ICYMI: Top stories from Wednesday, February 12These are some of the best stories from The Kathmandu Post (February 12, 2020).
These are some of the best stories from The Kathmandu Post (February 12, 2020).
Nepal’s hospitals have no ICUs to treat coronavirus patients, doctors say
Dr Prem Krishna Khadga, director of the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, receives dozens of calls every day asking for beds in the hospital’s intensive care unit. The general ICU’s 11 beds are almost always full, with a long line of people waiting to take any vacant spots. As the country’s largest public hospital, the teaching hospital treats patients for a fraction of the cost at private institutions, which is why there is such a long queue.
But the teaching hospital is among the few hospitals where the government is planning to treat Nepalis evacuated from China who might be infected with the new strain of coronavirus, dubbed 2019-nCoV.
After attempts to set up an all-powerful intelligence department, the government mulls a similar structure under Army
About two months after tabling the Nepal Special Service Bill, which allows the National Intelligence Department to surveil citizens, the KP Sharma Oli administration has now drafted a bill that will allow the Nepal Army to form a similar intelligence department.
The bill to amend the Nepal Army Act 2006 envisions an “intelligence service” within the national defence force. The current Act allows the Army to only conduct intelligence work, with no provisions for intelligence service, for which a separate regulation will be required. Currently, the Army has a Directorate of Military Intelligence, led by a major general, which reports to the Chief of Army Staff. The intelligence service will mean a separate entity within the Army, apart from the Directorate of Military Intelligence, and staff for this will be hired from the infantry. Its mandate, however, will be defined by a new regulation.
With no signal from the government, Janata Party reconsiders merger with Samajbadi Party
Talks for unification between the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal and the Samajbadi Party Nepal had taken a back seat after the former’s growing proximity with the ruling Nepal Communist Party. But with no concrete progress on a package deal, the Janata Party is once again considering moving merger talks forward with the Samajbadi Party.
The Janata Party’s closeness with the ruling party began after its alliance for the National Assembly election in December, days before the Samajbadi Party quit government. After that, there were some rapid developments in Kathmandu politics.
Telecom authority plans to make Multi Router Traffic Grapher compulsory
The Nepal Telecommunications Authority is planning to make it compulsory for all internet service providers to provide Multi Router Traffic Grapher images showing the traffic load on a network to their customers.
The move follows increasing complaints from users that they are not getting the internet data they have purchased. Multi Router Traffic Grapher allows the user to monitor and measure network traffic.
Nearly 50,000 apply for 232 job openings for assistant informers at the intelligence department
A recent job opening at the National Intelligence Department has received a record number of applications, 49,000 for 232 posts, throwing even officials into a tizzy.
The intelligence department had opened a vacancy for 232 posts of “assistant informers” a month ago and those with School Leaving Certificates (10th grade) were eligible to apply. The application submission deadline ended on Monday.