From the Kathmandu Press: Tuesday, September 18, 2018

All major Nepali and English broadsheet dailies published from Kathmandu on Tuesday have given the top priority to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s meeting with parents of Nirmala Pant, who was raped and murdered around two months ago in Bhimdutta Nagar of Kanchanpur district. The government’s decision to restrict the import of sugar to a specific volume every year has also received significant attention as newspapers have analysed positive and negative impacts of the decision.

Likewise, the House of Representatives’ preparation to hold elections for various thematic committees has also made it to the front page of some newspapers today.

There are some other issues and events from political, sociocultural and economic sphares that have been featured on the front page of Kathmandu broadsheets today.


Pant parents return home after PM’s assurance

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli receives a memorandum from parents of murder victim Nirmala Pant, in Baluwatar, on Monday, September 17, 2018.

Durga Devi Pant and Yagya Raj Pant, parents of Nirmala Pant, have returned home in Kanchanpur district of far-western Nepal after spending nearly one week in Kathmandu, pleading for justice, many newspapers have reported on the front pages.

On the final day of the visit, they held a meeting with Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who assured the couple that the government would take action against the perpetrators.

Meanwhile, Naya Patrika informs that the family’s efforts to meet President Bidya Devi Bhandari to put forth their demand failed.

What will be impacts of restriction on sugar import?

Kantipur has termed the government decision to limit the import of sugar upto 100,000 ton for this fiscal year as the ‘syndicate’ in the market, arguing it will make the daily consumable more expensive ahead of major festivals of Dashain and Tihar.

However, domestic sugar producers are elated with the decision as it will help them sell their produce more easily, according to Abhiyan.


Police accused of torturing suspect in another murder probe

While police reportedly used force to make a suspect of Nirmala Pant murder accept the crime, which later got proved false, the law enforcers used the same means in forcing a domestic worker to accept his role in the murder of former ambassador Keshav Raj Jha, according to Kantipur lead story.

The report informs that the National Human Rights Commission has launched a probe after police reportedly tortured Jha’s cook Sanu Kanchha Tamang during the investigation.

Biplav puts three conditions for talks

Netra Bikram Chand ‘Biplav’

Netra Bikram Chand ‘Biplav’-led Communist Party of Nepal has put forth three conditions to begin a formal conversation with the government in a bid to end the struggle, Naya Patrika reports.

The party is currently in an informal communication with the government after the government formed a talk team few weeks ago.

The conditions include: I) the government should clarify its perspective to the group, whether it is a political party or a violent group; II) the government should release its arrested leaders; and III) the government should not obstruct its activities.

RJPN, Forum using state coffers to protest constitution

L-R: Upendra Yadav and Mahantha Thakur

Rajdhani claims in a three column story that two Madhesh-centric parties—Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal and Rastriya Janata Party Nepal—are preparing to observe the Constitution Day as the black day, protesting the 2015 constitution; that too using the state coffers.

The Forum-Nepal is a part of the central government and leading the Province 2 government whereas the RJPN is also a coalition partner in Province 2. Both the parties have a strong presence in local governments of Province 2.

No complaint against CIAA Chief nominee

File: Naveen Kumar Ghimire

The Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee says it did not receive any complaint against Naveen Kumar Ghimire, who has been nominated for the position of Chief at Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority, according to a brief story in Nepal Samacharpatra.

The Committee had set a deadline of Monday evening to file the complaints, but no one showed up against him, according to the Committee’s Undersecretary Keshav Aryal.


Now onwards, you can pay tax online

A snippet in Karobar reports that the government has introduced an online tax payment system on Monday. The government has taken a decision in this regard around six months ago, and the decision came into effect from Monday.

The report adds that the new system will help the government control tax leakage and administrative costs.

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