Feel some shame

April 2, 2020 08:22 am

Actually, this should be the time when health authorities are expending all their energies for testing the suspected cases and administer treatment. This is the time for the public health authorities to receive praise from the people because of all the good works they are doing. And the ministry of health and the government should be receiving accolades from all sides. But they have become the subject of harsh public criticism, even anger, because of their own doings. Early this week, the Health Ministry purchased medical logistics from China to test and treat patients of COVID-19. That was the right thing to do. Nepali health facilities have no tools to test the patients suspected of coronavirus and the government had to procure them. But now it has been revealed that almost all the medical items, costing over billion rupees, were purchased at way too high rates, as many as 28 times higher than normal market price for some of the items.

Rein in Crusher Mafias

January 12, 2020 07:35 am

The ‘murder’ of a 24-year-old activist in Dhanusha on Friday by ‘crusher mafia’ spells disaster for our federal republic. From Kathmandu to local levels, politicians and mafia have been looting state resources with impunity. The murder of Om Prakash (Dilip Kumar) Mahato is a manifestation of larger issues of deep-seated corruption within our system. Dilip was spearheading a campaign against illegal mining of sand and aggregate in and around a local river in his hometown. Life of a promising engineer is cut short, and with it, dreams of his loved ones shattered. That a young man could be murdered for fighting for a just cause tells a lot about the kind of state we envision for our future generations.

Actress Felicity Huffman, the first parent sentenced in a wide-ranging U.S. college admissions cheating scandal, was given a 14-day prison term on Friday and made a somber apology in federal court for paying to rig her daughter’s entrance exam.

Europe’s refugee scandal

September 20, 2018 01:00 am

Fewer than half of school-age refugee children attend school, not even one in four make it to secondary school and under one percent pursue a higher education

ZURICH, July 24: Switzerland’s financial regulator has accused Rothschild Bank AG and its trust subsidiary of violating anti-money laundering law in relation to 1MDB, the troubled Malaysian sovereign wealth fund.

CHESHIRE, July 11: The UK's Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has announced that she intends to fine Facebook up to £500,000 (US$664,000) over the Cambridge Analytica Scandal, in which the social media giant failed to safeguard user's information.

FRANKFURT, June 18: German authorities arrested the head of Volkswagen’s luxury arm Audi on Monday, the most senior company official so far to be detained over the carmaker’s emissions test cheating scandal.

KUALA LUMPUR, May 9: Malaysians flocked to vote in a fiercely contested election Wednesday that pits an opposition led by former authoritarian leader Mahathir Mohamad against the ruling coalition of Prime Minister Najib Razak, whose reputation has been battered by corruption allegations and an unpopular sales tax.

Zuckerberg faces music over privacy scandal

NEW YORK, April 5: Facebook revealed Wednesday that tens of millions more people might have been exposed in the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal than previously thought and said it will restrict the user data that outsiders can access.

CAPE TOWN, March 25: South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee does not expect relations between the country’s board and their Australian counterparts to be unduly affected by the ball-tampering scandal engulfing the third test at Newlands.

SAN FRANCISCO, March 22: Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg broke his silence Wednesday on the data scandal rocking the social media giant, admitting mistakes that led to a "breach of trust" with its two billion users, and vowing to step up.

GANGNEUNG, Feb 19: Russian athletes and sports officials voiced disbelief on Monday that one of their Winter Games medallists was being investigated for suspected doping, a scandal that could imperil Russia’s efforts to regain full Olympic status.

JAN 27: The remaining directors of the U.S. gymnastics governing body are resigning in the wake of this week’s sentencing of the former national team doctor for molesting female athletes, USA Gymnastics said on Friday, complying with a demand by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

LOS ANGELES, Jan 8: Dark drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was the big winner with four Golden Globes awards on Sunday on a night marked by scathing jokes about sexual harassment and passionate odes to those breaking their silence.

NEW YORK, July 13: Chuck Blazer, the disgraced American soccer executive whose admissions of corruption set off a global scandal that ultimately toppled FIFA President Sepp Blatter, has died. He was 72.

MoH to probe into Bir scandal

July 9, 2017 23:30 pm

KATHMANDU, July 9: The Ministry of Health (MoH) has decided to probe into the suspected irregularities in the process of purchasing Tomo Therapy machine by the Bir Hospital.

LOS ANGELES, Nov 26: Actress Rose McGowan is reportedly the latest celebrity to be rocked by an alleged sex tape leak.

FRANKFURT, Germany, Nov 20: Volkswagen announced plans Friday to cut 30,000 jobs in a wide-ranging restructuring of its namesake brand as it tries to recover from a scandal over cars rigged to cheat on diesel emissions tests.

NEW DELHI, Sept 4:  The former women's minister of the Indian capital -- who was sacked over a "sex tape" -- has now been arrested following a claim by a woman shown in the tape that he raped her, an investigator said Sunday.