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Govt bans essential service disruption

  • Plan to thwart bus operators’ strike call
Post Report, Apr 25 2018
The government has banned all kinds of strike by essential service providers. A Cabinet meeting on Tuesday decided to publish a notice in the Nepal Gazette to enforce the order.
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NRA: Private houses to be built within next fiscal

  • Poor track record makes claim hard to believe
Post Report, Apr 25 2018
As the government faces widespread criticisms over the slow pace of reconstruction, the National Reconstruction Authority on Tuesday said reconstruction of private homes impacted by the April 2015 earthquake would be completed within the next fiscal year.
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Army to probe rape claim against Blue Helmets in South Sudan

Post Report, Kathmandu, Apr 25 2018
The Nepal Army has formed a board of inquiry to investigate the claim of rape against Nepali UN Peacekeepers in South Sudan. A few troopers from the Blue Helmets allegedly raped two minors at their duty stations.

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Wild elephant kills woman in Saptari

Post Report, RAJBIRAJ, Apr 25 2018
A woman died in an elephant attack in Saptari district on Tuesday morning. Police said the elephant from Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve (KTWR) attacked Durga Devi Yadav, 45, while she was asleep in her home at Theliya Lakhanpati settlement in Kanchanrup Municipality-11.

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‘Enact law’ for Chure range conservation

Post Report, Apr 25 2018
Former President Ram Baran Yadav has urged the government to come up with policies to conserve Chure range that is going through severe degradation since decades.
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Quake survivors still in unsafe homes

TIKA PRASAD BHATTA, Apr 25 2018
Around 20,000 families in Ramechhap are still living in earthquake-damaged homes. Many families have carried out minor repair works like re-roofing, beam buttressing and wall crack plastering on their damaged homes, but they can hardly be called safe.
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Nepal elected chair of UN panel

Post Report, Apr 25 2018
Nepal has been elected by acclamation as Chair of the Committee on Conferences, a permanent subsidiary organ of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) for 2018.
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Wild elephant kills woman in Saptari

Post Report, Apr 25 2018
A woman died in an elephant attack in Saptari district on Tuesday morning. Police said the elephant from Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve (KTWR) attacked Durga Devi Yadav, 45, while she was asleep in her home at Theliya Lakhanpati settlement in Kanchanrup Municipality-11.
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At least 21 revellers were killed en route to a wedding when their truck flew off a bridge, police said Wednesday, the latest horrific crash on India’s accident-prone roads, AFP reported.

The truck, carrying more than 40 passengers, smashed through a protective railing in central Madhya Pradesh state late Tuesday and plunged nearly 20 metres to a dry river-bed below.

Police in Sidhi district said 21 people were injured, most of them critically, in the accident some 560 kilometres from the state capital Bhopal.

“Several teams of police and emergency services were rushed to rescue the injured. Most of the injured were in a critical condition,” local police officer Vishal Sharma told AFP.

The immediate cause of the accident was unknown but Sharma said the driver was likely speeding.

India has some of the world’s deadliest roads with more than 200,000 fatalities annually, according to the World Health Organisation.

Last week, at least 30 people, including 27 children, were killed in northern Himachal Pradesh state when a school bus plunged off a cliff.

The next day, 18 people were killed when a truck packed with labourers overturned on a highway in western India.

Most accidents are blamed on poor roads, badly-maintained vehicles and reckless driving.

Commercial drivers are largely unregulated, meaning many work long hours through the night, raising the danger of them falling asleep at the wheel, campaigners say.

 

A well-known gay rights lawyer and environmental advocate burned himself to death in New York City on Saturday in a grisly protest against ecological destruction, the Associated Press reported.

The charred remains of 60-year-old David Buckel were found by passers-by in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. Police said he was pronounced dead at about 6:30 a.m.

The Daily News reports that Buckel left a suicide note in a shopping cart near his body that said he hoped his death was "honorable" and "might serve others."

The New York Times said it received an emailed copy of the note, which also said, "Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result — my early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves."

Buckel was the lead attorney in in a lawsuit involving Brandon Teena, a transgender man who was murdered in Nebraska. Hilary Swank won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Teena in the 1999 movie "Boys Don't Cry."

Buckel also served as marriage project director at Lambda Legal, a national organization that fights for LGBT rights, where he was the strategist behind same-sex marriage cases in New Jersey and Iowa.

Susan Sommer, a former Lambda Legal attorney who is now the general counsel for the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice in New York City, told the Times that Buckel "was all about justice, but he was also all about what it means to be human."

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Sommer added, "He was a very smart and methodical lawyer. He knew his craft and his trade and was strategic in how to build the blocks toward a sweeping victory."

 

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The Election Committee of the All Nepal Football Association (Anfa) on Sunday set May 5 as the date for the executive committee election of the football governing body.

However the date is set on a condition that Patan High Court vacates the writ petition filed by Bhaktapur District Football Association president Gautam Sukhaju and Makawanpur District Football Association vice president Manish Shrestha. Acting on the petitions the court on March 22 had issued a stay order to put the March 28 Anfa election on hold. The duo had stated in that Anfa had violated their rights to participate in the election.

But after the court verdict, Anfa conducted the election of Bhaktapur FA on April 10 and Makawanpur FA on April 6. As ordered Anfa also furnished a written reply to the Patan High Court and submitted an application to vacate the writ petition of the duo. Anfa in its reply to the court had said that the demands of those FAs have been fulfilled as it ensures their participation in the election.  

“The election committee meeting on Sunday decided to request the Anfa secretariat to hold the election on May 5,” said a notice of the Anfa Election Committee. “As elections of those two concerned district FAs have already been conducted and the names of the representative also finalised, we reached the conclusion to set the election date in a condition that Patan High Court lifts its previous order,” reads the statement.

Anfa election was originally set for January 25 but has since been postponed four times on various pretext in the last four months, the last of which was put off indefinitely on March 22 due to the court stay order. The next hearing on the Anfa case is on Wednesday.

 

 

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Fiction Park

Any given Saturday

Abha Dhital, Apr 22 2018
He sees a two-wheeler pass by every thirty minutes or so, but that’s all the noise there is. He likes it this way. He likes quiet days, even when it’s particularly harmful for the business
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Escalate

BRAND AND CUSTOMER: The perfect pair

Apr 23 2018
Ahmed Dulla says he was never a bright student and once thought that becoming taxi driver would be his highest aspiration in life. Then, by happenstance, he stumbled upon footwear technology on the internet and enrolled into Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI) in India. There on, he worked for several renowned international brands, such as Aldo and Zara, before returning to Kathmandu in 2012 to launch his own brand—Dulla Shoes.
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Saturday Features

Words have power, everybody should get their share

Bhairab Risal, the 90-year-old veteran journalist, critic and activist, is a humble man. Even when you are seated in his living room, looking at the many framed awards that cover two adjacent walls, he doesn’t really entertain the idea of talking about them.

Make our schools great again!

Guffadi
Let us congratulate our Chief Minister (CM) of Province 7 Trilochan Bhatta for enrolling his kid in a community school. Finally, we have a politician who thinks his kid is better off studying in a community school than in expensive private schools. We hope our politicians and civil servants will also learn a thing or two from CM Bhatta. It’s about time our thulo mancheys worked together to make our community schools great again.

The spirit of service

MOHAN GURAGAIN
A few names stand out in the public service sector. The Bagmati Clean-up Campaign spearheaded by then-chief secretary Leela Mani Paudyal, who is currently Nepal’s ambassador to China, maintains its spirit even in his absence. Whenever there is chaos on the road, people remember Sitaram Hachhethu, the tough traffic cop. Kulman Ghishing lit up Nepalis’ faces by lifting the veil of endemic ‘load-shedding’.

A house of my own

Prateebha Tuladhar
I didn’t sleep very well last night. My feet felt like a furnace and there were pins and needles on my back. I tossed and turned until I fell asleep again. I had fever dreams— they were fragments of our Mahankal home. It left me wondering why we’ve never had a conversation about that house. After all, it is where you began to take shape inside Mamu. It’s a different story that we’d moved by the time you arrived, and no one ever thought of visiting the place again.

Gatlang in transition

Utsav Shakya
Mornings in Gatlang, Rasuwa are deceivingly quiet. One minute it seems eerily still, the next it is full of activity.

Scratching the surface

Sandesh Ghimire
In this decade of tenuous post-insurgency ‘peace’, several attempts have been made through literature, films, theatre and academic research to explore the impact of the ‘People’s War’ on Nepal. Given that a long period of time has not passed since the end of the war; given that the transitional justice issues have not been addressed and that the memories still linger fresh in the national psyche, there is no definitive view on how the civil war shaped the fabric of Nepali society. No doubt, eventually, a definitive narrative will emerge; but in the meantime, productions like Sakhi, for better or worse, will continue to add and shape perspectives.

The luxury of time

Yukta Bajracharya
t is about seven in the evening and we’re wrapping up our five-day spoken word poetry workshop with a group of women from and around the Lumbini Sanskritik Municipality. The usual restlessness to get home without it being ‘too late’ in the evening has been stalled for tonight; it is our last session together and we are walking back from the evening’s workshop, discussing family, husbands, friendship, writing and the poetry performance that is lined up the day after.

Khokana’s Kols

Prawash Gautam
He is walking along a trail cutting through vast farmlands, his mind set on the long journey ahead. He is focused. It has already been an arduous morning and the kharpan balanced precariously on his shoulder is getting heavier by the hour.

Viplavi

Sanjit Bhakta Pradhananga
It is nearly 5 pm and the cloistered neighbourhood of Nhaikantala in Asan feels exhausted from a hectic day of shoppers streaming in and out of its jewellery and electronic stores.