidences 'point to Sah's role' in blast
(Apr 10) Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bamdev Gautam told the House on Wednesday that circumstantial evidences pointed to Sadbhavana Party lawmaker Sanjay Sah’s involvement in the Janakpur bomb blast case that killed five people on April 30, 2012. Gautam addressed the House after SP lawmakers stalled the House proceedings demanding gov
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90 percent street children are drug addict: Study
(Apr 10) Around ninety percent of the street children are found involved in drug abuse in different 30 districts. A recent study carried out by Chabahil Pashupati Children´s Home found that the street children mostly take drugs to ‘escape from their harsh life’ and due to peer pressure. Chairman of the Children´s Home, Bijay Shrestha, said the children
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ANNISU-R warns of protest against private school fee hike
(Apr 10) The All Nepal National Independent Students Union (Revolutionary) has announced programmes of protest against the exorbitant fee hike in the private schools. The private schools have declared that they are to increase the fee under various headings with the beginning of the new academic session 2014/2015. Speaking at a press conference organi
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Bhaktapur braces up for Bisket Jatra festival
(Apr 10) Bisket Jatra , the famous cultural and historical festival of Bhaktapur, commenced from Thursday, plunging this ancient town into a festive mood. However, a general sense of security fear is palpable with the festive air in the town. The festival that starts few days before the commencement of the Nepali New Year is celebrated with gusto for eig
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10 held for smuggling red panda skin, elephant ivory idols
(Apr 10) In two separate operations, police have arrested nine persons for smuggling of the skin of protected red panda and statues made of elephant ivory. The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police nabbed four people, who were preparing to sell red panda skin from Soaltee Mode area on Monday, and five people in connection with their alleged i
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Encroachment in country’s only hunting reserve
(Apr 10) Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, the only one of its kind in the country, has been a subject of encroachment. Approxima-tely 250 hectares of the reserve spread over Baglung, Myagdi and Rukum has already been intruded upon. As per the statistics of the Reserve office, Baglung tops the chart with over 175 hectares encroached, followed by Myagdi and Rukum
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Govt targets 10 VDCs of the Valley for enforcing building code
(Apr 10) In a move to compel people living even in village areas of the Kathmandu Valley to construct earthquake resilient buildings and help mitigate earthquake risks, the government has decided to enforce the national building code (NBC) in all the urbanizing village development committees within the Valley from April 15. It is the first time that the g
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Govt to publicize names of civil servants holding DV, PR
(Apr 09) Minister for General Administration, Lal Babu Pandit, has said the government would soon make public the names of the civil servants, who have been holding the foreign citizenship, Diversity Visa (DV), Permanent Resident (PR) and green card certificates for permanently residing in foreign countries. Speaking at a press conference organized by Mor
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Govt putting the finishing touches to bills on TRC‚ disappearances
(Apr 09) The government is making final preparations to table the bills on Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Commission on Disappearances (Crime and Punishment) in the Legislature-Parliament tomorrow despite CPN-UML’s differences on some issues. According to sources, UML has taken exception to the bills for ‘they mandate the TRC to decide on whether
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NA set to extend deployment length
(Apr 09) The Nepal Army (NA) is all set to extend the duration of its soldiers deployed in various peacekeeping missions to one year at the request of the United Nations. Currently, NA peacekeepers are replaced once every six months. Reluctant initially to extend the deployment length, the NA agreed to follow the new provision as other countries have al
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Govt funded uterine prolapse surgery taking its toll on poor women
(Apr 09) In April last year, when she heard about a free health camp for women suffering from uterus prolpase, Lilawoti Chunara, a 40-year-old woman of Ramghat village in Surkhet distrct, was not very keen to visit there.  Although she would occasionally feel pain in her lower abdomen, Lilawoti preferred to stay home rather than going to the camp. Howe
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Three women buried to death in Doti
(Apr 09) Three women have been buried to death at Muteli village in Toleni VDC of Doti district on Wednesday. They were killed after a mould of earth above them caved in while digging to fetch clay to coat their house this morning. The deceased have been identified as Hariya Devi Bogati, 40, Lalita Devi Bogati, 45 and 13 year-old girl Putali Kumari Dhol
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Support framework gave way after gusty winds: Ministry
(Apr 09) The under-construction bridge over the Sunkoshi River, which collapsed yesterday night, was to be completed by mid-July, ‘but it will be delayed by some months now’, Tulasi Prasad Sitaula, Secretary at the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport, told THT today. Asked if he suspected corruption or use of sub-standard materials for the b
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SARC focuses on sexual violence post-conflict
(Apr 09) The fifth annual South Asian Regional Conference on International Humanitarian Law kicked off in Kathmandu on Tuesday. Minister for Law, Justice, Constituent Assembly and Parliamentary Affairs Narahari Acharya inaugurated the three-day conference, where implementation of IHL, recent developments and challenges facing the region will also be discus
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Nepal embassy in London gets facelift
(Apr 09) After years of neglect, the Nepali Embassy building here is finally getting a facelift. Work is now in full swing to give a new look to the aged building. Tej Bahadur Chhetri, Nepal´s officiating ambassador to the UK, says the building will look like a new mansion in the near future. "We are carrying out renovation and cleaning-up work," says he.
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Nepal watches Indian elections with curiosity
(Apr 08) As India embarks on its month-long poll to elect a new political leadership at the center, all eyes in Nepal are watching developments in the giant neighboring country. With speculation rife in Nepal that the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - a staunch supporter of a Hindu state in Nepal - will possibly make it to power this election
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Project gets regulator’s go-ahead
(Apr 08) The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (Caan) board on Monday gave a go-ahead for the construction of the controversial regional international airport in Pokhara. A Caan board meeting, chaired by Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Bhim Acharya, approved the project under the revised cost of $216 million recommended by the three-member independent
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Temporary teacher's continuing protest likely to disrupt academic calendar
(Apr 08) Final exams of all grades at schools around the country are over. The students are enjoying the break before the new session begins in about more than a week. Though many students are looking forward to their new classes, their teachers aren´t so eager about the new session. Temporary teacher Nawaraj Adhikari is one of them. After serving in
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Challenge of controlling financial crimes
(Apr 08) Financial crimes are increasing by the year resulting in loss of billions of rupees to the government in lack of strict government mechanism. The proportion of financial crimes has crossed Rs 70 billion in the past four years alone and police officials themselves concede that the government mechanisms for control are weak in comparison to the risin
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Constituent Assembly panels discuss agendas
(Apr 08) Two other thematic committees of the Constituent Assembly — Constitutional-Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee and Constitution Drafting Committee — began their tasks today. The Constitution Record Study and Determination Committee has already started its work. The two thematic committees discussed the work procedure so as to help the CA d
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Nepal halts consular services from New York
(Apr 08) Responding to the request of the State Department, Nepal’s Permanent Mission in New York has stopped providing consular related services, leaving the Embassy of Nepal in Washington DC as the only place in United States for acquiring consular assistance. The mission will reportedly not provide consular related services such as issuing passport to N
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Delayed, third interim plan awaits nod
(Apr 08) It was supposed to be a vision document that would help Nepal graduate to a developing country from the current status of least developed country. However, the third interim plan (2013-2016) is yet to see the light of day. As the first year of the third interim plan comes to an end, the National Planning Commission (NPC) secretariat says it is now
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Seto Machindranath chariot rolls
(Apr 08) In a normal day, Durbar Marga, Jamal and the Ratnapark area rattle with the jarring sound of car horns. However, on Monday evening, the atmosphere was different and very festive. Vehicles were replaced by hundreds of people arriving from across the Valley and the air vibrated with the traditional sounds of Newari music. The crowds had gathered
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Three party meet scheduled to discuss on TRC underway
(Apr 07) A meeting of three major parties is undergoing at  the official residence of the Prime Minister in Baluwatar . The meeting is scheduled to discuss on the election of the chairmen of different thematic committees in the Constituent Assembly (CA), regarding the 26 CA members to be appointed by the cabinet as well as formation of the Truth and Reconc
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