Sunday 14th August 2022

Nepali territory will be retrieved at any cost: PM Oli

Kathmandu, Jan 10, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has made it clear that although his party was given huge number of votes for political stability, the government was obstructed to work. PM Oli said it while putting forth his views at the National Assembly meeting on the contemporary issues and the issues raised by lawmakers today.

He commented though the government was moving ahead as per people’s mandate, the undemocratic bargaining was made to foment political instability in the country. “There was machination to topple government every six month though it was mandated to continue for five years. Now, with the announcement of fresh election, country will engage fully for election,” he asserted.

PM Oli reminded, “People had wished five year term to the government. But sheer unhealthy competition within the ruling party created present situation. The situation was that even the government’s proposals were denied.” He took the opportunity to share the historic works of the government in the front of physical development, education and health. The construction of Ranipokhari to which he had laid foundation stone completed recently.

Some 700 thousand houses damaged by the earthquake were reconstructed; reconstruction of Dharahara reached the final stage; beauty of the Kathmandu Valley increased; cultural heritages were built; industrial estates were expanded; agriculture was modernized and commercialized; sewerages made in Tarai cities; and irrigation facilities were expanded.

Even the education and health sectors witnessed remarkable progress, the PM made elaborate, arguing that such progress had never occurred before. According to him, notable initiative was made to solve problems in the relations with India by holding comprehensive dialogues. “Since 1928, water is supplied to India via Sharada barrage, but our land is not irrigated. Still, none spoke on it.

When I spoke, why the question is raised over the discussion on Nepal’s relations to India during my tenure?” Some have said the relations with India would be strained when new map was issued by incorporating Nepali lands as Limpiyadhura, Lipulek and Kalapani, but the territories were brought with the issuance of new map and made it a part of constitution, he reminded.

“Now, the discussion with India is held on the basis of friendship. Nepali land will be retrieved at any cost,” he stressed while addressing the seventh session of the parliament. Moreover, PM Oli said Nepal bravely faced the blockade imposed for promulgating constitution. Nepal was land-linked by making transport and transit agreement with China. Earlier too, efforts were made to topple his government being nervous over the good works it did, he claimed.

Chhath festival begins today by worshipping sun

Kathmandu, The Chhath festival observed as a common cultural symbol of Tarai/Madhes is beginning today. The festive fanfare has been seen in different parts including Ranipokhari, Gaurighat, Kupondole of Kathmandu Valley as well.

The festival is dedicated to the Sun God, with offerings made to the rising and setting Sun. It is observed for four days, from Kartik Shukala Chaturthi to Kartik Shukla Saptami as per the lunar calendar. It usually falls between October and November in the Gregorian calendar.

The Sun considered as the God of energy and of the life-force, is worshiped during the Chhath festival to promote well-being, prosperity and progress. The ritual of Chhath festival includes taking holy bath, fasting and worshiping the Sun for a long time and offering prasad and argha (curd) to the ‘Rising and Setting Sun’.

Chhath is a festival of bathing and worshipping that follows a period of abstinence and segregation of the worshiper from the main household for four days. During this period, the worshiper observes purity, and sleeps on the floor on a single blanket. This is the only holy festival which has no involvement of any pandit (priest).

The devotees offer their prayers to the setting sun, and then the rising sun in celebrating its glory as the cycle of birth starts with death. It is seen as the most glorious form of Sun worship. Main rituals of the festival, observed in succession in a period of four days, include Arba-Arbain, kharana, offering argha to the setting sun and also offering argha to the rising sun.

Arba-Arbain ritual is observed on the first day. This ritual is also called nahaya-khaya. Devotees start observing fast from this day and abstain from eating meat and fish, onion, garlic, millet and lentils. They take holy dips in ponds and rivers on this day in the early morning and start the fast.

On the second day (panchami), kharana ritual is observed, which is also known as ‘reduction of sins’. A paste prepared by mixing rice flour and holy water is sprinkled over the place and the altar for performing Chhath rituals. The devotees observe a complete fast on this day without drinking even water.

They offer rice pudding to the moon and partake this offering. On the third day of the festival, various delicacies are prepared from flour of rice and wheat grains ground in traditional grinders. All family members go to the ponds or the banks of the river, carrying a variety of offerings, amidst singing of devotional and folk songs.

Parvan rituals are observed on the fourth day or the last day of the Chhath festival. On this day, the devotees go to the banks of the pond or the river, specially anointed for the rituals in the early morning.

As per the myth, human civilisation developed on the river banks and the sun and water are the most essential elements out of the five main elements that sustain life on earth.

Framework for school operation in non-risk area put in place

Kathmandu, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) has opened up avenues for resuming teaching and learning activities in COVID-19 risk free area and the schools of local level witnessing gradual decline in the coronavirus cases through rotational shift or proper methods.

The Ministry has provided a guideline to the local levels to gradually resume school operation by mapping the coronavirus risks. The Ministry has included the cabinet-endorsed ‘Framework for School Operation in the Context of COVID-19’ in its website.

At a time when teaching and learning made in educational institutions through online measures did not go effective at local levels, the government has prepared the base for school operation. The framework has highlighted the need of adopting public health safety protocol including sanitizing of schools used as quarantine and isolation centers before re-operation.

The government has urged the local levels and schools to manage student enrolment, school operation and teaching-learning management as well as the procedures for the resumption of postponed examination.

The government has initiated the task of conducting examinations of all levels acting on the cabinet decision of October 8. Direct examination for 40 marks of grade 12 of the last year is taking place since November 24. However, there was a discussion on alternative measure for conducting examinations online.

The government decided to adopt the direct examination system with a conclusion that the examination through online mode would lose credibility, it is informed.

Gai Puja, Govardhan Puja and Mha Puja being observed

Kathmandu, Gai or Cow puja, Goru Puja or ox worship and Govardan Puja are being observed throughout the country today on the fourth day of the five-day-long Tihar festival celebrated by the Hindus in the country.

The cow is worshipped as per the religious belief that we get love from her like a mother. The cow milk, urine and dung are all sacred, hence the cow is worshipped, said Nepal Calendar Determination Committee Chair Prof Dr Ram Chandra Gautam. The day today is also locally called Gai Tihar. The cow is garlanded and fed various delicacies.

Meanwhile, the Govardhan Puja rituals are being observed today with the replicas of the Govardhan Mountain made out of the cow dung. People prepare a mixture of the cow dung and ochre formed into a paste and apply on the courtyard of their homes and on the floors today.

The rituals are linked to the Hindu God Sri Krishna who, according to the legend, lifted the Govardhan Mountain by his hand and protected the people of a place called Gokul from torrential rains caused by Indra, the God of rain. It is believed that the rain God was angered and thereby caused the heavy downpour.

Similarly, the ox is also worshipped today as it is a very useful animal in different agricultural works in Nepal which is a predominantly agricultural society. Similarly, Mha Puja is celebrated on the fourth day of Tihar by Newar Community.

It also falls on the Newari New Year which is based in the Newar calendar, Nepal Sambat. Mha Puja literally refers to self-worship, making offering to one’s body.

Deteriorating wall of Gokarna Raj Park puts local travelers at risk

Kathmandu, Oct 28, The north-eastern wall of Gokarna Raj Park under the ownership of Nepal Trust Office has witnessed a decrepit condition. It has put the vehicles and locals moving across the road down to the wall at risk.

Majority portion of the 8-km wall that was surrounded by around 4,000 ropani land of the park has been already in the decrepit conditions. There is a road down to the wall stretching from northern battalion to southern door. Light vehicles such as motorbikes and bi-cycles as well as local people are moving through the road on a daily basis.

The deteriorated road is crumbled in its several parts. As the road from Gokarna to Jorpati is now on expansion drive, most of the light vehicles are plying through a congested road from Gokarneswor temple to Makalbari. Dilendra Rayamajhi, a motorcyclist, underscored the need of exploring an alternative route since it was very uncomfortable to move through the road under the widening drive.

The Gokarneswor municipality has also repeatedly demanded for opening up a road inside the Park as an alternative route. Gokarneswor municipality-4 ward chair Shree Kumar Shrestha said the light vehicles have come across a vulnerable situation due to deteriorating condition of the wall and the park wildlife have also been sneaking into the farm through the broken wall and destroying diverse crops of the farmers.

Though complaints have been lodged at the park several times, the authorities concerned are not listening to the demand of locals for mending the deteriorating wall portions, locals said.

President inaugurating rebuilt Ranipokhari and Durbar High School today

Kathmandu, Oct 21, President Bidya Devi Bhandari is scheduled to inaugurate the reconstructed historic Rani Pokhari and the Durbar High School today.

The two structures were damaged by the devastating Gorkha earthquake in 2015 and have been rebuilt. The President is to inaugurate these structures at 12 noon today, the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has stated.

She will first inaugurate the Rani Pokhari and then the Durbar High School. The government reconstructed the Rani Pokhari according to its original Malla-era design while the Durbar High School has been rebuilt with Chinese support.

Reconstruction of these two structures is considered important accomplishment in connection with the reconstruction of the heritages and monuments damaged by the Gorkha Earthquake on April 25, 2015.

Country records 2,071new cases of coronavirus

Kathmandu, Oct 11, A total of 2,071new cases of coronavirus infection were confirmed in the country on Sunday.

According to Spokesperson at the Ministry of Health and Population Dr Jageshwar Gautam, 1416 are from the Kathmandu valley out of the total cases recorded in the past 24 hours.

Dr Gautam said that 1,145 cases are from Kathmandu district, 110 from Bhaktapur and 161 are from Lalitpur. With this, total number of cases of the virus reached 107, 755 in the country.

Dr Gautam added that 22 persons died of infection in the past 24 hours in the country. So far, the number of deaths caused by the infection reached 636 in the country.

According to Ministry, 76 infected people are undergoing treatment in ventilators while 329 are in ICU support in different hospitals across the country.

181 ICU beds and 76 ventilators in Kathmandu valley

Kathmandu, Oct 8, The government has said that there are 181 ICU beds and 76 ventilators to provide treatment to people who are in serious condition after being infected with Corona Virus.

Speaking at the regular press briefing held at the Ministry of Health and Population today, MoHP Spokesperson Dr Jageswar Gautam said of them 82 ICU beds and 27 ventilators were occupied with COVID-19 patients. Hence, 99 ICU beds and 49 ventilators are still available for the needy.

As of today, 235 people are undergoing treatment in ICU while 42 are with ventilator support in the country. There are a total of 2,600 ICU beds and 900 ventilators in different hospitals across the country.

Dr Gautam also said that the COVID-19 hospitals were readied for prevention and control of the virus, with 24 hour service including emergency service. He reiterated the request for people with minor or no symptoms to stay in home isolation by fulfilling the standards prescribed by the Ministry.

Anyone unable to stay in home isolation has been asked to contact toll free number 1133, and go to the hospital in case of any health complication. Further information in this regard can be received by calling 98512-55837 and 98512-55839, he added. RSS

76,967 Nepalis returned home

Kathmandu, Sept 26,  A total of 76,967 Nepalis stranded as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic in different countries have returned home. The number is as of Thursday arriving to Kathmandu via air from 32 different countries, according to the COVID-19 Crisis Management Operation Centre (CCMC).

Among them, the highest are from United Arab Emirates at 22,214 and the lowest from Sri Lanka at 5. Majority of them were those who had gone for foreign employment.

Of them, 10,306 returned from Qatar, 8,335 from Kuwait, 11,352 from Malaysia, 11,819 from Saudi Arabia, 1,447 from South Korea, 1,274 from Bahrain, 1,150 from Oman, 1,091 from Australia and 936 from Turkey.

On the State wise, 14,546 are from State no. 1, 11,909 from State no. 2, 18,247 from Bagmati, 8,973 from Gandaki, 1,518 from Karnali and 1,736 from Sudur Paschim, according to the CCMC. The province-wise details of 8,497 returnees were not recorded.

Rana nominated member of UNFPA high-level commission

Kathmandu, Sept 21, Women rights activist and journalist Bandana Rana has been nominated as a member of the high-level commission of the United Nations Fund for Population Fund (UNFPA). Rana, who is also the vice-chair of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (UNCEDAW), has been picked as the member of the commission constituted for women rights.

She had already served the National Women Commission of Nepal as the Chair. The commission was constituted to realise the commitments made at the Nairobi Summit which was held last year on the occasion of the 25th years of the establishment of the International Conference for Population and Development (ICPD).

The commission comprising 28 members is chaired by former President of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete and 27th Governor of Canada, Michaelle Jean. Its members range from former heads of state to grassroots activists and youths. The Commission will monitor and report the progress towards fulfilling the 1,250 commitments made at the Nairobi Summit and also the 12 global commitments contained in the Nairobi Statement on ICPD25.

It will also make recommendations for removing bottlenecks of the implementation of the sexual and reproductive health rights. It may be noted that the High-Level Commission of advocates, experts and activists was made to help keep track the commitments to women’s health and rights made at the 2019 Nairobi Summit, even during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is blocking access to essential services, such as family planning and antenatal care.

The Nairobi Summit had secured pledges for billions of dollars from governments, the private sector, foundations and others. It rallied support to achieve “three zeros” – zero unmet need for family planning, zero preventable maternal deaths, zero gender-based violence and harmful practices – in 10 years. The Commission will work to achieve these goals. RSS