A new school book on Nepal’s border disputes with India shows government’s misplaced priority, experts say
Academicians take issues with the preface of the book as well where the education minister has attempted to justify why the book was needed and how he himself was once part of a campaign to ‘protect the territory’.
Government adamant new curriculum will be introduced in grade 11 this year
With the academic year truncated, private school operators, who are planning to start classes after Tihar, say that this is not the time to put additional burden on students.
Decrease in price of PCR tests could lead to compromise in quality, experts warn
The Health Ministry, however, says the decision was taken after evaluating the market price and there is a mechanism for quality control.
Disappearance Commission suggests relief packages for conflict victims
There are fears Covid-19 may present an excuse to further delay investigation into war-era cases of rights violations.
In cases involving members of Chand-led outfit, police are violating court orders
Members of the group have been rearrested multiple times despite courts ordering their release citing the lack of evidence.
Federal government authorises local governments to manage school education
Local governments blame the centre for waiting for months to announce the decision and hindering children’s education.
Government deadline for total literacy likely to be pushed yet again
Since 2008-09, governments have spent nearly Rs 12 billion on several literacy campaigns and yet 24 districts are still not fully literate.
Amid no progress, pandemic could become an excuse to delay justice to the conflict-era victims
There has not been a single investigation in the five years since transitional justice commissions were formed and its term is expiring again in nine months.
In attempts to protect their colleagues, police don’t register first information reports against them
The latest of such examples is police in Garuda Municipality, Rautahat refusing to register a complaint against the death in custody of 19-year-old Bijay Mahara
Can Gautam become a minister? Depends which Article gets invoked.
While Article 78 (4) bars him from going to Cabinet for losing elections, Article 76 (9) may allow him to become minister once he is sworn into the National Assembly. But opinions among legal experts are divided.
Bagmati Province proposes converting private schools into trusts and cooperatives
The provision, says a provincial minister, will provide free and compulsory education as envisioned by the constitution.
Ruling party decision on Gautam is mockery of democracy, experts say
Nepal Communist Party decides to send Bamdev Gautam, who lost parliamentary elections in 2017, to the National Assembly.
Uncertainty over convention date hasn’t deterred Congress leadership hopefuls from vying for support
Deuba has to first contend with Nidhi and Shrestha from his own faction while Poudel has the challenge of first appeasing those from his alliance if he is to challenge the incumbent.
Government preparing to give formal education status to remote and virtual classes
Education experts, however, warn that a large number of children do not have mediums to access distance learning.
For the families of the hundreds of disappeared, the long wait for justice continues
Even 14 years after the end of the civil conflict and five years since the formation of the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons, not a single family has been told what happened to its loved one.