Hospital is no place to be sick (in pictures)

    Aug 26 2016
    I returned with a hope that the place that's primary task is to help people recuperate from their health does not become a cause of worsening the patients’ plight.
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    Chandragiri cable car carries 20k visitors in first fortnight

      SANGAM PRASAIN, Aug 26 2016
      Chandragiri on the southwestern rim of the Kathmandu Valley has been a major trade route from ancient times, and until a motorable road was built in 1956, all travellers walked over the ridge to get into or out of the city.
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      Newly-appointed Ministers sworn-in

      Kathmandu, Aug 26 2016
      Photo courtesy: @PM_Nepal/Twitter
      President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Friday administered oath of office and secrecy to 13 newly-appointed ministers from Nepali Congress.

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      SC seeks original files of CIAA chief Karki’s appointment

      Post Report, Kathmandu, Aug 26 2016
      Supreme Court on Friday ordered to furnish the original documents of the appointment of Lokman Singh Karki as the chief of Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA).

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      Main News

      NC Prez Deuba off to Singapore for health check-up

      Aug 26 2016
      Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba on Friday left for Singapore for a routine health check-up.
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      I will address Dr KC's demands: Health Minister Thapa

      Post Report, Aug 26 2016
      Newly appointed Health Minister Gagan Thapa has said that it is his moral responsibility to address the demands of Dr Govinda KC.
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      PM pledges to take initiative to address Dr KC's demands

      Aug 26 2016
      Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has pledged to take necessary initiatives to address the demands of Dr Govinda KC.
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      Money

      Sports

      The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Thursday dismissed the appeals lodged by four Nepali footballers and official Anjan KC against their lifetime bans for match-fixing offences.

      The AFC banned former national team skipper Sagar Thapa, Sandeep Rai, Bikash Singh Chhetri, goalkeeper Ritesh Thapa along with KC—also a former footballer—in December for their involvement in fixing the international matches that Nepal played from 2008-2012.
      The AFC Appeal Committee meeting of Thursday confirmed the ruling by the AFC Disciplinary Committee on December 5 which claimed it found the five guilty of violating article 62 and 69 of the AFC Disciplinary Code. Nepal Police had arrested the five footballers on October 14 following a year-long investigation in coordination with AFC and its partner Sportsradar which monitors suspicious international matches across the globe.
      Nepal Police had filed subversion charges against all five before the Special Court granted them bail on November 10. Police had claimed that Thapa and KC, who once coached current National League Champions Three Star, were the main players of the fixing scam. The Office of Attorney General had registered a case with the Special Court seeking for life-imprisonment against the accused players under the Crime against State and Punishment Act, 1989.
      Apart from the five players arrested, a physiotherapist, Dejiv Thapa, was also charged with treason in absentia. Thapa, who is currently in the United States of America, is accused of receiving at least $1,000 from Malaysian footballer and suspected match-fixer Kesavan Pattan.

      Nepali top-tier Three Star Club qualified for the AFC Cup Playoffs as Group ‘B’ winners after Erchim FC of Mongolia defeated Nagaworld FC 1-0 in the AFC Cup Qualifying Playoffs at the Mongolian Football Federation grounds in Ulaan Bataar on Thursday.

      Three Star, who had defeated Erchim 2-0 in their tournament opener, had to wait for their fate after Nagaworld held them to a 1-1 stalemate in the second game of the three-team pool. Erchim were already out from the Qualifying playoffs following the draw in second match but Nagaworld would have seen them through had they returned with a victory by three-goal margin on Thursday.
      Nagaworld’s loss meant Three Star topped the pool with four points ahead of Erchim (three). Nagaworld had just one point. Three Star will now head into the Playoffs with the opponents yet to be decided. The date and venue have also not been ascertained yet.
      “The AFC Cup is coming up with a new format. AFC (Asian Football Confederation) will now conduct a new format workshop in August in Malaysia. The workshop will determine the nature of the playoff and the number of teams that it might feature,” said Sanjeeb Shilpakar, Three Star General Secretary.
      Group ‘A’ winners Dordoi Bishkek of Kyrgyzstan and Group ‘C’ champions Tatung FC of Chinese Taipei are so far the other two teams confirmed for the Playoffs. “We are very happy because we have made it through. The boys did all the hard work,” said Three Star coach Meghraj KC.
      Skipper Bikram Lama credited everyone for the success. “The entire team set, coaching staff, management and well wishers of Three Star have made it possible,” said Lama.

      The National Sports Council (NSC) on Tuesday picked up 38 cricketers for the preliminary round of the selection for the upcoming ICC Women’s World Cup Asia Qualifier to be held in Hong Kong from October 9-15.

      NSC, the country’s supreme sports governing body, is currently overseeing the selection of women’s cricketers after the International Cricket Council (ICC) suspended the membership of the Cricket Association of Nepal. The players were selected following the players’ performance in the District and Regional Selection Tournaments.

      Rubina Chhetri, Santoshi Chaudhary, Sabnam Rai, Mamata Chaudhary, Rashmi Sharma, Kajol Shrestha, Kabita Gautam, Anisha Parajuli, Anuradha Chau-dhary, Roma Thapa, Sangita Rai, Shobha Ale, Rachana Aryal, Sita Shrestha and Shar-ada Wagle made the cut for the first round of selection.

      Also selected were Ashmina Karmacharya, Roji Kadari, Aarati Bidari, Rabina Bhandari, Indu Berma, Barsha Rana, Saraswoti Pun, Laxmi Chaudhary, Nary Thapa, Mamata Thapa, Geeta Gosai, Trishna Singh, Roshani Bohora, Kabita Joshi, Rekha Rawal, Karuna Bhandari, Ritu Kanojiya, Sita Rana Magar, Sarita Magar, Sonu Khadka, Jyoti Pandey, Neera Rajopadhyaya and Binu Budhathoki.

      Only the winners of the week-long Qualifying Playoffs in Hong Kong will qualify for the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier, an 10-team event which will send two teams into the tournament proper. Nepal will play hosts Hong Kong, China and Thailand in the Qualifying Playoffs.

       

      Adit Subedi of St Xaviers and Saloni Tamang of Little Angels (LA) clinched the U-12 singles championship of the LA-JTI Inter-school Junior Tennis Tournament on Tuesday.

      Subedi eased past Aki Juben Raut of Pennwood 6-1, 6-0 in the boys’ final, while Tamang beat Ishashri Shah of St Xaviers 6-1, 6-2 in the girls’ title clash. Nischal Adhikari and Aditya Subedi finished jointed third in U-12 boys’ category, while Rayana Shah and Suvangi Laxmi Shah shared the third place in the U-12 girls’ event.

      Samrakshyan Bhusan Bajracharya of Shuvatara and Mayanka Rana of The British School clinched the U-16 singles titles. Held at the LA premises in Hattiban, Bajracharya saw off Pranab Khanal of St Xaviers 6-2, 6-4 in the boys’ title match. Rana defeated her schoolmate Ani Mathema 7-6, 6-3 in the girls’ U-16 final.

      Avinaya Acharya and Pramod Budhathoki in boys’ finished third in boys’ event, while Mahika Rana and  Ira Raut ended up joint third in girls’ event.

      Suvangi of LA won the U-10 singles title with an 8-2 win over Aja Regmi of Kasthamandap. Eva Adhikari and Ayesha Dolkar shared third place.

      Aarav Samrat Hada of St Xavier and Aki Juben Raut set the Under-10 boys’ singles championship clash. Hada defeated Saroj Lama 8-2 and Aki Juben saw off Aditya Subedi 8-0 in the semi-finals.

       

       

      The national league champion, Three Star Club tied 1-1 with Cambodia's Nagaworld Club during the ongoing AFC Cup Football playoff selection in Mongolia. It was the second match Nepal played there.

      The Three Star netted in the 85th minute of the game played in Ulaanbaatar of Mongolia on Tuesday.

      It was the foreign player from Three Star, Martin, to score the goal tying the draw.

      Although the Three Star defeated Mongolia's Irchim Club 2-0 in the first match, it has to wait the results of the Nagaworld and Irchim to enter the second round. Nepal which is in Group B has four points. RSS

      Health & Style

      Fiction Park

      The many shades of memories

      Dixya Sharma, Aug 21 2016
      As much as fate was cruel, Ashraya had moved on. But memories do what they do: They haunt, in the deep recesses of mind, wreaking havoc in the hollows of the heart
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      Saturday Features

      The Otherworld

      Anuj Adhikary
      Arid land, snow-capped mountains, barren hills and nothingness. We found ourselves in the smack, middle of nowhere, with not a soul in sight. Prayer flags fluttered and predatory birds overhead struggled to stay aflight against a battery of cold, dry gusts. Perhaps they were checking on if we were still moving. Drenched in sweat, out of breath and near-roasted from the midday sun, we were—barely. Spent, at the first pass we lay listless.

      The dark underbelly of remittance

      NAYAN P SINDHULIYA
      Kahar is a collection of deeply felt, meticulously researched, and agonising yet humane accounts of blood and tears, of individuals with dreams of more prosperous lives through migration

      With-in and with-out

      Astha Joshi
      Change is not an intuitive process but a continuous one where you have to learn to adapt and adjust to the small space that has been given to you

      Cartels, clowns and comedians

      Guffadi
      This is the new Nepal where our politicians have turned into comedians and our real comedians have turned into social workers

      Contextualising development

      Ram Chandra Pokhrel
      In July this year, I was part of a 15-member delegation from the Nepali Congress (NC) on a visit to the People’s Republic of China on invitation of the Chinese Communist Party (CPC). On our flight to Chengdu, playing ‘hide and seek’ with the clouds and snow-clad mountains, we flew over the vast arid plateau of the Tibetan Autonomous Region—the roof the world. At the time, we had marvelled over the remote and desolate landscape, but unbeknownst to us, the landscapes we were flying over, and China’s endeavour to transform it, would feature again, and prominently, on our week-long visit.

      Unrequited dreams

      Timothy Aryal
      Fuzz Factory Productions’ latest video prods viewers to rethink their dreams and sense of fulfilment

      An honourable murderer

      Preena Shrestha
      Director Tinu Suresh Desai and writer Vipul Rawal inject so much melodrama into Rustom’s screenplay that the story actually ends up less impactful than it probably would’ve been with a straighter telling of the real-life source material

      Commuting on a library

      Shaleen Shah
      Kathmandu’s public vehicles can be exasperating, to say the least. Could a few books change it?

      The long way home

      ROSHAN SEDHAI
      Fluctuating oil prices and the political instability in the Gulf has stakeholders debating the long-term feasibility of a remittance-driven economy