Morning Starter: Monday, January 13, 2020

Good morning!

Here’s a summary of important, ignored and interesting reports from Sunday to kickstart your Monday.


With Tumbahamphe’s resistance, speaker’s election in limbo

Deputy Speaker Shiva Maya Tumbahamphe chairs a House meeting.

After Deputy Speaker Shiva Maya Tumbahamphe has repeatedly rejected her party, Nepal Communist Party’s directive to resign from the position so that the party can field its candidate for the speaker’s election. Tumbahamphe has said she would begin a procedure for the speaker’s election, but the ruling party cannot field its candidate in that case because the constitution requires the speaker and the deputy speaker to represent different parties.

Meanwhile, Haribol Gajurel, a leader of the party representing the erstwhile CPN-Maoist Centre, has said Tumbahamphe would not be picked as the party’s candidate for the speaker in any case because she rejected the party order. Likewise, the party’s general secretary Bishnu Paudel comments that the indecision about the issue encouraged the opponent forces.

Deuba resumes talks with disgruntled leaders

L-R: Sher Bahadur Deuba, Ram Chandra Paudel and Krishna Prasad Sitaula

After a gap of the few days, Nepali Congress president Sher Bahadur Deuba once again resumed initiatives to take leaders of other factions into confidence. As the factions led by Ram Chandra Paudel and Krishna Prasad Sitaula are united against Deuba’s unilateral decision about the dates for the next general convention, the former prime minister invited the two leaders to his residence in Budhanilakantha on Sunday and held a joint meeting.

Ramesh Lekhak, a leader close to Deuba, informs that the leaders had a harmonious talk and they agreed to resolve the recent differences through talks. He says Paudel is flying abroad for a health checkup on Monday, hence the leaders have agreed to resume the negotiations after his return.


CJ says court doesn’t obstruct development

File: Cholendra Shamsher Rana

Chief Justice Cholendra Shamsher Rana has assured that the judiciary will not pose any obstacle to the efforts taken for national development. He also clarifies that the judiciary is committed to protecting the rights of the public.

Speaking at an interaction programme in Kathmandu on Sunday, the chief justice said the court would make the government responsible whenever the government deviated from its duty, adding the court had been directing the government for the security of the citizens, safeguarding of the geography, protection of history and historical heritage.

Police open fire to nab gangster

Police in Kathmandu on Sunday afternoon opened fire while arresting an alleged gangster.

DSP Ramesh Bahadur Singh says police opened fire after Bishnu Tamang tried to run away after he noticed police around him. Earlier, the Metropolitan Police Circle in Baudha had mobilised a team to arrest him. Tamang faces multiple criminal charges including stabbing a medical student and murdering a 17-month-old child in Sindhupalchok district.

Tamang sustained injuries in the encounter and he is undergoing treatment at Bir Hospital.


FNJ gets support from parties’ unions in protest against IT bill

File image: Federation of Nepali Journalists central office

Two journalist groups, affiliated with the ruling Nepal Communist Party and the main opposition Nepali Congress, have assured that they are also against the controversial Information Technology Bill that is awaiting a discussion in Parliament.

As the umbrella organisation of Nepali journalists, Federation of Nepali Journalists, organised an interaction to discuss why and how to oppose the bill that could jeopardise the freedom of expression, representatives of the two unions said they would also obstruct the bill notwithstanding the stands of the parties they are loyal to.

Published on January 13th, Monday, 2020 9:41 AM

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