Valley lifts ban on night-time vehicular movement; Government told to schedule Grade 12 exams pronto

A meeting between district administration officers of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur held today decided to lift the ban on vehicular movement after 8:00 pm with effect from Wednesday.

In the face of rising COVID-19 cases, their earlier meeting had decided to restrict non-essential vehicular movement after 8:00 pm within the Valley.

The meeting revised the previous prohibitory orders. Operation of conference halls, party palaces, dance bars, swimming pools, among other public entertainment venues and gathering in crowds is still prohibited till September 1.

However, several government bodies and various political parties themselves are found violating the prohibitory orders.

On Monday, a program was organized by the Ministry of Home Affairs at the Naxal-based Marriott Hotel in Kathmandu against the prohibitory orders placed in the Valley.

The Chandragiri Hills Resort is currently providing residence to about six dozen leaders, including former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and other political leaders that have split from CPN-UML.

The Kathmandu District Administration Office has asked Chandragiri Hills Resort for an explanation regarding the same.

Meanwhile, the Education and Health Committee of the House of Representatives today directed the government to conduct Grade XII examinations as soon as possible.

Committee Chairperson Jaipuri Gharti said that the committee had instructed authorities concerned to conduct the board examinations as soon as possible.

“We have concluded that the examination was postponed due to the wrong decision by CCMC. We have asked the government to vaccinate students and conduct the examinations as per the earlier model,” she said.

The National Examination Board has arranged the exams to be conducted at home centers and is preparing to conduct the examination by setting up sub-centers for schools with more than 200 candidates.

Education Secretary Ram Prasad Thapaliya said the exam dates would be fixed in coordination with the Ministry of Health and Population. “We’ve started inoculating Valley students on the basis of their admit cards. We’re discussing about doing the same outside the Valley,” he added.

The examination to be held from August 15 has been postponed until further notice on the recommendation of the Ministry of Health and CCMC. The authorities faced backlash for postponing Grade XII tests while Tribhuwan University and other universities were allowed to conduct final exams.

The government only recently administered the first dose of Vero Cell vaccine to Grade XI and XII students above 18 years of age studying in Kathmandu, university students sitting for exams and people above 40 years of age for three days from last Friday.