Nepal Airlines receives fare clearance for Osaka flights

    SANGAM PRASAIN, Apr 26 2019
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    Japan Civil Aviation Bureau approved the passenger fare filed by Nepal Airlines Corporation on Wednesday, opening the way for the national flag carrier to make preparations to operate direct flights to Osaka. At most international airports, foreign carriers are required by law to file passenger fares.
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    Across three bridges, up and down a couple of valleys and into relative serenity, Balthali is Kathmandu’s unsung bolthole

      Thomas Heaton, Apr 26 2019
      Follow Panauti Road until it stops, strap on your hiking boots, then start walking—it’s the best and most practical way to get to Balthali. The road leading to this Kavre village practically turns to sludge on the outskirts of Khopasi, south-east of Kathmandu. Luckily, it gets muddy just in time to mount the first flag-lined bridge that leads there.
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      Nepal and UAE agree on zero investment jobs for Nepali workers

      CHANDAN KUMAR MANDAL, Kathmandu, Apr 26 2019
      Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security, Ram Prasad Ghimire, and director of International Bilateral Relations under the Department of Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation of the UAE, sign the agreement in Kathmandu on Thursday. Photo courtesy: Labour Ministry
      Nepal and the United Arab of Emirates have finalised a labour agreement that guarantees zero investment jobs in the Gulf country for Nepali workers.

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      Government loses large swathes of land to enchroachers

      PRITHVI MAN SHRESTHA, Kathmandu, Apr 26 2019
      Around 66,000 square metres of public land--belonging to seven government offices—have been encroached upon by individuals, a performance audit report of the Office of Auditor General shows.

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      Man Tang Hong might not be the cleanest or the most refined, but it’s Sichuan cuisine is often good, sometimes bad--it’s a gamble.

      HANTAKALI, Kathmandu, Apr 25 2019
      For this review, Hantakali chose Man Tang Hong, a restaurant popular among Chinese tourists and Nepalis in-the-know.

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      Stakeholders realigning Jajarkot-Jumla road

      The Rangshi section of the Jajarkot-Panchkatiya-Jumla road is currently being realigned to solve a dispute between stakeholders and the local citizens of Jajarkot.

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      Main News

      Police record statement from Kiran’s family

      PARWAT PORTEL, Apr 26 2019
      Police have recorded statements from the family members of 15-year-old Kiran Karki Dholi who died in custody of Birtamod Area Police Office in Jhapa on April 14.
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      As government recalls envoy to Qatar, six of Nepal’s foreign missions are now without ambassadors

      ANIL GIRI, Apr 26 2019
      With the government decision to recall Nepal’s Ambassador to Qatar Ramesh Koirala, six Nepali diplomatic missions have been without their chiefs from Thursday.
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      Post-quake recovery works hit as 4,000 workers resign en masse

      NAYAK PAUDEL, Apr 26 2019
      Around 4,000 technicians working for the National Reconstruction Authority in 32 earthquake-affected districts have resigned en masse, saying that they have not received any allowance and facilities for months.
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      Flash floods and landslides triggered by torrential rain in Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua have killed at least 58 people, injured dozens and displaced more than 4,000, authorities said on Sunday.

      A search for more possible victims was under way in the town of Sentani, which was hit by flash floods late on Saturday. Fifty-one people were killed and 74 injured there, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of the national disaster agency, told a news briefing.

      Heavy rain caused landslides in the nearby provincial capital of Jayapura, killing seven there, Nugroho said.

      Soldiers pulled alive a 5-month old baby from under the rubble of his house and took him to hospital, Papua military spokesman Muhammad Aidi said.

      The number of victims “will probably increase because the evacuation process is still taking place and not all affected areas have been reached,” Nugroho said.

      About 4,150 people are sheltering in six evacuation centers, he said.

      Hundreds of houses, three bridges and a Twin Otter airplane parked at the airport were damaged by the floods. The Sentani airport, the province’s main transport hub, remained open.

      TV footage showed mud and large logs on Sentani’s main roads after floodwaters receded.

      Disaster authorities have warned local governments of flash flood risks due to deforestation in the mountains surrounding the town, Nugroho said, adding that in 2018 Jakarta sent seedlings intended for tree-planting.

      “Forest destruction in the Cyclops mountains have increased for use as firewood and to turn the land into plantations,” Nugroho said.

      “Since 2018 we have warned the Jayapura government to be careful of flash flood risks because of this deforestation,” he added.

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      Remembering a rebellious girl

      Ujwol Shrestha, Apr 21 2019
       As I said this in a soft spoken voice, tears rolled down her rosy cheeks. With gentle affection I caressed her hair. She stopped crying. For almost twenty minutes, we just sat there in silence staring at  the cat. No words. Sometimes words are unnecessary if the feelings are genuine. And my feelings were genuine. For all her stubbornness and rebellious manners, I had a profound affection for Tibrata. I knew she was a lonely girl and was yearning for love and affection.
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      Saturday Features

      Internet cafés or ‘wangbas’ in China create a space for internet addicts

      Tripty Tamang Pakhrin
      Internet cafés in China have created a new space where people lose themselves within the virtual world of online gaming--a chance to explore an experimental world without any impediment.

      'Nepalis come across a huge wall that divides one part of the world from another'

      Avasna Pandey
      The presence of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah at the helm has only made things worse. These people are bent on hardening borders, rather than dissolving them.

      The beatmaker

      On a cold and rainy winter’s day, 19-year-old Sagun Khadka sits at a cafe in Jhamsikhel, listening to hip-hop on his headphones.

      Shreesha Bhandari’s Athot deserves to be read by young people seeking guidance

      Without failing to shed light on the importance of time, Athot stresses that what we failed to do in our lives are not less important than what we actually did. 

      Guffadi: Our Oli government is not a communist but a truly wild capitalist party

      Once again, let us congratulate our Oli government for passing the Medical Mafia Bill. Now, Dr KC should go home and rest.

      Celebrating a century

      Prakash Chandra Timilsena
      Calmly seated in a chariot pulled by her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, Mayju Maharjan observes her fifth janko—a rare ritual, called Mahadivya Ratharohan, where an elder is celebrated for completing 108 years, eight months, eight days, eight hours, and eight seconds around the sun. 

      The paper trail

      Prakash Chandra Timilsena
      In 1995, 50-year-old Nima Sherpa moved from Dolakha to Kathmandu with a plan—he was going to take traditional Nepali lokta paper to the world. Sherpa had realised that products made of lokta, which were easily available in his village, could make it big in the international market.

      Life and art are inextricably blended into each other

      Timothy Aryal
      Mekh Limbu’s art needs little elaboration. It speaks the truth, laid out for all to see and reflect on. It’s real; it’s quiet, keening and sharp. Take his installation ‘How I Forgot My Mother Tongue’, for instance, which was part of the Opposite Dreams exhibition displayed during the Photo Kathmandu festival last year.

      Raamesh Koirala’s book about Charles Sobhraj is confused, leaving the reader unsure of whether this is a memoir or a novel

      Pranaya SJB Rana
      Raamesh Koirala’s new book about the notorious serial killer Charles Sobhraj is a strange animal. Although ostensibly presented as a non-fiction memoir written by the cardiac surgeon who operated on Sobhraj’s heart, the copyright page of the book asserts that “This is a work of fiction.” Perhaps this was an (glaring) oversight on the part of the publisher, but given the manner in which the book unfolds, it might be an accurate characterisation.