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Feb 24 2017

Human encroachment on wildlife habitat requires immediate attention
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There is nothing ‘overwhelming’ about the increase; if anything, it is a fact to celebrate, not condemn
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Evidence suggests a strong police-politician nexus has the potential to embolden criminal elements
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When the country holds local level elections on May 14, they will be first in two decades, and the cost is likely to shoot up to a whopping Rs 18-Rs20 billion.
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Deliberations on the constitution amendment bill finally started on Thursday, almost three months after it was registered at the Parliament Secretariat and a month and a half after it was tabled in Parliament, following the main opposition CPN-UML’s decision to stay neutral.
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Mahashivaratri gathering
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National Reconstruction Authority chief Govind Raj Pokharel has urged development partners to increase their technical efforts and expedite reconstruction works in rural areas of the quake-affected districts.
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The Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare (MoWCSW) says it is working to bring a programme to provide free treatment to women suffering from breast and uterine cancer.
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A total of 443 people were killed in natural disasters across the country in the past 10 months, according to Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) data.
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A team of the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority has arrested three persons including two government employees in Bhaktapur on charge of taking bribe.
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The government of India has approved 16 road projects, including a bridge over the Mahakali river in the far-western region, in Nepal.
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Police on Thursday arrested six men for robbing two businessmen by impersonating as security personnel working for the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority.
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The Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum Nepal and the Naya Shakti Nepal (NSN) on Thursday asked the government to roll back its decision to hold the scheduled local level elections but said they were ready to take part in provincial and federal polls if their concerns over constitution amendment were addressed.
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Following government’s declaration of the election date, the Supreme Court has ordered the government to hold elections of the local, province and federal levels within January 2018 for what it calls a “full implementation of the constitution”.
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Hearing on a writ petition filed against the government’s decision to appoint Jay Bahadur Chand as the Inspector General of Nepal Police has been scheduled to continue on February 28 after the process ran out of time on Thursday.
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Chief of Army Staff Gen Rajendra Chhetri has said Nepal Army was committed to defending national sovereignty and confronting the challenges posed by extremist and “secessionist” forces.
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The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has started to sign the housing reconstruction aid agreement with the earthquake-affected families of Bhumlutar and Phalante VDCs in Kavre district.
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Kaluwapur area in Jhalari Pipaldi-11, Kanchanpur, remained tense throughout the day on Thursday due to sporadic clashes between security personnel and the people displaced during the expansion of Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve, now a national park, area 16 years ago.
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Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (Nefin), an umbrella organisation of 56 ethnic communities, has taken a strong exception to the government’s decision of conducting the local elections without resolving the local boundary dispute.
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Timber smugglers, in collusion with community forest representatives, are cutting down Khayar trees (Acacia catechu) at Durchhim VDC in Khotang and exporting them outisid the district, according to villagers.
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