Two killed in scooter accident

Nepalgunj, Dec 16: Two persons were killed when a scooter (Bhe 5 Kha 7718) met an accident in Nepalgunj Tuesday night. The deceased were identified as Suman Neupane, 22, of Nepalgunj-5 and Bidurkant Khanal, 22, of Jamuni Bardiya, according to the District Police Office Banke. The rider of the vehicle lost control all of sudden and hit the electric pole. One person was injured in the accident and he was Uttam Neupane, 25, of Nepalgunj and has been undergoing treatment at Nepalgunj Teaching Hospital. RSS   ...

Powerful explosion rocks Itahari, six injured

Itahari, Dec 14: A powerful explosion rocked the Hatkhola market area in Itahari Sub-Metropolitan City- 1, Sunsari district last night. Six people have been critically injured in the incident. The blast has also completely damaged six shutters at a two-storeyed house. Police started investigation into the explosion immediately after the incident and suspect that the explosion was due to the leakage of many cooking gas cylinders at once which started a fire. Deputy Superintendent Om Adhikari at the Area Police Office Itahari said that further investigation into the incident is underway. Those critically injured in the incident are 30-year-old Pawan Chaudhary, his brother Sanjaya Chaudhary, 28, his wife Puja Chaudhary, 26, Pawan's next brother Rahul Chaudhary, 25, and Rahul's wife Anu Chaudhary, 23. Similarly, the Chaudhary's helper who goes by the name Maila was also seriously injured. All the injured are undergoing treatment at the BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Dharan. Among them, Anu is said to be very critical. The explosion was so strong that even houses upto a periphery of 500 metres from the site shook, locals said. It is learnt the Chaudhary brothers had been operating cooking gas filling plant from their house since long. They used to fill up small cylinders from the place. ...

Attacks on journalists continuing: FNJ President Bista

Parasi, Dec 12: Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) President Dr Mahendra Bista on Saturday said the journalists covering the Tarai-Madhes agitation were facing risk. Underlining the continuing interferences on press with incidents of attacks and journalists being beaten during the agitation, the FNJ President pressed the government to be serious over such incidents. At the Tarai Madhes Media Conference held in Nawalparasi by FNJ, Bista said the 'targeted' attacks on media and journalists covering the agitation have been continuing. During the conference, journalists based in 22 different districts of the Tarai region briefed the participants on the scenario in their respective districts and their problems including the impact on media. The conference and the FNJ Central Working Committee meeting will conclude on Sunday with the announcement of Nawalparasi Declaration along with a substantive proposal for journalists' security and the step to be taken forward. The conference was attended by around 100 journalists from across the country. ...

One dead, two injured in Dhading truck accident

Malekhu, Dec. 12: A person died on the spot after a truck met with an accident at Salyankot VDC-1 in Dhading district on Friday. The District Police Office, Dhading, said that Jiban Lama of Sindhuli district died in the incident that occurred after the truck fell 130 meters off the road. The truck (Na 5 Kha 6437) was on its way to the district headquarters Dhadingbensi from Phulkharka VDC. Truck driver Jas Bahadur Ghale and helper Prabin Gurung of Phulkharka have sustained injuries in the incident. Both of them are receiving treatment at the Salyantar-based primary health centre. RSS ...

Problems could appear in SLC letter grading system, experts say

Kathmandu, Dec. 12: Stating that the letter grading system in the School Leaving Certificate Examinations (SLC) introduced by the Ministry of Education was ill-prepared, the educationists have claimed that implementation part of the new system was challenging. The Ministry on Thursday decided to implement the letter grading system in the SLC examinations- a concept proposed by the World Bank meant for reforms in education. Educationist Dr Bidhyanath Koirala argued that the new step was taken in the name of improving education’s quality under the duress of the Word Bank without studying Nepal’s educational system. He said that the grading system would be irrelevant if the students getting lower grades were not able to earn the higher studies in their desired subjects. The Ministry has decided to categorise the students in nine grades including A+, A, B+, B, C+, C, D, E and N under the letter grading system. N stands for ‘not graded’. “It would be acceptable only if students are allowed to sit for entrance exams in their desired subjects and the selection process was done based on merit list,” he added. Likewise, Acting Examinations Controller of Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB) Santosh Aryal said that some problems would obviously arise after implementing the new system. He said that students getting lower than grade ‘C’ would have hard times to get enrolled in science faculty. RSS ...

Call for disabled-friendly buildings

Gorkha, Dec. 12: Stakeholders have stressed the need for constructing disabled-friendly houses, buildings and other infrastructures in the post-quake reconstruction efforts. The new buildings should be friendly to the people with disabilities, and the reconstruction and rejuvenation works should be started sooner than later, they said at a programme organised by Progressive Disabled Association with support from the Netherlands Leprosy Relief in Gorkha on Friday. On the occasion, the speakers said that people with disabilities were facing hardships as the government offices and buildings were not disabled-friendly. During the programme, Chairman of Association Amar Gurung said that the new constructions from toilet to building and others as well should be made disabled-friendly while focusing on the reconstruction. Likewise, lawmaker Chham Bahadur Gurung expressed his commitment to take initiatives for constructing the disabled-friendly buildings. RSS ...

NC President Koirala and TMDP Chairperson Thakur Meet

Kathmandu, Dec 11: Nepali Congress (NC) President Sushil Koirala and Terai-Madhes Democartic Party (TMDP) Chairperson Mahantha Thakur held a meeting this evening. Matters related to contemporary political development and ongoing protest in Terai-Madhes were dsicused at the meeting held at NC President Koirala's residence, Maharajgunj. On the occassion, NC President Koirala said that the ongoing protest should not be prolonged anymore and urged TMDP Chair Thakur to come to dialogue to resolve the problems without any delay. Koirala also said that the agitating parties should be ready to lend support to approve the Constitution Amendment Bill tabled by erstwhile NC-led government in the parliament. In response, Thakur said that they also wanted to end the Terai-Madhes agitation soon and urged NC President Koirala to lend support to have their demands addressed. RSS ...

Leaders attend luncheon at Indian Embassy

Kathmandu, Dec 11: Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae on Friday hosted a luncheon party for some leaders of major political parties while there was widespread criticism from all walks of life against continued Indian unofficial border blockade on Nepal. Leaders and lawmakers of ruling and main opposition parties were present at the luncheon party organized at Indian Embassy in Lainchaur. On the occassion, matters cocnerning the emergence of difficult situation between Nepal and India of late were lightly discussed, shared the leaders who attended the party. They stressed the need to make Nepal-India relations cordial based on mutual trust keeping in mind that the bilateral ties is century-old. The luncheon was attened by CPN-UML leader Surendra Pandey, UCPN (maoist)'s Prabhu Saha, Nepali Congress general secretary Krishna Prasad Sitaula, leaders Bimalendra Nidhi, Ananda Prasad Dhungana, Amresh Kumar Singh and Sadbhavana Party leader Laxman Lal Karna, among others. NC leaders Nidhi and Dhungana, who attended the party, informed that they had simply attended the meeting as invited. However, other party leaders declined to comment on the event. RSS ...

Finance Minister urges business community not to be panicked by blockade

Kathmandu, Dec 11: Finance Minister Bishnu Poudel has called on the business community not to get frustrated by the ongoing economic blockade suffering the country at the hands of neighour. "The blockade has caused an irreparable loss due to the blockade. Let's take patience for more few days and not to be panicked by it," he said while speaking at a programme organised in his honour in the capital Friday. The ongoing Tarai agitation was expected to end soon through talks and consensus. Former Minister and Nepali Congress lawmaker Balkrishna Khand said primary indications regarding to the government performance were not satisfactory. The Nepali Congress has never incorporated with the government despite sitting in the opposition. Despite support from the opposition, the government failed to work as per the people's expectations, he said. Meanwhile, on the same occasion, the Rupandehi Society has submitted a 12-point memorandum to the Finance Minister seeking an integrated development of Lumbini. Implementation of a Special Economic Zone in Rupandehi, expedition of task of promoting the Gautam Buddha into a regional airport and developing Lumbini, Devdaha and Tilaurakot into international tourist destinations are among the demands put forth by the Society before the Finance Minister. RSS                   ...

Government introduces letter grading system in SLC results

Bhaktapur, Dec 10: The government will be publishing the results of the School Leaving Certificate examinations in letter grading system ending the practice of numerical grading. A meeting of the National Curriculum Development and Evaluation Council headed by the Education Ministry took the decision to divide the SLC results in nine groups. The results of the students of giving SLC in the technical subjects last year were published in the same system. Curriculum Development Centre Executive Director Baburam Poudel said the SLC results will not mention pass or fail rather classify the results in categories namely 'A +' 'A' 'B +' 'B' 'C+' 'C' 'D' 'E' and 'N', with effect from the upcoming year. ...

Massive fire engulfs Ason settlement

Kathmandu, Dec 10: A massive fire broke out at Tyauda of Ason this evening. The fire that began at around 7:30 pm has so far gutted three houses. But the details of the losses are awaited, according to Deputy Superintendent of Police Binod Ghimire. Four fire engines are working to put out the fire which was reportedly sparked by a candle flame. Congested pathway in the populous settlement has caused obstructions in taking the fire under control, police said. ...

Aftershock measuring 4.0 in Richter scale felt

Kathmandu, Dec 7: An aftershock measuring 4.0 in Richter scale with its epicenter in Dolakha occurred this morning. The tremor took place at 7.27 am on Monday, according to the National Seismological Centre. Centre Chief Lokbijay Adhikari informed that some 417 aftershocks measuring above 4.0-magnitude have so far taken place following the 25 April 2015 devastating earthquake. RSS ...

Nepalese community in California stage demonstration

California, Dec 5: The migrant Nepalese community in the US city of San Francisco on Friday staged a demonstration against the Indian government's undeclared blockade of essential supplies to Nepal. The Nepalese migrants numbering in the hundreds took out a rally from Civic Centre UN Plaza and encircled the market area before returning to the same point. A memorandum to be submitted to the Indian Consulate office was read aloud by a participant, Mani Paneru. The memorandum will be submitted to the Indian Consulate on Monday, said Non Resident Nepalese Association-America, California Chapter President Purna Baniya. ...

Tri-party meet ends inconclusively

Kathmandu, Dec 5: A tri-party meeting among the ruling parties, main opposition and the agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) held Saturday late evening in an attempt to seek a solution to the Madhes unrest ended inconclusively. The meeting was held at the Prime Minister's official residence Baluwatar. In the meeting, the protesting UDMF, an alliance of the Madhes-centric parties expressing dissent with the new constitution, argued that the government failed to come up with a concrete proposal regarding the Madhes demands. However, talking to media after the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defense Bhim Rawal said the meeting with the UDMF was heading positively. Compensation of Rs one million to the families of those killed during the Madhes agitation and free treatment to the injured were among the demands put forth by the UDMF. In response, the government said that it has already taken a decision regarding the demand for compensation and allocated the compensation amount to the victims' families and arranged for free treatment of the injured. If any family of the deceased has been deprived of the compensation, a joint team of the government and UDMF will be formed to ensure compensation to the deprived family, the government talks team told the UDMF, according to DPM Rawal. The UDMF leaders were urged to withdraw the programmes of protest as the prolonged obstructions in the supplies along the border transits have hit the people hard...

Indian intervention in Nepal's internal affairs wrong: UML leader Nepal

Indian intervention in Nepal's internal affairs wrong: UML leader Nepal 2015-12-05 19:12 Kathmandu, Dec 5: CPN (UML) leader Madhav Kumar Nepal on Saturday said an agreement affecting the unity among the ethnic communities and castes and impacting the national integrity could not be entertained with anyone. At an interaction on 'Current blockade and Nepal-India Relations' organized by Political Science Association of Nepal in the capital city, leader Nepal said that the poison of ethnicity and regional sentiment sowed by some non-governmental organizations in the past were being reflected today creating the current problem. He added that the second Constituent Assembly elections had weakened the groups and parties advocating the sentiment of ethnicity. "The undeclared blockade has reduced the import by 50 per cent and it has affected general livelihood in Nepal," Nepal said adding, "It is our work to finalize Nepal's internal problem and it is wrong that India should meddle in our internal affairs." The leader stressed that the state must not agree on giving right to self-determination on geographical terms demanded by the agitators and the ethnic rights. On the occasion, lawmaker Lal Babu Prasad Yadav spoke of the cultural ties between Nepal and India and insisted on resolving the dampened relations through diplomatic means. Society's Chairman Bijaya Bahadur Silwal said the emerging situation in the aftermath of the...