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Morning Starter: Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Good morning!

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

Important

KP Sharma Oli

Oli says he will reshuffle Cabinet today

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has told his ministers that the cabinet reshuffle will take place on Wednesday. PM Oli on Tuesday held a Cabinet meeting, during which he urged the ministers not to feel bad even if they would lose the position. Oli told the ministers not to attend any public event on Wednesday.

PM Oli said that the decision to reshuffle the Cabinet was being made due to outside pressure. However, he did add that he wanted to give others a chance to prove themselves as well.

Dahal talks of love with Madhesis

Co-chair of Nepal Communist Party Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that he does not have any hatred towards the Madhesis. On the contrary, he said that he was in love with them. Speaking at a programme in Nawalparasi, Dahal said that he had not ignored the Madheshis and further added that people were spreading wrong messages about him not liking Madhesis.

He said that he had been fighting for the rights of the indigenous people ever since he became a leader. He said that he was happy that so many Madhesis had voted for his party in the past election and added that he needed their love and support even in the future.

Congress lists govt failures in bypoll manifesto

The main opposition party Nepali Congress has unveiled its manifesto for the upcoming by-election to be held in various parts of the country on November 30. The manifesto lists various ‘failures’ of the incumbent government.

Party spokesperson Bishwa Prakash Sharma on Tuesday unveiled the manifesto titled ‘Nepali Congress’s Appeal’ amid a news conference at NC central office on Tuesday.

The 21-page commitment paper has incorporated the party’s 21 months as an opposition party, its achievements gained in the party’s leadership and activities that have failed to carry out by the incumbent government in 21 months.

Ignored

Nepal lose to Kuwait 1-0

Nepal lost to Kuwait 1-0 in a FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 qualifier on Tuesday. In the match played at Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan, Nepal conceded a goal in the 28th minute when the captain of the Kuwait team Al Motawaa scored.

Despite the result, Nepal put on a promising performance. They had lost to Kuwait 7-0 in the earlier match. With this result, Nepal are fourth on the table behind Australia, Kuwait and Jordan with three points.

Magnitude-5.7 quake in far-western Nepal
An earthquake was felt in Bajhang of the far-western region on Tuesday. According to the National Seismological Center (NSC), a magnitude-5.7 earthquake was recorded with its epicentre in Bajhang. Tremors were also felt in Achham, Doti and other hilly regions of the far-west region.

TU reminds medical colleges to refund excess fees

Tribhuvan University has held discussions with medical colleges regarding the excess fees they collected from students on Tuesday. During the meeting, the TU asked the colleges to refund the excess fees to the students. The Education Minister on November 11 had given medical colleges a 15-day ultimatum to refund the money to the students. TU’s vice-chancellor Dr Dharma Kanta Baskota said that the meeting was held to tell them that if they din’t refund the amount, action would be taken against them.

Medical college operators, however, have said that they will only be refunding education fees and not miscellaneous fees. As Education Minister Giriraj Mani Pokharel is currently abroad, another meeting will be held on with the college operators once he is back.

Interesting

Chinese ambassador’s first trip outside Kathmandu

Chinese Ambassador to Nepal, Hou Yanqi, is in Pokhara for a three-day visit. This is the first time that she has ventured out of Kathmandu since her appointment 11 months ago. In Pokhara, she met Gandaki Governor Amik Sherchan on Tuesday. She will be visiting all major touristic destinations in the province.

NOC tanker ‘highjacked’

A Nepal Oil Corporation petrol tanker transporting 20,000 litres of diesel has been ‘hijacked’ from Lahan of Siraha district on Monday. The tanker (Na 4 Kha 4163) was heading to Biratnagar from Amlekhgunj. According to NOC officials, police have listed eight suspected people, but the law enforcers have not been able to locate the tanker. A four-member committee has been formed to investigate the incident.

Journalist jailed for one hour in symbolic punishment

Kanchanpur District Court on Tuesday sentenced a journalist Khem Bhandari to a symbolic one-hour jail term and slapped a fine of Rupee 1 for ‘sensationalising’ the rape of a minor girl and publishing ‘twisted’ news of the incident.

The court convicted Bhandari in a defamation case. Bhandari denied the charges and claimed that he had done nothing wrong.


Published on November 20th, Wednesday, 2019 10:21 AM


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