Women’s T20 Quadrangular Series : Nepal and Japan vying for third place

Nepal has scored 84 runs in 16 overs at the loss of 4 wickets against Japan for a third place in the Women's T20 Quadrangular Series underway in Hong Kong. Nepal decided to bat first after winning the toss. Earlier, Nepal had defeated Japan by 67 runs in the last match of the group stage held on Saturday. Nepal, Tanzania, Japan and Hong Kong are participating in the four-nation series. After coming up as winners and runners-up of the group stage, Tanzania and Hong Kong will play for the title later today. Led by captain Indu Burma the Nepali team comprises vice-captain Bindu Rawal, Rubina Chhetri, Sita Ranamgar, Asmina Karmacharya, Kajol Shrestha, Kanchan Shrestha, Khushi Dangol, Sangeeta Rai, Soni Pakhrin, Somu Bista, Pooja Mahato, Roma Thapa and Samjhana Khadka. Source: National News Agency RSS

One more quake survivor dies due to cold

A 70-year-old quake-survivor in Jajarkot district succumbed to extreme cold on Sunday morning. The deceased has been identified as Bishnu Kumari Khatri of Nalagad-8 in the district. Injured in the November 3 earthquake, Khatri was undergoing treatment at a local health facility, informed Ten Bahadur Singh, ward chairperson. She had been living outdoor under a tarpaulin sheet since the quake. The elderly breathed her last while she was being taken to the nearest health facility for treatment, confirmed Singh. Three quake-survivors of Jajarkot died due to extreme cold last Saturday. The deceased were Sugili Nepali, 89, of Junichande rural municipality-4, Dume Pun, 70, of Barekot rural municipality-1 and Mansari Kami, 56, of Chedagada municipality-13. Among the quake-survivors, extreme cold has claimed seven people so far. It is said that more than 34,000 families of Jajarkot district are spending night under the tent after their houses were completely damaged by the earthquake. Children, new mothers, pat ients suffering from chronic diseases and elderly persons are affected most due to cold. Source: National News Agency RSS

23 local governments fail to submit budget details on time

Twenty-three local governments have not yet submitted the details of the budget they presented for the current fiscal to the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration. The local-levels are required to update the details of yearly budget to the central portal after it is endorsed by rural and municipal assemblies when the Local Government Operation Act, 2074 BS mandates the local government to endorse the budget by mid-July. Though four months have already completed since the beginning of the fiscal year 2080-81 BS (2023-24), 23 local governments including 21 in the Madhesh Province did not update the details in the system. According to the Ministry, it has already asked those local-levels many times for the details submissions, but the full updates are still awaited. It is said budget brought for some local levels have not been endorsed by the rural and municipal assemblies. Chitwan's Rapti municipality chief administrative officer Nilam Kumar Neupane said the budget for the local government had been already passed but the entry to the federal's system is waited while Tehrathum's Aathrai rural municipality administrative officer Niraj Sharma said the budget details have yet to be updated in the Ministry's website. Other municipalities that are yet to submit the budget details to the federal ministry include Kanchanrup municipality, Chhinnamasta rural municipality, Mahadeva rural municipality and Rupani Municipality in Saptari, Aurahi rural municipality and Bhagawanpur rural municipality in Sirhaha, Aurahi rural municipality and Kamala municipality in Dhanusha, Balara municipality, Haripurwa municipality and Chandranagar rural municipality in Sarlahi, Garuda municipality, Katahariya municipality, Gadhimai municipality, Phatuwa Bijaypur municipality, Madhabnarayan municipality, Maulapur municipality and Yamunamai rural municipality in Rautahat, Simraungadh municipality and Adarsha Kotwal rural municipality in Bara and Sakhuwa Prasauni rural municipality in Parsa. Source: National News Agency RS S

FNCCI seeks suggestions from its member for national economic discourse

The Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FNCCI) has solicited suggestions from its members in a bid to help address the existing economic crisis. The umbrella organization of the of Nepalese private sector demanded suggestions as a part of its national economic discourse. A meeting presided over by FNCCI President Chandra Prasad Dhakal on October 12 had presented a proposal to the government seeking formation of high-level mechanism to which Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' had responded affirmatively. The FNCCI is gearing up for next leg of discourse soon. Towards this, a circular has been issued to its members in all districts asking them to furnish the suggestions to the government on the next course of actions to address the ongoing economic crisis. The FNCCI then will compile and present a host of recommendations to the government for it to put in place private sector-friendly economic policies as well as to come up with resolutions to wipe out economic crisis. Source: National News Agency RSS

Government’s actions are for people’s cause: PM Dahal

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' has said the government has launched a meaningful campaign to combat corruption. In his address to a programme organised by the CPN (Maoist Centre) at Putha Uttarganga of Rukum East, the Prime Minister, also the party Chair, said the government's actions against 'land-mafia' and 'gold smuggling' are in the interests of the people and the nation. "The Maoist-led government has demonstrated its capability of thwarting corruption and smuggling," the Prime Minister claimed, citing the criminalization of loan sharking remaining as a residue of feudalism in the Tarai-Madhesh served justice for victims. "In addition to this, the incumbent government has meaningfully undertaken development endeavors, making a progress over the much-talked Pancheshwor Multipurpose Project." He also said that he had conversations with the Indian Prime Minister focusing on finding the solution to Nepal-India border issues, and Nepal and China have agreed to open various transit points. The PM said, the northern neighbour has agreed to operate projects targeting transit points and one of such projects will be allotted to Rukum East, and it will be capable of improving the living standard of district people. He also underlined the need of unification among the Maoist parties to institutionalize the achievements of the People's War, adding that he met with CPN's general secretary Netra Bikram Chand this morning and is in regular touch with Dr Baburam Bhattarai, the former Maoist leader, in regard with the unification. Source: National News Agency RSS

Modern weapon confiscated from Rautahat

The Armed Police Force, Rautahat has confiscated four modern weapons. The intelligence bureau of APF confiscated an air gun, three 9MM pistols along with 13 shells and six magazines from a house located at Yamunamai Municipality-3 of Rautahat. Among the weapons recovered from the house, two pistols were labeled 'made in US' and one labeled 'made in India'. Acting on tip off, the police also recovered a citizenship certificate mentioning the name Sheikh Azaj, and a mobile phone with SIM card. Additional security operation is underway in the area. However, the local people pelted stones on policepersons and security van. Source: National News Agency RSS

Maoist Centre, Nepal Socialist Party to speed up unification process

The CPN (Maoist Centre) and Nepal Socialist Party have reached an agreement to proceed with the unification process. A meeting between the negotiation teams of two parties took place at the Maoist Center's party office in Parisdanda today decided to accelerate the unification process. According to a joint press statement issued after the meeting, both parties have been advised to establish a party unification coordination committee to address the issues concerning the party's statute, name, organizational structure, election symbol and so on. The statement was jointly released by Maoist Centre's talks team coordinator Krishna Bahadur Mahara and Nepal Socialist Party's team coordinator Ganga Narayan Shrestha. Maoist Centre's general secretary Dev Prasad Gurung and Nepal Socialist leader Durga Sob were also among those attending the meeting. Source: National News Agency RSS

South Asia book fair from Nov 21 to 24

Nepal Books and Stationery Entrepreneurs Federation and the Current Media and Research Centre are jointly organizing the South Asia International book fair in Nepal. The book fair is being held in Kathmandu from November 21 to 24. Senior vice chairman of the Federation, Divakar Ghimire, informed at a press meet that the fair would have participation of book publishers and distributors from over 15 countries, including India, Bangladesh, China, the US and Egypt. There will be more than 180 stalls in the fair. It was shared that Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' was invited to inaugurate the event. Source: National News Agency RSS

17 years of Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA): survivors in dire need of justice

It has been 17 years since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) between the government and the then CPN (Maoist), bringing an end to the decade-long armed conflict in the country. On November 21, 2005, the then Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and Maoist Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' came together to sign this historic agreement, officially declaring the termination of the armed conflict. This significant event followed the cease-fire declared on November 8 after an agreement between seven political parties and the Maoists. When the then Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula declared, "We hereby announce an end to the armed conflict that has been in place since 2052 BS," during the reading of the Accord's full text, it was met with thunderous applause at the New Baneshwor-based Birendra International Convention (now International Convention Centre). The whole nation became euphoric with the signing of the CPA, which raised hopes among the people for sustainable peace, political sta bility and development. The agreement specifically emphasized the need for an inclusive, democratic, and progressive restructuring of the nation, bringing an end to the state's centralized governance system. It set the course for building a new Nepal through the Constituent Assembly (CA) elections. On the occasion, the Prime Minister said the CPA between the government and the Maoist paved a way for building a new Nepal, serving as a milestone for the beginning of a new episode of history through the politics of reconciliation with an end to a politics of violence prevalent in the country since the past 11 years. Commenting over the historic achievement, Koirala said, "We, today, have set an example on the global stage by resolving the conflict on our own." "Your efforts won't be successful," he recalled the skepticism he faced during his endeavors to bring the then rebelling Maoist to the mainstream of politics. He said at the moment that it was a duty of democrats to transform those non-democrats into t he proponents of democracy. Maoist Chair Dahal commented that the signing of the peace agreement marked the grater realization of people's efforts to build new Nepal since 1950. "This is a victory of those Nepali who wish Nepal's progress and a defeat of those favouring status quo, preventing efforts to progress. The big powers and those arrogant nations are surprised wondered by this success of the Nepali people." The establishment of peace, along with provisions for relief, rehabilitation and repatriation of the conflict survivors by normalizing the situation through the formation of a specific commission was a crucial aspect of the Accord. Around 17,000 citizens were killed by the State and rebelling side during the decade-long armed conflict. Though it was agreed to make public the personal details of those who were forced disappeared by the both sides and make such details available to the respective families within 60 days of the signing of the peace agreement, the issue still remains unresolved. Th ough the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) were formed to deal with the cases of transitional justice, but the achievements so far have deemed unsatisfactory. Although both sides to the agreement expressed their commitment to repatriate those displaced from their homes during the armed conflict to their ancestral places or places of their former residence voluntarily and without any political prejudice, to reconstruct the infrastructures destroyed due to the fighting and to rehabilitate and socialize the displaced persons in a dignified way, these works have not been carried out formally. The then rebel side has taken reins of government three times and participated in coalition governments eight times in this period of around 20 years. The conflict-affected families and other members of their families not directly involved in the conflict are still languishing in pain. Even the declaration made in the peace accord, that the righ t of the conflict-affected, torture victims and the families of those enforced disappeared persons to get relief would be guaranteed, has not become a reality. Welcoming the CPA, even the international community and Nepal's neighbours had remarked that the Accord reflected the strong desire of Nepali people for peace and stability by ending the politics and culture of violence. Prof Birendra Prasad Mishra, who was the coordinator of the then Ceasefire Code of Conduct Monitoring Committee, said the CPA has so far been limited to the management of the Maoist combatants only, but has not been focused on alleviating the pain of innocent people not related to the armed conflict and the conflict-affected general public. "Even at present, the concerns of the innocent people and those killed in the conflict have not received due attention," Prof Mishra said. Looking at the incidents of that time, in the beginning the conflict appeared to be between the Maoist and the then ruling parties. The parties' leaders and cadres also got killed. There were three forces comprising the King, parliamentary parties and the Maoist party at that time. The political developments after that produced a triangular power balance in the country which thereafter pitted the King on one side and the Maoist together with the seven political parties on the other side. The Second People's Movement took place after the signing of the 12-point understanding between the alliance of seven political parties and the Maoist on 22 November 2005. After the success of this Movement, the King reinstated the parliament which he had dissolved. The peace process was initiated with a ceasefire agreement. The code of conduct monitoring mechanism was formed after the talks teams were constituted, which led to the signing of the CPA. The interest of both sides was to protect their own interests. The result of this was that the Constituent Assembly elections had to be held twice. Finally, a new constitution was promulgated by the second Constituent Assembly on 20 September 2015. The Maoist party formed the government or became part of the coalition governments frequently. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) have still not been able to carry out their works. They were not given the full power to carry out their works independently. "The government and the Maoists both want general amnesty. It is due to this mentality that the transitional justice has not concluded even after 17 years of the CPA. The families of those killed in course of the conflict should be properly addressed," the conflict resolution expert Mishra said, adding that the families who lost their guardians and children to the conflict are still yearning for justice. According to him, the country has transformed into a federal republic and the political parties that brought this epochal change have run the government turn by turn, but the main issue is what the families of the innocent conflict affected people got. "I still feel that the political parties apologized that they have committed mistakes for the sake of 'token justice' if not full justice to the families of the innocent people and those killed in the conflict," Prof Mishra said. As he said, currently Nepal's peace process is like an orphan without any custodian. The peace process, he said, is in a state of confusion as the political parties in the meantime gave only priority to forming and toppling the governments. "Nobody should carry out works to invite conflict and disturb the peace again. If the government and the political parties want, the problem can be resolved in one minute, but what is needed for this is strong courage and commitment," Prof Mishra reiterated. Source: National News Agency RSS

Maoist Centre to deploy 3,100 volunteers in quake-affected districts

The Karnali Province Committee of the ruling CPN (Maoist Centre) has decided to mobilize a total of 3,100 volunteers to support the quake-affected people in the districts of Jajarkot, Rukum Paschim and Salyan. A review meeting of the party's Province Special Transformation Campaign took a decision to this effect. The volunteers to be deployed in the earthquake affected communities will work to build temporary residence for the homeless people there and assist with the authorities in the reconstruction bids. The volunteers would be deployed under the leadership of the concerned district's chief of the CPN (Maoist Centre). The earthquake occurred on November 3 killed a total of 157 people in Jajarkot and Rukum Paschim districts while affecting the around 105 wards in different districts. A team of 21 volunteers would be mobilized in each ward, the CPN (Maoist Centre) shared. Source: National News Agency RSS

Cycle tour to promote homestay

A team from the 'Cycle City' Bhairahawa has arrived in Pokhara with the slogan of 'Community Homestay, Our Culture and Tradition'. The team has been visiting the lake city Pokhara every year to promote local products along with domestic and bicycle tourism on the day after Bhaitika of Tihar festival. A 14-member team has set out on a bicycle tour from Ruppandehi Siddharth Nagar in Rupandehi with the aim of promoting Magar and Gurung homestay, said Surya Kumar Saru Magar, President of Cycle City Bhairahawa. He said that the team reached Pokhara via Bajkot homestay in Waling and Siruvari homestay in Syangja. The creativity of the team in promoting Nepal's tourism sector through cycling is very positive, said local tourism entrepreneur Dilliraj Pandey. Prior to this, the team cycled to Supadeurali in Arghakhanchi, Ranimahal in Palpa and Manungkot in Byas Municipality. Source: National News Agency RSS

PM hopes Chhath will inspire us to embrace values of good governance

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' has expressed the hope that the Chhath festival will inspire all of us to embrace the values of good governance, prosperity and social justice. Extending his best wishes to the entire Nepali sisters and brothers on the occasion of the Chhath, the Prime Minister hoped that the festival will contribute to further strengthening national unity, mutual trust and ties, empowering us to overcome prevailing challenges in the country. "The festivals celebrated in Nepali society carry a historic significance and background, and serve as the foundation for human civilization and development," the head of the government said on the occasion of the festival dedicated to the Sun god. Stating that this festival is established as the festival forging a lively practical connection between nature and human life, he said it played an important role in terms of respect and preservation of goods useful in human life and also for the development of a culture of production and work. The PM said although small in terms of territory and area, Nepal is big and prosperous in terms of diversity of languages, cultures, festivals, costumes and civilization. The Prime Minister stated that our culture, rituals and historic facts very much vindicated to the richness of our cultural diversity, adding the Constitution of Nepal has adopted the unity with diversity as the national dignity, internalizing the multi-ethnic, multi-linguistic, multi-cultural and regional uniqueness of Nepali society. Prime Minister Dahal expressed the belief that the Chhath festival inspired us all towards fulfilling the national mission of prosperity by converting the challenges into opportunity, infusing hope in the people's and social life and coalescing unity in the nation. Source: National News Agency RSS