Three persons including a head constable of Armed Police Force (APF) were arrested on the charge of stealing a Scorpio Jeep from Sunwal in Parsa. The four-wheeler (Ba 15 Cha 2104) was stolen from Sunwal Bazaar a week ago.
Three years after the eight security personnel and a two-year-old toddler were killed during a riot over demarcation of federal boundaries in Tikapur, Kailali, the alleged perpetrators of the carnage were presented before the court on Wednesday. full story »
Paddy transplantation has been completed on more than 95 percent of the 1.55 million hectares of available paddy fields as of Monday, the fastest transplantation rate recorded in recent years, officials at the Agriculture Ministry said. full story »
The government is planning to allow China Three Gorges Corporation (CTGC), the potential developer of the West Seti Hydropower Project, to revise down its installed capacity if the Chinese company shows adequate commitment to execute it. full story »
The Department of Roads (DoR) has initiated the public procurement process to appoint a contractor to execute the Nagdhunga Tunnel Construction Project. The planned 2.45-km Nagdhunga tunnel way will pass under the western rim of the Kathmandu Valley and link up with the national highway network. full story »
The board of directors of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (Caan) has approved a Rs45.17 billion budget for the fiscal year 2018-19, mainly focused on improving infrastructure at Kathmandu’s problem-plagued Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). full story »
A fleet of 17 high-tech, low-emission buses have been put on the streets of Kathmandu in a bid to reduce congestion and pollution as part of a project funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). full story »
Paddy plantation at over 95 percent, fastest in recent years
Government plans to scale down capacity
Nepal’s first consumer court expected soon
Process to appoint contractor for Nagdhunga tunnel starts
Nepali app developers win Microsoft award
Caan passes Rs45b budget with largest chunk for infra
Nepal Media Society (NMS) said that its serious attention has been drawn to the Criminal Code that will come into effect from Friday (August 17) and urged the government to immediately correct it. full story »
Don’t you ever wonder what would happen if the oxygen we breathe in were to vanish from the air? We would suffocate and cease to be. The pollution pumped into our atmosphere is constant and vast in amount. Soon the ozone layer above us is going to be so full of holes we will no longer be protected from carcinogenic UV light. full story »
Nepali film awards are a dime-a-dozen. Numerous in number, but short on quality, these awards have even courted controversy in the past with lists of award winners being revealed prior to the shows. Last year, filmmakers such as Deepak Rauniyar, Min Bhadur Bham and Dipendra K Khanal went as far as to boycott award shows altogether. Still the flood of award shows continues unabated. full story »
The Beauty of Bangladesh, first solo show of Bangladeshi artist Rashedul Islam is currently on display at the Mithila Yain Gallery in Thamel. The exhibit comprises almost entirely of watercolour landscapes—some of lush pastures and others of the mangrove estuaries that typify the Bengal delta. full story »
Nepali physiotherapist Puran Tiruwa is set to work on yet another Bollywood film. After working on the much-awaited Amir Khan starrer Thugs of Hindostan, which is slated for release this November, Tiruwa is currently working on the sets of Salman Khan-starrer Bharat. full story »
The newly-launched Food Truck in Gairidhara is all the rage among Kathmandu’s younger crowd, and for good reason—with three minibuses remodelled as colourful food trucks, the eatery offers a dining experience like no other. full story »
A one-day literary fest, Ghumti Sahitya Utsav, featuring authors in the likes of Madan Krishna Shrestha, Yug Pathak, Shivani Singh Tharu and Nayan Raj Pandey, along with local writers, is slated to engage Pokhara’s literature aficionados this Saturday, Aug 18. full story »
With Birgunj drawing headlines for political reasons as a city at the heart of the Madhesi protests and the 2015 Indian blockade, its rich literary tradition has taken a backseat, according to author Girish Giri who penned the 2016 book Birgunj: Mero Sahar ko Katha. full story »
Social Media Awards being mooted
Beauty of Bangladesh on exhibit at Mithila Yain
Physio Tiruwa roped in for Salman’s Bharat
One-day lit fest in Pokhara
‘Birgunj’s literary character needs to be reclaimed’
With growing consensus on the declining quality of medical education in the country, the government had formed the Mathema Commission in 2015, an expert panel, to formulate a policy on medical education. The commission advised the government to form a Health Profession Education Commission to deal with issues of medical education including their university affiliation and quality control. full story »
Nepalese Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness is organising the second Mr Everest Nationwide Bodybuilding Championship on August 18.
More than 150 bodybuilders are expected to participate in the one-day event, informed the Federation Vice-President Dinesh Amatya during on Wednesday. The main event will be preceded by pre-judging round which will be held in Whitefield School. The main event will be held at the National Sports Council covered hall.
The tournament will include men’s bodybuilding and men’s physique along with women’s fitness events. The men’s bodybuilding will be competed in six categories—55kg, 60kg, 65kg, 70kg, 75kg and above 75kg. The men’s physique will be played between builders with 170 centimetre height and above.
The overall winners will pocket a cheque of Rs 300,000. Most importantly, the tournament will also serve as bodybuilders’ selection for the upcoming World Bodybuilding Championship to be held in Spain later this year.
According to the organisers, the men’s physique and women’s fitness winners will also get cash prizes. The two events are going to be held in Nepal for the first time. The estimated budget for the event is Rs 3 million.
Delayed reporting by patients and lack of adequate diagnostic tools still remain a major challenge for efficient functioning of Rapid Response Teams (RRT) who work as primary responder during any epidemics or disasters. full story »
Having older brothers and sisters puts infants at higher risk for being hospitalised with the flu. Researchers studied 1,115 hospital admissions of children under two born in Scotland from 2007 to 2015. full story »
A common antibiotic called doxycycline can disrupt the formation of negative thoughts and fears in the brain and may prove useful in treating or preventing post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to research by British and Swiss scientists. full story »
Workers exposed to chemicals like deodorizers, sanitizers, disinfectants and sterilizers on the job may be more likely than other people to develop thyroid cancer, a recent study suggests. full story »
Delayed reporting, lack of diagnostic tools key challenge for RRT
Children’s Health: Older siblings a risk factor for serious flu infections in infants
3-day diabetes diagnosis camp in Lalitpur
Regular exercise may improve odds of surviving a heart attack
Lots of sleep tied to worse breast cancer survival odds
Scientists find common antibiotic could prevent or treat PTSD
Chemical disinfectants and sanitizers linked to thyroid cancer
Human Resources Society Nepal (HRSN), an umbrella organisation for HR professionals in Nepal, is set to organise the seventh iteration of the National HR Conference on August 24 this year. Having explored various themes in the past—like ‘Managing People during Crisis’, ‘Employee Care for Higher Productivity’ and ‘HR for Tomorrow, Trends and Transformation’—this year’s conference is set to be themed ‘Unleash HR for National Development’. full story »
In 1959, I returned home from Banaras to Amarpur. While I was there, one of my step-uncles, Baburam Aryal, came to visit. He was working in Kathmandu as a clerk in the secretariat office of Nepal’s first elected parliament and I had long conversations with him about my education and experiences in Banaras, what he was doing in Nepal’s civil service and what life was like in Kathmandu.
It’s no news that Kathmandu’s theatregoers have a penchant for slapstick humour. Give them some and they will embrace it with hearty laughs even if the execution is sometimes half-baked. This has led to, as some critics have pointed out, directors often forcibly inserting humour where it is not warranted, breaking up a play’s rhythm and taking it off into tangents.
The far-western region of Nepal is as fascinating as it is remote. As the roads get narrower and concrete gives way to traditional mud houses, simpler way of life starts to unfold in front of your eyes. The days here move at such a relaxed pace that you are compelled to soak in the sights, sounds and smells. But this, I suppose, happens whenever you travel to new places and meet new faces.
Qatar and Malaysia are the two foremost destinations for migrant workers from my village, Myanglung in Tehrathum. The tropical, peninsular country of Malaysia and the desert nation of Qatar have starkly different environments and are not of commensurable sizes.
We live in a ‘New’ Nepal where we’re slowly turning our backs on the rule of law and heading to the rule of the jungle. Well, our rebels have left the jungle and are now major power players. A decade of tasting ‘power’ has turned our rebels into the same old corrupt politicians they vowed to take action against during their ‘jungle fever’ days. Now, who really wants to go back to the jungle?
Parenting is a fine juggle. Take this as a point in case. There is a rage in our house and neighbourhood over a game my son and his pals have named Pen Fight. Essentially, Pen Fight is playing gucchas, or marbles, with pens-- one pen knocks another off the table, and the person with the strongest pen (read, heaviest pen) wins.
Veteran painter and writer Manuj Babu Mishra died of a heart attack this week at the age of 83. Mishra was already iconic in his lifetime—his paintings enjoyed wide recognition at home and abroad while he was also a respected and prolific writer of fiction, history, and art. Manuj Babu Mishra was a celebrated polymath but also an extreme recluse who shunned the limelight. He had often referred to himself as a hermit of sorts and he breathed his last at the so-called Hermitage, his personal residence.
When a fire engulfed the top floor of the Share Market Building in Putalisadak in February this year, it took firefighters from the City Fire Brigade (Juddha Barun Yantra) a little under twenty minutes to bring the flames under control. The building, which straddles one of the Capital’s busiest streets, was spared from major damage in part because it is located just a kilometer away from the fire station that is capable of dispatching personnel within two minutes of receiving a distress call.
When I arrived at the campus of Brandeis University (located just outside of Boston, Massachusetts, United States) in August 1984 to start my undergraduate education, I knew only one thing about liberal arts education.
Press freedom might come under attack as the government passes new law
On the World Press Freedom Index, Nepal ranks 106th out of 180 countries. That is certainly not something to be proud of. But when you look at the neighbourhood, Nepal can seem like a relative oasis of free expression. India ranks 138th, Pakistan 139th, Bangladesh 146th, and China 176th. The fourth estate has played a significant role in Nepal’s transition from a monarchy to republic, championing the voices of the people, and clamouring for rights.
Of course, the press is not without its discontents—many criticise mainstream publications for being too partisan. Still, barring moments of authoritarianism, it is safe to say that the press in Nepal has been relatively free in exercising its freedom of expression.
But a new law passed by the government has raised grave concerns, that this very freedom might come under attack. The new Criminal Code, which comes into effect from Friday, includes a number of articles on the protection of privacy that are alarming, especially for journalists and the press. Article 293 forbids listening to or recording any private conversation between two or more persons without their explicit consent. Any contravention of this article could result in a two-year jail sentence, a Rs 20,000 fine, or both. Similarly, Article 294 forbids the releasing of any confidential information without explicit permission or unless expressly demanded by the law. Furthermore, Article 295 outlaws the taking of photographs without the permission of the subject unless in a public place.
On the surface, these laws seem aimed at protecting the privacy rights of the public. With the proliferation of mobile phones, everyone has access to photo, video, and audio recording at their fingertips. These laws could help prevent distressing trends like harassment, stalking, and revenge pornography. But these laws are just broad enough that they could put a serious damper on the work of investigative journalists who rely on confidential sources. Perhaps ‘sting’ journalism, made infamous by tabloids in India, is not the best form of investigative reporting—but clandestine recordings of conversations have helped journalists expose crimes and corruption in the past.
Article 306.2.c is another similarly broad law that criminalises satire that ‘disrespects’ an individual. The clause comes with a long list of caveats but all of them are vague enough that an argument could be made either way. Satire is an important part of the freedom of expression and Nepal has a long tradition of sending up politicians and public figures. It is a marker of our maturity as a nation that we allow ourselves the ability to laugh at the self-important and grandiose, rather than being obsequious towards authority figures.
Freedom of the press is essential to any democracy and any laws that might be used to circumscribe that freedom should be scrutinised so that it is not misused. Political figures and even Supreme Court judges have not refrained from attempting to muzzle the press when it suits their needs. The constant tussle between the authorities and the press is the sign of a healthy democracy, where praise, disagreement, criticism, and satire all go hand-in-hand. The laws introduced in the new Criminal Code are worded in such a way that they leave much room for interpretation and thus, could be used in a court of law to prosecute investigative reporters, journalists, and even cartoonists. It would be wise to reconsider their wording and application. The press, too, must remain vigilant and wary of their use and misuse.