Committed to realize people’s aspiration, says DPM Lamichhane

Kathmandu: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Rabi Lamichhane has said that the current government is working to address the needs of the country and for the welfare of the people.

Speaking at the founding day celebrations of Nepal Samajbadi Party here today, he said that he is committed to realizing the dreams of the citizens while embracing the system obtained from various struggles and sacrifices. “We are moving ahead with the hope and confidence that ‘everything cannot be done, but much can be done,” he said.

He also claimed that ministers from his party, the Rastriya Swatantra Party have performed well so far. Lamichhane emphasized that the provinces should be run according to the spirit and vision of the constitution, as many questions have been raised regarding the structure and functioning of the sub-national governments. “Lot of concerns has been raised about the functioning of the provinces. It should be improved as we moved forward”, he said.

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FNCCI President calls for foreign investment to realize social justice

Kathmandu: President of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) Chandra Prasad Dhakal has said that Nepali businesses enjoy a strong employer-employee relationship and no significant labor issues have been faced in recent years.

In his address to the 112th International Labour Conference underway in Geneva, Switzerland, he said the private sector of Nepal diligently follows all ILO Regulations and Conventions that the government has signed. Moreover, we have independently undertaken numerous initiatives to uphold employee dignity.

“Dignity, in our view, goes beyond proper conduct. It involves enhancing our employees’ capacities for personal and professional development, providing them with better opportunities”.

Emphasizing on the need for investments to help fulfill the agenda of social justice by creating decent employment opportunities, Dhakal said Nepal holds immense potential in hydropower production, with huge markets in India and Bangladesh. We have an agreement with Ind
ia to buy 10,000 Mega Watts of electricity and are in the process of signing an agreement with Bangladesh.

Tourism is another vital sector. Our beautiful hill stations and Himalayas are popular destinations, and the multiplier effect in tourism is substantial, providing livelihood opportunities for the rural population.

The FNCCI Chair shared that the youth population of the country is a valuable asset for investors, especially in the booming ICT sector, which offers decent work opportunities for youth on a large scale.

“Nepal, situated between India and China, offers duty-free market access to India, which will continue even after graduation from the Least Developed Country category”, he said, “This facility will be available in the EU market until 2029, and we are negotiating similar access with China and other markets. This positioning allows for production in Nepal with export potential worldwide”.

The Cabinet has approved the Bilateral Investment Agreement Framework, and we are ready to sign agreemen
ts with interested countries. The Budget also promises to sign Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements (DTAA) with potential countries.

The FNCCI is the largest private sector umbrella organisation in Nepal, representing around 600,000 businesses.

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Former CJ Shrestha informed about RSS services

Kathmandu: Former Chief Justice Kalyan Shrestha today visited the RSS central office, Bhadrakali, and acquired information about the RSS services and news dissemination system.

The former chief judge received information about the RSS news production: from reporting to translation, editing and dissemination. The officials, including Executive Chairman Dharmendra Jha and desk editors made aware the visitors about different services.

Meanwhile, he viewed the photos put on display under the theme of “Accomplishments of Democracy: Base of Prosperity” organised on the occasion of the Republic Day.

Commenting on the photo exhibition, he said the exhibition was a testament to highlight the republic that led to the exploration of multiple avenues in infrastructure developments.

The exhibition features 90 photos.

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‘Wildlife-friendly infrastructures prerequisite to biodiversity conservation’

Kathmandu: A total of 47 species of wild animals in 20 protected areas died in the last fiscal year, 2023/24 owing to various reasons including in accidents, according to the Department of Wildlife Conservation and National Parks.

The prominent reasons behind the death of wild animals were natural death, road accidents, smuggling, electric shock, drowning, trap in fences and rabid dog’s bite, among others.

Reasons of the death could not be ascertained in 29 cases, it was reported.

The increasing deaths of wild animals are spurring concerns among the life conservationists, environmentalists and representatives of organizations working on wildlife and environment conservation who recommended constructing wildlife-friendly infrastructures.

While constructing linear physical infrastructures in the habitat areas of wild animals, it is recommended that a proper feasibility study be conducted and either ‘underpass’ or ‘overpass’ infrastructures be made.

At an interaction organized by the Nepal Forum of Environm
ental Journalists (NEFEJ) here today, WWF’s representative Sandesh Singh Hamal stressed that infrastructure development and environment conservation bid should be taken forward together.

Of the 118 kinds of ecosystem existing in Nepal, 80 are in the Protected Areas (PA) at present. PAs such as national parks, wildlife reserves and conservation areas are one of the important methods of conserving biological diversity worldwide.

Similarly, Dr Soni Baral Gauli, Assistant Dean of the Institute of Forestry, said that they had included wildlife-friendly infrastructure policy and plans related subjects in the curriculum of Masters Degree with an objective to support in wildlife conservation bid.

Likewise, Sushil Bahadur Bajracharya, Assistant Dean at the Institute of Engineering, expressed his confidence that the curriculum related to wildlife-friendly infrastructures and the practical work included in the curriculum would make it easier for the engineers to deliver in the field keeping into account the wildlife
conservation efforts.

NEFEJ President Roshani Adhikari shared that they organized the interaction on the topic to orient journalists towards this pressing need of time.

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Gurung proposes downsizing federal ministries to 12

Kathmandu: Deputy Secretary General of CPN (UML), Prithvi Subba Gurung, has proposed to reduce the number of federal ministries from existing 25 to 12.

Taking part in the deliberations on the Appropriation Bill, 2081 BS in a meeting of the House of Representatives today, the leader said the number should be downsized, implementing the report of the Administrative Reform Commission.

“Various ministries, subordinate department and district coordination committees need to be scrapped,” he said, underlining the need of increasing the development expenditure.

NC lawmaker Ram Krishna Yadav accused the Urban Development Ministry of failing to work as per its objectives, proposing to cut off its expenditures.

CPN (Maoist Centre) lawmaker Purna Bahadur Gharti Magar said the Finance Minister was not able to live up to his promises that budget would not be allocated to projects of less than 30 million from the federal government. There are 117 projects worth Rs 500 thousand under the Urban Ministry for the upcoming
fiscal year, he added.

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Fertilizer, idle airports and hassles at hospitals feature at HoR meeting

Kathmandu: In a meeting of the House of Representatives (HoR) today, lawmakers drew the attention of the government towards various issues of public concerns such as short supply of fertilizers, airports staying idles, and hassles at hospitals.

Airing their views in a zero session of the House, Man Bahadur Gurung put his queries over the non-operation of international flights in Pokhara International Airport. He urged the government to take the initiative to operate the airport internationally.

Mahesh Kumar Bartaula said it is unfortunate that patients have to line up for several months for general surgery in the federal hospital.

Madhav Sapkota spoke on urgency to enrich the National Disaster Risk Mitigation and Management Authority and security agencies with resources.

Menaka Kumari Pokharel drew the attention of security bodies to mitigating growing offenses in Dang.

Ranendra Baraili demanded government’s activism to curb cases of caste-based discrimination taking place in the country.

Manish Kumar J
ha, Mukta Kumari Yadav, Metmani Chaudhary, Maina Karki , Raghuji Pant, Ranju Kumari Jha, Rajendra Kumar KC, Ramkrishna Yadav,Ram Kumar Rai, Ramnath Adhikari, Ram Shankar Yadav, Ramhari Khatiwada, Rupa Shoshi Chaudhary, Roshan Karki, Laxmi Tiwari, Lal Prasad Sawa Limbu, Lalbir Chaudhary and Lekhanath Dahal were among those airing their views in the session.

Ranju Kumari Jha urged the government to respond to concerns raised during the zero hour.

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Dented economy demands drive: Chair Nepal

Chairman of CPN (Unified Socialist), Madhav Kumar Nepal, has said the national economy which is dented for some years demands a drive. For it to happen, contribution from various sides is imperative, he added.

Addressing a press meet organized by the Kaski chapter of Socialist Press Organization Nepal in Pokhara today, the former prime minister viewed, “Stability and credibility of loktantra hinges on robust economy which is linked to political stability, change and good governance.” He also warned against the forces against loktantra, so it is time to make economy vibrant.

He further said the prime minister could make economy stronger by taking suggestions from the former prime ministers and consulting economic experts. “Government must identify the problems in politics and assure change to people,” he underlined.

The regressive forces deserve defeat, as they are still rearing heads.

On a different note, he made it clear that his party was for forging collaboration for democratic values. He was not insi
sting for becoming the prime minister.

According to him, a 27-member draft committee was formed for the preparation of party’s general convention, which is being taken place in the first week of Asar.

The general convention will discuss political and organizational agenda in addition to socialism and party statute.

Chairman Nepal further clarified that CPN (Unified Socialist) would not split as rumoured.

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Agreement on marketing of organic produces

The organic goods produced by farmers in Arghakhanchi district will fetch good price and a get a market, thanks to the agreement for facilitation between the local government in the district and the Janata Agro and Forestry Limited Kathmandu.

Sandhikharka municipality and Panini rural municipality signed an agreement with the Janata Agro and Forestry Limited Kathmandu as per which the company will market the organic products of the two local levels at support price.

Rajendra Bhattarai, Chief of Sandhikharka Municipality’s Agriculture Department, shared that the company will purchase the local organic produces at a reasonable price.

Groups of farmers have been formed at various local levels to promote cultivation of organic vegetables and fruits and to move ahead in the direction of earning livelihood and boosting local production, said Krishna Prasad Shrestha, Mayor of Sandhikharka municipality.

Mayor Shrestha, Panini rural municipality’s Vice-Chairperson Narmada Poudel and Paban Kumar Golyan, Chairperso
n of the Company, signed the agreement which is expected to encourage local farmers to produce organic items, thereby contributing to the sustainable livelihood for farmers.

The company has also expressed interest in buying turmeric, zinger, Sichuan pepper, coffee, chhurpi (hardened cheese), walnut and cow ghee among other food items, said Bhoj Bahadur Shah, Vice-President of the Company.

The company also aims to use local raw materials, promote local products as well as native crops, added Shah.

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