News from Nepal July, 2012 (consolidated)

More than 130 minors rescued from factories

Jul 5, 2012 @ 19:04

134 underage children were rescued from several embroidery factories when the District Administration Office (DAO) Bhaktapur raided there on Monday, according to news report.

The children were pressed into hard labor from early dawn to late night for a very less salary. According to one of the rescued children, 10-year-old Irfan Mukeri of Malangawa, Sarlahai, he worked for 14 hours every day in a congested dark room of a factory, but earned only Rs 200 per month.

Police raided several embroidery factories in Bhaktapur in the presence of an accompanying team of child right activists, representatives from Central Child Welfare Board (CCWB) and representatives of District Child Welfare Board (DCWB).

The administrations said that most of the rescued children are from Muslim families and were trafficked from Bihar of India and from several districts of Nepal. Most of them are under aged.

For health check up, all the rescued children were taken to a training centre of Agriculture Development Bank at Bhaktapur and are being kept at a shelter of Carnet Nepal at Lalitpur. (Photo credit: republica)

Prakash Dahal suspended from party after affair with a married woman

Jul 9, 2012 @ 17:44

UCPN (Maoist) has suspended party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s son Prakash Dahal from the party’s Newa State Committee over his alleged extramarital affair with student leader Bina Magar.

Bina, the president of the Free Students Union of Saraswoti Campus and a central committee member of All Nepal National Independent Students Union (Revolutionary) and Prakash are apparently not in contact with their families for the past few days.

After getting divorce with the first wife, two years ago, Dahal has married for the second time and has a one-year-old son from his second wife. Magar is also a married to a different person.

Since Everest expedition in May 2012, rumours were being heard about their public display of affection and illicit relation. Magar was also in that expedition team.

As the serious questions were raised in public over Dahal’s activities, the party has suspended him and has initiated an investigation into the matter, according to party spokesperson Dina Nath Sharma.

WWF Nepal welcomed Miss Nepal Shristi

Jul 10, 2012 @ 04:33

WWF Nepal welcomed Miss Nepal 2012, Shristi Shrestha as its seventh Young Conservation Ambassador on Monday.

Before Shristi, Miss Nepal 2011, Malina Joshi was appointed Young Conservation Ambassador. The Miss Nepal pageant winners were being appointed as the Young Conservation Ambassador by WWF Nepal from 2004 and since then Payal Shakya, Sugarika KC, Sitashma Chand, Zenisha Moktan and Sadichha Shrestha have got such appointment.

Anil Manandhar, Country Representative of WWF Nepal acknowledged Malina for her active contribution to help raise awareness on WWF’s conservation endeavors and welcomed Shristi.

According to WWF Nepal, Shristi will be actively involved in helping promote conservation, in WWF’s Snow Leopard Conservation Campaign, The Green Lumbini Initiative and The Generation Green campaign. She will work with students and Eco Clubs of various schools to raise awareness about conservation and develop youth projects focusing on environment and species conservation. (Photo Credit: WWF Nepal)

International Indigenous Film Festival has begun

Jul 12, 2012 @ 18:30

The 6th Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival (NIIFF) has begun from Thursday, July 12 and it will continue till July 15 at Nepal Tourism Board and Rashtriya Sabhagriha at Bhrikuti Mandap from 10 am to 7 pm.

 In the film festival organized by Indigenous Film Archive (IFA), many national and international filmmakers will present their works. 79 films and documentaries have been shortlisted from 20 countries, out of which Nepal has 27 films and documentaries that are on Magar, Tharu, Tamang, Newar, Limbu, Rai, Hayu, Sunuwar, and Chepang communities.

The selected films are from Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Tanzania, Colombia, Finland, India, Philippines, New Zealand, Mexico, USA, Canada, Norway, Switzerland etc.

Stalls with various ethnic foods from communities like Limbu, Magar, Tharu, Newar, Dhimal, Chepang, and Sunuwar have been also placed.

For the Awards best 3 films, 3 awards will be distributed as Golden Drum, Silver Drum and Bronze Drum. There is Public Choice Award and Encouragement Award for the Best Nepali Film too.

Father jailed for 25 years on charge of Rape

Jul 16, 2012 @ 18:18

Bhim Bahadur Subedi, a resident of Hetaunda Municipality-4, was sentenced to 25 years in prison on the charge of raping his daughter on April 24 while she was alone at home.

Neighbours had informed the police after hearing the girl scream and Subedi was taken into custody, according to RSS Reports. The Makwanpur District Court handed down 15-year imprisonment for rape and an additional 10-year imprisonment for incest on Subedi.

Miss SLC Teen 2012 is Bibita Chand

Jul 16, 2012 @ 18:49

Bibita Chand, 16, was crowned Miss SLC 2012 in the competition entitled “Miss SLC Teen” organized by Bandana Kala Kendra and Team Work Nepal at Rastriya Nachghar Saturday.

Bibita, who passed her SLC examinations from Siddhartha Banasthali Institute of Kathmandu, left behind other 14 contestants. Susma Tamang from Naya Bazaar won the first runner-up title and the second runner-up was Nisha Nepal from New Baneshwor.

To the question, “What do you want to be: A successful person or good human being?”, Bibita answered that she wanted to be a good human being because positive quality, good personality, and discipline were always there in good human beings which can also be found in successful persons and won the title. The title winner received full scholarship at Premier College and a purse of Rs. 30,000.

Dramatist Bijay Bisfot, Principal of Premier College Nabaraj Subedi, Beautician Nanu Rajbhandari, Coordinator of Trikon Public School Chakra Tamang were in the panel of judges. (Photo Credit: Republica)

Corruption case against 65 principals of government schools in Saptari

Jul 19, 2012 @ 18:00

Cases have been filed in District Administration Office (DAO), Saptari against 65 school principals in corruption charges. RSS writes quoting DAO officer Bishnuranjan Baral that 17 principals of the secondary schools, six principals of lower secondary, 40 of primary schools and two teachers from Madrassa schools have been accused.

Majority of the petitioners are chairman and other officials of the School Management Committees and some are guardians of the schools too.

In the case filed on December, 2011 against Amodhilal Mandal of Rastriya Primary School, Trikaul, Mandal was found guilty, so sent to Saptari District Prison, Rajbiraj, in April while some of the principals have returned the embezzled money.

Other filed cases are against Ramakanta Yadav of the Mahendra Chunni Janata Higher Secondary School, Manaraja including Mohammad Hussein of Shishubari, Digambar Saha of Shankar Higher Secondary School, Hamsha Narayan Mehata of Kushaha etc.

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