Setopati Briefing 

Govt preparing to announce election date on Monday

PM Dahal is confident, after meetings and discussions with UML Chairman KP Oli, that UML will not obstruct if the amendment process were moved forward after announcing election date. MORE

 

Kamal Thapa likely to be elected RPP chair unopposed

Kamal Thapa is set to be elected chairman of Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) unopposed with senior leader Dr Prakash Chandra Lohani unlikely to register his candidacy. "No other candidate apart from Thapa has filed nomination until now. The deadline for filing nomination is set to expire at two in the afternoon but it is highly unlikely that anyone else will file nomination," RPP Spokesperson Mohan Shrestha told Setopati. MORE

 

Hearing on IGP appointment deferred to Tuesday

Hearing on the writ petitions filed to stay the promotion of Jai Bahadur Chand to the post of IGP of Nepal Police has been deferred to Tuesday. A division bench of justices Hari Krishna Karki and Ishwor Khatiwada was to hear both the sides related to the two writ petitions on Sunday. MORE

 

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  • Understanding of market dynamics, financial issues and economics of transaction would really add value to a lawyer's ability to close deals

    Semanta Dahal
  • The earthquake has damaged cultural and archaeological heritages along with the loss of life and property. We should take it as an opportunity by forgetting the pain it inflicted

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Local Development, Kamal Thapa
  • A national unity government is necessary to address all the issues that the country is facing lately. The parties had agreed to form such a government after the promulgation of the new constitution.

    Chairman of UCPN (Maoist) Pushpa Kamal Dahal
  • My candidacy to the Party's President in the upcoming general convention was in response to the public's will.

    Nepali Congress (NC) Vice-President Ramchandra Poudel
  • We meet, talk and make no headway. The talks have not been able to reach to a consensus.

    Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal Chairman Upendra Yadav
  • The talks with concerned sides were going on to bring new check points with China into operation, including re-operating Kyirong and Tatopani check points.

    Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Agni Prasad Kharel
  • I have not discovered best constitution like ours in the region. Not only in South Asian region, Nepal’s constitution is one of the best globally.

    UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal
  • Ongoing political deadlock should be ended on the basis of consensus between major and fringe political parties including the agitating Madhes-centric parties.

    Nepali Congress leader and former minister Purna Bahadur Khadka
  • Sushil Koirala will not file his candidacy. I am planning to fight for the post. There will be a formal announcement on presidential candidates soon.

    Nepali Congress (NC) vice president Ram Chandra Paudel
  • The government is effortful to strengthen the Sudurpaschim University and the efforts are underway to set up a medical college in the far-western region.

    Minister of State for Finance Damodar Bhandari
  • I told Indian leaders and ministers to show proactive measures to immediately explore solution of the problems and ease the supply arrangement. From our end, we are effortful to address Nepal's domestic problems through mutual dialogue and consultations.

    Nepali Congress Vice-President Ram Chandra Poudel
  • NC proposed amendment to the constitution as the issue of proportional representation is raised not only by agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front, but also belongs to all Nepalese.

    Nepali Congress leader Gagan Thapa
  • All parties should move ahead after amending the new constitution as per the need. The parties should be together in course of formulating laws as well as making structure of provinces. It is not possible only from single party.

    Nepali Congress General Secretary, Krishna Prasad Sitaula
  • Government of Nepal unequivocally condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and holds the view that terrorism must be firmly and resolutely dealt with wherever and whenever it takes place.

    Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli
  • We are concerned solely about peace and stability in Nepal. Neither do we want monarchy, nor Hindu state or disintegration of Nepal. If Nepal remains unstable, it will pose challenges to India as well.

    Ambassador of India to Nepal Ranjit Rae

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  • Calling for a Public Debate on CSOs Calling for a Public Debate on CSOs

    The solution suggested by many, i.e. delegitimizing and killing off NGOs through regulatory mechanisms, harks back to the days of the Partyless Panchayat System, when the right to organize and associate freely was overridden by the state’s preoccupation with control, coordination, and uniformity.

    Avash Bhandari

  • Nepal facing disaster in the recovery from earthquakes Nepal facing disaster in the recovery from earthquakes

    The disaster in earthquake recovery is as visible in the politics of power around the national disaster recovery institutions and aid-funded programs, as in local places where the earthquake victims continue to struggle for rebuilding houses and regain a normal life, for nearly two years now.

    Dr Hemant R Ojha

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  • Ideologies on T-shirts Ideologies on T-shirts

    In my opinion, Buddha was a great revolutionary, as was Einstein. Anything that challenges the present way of thinking about life is a revolution. In student politics, when it comes to revolution, the only blood I want to imagine being used is that flows into your brain and comes out energized with new ideas with every heartbeat.

    Randhir Chaudhary

  • The overdose The overdose

    Rules are made with keeping greater public safety in mind and mandatory helmet rule is an example. But it is equally true that majority of riders do not care to strap helmets as necessary.

    Hemant Arjyal

Readers Column

  • Menstrual taboo outdated

    I have seen my sisters and friends isolated and treated in discriminatory manner during their first menstruation cycle. They were not allowed to look at the sun, to touch water source, flower, fruits, any male family member, nor even hear their voice. The activist may claim the situation has changed and I do agree but still during every month my loved ones turns into untouchables beings.

  • Physicians are humans too!

    To err is human. People make mistakes. Clinicians are no exception. But as soon as a patient or a person enters a doctor’s room, he or she forgets that the doctor too is a human being and expects too much from him or her.

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