Madhesi Morcha ready to call off agitation except border blockade

Post Report, Kathmandu, Oct 13 2015
The agitating Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (SLMM) has been preparing to call off agitation programmes apart from the sit-in at Nepal-India border entry points.

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PM Oli makes courtesy call on Prez Yadav

Post Report, Kathmandu, Oct 13 2015
Newly elected Prime Minister KP Oli made his courtesy call on President Ram Baran Yadav at the latter’s official residence in Shettal Niwas, Maharajgunj Kathmandu on Tuesday.

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UCPN (Maoist) to finalise names for Ministers today

RSS, Kathmandu, Oct 13 2015
UCPN (Maoist) has said that the party would decide on the names representing the party in the government as Ministers after holding discussions with Prime Minister and CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli.

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China-Nepal border port disrupted by quake reopens

Xinhua, LHASA, Oct 13 2015
A major China-Nepal border port at Jilung, a county in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, reopened on Tuesday after it was disrupted by the earthquake that hit Nepal in late April.

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People start leaving Kathmandu for Dashain (Photo feature)

Post Report, Oct 13 2015
A long-held tradition of people heading outside the Capital city to their respective villages began with the beginning of Bada Dashain, the most widely celebrated Hindu festival in the country, from Tuesday.
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Norway and UK congratulate PM Oli

RSS, Oct 13 2015
Norway and the United Kingdom have extended hearty congratulations to the CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli on his election as the 38th Prime Minister of Nepal.
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Nepali cricket team off to Malaysia to play ICC U19 World Cup Qualifier

RSS, Oct 13 2015
Nepali cricket team is heading towards Malaysia on Tuesday to participate in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier to be held in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
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Nepali cricket team is heading towards Malaysia on Tuesday to participate in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier to be held in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. 

Office-bearers of the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) bade farewell to the 14-member cricket team at a programme organised by the CAN in the Capital today. 

The tournament will take place from October 14 to 23 and five countries including Nepal, the United States of America, Ireland, Uganda and Papua New Guinea will take part. 

Nepal is scheduled to take on Papua New Guinea in its first match in the tournament on October 15 and Uganda in its second match on October 16. 

Earlier, Nepal became first runner up in ICC U19 Premier League held in Malaysia. 

The winner will make it to the U19 World Cup Championship to be held in Bangladesh next year. RSS 

An uncharacteristic half century from skipper Paras Khadka led Nepal ‘Red’ to second consecutive victory, while Hashim Ansari’s gritty 91 handed Nepal ‘Grey’ their first win in the Super League cricket tournament on Monday.

At the TU ground, Red defeated Nepal ‘Blue’ by 37 runs where Anil Mandal also scored a half century and Bhuwan Karki took his second consecutive five-for in what serves as a selection tournament for the upcoming ICC World Cricket League Championship matches against Papua New Guinea in the UAE slated for November 16 and 18. Karki had also taken five wickets in Red’s 16-run win over Nepal ‘Green’.
Put in to bat first, Red made 211-6 in 50 overs before stopping Blue for 174 all out in 39.2 overs. Opener Bhupendra led a lonely battle with a 71-ball 51 hitting eight boundaries and a six before falling to Karki as the sixth Blue wicket to fall. Bidhan Shrestha and Mehboob Alam were the next best scorer with 24 runs each.
Karki finished with the figures of 5-24 from seven over with Yagyaman Kumal also picking up 3-37 from 7.2. Earlier, Red lost opener Paresh Lohani (22) and Sagar Pun (16) with just over 50 runs on the board before Khadka consolidated the innings with a 103-run partnership with Anil Mandal. Khadka, often fluent in national cricket, took 86 balls to reach his half century and made 60 off 103 with seven hits to the fence.
Sanjam Regmi had ended the partnership with a 117-ball 52 that included three fours and a six. Regmi took 5-55 in 10 overs. Red lead the round robin league table with four points from two matches.
At the Pulchowk Engineering College grounds, an all round Grey team inflicted Green their second back-to-back defeat with a crushing 108-run win. Led by national team veteran left arm spinner Shakti Gauchan, Grey made 204-9 before folding Green for just 96 in 33.4 overs.
 Anupam Singh was the only Green batsman to make some mark with a 44-ball 28 that included four hits to the fence. Santosh Bhatt (16), Prithu Baskota (15) and Karan KC (12) were other batsmen to make runs in double figures. Irshad Ahmed was economical in his eight over spell taking 3-14, while Moinuddin Khan, Pradeep Airee and Siddhant Lohani picked up two wickets each.
Grey innings was built around Ansari who slammed 11 boundaries in his 107-ball 91 to lift the team past 200. Lohani also chipped in 24 off 42 with three fours. Karan KC and Santosh Bhatt picked up three wickets each for Green.

National cricket team skipper Paras Khadka-led Nepal ‘Red’ defeated Basanta Regmi skippered Nepal ‘Green’ by 16 runs in the opening day of Super League Tournament organised as a selection event for the upcoming ICC WCL Championship matches against Papua New Guinea to be held in the UAE.
At the TU grounds, Red were 187 all out in 42 overs before left arm spinner Bhuwan Karki cancelled out a solid opening wicket stand between Mahesh Chhetri and Amit Shrestha as Green were bundled out for 171 in 44.3 overs. In Pulchowk, Sharad Vesawkar-led Nepal ‘Orange’ cruised to a seven-wicket victory over Shakti Gauchan’s Nepal ‘Grey’. Grey were 137 all out in 35.1 overs after Sandeep Lamichhane picked up 4-16 from 6.1 overs. Pradeep Airee top scored for Grey with 29 off 33 that included six boundaries, while Aashish Dhami and Hasim Ansari chipped in 28 each. Manjeet Shrestha and Avinash Karn also took two wickets each for Orange. Orange were reeling at 40-3 losing Subash Khakurel (18), Faizlur Rehman Khan (two) and Vesawkar (10) before Rajesh Pulami and Antim Thapa sailed the team home with a brilliant 98-run unbroken stand. Thapa struck 51 off 63 with four boundaries and a six, while Pulami made 45 off 84 with three fours. Lalit Singh Bhandari took two wickets for Grey.
In Kirtipur, Red didn’t have big contributors but managed to reach 187 where a 66-run stand for the sixth wicket between Dilip Nath and Prashanna Shakya was decisive. Shakya top scored with 38 off 34 hitting four boundaries and two sixes, while Nath made 30 off 52 with three boundaries. Sagar Pun made a run-a-ball 32 hitting five boundaries from the top order with Anil Mandal (27) and Khadka (26) also making runs in double figures. Former U-19 skipper Prithu Baskota took 4-44 from eight overs as Karan KC (3-14) and Regmi (3-37) shared six wickets between them.
Chhetri and Shrestha collected 69 runs for first wicket but once the former was undone by Pun, Orange lost their way. Pun soon got rid of Shrestha and Karki did the rest. Shrestha made 38 off 59 with three fours and a six with Chhetri making 46-ball 33 that included six fours.  Karki’s figures read 5-39 from 9.3 overs, his wicket included that of second highest scorer Santosh Bhatt who made 35 from 49 striking five fours. Kumar Thapa also picked up two wickets for Red.

The South Asian Olympic Council on Sunday decided to exclude karate from the upcoming 12th South Asian Games, in a move that is expected to deal a huge blow to Nepal who have largely depended on the discipline in their overall better showing.
India are hosting the 12th edition of the regional sporting extravaganza which will be held in Guwahati and Shillong in February next year. The meeting also made public the 23 sports disciplines included for the Games with cricket and golf also facing exclusion. Tennis, kho kho and triathlon have become the new entrants.
Nepal, often tipped minnows in the Games until taekwondo and karate were introduced in the 1999 SA Games in Kathmandu, have been relying heavily in martial arts disciplines to strongly show their presence in the medal tally. However, Sunday’s move to exclude karate has dealt them a huge blow. Earlier, Nepal Olympic Committee (NOC) had urged the Council to include karate along with other games that have possibilities of development in the country.
Karate has been the second best sports discipline for Nepal after taekwondo having won 20 gold medals following its inclusion in 1999. Taekwondo has claimed 24 gold medals so far. When Nepal finished second in the 1999 Games medal tally, karate and taekwondo had brought 28 gold medals out of 31. It is still Nepal’s best ever finish in Games’ 31-year long history.
Nepal have not missed out on gold medal from karate in the last four editions, three gold came in the previous edition held in Dhaka.
“We repeatedly urged the council meeting to include karate but India disagreed. India have three to four parallel karate governing bodies and we had to reluctantly agree upon excluding the sport considering their complex problems,” NOC President Jeevan Ram Shrestha said from Chennai.
The move has left the players and coaches dejected. “Since there are high possibilities of winning gold medals in SAG, it is like an Olympics to us. There will be a huge difference in our medal standings after the exclusion,” said karate national team coach Deepak Shrestha, who himself had won gold for Nepal in the eighth and ninth editions.
Meanwhile, the Council has also decided to hold all the sports disciplines in both the men and women’s category. The Council had earlier worked on including 22 disciplines but ended up adding tennis as the 23rd.

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Fiction Park


Sharad Duwal, Oct 11 2015
His age the only thing his bone-dry honesty is attributable to, honesty—or rather bravery—of the sort that is required for any of us to come to terms with the fact that life is inherently dull, ordinary and that literature is dangerous and scary
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Saturday Features

So many selves

Raj Kumar Baral
Ghazal, an ancient form ofpoetry practiced in the Middle East since long before thebirth of Islam, mostly explores the theme of unrequited love. The Oxford Dictionary defines the ghazal as “a lyric poem with a fixed number of verses and a repeated rhyme, typically on the theme of love and normally set to music.” Today the form, having expanded its horizons, incorporates themes of notonly ‘love’ but also the larger issues around loss and pain. Made of rhyming couplets with structural, thematic and emotional unity, modern ghazals can be used by skilled poets to express almost anything.

OLI: Oli Loves India

While the whole country is moving in slow motion, only one person is seen running around town like a crazy wacko with a tail on fire. But of course, he has his reasons. He wants to be our Prime Monster real bad. After all, who doesn’t want to live in Baluwatar and spend their days doing nothing but enjoying the power and the state perks that come with the tag of being the biggest clown of them all?Oli should be our Prime Monster. Give the man a chance to lead us. We all know that he will be no different from the rest of the clowns.

So much depends on him

Anup Ojha
For the last forty years, the Seto Ghoda of Bhaktapur has lived a life of seclusion, making public appearance once a year on the day of Bijaya Dashami. The rest of the year, the white horse spendsnearly all his time pacing a courtyard and his stable therein, across Bhaktapur’s Taleju Temple.

Love, death and exasperating situations

Smriti Jaiswal Ravindra
When quite young Arya, my son, developed a frightening curiosity about death after watching a movie involving a dead dinosaur. During the movie it struck Arya that death was a place from where one could not return, and the absoluteness of the situation disturbed him. It frightened him, perhaps, because over and again, over weeks, he questioned my husband and me about the meaning of death. Why do people die? What happens to them after death? Where do they go? My husband and I tried our best to give him gentle answers. It is not something you need to consider yet, we said.

A yearning

Marissa Taylor
If you believe in the psychology of lack—that we keep seeking to go back to a perfect source—then you’ll probably view every falling in love as a falling into that journey of going back to innocence. To an innocence not dirtied by the games we play to get what we want in this larger chaos that we, cast adrift, swirl in. Khani Ho Yahmu, by Trishna Gurung, hearkens to that primordial need in us: to the innocence inherent in our longing, where we follow our beloved—just as Rumi seeks his beloved, just as Wallace Stevens seeks that one interior paramour, just as a moth seeks an eternal flame.

The climb

Preena Shrestha
If you’ve read journalist Jon Krakauer’s bestselling Into Thin Air, or watched the middling 1997 film adaptation of the same, or know anything at all of the broad strokes of the story, you won’treally find much that is surprising in the new Everest—at least not as far as the plot is concerned. The new film, helmed by Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur, tells the tale of the very same ill-fated 1996 Everest expedition that Krakauer had been part of and written about, the one in which a deadly storm had claimed the lives of eight of his fellow climbers on their descent from the peak. But while Into Thin Air boasted a distinct, albeit quite controversial, point-of-view, Everest—relying as it does on a mishmash of first-hand accounts, books, reports and other records of the incident—is far more reluctant to take anything resembling a stance.

That elusive subsidy

Weena Pun
On October 2, the shelter cluster, which is responsible for coordinating the relief and recovery work related to post earthquake housing plans, published a document that answered some of the questions pertinent to reconstruction. Among other things, the document tried to answer questions related to the government subsidy of Rs 200,000—an amount the government aims to provide to every household whose house was completely damaged in the earthquake.

The spectre of the social media

Chahana Sigdel
The thing about the Internet and the social media is that it can make us feel how we want to feel. You could become a cyberchondriac, wallowing in self-pity, seeking sympathy in the virtual world. Or you could tout yourself as a self-proclaimed expert, blinded by narcissism, who just can’t see logic in other people’s arguments. For extremists, it becomes a treasure trove for selectively culling points that back their claim, which can then be used to hurl insults at those who beg to differ.And it is the best weapon to fuel jingoism and dismiss claims counter to yours as traitorous ones.


On September 20, when people in Kathmandu were out on the streets welcoming the new constitution, I was hundreds of kilometres away from the Capital, hiking towards