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ICYMI: Here are our top stories from Thursday, June 20

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Jun 20, 2019-

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

As monsoon nears, open drains and uncovered manholes pose even bigger risks

In Kathmandu, unrepaired roads, open drainage sewers and uncovered manholes are not anomalies--they’re the rule. And with the monsoon incoming, things are bound to get worse, as drains overflow and roads flood, hiding these potential deathtraps under layers of water.

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Doctors alarmed by the assaults they are facing at the hands of family of deceased

Of late, doctors at Dadeldhura Sub-regional Hospital have not been examining patients alone. They are providing outpatient care in the presence of security personnel, municipality guards and hospital staffers.

“We have not been able to go out of our quarters,” Dr Jitendra Kandel, medical superintendent of the hospital, told the Post over the phone. “Because we are worried about our security.”

The situation at the hospital remains tense even six days after the death of a patient.

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Farmers worry as monsoon stalls over Bay of Bengal

Farmer Batu Devi Balayar of Dhangadhi is worried about her paddy crop. The paddy saplings are in danger of drying up in the seed beds before they can be transplanted because the monsoon rains are running late this year.

The monsoon rains are expected to be ‘below normal’ in Nepal’s key crop producing regions this year, according to the report of the South Asian Climate Outlook Forum, dampening prospects of higher farm output after three consecutive years of robust economic growth driven mainly by the farm sector.

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Energy Ministry officials leave for Bangladesh to talk electricity trade

Energy Ministry officials have left for Bangladesh to hold a second round of talks with Bangladeshi authorities on electricity trade by building a dedicated transmission line through the Siliguri Corridor in India which separates Nepal and Bangladesh.

The secretary-level meeting will discuss the agenda items contained in the memorandum of understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Power Sector the two countries signed last August.

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For women riders, a bumpy road ahead

Female riders say that women in motorsports are bound to make more compromises than men. Given that women hold more domestic responsibilities, especially after marriage, even after convincing their family, women tend to think twice about racing careers.

Sanju Bajracharya, 37, who was the only female member in NASA during its formation 11 years ago, takes charge of organising the female racing events but no longer participates. Now a mother of a 10-year-old daughter, Bajracharya says due to personal circumstances at home, she wasn’t able to contribute, even as an organiser for recent events.

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Published: 20-06-2019 19:00

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