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ICYMI: Here are our top stories from Sunday, May 20

- Post Report, Kathmandu

May 20, 2019-

Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (May 20, 2019).

Finance minister should avoid populist budget and focus on realistic programmes, economists say

As Finance Minister Yubaraj Khatiwada gears up for the budget for the fiscal year 2019-20, the first one after the strongest government in decades in Nepal completed its one year, there are some glaring challenges he needs to address, experts and economists say.

Khatiwada, a technocrat who is well-versed on economic and financial issues, while being pressed for demonstrating his acumen, he will also have to resist political pressure when it comes to, say, pork barrel funds. And as the budget day approaches, it looks like it will be a tightrope walk for the finance minister. Click here for more.

As protest mounts, media bill draws ruling party members' ire

After widespread criticism of the Media Council bill from all sections of society, censure has begun to appear from inside the ruling Nepal Communist Party itself.

A number of senior leaders from the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) are claiming that the bill, which is currently in Parliament, has tarnished the reputation of the party.

Tika R Pradhan with the news here.

In Makwanpur, Chepang households turn to beekeeping but see little returns

Every day, Yusai Praja wakes up at the crack of dawn and starts preparing a sugar syrup called chasni to feed his bees. It’s early spring and there are not enough flowers for the bees; yet, they must be fed.

In this Chepang community in Raksirang, Makwanpur, most families begin their day like Yusai. Like other Chepang families in the village, Praja took up honey farming as the remote Pamtung village of Raksirang is mostly rugged terrain, with few plots of arable land. Profits, however, haven’t been as expected; in fact, most households are barely making enough to sustain their livelihoods. Samuel Chhetri on the honey story here.

Published: 20-05-2019 19:21

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