All major Nepali and English broadsheet dailies published from Kathmandu Valley on Monday have given priority to a host of issues from political, sociocultural and economic spheres. Incumbent Acting Chief Justice Deepak Raj Joshee took a 15-day leave after the Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee rejected his nomination for the Chief Justice. Subsequently, seniormost Justice Om Prakash Mishra has taken the charge of the Supreme Court; and many newspapers have published reports about that on their front pages.
Another major issue that the newspapers published on their front pages is the success of Nepal Police to locate Nur Prasad Adhikari, the son of Nanda Prasad Adhikari and Ganga Maya Adhikari, the couple who staged repeated rounds of fasts-unto-death. The government’s preparations to introduce unemployment allowance and contribution-based pension have also been published on the front pages.
Death of nine persons in landslides in Jajarkot district of Karnali Province has also been featured on the front pages of major newspapers.
Nur Prasad Adhikari returns
Nagarik, The Kathmandu Post and The Himalayan Times report that police have searched and found Nur Prasad Adhikari at the request of her mother, Ganga Maya Adhikari, from Sanepa of Lalitpur on Sunday.
He was missing since his father, Nanda Prasad Adhikari, died during a fast-unto-death that the couple staged demanding that murderers of their teenage son, Krishna Prasad, the younger brother of Nur Prasad, brought to book.
Meanwhile, police clarified that he was not arrested, but law enforcers searched for him at the request of his mother, according to The Himalayan Times. Nur Prasad told police that he had gone into hiding after being threatened by unidentified groups, adds the report.
New Chief Justice nomination ‘soon’
Gorkhapatra, Naya Patrika and The Kathmandu Post report that the Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee has informed the Constitutional Council that it rejected the nomination of Acting Chief Justice Deepak Raj Joshee for the position of Chief Justice. With the information, the Council is preparing to begin the process for recommending a new name for the top position, according to the reports.
Naya Patrika quotes Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal to inform that the recommendation will be made as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, seniormost Justice Om Prakash Mishra performed his duty as the new Acting Chief Justice on Sunday, according to newspaper reports. He has called on all stakeholders to maintain the dignity of the judiciary, according to Annapurna Post.
Rajdhani reports that Mishra finalised the cause list including 466 cases, and verdicts were issued on 47 cases yesterday.
New law has provision for unemployment allowance
Kantipur and The Himalayan Times report that the government is planning to distribute livelihood allowance to the unemployed population in the economically active age group.
The Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security has drafted a law to introduce the provision and forwarded it to the Council of Ministers, according to Kantipur. The bill was prepared to implement the right to employment as envisioned in Article 33 of the constitution.
Preparations on to implement contribution-based pension
The government is at the final stage of implementing the contribution-based pension system for its employees, according to Gorkhapatra and Rajdhani.
The government has recently registered a bill at the Federal Parliament to introduce the system.
According to Gorkhapatra, the government will deduce 6 per cent of their monthly salary to deposit it for the pension whereas the government will add the equal amount into the fund. Earlier, the government would cover all the costs of the pension.
Meanwhile, the new provision will be applied to personnel of security agencies, government teachers and those working for Parliament besides civil servants, according to Rajdhani anchor story.
The poor won’t benefit from ‘poor’ ID card
The lead story of Naya Patrika reports that the government is preparing to distribute identity cards to people living under the line of poverty though it does not have any specific programme to provide them facilities to improve their status of life. Quoting sociologists and other stakeholders, the report claims that the distribution of identity cards is likely to create a new social group that is likely to face stereotypical mistreatment.
Parliament needs more business
Naya Patrika reports in a snippet that the Federal Parliament has suffered the lack of business as the government failed to draft bills required for the full-fledged implementation of the constitution.
The National Assembly has suffered more as it does not have any bill and agenda to discuss about, according to the report.
Meanwhile, Annapurna Post also reports that meetings of both the houses have been just formalities as the government has failed to provide them with the business.
Tehrathum local government to award migrants
A local government in Tehrathum district of eastern Nepal has introduced an exciting scheme for people migrating to its jurisdiction. According to a recent decision of Chhathar Rural Municipality, a family migrating to the place will get a cash prize of Rs 100,000 whereas the family launching a commercial business will get Rs 500,000, reports Karobar.
The decision was made in a bid to promote economic activities in the area, according to the report.
Published on August 6th, Monday, 2018 9:59 AM