PM Oli blames ‘emptied state coffers’ for lack of instant impact

    Post Report, Oct 18 2018
    Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that the incumbent government has not been able work properly so as to show the immediate impact as the erstwhile government had emptied the state coffers.
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    Devotees throng Taleju Bhawani temple on Mahanawami (In photos)

      Post Report, Oct 18 2018
      Post Photo: Sanjog Manandhar
      The Taleju Bhawani temple at Hanuman Dhoka in Kathmandu has been opened to public on Thursday, on the occasion of Mahanawani, the ninth day of the 10-day Bada Dashain festival.
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      Immersed in Dashain spirit (In photos)

      Post Report, Oct 17 2018
      Immersed in Dashain spirit

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      Over 2.5 million people leave Kathmandu

      Post Report, Kathmandu, Oct 17 2018
      More than 2.5 million people have travelled from Kathmandu to their native places to celebrate Dashain festival starting Ghatasthapana, the Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) said on Tuesday.

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      Energy Minister Pun outlines govt’s plan to develop 15,000 MW power

      Anuj Kumar Adhikari, BEIJING, Oct 18 2018
      Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Barshaman Pun underscored the significance of electricity as a priority sector that has a direct bearing on socio-economic transformation of Nepal.

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      Main News

      Bike hit kills pedestrian at Thulobharyang

      Post Report, Oct 18 2018
      A pedestrian died after being hit by a motorbike at Thulobharyang-15, Kathmandu on Thursday.
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      Three killed in Chitwan accident

      Oct 18 2018
      Three people were killed and four others injured in a road accident in Chitwan on Wednesday.
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      Mahanawami festival observed today

      Oct 18 2018
      Mahanawami festival or the ninth day of 10-day Bada Dashain festival was observed on Thursday by worshiping goddess Durga Bhawani and making offerings.
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      Leading officials and scholars from around the world will gather in Beijing next week for the fifth meeting of China's flagship cultural forum to discuss how to build a community with a shared future for mankind through cultural exchanges, China Daily reported.

      The fifth conference of the Taihu World Cultural Forum, a Chinese NGO that promotes Chinese culture and serves as a platform for international nongovernment exchanges, will be held October 17 to 19 in the capital.

      This year's meeting calls on all countries to promote a shared future, push for exchanges among different cultures and lead the international community in the direction of cultural communication and coexistence, according to Yan Zhaozhu, president of the forum.

      "We call on people from cultural fields from China and around the world to shoulder historical responsibilities and promote connectivity of different cultures," he said.

      The three-day meeting is expected to see nearly a thousand participants including government officials from China, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Poland, Italy, Egypt and other countries, as well as experts, entrepreneurs and media members.

      It encompasses a series of activities such as an opening ceremony, plenary session, six thematic forums, high-end dialogues and a closing ceremony.

      Participants will discuss topics such as international relations, economy, culture, ecology, the Belt and Road Initiative, the internet, philosophy, sociology and traditional medicine under this year's theme of "Cultural Dialogue: Building a Community with a Shared Future for Mankind".

      The discussions aim to encourage people to exchange ideas and learn from each other to jointly contribute to the development of human civilization, and build a world with lasting peace and security, openness and tolerance as well as common prosperity.

      The forum and China Daily will co-host the gathering, with the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs, the Palace Museum, the Central Literature and History Research Institute, and the University of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences as co-sponsors, and will also receive support from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles, and the Counselor's Office of the State Council.

      Founded in 2008 by China, the forum is a well-known cultural promoter, and has successfully held four conferences in Suzhou, Jiangsu province in 2011; Hangzhou, Zhejiang province in 2013; Shanghai in 2014 and Macao in 2016, and invited people from all walks of life to participate in detailed discussions, dialogues and exchanges.

      A Bangladesh court on Wednesday sentenced Tarique Rahman, the acting chairman of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) to life in jail, and 19 more to death, over a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2004, lawyers said.

      The opposition is in disarray ahead of general elections set for December, with Rahman trying to run its campaign from exile in London after his mother and party leader, former premier Khaleda Zia, was jailed on corruption charges in February.

      A special court gave the death penalty to 19 people, several of them BNP leaders, including former junior home minister Lutfuzzaman Babar, for an attack on a public rally in 2004, government lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kazal told reporters. Rahman and other BNP members were among the 19 sentenced to life terms.

      However, the government is dissatisfied with the sentence and will appeal to the Supreme Court, seeking the death penalty for Rahman, Kazal added.

      “We are not happy with this judgment as we expected that all of them (BNP members) would get death sentences, especially Tarique,” he said.

      Minutes into Hasina’s speech at the rally in 2004, assailants threw grenades that killed 24 people and wounded more than 500, most of them workers of her Awami League party, which was in the opposition at the time.

      The court delivered the verdict “as per government wish,” said BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

      “We reject this verdict,” he told a news briefing.

      The party plans to challenge the court verdict, its lawyer, Sanaullah Mian, said. “The judgment was not given in a just way, so we will go for appeal and we believe all of them will be freed without any charges,” he added.



      Paragliding world cup championship is to be organised from November 1 to 4 at the Sworek ground of Bhirkot municipality -5 in Syangja district.

      Nepal Paragliding Association, Nepal Air Sports Association and the Babu Adventure Club, Syangja are jointly organising the event with the coordination of the District Coordination Committee, Syangja.

      General-secretary of Nepal Paragliding and Hand-gliding Association general secretary and programme coordinator, Shailendra Rawat, said that the paragliding world cup is taking place for the first time in Nepal. He said it was a pride for the state as well as the players.

      Coordinator of the paragliding competition management main committee, Sita Sundas, believed that the championship would help enhance Syangja district’s identity cross the globe. Also the chief of the District Coordination Committee, she said the championship would be an important occasion for publicizing the possibility of air sports in the country at the international level.

      It is believed that the paragliding world cup championship will play a significant role in introducing the Aandhikhola Valley aviation zone in the district to the world.

      Teen leg spin prodigy Sandeep Lamichhane’s Biratnagar Titans will play against Sharad Vesawkar-led Pokhara Paltan as fixtures of the Pokhara Premier League was released on Monday.

      Lamichhane is the marquee player of Titans who are yet to confirm him as skipper of the franchise. Experienced Vesawkar, meanwhile, is almost certain to win the captaincy for the Paltan. The city-based franchise Twenty20 cricket tournament begins from October 26 in Pokhara. The opening day will have only one match.

      The tournament day will be followed by a double header where Chitwan Rhinos will take on Butwal Blasters before Kathmandu Royals tackle Dhangadhi Blues in the day’s second game. National team skipper Paras Khadka is leading the Rhinos and fast bowling spearhead Sompal Kami is the captain of the Blasters’ side.

      National team vice-captain Gyanendra Malla will be looking after the Royals and Blues have Dipendra Singh Airee as its marquee player. In a different format of the tournament, the side finishing at the top of the table will directly enter the final. The second and third placed team will clash in the only Eliminator to vie for the final berth.

      The Eliminator is scheduled for November 4 and the final will be held on November 6. According to the fixtures released by organisers Queen’s Event Management Pvt Ltd, the tournament will have two rest days. While the best players of the tournament – man-of-the-series, best bowler and batsman – will get a motorcycle each, the cash purse for the champions is yet to be revealed.

      Meanwhile, Queen’s have roped in Grande International Hospital as PPL’s official medical partner. According to the agreement, Grande will provide PPL with required medical assistance including doctors, physiotherapists and emergency medical aid during match days.

      Queen’s Managing Director Chhumbi Lama and Grande Director Dr Chakra Raj Pandey signed the memorandum of understanding during a programme in the hospital.

      Health & Style

      Fiction Park

      Burman Stumps the Runner

      Sudeep Sonawane, Oct 07 2018
      Mumbai Mail’s editorial office was quiet except for the staccato of journalists typing on computer keyboards. Vasant Dev entered the sports department with a cigarette dangling from the corner of his mouth. Ricky Burman ignored him and continued rewriting the headline for an agency report. Barcelona Football Club’s 3-1 victory over Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League match elated him. He made a special effort to design the broadsheet news page well on the computer.
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      Entrepreneurs must be willing to fail

      Post Report, Oct 15 2018
      Young Innovations is a software development company that uses “integrated technology to solve problems in the development and private sectors with specific focus on open data, aid transparency, public procurement, citizen engagement, grievance management and knowledge management,” according to its company profile.
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      Saturday Features

      Three-legged race

      The diplomatic history of modern Nepal is over two centuries old, if measured from the establishment of formal diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom in 1816.

      Bam Dev for President

      Bam Dev is an unlucky man. While his friends and foes won elections left and right, our man lost because of what you call political conspiracies.

      The vegetarian

      Bibhu Luitel
      Now that Dashain has begun, so many people I know have already started making plans to buy goats and sheep of a fair weight. “Let me enjoy kebab, korma and taas. You can indulge in ghiraula and farsi,” teased a friend who keeps mocking me for every little thing I do. And with the holiday season, the vegetarian jokes have also begun.

      The public life of women

      Since 2011, Nepal Picture Library has been collecting, digitising, and documenting photographs from all types of sources with the objective of safeguarding a visual repository of ordinary life, social history, and public culture in Nepal.

      Short shorts

      Prateebha Tuladhar
      With some people, you can never tell. That’s how it was with her the first time he saw her. He could not tell who she was, what she did or thought, or how old. In fact, he hadn’t even noticed her. He saw her standing outside the bookstore. She waited for a bit and then she walked off in haste and was gone. Not important enough to take notice.

      Cultivating and collaborating

      In Mangalbazar, past a honking flood of vehicles, beyond a throng of people and behind the Krishna Mandir, there is a rose-pink structure with a large eyesore of a sign. This is the Yala Heritage Home and inside, on the top floor, is an artistic family. Eight people, representing their own diverse cultures and personalities, have gathered here to plumb the depths, circling the arts, culture, the environment and the people of the valley. These six artists, along with two curators, are part of Photo Kathmandu’s month-long mixed-media residency programme.

      The waking

      The first room is that of unbridled expression, free of form and free even of thought. Empty walls, white and unblemished, invite all to draw, scribble, graffiti. This is the room where we are all children, a time when thought doesn’t interfere in expression. Infants, children in time, unthinking, unblinking, with our entire lives ahead of us, nothing but a blank canvas.

      An ethics of seeing

      Of photography, essayist Susan Sontag wrote, “In teaching us a new visual code, photographs alter and enlarge our notions of what is worth looking at and what we have a right to observe.

      Burning, raging

      Richa Bhattarai
      In how many ways can you write on loyalties in times of war, fragility and manipulation? Karachi-born author Kamila Shamsie has just done this, for the seventh time, in her latest novel Home Fire. Through her usual brilliant writing, she makes the subject matter seem as novel, raw and hard-hitting as if she were exploring this politically fraught and religion-ridden world for the very first time.