ICYMI: Top stories from Monday, February 24These are some of the best stories from The Kathmandu Post (February 24, 2020).
Some of the main stories from today's The Kathmandu Post.
In the midst of Covid-19 outbreak, government transfers health officials
In the midst of the Covid-19 outbreak that shows no signs of abating, the Health Ministry has decided to transfer critical point people dealing with Nepal’s response to the pandemic.
Dr Basudev Pandey, director of the Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital, which is the primary hospital for treatment of the coronavirus, has been transferred to the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division while Dr Bibek Kumar Lal, director of that division, the agency responsible for containing the epidemic throughout the country, was moved to the SAARC TB and HIV/AIDS Centre.
Ruling party's plan to amend the constitution could invite a host of issues
Recent developments in the ruling Nepal Communist Party are certain to have an impact on the internal power equation but they are also likely to impact larger national politics.
Saturday’s Secretariat meeting formed a three-member taskforce to amend the constitution to give a National Assembly member the same status as a member of the House of Representatives.
Bamdev Gautam, who was recently elevated to the post of party vice-chair by amending its statute, has now agreed to go to the Assembly. Earlier in January, Gautam had refused to become an Assembly member, arguing that the constitution should first be amended to pave the way for a National Assembly member to become the prime minister.
Government to struggle to meet growth target amidst coronavirus and poor expenditure
The Finance Ministry has made a downward revision in this fiscal year’s targets for government spending and revenue collection in its mid-term review released earlier this month, saying the government expenditure and revenue collection had been poor compared to the last fiscal year.
However, in the budget review released on February 10, Finance Minister Yubaraj Khatiwada made no revision in the growth target of 8.5 percent. Most international agencies, including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and International Monetary Fund, have projected Nepal's growth rate at just over 6 percent for the current fiscal year.
Reality game shows are redefining Nepali television
Kirshna Bahadur Thapa Magar, his wife, daughter and son never miss an episode of Comedy Champion, a Nepali comedy reality show that started airing a few months ago.
An entire family sitting together and watching a television show is a rare sight. But they are becoming more common because of reality-based TV game shows, such as Comedy Champion.
Comedy Champion is one of the latest additions to a host of franchise reality shows that are currently being aired in Nepali television. As a result of the airing of these shows, such as Himalaya Roadies, Nepal Idol, Ko Bancha Crorepati (KBC) and The Voice, the television watching culture has somehow changed in Nepal.