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In Case You Missed It: Here are the top five stories from today's paper

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Mar 25, 2019-

Take a quick look at some of the important news you may have missed from today’s paper.

Delay in decision over citizenship through mothers leaves young people waiting—and without much hope

Nepal is one of 27 countries in the world with unequal citizenship laws, limiting women’s rights to pass on citizenship to a child or a non-citizen spouse. While a Nepali citizen mother married to a foreign national can only pass on naturalised citizenship to her children, there exists no such condition for children born to a Nepali citizen father and a non-Nepali mother. Likewise, a single mother can pass on citizenship by descent to her child, provided the father’s identity is unknown.

When discussing the provision for women to pass on citizenship by descent to her children in cases of the father’s identity is unknown, one lawmaker commented: “What will happen when women bring foreign children into the country and these children will be granted citizenship by descent without having to identify their father,” he asked.

Security agencies intensify manhunt for Netra Bikram Chand

After a spate of arrests of top leaders of the Communist Party of Nepal, security forces have intensified their search for Netra Bikram Chand, the group’s general secretary, and other senior leaders of the party.

At least two senior intelligence officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity citing the sensitivity of the matter, told the Post that security agencies were tracking Chand’s activities through various means--technical devices and human intelligence--and they have found him to be changing his shelter frequently.

More businesses and firms found involved in fake VAT bill scam

The Department of Revenue Investigation has found several more businesses and firms issuing and purchasing fake VAT receipts during its probe into VAT scam.

On March 3, the department had filed a case at the Kathmandu District Court against 24 individuals associated with 24 firms on charge of evading taxes amounting to Rs1.75 billion by producing and issuing fake VAT bills. 

As the investigation moves ahead, the number of firms engaged in the scam has doubled.

Representatives unaware of development plans in their areas

The representatives of Gurbhakot Municipality in Surkhet say they are unaware of the ongoing development plans in their own local units. The elected representatives blamed the provincial government for not informing them about the allocation and implementation of various local projects.

Hasta Bahadur Pun, mayor of Gurbhakot Municipality, said, “The provincial government did not consult with us while selecting the plans, so how are we to know what those plans are?”

Market anomalies still rampant despite hefty fines

The government’s effort to check market anomalies by imposing cash penalty against wrongdoers is proving ineffective, as many shopkeepers are still being found ignoring government rules.

Failing to maintain price lists, absence of purchase bills and selling products without any labelling are some of the underlying problems still commonly found in retail businesses.

Published: 25-03-2019 19:15

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