How Un-Green is My Valley

  • There’s a reason I have come to fear morning outings. In a dangerously polluted Kathmandu, mornings, supposedly the best time of the day for workouts, have become the worst
AKHILESH UPADHYAY, Apr 29 2017
During a recent visit to my doctor, he noted that I had put on weight. I had noticed that my waistline was increasing by ever tightening trousers, some of which I have in fact been wearing for over twenty years. Thanks to my near-constant body weight and waistline—72kg and 32’.
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‘Pact on Ktm, Kerung rail project at final stage’

    Post Report, Apr 29 2017

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Krishna Bahadur Mahara has claimed the much-talked about pact on the Kathmandu-Kerung rail project, a cross-border rail network between Nepal and China, is at final stage of signature.

    Speaking at a programme organised by the China Study Center and the Nepal Institute for Strategic Center on “One Belt One Road Initiative and South Asia” in the Capital on Friday, the DPM said Nepal would sign the pact with China.

    Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal had assured the Chinese side that Nepal would sign an agreement to extend the rail network from Kerung to Kathmandu, Pokhara and Lumbni, he said.

    “As per the PM’s proposal, we are making preparations to sign the agreement with China soon,” Mahara said.

    While it is uncertain yet whether Nepal would be part of OBOR, Mahara who is set to lead Nepal at OBOR Conference in Beijing next month, said that Nepal wanted to take advantage of the plan.

    We have taken it as an opportunity to expand economic cooperation, he said, “Nepal is at final stage to sign the initiative to which the government has accorded the highest priority.

    “We are sure a country like Nepal will be helped by this initiative which is expected to bring together many countries, including those in South Asia.”

    Though top Nepali officials, including PM Dahal, have been insisting on Nepal’s participation at the OBOR conference, sources  privy to the development say that negotiations and consultations with the Chinese side is underway and no concrete decision has been made yet.

    During his recent visit to China, PM Dahal had assured the Chinese leaders that Nepal would be the signatory of the initiative within April 20. But Nepal could not meet the deadline because a text for the agreement was not ready, said an official.

    During the programme, Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Yu Hong highlighted the advantages of OBOR while urging the Asian nations to become the part of the event where representatives of over 150 countries are expected.

    “It will fulfill the development appetite of South Asian nations,” she said.

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    Silwal forged performance report, forensic report says

      Post Report, Apr 29 2017
      A forensic study has shown that Deputy Inspector General Nawaraj Silwal forged his performance evaluation report presented to the Supreme Court as a proof to show that he was ahead of the incumbent Inspector General of Police Prakash Aryal while the both served as DIGs for four years.
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      PM: Counting of all votes together

      Post Report, Kathmandu, Apr 29 2017
      Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has floated a proposal of counting the ballots of both phases of local elections together.

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      Taiwanese survivor celebrates birthday in hospital bed

      Anup Ojha, Kathmandu, Apr 29 2017
      Tiwanese trekker Liang Sheng-yueh celebrates his 22nd birthday at Grande Hospital in Kathmandu on Friday. Post Photo: KESHAV THAPA
      Liang Sheng-yueh, who was rescued after 49 days of missing in upper Dhading, celebrated his 22nd birthday at Grande Hospital in Dhapasi on Friday.

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      Amendment bill will be endorsed even if UML does not support it: Deuba

      Post Report, Kathmandu, Apr 29 2017
      Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba has claimed that the constitution amendment bill tabled at the Parliament will be endorsed with a two-third majority even if the main opposition CPM-UML does not support it.

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      Deuba, Oli meet to discuss amendment bill, local polls

      Post Report, Apr 29 2017
      Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba held a meeting with CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli at the latter’s residence in Balkot, Bhaktapur, on Saturday morning.
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      Indian man kills daughter, attempts suicide in Ilam

      Post Report, Apr 29 2017
      An Indian man tried to kill himself after murdering his daughter in Ilam district on Friday.
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      Embassies seek EC nod to observe polls outside Ktm

      PRITHVI MAN SHRESTHA, Apr 29 2017
      More than half a dozen foreign embassies have urged the Election Commission (EC) to allow them to observe the local elections both inside and outside Kathmandu Valley. The election body had earlier agreed to let them observe the polls in the Valley on the polling day.
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      Money

      World

      Turkish warplanes struck Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq on Wednesday, killing six militants, the military said in a statement, as part of a widening campaign against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

      The statement said the air strikes targeted the Zap region, the Turkish name for a river which flows across the Turkish-Iraqi border and is known as Zab in Iraq.

      On Tuesday, Turkish planes bombed Kurdish militants in Iraq's Sinjar region and northeast Syria, killing around 70 militants inside the two neighbouring states, according to a Turkish military statement.

      Designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, the PKK has waged a three-decade insurgency against the Turkish state for Kurdish autonomy. More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict, most of them Kurds.

      Entertainment

      Sports

      Ira Rawat and Mahika Rana advanced into the women’s singles final of the fifth Citizens Bank Open tennis tournament on Wednesday at the Dashrath Stadium tennis court on Wednesday.

      Rawat stunned defending champion Mayanka Rana in straight sets 7-5, 6-0. She will meet Mayanka’s sister Mahika in the final. Mahika  edged past Prerana Koirala 6-3, 7-6 in another semifinal. 

      Holder Samrakshyak Bhusan Bajracharya had a smooth ride in the men’s singles semi-final beating Santosh Khatri 6-4, 6-4. 

      Meanwhile, the second semi-final between former champion Jitendra Pariyar and Pranab Khanal was called off due to bad light when the match was tied 1-1 after the first two sets. The third and final set will be played on Thursday.   

      In the men’s doubles event, Khatri and Dawa Sherpa’s pair fixed the final clash against the duo of Kumar Adhikari and Pariyar. Khatri and Sherpa’s pair eased past Khadka duo Pradip and Bikash 6-1, 6-1, while Adhikari and Pariyar registered a double bagel win over Shyam Krishna GC and Anjan Thing.  

      The veteran’s men’s doubles above-45 year category saw Sanjay Amatya and Dharma Ratna Shahi’s pair fix the final clash against Raju Chhetri and Degendra Shrestha’s after winning their semi-final matches. 

      Nepali boxing will see its first ever professional bout from May 19 with the beginning of Champ of Champions, a gateway for boxers to earn World Boxing Council (WBC) Asia and WBC license.

      Max Boxing Promotion and Dancing Yak are jointly organising the Champ of Champions after getting an approval from WBC. The organisers claims that the winner will not only earn WBC Asian and WBC license but also opportunities to clash against professional boxers across the world.

      A selection tournament consisting of 16 boxers will be held on May 19-20 from where eight pugilists will qualify for the tournament proper scheduled one and half month later, informed the organisers on Tuesday. The champion will earn Rs 200,000, the first runners-up will get Rs 30,000 and second runner-up  will take home Rs 10,000 respectively.

      The event will be fought in just one weight division and will be named Pro Boxing Light Weight 61kg. “This is an opportunity for our boxers to go professional internationally. It will also help lure more boxers to take up the sport,” said Manohar Basnet ‘Max’ a national boxing champion himself.

      “I have been national champion several times in amateur boxing but throughout my career I never had anything to boast around. In professional boxing, the boxers will not only earn money but also get an opportunity to rule the ring in certain weight categories at international level. This event will certainly take Nepali boxing to a new height,” said Basnet.

      Max Boxing Promotion is a wing under Nepal Pro Boxing Commission, which itself is at its premature stage. Basnet said the Max Boxing Promotion has been authorised by the WBC Asia and WBC. The participating boxers are hand-picked by Basnet himself for the pro championship. “This is just a start for us and with time, the selection of the boxers will get more systematic,” he added.

      Health & Style

      Saturday Features

      The final countdown

      Prarambha Dahal
      Often admired as the best football league in the planet, English Premier League hasn’t failed to disappoint us this season either.

      Local elections or not?

      Guffadi
      We are two weeks away from the first phase of our local elections but it seems that our incompetent government might even postpone it and make us all look like fools.

      The medieval mall

      Monalisa Maharjan
      It is ironic that the word ‘Maru’ in Nepal Bhasa literally translates to ‘does not have’, because this traditional neighbourhood, 300 metres southwest of the Kathmandu Durbar Square,

      The long way home

      Timothy Aryal
      As a young woman, the titular Jayamaya of the play Jayamaya Aafu Matrai Lekhapani Aaipugi (currently on at Mandala Theatre) writes the names of her family and relatives on paper chits and secretly drops them into her treasured little khutruke.

      Hail Monologue Mary

      OBIE SHRESTHA
      The word is flimsy. Sunhil Sippy has turned out such a weightless, feeble Bollywood adaptation of Saba Imtiaz’s novel Karachi, You’re Killing Me!

      Women in reconstruction

      Utsav Shakya
      Beyond the sound of children playing and the occasional buses and motorbikes, there is a calming sound in most parts of Laharepauwa village in Rasuwa, north of Kathmandu.

      Time hangs heavy

      Tuesday marks two years since the Nepal Earthquake 2015, but the scars and wounds left behind by the disaster, particularly at various heritage sites in the Valley, still remain massively uncured,

      Unification fever

      Guffadi
      First of all, let us thank our government for giving us a public holiday on Monday so that our President need not see the traffic jam in the city as she left for India.

      Beyond reconstruction

      NEETU POKHAREL, SOM NIROULA
      April 2017 marks the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Nepal, which took almost 8,860 lives, injured 22,000, damaged 602,257 houses, and rendered thousands of people homeless.