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Today’s national news in a nutshell

18 March 2024  

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

Maoist Center’s Vice Chairman Krishna Mahara arrested

Vice Chairman of Maoist Center and former Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara has been arrested. Nepal Police arrested him this morning from Kapilvastu. Mahara was preparing to go to Rolpa via Rupandehi. Home Minister Rabi Lamichhane had instructed the CIB to proceed with the investigation process against all those involved in the gold smuggling case, including Mahara. A high-level commission of inquiry formed to investigate gold smuggling had recommended that Mahara be prosecuted.

Gandaki Province undergoes Cabinet reshuffle: Deepak Manange named Minister for Physical Infrastructure

Chief Minister Surendra Raj Pandey of Gandaki Province announced a cabinet reshuffle on Monday, marking significant changes in the provincial administration. Among the notable appointments, Deepak Manange, who recently announced his departure from CPN (Unified Socialist), has been appointed as the Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport. This move underscores the evolving political landscape within the province.

LDT against using monasteries for commercial purpose

The Lumbini Development Trust has instructed all concerned not to carry out commercial activities in the monasteries and vihars inside Lumbini area. Reminding that the vihar area under the jurisdiction of Lumbini Development Trust is a place to fully promote and protect the teachings of Lord Buddha, the LDT has sent a letter to all monasteries and vihars requesting them to establish the vihar area as a Buddhist religious, spiritual and peaceful area. Likewise, the Trust has also directed the Vihars in Lumbini to submit details of foreign nationals residing as required by Vihar Region Regulation, 2058.

Russia willing to terminate contracts of Nepalis serving in Russian Army: Foreign Minister

 Foreign Minister Narayankaji Shrestha today said that the process of compensating and providing insurance to the families of Nepalis who lost their lives serving in the Russian army has started. Responding to inquiries during a session of the House of Representatives, he affirmed the government’s efforts to repatriate Nepali citizens currently serving in the Russian military. Shrestha disclosed that the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed willingness, in principle, to aid those seeking repatriation by terminating their contracts. However, the specifics of this assistance are still under consideration.

25th Flora Expo in Kathmandu surpasses transaction target, records over Rs 10 million in sales

The 25th Flora Expo, held in the federal capital from March 14-17, has concluded with remarkable success, surpassing its target transaction value. Organized jointly by the Floriculture Association Nepal and the Floriculture Development Centre, the event witnessed transactions exceeding Rs 10.05 million, exceeding the initial target of Rs 10 million. Association Chair Min Bahadur Tamang reported that the Expo attracted a total of 49,100 visitors. The festival boasted a diverse array of stalls, including 60 commercial, three landscaping, eight official, one competitive, and one eatery store. Entrance fees were set at Rs 150 for general attendees and Rs 100 for students.

Campaigner Durga Prasai’s bodyguards arrested with pistol inside SC premises

Campaigner Durga Prasai’s bodyguards have been arrested inside the Supreme Court (SC) premises with a pistol. Police reported the arrest of two individuals, among them Deepak Khadka, with a pistol in their possession. Khadka, one of the detainees, hails from Buddhashanti Rural Municipality-3 in Jhapa. Prasai made his way to the Supreme Court today to attend a hearing, arriving in a vehicle.

Former Vice President Pun’s advisor Gurung released on bail

Jeevan Gurung, advisor to former Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun, who was arrested in connection with a gold smuggling case, has been granted bail. The Kathmandu District Court issued an order for Gurung’s release on bail of Rs 1,500,000. Gurung was previously apprehended by the Crime Investigation Bureau (CIB) on suspicion of his involvement in the gold smuggling case.

ICC Chairman Greg Barkley arrives in Kathmandu

Greg Barkley, Chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC), touched down in Kathmandu on Monday evening, initiating a pivotal four-day visit. Barkley, who recently attended the Women’s Premier League final in Delhi, landed at Tribhuvan International Airport this afternoon, commencing his official engagements. He was warmly welcomed by Paras Khadha, Secretary of the Cricket Association of Nepal, and Treasurer Padam Khadka upon his arrival.

Court grants permission to remand Mahara in custody for four days

The Kathmandu District Court has granted permission to remand former Speaker and Vice Chairman of CPN (Maoist Center) Krishna Bahadur Mahara in custody for four days. A bench led by Justice Durga Prasad Khanal approved the request for remanding Mahara in custody for investigation. Mahara was apprehended in Bhairahawa on Monday over allegations of his involvement in a gold smuggling case.

Woman arrested for infant abduction from Paropakar Maternity Hospital released on bail

A woman accused of abducting a 26-day-old infant from Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital was granted bail on Monday. The Kathmandu District Court ordered the woman’s release on bail set at Rs 150,000. The accused, Man Kumari Singh, originally from Namune Rural Municipality-1 and currently residing in Kandaghari, Kathmandu, allegedly abducted the baby belonging to Sabina Shrestha from the hospital premises. Following the abduction, Singh was apprehended in possession of the infant in Kandaghari, Kathmandu.

Publish Date : 18 March 2024 22:22 PM

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