SC refuses to stay LED procurement
The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday has refused to issue an interim order against the Cabinet decision to allow Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) to import LED bulbs from India.
A single bench of Justice Ananda Mohan Bhattarai hearing a petition filed by advocate duo Narayan Chaulagain and Lekhnath Bhattarai deemed the procurement process need not be stayed as demanded by the petitioners. The advocates had moved the SC on Thursday claiming the Cabinet decision breached the Public Procurement Act.
The Apex Court has issued a show cause notice in the name of defendants--the Cabinet, the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, the Ministry of Energy and the NEA--though and scheduled the final hearing for next Friday.
The Cabinet had decided to allow the NEA to procure 20 million units of LED bulbs from a company under the Indian Ministry of Power at IRs 65 per unit inviting controversy.
NC President Deuba praises PM Dahal
Nepali Congress President and former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has expressed his sincere gratitude to Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal for resigning from his post as per the agreement reached between the NC and the CPN (Maoist Center) regarding a rotation in the leadership of the government.
- New budget to continue existing programs
- 3 more arrests in Manchester; London tourist sites protected
- Public holiday in Kathmandu Valley on Thursday
- PM Dahal resigns
Oops! Deuba does it again
Deuba and Dahal have made a mockery of the constitutional provision of impeachment as a weapon of last resort with its preemptive registration as a tactical move to stop CJ Karki from delivering justice. This will set a bad precedent and there will be more such tactical use of impeachment in the future considering how justices at the SC are being appointed in political quotas in recent times.
Challenges for reconstruction
One of the major challenges faced in the reconstruction process of Nepal is the absence of elected local government. Lack of government in local level was reflected in the major pre-disaster and post-disaster events, where it took months to reach the affected region and still no widely-accepted data is available. In the absence of an elected local government, top-down approach of governance has its own accountability deficit.
Apil KC/Keshab Sharma
Jhamsikhel as I knew
Hari-ko-pasal, right at the said junction used to be the place to buy any household item ranging from food grains and other household items. There was nothing that he did not have. Most often he loved keeping his customers waiting, more so if they were younger. He kept his client engaged with jokes and tole gossip.
Empowering local bodies
It is common to rent a room or two based on nothing more than a verbal contract. There are two types of owners. There are many who rent legal properties informally and those who rent out illegally built ones. The rental space demand is so much that owners openly flout bylaws by building more number of floors than approved. It is difficult, as it is, to bring both type of owners within the system.
Traffic Police in Kathmandu
As busy and hassling as the traffic system in Kathmandu is, the Traffic Police here have to handle an equally strenuous job. Over 1,400 traffic officers in and around the Kathmandu Valley battle against the pestering traffic and air pollution each day.
Menstrual taboo outdated
I have seen my sisters and friends isolated and treated in discriminatory manner during their first menstruation cycle. They were not allowed to look at the sun, to touch water source, flower, fruits, any male family member, nor even hear their voice. The activist may claim the situation has changed and I do agree but still during every month my loved ones turns into untouchables beings.