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20 Feb 2011 description

Kathmandu, February 20: Doctors have vowed not to close down emergency services in hospitals, nursing homes and other health facilities, Saturday.

Speaking at a press conference at the end of the 25th convention of Nepal Medical Association (NMA) in Nepalgunj on Saturday, NMA office-bearers said, the emergency services will not be closed down at any cost from now on.

07 Oct 2010 description


Kathmandu, October 7: The Ministry of Home has allocated Rs. 1.6 billion for the victims of Saptakoshi flood, reports RSS.

According to Pralhad Pokharel, assistant spokesman of the Ministry, from the total allocated budget, District Natural Disaster Rescue Committee, Sunsari has distributed Rs.

24 Aug 2010 description

Kathmandu, August 24: At least five persons were killed due to floods and landslides triggered by heavy rainfall in many parts of the country on Monday.

Two persons were swept away by rivers in Sindhuli district yesterday.

The deceased have been identified as 17-yr-old Yunita B.K.

07 Sep 2009 description

Kathmandu, September 7: The Special Committee on supervising, integrating and rehabilitating the Maoist combatants has decided to bring the combatants under its command and has directed its technical committee to prepare a report on how this could be done.

Special Committee member Dr Ram Saran Mahat said after a meeting of the committee at PMO in Sindha Durbar that the technical committee has been asked to submit report on the supervision of the Maoist People's Liberation Army under the Special Committee.

07 Sep 2009 description

Kathmandu, September 7: Two members of a single family were killed and three others were seriously injured when a house at Ramechhap district was swept away by landslides caused by incessant rainfall on Saturday night.

The victims have been identified as Niraj Sahi, 11, and Sukmaya Sahi, 62, a resident of Bhaluwajor -4.

The three critically injured are Bir Bahadur Sahi, 70, Chinmaya Sahi, 30, and Saroj Sahi, 2. They are currently undergoing treatment at the District based hospital.

Landslides are common during the monsoon season in the hilly districts of the country.

02 Aug 2008 description

Kathmandu, August 2: Human Rights Organization of Bhutan (HUROB) has called on all SAARC leaders to address the Bhutanese refugee crisis as one of the major problems of South Asia at the 15th SAARC Summit in Colombo, Sri Lanka and come up with a firm decision to resolve it.

On behalf of over 1,00,000 Bhutanese refugees in Nepal who have been languishing in sub-human condition in seven camps in eastern Nepal for the past 18 years, HUROB called upon all SAARC emissaries to take the refugee issues as a common problem of South Asia.

HUROB made the call in a letter sent to all SAARC …

22 Mar 2008 description

Kathamndu, March 22: Germany has announced that it would provide US$ 725,000 to a UNICEF program to support children associated with armed forces and armed groups (CAAFAG) in Nepal.

"The work undertaken by UNICEF and others to reintegrate these children and youth into society, to provide them

new and peaceful opportunities and perspectives is of the utmost importance, not only for the future of the children but also for the fragile peace process in Nepal" said Norbert Meyer, Deputy Chief of Mission at the German Embassy in Nepal.

The committed amount will be utilised to …

17 Feb 2008 description

Kathmandu, February 17: The daily load-shedding coupled with unavailability of diesel in the country is now taking its toll on the health sector also as hospitals operating in the valley are facing severe dearth of oxygen owing to it.

"We are facing difficulty in supplying the required amount of oxygen to the valley hospitals due to unavailability of diesel," Shanker Agrawal, who owns a oxygen manufacturing plant told Kantipur daily.

13 Jan 2008 description

Kathmandu, January 13: Four human rights activists, three teachers and a journalist were killed in three months period between October to December, 2007, in Nepal, according to a report prepared by the Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC).

Making the report public at an interaction on 'Rights and Condition of Human Rights Defenders' organized in the capital Friday, member of the National Human Rights Commission, Gauri Pradhan, expressed serious concerns over the growing insecurity of the people advocating for human rights.

14 Dec 2007 description

KATHMANDU, Dec 14 - Chief of United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) Ian Martin urged the people of Nepal Thursday to either tell UNMIN to leave if they don't find the mission's role in the peace process fruitful, or engage in constructive criticism of the mission's performance.

"I want you to ask a question to yourself," said Martin, speaking at an interaction in the capital on UNMIN's role in Nepal's peace process Thursday evening.

30 Nov 2007 description

Kathmandu, November 30: Saying that the peace process has faced "great challenges in recent weeks", Chief of the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), Ian Martin, has called for a review on the peace process and the implementation of the past agreements.

"There is a growing consensus that there should be a review of the peace process and implementation of agreements, taking stock of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and other agreements reached, including the implementation of commitments made to Janajati, Madhesi and other groups," Martin said addressing the …

21 Nov 2007 description

Kathmandu, November 21: Today, November 21, is the first anniversary of the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) between the then Koirala led seven party government and Maoists which officially ended more than a decade long people's insurgency and brought the Maoists into the mainstream of national politics.

The signing of the CPA with Maoists promising to come to the peaceful politics had paved the way for the drafting of the interim constitution and culminated in former rebels joining the government in April, 2007 (only to leave it after a few months).

04 Nov 2007 description

Kathamndu, November 4: Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala has urged the US government to ensure that resettlement and repatriation of the Bhutanese refugee begin at a time.

According to a Baluwatar source, PM Koirala informed the US minister that Nepal was not, however, against the resettlement process but expressed concern regarding the future of those who do not want to go to the US.

Koirala also urged the US official to put pressure on Indian and Bhutanese governments for repatriation of Bhutanese refugees.

26 Sep 2007 description

Kathmandu, September 26: Civil society leaders have warned that there would be a grave disaster if those displaced during killings, arson and vandalism in parts of Kapilvastu since September 16 are not immediately rehabilitated.

The civil society leaders led by Dr. Devendra Raj Pandey reached to this conclusion following their interactions with the displaced people who have been languishing in places like Chandrauta, Sundaridanda, Magarghatta and in bordering areas.

They had fled from their homes in the face of sudden spurt of communal violence and rioting that gripped the district …

06 Sep 2007 description

Kathmandu , September 6: The European Commission (EC) has allocated 2 million euros for Nepal in response to the damage caused by this year's monsoon.

The assistance is a part of the emergency relief package which focuses on the distribution of food rations and the provision of drinking water, emergency shelter and healthcare, in particular to prevent outbreaks of water-borne diseases=B8 EC release stated Wednesday.

This new funding will cover the affected population's needs in shelter, food and non-food items, drinking water, sanitation as well as short term …

26 Aug 2007 description

Kathmandu, August 26: Reports from Pyuthan district in mid-western region say that at least five people, including four from the same family, died in a landslide on Friday afternoon. The status of other 12 persons remains unknown.

The landslide occurred in Arkha village, which touches the Baglung and Gulmi districts and is at a distance of one-day walk from the district headquarters of Pyuthan.

The family had shifted to the neighbour's cowshed after the landslide washed away their house on Thursday.

27 Jul 2007 description

Kathmandu, July 27: Flood caused by torrential monsoon rainfall has wreaked havoc in a number of districts in southern plains, particularly affecting Banke and Bardiya in the mid-west and Jhapa in the east. Four people have been feared dead in separate incidents.

09 May 2007 description

Kathmandu, May 9: One of world's leading human rights watchdog says the Nepalese Maoist field as many as 6,000 child soldiers among their combatant force.

Reports reaching here said, citing US-based Human Rights Watch, that more than 30,000 Maoist cadres have been registered in the cantonment sites created under Nepal's comprehensive peace agreement, of which an estimated 6,000 to 9,000 are believed to be under the age of 18.

The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) has however has denied this charge.

22 Apr 2007 description

Kathmandu, April 22: A team of UN human rights experts is to arrive in Nepal on Sunday to take stock of the local situation pertaining to social inclusion and discrimination, and advise the OHCHR-Nepal office on its work.

According to UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR-Nepal), four rights experts shall arrive at Kathmandu by Sunday, 22 April.

It said the team includes special rapporteurs on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people, contemporary forms of racism, and minority welfare.

13 Apr 2007 description

Kathmandu, April 13: The Nepalese Army reciprocated with the Maoists by locking equal number of their weapons in one of their barracks to be monitored by the United Nations.

The process of registration completed on Thursday after three days the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) began the process at the Army's barracks in Chhauni, Kathmandu.

According to UNMIN, a total of 2,855 weapons of the Nepalese Army have been locked up, that include rifles, machine guns, sub-machine guns, pistols as well as mortars.