Internet penetration in the country has reached 44.11 percent. There are a total of 11,687,819 Internet subscribers as of November 2015, according to Management Information Systems (MIS) report full story »
The Nepal Chamber of Commerce (NCC) on Friday requested Chinese traders to work jointly with their Nepali counterparts to promote investment in agro production, manufacturing, tourism and banking. full story »
Nearly 2,000 factories in the country’s industrial heartland, the Bara-Parsa Industrial Corridor, have been shut down due to lack of raw materials as shipments from India have stopped due to the Tarai unrest. full story »
The Finance Ministry has said it has so far released Rs2.85 billion in financial assistance to different individuals and institutions since the second Constituent Assembly (CA) election held on November 19, 2013. full story »
Over 11 million Nepalis have access to Internet
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NCC holds discussion with Chinese traders
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The Constitutional Council meeting held today to recommend names to the vacant positions in the Election Commission (EC) concluded inconclusively after President of main opposition Nepali Congress Sushil Koirala failed to attend, citing health problem. full story »
The US Ambassador to Nepal Alaina Teplitz believes that the supplies crunch Nepal is currently facing has further complicated the humanitarian situation and the reconstruction works post earthquake, in which the US has taken a lead in a number of areas. full story »
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The man raised his head and looked at them. These are strange nightingales, he thought. I have seen this species of birds but never like them. Then what are they? Nightingales, I’m sure they are not. Perhaps they are the messengers from god, or maybe they are the lost fragments of my past. Or maybe they are just birds, a new species of them. “Whatever,” he whispered to himself and abandoned the thought full story »
Instead of charging into an explosive finale, the final episode of the Hunger Games is rather a dull, drawn-out crawl towards the inevitable—this, despite having the wonderful Jennifer Lawrence, and a raft of other big-name talents, in tow
When members of the Nepal government decided to finally put forth a new constitution this year, it is highly unlikely that they had anticipated the ocean of Madhesi protests that have come to engulf Terai. One can imagine that the passing of the new constitution was supposed to be something exclusively symbolic—a ribbon of hope pinned to a year of devastation brought forth by the April and May earthquakes.
It seems that we, the people, can’t do anything about the blockade except watch the ping pong match that is happening between our incompetent government and Madhesi-Tharu politicians. Our good-for-nothing clowns have been holding talks to resolve the crisis but it seems that they are only getting together for the free doodh chiya and biskoot. They are not really interested to find ways to compromise and end the ‘black market’ festival.
The festival of lights is over and we all have no choice but to face the darkness that hovers around us. Our government banned firecrackers and imposed a 10 pm curfew even during the festive season but such laws didn’t apply to dohoris and dance bars that operated past midnight, disturbing neighbourhoods.
Data on the increase in sexual assaults of children is alarming
Sunita, an eighth grader at a public school in Dholahiti, Patan who worked as a domestic worker, was being sexually exploited by her employer on a daily basis. After facing exploitation for a year, she finally mustered enough courage and told one of her teachers about her abuse. Sunita’s case is currently sub judice in the Supreme Court. Fear, shame and pressure from perpetrators force victims to stay silent.
According to the Women Rehabilitation Centre, an NGO, rapes of minor girls are increasingly being reported in recent times. Their study published on Wednesday to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and as a part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence Campaign, shows that more than half of all reported cases of sexual assault in 2014-15 were of minors. This is certainly alarming. Furthermore, the study shows that rape of minors has increased by 6.5 percent over last year. According to a 2014 annual report, ‘State of Rights of Child in Nepal,’ of the National Resource and Information Centre, out of 437 cases of rape reported in 2014, 261 cases were of minors: 157 cases were children under the age of 18 and 110 cases were children under the age of 10, with the youngest victim being two years old. But these figures might just be the tip of the iceberg as most of the cases of sexual abuse faced by children are not reported. 2015 Child Protection Mapping and Assessment Summary Report by the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare assert that because most of the time sexual abuse of a minor is committed by relatives, communities usually choose to resolve the case outside the formal system through monetary compensation or marriage. In many instances parents may not even be aware that their children are going through such a situation because they do not easily confide to their parents. Moreover, children are mostly unaware of sexual advances and can be easily threatened or convinced to keep quiet after being sexually exploited. According to the proposed Criminal Code bill which is awaiting parliamentary approval, the sentence for a minor can range from 5-8 years to 10-15 years. Some countries in Asia hand out more severe punishment for this heinous crime; for instance, South Korea chemically castrates paedophiles. But just having strict sentences against the perpetrators is not going to be enough. To tackle this issue, systematic intervention is required. Parents need to be encouraged to talk to their children about sexual advances and how they should respond. Sex education should be imparted to children at a young age in schools. An environment needs to be created at home and school where children feel comfortable sharing their experiences, good or bad, so that girls like Sunita do not have to wait for over a year to talk about their situation.