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Day at a Glance: From Sitaula’s suggestion on reformation of parties to Cancellation of KUKL’s CEO appointment

The major events of the day have been compiled in this segment ‘Day at a Glance!’

The major Headlines of the day include:

  • Sitaula: Parties must be reformed on edge of peace and democracy
  • Bill to amend Political Parties Act presented
  • President Paudel: Japan, Nepal’s partner for reliable development
  • DoI issues online trekking Route Permit
  • By-election to be held in Illam and Bajhang
  • Government cancels KUKL CEO’s appointment process

1. Sitaula: Parties must be reformed on edge of peace and democracy

Nepali Congress (NC) leader and newly elected National Assembly Member Krishna Prasad Sitaula has said that it was the responsibility of the Nepali Congress to reform the parties on the edge of democracy and peace. Addressing the introduction program of the newly elected National Assembly members from the NC, Leader Sitaula talked about the reformation. He suggested that the NC needed to play the leading role in the reformation. Sitaula said that NC needed to play the role of strengthening the system for agreement, coordination, and unification of all parties.

2. Bill to amend Political Parties Act presented

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs, Narayan Kaji Shrestha has presented the Political Parties (second amendment) Bill, 208o BS’. Minister Shrestha p[resented the bill in a meeting of the House of Representatives (HoR) on Sunday. Some provisions in the Act-2073 BS (2017) were amended through an ordinance and the Bill aims to endorse existing provisions when the ordinance has been already scrapped. Before this, Speaker Devraj Ghimire tabled a notice of protest received against the proposal seeking permission to present the Bill and a majority had disapproved the proposal. The lower house shall meet again at 11:00 am on Monday, February 26.

3. President Paudel: Japan, Nepal’s partner for reliable development 

President Ramchandra Paudel has said Japan is very indeed a good friend of Nepal and a reliable partner for fostering sustainable development. In his address to the opening ceremony of the golden jubilee of Nepal JICA Alumni Association (JAAN) here today, the President said Nepal always highly acknowledged Japan’s contributions to the production of technical workforce and the development of hydropower, education, health, communications, road connectivity, agricultural and infrastructure sectors in Nepal. ‘There has been progress in the country’s socio-economic, cultural, and other sectors of development in the aftermath of political transformations in the country. In this connection, the support and cooperation from the Government of Japan will remain significant in the future as in the past,’ he said.

4. DoI issues online trekking Route Permit

The Department of Immigration (DoI) has started issuing route permits for domestic and foreign tourists going to restricted zones through the online system. Before this, the DoI had provided permits to tourists going to restricted zones physically, after completing the due procedures and paperwork. According to Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) General Secretary Binod Sapkota,  arrangements have been made to issue route permits through electronic means along a provision of route permits online that would be easy for tourists to go to the Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpa, Tsum and Nuvri Valley of Manaslu region of Gorkha, Simkot, Changkheli and Namkha of Humla district as well as Kanchenjunga region of Taplejung.

5. By-election to be held in Illam and Bajhang

The meeting of election commission officials has decided to hold a by-election in Illam and Bajhang. The meeting, on Sunday, decided to hold the by-election in Province Assembly Constituency no 2 in Illam and Province Assembly Constituency- 1 in Bajhang on 28 April (Baisakh 15). Election Commission Spokesperson Shaligram Sharma Paudel informed Nepal Views that the date of by- election has been fixed in both regions. Likewise, seats on both sides were vacant, after the demise of Subash Nembang and Prithvi Bahadur Singh. Singh was elected from Illam -2, and Prithvi Bahadur Singh from Bahhang Province -1.

6. Government cancels KUKL CEO’s appointment process

The government has canceled the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kathmandu Water Supply (KUKL) appointment process for the time being. The Ministry of Water Supply canceled the process of appointment and formed an investigation committee. The Ministry of Water Supply decided to cancel the appointment process, due to the accusation of involvement in irregularities of former KUKL board members. There is an accusation that the officials took ‘advance bribes’, during the CEO appointment process.

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