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PHSC endorses Sushila Karki as next CJ

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KATHMANDU — The Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee (PHSC) on Sunday unanimously endorsed the recommendation of Acting Chief JusticeSushila Karki as Chief Justice (CJ).

On April10, the Constitutional Council had recommended Karki to the CJ post; however, the hearing was delayed owing to disputes among major parties on formation of the hearing committee.

A total of six complaints were registered at the committee against Karki and the meeting of the committee today interrogated Karki on them.  Most of the complaints had raised questions about the proficiency of Karki.

With this, Karki will become the 26th chief justice and the first female in the post in Nepal’s history. She will lead the judiciary for about next 14 months, until she retires on June 7, 2017 upon reaching the age limit.

Karki, a member of the Judicial Council, is the seniormost justice at the Supreme Court.  She was appointed ad-hoc justice at the Supreme Court on January 22, 2009 and as permanent justice on November 18, 2010.

She is also chairperson of the IT Committee and Case Management Committee at the Supreme Court. She is a member of the Constitutional Bench.

Born in Biratnagar on June 7, 1952, she completed a bachelor’s degree in law from Tribhuvan University in 1978. She has also done her post graduate in political science from Banaras Hindu University

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Man divorces wife just 15 minutes after Islamic marriage in Dubai

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A man in Dubai divorced his bride just 15 minutes after their Islamic marriage as he felt ‘insulted’ by her father’s bride price demands.

The man agreed to pay his new father-in-law Dh100,000 for their wedding but the older man became impatient to get the cash, DailyMail reported.

According to Gulf News, family members and friends accompanied the couple to a Sharia judge’s office to witness the marriage contract being signed. The groom then gave Dh 50,000 on the spot as agreed, with the rest to come after the party left the court building, according to Gulf News.

But, the bride’s father demanded the remaining cash as soon as the signing was over, even though the groom didn’t have it on him.

He said it would only take five minutes to walk to his car, which was parked outside, and get the rest of the bride price.

Instead of letting him retrieve it, the father insisted him to pay either right then or send a friend or relative to get the money while he stayed inside.

The groom felt insulted and demeaned by the series of demands and called off the marriage immediately, a lawyer handling the case said.

‘He told the bride’s father that he did not want his daughter as his wife and divorced her in less than 15 minutes from signing the marriage contract,’ he said.

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