Responding to queries raised by the lawmakers at the National Assembly, Banskota said that the government is not mulling on curtailing freedom of expression and press freedom. He said that the media are being run without any obstacles. The minister also said that the proposed Media Council Bill can be revised after holding consultations with stakeholders.
Leaders of Samajbadi Party Devendra Parajuli, Kalpana Dhamala, Gunakhar Bashyal and Manu Humagain have joined the ruling Nepal Communist Party. Chairpersons Pushpa Kamal Dahal KP Sharma Oli welcomed the new leaders to the party.
The team of police personnel deployed from the Metropolitan Police Range based in Maharajgunj on Friday arrested Chabilal Kumar Rai, the owner of Eagle Hunter Overseas Services based in Samakhusi Town Planning area from the capital. Rai has been accused of swindling many youths who depended upon him to work in Malta and Seychelles out of more than Rs. Forty million.
The report portrays a bleak picture of the media situation in Mexico and Afghanistan where nine and six journalists were killed respectively in the past six months. By region, Latin America represents the most affected continent with 15 killed. However, there is an improvement in the Middle East due to the lower intensity of conflict in Syria and Iraq.
India has increased its annual aid to Nepal for the fiscal year 2019/20 by 40 %. Nepal will receive Indian rupees 1050 crore for this fiscal year. In the last fiscal year, the Indian government had allocated Indian rupees 8 crore to Nepal.