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Archive for March, 2012


Inching ahead on integration

The Special Committee announced after Friday’s meeting that it will complete the integration process within two weeks. According to the committee, political parties have agreed to decommission the Maoist camps and hand over the weapons to the government by April 12. Earlier, the integration process was in a limbo because the hardline faction within the […]

Deal again

The Parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources (PCNR) has asked the government to revise the memorandum signed with the China Three Gorges Corporation (CTGI) to develop the West Seti project. The committee has also asked the Energy Ministry to hand over the project to the Electricity Investment Board. The Ministry had signed MoU sidelining the board […]

Quake hits eastern Nepal

An earthquake measuring  5.2 on the Richter scale hit eastern Nepal today morning. Tremors were felt in Taplejung, Panchthar, Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Saptari and Siraha at around 5.25 am (NST). National Seismologic Center at Kathmandu has confirmed that the epicenter of the quake was at Jhapa. No casualty or damage has been reported so far. […]

The politics of power

Three weeks ago, Energy Secretary Balananda Poudel was transferred by the government, then 24 hours before the West Seti deal, legal officer Rajendra Chhetri was also transferred and last minute amendments were made to the Electricity Regulation. These events raised red flags in the parliamentary committee on Natural Resources which then told the Ministry to […]

Killer on the run

Lack of investigations of road fatalities deny justice to victims and embolden rash drivers It was just after 4 PM on 31 October last year when a speeding truck hit a bicycle on the Ring Road near Kalanki, it was the kind of incident that happens almost every day in Kathmandu’s chaotic streets. The truck, […]

Newly appointed

Rastriya Janamukti Party Chairman Malabar Singh Thapa has been appointed new Minister for Labour  and Transport Management. Thapa was sworn in to the office and secrecy in the presence of President Ram Baran Yadav this afternoon. Vice President Parmanand Jha, deputy prime ministers, ministers, chiefs of constitutional bodies, senior officials of security bodies and top […]

Prime Minister sacks Labour Minister Giri

Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has sacked Minister for Labour and Transport Management, Sarita Giri for refusing to cancel the transfer of Purna Chandra Bhattarai, head of the Department of Foreign Employment and for her alleged involvement in corruption. Director General of DFOE, Bhattarai had taken some strong steps in reducing corruption and irregularities in the […]