The world, it seems, is becoming hostile toward journalists and the free press. In the United States, President Donald Trump persecutes media by dismissing them as “fake news” outlets. In Bangladesh, journalists are often attacked and even murdered by extremist groups for reporting the truth, while the government has failed to provide them security.
The rape and murder case of 13-year old Nirmala Panta has become a national shame. Forty eight days have passed since this horrendous crime was reported and demands for justice were raised across the country.
The way our political class, police administration and, now the court, have responded to Ganga Maya Adhikari’s struggle for justice offers little reason to be optimistic about rule of law and justice in Nepal.
Nepal and China have signed the draft protocol to the Transit and Transport Agreement in a bilateral meeting in Kathmandu on Thursday, paving the way to implement the transit agreement signed by two sides in 2016.
One of the visible positive outcomes of the fourth BIMSTEC summit, in terms of our tourism promotion, has been visit to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, by heads of states who came to participate in the summit. President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena, along with other Sri Lankan ministers and top officials, visited Lumbini and offered prayers.