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Friday, July 5, 2013



Kathmandu, 5 July: Foreign Minister Madhav Prasad  Ghimere held
discussions with Unite Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on the sidelines of
the High Level Segment of the Substantive Session of the UN Economic and Social Council held on July 1-4 in Geneva  in Geneva.
He held discussions with United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees, António Guterres Thursday.
"Reiterating Nepal’s commitment to finding a solution to the problem, the Minister underlined that lasting solution lies in the voluntary and safe repatriation of the refugees to their homeland with dignity and honour. He reiterated that Nepal has always respected the rights of refugees on humanitarian grounds," the statement issued by the Nepali mission in Geneva said.


Kathmandu, 5 July:: The Government of Switzerland has agreed to provide 13.89 million Swiss Franc (equivalent to Rs. 1.39 billion) to the Government of
Nepalm RSS reports..

Out of the total assistance, Rs. 440 million will be used for the implementation of Strengthening the Accountability of Local Governments (SALG) project and Rs. 800.46 million for Safer Migration Project ((SaMi)-Phase II, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Finance here on Friday. [Break]

The two separate agreements to this effect were signed and exchanged between the Government of Nepal and the Government of Switzerland at a programme organised at the Ministry of Finance, Kathmandu, today.

The objective of strengthening the accountability of Local Governments project is to help benefitting from a state that is responsive to the demands of disadvantaged groups, and provide more effective and inclusive public services at the local level in the project districts.

The project is intended to be complimentary to and closely aligned with Local Governance and Community Development Programme, LGCDP II phase.

Initially, the project will be implemented is seven districts of eastern and western Nepal—Khotang, Okhaldhunga, Ramechhap, Dailekh, Kalikot, Achham and Jajarkot.
Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development is the executing agency of the four-year project to be implemented from 16 July 2013.

Similarly, the objective of the Safer Migration project (Phase II) is to contribute to safer and more beneficial migration for men and women of Nepal. It
supports to reduce the social and economic costs of foreign employment and increase its benefit and enhance effective implementation of the Foreign Employment Policy 2012.

The project will cover the potential migrants, in-service migrant and returnees to/from the Middle East, Malaysia and other labour destinations and the families of current and returnee migrants from 19 districts including Kailali, Nawalparasi, Dhading, Sarlahi, Udayapur, Saptari, Dang, Nuwakot, Ramechhap, Sindhuli, Siraha, Mahottari, Jhapa and Kathmandu.

After the completion of this project, people are expected to have easy access to information to foreign employment and its opportunities. The Ministry of Labour and Employment is the executing agency of the four-year project.



Kathmandu, 5 July: The National Planning Commission has tabled the draft of the 13th plan with an ambitious goal to transform Nepal from least developed country to a developing country in the next ten years, RSS reports..

The long-term goal of the new three-year plan is to make Nepal a developing country by 2022. The draft of the interim plan was tabled before the National Development Council on Friday.

The meeting of the Council, the apex body that approves the development plans of the government began here today. Chairman of the Council of Ministers Khil Raj Regmi, ministers, Secretaries, heads of security agencies, University office-bearers and private sector representatives are taking part in the two-day meeting.

The proposed draft also targets to bring down the population below the poverty line from existing 23 per cent to 18 per cent with an economic growth rate of 6 per cent.

Other goals of the plan are to achieve an annual growth rate of 4.5 per cent in the agriculture sector, take life expectancy to 71 years, employment growth rate to 3.2 per cent and the maternal mortality rate to 134 per 100,000.

Hydropower and energy development, increasing agricultural productivity, basic education and health, drinking water and cleanliness, good governance, tourism, and industry and trade are areas of priority in the plan.

Inaugurating the meeting, Chairman Regmi appealed to all sides concerned to work honestly towards upgrading Nepal to the state of a developing country in next ten years.

"Upgrading Nepal to a developing nation is possible as one of the three indicators has already been achieved", he said while calling for increased contribution of the private and cooperatives sector towards that end.

Stating that our social development should bridge the gap between the rich and the poor, Chairman Regmi made it clear that the only goal of the present government was to hold elections in November 19 and appealed for support of all sides to make it a success.

"It is our common duty and responsibility to ensure elections in the announced date", he said.

Vice-chairman of National Planning Commission Dr Rabindra Kumar Shakya said the new three-year plan lays emphasis on increasing economic growth and on agriculture and tourism.

Chief Secretary Lilamani Poudel expressed the view that the plan should be practical and should encourage the youth to live and work inside the country.


Kathmandu,m 5 July: The District Court, Dhading, has sentenced Sane Sarki of Maidi VDC, Dhading to 13 years in jail for raping his
Granddaughterm RSS reports from Dhading..

The court´s 13-year jail sentence includes 10 years for raping a minor girl and additional 3 years for incest rape. It has also ordered compensation of Rs. 25,000 to the victim.

The 56-year-old Sarki raped his granddaughter in January earlier this year.

Police had arrested Sarki from Khairani of Chitwan district two weeks after the incident and following a tip-off, according to District Police Office, Dhading.

Similarly, the Court announced a 39-year jail term and a fine of Rs. 200,000 against Subas Thapa Magar for murdering and raping a mother and her daughter.

Thapa Magar first axed Nirmaya Pulami, and her daughter Anuska Pulami of Dhola VDC to death and then raped their dead bodies, according to police. The gruesome incident took place on September 22, 2009.

Likewise, the court announced a jail sentence of 31 years against Niraj Tamang of Chhatre Deurali VDC for murdering Brichha Chanamati Tamang.

Niraj and his group entered Brichha´s home and killed her after their plan to rape her failed on August 22, 2010.


Kathmandu, 4 July: As many as 18 people were injured when a bus overturned at Sadepani Road section in Kailali district last night, rSS reports from Dhangadi..

The bus (Bhe 1 Kha 781) heading to Nepalgunj from Dhangadi overturned on the road while trying to avoid hitting a motorcycle.

The injured are being treated at Shukhkhad based health post in the district. They are said to be out of danger. The bus driver is absconding and a search is on for him, police said.



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