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Nepal PM has three mobile phone sets as assets! Friday, March 14th, 2014

By Anil Giri, KATHMANDU (IANS): Probably the world's poorest head of the state, Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala lists just three ordinary mobile phones as his assets. This came to light when he furnished his property details Thursday but it is yet to be made public by the Prime Minister..

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Maoist parties bury differences, announce working alliance Thursday, March 13th, 2014

KATHMANDU: Twenty-one months after they split, Nepal's two Maoist parties led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda and Mohan Baidhya 'Kiran' Thursday announced a working alliance which may just be the first step towards their re-unification. The two parties plunged into serious ideological..

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Don’t harass people : Prime Minister Koirala Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

GORKHA: Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has directed the chiefs of the district based offices in Gorkha district to provide prompt and effective services to the service seekers and not to harass them. Giving directives to the office chiefs at the Hotel Bisauni in Gorkha today, the Prime Minioster..

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Nepal mulls leasing Himalayan peaks Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

KATHMANDU (AFP): Nepal is considering a plan to lease Himalayan peaks to private tourism companies, an official said Tuesday, in a bid to ease traffic on Mount Everest and help jumpstart the economy. The proposal would involve hiring out some of the 326 Himalayan peaks that are currently open,..

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Nepal Heading for Local Body Elections Sunday, March 9th, 2014

KATHMANDU: Nepal is preparing to hold local body elections after a 16-year hiatus, a government minister said Sunday. The elections for the leadership of village development committees (VDCs) and municipalities should have been held every five years. But due to political instability, there has..

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Indian Flight Catches Fire in Nepal; No Casualties Saturday, March 8th, 2014

KATHMANDU (AP): An Indian jetliner caught fire while landing in Nepal's capital on Saturday, but there were no casualties reported among the 170 people on board, officials said. The right wheels of the Airbus 320 caught fire while landing in Katmandu after a flight from the Indian capital of New..

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6 Nepali peacekeepers injured in Congo Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

KINSHASA: At least six Nepali peacekeepers (UN peacekeeping troops) were injured in grenade attack in Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday. The UN mission for the stabilisation of the country (MONUSCO) said in a statement the attack occurred in the area of Beni in North Kivu province. It did..

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DPM Bamdev seeks action against Madhav Kumar Nepal Thursday, February 27th, 2014

KATHMANDU: Deputy Prime Minister Bamdev Gautam today expressed resentment at senior party leader and Ex prime minister Madhav Kumar Nepal for airing views against the party’s decision and policy. Addressing a 'Meet The Press', Gautam said he had to face disciplinary action in the party on..

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Devotees celebrated Maha Shivaratri in Nepal, India

KATHMANDU: Thousands of pilgrims from Nepal, India and South Asian countries on Thursday thronged the historic Pashupatinath temple here to offer prayers on Maha Shivratri. Over 4,000 saints and 150 ‘Naga sadhus’ arrived at the fifth-century temple to offer prayers. President Ram Baran Yadav..

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UCPN Maoist Onsari Gharti elected as CA Vice Chair Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

KATHMANDU: The UCPN (Maoist) lawmaker Onsari Gharti has been elected as the vice chairperson of the Constituent Assembly on Wednesday. Garnering 484 votes of the total 489 votes cast, Gharti, who is also the former minister for youth and sports, defeated Anuradha Thapa Magar of Nepal Workers’..

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Cabinet expanded, 18 new ministers sworn-in Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Sushil Koirala Tuesday expanded his cabinet by inducting 18 new ministers, ten from CPN-UML and eight from Nepali Congress, in the council of ministers. The cabinet expansion took place two weeks after the government formation. Prime Minister Koirala administered the..

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Child marriage: what do you do when it’s by choice? Monday, February 24th, 2014

Ola Perczynska, KATHMANDU: When 14-year-old Deumaya from Gorkha district in Nepal, talked about getting married, she said: "I met my husband in the village. He is two years older than me. It was a love marriage – we were in love. We went to another village and stayed there for some time. When we..

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CPN UML agrees to join Nepali Congress-led govt Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

KATHMANDU: CPN-UML has finally agreed to join Sushil Koirala-led Nepali Congress government and Prime Minister Koirala is most likely to expand the Cabinet today itself. The two parties will sit today morning to finalise the allocation of portfolios, minister without portfolio Ram Sharan Mahat..

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Govt committed to statute writing: PM Koirala Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Sushil Koirala said the government is committed to creating an atmosphere for giving a federal democratic constitution to the Nepali people within a year on the basis of consensus among all political parties inside and outside the Constituent Assembly. A new government..

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NC to vote for UML candidate in CA chair Monday, February 17th, 2014

KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress parliamentary party committee Monday decided to support CPN-UML candidate for Constituent Assembly chairman in the election slated for Tuesday. The meeting, held at Party office in Sanepa under the chairmanship of NC president and Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, also..

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Election to local bodies within six months: Minister Mahat Thursday, February 13th, 2014

KATHMANDU: Minister without portfolio, Dr. Ram Sharan Mahat, has said that the new government would soon get its full shape after consensus with the CPN (UML). Speaking at a news conference organised by the Chitwan chapter of the Nepal Press Union at Bharatpur today, Dr. Mahat reiterated that no..

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PM Koirala directs TU to appoint IoM dean within 24 hours Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

KATHMANDU: The newly elected Prime Minister Sushil Koirala-led Cabinet on Tuesday evening directed the Tribhuvan University to appoint the Dean at the Institute on the basis of seniority within 24 hours. The two-man cabinet, with Koirala and Dr Ram Mahat on board, held the meeting after the..

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PM Koirala sworn in, loses coalition partner

KATHMANDU: President Dr Ram Baran Yadav administered the oath of office and secrecy to the newly elected Prime Minister Sushil Koirala amidst a special ceremony at the Rastrapati Bhawan, Shital Niwas today. The Legislature-Parliament on Monday elected Nepali Congress (NC) President Koirala the..

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