Land and the Road to Dignity

December 30, 2023 09:00 am

“I have no land; I have no home to call my own. I am waiting to die, and God knows if the house owner will allow my community to perform my last rite according to our tradition. I lived fearfully all my life and will die fearfully. I have never wanted a home so badly as I do now,” Sita Badi (name changed) from Tulasipur Dang exclaimed as she expressed the pain of dying in someone else’s home.

KATHMANDU, Dec 23: Minister for Health and Population Mohan Bahadur Basnet has said the government has initiated a process to provide land required for the expansion of Martyr Dharma Bhakta National Transplant Centre (MDNTC).

CHITWAN, Dec 8: Over 7.5 kattha of land taken by a land shark has been returned to a survivor of unscrupulous lending after discussion.

KATHMANDU, Dec 4: The teachers and employees of Agriculture and Forestry University have launched a protest after the office-bearers of the university who were appointed on the basis of the quotas of the major political parties started distributing the university’s land to organizations affiliated with their respective political parties.

BHAJANI, August 24: Minister for Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation, Ranjeeta Shrestha Chaudhary, has said that the government has been working in a systematic manner for resolving land-related problems.

KATHMANDU, July 16: While people are claiming that the ward office of Kathmandu Metropolitan City-13 is located on an individual's property, the ward office has been saying that the claim cannot be legally recognized.

KATHMANDU, April 7: Land will be provided to 11 families affected by the floods in Yangri Larke of Sindhupalchok. A land purchase agreement has been made to arrange their permanent residence.

KATHMANDU, July 9; The state-owned land can now be leased out for up to 40 years, with the government imposing a new rule that has come into effect from Friday.

KATHMANDU, June 27: Minister for Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation, Sashi Shrestha has said that the government has not barred banks and financial institutions from keeping land as collateral.

KATHMANDU, June 21: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday issued an interim order in the name of the government not to implement its decision to stop issuing loans from banks and financial institutions by accepting land as collateral.

KATHMANDU, Jan 6: The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police has concluded its investigation on the multi-billion rupees worth Lalita Niwas land grab scam and handed over the report to the Public Prosecutors Office seeking further action against the guilty.

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By developing residential community areas near the economic zones, the government could ensure the realization of the constitutional provision of creating a just society by levelling the playing field with fair access to jobs and educational opportunities for the landless. Distributing public land plots to the disadvantaged is not a permanent solution.

KATHMANDU, June 6: The government has asked 49 individuals accused of unlawfully owning land plots in Lalita Niwas to submit the necessary documents within the prescribed time frame, in a bid to nationalize the land pieces if those concerned failed to turn up with sufficient evidence.

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NEPALGUNJ, Aug 20: It has come to light that 84 bigha (56.89 hectares) of land belonging to Bageshwari Temple of Nepalgunj, which is a famous and sacred Hindu temple, has been transferred to the names of individuals.

KATHMANDU, Aug 6: The Office of the Prime Minister (PMO) has informed that the government has already transferred 114.3 ropani (over 5.8 hectares) of land belonging to Nepal Police Academy at Maharajgunj to the President's Office.

KATHMANDU, July 21: National Identity Preservation Joint Struggle Committee (NIPJSC) has demanded the details of Guthi land from the Guthi Corporation.

DOLAKHA, July 15: Tamakoshi Rural Municipality of Dolakha recently purchased land for 19 squatter families, as stated in the local unit's policies and programs for the last fiscal year to provide land to those families which have been landless for the past three generations.

RUKUM, July 3: Lal Bahadur Badi of Koldanda, Sisne Rural Municipality of eastern Rukum had been living in caves for many years now.

SURKHET, June 24: Twenty-one hectares of land is likely to be inundated due to Bheri-Babai multipurpose diversion project- a national pride project.

KAPILVASTU, June 11: Over 10,000 hectares of forest land has been encroached upon in the district of Kapilvastu.

KATHMANDU, June 6: Minister for Land Management and Poverty Alleviation Padma Aryal has said that a proposal to bring the illegally grabbed land belonging to Lalita Niwas under government ownership will soon be sent to the cabinet.

DOLAKHA, May 21: The government’s failure to protect Kalinchowk, a popular tourist destination in Dolakha district, has encouraged illegal encroachment of public land in the area of late.

TIKAPUR, May 9: Bal Bahadur Rawat of Janaki Rural Municipality-1, Durgauli was obliged to make rounds of the Land Revenue Office (LRO), Tikapur, for five days to freeze the transaction of his land. Similarly, it has been two days since Sher Bahadur Budha of Bardagoriya Rural Municipality-1 has been visiting the LRO for the transfer of his land to his brother.

KATHMANDU, May 9: Bhaktapur District Court has ordered the authorities to transfer 131 ropani [6.66 hectares] of government land to the family of Diwakar Rana.

JANAKPUR, April 29: Janakpur, which is a popular destination for pilgrims, has recently earned the recognition of the capital of Province 2.

NUWAKOT, April 13: Man Bahadur Lama of Belkotgadhi Municipality-13 of Nuwakot has accused the Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) led by Netra Bikram Chand of illegally capturing his 13 ropanis of family land.

JANAKPUR, April 12: Land brokers in collusion with the head priest of a temple in Janakpur have encroached upon 15 bighas (approximately 300 katthas) of Guthi land in Janakpurdham of Janakpur.

KATHMANDU, April 5: It has come to light that owners of the land at Lalita Niwas, Baluwatar for which they had been duly compensated by the government subsequently illegally grabbed the same land.

KATHMANDU, Feb 22: Stone inscriptions, historical documents, people of the guthi concerned and local old-timers all agree that the land used to build the Chhaya Center complex at Thamel actually belongs to Kamal Pokhari.

KATHMANDU, Jan 4: Ministry of Land Management, Cooperatives, and Poverty Alleviation has expanded the online services in altogether 47 land revenue offices across the country including those in the Kathmandu valley.

KATHMANDU, Dec 25: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on Monday filed a corruption case at the Special Court against 16 people including land revenue officials and other individuals on the charge of selling a plot of land by creating a fake owner and land ownership certificate while keeping the rightful owner in the dark.

KATHMANDU, Dec 22:  Challenging a two-year-old Supreme Court order to nationalize 15 ropanis [1.89 acres] of her land, former princess Prerana Rajya Laxmi Singh, daughter of former king Gyanendra, filed a writ petition at the court on Friday seeking to strike down the judgment under its extraordinary jurisdiction and to return the land.

ILAM, Oct 24: At a time when local units have come under scrutiny for levying hefty taxes, Ilam Municipality in Province 1 has attempted to mend its ways by reducing tax rates on land and businesses. The local body has also effectively eliminated taxes on street lights and water brigades.

TULSIPUR, Oct 21: More than 700 freed kamaiyas in Dang district have been provided with land plots for constructing houses.

Locals donate 50 ropani of land

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PANCHTHAR, Sept 25: Locals in Phidim of Paanchthar district have donated a total of 50 ropani of land for the construction of stadium free of cost. A total of 10 locals donated such area of land for the same.

Infographics: Life on Land

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Life on Land

DOLPA, Sept 23: The whole village including the chairman does not have any documentation regarding the details of their land.

MAKWANPUR, Aug 6: In the name of asset, all he had was a small field. But the landslide triggered by the deadly earthquake of 2015 buried his field. A dilapidated hut, which protected him from heat and rain too was crushed by a rock later, compelling his family of seven to live a miserable life under the open sky.

CAPE TOWN, Aug 1: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has said the ruling African National Congress must initiate a parliamentary process to enshrine in the constitution a proposed amendment, paving way for land grabs without compensation.

KATHMANDU, July 31: Some land plots occupied by Hotel Water Front owned by Karna Shakya on the bank of Fewa Lake fall in the public land.

Foreign degree in native land

July 26, 2018 10:36 am

KATHMANDU, July 26: Seventy-six students of Merryland College, Biratnagar -- affiliated to the Wolverhampton University of England -- completed their Bachelors in Business Management.

BUTWAL, July 14: Minister for Agriculture, Land and Cooperatives Chakrapani Khanal has said that the government is making preparations to lift ban on the plotting of land in the country.

TIKAPUR, July 12: It has been 12 years that around 300 bigha of land belonging to Tikapur Multiple Campus has been illegally encroached upon by people who claim themselves as Kamaiyas (freed bonded laborers), squatters and landless people.

PARBAT.July 5: The Pokhara-Baglung road has been obstructed since 1 am today due to a landslide that occurred at Bhyaplekhola of Modi rural municipality-5 in Parbat district.

KAPILBASTU, July 4: Large tract of agricultural land has been inundated at Mayadevi Rural Municipality-8 in Kapilbastu district following incessant rain.

SURKHET, June 30: When dozens of families in Tikhakuna and Murmuri villages got displaced by floods in 2014, political parties availed them around 41 ropanis of land of a nearby community forest for their resettlement. The families started living in makeshift houses there.

BIRATNAGAR, June 28: Locals of Buddhanagar of Biratnagar-18 have been successful in stopping an Indian company from digging the no man's land by using a bulldozer.

Forever in la la land

June 27, 2018 08:23 am

I just keep wondering That you are my lovely queen Where we will just live in And arrange all those stories That often we share to bring the life in.

ITAHARI, June 26: Five years ago, Balutun Khatun’s cottage on the bank of the Chatara Canal in Ramdhuni-2 was demolished as it was built by encroaching the canal’s land. The canal is part of the Sunsari-Morang Irrigation Project.