ICYMI: Here are our top stories from Thursday, December 12Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (December 12, 2019).
Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (December 12, 2019).
Rewards for medal-winning athletes draw praise—and some grievances
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Wednesday announced cash rewards for Nepali athletes who won medals at the recently concluded 13th South Asian Games.
While Oli’s announcement was hailed by many for providing just rewards for athletes who are more often neglected, there was some confusion regarding the prize money for other categories, and for coaches.
Everything you need to know about Chhaupadi, the taboo ritual of banishing women to period huts
Menstruation, a biological process among women, is inextricably linked to social taboos and, often stigma, in Hindu tradition. Although social taboo against menstruation is prevalent throughout the country, it is most visibly harsh in the remote western villages of Nepal, where the practice of Chhaupadi has been killing women and girls.
Negotiations begin with Germany and France for setting up security printing press
As the stock of passports is depleting fast, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology has started fresh negotiations with German and French firms to set up a dedicated printing facility.
A technical team headed by Joint-secretary at the ministry Radhika Dhakal—which includes representatives of various government agencies—tasked with assessing the proposals and recommending a government-to-government deal has already submitted its report to Minister for Communication and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Baskota, according to officials.
As monkeys menace Gandaki Province, locals turn to innovative methods of control
In recent years, the districts of Gandaki Province are increasingly coming under siege from a growing population of monkeys, according to Manohar Kadarya, an agriculture development officer at Pokhara Municipality.
“Given the rise in the number of complaints filed by locals from various districts at their respective ward offices, we have concluded that there has been an increase in the monkey population,” said Kadarya.
The primates invade fields and houses, looking for food and tend to attack when confronted by humans, forcing locals to resort to drastic measures, like setting traps and hiring trappers.
European Commission maintains ban on Nepali airlines
The European Commission maintained its ban on Nepali airlines for not meeting international safety standards. They remain on the updated EU Air Safety List which means they are still barred from EU skies.
The EU has been off-limits to Nepali carriers for the last six years. In December 2013, the European Commission imposed a blanket ban on all airlines from Nepal from flying into the 28-nation bloc.