ICYMI: Here are our top stories from Monday, August 12Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (August 12, 2019).
UN health agency warns of possible dengue outbreak in Kathmandu Valley
The World Health Organization has warned of possible dengue outbreak in Kathmandu Valley.
Two health experts from the UN health agency, who visited the Capital two weeks ago, said that eggs, larva and pupa of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquito, which transmit the dengue virus, were found in huge numbers in various places of the Valley.
Mysterious deaths of cattle send wildlife officials scrambling for answers
Following the discovery of dozens of dead cattle in the buffer zone area of Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, conservation officials are concerned that the mysterious disease could spread to the reserve’s wildlife and threaten their lives.
The Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation, the government body that manages protected areas and wildlife, dispatched a two-member team to the reserve on Sunday to study and prepare a report. The place where the cattle were found dead is less than 700 metres from the reserve’s forestland.
She eloped when she was 16. Now she’s serving time for child marriage
Child marriage has been illegal in Nepal since 1963. Two years ago, the government increased the legal age for marriage from 18 to 20. As per Article 173 of the Criminal Code, a person found guilty of either committing or arranging a child marriage is subject to a jail term of up to three years and a fine of Rs 30,000. However, in many cases, these legal provisions, aimed at protecting children from child marriage, have ended up being used to penalise them instead.
Four years since signing, a crucial transit agreement sees no progress
Even four years after Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal signed a motor vehicles agreement to facilitate the seamless movement of cargo and passengers cross borders, there has hardly been any progress to sign the protocol, which experts and analysts say is causing losses to Nepal.
Eight government employees face court cases for abetting traders to evade revenue last fiscal
The Department of Revenue Investigation has filed a case against eight government employees for abetting traders to evade revenue in the fiscal year 2018-19.
On February 23, last year, the government had brought this department under the Prime Minister's Office, along with the National Investigation Department and the Department of Money Laundering Investigation by amending the Nepal Government Business Rules.