Morning Starter: Thursday, October 17, 2019

Good morning!

Here’s a quick summary of important, ignored and interesting reports from Wednesday to kick-start your day:


Nidan Hospital CEO among others arrested on charge of running kidney racket

Police on Wednesday arrested five persons, including the CEO of Nidan Hospital Bipendra Pradhan for their alleged involvement in a kidney racket. Rajesh Panta, Shankar Lal Lama, Kumud Kumar Bhattarai and Ram Chandra Ale have also been arrested by the police. Bhattarai is a legal advisor to the hospital while Ale is a section officer at the District Administration Office, Lalitpur.

Police said they were involved in trading a kidney of a patient illegally.

NRNA election postponed to today due to electronic voting machine breakdown

The election held to elect the new leadership of the Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRN) was adjourned for Thursday after a dreakdown in the electronic voting machine. Kumar Panta and Kul Acharya are in the fight for the post of president, while Janaki Gurung and Dr Hemraj Sharma have filed nomination for the post of General Secretary. A total of 2, 500 representatives from 81 countries are taking part in the three-day conference that will last until Thursday. Voters vented ire over the delayed election and smashed furniture.

Speaker or deputy should be from Congress: Paudel

Senior Nepali Congress leader Ram Chandra Paudel has said that his party should get the post of either the speaker or the deputy speaker. Speaking at the tea party organised by Nepal Communist Party on Wednesday, Paudel said that the ruling party could not be holding both positions in Parliament.

The post of the speaker is vacant after former speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara was accused of sexual misconduct by a Parliament Secretariat staffer.


Arrest warrant issued against NCP lawmaker Gurung

The Kathmandu District Court has issued an arrest warrant against Nepal Communist Party (NCP) lawmaker Parbat Gurung. The warrant has been issued in connection with an attempt to murder case on Birdhoj Khadka at Gaushala in Kathmandu following the local elections in 2017. Khadka, on May 12 this year, had lodged a complaint at the Kathmandu District Court against Gurung.

Foundation stone for Nagdhunga-Sisnekhola road tunnel to be laid on October 21

The foundation stone for the road tunnel joining Sisnekhola in Dhading and Nagdhunga in Kathmandu will be laid on October 21 by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. The tunnel will be constructed by Hazama Ando Corporation of Japan in around three years. The total cost of the project has been estimated to be around Rs 22 billion.


Govt issues another circular asking North Koreans to close businesses

The government has issued a second circular asking businesses being operated by North Korean nationals in Nepal to shut down their enterprises and take back their investment. The Department of Industry said it had to issue another circular after the businesses were still in operation. The government had given North Koreans a deadline of October end to shut down their enterprises and repatriate their existing investment. With less than two weeks to go for them to close their businesses, the department says no one has even started a procedure to do so.

At present, North Korean nationals are running Ne-Koryo Hospital in Tanahun district and Himal Chilbo Technical Solutions in Lalitpur district. Similarly, other businesses include Hotel Re Min & Restaurant, Pyongyang Akugyan Nepal, Pyongyang Arirang Restaurant, Yong Bong Chand IT Company, Botonggang Restaurant and Bar, Himalayan Soje Restaurant and Minas Restaurant and Bar in Kathmandu district.

Lawn grass at Tinkune park stolen

Lawn grass kept at Tinkune to beautify the open space during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping last week has been stolen. According to KMC’s environment department chief Hari Kumar Shrestha, some patches of the lawn grass had been stolen. Shrestha added that KMC had asked the police to guard the area to stop the theft of these grass.

Published on October 17th, Thursday, 2019 10:12 AM

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