AirAsia crash: Faulty part 'major factor'

    BBC, Dec 01 2015

    A faulty component was a "major factor" when an AirAsia plane crashed into the Java Sea, killing 162 people last December, Indonesian officials say.

    The first major report into the crash found that actions by the crew in response to the malfunction also contributed to the disaster.

    The Airbus A320-200, going from Surabaya to Singapore, was 40 minutes into the flight when contact was lost.

    The report is the result of a year-long investigation.

    Officials pinpointed the fault to the plane's rudder control system.

    The pilots responded to four warning alerts by resetting the system, which caused the autopilot to disengage, and they lost control of the aircraft.

    The plane's wreckage was found days after the crash at the bottom of the Java Sea near Borneo. Only 106 bodies have been retrieved so far.

    Most of the passengers were Indonesian.

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    Morcha tightens stranglehold at border points

      As the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha decides to intensify its protest, SLMM activists have tightened their stranglehold at major entry points with India by pitching tents on the no-man’s-land at Nepalgunj-Rupaidiha.
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      NWPP lawmakers chant slogan against Indian envoy Rae during House meeting

      Post Report, Kathmandu, Dec 01 2015
      Lawmakers of Nepal Workers and Peasants Party (NWPP) on Tuesday chanted slogan against Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae during the Legislature Parliament meeting.

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      Madhesi alliance leaders meet NC Prez Koirala

      RSS, Kathmandu, Dec 01 2015
      Leaders of Federal Inclusive Madhesi Alliance held discussions with Nepali Congress President and former Prime Minister Sushil Koirala at latter's residence in Maharajgunj in the Capital on Tuesday.

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      Main News

      Govt tells India not to repeat such incidents

      Post Report, Dec 01 2015
      Expressing serious concern over Indian security forces’ entry into the Nepali territory on Sunday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday said that it has urged the Indian authorities to make such incidents are not repeated in future.
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      Indian bus torched in Pokhara

      Post Report, Dec 01 2015
      An Indian tourist bus (UP 51 T 8311) parked at Dihikopatan in Pokhara caught fire on Monday morning. The bus staff claimed three unidentified men had doused the bus with petrol and set it on fire.
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      600 trucks stuck at Rasuwagadhi

      Krishna Thapa, Dec 01 2015
      Around 600 Nepali containers have been stranded at the Rasuwagadhi border point after China denied them the required one-day passes to cross the border.
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      Non Resident Nepalese Association (NRNA) and Nepal Olympic Committee (NOC) on Sunday reached an agreement as per which the association will be a partner to the Olympic campaign running in Nepal.

      At a programme held at the NOC building, NOC Chairman Jivan Ram Shrestha and NRNA Chairman Shesh Ghale signed the agreement.

      The NOC will also organize various sporting events on October 11 – the day when NRNA was established, it was said.

      The NRNA will provide necessary materials for foreign training and competition for some capable athletes and players, scholarships for players participating in the Asian and Olympic games, and search for donors and multi-national companies for development of sport related infrastructures in Nepal.

      NRNA Chairman Ghale said the agreement would help consolidate the relations between the Nepali people and second generation NRNA while adding that the Nepali players failed to gain achievements not due to lack of capability but appropriate training and opportunity.

      NOC Chairman Shrestha expressed belief that the country could now bring good results in the international arena in the coming days with the support of NRNA in the campaign to keep the country's head high.

      During the programme, NRNA Chairman Ghale was provided Honorary Membership of the NOC.

      Health & Style

      Fiction Park


      Nov 29 2015
      The man raised his head and looked at them. These are strange nightingales, he thought. I have seen this species of birds but never like them. Then what are they? Nightingales, I’m sure they are not. Perhaps they are the messengers from god, or maybe they are the lost fragments of my past. Or maybe they are just birds, a new species of them. “Whatever,” he whispered to himself and abandoned the thought
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      Saturday Features

      Powered by the sun

      Prahlad Rijal
      A band that is fast becoming a very relevant act wishes ‘to become irrelevant’ in the next few years

      Game over

      Preena Shrestha
      Instead of charging into an explosive finale, the final episode of the Hunger Games is rather a dull, drawn-out crawl towards the inevitable—this, despite having the wonderful Jennifer Lawrence, and a raft of other big-name talents, in tow

      A bad year for schools

      Binod Ghimire
      The current academic session is turning out to be the worst in recent memory

      Lives in peril

      Manish Gautam
      As the blockade and protests continue, patients struggle to get adequate medical care

      Stories of the Old

      Kaustubh Thapa
      When I photograph, their eyes engage me, their wrinkle lines reflect their experiences if not narrate their stories, and the curve of their lips sets the mood for the picture.

      Hundreds of Flowers, One Nepali Garland

      David Caprara
      When members of the Nepal government decided to finally put forth a new constitution this year, it is highly unlikely that they had anticipated the ocean of Madhesi protests that have come to engulf Terai. One can imagine that the passing of the new constitution was supposed to be something exclusively symbolic—a ribbon of hope pinned to a year of devastation brought forth by the April and May earthquakes.

      New power

      It seems that we, the people, can’t do anything about the blockade except watch the ping pong match that is happening between our incompetent government and Madhesi-Tharu politicians. Our good-for-nothing clowns have been holding talks to resolve the crisis but it seems that they are only getting together for the free doodh chiya and biskoot. They are not really interested to find ways to compromise and end the ‘black market’ festival.

      The untimely coalition

      Only when every major force is compelled to become accountable towards the citizens will the government create a conducive environment to resolve the current crisis

      In search of a saviour

      The festival of lights is over and we all have no choice but to face the darkness that hovers around us. Our government banned firecrackers and imposed a 10 pm curfew even during the festive season but such laws didn’t apply to dohoris and dance bars that operated past midnight, disturbing neighbourhoods.