From the Kathmandu Press: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld then Appellate Court’s decision to send notorious gangster Deepak Manange to jail for five years for his involvement in a murder attempt. This decision has received the significant attention of major Nepali and English broadsheets published from Kathmandu on Wednesday as Manange has been recently elected a provincial assembly member from Manang district in Province 4 with the CPN-UML support. Likewise, the newspapers have also paid attention to the Nepali Army’s decision to prepare a detailed project report for Kathmandu-Terai fast track on its own and to reject the one prepared by India’s Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services.


Supreme Court upholds Manange’s sentence

File: Deepak Manange

Naya Patrika says the Supreme Court upheld the four-year-old verdict handed down by then Patan Appellate court convicting Deepak Manange of trying to murder Chakre Milan, another gangster. Manange was sent to jail for five years, but he is yet to serve the time. Therefore, he has to be imprisoned now, according to the report.

Meanwhile, the report also informs that the constitutional bench at the Supreme Court has to make a decision about if his position of a provincial lawmaker turns null and void after the conviction, adding the parliamentary law has a provision that corruption convicts cannot be elected lawmakers, but it is not clear about convicts of criminal cases.

However, Janata Post says there is no constitutional confusion about his position. After being convicted in the crime, his position as the lawmaker is suspended.

Quoting Deputy Attorney Sanjeev Regmi, the report says Manange has to stay behind bars for next three years as he already stayed in prison for around two years during trial.

Gorkhapatra, on the other hand, claims Manange will lose his position after the verdict.

Deuba to wait for Oli for province chief appointment

Though some ministers claim almost every day that the Cabinet is planning to appoint province chiefs on the very day, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has decided to wait for CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli to come back home after his Bangkok trip, according to Rajdhani lead story.

The former prime minister is scheduled to come back to Kathmandu on Thursday.

Republica says the government is holding backdoor negotiations with the left alliance for the appointment of province chiefs. The report claims that the Cabinet meeting was postponed yesterday for the same reason.

Gorkhapatra and The Kathmandu Post, however, claim that the Cabinet meeting scheduled for this morning is likely to make the appointments.

EC seeks hurdle removal for result announcement

Ayodhee Prasad Yadav

The Kathmandu Post lead story for the day says the Election Commission has hinted that it is ready to announce proportional representation results of House of Representatives elections if the government and major political parties remove t he constitutional hurdle related to it.

Though one and half months have already been passed since the polls, the Commission has not yet formally announced the results claiming results of National Assembly have to come out for the House of Representatives results announcement as the 33 per cent quota allocated for women lawmakers has to be fulfilled by the PR seats if the National Assembly does not have the sufficient number.

The report says Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav told leaders of major political parties during a meeting yesterday that he would accept the parties’ understanding if they solved the problem.


Underprivileged know nothing about subsidies on treatment

File: A family living in poverty

The anchor story in Nagarik dispatched from Ilam district of eastern Nepal reports that underprivileged people there do not know that the government has provided different subsidies to them for treatment of various diseases.

The Ministry of Health announces various subsidy packages almost every year, but people in various rural areas of the country live with chronic diseases for the want of knowledge and information, according to the report.

Khanal and Gautam vying for president

File image: President’s Office, Sheetal Niwas

Republica lead story for the day claims that two senior CPN-UML leaders—Jhala Nath Khanal and Bamdev Gautam—have expedited lobbying to secure the candidacy on behalf of the party for the upcoming presidential election.

Whereas some media reports have claimed that incumbent President Bidya Devi Bhandari has also begun meetings with the left alliance leaders to secure her reelection to the top position, these two leaders have also staked the claim. The report says another senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal’s rejection of the offer has made the two leaders optimistic to elevate to the position of head of state.


Chiwan man collects Rs 7 million for education fund from birthday celebrators

Kantipur anchor story says a man in Chitwan has collected more than Rs 7 million to provide support to children deprived of education by collecting donations from people celebrating their birthdays.

The report says 55-year-old Murali Prasad Gajurel is doing the project alone for last seven years and as many as 351 students have already enjoyed benefits from his fund.

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