Morning Starter: Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Good morning!

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


File: Krishna Bahadur Mahara

Mahara’s remand extended by three days

Former Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara has been remanded in police custody for three more days. The decision was made by the Kathmandu District Court on Tuesday.

A single bench of Judge Deepak Kumar Dahal took the decision to this effect to carry out further investigation into the case. The court extended the remand for three more days in connection with the alleged attempt to rape case filed against Mahara by victim Roshani Shahi, a female employee at Parliament Secretariat.

President to leave for Myanmar today, will meet Aung San Suu Kyi

President Bidya Devi Bhandari is paying a state visit to Myanmar on Wednesday. She will be staying in Myanmar from October 16 to 20 upon invitation from the President of Myanmar U Win Myint.

During the visit, the President will hold bilateral talks with President U Win Myint. Likewise, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will call on the President. The President of Myanmar will host a state banquet in honour of President Bhandari and her delegation, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The delegation of the President will leave Kathmandu on Wednesday morning on a Nepal Airlines flight to Naypyitaw, the capital of Myanmar via Bangkok, Thailand.


Finance Minister Yuba Raj Khatiwada presents the annual budget plan, in Kathmandu on Wednesday, May 29, 2019.

Finance Minister off to USA

Finance Minister Yuba Raj Khatiwada has left for the USA to take part in the joint meeting of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund.

Minister Khatiwada’s secretariat informed that he would be holding bilateral meetings with senior officials of the World Bank Group and IMF in addition to the participation in the joint meeting in Washington DC.

Ambassadors to Australia and Spain take oath

Two newly-appointed Nepali Ambassadors took the oath of office and secrecy on Tuesday. At a special ceremony organised at Sheetal Niwas, President Bidya Devi Bhandari administered the oath of office and secrecy to Nepali Ambassador to Spain Dawa Futi Sherpa and Nepali Ambassador to Australia Mahesh Raj Dahal.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali and other high-ranking government officials were present on the occasion, the Office of President said in a statement.


Nepal, India agree on new 400 kVA cross-border transmission line

The Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation and its Indian counterpart have come to an agreement regarding the construction modality of the 400 kVA New Butwal-Gorakhpur cross-border transmission line during the Joint Steering Committee (JSC) meeting being held in Bangalore. The agreement has paved the way to build the cross-border transmission line to be built with the US government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation assistance to Nepal.

RJPN condemns Sah’s arrest

Rastriya Janata Party Nepal has condemned the arrest of its lawmaker Pramod Sah. Sah was arrested after he vandalised Janakpur airport on Sunday. The RJPN has said that the incident had been blown out of proportion and that the arrest should not have been made. RJPN presidium coordinator Mahantha Thakur has demanded the release of Sah immediately.

Nepal lose to Jordan

A second-half blitz secured Jordan a 3-0 win over Nepal in their Asian Qualifiers’ Group B match at the Amman International Stadium on Tuesday. The win took Jordan to second in the standings on seven points while Nepal are fourth, with their win over Chinese Taipei, the only points the South Asians have secured after four games. Nepal showed some grit and determination in the first half. However, a soft penalty at the start of the second half ended Nepal’s resilience. Nepal will now play against all four teams at home.

Published on October 16th, Wednesday, 2019 9:51 AM

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