Paradox of republic

June 18, 2020 08:00 am

Impartiality has been one of humankind’s longest and the most elusive pursuits. Despite a variety of reforms enacted throughout history, none of them seem to be enough to get us past the finish line. One would assume that a democratic framework, through increased representation, would gradually bridge the divide in society—and it does to a certain extent—but when the pace of progress appears to be sluggish, there is the risk that passive public participation might end up being the same as compliance to an unjust regime.

PORTUGAL, July 25: Minister for Foreign Affairs, Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, has said that the country has been on track in its aim to develop Nepal a middle-income country in the next 12 years.

KATHMANDU, July 8: Parliament’s State Affairs Committee (SAC) has become the top choice of lawmakers, with the new regulations expanding the purview of the committee.

KATHMANDU, May 9: Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali has informed the Parliament of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's scheduled state visit to Nepal, today.

Say it may take them another year to understand their work

KATHMANDU, Nov 2: The Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MoFALD) has requested rural municipalities and municipalities to stop levying fee on foreign tourists for entering their respective areas.

KATHMANDU, August 30: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Krishna Bahadur Mahara has said that the government and media should have a common voice in the issues of foreign affairs.

KATHMANDU, August 23: Indian External Minister Sushma Swaraj has received Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba at Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Kathmandu, August 10: Visiting External Affairs Minister of India, Sushma Swaraj paid a courtesy call on President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, July 30: The Legislature-Parliament today sent the bills related to the election to the House of Representatives and the provincial assembly for clause-wise discussion to the state affairs committee.

‘India Now and In Transition’, edited by Indian Journalist Atul K Thakur and published by Niyogi Books was officially launched at India International Center, New Delhi on Friday. According to the press statement released by Thakur, the book is compiled in the memory of Late BG Verghese, former editor – Indian Express and Hindustan Times.

A sad ‘state’ of affairs

June 30, 2017 10:00 am

Outside the gymnasium at my alma mater in Darjeeling stands an electric utility pole with a bullet hole through it – a reminder of the violent ‘Gorkhaland’ agitation that took place in the 1980’s under the leadership of Subhash Ghising. We were told of the time the CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) had camped in our gymnasium and would often hear stories of skirmishes and bloodshed during the agitation. It’s almost three decades since the end of that campaign and now the hills are alive once again – not with the sound of music but with the echoes of protests.

KATHMANDU, March 22: As Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal is preparing to pay an official visit to China on March 23, the PM is scheduled to discuss the matter with former Prime Ministers and China affairs experts beforehand.

KATHMANDU, March 16: Hon  Mr  Kumar Khadka, Minister for Women, Children and Social Affairs, delivered a speech at the 61st session of the commission on the status of women (CSW) held at the United Nations headquarters, New York on March 15.

Foreign Affairs Minister back home

March 4, 2017 19:39 pm

KATHMANDU, March 4: Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat returned home today after attending the 34th meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council held in Geneva, Switzerland.

KATHMANDU, Feb 6: When the government is preparing to announce the local poll date, media experts and senior media people from Japan have insisted on the dissemination of election-related news being based on the election agenda instead of the affairs of any particular political party.

KATHMANDU, Jan 27: Arguing that the current constitution does not deter our country from holding elections, CPN-UML Secretary Yogesh Bhattarai has said that his party is always in favor of elections.

KATHMANDU, Jan 25: Indian ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae has said that India does not have any desire to interfere in the internal affairs of Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Jan 16: Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Development Hitraj Pandey has said the date for local poll would be announced soon at the consent of political parties.

KATHMANDU, Dec 6: Main opposition CPN-UML has asked the neighboring countries and the international community to refrain from expressing gratuitous concerns over Nepal's internal affairs, taking sides and intervening into domestic issues.

KATHMANDU, Sept 3: Executive Editor of Rastriya Samachar Samiti (RSS), Yek Raj Pathak, has been appointed the Public Relations and Press Coordinator of Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat.

KATHMANDU, Aug 19: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bimalendra Nidhi, who  reached New Delhi as a special envoy of Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, has called on Indian Minister for External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj on Friday.

PARSA, Aug 12: CPN-UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal has said the neighbors should not interfere with Nepal's internal affairs.

KATHMANDU, Aug 7: UML Chairman and former Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Sunday that abnormal activities in Nepal internal politics are unacceptable.