Orientation to religious leaders to check child marriage

Orientation to religious leaders has gained momentum as a strategy to reduce child marriage in Tulsipur, Dang.

The Women, Children and Social Development Section of Tulsipur Sub-metropolis has initiated sensitizing religious leaders, faith healers and priests to prevent child marriage in local community.

Such orientation would be organized in all 19 wards of the sub-metropolis, it is informed.

Religious leaders and faith healers would be sensitized in 10 wards while rally would be taken out in remaining wards of Tulsipur.

“Child marriage has not come under control”, said assistant women development inspector Pushpa Sharma, adding, “We have, therefore, placed this campaign to address the growing social problems such as child marriage”.

Marriages are mostly mediated by religious leaders, priests and faith healers of Tharu community here, she said, sensitization programme has been designed focusing the target groups to control under-age marriage.

As part of this campaign, the Tulsipur-based Kalika Temple and Krishna Tempe decided to proceed with marital works only after observing the citizenship certificates.

Right activist Nawaraj Lamichhane said, “The priests and ritual facilitators should check the citizenship cards of the concerned people in the wedding ceremony held in the temples and villages”.

“The ritual facilitators (Pundit) would also face legal action for child marriage. So, they should also be aware of this legal arrangement”. He added. “Child marriage would come down when religious leaders and facilitators remained sensitized”.

The orientations are taking place under the aegis of concerned wards in coordination with UNICEF. Four wards of Tulsipur sub-metropolis have been already declared the child friendly wards.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

NTC turns 19; Customers exceed 21.3 million in number

The Nepal Telecommunications Company Limited (Nepal Telecom) – the state-owned telecommunications service providers in Nepal – has turned 19 today.

On the occasion of its anniversary, the NTC is hosting a special function at its central office complex in Bhadrakali Plaza this morning.

Telecom Spokesperson Shovan Adhikari shared that the Company has been delivering mobile telephone, GSM, GPRS, 3G and 4G services to its customers. Also, it has been providing dedicated line and mobile telephone service, broadband and dedicated line internet service and internet SMS services.

Meanwhile, Minister for Communications and Information Technology Rekha Sharma in her message delivered on the occasion has urged the NTC to expand the reach of telecommunications service to the rural and remote areas.

In the message, she noted that the NTC has been in the campaign to support government’s policy for skill and knowledge intensive educational development through the access and use of internet-based innovative information technology and thereby alleviating poverty.

Minister Sharma expressed her confidence that the NTC would further devote its efforts to create opportunities for the service recipients to get reliable and quality service in a more competitive environment by cashing in on the innovative technology and achievements of IT sector.

Likewise, Secretary at Communications Ministry Baikuntha Aryal extended best wishes to the NTC for its capability to deliver further quality, reliable and accessible service to the customers.

Managing Director of the NTC Sunil Poudel expressed his commitment to put all-out efforts to make the Company a first choice of customers by best utilizing the existing high-tech infrastructures, network and resources, including human capital.

The NTC, as informed, has a total revenue of over Rs 44.37 billion and a net profit of Rs 8. 47 billion in the fiscal year 2078/79 BS. It has over 21.32 million customers towards voice service as of mid-December 2022. It includes 20,168,000 clients towards GSM mobile service, 437,000 towards ADSL service and 455,000 towards PSTN service.

Likewise, number of its clients for FTTH service has reached 247,114 while it has 211,579 clients for FTTH data. The 4G users have reached 11,550,000. The Telecom has initiated 5G test in 2023.

According to the MIS Report of the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) for mid-September to mid-October, 2022, the NTC has a total of 52.24 percent market coverage towards voice service.

The NTC sources shared that its 4G FTE service has reached in 739 local level units across all 77 districts.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Unified Socialist meeting resumes

The 5th central committee full meeting of the CPN (Unified Socialist) has resumed this morning.

The meeting that had started in the federal capital on Saturday has resumed at 8.00 am Sunday.

The meeting would continue discussion on the contemporary political development and international affairs.

Discussion on the party chair Madhav Kumar Nepal’s political report was held by forming 10 groups in the central committee meeting on Saturday. Conclusion of the groups’ discussions would be presented in today’s meeting, shared woman leader of the party, Purna Joshi. She further informed that discussions were focused on reformation of the party organization. —

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Parties in Madhesh PA agree on allocations of thematic committees

Political parties who have their representations in the Province Assembly of Madhesh Province have agreed on the allocations of thematic committees.

Among ten political parties in the Madhesh Province Assembly, seven get the recognition of the parliamentary parties and they each, as per the agreement, will be taking the responsibility of one thematic committee, according to Democratic Socialist Party province lawmaker Upendra Mahato.

As he said, the party will be getting the Women, Children and Social Justice Committee and the CPN (Unified Socialist) is to head the Province Affairs Committee.

The main opposition Nepali Congress is taking charge of the Public Account Committee.

Remaining four committees are shared among the ruling parties. The largest CPN (UML) has the responsibility of the Agriculture and Land Management while the Janata Samajabadi Party which heads the province government has decided to keep the Development Committee for itself. Similarly, the CPN (Maoist Centre) has been given the Natural Resources and Environment Committee and the Finance and Planning Committee has been allotted to the Janamat Party.

The Province Assembly will call on PA members to for their participations in the thematic committees and then, parties will chose committees’ chairs internally. Each committee shall have 13-14 members including the chair.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Local government’s role crucial in implementation of federalism: Province Chief Sherchan

Lumbini Province Chief Amik Sherchan has said the role of local governments was significant in implementation of federalism.

Inaugurating the first Sub-Metropolis National Conference organised by Butwal sub-metropolitan city at Butwal today, Province Chief Sherchan stressed that local governments should be strong in order to strengthen federalism.

He pointed out that even in local governments, condition and problems of metropolis, sub-metropolis and rural municipality are different, adding, “It is necessary to discuss about the distribution of means and resources in economic and social terms.”

Mentioning that coordination and collaboration was necessary among federal, province and local governments for implementation of federalism, the Province Chief shared that attention should be paid in formulation of necessary laws for the same.

Similarly, Coordinator of Forum of Metropolitan Cities and Mayor of Pokhara Metropolitan City, Dhanraj Acharya, stressed that as the geographical territory, economic and social condition of metropolis, sub-metropolis and municipalities and rural municipalities is different, economic resources should be distributed accordingly.

Likewise, General-Secretary of Municipal Association of Nepal and Mayor of Ghorahi sub-metropolis, Narulal Chaudhary, said plans of federal, province and local governments are repeated and complexities surfaces in course of implement such plans and projects should be resolved.

Joint-Treasurer of the Municipal Association of Nepal and Mayor of Hetauda sub-metropolis, Mina Kumari Lama, expressed the view that local governments should be made successful in order to make federalism a success.

Mayors, Deputy Mayors, Chief Administrative Officers and experts of sub-metropolitan cities across the country are participating in the Conference.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Aviation Minister Kirati pledges to launch NAC flights from GBIA

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Sudan Kirati, has said the Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) would launch its flight from Gautam Buddha International Airport (GBIA).

Following his inspection to the airport today, the Minister pledged to take initiations towards that end once he reached Kathmandu. Talking to media briefly at the airport, the Minister said he would inquire possible reason(s) why the national flag carrier was yet to reach the airport for its services. He assured that NAC would launch its services targeting the airport soon.

As he said, efforts go on to bring other airlines companies here. During the foreign minister’s Sri Lanka visit, efforts were also made for the operation of Colombo-Bhairahawa-Colombo flight.

The Minister vowed to address diplomatic and technical issues for the operation of the airport and provide all necessary support towards that end.

It may be noted that Jazeera Airway and Himalaya Airlines which were providing regular flights to and from the airport suspended services in December, 2022 citing adverse atmospheric conditions.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Maoist Centre’s Aryal files nominations for NA vice-chair election

CPN (Maoist Centre)’s Urmila Aryal has registered her nomination for the election of the Vice-Chairperson of National Assembly (NA).

The candidacy of Aryal is proposed by Maoist Centre’s parliamentary party leader for the NA, Narayan Kaji Shrestha, and backed by CPN (UML) lawmakers Devendra Dahal and Khimlal Devkota.

The 66-year-old Maoist Center’s standing committee member has already served as the Minister for Local Development. She was elected in the NA last year from the Madesh Province.

The deadline for filing the nominations for the NA Vice-Chair elections is till 4:00 pm today.

It may be noted the main opposition Nepali Congress and other political parties earlier today decided not to file the nominations for the election. A meeting of the NC office-bearers meeting held today at party President Sher Bahadur Deuba’s residence decided not to compete in the election.

The election of NA Vice-Chair has been announced for tomorrow, Monday. —

Source: National News Agency Nepal

President to address Federal Parliament joint session on Feb 10

President Bidya Devi Bhandari will be addressing a joint session of the Federal Parliament on coming Friday.

According to Spokesperson for the Office of President, Sagar Acharya, the President will, in accordance with the Article 95 of the Constitution, be addressing a joint sitting of the both House of the Parliament on February 10.

The Article 95 which is about Address by President states, “President may address either House or a joint sitting of both the Houses of Parliament, and s/he may summon the members for that purpose. President shall address the first session after an election to the House of Representatives and a joint sitting of both the Houses of Parliament after the commencement of the first session of each year.”

The first session of the HoR formed following the November 20 elections to the HoR and Province Assembly is underway. —

Source: National News Agency Nepal