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NC censures Maoists for opposing key bills

KATHMANDU, FEB 15 -Alok Lamsal The Nepali Congress (NC) has expressed serious concern over the ruling UCPN (Maoist)’s move to oppose crucial bills, including those related to extradition treaty, mutual legal assistance and Anti-money Laundering Act, in parliament. A meeting of the NC’s Parliamentary Party (PP) held in Singha Durbar has asked the government to … Continue reading

Research to develop ethnographic profile

KATHMANDU, FEB 09 By Alok Lamsal With the support of the Social Inclusion Research Fund (SIRF), Central Department of Sociology/Anthropology (CDSA) of the Tribhuvan University (TU) is conducting research for the development of a social inclusion atlas and ethnographic profile. The study will promote informed understanding of Nepal’s social, cultural and linguistic diversities. Research director … Continue reading

My beautiful country

DEC 03 Alok Lamsal What globalisation means etymologically is not what is practiced in this world today. Globalisation means diffusion of practices, expansion of relations across continents, organisation of social life on a global scale and growth of a shared global consciousness. But that is not what is happening today. We know now what the … Continue reading

Maoists flayed for pocketing fighters cash

KATHMANDU, FEB 06 – POST REPORT – BY ALOK LAMSAL Major opposition parties, the Nepali Congress (NC) and the CPN-UML, have raised serious concerns over the UCPN (Maoist) decision to take almost “half the money” given to retiring combatants. In a meeting held on Monday at the UML headquarters in Balkhu, both the parties decided … Continue reading

Gas crisis reaches its peak

KATHMANDU, FEB 01 With Roshan Sedhai Many small hotels and tea shops have downed shutters owing to the acute shortage of cooking gas persisting in the Capital for a long time. Small hoteliers say they haven’t sold food items for several days. The government failure to import enough gas has hit hard the Capital city, … Continue reading

The receeding melodies of folk

FEB 01 The proliferation of pop, jazz, soul, blues, reggae and other genres of western music in the Nepali market is a reflection of how our own musical heritage has been sidelined in recent decades. Most of the country’s youngsters have hardly any knowledge on folk instruments, and seem to be in no hurry to … Continue reading

Pooch poo pestering pedestrians

KATHMANDU, FEB 01 Both domesticated and stray dogs have been causing a public nuisance in the Capital as pooch poo litter streets. Scenes of dogs crapping right in the middle of streets are common in the Valley where the cannie population is on the rise. In some places, pet owners openly dump plastic bags of … Continue reading