Lawmakers of the Nepali Congress and Rashtriya Janata Party-Nepal have asked the government to withdraw a bill on the management of lands belonging to Guthis (religious and social trusts). Speaking at a session of the House of Representatives on Wednesday, the lawmakers also urged the government to address the demands of agitating local residents and heritage campaigners. The lawmakers have stressed the need for holding comprehensive consultation with the stakeholders before passing the Guthi bill from the House.
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said Nepal would receive a foreign loan based on the country needs and priorities. In an interview to Mathew Amliwala for BBC World, PM Oli clarified that the Nepal government has the capacity to manage such loan. On a query regarding Nepal's participation in Belt and Road Initiative, he responded, "We invite investors for investment. We receive loan keeping in mind our country needs and priorities.
At a time when many of the bills registered in the Federal Parliament have courted controversy over their contents, Chairman of the ruling Nepal Communist Party Pushpa Kamal Dahal said that these bills will be amended in consultation with concerned stakeholders. Chairman Dahal said that both NCP and the government are fully aware of the ongoing protests against these bills tabled by the government in the House. He said that there was a lack of enough preparations on the part of the government in the process of drafting these bills.
Police have fired shots to arrest a drug smuggler in process of arresting him from Uttam Chowk of Pokhara on Wednesday. Superintendent of Police at Kaski District Police Dan Bahadur Karki told Republica Online that drug smuggler Govinda Thapa alias John was arrested on the charge of possessing a huge amount of contraband drugs.
The Supreme Court has sought a written answer from the government regarding why the illegal extraction of sand, pebbles and stones from the Sunkoshi river was not stopped. the Ministry of Forests and Environment and other bodies – to submit written reply within June 23 why the illegal extraction of the river-based materials was not stopped.
Hong Kong police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at demonstrators who threw plastic bottles on Wednesday as protests against an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial turned to violent chaos. Tens of thousands of protesters had gathered peacefully outside the Chinese-ruled city’s legislature before tempers flared, some charging police with umbrellas.