From the Kathmandu Press: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Almost all broadsheet dailies published in Kathmandu on Wednesday have published on their front pages reports on the latest political developments in the country. Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba is reportedly in the mood to tender his resignation today, and the UML and the Maoist Centre, allies of the Left Alliance, are expected to make public a plan which when implemented will lead t to the formation of a new political outfit, the Nepal Communist Party. In addition to this, other issues related to the economy and society have also received attention. Here’s a summary of the important, ignored and interesting reports that made it to the front pages today:


Deuba likely to resign today

Nepali Congress leader Sher Bahadur Deuba after being elected the Prime Minister on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

Kantipur says Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba is in the mood to tender his resignation, as the Election Commission prepares to submit the final results of the parliamentary elections to the President. The paper reports that the Commission will submit the results to the President on Wednesday and the process to form the new government will formally begin.

Left alliance to form declare new party before forming govt

The CPN-UML and Maoist Centre, the main allies of the left coalition, are preparing to announce the formation of a new party before they take charge of the government. According to Kantipur, the Left Alliance wants to announce the much-awaited merger betweeen the two partues at the earliest, to send a positive massive to the its ranks.
The Election Commission has given political parties a February 17 deadline to sumbit their list of MPs under the PR system. The two parties are preparing to lay claim to the government immediately after the deadline expires. The paper says that both Oli and Prachanda have reached a broad agreement on the merger bid and a committee is working to sort out he detailes of the deal.

Naya Patrika says a key meeting is being convened on Wednesday to give final touches to the merger deal.


RJP leaders fail to reach agreement on ministerial portfolios

Leaders of Rastriya Janata Party Nepal launch its election manifesto in Jaleshwor, on November 23, 2017.Nagarik reports that leaders of the Rastriya Janata Party, which is poised to form the government in Province 2 with its coalition partner Sanghiya Samajwadi Forum, have failed to reach an agreement on the distribution of ministerial portfolios. If the leaders fail to reach an agreement, the party is likely to get representation in the Cabinet. According to the report, while coordinator Mahanta Thakur is adamant on giving ministerial portfolios only to MLAs who won the elections under the FPTP system, Anil Kumar Jha and Raj Kishore Yadav are against such discrimination.


Mobile phones worth Rs 12 billion imported

Abhiyan reports that Nepal imported 3.4 million mobile phone sets worth over Rs 12 billion in the first six months of the current fiscal year.  The report says that more than two-third of the phones imported to Nepal were manufactured in China. The second biggest exporter to Nepal was Vietnam. Around 300,000 mobile phone sets came to Nepal from Vietnam.


Dowry-related VAW cases on the rise

Annapurna Post reports that incidents of violence against women have been on the rise in the recent days. It says that in most cases women are set on fire by their in-laws for not bringing enough dowry. The report says that 179 cases of violence against women and children have been reported in the country in the last eight years. Similarly, 78 people are reported to have sustained burn injuries in the last one year alone.


Nepal to welcome Chinese tourists, in Chinese

File: Chinese tourists in Nepal

Republica, in its anchor for the day, says Nepal’s immigration authorities are preparing to welcome Chinese tourists in their own language, on the occasion of the Chinese New Year. The report says that initially, around 15 Chinese-speaking volunteers are being deployed at the Tribhuvan International Airport for two weeks. Based on feedback the programme receives, it could be get continuity,  authorities say.


Registration for e-scooters to be made mandatory

The Himalayan Times reports that the government is preparing to make it mandatory for all two-wheeler electric vehicles t0 get their vehicles registered at the Departement of Transportation. In 2015, the government had ordered all EVs to be registered with the department, but only a few complied. Authorities say that the move is aimed towards regulating EVs. Until now, EV scooters were allowed to ply without a registration number.


Published on February 14th, Wednesday, 2018 10:18 AM

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