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ICYMI: Here are our top stories from Wednesday, May 15

- Post Report, Kathmandu

May 15, 2019-

Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (May 15, 2019).

Parliament Secretariat probes two lawmakers who attended Tibet forum in Latvia

The Parliament Secretariat has launched an investigation into the participation of two members of the House of Representatives in an event organised by the International Network of Parliamentarians on Tibet, saying attending the forum is against Nepal’s One-China policy.

Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara on Tuesday inquired Ekwal Miya, a lawmaker from the Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal, if he had participated in the programme held in the Latvian capital Riga earlier this month. As Pradip Yadav, another lawmaker who had accompanied Miya, was absent in the House, Mahara said he has not spoken with him yet. Officials said Miya did not give a clear answer to Mahara’s query.

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Prisoners in Nepal are living under ‘inhumane conditions’ says Office of the Attorney General

The Office of the Attorney General has painted a bleak picture of police cells and prisons across the country, emphasising the urgent need to improve the living conditions to ensure “human dignity” of those living there.

The findings, made public on Tuesday, which are part of the Office of the Attorney General’s ongoing monitoring across the country reveal overcrowding in prisons and the lack of basic care of prisoners. The auditor general’s initial assessment is based on their findings from prisons, police cells and juvenile detention centres in 24 districts.

According to the initial findings of the OAG’s monitoring team, some of the most dire conditions for prisoners were in several prisons in the Tarai districts, like Banke and Parsa. Inmates there were found living under “inhumane conditions” struggling for clean water and food inside crammed,  dilapidated structures.

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Four eight-thousanders see first summit of season on same day

In an historic first in Himalayan mountaineering, four eight-thousanders in Nepal recorded their first summit of the season on the same day on Tuesday.

According to the Department of Tourism, the 2019 spring climbing season officially began on Everest (8,848 metres), Kanchenjunga (8,586 metres), Lhotse (8,516 metres) and Makalu (8,463 metres) on Tuesday.

“It’s an historic day to record the first seasonal summit on four eight-thousanders on the same day,” said Surendra Thapa, spokesperson for the department. There are 14 peaks in the world that are more than 8,000 metres high known as the eight-thousanders. Eight of them are located in Nepal.

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Probe into the death of five-year-old girl to start today

Nepal Medical Council has launched an investigation into the death of the five-year-old Aakriti Kumari Sah, who had died allegedly from blood mismatch during a cardiac surgery at Shahid Gangalal National Heart Centre.

According to the council, a five-member probe team  has been formed under consultant cardiac surgeon Dr Bhagawan Koirala to investigate the death of the five-year-old.

Sah had suffered from a double-chambered right ventricle, a rare congenital heart condition, and was admitted to the hospital on April 26. She underwent surgery on April 30.

Sah’s family claimed that she died on the same day due to blood mismatch but the hospital kept her on ventilator for a week and only pronounced her dead later. However, the hospital said that Sah had died at around 3am on May 6.

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Published: 15-05-2019 19:00

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