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Irate depositors picket NRB office

KATHMANDU: The Bank and Financial Institution Depositors' Association, Nepal staged sit-in in front of the central office of the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) at Baluwatar this morning, demanding security of deposit collected by financial institutions from public. The Association staged a sit-in at the NRB central Office, calling for improvement in financial institutions in the context that depositors have started raising questions regarding the performance of some financial institutions in the country. Some 500 persons had joined the sit-in programme. Member of the Association, Keshav Raj Pa...
Published On: 2012-06-28

Duncan faces questions on DFID's role

KATHMANDU: A visiting British minister today refuted allegations that the UK government funding was responsible for stirring ethnic tension in Nepal, but he clearly conveyed the message of the UK’s moral support for those “excluded” groups waging inclusion campaigns, including a federal Nepal based on ethnic lines. Minister for State of the Department for International Development (DFID), Alan Duncan said he wanted “to set the record straight”. He said the DFID—Nepal office was helping Nepal implement its “own commitment on inclusion”. Terming t...
Published On: 2012-06-27

Pistol seized

LALITPUR: Police on Tuesday night raided the rented room of Dhan Bahadur Tamang (31) in Mangal Bazaar and caught the suspect in possession of a country-made pistol. Officials said they were investigating. Women robbed KATHMANDU: A gang of three on Tuesday night broke into the rented room of Jyoti Lama (22) of Makwanpur and Pari Joshi of Dailekh in Subidhnagar and robbed them of Rs 103,000, three mobile phone sets and a gold ring. According to a complaint lodged with police, the gang, in the guise of police personnel, overpowered the women alleging that the duo was involved in trafficking g...
Published On: 2012-06-27

Power of office transferred

KATHMANDU: The Armed Police Force has transferred the Power of Office of suspended DIG Ranjan Koirala, currently in judicial custody in Dilli Bazaar Prison on the charge of murdering his wife, to its headquarters by creating a special post. Any official facing criminal charge is not relieved of the post until the court convicts the accused, as per the prevailing law. Koirala had his posting in the Department of Operation. According to APF, his Power of Office was transferred to the headquarters pursuant to the May 24 decision of the Cabinet. APF DIG Koirala was suspended after police arres...
Published On: 2012-06-27

NHRC urges compensation for squatters

KATHMANDU: National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today urged the government to provide compensation for the loss borne by squatters when they were evicted from the Bagmati riverside settlement two months ago. Following complaints at NHRC stating that demolition of riverside squatter settlement had violated the socio-economic rights of landless people, NHRC wrote a letter to the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Minister urging reimbursement for squatters after evaluating the loss. However, government is yet to release details of actual loss. NHRC also sought alternative housing arra...
Published On: 2012-06-27

SC convicts ex-customs chief of corruption

KATHMANDU: Settling a ten year old corruption case, the Supreme Court today convicted former chief customs officer of Mechi Customs Office Keshar Jung Khadka for illegally accumulating disproportionate assets. A division bench of Justices Kalyan Shrestha and Bharat Bahadur Karki issued the verdict slapping a nine-month jail sentence and a fine of Rs 3.2 million and confiscation of Rs 3.2 million that was disproportionate to his sources of income. Partially overturning the Special Court verdict which had slapped one-year jail sentence on him in 2004, the apex court reduced the sentence by t...
Published On: 2012-06-27

Illegal VoIP centres busted‚ two held

KATHMANDU: The Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police today carried out coordinated raids on two illegal Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) call centres in Bishalnagar and Bashundhara. The CIB also rounded up two persons who were operating the illegal VOIP centres. The arrested have been identified as Durga Bahadur KC (36) and Som Bahadur Gurung (30) of Gorkha. DSP Om Prasad Adhikari said KC was the mastermind behind the operation and he was using Gurung as his key operative in order to block telecom service providers’ legal gateway and bypass all incoming international calls...
Published On: 2012-06-27

Implement obligations‚ urges CEDAW panel

KATHMANDU: Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) committee has urged the government to prioritise adoption of legal provisions to fight discrimination against women. The committee has sought a comprehensive programme including public education and awareness raising campaigns involving mass media as well as community and religious leaders to address multiple forms of discrimination. Nepal had submitted the fourth and fifth periodic reports on CEDAW convention on July 2011. The Government was asked to submit its sixth periodic report to CEDAW in ...
Published On: 2012-06-27

WB aid for project

KATHMANDU: The World Bank (WB) is scaling up efforts in Sunaula Hazar Din Project to improve nutritional status of children. The programme will focus on the first 1000 days – 280 days in mother’s womb and 730 days after birth. WB has approved US$ 40 million in grant and credit for the new project to complement Nepal’s ongoing programmes in nutrition. A WB press statement said the project will be scaled up to help authorities and communities improve the nutritional status of the most vulnerable populations. ...
Published On: 2012-06-27

TU Bachelor in Arts courses to become multidisciplinary

KATHMANDU: Tribhuvan University (TU has opened the door of the Bachelors’ in Humanities and Social Sciences to students from any faculty. Earlier, though the Bachelors’ in Humanities and Social Science was open to students from Science and Commerce background, the same background was necessary for admission in certain subjects such as Journalism, English and others even for students from Science and Commerce background. But now this provision has been scrapped and a new system has been adopted wherein a student from any faculty can apply in Humanities and Social sciences and choo...
Published On: 2012-06-27