News from Nepal February, 2011 (consolidated)

Politician slapped again

Feb 1, 2011 @ 16:49
This time the UML politburo member and Gandaki zonal coordinator Khagaraj Adhikari was slapped by his own party’s cadre in front of public in Gorkha. The identity of the UML cadre has not been yet disclosed.

Police tried to take away the slapper but Gorkha Chairman of UML Ram Sharan Basnet objected saying that the incident will be a great splash in media.

Massage Centers in Thamel raided

Feb 2, 2011 @ 01:00

Various massage centers in Thamel have been raided by the metropolitan police when the female workers at massage centers were found involved in illegal sexual activities in the name of massage. According to DSP Kedar Dhakal, 80 female sex workers from various massage centers in Thamel area and 23 male customers were caught red handed when they were performing the sexual activity.

According to the police, the innocent persons will be released after the minor questioning while the guilty ones will be punished according to law.

Richa Sharma to become a prostitute

Feb 3, 2011 @ 17:01

Famous Nepali actress Richa Sharma has decided to become a dancer and a prostitute. She has signed a movie named ‘Highway’, about to be directed by Dipak Rauniyaar. In this movie, Richa will be playing the role of a dancer turned prostitute. Other characters in this movie include Binay Shrestha, Saugat Malla, and reporter Rabindra Mishra will be supporting in this movie.

UML Chairman Khanal close to becoming prime minister (Update -elected)

Feb 3, 2011 @ 19:56

After Maoist supremo Pushpa Kamal Dahal withdrew from the PM candidacy, UML Chairman Jhal Nath Khanal is very close to becoming the prime minister of Nepal. Maoist chairman Dahal has decided to support Khanal for the prime minister post.

UPDATE – UML Chairman Jhal Nath Khanal is elected the 34th prime minister of Nepal

Khanal –Slapper congratulated

Feb 6, 2011 @ 07:50

After the CPN-UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal was elected prime minister of Nepal, Devi Prasad Regmi, a person who slapped Khanal in public, is being showered with congratulations.

Regmi has been busy on the phone since yesterday taking all the nationals and international calls for congratulations.  According to Regmi, he was anxious about the election since Thursday only. It was obvious as the man who he slapped secured the prime ministerial berth. When asked about his reaction to Khanal being the prime minister, he said, “I remember my slap to him. I hope now he has learned the lesson and changed for good.” Regmi now wants Khanal to more focus on development of the country rather than the development of his dear and near ones.

Maoist Threat government

Feb 7, 2011 @ 16:34

Maoists want Home Ministry; this was one of the agreements reached by the Maoists with the current avowed prime minister Jhala Nath Khanal. Leaders of Unified CPN Maoists threatened not to join the government if it failed to abide by the agreement reached between the two parties. Maoist Secretary CP Gajurel questioned, “If we do not get Home Ministry as per agreement, why should we join the government?”

Facebook brings joy in the family

Feb 9, 2011 @ 23:34

It came as a miracle of Facebook for Narbada Pyakurel of Hetauda Municipality-5, when she was re-united with her long-lost son through Facebook.

Narbada and her family were living in dismay when the son went missing 13 years ago. The reunion was made possible by a very popular networking site Facebook. The family, with the hope of finding their son, entered Amir into Facebook search over a period of time. After long wait, she found her son’s profile in the Facebook with her son’s picture. Happiness knew no bounds when they found the lost son via Facebook search feature.

It was later known that Narbada’s son Amir had been working as the administrative chief to a renowned Mumbai hotel.

Misuse of electricity in NEA at pulchowk

Feb 9, 2011 @ 23:37

Due to increasing demand and insufficient supply of the electricity in the country, it is the responsibility of every citizen to minimize the use of electricity and do not misuse it. NEA has been encouraging general people to use CFL to minimize power consumption and get less bill.

However, at this electric shortage period, the staff at NEA in Pulchowk was found misusing the electricity. A heater in a working room was left on while no one was working in the office.

What kind of message does NEA sends to the country by setting such example? Why blame general people for misusing electricity while the own NEA staff is misusing the electricity in the room?

A Nepali lady awarded in Australia

Feb 11, 2011 @ 01:28

A Nepali lady was decorated with a prestigious award in Australia. Miss Indra Ban was awarded by the Australian government for significant contribution in the welfare of the Nepali community in Australia, sources say.

Ban has been staying in Australia since 1976 when she was admitted to New South Wales University as a student. With the help of few other friends she formed the first Nepali Students Union in Australia. Ban has become the first Nepali citizen to receive such prestigious award from the Australian government.

Government vehicle being misused by the outgoing minister

Feb 13, 2011 @ 17:43

Outgoing minister for home affairs Bhim Rawal is still misusing a luxury SUV belonging to the government.

According to the report, Rawal is said to have used another private vehicle number plate of existing minister replacing the original number plate. Government vehicles normally must be returned after 24 hours of being out of ministerial position.

It has also been reported that Rawal had misused five government vehicles during his ministerial position.

Ex-Minister in affair with girl half his age

Feb 13, 2011 @ 17:44

After losing the post, Rabindra Shrestha, ex-minister for General Administration has eloped with a girl half his age. It was reported that Shrestha was missing since Sunday after new prime minister took oath of office and secrecy.

Shrestha family, who has been living in Bhaktapur, had filed an application at UML headquarters, Balkhu to find Rabindra Shrestha.

A source said, Shrestha, 50, is living with a girl, with whom he had affair since past few months.

Eight Casinos in the verge of closing

Feb 14, 2011 @ 16:58

Eight casinos which have been delinquent to pay royalties are in the verge of shutting down. They are on tracking to losing their operating licenses. Tourism Ministry have been told to shut down Casino Rad, Casino Anna, Casino Royale, Casino Shangri-la, Fulbari Casino, Casino Venus, Casino Grand and Casino Nepal. They all have failed to clear their outstanding royalties dues within 35-day deadline set but the Department of Revenue Investigation.

Maoists most likely to get Home Ministry

Feb 16, 2011 @ 04:16

Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal is ready to hand over the Home Ministry to the Unified CPN Maoists based on his promise while signing seven-point agreement with Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal.

A source has revealed that PM Khanal took the step to keep intact the alliance with UCPN Maoists. According to the source, senior UML leader and former PM Madhav kumar Nepal is convinced that the tentative power sharing was discussed at high level where he was also present as prime minister.

However, Oli-Nepal group, who has been against the idea of giving the Home Ministry to Maoists, is yet to be convinced with PM Khanal’s decision on the Home Ministry.

Maoists get 11 ministries including Home and foreign

Feb 16, 2011 @ 16:50
Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal has agreed to give 11 ministries to UCPN Maoist including Home and Foreign Affair. During a meeting at Baluwatar on Wednesday morning, PM Khanal and the Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal have both agreed to appoint 11 ministries from UCPN Maoist.

Dahal apparently proposed Khrishna bahadur Mahara as the leader of the Maoist cabinet. Meanwhile, PM Khanal also communicated with Dahal to retain eight ministries including defence and water resources, a source revealed.

Madhesi Janadhikari Forum is also learnt to demand energy ministry if they decide to join the government. The formal announcement of the ministries will be made upon Dahal’s return to Kathmandu from Pokhara.

Ex- Minister Shrestha fired

Feb 18, 2011 @ 23:26

Rabindra Shrestha, the former minister, who eloped with the girl half his age, is relieved from the entire party membership due to his immoral activity. The UML decided to sack him after his disappearance with his 22-year-old girl friend.

The CPN UML Disciplinary Commission was forced to dismiss Shrestha as the party’s sentiment was badly hurt after his unlawful relationship hogged the media headlines. Further investigation on Shrestha is under track to study the issue and implement necessary action against him.

Maoists not to join government again

Feb 18, 2011 @ 23:28

The political drama takes another twist as UCPN Maoists decides not to join the government until the current Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal completely abides by the seven-point pact.

The Maoists took the decision after the prime minister failed to persuade his party members to give home ministry to Maoists. Maoists have been claiming for the Ministry of Home Affairs. However, the UML party’s rival faction- Madhav Kumar Nepal and KP Oli have been putting pressure on Khanal not to hand over the Ministry of Home Affairs to the Maoists.

Bryan Adams Fever in Kathmandu

Feb 21, 2011 @ 16:49

It was the night to remember as Canadian singer Bryan Adams rocked the Kathmandu city on Saturday night. It was for the first time in the history of Nepal that any internationally renowned singer such as Adams performed in front of 20,000 music lovers at Dashrath Stadium in Kathmandu. He sang more than a dozen songs including famous songs ‘here I am’, ‘summer of 69′, ‘Back to you’, ‘Everything I do, I do it for you’. The excitement of the attendees knew no bounds when Adams arrived at the stage that night.  The show went on for an hour and a half.

The stage was well set for Bryan Adams to perform. It was astonishing how the stage set up changed as soon as Adams started singing his first welcome song. The light system was much improved and the background display was astounding right after local Nepali Bands finished performing. The crowd went mad when Adams started singing his famous songs in front of a huge crowd in Dashrath Stadium at Tripureshwor, kathmandu.

It may prove a fortune for developing country such as Nepal with the presence of such singer. The doors have opened for Nepal for more famous western musicians to come and perform in Nepal. Adams has promised to send the message to the world how Nepal looked like.

Nepali bands, however, have much to learn from the veteran singer. The quality of an international singer really stood out. The attendees at the stadium proved that by a huge welcome when he stood at the stage.

Nepalis in Libya to remain on high alert

Feb 21, 2011 @ 16:51

Some Nepalese working in Libya sought help when the Libyan government started cracking down on protesters. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has asked Nepali’s Cairo-based mission to remain on high alert and take measures steps if any situation occurs that might threaten Nepalese working in Libya.

Nepalese workers in Libya have been making frequent calls to Cairo mission for immediate help if required. The mission has been instructed to keep track of the situation and consult other missions of SAARC countries and act accordingly.

There are about 2,000 Nepalese working in Libya. The ministry has also urged Nepalese not get involved in protests but instead remain on alert and seek support if needed.

Follow rules or pay fine

Feb 22, 2011 @ 17:07

The metropolitan traffic police division is introducing a rule that may prevent the pedestrians to cross the road from anywhere they like. The pedestrian who is found to have crossed road illegally, i.e. crossing road without using overhead bridge, will be fined for Rs. 25 on the spot. The main intention of such rule being introduced is to discourage the pedestrians from crossing road from anywhere they like. Many previous attempts were failed to discourage pedestrians from crossing roads in the busy center of the capital.

Child delivery under mobile light

Feb 24, 2011 @ 00:47
A pregnant woman gave birth to a child with help of mobile light due to load shedding in district hospital Parbat. The district hospital could not make the alternative arrangement of load-shedding and therefore, the child had to be delivered under mobile light. According to source, the hospital was forced to carry out child delivery in mobile set light due to power crisis in wards. This happened due to excessive use of heaters in-doors and quarters of hospital.

Deforestation and Deepak Bohara

Feb 24, 2011 @ 13:52
The former forest minister Deepak Bohara including dozens of government officials were found guilty of deforestation in the country. A high-level government team has recommended action against Bohara and other government officials who were found guilty of deforestation in the country. A high-level Judicial Commissions 2010 has sought action against many government officials and representatives from community forests found involved in rampant deforestation in the country.The commission is led by former Chief Judge of Patan Appellate Court Govinda Prasad Parajuli. The report was submitted to the Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal on Wednesday.

Nepali NGO awarded

Feb 26, 2011 @ 19:15
A Nepali NGO bagged an international award worth US$ 100,000; Manahari Development Organization (NDO), a Makwanpur based NGO (www.mdi-nepal.org) received the UNEP Sasakawa Award 2010/11.

The award is given for the cause of poverty alleviation, environment conservation and social development sectors. Among the two award receivers, another was given to an organization of Guatemala.

Executive Director Khop Narayan Shrestha received the award in Nairobi, Kenya in a program on Wednesday. The awarded organization said that the amount will be spent in development works in Makwanpur.

NOC running out of stock

Feb 26, 2011 @ 19:25

If the current stock is not replenished on time, Nepal Oil Corporation will run out of petroleum products in a week.

NOC is forced to import lesser petroleum products as it failed to pay Indian Oil Corporation the money on time. There are minimal petroleum products in stock. Only about 3,500 kilolitres of diesel and 1,600 kilolitres of petrol left at Thankot depot according to the NOC official. These stocks will be enough for only six more days to meet the normal demand of Kathmandu valley.

Gold price- record high

Feb 28, 2011 @ 03:30
The gold price may go up this week in the market as gold’s international price is on the rise. The price of this precious metal reached a five-month high of US$ 1211.9 per ounce on Friday at the COMEX Division of the New York Merc. As Nepal’s gold price is determined by the international price, the Nepali consumer may see more rises on gold price coming days. The price of Gold rose to domestic market to Rs. 34,130 per tola and expected to go higher.

Action against Sadhus

Feb 28, 2011 @ 17:18

Increasing number of sadhus in the Kathmandu valley ensure the approach of Mahashivaraatri. But Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) has taken action against a dozen of Sadhus for rampant selling of hashish and marijuana in and around the Pahsupati temple. The Sadhus who were caught doing business on Friday and Saturday were banished from the temple premises.

The Sadhus with blood shed red eyes with dreadlocks were found freely selling hashish and marijuana-both considered as delicacies of Lord Shiva. Sadhus claimed that they never forced people to buy them but they (people) voluntarily approached to Sadhus to buy them.

However, ascetic Swami Hari Das from Nagaland, India, said that those who sell marijuana in the name of Lord Shiva are not real Sadhus. He added, “real Sadhus are never in need of money, so they do not have to sell drugs for money.”

 

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