From the Kathmandu Press: Friday, December 7, 2018

Decisions of the Cabinet meeting held earlier this week have received the biggest coverage on the front pages of major Nepali and English broadsheet dailies published from Kathmandu on Friday. In particular, the newspaper editors and reporters are most concerned about the decision to relocate the ministers’ residence from Pulchok to Bhainsepati and establish state guesthouses in Pulchok. The newspaper reports in general sound critical of the decision.

On the other hand, the Supreme Court gave the clean chit to former IGP Motilal Bohora in relation to a corruption case against him. This decision has also received significant coverage as it ended the years-long corruption case.

Meanwhile, there are reports about the ongoing investigation into the rape and murder of Nirmala Pant. Some other issues from political, sociocultural and economic spheres have been featured on the front pages of major newspapers today.


Former IGP Bohora acquitted of corruption

File: Motilal Bohora


A division bench of justices Sharada Prasad Ghimire and Purushottam Bhandari acquitted former Nepal Police chief Motilal Bohora, his wife Kala and daughter Jyotsna from the charges, according to newspaper reports.

Earlier in 2004, the anti-corruption constitutional body, CIAA, had filed a case against Bohora at the Special Court. The Court, however, scrapped the petition. Then, the CIAA had moved the apex court, Gorkhapatra informs.

IGP interrogates Nirmala Pant murder suspect

Nepal Police Chief Sarbendra Khanal

Nepal Police sources have said Inspector General Sarbendra Khanal himself interrogated a recently arrested suspect of rape and murder of Nirmala Pant, according to Annapurna Post.

Meanwhile, with the arrest of Pradeep Rawal from Kathmandu, police have claimed they are quite close to cracking the mystery, according to other newspaper reports. “The case has narrowed down to a few people now,” IGP Khanal has been quoted in The Kathmandu Post.

Intellectuals worried about PM’s threats

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli at the inaugural of Asia Pacific Summit in Kathmandu, on Saturday, December 1, 2018.

Kantipur and The Kathmandu Post report in their lead stories that intellectuals and academicians of the country have expressed their concerns over a recent statement made by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.

Oli recently expressed veiled threats on the intellectual community during a televised show, claiming they made ‘uncivilised and cheap comments’ against him and his administration, informs The Kathmandu Post.


Mishra ignores corruption cases in short tenure

File: Om Prakash Mishra

Nagarik has commented in a three column story that retiring Chief Justice Om Prakash Mishra has failed to give a momentum to around 700 pending corruption cases during his four month tenure.

Mishra is retiring in the first week of January.

NCP women leaders dissatisfied with party

Nepal Communist Party office in Dhumbarahi

When the CPN-UML and the CPN-Maoist Centre merged to form the powerful Nepal Communist Party, women leaders had expressed concerns over absence of women in its Secretariat some months ago. Likewise, the party had also failed to include sufficient women in its Central Committee, and had been telling the women leaders that the corrections would be corrected next times.

Now, the party has again failed to satisfy the women leaders as it announced the names of its provincial committee members, according to Annapurna Post.

Congress leaders want all party officials elected

File: Arjun Narsingha KC

Some leaders of Nepali Congress have demanded that the party elect all of its Central Working Committee officials through the voting of general convention delegates, reports Gorkhapatra.

Leader Arjun Narsingha KC said all officials should be elected as per sentiments of the constitution.

Meanwhile, KC also demanded that the party hold two general conventions in one term of the CWC to discuss policy issues and elect the new leadership separately, according to a report in Rajdhani.


NEA establishing 20 charging stations for evehicles

Supporting the government policy to increase the presence of electric vehicles in the country, the Nepal Electricity Authority has decided to establish 20 charging stations in various parts of the country, reports Abhiyan in its lead story.

The Authority says it is currently searching for pieces of land to begin the construction works.

Meanwhile, some private bus services are also planning to establish such stations, according to the report.

Published on December 7th, Friday, 2018 10:03 AM

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