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Archive for May, 2013

 

Quiet diplomacy led to release

Dorje Gurung, the Nepali teacher detained in Qatar last week, returned to Kathmandu on Monday night after an intense behind-the-scenes lobbying by human rights groups, diplomats and his friends around the world. Gurung taught chemistry in the Qatar Academy where a 12-year-old Qatari student accused him of insulting Islam last month. He was fired by […]


Killing us softly

Annapurna Post, 10 May The government recently conducted a study in Kathmandu Valley to determine the amount of PM 10 particles in the atmosphere. The results showed that the level of air pollution in Kathmandu has risen by 40 per cent in the last five years. PM10 particles can settle in the bronchi and lungs […]


Clean bricks please

Representatives from eleven countries including Nepal’s Secretary at the Ministry of Industry Krishna Gyawali gathered in Kathmandu the two day conference on Friday to discuss  health, agriculture and climate damage caused by traditional brick kilns. During the South-South Exchange Workshop on Brick Technology and Policy, experts and participants emphasised on the need for cleaner brick […]


Why not Lokman?

The Annapurna Post, 5 May A few organisations and individuals have been strongly opposing the Constitutional Council’s decision to nominate former chief secretary Lokman Singh Karki as the chief of the Commission the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA). The manner in which they are challenging the move it seems like Karki is the single […]


Phantom votes

Two months after being caught in a row between government and industry owners over a minimum-wage hike, Nepali workers in Malaysia have found themselves in a power-struggle between the government and the opposition. http://nepalitimes.com/article/nation/No-big-deal,185 The opposition parties’ alliance Anything But UMNO (ABU) have accused the ruling party United Malays National Organisation of handing out citizenship […]



 

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