From the Kathmandu Press: Thursday, August 16, 2018

Major Nepali and English broadsheet dailies published from Kathmandu on Thursday have given priority to different issues and ideas. As other days of past few weeks, exorbitant taxation imposed by local, provincial and federal governments; and new provisions of civil and criminal codes that will come into effect from tomorrow have been highlighted on the cover pages today as well.

Meanwhile, the government has appointed new Chief Executive Officer at the National Reconstruction Authority, the supreme body formed to spearhead post-earthquake reconstruction authority. It has also become one of the most significant issues discussed on the front pages of major broadsheet dailies today.

The cover pages have also featured few other issues from political, sociocultural and economic spheres.


Reconstruction Authority experiences fifth leadership change in three years

File: Sushil Gyewali

With the appointment of Sushil Gyewali for his second stint as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Reconstruction Authority, the post-earthquake recovery supreme body experienced the fifth leadership change in past three years, according to newspaper reports.

Gyewali, who had served the Authority from December 25, 2015 to January 11, 2017, has been appointed to the position by the Cabinet on Tuesday, reports The Kathmandu Post.

Rajdhani lead story comments that the position has been a place to show power of political parties as the parties have been changing the leadership whenever they wish. “The Authority has been a victim to political division, and it has further victimised the quake survivors,” according to the lead story.

Study finds Nepal-China project complicated

Officials preparing for feasibility study of Kyirong-Kathmandu railways

The ‘exclusive’ lead story in The Kathmandu Post reports that a classified feasibility study carried out by a Chinese firm about the proposed Kathmandu-Kyirong crossborder railway has concluded it will be a complicated affair.

“Complicated geological terrain and laborious engineering workload will become the most significant obstacles,” the report reads adding, “The report… said the railway line, which has to pass through the rugged Himalayan high mountains would involve orchestrating complex construction plans, raising questions about whether the most hyped infrastructure project in Nepal will see its end.”

Meanwhile, a four-day meeting between officials of the two countries, beginning next week, is expected to examine the report and reach a conclusion on how to ease the complexities before preparing the final project report.


Nepali Congress: 500 complaints gather dust

Annapurna Post reports in a three-column story that over 500 complaints that the Nepali Congress central office has received about party leaders and cadres’ alleged involvement in defeating its official candidates during local, provincial and federal polls held last year have gather dust.

Earlier, the party has formed a committee under the leadership of Ramesh Rijal to investigate into the complaints and take action, the committee has turned dysfunctional after its coordination Rijal resigned from the position, according to the report.

Meanwhile, the party has failed to form a committee to suggest amendments to its statute, according to a three-column story in Rajdhani.

NEA distributes bonus to staff on anniversary

Owing to a demand of the staff, Nepal Electricity Authority is distributing bonus to all of its staff on the occasion of its 33rd anniversary, reports Karobar in a brief story.

The Authority, which is celebrating the anniversary tomorrow, has already endorsed the decision from its board of directors.

There are around 9,000 staff working under the Authority and each will get Rs 3,000. It means the Authority will spend Rs 27.5 million in total, according to the report.

Biplav faces organised crime charge in Kalikot

Netra Bikram Chand ‘Biplav’

A snippet in Rajdhani reports that Netra Bikram Chand ‘Biplav’, who heads a small communist party, has been indicted on an organised crime charge by the District Police Office in Kalikot district of Karnali province.

Police also filed the case against six other leaders of the party, the report says, adding they have been accused of planting explosives at government offices and various points of Karnali Highway.

Govt spending Rs 50 million for Asian Games

Nepal has not expected to win any media in the 18th Asian Games being held in Jakarta and Palembang from August 18 to September 2. However, the government is spending as much as Rs 50 million or the games, according to a two-column story in Republica.

Nepal is sending a jumbo delegation including players, coaches and officials under the leadership of Minister Jagat Bahadur Bishwakarma to the event.


Dolakha locals use bulldozer to take woman in labour to hospital

For the want of any easy vehicle and smooth road to access nearby towns, locals of Mangaun, Shailungeshwar Rural Municipality-8 of Dolakha district recently mobilised a bulldozer to take a pregnant woman to hospital to facilitate her childbirth, Nagarik reports in a two-column anchor story.

They used the machine owned by local Milan Shrestha to take Shanti Shrestha to a health post in Bhainsebazaar, according to the report.

Kathmandu to boast container freight station

Gorkhapatra reports that the government has begun constructing a container freight station in Chobhar on the southern outskirts of Kathmandu so as to facilitate the management and customs procedures of containers and trucks coming to the capital.

Spokesperson of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Suppliers, Nawa Raj Dhakal, has told the newspaper that foundation stone for the project will be formally laid soon though the construction works have already begun.

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