KATHMANDU, July 2: The government has made it mandatory for the citizens to present the National Identity Card to avail any kind of government services and works. The decision will be implemented in three phases starting from July 16, the first day of the new fiscal year.

The Red Alert

February 12, 2024 09:00 am

Connecting the dots, one can see the direction the “socialism-oriented” state is heading towards. Socialism is not merely about the free access to education or health services, it is more about barring the private ownership of the means of production. It is evident that the Maoist-led government, to establish a socialist order, has been systematically attacking private ownership in education, health and industry, trade and commerce.

KATHMANDU, Jan 9: As the temperature of the earth is increasing, it has invited various climate related disasters around the world. In terms of climate risk in the world, Nepal is on the leading list. Every year, floods, landslides, melting and exploding glaciers, heavy rains, floods and fires are increasing.

KATHMANDU, Dec 5: Amid rising concerns over Malaysia’s telecommunication conglomerate Axiata Group selling its shares of Ncell, a leading private sector telecom company of Nepal, speculation is rife that the group might have made the alleged move to prevent transfer of Ncell’s ownership to the government along with securing its profits fully in the long run.

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.

What we gained, what we lost

April 16, 2020 09:40 am

It was early in the afternoon of April 9 30 years ago, when the news reached Washington that King Birendra had agreed to replace Panchayat with multi-party democracy, the long-held demand of democracy activists in the country. Prior to the King’s surrender of absolute authority, tens of thousands of demonstrators had converged in Durbar Marg in front of the royal palace. Nearby, in front of the Annapurna Hotel, some demonstrators climbed on the statue of King Mahendra, to hang a shoe garland. The military personnel standing nearby had earlier warned that they would shoot anyone engaging in such mischief and, surely, they shot a number of demonstrators while climbing the statue. In the evolving mêlée, the military fired on the crowd randomly, killing some 150 demonstrators.

UDAYAPUR, Feb 22: The Province 1-level martial arts festival kicked off on Saturday at the Tiger Playground at local Katari Bazaar.

KATHMANDU, July 17: Deliberations on the Bill designed to manage the inter-relations between the local, state and federal levels have begun in the National Assembly Legislation Management Committee from today.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Wednesday a bill making California the first state to ban workplace and school discrimination against black people for wearing hairstyles such as braids, twists and locks.

KASKI June 21: Minister for Youth and Sports, Jagat Bahadur Bishwokarma, has argued that the country could not achieve prosperity unless the development in sports.

State and citizenship

May 30, 2019 01:00 am

The geographical location of Nepal between two emerging superpowers has been used as an excuse to deny women the rights they deserve as equal citizens of Nepal

Justice delayed, denied

January 16, 2019 01:30 am

Why is the state so indifferent toward cases of sexual violence even as it has totally undermined rule of law, justice system, national security and good governance?

KATHMANDU, Dec 23: Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa has said that the state should not hesitate to invest in the security sector.

KATHMANDU, Dec 18: The top leadership of the main opposition party, Nepali Congress (NC), has found itself in a difficult position in the face of calls by an overwhelming majority of its Mahasamiti members for a Hindu state.

CHITWAN, Dec 2: Bed Prasad Regmi, 56, cannot move around without crutches. His back aches and muscle cramps sometimes 'kill' him. He is unable to work and earn like other normal persons but his medical expenses are quite high. "The conflict ruined my life," he laments.

BEIJING/SINGAPORE, Aug 5: China’s state media said on Saturday the government’s retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goods showed rational restraint and they accused the United States of blackmail.

JANAKPUR, Aug 3: The already troubled relations between the government of Province 2 and the police are set worsen after the High Court in Janakpur issued a mandamus order for the arrest of all the accused in the murder of Armed Police Force (APF) Assistant Sub-Inspector Thaman Singh BK nearly three years ago.

QUETTA, July 25: An earlier report said at least one person had been killed and three injured during an altercation among PTI supporters, in which gunfire was exchanged.

Repressive state

July 25, 2018 01:00 am

It was GP Koirala who adopted repressive steps against opponents back in the 1990s. Prime Minister Oli is doing just that at the moment

KATHMANDU, July 24: Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) has proposed an absconding murder-accused as a state minister in the Province 2 government.

Tikapur Hospital in miserable state

July 19, 2018 09:34 am

TIKAPUR, July 19: The locals living in eastern parts of Kailali and western parts of Bardiya have been dependent on Tikapur Hospital for treatment since years. But the hospital which is benefiting the people of both the districts is itself in a miserable state.

Mid-hills Highway in a sorry state

July 11, 2018 10:52 am

PANCHTHAR, July 11: A road accident at Chitre along the Mid-hills Highway on Monday killed one and injured nine people. The jeep, which met with the accident, was half immersed in the muddy road and is said to have veered off the road.

TURKEY, July 7: Turkish authorities ordered the dismissal of more than 18,500 state employees including police officers, soldiers and academics, in a decree published on Sunday.

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.

WASHINGTON DC, June 29:  Sunita Danuwar, a leading social activist from Nepal has been awarded the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) award provided by US Department of State for her contribution against trafficking.

AMERICA June 27: Harry Bandari of Nepali origin has been elected as a member to the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District-8, becoming the first Nepali ever to attain such a political height in the mainstream American politics.

MAHARASHTRA, INDIA, June 23: The Maharashtra government on Saturday enforced its ban on single-use plastic items.

BUTWAL, June 19: The State Assembly meeting of Province No 5 which was postponed on Monday has convened at 1 pm today after the opposition party, Nepali Congress, agreed to resume the meeting.

POKHARA, June 18: The Province No 4 State Assembly continues discussions of the budget for fiscal year 2018/19, presented last week by the province government minister for economic affairs and planning Kiran Gurung.

DHANGADHI, June 18: The Province No 7 State Assembly today started deliberations on the statement of estimated income and expenditure (Budget) for fiscal year 2018/19. The provincial government last week presented the budget in the State Assembly.

Insensitive state

June 14, 2018 02:00 am

Thrashing of woman in Dang

BIRATNAGAR, June 9 : Prime Minister KP Oli is scheduled to address the Province No 1 State Assembly today.

BANEPA, Jun 1: Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology, Gokul Prasad Baskota, has sought a proper guidance from the cooperatives movement to the government when constitution has set its target of developing a socialism-oriented national economy.

On World Toilet Day, a report by WaterAid shows that more than 650 million people in the world do not have access to clean water, and more than 2.3 billion do not have access to a safe, private toilet.

Sorry state of community schools

May 19, 2018 11:03 am

SIRAHA, May 19: Despite being enrolled in school for the last five years, Santoshi Kumari cannot read and write her name. She had joined school when she was five years old and now she is 10. However, the fifth grader was never taught alphabets in school. She admits was not regular to school either.

JANAKPUR, May 11: Locals in the holy city of Janakpur await the state visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday as the provincial and local governments in coordination with the federal government have given the whole place  a total facelift to  welcome the visiting dignitaries.

BIRATNAGAR, May 8: A police investigation into the shooting of religious leader Acharya Sriniwas  has shown that the controversial godman had used hired guns to shoot him in the  hands. Police  concluded that Acharya,  who has been campaigning to reinstate a Hindu state, plotted the incident to ‘prove there is religious violence in Nepal’.

JAJARKOT, May 5: A teacher of a school based in Khurpa area of Kushe rural municipality – 5 has been expelled after he discarded warnings to not come to school in a drunken state.

KABUL, April 23: An Islamic State suicide bomber attacked a voter registration center in Afghanistan’s capital on Sunday, killing 57 people and wounding more than 100 others, officials said.

Citizens and the state

April 18, 2018 01:30 am

Our endeavor today should be to become ‘citizens’ of this country irrespective of our caste and ethnic orientation

ALGIERS, April 11: More than 250 people including members of Western Sahara’s Polisario independence movement were killed when a military plane crashed in a field outside Algeria’s capital on Wednesday, officials said.

KATHMANDU, April 10: Minister of State for Health and Education, Padma Kumari Aryal, has said that Act related to reproductive health should be made useful for life for women.

KATHMANDU, April 6: In his first foreign visit after assuming office, Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli is leaving for India on a three-day state visit, Friday.

DHARAN, April 5: Winners of beauty pageant ‘Mrs State’ have been felicitated with cash prize in Dharan on Saturday. With an aim to empower women, the pageant was organized on March 10 at Dharan Sabha Griha. Women Birth Group, the organizing team, handed out the prizes to the winners amid a special event held at local Hariyali Ban Samuha's hall.

State of teenagers

March 29, 2018 10:09 am

Depression, anxiety and emotional instability are the common problems faced by every teenager. It will be a lie if I say I do not suffer from these problems. Anyone who states they do not suffer from these factors are either lying or are dead.

KATHMANDU, March 26: The government has been providing official residences to sitting ministers at the Ministers' Quarters in Pulchowk since the Panchayat era.

KATHMANDU, Mar 23: Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology, Gokul Prasad Baskota, has pledged to bring a new communications law on the basis National Mass Communications Policy.

Samjahna bags Mrs State title

March 12, 2018 10:54 am

DHARAN, Mar 12: Samjhana BK has won the title of first ever Mrs State 1 on Sunday. As many as 35 married women had participated in the competition that was held at Sabha Griha, Dharan on Sunday. The competition was organized by Woman Worth Group.

State of Nepali women

March 8, 2018 00:30 am

Celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8 has now almost become a ritual. We talk about issues women have to face at home and workplaces. We also talk a lot about women’s place in our patriarchal society.

COLOMBO, Mar 6: Sri Lanka has declared a state of emergency for 10 days to rein in the spread of communal violence, a government spokesman said on Tuesday, a day after Buddhists and Muslims clashed in the Indian Ocean island’s central district of Kandy.