A bad year for schools

  • The current academic session is turning out to be the worst in history
Binod Ghimire, Nov 28 2015
The current academic session is turning out to be the worst in history
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Govt likely to give sack to NOC chief

  • Khadka under fire for failing to ease fuel crisis, speed up China deal
Bhadra Sharma & Rajesh Khanal, Nov 28 2015

Disappointed with Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) Managing Director Gopal Bahadur Khadka’s poor performance, the government is considering removing him from the post.

On Friday, the NOC board sought clarification from Khadka, questioning his ‘involvement in multiple cases of irregularities in fuel distribution’ in the wake of Indian blockade and his failure to ‘speed up the commercial deal to import fuel from China’.

“We have given him two days to clarify his position on the issues that have surfaced in the media,” said Minister for Commerce and Supplies Ganesh Man Pun. When asked whether the government would remove Khadka from his post, Minister Pun said, “Let’s see his clarification first.”

However, a senior aide to Prime Minister KP Oli said the government is holding ‘internal discussions’ regarding Khadka and ‘considering removing him for his non-cooperation’.

The erstwhile Sushil Koirala-led government had appointed Khadka as the managing director of state oil monopoly in January for a four-year term.

But the incumbent government has arrived at a conclusion that Khadka’s stay in the office could further complicate the fuel crisis under which the country is reeling due to the Indian blockade, according to government sources.

“The government is holding internal discussions on ways to remove Khadka,” said one of senior aides to Prime Minister Oli.

“(The government) is yet to decide whether to hand over Khadka a pink slip or strip him of his certain rights by restructuring the NOC board. The government, however, is certainly mulling over possible ways to limit Khadka’s role.”

Charges oil corporation MD faces
  •      Non-cooperation
  •      Involvement in irregularities
  •      Conduct unbecoming a managing director
  •      Unilateral move of awarding contracts to blacklisted companies to import fuel
  •      Distributing fuel to some Kathmandu-based private fuel stations   from Bhalbari Depot
  •      Promoting black-marketeering


Underlining the need of a high-powered team in the state oil monopoly to cope with deepening fuel crisis, PM Oli has been suggested that he pick ‘a former bureaucrat with high integrity who is committed to resolving the fuel crisis’ as the head of NOC.

The government, which has prioritised diversifying trade and oil import following the blockade by India, is miffed at Khadka’s lackadaisical approach to planned commercial deal for importing fuel from China. “Instead of working to ease the crisis, he has exhibited conduct unbecoming a managing director,” said a source at the Prime Minister’s Office.

A framework agreement for commercial supply of petroleum products was signed between Nepal and China on October 28. Immediately after signing the agreement, China had provided 1.3 million litres of petrol to Nepal, which has already been transported. However, NOC is yet to formally sign a commercial deal with the northern neighbour.

NOC officials however say signing of the commercial deal has been delayed due to differences over tax issues. Nepali officials have requested China to waive tax but China is unwilling to oblige, citing lack of such policy, said the officials.

A high-level government team led by Shambhu Ghimire, Joint-secretary at the Ministry of Commerce and Supplies, which was supposed to leave for China last Friday, has cancelled the visit. A technical team of NOC is currently in China to discuss tax related issues. “We are still discussing tax related issues,” said Mukunda Ghimire, NOC spokesperson.

NOC MD Khadka earlier had run into controversy after he awarded contracts to import fuel to blacklisted private companies-Bhagwati Traders and Birat Petroleum.

MD Khadka had even released Rs 200 million as guarantee to Birat Petroleum for importing fuel after the government decided to involve private parties in fuel import following the blockade imposed by India. According to NOC sources, Khadka had unilaterally selected private firms, without meeting the official procedure.

Complaints were registered at the ministry against MD Khadka for distributing fuel to some Kathmandu-based private pumps from Bhalbari Depot of Rupandehi. The parliamentary Public Accounts Committee had also accused Khadka of promoting black-marketing and monopoly in fuel distribution.


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Govt broadens definition of rape

    Post Report, Nov 28 2015

    The government has amended the existing law in order to broaden the definition of rape as “penile penetration of orifices” and “non-penile penetration of vaginas”.

    Earlier, only a “minor penetration of the penis into the vagina” was considered rape. The redefinition has eliminated confusion over rape of a male as well as same sex rape.

    The new Act has made marital rape a non-bailable crime and increased jail term for upto five years. Besides, the Act has also increased current maximum three years of imprisonment for acid attack convicts to upto eight years in jail.

    “There are a number of amendments to the existing penal code, which will address the gender-based violence,” said Ramesh Dhakal, joint secretary at the Law and Human Right Division of the Office of the Prime Minister.

    The amendments were made as per the recommendation of a high-level monitoring committee formed by the then Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai in December, 2012, under pressure from the “Occupy Baluwatar Campaign”.

    Khadka said the Act to Amend Laws to End Gender Violence and Ensure Gender Equality 2072 is “a milestone” in gender equality and structural discrimination.

    The high-level monitoring committee was formed under the PMO Secretary Raju Man Singh Malla to review laws related to gender-based violence.  A sub-committee was also formed to compile the problematic laws, which were barriers to justice in cases of violence, under the coordination of Sapana Pradhan Malla. The sub-committee had prepared the bill, which was formally tabled in the parliament the following year.

    “Setting up a mechanism for law enforcement is crucial now,” said Malla, adding that the dissemination of the law and change in prejudices of law enforcement are major challenges ahead to implement the law effectively.

    “This Act is an example of changing the law through peaceful means,” said Mohna Ansari, spokesperson at the National Human Rights Commission.

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    Court of inquiry instituted for SSB firing in Bhantabari

      Post Report, Nov 28 2015

      Nepali and Indian security officials have instituted a court of inquiry into the Bhantabari incident in which Indian security forces had opened fire on Nepal citizens on Wednesday.

      Four Nepalis were injured when Indian Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel fired ‘indiscriminately’ at Nepali citizens in Haripur-7 of Bhantabari in Sunsari on Wednesday. Chief District Officer Rabilal Panth said a court of inquiry was instituted on Friday in the presence of Arun Kumar Singh, Inspector General of Police, Patna Headquarters of Indian SSB.

      Chief of District Police and officials of the Armed Police Force and National Investigation Department also participated in the joint meeting held at Indian SSB 45-Battalion in Birpur.

      CDO Panth said the Indian authorities have assured that no such incident would be repeated in the Nepali territory in future. “IGP Singh expressed his sorrow over the incident,” said Panth, adding that they have agreed to maintain peace and safe environment in the border areas.

      Indian security forces have agreed to coordinate with their Nepali counterparts to control smuggling and unlawful activities at border points, Panth said. Police on Thursday had secured three bullet shells of Insas rifle from the incident site.

      A day after the incident, the government on Thursday drew the attention of the government of India, saying that the firing took place on Nepali soil in which four Nepalis were injured. The government has also requested the Indian side an early investigation and strong action against those involved.

      Naresh Yadav, Manoj Yadav, Ashok Yadav and Saroj Yadav were injured in the firing.

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      2k factories fall silent in industrial heartland

      SHANKAR ACHARYA , PARSA, Nov 28 2015
      Nearly 2,000 factories in the country’s industrial heartland, the Bara-Parsa Industrial Corridor, have been shut down due to lack of raw materials as shipments from India have stopped due to the Tarai unrest.

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      Main News

      Human chain formed around Ring Road to protest Indian blockade

      Post Report, Nov 28 2015
      Students, teachers and parents in Kathmandu Valley formed a 27 km long human chain around Ring Road on Friday to protest the border blockade imposed by India.
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      Reconstruction works of heritage sites yet to begin

      GAURAV THAPA, Nov 28 2015
      Even after seven months after the massive earthquake which destroyed the country’s prized heritage monuments, the government’s reconstruction plans have remained on paper only.
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      Itahari tense as locals tear down Morcha stage

      Bedraj Paudel, Nov 28 2015
      Itahari remained tense on Friday after local youths vandalised the stage prepared for a programme of the agitating Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (SLMM).
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