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Published On: May 8, 2019 06:00 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

Nepal elected member of UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Nepal has been elected member of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), one of the functional commissions of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Nepal was elected from the Asia-Pacific region for the term 2020-2023 in an election held at the United Nations Headquarters earlier today, according to a press statement issued by Nepal’s Permanent Mission to United Nations based in New York.

Govt begins homework to amend Public Procurement Act

The government has started homework to amend the Public Procurement Act to accelerate the stalled development projects, Finance Minister Yubaraj Khatiwada said on Wednesday. Speaking at the Parliament's Finance Committee, Khatiwada said that the government is committed to push forward an amendment bill on the Public Procurement Act. The finance minister informed that recently-introduced Public Procurement regulation has stringent provisions to take action against those contractors failing to complete projects within the stipulated timeframe.

NC begins awareness campaign to educate people about govt's wrongdoings

The main opposition Nepali Congress has started its awareness campaign in a bid to educate about the government’s wrongdoings and to strengthen the party organization across the country, on Wednesday. Amid a function held at the City Hall in the capital, NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba inaugurated the first phase of the public awareness campaign called “Himal Pahad Terai Madhes, Nepali Congress”.  The party will also distribute its ordinary memberships in course of public awareness campaigns.

Only 433 out of 753 local levels submit particulars to ministry within deadline

Only 433 out of the 753 local levels in the country have submitted particulars about vacant posts in their respective levels to the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration within the deadline. The Ministry had notified the local levels to send the particulars specifying the number and name of vacant posts to it by May 3. Bhupa Raj Baral, Joint Secretary at the Ministry, said that 320 local levels have not yet sent the details about the vacant posts and they have been alerted to do so.

Illegal stone mining causing Chure depletion in Banke

Illegal mining of stones is going on unchecked from a community forest near Lalpur of Rapti Sonari rural municipality-7 in Banke district. This activity which has been going on since long at the Chure hill falling under the Mandapawa community forest has resulted in the depletion of the environment in the area. The contractor is said to pay maximum Rs1,500 per cubic metre to the tractor owner for transporting the stones. If the contractor were to transport stones from Muguwa khola stream, it would cost him minimum Rs 4,000 per cubic metre.

Blast in Pakistan's Lahore kills at least 8, wounds 25: Media

At least eight people — five policemen and three civilians — were killed and 25 others injured in what officials described as a suicide bombing targeting an Elite Force van parked near the Data Darbar shrine in Lahore on Wednesday, according to media reports. The blast took place at 8:45am close to a police mobile near Gate 2 of the Data Darbar shrine, one of the country's most visited shrines. Police suspect the blast was a suicide attack. An initial probe has revealed that the bomb contained 7 kilograms of explosive material.

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