Rachel Schiller is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Programmes and Operations in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs of the US Department of State. In this capacity, she oversees the Office of Global Programme and Initiatives and the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (WRA). She has served as an advisor to the United Nations and the World Bank. Schiller also worked intensively on the Aceh peace process in Indonesia. Rachel is a 2020-2021 International Women’s Forum Fellow as well. Schiller spoke to Purushottam P. Khatri of The Rising Nepal on Wednesday upon her arrival in Kathmandu for the opening of Ex-Shanti Prayas-IV, the multinational peace drills, and the inauguration of 185 kVA solar power project. Excerpts:
The nation is marking the 74th National Democracy Day today. The celebration is being made amid negative propaganda about the federal democratic republican system the nation has adopted. In this regard, Minister for Communicati
House of Representatives (HoR) lawmaker Bir Bahadur Balayar has said the current session of the Federal Parliament will focus on its key role – making laws.
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Jaleshwor is recognised as the first and oldest municipality of Mahottari district. Jaleshwor, previously known as the headquarters of Janakpur region, was declared a municipal panchayat on April 27, 1980. However, th
The government has accorded high priority to enforcement of constitution, strengthening of federalism, economic recovery and reform, investment promotion, employment creation, improved
Aathabis Municipality is the second-largest municipality in Dailekh district, formed in 2015 by merging the erstwhile village development committees of Satala, Sigaudi, Ramkarnali, Pipalkot, Sihasain and Til
The earthquake that devastated Jajarkot and Rukum West on November 3 also affected the Darma Rural Municipality in Salyan district. Here, the quake destroyed over 1,000 houses and displaced 6,318 people. The rural municipality now has the responsi
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Bardibas Municipality gained a lot of attention during last year's local election because of mayoral candidate Prahlad Chhetri. He was first nominated by the Nepali Congress (NC) but the party later rescinded his candidacy. But, rather than stepping back, Chhetri chose to stand as an independent and won. Then, in his inaugural address, he announced that he would not accept any facilities like vehicles and residence his position awarded him, further boosting his popularity. Chhetri re-entered NC in May this year though. Now, a year and a half into his term, how has he been able to take the municipality forward and coordinate with his former rivals? The Rising Nepal's Bardibas correspondent Rabindra Upreti asked these questions to Mayor Chhetri. Excerpts:
Created by amalgamating erstwhile Chhinchu, Ramghat and Maintada village development committees, Bheri Ganga Municipality occupies the area between the Babai River in the east to the Bheri Riv
Nepal and the European Union (EU) will be celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations next year. And in that time, how has the relationship evolved and how does the Union currently view Nepal? The Gorkhapatra C
Nepali Congress leader Sapana Rajbhandari has said all political powers should have common understanding on nationality and national interest. She expressed worry over contradictory views of political parties.