NOC invites global tender for fuel supply

    Rajesh Khanal, Oct 09 2015
    The Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) on Friday invited bids from interested firms to supply petroleum products in a bid to ease fuel crisis ahead of the country’s biggest festivals—Dashain and Tihar.
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    Passenger distraction caused June 2 chopper crash: Probe

    Sangam Prasain, Kathmandu, Oct 08 2015
    The June 2 crash of a helicopter of Mountain Helicopters was caused by distraction by a passenger and the pilot’s failure to react effectively to an unfamiliar geographical situation, the Tourism Minister said on Thursday in its final report on the disaster.

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    Nepal Airlines Boeing brings fuel

    Sangam Prasain, Kathmandu, Oct 09 2015
    Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) on Thursday dispatched its Boeing 757 to Kolkata to pick up aviation turbine fuel to recharge the depleted reserves of Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) amid worries that continued shortages due to the blockade by India could ground domestic carriers.

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    ISPs feel the heat from petroleum shortages

    SANJEEV GIRI, Oct 09 2015
    Severe fuel shortage has started hitting the telecommunications sector. Particularly, Internet services will be affected the most if the situation prolongs.
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    Probe blames ‘passenger distraction’

    Post Report, Oct 09 2015
    The June 2 crash of a helicopter of Mountain Helicopters was caused by distraction by a passenger and the pilot’s failure to react effectively to an unfamiliar geographical situation, the Tourism Minister said on Thursday in its final report on the disaster.
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    ADB okays $15m aid to help quake-hit districts

    Post Report, Oct 09 2015
    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a new $15 million grant to rebuild schools, provide micro loans to help restore livelihoods, and to boost awareness of disasters in the 14 districts most severely affected by the recent earthquakes in Nepal.
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    Nepal’s AFC Under-19 Championship Qualifiers campaign ended in a low note losing 3-0 to Jordan in their last Group ‘E’ match at the Samen All Aemeh Stadium in Iran on Tuesday.
    Having opened up the tournament with a humiliating 10-0 loss to title contenders Iran, Nepal—with one point— needed a huge-margin victory to stay in race for the 2016 Finals. However, the slim hopes also vanished after Jordan took control of the match scoring two early goals.
    Anas Ahmad Mahmoud Hammad opened the scoring for Jordan striking in the sixth minute before Hijazi Maher Hijazi doubled the lead in the 14th. Abdallah Ibrahim struck in the second minute of the four-minute added on time in the second half.
    The defeat saw Nepal finish at the bottom of four-team standings. After suffering crushing defeat from the hands of Iran, Nepal salvaged some pride holding Kuwait to a 1-1 draw. Kuwait had defeated Jordan 2-1 in their tournament opener on October 2.
    A total of ten group winners and five best second placed teams will qualify for the Finals with hosts Bahrain receiving an automatic qualification. If Bahrain finish top of their qualifying group or end up as one of the five second best placed teams, another best runner-up will get the chance.

    Health & Style

    Fiction Park

    The Not So Great Storywriter

    Uttam Paudel, Oct 04 2015
    He yells with a mouth wide open enough for a swallow to nest in. Panting and gasping, he moves his hands and eyes all over his body, to check if he has transformed into a woman just as in one of his unfinished stories
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    Saturday Features

    The things left unsaid

    The things left unsaid
    take on strange powers,
    especially at night.

    Rage against the machine

    When the earthquake struck five months ago, it felt as though it had shaken the nation’s core for the better. The media, for the first time in ages, seemed to have been forced toinform people about things apart from what leaders said or did on a particular day.

    Bumbling Clowns

    We know that our incompetent government and our lazy civil servants really don’t know how to run this country. So let us not be surprised that our government has no clue how to resolve the crisis in Tarai and work with India to let the goods stranded in the border to enter our land.

    Let there be sight

    I’ve never seen anything like it. The transformations I’ve been witnessing, have stirred me for life, to say the least.A woman’s being able to see once again, after three years of blindness—imagine what that feels like.

    Chronicling a legend

    Timothy Aryal
    The first scene opens with motion pictures on the wall, accompanied by noises, narrating the Mahabharata as it appears in BP Koirala’s shortest novel, Modi Aayin. Excerpts from BP’s novels and short stories are staged inthe form of vignettes woven into the play.

    Clash of the worlds

    Preena Shrestha
    There are attempts at something resembling self-reflexivity in the newly released Highway to Dhampus. In what can be read as almost a personal disclaimer on the part of director Rick McFarland...

    No end in sight

    Rajesh Khanal
    Raj Kumar Kunwar, a taxi driver who hails from Sindhupalchok, has been waiting for a day and a half to fill up his cab’s tank. Kunwar, who is currently in queue at the Nepal Police-owned petrol pump in Naxal, just to receive about nine litres of petrol, says he has been operating his taxi only once in three days for the last week.

    Medical education in jeopardy

    Manish Gautam
    In the immediate aftermath of the earthquakes, which occurred earlier this year, the hospitals in the country struggled to cope with providing services.

    I will live on. Despite you

    Dipti Sherchan
    They say I have become a woman, a state-less woman, an invisible woman, a second class citizen, a third class existence, a blob of some sort gliding through public vehicles and busy streets. Thisparticular blob happens to also have two protruding blobs that constantly get grabbed and a gaping hole that is persistently abused. I do not know how I became this blob.