Tharu Literary Conference from February 3

Banke is hosting the seventh Tharu Literary Conference on February 3-6 at Phattepur of Rapti Sonari rural village. The aim of the event is to archive the Tharu literature and history.

The Conference will center on dialogues on the contemporary situation of the Tharu literature, exploration of creative writing, Tharu language, culture and attire, according to Tharu Writers’ Association Central member Shekhar Dahit.

As he said, the event will provide a room for Tharu and non-Tharu writers to share experiences and promote the published creations.

The event to be organised by the Association and supported by the local Tharu Gochali Society will see orientation on literary writing and discussions on vivid issues ranging for literary to health to politics concerning the Tharu community. Tharu literary, songs, Barghar in development, political awakening in West Tharuhat, potentiality of the promotion of Tharu entrepreneurship in home stay, Tharu life in fiction writing, situation of Tharu literature in Banke, youths in Tharu literature, sickle cell anemia issue among the Tharu people are among the agenda of event discussions, according to Society general secretary Kaluram Tharu.

Tharu literary people from Jhapa to Kanchanpur will attend the event. The Association organizes the Conference each year in different districts, said Association central member Som Demandaura. —

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Lamichhane reacquires Nepali citizenship card

Rabi Lamichhane has reacquired his Nepali citizenship certificate. The District Administration Office, Kathmandu today issued the certificate to him acting on an application he filed for reacquiring his Nepali citizenship card, said assistant Chief District Officer Devi Pandey Khatri.

Lamichhane reached the office at 11:30 am and left at around 2:15 pm with his citizenship card.

On Friday, the Supreme Court annulled his status as a parliamentarian stating that he did not have a valid Nepali citizenship certificate.

Following the court’s verdict, his status as minister and president of the Rastriya Swatantra Party was revoked. He was elected the Member of the House of Representatives after winning the November 20 elections from Chitwan constituency 2.

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PM Dahal promises to develop SGNHC as institute

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has pledged to develop the Shahid Gangalal National Heart Centre (SGNHC) at Bansbari in Kathmandu as an educational academy.

Speaking at the 27th anniversary of the Centre, he said, “You have demanded to develop it as an educational academy. The government will take it seriously. You can also take information about the process from the Ministry of Health and Population. The government is committed to your demand.”

Stating that the Centre has been established as a centre of hopes and faiths of all Nepali people, he thanked the whole hospital team for their incredible contribution and service.

Established in the memory of those martyrs who lost their lives during movements against dictatorship and tyranny, the Centre is connected with the subject of democracy and social justice aside from it being an institution to treat heart patients, he said.

“I believe you (entire hospital family) will fulfill your responsibility towards democracy and social justice by delivering health service to poor people in a feasible way.”

Stating that the Constitution has accorded high priorities to social justice and equality, he said some laws relating to fundamental rights of people had yet to be made, and acts were being tabled in the parliament.

“During my tenure as PM, provincial hospitals alongside special health service including heart units will be established in all seven provinces,” he said.

He also sought help of all people to carry out development activities in the sector of education, health and employment.—

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US Under Secretary of State Nuland in Nepal

The US Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland, has arrived in Kathmandu today. During her two-day visit, she is scheduled to hold high-level political meetings, according to the US Embassy in Kathmandu.

Besides, she will also be going on an observation tour to experience the cultural heritage of the capital. Nuland assumed office as the Under-Secretary state for Political Affairs in April 2021. A diplomat for thirty-three years, she has served as the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs from September 2013 to January 2017 under US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry.

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Special worship offered to rock to be transported to Ayodhya

The rock for carving the childhood image of the Hindu god Ram to be placed in the sanctum sanctorum of the under-construction Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh of India has arrived in Janakpurdham.

The rock was brought to the Janaki Temple here from Galeshwar of Kaligandaki on Saturday evening. The special worship called ‘Maha Puja’ was offered to the boulder this morning.

The holy men including Mahantha Ram Tapeshwar Das of the Janaki Temple, sadhus, Mahantha and devotees performed the Maha Puja at the Temple premises.

Roshan Das, the successor to Mahantha Ram Tapeshwar, said that the rock would be kept on the temple precincts throughout the day today for offering of the special worship. It will be taken around the Janakpurdham town amidst a religious procession tomorrow morning before taking it to Ayodhya.

He said the Janaki Temple’s Mahantha, Das and former Deputy Prime Minister Bimalendra Nidhi, among other devotees will accompany the boulder towards Ayodhya.

Among the dignitaries present in the Maha Puja were the Madhes Province Chief Hari Shankar Mishra, Chief Minister Saroj Kumar Yadav, Speaker Ram Chandra Mandal, leader Nidhi and CPN (UML) leader Juli Kumari Mahato (Mahaseth).

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KMC locals decry Mayor’s works

The locals and various organizations from Kathmandu Metropolitan City, have decried the ways Mayor Balendra Shah is functioning. They blamed Mayor Shah of carrying out illegal works and atrocities.

A peaceful assembly was organized by them in a bid to warn KMC to immediately stop the atrocities meted out with illegal and haphazard works. The activities begun in KMC were launched without alternative, resulting in public ire and agony.

The demonstrators at Maitighar Mandal sported placards reading, ‘stop dozer terror’, ‘don’t evacuate people while expanding road’, ‘ensure rights to indigenous people’, ‘adhere to constitutional rights to citizens’, ‘KMC, stop atrocities’ etc. They asserted that Mayor Shah arbitrarily mobilized dozer on citizen’s property.

Central chair of the valley road expansion affected people’s struggle committee, Suman Sayami, commented although Shah was elected with the aim of doing good to the city, his working style is against people. So, the locals are forced to stage sit-in.

Sayami, who was also one of the contenders with Shah in the local level election, informed that the vigilance assembly was held to exert pressure on the KMC Mayor Shah to stop illegal works.

If the works as bulldozing personal property continues, the protest programmes would flare, he warned. Various organizations including Jyapu Mahaguthi Nepal joined the protest.

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RSP stakes claim over Home Ministry

The central committee meeting of the Rastriya Swatantra Party (RSP) has re-elected Rabi Lamichhane as the party President on Sunday. General Secretary and party spokesperson Dr Mukul Dhakal informed that Lamichhane had been elected party President again.

Spokesperson Dhakal argued that after Lamichhane regained the post of party President, his party stakes its claim over the home ministry portfolio. “Our claim for home ministry in the Cabinet is intact,” he added.

Lamichhane has been re-elected as President unanimously. Some problems surfaced in the party, not in the government coalition. So, we deserve the right to decide on allocation of home ministry, Dhakal reiterated, adding that RSP would hold discussion with other parties in the coalition to this regard.

Meanwhile, the second meeting of the party held under the chairmanship of President Lamichhane decided to continue the schedule of expanding party organization at province level. Earlier, it was postponed till coming February 4.

Lamichhane who had lost his posts of lawmaker and home minister after being non-citizen national with Supreme Court verdict on Friday, acquired the Nepali citizenship again on Sunday, following the due legal procedure.

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PM Dahal to hold a discussion on right to information

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ is going to hold a discussion on matters relating to right to information with the stakeholders on Monday.

The Prime Minister is also going to discuss about the decision made by the Information Classification Committee regarding which information to be made public and which not. The discussion is being organized after the stakeholders drew the attention of the Prime Minister towards the decision taken by the Committee, said the Prime Minister press expert Manohari Timilsina.

The Committee had taken the decision on December 27. The decision by the committee was reportedly taken without consulting with the higher authorities about the same. The government’s serious attention has been drawn towards the concerns expressed by various quarters regarding the decision taken by the Committee, said Timilsina.

Necessary decision will be taken to address the problem after discussing with the stakeholders tomorrow. The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Press Council, Department of Information, Federation of Nepali Journalists and others stakeholders have been invited to the discussion.

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