Danish Prince inspects Karamdanda Hydel Project

BANEPA: Danish Prince Joachim Holger Waldemar Christian inspected Karamdanda Micro Hydropower Project at Bhimkhori VDC in Kavrepalanchok district on Saturday. On the occasion, Prince Joachim inquired about traditional water mill and the mills operated by the hydropower project. Speaking on the occasion, he said that it was great work on the part of the hydropower project in supporting the locals to raise their livelihood and making them self-reliant. The 17-kilowatt hydropower project was..

Nepal to organise international investment summit on March 2-3

KATHMANDU: A number of Indian and Chinese companies will participate in an international summit in Nepal next week that aims to position the landlocked country as an attractive investment hub. The Nepal Investment Summit 2017 in Kathmandu on March 2-3 will see the participation of nearly 250 companies from about two dozen countries, Ministry for Industry Nabindra Raj Joshi told reporters here today. Around 300 Nepalese firms will also take part in the summit themed 'Harnessing Investment..

Call for Nepali Congress CWC urgent meeting

KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress senior leader Ram Chandra Paudel has demanded immediate meeting of the party’s Central Working Committee to dwell on the contemporary political affairs. A meeting of some central leaders held at the residence of NC general secretary Shashanka Koirala today has demanded call for central working committee meeting, shared NC central member Badri Pandey. The meeting decided to send a letter to NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba asking him to call a central working..

Ex-President concerns stagnation of constitution implementation

KATHMANDU: Former President Dr Ram Baran Yadav has expressed his displeasure over the stagnation of the implementation of the constitution even after 18 months of it promulgation. Former President Yadav said this while addressing a programme organised here on Friday on the occasion of 95th birth anniversary of veteran democratic leader, Mahendra Narayan Nidhi. He said that there was no alternative to go for election by addressing the demands of disgruntled parties, saying all parties should..

Mahashivaratri being observed today

KATHMANDU: Hindu devotees all over the country are celebrating the great festival of Mahashivaratri by worshipping Lord Shiva at various rivers, ponds and temples since early this morning. Devotees visit Lord Shiva's temples and worship on this day believed to be the day Lord Shiva was born. Shivaratri is one of the four nights known as Kaalratri, Moharatri, Sukharatri and is regarded as one of the greatest festivals in the holy scriptures of the Hindus—the Puranas. Skanda Purana, another..

Natural disasters cost 443 lives across country in 10 months

KATHMANDU: Natural calamities have cost a total of 443 lives across the country in the past 10 months alone, a data with Home Ministry revealed. The data was made public during a discussion programme with media-persons organised in the Capital on Thursday by the Forum for Women, Law and Development with the theme 'policy plan on disaster management and legal management'. The figure of people killed in various natural disasters like epidemic, flood, storms, rains and altitude sickness..

IGP appointment hearing runs out of time, will continue Tuesday

KATHMANDU: The hearing on a writ petition filed against government's decision to appoint Jay Bahadur Chand as Inspector General of Police has been scheduled for Tuesday after the hearing ran out of time on Thursday. The hearing had started on Wednesday. On February 10, advocate Kapil Dev Dhakal had filed the writ petition accusing government of trying to violate the rule of seniority in the appointment of IGP. Similarly, on February 12, first in the seniority for the appointment, Deputy..

UDMF cadres vandalize Rajbiraj Municipality building

SAPTARI: Cadres of the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) have vandalized the building of Rajbiraj Municipality on the charge of defying the shutdown called by the UDMF. The leaders and cadres of the UDMF demonstrating from the early morning vandalized the Municipality building and smashed the windowpanes of the office room of the Municipality Chief Executive Officer. Long and short route transport services, educational institutions, factories, markets have been completely closed, said..

Nepal Govt recommends ambassadors for 14 countries

KATHMANDU: The government has decided to recommend the names of 14 persons for appointment as Nepali ambassadors in various countries. A second cabinet meeting held on Monday evening made the decision to recommend on the basis of share among the allies of the incumbent government. Interestingly, Madhesi Janadhakar Forum-Democratic led by Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar has got a share in the ambassadorial position. The decision to include the Madhesi Janadhakar Forum-Democratic in the share..

Parties welcome announcement of date for local elections

KATHMANDU: The CPN-UML has welcomed the announcement of the date for local bodies' election by the government. The main opposition party, the CPN-UML, has also demanded that the government now make all necessary preparations for holding the local polls in the scheduled date. Talking to RSS after the announcement of the date, CPN-UML Vice-Chairman Bhim Bahadur Rawal said, "The election must be held on the scheduled date." He further said that the report of the Local Level Restructuring..

Prez, PM, CEC stress timely elections at Election Day function

KATHMANDU, (AP): President Bidya Devi Bhandari has said the Election Commission should be able to take the special responsibility of holding periodic elections on time. Addressing the main function organised by the Election Commission to mark the first Election Day here on Saturday, the Head of the State stressed the need of making the election practices in Nepal in line with the world standards. “The initiation of taking forward the democratic exercise was undertaken this very day 58..

Socialism thru development, not revolution: PM Dahal

ROLPA: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Friday said socialism could be achieved not through revolutions and movements, but through development activities. Inaugurating the first Rolpa Festival in Libang of Rolpa today, the Prime Minister said economic prosperity was a must to achieve socialism. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said some forces were trying to thwart the government’s efforts to take rights of Singhadarbar to villages. The CPN Maoist Centre Chairman also said war tourism..

Nepal-China bilateral relations developing steadily: Chinese ambassador

KATHMANDU: Chinese ambassador to Nepal Yu Hong has said that bilateral relations between the two neighbours have developed steadily in recent years. "China and Nepal are friendly neighbors linked by mountains and rivers. In recent years, the bilateral relations have developed steadily, and we have deepened our cooperation in politics, economy, trade and culture," ambassador Yu said inaugurating a cultural programme organised on the occasion of Chinese Tibetan Losar here in the..

Foreign Affairs Minister urges EU to lift ban on Nepali airlines

KATHMANDU: Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. Prakash Sharan Mahat has urged the European Union to lift the ban on Nepali airlines. Minister Dr. Mahat made this request in a meeting with Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, at the latter's office in Brussels on Wednesday. Given the progress Nepal has made in aviation safety, the Foreign Affairs Minister requested the EC President to lift the ban imposed by the EU on Nepali airlines. The President assured Minister Dr Mahat..

22 months on, 600 quake victim families taking refuge in tents in Kathmandu

KATHMANDU: Around two years on since the earthquake of April 25, 2015 struck, around 600 quake victim families are forced to live in makeshift tents at Chuchepati in the capital city of Kathmandu. Although the government has claimed that it has been distributing reliefs to quake victims, many of them have complained that they have got nothing in the name of relief so far. The victims are originally from Nuwakot and Sindhupalchok, the worst quake-hit districts. Hardships they obviously are..

TU discusses with valley campus chiefs on FSU election

KATHMANDU: The Tribhuvan University (TU) held discussion with chiefs of the campuses of Kathmandu Valley regarding the preparation of Free Students' Union (FSU) election taking place from coming February 25. Discussion was held with chiefs of 20 campuses of the Valley on Tuesday on conducting FSU election in an effective manner, shared TU Registrar Dilli Prasad Uprety. On the occasion, some campus chiefs viewed that it was not possible to conduct FSU polls with the campuses being padlocked in..

Local poll possible if election date announced by Feb 19, Sharma says

KATHMANDU: The Election Commission has stated that the local election could be held by the end of May if the date for the election was announced by February 19. At an interaction programme organized by the District Development Committee Federation, Nepal Municipality Association and Village Development Committee Federation on local level restructuring commission and local poll here today, Election Commissioner Ila Sharma shared that the local poll could be held on May 15 and June 4 if the date..

PHSC approves three election commission commissioners

KATHMANDU: The Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee of the Legislature-Parliament has endorsed the three individuals who were proposed for the Election Commission Commissioner. The committee in its meeting today approved Ishwari Prasad Poudel, Narendra Dahal and Sudhir Saha’s names after the hearing. Earlier the Constitutional Council had recommended their names for the parliamentary hearing. In the meeting, the proposed election commissioners had presented their action plans, concepts..

NRA Directive Committee meet forms panel to prepare draft on fund mobilisation

KATHMANDU: A meeting of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA)'s Directive Committee today constituted a committee headed by the Chief Secretary to prepare a draft for the mobilisation of reconstruction fund.The newly formed committee comprises secretary of the respective ministry as the member-secretary. The meeting that took place at the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers under the chair of Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has given a week to the committee to come up..

Stay order to stop appointment of Chand as IGP

KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court has today issued a stay order in the name of the government to not implement the cabinet decision to promote DIG of Nepal Police Jaya Bahadur Chand to the post of Inspector General of Police. A single bench of Chief Justice Sushila Karki issued the order citing rule 41 of the Police Regulations 2071 B.S. that calls for seniority, work efficiency, ability to assume responsibilities, provide leadership and mobilize subordinate personnel. It has thereby halted..

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