Former Prime Minister and Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala passes away at the age of 77

    Post Report, Feb 09 2016
    Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala breathed his last in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, succumbing to Pneumonia, according to family sources. He was 77.
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    NC defers all General Convention related programmes

      Post Report, Feb 09 2016

      Nepali Congress (NC) has cancelled all the electoral programmes related to party’s 13th General Convention until further notice. 

      The party’s election programmes were deferred following the demise of party President and former Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, read a statement issued by NC acting chief secretary Pradeep Parajuli. Koirala passed away at 12:50 on Tuesday morning. 

      Meanwhile, an emergency Central Working Committee of NC has been summoned at party central office in Sanepa, Lalitpur for 11 am on Tuesday.  

      NC Vice-President Ram Chandra Poudel said that Koirala’s body would be kept at his residence till 8:00 am and would be kept at the party central office in Sanepa till 12 noon. The body would be brought at Dasharath Stadium for condolence.

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      PM Oli welcomes Madhesi Morcha’s decision, calls for dialogue to resolve crisis

      Post Report, Kathmandu, Feb 08 2016
      Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has welcomed the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (SLMM)’s decision to call off their programmes of border blockade, general strike and government office shutdown.

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      Lack of fuel in ambulance leads to infant's death

      Post Report, DANG, Feb 08 2016
      Grandfather Ghanshyam Gharti with his 6-day-old deceased grandchild. Photo: Durgalal KC
      A six-day-old infant lost its life due to lack of timely medical attention after an ambulance carrying him could not manage diesel on time in Ghorahi of Dang district on Monday.

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      Dr KC gives Feb 28 ultimatum to address his demands, warns of another hunger strike

      Post Report, Feb 08 2016
      Professor Dr Govinda KC has warned of staging another round of indefinite hunger strike from February 28 if the government does not address his demands by then. Senior Orthopaedic Surgeon at Tribhuvan University Teaching University, Dr KC, has staged several rounds of hunger strikes in the past demanding the government end anomalies in medical profession education.
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      Dozens dead as two migrant boats sink

      BBC, Feb 08 2016
      Two boats on their way to Greece have capsized near Turkey, killing at least 33 migrants, Turkish media say.
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      India ready to assist Nepal’s priority projects: Indian Minister Jaitley

      Devendra Bhattarai, Feb 08 2016
      Finance Minister Bishnu Poudel, who is in Indian Capital New Delhi to lay groundwork for upcoming visit of Prime Minister KP Oli, held a luncheon meeting with his Indian counterpart Arun Jaitley at Hotel Taj on Monday.
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      Dr KC gives Feb 28 ultimatum to address his demands, warns of another hunger strike

      Post Report, Feb 08 2016
      Professor Dr Govinda KC has warned of staging another round of indefinite hunger strike from February 28 if the government does not address his demands by then. Senior Orthopaedic Surgeon at Tribhuvan University Teaching University, Dr KC, has staged several rounds of hunger strikes in the past demanding the government end anomalies in medical profession education.
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      Sports

      Nava Janajagriti Club set March 3 date for the kick off of the seventh Simara Gold Cup football tournament here.

      A total of 10 teams including five ‘A’ Division outfits, four district teams from outside Kathmandu Valley and one foreign invitee will participate in the tournament. National League champions Three Star Club, runners-up Tribhuvan Army Club along with Nepal Police, Nepal APF and Manang Marshyangdi Club are the top tier outfits competing in the tournament. 
      Sahara Club of Pokhara, Birgunj United Club, Hetauda and the hosts are the district teams, while the club is yet to decide on foreign invitee, informed club secretary Shambhu Singh Thakuri here on Saturday. All the matches will be held at the Simara Stadium.
      The organisers said they have started the preparations for the tournament and announced increase of cash prizes for the winners and runners-up. The winners will now get Rs 5,51,000 and runners-up will take home Rs 2,50,000. The previous amount for the respective cash prizes were Rs 400,000 and Rs 200,000.
      The best player of the tournament will ride home a motorbike, while the best individuals—goalkeeper, midfielder, forward, defender and coach—will pocket Rs 15,000 each. The estimated cost of the tournament is Rs 6 million.

       

      Australia allrounder Shane Watson was the costliest buy at the Indian Premier League auctions Saturday as he was picked up for $1.4 million by Royal Challengers Bangalore.

      Watson went for five times his base price and will join the likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle who have been retained by Bangalore.

      Watson, who struck an unbeaten 124 against India in a recent T20 game, was bid for aggressively in the opening session which saw Sunrisers Hyderabad buy allrounder Yuvraj Singh for just over one million dollars and Rising Pune Supergiants take England's Kevin Pietersen for $515,000.

      Watson earlier played for Rajasthan Royals, which is suspended for two years along with Chennai Super Kings after their officials were found to be in touch with illegal bookmakers during the 2013 season.

      South African allrounder Chris Morris went for a surprisingly high price of just over a million dollars to Delhi Daredevils which already has his compatriots Jean-Paul Duminy and Quinton de Kock.

      Hyderabad bought pace bowler Ashish Nehra for $810,000 to add to batsmen like Shikhar Dhawan, Australian David Warner and New Zealand's Kane Williamson, and now also Yuvraj.

      Dale Steyn of South Africa and West Indian Dwayne Smith were both bought by Gujarat Lions for identical sums of $339,000 while pace bowler Ishant Sharma was taken by Pune for $560,000.

      A total of 351 players featured in Saturday's auction and they will join players either retained by franchises or players from Chennai and Rajasthan picked by Pune and Gujarat in a draft in December.

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      Saturday Features

      No party for young men

      SARIN GHIMIRE
      With the 13th General Convention of Nepali Congress around the bend, youth leaders are hoping to break the glass ceiling

      The tales we tell

      Laxmi Prasad Ngakhusi
      The annual Swasthani Brata Katha commenced on January 31. This festival, based on the holy Hindu book Skandapuran, attracts devotees from across the country to the Sali river—a hub for the festival—in Sankhu, 17km from the Capital.

      In exile

      Atul K Thakur
      Well argued, well attempted—Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights is among the most readable works of Salman Rushdie

      Desis know best

      Guffadi
      Let us congratulate our Madhesi netas for running across the border to seek blessings from Bihari politicians regarding their protest programmes. It’s not only the clowns from Madhes but almost everyone except Bijukche who get both moral and financial support from the Desis to enhance their political career.

      Nepali patience and heritage conservation

      Dipesh Risal
      What is being violated is the shared cultural heritage of Kathmandu. Every person that calls Kathmandu his or her home should be outraged

      Post-festival dispatch

      Pranaya SJB Rana
      The Nepal Literature Festival 2016 was an illuminating and ultimately humbling experience for this scribe

      The chaos of Ra Mailo

      Timothy Aryal
      Ra Mailo, a Nepali contexualisation of French playwright Jean Anouilh’s 1967 play, evokes the absurdities of life

      A stitch in time saves nine

      Lucia de Vries
      How is it possible for puppies to survive when they live in neighbourhoods that want to get rid of them?

      Congratulations!

      Guffadi
      Let’s hope that one day, we will learn to honour and respect honest folks instead of bowing down to corrupt clowns. Let’s hope tomorrow will be a better day