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Urai border point with China inspected

Published Date : June 6, 2024

            Thalara (Bajang), June 6: A government team including police personnel has inspected the Urai border check point with Tibet Autonomous Region of China.

            Deputy Superintendent of Police Janakraj Pant and Saipal Rural Municipality Vice Chair Dolma Tamang were part of the team that inspected the bordering area around Pulan including the two auxiliary border posts at Nagna Danda, Urai.

            Vice Chair Tamang said that the team reached Urai transit after a three days walk. The team consisted of 18 people including six government employees, five police persons from Saipal Kanda and Dhuli police stations and security personnel from the Armed Police Force.

            According to the Chief District Officer of Bajhang, Bishwamitra Kuinkel, the Urai border check point will be fully operational from coming June 30. Five people have already received permits to go across the border for business and trade.

            The transit point remained closed since the Corona Virus Pandemic. The governments of Nepal and China have agreed to gradually open all the 14 border crossings between the two countries.

09-       Gold price sets new record, trading at Rs 144,000 per tola

            Kathmandu, June 6: The price of gold has recorded an all-time high in the domestic market today.

            It is being traded at Rs 144,000 per tola (11.66 grams), an increase by Rs 1,800 per tola compared to yesterday. According to the Federation of Gold and Silver Dealers Association, the price of hallmark gold was determined at Rs 142,200 per tola on Wednesday.

            Similarly, the Association has fixed the price of worked gold at Rs 143,300 today against Rs 141,500 on Wednesday. Likewise, silver is being traded at Rs 1,850 per tola today which was Rs 1,825 yesterday.

10-       Two killed in road accident

            Baniyani (Jhapa), June 6: Two people have died in a road accident that took place in Mechinagar of Jhapa on Wednesday night. The accident reportedly took place when the scooter hit a stationary jeep on the Mechi Lokmarg in Dhaijan, Mechinagar Municipality-12.

            The scooter (Me. 7 Pa. 7283) was going from Charali towards Budhabare when it hit the jeep (Ko 1 Ha. 7264) that had been stopped on the left side of the road for maintenance.

            The deceased have been identified as the scooter rider 25-year-old Leela Prasad Dhungel of Buddhashanti-5, and pillion rider Chetan Rijal, 29, Rong Rural Municipality-5 of Ilam, according to District Police Office Jhapa spokesperson, DSP Krishna Kumar Chand.

11-       Minister Bhandari for structural reforms of Food Corporation

            Kathmandu, June 6: Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies, Damodar Bhandari, has directed for structural reform of the Food Management and Trade Company Limited.

            Minister Bhandari along with Secretaries– Krishna Kumar Raut and Dinesh Kumar Ghimire reached the Company for a monitoring today and urged the authorities for the same. “It is state-owned organisation. It should serve the people competing with the private sector. Employees should perform honestly and employees who do not want to work should leave”, he said.

            Minister Bhandari showed interest in resolving legal problems existing after merger of the then Nepal Food Corporation and National Trading Limited.

            The Minister also directed the Company for the production of Nepali goods and its marketing, said Minister Bhandari’s Private Secretary, Ananda Prasad Bhatta.

            Similarly, Raut and Ghimire urged the Company management to work for structural reforms, while assuring for necessary support in this regard.

12-       NC General Secretary urges the government to maintain impartiality

            Kathmandu, June 6: General Secretary of Nepali Congress, Bishwaprakash Sharma, has urged the government to be entirely free from prejudices while investing over individuals accused of criminal offenses or other wrongdoings.

             During a special session of the House of Representatives (HoR) today, the lawmaker stressed that the government must convey a message that it treats all individuals equally in investigations over any accusations.

            As he said, the government apprehended media entrepreneur Kailash Sirohiya over the citizenship issue, but no significant findings came during the investigation. 

            The leader added the NC is ready to cooperate with the government fully if it ensures impartial investigations against any alleged cases of irregularities since the 1990s.

            He praised the formation of a parliamentary committee to investigate alleged fraud involving cooperative funds, which also has alleged involvement of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Rabi Lamichhane. Sharma viewed this as a positive step.

             However, he criticized Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda for seeking a vote of confidence on May 20 despite having 22 days left before the deadline, amidst opposition obstructions. “The move is dissenting for the party.”

            The leader expressed his concerns over the accusations against the party by CPN (UML) Chair KP Sharma. He challenged the Home Minister to prove the party’s involvement in the sale of public property to the company and take action if the charge is proven.

            He also criticized the statement of the Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister in the parliament accusing the party of leaking the nation’s information to foreigners.

13-       Israeli Ambassador Goder pays courtesy call on Minister Chaudhary

            Kathmandu, June 6: Israeli Ambassador to Nepal, Hanan Goder, paid a courtesy call on Minister for Women, Children and Senior Citizens, Bhagawati Chaudhary.

            During the meeting held at the Ministry today, Minister Chaudhary lauded the longstanding bilateral relations of friendship, harmony, understanding and cooperation between Nepal and Israel.

            On the occasion, Minister Chaudhary urged Ambassador Goder to take initiative to rescue a Nepali youth, Bipin Joshi, who is under the control of Hamas, said Minister Chaudhary’s Secretariat.

            Appreciating Israel’s development in agriculture sector, she requested Israel for its continued support for further progress of the agriculture sector.

            The Minister expressed the belief that Nepal-Israel relations continues through mutual cooperation and collaboration, lauding Israel’s support to Nepal on different issues including scholarship, employment and agriculture.

            She thanked the Israeli government for providing employment opportunity to Nepali youths (especially women) as caregivers.

            Expressing the belief that Bipin would be released soon, Ambassador Goder shared that he is going to visit Bipin’s family on Sunday.

            He further said that Israel has to learn from Nepal on the issues of equality, empowerment and women’s access to decision-making level. He also expressed commitment to take initiative for bringing in further opportunities.

            The Israeli Ambassador lauded the contribution of Nepali workers in development of Israel.

14-       Itahari to host three-day ‘Eastern Travel Mart’

            Dharan (Sunsari), June 6: A three-day ‘Eastern Travel Mart’ is set to be organised in Itahari.

            The event will be commencing tomorrow at the initiative of the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).  The event to run till June 9 aims to promote the tourism industry in the Koshi Province. 

            At a press meet in Itahari, Mart Secretary Basudev Baral said the event is expected to welcome visitors from Bihar, West Bengal, and Sikkim of India, from Bhutan, Bangladesh, and other countries. 

            As said by event coordinator Bhabish Kumar Shrestha, over 80 travel entrepreneurs including both domestic and international will participate in the Mart.  The NTB has allotted Rs three million and the Itahari Submetropolis has supported Rs 600 thousand to organise the event.

            During the event, visitors will be encouraged and facilitated to tour various tourist sites within the province.   Local cultural demonstrations and food stalls will remain as the Mart highlights. 

            The premises of Soaltee Westend, a hotel in Itahari has been chosen as a venue for the event. Chief Minister of Koshi Province, Hikmat Kumar Karki, is scheduled to inaugurate the event, which will conclude at a formal session in Hotel Mechi Crown in Kakarvitta of Jhapa.

15-       MP Rai suggests facilitating tourists visiting Sagarmatha region

            Kathmandu, June 6: Parliamentarian Maanbir Rai has suggested to facilitate tourists visiting Sagarmath region.

            “Tourists across the world come to visit Sagarmath region. But the only airport in Lukla is finding hard to bear the pressure of tourists. The budget of the current fiscal year had failed to pay attention in expansion of Lukla airport,” he said.

            Further activities should be carried out for the development of Sagarmatha region, Rai said speaking during special hour of today’s meeting of the House of Representatives. He also drew government’s attention in generating more power from Dudhkoshi river. 

            Similarly, Rupa Soshi Chaudhary mentioned that they have not achieved goal in the process of formulating laws from parliament, laying emphasis that all should be involved being responsible in formulating laws.

            Likewise, Nisha Dangi suggested the government not to announce big projects without ensuring resources in the context when numerous projects are being announced despite limited budget. 

            Anisha Nepali mentioned that though budget is allocated time and again to connect local roads with national highway, its implementation is delayed.

16-       Proposal seeking ratification of ISA framework agreement endorsed

            Kathmandu, June 6: The meeting today of the House of Representatives passed a proposal seeking ratification of a framework agreement related to the membership of the International Solar Alliance or ISA.

            The proposal was presented before the house by Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Shakti Bahadur Basnet.

            Members of Parliament Raghuji Pant, Madhav Sapkota, Juli Mahato, Lal Prasad Sawa Limbu, Amar Bahadur Thapa, Devendra Poudel, Prem Suwal, Dhruva Bahadur Pradhan, Rajendra KC, Nagina Yadav took part in the discussion on the proposal.

            Responding to queries raised during the discussion, Minister Basnet said that the framework agreement was in the interest of the nation from economic, technological transfer and clean energy point of view. It is also needed to address the gap of power production during dry and rainy season in the country.

            The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is an action-oriented, member-driven, collaborative platform for increased deployment of solar energy technologies as a means for bringing energy access, ensuring energy security, and driving energy transition in its member countries, according to ISA website.

            The ISA strives to develop and deploy cost-effective and transformational energy solutions powered by the sun to help member countries develop low-carbon growth trajectories, with particular focus on delivering impact in countries categorized as Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and the Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

            At present, 119 countries are signatories to the ISA Framework Agreement, of which 98 countries have submitted the necessary instruments of ratification to become full members of the ISA.

17-       IMF delegation calls on Minister Pun, praises Nepal’s efforts for advancing monetary policy

            Kathmandu, June 6:  A delegation from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today called on Finance Minister Barshaman Pun. The delegation is led by Dr Tidiane Kinda, the Deputy Division Chief for the Asia and Pacific Department and the IMF Mission Chief for Nepal. The delegation called on the Minister at the latter’s office in Singha Durbar.

            During the meeting, the two sides discussed the allocation of the fourth installment of loan assistance under the Extended Credit Facility-ECF to Nepal, according to the Minister’s Secretariat.

            It may be noted that the IMF Executive Board had in January 2022 agreed to provide 398.08 million US dollars to Nepal under the ECF during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Of the total promised assistance, Nepal awaits to receive 42 million US dollars (Rs five billion 590 million) as the fourth and final installment.

            Before deciding to allocate the fourth installment of ECF, the IMF makes a review of the progress over the implementation of commitments and the IMF delegation has been in Nepal for the same purpose.

            During the meeting, the Minister told the IMF delegation that economic stability, good governance and fiscal discipline are the top priorities of the government. 

            Dr Kinda said the review of the ECF for Nepal is about to complete and the remaining amount will be released soon. He praised Nepal’s efforts in advancing its financial and monetary policy and maintaining fiscal discipline.

            Nepal has been spending the amount it received from the IFM under the ECF keeping under the budgetary assistance headings.

18-       Kathmandu Metropolis organizes Employment Festival

            Kathmandu, June 6: The Kathmandu Metropolis today hosted an employment fair at local Tundikhel to link the graduates of its recent Seep Mela (Skills Festival) with prospective employers.

            The Employment Fair showcased the vocational skills that were learned and enhanced from the Skills Festival and products manufactured by using the same skills.

            According to Kathmandu Metropolis’ Urban Planning Commission member and Skills Festival Directive Committee’s engineer Shailendra Jha, those skills that can’t be demonstrated through the products have been promoted through a video play and the mutual conversation with potential employees and employers. 

            Employers can accquire information about the available human resources and their details as per their needs through the festival.

            During the 15-day and 30-day vocational training classes organised by the metropolis recently, 2,715 people benefitted. According to the training coordinator, the highest number (639) of graduates represent the information technology sector number.

            Practical sessions on digital marketing, computer hardware, CCTV, and mobile maintenance were organized during the 15-day training.   A total of 580 trainees joined the beautician training course.

            The Skills Festival was organised under the theme of ‘Growth in Employment and Income, Kathmandu’s Prosperity’ under its Pride Project.

19-       HoR endorses proposal to consider Bill related to BFIs

            Kathmandu, June 6:  The meeting today of the House of Representatives has passed the proposal seeking consideration on the Bill relating to Banks and Financial Institutions (First Amendment), 2080.

            The proposal presented by Finance Minister Barshman Pun was passed by a majority of the house.

            Earlier, MPs Dr Chanda Karki Bhandari, Laxmi Tiwari, Ashok Kumar Chaudhary, Prem Suwal, Narayani Sharma, Durga Rai, Sarita Bhusal, Sobita Gautam, Nisha Dangi, Ramkrishna Yadav, Rajendra Kumar KC and Nagina Yadav took part in the deliberations on the proposal.

            Responding to the queries raised in the discussion, Finance Minister Pun said that the bill had to be introduced to effectively manage and regulate banks and financial institutions based on nationally and international financial systems and instruments, financial security and risks.

            The bill is also required to institutionalize the implementation of the financial jurisdiction of the three levels of government as provided in the Constitution and prevailing laws of Nepal.

20-       Number of patients with skin allergy increase in Banke

            Nepalgunj, June 6: With soaring temperatures in Banke, the district in the Lumbini Province, the number of patients with skin allergies has increased.

            Doctors say people are visiting health facilities with complaints of itching, scabies, rashes, and skin infections.

            According to Bheri Hospital in Nepalgunj, it has been dealing with increased cases of skin issues amidst the rising temperature.

            Hospital’s dermatologist Dr Badri Chapagain said these days’ 60-70 people visit the hospital daily with skin-related issues such as rashes, scabies, itching, and so on.

            He advised one and all to pay attention to the maintenance of personal hygiene and avoid exposure to the sun as prevention against problems and not to use medicines haphazardly.  People have been urged to use and take medicines only under a medical prescription.

            The district-based Shining Hospital says it treated around 1,000 cases of skin diseases in a month. Most of the cases are from the Janaki, Khajura, Baijanath, and Nepalgunj Sub metropolis.

            According to doctors, skin related complications are more frequent in summer. A few days back, the temperature in Nepalgunj reached 44. 2 Degrees Celsius.

21-       Parliamentarians draw govt.’s attention on various issues

            Kathmandu, June 6: Parliamentarians have drawn the attention of the government on various issues in today’s meeting of the House of Representatives.

            Speaking during special hour, Metmani Chaudhary objected to police intervention on members of Sworgadwari Guthi Victim Struggle Committee.

            Chaudhary briefed the House about the incident where police intervention took place on struggle committee members and locals who had reached Customs Office, Dang, to demand justice on June 2.

            Similarly, Dr Birendra Prasad Mahato drew government’s attention for immediate repair and maintenance of road in Mirchaiya Bazaar from Kamala to Biratnagar, as the section has got damaged in course of expansion of Prithvi highway.

            Stating that country’s condition is very deteriorating, Abdul Khan mentioned that country’s economic growth is limited to 2.2 per cent and per capita income at 1,410 US dollar. 

            Similarly, Prem Suwal underlined that federal and province government’s interference on local levels in its development activities was against federalism while Chitra Bahadur KC drew government’s attention to resolve problems of cooperative victims.

            Prabhu Sah demanded to control drug abuse as millions of youths of the country are into drug addiction while Sobha Gyawali shared that the concerned ministry should take initiative for permanent solution to flood as locals of Bardiya suffer from floods every year.

            Likewise, Bijula Rayamajhi drew government’s attention of huge loss of lives and properties at different places of Arghahanchi and Gulmi districts due to fire in April.

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