Nepal’s peace came with a promise for justice—but it’s been painfully slow

  • The country’s effort to conclude the transitional justice process by holding to account the perpetrators of human rights violations has met with energetic resistance— regardless of the political party in power.
Binod Ghimire, Feb 15 2019
The imminent departure of the key people in charge of investigating and recommending punitive action for crimes committed during the 10-year-long insurgency that pitted Maoist rebels against the country’s security forces has not only thrown the timeline for completion of the transitional justice process into uncertainty but also raised serious doubts about whether the government, which the Maoists are a significant part of, and the political structure are committed to delivering justice to the conflict victims.
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Nepal government’s new Information Technology bill draws battle lines against free speech

  • In attempting to regulate social media platforms, Oli administration violates the freedom of speech and opinion guaranteed under the constitution, experts say
Bhrikuti Rai, Feb 15 2019
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A new Information Technology bill proposed by the KP Sharma Oli administration giving sweeping powers to authorities to block social media platforms if they are not registered in Nepal has raised alarm, as rights advocates say it curtails freedom of speech online and increases surveillance of personal data.
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Five essential Nepali punk albums you should listen to

    PRANAYA SJB RANA, Feb 16 2019
    Punk arrived late to Kathmandu, in the early to mid 90s, when dissatisfied, angst-filled young people could actually plug in an electric guitar, pound out the drums and scream into a microphone with little regard for pitch, melody or tone.
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    Kulman Ghising: The man who gave us light

    • Kantipur Icon 2018
    Deepak Adhikari, Feb 15 2019
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    This is the final profile of the winners of Kantipur Icon 2018, awarded by Kantipur Foundation, the non-profit philanthropic arm of Kantipur Media Group. Kulman Ghising, the managing director of Nepal Electricity Authority, is the winner in the Business & Economy category.
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    Light at the end of the tunnel

    Kiran Panday, Feb 16 2019
    The Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower project—the largest hydropower project that the country is current undertaking—is once again facing delays.

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    Main News

    Anti-corruption commissioner resigns over bribery scandal

    PRITHVI MAN SHRESTHA, Feb 16 2019
    Raj Narayan Pathak, a commissioner at the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority, resigned from his post on Friday after being embroiled in a controversy for allegedly receiving a bribe of Rs78 million to settle a dispute regarding an engineering college
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    Kathmandu metropolis to review its faulty building code

    ANUP OJHA, Feb 16 2019
    After receiving widespread criticism from heritage experts, conservationists and urban architects over Kathmandu Metropolitan City’s new ‘Building Code 2075,’ the metropolis has announced to review the code and conduct an extended interaction with experts.
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    Mangalsen Durbar sees 75 percent work in 10 years

    MENUKA DHUNGANA, Feb 16 2019
    The construction of Mangalsen Durbar, in Achham district, has been in limbo for the last 10 years The palace was bombed and severely damaged during the Maoist insurgency
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    Sports

    Jhapa XI will take on Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) in the inaugural match of the 21st Tilottama Gold Cup football tournament at the Anfa Technical Centre on Saturday.

    Among others in the fray for the title include Nepal Police Club, Sankata Club, Manang Marshyangdi Club, Dauphins Family of Cameroon, Brothers United Club of India, Sunsari XI, Chyasal XI and hosts Rupandehi XI.

    The tournament was postponed by two days due to the problems in team selections while also taking into consideration of various other knockout tournaments being held around the country. The champions will receive Rs 850,000 and the runners-up will get Rs 550,000.

    A day after a city-based women’s franchise league was announced, NCL Sports Pvt Ltd came up with their won franchise competition in the shorter version of the game—NCL Women’s Twenty20 Cricket League—on Friday.

    The four-team city-based franchise league will be held on March 15-23 at the Baijnathpur ground in Biratnagar. On Thursday, Pokhara Premier League organisers Queen’s Event Management Pvt Ltd had announced the Women’s Champions League—a five-team league.

    Jay Raj Roy, the President of NCL Sports, said further details of the tournament will be disclosed in the days to come. “We are doing our homework for this tournament and have been in talks with the national women’s team coach Binod Das and other stakeholders. Once we finalise this we will come up with further information,” said Roy.
    According to Roy, each team will have a marquee player and cricketers will picked up through auction. NCL said it will also work in bringing in men’s and age-group cricket leagues. National women’s team coach Das was happy with back-to-back announcement of the league. “The day when we landed in Kathmandu after competing in the Women’s Twenty20 Smash, I had said that Nepal needs women leagues. Its quite a pleasant surprise to get two leagues are starting so early,” said Das. “We were having a chat about it over whether we can do it or not. We would like to thank the organisers for coming up with this daring act. We are happy to coordinate with NCL Sports for this tournament. This is a beginning and lets hope the government will work in ending the deadlock in the cricket administration to make sure Nepal institutionalises efforts like these,” added Das.
    After going through almost four testing years without proper domestic tournament, national women’s team skipper Rubina Chhetri was delighted to get another league. “There used to be time when there was nothing for women’s cricket. Tourna-ments like this will help us immensely,” said Rubina.  “We are happy because getting more matches will give us more confidence in international events. We will have events to play. Tournaments like these helps us stick to the game,” added Chhetri.

    Life & Style

    Book Review

    A story of deferred dreams

    Saroj GC, Feb 15 2019
    While conflict is one of the prominent agents of social change and transformation, it naturally has more heinous and notorious repercussions. It can be infinitely menacing and equally dehumanising.
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    Fiction Park

    The demented mind

    KANTILATA THAPA, Feb 10 2019
    The sound of water running from a tap woke me up from my sleep. I feel a dull headache; I look outside, and it is still dark. I check the time—it’s 2:30 am. My hostel room is a mess; things are scattered everywhere. I get up and make a half-hearted attempt to clean up my room, and midway, I decide to do it later. I go outside my room to the verandah to get some fresh air. It is cold. The air is heavy with silence. Everything is enveloped in  thick fog.
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    Saturday Features

    Internet cafés or ‘wangbas’ in China create a space for internet addicts

    Tripty Tamang Pakhrin
    Internet cafés in China have created a new space where people lose themselves within the virtual world of online gaming--a chance to explore an experimental world without any impediment.

    'Nepalis come across a huge wall that divides one part of the world from another'

    Avasna Pandey
    The presence of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah at the helm has only made things worse. These people are bent on hardening borders, rather than dissolving them.

    The beatmaker

    ABANI MALLA
    On a cold and rainy winter’s day, 19-year-old Sagun Khadka sits at a cafe in Jhamsikhel, listening to hip-hop on his headphones.

    Shreesha Bhandari’s Athot deserves to be read by young people seeking guidance

    MOHAN GURAGAIN
    Without failing to shed light on the importance of time, Athot stresses that what we failed to do in our lives are not less important than what we actually did. 

    Guffadi: Our Oli government is not a communist but a truly wild capitalist party

    Guffadi
    Once again, let us congratulate our Oli government for passing the Medical Mafia Bill. Now, Dr KC should go home and rest.

    Celebrating a century

    Prakash Chandra Timilsena
    Calmly seated in a chariot pulled by her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, Mayju Maharjan observes her fifth janko—a rare ritual, called Mahadivya Ratharohan, where an elder is celebrated for completing 108 years, eight months, eight days, eight hours, and eight seconds around the sun. 

    The paper trail

    Prakash Chandra Timilsena
    In 1995, 50-year-old Nima Sherpa moved from Dolakha to Kathmandu with a plan—he was going to take traditional Nepali lokta paper to the world. Sherpa had realised that products made of lokta, which were easily available in his village, could make it big in the international market.

    Life and art are inextricably blended into each other

    Timothy Aryal
    Mekh Limbu’s art needs little elaboration. It speaks the truth, laid out for all to see and reflect on. It’s real; it’s quiet, keening and sharp. Take his installation ‘How I Forgot My Mother Tongue’, for instance, which was part of the Opposite Dreams exhibition displayed during the Photo Kathmandu festival last year.

    Raamesh Koirala’s book about Charles Sobhraj is confused, leaving the reader unsure of whether this is a memoir or a novel

    Pranaya SJB Rana
    Raamesh Koirala’s new book about the notorious serial killer Charles Sobhraj is a strange animal. Although ostensibly presented as a non-fiction memoir written by the cardiac surgeon who operated on Sobhraj’s heart, the copyright page of the book asserts that “This is a work of fiction.” Perhaps this was an (glaring) oversight on the part of the publisher, but given the manner in which the book unfolds, it might be an accurate characterisation.