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KATHMANDU, July 22 : Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has said that appointment of ambassadors and the remaining 26 Constituent Assembly (CA) members would be made soon in consultation with political parties.

Addressing a press conference upon his arrival home after a month-long treatment in New York, Prime Minister Koirala said the major political parties have already agreed on the number of CA members to be nominated by the cabinet from their respective parties. “The long pending appointments will be made soon in consultation with the political parties,” he said. [More]

  Intangible Transactions  
  BY SEWA BHATTARAI  
 
It’s common for informal businesses to sprout up around busy places.
         Most official locations witness a fair number of them.

You go to the Department of Transport Management to fill the form to obtain a driving license. You don’t even have to reach the office, for outside there are rows and rows of makeshift stalls – a table, a chair, and a large umbrella over the open sky—where forms are sold. Not just that, but the people at the stalls also help you fill the forms: for Rs. 50 each.

The assistance continues as you work through the process of getting a license. After you give your written examination, the results are pasted on the walls of the premises, but only after several hours. For a small fee of Rs. 30, helpers will be ready to look up the number for you and give you a call. “You may pay us Rs.30, but you save petrol worth Rs. 60,” says Maya Chhetri*, 30, who has a stall outside the premises and often provides this service.

 
CIAA orders suspension of 10 DoHS officials
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KATHMANDU, July 22: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has directed the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) to suspend 10 officials, including ex-director Ananda Kumar Shrestha,  at the Department of Health Services (DoHS) on the charge of corruption, on Tuesday.

The anti-graft watchdog directed MoHP to suspend senior public health official Madan Kumar Shrestha, senior public health official Ratna Lal Shrestha, section officers Dolraj Sharma and Rup Narayan Khatiwada, accountant Yedu Raj Sharma, pharmacist Bharatmani Marahattha, public health inspectors Ram Sharan Adhikari, Ramji Ghimire and Kharidar (Non-gazetted officer) Kabiraj Subedi. CIAA has charged them with misappropriating funds from state coffers by submitting fake bills of lunch, breakfast and transportation.   [More]
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    He doesn’t understand 60% of phone conversations

    Dayahang has serious problems with telephone conversations. Whenever someone calls him, he is distracted with other things happening around him and easily loses his concentration. As a result, he doesn’t get most of the things the person on the other end of the line is saying. “I have to be alone in a room to have a good communication over the phone. Otherwise I try and end the conversation in less than a minute,” he shares.   [More]
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