International Worker Day or May Day today

Kathmandu: The International Labour Day or May Day is being celebrated today with the theme 'History, Achievements and the Road Ahead'. Workers all over the world take this day as an opportunity to keep everyone aware of the protection and promotion of labour rights with mutual unity and solidarity. This day will remind of the movements and achievements made so far for the establishment of the right to decent work and reasonable wages.. The Constitution of Nepal has guaranteed the right to employment of the citizens and the right to fair remuneration and contribution-based social security for every worker. On the occasion of the May Day, the Joint Trade Union Coordination Committee is organizing a special programme at Bhrikutimandap today in the presence of Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda'. Committee General Secretary Prem Prasad Khanal said that the rally will be organized from the new road before the ceremony. The day dated back to 1 May 1881, to commemorate the general strike enforced in the United States demanding labour rights. Source: National News Agency RSS

Godawari municipality to provide Rs 500,000 to wildfire victim families

Godawari municipality is to provide Rs 500,000 as financial assistance to each family of those killed in course of trying to bring the wild fire under control. Shankar Pahari and Ramesh Pahari of Badikhel in Godawari municipality had lost their lives in course of dousing the wildfire. Spokesperson of the municipality, Milan Silwal, said the meeting of the municipal executive held on Wednesday took the decision in this regard. Chairperson of Naudhara Forest Users' Committee in Godawari-3, Madan Pantha, shared that the forest fire had taken place in the area after 12 years. Source: National News Agency RSS

Sudurpaschim CM Sodari to seek vote of confidence

Sudurpaschim Province Chief Minister Dirgha Bahadur Sodari is set to seek vote of confidence in the upcoming meeting of Province Assembly on May 3. According to Province Assembly Secretariat's Information Officer Yuwaraj Jaishi, CM Sodari has summoned the meeting of the Business Advisory Committee on the same day prior to seeking the vote of confidence. The Province Assembly meeting is convening at 5:00 pm. Sodari was elected to the post on April 18 with the support of the CPN (UML), CPN (Maoist Centre), Nagarik Unmukti Party and independent candidate Dr Tara Joshi in accordance with the Article 168 (2) of the Constitution of Nepal. Sodari is the leader of CPN (Unified Socialist) parliamentary party in the Province that has four members in its Province Assembly. CM Sodari is preparing to give completion to his cabinet after obtaining the vote of confidence. Source: National News Agency RSS

Two die of asphyxiation while digging well

Two persons have died of suffocation while digging a well at Khanalchwok of Changunarayan municipality-4 on Wednesday. Sandesh Sunar, 28, and his uncle Dipak Sunar, 46, originally hailing from Umakunda-4 of Ramechhap died of asphyxiation, according to police person Rajan Karki from District Police Sector, Bhaktapur. They were digging the well in a land they took in rent. Police person Karki further informed that concerted efforts were made to rescue them alive from the well, but in vain. The rescue team consisting of 30 police persons from the Sector, nine from the Armed Police Force and 25 from Disaster Management Division, Kathmandu had reached the site immediately after getting information that Sunar duos fell unconscious in the well - 55 feet down the surface. They were taken out of the well and rushed to the Bhaktpur Hospital, where the doctors declared they had already breathed their last. The dead bodies are kept at hospital for post mortem. Investigation into the incident is underway, police add ed. Source: National News Agency RSS

India’s Comptroller and Auditor General Murmu visit Chandragiri Municipality

Kathmandu: A high-level Indian delegation led by India's Comptroller and Auditor General Girish Chandra Murmu visited Chandragiri Municipality in Kathmandu today. During the visit, Chandragiri Municipality Mayor Ghanashyam Giri briefed the visiting Indian delegation about the works being delivered by the Municipality. The Municipality is the largest one in the Bagmati Province with 11 of its 15 wards falling in the highway area. The Municipality boasts of the first-ever- tunnel-way of the country linking Naagdhunga to Naubise which is under-construction at present. On the occasion, Mayor Giri shared, "The Municipality has accorded the highest priority to make public service delivery effective and prompt. The Municipality emphasized construction of infrastructure, drinking water and sanitation, open public spaces, parks, health insurance, health centers and education for all among others programmes in participation of local community." Similarly, visiting Indian Comptroller and Auditor General Murmu commen ded that the Municipality had been faring well in delivery of good-governance, fiscal transparency and auditing among others. The Office of Auditor General of Nepal had chosen the Municipality to offer the presentation on the local government's experiences to the visiting delegation. The delegation took stock of the ongoing projects and programmes of the Municipality some of which were supported by the government of India such as construction of school buildings and Chandan Barateshwor Mahadev. The delegation was accompanied by Auditor General of Nepal Toyam Raya, Deputy Auditor Generals Bamdev Sharma, Bindu Bista and Padma Raj Poudel among others. On the occasion, Municipality's Chief Administration Officer Hemraj Aryal shed lights on the works undertaken by the Municipality on the areas of social development. The Indian delegation, that arrived Nepal on last Tuesday, includes Comptroller and Auditor General Murmu as well as Director General of Audit Rina Akoijam, Dr Gaurav Kumar and Karan Vohra among o thers. Source: National News Agency RSS

Forest fires raging, with 165 incidents reported

Kathmandu: The situation of forest fires in the country is getting worse by the day. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority reports that wildfires are currently taking place 165 places in 39 districts as of today. With no forecast of immediate rain forest fires are likely to continue further. As the Weather Forecasting Division under the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology has said that there will be no rain in the coming few days that could help control the fire. Meteorologist Govind Jha of the Division said that there is probability of rain in some parts of the country for the next three days but it will not be enough to control the douse the forest fire. "There is a possibility of rains with partial showers in some hilly areas of Koshi, Gandaki and Karnali in the next few days", he said, "but the amount of rainfall that will control forest fires is not likely." Meanwhile, two people died in Lalitpur while trying to douse the fire in Tapeshwar Community Forest in Badikhel of Go davari Municipality-4. Sundar Sharma, an expert at the NDRRMA, said that it is difficult to control forest fires due to the lack of rain for a long time and drought. There are usually around 2,500 fire incidents in Nepal every year. "80 percent of forest fires occur in the four months from late March to late May. While 60 per cent of fire incidents occur between mid-April to mid-May. Hence, we are now in a high risk period", said Sharma. Saying incidents of forest fire is increasing due to lack of sustainable management of forests, forest expert Dr Soni Baral Gauli stressed the need of management-oriented forest development rather than protection-oriented forest management. Likewise, Forest officer at the Division Forest Office, Lalitpur, Thir Prasad Koirala shared that people light fires in forest to chase away wild animals to stop them from entering the village and attacking their cattle. He further said the incidents of forest fire are increasing due to human reasons including throwing cigarette butt a fter smoking in the jungle and setting the jungle in fire intentionally to help grow grass faster. Section 49 (d) of Forest Act has the provision that those involved in setting national forest in fire or involved in any fire-related incident would be punished. "Those involved in such activities will face three -year of imprisonment or Rs 60,000 fine or both', reads the Act. Likewise, the forest fire management strategy-2067 has set a target of establishing and strengthening policy and organisational-level structures, mobilizing local community, civil society, government and non-government bodies and making preparedness to take pre information about the possible risk from wildfire to manage forest fire. However, President of Federation of Community Forestry Users Nepal, Thakur Bhandari, points out to lack of effective implementation of the strategy. Some of the forest users have lost their lives in course of bringing the forest fire under control, he added, stating the government has to increase capacity on how to control fire incidents safely. Source: National News Agency RSS

Finance Minister asserts 4.5 percent economic growth potential

Kathmandu: Finance Minister Barsha Man Pun has claimed that country's economy was coming out from a slowdown. Positive indicators are seen in the national economy, he said, expressing confidence on achieving 4.5 percent economic growth. Finance Minister Pun viewed it while addressing a workshop on 'financial policy for sustainable development' here today. It is worth noting that the National Statistics Office on Tuesday had projected economic growth to stand at 3.54 percent. The Finance Minister, however, admitted, "Our economy has not fully come out from slowdown. Naturally, there are internal and external factors. Statistics have indicated gradual improvement. The projections made so far by the World Bank, ADB and NSO are based on the nine-month data. So, the government has projected economic growth over 4.5 percent," he explained, arguing we still have three months left to complete the current fiscal year. The Minister also expressed hesitation to claim that the economy is stable and robust. According to him, government was formulating policy based on the market of emerging neighbours, India and China. Also taken into account are global sociopolitical scenario, labour market, national natural resources, and geopolitics, he shared. Despite the economic slowdown, the hotel and tourism sector witnessed 21 percent economic growth while the energy sector recorded 17 percent growth. The construction sector is however negative, he informed. Minister Pun said he would not accept the narrative that political instability was behind slow development works in Nepal. The government's policy on energy has created an atmosphere to export energy to India and Bangladesh, he underlined. Source: National News Agency RSS

Free cremation at electric crematorium from July 16

Kathmandu: Cremation at Pashupati Aryaghat-based electric crematorium will be free of cost from the beginning of the coming fiscal year. Member-Secretary of the Pashupati Area Development Trust, Dr Milan Kumar Thapa shared this. A decision was taken to make arrangement of free cremation at the electric crematorium keeping in mind the problem faced by low-income and poor people. Similarly, he shared that a library of international standard would be established at Seto Sattal Guheshwori for the religious and cultural study and research. Member-Secretary Thapa, who was suspended on the charge of corruption on Jalahari case in Pashupatinath, had resumed office after getting a clean chit from the Special Court on Tuesday. The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority had filed a case of corruption against Dr Pradeep Dhakal and Arun Kumar Shrestha along with Member-Secretary Thapa on October 1, 2023. The Special Court on Tuesday had given clean chit to all three of them. Source: National News Agency RSS

Nepali concert in UK to collect funds for Manavsewa Ashram

Kathmandu: Popular singer and social activist Ani Choying Dolma is staging a live concert in the UK to raise funds for Manavsewa Ashram, a philanthropist institution. The concert is being held at the Lakeside Country Club in Camberley, UK on coming May 5. For the event, Singer Dolma and founder and central president of Manavsewa Ashram Ramji Adhikari left Kathmandu for UK today. Under the auspices of Manavsewa Ashram UK Chapter, various creative programs related to the promotion of humanity will be also held until May 19 following the concert, said Adhikari. Yadav Shrestha, secretary of Manavsewa Ashram UK chapter, said that the organizer's goal is to bring in at least 1,000 people to attend the concert. The goal is to raise more than one hundred thousand pounds from the concert titled 'inner melody for inner peace. Source: National News Agency RSS

T20 series: Nepal lose third match to West Indies by 76 runs

Kathmandu: Nepal was defeated by West Indies 'A' in the third match held today under the T20 series by 76 runs. In its attempt to chase a 228-run target posted by the West Indies, Nepal was restricted to 151 in 19.2 overs, losing all its wickets. For Nepal, Karan KC scored 28 with three fours and one six in 17 balls, Lokesh Bam 28 with one boundary and two sixes in 29 balls, Kushal Malla 20, Binod Bhandari 19, Anil Shah, 14, captain Dipendra Singh Airee 7, Gulsan Jha 6 and Bibek Yadav, Sagar Dhakal and Aarif Sheikh scored three each. Before this, the West Indies chose to bat first by winning the toss at TU Cricket Ground in Kirtipur. It played the first innings with 227 in 20 overs at the loss of three wickets. For the team, Johnson Charles hit beyond the century as he recorded 119 with 13 boundaries and seven sixes in 61 balls. Andre Fletcher scored 53 with four boundaries and three sixes in 33 balls. Fabian Allen made 19, Alick Athanaze 17 and Keemo Paul was not out with 13. Towards bowling, Nepal's Kar an KC and Sagar Dhakal took one wicket each. In the ongoing T20 series comprising five matches in total, Nepal has won two matches and lost one. Nepal won the opening match by four wickets while lost the second with 10 runs. The fourth match will take place on tomorrow, Thursday. Source: National News Agency RSS

Let us start to ensure rights and interests of workers, PM Dahal says

Kathmandu: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' has said that social justice and prosperity will not be possible in the country unless the rights and interests of the working class are ensured. Addressing a programme organized by the Joint Trade Union Coordination Centre (JTUCC) today on the occasion of the 135th International Workers' Day, Prime Minister Dahal said that all sides should work together to ensure the rights and interests of the workers. "To ensure the rights and interests of workers, all sides should be effortful," he stressed. The interests of the workers have been guaranteed in the Constitution by assimilating this reality," the PM said, adding, "Implementing the constitutional provision in practice is our main task at present." Stating that the government is committed to labour rights and the International Labour Organization's statutes and conventions ratified by Nepal, he assured that sufficient employment opportunities will be provided in the country to prevent the migration of young and intellectual manpower. "The government is constantly working to use the knowledge, skills and energy of the youth for the development of the country. Foreign employment, which is an important means of employment, should be made more secure, orderly and just until there are sufficient opportunities for employment in the country," Prime Minister Dahal said. "The government is focusing on protecting the interests of the workers and implementing a contribution-based social security programme for Nepali, government, semi-government and social workers working abroad. It is being operated and implemented effectively." Noting that the foundations of the contribution-based social security system have been laid, Prime Minister Dahal said that social justice is the most important basis for the implementation of the socialist-oriented constitution as stipulated in the constitution. Mentioning that the social security programme is an important basis for the implementation of social justice, he said that t he programme is a matter of pride for the entire people who aspire to establish a socialist state. Prime Minister Dahal said that in view of the fact that lakhs of workers have already joined the social security fund, the process of including all the Nepali and informal sector workers abroad in this programme is progressing. In order to achieve the national goal of 'social security for all', he said that the social security of the labourers going for foreign employment has been ensured under their own guidance and initiative, he said that the partial challenges seen in the implementation of this programme will be addressed through collective efforts. Source: National News Agency RSS

China yearns for peace, political stability in Nepal: Maoist Centre leader Gurung

Kathmandu: General Secretary of CPN (Maoist Centre), Dev Prasad Gurung, has said his recent China visit has been successful in further consolidating the bilateral ties between the two nations. The leader who recently returned from the northern neigbour was speaking at an interaction organised by the Sambad Dabali here today. "China is always ready to cooperate in Nepal's efforts for achieving peace, prosperity, and political stability," said Gurung, who was invited to visit China by the International Department of the Communist Party of China. "|We are encouraged by the meeting with Chinese senior officials. China is ever ready to help Nepal achieve prosperity, peace, and political stability. China wishes to see a stable government in Nepal. It also yearns for collaboration among the communist parties," he said. Maoist Centre leader led a 30-member delegation to the visit. On a different note, he said the existing government would continue until the upcoming parliamentary election. Till the remaining term of the parliament, the government goes with the existing political equation, he said. According to him, the recent Third Nepal Investment Summit (April 28-29) was successful and it is time to encourage foreign investment and capital to create more jobs and take the nation towards prosperity. Source: National News Agency RSS