ICYMI: Here are our top stories from Tuesday, December 3Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (December 3, 2019)
Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (December 3, 2019)
Despite protests from animal rights activists, tens of thousands of animals are being slaughtered in Gadhimai
On the premises of the Gadhimai Temple, a massive slaughterhouse sprawls across 26 ropanis of land. On Tuesday, within this structure, over 30,000 animals will be sacrificed, its floors running red with blood.
The slaughterhouse currently houses 3,000 buffaloes, guarded by police and a wire fence. Half-a-dozen of the animals that were left out in the open have already died due to the cold while many others are sick and have been plied with medicine. Journalists and the public are not allowed to enter or take photos.
Government to offer free skill tests for returning migrant workers
The government is planning to conduct free skill tests for returnee migrant workers to certify the skills they have gained while working on foreign employment.
The Foreign Employment Board will be conducting the tests targeting returnee migrant workers, who often scramble for jobs upon returning home even when they possess specific skills.
“Migrant workers return home with a certain set of skills but without certification, they end up jobless. The objective of skill tests is to validate and rate their occupational skills,” Din Bandhu Subedi, spokesperson for the board, told the Post.
On day one of South Asian Games, gold rush and records for Nepal
The first day of the 13th South Asian Games saw gold medals rain as Nepali karatekas and taekwondoins outsmarted their opponents to prove, once again, that Nepal is the powerhouse of martial arts in South Asia. The athletes did so in style and grit that reminded many of Nepal’s early years of absolute dominance in the region.
All this despite the government’s lackadaisical support for Nepali athletes, who often find themselves undertrained and underequipped in the final weeks leading to big tournaments where they represent the country and are expected to strike
Despite traffic police’s assurances, pedestrians are dying on Kathmandu street
On November 24, Prabhu Joshi went out for a regular morning walk in his New Baneshwor neighbourhood. For the 74-year-old doctor, who worked at the ICU of the Ishan Children and Women’s Hospital in Basundhara, the walk was a daily routine to clear his head before he started his hectic day. Joshi was crossing the road in front of the Federal Parliament building at 6 am when he was struck by a speeding bus. He died almost immediately, while the bus fled.
What happened to Joshi is not an anomaly. Every year, there are hundreds of cases where pedestrians are struck down by speeding vehicles. In the past five years, 321 people have died in the Valley after being hit. Every year, there are numerous news reports and articles stating how Kathmandu is no city for pedestrians, prompting the traffic police to make assurances of changes. And yet, pedestrians continue to suffer at the hands of motorists, with fatality rates rising steadily over the years.
As assault reports rise, Nepal Medical Council urges doctors to practice as per protocol
A medical intern serving at the teaching hospital of Chitwan Medical College was severely thrashed some six weeks ago by a mob gathered at the hospital following the death of a patient.
The mob alleged that sheer negligence from the part of doctors was responsible for the death of the patient, who had undergone sinus surgery. Following the mob picketing the hospital, health services were hampered for two days.