Road repair starts after PM’s directive

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Kathmandu, July 20: Repair of roads which had been dug to lay the water supply pipes for the Melamchi Water Supply Project has started following directives from Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to fill up the ditches and potholes on roads in the Kathmandu valley within 15 days. PM Deuba on July 16 summoned the representatives of the bodies concerned and instructed them to fill up the ditches and potholes on the roads within 15 days, following the death of a girl who died after falling into a waterlogged ditch on the road. A...

Lawmakers draw govt’s serious attention to improve condition of roads

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Kathmandu, July 20: While speaking in today’s meeting of the Legislature-Parliament, Nepali Congress lawmaker Bhimsen Das Pradhan urged the concerned authority to improve the roads in the capital as they are in pitiable condition. He further announced to provide his one month equivalent salary for setting up a revolving fund in a memory of Binita Phunyal who recently lost her life after she was drowned in a water-filled ditch on the road in the capital. Similarly, CPN (UML) lawmaker Bhim Rawal urged for immediate formation of...

Feature News: Huge quantity of red sandalwood starts decaying for lack of timely management

Kathmandu July 20: Around 210 thousand 120 kilogrammes of red sandalwood, seized while being smuggled to China, has started decaying in lack of timely and proper management. Such amount of red sandalwood was seized from different districts in 10 years. This quantity of the valuable wood is dumped in lack of necessary laws in the beginning and the concerned country India refusing to take the red sandalwood back even after formulation of the laws. As per the international law, selling and distribution of red sandalwood is prohibited. The seized red sandalwood has been kept in 20 districts by the...

Dispute among ministries on management of education at local level worries lawmakers

Kathmandu, July 20: Differing views among three ministries– the ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development, Ministry of Education and Ministry of General Administration — regarding the management of education service at the local-level and deputation of employees have made lawmakers worried. In a meeting of the Legislature-Parliament’s Development Committee today, secretaries from these ministries presented their differing views regarding the management of education service at the local-level. There are 2,702 employees including 22 joint secretaries under the Education...

Boy dies during treatment at Janakpur Zonal Hospital, doctors blamed

Mahendranagar (Dhanusha), July 20: A 13-year-old boy died today in the course of treatment for fever at Janakpur Zonal Hospital and the family members accused doctors of negligence. Raja, son of Kailash Mandal of Mithila Bihari rural municipality-10 in Dhanusha, was admitted to the hospital emergency ward with fever at 6 pm on Wednesday. Initially doctors at the hospital returned patient Raja at 9 pm, citing a lack of beds, said the family. However, he was admitted after fever started taking over, they added. “Raja’s health started deteriorating around 9 pm, and when nurses named Naina...

Nepal concedes 141-run defeat to Afghanistan

Kathmandu, July 20: Nepal went down to Afghanistan conceding a 141-run defeat in the match played today under the ICC Asia U-19 World Cup qualifier underway in Singapore. Afghanistan had set a 191-run target to Nepal. Chasing the target, Nepal could muster only 49 runs in 26 overs, losing all its wickets. Nepal’s starting was unimpressive. By 10.1 overs, it had lost its vital six wickets and collected merely 19 runs. Pawan Sarraf made 26 runs including three fours from 52 balls. The rest of the Nepali batsmen simply collapsed before the blasting Afghanistan bowlers. Four players returned...

‘2017 High Level Political Forum’ concludes

Kathmandu, July 20: The 2017 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), convened under the auspices of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, concluded in New York on Wednesday by adopting its Ministerial Declaration, the Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations in New York stated in a press release. Dr. Min Bahadur Shrestha, Vice-Chairman of the National Planning Commission of Nepal and the head of Nepali delegation to the 2017 HLPF, attended the closing ceremony. The Vice-Chairman also participated in a side-event entitled “Accelerating inclusive and sustainable development in...

Journalist Dhakal cremated

Bhaktapur, July 20: Bhaktapur-based journalist Guru Prasad Dhakal who passed away last night in course of treatment at Civil Service Hospital, Baneshwor was cremated at the Pashupati Aryaghat today. Dhakal, a permanent resident from Mandan Deupur-5 in Kavrepalachowk was suffering from jaundice, ulcer, hepatitis and liver problem and succumbed, said doctors involved in his treatment. Student leaders, CPN (UML) district leaders and former Prime Minister and UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal attended the cremation at the Pashupati Aryaghat and paid their last tribute to Dhakal. Dhakal, who had been long...

Afghanistan sets 191 runs target for Nepal

Kathmandu, July 20: Afghanistan has posted a target of 191 runs for Nepal in a match today under the ICC U-19 World Cup Division-1 Asia Qualifiers underway in Singapore. Invited to bat first after losing the toss, Afghanistan made 190 runs in 49.4 overs at the cost of all wickets in the stipulated 50 overs. Opening batsman Ibrahim Zadran scored 43 runs from 41 balls that include one six and five fours. Likewise, Naveed Obaid contributed 33 runs while Tariq Stanikzai 27 runs, Naveen-ul-Haq 20 runs and Imran Mohammadi 18 runs to the team. As for Nepal, Shahab Alam took three wickets in 10 overs at...

Adolescent girl education brings change in life

Mahottari, July 20: Director at Education Department under the Ministry of Education Mitranath Gartaula lauded the task of educating illiterate adolescents and mothers from deprived community of Mahottari district. Director Gartaula, who has recently reached Parsadeward of Mahottari having Muslim majority, appreciated the effort to bring out-of-school children to access to school education through adolescent class. Sabina Khatung, 13, of Samsi rural municipality, Parsa Dewang of Mahottari is excited to see gradual changes in her life because of the effects of adolescent literacy programme. The...

Bishnumati clean-up responsibility to wards

Kathmandu, July 20: In a bid to make the Bishnumati clean-up campaign further effective, the responsibility for the same would also be shared to the people elected representatives of wards from 100 weeks of the campaign. The campaign would take strides by making the ward leadership responsible for the clean-up of river located in the ward territory. Being impressed by the Bagmati clean-up mega campaign, the Bishnumati clean-up campaign was initiated over three years back. The campaign is completing 150 weeks on July 22. Bishnumati Campaign Spokesperson Umesh Bohora shared that the campaign would...

Kusum exemplary in nurturing private forest

Ilam, July 20: Kusum Dahal, a local of Maijogmai rural municipality-1, has shown his exemplary deeds in nurturing private forest and drawing income along with public recognition. Recently Kusum has been honoured with the Private Forest National Award’ for his activism in the protection of private forest. He has been active in promoting private forest registration in Ilam. The Forest Ministry annually gives away this award to an individual in recognition of special contribution for forest development and protection. It carries a purse of Rs 75,000. He has his private forest over 47 Ropanis...

Employees for local-level to be managed through district offices

Kathmandu, July 19: The government is to manage employees necessary for operating the local-levels through the respective district offices until the federal and state elections. According to Secretary at the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development, Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya, the government is not sending employees from the centre to the local-levels until the elections to the Federal Parliament and State Assemblies were held, and required human resources will be managed internally in this transitional phase. A District Employee Management Committee has been formed under the coordination...

Final decision on constituency delimitation commission tomorrow

Kathmandu, July 19: The government has said the formation of ‘Election Constituency Delimitation Commission’ meant for determining election constituencies for the purpose of election to the members of the Federal Parliament and members of the State Assemblies has reached the final phase. There is the constitutional compulsion before the government to hold the entire three-tier election before January 21, 2018 and bearing this in mind, the government has started preparations for forming the Commission without taking a long time. According to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for...

Excessive heat in Siraha taking toll

Lahan (Siraha), July 19: Scorching heat in the past few days has affected normal life of people in the district. People’s movement has been restricted largely as they are finding it difficult to step out of their homes due to excessive hot, the locals said. The blowing of hot and dry wind alongside sweltering temperature has added to the woes of the locals. Similarly, with excessive heat taking its toll, cases of people suffering from diarrhoea, cold and fever are rampant while snake-bite incidents are increasing, health workers said. The District Hospital is receiving 40 to 50 patients of...

Adolescent and women’s education help Muslim women find path to change

Mahottari, July 19: Until eight months ago, letters had no meaning for 35 year-old Rajiya Khatun of Samsi Rural Municipality in Mahottari who used to see her existence in just doing household duties. But, with her entry to the adolescent and women’s education classes launched in her locality, she started feeling different as she came to realise the magic of letters. After spending eight months in such class she now can read and write. Days of Rajiya, mother of four children, were spent in collecting fodder and firewood, looking after her home and taking care of her kids. But after taking...

NPC vice-chairman stresses on actions to transform SDGs into reality

Kathmandu, July 19: National Planning Commission (NPC) vice-chairman Dr. Min Bahadur Shrestha delivered today Nepal’s national statement at the plenary meeting of the 2017 High-Level Political Forum being held at the United Nations Headquarters from 10 to 19 July 2017. He is the head of Nepali delegation. In his statement, the Vice-Chairman highlighted the need to focus on actions that bring qualitative differences in the lives of people as we embark on turning the transformative SDGs into reality. While saying that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development enjoys strong underpinnings...

Reconstruction of historic Gorkha palace begins

Gorkha, July 19: Reconstruction of the historic Gorkha Palace based in Gorkha district has begun. The palace with historic, religious and archaeological importance, had suffered extensive damages during the Gorkha Earthquake that rattled the country on 25th April, 2015. The palace would be reconstructed from its foundation, according to the Gorkha Palace Caretaking Section. Now we can see the palace surrounded by the corrugated zinc sheets as its dismantling is going on. The Department of Archaeology has allocated Rs 505 million to the section to undertake the reconstruction works. The palace dating...

RSS News Commentary: Kathmandu’s killer manholes

Kathmandu: It seems traffic-jams, pollution and problem of drinking water, and mismanaged road and drainage system are common phenomena for Kathmanduites. Although such problems remain for long resulting in people’s suffering, no tangible solution is yet in sight. The problem of mismanaged road and drainage system is acute. During monsoon, hardships of Kathmandu’s folks amplify. The perennial problem of people being forced to deal with muddy roads while stepping out for their destination during monsoon and mismanaged drainage system blocking the flow of water, thus flooding the...

Udayapur’s places in grip of viral fever

Gaighat (Udayapur), July 19: Viral fever has taken its toll in some parts of the district with health institutions including the District Hospital being crammed with patients lately, health workers said. Places like Triyuga, Belaka and Chaudandi municipalities and Sunkoshi, Rautamai and Udayapur rural municipalities are in the grip of the disease for past one week. The District Hospital is currently dealing with more than 60 patients of the disease on a daily basis, more than the beds it has. As a result, the patients are being treated on floors and anywhere there is space, said Dr Bishal Dev,...