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EU Commissioner calls on PM

KATHMANDU: European Union (EU) Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, called on Prime Minister Sushil Koilara on Sunday at the latter’s residence in Baluwatar. The meeting was focused on Nepal-EU relations, Nepal's overall development and new constitution, according to Prime Minister’s press coordinator Prakash Adhikari. Piebalgs is on a four-day visit to Nepal since Saturday. During the talks, PM expressed his assurance that the new constitution will be drafted as scheduled. Koirala said the constitution is sure to be promulgated on January 22 despite petty disagreemen...
Published On: 2014-10-19

Duo nabbed with red panda hides

KATHMANDU: Police nabbed two persons with red panda hides from Machhapokhari of Kathmandu Valley on Saturday. According to police, the duo have been identified as Chhuwang Tamang (40) from Yarsa-1 of Rasuwa district and Sitaram Rai (31) alias Ramsharan from Chaudhada-7 of Nuwakot district. A police team deployed from the Metropolitan Police Crime Division, Hanumandhoka arrested them with four red panda hides yesterday. They have been taken to District Forest Office, Hattisar for further investigation. ...
Published On: 2014-10-19

Local bodies' election soon after bill amendment

KATHMANDU: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Local Development Prakash Man Singh said that the local bodies' election would be held soon after the amendment of the Local Self Governance Act-2055 BS. He told RSS that the local bodies are facing economic embezzlement and irregularities in different developmental and administrative works due to absence of elected representatives. Hence, election of local bodies should be held soon to end such irregularities. Deputy Prime Minister Singh said that the proposed amendment bill has a provision of ensuring the representation of 40 per cent w...
Published On: 2014-10-19

AWRC directs to begin west Seti Hydro Project

KATHMANDU: The Agriculture and Water Resources Committee (AWRC) under the Legislature-Parliament has directed the Ministry of Energy and Investment Board to begin the construction work of the West Seti Hydropower Project. The committee meeting held at Singhdurbar today issue such directives to the Ministry and Board, reasoning that the development process of the project began long ago but has not translated into effective construction work so far. The project has the capacity of generating 750 mega watt power and the Subsidiary Company of the Three Gorges company of China had agreed to c...
Published On: 2014-10-19

More funds received to the PM's relief Fund

KATHMANDU: More funds have been received to the Prime Minister Natural Disaster Relief and Rescue Fund to help victims of natural disasters that took place in the country during August and September earlier this year. The Nepalese working in Belgium, France and Japan have managed to collect the fund and hand it over to the Prime Minister this morning at his official residence in Baluwatar. Bhim Joshi, working committee member of Public Relations, Belgium, handed over a cheque worth Rs 4,12,000 on the behalf of Nepalese working there. Similarly, Bharat Rana, representing Nepalese working in...
Published On: 2014-10-19

20 die in blizzard: Minister Amatya

KATHMANDU: A total of twenty people lost their lives in the blizzard that caught trekkers off guard Myagdi, Manang and Mustang districts a few days ago, according to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. Informing about the natural disaster at the International Relations and Labour Committee under the Legislature-Parliament today, Culture Minister Deepak Chandra Amatya said 20 people including 14 foreigners and six Nepalis died in the blizzard. Minister Amatya further said a total of 384 tourists including 216 foreigners were rescued so far. He said Nepal Army, Nepal Police ...
Published On: 2014-10-19

Cops up security to curb import of firecrackers

KATHMANDU: Police have intensified security checking on the outskirts of the capital city to curb illegal import of explosive materials and firecrackers, which are usually brought to the capital during Tihar. According to Metropolitan Police Range, Hanumandhoka, the office has stepped up inspection and monitoring at Thankot, Farping and Sitapaila with extra human resources. Cops have intensified vigil on the markets and residential areas. Police have also mobilised sniffer dogs in the major entry points of the Valley. “Around 370 police personnel, from all police circles and sectors,...
Published On: 2014-10-18

PM pledges to strengthen NP's capacity

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Sushil Koirala directed Nepal Police to stay one step ahead of criminals through maximum utilisation of their skill and know-how. Addressing a special function organised yesterday night in Kathmandu to commemorate 59th Police Day, he cautioned the police force to not let the criminals off the hook. “Nepal Police should always stay one step ahead of the criminals by adopting new modus operandi. The government is committed to equipping the security body with necessary resources and means in all possible ways to strengthen its capacity and professionalism,”...
Published On: 2014-10-18

Law amended to rid Valley of plastic bags

KATHMANDU: The Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment has made an amendment to the Plastic Bags Regulation and Control Directives, 2011, to enforce a ban on production, import, storage, sell, distribution and use of plastic bags below 30 microns thick. “The minimum thickness of plastic bags has been increased to 30 microns from 20 microns as per a Cabinet decision on October 13. The ministry has also made a provision for mandatory production, import, storage, sale, distribution and use of plastic bags with natural colour for the use of water and medicine related products, inst...
Published On: 2014-10-18

KMC starts cleaning capital in shifts

KATHMANDU: The Kathmandu Metropolitan City today started cleaning the city in three shifts to maintain cleanliness. The move is part of KMC’s city beautification drive in view of the upcoming SAARC Summit scheduled to be held in Kathmandu from November 22 to 27. The sanitation staff at Environment Department under KMC have been divided into various groups to clean Kathmandu in three shifts — morning, afternoon and evening. According to KMC, garbage collection will be done in the city from five to 10 in morning. Staff at afternoon shift will collect waste disposed by denizens an...
Published On: 2014-10-18