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.
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.
176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border
KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.
On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.
The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.
Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.
The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.
The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.
Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.