ICYMI: Here are our top stories from Friday, September 20Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (September 20, 2019).
As country celebrates the constitution, marginalised groups await amendments
2007 was a watershed year for Nepal. The long-suffering Madhesi community finally seemed to decide that it had had enough and the Tarai exploded into a spontaneous uprising that spread across the length of the southern plains. For the first time in the country’s recent history, Madhesis openly challenged the established political forces, demanding an end to the injustice they were continually subjected to, calling for an overhaul of politics and a restructuring of the state.
Only months earlier, the Maoists had joined mainstream politics after a decade-long armed struggle against the state. The interim parliament, dominated by the Seven Party Alliance and the Maoist party (then known as Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist), had brought out an interim constitution. But marginalised communities like Madhesis felt left out, as their demands for federalism had been ignored in the statute.
The cow may be Nepal’s national animal but few treat it as such
The problem of stray cattle is not limited to the Capital. Cows on the street can be seen across the country. News often comes in of mass cattle death from various parts of the country where local governments have tried to control the stray cow population. In January of this year, more than a thousand bovines died of dehydration and starvation in four temporary sheds built by Ghodaghodi Municipality of Kailali district.
Migrant workers returning home without salary and justice from Qatar: Amnesty International
According to the new research done by Amnesty International, thousands of migrant workers are still waiting in vain for unpaid wages and compensation, despite Qatar’s promises to improve workers’ rights.
The report called ‘All Work, No Pay: The Struggle Of Qatar’s Migrant Workers For Justice’ revealed how hundreds of migrant workers working for three construction and cleaning companies have given up on justice and returned home penniless since March 2018, according to the press statement issued by the human rights organisation.
Telecom regulator calls on schools to sign up for ambitious IT lab project
A month after selecting a joint venture of Nepali firms to execute the Rs 3.47 billion Information Technology Laboratory project, the Nepal Telecommunications Authority has asked schools across seven provinces to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to get the project going.
According to the telecom regulator, government schools must arrange rooms, furniture and 30 Ampere of electricity supply as part of the grant before the project installs IT equipment. Schools that do not sign up within the stipulated time will be removed from the list and new schools will be added.
Parliament prorogued without endorsing laws critical to federalism
The fourth session of the federal parliament was prorogued on Thursday without endorsing crucial laws necessary for both the federal and provincial governments to implement federalism as envisioned by the constitution fully.