Morning Starter: Thursday, December 12, 2019

Good morning!

Here’s a quick summary of important, ignored and interesting stories from Wednesday to kickstart your Thursday.


PM’s prize announcement disappoints team players

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli with gold, silver and bronze medal winners of 13th South Asian Games, in Kathmandu, on Thursday, December 12, 2019.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s announcement to provide prize money for winners of gold, silver and bronze medals during the recently concluded 13th South Asian Games has disappointed players who won silver and bronze medals in team events as the prime minister did not announce any money for them. Though the PM announced the prize for individual gold, silver and bronze medal winners, he announced the prize for gold medal winners only among the team event players.

Nepal’s basketball men’s team captain Sadish Pradhan says, “We won medals in four events, but nothing was announced for us.”

Nigerian found involved in social media fraud in Nepal

Alleged agents of a Nigerian fraudster arrested in Nepal in December 2019.

Police in Kathmandu say they recently busted a gang which allegedly defrauded many Nepalis of millions of rupees using social media. Whereas three persons from different parts of Nepal have been arrested on the charge on Tuesday, investigators claim that the mastermind behind some recent incidents is a Nigerian national, who was mobilising different people in Nepal.

Police had launched the investigation after a woman filed a complaint that she was defrauded of Rs 740,000 million via WhatsApp messaging.


Govt tells mountain rescuers to submit details in seven days

After reports of fraudulent activities in search and rescue of trekkers and mountaineers in the mountainous region of Nepal, the government last year issued a new rule, according to which rescue companies need to submit details of the activities they have carried out in 15 days after the season ends. However, most such companies have not submitted their report to the Department of Tourism although the winter trekking season has already ended.

Therefore, the department has issued yet another ultimatum, urging them to submit details in the next seven days. The department says a failure to comply with the order may result in legal action.

NBA wants to be consulted for justice appointment

The central executive council meeting of Nepal Bar Association, in Butwal, in December 2019.

The umbrella organisation of Nepali lawyers, Nepal Bar Association, has demanded that the Judicial Council consult the association whenever nominating judges and justices for different courts.

A two-day central executive council meeting of the association concluded in Butwal on Wednesday issued a seven-point declaration including the demand. Other points of the declaration are also related to recruitment, transfer and promotion of judges transparent, accountable to public, fair and neutral.


Supreme Court’s interim order favours Province 2 govt

The Supreme Court has ordered the federal government not to annex the Sagarnath Forest Development Project to the Timber Corporation of Nepal. In response to a writ filed by the Province 2 government, the constitutional bench headed by Chief Justice Cholendra Shamsher Rana issued an interim order barring the implementation of the federal government’s decision till the final verdict on the case.

The project covers 13,132-hectare forest land in Mahottari, Sarlahi and Rautahat districts.

Published on December 12th, Thursday, 2019 9:59 AM

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