A rape survivor’s account shows how society and state fail those who report crimes

    Tsering D Gurung, May 24 2019
    Post Photo: Tsering D Gurung
    Many survivors have their lives uprooted, are forced to relocate, live away from their family and friends, and start fresh in an unfamiliar setting.
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    Anish Thapa and Bishworupa Budha win Kantipur Half-Marathon 2019

      Post Report, May 25 2019
      Post Photo: Hemanta Shrestha
      Anish Thapa Magar and Bishworupa Budha won the Kantipur Half-Marathon in men and women categories, respectively, on Saturday.
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      House committee assures to revise ‘controversial’ bill to amend human rights law

        Binod Ghimire, May 25 2019

        Following widespread criticism of the bill to amend the National Human Rights Commission Act-2012, a parliamentary committee has pledged to revise the controversial provisions in accordance with the spirit of the constitution and international practice.

         The constitutional human rights watchdog and various human rights groups have been criticising the bill, which reduces the administrative and financial autonomy of the commission and makes it mandatory to recommend the cases it has investigated to the attorney general. The attorney general, according to the revision bill, bears full authority over whether or not to proceed the case. The existing Act authorises the commission to write directly to the respective agency to execute its recommendations made after the investigation.

         The draft contradicts Article 293 of the constitution, which says constitutional commissions are accountable and answerable only to the federal parliament. Even parliamentary committees cannot give directives to the human rights commission. However, clause 17 (3) of the new bill proposes that the attorney general can request the commission for further investigation or collection of more evidence, if necessary, before deciding to register the case.

        During a press meet at Singha Durbar on Friday, Krishna Bhakta Pokharel, chairman of the Law, Justice and Human Rights Committee of Parliament, said the bill will be revised after consultation with officials from the commission.

        “The bill will have the same wording as in the constitution regarding the function, duties and powers of the commission,” Pokharel said. “I want to assure that the bill will be revised after seeking consensus with every stakeholder.”

        The amendment bill, which has been registered in Parliament, will be sent to the Pokharel-led committee for finalisation. It will then be tabled for endorsement once the Law, Justice and Human Rights Committee gives it a final shape following a discussion with lawmakers and the stakeholders concerned.

        The Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions lists the commission under category ‘A’. Nepal is among three countries in South Asia to receive the status. The revision process has begun while Nepal sits as an elected member in the United Nations Human Right Council and is eying a second term.

        “We welcome the commitment of the parliamentary committee and now want to see its execution,” Govinda Sharma Paudyal, a member of the commission, told the Post.

        The bill has got into a controversy since the Cabinet last month approved and registered it in the federal parliament secretariat for endorsement. The Cabinet finalised the bill by completely ignoring the 17-point recommendations from the commission despite repeated requests to incorporate them. Anup Raj Sharma, chairperson of the commission, in his meeting with Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, had requested him to consider their recommendations. But Oli ignored them.

        During his interaction with the media on Friday, Pokharel, who also is a central committee member of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), said he would also take steps for revising the Media Council Bill.

        “Media Council Act shouldn’t contradict with the spirit of the statute, which ensures full freedom to the press,” he said.

        According to Pokharel, Subas Nembang, the deputy Parliamentary Party leader of the ruling communist party, has already assured that the bill will see necessary changes and the ruling party is committed to revising it.

        The bill, which will replace the existing Press Council Act, aims to create a media council, providing it more authority to impose hefty fines on journalists and give the government more say in the hiring and firing of the council members.

        Journalists and information rights activists have said the new council could increase direct attacks on the press. The Federation of Nepali Journalists has been protesting against the bill, demanding that the government immediately withdraw it from Parliament

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        Prime Minister Oli to visit Switzerland, UK and France next month

          ANIL GIRI, May 25 2019
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          Officials say the prime minister will, among other things, sign bilateral agreements during his visit
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          'We don’t need another decade to put the country on the path of progress’

            MOHAN GURAGAIN, May 24 2019
            The Panchayat decades were dark. The last three haven’t been too bright either
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            Rijal hits form as Army hammer Province 2

            Adarsha Dhakal, Kathmandu, May 25 2019
            Tribhuvan Army Club players celebrate after taking a Province 2 wicket during their PM Cup One-Day National cricket tournament at the TU Stadium in Kirtipur on Friday.Post Photo: Hemanta Shrestha
            Rijal shared 121 runs for the first wicket with Bhandari who was out for a 61-ball 66 hitting nine boundaries.

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            On schooling, class and basic divisions

            Ayushma Regmi, Kathmandu, May 24 2019
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            Can we revisit schools as a space to rebuild communities?

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            Sabyn Javeri’s ‘Hijabistan’ interrogates many shades of hijab

            Fathima M, May 24 2019
            Pakistani civil society activists carry placards as they march during a rally to mark international Women's Day in Karachi. Photo: AFP/RSS
            Stories of oppression of desires and life choices of women and their valiant fights to break the chains of Pakistan’s patriarchal society

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            Energy Ministry shifting focus from power plants to transmission network

            PRAHLAD RIJAL, Kathmandu, May 25 2019
            Newly built substation at Rajapur in BardiaPhoto Courtesy: NEA
            The country is poised to see surplus energy with 43 upcoming hydropower projects likely to produce around 1,150 MW.

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            Main News

            Second ‘Nabil Nari Udhyami Seed Camp’ focuses on women entrepreneurs

            KRISHANA PRASAIN, May 25 2019
            Teams will undergo a thorough selection process and a bootcamp before presenting to investors.
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            Cultivation second album Aagaman blends flavours of R&B with African beats

            Thomas Heaton, May 25 2019
             Cultivation’s second album is soon to be released, but Tashi Gurung, the man behind the band, is calling it his Nepali debut.
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            Employment scheme aims to provide work to over 100k unemployed

            CHANDAN KUMAR MANDAL, May 25 2019
            The Prime Minister Employment Programme will only provide 30 days of work this year against the pledged minimum 100 days in a year
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            Shelter Ashraya Nepal is organising second National Children Football Festival from May 24 to 28 at the ANFA Complex in Satdobato.

            The event features tournaments in boys’ and girls’ categories and be participated by underprivileged children --orphans, victims of sex trafficking, drug abuse and child labour--who are living in various shelter houses in Nepal.

            According to Khusbu Oli, the founder president of the non government organisation, the objective of organising the event was to advocate for the rights of underprivileged children, providing them the identity, protecting them from violence and eradication child labour among others.

            The boys’ tournament will feature 10 teams and the girls’ event will have six teams. The boys’ event will be played under league-cum-knockout format while the girls’ event will be held on round robin league format. The champions of both categories will be get chances to play the U-17 friendly match with Malaysian national team in Malaysia.

            “Asian Football Confederation has coordinated for the friendly with Malaysian Football Association,” said Oli adding that AFC was their main even partner and All Nepal Football Association technical partner. “The Malaysian FA will host both the boys’ and girls’ teams and also make arrangements for a week long training in Malaysia,” said Oli who was awarded Dream Asia Award of AFC last year and received purse of $ 10,000.

            Besides football, the festival will also have art and music workshops. The organisation had taken a Nepali team to the Street Child World Cup in Russia ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

            Life & Style

            Saturday Features

            Internet cafés or ‘wangbas’ in China create a space for internet addicts

            Tripty Tamang Pakhrin
            Internet cafés in China have created a new space where people lose themselves within the virtual world of online gaming--a chance to explore an experimental world without any impediment.

            'Nepalis come across a huge wall that divides one part of the world from another'

            Avasna Pandey
            The presence of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah at the helm has only made things worse. These people are bent on hardening borders, rather than dissolving them.

            The beatmaker

            ABANI MALLA
            On a cold and rainy winter’s day, 19-year-old Sagun Khadka sits at a cafe in Jhamsikhel, listening to hip-hop on his headphones.

            Shreesha Bhandari’s Athot deserves to be read by young people seeking guidance

            MOHAN GURAGAIN
            Without failing to shed light on the importance of time, Athot stresses that what we failed to do in our lives are not less important than what we actually did. 

            Guffadi: Our Oli government is not a communist but a truly wild capitalist party

            Guffadi
            Once again, let us congratulate our Oli government for passing the Medical Mafia Bill. Now, Dr KC should go home and rest.

            Celebrating a century

            Prakash Chandra Timilsena
            Calmly seated in a chariot pulled by her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, Mayju Maharjan observes her fifth janko—a rare ritual, called Mahadivya Ratharohan, where an elder is celebrated for completing 108 years, eight months, eight days, eight hours, and eight seconds around the sun. 

            The paper trail

            Prakash Chandra Timilsena
            In 1995, 50-year-old Nima Sherpa moved from Dolakha to Kathmandu with a plan—he was going to take traditional Nepali lokta paper to the world. Sherpa had realised that products made of lokta, which were easily available in his village, could make it big in the international market.

            Life and art are inextricably blended into each other

            Timothy Aryal
            Mekh Limbu’s art needs little elaboration. It speaks the truth, laid out for all to see and reflect on. It’s real; it’s quiet, keening and sharp. Take his installation ‘How I Forgot My Mother Tongue’, for instance, which was part of the Opposite Dreams exhibition displayed during the Photo Kathmandu festival last year.

            Raamesh Koirala’s book about Charles Sobhraj is confused, leaving the reader unsure of whether this is a memoir or a novel

            Pranaya SJB Rana
            Raamesh Koirala’s new book about the notorious serial killer Charles Sobhraj is a strange animal. Although ostensibly presented as a non-fiction memoir written by the cardiac surgeon who operated on Sobhraj’s heart, the copyright page of the book asserts that “This is a work of fiction.” Perhaps this was an (glaring) oversight on the part of the publisher, but given the manner in which the book unfolds, it might be an accurate characterisation.