From the Kathmandu Press: Monday, July 9, 2018

All major Nepali and English broadsheet daily newspapers published from Kathmandu on Monday have given the top priority to the surrender of Chhabilal Paudel, one of the key suspects of Krishna Prasad Adhikari murder occurred in Chitwan in 2004. Issues related to medical education reform activist Dr Govidna KC’s fast-unto-death and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s resistance against the demands have also been featured on the front page of most of newspapers.

There are few other issues from political, sociocultural and economic spheres that have been given top priority on the front pages of newspapers published from the capital.


Prime suspect of Krishna Prasad Adhikari’s murder surrenders

File: Ganga Maya Adhikari, mother of Krishna Prasad Adhikari, who was killed during the armed conflict.

According to newspaper reports, Chhabilal Paudel showed up at the Supreme Court on Monday afternoon before the court sent him to the judicial custody at Dillibazaar Jail. Earlier in 2015 December, the court had ordered that Paudel be sent to the custody for further investigation, according to Kantipur.

Demanding the legal action against murderers of her son, Krishna Prasad Adhikari’s mother Ganga Maya is staging a fast-unto-death at the Bir Hospital for over one month now, according to Annapurna Post.

Meanwhile, Rajdhani comments that with his surrender, it can be hoped that Ganga Maya can get justice.

Doctors’ ultimatum to heed Dr KC’s demands

Dr Govinda KC in Jumla

Republica reports that Nepal Medical Association, the umbrella organisation of Nepali medical doctors, has served a 72-hour ultimatum to address demands raised by medical education reform activist Dr Govinda KC, who has been staging a fast-unto-death in Jumla of Karnali for past one week, and save his life.

In response, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has told doctors that he can do nothing to save Dr KC, reports Annapurna Post in its lead story. The Prime Minister told the delegation of Association that some key demands of Dr KC including restrictions in establishment of new medical colleges in Kathmandu Valley cannot be addressed.

The report adds that the Prime Minister had not agreed to see the delegation as well and the meeting was possible only after the Association warned of halting service delivery across the nation.

Naya Patrika says the Prime Minister also told them that the doctors would see a bad consequence if they resorted to the strike in solidarity with Dr KC.

Nagarik also has carried a similar story.


New law will curtail rights of Auditor General

File image: Office of the Auditor General

The government is preparing to formulate and implement a new law on audit system, according to which the Office of the Auditor General will lose some of its key rights, according to Rajdhani anchor story. If the bill is passed as it is the Office will have very fewer rights than other constitutional bodies, the report informs. The Office will be barred from formulating laws for its own operation too.

The bill has already been finalised and registered at the Federal Parliament Secretariat, the report says.

‘Transport syndicates’ may get legality

File: Naya Bus Park, Gongabu, Kathmandu

Though the decision to stop registration and renewal of transport entrepreneurs’ committees was regarded as a key achievement of the incumbent government, the decision will not have any impact on the reality anytime soon thanks to lack of alternative system, according to Karobar.

Therefore, a task force formed by the government to suggest ways for public transport management is planning to let those committees to manage public transportation as ‘transitional solution’, the report informs.

OPMCM stops making Cabinet decisions public

File image: Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers

Republica reports in a front page snippet that the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers has stopped making decisions made by the Council meeting public.

“Good governance and transparency are two catchphrases used by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli in almost all his public speeches. But when it comes to implementing those promises, his government appears a big defaulter,” the report reads,

The law requires the government to make all Cabinet decisions public after 48 hours of each meeting, but it has already been two months since the decisions were not uploaded on the website or disseminated by any other means, according to the report.

60 yrs is new retirement age

The government is planning to make civil servants work for two more years in the final phase of their career as it is mulling over the new staff law, according to Naya Patrika.

Whereas the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration had proposed to retain 58 years as the retirement age, the Ministry of Finance proposed increasing it by two years, according to the report.

Meanwhile, the Ministry also proposed cutting down on facilities to be provided to the staff.

Nine Eritreans held for immigration offence

The Himalayan Times reports that Nepal’s Department of Immigration has taken under control nine foreigners including three minors for travelling here illegally. The arrestees do not have any identification documents, but they identify themselves as citizens of Eritrea, a country in northeast Africa, the report informs quoting the Department’s Director General Dipak Kafle.

They were arrested while boarding a flight to Bosnia and Herzegovina from the Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu, according to the report.


New criteria for ambassador appointment

Gorkhapatra reports in its lead story for the day that the government has endorsed new criteria for the appointment of staff. A Cabinet meeting held on Sunday morning made the decision, the report informs, adding nothing much in detail.

Meanwhile, the meeting decided to recall Nepal’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Durga Prasad Bhattarai, according to the report.

Published on July 9th, Monday, 2018 9:57 AM

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