The government has given its consent to the Ministry of Information and Communications to start homework on merging Nepal Television and Radio Nepal under a single public broadcasting service.
A Cabinet meeting held at Singha Durbar Thursday took a decision to this effect. Minister for Information and Communications Minendra Rijal informed that the ministry will initiate the necessary process for merging NTV and Radio Nepal, both state-owned, very soon.
Rijal informed that the meeting also decided to provide Rs 100,000 each to 18 persons, including cricketers and coaches, for securing Nepal’s promotion to ICC Division 2 after finishing on top in the round-robin format ICC World Cricket League Division 3 tournament held in October in Malaysia. Nepal had defeated host Malaysia by 35 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method in the rain-hit last round-robin match played at Selangor Turf Club in Kuala Lumpur.
Similarly, the meeting decided to provide Rs 10,000 each to 19 persons, including cricketers and coaches of the Nepal team for securing first position in the blind women’s cricket tournament held in Kathmandu. Nepal had secured a 93-run victory over the United Kingdom and won the world’s first Blind Women’s Cricket Series, on October 27.
The meeting also gave consent to the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare to prepare a new law for securing the rights of the physically challenged. The meeting gave consent to the Ministry of Forest to bring in a new law on controlling and regulating the international trade in rare wildlife and plants.
According to Rijal, the Cabinet decided to provide Rs 5 million to the Seven Summits women’s expedition team, which is going to climb the highest mountain in Antarctica, Mt Vinson. The team has already summitted the six tallest mountains in six continents so far. Their latest feat was climbing Mt. McKinley in Alaska on June 24. Only Mt Vinson remains for them to scale. Their goal is to become the first all-female team to climb the highest mountain in every continent.
During the Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala informed ministers regarding his efforts to bring a constitution based on consensus. “We have to bring a constitution based on consensus through the Constituent Assembly by Jan 22 at any cost,” the PM said adding, “I will leave no stone unturned to bring consensus within the stipulated timeframe.”