News from Nepal September, 2011 (consolidated)

Haritalika Teej being celebrated

Sep 1, 2011 @ 14:39

Hindu women all over the country were celebrating Haritlika Teej on Wednesday by worshipping lord Shiva and fasting for marital bliss

Women clad in red Sari visit Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu, Kumbheshwar in Lalitpur and the nearby Shiva temples in other parts of the country. According to Hindu ritual, married women take fast for the whole day for the prosperity of their husband whereas unmarried women take fast to be blessed with a caring and a loving husband.

During fast, some women even abstain from drinking water throughout the day, while others consider even swallowing saliva as a sin.

Originally, Teej was a three day festival that falls on the end of August or early September. The first day is called ‘Dar Khane Din’, the second is a ‘fasting day’ and the third day is called ‘Rishi Panchami’ in Nepal which is a day to perform the Teej Puja. The festival commemorates Parvati’s union with Lord Shiva and is celebrated for marital bliss, well-being of spouse and children and purification of own body and soul.

To manage the crowd in the Pashupati area, around 3,000 security personnel have been deployed. Considering the essence of the festival, the District Administration Office has prohibited the use or sale of non-vegetarian items and drugs on the temple premises.

PM expands Cabinet on Sunday

Sep 5, 2011 @ 11:25

On Sunday, Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai expanded his two-man Cabinet by adding 13 new ministers–six his own party UCPN-Maoist and seven from the five constituent parties of United Democratic Front (UDMF).

Prime Minister Dr. Bhattarai administered the oath of office and secrecy to the new ministers at the presidential office in Sheetal Niwas in the presence of President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav Sunday evening. Four minister-designates from the UDMF, Sarat Singh Bhandari, Neelam Verma, Jitendra Sonar and Dan Bahadur Chaudhary did not take part in the ceremony.

The Madhesi parties that played a key role during the election of prime minister for choosing Dr. Bhattarai has submitted a list of eleven nominees to the prime minister today itself. Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic Chairman Bijay Kumar Gachhadar has been already appointed as the deputy prime minister and Home Minister on the day of sworn in by Prime Minister Dr. Bhattarai, on August 29.

List of Ministers

From UCPN-Maoist

1. Dr. Baburam Bhattarai: Prime Minister.
2. Narayan Kaji Shrestha: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs
3. Posta Badadur Bogati: Energy Minister
4. Barsha Man Pun: Finance Minister
5. Top Bahadur Rayamajhi: Minister for Local Development
6. Prabhu Shah: Minister for Land Reforms
7. Kamala Rokka: Minister for Youth and Sports

From MJF-Democratic

1. Bijay Kumar Gachhadra: Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister
2. Sarat Singh Bhandari: Defence Minister
3. Mohammed Wakil Musalman: Minister for Forests and Soil Conservation
4. Neelam Verma: Minister for Environment

From MJF-Republican

1. Jaya Prakash Prasad Gupta: Minister for Information and Communications
2. Nandan Dutta: Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives
3. Raj Lal Yadav: Without portfolio


1. Hridayesh Tripathi: Minister for Physical Planning and Construction
2. Jitendra Sonar: Law Minister

From TMLP-Nepal

1. Mahendra Raya Yadav: Irrigation Minister
2. Dan Bahadur Chaudhary: Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare

From Sadbhawana Party

1. Rajendra Mahato: Minister for Health and Population

Sub-standard food items found in two sweet shops in New Road

Sep 6, 2011 @ 17:27

Two sweet shops, Sajha Corner and Shri Krishna Gudpak Bhandar, situated in New Road, Kathmandu have been shut down for selling sub-standard food items.

A monitoring team constituted under the Department of Commerce carried out the inspection and collection of samples for quality test on Monday and found adulterated Gudpak (traditional sweet) of stale sweets and contaminated water.

According to Insection Officer Kamal Bahadur Thapa, the inspection was carried out after receiving complaints from the customers.  The kitchen is very narrow and dirty. He said, those two shops have been given directives to close their shops and submit clarification with in three days.

Thapa further added that they destroyed around 1300 kilo grams of adulterated Gudpak.
However, no adulteration was found while monitoring Tirupati Sweets and Chats and Haldiram Rameshwor Sweets in New Baneshwor by the inspection team

Bhaktapur hospital itself on sickbed

Sep 7, 2011 @ 15:46

RSS writes Bhaktapur hospital, the only central hospital in Bhaktapur district, is itself lying on a sickbed in the absence of doctors.

The hospital is not being able to render health services to the growing flow of patients as the vacant posts from the past few years are not yet occupied. There is altogether 14 vacant posts including eight specialist doctors and six nurses to fulfill from the past five years.

It further writes that Hospital Superintendant, Indra Prasad Prajapati said, on the one hand, the 100-bed hospital has not received the facilities in the status of regional hospital and on the other the Health Ministry and Department of Health Services has not heeded to their demands of fulfilling vacant posts despite corresponding several time.

The hospital was firstly operated during the rule of Rana Prime Minister Chandra Shumsher on the name of Chandralok Dispensary from Asar 14, 1960 BS.

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Schools, colleges in Chitwan remain closed protesting deadly assault on University teacher

Sep 9, 2011 @ 14:48

All educational institutions in Chitwan district have been shut down on Friday protesting deadly attack on a University teacher at Jana Adarsh Multiple Campus Kamal Raj Pathak.

The bandh of all educational institutions in the district was called by Public Campus University Teachers Association, Chitwan.

An unidentified gang had attacked Pathak with sharp weapon on last Wednesday. He is undergoing treatment in the capital.

Pathak is central secretariat member of the CPN-UML-aligned Youth Association of Nepal (YAN) as well as advocate by profession.

In a press release, President of the Association Sharad Kumar Bartola demanded action against those involved in the incident and urged to improve law and order situation of the district.

Big banks in IC misappropriation: FM Pun

Sep 12, 2011 @ 05:38

“It has been learnt that big banks have been involved in misappropriation of large amount of Indian Currency (IC),” said Finance Minister Barsha Man Pun at the Reporter’s Club on Sunday.  He further said, “Investigation into the matter has been initiated and that banks involved would not be spared at any cost.”

At the Reporter’s Club, Pun also said that the budget document presented by the former government at the Legislature-Parliament would be endorsed without amending it.

According to Pun, the political parties have already agreed and the Parliament has even prepared a calendar to endorse the budget within September 18. He added, “We have learnt a lesson from the past that delay in endorsing the budget would affect the financial growth rate.”

Pun commits to create an investment friendly environment in the country. He claimed that the government would resume the closed garment unit of the Surya Nepal Private Limited—one of the leading joint venture companies which has been closed since June 15 due to the strike by trade union workers and cancellation of orders by importers.

Deepak‚ Jamuna Players of the Year

Sep 13, 2011 @ 05:23

Boxer Deepak Maharjan and footballer Jamuna Gurung won the top honours of the NSJF’s Pulsar Sports Award 2067 here at the Nepal Academy Hall on Sunday. Both the winners were rewarded with a Pulsar motorcycle each.

List of players who succeed to win various awards are: –

  1. Boxer Deepak Maharjan- Male Player of the Year (Deepak won one and the only medal — bronze — in the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou)
  2. Footballer Jamuna Gurung- Female Player of the Year
  3. Cricketer Nary Thapa -Youth Player of the Year (Nary guided Nepal to second consecutive ACC U-19 Women’s Championship title in Singapore where she was adjudged the best batswoman for her 191-run contribution.)
  4. Volleyball player Sipora Gurung -Popular Player of the Year (Sipora received 136,272 SMS votes out of the total 298,512.)
  5. Prachanda Sharma – Coach of the Year (for his role in helping Nepal win the lone medal in the 16th Asiad)
  6. Table tennis coach 65-year-old Ramesh Raj Joshi – Lifetime Achievement (Award for his five decades of contribution to table tennis)
  7. Football coach/manager duo Dilip Rai and Bhagirath Ale – Special Award for their relentless overall contribution to football in the Eastern region.
  8. Cricketer Bikram Bahadur Rana – Para-athlete of the Year. In the Guangzhou Asian Para Games, he ended up fastest among the South Asian runners, completing the 100m race in 12.85 seconds. In cricket for the blinds, he has been the best player in four of the last five domestic tournaments.

Apart from the Male and Female, winners in other six categories were awarded with Rs 30,000 each from Mega Excellence series along with DishHome DTH, Timex watch, one-year free health check-up from College of Medical Sciences and Teaching Hospital, Mountain flight ticket from Buddha Air, website hosting and internet facilities with one-year free subscription from Cherry World Communication, and carpet from New Horizon Carpets. The nominees received trophies, Timex sports watches and John Players gift hampers.

Lack of oxygen found in mineral water

Sep 13, 2011 @ 12:13

Pure drinking water requires 6.57 PH quantity of oxygen. But, in the Mineral water produced by Himali Pure Drinking Water Private Limited at Khandbari-3 of Sankhuwasabha district, less oxygen has been found.

A lab test report submitted by the water experts’ panel reveals the water produced by the company had only 6.0 PH. According to RSS, it was substantiated after a monitoring team detected inadequate oxygen level in the mineral water while carrying out lab test of the company product.

Laxman Joshi, Chairman of the Company said they have started constructing artificial water fall nearby water production site after the monitoring team recommended to ensure adequate oxygen level in the drinking water.

Since 2067 BS, the company has been producing mineral water in Manebhanjyang.

NEA increases load-shedding to 18 hours a week

Sep 14, 2011 @ 17:19

The Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has increased the power cut hours to 18 hours a week from the existing 12 hours due to decreasing capacity of some of its power plants.

The new load shedding schedule will be effective from Thursday.

According to the new schedule, there will be four hours of power cut on Monday, three hours each on Thursday and Friday and two hours in the remaining four days.

NTC reduces call tariff

Sep 16, 2011 @ 14:41

Nepal Telecom (NTC) has reduced its tariff in calls from basic telephone service (landline, CDMA fixed and VSAT) and subscription charge of CDMA Skyphone service. According to press release, the changes will come into effect from Sunday, Asoj 1, 2068.

The subscription charge of CDMA Skyphone has been reduced to Rs 600 including a talk time worth Rs 500. Previously, it was Rs 1,135.

Similarly, the tariff for making calls from basic telephone service to GSM and CDMA (mobile network of the company) at another zone has been reduced to Rs 1 per minute from existing Rs 2.

NTC has also cut down tariff for making calls from one zone to the other within the same basic telephone service network as a promotional scheme. From Sunday, the charge will be Rs 1.50 during business hour (8 am-6 pm).  The existing charge is Rs 2 per minute.

The press release of NTC also states that NTC decided to waive the penalty for outstanding bills of basic telecom service of till the end of the fiscal year 2067, if customers clear their bills within mid-December 2011.

The press release also states that NTC had already slashed data charges to 10 paisa per 100 kb for using data through GPRS, PDSN, EVDO and 3G technologies from Bhadra 23. Earlier, the company was charging 15 paisa per 100 kb.

Donation of Rs 40m from 86 year-old man

Sep 18, 2011 @ 17:17

Astaman Maharjan, a resident of Purnachandi in Latitpur Sub-Metropolitan City, on Saturday on 18th anniversary of Jyapu Community donated Rs 40 million in land and cash for the cause of benevolence.

Donation of such huge amount surprised the mass including top political leaders gathered there. Donation includes one Ropani, 13 annas of land near Modern Indian School to the Jyapu Community for establishing an old age home and Rs 5 million in hard cash for constructing the building. As quoted in Kantipur, he has also given his word for additional support of another Rs 5 million if the money is not sufficient for the building.

Ram Kaji Awale, the president of the community, said the rate of the donated land is Rs. 1.2 million per anna and in total, Rs 35 million. 86 year-old Maharjan said, many people have been evicted by from home by their children when they grow old and economically inactive and that has inspired me to help in the construction of old age homes. The old soldier feels he has to the heart to soldier on for discarded people.

Maharjan was born in a traditional farming family of five sons and daughters. He worked as a constructer whereby he managed to earn for the betterment of old people and now living with his wife. He said, he had donated of his personal share and had distributed all his property equally to his sons and daughters.

Awale appreciates Maharjan and said that the Samaj will start construction work and provide service as soon as possible.

Earthquake of magnitude 6.8 felt in Nepal

Sep 18, 2011 @ 17:37

Today Evening, around 6:25 pm, 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit with epicenter in Sikkim. 3 died in Kathmandu and 2 people were killed in Dharan.

Update: One more person is reported to be killed in Taplejung. Historical record of earthquake in Nepal is posted in the photo blog.

The earthquake had killed least five people in India’s Sikkim state and more than 50 were injured. Due to broken power lines caused by earthquake in West Bengal, cities like Darjeeling and Kalimpong, remained in total darkness in the area.

A teenager murdered for Rs 11‚000

Sep 19, 2011 @ 17:06

Gokarna Thapa (23) and Deepak Thapa (22), and Kimar Pahari alias Lure (35) were arrested on the charge of murdering a teenager for Rs 11,000.

They had strangulated Bishwo Ram Thapa (18), resident of Chhaling-1, Bhaktapur, on September 9 at around 7 pm while playing cards at a local eatery. “Gokarna, Deepak and Kumar laid claim to the Rs 11,000 and shared it among themselves,” according to police.

Bishwo , an eighth grader at Byasi-based Prabhat Secondary School, was found dead near his house on Wednesday.
“A dog took out a hand from the 1.5 feet deep pit where the body was buried and local residents informed us,” according to Inspector Ganesh Chand at Metropolitan Police Crime Division.

Earthquake damages more than 200 houses in Nepal, 81 died in India, Nepal and China

Sep 20, 2011 @ 16:29

Sunday’s earthquake has caused damage in Eastern and Central region of Nepal more. It has damaged altogether 85 houses either whole or part in Sindhupalchowk district, the District Police Office said. It has caused damage to all 79 VDCs. RSS reports the largest number of houses damaged were in Syaule VDC where nine houses collapsed in Ward No.6 and 8. But no human loss has been reported yet in the district.

Another media writes a quake has killed at least 81 people in India, Nepal and China, while earthmovers pushed through debris clogging precipitous valleys. It further writes on Tuesday, officials said six people were killed in Nepal when houses collapsed near the capital Kathmandu due to the quake.

The number of quake related deaths in Nepal has reached 11 as reports of casualties and destruction kept pouring in from across the country as per nepalnews count.

In Sankhuwasabha district at least 13 people have been injured in different incidents following the earthquake. Buildings of Rastriya Banijya Bank, District Development Committee, Red Cross, and Armed Police Force base camp were damaged. The building of the District Police Office was completely damaged following the quake shock while six houses were completely destroyed and two dozen other houses were partially damaged.

Police said houses in Dhupu, Bahrabise, Maling, Kharang, Tamaphok, Mangtewa, Dingla of Bhojpur, and in Guphapokhari were also partially damaged.

The earthquake has damaged Jyalsa monastery at Salleri, the headquarters of Solukhumbu district.

More than 100 houses have been destroyed in Panchthar, 30 houses in Terhathum and 12 houses in Dhankuta. Landslip has occurred in Taplejung in the aftermath of the quake. Some houses were damaged in Dharan, Itahari and Inaruwa.

Media reports said that landslides triggered by quake has blocked Mechi highway.

NVC going to recommend to take legal action against 27,910 civil servants

Sep 21, 2011 @ 16:55

The Department of Civil Personnel Records on Sunday submitted the name list of 27,910 defiant civil servants to the National Vigilance Centre (NVC) and NVC is set to recommend the CIAA to take legal action against them for failing to submit their property details, according to Kantipur.

As per the law, the persons holding public positions and government officials must make public their property details within 60 days after being appointed to the post and beginning of the fiscal year.

NVC Spokesman Arjun Khanal said name lists of the defiant officials from the Parliamentary Secretariat, Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Local Development, Ministry of Education and Department of Police Records has not received yet. The Corruption Prevention Act-2002 states that if the person holding position do not submit their property details within 60 days of assuming office, he will be liable to a fine of Rs 5,000.

TGIF Nepal Fashion Week 2011 from 21st –24th September in capital

Sep 22, 2011 @ 13:43

One of the country’s oldest fashion events, the Himalayan Times TGIF Nepal Fashion Week has begun in the capital. A total of 79 designers – local and international – are showcasing their creations as part of this year’s fashion week from September 21–24 at Hyatt Regency, Bauddha.

Grihendra Munakarmi, senior brand manager, APCA House, said “Our agenda is to provide a platform for the graduates of IEC in conjunction with some of the big names and boutiques from around the country and abroad, giving the upcoming talents positive exposure.”

Shailza Adhikari, managing director of IEC, said nine to ten themes each day will be showcased by 14 models from Nepal and six from India.

The designers have been carefully selected to achieve uniformity across the collections and presentation of garbs of highest quality, said fulbright scholar Bethany Mueleners, the fashion consultant for this year’s fashion week.

Designs from students and established designers will be showcases ranging from regular cocktail dresses and ethnic collections to offbeat creations like Goth, and one inspired by Harry Potter book.

Bangladeshi designer Emdad Hoque, renowned for his use of traditional hand loom fabrics in cotton and khadi, and six Indian models including Miss India International 2011, Ankita Shorey has been also invited for this event. (Photo credit: Kantipur)

Fire in Nepal Telecom tower, in Shivagunj, Kumarkhod

Sep 23, 2011 @ 16:55

Thursday, at 7 PM, fire engulfed the Nepal Telecom tower in Khudunabari-9 of Jhapa.

The reason of fire has been said to be short circuit of electricity. The fire in the tower that is placed at the roof of the house of local TN Sapkota caused losses to two machines of the tower. Further loss has yet to be assessed. A team of Armed Police and Civil Police took the fire under control.

Similarly, fire caught a tin-corrugated building of Kamal Bimani in Shivagunj-1 in the southern belt of Jhapa on Thursday afternoon causing loss worth Rs. 300,000.

Likewise, fire engulfed in Kumarkhod-7 causing loss worth more than Rs. 200,000.

A storey-building of Chhatra Rajbamshi was completely destroyed along with the valuables inside his home. The loss of physical property was worth Rs. 166,000, according to District Police Office.

In the similar vein, the same fire spread and gutted the cowshed of his neighbor Petan Rajbamshi causing a loss worth Rs. 50,000

Air crash near Kathmandu kills all 19 aboard

Sep 25, 2011 @ 16:24

Buddha Air Beechcraft carrying foreign tourists crashed in a hill at south of Kathmandu airport early on Sunday.

The accident occurred in Kotdanda between Lamatar and Bisankhunarayan VDCs in Lalitpur, around 15 kilometers south of the Tribhuvan International Airport killing all 19 people aboard including the crew members. They were ten Indian, two American, one Japanese, three Nepalis and three Nepali crew members.

Eighteen were found dead on the site and one died in B & B Hospital while undergoing treatment, according to SP Bhog Bahadur Thapa.

The aircraft was approaching Kathmandu airport in cloudy weather after completing its mountain flight. Some locals said the plane caught fire shortly before the crash. While others said it flew lower than its usual course before it crashed.

This is the first crash involving a Buddha Air plane. Police moved rescue team to the site after receiving a call from the locals near the crash site around 8 a.m.

According to the Buddha Air, Captain JB Tamrakar, Co-pilot Padma Adhikari, Air Hostess Asmita Shrestha were the crew members and Nepali passengers on board have been identified as Sharada Karmacharya, Jagan Karmacharya and Nirajan Karmacharya.

Others were:

Indian nationals -Pankaj Mehta, Chhaya Mehata, S Nagaraja, T Nagaraja, L Nagaraja, HD Nagaraja, D Jalosubrisum, DP Jalosubrisum, P Jalosubrisum, and Nagraja Talosubrisum, said the company.

Japanese national –  Toshinori Jehma

US nationals -Natali Nailun and Andrew Wade

The death bodies have been taken to TU Teaching Hospital in Maharajgunj for post-mortem and airlifted to the Tribhuvan International Airport.

Muslim organization gen secy shot dead in capital and Kathmandu SP removed

Sep 26, 2011 @ 14:55

General Secretary of Islamic Sangh Nepal Faizal Ahmad, 35, has been killed in a broad daylight shooting near Tri-Chandra College in Ghantaghar, Kathmandu Monday afternoon.

Ahamed was shot at around 1.30 in his chest and waist while he was walking on the street of capital’s hub. Critically injured Ahamed was rushed to Bir Hospital, where doctors declared him dead.

According to eye witness, two men came on a motorbike shot Ahmad when he was returning to his rented house in Naya Bazaar after performing hajj, the religious prayer in the mosque located at Ghantaghar.

The murder took place just a few meters distance from Rani Pokhari branch of metropolitan police. Yet the shooters got succeed in escape. It has raised a serious question on the security situation of the valley

Police has claimed that they have got clues of the shooters and security has been tightened in the valley after the incident. The motive behind the shooting is not clear yet.

Meanwhile, Nepal Police Headquarters has transferred Kathmandu Metropolitan Police Range chief SP Kedar Rijal to the Police Task Force in the wake of broad day light murder. SP Rajendra Shrestha will now replace SP Rijal at the Range. Shrestha was serving in the Nepal Police Special Task Force.

According to the media, the move of the police headquarters comes in response to Home Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar’s serious concern over the murder of Ahmad.

Composite sketches prepared of Ghantaghar shooters

Sep 27, 2011 @ 15:17

The sketches of two suspects, who were involved in the murder of General Secretary of Islamic Sangh Nepal, Faizal Ahmad, have been released by Nepal Police on Tuesday, according to media.
The composite sketches were prepared based on the accounts of eyewitnesses.
Both of the suspects are believed to be in their early 30s. One of them is said to be sporting French beard, with fair complexion and 5’8” tall and another is dusky and about 5’7″ tall.
After firing at least five shots, they managed to escape and they are still at large.

Jailed for eating leopard flesh

Sep 28, 2011 @ 14:45

Fourteen villagers were sent to jail on Monday for feasting on leopard flesh one-and-a-half months ago in Phopli VDC in Pyuthan.

“Being unaware of legal aspects, we ate meat of the dead leopard we found near the village believing that it is a cure-all drug”, said Shyamlal Bhandari, an accused.

According to the District Forest Office, they failed to post bail. So, they were sent to jail.

Bomb blast in Dhangadhi

Sep 28, 2011 @ 14:48

On the first day of great festival, Dashain, a bomb went off at Chatakpur of Dhangadhi in the morning.

According to the Ward Police Office, the blast has caused losses to a stationary truck as it was planted under the truck. It is not ascertained yet, who detonated the bomb, said police.

Similarly, a pressure cooker bomb has been found on the road nearby DK Oil Store, Chatakpur, said proprietor of the Oil Store, Tekraj Joshi. (RSS)

Defence minister warning, NC prez and UML terms Bhandari’s remarks ‘irresponsible’

Sep 29, 2011 @ 17:48

Minister Bhandari on Wednesday clarifies his statement of Monday on the Tarai districts had been distorted and that he was taken back by the reaction to it.

In a programme organized by the Reporters Club in the Capital on Monday, Defence Minister Sharat Singh Bhandari has warned that the ruling coalition would take ahead the regrouping process on their own if CPN-UML and Nepali Congress (NC) do not come to terms.
Furthermore, Minister Bhandari condemned the opposition for dubbing the four-point pact as “anti-national.” He warned that the 22 Tarai districts could disintegrate themselves from the nation if they are not taken into consideration. “Who would save the nation if the 22 Tarai districts decide to separate themselves?” he questioned.

There would be reservations quotas for the people form hilly origin in the Madhes states after the country goes to federalism, he said.

Following this warning of Bhandari statement that the 22 Tarai districts could disintegrate themselves, the CPN-UML has demanded the government boot out Defence Minister Sharat Singh Bhandari. In a statement released by acting UML Chairman Bam Dev Gautam on Tuesday, it was stated that the comments of Bhandari were irresponsible anti-national.

Nepali Congress (NC) President Sushil Koirala has also termed the statement made by Defense Minister Sarat Singh Bhandari as “irresponsible”.

In a press release on Wednesday, Bhandari claimed that he had said that it was necessary to bring Nepalis of the 22 Tarai districts in the mainstream on the basis of “sentimental unity.” He said he had just expressed his views on the serious consequences of not incorporating Madhesis, indigenous nationalities, Janajatis and backward communities in all state mechanisms, including the Nepal Army.

Bhandari added, “As per the four-point agreement signed between the Madhesi Morcha and the UCPN (Maoist), Madhesi youths should be recruited in the Nepal Army as per the established norms; this is what I meant to say (on Monday).”

Govt announces relief fund of Rs 3 lakhs

Sep 30, 2011 @ 17:35

The government decided to provide Rs 3 lakhs to the kin of the people who disappeared or killed during the decade-long conflict and during the people’s movements.

A Cabinet meeting on Thursday decided to provide the relief fund to families of the martyrs of People’s Movement-II, armed conflict led by the Maoists, Madhes Movement, Dalit- and Tharu-led agitations and those disappeared during these movements.

Meanwhile, the cabinet has expressed its commitment to national unity, integrity and sovereignty.

Government spokesperson, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Narayan Kaji Shrestha, said those family members who have already received Rs 1 lakh earlier would receive another Rs 2 lakhs.

10:35 am auspicious time for Dashain Tika

Sep 30, 2011 @ 17:37

According to the Nepal Calendar Determination Committee has concluded followings auspicious time on the occasion of Dashain festival this year:

October 4 (Tuesday) :- Mahastami and Kalaratri

October 5 (Wednesday) : – Maha Nawami worships and offerings

10:35 a.m. on October 6 : –   for receiving and offering Tika (The committee, however, said one does not need the auspicious hour for receiving Tika and it can be received for the whole day.)
9:45 am, before the beginning of Tika : – worshiping of Goddess Durga at Dashaingriha

October 11 (Tuesday) : –  Kojagrat fasting and worship

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