ICYMI: Here are our top stories from Tuesday, June 11Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (June 11, 2019).
Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (June 11, 2019).
Nepali workers building World Cup infrastructure in Qatar continue to be exploited
Qatar’s appalling treatment of migrant workers, a significant number of whom are Nepalis, has surfaced once again in an investigation by a German broadcaster.
An investigative report by Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln (WDR), a German public broadcaster, published on June 6, outlines the dreadful conditions of Nepali migrants working on the construction of numerous stadiums for the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be held in Qatar. The migrant workers were discovered, once again, to be living without money or food, in cramped spaces and prison-like conditions.
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank okays first loan to Nepal
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has approved its first loan to Nepal since the China-backed institution was established in 2014. Nepal will receive $90 million for the construction of the 216 MW Upper Trishuli 1 hydropower plant in Rasuwa.
The anti-dollar alliance, hailing its first investment in Nepal as an example of how to facilitate investments in the energy sector, said that the $647.4 million hydel plant would increase the country’s power generation by almost 20 percent.
Transport Department plans to resume night bus service in Kathmandu
The government is planning to resume night bus services inside the Kathmandu Valley from the first week of July. The buses will start operations from 8:30pm.
“The services will be implemented in two weeks. Many private companies have come to our office to provide night services,” said Kumar Prasad Dahal, director general at the Department of Transport Management.
Officials at the department said that over half a dozen private companies—such as Swayambhu Yatayat, Mahanagar Yatayat, Sajha Yatayat, Manakamana Yatayat and Mayor Yatayat—have shown interest in operating their vehicles during the night.
Parliamentary committee directs government to terminate staff recruitment process
Following widespread criticism, the parliamentary State Affairs and Good Governance Committee has directed the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development and the Public Service Commission to terminate the ongoing staff recruitment process claiming that it was against the spirit of the constitution.
On May 29, the constitutional commission published a notice announcing vacancies at 515 local governments. Since the announcement, the service commission received applications from 73,113 people for 9,161 vacancies with the local federal units.