PUBLISHED ON: September 18, 2018

Mustang apples rotting in godowns

Mustang-Transportation of apples has become a problem with the obstruction in the Beni-Jomsom roadway. The

Mustang-Transportation of apples has become a problem with the obstruction in the Beni-Jomsom roadway. The Beni-Jomsom roadway remains obstructed since the past week with landslides, inundation and floods in several locations of the 76-kilometer road. As a result, the apples already harvested and packed have started rotting in the godowns, apple farmer Hari Thakali of Tukuche in Thasang rural municipality-1 said.

Apple is farmed in around 1,115 hectares of land in Kowang, Tukuche, Marfa, Jomsom, Kagbedi, Muktinath and Chusang of the district. On an average, 5,000 metric tonnes of apple is produced by the district. Last season apples worth Rs. 250 million were sold from the district, according to Chief of the Ghorpajhong rural municipality, agriculture division Bimal Khadka. The road obstruction has brought traffic to a standstill while the locals, tourists and pilgrims have been seriously affected. All possible efforts are being made to open the road for traffic as soon as possible, said engineer at the Beni-Jomsom-Korala road project Pradip Niroula.

September 18, 2018
PUBLISHED ON: September 18, 2018

US-Cuba relations ‘in decline,’ president says

HAVANA-Relations between Cuba and the United States are in decline under President Donald Trump, his

HAVANA-Relations between Cuba and the United States are in decline under President Donald Trump, his Cuban counterpart Miguel Diaz-Canel said in an interview broadcast Sunday. “Relations today are in decline. We still maintain channels of dialogue and our position is that we do not reject the possibility of dialogue at any time, but it must be between equals,” Diaz-Canel said in the interview with the Telesur network, his first since taking office earlier this year. Since Trump’s election as US president, ties with Cuba have deteriorated after a historic rapprochement overseen by his predecessor Barack Obama. Diaz-Canel took aim at the US economic blockade of Cuba, terming it “the main obstacle to the development of the country.” He also said Cuba was not behind mysterious “health attacks” that have plagued US diplomats in the country, saying: “We have not attacked anyone.”

The apparent victims of what Washington has called sonic “attacks” have suffered symptoms consistent with mild brain trauma — including, in some cases, disorientation and hearing loss.In the same interview, Diaz-Canel expressed support for same-sex marriage. “The approach of recognizing marriage between two people, without limitations, responds to a problem of eliminating all types of discrimination in society,” he said. A new constitution to replace the 1976 version — which limits marriage to the “voluntary union of a man and a woman” — hasbeen approved by parliament and submitted to public debate. Spearheaded by Mariela Castro, the daughter of former president Raul Castro, changes to the new constitution would include a provision that defines marriage as between “two people” rather than “a man and a woman.” The silver-haired Diaz-Canel assumed power in April from Castro, who himself took over from his elder brother Fidel, father of the 1959 revolution.

September 18, 2018
PUBLISHED ON: September 18, 2018

Over 28% of Japanese population officially old: government

TOKYO,-More than 28 percent of Japan’s population is now officially classified as elderly according to

TOKYO,-More than 28 percent of Japan’s population is now officially classified as elderly according to government data, the highest rate in the world as the first wave of postwar baby boomers enter old age. Those aged 65 or older now make up a record 35.6 million, or 28.1 percent of the total population, the government said Sunday. The proportion is the highest by far in the world, ahead of 23.3 percent in Italy, 21.9 percent in Portugal and 21.7 percent in Germany, according to UN data for those countries.

The government also said those aged 70 or older accounted for 20.7 percent of the population, surpassing 20 percent for the first time. The figures show the nation’s postwar baby boomers are now entering old age, it said.The demographic shift is due to a combination of a low birthrate and long life expectancy. Japan’s rapidly greying population poses a major headache for policymakers who are faced with trying to ensure an ever-dwindling pool of workers can pay for the growing number of pensioners.

September 18, 2018
PUBLISHED ON: September 18, 2018

Ruby rush brings ‘hell’, not riches, to Mozambique village

MONTEPUEZ, Mozambique-Nearly a decade after rubies were first found in northern Mozambique, the discovery has

MONTEPUEZ, Mozambique-Nearly a decade after rubies were first found in northern Mozambique, the discovery has proven a poisoned chalice, says traditional local ruler Cristina Joaquim. Instead of riches and reward, what could have been a windfall has brought harassment, violence and even a local ban on farming. The village of Nthoro sitting atop the ruby deposits has been targeted by gangs — allegedly backed by police — who have burnt homes and smashed belongings in an apparent attempt to force residents to move. On the road to the village of around 12,000, dozens of signs warn villagers:

“You’re in the mining concession area of MRM. It is forbidden to farm, cultivate, build homes or do any mining.” Montepuez Ruby Mining (MRM), a subsidiary of London-based Gemfields, won the mining rights to 36,000 hectares (89,000 acres) of ruby-rich land in the former Portuguese colony in 2011. Discovery of the precious red gemstone by a local woodcutter just nine years ago sparked a “ruby rush” in Mozambique, which now accounts for 80 percent of the world’s production. From 2014 to June 2017, MRM held eight auctions of rubies from Mozambique, raising more than $280 million (240 million euros), according to government data. “In this village we had a good life, but when our land became a mining concession area, everything changed,” Queen Cristina, dressed in a traditional “capulana” skirt and headwrap, told AFP. “Because they say they are going to resettle us, they don’t allow us to do farming, build new houses.

“Many people have fled because of police torture, famine, burning houses. Only few people remained — those who resist.” – Fenced off – Conditions in Nthoro are a far cry from the lifestyle enjoyed by those able to pay more than $21,000 for a ruby engagement ring by fabled luxury jeweller Faberge, which has been acquired by Gemfields. Located in the Montepuez district of Cabo Delgado province, Nthoro has no piped water or electricity and its houses are built of wooden stakes and dried grass. A security fence surrounds the village, with only one gate overseen by guards.Nthoro, a clearing cut from thick forest, is planted with mango, coconut and papaya trees, and chickens scratch in the dirt. The only sign of public services is a police station, which is staffed by a special military police unit rather than civilian officers. Cristina accuses the authorities of wanting to drive villagers off the land to avoid having to resettle them elsewhere. “I urge the company to resettle us so we can move away from this hell. We always refer these issues to the government, but the government never answers,” she said.

– Legal action – MRM is 75-percent owned by Gemfields and the rest by Mwiriti Limitada, a Mozambican company co-owned by army General Raimundo Pachinuapa — a senior member of the ruling Frelimo party. Just 10 minutes away from Nthoro, the mining company’s main camp has power, running water, restaurants and even a health clinic. Nthoro’s residents are among thousands of people living within MRM’s vast concession area who are facing relocation under Mozambican law. “We no longer have any place for farming. The mining company forbids us. We can’t move freely because in certain areas the company forbids it,” Joao Carimo, another community leader, told AFP as other locals cheered him on. “Those who burned our houses are police officers and security guards at the mine,” he alleged. Police deny any wrongdoing. Determined to fight back, about 100 Mozambicans have joined a lawsuit in Britain alleging serious human rights abuses.

London-based law firm Leigh Day issued proceedings at the High Court against Gemfields in April. The claimants allege that they have been shot at, beaten and unlawfully detained, with four families saying their sons were shot dead by security forces at the mine. – New settlement delays – Gemfields told AFP it could not comment on the claims because of the court proceedings but said it took “allegations of this nature extremely seriously and denounce(d) any form of violence or abuse.” It added that 105 families would be resettled from Nthoro under a $10-million project to establish a new settlement nearby with water, power, a school, market, mosque and church. “Defining which village families are to be relocated… was carried out by a third-party consultant in a lengthy and thorough process,” Gemfields said in an email. Gemfields said the new settlement’s foundation stone was laid in April and the relocation was scheduled to take two years.

The local government said it was applying pressure over apparent delays to the construction. “They should have started homes this year so we are worried,” district government official Fabiao Namiva told AFP. “But we also value things the company is doing — paying taxes and organising mobile clinics and employment training. The communities are benefiting from it. The only issue is the resettlement.” For one villager, Jeronimo Amade, 45, the rubies have brought only a desire to leave the area and start a new life. “I just want to be compensated and get out of here,” he said. “I have seen people killed, many houses burned down. All because of the resources discovered in our land.”

September 18, 2018
PUBLISHED ON: September 18, 2018

Economic linkages with Austria to expand

Kathmandu-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, has expressed hope that the economic linkages between

Kathmandu-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, has expressed hope that the economic linkages between Nepal and Austria would further expand in the days ahead. In a meeting with Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Karin Kneissl at the latter’s office in Vienna on Monday, Minister Gyawali shared with his Austrian counterpart the major development priorities of the Government of Nepal, according to the Embassy of Nepal in Vienna. Diverse issues of Nepal-Austria relations were discussed in the meeting. The two Foreign Ministers reviewed the status of bilateral cooperation and deliberated on the ways of enhancing such cooperation in areas such as trade, investment, tourism, heritage conservation, water management as well as people-to-people contacts. They agreed on the need to intensify bilateral contacts as the two countries would observe the next year as the 60th year of the establishment of bilateral relations.

On the occasion, Austrian Minister Kneissl highlighted the Austrian Government’s foreign policy priorities with regard to Asia and stated that Austria would continue to support Nepal’s development efforts. The two Foreign Ministers also expressed satisfaction over the existing cooperation between the two countries in multilateral forums and agreed to continue working closely in the issues of mutual interest. Also present in the meeting were Ambassador of Nepal to Austria Prakash Kumar Suvedi and senior government officials while the Austrian side comprised Head of Asia, Australia and Oceania Division Gabriele MeonTschurtz and Head of the Strategy Unit of the Cabinet of the Minister Stephan Heisler.

September 18, 2018
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Home Minister vows special programmes against VAW

Kathmandu,-Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa has announced to introduce special programmes from the side of

Kathmandu,-Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa has announced to introduce special programmes from the side of government to reduce the cases of violence against women (VAW) including rape. During a meeting with the National Human Rights Commission Chairman Anupraj Sharma-led team on Monday, Minister Thapa said that the government has taken the reported cases of VAW and rapes seriously. “Consumption of alcohol, drugs and misuse of internet have resulted in VAW and rape cases. The ministry has tightened their usage,” he said.

Saying that the rape and subsequent murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur has saddened him, the Home Minister pledged to bring the culprits of the case to book. He added that six police personnel have been suspended for their sheer negligence in the investigation process and shared that additional investigation teams have been deployed. Minister Thapa claimed that donation drive, explosions, robbery and smuggling have been slashed after he took charge of home ministry and urged the Commission to extend support in his actions.During the discussion, Commission’s Chairman Sharma inquired about the investigation of Kanchanpur case and lamented the poor role of the police personnel in the investigation.

September 18, 2018
PUBLISHED ON: September 18, 2018

Flood survivors receive relief support

Besisahar,- People’s representatives here have donated their remuneration as relief support to the flood survivors

Besisahar,- People’s representatives here have donated their remuneration as relief support to the flood survivors of Marsyangdi rural municipality. The rural municipality executive committee meeting on Monday decided that the people’s representatives would donate their 15-day allowance to the flood survivors. The amount will be deposited in the disaster management fund to be distributed to the flood survivors, according to the rural municipality chair Arjun Gurung.

A total of 19 families have been displaced from their homes in recent floods and landslides in the rural municipality. Four people were killed while 11 were injured. One person is still missing. Furthermore, the teachers of schools within the rural municipality have also decided to donate their one day’s salary. There are around 400 teachers working in community and institutional schools in the rural municipality.

September 18, 2018
PUBLISHED ON: September 18, 2018

Scooter rider dies in accident

Nawalparasi,- A girl has died in a road accident that took place in Gaidakot along

Nawalparasi,- A girl has died in a road accident that took place in Gaidakot along the east-west highway last night. Anisha Ranamagar,26, of Gunjanagar-4, Chitwan died when the scooter (Na. 41 Pa. 2675) she was riding collided with another scooter (Na. 18 Pa. 1246) coming from the opposite direction. Seriously injured, Ranamagar died during treatment at the new medical college hospital in Chitwan, according to District Police Office.

Meanwhile, Dharbendra Prasad Gupta of Binaya Triveni rural municipality-7, who had been missing since September 14, has been found dead. Gupta was found dead on the banks of the Narayani river, police said. Further investigation into the cause of the death is underway.

September 18, 2018
PUBLISHED ON: September 18, 2018

36 Nepalis scale Mount Fuji

Kathmandu,-Thirty-six Nepalis living in Japan have successfully scaled the highest ountain of Japan, Mount Fuji,

Kathmandu,-Thirty-six Nepalis living in Japan have successfully scaled the highest ountain of Japan, Mount Fuji, on Sunday A Nepali lawyer working in Japan, Balram Shrestha, told Rastriya Samachar Samiti that the Nepalis climbed the 3,776-meters Mount Fuji at the same time.

The programme was organised with an objective of further strengthening the relation between Nepal and Japan. Of them, 28 are male and eight are female. The Nepalis have set a world record by scaling the Mount Fuji at the single time. According to latest estimates, around 85,000 Nepalis are currently living in Japan.

September 18, 2018
PUBLISHED ON: September 17, 2018

NSU demands action against Panta’s murderer(s)

Kathmandu, – The Nepal Students Union (NSU) staged a demonstration today, demanding action against the

Kathmandu, – The Nepal Students Union (NSU) staged a demonstration today, demanding action against the murderer(s) of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur. The NSU Central Committee organised a rally from Exhibition Road to Putalisadak, demanding justice for Nirmala and her parents after taking action against the murderer(s).

On the occasion, NSU President Nain Singh Mahar said that government’s failure to arrest Panta’s murder(s) even after around two months of the incident was sad. According to NSU, it would continuously demonstrate against the government until the Panta’s family gets justice.

September 17, 2018
PUBLISHED ON: September 17, 2018

RPP approves report to CWC

Kathmandu,-A meeting of Central Work Execution Committee of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party has approved the

Kathmandu,-A meeting of Central Work Execution Committee of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party has approved the report to be presented in the meeting of the Central Working Committee taking place in Kathmandu from Tuesday. Today’s meeting held at Party Headquarters, Dhumrabarahi, under chairmanship of party chair Kamal Thapa expressed concern that people could not feel social changes even after six months since the formation of the government, said Party Spokesperson, Bhuwan Pathak.

Chairman Thapa presented a report regarding contemporary politics. The two-day plenum meeting of central committee is taking place in Kathmandu from September 18 where around 200 leaders and cadres would participate.

September 17, 2018
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The death toll from super typhoon Mangkhut has climbed to 65

MANILA, -The death toll from super typhoon Mangkhut has climbed to 65 in the Philippines,

MANILA, -The death toll from super typhoon Mangkhut has climbed to 65 in the Philippines, police said on Monday. The Philippine National Police (PNP) said 54 of the fatalities were from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) in Luzon island. The other casualties were also from the northern Philippines according to the PNP. Seven people were killed in Cagayan Valley, two in central Luzon, one in Ilocos region and one in Metro Manila. The PNP added 43 others are missing while 64 people were wounded.

Presidential adviser Francis Tolentino, who was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte for preparation and response efforts of typhoon Mangkhut, said among the 54 victims from the CAR, most died in landslides triggered by the powerful typhoon. CAR, one of the worst-hit areas, is the only land-locked region of the Philippines. It consists of the provinces of Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province and Apayao. The regional center is Baguio City. Tolentino said 42 people are still missing in the CAR. Five of these missing people are from Baguio, 36 in Itogon town and one in Benguet province. Tolentino said search and rescue operation continued to find the missing people especially in Itogon town where people, mostly miners and their families, are still feared trapped after a landslide in the remote village of Ucab.

Mangkhut, which made landfall at 1:40 a.m. local time on Saturday in the northern Philippines, already exited this Southeast Asian country on Saturday night. However, the strongest typhoon in the region so far this year left a trail of destruction across the Philippines’s main Luzon island. The Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said nearly 220,000 residents were still being served inside and outside evacuation centers provided by local governments until Monday morning. The government declared a total of seven provinces and cities under a state of calamity due to the typhoon. Mangkhut is the 15th typhoon to slam the Philippines so far this year. Typhoons hit the Philippines around 19 times a year, bringing strong winds and heavy rains, resulting in flooding, great damage to crops, houses and building, and deaths. In 2013, super typhoon Haiyan devastated the central Philippines, killing more than 6,000 people. In 2009, typhoon Ketsana also caused massive flooding in Metro Manila, killing more than 700. Enditem

September 17, 2018
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Floodwaters rise as killer storm stalks southeastern US

GRIFTON, United States-Catastrophic floods raised the threat of dam breaks and landslides across the southeastern

GRIFTON, United States-Catastrophic floods raised the threat of dam breaks and landslides across the southeastern United States on Monday, prolonging the agony caused by a killer hurricane that has left more than a dozen people dead and billions of dollars in damage. Downgraded to a tropical depression, Florence slowly crawled over South and North Carolina, dumping heavy rains on already flood-swollen river basins that authorities warned could bring more death and destruction.

The National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center warned Sunday night of “heavy and excessive rainfall over the next couple of days.” There is an “elevated risk for landslides” in western North Carolina and southwest Virginia, as well as danger of “catastrophic and life-threatening flash flooding” in parts of the Carolinas, it said. “A lot of people have evacuated already,” said Denise Harper, a resident of Grifton, a small North Carolina town threatened by rising water levels in a nearby creek and the River Neuse. “It’s worrying to watch the water slowly rising.” At least 15 people have died since Florence made landfall Friday as a Category 1 hurricane near Wrightsville Beach, 10 in North Carolina and five in South Carolina. “Unfortunately we’ve still got several days to go,” Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, told Fox News.

Long said more havoc lays ahead as the storm broadens its geographic scope over regions deeply saturated with water. Of particular concern were the risks to dams, already stressed by heavy rainfall from a tropical storm earlier in the month, he said, urging citizens to heed official warnings about what was now a “flood event.” “What we have to focus on are there any dams that are potentially going to break.” “People fail to heed warnings and get out or they get into the flood waters trying to escape their home. And that’s where you start to see deaths escalate,” he told CBS News. “Even though hurricanes are categorized by wind, it’s the water that really causes the most loss of life.”

A dull, leaden sky hung over Grifton on Sunday. Days of heavy rainfall have turned the surrounding farmland into soggy marshland. Forty miles to the south, the tiny town of Pollocksville, population 300, found itself cut in two on Sunday afternoon after the River Trent burst its banks. – Electrocution risk – With the rain pausing for the first time since Friday, local resident Logan Sosebee pulled out his kayak to carry food and supplies to those who need it on the other side of the flooded river. “We still have no water and power, so I’m happy to help if I can, there’s nothing else to do,” he said. “But the current is crazy.” “The water… has gone up 10-15 feet (3 to 4.5 meters) in a few days and it’s supposed to keep rising for a few days. I’m a bit worried for my home.”

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper earlier told reporters “the strongest storm bands are dumping two to three inches of rain (5 – 7.5 centimeters) per hour” over regions that had already received up to two feet of rain. “That’s enough to cause flooding in areas that have never flooded before until now. The risk is growing as well in the mountains, where rains could lead to dangerous landslides,” he said. A woman and her baby were among the storm’s first casualties when a tree fell on their house. Others killed included three who perished “due to flash flooding and swift water on roadways,” according to the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office, and a 61-year-old woman who died when her car hit a downed tree.

At least two people died from electrocution while attempting to connect their generators, while one couple died of monoxide poisoning from running their generator indoors. – ‘Billions’ in damage – Even as some residents began returning to their homes, officials warned of a long road to recovery ahead. “I think that the storm is likely going to produce impacts greater than Hurricane Matthew,” Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina said on Fox News, referring to a Category 5 storm that struck in 2016, killing 26 in the state. “The agriculture industry, the largest industry in our state is hard-hit. We will have to sort out the crop damage,” he continued, adding: “I think that it’s fair to say in terms of economic impact rebuilding that we are talking in the billions of dollars.”

The number of customers without power across North Carolina fell to just under 500,000, with about 20,000 in South Carolina. Fifteen thousand meanwhile were being housed in 158 shelters across the state. “Three days of relentless rain from #Florence has resulted in significant flooding in #NC #SC,” said Duke Energy, a major power supplier. “Driving is treacherous and flooding is impacting our ability to restore power. Flooding can also conceal downed power lines.” US Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz told ABC 28 aircraft had been deployed as well as 35 “shallow water rescue teams.” Some 2,800 North Carolina National Guardsmen were actively aiding rescue and relief efforts Sunday with another 1,000 on standby.

September 17, 2018
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Context Constitution Day: Women see need of revising citizenship-related discriminatory provision

Biratnagar,-The nation is all geared up for celebrating the third Constitution Day marking the promulgation

Biratnagar,-The nation is all geared up for celebrating the third Constitution Day marking the promulgation of the constitution through the historic Constituent Assembly on September 20, 2015.The first constitution of the federal democratic republic of Nepal is taken as a progressive and inclusive one in multiple ways as it was drafted by the people’s representatives. The very beginning of its preamble says, “We, the sovereign people of Nepal…” The country had already recorded the successful completions of three layers of elections ( local, province and center), held in course of implementing the country’s main law that has guaranteed proportional representatives of women, marginalized and other backward communities in every State apparatus. It has ensured the 33 per cent women participation in the every State bodies; recognizing the rights of mother’s to pass the citizenship to her offspring which was just a dream for Nepali women in the past.

The successful holding of three-tier election was itself a grave challenge for political parties at the time. The Nepali people, through the twin federal and province elections held in two rounds gave the two-third majority to the Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) which led to the formation of the (incumbent) government headed by one of the party chairs KP Sharma Oli. With these political developments in the nation, political agenda have been pacified and the governments from the center to local are committed to trnsforming the overall status of the country in to a prosperous one by making the people happy. But women still see the need of revisions in the fundamental law of Nepal due to some citizenship-related provisions discriminating against them.

Women, Peace, Research and Development Center central chair and advocate Sanju Shah said, “The constitution has guaranteed the citizenship in mother’s or father’s name. But some conditions attached to it are enough to say that it has not accepted the independent identity of mothers.” The country’s main law seeks the presence of father in the citizenship this or that way, despite enshrining the women’s equal lineage right without gender-based discrimination. Nepali women wishing to pass the citizenship to her children (by descent) shall prove that the child’s father is a Nepali citizen or mention that the father is unknown or not traced. The condition put under the Article 11 (5) of constitution reads, “Provided that his or her father is held to be a foreign citizen, the citizenship of such person shall be converted into naturalized citizenship as provided for in the Federal law. There are other some discriminatory provisions as well. She insisted on the need of ensuring the women’s 33 per cent participation at the decision making levels. “The constitution is not liberal to the upliftment and capacity enhancement of Madhesi dalit women.

Inruwa based senior advocate Kedar Bhadari said that though there were some misunderstandings among some political parties in course of promulgating the constitution, political parties have agreed to amend the discriminatory provisions regarding the citizenships. Province 1 provincial assembly member Sabitra Kumari Regmi said although the constitution has been successful in establishing many rights of the women, their proportional rights in terms of population have not yet been secured. She called for amending the constitution ensuring the offspring the right to citizenship in the mother’s name, stressing on the full implementation of the constitution and ensuring complete rights to women.

Morang District president of the Federal Socialist Forum Nepal, Raj Kumar Yadav, called for amending the present constitution to ensure identity-based federalism, inclusive democracy, proportional inclusiveness, formation of 11 provinces based on recognition of national identity and rights and to incorporate autonomous region, protected area and the non-geographical special area as political structure. A 501-member Constitution Day Celebration Main Committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of Province 1 Chief Minister Sherdhan Rai to mark the constitution day in Province 1 in a grand manner on September 19.

Various programmes as publication of articles in newspapers and broadcasting talks on topics related to the constitution on radio and television have been planned on September 17 and 18 to mark the Constitution Day while a mass assembly would be organized at the local stadium on September 19, Spokesman at the Provincial Ministry of Internal Affairs and Law, Rabinra Acharya, said. A management committee has also been formed with Province 1 Government Chief Secretary, Kedar Prasad Neupane, for the celebration of the Constitution Day.

September 17, 2018
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FSFN not to mark Constitution Day as ‘black day’

Kathmandu, -The Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN) has made it clear it has not taken

Kathmandu, -The Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN) has made it clear it has not taken any decision to mark ‘black day’ anytime soon citing an understanding has been made with the parties in the ruling coalition regarding amending the constitution. Through a press release it issued today, the FSFN stated that it has not made any decision recently to participate in programmes like marking ‘black day’ despite its prevailing reservations, protests and dissent towards the Constitution of Nepal promulgated from the Constituent Assembly.

It is also stated in the press release that the party has been struggling in support of the Madhesi, indigenous nationalities, dalits, women, Khas, Tharu, Mislims among the exploited and oppressed people, besides the establishment of the federal democratic republic Nepal. “An understanding has been reached between our party and the parties in the government for securing additional rights while correcting the shortcomings in the constitution through amendment and at the same time protecting the already-achieved rights,” the press release undersigned by party’s deputy general secretary Prakash Adhikari reads. The FSFN’s press release comes in the context of rumours that the party was marking the Constitution Day on September 19 as black day to protest the constitution.

September 17, 2018
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Scrub typhus detected in 145 people

Chitwan- A total of 145 out of 802 people whose blood was checked in the

Chitwan- A total of 145 out of 802 people whose blood was checked in the past two months have tested positive for scrub typhus, said the District Public Health Office, Chitwan.
Those infected with the disease include 50 from Chitwan, 37 from Nawalparasi, 22 from Gorkha and 36 from other districts.

The total 184 people were found infected with the disease during the same period last year. Scrub typhus, also known as bush typhus, is a disease caused by bacteria called Orientia tsutsugamushi. It is spread to people through bites of infected larval mites.
Meanwhile, dengue has been detected in nine people among 561 whose blood was tested, said the DPHO. Those infected people include four from Chitwan, two from Nawalparasi and Gorkha each and one from Rupandehi.

September 17, 2018
PUBLISHED ON: September 17, 2018

NEPSE sees slight fall

Kathmandu- The domestic stock market that closed with the records of a double-digit rise on

Kathmandu- The domestic stock market that closed with the records of a double-digit rise on Sunday, the first trading day of the week, suffered a slight fall today. The Nepal Stock Exchange (NEPSE) Index today decreased by 0.31 points compared to the previous day to sit at 1256.40 points.

The sensitive index that measures the share values of ‘A’ class companies fell 0.49 points to reach at 266.44 points. The total turnover in today’s share market was Rs 687,688,653 where 2,425,303 units of share of a total 167 companies were traded. Though the fall in NEPSE index, the turnover amount had increased today.

September 17, 2018
PUBLISHED ON: September 17, 2018

One foreign national dead, eight injured in jeep accident

Okhaldhunga,-A foreign tourist was killed and eight Nepalis were injured in a jeep accident at

Okhaldhunga,-A foreign tourist was killed and eight Nepalis were injured in a jeep accident at Ghurmi at Udayapur district today. The foreign national has been identified as Hules Stevels whose nationality has not been known, according to Ghurmi Traffic Police In-charge Ram Kumar Shah. Of the eight others injured in the incident, all are Nepalis. Two of the injured are in very critical condition and preparations were being made to send them to Kathmandu for further treatment, shared In-charge Shah.

The incident took place when a jeep (Na 2 Ja 7969) travelling to Okhaldhunga from Kathmandu met with an accident nearby Ghurmi Bazar at Katari Municipality-14 in the district, according to the District Police Office, Udayapur. The jeep had fallen some 100 metres off the road.

September 17, 2018
PUBLISHED ON: September 17, 2018

Border security police rescue 206 women and children

Biratnagar,-The Border Security Police station at Rani Biratnagar has rescued 206 women in the last

Biratnagar,-The Border Security Police station at Rani Biratnagar has rescued 206 women in the last one year. Among the rescued people in that period are 106 women, 64 girls and 36 boys. They were rescued while being trafficked to India, police said.

According to police, they were lured by middlemen and being taken to India under dubious pretexts and the border police intercepted and rescued them. They were handed over to their guardians, police said. Representatives of Maiti Nepal, KI Nepal and Sana Haat Nepal were involved in interrogating these women and children at the border point, it is stated.

September 17, 2018
PUBLISHED ON: September 17, 2018

Govt to provide foreign investment security: Transport Minister Mahaseth

Kathmandu- Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Raghubir Mahaseth today assured that the government would

Kathmandu- Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Raghubir Mahaseth today assured that the government would provide overall foreign investment security. He made this statement at the inaugural ceremony of the two days international automobile conference organised here jointly by the Nepal Automobile Sports Association (NASA) and the Federation International de I’Automobile (FIA).

On the occasion, the Minister requested the FIA to invest in Nepal, while saying the government has a focus on road construction and expansion and railway operation. Likewise, Mike Noon, President of the FIA Region II, said the FIA has been prioritising the development of roads, tourism and sports, all as the means of economic development of the world. Total 60 representatives from altogether 25 countries participated in the conference.

September 17, 2018
PUBLISHED ON: September 17, 2018

PM assures of justice to Nirmala’s parents

Kathmandu-Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has urged the family members of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur

Kathmandu-Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has urged the family members of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur to rest assured of action against the culprit (s) responsible for Nirmala’s rape and murder whatever the post they hold. PM Oli said this during a meeting with Nirmala’s parents and lawmakers from Province 7. They had gone to meet the PM at the Prime Minister’s residence at Baluwatar today calling for expediting the investigations into the murder case and to take action against the culprits. On the occasion, Prime Minister Oli reiterated that the guilty persons cannot escape the law no matter how powerful they are in terms of money, strength, affiliation to a certain political party or post. Stating that he has directed the Ministry of Home Affairs from the beginning for carrying out a foolproof investigation and harsh action in connection to this incident as it was a heinous crime and a blot on humanity itself, the Executive Chief said the district-based then security officials have been suspended as the investigations carried out by them and their activities were found suspicious.

He added that lately a powerful investigation committee under the coordination of a Deputy Inspector General of Police has been formed to probe into this incident. “The task of finding out the culprits of this incident was delayed as we relied on the local police in the initial phase of the investigations. The police officers might have committed mistakes or cheated. But one cannot squarely blame anyone without the completion of the investigations. Therefore, the state will look into the matter. The state takes legal action even without having to organise a demonstration or procession. We cannot even think of protecting the culprits,” the Prime Minister insisted. Cautioning against taking such criminal incidents and mindset as normal, PM Oli said the guilty will not be let go scot-free. Nirmala’s dead body was found in a sugarcane field in Kanchanpur on July 26.

Nirmala’s mother, Durga Maya, said that they were compelled to come to the Prime Minister seeking justice and action against the culprits as no culprit has been traced and taken action on even after 60 days of Nirmala’s murder. Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) leader Bhim Bahadur Rawal said the government should leave no stone untirned to bring to book the culprits involved in Nirmala’s murder. Nepali Congress leader Narayan Prakash Saud said all the political parties including the main opposition party were working to provide justice to the Kanchanpur locals and to maintain peace in the community in the aftermath of this incident. He called on the government to find out the culprits and take action against them.

September 17, 2018
PUBLISHED ON: September 17, 2018

22nd National Women’s Volleyball Tournament from October 9

Baglung- The 22nd National Women’s Volleyball Tournament is scheduled to take place at Galkot in

Baglung- The 22nd National Women’s Volleyball Tournament is scheduled to take place at Galkot in Baglung from October 9-13. To be organised by the Nepal Volleyball Association with the assistance from Galkot Municipality and the District Volleyball Association, Baglung, the total 10 teams from all seven provinces will participate, said the district volleyball association’s President Yam Shrish.

The total expenditure to run the tournament is expected to be Rs 2 million. “The contest will help promote commercial sports as well as help boost sport tourism,” said Shrish at an event organised to inform about the competition. The participating teams will be categorized into two groups. The best 24 players will be inducted into the national team, said the volleyball association. The winner will be given Rs 50,000 in cash, while first runner up Rs 30,000 and second runner up Rs 20,000. The best player will be handed out Rs 10,000.

September 17, 2018
PUBLISHED ON: September 17, 2018

Biratnagar to get slaughterhouse in two years

Biratnagar,-A well-equipped slaughterhouse will be constructed in Biratnagar Metropolitan City within two years, said the

Biratnagar,-A well-equipped slaughterhouse will be constructed in Biratnagar Metropolitan City within two years, said the metropolis mayor Bhim Parajuli. Rs 12 million has been set aside in the current fiscal year (2075/76) for the building of a slaughterhouse in the Metrpolis-8, he informed at a programme here.

On the occasion, Tirthraj Regmi, programme director of the Heifer International Nepal, stressed the need for constructing a well-equipped slaughterhouse to supply healthy and quality meat. The event was apprised of the supply and demand for meat in Province 1.

September 17, 2018
PUBLISHED ON: September 17, 2018

Woman killed by elephant

Parsa, -A woman was killed in an elephant attack here last night. The District Police

Parsa, -A woman was killed in an elephant attack here last night. The District Police Office, Parsa confirmed the death of Rajina Waiba, 23, of Nuwakot in the incident.

An elephant from the Parsa Wildlife Reserve attacked the woman to death at Thori rural municipality as she was returning to her room from an eatery house at Thori-3 where she was a workerOver five people are being killed by attacks from wild elephants every year at Thori. Elephants from the reserve come here at night in search for food, police said.

September 17, 2018
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