Bhuwan Sharma

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Forest Minister Mahato courts controversy for his business venture plans in protected areas

Published On: September 20, 2023 07:00 PM NPT By: Bhuwan Sharma

KATHMANDU, Sept 20: Minister for Forests and Environment Birendra Mahato has drawn widespread criticism for his controversial proposals such as advocating for tiger hunting and promoting commercial activities like hotels, lodges, cable cars, and paragliding within the national park areas.

Why is the Civil Service Bill not being presented to parliament?

Published On: September 15, 2023 03:45 PM NPT By: Bhuwan Sharma

KATHMANDU, Sept 15: On September 7, the day before the Civil Service Day, the Council of Ministers meeting decided to present the Civil Service Bill and the School Education Bill to parliament to give a positive message to the government employees. While the School Education Bill has been registered in parliament, it has not been decided when the Civil Service Bill will be registered.

Students unable to learn about Nepal's new political map

Published On: September 14, 2023 05:46 PM NPT By: Bhuwan Sharma

KATHMANDU, Sept 14: Three years ago, following parliament's approval of Nepal's new political map, the Survey Department measured the territory according to the updated map and sent the file to the ministry on October 21, 2022. However, as of now, the file remains stalled in the planning division of the ministry. During the time this file was pending in the ministry, the Curriculum Development Center published a book intended for school-level instruction, which included an area of 460.28 square kilometers, encompassing Kalapani, Lipulekh, and Limpiyadhura.

LSP chairman initiates formation of Central Committee after two years delay

Published On: September 10, 2023 04:30 PM NPT By: Bhuwan Sharma

KATHMANDU, Sept 10: Two years after the formation of the party, the chairman of the Loktantrik Samajwadi Party (LSP), Mahantha Thakur, is in the process of forming the party’s Central Committee. According to party leaders, he is ready to publish the list of the Central Committee within a couple of days.

Nepal fails to disseminate the new political map to embassies: Diplomatic oversight or negligence?

Published On: September 10, 2023 09:30 AM NPT By: Bhuwan Sharma

KATHMANDU, Sept 10: Following the approval of Nepal's new map by the federal parliament, the government led by then-Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had pledged to share this significant update with foreign embassies, diplomatic missions, and consulates across the country. However, this commitment remains unfulfilled to this day.

New assembly halls keep popping up while old ones see little use

Published On: September 5, 2023 02:30 PM NPT By: Bhuwan Sharma

KATHMANDU, Sept 5: While the assembly halls built by spending millions of rupees are standing unused, 13 more assembly halls have been added only in the month of July/August by spending huge sums of money.

Law being introduced to tame ‘Balens’

Published On: September 5, 2023 02:00 PM NPT By: Bhuwan Sharma

KATHMANDU, Sep 5: Amid growing concerns over the conduct and actions of local government officials, including Kathmandu Metropolitan City's Mayor Balendra Shah, the government has initiated the development of legislation aimed at regulating the behavior and responsibilities of local representatives. This move comes in response to instances where some local government representatives have been seen challenging constitutional and governance norms.

Nepal miffed with China for not recognizing its new political map

Published On: August 31, 2023 01:45 PM NPT By: Bhuwan Sharma

KATHMANDU, Aug 31: Experts have highlighted concerns over the Chinese government's apparent disregard for Nepal's updated political map, released three years ago. These experts attribute this neglect to what they view as Nepal's weak diplomatic efforts.

Residences built for province chiefs and CMs in Kathmandu against federalism: Experts

Published On: August 29, 2023 12:00 PM NPT By: Bhuwan Sharma

KATHMANDU, Aug 29: At a time when the country is in an extreme economic crisis, the construction of seven lavish buildings by the federal government in Kathmandu as liaison offices for province chiefs and Chief Ministers (CMs) has drawn criticisms from experts. They say spending on such buildings is unnecessary and unproductive.

Ministry of Urban Development achieves 58.24% financial progress in FY 2022/23

Published On: August 28, 2023 10:45 AM NPT By: Bhuwan Sharma

KATHMANDU, Aug 26: The Ministry of Urban Development has reported a financial progress of 58.24% for the Fiscal Year 2022/23. Out of the total budget allocation of Rs 59.97 billion for the year, Rs 34.94 billion has been utilized, as stated by the ministry.

Unutilized one billion rupees stuck in Forest Development Fund

Published On: August 18, 2023 01:45 PM NPT By: Bhuwan Sharma

KATHMANDU, Aug 18: The Forest Development Fund, established to bolster the growth, safeguarding, backing, and advancement of forested areas, has amassed a substantial sum of one billion rupees. Despite this accumulation, the allocation has regrettably not been directed towards its intended goal of enhancing and fostering the forestry sector. The Department of Forest reveals that this fund has remained untouched over the past four years.

Singha Durbar set for restructuring at an estimated cost of Rs 10 billion

Published On: August 13, 2023 02:45 PM NPT By: Bhuwan Sharma

KATHMANDU, Aug 13: The iconic administrative center, the Singha Durbar complex, is poised for a comprehensive makeover with an anticipated investment of approximately Rs 10 billion. This endeavor aims to restore the historical significance of the site by incorporating five meticulously designed ponds that pay homage to Nepal's rich culture and heritage.

Civil servants continue to disregard transfer orders

Published On: August 1, 2023 09:15 AM NPT By: Bhuwan Sharma

KATHMANDU, Aug 1: Minister for Federal Affairs and General Administration (MoFAGA) Amanlal Modi has again taken another ambitious decision, to send employees from easily accessible areas to remote areas and vice-versa. But the higher officials of the ministry are not confident that this decision will be implemented. Because five such decisions made by Modi earlier have been stalled.

Why are the property details of the prime minister and ministers kept secret?

Published On: July 29, 2023 07:32 PM NPT By: Bhuwan Sharma

KATHMANDU, July 29: The property details of the prime minister and all other ministers remain undisclosed on the official website of the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers.

Minister Modi and Secretary Pushkar lock horns over red attendance slip and transfer dispute

Published On: July 24, 2023 06:00 PM NPT By: Bhuwan Sharma

KATHMANDU, July 24: The relationship between Federal Affairs and General Administration Minister Amanlal Modi and Secretary Krishnahari Pushkar has worsened.

Minister Modi marks Secretary Pushkar’s attendance slip red!

Published On: July 16, 2023 04:00 PM NPT By: Bhuwan Sharma

KATHMANDU, July 16: In the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration, there is now a competitive practice of making a surprise inspection about whether the employees of the ministry have attended the office and putting a red circle on the attendance slip if they are absent.

All seven constitutional commissions remain ineffective

Published On: July 15, 2023 09:00 AM NPT By: Bhuwan Sharma

KATHMANDU, July 15: In order to make the federal democratic governance system effective and pro-people, additional commissions were envisioned during the formation of the constitution by the Constituent Assembly. According to the constitutional provisions, those commissions were also formed. However, after the addition of the new commissions, the effectiveness of the constitutional commissions formed earlier have also degraded.

NAMD prepares proposal to construct its own building on vacant land

Published On: July 9, 2023 03:01 PM NPT By: Bhuwan Sharma

KATHMANDU, July 9: Nepal Academy of Music and Drama (NAMD) has prepared a proposal to build its own building on its vacant land. The academy has also decided not to make the land available to the private sector for commercial purposes. NAMD itself has decided to use the 15 ropanis of land registered in its name amidst efforts from various authorities to lease the land to a private trading company for 30 years for commercial purpose.

40 tolas of gold found in Pashupatinath temple

Published On: July 9, 2023 09:00 AM NPT By: Bhuwan Sharma

KATHMANDU, July 8: A significant cache of gold pieces, estimated to be around 40 tolas, has been unearthed in the Jyasal region of the Pashupatinath Temple. The discovery was made on Friday morning during routine cleaning operations near the recently constructed Jalhari. Officials from the Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT), responsible for the temple's maintenance, have chosen to remain tight-lipped about the finding.

Nepal, which doesn’t have even a single ship, spends over Rs 90 million annually on ship management!

Published On: July 7, 2023 08:00 PM NPT By: Bhuwan Sharma

KATHMANDU, July 7: Despite the absence of ships operating in Nepal, there are two government agencies dedicated to the management of ships, resulting in an annual expenditure of over 90 million rupees. These two separate bodies, namely the Waterway Project and the Nepal Shipping Office, have been established under the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure.