ICYMI: Here are our top stories from Saturday, July 20Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (July 20, 2019).
Many Nepalis hope to reach Europe. But their dreams end in Libya.
Santosh Shrestha was supposed to return home to Nepal.
In January, Shrestha left Lamjung in the hopes of reaching Italy. An agent had promised to get him across the Mediterranean but was unable to take him beyond the borders of Libya, where security conditions have been fragile for years, with fresh violence escalating since earlier this year. After spending nearly six months in the country, uncertain of ever reaching Italian shores, 27-year-old Shrestha reached out to the International Organization for Migration to help him return to Nepal.
But on July 3, just days before Shrestha was supposed to leave Libya, an airstrike hit a detention centre outside Tripoli, where he was living with dozens of other migrants. He was the only Nepali there and was among the 53 people killed by the air strike. More by Bhrikuti Rai and Chandan Kumar Mandal here.
Transitional justice bodies still without leadership as political parties disagree on candidates
Four months into its term, the committee formed to recommend the leadership of the two transitional justice commissions has made no headway, seemingly awaiting consensus among the political parties on the candidates.
A Friday meeting of the recommendation committee concluded without a decision after holding minor discussions on the selection criteria. Even though a number of individuals have applied for the positions, including the chief commissioners at the two commissions, the recommendation committee is waiting for a common name from the political parties, said officials at the Ministry of Law and Justice, which hosts the secretariat of the recommendation committee. More here by Binod Ghimire.
It’s official: Bollywood IIFA awards won’t be coming to Nepal
It’s official. The 2019 International Indian Film Academy Awards will not be taking place in Kathmandu.
A last-ditch effort by two sides to broker a deal to host the awards was unsuccessful, confirming that the glitzy Bollywood awards ceremony would not be taking place in Nepal, according to the Nepal Tourism Board and the Visit Nepal 2020 Secretariat, both involved in negotiations with Wizcraft International Entertainment, the event organiser. Anil Giri with the story here.
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