: The National Dalit Commission, a constitutional body tasked with promoting Dalit rights, is housed at a quiet, rented building in Kupondole. This is the Commission’s central and only office. At its quiet, compact compound, several small trees abound. Chauffeurs and bodyguards could be seen conversing with each other. Stakeholders come in quietly and hold meetings throughout the day, and leave just as quietly at the end of the day. The office’s interiors are largely nondescript. And for a constitutional body that is supposed to research widely, it has a resourceless library. The office is currently equipped with only 21 employees, out of a total of 30 posts, according to its website.
Over the last few years, Nepal has witnessed several instances where the rights of Dalits have been infringed upon. It is so commonplace that Dalits are still denied rent, barred from entering temples, and even raped and killed. Amid this sorry state of affairs, the work done by the Dalit Commission has come under scrutiny.
The commission was without a head and other key members for five years since the country got a new constitution in 2015. The officials were appointed only in December 2020. The process of appointments had a fair share of skeptics but it nonetheless came as a relief to the Dalit community. But even as the commission has filled its leadership vacuum, it seems to be lacking in a concrete strategic plan and is opaque when it comes to communicating its activities.
The body that is constitutionally mandated to “making noise” about Dalit issues has only been “mumbling”, says Bishwo Bhakta Dulal, alias Aahuti, who is an author, columnist and Dalit rights activist. For Pradip Pariyar, chair of Samata Foundation, an NGO advocating for social justice, the state of the commission is a reflection of a “politically divided civil society with NGOs and the Commission following suit.”
Devraj Bishwokarma, chairperson of the Commission, cites two of the “major hurdles” in working towards its constitutional and legislative mandates—lack of employees and adequate funds.
He wants at least 40 employees working in the commission’s central office and 17 in the, until now non-existent, provincial offices. He wants more funds for the Commission’s goals that is, among others, “to collaborate with entertainers, religious figures, and politicians to spread awareness about Dalit issues”.
But, contrary to Bishwokarma’s claims, the commission didn’t seem to spend the funds it was allocated. Out of the total allocated budget of 4,43,45,000, it managed to spend only Rs1,29,42,917—Rs9,94,00 as capital expense and Rs1,28,43,517 as current expense—in the fiscal year 2019/20.
The problem of a lack of adequate employees in the commission, however, is true. Although the Supreme Court decided to reinstate the dissolved House of Representatives, it has yet to rule on the 38 appointments to 11 constitutional bodies, including to the Dalit Commission, made by the KP Oli-led government after amending, through an ordinance, provisions relating to the Constitutional Council.
But the commission’s current composition, which includes one chair and four members, is not inclusive enough, say critics.
“We don’t see inclusivity from among the Dalit community in the appointments,” Pariyar said. “While all the members are dalits, they are from the Khas-Arya background.”
Chairperson Bishwokarma said the commission plans to enlist surnames of Dalits which they share with non-Dalit counterparts. “If a man used to write Bishwokarma in his name, he can now adopt Koirala as his surname, after we verify it and enlist it in the Nepal Gazette,” he explained. “We wanted to reach all of the 753 local levels for this campaign but logistical limitations remain a problem.” He says the Commission intends to continue to run the process in intervals and regularly update the verified list.
But Aahuti is skeptical about the Commission’s plans on this front. “It is a matter of individual choice what surname one wants to adopt,” he said, adding that he isn’t sure whether that is what the Commission should be mulling over right now. Aahuti believes these are peripheral issues and that changing identities by adopting a different surname doesn’t really change structural political, economic, and culutral issues relating to the Dalit plight.
One of the duties of the Commission mandated by the National Dalit Commission Act 2017 is to research on current legal provisions relating to Dalit interests and make recommendations to Nepal government to reform such laws. Bishwokarma, the chairperson, says the commission doesn’t think there are any such problematic legislations. He finds the problem lying elsewhere—in the bureaucracy, which he thinks was familiar to the Muluki Ain more than the current Muluki Criminal and Civil Codes, and where a biased mindset still endures.
When asked if the commission has been conducting any research on its own, the chairperson’s remarks echo most of his other answers about the Commission’s performance—that the Commission “is trying and results are due”.
The Commission’s library is a tiny room where publications include FAQ pamphlets, brief introduction of the Commission, its annual report for FY 2019/20 and an outline of offences relating to discrimination and untouchability. Journals and research papers are nowhere to be seen.
When asked if the Commission might need to incorporate more innovative modes of spreading social awareness regarding Dalit issues, Bishworkarma offered some wide-ranging answers. He wants to mobilize the younger generation, especially from grade 8 to bachelor’s level where they undertake “practical classes on equality and progressiveness”. He also sees a need to change the curriculum being taught in schools and universities, so young children don’t grow up with a biased outlook when it comes to caste and identity. He wants to make the decade between 2021-31 a “decade of Dalit liberation”.
Incidences where Dalits are denied rent, barred from entering temples, and even raped and killed are commonplace in Nepali society. Amid this sorry state of affairs, the work done by the Dalit Commission has come under scrutiny.
Can we expect the Commission to complete these plans in his tenure? “Yes, of course,” he says. And, what does the Commission need in order to do that? “More funds from the government,” he reiterates.
But Aahuti isn’t satisfied with the answer. He doesn’t see lack of funds and employees as a reasonable excuse for the Commission to carry out its functions. “Constitutionally, the Commission’s work is almost entirely confined to making recommendations to the government,” he says. “However, the Commission is part of the state system, not the government.”
Aahuti further said that holding talks with different stakeholders within the Dalit community to reach a consensus and pressurize the government to fulfill those demands isn’t such an expensive task after all. “And if protests in the streets can bring about change, the Commission is in a more privileged position to fulfill its financial needs,” he said.
In January 2020, an interaction program was held among public and private stakeholders to discuss Dalit rights and agendas and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a process by which the human rights record of countries are examined by the UN. The Commission had received the suggestion that the government, the Commission, and NGOs should be on a “common understanding” when it comes to the UPR. The commission hasn’t yet held any trilateral talks between these three stakeholders to come to a common understanding about the Review and the plight of the Dalits in the country.
In FY 2019/20, the Commission received 25 complaints. Fifteen of them were about caste-based discrimination, abuse, humiliation, beatings and contempt, while four were related to death or killings where caste was a major factor; 3 about abuse of Dalit’s constitutional rights; and one each about rape and inter-caste marriage. One complaint’s nature remains miscellaneous. The Commission has written to concerned agencies to conduct necessary investigations and take action in all such cases.
The Commission can also form working groups and committees to investigate on such cases if it finds through a preliminary investigation that Dalit rights were violated. But resources and manpower crunch have not allowed such investigations, Bishwokarma says.
“We usually write to the National Human Rights Commission or the Home Ministry if we think an investigation is needed in a case,” he says. “Then we write to them every month or so asking about the progress on such cases.”
But the commission certainly doesn’t operate in a vacuum. Activists also view with suspicion the roles of NGOs that can ideally keep sustained pressure on the Commission. For Rem Bahadur BK, chairperson of Jagaran Media Center, the problem also lies in the fragmentation of NGOs along party lines. “NGOs working on Dalit issues are very delineated along party loyalties,” he says, as someone who is a part of such organizations and forums himself. “Party loyalty determines which events the NGOs will advocate about and which they’ll turn a blind eye on,” he said.
Aahuti argued along the same lines. “Almost all NGOs working on Dalit issues have an official stance that untouchability and discrimination are the only problems that Dalits face today in Nepal,” he said, adding that the problems of Dalits extend to economic and political arenas which the state still hasn’t addressed through more comprehensive schemes.
Pariyar, of the Samata Foundation, said that the failure of the state mechanism and NGOs is a failure of the society itself. “The workings and the composition of the Commission and the NGOs working on Dalit issues is a reflection of the society we live in,” he said.
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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.
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.
A discussion program in Kathmandu marked an occasion for activists advocating for rights of minority groups to come together and discuss the roots of discrimination and possible solutions.
Kathmandu: Nepal’s legislation prohibits discrimination on the basis of caste, but Dalits still face discrimination on regular basis, not just in rural settings but also in urban areas. An incident last month wherein a Kathmandu-based VJ was denied a flat in rent because of her caste is a case in point. It illustrated just how pervasive casteism is in the country’s urban settings.
Discrimination against Dalits takes place in many different forms: from prohibition of entry into temples and children being ostracized in schools to forced labor and denial in providing a flat in rent. These forms of discrimination underscore the sheer magnitude and banality of casteism in Nepali societies.
Why casteism is still so rooted in the country despite its legislations rendering it illegal was a subject of a discussion program, titled Dalit ra Kotha Bhada (Dalits and the Issue of Room Rent). The program, which took place in Kathmandu on Tuesday, was organized by Jagaran Media Center, an NGO working towards Dalit rights. Despite the name of the event, which puts extra focus on room rent, the discussion explored other relevant issues related to Dalit rights as well. Moreover, discrimination faced by other minority groups was also discussed at the event.
At the event, many Dalit and human rights activists took time to decry the poor implementation of the legal provision, venting ire against the “apathy” of law-enforcing agencies, while others attempted to diagnose the root of the problem.
“It is not just about the crime being committed but also about the dignity and respect that has been walked over because of untouchability.”
“Many so-called upper-caste landowners claim that renting out house or flat to someone is a ‘private affair’, which they take as an excuse to perpetuate discrimination,” said Mina Swarnakar, a representative from National Dalit Commission.
Dinesh Tripathi, Senior Advocate at Supreme Court, said that it is “miseducated” and “misguided” people who uphold discrimination based on caste.
The unanimous question that arose during the discussion was on the incompetence of the authorities in booking people who commit caste-based crimes, which is constitutionally punishable.
A problem that spans across caste, gender and physical ability
Over the past few years, a series of heinous caste-based crimes have come to the forefront in Nepal. In May 2020, Angira Pasi, a 13-year-old dalit girl from Rupandehi, was raped by a 25-year-old man from her own village. The adolescent girl was forced to marry her rapist, not long after which she died by suicide. That same month, Nawaraj BK and five of his friends who had gone to another village to ask for a higher-caste girl’s hand in marriage were brutally killed. Then there was the case of Rupa Sunar last month where then Minister of Education Krishna Gopal Shrestha escorted the alleged perpetrator from her holding. Many commentators declared that caste was nurtured by the state itself.
“These crimes need more investigation and prosecution as it clearly is a constitutional crime,” said Tripathi, the Senior Advocate.
Swarnakar believes that it’s high time everyone spoke up against discrimination that often takes place in broad daylight. “We will have to make some unsettling noise if we want to see a better life for the next generation,” she said.
Writer Shiva Pariyar hinted that Dalits not just deserve justice but also social justice. “It is not just about the crime being committed but also about the dignity and respect that has been walked over because of untouchability,” he said.
Activists from other minority communities also talked about similar situations faced by the groups they advocate for.
Pinky Gurung, president of Blue Dimond Society, which works for the rights of LGBTIQ community, said the discrimination that people from the queer community face because of their gender identity has made it extremely difficult to get a flat for rent.
She added that the rejection they have to face started from their own houses and families, leading them to seek shelter somewhere else. “People from my community are compelled to pay more than necessary in order to have a roof over their head,” Gurung said.
Devu Parajuli, central member of National Federation of the Disabled – Nepal, had similar grievances, only more acute. “We are usually denied flats for rent because of our disability,” he said. “And the ones we are not rejected from are not disability-friendly.”
What needs to be done?
Tripathi believed that a legal overhaul is necessary to combat the perennial problem of discrimination against Dalits and minorities. The existing law must be “scrapped”, he said, and a new and better law needs to be formulated, one that takes a closer look at the cases of discrimination, cognizant of their seriousness.
Meanwhile, Pinky Gurung said proper laws alone may not be enough. “Along with proper laws, it is also important to convince the communities regarding the atrocities of discrimination,” said Gurung, “or else the society won’t see any change.” For this to work, she said, “Education is necessary but more than that it is the awareness among people that is going to help eradicate discrimination.”
Parajuli underscored the urgency with which voices against discrimination should be raised. “We need to make some noise, grab people’s attention and start demanding equality,” he said. “Or else we will never be heard.”
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KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court has issued an interim order to investigate into former Education Minister Krishna Gopal Shrestha, who had helped to release Saraswoti Pradhan- from the custody arrested for caste-based discrimination.
A division bench of Justices Prakash Man Singh Raut and Nahakul Subedi on Thursday issued an interim order to register the application of writ petitioner Rupa Sunar and make fair and effective investigation into Shrestha’s action.
Media person Sunar, who had filed a case against a house owner for caste-based discrimination, had registered a writ petition at the Supreme Court on July 4 demanding that Education Minister Shrestha be removed as a minister for interfering the investigation of her case misusing his authority.
Sunar, who works at Image Channel, had filed a case against the House owner Saraswoti Pradhan on June 17 for refusing to rent out rooms of her House after knowing her caste and therefore police had arrested her on June 20.
After detaining for three days she was released after the Kathmandu district attorney’s office said the investigation on the case was not complete. Then Minister for Education, Science and Technology Shrestha had reached the Metropolitan Police Circle Singhadurbar and dropped Pradhan to her home on June 23.
“For affecting the serious case of caste-based discrimination by misusing his power and resources even by reaching to the police circle the Education Minister should be sacked and action should be taken as per the law,” Sunar states in her writ petition which was registered at the Supreme Court.
The bench has also issued an interim order to investigate into the caste-based discrimination case filed by Sunar against Pradhan within 25 days and inform her about its status.
Besides, the court has also ordered the Police office to investigate her mobile phone only in the presence of an IT expert and a lawyer of Sunar and an officer from the IT division of the court so as to safeguard her privacy.
As Sunar has demanded security citing possible threat, the court has ordered the Police Headquarters to ensure her safety and the National Human Rights Commission to monitor it.
She has made District Attorney’s Office Babarmahal Kathmandu, Metropolitan Police Circle Singhadurbar and Saraswoti Pradhan–the house owner as defendants besides Minister Shrestha.
Similarly the Supreme Court has drawn attention of the media not to produce and disseminate any content that could adversely affect social harmony among the ethnic groups and to write to the Press Council and Nepal and Federation of Nepali Journalists to ensure that the order was implemented.
Senior advocate Dinesh Tripathi and advocates Govinda Bandi, Dal Kumar Bishwokarma, Pankaj Kumar Karna, Prithvi Nath Rai, Mohan Sashankar, Mohna Ansari, Shyam Kumar Bishwokarma, Badri Prasad Bhusal, Prakash Nepali, Shailendra Ambedkar and Yam Kumari Dadel had presented their arguments in favour or Sunar.
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: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli conferred a national award –Bhagat Sarvajit Manav Maryada Rastriya Puraskar–to Jagaran Media Centre (JMC)– on Friday.
The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation of the Nepal Government had selected Jagaran Media Centre for the prestigious award with a purse of Rs 100,000 and a letter of appreciation.
Receiving the award by the prime minister at a function organised at Prime Minister’s resident Baluwatar Chairperson of the Centre Kamala Bishwokarma said JMC was awarded for its contribution for social change through the area — skills, art, education, literature, culture, writing and research recognising contribution against caste-based discrimination. She said the award was the result of regular lobbying for social justice and equality through media besides the impact of JMC’s tv serial ‘Dalan’ in Nepali society.
Founder of JMC Rem Bishwokarma, who is currently an executive director of the Centre, expressed happiness for the recognition with such a prestigious award of the country from the executive head of the nation. Thanking both the Nepali government and the Bhagat Sarbajit Memorial Academy, Bishwokarma said the award was dedicated to all those who contributed to the JMC since its inception.
JMC was selected for the award with the recommendation of the selection committee formed by the minister-level decision of the Nepal government.
Established in 2000 the JMC has been actively lobbying and advocating for Dalit movement, social justice, equality and democracy through media.
Similarly, this year’s award has also been conferred to Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC)-a human rights organisation and a member of the Constituent Assembly Puran Singh Dayal, who has been contributing in the Dalit’s liberation movement.
The award has been established in the name of founding leader of Dalit movement Sarvajit Bishwokarma which is conferred by the govenrment to three individuals each year with Rs 100,000 and a copper-plated felicitation letter. As per the minister-level decision of Baishakh 5 different awards including National and Provincial Talent Awards, Mahakavi Devkota Award, Bhagat Sarvajit Manav Maryada national award and Gopal Prasad Rimal national award were conferred to different individuals and organisations recognising their contribution in social transformation.
The national award of Bhagat Sarvajit Manav Maryada was established with the special initiation of former minister Chhabilal Bishwokarma, the founding chairperson of the Bhagat Sarvajit Memorial Academy and this is the largest award ever conferred in the respect of Nepal’s Dalit movement. Government has already issued a postal stamp in the name of Bhagat Sarvajit Bishwokarma.
He was born at Gairagaun of Baglung Municipality-7 on March 22, 1894. Bishwokarma was the first Dalit leader who revolted during Rana regime against ongoing suppression to Dalits after returning from India studying Sanskrit. But the government continued to keep his contributions in a shadow despite many political changes in the country. He had started a campaign for the liberation of Dalits 75 years ago but the Dalit community is still at the bottom of Nepali society.