In defense of social media regulation

January 11, 2020 08:30 am

Our socio-political situation always and noticeably remits one or another controversial issue to the people, who love to engage in an endless debate. MCC was the talk of the town, and still is. The proposed bill on information technology—mentioned as IT Bill—has hogged the media space and engaged the mass at mammoth scale. The provision that states anyone posting defamatory, blasphemous and disrespectfully vulgar or profane remarks against somebody on and through social media will be sentenced up to five year and fined up to one and half million rupees is the subject of intense criticism.

Singer Pharrell Williams has distanced himself from his 2013 single "Blurred Lines", which had provoked a huge controversy for its misogynistic lyrics.

Lessons to learn

June 20, 2019 02:00 am

Better late than never, the government withdrew the controversial Guthi Bill on Tuesday. That was the only way out since the protests against the bill were intensifying in Kathmandu Valley.

KATHMANDU, May 22: In a major step, President Bidya Devi Bhandari has returned the ‘Passport Bill-2075’ without authentication.

KATHMANDU, April 8: A probe committee formed by the government to study the illegal transfer of government-owned land to private individuals have recommended the government to scrap all the controversial decisions made in connection to the land grab case through a cabinet meeting.

PM Oli courts controversy again

October 14, 2018 04:00 am

KATHMANDU, Oct 14: Only last month, Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli was widely criticized for using the prime minister's official residence at Baluwatar for organizing a gathering of Oli clan.

KATHMANDU, July 25: Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Sher Bahadur Tamang has stepped down from the post on Tuesday following public outcry over his controversial remarks on Nepali female students pursuing medical studies in Bangladesh. Tamang was overcome with emotions while announcing his resignation amid a press meet at the ministry.

KATHMANDU, June 5: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) has warned all the stakeholders concerned to refrain from making any controversial statement over the ongoing investigation into the 33-kg gold smuggling case.

KATHMANDU, May 3: The Oli government has quietly given permission to Kathmandu-based Indian embassy to continue with its controversial Small Grants Projects across Nepal.

KATHMANDU, April 29: Despite several cases of irregularities reported while utilizing the Constituency Development Fund in the past, newly-elected lawmakers have begun piling pressure on the government to give continuity to the controversial fund with significant increment.

KATHMANDU, March 26: CPN-UML has taken serious exception to the report submitted by EU-EOM on observations of the elections of the House of Representatives and Provincial Assemblies of Nepal.

KATHMANDU, March 13: Judicial Council (JC) has called an emergency meeting following the controversy that cropped up after newly elected Bidya Devi Bhandari was sworn in as President by ‘ousted’ Chief Justice Gopal Parajuli.

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DHANGADHI, Nov 267: Poll observers deployed from the European Union Election Observation Mission (EUEOM), who have been accused of breaching the poll observation code, have postponed their monitoring activities in Kanchanpur and Kailali districts.

KATHMANDU, Oct 17: The Election Commission (EC) has allowed the government to transfer controversial Nepal Oil Corporation Managing Director Gopal Khadka to the Ministry of Supplies, barring the corruption-accused Khadka from continuing his job as the state oil monopoly chief.

KATHMANDU, Sept 22: Student unions affiliated to various political parties have lambasted the ninth amendment to the Education Act, warning to continue their protests until its withdrawal.

KATHMANDU, September 8: The Nepali Congress and CPN (Maoist Center) coalition government has fulfilled an almost 14-year old controversial Indian demand to set up a Pension Paying Office (PPO) in Butwal of Rupandehi district.

KATHMANDU, September 7: Rastriya Prajatantra Party (Democratic) leader Dipak Bohora, whose involvement in the corruption involving the controversial land procurement deal made by the state-owned Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) was revealed recently, is set to become a cabinet minister from his party.

KATHMANDU, Aug 30: The Ministry of Supplies (MoS) appears to be reluctant to initiate investigation into the Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC)'s land purchase scam despite separate calls from the Prime Minister's Office and two parliamentary committees to probe into the multi-billion deal.

KATHMANDU, July 31:The private sector has  attempted at least twice to get  the  Tax Settlement Commission extended or a new commission formed. The controversial body has drawn huge criticism and also seen court cases involving a record high amount in corruption.

KATHMANDU, July 17: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has inquired about the financial irregularities worth multi-million rupees that took place while purchasing land plots to build storage facilities for Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) at various places in the country.

KATHMANDU, Jan 10: Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has made a controversial decision to distribute bonus to its 800 staffers.

KATHMANDU, Nov 15: Suspended lawmaker from the CPN (Maoist Center) Lharkyal Lama has got a clean chit from the Special Court in the case filed against him for allegedly amassing huge property through illegal means.

TOKYO,  Nov 6: Japan and India are set to sign a controversial civil nuclear deal this week, reports said Sunday, as the two Asian allies look to boost economic and security ties to counter an assertive China.

KATHMANDU, Sept 29: On the fourth day of Dr Govinda KC’s fast-unto-death demanding long overdue reforms in the medical education sector, the government has decided to withdraw the bill on Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences from parliament.

NEW DELHI, Aug 31: The Gorkha Samaj, an association of Nepali migrants in India, has withdrawn its case filed against an online shopping company Flipkart.

KATHMANDU, July 19: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has advised Speaker Onsari Gharti not to take any controversial decisions.