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In a letter to Nepal’s tourism minister last month, the managing director of Traveller Assist, an Australia-based medical assistance company, threatened the government that his clients would stop issuing travel insurance policies in Nepal
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Riding on its two-thirds majority, when the governing Nepal Communist Party passed the controversial Medical Education Bill on Friday disregarding the opposition voice, it also wrecked in its wake eight years of deliberation and Dr Govinda KC’s undying struggle to bring reforms in the country’s ailing health sector.
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Eight years, 15 fasts-unto-death and 12 agreements later, Dr Govinda KC is on his 14th day of yet another hunger strike as the revised, but controversial, draft of the National Medical Education Bill remains pending in Parliament. The cycle of commitments from and agreements with the government have played out in the national psyche as if it were a script. Only this time, there are no negotiations on the table.
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When Ncell was sold for the 12th time in 2016, some of the country’s leading members of parliament and members of the government and the judiciary were mired in Nepal’s biggest tax evasion scandal. Now, an investigation by the Centre for Investigative Journalism-Nepal shows how the nexus of businessmen, foreign nationals and politicians set up offshore companies and used the country’s major mobile network operator to whitewash black money under foreign direct investment and repatriate the profit to foreign countries and launder the money back.
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Cases of seasonal influenza are higher than expected this winter but there is nothing life-threatening, say health authorities, brushing off rumours about swine flu. The experts regularly process specimens from across the country and update the influenza laboratory surveillance information at the Global Influenza Surveillance System.
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A rift has appeared in the Bibeksheel Sajha Party—formed after the merger of Bibeksheel and Sajha parties, with coordinator Ujwal Thapa reporting that the party was headed in a wrong direction.
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