From the Kathmandu Press: Monday, July 24, 2017

From politics to health, from downtown Kathmandu to remote rural areas, the front page coverage of major English and Nepali dailies published from Kathmandu is very wide today. Whereas many papers have prioritised internal meetings of ruling Nepali Congress and CPN-Maoist Centre, the delay in Cabinet expansion owing to differences within and between these two coalition partners has also got significant coverage.

Issues related to post-earthquake reconstruction have also got significant space in the front page of some newspapers.


Dahal irked by Deuba’s delay in Cabinet expansion

 CPN-Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal is not happy with Nepali Congress President and Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba as the PM has not been able to expand his eight-member Cabinet yet.

CPN-Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal speaks at a press meet in Kathmandu, on Sunday, July 23, 2017.

At a press meet organised to make public decisions of his party’s recent Central Secretariat meeting Dahal blamed internal differences in the Congress party for the delay, says a report in Kantipur. A story in The Himalayan Times reads that Dahal said he felt embarrassing due o the delay. He, however, maintained that the Prime Minister has told him that the expansion would take place on Monday. Neither has the relation between ruling parties soured due to the delay, said Dahal, according to a report in Republica.

Meanwhile, The Kathmandu Post says the Prime Minister expedited discussions within the Congress and with other coalition partners to expand the Cabinet.

Dr KC might launch another strike today

The Annapurna Post lead story says senior arthopaedic surgeon at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Dr Govinda KC, is likely to begin a fast-unto-death today putting forth various demands. It will be his 11th hunger strike in past few years demanding reforms in Nepal’s medical education sector.

File image: Dr Govinda KC

Dr KC’s recent strikes had been dragged intro controversy in the past as other medical professionals also resorted to different forms of strikes expressing solidarity with Dr KC, and resulting in the halt in teaching-learning activities at medical institutions as well as health services at hospitals. The report also quotes Dr Suresh Uprety, Secretary of IoM Professors Association, that Dr KC should not cause anything that would affect the TUTH services.


UNESCO World Heritage site inaccessible during heavy rain

File image: Bouddhanath Stupa

Kathmandu Valley witnessed a brief but heavy rainfall on late afternoon yesterday. During the rainfall, the Bouddhanath Stupa, one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu, was not accessible to public. Why?

Because the premises of the ancient shrine were inundated, reports The Himalayan Times. Dozens of devotees and tourists, both domestic and international, were stopped for more than two hours from paying a visit to the world-famous Stupa after the rain.

The report quotes a local Ramesh Lama as saying that the water-logging was believed to have been caused by insufficient drainage capacity and blockage of sewerage system due to waste and polythene bags.

Department of Passport gets quality certificate

According to a front page story in Rajdhani, Nepal’s Department of Passport has received the ISO 9001:2015 certificate from the International Organisation of Standardisation. The Department has been the first governmental body of Nepal to receive the international standard certificate.

The Department chief Ramkaji Khadka says attributed the achievement to the quality manual and the quality policy that his office developed. The office is frequently collecting feedback from service recipients and improves the services accordingly, he informs.


Nepal plans to earn Rs 7 billion by selling carbon

Nepal is planning to earn Rs 7 billion by decreasing the level of greenhouse gas emission through various programmes related to controlling deforestation and soil erosion in Terai, says the anchor story in Nagarik.

According to the report, the government has sent the plan to the World Bank for suggestions. The World Bank will assist the government to implement the plan.

If the government can implement this plan, it will earn the sum by 2023, according Dr Sindhu Prasad Dhungana, chief of the REDD Implementation Centre under the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation.

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