NA passes bill allowing authorities to intercept individuals’ phone conversation 


Kathmandu, May 20

The third session of the Legislature Parliament will have the government’s policy and programme and  the new fiscal  budget as major agendas.

President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has summoned the  third session of the Legislative Parliament on Monday.

Secretary of Parliament Secretariat Som Bahadur Thapa told THT that if everything goes according to plan, the president will read out the government’s policy and programmes in the Parliament  on May 26. Thapa said Parliament Secretariat officials had been working on the process for the president’s address on May 26.

The government will have to present a new budget on May 29 as per the constitutional provision.

“Another agenda of the new session will be constitution amendment, but discussion on the bill will depend on understanding between political parties,” Thapa said. He also said almost a dozen bills, including the local administration bill, health insurance bill, anti- Read More…

Some of our readers listen to their inner voice — absolutely — and dress to their own tune, no matter what. Individual comfort comes first for them. But many of our readers say that they do have their own unique style of dressing, but have enough sense to dress according to the occasion as courtesy to the person they are meeting or event they are attending

Dressing sense

Illustration: Ratna Sagar Shrestha/ THT

I know many of you will disagree with me but I think that you should dress according to what your hearts tell you to wear. In my case, dressing for self-confidence and comfort is more important than t Read More…

Local election vote counting

Graphic: THT

Kathmandu, May 20

The CPN-UML won 108 posts — mayors of municipalities and chiefs of rural municipalities — on the fifth day of vote counting.

Similarly, the Nepali Congress won 100 posts — mayors of municipalities or chiefs of rural municipalities.

According to the Election Commission, UML candidates were elected in 32 mayoral posts. Similarly, 76 UML candidates won chiefs of rural municipalities. The party is leading in 14 local levels.

Out of 100 local levels that the NC has won, at least 24 NC candidates won mayoral posts. Seventy-six candidates won chiefs of rur Read More…

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File – People working at the key section of Melamchi Tunnel – 9.5 km from Sundarijal Sindhu section – which was completed on Wednesday, December 28, 2016. Photo: RSS

Kathmandu, May 20

The Melamchi Water Supply Development Board has begun the second phase of Melamchi project which is expected to add 340 million litres of water supply to Kathmandu Valley.

Currently, the Melamchi project is about to finish its first phase. After completion of the first phase, the project is expected to supply 70 million litres of water in Kathmandu Valley.

According to the board, the process of preparing Detailed Project Report has begun and staffers are busy car Read More…

The Central Jail, Kathmandu. Photo: THT/File

Kathmandu, May 20

The Department of Prison Management has said 17 new prison structures are under construction in as many districts.

The buildings are being constructed with the financial support from the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction. The total estimated budget for the construction of new prison buildings is around Rs 1.677 billion, said the DoMP.

The structures will be constructed in Sarlahi, Sindhuli, Dolakha, Sindhupalchowk, Kavrepalanchowk, Nawalparasi, Palpa, Manang, Mugu, Dolpa, Humla, Jumla, Surkhet, Jajarkot, Dailekh, Bajhang and Dadeldhura districts.

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Women rights

Women rights activists holding placards participate in a rally, in Kathmandu, on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Photo: RSS

Kathmandu, May 20

A morning rally was taken out in Kathmandu Valley today in order to raise awareness against violence against women and girls in public places.

Youth Advocacy Nepal, Nepal Mahila Ekata Samaj and National Woman Rights Forum, among other organisations, jointly took out the rally which saw the participation of around 300 youths.

The rally started from Maitighar Mandala and converged into a corner meeting after arriving at Ratna Park.

During the rally, participants demanded the installation of CCTV cameras in crowded p Read More…

Kathmandu Valley

A view of Kathmandu Valley from Kirtipur, on Monday, August 29, 2016. The valley has witnessed excessive population boom over the past few years. Photo: THT

Kathmandu, May 20

Most of the urban growth in Nepal is happening at the expense of fertile farmlands and cities are using peripheral land in a wasteful manner due to the lack of clear policies on the preservation of farmlands, says a report.

According to the report ‘Inclusive Cities: Resilient Communities’ published by the Ministry of Urban Development, existing serviced land and infrastructure in the peripheral urban areas are often inadequately developed and used.

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Eastern Textile Industry workers

Workers of Eastern Textile Industry Limited staging a sit-in, in Bara, on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Photo: THT

Bara, May 20

Former employees of the bankrupt Eastern Textile Industry Limited in Jitpur Simara Sub-metropolis of Bara organised a press meet today in front of the industry’s main gate, demanding payment of their outstanding salaries.

The company has been closed since mid-January 2015. It has yet to pay three years’ salaries to 209 of its staff members.

The company’s former staff members said they had requested company operators to release their salary several times Read More…

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