ICYMI: Here are our top stories from Sunday, April 14
Apr 14, 2019-
Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (April 14, 2019).
A co-pilot and two policemen were killed when a Summit Air plane skidded off the runway during take-off and collided with two parked helicopters at Lukla airport on Sunday morning.
The incident occurred as the aircraft with registration 9N-AMH skidded off the runway while preparing to take off and hit two helicopters parked 30-50 metres from the runway.
Every time the Office of the Auditor General releases its annual report, it brings to the fore several facets of how government money is spent and how state agencies fail to justify their spending.
The report of the constitutional body, released for the fiscal year 2017-2018 on Friday, which says per capita debt of Nepalis has surged to Rs31,750, shows how a handful of people, though, were using state facilities without proper legal measures in a blatant misuse of taxpayers’ money.
Misuse of state facilities, however, is not new in the country. But despite reports, including the ones by the auditor general, the government has not been able to come up with a mechanism to streamline the process and maintain transparency.
Pregnant women, lactating mothers and children aged 6-24 months in five districts in Karnali and Solukhumbu have been deprived of nutritious food for the last two months due to the inability of the governments of Karnali Province and Province 1 to buy fortified flour on time.
A study shows 60 percent children under five years of age in Karnali are stunted, which is an indicator of chronic undernutrition. Karnali region is also the poorest and most food insecure (40 percent food insecurity), compared to national average (15 percent).
The human development index of the region is lower than Ethiopia and Central African Republic, where 42 percent people live below the poverty line.
Lenin Bista, a former Maoist child soldier, has taken to an international platform to raise the issue of hundreds of former child soldiers who fought against the state for the Maoist party, saying that the Nepal government has not taken any concrete step to address their concerns.
Thousands of Maoist fighters like Bista were disqualified for being minors during the verification conducted by the UN Mission in Nepal in 2007.
The struggle committee led by Bista has long been demanding the government to support former Maoist child soldiers, a majority of whom are living in miserable conditions.
The 56th annual audit report of the Office of Auditor General has exposed dubious accounting practices by 11 firms and four hospitals that were involved in the emergency rescue and treatment of foreigners and has asked the concerned department to conduct further investigation and take action against them.
The committee said in its report that there had been widespread complaints of dishonest companies serving adulterated food to make tourists sick so they can be evacuated by helicopter and in turn, receive commissions from helicopter companies and hospitals and clinics.
Published: 14-04-2019 19:07