Former Minister Ek Nath Dhakal laud reconciliation in the Middle East
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JERUSALEM, June 22: Former Minister for Peace and Reconstruction of the Government of Nepal appeal for peaceful reconciliation in the Middle East. Dhakal was speaking at a special discussion organized at the Knesset Negev Hall inside the Israeli Parliament in Jerusalem.

The discussion was chaired by the deputy speaker of the Knesset Hilik Bar. Lawmakers from the Middle East and Europe including Turkey, Italy and Ukraine were in attendance. Dhakal is visiting Israel accepting the invitation of deputy Speaker of Israeli Knesset Hilik Bar.

“I am carrying the good wishes of the Nepalese people yearning for the conclusion of the Israel-Palestinian peace talks and reconciliation in the Middle East” Dhakal said. While interacting with Israeli lawmakers Dhakal emphasized an urgent need for international dialogue and cooperation for Peace.

Former Minister Dhakal was in the view that the human race is heading towards a new world order. “Priorities, power bases, alliances and allies are changing dramatically. New influences are emerging daily. But how can we channel these monumental transitions to benefit the welfare of all people? I believe that this is one of the important tasks of Parliamentarians. But in order to tackle threats to peace we must work together.” Dhakal underlined.

Highlighting on Nepal’s peace process Dhakal stated that “After the Maoists came in the main stream of politics; we promulgated a new constitution through two Constituent Assemblies. This is unparalleled in history. Militant communists joined with democrats to write a new constitution. They are now working together to transform our country economically and socially.”

Leading Member of the Nepalese Legislature Parliament Dhakal further went on and said “Our peace process taught us that it is not through violent conflict but through peaceful and democratic ways — starting with dialogue — that we can ultimately solve our problems. Peace-building requires the commitment of two parties in the quest for peace. It cannot be one-sided.” Dhakal also interacted with leaders of Palestine authority separately.

The discussion was jointly organized by the Members of Israeli Knesset and International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP). Dhakal is a Chairman of the IAPP in Asia. He will arrive Nepal on Saturday.

 International Conference on Advanced materials ( KaSAM-2016)  in Pokhara, Nepal
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for the first time in Pokhara, a beautiful city in western Nepal situated in the lap of Mt. Machhapucchre and Mt. Annapurna, by Nepal Polymer Institute (NPI) in coordination with Pokhara University, Pokhara, Nepal, Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and Institut für Polymerwerkstoffe (IPW), Merseburg, GermanyThis is the first time Pokhara will host an international scientific meeting of this kind. This conference is focused on nano-structured and bio-related materials. This conference is going to provide a  platform for  young researchers along with the prominent scientists and academicians from all over the world. The conference venue is Mount Kailash Resort, Lake Side, Pokhara.

 KaSAM-2016 is the third one and is continuation of its previous conferences held in Kathmandu in 2012 and 2014. Conference convener Prof. Dr. Rameshwar Adhikari has informed that this type of conference which is going to be held out of capital city will be able to encourage the youths and science doers. Consequently they will come forward to contribute in the field of science and technology and country will be benefitted ultimately. Dr. M. L. Sharma, Professor of Chemistry in Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal and member of the organizing committee informed the correspondent that around 120 research papers on recent advancement in material and bio-sciences will be presented during the conference. The technical program comprises of keynote lectures, oral presentations and poster session in the related field along with a special symposium on ‘Science, Technology & Innovations for Nepal’. A course on recent advancements in nanomaterials and its scope has been designed for bachelor and master level students from various parts of Nepal and will be conducted on first day of the conference.
Many  from more than 17 countries are going to give their lectures in the conference including
Prof. Jean Marc Saiter (University of Rouen, Rouen, FRANCE), Prof. Bernhard Bluemich (Aachen University, GERMANY), Prof. Holger Schönherr, (University of Siegen, GERMANY), Prof. Jean Marc Saiter (Université de Normandie, FRANCE), Prof. Valerio Causin (Università degli Studi di Padova, ITALY), Prof. Ashutosh Tiwari (Linköping University, SWEDEN), Prof. Shigeru Okamoto (Nagoya Institute of Technology, JAPAN), Prof. Shinichi Sakurai and Prof. Hirokazu Hasegawa from the Kyoto Institute of Technology, JAPAN, Dr. Jakub Sirc (Academy of Sciences of CZECH REPUBLIC), Dr. Ralf Lach (Polymer Service GmbH Merseburg, GERMANY), Ms. Gwendolyn Bluemich (Strategic Education & Workforce Development Initiatives, GLOBAL FOUNDRIES, USA), Prof. Abdus Salam (Dhaka University, BANGLADESH), Prof. Susanta Banerjee (Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur, INDIA), Dr. Achyut Adhikari from Pakistan and many Nepali scientists from Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), different universities and institutes of Nepal are also speaking  in the conference.

Convener of the conference Dr. Rameshwar Adhikari who is Professor of Chemistry in Tribhuvan University, and also Chairman of Nepal Polymer Institute (NPI) organized a press conference in Kathmandu and informed that Nepal Chemistry Congress will be held in  Kathmandu sometime in October 2017 on the occasion of completion of 100 years of starting of higher education in Nepal.  Also Non-Border Educational Program Applied to Science and Technology (NEPAS) and conducting of summer school in Rubber Technology are in the plan and dates of the programs will be announced after the KaSAM-2016. According to the organizing committee a pre-conference workshop –‘Second Kathmandu Autumn School on Chemistry and Chemical Technologies (KASChem-2016)- Part I’ will be organized in Pokhara University on October 17th while the remaining two parts will be arranged in Birendra Multiple Campus, Bharatpur, Chitwan and Mahendra Morang campus, Biratngar as post-conference workshops.

International Conference on Mountains in the Changing World in Nepal
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Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (KIAS) has organized an international conference on “Mountains in the Changing World” (MoChWo) held in Kathmandu from October 1-2, 2016. The  conference seemed very relevant since Nepal is mainly a mountainous country and it is facing several mountain related challenges in recent years. The convener of the conference Dr. Basant Giri informed the correspondent that more than hundred research papers were presented in the conference, and many prominent scientists from more than fifteen countries including USA, France, Germany, India, Portugal, UK, Canada presented their research papers. This conference provided an important platform for Nepalese researchers to present their research works in front of the internationally recognized scientists.

The keynote speakers of the conference were Prof. Dr Stefen Becker (City University of New York, New York, USA), and Prof. Dr. Monique Fort (University of Paris, Diderot, France). Prof. Becker delivered a talk related to climate change on the mountainous environments, where as Prof. Fort talked about mountain natural disasters and their managements in developing and developed countries linking the issues with France and Nepal. Prof. Fort had conducted many research projects related to mountainous issues and is well known among Nepalese researchers in the field.

Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (KIAS) is a non-profit research organization established by young and dedicated Nepalese researchers having international recognitions in several applied fields. The organization has been conducting research projects directly linked to several problems that Nepal is facing in recent years; for examples air pollution, water quality, quality of pharmaceutical products, development of different analytical tools.


First Ever Science Mega Event in Pokhara: KaSAM-2016
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The third international conference Kathmandu Symposia on Advanced Materials (KaSAM)is being organized from 17- 20, October in Pokhara. This is the first time Pokhara will host an international scientific meeting of this kind. The first and second KaSAM were organized in Kathmandu in 2012 and 2014. The previous meeting saw participants from multiple corners of the globe. Both of the conferences were highly successful since many eminent scientists, researchers, and students participated and presented their works. KaSAM is becoming an international forum where scientists and technologists discuss about recent advances, challenges and future pathways. The conference is expected to be successful in attracting the scientistsseeking to discusstheir researchwith others in the scientific community. KASAM-2016 is being organized by Nepal Polymer Institute (NPI) with the cooperation of a Germany based organization namedInstitut fur Polymerwerkstoffe(IPW). The motto of the conference is Cross Linking Science and Virtues. Participants will present their works on Nanostructural and Biorelatedmaterials in the form of lectures and posters.

NPI President and Convener of the conference Prof. Dr. RameshwarAdhikari informed that Nepal Polymer Institute is regularly organizing the Kathmandu Autumn School on Chemistry and Chemical Technologies (KASChem) in different cities of Nepal to attract the young science doers and researchers to contribute in the development of Nepal by promoting science and technology. NPI is the only organization in Nepal that is the member of International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. NPI also recently organized first ever Young Scientist Summit (YSS) 2016 in Nepal in which many young science lovers thronged and showed their talents. Every three years it also organizes International Conference on Infectious Diseases and Nanomedicine (ICIDN). ICIDN conferences were previously held in 2012 and in 2015 in Kathmandu. Organizing Committee expects all round cooperation from everyone includingthe press to popularize science related events among the public.



‘अबिरल यात्रा–२०७२ यादव खरेल’
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काठमाडौँ, २३ साउन । गीतकार तथा चलचित्र निर्देशक यादव खरेलले रचना गर्नुभएको गीतहरुको एकल साङ्गीतिक कार्यक्रम ‘अबिरल यात्रा–२०७२ यादव खरेल’ यही साउन ३१ र ३२ गते गरिने भएको छ । 

सर्वनाम थियटरमा आज आयोजित ‘नेपाली सुगम सङ्गीत विगत र वर्तमान’ अन्तक्र्रिया कार्यक्रममा हिडन ट्रेजरले आर्मी अफिसर्स क्लबमा उक्त कार्यक्रम गर्ने जानकारी दिइयो । उक्त कार्यक्रममा गीतकार खरेलले रचना गर्नुभएका ५४÷५५ वर्षअघिका पुराना गीत प्रस्तुत हुनेछन् । 

ती गीतलाई नयाँ सङ्गीतकारको सङ्गीत र गायक गायिकाले गाउनेछन् । जसमा सङ्गीतकारमा राजु सिंह र गायक गायिकामा लोचन भट्टराई, सत्यराज आचार्यलगायत रहेका छन् । 

गीतकार खरेलले २०१६ सालदेखि आफूले गीत लेखन सुरु गरेको बताउँदै त्यतिबेलादेखि अहिलेसम्म पनि गीतका गायक÷गायिकालाई सबैले याद गर्ने भए पनि गीतकारलाई भने ध्यान नदिने प्रवृत्ति नहटेको बताउनुभयो । 

उहाँले एउटा गीत रेकर्डिङ गर्न भारतको कोलकता पुग्नुपर्ने र वर्षौपछि गीत गाउने पालो आयो भने गायक÷गायिका खुसी हुनुपर्ने, कोही एक जनाले केही बिगारे पुरै गीत दोहो¥याएर गाउनुपर्ने अवस्था रहेको विगत स्मरण गर्नुभयो । त्यो अवस्था अहिले नरहेको बताउँदै उहाँले भन्नुभयो, “अहिले त्यसको स्वरुप, संरचनामा आमूल परिवर्तन आइसकेको छ । प्रविधिले अहिले त्यस्तो झन्झटिलो अवस्थाबाट पार लगाइसकेको छ ।” 

सङ्गीतकार राजु सिंहले साहित्य र सङ्गीत एक अर्काबिना बाँच्न नसक्ने र यी दुई एकअर्काको परिपुरक रहेको बताउँदै सिर्जना गर्दा जहिले पनि सकारात्मक सोच राख्नुपर्नेमा जोड दिनुभयो । 

गायिका लोचन भट्टराईले पुराना स्रष्टाले सिर्जना गरेका साधना कुनै निश्चित कालखण्डका लागि मात्र हुने जस्तो अहिले देखिएकाले तिनको संरक्षण गर्नुपर्ने आवश्यकता औँल्याउँदै गायनका क्रममा शब्द उच्चारणमा विशेष ध्यान दिन गायक÷गायिकालाई आग्रह गर्नुभयो । 

गायक सत्यराज आचार्यले सो कार्यक्रममा उदितनारायण झाका पुराना गीत गाउने तय भएकाले कतै उदित नारायणको गीत ‘कपी’ पो हुने हो की भन्ने प्रश्नमा उहाँले जवाफ दिँदै भन्नुभयो, “आफ्ना पिता भक्तराजको आवाज त मेरो आवाजमा नमिलोस् भन्ने चाहन्छु भने उदित नारायणको आवाज किन मिलाउँ ?” 

हिडन ट्रेजरका अध्यक्ष गोपाल कक्षपतिले करिब छ वर्षअघि नै सो कार्यक्रम गर्ने योजना रहेपनि यसैवर्ष मात्र उक्त कार्यक्रम गर्न लागिएको र कार्यक्रममा भिडियोग्राफी गरी सङ्ग्रह गरिनुका साथै गीतकार खरेलको बायोग्राफीसमेत निकाल्ने जानकारी दिनुभयो । 

UPF workshop concludes stressing on promoting universal peace
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Kathmandu, July 30: The three-day workshop on leadership development organised by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) wrapped up here today, laying emphasis on the need of constructive efforts for common interest and prosperity for promoting peace and humanism. 

The workshop came to the conclusion that positive initiatives undertaken for common interest would contribute towards handing a prosperous and peaceful world to the coming generations. 

"As we know, our world faces a wide range of problems, including territorial disputes, religious and racial conflict, environmental degradation, climate change, violent extremism, poverty, hunger, nuclear proliferation and corruption. Each of these are serious threats to human development and to the realization of peace in our world," a proposal issued at the concluding programme of the workshop states. 

Noting it was time for humanity to embrace universally shared values, going beyond differences of ideology, race, nationality, and religion, and pursuing a path of mutual cooperation and mutual prosperity, the workshop proposal further states that in this way it is possible to build a world of lasting and sustainable peace that can be bequeathed to future generations. 

More than 185 Members of Parliament from 29 countries of Asia and Africa participated in the workshop. 

Experts and scholars from different countries including South Korea gave talk on world peace and prosperity during the three days of the workshop. 

Working papers on role of MPs for peace were presented on behalf Nepal, the Philippines and Sri Lanka, among other countries. Likewise, the delegates from Nigeria and Sierra Leone put views on parliamentary council for peace. 

The workshop has also passed a resolution on establishing an international association of parliamentarians for peace. More than 500 people including representatives of the government bodies, lawmakers and related organisations attended the workshop. 

Since its inception, the Universal Peace Federation has worked closely with parliamentarians from around the world to build a world of lasting peace, based on universal principles. 

The founders of the Universal Peace Federation, Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, launched the global “Parliamentarians for Peace” initiative in 2001 centered on the Ambassadors for Peace. This initiative, a point of focus of the 2005 Universal Peace Federation Inaugural Tour to 120 nations, has brought together many parliamentarians from around the world through diverse programs aimed at contributing to the realization of lasting peace. 

These programs have brought together parliamentarians from around the world, forming an international network of men and women who are committed to solving the critical challenges of our time and realizing a world of lasting peace

Five killed, one missing, one injured due to flood in Jhapa
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Jhapa, July 26: Five people were killed, one has gone missing and next one has been injured due to the flooding caused by incessant rainfall in various places of the district till today. 
According to the district police office, the deceased are Lukhiram Soren, 34, of Garmani-2, Manish Bhujel, 2, of Togachhi-8, Anuj Neupane of Dhulabari who was currently living at Gauradaha, Kali Bahadur Limbu, 64, of Goldhap-8 and Tekendra Khadka, 35, of Gauradaha-5. 
Similarly, injured is Dipesh Giri of Gauriganja-5 while Indian national Babulal Mandi currently living in Kumarkhod-4 is missing. The DPO has informed that as many as 2,283 people were rescued while 669 houses were still inundated by the floods in the district. 
The security agencies have alerted the locals as the water level was rising in different rivers.

Conflict-related sexual violence is heinous crime: Peace Minister Dhakal
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KATHMANDU, June 29: Minister for Peace and Reconstruction Ek Nath Dhakal has said that conflict-related sexual violence is heinous crime. Minister Dhakal was speaking at a program organized by the United Nations to mark the commemoration of the day on the elimination of sexual violence in conflict. “My heart goes out to all the victims, especially those of sexual violence, and my gratitude to those who have devoted their lives for the eradication of such heinous crimes in the midst of conflict” said the Minister. 
Minister Dhakal explained that Nepal Government is fully aware of the traumatic issues that were part of insurgency, including people who were displaced or disappeared, those with physical disabilities, as well as emotional resentment and mental trauma. “One of the most disgraceful and serious matters relates to sexual violence. I condemn all kinds of sexual violence and especially when such incidences are against defenseless women during periods of conflict. These crimes are serious human rights violations” Minister stated. 
Minister Dhakal assured his total support to provide proper justice to the victims of conflict related sexual violence. Minister Dhakal explained government’s plan to implement resolution 1325 and 1820, relating to the protection of women and to maintain the peace and security within the country. He further clarified that 2nd phase of National Action Plan (NAP) of government will focus on addressing the needs to the victims of conflict-related sexual violence. These needs include: the access to justice, the end of impunity, reparationsalong with other support and rehabilitation services. Minister Dhakal advised to be aware of the possible effects and handle such cases in a sensitive and responsible manner”. Country Director of UNDP Nepal Renaud Meyer, CEDAW committee member Bandana Rana, UN Women representative Ziad Sheikh, UNFPA representative Giulia Vallelse, Transitional Justice Centre director D. Christopher Decker are among other speakers.

10 years of signing of peace accord commemorated
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(Krishna Sapkota) 

Ghorahi (Dang), June 9: The 10 years of the signing of Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) between the state side and then rebel side, the CPN (Maoist) – that ushered Nepal into a peace process by ending the decade-old armed conflict – has been commemorated in Ghorahi of Dang on Thursday. 

Various speakers on the occasion have underlined the need of building sustainable peace to bring the country to the path to prosperity by ending the prolonged transition. 

Inaugurating the mid-western regional conference ‘Peace Process in Nepal: Reflections and Way Forward’ organized by European Union and USAID in partnership with Government of Nepal at Ghorahi of Dang on Thursday, Minister for Peace and Reconstruction Eknath Dhakal expressed government’s commitment to implement the recommendations of the reports of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Commission for Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons to bring the ongoing peace process of Nepal to a logical end. 

“The preliminary investigation into the war-era cases has already started adopting the principle of transitional justice and the execution of their recommendations will conclude the chapter of the peace process and open up avenue for country’s transformation,” Minister Dhakal said. 

Promulgation of the new constitution is the testimony to the fact that the country is moving towards completing the hard-earned peace process and democratic transitioning to bring the country to the pathway to prosperity, he noted. 

Expressing remarks on behalf of the development partners that have supported the implementation of the CPA and Nepal’s peace process, Ambassador of Delegation of the European Union to Nepal, Rensje Teerink said Nepal has seen some commendable achievements in the first decade while implementing the CPA. 

“The management of arms and armies of then CPN-Maoist, promulgation of a new constitution through the Constituent Assembly, formation of the transitional justice commissions, promotion of inclusive policies and programmes and reconstruction of some crucial infrastructures,” she added. 

Likewise, Secretary at the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction Sarbadev Mahato said the peace process was the foundation of the democratic transition of the country and the Ministry is effortful to effectively mobilize peace trust fund to realize the goal of society with a lasting peace. 

On the occasion, Prof Birendra Prasad Mishra had presented his analytical thoughts on ‘Reflection on Nepal’s Peace Process’ and Prof Krishna Khanal delivered his articulations on ‘Way Forward of Nepal’s Peace Process’. The presentations of thoughts were followed by discussion among the participants which comprise conflict victims, representatives of political parties and local peace committee, journalists, educators, industrialists, civil society and NGOs. 

As many as 150 participants took part in the conference organized to commemorate the 10 years of the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) in the region which was most-affected during the decade-long armed conflict. 

The event was organized to assess on what Nepal collectively has achieved in the past ten years and challenges we faced in the peace process, and the way forward for building a strong foundation for durable peace and prosperity in the country.

Seminar on Applied Sciences: Challenges and Opportunities
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Developing countries should identify research areas, increase investment and provide platform for  researchers. Prof. Frances Ligler



Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (KIAS) organized one day international seminar on “Research in Applied Sciences: Challenges and Opportunities” on April 1st 2016 in Kathmandu. The seminar involved inaugural and technical sessions and about 250 participants. The inaugural session was conducted by KIAS vice president Dr. Bhanu Bhakta Neupane under chairmanship of Prof. Dr. Raja Ram Pradhananga. The keynote speech was delivered by Prof. Dr. Frances Ligler. Dr. Ligler is university distinguished professor at Biomedical Engineering department joint department of North Carolina State University and University of North Carolina. Dr. Ligler stated that developing countries should identify important research areas, increase investment and provide good platform for young talented researchers.

In technical session, six scientists from Nepal and USA shared their research experiences. The presenters were Dr. Khem Joshi (Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences, Pokhara University), Dr. Rameshwor Adhikari (Professor, Central Department  of Chemistry, Tribhuvan University), George Ligler (Director GTL associates, USA), Dr. Hem Raj Pant (Associate Professor of Chemistry, Tribhuvan University), Dr. Hari Datta Bhattrai (Director, RIBB Nepal), Dr. Bishnu Pandey (Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Kathmandu University), and Dr. Mahendra Thapa (Scientist, KIAS and Head of Department, Uniglobe College). The session was chaired by Prof. Dr. M. L. Sharma (Central Department of Chemistry, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu). Also in this session, Dean of School of Science, Kathmandu University Prof. Dr. Mohan Bikram Gewali delivered short speech and appreciated the initiative taken by KIAS to promote the applied research in Nepal.

The seminar was co-organized by UniGlobe College, Kathmandu. Around 250 participants that included professors, scientists, researchers, and students from different institutions were present in the seminar. At the end of seminar, a feedback survey was conducted and around 100 participants turned in the feedback stating that the seminar was really helpful and appreciated initiatives taken by KIAS.


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