What State Chief is all about

    Post Report, Jan 18 2018

    According to Article 163 of the constitution, there shall be a chief in each state, as a representative of the government. The term of office of a chief of state shall be five years, though the President holds the power to remove him or her from office.

     As per the Article no 166, the Chief of State shall exercise such powers and perform such duties as conferred to him or her pursuant to the constitution or law with the recommendation and consent of the State Council of Ministers. Such recommendation and consent shall be submitted through the Chief Minister.

    The chief of state shall, prior to assuming office  take an oath of office and secrecy before the President, as provided for in the Federal law. The chief of state shall appoint the leader of the parliamentary party commanding the majority in the State Assembly as the Chief Minister, and the State Council of Ministers shall be constituted under his or her chairpersonship.

    The State Chief will receive Rs 100,300 as monthly salary that includes Rs 40,000 as guest entertainment.  Additional Rs 18,000  will be provided for purchasing uniform.

    Similarly, they will receive Rs 3,000 per day while travelling inside the country.  They will be provided $250 per day and will get additional 33 percent of the day’s allowance while travelling the counties other than the Saarc region and China. They will be provided free treatment and as per the recommendation of the Medical Council, and can go for treatment outside the country, as per the regulations approved by the government.

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    EC makes public name list of PR winners for provincial assemblies

      Post Report, Jan 18 2018
      The Election Commission (EC) on Thursday made public the name list of winners of the elections to the Provincial Assemblies under the proportional representation category held on November 26 and December 7.
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      Panel: Rebuild pond as per original Malla-era model

      • Rani Pokhari Reconstruction Dispute
      Post Report, Jan 18 2018

      The expert committee formed to study Rani Pokhari has recommended that the reconstruction of the historic pond should be carried out based on the original design of King Pratap Malla.

      The committee made public its preliminary report following a public hearing in the Capital on Wednesday. The 11-member committee was formed under former director general of the Department of Archaeology Bishnu Raj Karki on December 28 after the renovation of the pond ran into controversy with the use of concrete during reconstruction.

      The report has recommended rebuilding the Rani Pokhari pond, which was severely damage in the 2015 earthquake, in three different stages for its sustainability and pond preservation.  

      “An additional study of the original archaeological status of the pond and the Yameleshwor temple which is in the middle of the pond should be conducted before proceedings with the first phase of reconstruction works,” the report suggests.

      The committee has also recommended that a study of traditional water resources, through archaeological excavation, be carried out to find out the water inlet and outlet of the pond, the report says, referring to the source that originally used to flow into Rani Pokhari from Bhotahiti. “We could take experts help in figuring out the way to preserve water in the pond for longer period,” it says.

      Calling for another excavation should be done to trace the location of the original foundation of the Yameleshwor temple, the committee has suggested a removal of the concrete retaining wall in the eastern part of the pond. “A map should be prepared with detailed archaeological study before carrying out the construction works,” the report says, even suggesting making prototype of bricks that date back to Pratap Malla (the ninth king of Kantipur 1641-74) to carry out further construction works. 

      For the second phase of reconstruction works, the committee has recommended that the wall that has been erected at 45-degree angle from the pond should be retained. The wall was torn down during the reconstruction works. The wall is located on the eastern and southern sides of the pond.

      For the third phase, the committee has recommended that the pond’s archaeological and historical value should be kept intact while carrying out the beautification task.

      It has also suggested bringing to life all four temples that lie on the four corners of the Rani Pokhari pond with renovation and reconstruction works.

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      Dhankuta tense, prohibitory order issued

      Post Report, DHANKUTA, Jan 18 2018
      Local administration has issued a prohibitory order in Dhankuta district on Thursday after demonstrators vandalised and torched various government offices in the district.

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      Three killed in Melamchi road accident

      SINDHUPALCHOK, Jan 18 2018
      Three people were killed after a jeep met with an accident at Sakhuwa of Barhabise Municipality-6 in Sindhupalchok district.

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      Main News

      Bhaktapur residents demonstrate demanding provincial capital

      Post Report, Jan 18 2018
      Residents of Bhaktapur staged demonstration on Thursday in protest against the government decision to designate Hetauda as the temporary capital of Province no 3.
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      Sonam Losar celebrated with fanfare (With photos)

      Post Report, Jan 18 2018
      Tamang people across the country celebrated Sonam Losar—the beginning of the New Year— with zest and zeal on Thursday.
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      RPP Salyan chapter merges into UML

      Jan 18 2018
      The Rastriya Prajatantra Party - Salyan district chapter has merged into CPN-UML on Thursday.
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      A bus fire in north-western Kazakhstan killed 52 Uzbek citizens on a route used by migrant workers heading to Russia, the Kazakh Interior Ministry said on Thursday.

      The bus was travelling along a road in the remote Aktau region that links the Russian city of Samara to Shymkent, a city in southern Kazakhstan close to the Uzbek border, Reuters reported.

      It was unclear in which direction the bus, a Hungarian-made Ikarus, had been travelling, but the route is widely used to transport Uzbek workers to and from Russia where they often take work on building sites.

      Only five people managed to escape the burning vehicle, the interior ministry’s emergencies department said in a statement.

      The ministry said the apparent accident had happened at 1030 local time (0430 GMT), but provided no details about its cause.

      A photograph posted online from the site showed the bus completely burnt out. Video footage also posted on the Web showed it positioned diagonally across a two-lane freeway in the middle of a snow-covered steppe, in flames and emitting heavy black smoke.

      Uzbekistan’s foreign ministry said in a statement its embassy staff were en route to the area, roughly midway between the Russian border and the Aral Sea.

      Last October, another Kazakh-operated bus carrying over 50 Uzbeks was hit by a train in Russia after getting stuck on the tracks; 17 people died in that accident.

       

      Four justices of India’s top court on Friday criticized its distribution of cases to judges and raised concerns about judicial appointments, in an unprecedented public airing of problems at one of the country’s most respected institutions, Reuters reported.

      The move spells far-reaching implications for jurists and politicians in the chaotic South Asian democracy where the Supreme Court often sets the agenda on matters of policy and orders measures taken in the public interest.

      Exposing a rift with Chief Justice Dipak Misra, some of the Supreme Court’s most senior judges told a news conference the issues involving its administration were serious enough to prompt them to go public.

      “The four of us are convinced that unless this institution is preserved and it maintains its equanimity, democracy will not survive in this country,” Justice Jasti Chelameswar said on the lawns of his residence in the Indian capital.

      The justices gave few details of the incidents they were referring to, but released a letter they had written to Misra.

      In the letter, they mentioned instances of cases with “far-reaching consequences for the nation and the institution” that were selectively assigned by the chief justice without any rational “basis for such assignment”.

      All Supreme Court judges should be involved in setting the procedures used to hire and promote judges in various courts in the country, including the high courts, they added.

      Reuters could not immediately reach the chief justice for comment. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad declined to comment.

      Two close aides of Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was looking into the matter and had summoned top law ministry officials for consultations.

      SPEAKING UP
      Some Supreme Court lawyers praised the justices’ action.

      “Looking at its own flaws is the first step to correcting an institution, to deepening true constitutional democracy,” said Karuna Nundy, a Supreme Court lawyer.

      The Supreme Court has 25 judges appointed by India’s president, including the chief justice, and each retires at the age of 65, the court says on its website.

      The four justices at Friday’s news conference - besides Chelameswar, they included Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph - are the most senior after Misra.

      Three of them are scheduled to retire this year, while Gogoi is in line to be the next chief justice, based on seniority.

      Efforts to alert the chief justice that certain things were not in order and that remedial measures were needed had failed, prompting the news conference, Chelameswar said.

      The justices did not want to be accused of not having spoken up for the institution, or of “selling their souls”, he added.

      Rescuers recovered the bodies of 11 people in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Saturday, a day after multiple avalanches hit their vehicles in the Himalayan region, AP reported quoting officials.

      Thirteen people were swept away by three near-simultaneous avalanches at three places in a stretch of about 10 kilometers (6 miles) on a mountainous road in Kupawara district on Friday.

      Police officer Shamsher Hussain said about 200 police, army and civilian rescuers recovered the bodies of 11 people.

      Two people were rescued alive and were in stable condition at a hospital, he said.

      Avalanches and landslides are common in Kashmir and have caused heavy death tolls for the Indian and Pakistani armies camped near the mountainous and forested highly militarized Line of Control that divides Kashmir between the nuclear-armed rivals.

      At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in three avalanches last year, and in 2012 a massive avalanche in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir killed 140 people, including 129 Pakistani soldiers.

      A bus plunged over a seaside cliff in Peru on Tuesday, killing at least 48 people after a collision with a truck on a precarious stretch known as the "devil's curve," officials said.

      The bus was travelling from Huacho, 130 kilometers (81 miles) north of the capital, to Lima with 55 passengers and two crew on board when it went off the road about midday.It plunged 100 meters (330 feet) and landed upside down on rocks at the edge of the sea.

      The incident "left at least 48 victims" dead, the statement posted on the Interior Ministry's website said. Efforts to recover bodies from the overturned vehicle were suspended at nightfall because the tide had risen and reached the bus, the police said.

      A police helicopter had winched some rescue workers to the wreck of the blue bus while others made the precarious journey down on foot with the assistance of ropes.The navy sent a patrol boat to assist the rescuers trying to get everyone out before the tide came in.

      There were several survivors, although most on board the bus perished."For us it is very painful to suffer an accident of this magnitude. My deep solidarity lies with the pain suffered by the relatives," President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski wrote on Twitter.

      Maria Elena Aguilar, director of Alcides Carrion Hospital in El Callao, said her facility received five patients with multiple injuries.

      One other survivor was taken to a different hospital.The accident took place on a coastal highway about 45 kilometers north of the capital Lima, said Colonel Dino Escudero, head of the police highway patrol division.

      The Pasamayo highway on which the tragedy occurred is only used by trucks and buses, as cars travel a different route.It is a dangerous sea-hugging road where fog is frequent and high humidity can make the roadway slippery.

      The bus driver had a lot of experience and was working with an assistant, said Luis Martinez, a representative of Transportes San Martin de Porres, which owned the bus.

      Martinez could not confirm whether the driver had been killed or injured, but added that the bus underwent a mechanical check before leaving Huacho. More than 2,500 people died in traffic accidents in Peru in 2016, according to official figures.

      Entertainment

      Sports

      Ratnajit Tamang of Tribhuvan Army Club and Dipesh Dhami of Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) Club stormed into men’s singles pre-quarterfinals of the National Badminton Championships held under the National Sports Council Championships in Mahendranagar on Wednesday.

      Taman ousted Dipesh Shakya of Central Region 21-7, 21-8 to set the last 16 date with Nir Bikram Devkota. Devkota beat Shahroj Ansari of Midwest 21-7, 21-8. Dhami saw off Devraj Rama of Farwest 21-10, 21-10 and will next play Rukesh Maharjan of Army, who dispatched Bilal Waris of Midwest. Pabin Lenthap of Army beat Bhugol Gurung of Western 21-17, 9-21, 23-21 while Sajan Krishna Tamrakar of APF saw off Irfan Ansari of Mid-west 21-9, 21-11.

      The other players to join them in men’s singles pre-quarterfinals were Prince Dahal, Dipak Bohara, Praful Maharjan, Nabin Shrestha, Bejeet Thapa, Jeevan Acharya and Gautam Kathayat. Former Nepal no 1 Bikash Shrestha of Eastern Region enjoyed walkover win.

      In the women’ singles, Nangsal Devi Tamang of Army defeated Tara Ale of Central Region 21-3, 21-3 to set quarter-final date with Sunania Mukhiya of Eastern Region. Mukhiya overcame Sima Rajbanshi. Anumaya Rai, Shova Gauchan, Nita Lamshal, Shikshya Shrestha, Jessica Gurung and Amita Giri also made it to the last eight in the women’s category.

      Army, Police win in football

      Departmental teams Tribhuvan Army Club and Nepal Police Club advanced to the semi-finals of the National Men’s Football Tournament in Dang on Wednesday.

      Army beat Eastern Region 2-0 in Ghorahi and Police eased past Western Region 4-0 in Tulsipur. Bivek Basnet put Army ahead in the 17th and Deep Lama ensured the win two minutes from time against Eastern. Suman Lama struck twice for Police. Nir Kumar Rai gave 28th minute lead to the Police team and Lama made it 2-0 three minutes later.

      Bhola Silwal added the third in the 43rd and Lama completed the rout of Western Region with the fourth goal in the 67th minute.

      Police will take on Nepal Armed Police Force Club and Army will meet Farwest in the semi-finals on Thursday.

      Dharan Football Club (DFC) is set to organise the Budha  Subba Gold Cup from February 3-10 as one of the oldest knockout football tournaments of the country returns to Dharan Stadium in its 20th edition.

      The organisers have been holding the tournament at the Anfa Technical Centre for the last five years but after the completion of Dharan Stadium’s reconstruction the tournament returns to the place from where it all started. DFC on Tuesday informed that it has begun the preparations for the tournament. “We are glad to announce that we are into two decades of this tournament. This tournament has a rich history in Nepali football and has helped a lot in producing national-level players. The club has long been struggling in terms of finances but there have been a lot of helping hands which helped us in giving continuity to this tournament,” said DFC President Kishor Rai.

      The 10-team tournament will include two foreign invitees—Kolkata and with Dhanmundi Club of Bangladesh. Other teams include Nepal Police Club, Nepal APF, Manang Marshyangdi, Sankata, Three Star, National U-19 team and hosts DFC. Dhanmundi are the 2001 champions.

      NPC are the defending champions having beaten Sankata in the 19th edition. The champions will get Rs 501,000 and the runners-up will take home Rs 251,000. The best striker, goalkeeper, defender, midfielder, coach, highest scorer, emerging player will get Rs 25,000 each. The player-of-the-tournament will ride home a motorcycle and every man-of-the-match will get Rs 10,000. The estimated costs of the tournament is Rs 5.3 million.

      The second Pinkathon Kathmandu, a running competition for women to raise awareness about their health related issues, is all set to be held in Kathmandu on February 24.

      The event established by Indian model and actor Milind Soman will see races for women in four different categories—3km, 5km, 10km and 21km—, informed the organisers Nepal Leisure Port on Tuesday. The event is organised in Nepal by Leisure Port, the franchise holder for Pinkathon in Nepal.

      Soman, who is also film producer and fitness promoter, had initiated the event since 2012 in India along with Reema Sanghavi, the managing director of Maximus Mice and Media Solution. According to Soman, the objective of the Pinkathon was to encourage women to adopt health and fitness in their daily lifestyles by means of running.

      Namraj Joshi, the managing director of Leisure Port, said they are expecting participation of over 5,000 runners after witnessing 3,000 turning in the first edition last year. Top three finishers of the 21km race (half marathon) will be rewarded Rs 60,000, Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000. Top three athletes in the 10km race will get Rs 30,000, Rs 20,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively.

      The last edition saw Kanchhi Maya Koju of Nepal Armed Police Force set national half marathon record at 1:18:28.

      Health & Style

      Fiction Park

      In the name of love: The Rani Pokhari Story

      Dipesh Risal, Jan 14 2018
      Chakrawatendra Malla, giddy, nervous, too young to understand the powers he had just acquired, tried to walk confidently towards the elephant stable. He had mentally prepared himself for this day for years.
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      Escalate

      Right products at the right prices

      Jan 15 2018
      Nitesh Kumar Mundra has been working in marketing since 1998. He began his career from a watch store, called Accuracy, but with the market for watches declining and the demand for smartphones rocketing, Mundra chose to switch to marketing international mobile brands in the country.
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      Saturday Features

      Bidding winter farewell with Chaku

      Bidding winter farewell with Chaku

      Being a ‘smart’ student

      Pratyoush Onta
      One of the most often-repeated criticisms of the higher education scene in Nepal is about the absence of choices of courses for students during their BA and MA studies.

      National Unity Day

      Guffadi
      The late King Prithivi Narayan (PN) Shah was until a decade ago considered the person who unified this country. Instead of more than two dozen kingdoms, we became one country and the folks from Gorkha got to enjoy the power and the freebies that comes with it.

      Notes from the depths

      NIRANJAN KUNWAR
      To dive and discover the underneath. To see what hasn’t speared the surface. Chang was from mainland China, soft-spoken, sophisticated. Muy was a Hong Kong native;

      A new home for art

      Nhooja Tuladhar
      You take your shoes off before entering Kaalo 101. The cold from the terracotta tiled floor is for everybody to soak in. Also, the gesture makes you feel like you are entering somebody’s home, not a gallery.

      A spectacle of delusions

      OBIE SHRESTHA
      If Phineas Taylor Barnum (Hugh Jackman) had one defining quality, it would be the staunch determination to not let his circumstances limit his dreams.

      Women drug users in eastern Nepal: A silent story

      Jenna Kunze
      A song rings out from a cellphone on the table, ringing twice before Vara* puts down her ladle, swings her baby to her other hip, and picks up.

      ‘Only a convinced writer can convince readers’

      Columnist, novelist, screenplay writer, and also an actor Brazesh Khanal is a name well known in the Nepali media and the literary circle. While he might have become more particular about the projects he takes up of late, he has already written scripts for more than a 100 TV shows and films. Khanal also has two novels to his name:

      The gang of five

      Guffadi
      It’s been nearly a month since we got done with our federal elections and it will take another month or two before our ‘lefties’ finally take charge and finally make this country prosperous.