‘73 govt staff have PR, citizenship of foreign countries’

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Kathmandu – Apr 1, 2017- Seventy three civil servants have been found to be holding permanent residency (PR) or citizenship of foreign countries, according to a report of the Ministry of General Administration (MoGA). A July 2015 amendment to Civil Service Act-1993 bars civil servants from acquiring PR or citizenship of foreign countries. The Act was amended at the initiative of then minister for general administration Lal Babu Pandit who had vowed to initiate action against those government officials who despite being in the...

Migrant Workers Blocked from Leaving Qatar Despite Labor Reforms

MUSCAT, OMAN — Qatar has refused to allow scores of migrants from countries including India, Nepal and Bangladesh to return home, violating new labor reforms to improve workers’ rights, activists and trade unions said Wednesday. A law making it easier for migrants to change jobs and leave the oil-rich Gulf state — where many of them have been recruited to build soccer stadiums ahead of the 2022 Fifa World Cup — came into effect in December. The Qatari government has defended the reforms to replace the “kafala” sponsorship system, which forces foreign workers to seek their...

Plantation supervisor charged with 15 counts of human trafficking

KUALA KANGSAR: An oil palm estate supervisor was charged in a magistrate’s court here with 15 counts of trafficking in locals, including two children who were forced to work in a plantation in Pengkalan Hulu. L. Ganis, 42, claimed trial Friday to the charges before magistrate Noorhidayah Mohd Saad. He is accused of trafficking in 15 victims, comprising men, women and children aged between 13 and 66, to work as forced labour. He allegedly committed the offences at Ladang Koperasi Kelapa Sawit Sdn Bhd, Daerah Kecil Kroh, Belukar Semang, Kampung Tasek in Pengkalan Hulu, between April 2016...

North Korea ‘conducts ballistic missile test’

North Korea has fired a ballistic missile, South Korea’s military says, the first such test since Donald Trump took office as US president. The missile was launched at 07:55 local time (22:55 GMT Saturday) and flew east towards the Sea of Japan for about 500km, South Korean officials say. Pyongyang has conducted a number of nuclear tests in the past year. North Korea’s repeated missile and nuclear tests and aggressive statements continue to alarm and anger the region. Sunday’s launch took place from the Banghyon air base in North Pyongan province on the west side of the Korean...

India needs 200-250 more Rafale fighters, 36 not enough: IAF chief Arup Raha

OUTGOING IAF chief Arup Raha on Wednesday said that while acquisition of 36 Rafale fighter jets was a good move, it was not enough. He said India needs about 200-250 more such fighters to maintain its combat edge over adversaries. Terming Rafale as an excellent aircraft, Raha, who is set to retire on December 31, said, “It is tremendously capable in all its role. It is a multi-role aircraft and can be used very effectively. It can prove its worth in any situation.” “But we have just ordered 36 aircraft and we require more aircraft in this middle weight category to give entire spectrum of...

Writedown fears wipe $5 billion off Toshiba’s value as it weighs options

By Makiko Yamazaki | TOKYO A looming writedown at Japanese conglomerate Toshiba Corp (6502.T) has wiped almost $5 billion off its value in two days and prompted a credit rating downgrade on Wednesday, as the company grapples to plug a potential multi-billion dollar hole. Toshiba said late on Tuesday that cost overruns at a U.S. nuclear business it bought from Chicago Bridge & Iron last year, CB&I Stone & Webster, meant it could face ‘several billion dollars’ in charges, acknowledging a bruising overpayment. It did not comment on whether that would wipe out its asset value...

China plans ‘toilet revolution’ to boost tourism

China said it will boost investment in tourism, with plans to develop rustbelt regions and upgrade public toilets high on its to-do list as it looks to lift the sector’s contribution to economic growth. Announcing a new plan for the sector, China said it aims to invest 2 trillion yuan ($290 billion) in tourism between 2016 and 2020 which would translate to annual growth of more than 14 percent in direct investment in the industry. Old industrial and resource-dependent cities, particularly in the north of the country, will be encouraged to develop tourism and the government has promised to...

The best airport lounges in the world named in prestigious awards: Layover spot in Heathrow ranked No1

When you’ve got access to the best airport lounges in the world, travelling becomes a pleasure. The chance to take a shower, have a sleep in your own bedroom, indulge in a spa treatment or dine on gourmet cuisine is a welcome interlude on any long-haul journey. But if you’re unsure where to while away your next layover, help is at hand, because over 60,000 members of a lounge access club have rated the best airport lounges in each global region – and it’s the Plaza Premium Lounge at London Heathrow, Terminal 2, that’s been crowned the world’s best.  Savvy fliers passing...

Nepali Workers Abroad are Dying at an Alarming Rate

By Emma Von Zeipel For Nepali men, going abroad to work is often the only option they have to support their family. But doing so can come with great risk. Lately, many Nepali men have died under mysterious circumstances while working in other countries, and it seems to be part of a larger trend that strikes every decade or so. Since Nepal’s government started promoting foreign labor, the number of Nepali men trying their luck in other countries has increased a lot. In 2015, about 500,000 men went abroad to work, compared to about 220,000 in 2008. But the number of men who die while away has...

Muglan, mobile help desk for migrant Nepali workers

Muglan, a free counseling app for migrant Nepali workers, now available in Google Play Store. Muglan An android application, focusing on free counseling, assistance (Safe Migration, welfare and rescue of workers) with providing valuable information. “This is a mobile helpdesk, which allows migrant Nepali workers to resolve their problems and queries by providing assistance and help.” It’s founder Ram Giri, who is also a migrant, created an idea of Muglan to help his fellow Nepalis. “As we heard, the number of deaths is increasing and its very sad news.” Giri added “Muglan...

Russian military plane crashes in Black Sea near Sochi

A Russian military plane with 91 people on board has crashed into the Black Sea, Russia’s defence ministry says. The plane disappeared from radar 20 minutes after taking off from the resort of Sochi at 05:20 (02:20 GMT) and fragments have now been found. The defence ministry said the Tu-154 was carrying service personnel, members of the famed Alexandrov military band and reporters. The plane was flying to Syria’s Latakia province. The defence ministry said in a statement: “Fragments of the Tu-154 plane of the Russian defence ministry were found 1.5km from the Black Sea coast...

Mardi: The Hidden Treasure

Dec 24, 2016- Annapurna is the most famous region for trekking in Nepal and its popularity is well deserved. Not many regions are capable of offering the array of trekking options that this region does. Many renowned trails such as Annapurna Base Camp (4,100 m), Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700 m), Poon Hill (3,190 m), Muktinath (3,760 m), Tilicho Base Camp (4,100 m), and Thorung La (5,416 m), lie clustered in this scenic region.  However, there is a newly-developed trekking trail that not many people know of just yet—the Mardi Himal Trek. Located just east of the Annapurna Base Camp in the lap...

60 girls rescued from being trafficked in past one year: Report

Dec 23, 2016- Despite various campaigns running across the country against girl trafficking, incidents of this kind are going unabated. The total 60 girls were rescued from being trafficked in the past one year (till December 15, 2016) in the pretext of foreign employment, according to a report prepared by Bishwas Nepal, an NGO working against human trafficking. The report was made public here on Friday at a press conference. The girls below 18 were rescued from particularly restaurants at New Bus Park and surrounding areas, said Chairperson of the NGO Tara Bhandari. Children and girls victimised...

Hills of KKB inspire artists from 13 countries

All this happened at the inaugural 2016 Kuala Kubu Baru International Art Festival themed “Art Haven in the Hills” held earlier this month. The 10-day event, jointly organised by Sasaran Arts Association, Hulu Selangor District Council (MDHS), Selangor state library (PPAS) and Kuala Kubu Historical Society, brought together artists who worked on various forms of art including painting, sculpture and street art as well as music, art talks, exhibitions and workshops. Some artists painted at the Syed Mashor public library in Jalan Abdul Hamid while others did sculptures and murals on the walls...

SC finalises bench for hearing suspended CIAA chief’s case

Dec 22, 2016- The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday finalised the bench to hear the petition challenging qualifications of suspended Chief of Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) Lok Man Sing Karki. A full bench of SC comprising Justices Ishwor Prasad Khatiwada, Ananda Mohan Bhattarai, and Anil Kumar Singh has been designated to conduct hearing on Karki’s case. Earlier on December 1, Justices Jagdish Sharma Poudel, Ishwor Prasad Khatiwada and Ananda Mohan Bhattarai had conducted the trial against Karki. Advocate Om Prakash Aryal had challenged Karki’s appointment as...

At soaring rate, Nepalis seeking jobs abroad come home dead

By MARTHA MENDOZA KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A tiny young woman crouches just outside the airport, crying softly into her thin shawl. It’s cold out, but her sleeping toddler is heavy and warm in her arms. Travelers swarm around: Himalayan trekkers load up expedition backpacks. A Chinese tour group boards a bus. A dozen flight attendants in crisp blue suits and heels click by. Saro Kumari Mandal, 26, covers her head completely, a bundle of grief.  Hundreds of young Nepali men excitedly wave final goodbyes to friends and family. On this day 1,500 will fly out of the Kathmandu airport bound...

Google extends conservative outreach as Trump calls tech meeting

By Julia Love and Ginger Gibson (Reuters) Alphabet’s Google is racing to hire more conservatives for its lobbying and policy arm, trying to get a foothold in President-elect Donald Trump’s Washington after enjoying a uniquely close relationship with the administration of President Barack Obama. In the weeks since the Nov. 8 election, Google has ramped up efforts to hire Republican lobbying firms and in-house lobbyists to change the composition of its Washington office, according to three lobbyists with knowledge of the matter. The company also posted an advertisement for a manager for conservative...

Qatar labour reform: Ending kafala barely scratches the surface

Roshan Sedhain, Kathmandu Dec 14, 2016- Qatar has formally announced the end of its controversial “kafala” system, in what is said to be the biggest labour reform undertaken by the Gulf emirate set to hold the 2022 football World Cup. Announcing an end to the labour sponsorship system that forces foreign workers to seek their employer’s permission to change jobs or leave the country, Qatari Labour Minister Issa bin Saad Al-Jafali Al-Nuaimi on Monday said “kafala” is now replaced with “a modernised, contract-based system that safeguards workers’ rights and increases job flexibility.” Qatar...

Myanmar stops migrant workers going to Malaysia after Rohingya row

(Reuters) : Myanmar has stopped workers going to Malaysia after Malaysia’s leader criticized its treatment of Muslims, while Indonesia joined a growing chorus of concern about the fate of Myanmar’s stateless Rohingya Muslims. Violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, home to many Rohingyas, has become the biggest challenge facing Aung San Suu Kyi’s eight-month-old government and has sparked international criticism that the Nobel Peace Prize winner has done too little to help the Muslim minority. At least 86 people have been killed and about 30,000 displaced in a Myanmar army...

Shoe thrown at Naya Shakti Party Coordinator Bhattarai

POKHARA, Dec 8: An irate student has thrown a shoe at Naya Shakti Party Nepal Coordinator and Former Prime Minister of Nepal Dr Baburam Bhattarai in Pokhara on Thursday. The shoe was thrown at Bhattarai while he was participating at a program organized by the party’s sister organization at Prithvi Narayan (PN) Campus in Bhimkali Patan Marga. According to students, Sanjiv Bhattarai, a Master’s Degree student of PN Campus, had attacked Bhattarai with the shoe. Police have taken the assailant under control. He had also shown Bhattarai a black flag, according to Police Inspector Kishor Lamsal...