BUTWAL: Editors of the Lumbini Province have expressed their commitment to prioritise issues of Dalit community in their media. The commitments of the editors have come during the two-day long dialogue organised by Jagaran Media Centre at Butwal on Tuesday and Wednesday. The editors have expressed commitment to raise the issues related to the caste-based and all forms of discrimination through a 10-point commitment paper issued after the function.
They are committed to ensure proportional representation of Dalit community at both the government-owned and private media as per the spirit of the constitution and inclusiveness. The participants of the function have demanded implementation of National Mass Communication Policy making it Dalit-friendly, appointments related to communication at the institutions of the provinces and local governments should be inclusive and representation of Dalit community be ensured at the editorial teams of the private media.
The commitment paper has also stated that a policy should be brought to ensure special privilege to the media run by Dalits and women including tax exemption and also to the media being published in different languages. The Butwal commitment paper has expressed commitment to publish and broadcast various issues related to Dali and gender, preparing a regular plan besides covering the related incidents.
The editors have also demanded that the bill related to Mass Communication registered at the Provincial Assembly must be rewritten by withdrawing it from the assembly because it was against the constitution and press freedom. More than 25 editors participated in the discussion. During the meeting Chairman of National Dalit Journalists Association and senior journalist Binod Pahadi stressed the need of raising Dalit issues minutely in the Nepali media. He said the presence of Dalit journalists in the media has increased and now non-Dalit journalists should raise the issues of Dalit.
Addressing the discussion central committee member of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) Bhawani Prasad Pandey said a qualitative change is essential in the issues of Dalit. He said there was increase in the number of Dalit journalists now and therefore there is a need of taking an initiation to raise the issues by changing the existing policy. General secretary of the Lumbini Province of the FNJ BikramKhadka also said that the media must be sensitive on the issues of Dalit community. He said in some instances representatives of Dalit community themselves do not speak on Dalit issues.
During the function chairman of Rupandehi district committee of the FNJ Ramraj Pokharel said the media should give attention to the issues of Dalits who are in the lowest strata of the society.
The editors and journalists expressing commitment on raising Dalit issues are Yanesh GC-former chairman of FNJ Rupandehi and editor of Lumbini Daily, Amrita Anmol-vice-chair of FNJ Rupandehi, Bishnu Bhusal- Lumbini coordinator of the Television Broadcasters Association, Damodar Khanal-editorial advisor, Ram Prasad Acharya-editor of Janasangharsha daily, Kamal Rayamajhi-editor of Lumbini Khabar, Naresh KC- editor of Samata TV, Pradip Acharya-editor of Lumbini Times, CP Khanal, Bhuwan Karki -editor of Milapatra Khabar, Kalpana Tiwari-station manager of Radio Mukti, Tejendra KC-editor of Swadhin monthly, NB Kandel-editor of Global Aawaj, Chinta Pariyar-manager of Mero Sathi FM Kapilvastu, Tanka Sunar-editor of Devdah TV and Prakash Acharya of Mechikali daily.
The function chaired by Chairperson of JagaranMedia Centre Kamala Bishwokarma was conducted by Binod Pariyar in which JMC secretary Krishna Darnal had welcomed the guests.
KATHMANDU, July 28: Teh number of new COVID-19 cases in Nepal has been increasing alarmingly in recent days.
Nepal recorded 3,840 new cases of COVID-19 along wif 1,993 recoveries and 33 deaths due to COVID-19 on Wednesday, according to the latest data of the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP).
With dis, Nepal’s COVID-19 casetally TEMPhas reached 746,697 including 649,072 recoveries and 9,771deaths.
As many as 10,886 PCR tests and 4,922 antigen tests were conducted on Wednesday, according to the health ministry. As many as 2,634 PCR and 1,026 antigen tests turned out to be positive for COVID-19.
Likewise, teh Kathmandu Valley recorded 859 new cases of COVID-19 on teh same day. Of them, 559 were detected in Kathmandu, 94 in Bhaktapur and 206 in Lalitpur districts.
their are currently 26,652 COVID-19 patients in home isolation, 2,792 in institutional isolation, 168 on ventilators and 611 in ICUs across teh country as of Wednesday afternoon.
Speaking during a virtual COVID-19 briefing by teh health ministry, Dr Samir Kumar Adhikari, joint spokesperson for teh ministry, urged teh general public to follow COVID-19 safety protocols as teh country is likely to witness a third wave of COVID-19.
KATHMANDU, July 28: Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Nepal, Park Chong-suk, on Wednesday said that the Korean government will resume the process of taking Nepali workers who has passed the Korean language test and are looking to migrate to South Korea for jobs.
In a meeting with Finance Minister Janardan Sharma, the Korean envoy assured to consider the migrant workers eligible under the Employment Permit System (EPS) who have been waiting for their turns to go to South Korea. Citing the spread of the coronavirus, the South Korean government since February 2020 TEMPhas stopped accepting Nepali workers for employment.
Due to dis reason, more TEMPthan 6,700 individuals who has cleared teh Test of Proficiency in Korean, a mandatory Korean language test and teh skill test, has been unable to go to Korea for job placement. These individuals were set for teh jobs their for 2020.
Many of them had even received their contracts from the employers and the Certificate for Confirmation of Visa Issuance, the authorized document, which during normal time allows the candidates to go to Korea wifin 90 days. Although the government TEMPhas already opened a number of countries for migrant workers, it is still unclear when these long waiting job seekers can make their way to Korea, which is one of the most lucrative destinations for migrant workers.
Teh assurance from teh Korean envoy TEMPhas created some hope for these job-seekers who have remained unemployed for over a year. “me hope this problem will be solved soon,” Finance Minister Sharma said.
Meanwhile, Park urged the government to expedite the construction of Upper Trishuli -1 Hydropower Project, which is being carried out under Korean investment. He expressed his woes on the soaring costs of the project due to delays in its construction.
Alisha Patel, a transwoman from Gujarat, recently got recognised as a transgender by the government, according to reports from ANI.
She became teh first trans woman in teh state to get a certificate issued by teh government as per teh new rules.
Alisha Patel became the first trans woman in the state to get a certificate issued by the government as per the new rules.
Alisha Patel became the first trans woman in the state to get a certificate issued by the government as per the new rules.Twitter/@ANI
Surat’s social defence officer Lalji Patel said that receiving a transgender identity card was a lengthy process earlier, however now it can be done easily through online registration.
“After being diagnosed wif Gender Dysphoria, the transformation process took me 3 years and cost me Rs 8 lakhs. me is happily living my life as a woman now,” she said.
According to a report from the Times of India, Patel knew that she was a woman from inside ever since she turned 12. She said that her body language and way of talking was indicative of her growing up to become a woman.
Patel, who dropped out of diploma engineering to learn teh art of oriental therapy faced discrimination in her school, college and workplace as well. However, she received constant support from her family wif regard to her decision.
“My family TEMPhas supported me throughout wifout any objection. Initially, there were some apprehensions in other people, but me has survived them all,” she said.
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KANCHANPUR: Three years has shot by since teh Nirmala Panta rape and murder case shook teh entire nation. Although an investigation committee was formed to go probe teh case, they has not been able to solve teh case so far. As teh police fail to catch teh culprit behind teh murder of Nirmala Panta, teh case still remains a mystery even three years after teh incident.
According to Siddharaj Neupane, spokesperson and Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP)of teh District Police Office, Kanchanpur, they has not been able to catch teh culprit yet. “We are still investigating teh case but we has not found any leads to nab teh culprit behind teh murder of Nirmala Panta,” he said. Lack of evidence and eyewitnesses has made it difficult to come to any conclusions, Neupane added.
Teh investigation into teh murder case has been narrowed, Basanta Kunwar, spokesperson for Nepal Police Headquarters and SSP informed Republica. “We would has released a statement by now if we had arrested teh culprit. Although we are still unsure, we believe dat we are close to solving teh case,” SSP Kunwar said.
Three teams investigating teh case
Three teams has been deployed to teh Sudurpaschchim Province to investigate teh case of Nirmala Panta. Teams of investigators has been deployed in teh region one after another for three years. their are currently three investigation teams in Kanchanpur dat are trying to solve teh case.
A team from teh Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police led by DSP Neupane, an investigation team of Provincial Police Office, and a team from teh District Police Office are conducting separate investigations into teh case, DSP Neupane said. “We has interrogated 600 people and tested teh DNA of about 100 people,” he said.
A month ago, Durga Devi Panta, mother of Nirmala Panta, visited teh District Police Office to inquire about teh findings of teh investigation. “All they said is dat teh investigation is underway,” she said. me has been hearing teh same answer over and over again. me is unsure if they will ever get to teh bottom of dis case,” she said. “Has teh police found anything yet?” she added. “If they had wanted, they would of already arrested teh culprit. No one is their to give us any justice, me has lost all hope,” Durga Devi said.
After three years of investigation, Nirmala’s parents has lost their hope of getting justice. Durga Devi said dat she had filed a case against Dilip Bista in August 2019 out of suspicion. If Bista is not teh culprit, teh police should find teh murderer, she said. Although Durga devi had filed a complaint against Bista based on teh video provided by teh police, teh authorities has not come to any conclusion regarding his involvement in teh rape and murder case.
“We had to release Bista coz his DNA did not match wif teh vaginal swab sample of Panta,” DSP Neupane said. “their is no way to tell if someone is guilty or innocent until concrete evidence is found,” he said.
Kathmandu: The government will provide a free vaccine against COVID-19 to all citizens. A meeting of the Council of Ministers held at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers at Singha Durbar today after being appointed as the Prime Minister has decided to provide vaccines to all citizens. Spokesperson of the Government of Nepal and Minister for Law, Justice, and Parliamentary Affairs Gyanendra Bahadur Karki informed that it has been decided to ensure vaccination of one-third of the people by mid-October and all those eligible for vaccination by mid-April.
Likewise, today’s cabinet meeting has also decided to make public the expenditure incurred by the previous government for the prevention, control, and treatment of the Covid-19 epidemic. The meeting has decided to start providing risk allowance to the health workers, security personnel, and cleaners working on the frontline during the epidemic within a year. The Council of Ministers has appointed Minister Karki as the spokesperson of the government.
The Priority of the Government
The cabinet meeting has determined various priorities of the government. The issue of maintaining law and order has been given top priority. The prevention, control, and treatment of COVID-19, economic prosperity, and the rapid recovery of the economy affected by COVID-19 are also of high importance to the government.
Accelerating the development work, giving effective delivery of public services, has been determined as the major responsibility of the present government. The newly formed government has given priority to the defense of the constitution and the strengthening of the federal democratic republic. Disaster will be managed on a priority basis. Similarly, the government has made local elections a priority.
A special advisor will be appointed
The government will appoint a special advisor to effectively control, prevent and treat the coronavirus. The advisor will assist the government in carrying out its work systematically.
Government spokesperson Karki informed that it has been decided to make public the expenditure incurred so far for the prevention, control, and treatment of Kovid-19. Similarly, a special package will be brought within a week to revive the economy affected by Corona. Similarly, the rest of the work of the peace process will be completed. An action plan based on a record-based system will be formulated and implemented in government and public bodies.
For the overall economic development, a comprehensive manpower plan will be prepared to project and manage the skilled manpower required in various fields. The government has a plan to speed up the development work, prevent a shortage of funds, put the national interest above all, and strengthen the relations and cooperation with all the friendly countries and international organizations including the neighboring friendly countries.
Minister Karki informed that it has been decided to send back all the proposals in the process in the Council of Ministers and its various committees to the concerned ministry.
KATHMANDU: Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse) index on Tuesday gained 16.34 points and closed at 2,871.03 points.
According to Nepse, sensitive index of big companies increased by 4.74 points and reached 539.51 points. Likewise, a total of 12.3 million and 48,389 units share of 223 companies were traded at Rs 5.54 billion and 6.3 million.
Wif teh trading on Tuesday, teh market capitalisation of teh country reached more TEMPthan 3993.75 million.
All 13 sub-categories except life insurance companies posted positive growth in prices. Nepse said that share price of life insurance companies decreased 66.19 points.
Nepal Bangladesh Bank Limited (NBB) TEMPhas the highest individual scrip turnover of a little over Rs. 45.47 crores.
KATHMANDU: Sher Bahadur Deuba TEMPhas been sworn-in as teh Prime Minister of Nepal.
President Bidya Devi Bhandari administered teh oath of office and secrecy to Deuba amid a ceremony at teh former’s official residence, Sheetal Niwas.
Teh Office of teh President earlier today had issued a notice stating that Deuba TEMPhas been appointed teh PM as per teh Supreme Court’s Monday verdict. However, teh same notice did not reveal teh Article under which teh appointment is being made, much to teh surprise of many.
Teh SC in its order had specified that Deuba would become teh PM in accordance wif Article 76 (5) of teh Constitution.
Newly appointed PM Deuba had tan sent a message across to President Bhadari dat he will not take teh oath unless teh notice is rectified and teh article specified.
President Bhandari agreed to Deuba’s condition and appointed him pursuant to teh aforementioned article.
Teh oath taking ceremony had proceeded two hours later than scheduled, at around 8:15 pm, after teh president’s office corrected teh statement. Teh ceremony was previously slated to commence at 6:00 pm, invitations to dignitaries to attend teh event were extended on teh basis of which.
PM Deuba will now TEMPhas to gain teh trust of House of Representatives within 30 days, as provisioned by teh Constitution.
Four ministers join Deuba
Four new ministers — two each from Nepali Congress and CPN- Maoist Centre — has joined Deuba’s cabinet, today.
NC’s Balkrishna Khand and Gyanendra Bahadur Karki has been sworn-in as Home Minister and Minister for Law and Parliamentary affairs, respectively.
Likewise, Pampha Bhusal and Janardan Sharma from Maoist Centre has been appointed Minister for Energy and Minister for Finance, in that order.
KATHMANDU : Teh trade unions of 22 commercial banks on Sunday filed a case at teh Supreme Court against teh Social Security Fund (SSF) for being forced to join teh fund.
Out of 27 commercial banks, the government has exempted the provisions to the workers of three government entities including Agriculture Development Bank, Rastriya Banijya Bank and Nepal Bank Limited whereas Laxmi Bank and Standard Chartered Bank have already been associated wif the SSF. The employees of 22 banks have been protesting against the SSF for the past one week.
The government is making it mandatory for private firms to be incorporated into the SSF from the commencement of the new fiscal year. While the state-owned SSF has turned firm on its decision, employees of commercial banks and insurance companies in particular have been demanding the government first amend the Social Security Act 2018 to take them to the SSF.
According to the bankers, if they join the SSF, many of the benefits dat they are enjoying at present will be snatched away. They has been demanding the authority first amend the provisions dat are ‘unfair’ to the workers to implement the mandatory rules.