Capital expenditure fails to pick up pace

  • Only 0.9 per cent of Rs 311.9 billion spent so far this fiscal year
RUPAK D SHARMA, Sep 25 2016
Construction of critical physical infrastructure projects that are required to unlock private investment and rekindle economic growth may not move ahead at a desired pace this fiscal year as well, as the government’s capital spending is yet to show signs of picking up pace.
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Saarc members to step up measures to counter terrorism

All the member countries of Saarc have agreed to cooperate on capacity building by the way of sharing their expertise on the subjects related to suicide terrorism, counter radicalisation, drugs trafficking and cyber security.

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MoLE proposes migrant-friendly laws

Post Report, Kathmandu, Sep 25 2016
The Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE) has prepared a draft proposal to revise the Foreign Employment Act, making some key changes in the existing laws that stakeholders believe will prove instrumental in reforming the foreign employment sector.

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Nepal Police’s special bureau ‘following’ Shah case

Post Report, Kathmandu, Sep 25 2016
The Special Bureau, a police agency that gathers information on terrorism, has taken up the case of Mahendra Jung Shah, who was deported by the Malaysian government charging him with abetting the terrorist group ISIS.

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Main News

‘India has softened its position on Nepal’

TIKA R PRADHAN, Sep 25 2016
India has softened its position on Nepal and the new constitution, “indirectly welcoming the statute it had only noted” a year ago, Deputy PM and Finance Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara said.
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Nepal-India inflation wedge narrows to 3.5pc in August

Post Report, Sep 25 2016
The difference between inflation rates in Nepal and India narrowed down to a 10-month low of 3.5 percent in August, indicating that effects of the unrest in the Tarai and trade blockade imposed by the southern neighbour that drove up consumer prices have waned.
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Yeti Airlines plane overshoots runway in Bhairahawa

Post Report, Sep 24 2016
A Yeti Airlines jet has overshoot runway upon landing at Bhairahawa Airport on Saturday. All the 29 passengers are unhurt.
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SS Events is organising the third Century Bank Corporate Super Sixes from October 19, the organisers announced on Thursday.

A total of 24 teams—six more than the previous edition—are competing in the tournament with each of the eight groups consisting of three teams. The top two teams will qualify for the pre-quarterfinals. The five-day tournament is a six-a-side tournament played with white ball and colour clothing with each side playing five overs.
“More teams have shown interest in the current edition which means that the
tournament is getting bigger. SS Events has been focused
in bringing in cricketing activities and we will try to
go even further in coming days,” said Raman Shiwakoti, CEO of SS Events.
All the matches of the tournament will be played at the TU Stadium with the organisers preparing for live broadcast of semi-final and final matches. Century Bank Assistant Manager Subash Sharma said the tournament has been a good deal for his company.
“We have been closely following each and every part of the tournament and it has been giving us a good mileage. We would like to continue our sponsorship in the coming days as well and eagerly looking forward to the current edition,” said Sharma.
The winner of the tournament will get a free entry to the next edition. The winners and runners-up along with best batsman, bowler and fielder will get gift hampers. The estimated cost of the tournament is Rs 2.5 million. Civil Bank and Sipradi Trading are the winners of the first two editions.

Health & Style

Fiction Park

Into the oblivion

Niraj Thapa, Sep 18 2016
Even the shyest of the people let it loose when they find a dedicated ear. But listening is a virtue only few possess
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Saturday Features

Bodhisattvas and Bodhichittas of Timal (photo feature)

Kathmandu’s urban sprawl and congestion is frustrating at its Saturday best and downright soul-crushing during a Monday ‘office-time’ traffic jam. You may love this chaotic city, you may hate it, or you may love-to-hate it, but one thing is for certain, any prolonged stay in the Capital gets

Many cooks sweeten the broth

House of Snow presents a well-curated sliver of works that highlight the richness and variety of Nepal’s literary contribution


Sanjit Bhakta Pradhananga
Again tonightThere is thunder and lightningA busy world is sound asleep.Screaming children and their crying mothers,Rebel sons and their silent fathers,Stoic daughters and their tired loversRocked to sleep by a quivering earthPerched on an axe blade.

Emperor strikes back!

Our politicians and civil servants are beggars. They beg for petty little things. Why not think big?

The lost decades

Bhupi Sherchan is perhaps the most beloved and widely read poet in Nepali literature. His mastery over the free verse—that broke away from the archaic slokas that had once dominated Nepali poetry—and his eagerness to explore themes that were seldom written about, made his poetry both readable and relatable for the masses. Bhupi’s peerless genius is further underscored by the fact that his poems continue to remain widely popular and ever relevant to every new generation of readers; his magnum opus, Ghumne Mech Mathi Andho Manche, has seen 10 different editions since it was first published in 1968. Having recently sat through the anthology (in one frenzied sitting), I was left with two conclusions: the first that Bhupi was a visionary whose ideas were well and truly ahead of his time, and secondly that because his poems are still so hauntingly relevant in this day and age, it begs the question of what progress we have really made in these lost decades.

Triple delight

Timothy Aryal
Jyanmaya, a dramatisation of Sarubhakta’s eponymous epic poem, presents a unique amalgamation of dance, poetry and music, all weaved into a tragic love affair

Forever Famished

Every year, Humla’s chronic food shortfall makes the headlines. Could new projects linking the district to China break the cycle?

The higher quest

Shortlisted for the Madan Puraskar, 2072, Ghanashyam Khadka’s Nirvana revisits the question of if spiritual healing could indeed be the ultimate therapy

Emperor’s vacation!

Our Emperor is in India with his jumbo entourage. As usual, our corrupt government is good at wasting our taxpayers’ money on such visits.