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Archive for December, 2013


Hutaram Baidya, 93

Nepal’s first agricultural scientist and a lifelong campaigner to save the Bagmati River, Hutaram Baidya, died on 24 December of complications from pneumonia. Baidya lived in Tripureswor where he saw the gradual deterioration of his beloved Bagmati from a pristine and holy river into a cesspool carrying Kathmandu’s sewage, which spurred him to action. Of the 16 books […]

Talking business

The Secretary level India-Nepal Inter Governmental Committee (IGC) meeting on Sunday concluded in Kathmandu with a 14-point agreement. The meeting focused on trade, transit and cooperation to curb unauthorised trade and review of the implementation status of the 33 issues agreed during the last meeting held in New Delhi in December 2011. The agreement signed […]

Too little, too late

Almost one year after migrant worker Sita, who returned from Saudi Arabiya as domestic help, was robbed and raped by airport officials the Kathmandu District Court on Friday ordered one year sentence to police constable Parshuram Basnet and non-gazzetted officer SomnathKhanal charging them of robbing and sexually exploiting the 21 year old migrant worker. However, the […]

Representation in Bahrain

The Nepali government opened its embassy in Manama, Bahrain. Foreign Secretary Arjun Bahadur Thapa and his Bahraini counterpart Karim Ebrahim Al-Shaker inaugurated the embassy on 19 December at its premises in Juffair. The establishment of the new embassy will open up new avenues of cooperation between the two countries in trade, tourism, economic cooperation, and […]

HRW: Collective push for migrants rights

South Asian countries should leverage their countries’ collective bargaining power to seek protection for their migrant workers in the Gulf, the international research and advocacy NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today in a letter to the SAARC secretary general. In the letter, made public today on the occasion of International Migrants’ Day, Brad Adams, […]

I ordered the bombings: Baidya

CPN-Maoist chairman Mohan Biadya has taken responsibility for the bombings across the country to foil the second Constituent Assembly election in November. Two people lost their lives and many were critically injured including an eight year old boy who lost his right hand during the arson and bombings. “Our party takes the responsibility of all […]

Need more time

Leaders of the four major political parties have requested the Election Commission to extend the deadline to submit nominations for Proportional Representation seats by seven more days. “We felt that instead of submitting just our names and leaving other parties behind, it is better for us to move together,” Nepali Congress leader Ram Chandra Poudel […]