KATHMANDU, May 27: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the government to make necessary arrangements to provide a free of cost tests for coronavirus (COVID-19) to low-income people.

KATHMANDU, May 22: The Supreme Court directed the government to include veterinary service under the “essential services" on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, May 18: The Supreme Court on Monday formed a historic bench of all 19 justices presided over by Chief Justice Cholendra SJB Rana.

KATHMANDU, May 15: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday directed the government to accelerate PCR testing among people suspected to have been infected by coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in order to save the public from this pandemic.

KATHMANDU, May 12: The Supreme Court on Monday directed government authorities to immediately restart various vaccination programs for children that were postponed earlier due to the nationwide lockdown imposed by the government.

KATHMANDU, May 8: Chief Justice Cholendra SJB Rana on Thursday said that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has seriously affected the judicial sector in Nepal.

KATHMANDU, April 29: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the government to immediately implement the provisions of Criminal Offense (Sentence Determination and Implementation) Act, 2017 on prison reforms and releasing of detainees.

KATHMANDU, April 27: The Supreme Court (SC) on Sunday trashed the government’s request to review its verdict on a case of transitional justice.

KATHMANDU, April 24: The Supreme Court has issued order requiring all bodies of the state to be sensitive in the situation of lockdown enforced by the government to prevent the possible risk of spread of coronavirus.

KATHMANDU, April 17: Issuing a seven-point stay order, the Supreme Court on Friday directed the government to arrange free transportation service to the citizens stranded in various cities, including in Kathmandu to reach their homes.

KATHMANDU, April 16: Supreme Court has issued an interim order to the government to repatriate Nepali nationals living abroad in highly vulnerable condition in order to save their lives.

KATHMANDU, April 15: The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought explanation of the government authorities concerned over releasing detainees under the special arrangement to fight against coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nepal.

KATHMANDU, April 15: Acting on a writ petition, the Supreme Court on Tuesday issued show-cause notices to the government authorities to clarify why have the individuals stranded in Kathmandu Valley due to the COVID-19 lockdown been barred from returning to their home districts.

KATHMANDU, April 10: Nepal Bar Association (NBA) on Thursday called upon the government and the Supreme Court (SC) to effectively fight against coronavirus (COVID-19) by providing essential equipment and gears to the medical teams mobilized for testing coronavirus patients.

KATHMANDU, April 7: A writ petition has been filed at the Supreme Court seeking its intervention to avail government support to media, farmers and students at a time when they are facing crisis due to the lockdown imposed by the government to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nepal.

KATHMANDU, April 4: The Supreme Court on Friday directed the government authorities to submit the details of the medical institutions refusing medical services to suspected coronavirus (COVID-19) patients.

KATHMANDU, April 2: The Supreme Court has refused to issue a directive to repatriate Nepali citizens stranded beyond the Mahakali River. A single bench of justice Hari Krishna Karki refused to issue interim order in response to a writ petition filed demanding the evacuation of Nepali nationals being stranded in the border entry points as a result of the lockdown imposed by the government to contain the spread of COVID-19.

KATHMANDU, April 1: A writ petition has been filed at the Supreme Court on Wednesday seeking its directive on the government to repatriate more than 700 Nepali nationals who have been languishing at Dharchula on the Indian side of border following the lockdown enforced by the government to curb the spread of COVID-19.

KATHMANDU, April 1: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed private hospitals to provide treatment to COVID-19 patients on condition that the hospitals would be compensated by the government for the costs involved.

KATHMANDU, March 31: The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the authorities — the Office of the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers and the Ministry of Home Affairs — to provide relief packages to the needy who are the hardest hit by the COVID-19 lockdown in Nepal.

KATHMANDU, March 21: Adopting 23-point special measures, the Supreme Court (SC) on Friday took serious decisions in order to fight the possible spread of the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nepal.

KATHMANDU, March 12: Units of the Nepal Police have done a U-turn while furnishing written replies to the Supreme Court (SC) on the murder accusation against Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota.

KATHMANDU, March 7: While raising questions over the discrimination made against certain lawmakers while distributing the fund, the Supreme Court on Friday sought explanation from the government authorities concerned over the budget distributed in the name of Local Infrastructure Development Partnership Program (LIDPP).

KATHMANDU, Mar 4: The Airlines Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN) has requested passengers suffering from fever and common cold, among other symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), to stop flying.

KATHMANDU, March 3 : The Supreme Court on Monday directed the government to work seriously to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, even suspending international flights from various countries including China, Japan, South Korea, Baharain and Iran for a few days or a month, in order to protect the public.

SHREVEPORT, La., March 2: The Hope Medical Group for Women in northern Louisiana fields phone calls every day from anxious pregnant women who ask if abortion is still legal and if the clinic, one of only three that provides abortions in the state, is still open.

Art to her rescue

February 28, 2020 10:25 am

Art has been a part of Rashana Bajracharya’s life since she was a toddler. Now a freelance illustrator, visual artist and a designer at the Supreme Court, Bajracharya is a well-known name in the Nepali art scene. And Bajracharya claims that she sees art as more than just her career.

KATHMANDU, Feb 27: Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali has said that the government is firmly committed to address the issues of transitional justice in accordance to the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA). He said that the government will also take into account the directives issued by the Supreme Court, relevant international commitments, concerns of the victims, and the ground realities to address the issue.

KATHMANDU, Feb 19: The Supreme Court has rejected a plea by a suspended judge, who challenged his suspension and prosecution over the Lalita Niwas land scam case against him.

KATHMANDU, Feb 15: The Supreme Court on Friday issued show-cause notices to the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) and other government agencies concerned seeking their explanations for not prosecuting former prime ministers Madhav Kumar Nepal and Baburam Bhattarai in the high-profile Lalita Niwas land scam.

KATHMANDU, Feb 13: A writ petition has been filed at the Supreme Court Wednesday challenging the decision of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) to spare former prime ministers Madhav Kumar Nepal and Baburam Bhattarai from corruption charges in connection with the Lalita Niwas land grab scam.

Corruption weakens democracy

February 10, 2020 09:24 am

During the Gettysburg Address in 1863, Abraham Lincoln stated that “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.” He must have thought democracy to be the best political system in the world. Albert Camus, a French philosopher trusted democracy to be the protection of the minority. For Harry Fosdick, democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people. If Lincoln, Camus, and Fosdick were alive today, they would probably be extremely disappointed to learn that democracy is in an acute crisis as it has failed to deliver on its promises.

KATHMANDU, Feb 9: Two days after the Commission for the Investigation of the Abuse of Authority (CIAA) filed a case against 175 individuals for illegally transferring the land of Lalita Niwas in their names, the ownership of land registered in the names of Nabin Paudel and former Supreme Court (SC) Justice Kumar Regmi has been quietly transferred in the name of the government.

KATHMANDU, Dec 8: The Constitutional bench of the Supreme Court on Friday upheld a three-year-old apex court verdict that paved the way for nationalizing land worth hundreds of millions belonging to Prerana Rajya Laxmi Singh.

KATHMANDU, Feb 7: The Supreme Court on Thursday annulled the contempt of court cases filed against Dr Govinda KC and  Kantipur Publications, acquitting them of contempt.

KATHMANDU, Feb 1: Nepal Bar Association (NBA), the umbrella organization of lawyers across the country, on Friday condemned what it called the government's violation of Supreme Court order issued in relation to the release of a detainee.

KATHMANDU, Jan 30: The Supreme Court (SC) has asked the government to submit a progress report on the implementation of an order it issued a year ago concerning land encroachment at Fewa lake in Pokhara. The apex court move has come in response to a contempt to court petition filed on August 30, 2018 by advocate Khagendra Subedi, accusing the government of not heeding the court .

KATHMANDU, Jan 29: The Supreme Court has asked the government to provide details concerning the implementation status of its previous order on the Fewa lake encroachment.

KATHMANDU, Jan 29: The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to issue a stay order against newly-elected Speaker of the House of Representatives Agni Prasad Sapkota carrying out the duties of his position.

KATHMANDU, Jan 28: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to issue a stay order over the writ petition against speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota filed by senior advocate Dinesh Tripathi.

KATHMANDU, Jan 28: The Supreme Court on Monday started the initial hearing on a case filed against the appointment of Agni Prasad Sapkota as the Speaker of lower House.

KATHMANDU, Jan 27: The Supreme Court on Sunday deferred the hearing of a writ petition filed to prevent Agni Prasad Sapkota from becoming speaker of the lower house of parliament.

KATHMANDU, Jan 26: Four prominent international human rights organizations have expressed concern over the Nepal government’s recent decision to appoint commissioners to two key transitional justice (TJ) bodies for restarting the TJ process without first undertaking adequate legal consultations and amending the legal frameworks to make the process consistent with international standards and  Supreme Court rulings.

KATHMANDU, Jan 26: The Judgment Execution Directorate of the Supreme Court has said that the government has been disobeying its repeated order to recognize Sonaha community as indigenous group.

KATHMANDU, Jan 24: A writ petition has been filed at the Supreme Court demanding the immediate arrest of Agni Sapkota, the sole candidate for the post of speaker.

KATHMANDU, Jan 22: The Supreme Court on Tuesday summoned government authorities over giving public holiday on Poush 27 to mark Prithivi Jayanti in memory of late king Prithvi Narayan Shah who unified the princely states of Nepal into one strong nation.

KATHMANDU, Jan 14: The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the finding of the Revenue Tribunal that some business entities including Bhat-Bhateni Super Market had faked VAT bills.

KATHMANDU, Jan 13: Chief Justice Cholendra SJB Rana has said that the Supreme Court's directives to the government authorities on various issues should be properly enforced.

Brazil’s Supreme Court on Thursday overturned an injunction against Netflix Inc that had prevented the video streaming service from showing a domestically-made controversial Christmas special that depicts Jesus as gay.

KATHMANDU, Jan 10: The Supreme Court has ordered the government to make arrangements to make post-mortem examinations mandatory for all Nepali migrant workers dying abroad.