Today’s national news in a nutshell


November 21, 2023


Today’s national news in a nutshell

KATHMANDU: Khabarhub brings you a glimpse of major developments of the day in Nepal, including politics, business/economy, sports, entertainment, and more.

World Cup Qualifier: Nepal suffers 2-0 defeat to Yemen

In the second match of the World Cup qualifiers, Nepal faced a setback as they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat against Yemen. The match, held at Dasharath Stadium in Tripureshwar on Tuesday evening, saw Nepal struggling to break through Yemen’s defense.

Top three leaders agree to advance TRC

Top leaders — Maoist Center Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda, Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba, and CPN UML Chairman KP Oli – agreed to advance the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and finalize the pending aspects of the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA).

SC judges’ recommendations reflect political power sharing

The recommendation of candidates for vacant Supreme Court justices has revealed internal political struggles, with Chief Justice (CJ) Bishowambhar Prasad Shrestha and Senior Justice Ishwor Khatiwada resisting the pressures exerted by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda.

The recommendation has become a subject of political contention, with a clear divide between the major parties.

Despite PM Dahal’s repeated push for the appointment of Attorney General Dinmani Pokharel, sources indicate that Chief Justice Shrestha and Senior Justice Khatiwada opposed this move.

Notably, one nominee each from legal circles affiliated with Nepali Congress and legal professionals associated with CPN-UML have been selected to join the bench.

Nepal will put forth its claim on climate actions in COP 28: PM Dahal

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ warned that if we could not stop global rise on temperature, there could be a serious and adverse impact on the prospects of climate resilient development in the developing countries like Nepal.

Addressing the national conference on climate change here today, PM Dahal warned that there could be rise on the cases of climate change-induced disasters, food security crisis and scarcity of potable water.

The national conference is organized to form a common viewpoint on the position paper to be prepared by Nepal and presented in the upcoming global climate change conference.

Judicial Council recommends six names for appointment as Supreme Court judges

The Judicial Council has recommended six names for appointment as Supreme Court (SC) judges.

A meeting of the council held on Tuesday recommended the appointment of six apex court judges.

The Council recommended Saranga Subedi, Mahesh Sharma Paudel, Tek Prasad Dhungana, Balkrishna Dhakal, Sunil Pokharel and Abdul Azid Muslim as judges.

National Assembly set for overhaul: Chair and one-third of members exiting by March 2024

A significant transition is on the horizon as one-third of the members of the National Assembly, the Upper House of the Federal Parliament, are set to retire on March 4, 2024. Among the 20 members concluding their terms is Chair Ganesh Prasad Timilsina.

The National Assembly, often referred to as the Elders’ House, boasts 59 members, and the six-year tenure of this specific group is slated to conclude on March 4. The allocation of their terms was determined through a draw for the first time following the Assembly’s formation in 2074 BS.

Controversial contractor Rauniyar joins UML

Hari Narayan Rauniyar, a contentious contractor heading Pappu Construction Nepal, has recently joined CPN-UML.

UML Chairman KP Oli officially welcomed Rauniyar into the party during a program held in Pokhariya, Parsa on Tuesday.

Rauniyar, also a central member of the Janata Samajwadi Party (JSP), holds ownership of Pappu Construction. His involvement in certain development contracts that remained incomplete led to controversy.

In the 2017 elections, Rauniyar secured the Federal Member of Parliament position from Parsa-3 under the then Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum (now JSP). However, his membership was soon suspended following the Pappu Construction case.

Govt plans high security measures in Kathmandu for Nov 23

Kathmandu will witness an unprecedented level of security deployment as all four major security agencies will be deployed.

The Yuwa Sangh, CPN-UML-affiliated youth organization, and campaigner Durga Prasai are organizing two programs on November 23 in Kathmandu.

Following discussions within the District Security Committee, a decision has been made to deploy both the police and Armed Police Force (APF) personnel in the field, with the Nepali Army serving as a backup force on that day.

Additionally, a national investigation team will be mobilized to ensure comprehensive security measures.