Dr KC refuses to end fast
Dr Govinda KC has refused to end his 11th fast unto death Friday evening stating that the medical education bill passed by the Women, Children, Elderly and Social Welfare Committee of the parliament earlier on the day does not incorporate the spirit of his nonviolent movement.
Dr KC's representative in the dialogue with the government team Dr Avishek Raj Singh told Setopati that the senior orthopedic surgeon at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) refused to end his fast stating that there can be maneuverings in the future if the bill were passed as it is.
The bill passed by the parliamentary committee includes 'there will be no obstruction for providing affiliation to the educational institutions that have already received letter of intent if they meet the standards set after this act comes into force.'
The standards mentioned in the bill will be set by the Medical College Regulation Commission to be formed under the prime minister, in accordance to the act. Dr KC has problem with the provision about the standards, and suspects that such commission will hastily set flexible standards to ensure that all the medical colleges waiting for affiliation after receiving letters of intent will get affiliation.
Dr KC wants that provision to be replaced with 'if they meet the standards set by the Mathema report.' The dialogue held at the Education Ministry Friday evening ended without reaching any conclusion due to the stand of Dr KC.
"Dr KC fears that he may have to start another fast unto death in the future for the standards to be set by the commission if the issue is not settled now," a person present during the dialogue told Setopati requesting anonymity.
The two parties have also yet to agree on other demands put by Dr KC including appointment of dean at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) under the Tribhuvan University (TU), autonomy of IOM and others. The government side says the issue of dean appointment can move forward only after signing the agreement to end the fast, Dr Singh told Setopati.
A task force formed under Dr Bhagawan Koirala is currently working on the issue of IOM's autonomy. The two sides have also not agreed on the issue of resignation by Vice Chancellor of TU Tirtha Khaniya.
Dr KC's fast was earlier expected to end on the 19th day Friday evening after the parliamentary committee passed the medical education bill in a way to address his demands.
The parliamentary committee passed the medical education bill incorporating the agreement reached during the meeting called by Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba at Baluwatar earlier on the day to address his demands.
PM Deuba instructed the stakeholders concerned to create an environment for Dr KC to end his fast by passing the bill on the basis of new agreement reached to rewrite the clause the subcommittee of the parliamentary committee had added on Thursday to allow affiliation to medical colleges that have already received letter of intent, and have the requisite physical infrastructure.
The medical education bill tabled in the parliament by the KP Oli government to address Dr KC's demands was passed by the subcommittee adding a sentence 'there will, however, be no obstruction in providing affiliation to the educational institutions that have received letter of intent before this act came into force, and meet the requirements for physical infrastructure set by the bodies concerned' to clause 13 of the bill.
A few medical colleges including Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences, financed by UML leaders and cadres, Nepal Police Hospital, People's Dental and National in Kathmandu, and B&C of Jhapa that have already received such letters of intent would have been eligible for affiliation as per the changes made by the subcommittee in the bill.
But the bill passed by the parliamentary committee after the Baluwatar agreement had replaced that with 'there will be no obstruction for providing affiliation to the educational institutions that have already received letter of intent if they meet the standards set after this act comes into force' to address Dr KC's demands.
In stark UN speech, Trump threatens to ‘destroy’ North Korea
President Donald Trump has vowed to “totally destroy North Korea” if the U.S. is forced to defend itself or its allies against the renegade nation’s nuclear weapons program, making his case in a combative debut speech to the U.N. that laid out a stark, good-vs-evil view of a globe riven by chaos and turmoil.
- Results of 178 wards announced: EC
- Dahal insists on directly elected executive chief
Vote counting resumes in Lahan Municipality
The counting of votes under the third phase local level election held on September 18 has resumed in Lahan Municipality of Siraha district from Wednesday morning.
- 298 teams counting votes vigorously: EC
The Doklam dilemma
Being a buffer state between the two giant neighbors, Nepal should conduct its foreign policy vis-à-vis China and India in a very sensitive manner. Nepal has always maintained that it would not allow its soil to be used against any neighbor. At the same time, Nepal should make sure that its own national interests are never compromised.
Gaurab Shumsher Thapa
Effect of monetary policy on risk, stability and financial crises
The crisis of 2008–09 has reignited a new interest in understanding money and credit fluctuations in the macro economy, and the crucial roles they could play in the amplification, propagation, and generation of shocks both in normal times and, even more so, in times of financial distress. This may reopen a number of fundamental fault lines in modern macroeconomic thinking between theories that treat the financial system as irrelevant, or, at least, not central to the understanding of economic outcomes, and those that reserve a central role for financial intermediation.
My Journey to Maiti Nepal
I was scared before I started volunteering, not so much because of the work I would be doing, but of the fact that I would be living alone in a new city where I wouldn’t know anyone except a handful of relatives, with everyone who I was close to on the other side of the world.
Be an example, not teacher to your kids
I don’t intend to draw comparisons, but I can’t help notice a vast difference in the way kids these days are, and I only have the parents to blame. Because let's face it, just at the quote, I mentioned above goes, kids only become what they see.
Prekshya Lamichhane Kunwar
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.