AUGUST 2: 6 things to know by 6 PM today

Published On: August 2, 2018 06:00 PM NPT

Unbridled drugs trafficking led to Kanchanpur incident: HM Thapa

Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa has attributed the Kanchanpur incident to free export and import of narcotic drugs and consumption of alcohol. Briefing the parliament about the Kanchanpur incident in New Baneshwar on Thursday, Minister Thapa said that status quoists who do not want peace, development and stability in the country are conspiring against the government by orchestrating such heinous crimes.

"A successful visit": Minister Gyawali

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Pradeep Gyawali said that his visit to Portugal, Belgium and Luxembourg would help to strengthen bilateral and economic relations. Debriefing parliamentarians during today's meet, Gyawali said that his agendas with all the three countries primarily circled around promoting tourism, bilateral and economic relationships and safeguarding rights of Non-Nepali Residents.

HoR members draw govt's attention to various issues

Lawmakers have drawn the government's attention towards various issues including increasing tax imposed by the local levels and missing border pillars in Bardiya. Taking part in the 'zero-hour' of today's meeting of House of Representatives, they also drew government's attention over low-quality blacktopping of roads in the rainy season at the end of fiscal year to spend the budget as well as attempt of attack on lawmaker Niru Pal in the capital at a time when hearing was on in the name of proposed Chief Justice at the Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee. 

US Congress passes a bill to slash Pakistan's defense aid to USD 150 million

The US Congress has passed a defense spending bill capping its security-related aid to Pakistan at USD 150 million, significantly below the historic level of more than USD one billion per year. The National Defense Authorisation Act-2019 (NDAA-19), however, removes certain conditions – like action against Haqqani Network or the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) -- as was the case in the past few years for disbursement of US aid to Pakistan.

Murray happy to come through hardcourt tests

Former world number one Andy Murray took another big step in his comeback from hip surgery by beating fellow Brit Kyle Edmund 7-6(4) 1-6 6-4 in the second round of the Citi Open on Wednesday. The 31-year-old Scot blasted a backhand cross-court return winner on match point to end the two-and-a-half hour contest and dispatch the fourth seed.

Report: Record high sea levels in 2017

2017 set a number of climate records including the highest sea levels, according to the American Meteorological Society's newly-released 2017 State of the Climate report. Global mean sea level in 2017 was the highest annual average in the satellite altimetry era (since 1993), measuring 77mm (three inches) above the 1993 average.

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