Major Nepali and English broadsheet dailies published from Kathmandu on Thursday have given the topmost priority to statements made by parents of Nirmala Pant, a teenage girl who was killed after rape in Bhimdatta Nagar of Kanchanpur, as the investigation into the case has remained elusive. Some other issues that have made into the front pages of broadsheet dailies including the Secretariat meeting of the ruling Nepal Communist Party and police’s act of detaining and recording statements of journalist Shambhu Shrestha over a news story that he published. Few other political, sociocultural and financial issues have also been published on the front pages of the newspapers today.
Nirmala Pant’s parents accuse police of destroying evidence
Yagya Raj Pant and Durga Devi Pant have accused police leadership in Kanchanpur district of purposefully destroying evidence that could be helpful in investigation of rape and murder of their child, according to newspaper reports. The couple’s accusation has added to public suspicion that police officials or some high profile people might have been involved in the crime.
Nagarik says they have demanded DNA tests of SP Dilli Bista and DSP Gyan Bahadur Sethi to continue with the probe.
Meanwhile, police have put pressure on the couple to return home, reports Republica. With the support of local rights activists, the couple have come to Kathmandu to plead for justice.
NCP in bid to wrap up merger
The ruling Nepal Communist Party has expedited preparations to merge lower committees and sister organisations of then CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist Centre as the deadline the party had earlier set for the task has finished, according to reports in Gorkhapatra and Naya Patrika.
The party’s Secretariat meeting, which began in Kathmandu yesterday and is scheduled to continue today as well, is expected to make some concrete decisions over the issue, the reports inform.
Police detain journalist over news
Kantipur and Nagarik report in brief stories that police in Lalitpur district have detained Drishti weekly newspaper’s editor Shambhu Shrestha to record statements over a piece of news published in his newspaper.
Meanwhile, the Press Council Nepal has decried the police activity saying it was against the principles of press freedom as police are not authorised to investigate into issues related to news stories, reports Nagarik.
DPM Yadav’s party to boycott Constitution Day
Whereas the government is striving to make the Constitution Day celebration next week as grand as possible, Deputy Prime Minister Upendra Yadav’s Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal is planning to boycott the celebration in partnership with another Madhesh-centric party, Rastriya Janata Party Nepal.
Meanwhile, the Province 2 government, led by the Forum-Nepal, is unlikely to make any celebration on the occasion, reports Rajdhani in its lead story.
Public Accounts Committee to probe wide body purchase
After media reported irregularities in the purchase of two wide body aircraft by the national flag carrier, Nepal Airlines Corporation, the Public Accounts Committee in House of Representatives has launched an investigation, according to the lead story of Karobar.
The Committee has written to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation ordering it to submit all documents related to the purchase to the Committee by Thursday.
Parliament in frantic hurry
The deadline set by the constitution to implement laws on fundamental rights is September 18. But, the Federal Parliament is yet to endorse 16 new acts, reports The Kathmandu Post in a three column story.
The country required 17 new laws, but just one has been passed so far. Among the remaining 16, nine are new acts while seven existing laws have to be amended, according to the report.
Three killed in Lamjung landslide
Three persons have been killed in a landslide in Pallotari, Marsyangdi Rural Municipality-3 of Lamjung district on Wednesday afternoon, according to a report in Gorkhapatra. Two of the three victims belong to the same family.
Meanwhile, three persons are missing after being swept away by the flooded Maryangdi River in the district yesterday, according to the report.
Chief Justice continues to deprive Joshee of responsibility
Chief Justice Om Prakash Mishra did not give any responsibility to seniormost Justice at the Supreme Court Deepak Raj Joshee though Joshee returned to the court after a leave, according to The Himalayan Times.
Earlier, Joshee was rejected by the Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee, and there are demands galore that Joshee be impeached.
Cable car to serve Muktinath pilgrims
The Investment Board of Nepal on Wednesday signed an agreement with Muktinath Darshan Pvt Ltd to develop a detailed project report for a cable car project in Muktinath, a religious site popular among Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims, reports Karobar.
The company has been given 18 months to prepare the DPR.
Published on September 13th, Thursday, 2018 9:55 AM