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Bachelor’s degree to be made of three years: VC Prof Dr Baral

Published Date : February 23, 2024

            Kirtipur, Feb 23 : Newly appointed Vice-Chancellor of the Tribhuvan University (TU), Prof Dr Keshar Jung Baral said the Bachelor’s level programme would be again revised to be of the ‘three years’.

            It may be noted that the Tribhuvan University (TU) had initiated the four-year Bachelor’s degree programme at the Department of Management since the academic year of 2071/72 BS.

            After assuming the office at the TU’s central office today, Vice-Chancellor Baral said the four-year Bachelor’s programme has added investment burden of the students and guardians and also caused inconvenience to the TU in its work operations.

            “The four-year programme was designed to adapt to the foreign education system. But, several countries, including neighbouring India and European nations are still adopting three-year Bachelor’s degree”, he noted.

            Sharing that some countries, including the United States are running four-year Bachelor’s degree, he said, “Additional one year honorary programme could be run for the students completing three-year Bachelor’s degree and aspiring for pursuing four-year degree at abroad”.

            However, the bachelor’s programme of some subjects could be of four-year due to subject specialization, he noted. Pointing out that there has been quite nominal enrollment in some educational programmes of the University and some have even zero number of students, he said the Faculty of Humanities now has lesser enrollment of students compared to other educational programmes.

            VC Baral further said the Humanities would be restructured as a multi-disciplinary liberal art allowing enrollment of aspirants from other faculties and programme in a bid to resolve the problem. Likewise, the programmes of education faculty would also be restructured in a way to allow students to come from other subjects, he added.

            Outgoing acting VC Shivalal Bhusal along with other senior officials had welcomed the newly appointed VC Baral.


Snowfall occurs in Dasharath Chand, Jaya Prithvi highways

Baitadi, Feb 23: With the rainfall in the districts of Sudurpaschim Province, snowfall has occurred in different places of Dasharath Chand and Jaya Prithvi highways from Thursday afternoon. 

Spokesperson of District Police office Police Inspector Nandaraj Joshi said that snowfall has taken place in Khodpe, Anarkholi, Harichan, Dudilakhan, Dholyamode, Bithad and other areas.

Vehicular movement along the highways was disrupted for some time on Thursday due to heavy snow.

Meanwhile, the farmers in the districts of Sudurpaschim Province are elated hoping that the winter crop will yield better with the happening of snowfall. This is the second time the district witnessed snowfall in this winter. Earlier, snowfall had occurred in the first week of February.

Lalbandi Mahotsav kicks off

Sarlahi, Feb 23: In a bid to promoting local market and enhancing tourism, the first Lalbandi Mahotsav (fair) has started at Radhakrishna stadium in Lalbandi Municipality, Sarlahi. The Mahotsav shall continue until March 5.

Minister for Industry, Commerce and Tourism of Madhes Province, Sunita Yadav, inaugurated the fair on Thursday.

Business activities, musical and cultural events, local cuisines, sports activities and many others would be performed in the fair.

In the inaugural session, Mayor of Lalbandi Municipality Basudev Adhikari, Chief District Officer of Sarlahi Komal Prasad Dhamala, Chairman of Lalbandi Chamber of Commerce and Industry Dipendra Balampaki and others were present.

The fair has dozens of stalls of agricultural and other products for exhibition and business.

Balkumari incident: CPN (US) asks govt to make report of probe commission public

Kathmandu, Feb 23: The secretariat meeting of the CPN (Unified Socialist) has asked the government to immediately release the report of the probe commission formed by the government in relation to Balkumari incident.

The meeting held on Thursday has agreed to take further decision on party’s participation in the present government or on recalling Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Prakash Jwala only after studying the commission’s report, party’s central publicity department’s chief Jagannath Khatiwada said.

The Home Ministry had formed a three-member committee to investigate into the Balkumari incident that took place on December 29, 2023 where two youths were killed in police firings following a demonstration on Korean Language Test (KLT) exam.

It is said that contemporary political situation of the country, government’s performance, issues of the usury victims, party’s roles on maintaining good-governance and others were discussed in the party meeting.


Organic Agriculture Fair begins in Butwal

Lumbini, Feb 23: The National Organic Agriculture Fair started on Thursday in Butwal. The fair is aimed at increasing and promoting the production of organic agricultural products. 

Minister for Agriculture and Land Management of Lumbini Province Mandarilal Ahir inaugurated the fair on Thursday and emphasized the need of collaboration among policymakers, officials and farmers to achieve expected progress in agriculture.

Likewise, Chairman of Butwal Chamber of Commerce and Industry Hari Prasad Aryal stated that reforms in agriculture sector were needed to increase share of agriculture in national economy.

Province Assembly Member Bishnu Panthi, Deputy Mayor of Butwal Sub-Metropolitan City Sabitra Devi Aryal, Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Management of Lumbini Province Namrata Singh and other speakers called for more investment from the government in agriculture for its commercial development and modernization.

Organized by Ministry of Agriculture and Land Management of Lumbini Province and Butwal Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the five-day-long fair will conclude on February 26.

The Butwal Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been organizing the agriculture fair in the town since 2006.

In the fair, the consumers will be shared information on organic agricultural goods, livestock and fish products along with promotion of organic agriculture system and promotion of good practices in agriculture, modern technology, agriculture tools and others.

The organizers said that crop test camp would be run today and tomorrow, and soil test camp will be held for three days beginning Saturday.

Bridge over Lo Manthang River constructed

Myagdi, Feb 23: A motorable bridge over Lo Manthang River along the Kaligandaki corridor in Upper Mustang has been constructed. With the construction of the bridge, road network along the Beni-Jomsom-Korola has become more accessible.

Developers involved in the bridge construction shared that the bridge developed with the investment of Rs 46.8 million can be run in all seasons.  

Information Officer of Beni-Jomsom-Korola Road Project Engineer Bishnu Chapagain said the bridge was handed over to the concerned side after the completion.

According to Chapagain, a total of six motorable bridges have been constructed along the 202 kms long road from Beni to Korola. 

The Project has signed contract agreements with different companies for the construction of five more bridges allocating Rs 316.2 million in budget along the route.

Free orthopedic surgical camp run in Doti

Doti, Feb 23: More than 1,600 people received health care services from a free orthopedic surgical health camp run in Doti District Hospital for five days.   

The camp concluded on Thursday provided health care services to a total of 1,685 local people along with surgeries of 77 patients.

Chief of Doti District Hospital Dr Sujat Kumar Mandal said the economically poor people who were deprived of health care services for long hugely benefited from the health camp.

Some 25 medical practitioners including Senior Orthopedic Surgeon Prakash Gyawali of Nepal Orthopedic Hospital, Kathmandu, provided treatments to the patients. 

The health camp was organized by Rotary Club of Kathmandu, Nepal Orthopedic Hospital, Dipayal Silgadhi Municipality and Doti District Hospital with support from Med-solutions Foundation, Switzerland.

Weather will improve gradually, Meteorological Forecasting Division says

Kathmandu, Feb 23: Sporadic rainfall is likely at some places and weather shall remain cloudy at different places in the country today as well due to a partial impact of the westerly low pressure system (also known as western disturbance) in the weather, according to the Meteorological Forecasting Division of the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology.

According to the Division, the weather is cloudy in the country’s hilly region including in the Koshi Province at present and the weather is expected to remain clear from Saturday.

The weather in the Kathmandu Valley is clear from early morning today after the slight rain occurred on Thursday evening.

The Division has forecasted that the weather shall remain partly to generally cloudy in the hilly areas of Koshi and Gandaki provinces; partly cloudy in the hilly regions of Bagmati, Karnali and Sudur Pashchim provinces and mainly fair in the rest of the country. “Light rain is possible at one or two places of hilly regions of Koshi and Gandaki provinces,” according to the Division.

Likewise, chances of light snowfall at a few places of the high hilly and mountainous regions are predicted today.

Farmers in Solu happy with snowfall        

            Salleri (Solukhumbu), Feb 23: The farmers of Solukhumbu are happy with the rain coupled with snowfall. The district had being suffering from drought for a long time and the rain with snowfall on Thursday brought cheers to the face of the farmers. The wheat crop is likely to benefit while farmers can now plant other food crops.

            Lhakpa Sherpa, a farmer of Salleri, said that the land was dry due to lack of winter rain but rain and snowfall though late has provided some relief.

            Likewise, Keshav Prasad Koirala of Panchan said that the crops were drying up and the land turning into a desert. “Yesterday’s rain brought happiness to the farmers through it did not rain enough to soak the land,” he said. Farmers now hope that the crops that have dried up due to drought will flourish due to the rain.

            Meanwhile, tourists who reached the Everest region are also happy after the snowfall. Dati Sherpa of Lukla said that Khumbu region is finally looking like Khumbu in real. We are happy and the tourists too also enjoying the snow, along with mountains are covered with snow visible from Lukla.

Man arrested for abuse through social media       

            Kathmandu, Feb 23: Police have arrested a person on the charge of character assassination of a woman through the social media.

            Kiran Thapa,27 of Shivapuri rural municipality-4 in Nuwakot was arrested following a complaint filed against him by the victim. The accused reportedly sent intimate photos and videos taken while he was in a good relationship with the woman to the woman’s family members through Facebook messenger after the relationship with him broke down.

            The accused was arrested from Gongbu in Kathmandu following an investigation into the complaint conducted by the Cyber Bureau team of Nepal Police, according to the Nepal Police central news room.

UML’s demand to table the report on Balkumari incident in the House

            Kathmandu, Feb 23: The main opposition CPN (UML) has demanded that the government table the report of the commission formed to investigate the fatal incident that took place in Balkumari of Lalitpur. It may be noted that the incident on December 29, 2023 lead to the death of two job aspirants.

            At the beginning of today’s meeting of the House of Representatives, UML MP Yogesh Kumar Bhattarai demanded that the report be made public. He argued that since the commission found the Minister of Physical, Infrastructure and Transport guilty in the incident, he cannot remain in office while the Home Minister who commands the security agencies should take moral responsibility for the incident.

            The report of commission should be made public immediately and the recommendations should be implemented.MP Bhattarai, who is UML Secretary, also said that when the minister who was summoned for a statement by the CIAA over the irregularities in the procurement of Telecommunication Traffic Monitoring and Fraud Control System could not remain in office on moral grounds.

            Minister of Health and Population Mohan Bahadur Basnet should pave the way for the CIAA to conduct investigation fairly, he argued.

            Furthermore, Bhattarai argued that Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Sudan Kiranti should not remain in office, as irregularities have been reported in renting out the Ramgram area, with relics of Lord Gautam Buddha, for commercial purposes.

NA Chair Timilsina calls on President Paudel

            Kathmandu, Feb 23: National Assembly (NA) Chairperson, Ganesh Prasad Timilsina, today paid a courtesy call on President Ramchandra Paudel.

            In the meeting held at the Office of the President, Shital Niwas, the two exchanged views on contemporary issues, according to the President’s Secretariat. The term of NA Chair Timilsina is ending on coming March 3.

HoR meeting adjourned due to obstruction of opposition parties

            Kathmandu, Feb 23: The meeting today of the House of Representatives has been postponed for 15 minutes due to the obstruction by the opposition parties including the main opposition CPN (UML).

            Speaker Devraj Ghimire announced the adjournment of the meeting for 15 minutes after MPs from the UML, Rastriya Swatantra Party, Rastriya Prajatantra Party among others raised various issues and resorted to sloganeering.

             Despite repeated request from Speaker Ghimire to help in the running the House, the MPs stood up from their seats, leading to the adjournment.

Major political parties  hold meetings focusing on Mission-84

            Kathmandu, Feb 23: Major political parties held meetings and gatherings amidst the winter session of the Federal Parliament.  Those gatherings were primarily focused on framing strategies and exploring ways for garnering majority in the upcoming (2084 BS) parliamentary elections.Through such sittings, political parties endorsed resolutions for establishing political stability and bringing prosperity to the nation.

             The three major political parties: ruling Nepali Congress and the CPN (Maoist Centre) and the major opposition CPN-UML introduced the respective political, organizational, policy-level and economic proposals and formulated ‘ambitious’ plans with an aim of securing majority in the upcoming elections.  

            Not only these  major political parties, lately emerged Rastriya Swatantra Party (RSP) also has come up with the Mission-2084 campaign, targeting the next parliamentary election going to be held in 2084 BS.  The party has launched a pressure-exerting campaign, seeking the acceleration of delayed projects.

             In the Nepali Congress Mahasamiti meeting that concluded on Thursday, party General Secretary, Gagan Kumar Thapa, expressed his hope that the party will emerge as the largest party through the upcoming election.

             The party said it is determined to reach provinces, districts, each electoral constituency, local levels, settlements, communities and the people’s door steps with strategies, policies and programmes that the mega gathering endorsed targeting the 2084 BS parliamentary elections.

            It is learnt that meetings and gatherings of major parties spent time to discuss about the intra-party affairs, discipline, people’s expectations and opinions towards them and future course of action.

             As the party claimed, those events concluded with the commitments for contributing additionally to achieve political stability, to enact laws and implement people’s-centric programmes. 

            CPN (UML) leader Hemrai Rai during the party’s three-day Central Committee meeting that concluded on Thursday, said the party received submissions with potential ways for further strengthening the party by putting an end to organizational ‘anarchy.  As he said, an upcoming meeting of the party Secretariat will present a synthesized report regarding the submissions.

            He also took time to accuse the government of overlooking the people’s problems. As he said, the incumbent government has failed to control price rise and the supplies of good in the black market.

              As he said, the government policies and decisions regarding the nationality, development and economic aspects are weak. 

            The central gathering also agreed to implement the ideologies endorsed and directed by the 10th General Convention and to be strict against indiscipline and anarchy seen within the party.  The party has planned to effectively launch the ‘mission grassroots’ campaign, he said.

             “Political and ideological clarity and the common understanding of the goals are necessary to meet the objectives of Mission-84,” he asserted.  

            It may be noted that the party in last December, held the political campaign targeting the mid-hill highway zone and during the campaign, UML leaders interacted with the communities in 26 districts along the highway.

            Meanwhile, the CPN (Maoist Centre) had launched a four-month ‘ Maoist with People’s transformation campaign’  beginning on September 2, 2023 .  According to party Chief Whip Hitaraj Pandey the recent meeting reviewed the ripple of the transformation campaign deeply.

            The CPN (Maoist Centre)’s Statute Convention and the Central Committee meeting were concluded few days back and presently Standing Committee meeting is underway.  According to Pandey, those two meetings held a critical review over multiple-dimensions within the party. 

            The meeting decided to motivate those who deliver for the party and to seek explanation from those not delivering satisfactorily or to take action those who do not perform well on the assigned responsibilities, he said.

            Although the statute convention is being held regularly or routinely, the meeting decided to cut down the number of party’s committees. The decision was made to correct the tendency and character of those leaders and cadres of the party who prefer to secure a berth for themselves in the higher committees of the party, but find it difficult to deliver in the field among the people.

            The CPN (Maoist) is going to organize Tarai-Madhesh Awareness campaign from March 14-28 this year considering the fact that the party has tremendous potential and scope in the Tarai-Madhesh belt. The campaign will see participation of party chairperson as well as office-bearers and will begin from Jhapa district and run through Kanchanpur district, said Chief Whip Pandey.

            Similarly, the party is launching Himal-Pahad-Tarai Madhesh National Unity Campaign. Emphasis will be laid on making party cadres and leaders more responsible and ensure party’s outreach among the people. Chief Whip Pandey opined that what people were concerned whether their priorities and expectations would be addressed in budgeting.

            The major motto of the campaign is to identify the problems and address the needs of the people by connecting the party with the people, he said. It is expected that the campaign would help put an end to the narrative in the Nepali society-‘All political parties and leaders are same’- he expressed his belief.

            “People had cast their ballot to the party in 2064 BS’s election since the party had remained close to people during people’s movement and prominently raised the issues concerning oppressed, underprivileged communities, geographically backward communities and fulfillment of duties and compliance with the disciplines were put to practice.

             Now it is believed that the campaign would be worthwhile to improve the situation of lack of adherence to discipline and division within the party,” he observed. Nepali Congress leader Rajendra Kumar KC commented that the party received suggestions and advises from Mahasamiti to adopt future policies and strategies to address the contemporary political issues and to establish the party as the popular one among the people.

            “It is normal to have ideological conflict and churning of ideas in a democratic party. Members presented their ideas from viewpoint regarding what kind of strategies and programmes should be implemented by the party to make it stronger,” he shared.

            Discussions were held from various angles about the steps to be taken by the party for good governance and prosperity at the time when the country was in economic crisis, said leader KC, adding that a lot of discussions were held in the meeting on a wide range of issues pertaining to agriculture, livelihood, employment, strengthening economy among others.

            NC was suggested to proceed concretely while optimizing natural resources in the country considering agriculture as a base, mobilizing the resources of tourism development and employing/re-integrating returnee Nepali migrant workers.

            The meeting also decided that NC would adopt policy to implement above-mentioned agendas and to direct the incumbent government of which it is also a coalition partner to adopt similar policies.The party concluded that the incumbent coalition government, entering electoral alliance for the last parliamentary election in 2022, should last as a stable government for next four years.

            The Mahasmiti meeting, lasting four-days and attended by over 2,200 delegates, has expressed its commitment to give continuous support and endorsement to the incumbent government to ensure good-governance and prosperity in the country.  The three major political parties, in view of the upcoming parliamentary elections, have decided to adopt strategies to reach out to public through various campaigns.

             Likewise, Janata Samajbadi Party’s leader Nawal Kishore Shah Sudi said Thursday’s meeting of the CEC discussed holding upcoming national convention in Janakpur, the capital city of Madhesh Province by mid-June this year, apart from major issues and agendas of the party and people.

Eight Nepali nationals deported from US  

            Kathmandu, Feb 23: Eight Nepali nationals who had reached the US using illegal routes have been deported back to the country.

            Spokesman of Nepal Police Anti-Human Trafficking Bureau, Superintendent of Police, Gyanendra Prasad Phuyal told RSS that the US government had sent them back to Kathmandu on a chartered flight.

            “Eight Nepalis who had reached the US using illegal routes were back to Kathmandu on Thursday”, he said. Further investigation is underway into the matter, including to how they reached the US.

New TU VC Baral pledges to implement new academic calendar          

            Kathmandu, Feb 23: Newly appointed Vice-Chancellor of Tribhuvan University (TU) Prof Dr Keshar Jung Baral asserted that his first priority will be to develop an academic calendar and ensure its full implementation.

            Talking to  on Thursday evening upon his appointment to the post, new VC Baral reiterated, “The need of the hour is to make annual academic calendar and to fully implement it. It is my first priority.”

            Stating that the TU was the largest structured organization and there were innumerable works relating to its reforms, Baral pledged to deliver for timely holding of exams and result publication. “Apart from this, to update the TU’s syllabus is also my priority,” he added.

            Baral was appointed to the post by Prime Minister and Chancellor of the University Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’.

            The newly appointed VC of the oldest university in the country received his appointment letter today itself, according to the PM Secretariat. He is scheduled to assume office at Kirtipur today itself.

12th session of Bagamati PA called for Feb 27

            Makwanpur, Feb 23: Chief of Bagamati Province, Yadav Chandra Sharma, has summoned the 13th session of the Bagamati Province Assembly, for 3:00 pm on coming February 27.

            Earlier, the province government recommended the Province Chief to summon the PA session and it was called for the given date following the completion of constitutional procedures, according to Province Chief Secretariat Spokesperson Govinda Prasad Poudel.

Three dead, one injured in road accident

            Morang, Feb 23: Three minors died and a person got injured when a lorry overturned in a road off the main highway at Budhiganga rural municipality-4 in Morang district today.

According to DSP Ranjan Kumar Dahal at the District Police Office, Morang, the lorry with the registration no R J 29 GB 1561 from India and carrying marble stones overturned, fatally trampling four-year-olds Isita Adhikari and Nishant Adhikari and eight-year-old Riha Khawas. They were local residents of place where the accident took place.

Meanwhile, injured in the incident, 60-year-old Mr Jyoti Adhikari is currently undergoing treatment at Birat Teaching Hospital, police said. 

DSP Dahal said that police have arrested the lorry’s driver and forwarded investigation into the incident.

MNNMF to honour four including former President Yadav, righ activist Ghimire

            Kathmandu, Feb 23: The Mahendra Narayan Nidhi Memorial Foundation (MNNMF) has decided to honour first President of republic of Nepal, Dr Ram Baran Yadav, with this year’s (2080 BS) Mahendra Narayan Nidhi National Award.

            According to Foundation Chair Purushottam Dahal, the Foundation decided to honour the first President in recognition of his significant role in drafting and promulgating the constitution of federal democratic republic Nepal and of his outstanding contribution to Nepal’s democratic movement spanning around five decades.

            Likewise, the same award for the previous year (2079 BS) is to be conferred on senior freedom fighter and former minister Yog Prasad Upadhyay.

ABC Nepal’s founding chair and rights activist Durga Ghimire and first Nepali tabala player and the noted practitioner of classical music, Sarita Mishra, have been selected for the Premsagari Devi Nidhi National Award for the years 2080 and 2079 BS, respectively.

            Each award carries a purse of Rs 101,000.

The award handover ceremony will be held on February 15 that marks the 103rd birth anniversary of late Mahendra Narayan Nidhi. Earlier, an award selection committee coordinated by former Chief Secretary Dr Bimal Koirala was formed to make the recommendations for nominees of awards.


NA endorses bill relating to legislation         

            Kathmandu, Feb 23:  The upper house has endorsed the bill relating to legislation. A meeting of the National Assembly (NA) today endorsed the proposal tabled by Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Dhanraj Gurung, seeking the passage of the bill.

            The document was passed unanimously. Prior to the endorsement, Maya Prasad Sharma, Tulasa Kumari Dahal, Madan Kumari Shah ‘Garima’, Prakash Panth, Suresh Kumar Alemagar and Devendra Dahal took part in the deliberations on the bill.

            Similarly, in the meeting, Finance Minister Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat presented the ‘ Secured Transaction Act (first amendment) Bill, 2080 BS’.

Earlier, airing their views in the special hour of the meeting, lawmakers said it was unfortunate that victims of usury had to gather in the federal capital in the pursuit of justice.

            They demanded the effective implementation of laws against usury to ensure complete justice to the victims. The NA shall meet again at 11:01 am on February 26.

Formulation of laws top priority of incumbent govt: Minister Gurung

            Kathmandu, Feb 23:  Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Dhanraj Gurung, asserted devising laws to implement federalism and constitution was the topmost priority of the incumbent government.

            He said so while responding to the questions of the parliamentarians in today’s meeting of the National Assembly on the resolution proposal regarding formulation of laws to enforce fundamental rights.Stating that discussion on the same was held earlier, the Minister shared that Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has already expressed his viewpoint on the proposal on the behalf of the government.

            He reiterated that the formulation of laws was highly prioritized by the incumbent by making an action-plan for implementation of constitution and thus viewed that it was a shared responsibility of all.The Minister informed that so far 131 new laws had been formulated, 46 old ones were amended and 13 Nepal Acts were revised.

            In the meeting, lawmaker Dil Kumari Rawal Thapa had presented the resolution proposal-“Formulating the remaining laws for implementation of fundamental rights by September 19, 2024.”

            In the meeting, parliamentarians Devendra Dahal, Anita Devkota, Gopi Bahadur Sarki Achhami, Mohammad Khalid, Shekhar Kumar Singh, Dr Bimala Rai Paudyal and Khimlal Devkota, who seconded the proposal, had also aired their respective views.The proposal was unanimously endorsed by the meeting.

‘Conservation of Chure must for lasting solution of drinking water problems’

            Kathmandu, Feb 23: Minister for Water Supply, Mahindra Raya Yadav, has viewed conservation of Chure region is the lasting solution of drinking water problems in Tarai-Madhes.

            As the Chure region enables natural recharge of water, its conservation helps address problems of drinking water, which is increasingly being acute in Tarai-Madhes, Minister Yadav underlined.

            He said it while informing the parliament on Friday. Efforts were underway for long-term solution of drinking water problems in Tarai-Madhes, according to him.

            Responding to queries raised by lawmakers in the second meeting of the House of Representatives, Minister Yadav shared that discussion was held with Forest Ministry and Energy Ministry for the same. He added that the Ministry also discussed with Finance Ministry for the arrangement of budget required to complete the construction of drinking water tanks in Tarai-Madhes to address the pressing problem.

Good governance is base of socialism: PM Dahal

            Kathmandu, Feb 23: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has viewed the journey begun for good governance, social justice and prosperity is the journey of socialism.

            Good governance is a foundation of socialism, while corruption control is must for building good governance, PM Dahal stressed while addressing a programmne here Friday. “Socialism is unachievable unless the rights of poor and peasants are addressed,” he asserted.

            The PM further said everyone should be entitled to wage proportionate to their works. “Good governance, social justice and journey of prosperity are therefore interlinked,” he buttressed.

            According to him, country got federal democratic republic based on workers’ unity, right thoughts and leadership. He urged the audience not to take negatively the sacrifice in various movements, but mull the achievements in the fronts of inclusion- rights of women, indigenous, Madhesi and Muslims. Present situation is resulted after the sacrifices of martyr, PM Dahal reminded.

            The workers and peasants are the leaders of socialist revolution, he said, suggesting the workers to be clear in thoughts. On the occasion, the PM stated that some reactionary forces were trying to challenge the present achievement of federal democratic republic which must be frustrated.

            The backlogs of transitional justice would be sorted out after making a law on it, which, he argued, would ensure reparation and respect to the conflict victims.

Education should ensure employability: CM Sharma

            Karnali, Feb 23: Chief Minister of Karnali Province, Raj Kumar Sharma, has pointed out the need of education that ensures employability, thereby bringing meaningful change in human life.

            Addressing the 13th anniversary of Kopila Valley School at Birendranagar on Friday, Chief Minister Sharma underlined the relevance of education, its positive impact on human life and connection to evolving information and technology.

            “Our educational institutions should be therefore produce capable human resources that can contribute well to country’s development”, he reminded.

            He expressed happiness that the Kopila Valley School had been imparting education connecting it to labour, skill, technology and culture. Shared roles of all bodies concerned are indispensable for upgrading and reinforcing educational sector, Sharma added.

            On the occasion, Chief of the District Coordination Committee, Surkhet, Ganga Ram Sunar, shared that Kopila Valley School had become a boon for educational development of Karnali and for the children of underprivileged communities. 

            The school was established in 2067 BS.

PM Dahal congratulates newly appointed VC Baral

            Kathmandu, Feb 23: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has congratulated the newly appointed Vice Chancellor of Tribhuvan University, Prof Dr Keshar Jung Baral, and wished him successful tenure.

            PM Dahal extended congratulations during the meeting VC Baral had with the former on Friday. On the occasion, VC Dr Baral vowed his endeavour for the reform in higher education. He also expressed commitment to contribute to government’s campaign of good governance, social justice and prosperity.

            The VC has already vowed strict adherence to academic calendar, revision of curriculum, and bringing in track the academic programmes.

PM Dahal expresses grief

            Kathmandu, Feb 23: Prime Minister and Chairman of CPN (Maoist Centre) Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has expressed grief over the demise of Hira Devi Devkota, mother of party leader Khimlal Devkota.

            PM Dahal reached the residence of leader Devkota at Balaju and made floral offer to the image of late Hira Devi and extended condolences to bereaved family members on Friday. It was the 13th day of the passing away of Hira Devi.


Good governance top priority: Home Minister Shrestha

            Nepalgunj, Feb 23: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs, Narayan Kaji Shrestha, has asserted that good governance, prosperity and social justice are main agenda of the government.

            During the meeting organized with political parties, journalists, civil society and religious leaders to inform them about Lumbini Province level security seminar on Friday, Deputy Prime Minister Shrestha shared that the government had become successful to maintain peace and control crime.

            Some positive changes are seen after establishment of republic, he claimed, adding that it was necessary to expedite development works and prosperity endeavours. The DPM stressed that the prosperity could not make stride without curbing corruption. Bringing socio-economic changes in people’s life is need of hour, he underlined.

            The DPM warned that anyone irrespective of position and party would be taken action if found guilty. The Home Minister informed that the government had taken the issue of religious harmony sensitively.

            Lumbini Province ministers were also present on the occasion.

Banking Offense and Punishment Bill in committee for clause-wise discussion

            Kathmandu, Feb 23: The House of Representatives (HoR) has sent the ‘Banking Offense and Punishment (second amendment), Bill-2080 BS to the committee for clause-wise deliberation.

            A proposal put forward by Finance Minister Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat in the second meeting of the House today seeking consideration for clause-wise discussion on the bill in the committee was unanimously approved.

            On the occasion, Speaker Debraj Ghimire had read out the letter designating work responsibility obtained from the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers.

            Also in the meeting, President of HoR Agriculture, Cooperative and Natural Resource Committee, Dr Arzoo Deuba had tabled the committee’s report-2080 BS on the ‘Food Hygiene and Quality Bill ‘ that was originated in the National Assembly.

            Next meeting of the HoR will take place at 11.00 am on February 25 (Sunday).


ICC cricket league-2: Namibia beat Netherlands by 24 runs

            Kathmandu, Feb 23: In today’s match held under the ICC World Cup Cricket League-2, Namibia defeated the Netherlands by 24 runs.

            Invited to bat first after losing toss at the Kirtipur-based Tribhuvan University Cricket Ground, Namibia gathered 203 runs in 41.3 overs at the loss of all wickets.

            Chasing 204-run target for win, Netherlands was limited to 179 runs in 43.5 overs at the loss of all wickets. Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton had secured the highest 49 runs for Namibia. He made six fours and two sixes facing 43 throws.

            Likewise, Malan Krugar scored 39 runs, Jan Frylinck 34, Ruben Trumpelmann 23 and Zane Green 22 for Namibia. Captain Gerhard Erasmus contributed 12 runs while Michael Van Linken made 10 runs.

            Towards bowling, Netherlands’ cricketer Vivian Kingma took three wickets, Aryan Dutt and Roelof van der Merwe took two each and Shariz Ahmad and Bas de Leede one each wicket. Likewise, Noah Croes made the highest contribution of 46 runs for the Netherlands. Max O’ Dowd stroke 41 runs, Bas de Leede 24 runs and Shariz Ahmad 19 runs.

            Namibian bowler Jan Frylinck and Gerhard Erasmus took three wickets each, Bernard Scoltz two ad Ruben Trumpelmann and Nicol Loftie-Eaton took one each.

            With the win, Namibia has reached atop the score board by securing six points from four matches. Nepal and the Netherlands have equal two points from three matches. Nepal will take on the Netherlands on February 25 in the final match of the ongoing series.


Int’l standard needed for mediation: CJ Shrestha

            Kathmandu, Feb 23: Chief Justice Bishwambhar Prasad Shrestha has said international standard is needed for mediation in the wake of globalization and development of private international laws.

            “Diversification of nature of disputes has gradually softened the national norms on justice adjudication. It is caused, especially by trade, enterprise and globalization,” he said, stressing the need for mediation not only for national but also for interstate context.

            CJ Shrestha made such observation while addressing an international conference on mediation organized jointly by the Supreme Court Bar Association, Mediation Committee, and the Bangladesh Mediation Society in the federal capital on Friday. The mediation has been established as a significant tool to dispute resolution, he added.

            He however said there are host of challenges before mediation despite efforts to make it effective. The mediation is in practice in south Asian countries, including Nepal, India and Bangladesh for dispute resolution for long because all of us have common problems and challenges.

            “From the view point of legal management of mediation, the experiences are however not so old, so additional revision and reform is essential on legal and procedural fronts,” he commented. CJ Shrestha pointed out the need of making aware the people on benefits of mediation. The success of mediation lies in mediators’ skills, expertise, and diligence. The CJ believed that the conference will help exchange views and experiences in mediation in south Asia. It will also be helpful to build a network of mediation in the region.

            On the occasion, Chairperson of Nepal Bar Association, Gopal Krishna Ghimire, said mediation is important for lasting dispute resolution and efforts for different policy and legal reforms are underway for its effectiveness.

            The Mediation Act 2068 is the first law on it in Nepal. The constitution of Nepal has adopted a policy of considering conciliation as the alternative measure for dispute resolution.

            Similarly, Chairperson of the Supreme Court Bar Association, Hari Shankar Niraula, shared that the aim of the conference is to encourage all nations to settle dispute through conciliation and prepare interstate mechanism related to it.

            A total of 52 people from Nepal, India and Bangladesh are participating in the two-day conference. The conference has also made preparation to issue Nepal Declaration.

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