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Mishra appointed as chief justice

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KATHMANDU—Chief justice Om Prakash Mishra has been appointed the chief justice of the Supreme Court. He assumed the charge of chief justice today after President Bidhya Devi Bhandari appointed him as a new chief justice.

Mishra took the oath of office and secretary from the president at the office of the president. Earlier in the morning, the Parliamentary Hearing Committee (PHC) had unanimously confirmed his nomination.

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He was recommended for the position on August 23, 2018.  After the rejection of the nomination of senior Justice Deepak Raj Joshee on August 5 by the PHC, Mishra has been at the helm of the apex court.

According to the hearing committee, the reason behind the Joshee’s rejection was, he failed to give satisfactory answers to lawmakers’ questions about his academic credentials, controversial hearing and capability to lead the judiciary.

Despite rejection, Joshee has not resigned yet from the position and is likely to continue working under Mishra’s leadership.

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Tremor felt in Kathmandu

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KATHMANDU— A tremor measuring 3.3 Richter scale was felt in Kathmandu with its epicenter around the local Thapathali area late this morning.

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According to National Seismological Centre’s chief, Lok Bijay Adhikari, the aftershock of the 2015 Gorkha earthquake was recorded at 11:26 am.

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