Sound Bites From Kantipur Anniversary

Nepal’s largest media house established after the restoration of democracy celebrated its 13 anniversary emerging out of a difficult year in its history.

Editor Narayan Wagle, in red sweater, sorrounded by reporters of Kantipur Publications
Editor Narayan Wagle, in red sweater, sorrounded by reporters of Kantipur Publications. All pics via Kantipur

By Dinesh Wagle

“Last year we were worried about the possibility of not being able to gather here like this today,” Narayan Wagle, editor of Kantipur daily started his speech on Sunday (Feb 19) in a ceremony organized to mark the 13th anniversary of Kantipur Publications, Nepal’s largest private media house. Almost all reporters from around the country working for the company were present in the occasion and the scene, according a reporter, was like a general convention of the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ). [In fact the umbrella body of Nepali journalists (FNJ) hosted a tea-party this morning in a New Baneshwor cafe exclusively for Kantipur reporters from outside Kathmandu Valley. Reporters interacted with Bishnu Nishturi and talked on strengthening FNJ movement around the country.] Continue reading Sound Bites From Kantipur Anniversary

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Dr. Tulsi Giri Explains The Royal Message

[UWB Note: Thank you Nepalnews.com for translating this news from Kantipur daily (original article) and removing my byline attached to the item. Thanks for showing the path of professionalism! And in the Internet journalism, Nepalnews, there is something called linking articles to the original source! I didn’t see you linking your translation to the original article but I am sure you are aware of that! -Dinesh Wagle]

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Vice Chairman of the Council of Ministers Dr Tulsi Giri has said that the message of the King on the occasion of the National Democracy Day on Sunday has left the responsibility on the political parties to make conducive environment for reconciliation.

Kantipur daily quoted second man in the royal cabinet Dr Giri as saying, “The ball now is in the party’s court and naturally further political development will go ahead as per the reaction of the political parties to the message.” [He diddn’t utter the words “further political development”, Nepalnews, see my original article, that’s mentioned in the parenthesis.]

He further said that the message is one step ahead than the royal address of the February 1.

Stating that the language of the message is very good, Dr Giri said the King had clearly appealed for the reconciliation and talks. [“Nice words he has used,” Dr Giri said about the royal message. “Sundar” in Nepali is not always “Good” in English, Nepalnews!]

Dr Giri said that the King is interested for reconciliation so the political parties should understand the King’s intention and be ready for it.

Stating that there is no need to mention agendas for talks in the message, Dr Giri urged to see the meaning of the message rather than content. [No, bad and wrong translation, Nepalnews. Giri has categorically stated to see the “substance of the message rather than conent”. And the word substance has been used in the Kantipur news.]

Giri said that the problems dogging the country could not be resolved by organizing rallies in the streets and added that there should be dialogue and consensus among the King and political parties to give an outlet to the present political crisis.

He further said that all should be flexible to resolve the present crisis, adding, that does not mean all should agree in the King’s roadmap, but the thing is to find consensus through dialogue.

Dr Giri urged the political parties to think about what shape they want to give to the politics of the country and called for dialogue to find consensus.

Dr Giri was of the view that though Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala had said talks and consensus were possible only if the municipal polls was postponed, talks were still possible at present as “demands like talks are not possible without restoration of parliament have not been put forth.”

His Maj Talks About Democracy, Yet Again

And cites nationally and internationally discarded Municipal Election as an example of his democracy.

In his yearly message to Nepali people on the occasion of Democracy Day, king Gyanendra repeats his rhetoric of reviving democratic process while still ignoring or underestimating the strength of political parties and magnitude of violence in the country. The biggest example of this is that the monarch still thinks Feb 8 municipal elections were a democratic exercise. Lets look at this sentence pulled out from the royal message. “The Nepalese people have demonstrated their faith in the power of the ballot during the recently held municipal elections.” Below posted are his other sentences:

Beloved Countrymen,

As we celebrate the 56th National Democracy Day today, we pay homage to our august grandfather His late Majesty King Tribhuvan and all the brave souls who laid down their lives for the cause of democracy. Continue reading His Maj Talks About Democracy, Yet Again