Major Nepali and English broadsheet dailies published from Kathmandu on Tuesday have given the priority to a host of issues from political, sociocultural and financial spheres. The statement made by Inspector General of Nepal Police, Sarbendra Khanal, over the ongoing investigation into the rape and murder of Nirmala Pant during a meeting of a parliamentary committee has been featured on the front page of all newspapers. Likewise, the newspapers have covered the conclusion of first Interprovincial Council meeting and a meeting between Nepali and Chinese officials about constructing a cross-border railway line on their front pages.
As the main opposition party Nepali Congress is preparing for its mahasamiti meeting, it has also made to the front pages today.
Here is a summary of important, ignored and interesting stories from the cover pages of national broadsheets:
Congress expedites preparation for mahasamiti
Gorkhapatra and Nepal Samacharpatra report on their front pages that the main opposition party has expedited its preparations for the mahasamiti meeting scheduled to begin on Friday.
The party assigned its committees in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur districts to manage logistics for the delegates, reports Gorkhapatra.
Meanwhile, the party’s Central Working Committee meeting endorsed the financial proposal to be tabled at the meeting. The CWC is likely to hold the final discussion on the political proposal from today, according to a three column story in Nepal Samacharpatra.
PPMO suspects mala fide intent in wide body purchase
Upon a request from the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament, the Public Procurement Monitoring Office has concluded its investigation into the controversial purchase of two wide body aircraft for the country’s national flag carrier, Nepal Airlines Corporation, according to Naya Patrika and Republica.
Naya Patrika informs that the Office has suspected mala fide intent and raised a number of questions over the purchase.
Likewise, the Office has found that the purchase was made without any tender call and there was no open competition, according to the lead story in Republica.
42 firms charged with revenue fraud
Kantipur, The Himalayan Times and Abhiyan report that the Department of Revenue Investigation has charged 42 firms including popular apparel band Adidas, with misappropriating revenue.
Recently, the Department concluded an investigation which concluded that the firms had not paid revenue worth Rs 5.77 billion in total, according to The Himalayan Times.
Meanwhile, eight government officials have also been charged with the offence, Kantipur informs.
TU playing with students’ future
Annapurna Post in its lead story has accused the Office of the Controller of Examinations in Tribhuvan University of playing with students’ future as they do not pay attention to the accuracy of data in academic documents.
The report also claims that the OCE staff intentionally linger the certificate acquisition process, but do it soon if they are bribed.
Kathmandu has only three traffic lights
Kathmandu Valley has traffic lights only at three major crossroads, Naya Patrika reports. The number of zebra crossings, however, is around 300.
The report informs that traffic lights in Naya Baneshwor, Maharajgunj and Kaushaltar are functional. The zebra crossing of Thapathali Chok has been found to be the busiest one, the report informs citing records of traffic police.
All schools required to recruit nurses now onwards
Rajdhani reports in a four column story that all private and public schools of the country are now required to recruit at least one nurse each to serve their students.
The government will recruit nurses for the government schools whereas the private schools will afford on their own.
Though the government has not allocated any budget for the new programme, it has begun the recruitment process, the report claims.
Published on December 11th, Tuesday, 2018 10:10 AM