What became of Rishiman?

August 8, 2020 13:30 pm

India’s reluctance to heed Nepal’s appeal to resolve Kalapani issue diplomatically has exasperated Nepali people in and outside the country. The facts support the claim of Nepal on Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura. The world has come know to know about it.

BEIJING, July 22: China says the U.S. has ordered it to close its Houston consulate in what it called a provocation that violates international law. There was no immediate confirmation or explanation from the U.S. side.

BEIJING, July 15: China said on Wednesday it was not afraid of any sanctions the United States might impose over the situation in the South China Sea, and accused Washington of stirring up trouble and destabilising the region.

KATHMANDU, July 10: A group of civil society leaders have urged the political parties and their leaders to pursue their agenda only through the parliamentary route, with full transparency.

Handle with care

June 25, 2020 08:00 am

King Prithvi Narayan Shah was a visionary to understand the sensitive geopolitics of Nepal. His Dibya Upadesh offers a prescription to carefully handle the relations with two neighbors. Geopolitics is a very sensitive issue in power dynamics. Prithvi Narayan had very clear understanding of it but his successors failed to understand the sensitivity of the matter and pushed the country into several problems.

Two nuclear-armed countries with second and third highest military spending encountering an eyeball to eyeball faceoff at the disputed border at Galwan Valley in Aksai Chin Ladakh area of the western Himalayas is not only shocking but concerning to the world. It is reported that the Indian side suffered twenty casualties and many injuries, whereas the details of the harm to the Chinese side is not yet published. However, the violent non-firearm border clash is not limited to counting the casualties. The broader geopolitical implication of this is much more concerning and scary to the region.

DELHI, June 17: The Indian army says at least 20 of its soldiers were killed after hand-to-hand fighting with Chinese troops at a disputed border site on Monday night, the deadliest clash in decades.

SEOUL, June 16: North Korea blew up an office set up to foster better ties with South Korea in its border town of Kaesong on Tuesday after it threatened to take action if North Korean defectors went ahead with a campaign to send propaganda leaflets into the North.

Age of anger

June 6, 2020 19:05 pm

“If you have pissed them off, you have commanded their attention”, seems to be the settled wisdom of our time. Liberal restraint is out of vogue while instigating anger is the new fad. Though somewhat reprehensible tactic and mentally exhausting, it is shrewd. But it has its limitations.

KATHMANDU, Jan 27: Justice at the Supreme Court Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada stated that all the cases related to foreign employment should not be settled through reconciliation only.

BHARATPUR, Jan 4: Senior leader of the main opposition Nepali Congress, Ramchandra Poudel, said that the recent decision in the party must be corrected.

NAGOYA, JAPAN, Nov 23: Japan and South Korea agreed on Saturday to hold formal talks next month, taking a step towards improving relations strained by decades of bitterness over their wartime past and now exacerbated by a simmering trade dispute.

BEIJING, Sept 23: Disputes in the Gulf should be resolved peacefully via talks, and all sides should remain calm and exercise restraint, Chinese President Xi Jinping told Iraq’s visiting prime minister on Monday, state television reported.

KATHMANDU, June 5: A secretariat meeting of Nepal Communist Party (NCP) on Tuesday failed to decide about work division among the party's central leaders as top leaders attending the meeting remained divided over as to whether the principle of one-leader one-position should be enforced in the party.

KATHMANDU, April 20: The government is introducing a new law to coordinate the provincial and local units with the federal level while exercising concurrent powers, and to settle disputes between the three tiers of government under the federal structure.

KATHMANDU, Feb 26: The intra-party dispute in the main opposition Nepali Congress has surfaced after the two disgruntled factions of the party boycotted the party's Central Working Committee meeting on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, Dec 21: A fresh dispute has begun in the main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) over the number of party's office bearers and election method. This has led to the extension of the ongoing Mahasamiti meeting till Saturday.

TIKAPUR, Dec 17: Various local units of Kailali are having disputes among themselves regarding extraction of natural resources from rivers due to territorial disputes.

ILAM, July 26: While border disputes along the no-man's-land in eastern Nepal have continued for years, the government authorities are yet to make any concrete effort to resolve the issue with the southern neighbor, India.

According to the World Trade Organization (WTO), trade disputes are common and they can arise when a government believes that another government has violated an agreement or commitment made in the WTO.

KATHMANDU, June 26: Although the parliament finally endorsed the parliamentary regulations six months after the commencement of parliament, the process of forming various parliamentary committees remains stuck with the main opposition party demanding leadership positions in some of the committees and the ruling parties rejecting the demand.

KATHMANDU, June 25: Even three years after the 2015 earthquakes, many victims in the Kathmandu Valley remain deprived of the housing grant of Rs 300,000 due to the “National Reconstruction Authority’s inaction” in resolving the land ownership disputes.

SIRAHA, June 12: When the local elections were finally held last year after a hiatus of two decades, happiness knew no bounds for the residents of Siraha district. That happiness was brought about by the promises made by the elected local representatives.

JANAKPUR, June 11: Province 2 has not been able to finalize its name and official language despite numerous attempts to reach consensus on the same. Lots of disputes have arisen on the issue as different parties are adamant on their own demands.

KATHMANDU, May 25: At a time when two major left parties have merged into a single party named Nepal Communist Party (NCP), to consolidate their strength, the main opposition party in the country, Nepali Congress (NC), is embroiled in a serious intra-party dispute.

KATHMANDU, May 25: At a time when two major left parties have merged into a single party named Nepal Communist Party (NCP), to consolidate their strength, the main opposition party in the country, Nepali Congress (NC), is embroiled in a serious intra-party dispute.

KATHMANDU, April 2: Maobadi Purba Janamukti Sena Party Nepal (Maoist Ex-Combatants Party Nepal) has demanded for resolving the Nepal-India border disputes surfacing in various places including in Kanchanpur.

KATHMANDU, April 2: Maobadi Purba Janamukti Sena Party Nepal (Maoist Ex-Combatants Party Nepal) has demanded to resolve the Nepal-India border disputes surfacing in various places including in Kanchanpur.

KATHMANDU, May 2: The CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) could agree a deal within the "next few days" to finalize the proposed merger between the two parties, according to CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal.

KATHMANDU, Feb 14: The participation of ministers representing Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) in the Province 2 cabinet scheduled to be formed on Thursday has become uncertain after serious intra-party differences cropped up within the RJPN over the power sharing deal.

KATHMANDU, Jan 14: The National Sports Council (NSC)’s Member-secretary Keshav Kumar Bista on Saturday claimed that the continuous conflict between different associations in karate will soon be resolved.

DANG/RUKUM, Jan 10: Eleven years ago, Mohan KC of Rukum, Banfikot purchased eight ropanis of land from another local Tirtharaj Sharma for Rs 80,000. As the land was passed by the then 'people's government' of Maoist rebels, KC had expected that he won't have to pay tax for the land. To his disappointment, he was handed over with a small chit of paper by one of the Maoist cadres asking him to pay Rs 5,000 for the registration of land.

KATHMANDU, Dec 17: Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) received fewer grievances and complaints from borrowers or bank and financial institutions (BFIs) on disputes of transactions between the two parties last fiscal year.

KATHMANDU, Oct 8: Efforts by the Nepali Congress (NC) to form a ‘democratic’ alliance seem to be going nowhere mainly due to disputes over the sharing of constituencies in the provincial and parliamentary elections slated for November 26 and December 7.

KATHMANDU, Sept 26: The Election Commission (EC) is likely to take a few more days to declare the complete results of Province 2 elections, owing to frequent disputes over ballots and resource constraints.

KATHMANDU, Sept 25: The Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and  Industry (FNCCI) on Monday organized an interaction on the importance and challenges of mediation in commerce and the industrial sector.

Dirty Disputes: Politics of waste

July 28, 2017 12:14 pm

Too often it’s only when we see piles of accumulated waste around the city and in our homes that we wonder about the workings of our waste management system. But even right now when there is hopeful news about the developments of the highly anticipated Integrated Solid Waste Management Project, certain stakeholders are skeptical. Priyanka Gurung reports.

KATHMANDU, July 23: It has been learned that the Tax Settlement Commission had settled tax disputes of several firms without receiving permission of case withdrawal from the Revenue Tribunal.

KATHMANDU, July 20: The Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) on Thursday decided to call the party's central committee meeting to resolve the internal differences over party leadership, manifesto and party organization.

No end in sight to RPP disputes

July 18, 2017 01:05 am

KATHMANDU, July 17: The internal power struggle in the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) has intensified with a faction demanding resignation of party chairman Kamal Thapa in the wake of the party's dismal performance in the local elections.

KATHMANDU, June 17: While some parties remain engulfed in internal disputes over the choice of candidates for the second phase  local elections, some others are also still struggling to finalize a final list of candidates on the eve of  candidacy nominations.  Candidates contesting local elections from Provinces 1, 5 and 7  have to file their candidacy nominations with the Election Commission on Sunday.

POKHARA, March 31: CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli has said that the upcoming local elections will not be halted over domestic disputes, arguing that no one should disrupt the local polls in the name of internal disputes.

KATHMANDU, March 15: The government has proposed the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) unhappy with some provisions within the constitution to sort out contentious issues except the demarcation of provinces through the constitution amendment before upcoming local election.

BIRATNAGAR, Dec 28: Expressing dissatisfaction over referee decision, a volleyball player of Western Region manhandled the referee on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, Nov 29: Disputes between the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Sports Council (NSC) surfaced on Monday during a program organized to distribute motivational amount to international medalists in the capital.

KATHMANDU, Nov 24: Dismayed with the proposed restructuring of local bodies, locals in the mid and far-western regions of the country have started protests in their respective districts, demanding changes in local level delineations.

CHITWAN, Sept 15: Former Prime Minister and CPN-UML senior leader Jhala Nath Khanal today said that India visit of the Prime Minister of country is usually dragged into controversy due to failure to prepare necessary and adequate homework beforehand.

KATHMANDU, Sept 1: The government has failed to gain any momentum in resolving the major political disputes, even as the Madhes-based parties are expressing dissatisfaction over the slow pace in starting discussions for constitutional amendment. The government, meanwhile, is also feeling the heat from the main opposition CPN-UML, which has been urging it to furnish justification for amending the constitution.

KATHMANDU, Aug 15: Finally, dispute over the Nepal Students Union (NSU) general convention representative have been sorted out, paving the way for the election.