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Here are some quick updates from our Nepal Weekly News Round-up for April 20-26, 2019:
The Nepal Government has made some important announcement regarding its most-awaited connectivity project with the neighboring nation. President Bidya Devi Bhandari participated in a ‘High-Level Meeting of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation’ in Beijing on April 26, 2019.
Speaking on the sidelines of the meet, the President expressed a strong hope that the development of ‘Trans-Himalayan Multi-Dimensional Connectivity Network’ and the ‘Nepal-China Cross-Border Railway’ will enhance connectivity between Nepal and China.
Wui Kin Chin (48), an anesthesiologist, summitted the 26,545-ft-long Annapurna peak along with 31 other international climbers on April 23, 2019. However, the climber failed on his descent to the lower camp and had to remain stranded for two days on his return journey from the world’s tenth highest mountain.
Finally, a rescue helicopter team spotted him on April 25, 2019 and brought him back, after which, the climber was rushed to hospital in Kathmandu.
Marking the fourth anniversary of the deadly April 2015 earthquake, PM Oli emphasized on the need for reconstruction and restoration of the quake-hit heritage sites in their original styles. Oli said this at the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) and Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) meeting held on the occasion of the 4th Earthquake Memorial Day in Kathmandu city on April 25, 2019.
Considering the nation’s vulnerability to natural disasters, PM urged them authority to strive for the construction of quake-resistant structures.
Seems the government’s directive has not reached to the intended extent for the country’s leading telecom operator. Ncell has failed to pay its tax liability of NPR 39 billion even after the Large Taxpayers Office (LTO) urged it to do so within a seven-day grace period.
The telecom operator has reportedly approached the apex court on April 22, 2019, seeking an order to vacate the LTO decision. In this regard, LTO has also issued official notices calling for the halt of Ncell services until the liability is paid. Read More
Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana administered oath of office to the five newly-appointed justices at the Supreme Court on April 21, 2019. Dinesh Chandra Thapaliya as Chief Election Commissioner and Bishnu Maya Ojha as National Inclusive Commission Chairman, were among the top high-level officials announced.
In a decision on April 24, 2019, Japan Civil Aviation Bureau approved the Nepal Airlines Corporation for operating its direct flights to Osaka. Navaraj Koirala, Deputy Spokesperson at Nepal Airlines, said this a statement, informing that they received fare clearance for the Kansai International Airport and Osaka. “We filed the fare tariff last Friday,” Koirala informed.
Around 100 youth from Sindhuli district have been deceived in the name of jobs. Surprisingly, the youth fell prey to the fraudsters on social media channel Facebook, where they gave NPR 6,700 each as a training fee and for job confirmation. “When I demanded my salary, Magar said that he would pay me soon. Now he has stopped receiving my calls,” says Karki, one of the victims, who have already filed a complaint at the Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police in Kathmandu.
Sudurpaschim Province of the country is reportedly at high risk for malaria infection, says the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division. According to the Division’s new survey, more than 50 percent of malaria cases in Nepal are being reported from Sudurpaschim Province alone, particularly in Kailali, Kanchanpur and Bajura districts.
Out of 1,187 malaria cases in the last fiscal year, 586 were seen from Sudurpaschim Province alone. This was revealed on account of the World Malaria Day 2019 on April 25, 2019.
In a surprising move, more than 4,000 technicians of the National Reconstruction Authority working in 32 earthquake-affected districts have resigned en masse, citing lack of allowances and timely payments.
“We waited for long believing that the authority and the government would address our demands, but they showed no response to our demands. So, we have decided to resign,” says Abinash Amar, Chairman of the National Reconstruction Authority Technicians Welfare Protection Struggle Committee.
The workers’ decision has suddenly halted the earthquake reconstruction works.
Nepal is currently facing the absence of ambassadors at nearly six of its foreign missions. The number reached six with the latest recall of the Nepali Ambassador to Qatar Ramesh Koirala. The government has been waiting to fill the vacant posts since months’ time.
The criteria will be followed gradually and appointment of the new envoys will gain momentum after some days,” Kundan Aryal, press adviser to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, said in a statement.