ICYMI: Top stories from Wednesday, February 26These are some of the best stories from The Kathmandu Post (February 26, 2020).
Some of the main stories from today's The Kathmandu Post.
Amending the MCC Nepal compact could violate the Vienna Convention
The Nepal Communist Party’s three-member task force has recommended amendments to the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Nepal Compact but legal experts believe that any significant changes to the compact could violate the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties.
According to the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, a treaty once signed cannot be revised later by altering its primary purpose and objective.
Attempting to deflect blame, Nepal Trust points to past governments as also complicit
In an attempt to put the ongoing controversy surrounding the Nepal Trust to rest, the Nepal Trust on Tuesday issued a white paper, alluding to the alleged culpability of past administrations.
The white paper, issued by Nepal Trust Chair Ishwar Pokhrel, who is also a deputy prime minister and defence minister, details the Trust’s properties and the lengthy process by which some of those properties were leased out at extremely favourable rates to Yeti Holdings, formally known as Yeti World.
After two failed attempts and a corruption scandal, passports to again be procured through a global tender
After two failed attempts to procure passports, the Department of Passports is once again working to call a global tender to print and supply e-passports.
As the stock of machine-readable passports is fast running out, the Department of Passports is under pressure to arrange an alternative passport supply because of the large number of Nepalis who leave for foreign employment every month.
Feeling bare and naked at 20 Shades of Nude
Imagine yourself stark naked, and your body will immediately curl up with uneasiness. Even in dreams, when we see ourselves bare, we wake up and think, ‘That was weird.’ We don’t talk about nudity or express it—it makes us feel embarrassed and ashamed.
This is the very notion ‘20 Shades of Nude’ challenges. The exhibition at Mcube Gallery, curated by Kapil Mani Dixit and Manish Lal Shrestha, questions why we think of nudity as something obscene and vulgar, despite it being the natural form. The exhibition promotes both uneasiness and comfort: uneasy to see everything naked and out there, yet comfortable enough to talk about nudity and sexuality, like everything else, because it is natural.
Health workers alerted countrywide about a possible outbreak of vector-borne diseases
Epidemiology and Disease Control Division has alerted health workers serving in state-run health facilities across the country about a possible outbreak of vector-borne diseases, which include dengue, malaria, kala-azar, Japanese encephalitis and scrub typhus.
The move comes amid reports of dengue and other vector-borne diseases in various districts even before a rise in temperature.