ICYMI: Here are our top stories from Monday, January 20Here are some of the stories from The Kathmandu Post (January 20, 2020).
Here are some of the stories from The Kathmandu Post (January 20, 2020).
Murder of transwoman shows that things remain perilous for the LGBTIQ community
Ajita Bhujel was a carefree and open person who always put her family first. Ever since her parents died when she was a child, Bhujel had been living with her grandparents and when she grew up, she became their sole source of support, both financial and emotional. But Bhujel wasn’t always comfortable in her body. She was 22 years old when she decided to transition from male to female, and although her grandparents were troubled at first, they came to accept her identity as a woman.
But as a transwoman, Bhujel had trouble finding a job. She was forced to resort to sex work so she could keep supporting herself and her elderly grandparents.
Early Saturday morning, at around 4.30, Bhujel’s body was discovered near the Kyampadanda road in Hetauda, naked and beaten to death. She was 29.
Conflict victims and human rights activists cry foul over Agni Sapkota for Speaker
A Secretariat meeting of the Nepal Communist Party on Sunday decided to propose Agni Sapkota, a Standing Committee member, for the post of Speaker.
“Today’s Secretariat meeting unanimously decided to field two-time minister and lawmaker from Sindhupalchok Sapkota for the post of Speaker,” Bishnu Poudel, general secretary of the party, told the Post after the Secretariat meeting on Sunday evening.
The decision to propose Sapkota as Speaker comes a day after the ruling and opposition parties reached a deal on appointing candidates of their choice to the two transitional justice commissions that are entrusted with investigating conflict-era cases.
Health workers of 21 districts to get mental health screening training this year
After a failed effort to deploy psychiatric doctors at the state-run health facilities to screen mental health patients, the Ministry of Health and Population is preparing to mobilise trained staff nurses and paramedics for the job.
This year, the ministry has been providing training to over 1,200 staff nurses and paramedics from 21 districts.
Federal government faces a revenue deficit of Rs 90 billion in the first half
Government revenues took a tumble in the first half of fiscal 2019-20 due to reduced imports of key revenue generating items and slackened domestic economic activities.
The income deficit reached around Rs90 billion as of mid-January, according to the Department of Customs and Inland Revenue Department. Most of the shortfall has been attributed to a decline in revenue growth at the customs offices.
In Salyan, it’s now mandatory for wedding cards to include age of bride and groom
In a bid to control unchecked child marriages in the district, the District Police Office (DPO) in Salyan has come up with a plan that makes it mandatory for families to mention the age of the bride and bridegroom in the wedding invitation card.
The DPO on Friday signed an agreement with representatives of the district-based printing press to implement the move immediately.