KATHMANDU, Oct 17: In case you missed them, here are the major news stories that Republica covered over the past 24 hours.
Minister for Home Affairs, Ram Bahadur Thapa has hinted at acting tough on the underground Netra Bikram Chand-led Nepal Communist Party (NCP). Addressing a function at the Nepal Police headquarters, Naxal, to mark the 65th Nepal Police Day, the home minister said that the government will act aggressively against all underground outfits who have been launching extortion drive, bringing hurdles to development projects and working against the people’s rights to live with freedom. However, Minister Thapa did not take the name of the Chand-led group, which has been running violent activities for the past few years, and whose activities have been banned by the government since the second week of March, 2019.“Some underground forces are launching extortion drives, bringing hurdles to economic development and working against the people’s rights to live with freedom by posing a challenge to the country’s constitution,” Thapa said.
The government has transferred nearly a dozen secretaries on the same day three newly-appointed ministers took the oath of office and secrecy. A cabinet meeting held on Thursday evening took a decision to this effect. Cabinet sources said Secretary at the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (OPMCM) Yadab Koirala has been transferred to the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration (MoFAGA). Secretary at Kathmandu Metropolitan City Ek Narayan Aryal has been transferred to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation in the new bureaucratic reshuffle. Similarly, Secretary at the MoGAGA Surya Prasad Gautam has been transferred to the Ministry of Youths and Sports (MoYS) while Secretary at the MoYS Ram Prasad Thapaliya has been transferred to the Public Procurement Monitoring Office.
Nepal on Friday reported as many as 4,392 new cases of the novel coronavirus infection, according to the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP). Since the country reported the first case of the pandemic on January 23 earlier this year, the total number of infected people in Nepal has reached 126,137 including 88,040 recoveries and 715 deaths. The COVID-19 death tally in Nepal went past 700 on Friday including 21 new cases of fatalities reported in the past 24 hours. According to the latest updates unveiled by the ministry, as many as 37,382 active patients are undergoing treatment for the disease at various isolation centers across the country. With 16,530 real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests carried out in the past 24 hours, the labs across the country so far have conducted a total of 1,254,167 PCR tests to confirm the infection of the disease.