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Failure to disseminate info on statute resulted in crisis: Chief Justice Shrestha

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BHAKTAPUR — Chief Justice Kalyan Shrestha has said that the present issue surfaced because of failure to disseminate true information related to the Constitution to the people immediately after its promulgation.

Chief Justice Shrestha made this comment at a program ‘Role of Media in Enhancing Access to Justice’ jointly organised by the Access to Justice Commission and Constitutional and Judicial Journalists Forum in Bhaktapur on Wednesday evening.

Though the Constitution has enshrined 31 fundamental rights to the people, the beneficiaries were not well informed about the provisions immediately after its promulgation, he said, suggesting the media to disseminate information to the constitutionally-guaranteed rights to the people.

Noting that the promulgation of Constitution was a remarkable achievement, he said the challenge now is to ensure its effective implementation.

Justice is under the reach of only 5 to 10 per cent people, he said, noting that the many significant cases could not come to the door of the court.

He stressed that judges, journalists and lawyers should move ahead together to increase access to justice.

“I would keep the court free from politics and would not allow politics within the court”, CJ Shrestha asserted, adding, “There should be no politicisation in appointing justices. The tendency of keeping the court under political influence should be put to an end.”

The delay in appointment of judges hampered the settlement of cases on time, he added.

The justice has multiple stakeholders, he said, adding that the time has come to form and mobilise volunteers’ groups to villages to increase public trust on court and increase their access to justice.

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PM Oli expands cabinet, 15 new ministers inducted

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15 new ministers inducted. RSS photo

KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has has expanded the Cabinet inducting 15 new ministers from his party CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre), increasing the size of his Cabinet to 22 on Friday.With this, the cabinet led by PM Oli has been extended to 21 members.

Six lawmakers from CPN-UML and five from CPN Maoist Centre lawmakers have been inducted as Ministers to the Cabinet. Likewise, three lawmakers are included as Minister of State.

The newly appointed ministers and state ministers were administered the oath of office at President’s office in Sheetal Niwas, by President Bidya Devi Bhandari at Sheetal Niwas amid an official function.

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The newly ministers are as follows :


Gokarna Bista – Minister for Labour and Employment
Pradeep Kumar Gyawali – Minister for Foreign Affairs
Rabindra Adhikari – Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation
Jagat Bishwakarma – Minister for Youth and Sports
Sher Bahadur Tamang – Minister for Law
Raghubir Mahaseth – Minister for Physical Infrastructure Planning and Development
Gokul Baskota – State Minister for Information and Communication
Padma Kumari Aryal -State Minister for Health and Polulation

CPN Maoist Centre

Barsha Man Pun -Minister for Energy and Water Resources
Giriraj Mani Pokharel – Minister for Education
Shakti Basnet – Minister of Forestry
Chakrapani Khanal – Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives
Bina Magar – Minister for Drinking Water
Ram Kumari Chaudhary – State Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives

PM Oli, earlier in the second expansion of his Cabinet,   had appointed CPN (Maoist Centre)’s Ram Bahadur Thapa as Minister for Home Affairs, CPN (Maoist Centre)’s Matrika Yadav as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies, former governor Yabaraj Khatiwada as Minister for Finance, and CPN-UML’s Ishwor Pokharel as Defence Minister.

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