ICYMI: Here are our top stories from Wednesday, August 14Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (August 14, 2019).
Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (August 14, 2019).
Original copies of both Sugauli Treaty and Nepal-India Friendship Treaty are missing
Two of Nepal’s most important treaties—the 1816 Sugauli Treaty and the 1950 Treaty of Peace and Friendship—have gone missing. The originals of these two treaties, which have been instrumental in shaping Nepal’s history and foreign policy, are neither preserved in the national repository nor the national archives.
On Tuesday, Nepali Congress lawmaker and shadow Foreign Minister Narayan Khadka raised the issue of the missing documents in Parliament, urging the government to locate them. “It is a serious matter for documents of such historical importance to go missing,” said Khadka.
With festival season approaching, sugar traders lobby for an extension on import restrictions
Despite the prime minister's own admission that he had been misled by sugar mills operators into instituting a restriction on the import of sugar, the government is considering extending the quota restriction on sugar imports, a decision that could result in a hike in sugar prices during the festival season.
Though the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies said that no decision has been taken on the issue yet, traders believe that their lobbying will lead to the restriction being extended.
Consumer rights activists slam Pathao's extra charge
Consumer rights activists have accused Bangladeshi-based ridesharing company Pathao of adding an unnecessary Rs100 fee to the fare on its newly launched Car Lite service. Pathao defended the extra cost saying it was operational charge, but activists said that it was a ‘white lie’ and that the company was cheating customers.
Pathao started the Car Lite service on Friday following up its app-based motorbike ridesharing service.
Government prepares diet plan for community school midday meal programme
The government has prepared a set of rules for community schools to adopt in their midday meal programme to ensure that children get healthy and nutritious diet.
This guideline includes cutting off junk food from the diet.
The government move follows reports from various community schools, where children were being fed junk foods like instant noodles, dalmoth and beaten rice in their midday meal.
As opportunities for Nepali workers dry up in popular labour destinations, migration numbers dwindle
Limited job opportunities, political turmoil and economic conflicts in Gulf countries and Malaysia have resulted in a decline in the number of Nepalis leaving for these countries that are considered popular labour destinations.
Government statistics show that for the past two consecutive years, fewer Nepali workers are applying for jobs in labour destination countries.