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- Post Report, Kathmandu

May 19, 2019-

Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (May 19, 2019).

Who runs this bank? Women.

The Tripureshwor branch of the Agriculture Development Bank, a largely government-owned entity, is located opposite to the United World Trade Centre, placed between two garment shops.

At this branch, all of the employees, from branch manager to teller, are women, and it has been this way since its establishment in 1989. In its 30-year history, it has had 16 female branch managers. The only man at the branch is the security guard. Abani Malla with the story here.

Game of one-upmanship begins in ruling party as power play intensifies

When two leaders of the ruling Nepal Communist Party—Pushpa Kamal Dahal And Ishwor Pokhrel—sparred over ideological issues at a public function last week, many saw it as the beginning of a debate that is likely to heat up over the political line the unified party will follow.

But party insiders say the ideological deliberations on Wednesday were also an indication of the beginning of a power struggle within the governing party. More here by Tika R Pradhan.

On education, government looks generous with words but stingy with funds

In its election manifesto, unveiled in November 2017, the left alliance, now the unified Nepal Communist Party, pledged to allocate 20 percent of the national budget for the education sector.

The left alliance swept the elections and formed the government in February 2018. In May that year, when the finance minister presented the budget for 2018-19, he allocated half of what the left alliance had promised in the manifesto for the education sector--10.19 percent of the total budget. Click here for more on the news by Binod Ghimire.

Mental health of migrant workers is a pressing issue, but it has been ignored

Last year, the Ministry of Health and Population sent a team of doctors, including psychiatric consultants, to South Korea at the request of the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security to look into the deaths of Nepali workers in foreign land.

Some people, who were already suffering from mental health problems, were found to have discontinued their medication, largely due to communication problems. Some migrant workers did not know they were suffering from mental health issues even though they complained of insomnia and anxiety. Most of the workers were found to have refrained from seeking treatment because of costs. Arjun Poudel with the story here.

Published: 19-05-2019 19:30

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