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Int'l folklore convention begins

KATHMANDU: The Fourth International Folklore and Cultural Conference kicked off here from Friday. The event has begun under the slogan of "Study of folklore and folk life: centralism on non-material and cultural conference". The event is jointly organised by the Nepali Folklore Society, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Nepal Academy, BP Koirala Nepal-India Foundation and the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB). A total of 125 folklore artists from Nepal, USA and Australia are taking part in the three-day event. The participants are expected to present 115 working paper...
Published On: 2012-08-17

President feels ordinance not the right way

KATHMANDU: At a time when the government is planning to bring an ordinance to pave the way for appointment of Supreme Court justices, ambassadors and chiefs of various constitutional bodies, President Dr Ram Baran Yadav is learnt to have reservations about the path chosen by the government. As the constitution clearly states that parliamentary hearings are to be conducted while making appointments to the posts in question, the President is feeling uneasy about giving a nod an ordinance that would alter legal provisions to make them contradict with the constitution. “This might create ...
Published On: 2012-08-16

Retiring cops move SC

KATHMANDU: A writ petition was filed at the Supreme Court on Thursday demanding that the court order the government to retire police personnel only after they reach retirement age. Stating that the retirement of police personnel on the basis of number of years in service was against the principle of equality, AIGs Madan Bahadur Khadka and Naresh Gurung, Kalyan Timalsina, Kiran Gautam, Prakash Kunwar, Arjun Jung Shahi and others, who are retiring soon, filed the petition at the apex court. Five held with bullets KATHMANDU: Police on Wednesday arrested five persons with 47 rounds of bullets i...
Published On: 2012-08-16

Government to address impact of climate change

KATHMANDU: The government of Nepal, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) jointly launched the ‘Ecosystem based Adaptation in mountain ecosystem in Nepal (EbA)’ Project today. The project aims at implementing an emerging approach to help people to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change. The project document was jointly signed by Harihar Sigdel, Joint Secretary and Chief of Planning and Human Resources Development Division, Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservatio...
Published On: 2012-08-16

Federal alliance meets Prez

KATHMANDU: Pushpa Kamal Dahal, the chief of newly created Federal Democratic Republic Alliance, and other leaders associated with the alliance met President Ram Baran Yadav today and told the head of the state that the main objective of the alliance was to forge consensus and they would try their best for the same. Prem Bahadur Singh, spokesperson for the FDRA, said Dahal told the President the alliance would seek to resolve the current political and constitutional crisis by forging consensus on issues of new constitution, amendment to constitution, issues related to elections and formation o...
Published On: 2012-08-16

Eight rackets of bike lifters busted in two months

KATHMANDU: Metropolitan Police Crime Division has busted eight rackets of motorcycle lifters active in the Kathmandu Valley in the last two months through a special operation. The crackdown was launched on June 15 in the wake of growing complaints of bike thefts. Deputy Superintendent of Police Himalaya Shrestha, in-charge of anti-theft section at MPCD informed that as 17 people affiliated to eight different rackets were nabbed with 16 motorcycles from separate places of the Valley during the period. Police said Suresh BK (22) and Narayan Purkoti (22) of Bishnu Budhanilkantha were found hid...
Published On: 2012-08-16

Cong district chiefs call for judicial review

KATHMANDU: The case of Nepali Congress leader Khum Bahadur Khadka, who was convicted of corruption the other day, dominated the Nepali Congress’s Central Working Committee meeting here today. According to Central Working Committee member Pushpa Bhushal, who is also a lawyer, 20 presidents of district chapters of the Nepali Congress with consent of remaining 55 district presidents submitted a memorandum urging the party to defend Khadka and file a judicial review on his behalf. The district presidents warned that they would create a storm of protests in all the districts if the centra...
Published On: 2012-08-16

Kathmandu teachers getting paid for guarding abandoned schools

KATHMANDU: Some primary level teachers in Kathmandu district are being paid for looking after six abandoned schools which have been shut down due to lack of students. Instead of teaching, six primary level teachers are looking after desks, empty classrooms and other infrastructures. Kathmandu District Education Office (DEO) provides them Rs 13, 470 monthly salary for looking after the schools. “One primary teacher for each school has been assigned to take care of the school. They have been mobilized since last August,” informed Baikuntha Aryal, DEO-Kathmandu . Natiram Pandit,...
Published On: 2012-08-16

Mock vote to test govt popularity organised

KATHMANDU: Youth and student unions affiliated to various political parties in the opposition today conducted a mock referendum in various locations of the Valley to “gauge the popularity of the government.” The youth and student unions, who are demanding that the Prime Minister resign, organised the polls in 21 locations in the city along with various campuses. The public were given two choices –– the incumbent government or a government of national consensus. Ramesh Poudel, secretariat member of the CPN-UML-aligned Youth Federation Nepal, said the polls were conduct...
Published On: 2012-08-16

Night metro bus service from today

KATHMANDU: Night metro bus service will be launched in Kathmandu and Lalitpur from tomorrow, Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) and National Federation of Nepal Transport Entrepreneurs said today. Organising a press meet today, city officials informed that the night bus service would be operated in Kathmandu and Lalitpur from 8 pm to 11 pm from tomorrow. The buses, equipped with CCTV cameras, will be run on a trial basis for six months and a would be continued if found financially viable, said KMC Chief Executive Kedar Bahadur Adhikari. City officials had planed to launch the service from t...
Published On: 2012-08-16