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  • MeroSamachar.com 4:36 pm on 2013/05/03 Permalink | Reply
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    World Press Freedom Day: Professionalism and Moral Responsibility Stressed in Nepal 

    An academic seminar jointly organized on Friday by the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) and the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism at Kantipur City in Kathmandu emphasized on the moral standard and professionalism in media work. The seminar under the banner entitled Press Freedom for Better Nepal: Dynamize the Nepali Minds also shed light on the need to address the overall transformation agenda of the Nepali society. 

    Addressing about 50 participants, most of them master level mass communication and journalism students at Kantipur City college, Prof. R. K. Regmee highlighted  the need to address diverse issues, with digital divide and lack of communication infrastructures in mind. Pointing out to the potential benefits of press freedom, he said that press freedom was not for brainwashing and imposition but for offering options and alternatives in a pluralistic democratic society.
     

    Representing the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), former FNJ President Suresh Acharya admitted that even mainstream journalists have moral problems. He expressed his concern that journalism in Nepal, despite the drastic growth in the number of print and electronic media, requires much work to upgrade professionalism.
     

    Representing the participating students, eight Master of Arts in Mass Communication and Journalism students supported the idea that  professionalism and a deep sense of social responsibility geared at the positive transformation of the Nepali society were needed while using press freedom. Some of them even questioned media experts about why new comers in journalism often become victims of attack while those affiliated to the most powerful media and parties remain less proactive role players in the fight for journalists’ safety.
     

    The participants unanimously voiced their concern over the deteriorating safety of journalists in Nepal.
    The seminar was organized to mark the World Press Freedom Day.

     

    from GroundReport.com.

     
  • MeroSamachar.com 9:36 am on 2013/04/19 Permalink | Reply
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    Chinese President Xi Jinping seeks reconfirmation on One China Policy from Nepal 

     Unified Communist Party of Nepal Maoist (UCPNM) Chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Chinese President Xi Jinping did have a dialogue on Thursday on Sino-Nepal issues.

    On the occasion, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged to boost win-win cooperation between Nepal and China, the Chinese news agency Xinhua stated.

    Publicly disseminated information confirmed the dialogue had mainly focused on China’s concern on the use of the Nepali territory for free Tibet causes though the President did not fail to appreciate Nepal’s efforts to maintain her One-China Policy.
    Dahal expressed his expectation of more financial and technical help from China to facilitate the development of fundamental economic structures in Nepal. 
     
    The Chinese President strongly advised Nepal to work for political stability without which Nepal would face difficulty proceeding with political independence.
     
    Nepal is in a serious political dilemma following the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly elected in 2008 to draft a new pro-change constitution as a tool to manage the 10-year armed insurgency across Nepal. 
     

    from GroundReport.com.

     
  • MeroSamachar.com 10:50 pm on 2013/03/19 Permalink | Reply
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    Nepal: Former party activist slaps party chief on face 

    The Chairperson of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal Maoist (UCPNM) Pushpa Kamal Dahal has got a slap on his face from one of his former activists at a festival tea ceremony held Friday in Kathmandu.

     

    While shaking hands with Dahal to express Deepawali best wishes, Padam Kunwar of Baglung district slapped the UCPNM Chairperson.

    After the slap, several other angry party cadres present at the ceremony beat Kunwar, whom the police have hospitalized now.

    Meanwhile an emergency meeting of the UCPNM has issued a statement referring to the slap as a preplanned action intended to create a confrontational situation and disturb the peace process.

    While the UCPN-M sees it not as a mere show of anger of a citizen, the Nepali mass media have widely covered the incident as a wrath expressed by a former Maoist cadre.

    Police have told media persons that Kunwar’s family members were involved in the UCPNM, though they have shifted to the newly formed party called the Communist Party of Nepal Maoist (CPNM).

    In January 2011, one Devi Prasad Regmi had slapped Unified Marxist-Leninist (UML) Chairperson Jhala Nath Khanal on his face in Itahari district.

    More recently on 29 September 2012, Nepali Congress activist Prabesh Basnet had attempted at his own party President Sushil Koirala with a wooden frame at a program in Kathmandu. Other party cadres had saved Koirala, blocking the attack.

    No truth behind previous slaps has been discovered yet. The government is reportedly engaged in investigation on the slap case.

    The overall case analysis proves that it is not a security issue at all. It is a political issue aimed at demoralizing political leaders, who have at times demonstrated their moral irresponsibility. As it is clear that a culture of slapping leaders on their faces and gaining a week’s glamor does not correct the all-pervasive corrupt culture in the Nepali society, the slapper is likely to have been provoked by a possible personal benefit.

    The mass media, instead of superficializing the coverage of news and views geared at intra-party feuds, need to focus on creating a rich and strategic public opinion in favor of better changes and against corrupt political leaderships, including all-pervasive corruption in media, judiciary, security, bureaucratic and business sectors.

     First published in the Newsvine

    from GroundReport.com.

     
  • MeroSamachar.com 10:49 pm on 2013/03/19 Permalink | Reply
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    Nepal: Pioneer republican thinker passes away; legacy study required 

     

     

    Nepal’s pioneer republican thinker Ram Raja Prasad Singh passed away on Wednesday morning at about 06:00 according to Kathmandu time.  The Tribhuwan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu circulated this information after 06:15.

    Mr. Singh, 77, had been brought to Kathmandu due to the worsening condition of his health. He had been suffering from multiple health problems, especially those related to heart, kidney, lungs, and nerves.

    In the 1960s, Mr. Singh had initiated Nepal’s republican seed movement by harshly advocating against monarchy and calling on parties to go for republican setup of Nepal. Through University graduate election, as per the then Panchayat provision, he became a member of the Legislature, then known as the Rashtriya Panchayat. However, he was immediately imprisoned for his argument that monarchy was a burden to the Nepalis because it used huge public resources irrationally for luxurious purposes.

    According to the Nepali language book Ganatantra ko laagi sangharsha (Struggle for Republic) written by Sitaram Baral, a Nepali journalist, Ram Raja Prasad Singh had even met the world known revolutionary fighter Che Guevara.

    Talking to different Nepali media in the post-1990 period, Mr. Singh had said that his political ideology was for state welfare system and social justice based on the equitable distribution of resources to the people, not for monopolization and wealth concentration that would lead to poverty perpetuation and criminalization of politics among the people and parties in the country.

    In May 2008, former Maoist rebels made him a presidential candidate in the Legislative-Parliament. The coalition of 22 parties led by the Nepali Congress and the Unified Marxist-Leninist (UML) defeated him—the difference was quite narrow. Most of the Nepalis had expected him to become Nepal’s first President out of public respect as he had fundamentally revolted against monarchy in the most explicit terms.

    The performance of his group called Janabaadi Morcha does not appear very effective, except for the lead he took in exploding time bombs in the major powerful centers in Kathmandu in 1995. The monarchy announced a death penalty against him for the explosions in which about half a dozen people lost their lives. He saved his life by escaping to India. He however returned to Saptari, his home district in Nepal after the absolute monarchy accepted the multiparty democracy in which there would be no capital punishment.

    Mr. Singh was a visionary republican thinker. He was the first person to implant seed of republican thought into people’s minds in the most apparent form.

    Mr. Singh was a person of moral quality. He never conceded to the idea of separatism under Madhesh or Hills. Most of the Madehshi parties and leaders, though they praise him in appearance, do not like him because he never cooperated with them to divide Nepal. Even the most powerful and glamorized leaders in Nepal need to learn from Ram Raja Prasad Singh, especially his commitment to national unity amidst diversity and a simple way of living.

    Basically, he was a thinker, not a leader. A leader makes organizations and networks for mass mobilization. He depended on selected cadres. His greatest weakness was his incapability of producing more republican leaders, who could genuinely work to transform the Nepali society in every way possible and necessary. Currently, most of the parties and leaders think and behave like kings and sub-kings and even seem to have been prepared for restoring monarchy should their material interests be fulfilled.

    There might have been valuable principles and parameters of republican democracy behind what Mr. Singh lived for. His colleagues, disciples, family members, relatives and contemporaneous intellectuals could be the major sources for further research.

    from GroundReport.com.

     
  • MeroSamachar.com 10:49 pm on 2013/03/19 Permalink | Reply
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    Nepal: Unidentified gang murders journalist 

    An unidentified criminal gang has murdered a journalist in the Eastern Nepal.

    Hundreds of journalists across Nepal Wednesday protested against the murder of Yadav Poudel whose dead boy was discovered in Jhapa district. He worked for Avenues TV and the Rajdhani daily.

    The district police has arrested more than a dozen for interrogation.

    Preliminary information obtained from some Jhapa-based sources indicates that the murder was not an incident based on personal enmity or anger. The local people have suspected some brothel owners.  The police has arrested some hotel entrepreneurs for questioning.

     The Jhapa Branch of the Federation of Nepal Journalists (FNJ) has publicly claimed that the journalist’s murder was an incident preplanned by some elites with access to state power.

    However, the police has not yet made out a possible motive behind the crime.

    Nepal’s Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai assured the protesting journalists of stern actions against those behind the murder.

    The Unified Communist Party of Nepal Maoist (UCPN), the Nepali Congress (NC) and the Unified Marxist-Leninist (UML) have condemned the murder.

    But the journalists have attributed this murder to the growing impunity in the country.

    More than a half dozen of journalists as well as media entrepreneurs have been murdered in Nepal after the peace process began in 2006.

    from GroundReport.com.

     
  • MeroSamachar.com 11:36 am on 2012/11/17 Permalink | Reply
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    Nepal: Former party activist slaps party chief on face 

    The Chairperson of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal Maoist (UCPNM) Pushpa Kamal Dahal has got a slap on his face from one of his former activists at a festival tea ceremony held Friday in Kathmandu.

     

    While shaking hands with Dahal to express Deepawali best wishes, Padam Kunwar of Baglung district slapped the UCPNM Chairperson.

    After the slap, several other angry party cadres present at the ceremony beat Kunwar, whom the police have hospitalized now.

    Meanwhile an emergency meeting of the UCPNM has issued a statement referring to the slap as a preplanned action intended to create a confrontational situation and disturb the peace process.

    While the UCPN-M sees it not as a mere show of anger of a citizen, the mass Nepali mass media have widely covered the incident as a wrath expressed by a former Maoist cadre.

    Police have told media persons that Kunwar’s family members were involved in the UCPNM, though they have shifted to the newly formed party called the Communist Party of Nepal Maoist (CPNM).

    In January 2011, one Devi Prasad Regmi had slapped Unified Marxist-Leninist (UML) Chairperson Jhala Nath Khanal on his face in Itahari district.

    More recently on 29 September 2012, Nepali Congress activist Prabesh Basnet had attempted at his own party President Sushil Koirala with a wooden frame at a program in Kathmandu. Other party cadres had saved Koirala, blocking the attack.

    No truth behind previous slaps has been discovered yet. The government is reportedly engaged in investigation on the slap case.

    The overall case analysis proves that it is not a security issue at all. It is a political issue aimed at demoralizing political leaders, who have at times demonstrated their moral irresponsibility. As it is clear that a culture of slapping leaders on their faces and gaining a week’s glamor does not correct the all-pervasive corrupt culture in the Nepali society, the slapper is likely to have been provoked by a possible personal benefit.

    The mass media, instead of superficializing the coverage of news and views geared at intra-party feuds, need to focus on creating a rich and strategic public opinion in favor of better changes and against corrupt political leaderships, including all-pervasive corruption in media, judiciary, security, bureaucratic and business sectors.

    First published in the Newsvine

    from GroundReport.com.

     
  • MeroSamachar.com 6:36 pm on 2012/09/12 Permalink | Reply
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    Nepal: Pioneer republican thinker passes away; study required 

     

    Nepal’s pioneer republican thinker Ram Raja Prasad Singh passed away on Wednesday morning at about 06:00 according to Kathmandu time.  The Tribhuwan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu circulated this information after 06:15.

    Mr. Singh, 77, had been brought to Kathmandu due to the worsening condition of his health. He had been suffering from multiple health problems, especially those related to heart, kidney, lungs, and nerves.

    In the 1960s, Mr. Singh had initiated Nepal’s republican seed movement by harshly advocating against monarchy and calling on parties to go for republican setup of Nepal. Through University graduate election, as per the then Panchayat provision, he became a member of the Legislature, then known as the Rashtriya Panchayat. However, he was immediately imprisoned for his argument that monarchy was a burden to the Nepalis because it used huge public resources irrationally for luxurious purposes.

    According to the Nepali language book Ganatantra ko laagi sangharsha (Struggle for Republic) written by Sitaram Baral, a Nepali journalist, Ram Raja Prasad Singh had even met the world known revolutionary fighter Che Guevara.

    Talking to different Nepali media in the post-1990 period, Mr. Singh had said that his political ideology was for state welfare system and social justice based on the equitable distribution of resources to the people, not for monopolization and wealth concentration that would lead to poverty perpetuation and criminalization of politics among the people and parties in the country.

    In May 2008, former Maoist rebels made him a presidential candidate in the Legislative-Parliament. The coalition of 22 parties led by the Nepali Congress and the Unified Marxist-Leninist (UML) defeated him—the difference was quite narrow. Most of the Nepalis had expected him to become Nepal’s first President out of public respect as he had fundamentally revolted against monarchy in the most explicit terms.

    The performance of his group called Janabaadi Morcha does not appear very effective, except for the lead he took in exploding time bombs in the major powerful centers in Kathmandu in 1995. The monarchy announced a death penalty against him for the explosions in which about half a dozen people lost their lives. He saved his life by escaping to India. He however returned to Saptari, his home district in Nepal after the absolute monarchy accepted the multiparty democracy in which there would be no capital punishment.

    Mr. Singh was a visionary republican thinker. He was the first person to implant seed of republican thought into people’s minds in the most apparent form.

    Mr. Singh was a person of moral quality. He never conceded to the idea of separatism under Madhesh or Hills. Most of the Madehshi parties and leaders, though they praise him in appearance, do not like him because he never cooperated with them to divide Nepal. Even the most powerful and glamorized leaders in Nepal need to learn from Ram Raja Prasad Singh, especially his commitment to national unity amidst diversity and a simple way of living.

    Basically, he was a thinker, not a leader. A leader makes organizations and networks for mass mobilization. He depended on selected cadres. His greatest weakness was his incapability of producing more republican leaders, who could genuinely work to transform the Nepali society in every way possible and necessary. Currently, most of the parties and leaders think and behave like kings and sub-kings and even seem to have been prepared for restoring monarchy should their material interests be fulfilled.

    There might have been valuable principles and parameters of republican democracy behind what Mr. Singh lived for. His colleagues, disciples, family members, relatives and contemporaneous intellectuals could be the major sources for further research.

     

    from GroundReport.com.

     
  • MeroSamachar.com 5:56 pm on 2012/07/26 Permalink | Reply
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    July 25 2012 headlines in Nepali dailies 

     
  • MeroSamachar.com 5:56 pm on 2012/07/26 Permalink | Reply
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    Civil society group launches hunger strike against govt decision to provide hefty perks to VIPs 

     
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    July 26 2012 headlines in Nepali dailies 

     
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