ICYMI: Here are our top stories from Tuesday, August 13Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (August 13, 2019).
Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (August 13, 2019).
Once staunch anti-imperialists, the Maoists are now singing a different tune
For the Maoists, India was once an expansionist force and the United States an imperialist power. But times have changed.
Ever since the signing of the 2006 peace deal, which brought them into the mainstream, the Maoists have slowly but surely abandoned vilification of their once-sworn enemies, even visiting them time and again. But it was the Maoist party’s recent merger with the CPN-UML, which it had once denounced as a bourgeoise force, that seemingly put a firm nail in the coffin of those ideological rivalries.
Supreme Court's order on Sumargi case remains unimplemented for seven months
Authorities are yet to implement a seven-month-old Supreme Court order to retrieve the money that controversial businessman Ajeya Raj Sumargi had withdrawn from Nepal Investment Bank Limited.
Sumargi had withdrawn almost all the money—$6.99 million—which was frozen at the bank by the Nepal Rastra Bank, following an interim order issued on December 25 last year.
Elephants are still dying at an alarming rate in Nepal
Even as the world marked World Elephant Day on Monday, pledging to protect the endangered species, Nepal continues to lose its elephant population at a rate faster than any other country that is host to the Asian elephant species.
The country has an estimated population of 100 to 150 elephants, but every year, two to three elephants are killed in retaliatory actions by local communities, according to Dinesh Neupane, who has been studying elephants for over a decade.
On average, Nepal is losing two percent of its elephant population every year, he said.
Team leaves for Malaysia to study solar technologies at Bhairahawa airport
A team comprising energy and aviation officials left for Malaysia on Monday to study ways to transform huge tracts of land at Gautam Buddha International Airport into a 10-megawatt solar farm without affecting flight safety.
There are concerns that potential glare hazards from the solar panels set up on the airport’s grounds could pose a safety risk for aircraft pilots.
Health Ministry prepares ‘basic health service package’ to ensure health care to patients
The Ministry of Health and Population has prepared a ‘basic health service package’, which includes 200 services that must be provided by the state-run health facilities to the needy for free of cost.
Once the package is endorsed by the Cabinet, all state-run health facilities across the country must ensure free basic and emergency health services to patients.