ICYMI: Here are our top stories from Friday, November 22Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (November 22, 2019).
Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (November 22, 2019).
Oli’s Cabinet reshuffle aimed at managing party factions rather than improving results
Despite widespread expectations that Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli was going to reshuffle his Cabinet to address public grievances with underperforming ministers, the reorganisation has just balanced the party equation, according to party leaders.
On Wednesday night, Oli sacked six ministers from his 22-member Cabinet and inducted new faces. All three state ministers were also replaced. While the reshuffle was much awaited, the form it finally took was more of an attempt to address internal party dynamics, as Oli will soon fly abroad for his kidney transplant, leaders said.
Upendra Yadav, who is participating in a WHO conference as health minister, finds his portfolio changed
When Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli reshuffled his Cabinet on Wednesday night, changing six ministers and three state ministers, Samajbadi Party Nepal Chairman Upendra Yadav was in New Delhi.
Oli also swapped Yadav’s portfolio with Bhanubhakta Dhakal. Yadav has been sent from the Health Ministry to the Ministry for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, which was held by Dhakal. Dhakal has been brought to the Health Ministry.
All the prime minister’s men
After weeks of speculation, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli finally reshuffled his Cabinet on Wednesday night. Criticism soon followed, especially directed at the all-male composition of the new ministers inducted into the Oli Cabinet. Besides the glaring absence of women among the new faces in the reshuffle, the fact that the Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens, which has had more female leadership compared to other ministries in the past, was given to Parbat Gurung, a man, in place of Tham Maya Thapa, has irked many.
Jharana Basic School in Shivasatakshi Municipality, Jhapa has been closed for the past two years. Lack of students and poor-quality education were cited as the main reason for the school’s closure.
Satasi Basic School in Shivasatakshi is also on the verge of shutting down because of the low number of students. The school will be closed by the next academic year if it fails to increase the number of students. Likewise, Satasi School, Kankai, Shreejangha and Arunodaya Basic Schools are facing a similar fate.
Power to the people is close to realisation in Nepal, says World Bank report
Power to the people is close to realisation in Nepal with 95 out of 100 households having access to electricity, and 72 out of 100 households receiving reliable, affordable and uninterrupted supply for a significant part of the day, says a World Bank survey.
Nepal’s trade deficit fell 12 percent to Rs307.78 billion in the first quarter
Nepal’s trade deficit fell 12 percent year-on-year to Rs307.78 billion in the first quarter, largely due to a sharp drop in the import of electrical equipment, readymade garments, petroleum products and gold.
According to Nepal Rastra Bank, exports increased 14.4 percent to Rs27.17 billion in the first three months of the fiscal year, compared to a growth of 16.1 percent in the previous year.