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36 doctors arrested on fake credential charge

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KATHMANDU — The Central Bureau of Investigation (CIB) of Nepal Police has so far arrested 36 medical doctors practising at various healing centers and facilities from 10 districts on the charge of using fake academic certificates for medical studies.

The CIB had launched the Operation Quack a few months ago to crack down on medical professionals who had allegedly obtained medical degrees and Nepal Medical Council licences by using fake academic credentials.

In the second phase of the ‘Operation Quack’ launched by the CIB with active participation of the Nepal Medical Council and Higher Secondary Education Board for the past four months, the police arrested 36 doctors — 13 from Kathmandu, two from Lalitpur, one in Jhapa, one in Sunsari, three in Morang, two in Dhanusha, nine in Parsa, three in Chitwan, one in Kaski and one in Dang. Of them six are females.

According to preparatory investigation by CIB, the doctors were found to have used fake intermediate or +2 certificates for abroad medical studies mainly in India.

CIB said the intermediate or +2 certificates of 35 of the 36 doctors are from Patna, India.

The Nepal Medical Council and the Higher Secondary Education Board have been assisting police to carry out the operations.

Meanwhile, Nepal Medical Council (NMC), the regulatory body for all medical doctors, has started investigations into the educational certificates of all 16,000 doctors to whom it has provided practicing licenses so far.

Arrested doctors:

S.N.  Name    District    NMC Licence No.    Institution
1.    Buddhiman Shrestha    Syangja    7601    Kantipur General and Dental Hospital, Samakhushi
2.    Punam Karna    Mahottari    8888    Jharana Pharmacy, Kapan
3.    Lily Rajbanshi    Jhapa    3758    Tilganga Eye Hospital, Tilganga
4.    Rawat Ranjan Kumar Thakur    Mahottari    9497    Society Dental Clinic, Chabahil
5.    Binita Adhikari    Kathmandu    2687    Bright Smile Dental Clinic Pvt. Ltd
6.    Bodit Acharya    Kathmandu    2453    Care Dental Clinic, Purano Baneshwor
7.    Dipesh Paudel    Bara    14163    KIST Medical College
8.    Gajananda Prasad Bhandari    Kathmandu    2569    Nepal Family Planning Association, Lalitpur
9.    Sanjay Yadav    Dhanusha    11703    Universal Medical College, Bhairahawa
10.    Santosh Kumar Jha    Dhanusha    7591    Trauma Centre, Kathmandu
11.    Rahil Faraz Ansari    Rupandehi    11736    Tanahun Sewa Hospital, Dulegaunda
12.    Nilima Khadka Mahat    Dhanusha    4477    Amda Nepal, Jorpati; Healthy Dental Clinic
13.    Binita Mandal    Mahottari    4384    Resha Pharma, Chabahil
14.    Ganesh Sah    Dhanusha    7261    Lokhit Dental Hospital, Tripureshwor
15.    Shreeram Ghimire    Bhaktapur    6464    Hamro Sahayatri Hospital
16.    Kush Raj Giri    Parsa    3116    Shanti Clinic, Birgunj
17.    Randheer Rajbanshi    Jhapa    13391    Bajrang Clinic
18.    Maheshwar Ray Yadav    Sarlahi    5293    Marie Stopes Clinic, Pokhara
19.    Nimesh Pal Rama (Pursuing MD)    Rautahat    11463    National Medical College, Birgunj
20.    Mohammad Ruhulla    Rautahat    2917    National Medical College, Birgunj
21.    Pannalal Prasad Patel    Parsa    5395    Gandak Hospital, Birgunj
22.    Sunil Acharya    Gorakha    5425    Pragati Polyclinic, Chitwan
23.    Saroj Kumar Singh    Rautahat    6991    Narayani Sub-Zonal Hospital, Birgunj
24.    Ishadul Haque    Parsa    15497    National Medical College, Birgunj
25.    Mohammad Abdul Kalam    Siraha    2390    Trauma Centre, Biratnagar
26.    Rajani Agrawal    Sunsari    6203    Chitwan Medical College, Chitwan
27.    Rabindra Kumar Pandey    Mahottari    2984    Care Nursing Home, Janakpur/Mithilanchal Dental Clinic
28.    Ram Kumar Pradhan    Bara    4014    National Medical College, Birgunj
29.    Ramji Yadav    Sunsari    7241    Puja Medical Hall
30.    Bishnu Prasad Bhusal    Dang    8098    BR Dental Clinic, Tulsipur
31.    Arun Kumar Gupta    Parsa    2757    Norvic Hospital, Thapathali/ B&B Hospital, Gwarko/ Arthritis Care Centre, Birgunj
32.    Sanjay Kumar Das    Siraha    2132    Shree Ram Diagnostics Clinic
33.    Javed Akhtar Ansari    Bihar, India    Using license of someone else    Life Guard Hospital, Biratnagar
34.    Manish Aryal    Morang    4649    FPAN, Sunsari
35.    Rajan Puri    Parsa    16116    Chitwan Medical College, Chitwan
36.    Dinesh Kumar Sah    Parsa    4957    College of Medical Science, Bharatpur/ National Medical College, Birgunj/ Shanti Poly Clinic, Birgunj

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New govt likely to have 18 ministers

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KATHMANDU — The new government is likely to have 15 to 18 ministries in total as Prime mInister KP Sharma Oli is preparing to give his cabinet a full shape.

As per discussion between Prime Minister Oli and CPN-Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, the government may include Madhes-based parties to make the government inclusive and have two-thirds majority in the Parliament.

According to Article 76 (9) of the constitution, the number of ministers cannot exceed 25 in the federal Cabinet. With the new constitution limiting the size of Council of Ministers to 25, the new governing team could be limited to 18 members including three state ministers. A formal decision on the matter is yet to be taken.

Speaking at a program organised in Kathmandu on Tuesday, UML leader Pradeep said: “Cabinet expansion is likely to take place on Wednesday. A few Maoist ministers will be joining the Oli government.”

“Our taskforce has recommended that the government form a 15-member Cabinet. Some of the ministries will be integrated and others scrapped.”

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Ishwor Pokhrel, Pradeep Gyawali, Rabindra Adhikari, Raghubir Mahaseth, Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal and Padma Aryal are the probable ministerial candidates from the UML.

Like3wise, Maoist chair Dahal and senior CPN-MC leaders Narayan Kaji Shrestha and Ram Bahadur Thapa have been given the responsibility of selecting ministers from their party.

Probable ministerial candidates from the Maoist Centre include Ram Bahadur Thapa, Matrika Yadav, Pampha Bhusal, Devendra Poudel, Lekhraj Bhatta, Chakrapani Khanal, Pun, Girirajmani Pokhrel and Dev Gurung, according to the sources.

Thapa may lead the CPN-MC in the government as deputy prime minister. Yadav is being considered for appointment since he represents Madhes, Bhusal as a woman while Poudel is one of the leaders who joined the party lately. Poudel had left the Baburam Bhattarai-led Naya Shakti Party to join the Maoist Centre just ahead of unification talks with the UML.

Leaders involved in discussions said the Maoist Centre could appoint up to eight ministers if the Cabinet size does not exceed 18.

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