ICYMI: Here are our top stories from Wednesday, April 10

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Apr 10, 2019-

Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (April 10, 2019).

Supreme Court sets three-month deadline for Ncell, Axiata to clear tax dues

The top court in February had said Ncell and Axiata should pay capital gains tax, ending a long-drawn debate over whether the buyer should pay the tax, but the full text of the decision released on Tuesday has set the deadline of three months for the companies to clear the dues. TeliaSonera, a Swedish company which previously owned Ncell, exited the country without paying the capital gains tax after it sold the company to Axiata, the Malaysian telecom giant, in 2016.

A full bench of Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana and justices Mira Khadka, Bishwombhar Prasad Shrestha, Ananda Mohan Bhattarai and Tanka Bahadur Moktan observed that the onus to pay capital gains tax lies with Ncell—and not TeliaSonera.

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Fed up with molestation, Nepali women are learning to fight back

Padma Khayargoli, a karate player and vice-president of the Nepal Self-defence Association Bhaktapur, has been teaching self-defence techniques to young girls and women for over a year now. She provides training to schools, colleges and workplaces, and so far, she’s conducted her sessions in 26 districts.

“Women are much more likely to be victims of sexual harassment because most often, women lack power and self-confidence,” says Khayargoli. “This puts them in a more vulnerable and insecure position.”

Sexual harassment and rape are rampant in Nepali society. In 2018 alone, there were 1,131 rapes, 536 attempts to rape and 11,629 cases of domestic violence in Nepal, according to the Women and Children Service Directorate of the Nepal Police. These are reported cases; the actual number is assumed to be much higher as many cases go unreported.

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Patients continue to suffer as agitating doctors and government stand their ground

The government doctors are up in arms, objecting to some provisions of the Civil Service Adjustment Bill which they say hamper their career prospects. They have been demanding that they should be allowed to work under the federal government.

“We are ready to hold talks with the authorities concerned about our demands,” said Dr Dipendra Pandey, chairman of the Government Doctors Association of Nepal. “But the government does not seem to be serious towards our demands. Hence, we were left with no option than to resort to protests.”

Over 1,400 doctors have been serving in government-run health facilities across the country.

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After traffic police take down pamphlets, cabbies accuse state of restricting freedom of expression

Following a government crackdown on their silent protest, taxi drivers who are demanding scientific fare revision through pamphlets pasted on their rear windshields for the past three months say the government’s move is autocratic and curtails their right to freedom of expression.

In the past three days, traffic police officers in the Capital have been accused of using force and tearing the pamphlets off taxis following a memo from the Department of Transport Management on March 25.

The department had instructed the Metropolitan Traffic Police Division to rid the taxis of the pamphlets.

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Internal democracy within ruling and opposition parties is waning, lawmakers say

Leaders of the main opposition Nepali Congress, which calls itself the most democratic party in the country, say functioning of the party President Sher Bahadur Deuba, is far from democratic practices.

“You have seen how messy our party has become. Our party president doesn’t listen to anyone. Nor does he follow the party statute,” Rajendra KC, a Congress leader, told the Post. “I cannot say we have democracy within our party.”

Senior Congress leaders have in recent days even boycotted the party meetings, expressing reservation about Deuba’s “unilateral style of functioning”.

Due to leadership’s indecision, Congress party’s sister wings, including Nepal Student Union, have failed to conduct their general conventions.

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Published: 10-04-2019 18:39

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