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Comeback of Bam Dev

Gautam, the leftist


leader
(by TNW correspondent)
Nepal politics has of late been recharged with the political news that the Nepal Communist Party leader Bam
Dev Gautam is approaching polls for entering parliament in the near future. Being a sensation in left politics in Nepal
and known for being a good political negotiator among multi-parties in Nepal, his presence in parliament is being
sought not only by NCP but by others as well, said a former member of parliament.
“BDG’s presence in parliament is the need of the hour and over a dozen members of parliament will willingly
vacate a seat for him to be elected. Two Chairmen of NCP PM Oli and Prachanda also appear to have given a green
light for creating a situation in which a seat in parliament will be vacant and BDG will be a candidate. There is actually
no resistance to Bam Dev Gautam come-back to parliament.”
Opposition parties will field candidacy against him but they also appear happy over the come-back of BDG in
the parliament. “Because of his contribution in parliament in previous occasions, all hope his presence will help make
the parliament more effective in politics and functioning.
A number of politicos had expressed surprise over the way BDG lost the parliamentary election a few months
ago. He himself has not yet been able to decipher the cause of his defeat in the parliamentary polls.
According to a political analyst, “BDG –comeback in parliament will not be confined to the legislature alone; it
will have multiple effect on the exercise of power of government and handling of governance and political
understanding with political parties in parliament and outside it.”
Once BDG is in again, things would effectively change in parliament, politics and government, said another political
analyst. “All are currently looking forward to how this issue of BDG comeback to parliament builds up in days to
come.”

Thimi inundated once again


Low-lying areas of Bhaktapur district, mainly Madhyapur Thimi, have been inundated after incessant rainfall on
Monday. However, unlike the July 12 incident when the areas were submerged in floodwaters after 121.6 mm rainfall,
Monday’s flooding was caused by 49.5 mm rainfall.
Local leaders of Bhaktapur blamed poor drainage system, unplanned urbanisation and encroachment of the
Hanumante River for frequent flooding in the areas. Province 3 assembly member Sashi Jung Thapa said, “This
incident has shown that even moderate rainfall can cause devastation in certain areas of Bhaktapur. The only
permanent solution to prevent such incidents in future is to complete the much-awaited Hanumante Corridor Project.”
Existing laws do not allow construction of houses within a distance of 20 metres from rivers. However, local
authorities claim that many houses were built on river banks violating the rule.
Chief District Officer of Bhakatapur Narayan Prasad Bhatta, however, claimed that they did not have record of
any such building constructed illegally. “We do not have official record of such buildings,” said CDO Bhatta.
The rainfall had also partially damaged to the Manahara bridge at the Koteshower-Suryabinayak road segment
near Radhe Radhe. Engineers from the Department of Roads, who visited the site said the bridge had not suffered
serious damage.
Indian pilgrims stranded in Hilsa
for the second day
Around 175 Indian pilgrims on their way back home from Kailash Mansarovar in Tibet have been stranded in
Simikot, Humla of North-west Nepal for the second day on Monday, as commercial flights could not operate due to
bad weather. The situation, however, is under control and all the pilgrims will be evacuated as soon as the weather
clears up, said Indian Embassy spokesperson Roshan Lepcha.
“The embassy is aware that around 200 pilgrims are stuck in Simikot, Humla, due to bad weather and are in
continual touch with them and their family members,” the embassy tweeted, adding that Embassy representatives in
Kathmandu were taking all necessary action for the pilgrims’ comfort. It is continuously raining in central and Western
Nepal for the past 2-3 days forcing domestic airlines to suspend their regular flights.
There is basic lodging and fooding facilities for round 500 tourists in Simikot area. In case of emergency Indian
Embassy could safely evacuate the stranded pilgrims .
The incident has occurred a month after more than 1,500 Indian tourists got stuck at various places on their way
to Kailash Mansarovar and back. Following the incident, the Indian government on July 5 had issued an advisory on
travel to Kailash Mansarovar through the Nepal route. The advisory is still in effect, according to Indian Embassy
sources.
The advisory had stated that Simikot and Hilsa are places lacking good medical and lodging facilities and
therefore, pilgrims should get themselves medically examined before starting their pilgrimage and also carry
medicines for up to a period of one month. Simikot and Hilsa are connected to the rest of the world only by small
aircraft or helicopters and there is no other way to travel in and out of these places.
Further, these small aircraft or helicopters can operate only when the weather is absolutely clear, as the terrain
and route is extremely dangerous.
The embassy has deputed its representatives at Hilsa, Simikot and Humla for monitoring and taking action in case of
emergency.

Landslide hits Jajarkot, nine


including 8 children dies
At least nine people including seven children were killed after a landslip swept away two houses at Thati Bazaar
in remote Jajarkot district situated in western Nepal Sunday morning. Meanwhile, a man was rescued alive by a team
of security personnel from the debris of the landslide, according to officials.
27-year-old Lal Bahadur Luhar a tenant in the swept house at Bheri Municipality, Thati Bazaar was rescued while his
wife Shitala Luhar, 25, their three daughters Ranjana Luhar, 10, Manisha Luhar, 6 and Bhagwati Luhar, 3 were found
dead. Similarly, the house owner Tirtha Raj Bohora’s 7-year-old daughter Najma Bohora also died in the incident.
Similarly, Narindra Pariyar,13, Nabin Pariyar,11 of Kushe Rural Municipality residing at another house that was also
swept were also found dead along with Govinda Pariyar, 8 and Dasarath Pariyar, 10 of Nalgad Municipality.
Meanwhile, Luhar has sustained critical chest and head injuries and is undergoing treatment at Jajarkot Hospital.
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Digital Nepal inevitable to


bring prosperity: PM
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that optimum utilisation of information technology was inevitable to
compete in the global market at a time when the country has entered the phase of economic transformation, ending
elongated political transition.
Speaking at a programme ‘Digital Nepal Conference’ organised by the Ministry of Communication and IT in the
capital on Friday the prime minister cautioned that no one shall wait for us if we failed to pick up pace in the present
dynamic world.
The government was in the process of increasing the use of information technology for a developed and
prosperous Nepal through the practice of good governance, said the Prime Minister.
The government has already started e-payment system and digital technology will now be used in education
sector, he pointed out. Minister for Communication and IT Gokul Baskota expressed the view that information
technology plays a key role in easy service delivery, economic growth and employment generation, adding that its
use would be intensified in agriculture, education, health and tourism sectors by internalising the progress made by
neighbouring India and China in this sector.
He expressed confidence that the recommendations received from the conference would contribute to the
government’s motto of ‘Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali’.
Similarly, Secretary at the Ministry Mahendra Man Gurung, underscoring implementation of Digital Nepal campaign,
said that it was important to implement the national identity card by government which could help the citizens avail all
state services and facilities with the help of a single identity card.

Parliament Hearing Committee rejects Joshi’s


name for CJ
Special Hearing Committee of Parliament rejected the recommendation of Constitutional Council to appoint
Deepak Raj Joshi for the post of chief justice of Supreme Court. According to Deepa Dahal’s reporting in
Deshsanchar, main opposition Nepali Congress has boycotted the voting proceeding.
Following the boycotted by four members of Nepali Congress Bhimsen Dash Pradham, Pushpa Bhusal,
Gyanendra Bahadur Karki, and Jitendra Narayan Dev, the special committee meeting rejected the recommendation
of acting chief justice Joshi.
As ruling Nepal Communist Party-NCP and opposition Nepali Congress were taking two different stands, the
Special Hearing Committee of House of Representatives, which were likely to take decision on chief justice Deepak
Raj Joshi, were likely to divide two major parties resulting the derailment of Constitution of Nepal 2015.
Since the constitution is an outcome of peace process and a political document, Nepali Congress has already
said that the rejection of acting chief Justice Josi’s nomination by two third majorities is not accepted for them.
“If they do what they like, Nepali Congress will also follow its own course. We will never allow imposing
authoritarian regime in Nepal. If Nepal Communist Party leaders think they can impose authoritarian, people will
resist,” said Bal Krishna Khand, chief whip of Nepali Congress.
Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli accused Nepali Congress for obstructing the house. “The parliament will take its
own course and NC cannot make it hostage,” said PM Oli.
NC chief whip Khand charged that Nepal Communist Party-NCP government is trying to dislodge all the
democratic institutions. “Attacking the judiciary is their another step,” said Khand.
Given the political statement, Special Committee of House of Representatives rejected reject nomination of acting
chief justice Joshi.

Damaged Nepal-India border pillars


rebuilt
As many as 59 border pillars have been reconstructed along the Nepal-India border in Dang district, situated
500 km South-west of Kathmandu.
A Nepal-India joint team had initiated the task of rebuilding border pillars three years ago. The reconstruction
efforts were initiated when the border pillars, made up of bricks and cement, started falling apart, according to
officials.
The damaged border pillars were rebuilt on the basis of consensus between Nepal and India, informed Chief
District Officer of Dang, Gajendra Bahadur Shrestha. “With this, only five border pillars remain to be rebuild in the
area,” he said, adding that Nepal reconstructed 14 main and 21 auxiliary border pillars.
“Nepal needs to erect four more main and one auxiliary border pillars,” said Superintendent of Police at Seema
Surakshya Bal of the Armed Police Force, Tulsi Ram Dahal. There are 37 main and 77 auxiliary border pillars along
the 83-kilometre Nepal-India border area in Dang district which shares border with India’s Baharaich.

Three new species of bats


recorded in Kathmandu
Three new species of bats founds in Kathmandu Valley have been officially recorded. With this, there are altogether
55 species of the mammal bird in Nepal with 1,200 species of bats found in the world. The Small Mammals Conservation
and Research Foundation (SMCRF) had conducted a research from August 2016 to April 2018 in various 19 places in the
Valley and had found three new species- Cynopterus branchyotis, Myotis frater and Nyctalus aviator, according to
Foundation’s Director, Sajjan Thapa. Thapa shared that some species of bat were on the verge of extinction due to the loss
of their habitat, widespread use of fertilizers and pollutions among others.
He said that due to lack of understanding of bat’s importance in ecosystem not much interest was shown in its conservation.
Bats eat night-flying insects, including agricultural pests and support in pollination. A five-year action-plan has been
formulated by the Foundation in consultation with the concerned authority for the conservation of the bats, said Thapa.

Four persons arrested with leopard skin


Nepal Police d arrested three people in Pokhara along with a pair of skin of endangered leopard in Pokhara, Those
people were arrested with a coordinated action of Central Investigation Bureau Maharajgunj and Province 4 Police.
Those arrested include Jhalak Chhantyal, Devendra Rasaili and Gyanendra Senchuri and they were sent to District
Forest Office for necessary actions.

Media corner

Why did Prachanda


postpone his India visit ?
The communist government and the ruling party NCP have plunged into controversy and debate. Various
INGOs have been targeting the government , which is seen here as a surprise move. The leaders of NCP have not
been satisfied with the activities of the government. Against this backdrop, former PM Prachanda’s proposed visit to
India is in dilemma. Although preparations were done for Prachanda’s proposed visit to New Delhi towards the fourth
week of Shrawan, the visit has been postponed for the time being with the new political developments. (Sanghu
Weekly, Aug. 6, 2018)

Judiciary controlled by
Legislative and Executive
The country has plunged into chaos with the attack on judiciary. The principle of separation of power has been
under attack. In the first time in history the name of Chief Justice Deepak Raj Joshi recommended by the
Constitutional Council has been rejected by Parliamentary Hearing Committee. Joshi’s name has been rejected by
two third majority of the members of the Parliamentary Committee. Five lawmakers belonging to Nepali Congress
boycotted the voting process. NC has argued that Parliamentary Committee cannot raise question about the
qualification of the CJ as his name has been recommended by the Constitutional council. Such kind of interference in
the affairs of judiciary by the Parliamentary Committee will promote wrong practices in the country.(Janabhawana
Weekly August 6, 2018)

Can one speak against the Court?


There was a time when any one who speaks against the court gets punishment. Now the court has become most
controversial and also it became the most criticized institution. Main opposition Nepali Congress has raised serious
objection to the rejection of the name of CJ candidate Joshi by Parliamentary Hearing Committee on the basis of
majority vote and the party has also warned to internationalize the issue. The party has said that it was inappropriate
to reject the name of the CJ on the basis of majority vote by the Parliamentary Committee. The decision made by the
NCP affiliated Lawmakers on the basis of two third majority vote has challenged the principle of separation of power.
In this situation the international community may express its interest in matter. Prime Minister K.P. Oli has also been
dragged to the issue as the Constitutional Council headed by the PM had recommended the name of Joshi for the top
judiciary post.(Aarthik daily, Aug. 6, 2018)
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Nepal and five other


countries in South-
East Asia achieve
rubella control
In a significant win against childhood killer diseases, two countries of WHO South-East Asia Region, DPR
Korea and Timor-Leste, were today verified for eliminating measles, and six countries certified for controlling rubella
and congenital rubella syndrome, two years ahead of the target year 2020.”
These achievements demonstrate the commitment and resolve of countries in the Region towards health of
women and children, and for universal health coverage”, said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director WHO
South-East Asia.Last year Bhutan and Maldives became the first two countries in the Region to eliminate measles.
With today’s announcements, four of the 11 member countries of WHO South-East Asia have now eliminated
measles.Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste are the first six countries in the WHO
South-East Asia Region to control rubella and congenital rubella syndrome. Bhutan, Maldives and Timor-Leste, have
become the first three countries in the Region to achieve both elimination of measles and control of rubella and
congenital rubella syndrome.The Regional Verification Commission, an independent body of experts, met in Delhi
from 31 July to 2 August.
Based on an in-depth review of the data and reports provided by national verification committees, the
Commission verified that both DPR Korea and Timor-Leste have interrupted transmission of indigenous measles for
more than three years.In 2014, WHO South-East Asia announced elimination of measles and control of rubella and
congenital rubella syndrome by 2020 as a flagship program. Since then, all countries in the Region have been
strengthening efforts to eliminate measles, a major childhood killer disease, and control rubella and congenital rubella
syndrome, which causes serious and irreversible birth defects.Working towards the goal, efforts are being made to
strengthen vaccination services for measles and rubella, enhance surveillance, build laboratory networks, and
leverage reach and support of existing networks such as of the polio eradication programme.
All countries in the Region have introduced two doses of measles containing vaccines in their immunization
schedule. Eight of the 11 countries have introduced rubella vaccines in their immunization programmes, and the
remaining countries are in the process of doing so. Nearly 400 million children are planned to be vaccinated through
mass campaigns with measles and rubella vaccine in 2018-19 in the Region.The Commission acknowledged that
tremendous progress has been made by all Member countries in the Region over the past four years. A huge
momentum has been created in the Region and activities have been accelerated to move towards the achievement of
these goals, it observed.Commending the progress, Dr Khetrapal Singh said across the Region, immunization
managers and health workers are now better trained while cold-chain structures are more reliable.
Injection safety has been enhanced and vaccine management systems are more effective. We have laboratory
networks with greater capacity and surveillance systems that are better equipped to meet the challenges we face.
S-E Asian Lawmakers commit to health of
women, children, adolescents
Over 30 parliamentarians from countries in WHO South-East Asia Region have committed to health and wellbeing of women,
children and adolescents, to further reduce preventable diseases and deaths among them in New Delhi.
“The health of women, children and adolescents is critical to sustainable development –economic as well as social
development. This population should be at the center of our efforts to achieve universal health coverage – with quality health care
provided to everyone, everywhere,” Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia, said.
Adopting a ‘Call to Action’ at the end of the two-day ‘South-Asia Regional Parliamentarians’ Meeting – A renewed
commitment to women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health’, the participants committed to contribute towards increasing national
budgets for health services for this key population; ensuring access to and financial protection for quality reproductive, maternal,
newborn, child and adolescent health services within the provision of universal health coverage; and deploying skilled workforce,
especially in rural areas.
Chalking out the next course of actions, the parliamentarians agreed to work towards introducing or amending and
implementing laws to protect rights of women, children and adolescents, including preventing child marriage.
Working across all sectors like health, water, education, nutrition and commerce to address the various determinants of health
for women, girls and adolescents, and promoting education, skill building and jobs.
The Regional Director said in a message to the meeting that the parliamentarians, who represent all sections of the society
and cut across all political formations, can have the much needed influence in countries to make these changes happen.
The Region, which accounts for one-fourth of the global population, one-third of newborns, and has over 360 million adolescents,
the largest number of young population ever, has been making progress in advancing health of women and children. Between 1990
and 2015, maternal mortality rates declined by 69%, deaths in children less than five years of age reduced by 67 % and newborn
deaths rates declined by 57%. The momentum picked up in recent years with WHO declaring ‘reducing preventable maternal, child
and neonatal deaths’ as a flagship programme in South-East Asia Region in 2014.

Earth observation
facilitates Afghanistan’s
first glacier inventory
Glaciers are a key indicator of climate change. Understanding past and present glacier behavior and analyzing
possible changes help us understand the impacts of climate change on water resources. Cryosphere research across
the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) indicates that most glaciers are shrinking and retreating. Only a few of the 50,000
glaciers in the HKH are consistently monitored. Inaccessibility and physically challenging terrain make field
investigations and the mapping and monitoring of glaciers and glacial lakes impractical.
In Afghanistan, glaciers serve as the headwaters of the Amu Darya River Basin and contribute to the Indus
River Basin. A lack of baseline data makes it difficult to observe periodic changes in glaciers and to understand its
impact on water resources.
The SERVIR Hindu Kush Himalaya (SERVIR-HKH) initiative at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain
Development (ICIMOD) has been collaborating with the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW), Afghanistan to develop
an inventory of glaciers and glacial lakes in Afghanistan. The inventory is possibly the first of its kind. ICIMOD is also
working to train staff at MEW in using remotely sensed data to map and monitor glaciers. The data generated will
serve as a baseline for reliable scientific information to support on water resource management in Afghanistan.
Daud Qazizada, Afghanistan’s Deputy Minister of Energy and Water, says that mapping and monitoring glaciers
in Afghanistan using geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing (RS) techniques has been a
breakthrough in terms of collecting reliable data. “Prior to ICIMOD’s study, we only had some historical data and were
not aware of changing glacier trends in Afghanistan. Today, we have an exact number and an estimated volume of
glacier reserves,” he says.
To further support the inventory process and change analysis, ICIMOD has organized multiple on-the-job
trainings for MEW staff at its headquarters in Kathmandu, Nepal. Experts at ICIMOD take MEW trainees through the
process of mapping and monitoring glaciers using GIS tools and remote sensing techniques, and carry out quality
assurance for the generated datasets. In addition, four Afghan research assistants work closely with MEW staff in
Afghanistan to develop the inventory. The team is developing a database of glaciers from the years 1990, 2000,
2005, 2010 and 2015 to study decadal changes in glaciated areas.
The Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water has now been equipped better to map and monitor glaciers. Once
completed, the data will be freely accessible to researchers, planners, and decision makers through an online
system. Ali Ahmad Usmani, the Afghan Minister of Energy and Water, says that he is elated to see young
professionals engaged in technology. He adds, “GIS and RS are essential to assessing and monitoring glaciers, to
understanding water availability and forecasting disasters, and to improving awareness and increasing access to
information.”
SERVIR-HKH is a joint initiative of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). SERVIR-HKH has prioritized its activities on the themes of
Agriculture and Food Security; Water Resources and Hydro-climatic Disasters; Land Cover, Land Use Change, and
Ecosystems; and Weather and Climate Services with focused initiatives in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar,
Nepal, and Pakistan.

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Helping private sector to


grow
There are number of paths to be walked to national earnings. Two are prominently followed: (i) tax the people and
private sector now, or (ii) let people or the private sectors earn, in other words, taxing the income earners later and at the
same time also reducing the tax rates.
Many countries like NEPAL follow the first path, i.e. tasking the people and private sector now. Not only people and
the private sector are taxed, they are taxed high. This write up would like to suggest, to the extent possible, not to taxing
now or taxing later, even if income earners especially businesses and entrepreneurs are taxed, tax them low, and to
exclusively focusing on helping private sector to grow in the context that the Constitution of Nepal has recognized the private
sector as one of the pillars for the socio economic development of Nepal for achieving a higher and sustained economic
growth.
The idea is, in the long run, taxing later or taxing less benefits the country most. Amongst many, a country can
implement following five strategies to help grow the private sector and at the same time to achieve an accelerated, high and
sustained economic growth.
First, innovation and research and development (R&D) capabilities of the private sector needs to be strengthened to
support investment- investment of the public sector and of their own. In countries like ours, a private sector is often
suggested to invest in innovation and research which they cannot afford to do except in a smaller scale. Even if we look at
the history of innovation coming, we find that most of the innovations and R&D were invested or supported by the
government. For example, internet and speech interpretation and recognition interface (SIRI) were funded by the Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency of the U.S Department of Defense, Geographical Positioning System (GPS) by Navy,
and touch screen display by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Yes, private sector used those innovations and R&D, but
they used them later. They grew their business, they earned, and they not only supplied goods and services to the individual
customers but also provided services to communities and paid taxes to the government. Therefore the government, instead
of not investing on its own and rather asking private sector to invest, must make adequate investment for innovation and
R&D.
Second, the government needs to help grow Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). It is often the case that SMEs
are not helped. Due to economy of scale and other reasons, private sector including individual usually does not opt for
SMEs development. This is one of the reasons why SMEs in Nepal are mostly run as home or family based industries.
Some of them also get a nominal fiscal subsidy from the public sector. Regrettably, they are less linked to chains - backward
or forward and demand or supply. SMEs survive but with no increase in their growth, their income, employment they may
create and provides to, and the taxes they pay to the government. Instead, they get taxed! In this context, the public sector
needs at least to do two things: one, supporting the growth of local SMEs through various incentives and helping them to be
linked to supply chains, and two, the public sector also need to fully realize that SMEs are a nursery for the large firms and
industries of the future.
Third, Nepal lacks standard infrastructures and those available so far are not adequate. There is a gap between the
needs and availability. On the other hand, the government also appears to be unable to make needed investment for
infrastructure development. Few countries have successfully met, if not, narrowed infrastructural gap through public private
partnership (PPP). Beyond a policy, the modality has not yet been applied in Nepal. In other words, for PPP to work to meet
infrastructure gaps, a comprehensive and fully prioritized infrastructure development plan followed by public sector’s
investment becomes a precondition. The responsibility, therefore, lies with the public sector to ensure appropriate
infrastructure is in place that meets needs of existing as well as new investors. A parallel approach for ensuring economic
infrastructures (irrigation and power, transportation, and communication) and social infrastructures (education, health,
sanitation and water supply, and housing) help grow private sector.
Forth, though not fully linked, Nepal has some excess global economy and global markets. However, for Nepalese
private sector to be able to compete globally, public sector support becomes critical. The public sector needs to help find
them market, help promote their product, help standardized. Beyond participations in few trade fairs and exhibitions, private
sector has not benefitted much from public sector. Some in private sector are growing and producing some high value
products to be able to beat world’s standard and quality. Nonetheless, their own investment cannot make them able to reach
global markets, and to stand atop. In other words, they need targeted support from the public sector- both financial and
technical. There have been attempts and some provisions made by the public sector, but such attempts and provisions
rather supports to middlemen not to the producers.
Fifth, in a country where there is no human resources plan even for the public sector, ensuring supply of skills meeting
the demands of the private sector and the demands of the economy looks a remote dream. The need therefore is a national
human resources plan. And, the plan needs to be worked and implemented by the public sector- should not be expected
from the private sectors.
Viewed from the above perspectives, taxing should not come to the mind of public sector and public authority first. Nor
should the public sector waste it’s time to indulge in taxing now or later and taxing low or high. In other words, taxes and
taxing should not be public sector’s mission rather taxes should be expected as an outcome or result of a vibrant private
sector; deepened and expanded economic activities. Public sector has got number of alternatives to mobilizing resources.
Let us think of not taxing private sector, if we cannot, then let us think of reducing the tax. Let the private sector expand and
earn first!
Aashish Manandhar

Reconstruction of Durbar High


School begins with Chinese Govt’s
assistance
Minister of Education, Science and Technology Giriraj Mani Pokharel and Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Yu
Hong jointly laid the foundation stone for reconstruction of the historic Durbar High School amidst a function on
Friday.
The school will be reconstructed with financial assistance worth Rs 90.1 million from the Chinese government.
The reconstruction project is expected to be completed in 20 months. Durbar High School also known as Bhanu
Secondary School is the first school in Nepal based on modern education system and was built during the Rana
regime. Speaking at the programme, Minister Pokharel said the Kathmandu Durbar High School Reconstruction
Project was one of the 25 post-earthquake reconstruction projects funded by the Chinese government. “Due to
different problems, reconstruction of oldest modern school could not start earlier,” he said.
Ambassador Yu Hong said Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s recent visit to China had opened a new chapter in
China-Nepal relations and paved the way for comprehensive partnership. “The Chinese government will continue to
support Nepal’s economic and social development within its capacity, promote post-disaster reconstruction projects
actively, provide more government scholarships and training opportunities, strengthen exchanges and cooperation in
education, and people-to-people relations.” The Chinese ambassador also expressed hope that all sides would
support reconstruction of the school and requested the contractor to complete the project on time. Shanghai
Construction Company has been awarded the contract for reconstructing the school, while China Aviation Planning
and Design Institute has prepared the design of the school building. The school is being reconstructed under turnkey
model. “The school building will stand as a symbol of Nepal-China relations. It would be the new carrier of Nepal-
China relations,” Yu said. After the 2015 earthquakes, the Government of China had also sent a team for rescue
operations and provided assistance materials. China is supporting Nepal in five major areas including livelihood,
reconstruction of the physical infrastructures, and reconstruction of the archaeological heritages, disaster mitigation
and assistance in medical and health sectors.
The governments of Nepal and China had signed a memorandum of understanding on July 23, 2015 to advance 25
projects and Durbar High School reconstruction is one of them. Besides, the government of China has promised to
reconstruct six schools in Rasuwa, Sindhupalchowk and Dolakha districts. Reconstruction of the school had been
delayed due to lack of coordination between National Reconstruction Authority, Department of Archaeology,
Kathmandu Metropolitan City and Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

Editorial

For judicial independence


The judicial independence, a requirement for the functioning of democracy, should be respected and
that is also the spirit of the constitution of Nepal. Political parties and leaders and politicos in Nepal are
one in the preservation of such independence and it is encouraging to find them committed to the
cause of separation of power and its multi-dimensional significance in strengthening democratic
culture in the country. As and when issues related to courts and justices crop up the commitment is
reiterated. This is a good trend. At a time when the issue of parliamentary hearing and its final decision
on picking up the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is being discussed, special care should be
taken to have the discourse with due respect for democratic norms. The supremacy of parliament and
the importance of parliamentary hearing should also be duly respected. Discussion in this regard
should move forward with appropriate honour for the democratic practices. All should be effortful in
doing justice to the spirit and provision of the constitution. Politicos and others participating in the
public discussion on that issue could further facilitate the democratic process if they proceeded with
reason, responsibility and loyalty to the spirit of constitution. If this is done, Nepalis and the whole
country could benefit from such discourse and the same could pave way for the practical way forward.
The same could be a track to follow in future. This is the time when best practices and healthy
convention could be worked and institutionalized. The ultimate aim of all should be to promote
people’s confidence in the court system in the country. Media could also contribute to the healthy
discussion of the issue if it could pursue the healthy nonpartisan media-way. The civil society could
also contribute to it by discussing the issue broadly in the interest of separation of power. There are
times when people express dissatisfaction over the delayed justice, expensive and lengthy process in
court. Such dissatisfaction will not be helpful in furthering the cause of confidence in court and
justices. Efforts should be made to address such dissatisfaction if they are genuine. If they are not
addressed, it will ultimately harm the cause of separation of power and the need for check and balance
in the three fundamental features of a country – parliament, government and court. That is why care
should be taken in handling the issue appropriately with due respect for the independence of the trio.
All should bear in mind that they should contribute from their respective positions and performance to
the high cause of separation of power and preserving the judicial independence.
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Govt's new plan aims to


attract 2.5 million
tourists in 5 years
The government has forwarded ambitious plan and programmes with an objective of attracting 2.5 foreign tourists within next
five years.
The ambitious plan was an extension of the government’s motto of achieving economic prosperity through tourism. The arrival
of tourists in the stipulated number is expected to boost the tourism industry thereby contributing 10 per cent to the Gross Domestic
Product (GDP) in this period.
Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rajendra Adhikari unveiled here today a five-year action-plan that also aimed
at development of the tourism-friendly physical infrastructures and reforms at policy-level.
The action-plan was made public in the attendance of the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Minister of Industry,
Minister for Forest and Environment of all seven provinces as well as dthe officials from the concerned authorities among others .
According to the new action-plan, 15 new aircrafts-both wide body and narrow-body will be purchased for both domestic and
international flights within 5 years.
The Ministry also aims to make the Nepal Aviation Corporation competitive in the international market and occupy 60 per cent
of the portion in the Nepal’s international aviation business.
Joint-Secretary at the Ministry, Ghanshyam Upadhyay said that goals have been set to double the existing capacity of
Tribhuvan International Airport within next five years.
The goals include bringing under construction Gautam Buddha International Airport into operation within a year and Pokhara
Regional International Airport within three years and completing the 50 per cent works of second Nijgadh International Airport within
five years.
Similarly, the Greater Lumbini Master Plan would be brought into effect by concluding task of incumbent Master Plan of
Lumbini within five years as well as master plans related to Pashupati, Muktinath, Janakpur areas could be proposed and
implemented.
Likewise, master plan to propagate Rara and Khaptad would be mooted and brought into effect.
The action plan has the aim to establish a live museum to attract tourists. At least 100 new tourist destinations will be
developed in coordination of the provincial and local governments.
A target has been set to construct at least one international airport and a unique museum in all seven provinces each within
five years. Tourism industry will be used to boost investment and bring in foreign investment.
The action plan has prioritised policy reforms, infrastructure expansion and heritage conservation and promotion and
conservation of new tourist destinations.
The action plan includes identification, promotion and conservation of strategically important and national pride projects and
various heritages important historically, religiously and culturally, construction and upgradation of tourism infrastructure.
Finance Minister Dr Yuba Raj Khatiwada said tourism is the main basis of inclusive economic growth and employment. He
stressed on bringing an effective policy for welcoming 5 million tourists in 10 years.
The then leftist alliance had announced in its election manifesto the plan to bring in 5 million tourists in 10 years. According to
the Finance Minister, the action plan has been brought to put this plan into practice. He added that it would be easier to achieve this
target if the Vision Tourism -2027 was followed.
Minister Khatiwada stressed on the need of increasing the number of hotel beds from the current 40 thousand to at least 150
thousand. He also pledged the government’s full support in creating an investment-friendly environment.
Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari said the long-term development of the tourism sector and enhancement of quality
services as well as human resources management would be promoted with special priority.
He stated that stress would be given on the promotion of new tourist destinations by completing the construction of the
international airport at the earliest and developing the tourism infrastructures.
Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supply Matrika Prasad Yadav stressed the need of concerted efforts from all the three
levels of governments for developing tourism as an industry and contributing to the country’s economic prosperity.
CEO of Nepal Tourism Board Deepak Raj Joshi presented a working paper on Visit Nepal Year-2020. The government has
set the target of bringing in 2 million tourists on the occasion of the Visit Nepal Year-2020.
In the past, the country observed the Visit Nepal Year 1998 and the Nepal Tourism Year 2011 for promoting tourism. One
million tourists visited Nepal in 2017 thanks to various promotional programmes.
Five hundred twenty five thousand tourists have visited Nepal in the first six months of 2018.

Damside Park to be constructed


as Flag Park in Pokhara
Pokhara Municipality is going to construct the Damside Park as Flag Park by collaborating with Gandaki state
government. The flag is going to be placed in damside area so that the shadow of the flag can be observed in the
Fewa Lake.
“State Government and Pokhara Municipality is working together to invest in constructing Nepal’s flag in the
damside area”, said Kiran Gurung, Economic Affairs and Plan minister of the state. He said that they are planning to
make Fewa Lake more attractive and to promote it as tourism destination so that they have decided to construct a
park including the flag of Nepal.
The flag is being kept under the plans and policy of the government. The flag will be 100m tall. The flag is kept
there to target the tourists. More attractions will be further added in the area to make Visit Nepal 2020 campaign more
successful. The state government is also planning to do more branding of the area. After the research of the
Municipality, around 10 million rupees will be invested to make the flag. This plan has already been approved by the
ministers of the state.
Spokesperson of the government and Infrastructural development minister, Ram Sharan Basnet said that after the
approval we will start the construction work. While constructing the park, 50% will be invested by the municipality.
The tender for the construction work will called by the municipality.

Number of tourists
increases in Everest region
Number of internal and foreign tourist visiting Everest region is increasing. According to the Sagarmatha National Parks’
department in Namche, 52,405 tourists have visited Everest region fiscal year 2074-2075. This is the highest number ever
recorded.
As compared to year 2073-2074 the number of tourists has increased by 9,213. The information officer of the National Park
Manbahadur Khadka said that last year 45,112 tourists visited the park. Similarly, 26,817 tourists visited the park in 2072-2073. The
number of tourist arrivals due to natural beauty of the Everest region is increasing every year. Tourists have visited Everest area for
the observation of Himalayas, adventurous games, mountain climbing and observing various wildlife. Tourist Police Office, Lukla,
said that tourists also visit Everest for shooting of films, taking photographs, research and other issues.
Hotel businessmen of Khumbu area are also happy as the number of tourist has increased in the Everest area. Natang
Sherpa, president of the Namche Hotel Business Association, said that the tourist environment can be created for the visitors
visiting Himalayan region. He suggested that arrangements should be made to organize additional roadways. Most of the hotels in
the Everest area have been closed since this year’s tourist season has been completed. Now it will again start from coming October.
Meanwhile, As the number of tourist increases in Siurung, Lamjung the villages are returning to their village . The number of
internal as well as external tourists is increasing in the village. The local resident of the village Shri Maya Gurung said that he have
returned to his village with this family to start their own business. After the increaser of tourist in the village the villagers are excited
and have constructed the infrastructures by themselves. They have started the home stay in 17 houses. The villagers who have
recently returned back to their village are now busy in serving the tourists.
Daily 30 visitors visits the village said Amar Bahadur Gurung , Secretary of Sirung Tourism Development Committee. He said
that around 80 tourists can be kept in the village at one time. The locals perform various activities like dance, singing folk songs, and
other activities to entertain the tourists. The tourists can also view Manaslu, Machhapuchre, Boudha, Lamjung, and Annapurna
Mountain from the village.
The first home stay in the village was started in 2065 BS. The youth of the village are able to show the Buddhist culture of Gurung
community in the village. There are group of Gurung Communities in the village. This village is situated 24 km away from the border
Besisahar.

Wildlife decreases in Chitwan National


Park
As many as 57 wild animals have died in Chitwan National Park and its surrounding areas in fiscal year 2073-2074. According
to Chitwan National Park the animals have died due to difficulty in giving birth, injuries, fights and other reasons.
Last year in 2073-2074 around 26 rhino died among them 12 were male, 10 were female whereas the gender of others were difficult
to identity. Due to the flood in July around 4 rhino died. Similarly, 6 Tiger, 7 buffalo, 1 Leopard and other animals also died. In year
2073-2074 all together 47 animal died and the number of death have increased this year. According to Wildlife expert Naresh
Subedi, the number of rhinos is decreasing and we have to do research in the increasing number of deaths of rhinos. 66 rhinos
have died within past 3 years. The Chitwan National Park had around 605 rhinos in previous statistics and now it has increased to
700.

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State restructuring affects


ADB’s projects
Asian Development Bank’s active investment in Nepal as of June 2018 stands at $ 2.3 billion. According to the
ADB, it has been supporting 33 projects at present.
Following good performance in 2017, the ADB at the country portfolio review meeting in February 2018 had
noted the optimistic targets by government agencies— around $447 million for contract award and about $338 million
for disbursement. However, Diwesh Sharan, Deputy Director General of South Asia Department (SARD) of ADB said
in a Tripartite Portfolio Review Meeting on August 2 that the achievement as of June- end 2018 has been slow with
23 percent contract award of the annual target and 32 percent disbursement of the annual target.
“Clearly, challenges remain and there is a need to focus on further improvements in procurement documents
and evaluation scrutiny; stringent contract management to contain implementation and fiduciary risks; sound
safeguard management, including environmental management; and deputation of competent project staff,” Sharan
said during the opening remarks of the meeting.
“I would like to specially highlight the slow progress of few flagships projects – Tribhuvan International Airport,
Gautam Buddha Airport (although with some recent improvements), Melamchi Water Supply and its associated
Kathmandu Valley Water Supply Projects. Close monitoring of progress and decisive actions are needed for the civil
aviation and water supply projects to improve and accelerate implementation, and to ensure targets and results can
be achieved for these flagship projects,” he added.
According to the ADB, the release of budget to the provincial and local governments for the Fiscal Year
2018/2019 after state restructuring has affected few ADB supported projects in terms of implementation
arrangements and fund flow mechanism.
Sharan urged the Ministry of Finance and concerned ministries to agree on time bound actions to ensure effective
project implementation. Continued improvement of Nepal’s portfolio performance is critical to increasing ADB
assistance in future in line with its performance-based allocation policy, a statement issued by the ADB quoted
Sharan as saying.

Mega Bank to receive discount from


Grande Hospital
Mega Bank has collaborated with Grande International Hospital to provide its customers with medical facilities.
Following the agreement, Mega Bank’s customers will obtain discount for treatment from the hospital.
Assistant Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the bank, Raveena Desraj Shrestha, and Chief of Business and
Marketing of the hospital, Pratik Tiwari, signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organisations amid a
programme held on Monday, July 30. As per the agreement, customers and employees who own “debit/credit card”
of the bank will get 7.5 percent discount on the services provided by the hospital.

New provision of property submission


The National Vigilance Centre (NVC) has brought forth a new provision for some government bodies, changing
the offices to submit their property details in line with federal system.
The offices for submitting the property details has been changed, said NVC’s Information Officer, Dalnath Aryal
said, adding that employees at Offices of the President and Vice President can submit their property details to their
respective offices. Similarly, Attorney General submits the property details to the Office of the Prime Minister and
Council of Ministers, and Nepal Police and the Armed Police For to the Rastriya Kitabkhana. Civil servants and
teachers are also to provide the property details to the Rastriya Kitabkhana.
The people’s representatives in the local levels and office bearers and members of the district coordination
committee are required to submit their property details in the concerned offices. Province Chiefs provide the details to
the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, while the Chief Minister and the Minister to the office of the
concerned Chief Minister.
Moreover, the provincial secretariat receives the property details from Speaker, Deputy Speaker and the province
lawmakers.
Those in the civil service need to submit their property details within 60 days of the completion of the fiscal year.
The political appointees are also obliged to property submission within two months of the appointment.

China’s FDI reaches to


$ 504 in Nepal
According to Department of Industry (DOI), China, for the third consecutive year, pumped the highest amount of
foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country during the last fiscal year.
Nepal received a total of US$505m in FDI between 2017 and mid-July 2018, with Chinese investment accounting
for 84 percent of the total, or US$427m.
India came second with a pledge of US$46m, followed by the US on US$9m.
Durga Prasad Bhusal, from Nepal’s DOI, told Chinese news portal Xinhua in June that they have seen a
heightened flow of Chinese investors looking to register in the country over the past couple of years.
Beijing has proposed the building of an economic corridor between China, Nepal and India that would cover ports,
railways, roads, aviation, electricity and communication.
Nepal will receive Chinese internet services as of August, thus ending India’s monopoly in the country, Indian
Express reported on Wednesday.
The highest Chinese FDI pledge came via energy-based industries, with mineral, manufacturing and forest-based
industries second, third and fourth respectively.
“We feel it is just a part of growing Chinese investment across the world,” said Bhusal. Analysts believe that Nepal
has emerged as a new geopolitical battleground in the region, as China trains its strategic focus on South Asia - once
considered to be exclusively under India’s sphere of influence.
During Nepalese Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali’s visit to Beijing in April, China proposed the building
of an economic corridor between China, Nepal and India that would cover ports, railways, roads, aviation, electricity
and communication.
When asked to comment on the relationship between the three countries, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that
they are all “natural friends and partners”.

Finance Minister stresses the role of intl'


community
Finance Minister Dr. Yubaraj Khatiwada said that the role of international community is very important for prosperity of Nepal.
Unveiling the book written by coordinator of Confederation of Nepali Industry Think Tank Dr. Sambhu Ram Simkhada, finance
minister Dr. Khatiwada said that the understanding reached between international communities will further add international
investment in Nepal.According to a press release, CNI president Haribhakta Shamra and PHD Chamber of Commerce chairman
Anil Khetan also agreed to establish India-Nepal Center.

Proposed insurance bill


allows foreign
insurance companies to
operate in Nepal
The Insurance Bill presented by the government at the parliament has proposed allowing foreign insurance
companies to provide insurance service in Nepal. After the approval of the bill and its authentication by the president,
those businesses which are not recognized by Nepali insurance companies can now purchase insurance policy from
foreign companies.
The existing legal provisions state that properties owned by Nepalis within the country should be insured by
domestic insurance companies. As per those laws, foreign companies cannot provide insurance service in Nepal. But
the proposed Insurance Bill has omitted such provision.
However, Nepali insurance companies have expressed their dissatisfaction towards the provisions of the bill. They
argued that if the bill is endorsed without any amendment, the Nepali insurances companies will face losses. “If the
bill is approved with such provision, foreign insurance companies can possibly run insurance business in Nepal. The
Nepali insurance companies will have to bear great loss if this happens. Even the domestic reinsurance companies
won’t get market here,” said one of the CEOs of an insurance company adding that millions of rupees will go out from
Nepal through premium when foreign companies are allowed to run insurance business in the country. He also urged
the government to amend the bill stating that Nepali insurance companies are ready to bring necessary insurance
schemes in the market. The Insurance Board on the other hand said that the provision will be beneficial for the
insurance market. It expressed its belief that the provision will enhance the capacity of Nepali insurance sector.
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Qatar plays a dirty game


to win FIFA rights
Qatar’s successful, controversy-plagued bid to host the 2022 World Cup has been hit by further allegations that they used a
secret “black operations” propaganda campaign to undermine rival bids in violation of Fifa rules, according to The Sunday Times.
The newspaper - which also made allegations in 2014 about Qatar buying the vote but of which they were subsequently
cleared after a two-year long Fifa investigation led by American lawyer Michael Garcia - says emails leaked to them by a
whistleblower from the bid team show they paid a US-based office of a public relations firm as well as former CIA agents to
disseminate “fake propaganda” concerning main rivals Australia and the United States during their campaign to host the 2022
competition.
Qatar, to general surprise, beat the Australian and US bids as well as South Korea and Japan to bag the right to host the
quadrennial football showpiece. Russia were awarded the 2018 edition at the same time, seeing off, amongst others, England.
One of the core criteria considered by Fifa is said to be that the bids should have a strong backing from domestic populations.
Bidders are also prohibited from making “any written or oral statement of any kind, whether adverse or otherwise, about the
bids or candidatures of any other member association” under Fifa guidelines.
But one of the leaked emails the Times claims to have obtained was sent to Qatar’s deputy bid leader Ali Al Thawadi, and
allegedly shows the state was aware of plots to spread “poison” against other bidders in the running before Qatar won the right to
host the World Cup in December 2010.
Such actions went as far as planning a resolution for US congress on the “harmful” effects of the American World Cup
proposition during the week of the vote, as well as approaching and paying a US professor $9,000 to compose a report on the
economic burden the competition would present.
In a statement Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy said it “rejects each and every allegation put forward by
the Sunday Times”.
Fifa, which has just emerged from what was widely regarded as a successful hosting of the World Cup by Russia, for its part
said in a statement that “a thorough investigation was conducted by Michael Garcia and his conclusions are available in the report”.
Several members of Fifa’s ruling council have called on the football body’s ethics committee to demand the evidence behind
allegations that the Qatar 2022 World Cup bid ran a secret campaign to sabotage their rivals for the tournament.
A report on Sunday exposed documents allegedly passed by a whistleblower who worked with the Qatar bid. It claimed that
bid team used a PR agency and former CIA operatives to disseminate fake propaganda about its main competitors, the United
States and Australia, in a flagrant breach of the rules set down for bidding countries by football’s world governing body.
Qatar beat rival bids from the United States, Australia, South Korea and Japan to win the right to host the competition eight
years ago, and has faced questions over its shock win in the race to stage the even ever since.
The alleged smears against rival bidders reportedly involved recruiting prominent figures to criticise the bids in their own
countries, thus giving the impression they lacked support at home.
Journalists, bloggers and high-profile figures were recruited in each country to build-up concerns over their respective bids,
the paper reported.
The alleged smear campaign appears to have been aimed exploiting a key Fifa criteria that bids to host the World Cup should
have strong backing from the bidding team’s public back home.
The strategy was reportedly carried out by New York communications firm Brown Lloyd Jones (BLJ), which is now BLJ
Worldwide, in addition to a team of former CIA agents used to help disseminate propaganda against Qatar’s rivals.
One of the leaked emails, seen by the Sunday Times, and sent to Qatar’s deputy bid leader Ali al-Thawadi, shows that the
Gulf state was aware of a plot to spread “poison” against its chief rivals.
The leaked documents also revealed that a group of American PE teachers had been recruited to ask Congressmen to
oppose a US World Cup on the grounds the money would be better spent on high school sports, the paper claimed.
Qatar was previously investigated by Fifa over allegations of corruption surrounding the World Cup bid, but was cleared in
2014 following a two year inquiry led by American lawyer Michael Garcia. He said that “for the most part the bidding process was
fair and thorough,” despite certain “questionable conduct”
It appears that the documents seen by the Sunday Times were unavailable during Fifa’s inquiry. The Qatar bid team has
previously been accused of corruption, but was cleared following a two-year inquiry by Fifa’s ethics committee.
The latest claims are likely to be seized upon in the Gulf, where relations have worsened between Qatar and Saudi Arabia
since the winning bid.
In a statement, Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy said: “The Supreme Committee rejects each and every
allegation put forward by the Sunday Times.
ZEC’s results are unverified , fake’
Chamisa
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has won Zimbabwe’s presidential election, according to the electoral
commission. With all 10 provinces declared, Mr Mnangagwa won 50.8% of votes, compared to 44.3% for opposition
leader Nelson Chamisa. The chairman of Mr Chamisa’s MDC Alliance said the count could not be verified.
By narrowly winning more than 50% of the vote, Mr Mnangagwa avoids a run-off election against Mr Chamisa.
The president said on Twitter he was “humbled”, and called the result “a new beginning”. Mnangagwa, from the
governing Zanu-PF party, took over as president last November from long-serving leader Robert Mugabe.
Chamisa has insisted he is the winner of the presidential poll, telling reporters earlier on Thursday that Zanu-PF
was “trying to bastardise the result”, something “we will not allow”. But the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec)
said there was “absolutely no skulduggery”. Six people died after opposition protests in Harare on Wednesday over
alleged vote-rigging.
The elections were the first since Mr Mugabe, 94, was ousted and were intended to set Zimbabwe on a new
path following years of repressive rule. Zec announced the results from the 10th and final province, Mashonaland
West, late on Thursday after days of waiting.
The European Union and Commonwealth missions earlier criticised the delay in announcing the presidential
results. This is the first time in 16 years that the government has allowed EU, Commonwealth and US election
monitors into the country.
Earlier in the week, Zec announced the parliamentary results, giving Zanu-PF 144 seats, the MDC Alliance,
which is made up of seven parties, 64 seats, and one seat to the National Patriotic Front, formed by Mugabe loyalists
after he was ousted.
Although Zanu-PF won by a landslide, its majority has shrunk since the 2013 election, when it obtained 160 seats
and the MDC, then led by the late Morgan Tsvangirai, 49. More than five million people were registered to vote in
Monday’s poll. Turnout was 70%.

India to impose increased


tariffs on US import goods in
fall
Indian authorities decided in June to increase import levy from August 4 on some US goods, including almonds,
walnuts and apples, however, the move was later delayed. On Saturday, New Delhi said that new tariffs against
products imported from the United States will go into force on September 18, Reuters reported.
In late March, the United States imposed 25-percent and 10-percent tariffs on imported steel and aluminum,
respectively. According to US President Donald Trump, the tariffs will be in place for a long time.
India has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against the US tariffs on imported steel
and aluminum, and requested that the issue be addressed in dispute consultations within the organization.
According to the WTO, India argues that the US imposed duties are not in line with the organization’s General
Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) of 1994.
In turn, the United States filed a counter notification with the World Trade Organization (WTO) about India’s
distortive market price support for wheat and rice.
However, The United States has relaxed in July export controls of high technology product sales for India.
“We have granted to India Strategic Trade Authorization status STA1, that’s a very important change in their
status under our export control regime,” US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said earlier. “It authorizes export, re-
export and in-country transfer of specific items to destinations that the United States regards as low risk. Currently, 36
countries, mostly all the NATO countries, have this status, it’s a very elevated states from an export control point of
view.” US President Donald Trump’s steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports triggered a wave of trade disputes,
some of which have already been dubbed as trade wars, with a number of key US trade partners.
The parties have been for months exchanging threats to impose bilateral import duties. China, India, the European
Union, Canada, Mexico, Norway and Russia initiated disputes within the World Trade Organization against the US
restrictive measures.

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Babita crowned Miss


Gurung Intl’ 2018
Babita Gurung, 23 was crowned as Miss Gurung International 2018 during a beauty pageant organized by
Mrightrishna Fashion House at Rastriya Nachghar in Kathmandu on Saturday, August 4, 2018. Talisha Gurung, 22
has bagged 1st runner up and Alisha Gurung, 21 has bagged second runner-up during the show. There were
altogether 15 contestants vying for the crown.
The winner has been awarded a scooty and a tour package to Bangkok while the first and second runner up will
receive fashion design course and air-hostess training besides modeling opportunities.
Talisha, a plus two student of management, who stood second in the competition aims at pursuing modeling as
her career in future. Alisha, who stood third in the competition, has just joined plus two, and wants to focus on her
studies at present.
The aim of organizing Miss Gurung International contest was to hunt for the icon of Gurung civilization,
according to Trishna Gurung, CEO of Mrightrishna Fashion Home. “The journey of contest was about a month
challenge and we are so proud of all the contestant’s who really stepped up and try their best,” she said.
Babita also won Best language title while Talisha and Alisha also won Best figure and Best Personality title
awards. Mamat Gurung was declared Miss Photogenic.
We will utilize the fund raised by organizing the beauty pageant for charity purposes, said Trishna. The show was live
cast by Sagrmatha Television.

Priyanka Karki to
become Priyanka Joshi
Actress Priyanka Karki and actor and model Ayushman Desraj Joshi have engaged on Saturday July 14th, 2018 in a
private function. The engagement ceremony was unannounced and a surprise event for all except their family members.
The mother of Ayushman, Raveena Desraj Shrestha, was the first person to release the photos of the engagement in her
Instagram and Facebook. Priyanka and Ayushman did the same by sharing the same photos in their Instagram accounts.
Sharing the news of the engagement, the to-be mother-in-law of Priyanka, Raveena wrote “Words cannot express
how overwhelmed and filled with Love I feel today as I as Ayushman’s Guardian formally and officially welcome his lady
Love into my family who I too have grown to love Cannot wait to bring You into my home soon now. May your Love see no
bounds and You will Always have my Blessings. Aashirman DS Joshi We Missed You so much today Son. Cannot wait to
see You soon.”
Priyanka writes “It is with absolute joy and pleasere, we announce that we have decided on Forever. Pop the
champagne guys, I’m changing my last name.
Ayushman Desraj Joshi wrote in his Instagram post:”I wouldn’t say that this is the beginning to all things beautiful, that
happened the day you said that you loved me. Today I am officially yours, to nag, to rag and to love.”

Suhana Khan oozes glam on


Vogue cover
If anyone had doubts that Suhana Khan, the petite daughter of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and his glamorous
interior designer wife Gauri, is being groomed for a Bollywood launch, then revise your opinion. Suhana recently shot for Vogue
India and is on the cover of the magazine, where she has been presented in a hyper glamorous avatar. The cover was launched by
SRK himself at an event on Tuesday evening.
Suhana may be all of 18 but she is truly ready for Bollywood as her photos in the magazine prove. Dad Shah Rukh had a
lovely message for Suhana and wrote on Twitter with a photo of him holding the magazine, “Holding her in my arms again thanks to
Vogue. ‘What imperfect carriers of love we are...” except when it comes to our children. So sending u all my love & a big hug. Hello
Suhana Khan!”
Aside from this shoot, the family of Bollywood’s Badshah has been posting images of their daughter for a while now. Be it their
family vacations abroad or as part of Mumbai’s social life, Suhana’s pictures always make heads turn. Some of pictures of the
family, particularly, those featuring little AbRam are absolutely adorable. What was difficult to ignore was how every member of this
family seems to have a sense of glamour and certain flair.