Police Constable Dev Bahadur Pandey, who sustained serious injury to his knee during a clash between police and protesters at Mainapokhari, Bardiya died on his way to Nepalgunj for medical treatment on Friday.
The Sanghiya Limbuwan Party Nepal has called indefinite general strike (banda) from today in eastern districts demanding unconditional release of the party cadres who were arrested in course of protest, said Surya Makhim, general secretary at the party. full story »
Talks between the representatives of senior orthopaedic surgeon Prof Dr Govinda KC and the government panel led by Govind Pokhrel, CEO of the National Reconstruction Authority, have ended on ‘positive note’, both sides claimed on Thursday. full story »
Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum Nepal Chairman Upendra Yadav has ruled out talks with the major parties unless they agree to federate the country as per the report of the State Restructuring Commission. full story »
The talks between the representatives of agitating senior orthopaedican and professor at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) Dr Govinda KC and the government panel led by Govinda Pokhrel, CEO of National Reconstruction Authority, ended on ‘positive note' on Thursday, both sides claimed. full story »
The indefinite strike called by the United Democratic Madhesi Front protesting against the proposed federal set-up has severely affected trade and business activities in the Western region. full story »
Improved supplies of fresh produce from Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Kavre and Dhading have provided a big respite to Kathmanduites.
Sagar Infosys, the authorised distributor of Kaspersky in Nepal, has launched the latest versions of its four security solutions for home users, namely Kaspersky Antivirus, Internet Security, Internet Security—Multi Device and Kaspersky Total Security—Multi Device with a primary focus on Android security for mobile devices. full story »
The highly anticipated Agriculture Development Strategy (ADS), which is envisaged to transform Nepal’s farm sector in the face of common challenges such as climate change, food price volatility, low productivity and water stress, will be implemented by the next fiscal year 2016-17, the Ministry of Agricultural Development said on Thursday. full story »
Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat on Thursday urged the Parliamentary Finance Committee not to intervene in the Nepal Rastra Bank’s (NRB) move to raise the paid-up capital requirement for commercial banks. full story »
The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (Caan) has decided to reacquire 140 ropanis of land to the east of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), eight years after the owners were permitted to build houses on their plots.full story »
Prolonged strikes hit trade, business activities in West
Forest encroachment and increased demand of forest areas for other purposes would present major risks during the transitional management of forestry sector when the country adopts a federal structure of governance. full story »
Jitendra Narayan Dev, Vice-Chairperson of the MJF-L, spoke to Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Roshan Sedhai about the grievances of the Tharus, possible ways to address the demands of the Madhesis and the Tharus and federalisation of the Tarai. full story »
The All Nepal Football Association (Anfa) on Thursday postponed the National League for September 14 owing to the recent political turmoil.
The National League, which is held for the first time in a ‘home and away’ format, was scheduled to resumed on Friday but a meeting between the Anfa and club officials agreed to defer it. “Anfa had to postpone the League due to the fragile political situation in the western and far-western parts of the country,” the football governing body said on its official website. The Terai belt of Nepal have seen a widespread rioting and violence with Madhes-based parties calling an indefinite strike in protest against the seven-state federal set-up agreed by the three-major political parties. The government has imposed curfew and mobilised army to aid civilian authorities in various places where violence has hit the worst. At least 23 people have been killed so far in the violence that began with the killing of seven Nepal Police officials in the Far-west district of Kailali. The participating clubs have also agreed to continue the League in a ‘home and away’ format as long as the political situation permits. The district clubs have agreed to play all the matches in Kathmandu if the environment in Terai is not conducive for the League. Far-western FC, Morang FC, Jhapa XI and Lumbini FC are the four Terai based clubs in the League. Jhapa are currently leading the nine-team League with 16 points from eight matches. The League had to be halted due to the April 25 Great Quake in Nepal before it was rescheduled. Meanwhile, Patan Appellate Court will give its verdict on the case of Anfa’s Annual General Meeting on September 9. The Court had ordered the Anfa to stop its AGM, scheduled for Wednesday, after its officials filed a petition claiming that the body has not followed due process.
Nepal Olympic Committee (NOC) is holding its elections to choose a new leadership on Thursday one month after it was deferred. NOC was preparing for its elections on August 5 but it had to be postponed for a month after the All Nepal Football Association (Anfa) said it had not met procedures. Thapa had said that he was not given timely written information about the elections. NOC President Dhruba Bahadur Pradhan had admitted the mistake and responded by postponing the elections and hold it completing the procedures by giving written information to its member associations. Current General Secretary Jeevan Ram Shrestha and vice-president Umesh Lal Shrestha are in the race to be the new president. Since the list of the candidates was already announced, Jeevan Ram and Umesh Lal will be battling for the two-man duel for the presidency. In a 17-member central committee, a three-way battle is expected with Lama Tendi Sherpa, Chhimi Urken Gurung and Dipraj Gurung filing candidacy. Chatura-nanda Vaidhya and Rajeev Shrestha are vying for the post of joint general secretary.
All Nepal Football Association (Anfa) on Tuesday indefinitely postponed its annual general assemby (AGM) which was scheduled for Wednesday. The decision comes after Patan appellate court on Tuesday ordered the football governing body of Nepal to hold the AGM. The court was acting on the petition filed by Anfa vice presidents Karma Tshering and Bijay Narayan Manandhar and member Pankaj Nembang claiming that they have not been notified of the AGM so far. Anfa president Ganesh Thapa had used same loophole to force the postponement of Nepal Olympic Committee (NOC) General Assembly on August 6. Among the other Anfa executive committee meeting include the announcement of Rs 200,000 each to the members of the Saff U-19 Championship winning Nepali team. The ExCo also formed a five-member Anfa Academy steering committee under Anfa Deputy General Secretary Mani Kunwar. The Anfa meeting also decided to provide Rs one million each to 10 hilly districts as development assistance. Among those districts set to receive the assistance are Ilam, Panchthar, Dhankuta, Sindhupalchowk, Dolkha, Palpa, Syangja, Lamjung, Baglung and Jumla.
Patients who frequently fail to take prescribed blood pressure-lowering medications may be more likely to wind up hospitalised for heart failure than people who only miss pills occasionally, a study suggests. full story »
Our dishonourable Home Minister Bam Dev seems to live in a bubble and has no clue about how to maintain law and order in this land of ours. Why do we have the most incompetent people heading our government ministries? Our politicians only know how to spew venom and blame others instead of talking less and doing more and taking responsibility for their failures.
British muralist Martin Travers was trekking along the Langtang route when the April 25 earthquake struck. The artist, who had just started his residency at KCAC’s Patan Museum studio, had set off to trek after the completion
Sanjay Shrestha, better known by his gaming alias 3c.Y, is one of the most skilled DOTA (Defence of the Ancients) 2 players in Nepal. A member of the successful local DOTA 2 team 3c4sr, Shrestha started playing the game
When Moti Sara Budha, of Bardiya, boarded a flight for Kuwait six years ago, she was determined to return home a successful woman. She wanted to return with enough money to build a small hut for her old father
Dissolution of Reconstruction Authority reveals govt’s disregard of quake victims
On September 2, family members of those who died in the Great Earthquake took out a procession on the occasion of Gaijatra. Friends and relatives of the 343 people who lost their lives in the April quake from Bhaktapur held up placards with the pictures of the dead and organised themselves in Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Hopefully, this rally served as a much needed reminder to concerned authorities of the earthquake that took place just five months ago—which killed nearly 9,000 people—and the still pending reconstruction work which is yet to even begin.
In the immediate aftermath of the quake, the government announced the creation of the Nepal Reconstruction Authority (NRA) and even allocated Rs 91 billion for it in the budget. Last month, the government even appointed the current vice-chairperson of the National Planning Commission as the Chief Executive Officer of the Reconstruction Authority. But because a bill was not created within one month of the ordinance which created the NRA as required by the law, the Authority has now been temporarily dissolved. This utter lack of political consideration is depressing given that almost ten percent of the earthquake-affected population are still in need of proper shelter, food and basic medicines according to the UN. In Dolakha, one of the most-affected districts, authorities say that they cannot help the victims to rebuild their houses because they neither have the required funds nor have they received proper guidelines to do so. Their hands will remain tied until the Reconstruction Authority comes into operation. In addition, it has recently been reported that Sindhupalchowk, the district which suffered the maximum number of casualties, faces severe food insecurity as well. People there are unable to afford food or other basic commodities without selling their assets. This should alarm the concerned authorities. When people start selling their assets for survival post-disaster it will leave them even more vulnerable to future threats. Currently, the government has been too distracted with the constitution making and the violence that has followed. But that is no excuse to ignore the plight of the quake victims. While the hurry to promulgate the constitution is understandable, it should not halt the reconstruction process, which is equally important. Earthquake victims have somehow managed to make it through the monsoon. But as the winter is coming, the reconstruction cannot be delayed any further. The government should immediately pass the bill to allow the Reconstruction Authority to begin work at the earliest. Meanwhile, I/NGOs and the civil society working for the quake-affected population should continue to pressure the government to begin reconstruction by continuously highlighting the plight of the quake victims. The media could also persistently report on the state of the quake affected people and keep the government on its toes.