PM Oli arrives home after six-day China visit

    Post Report, Jun 24 2018
    Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli arrived in Kathmandu on Sunday after completing a six-day official visit to China. The Prime Minister's entourage landed at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu at 10:15 am.
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    Railway connectivity important document of China visit: PM Oli

      Post Report, Jun 24 2018
      Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said his visit to China has further enhanced the friendship and political relations between the two countries.
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      NA Major arrested with brown sugar

      Post Report, Nepalgunj, Jun 24 2018
      Police arrested two persons including a Nepal Army Major with brown sugar from Nepalgunj on Saturday night.

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      Dr KC continues protest at Maitighar Mandala

      Post Report, Kathmandu, Jun 24 2018
      Social activist Dr Govinda KC along with his supporters stages a protest at Maitighar Mandala in Kathmandu on Saturday. He demands that the government lift the ban on holding protest rallies there and implement the agreement reached with him. KESHAV THAPA
      Senior orthopaedic surgeon Dr Govinda KC staged a protest--the second one in as many weeks--at Maitighar Mandala in the Capital on Saturday, demanding the government to roll back its decision to ban holding demonstrations there.

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      Nat'l Vigilance Centre Report: Bhaktapur revenue staff ‘most corrupt’

      Post Report, Kathmandu, Jun 24 2018
      Delays in settling protracted disputes between landowners and tillers over sharing of land have led to corruption and irregularities in Land Revenue Offices, a recent National Vigilance Centre (NVC) study says.

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      Staff shortage has affected execution of justice: Acting CJ

      Post Report, Gorkha, Jun 24 2018
      Acting Chief Justice has Deepak Raj Joshee has remarked that the shortage of employees has affected the execution of justice.

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      Main News

      Kroos missile secures last-gasp Germany win

      Agencies, Jun 24 2018
      A stoppage-time goal from Toni Kroos gave holders Germany a dramatic 2-1 win over Sweden on Saturday to reignite their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup last 16.
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      Gearing up for unity: NCP sister wings scurry to prepare for merger

      Post Report, Jun 24 2018
      After the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) prepared the final draft of the unified party’s statute and regulations, all the sister wings are busy preparing their statutes and political documents.
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      Women crew ensure traffic flows in rains

      PRATAP BISTA, Jun 24 2018
      Among the 78 workers deployed for maintenance of roads, 60 are women. They are working at Chuniya-Namtar, Phaparbari-Raigaun-Kyantin, Daman Dadabas, Gairigaun-Dadabas, and Hattisudhe-Shikharpur among other rural roads in the district.
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      The U.S. Homeland Security Department said late Saturday the government has reunited 522 children separated from adults as part of a “Zero Tolerance” initiative and plans to reunite another 16 children over the next 24 hours, Reuters report said.

      The department said in a statement U.S. Customs and Border Protection expects a small number of children separated for reasons other than zero tolerance would remain separated, including if the familial relationship cannot be confirmed.

      President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to end his policy of separating immigrant children from their families on the U.S.-Mexico border, after images of youngsters in cages sparked outrage at home and abroad.

      As of June 20, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had 2,053 separated minors being cared for in HHS-funded facilities, and it was “working with relevant agency partners to foster communications and work towards reuniting every minor and every parent or guardian via well-established reunification processes.”

      HHS also said in a release that it has a process to “ensure that family members know the location of their children and have regular communication after separation.”

      A complaint reported by the national news media is that some parents did not know where their children were and had little or no communication with them.

      The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has dedicated the Port Isabel Service Processing Center in Texas as the primary family reunification center.

      All parents are given the telephone number of an information line, which is staffed Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. And each ICE field office will have “Juvenille Coordinators” to manage reunification cases.

      “Zero Tolerance” is a policy U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in April, declaring that all immigrants apprehended while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally should be criminally prosecuted.

      The policy has led to family separations because when border agents refer apprehended migrants to court for prosecution, parents are held in federal jails to await trial by a judge while the children remain in either border control custody or are moved to other facilities.

      Most of the children are from Central America, especially Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

      Currently, 17 percent of minors in HHS funded facilities were placed there as a result of the Zero Tolerance enforcement effort, and the remaining 83 percent arrived in the United States without a parent or guardian, it said.

      A small number of children will remain separated “generally if the familial relationship cannot be confirmed,” or “we believe the adult is a threat to the safety of the child, or the adult is a criminal alien”, HHS said.

      Entertainment

      Sports

      Switzerland hit back with a thunderous strike by Granit Xhaka and a last-minute breakaway goal by Xherdan Shaqiri to claim a famous 2-1 win over Serbia on Friday in a swashbuckling World Cup Group E match tinged with Balkan rivalry.

      The Swiss looked in danger of being over-run when Serbia went ahead with an Aleksandar Mitrovic header after five minutes to the delight of their fervent supporters at the Kaliningrad stadium.

      Xhaka silenced the Serbian contingent in the 52nd minute, however, when he rifled home a loose ball in spectacular style from 25 meters before Shaqiri ran onto a through ball and finished with aplomb to win the game at the death.

      Xhaka and Shaqiri are among several members of the Swiss squad who are of Kosovar heritage, which added an extra dimension to the match.

      Serbia refuses to recognize the independence of its former province Kosovo which broke away 10 years ago.

      “It’s clear that emotions were displayed up and I think we all need to steer away from politics and focus on this sport as a beautiful game that brings people together,” Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic told reporters.

      There was also controversy in the 65th minute when Mitrovic appeared to be held down as he went for a cross but the referee waved play on and there was no video review.

      The result left Brazil, 2-0 winners over Costa Rica, top with four points, ahead of Switzerland on goal difference with Serbia on three.

      Serbia must beat Brazil in their final game to qualify without relying on the result of the Swiss game against Costa Rica, who are eliminated after losing their first two games.

      “This is football, we did not convert some of our chances,” Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic said. “Whether this was a penalty or not, I will not comment on that.

      “We’re in a situation where we need a win against Brazil on and we will focus and do whatever we can to try and win. Nothing is impossible in life.”

      Flying start
      Serbia made a flying start and Mitrovic forced Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer into an early save with a close-range header.

      Sommer was powerless, however, in the fifth minute when Nemanja Matic won the ball and found Dusan Tadic, whose cross was met with a soaring header from Mitrovic.

      With Mitrovic proving a handful for the Swiss defence, Serbia threatened to over-run their opponents and missed another chance when a corner flew across the face of goal and Dusko Tosic just failed to make contact.

      Switzerland came right back into the game seven minutes after halftime thanks to Xhaka’s fulminating strike after a rebound fell nicely into his path.

      Xhaka was almost upstaged by Shaqiri who clipped the crossbar with a curling, dipping shot from the unlikeliest of angles and the match turned into a pulsating end-to-end affair which was brilliantly settled by Shaqiri.

      Switzerland cleared a Serbia attack and a through pass sent the diminutive forward scuttling away before he slotted the ball neatly into the far corner.

      “What is important is that we have developed this winning mentality even when we are down,” said Petkovic, whose side have lost only one of their last 24 games.

      “We always find a reaction. This is an important characteristic of my team.”

      Lumbini FC joined Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC) in the quarter-finals of the Lalit Memorial U-18 Football Championship as Group ‘A’ runners-up after defeating Saraswati Youth Club 2-0 at Anfa Complex on Thursday.


      Holders TAC, who were already assured of their place in the knockouts, stormed into quarter-finals maintaining their 100 percent winning record with 8-2 drubbing of Machhindra Club. The outcome meant TAC finished top of the table with maximum 12 points, five ahead of Lumbini.


      New Road Team (NRT), who could have made it to last eight provided Lumbini had lost or played a draw, crashed out finishing third with six points. Saraswati (3 points) ended up at the fourth spot and Machhindra (one point) finished fifth.


      TAC captain Dinesh Henjan and Dipesh Ale starred for departmental team scoring a treble each. Dipesh netted in the seventh, 25th and 30th minutes while Dinesh struck in the 39th, 60th and 90th minute. Sunil Shrestha was also on scoresheet for the departmental giants, who were also gifted an own goal. Sharad Rai netted in the 33rd minute for Machhindra and Pukar Khadka in the 52nd.


      In another match, Prince Gurung fired Lumbini ahead early in the fourth minute against Saraswati before Amrit Gurung sealed the victory in the 69th minute.

      Health & Style

      Fiction Park

      Maili Dema

      Kriti Rai, Jun 24 2018
      Last year, my Maili Dema died. Twice. Literally. The family was waiting for her two children to arrive from Kathmandu for the final rites, and that’s when she woke up—after 14 hours. She was already wrapped and put aside in a different room. Apparently, they heard her mumble, she was wide awake when they saw her. “I wonder if she had already been awake for god knows how many hours and they only heard her then,” sobbed my mother.
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      Saturday Features

      Coming full circle

      Abha Dhital
      Kathmandu’s newest theatre, Kausi, is housed on the terrace of a family home. Here is how the novel project came to be

      A plastic world

      rabik upadhyay
      We have all seen the inanimate dolls of different shapes and sizes in a streetside shop or in a fancy mall outlet. Derived from the French word which means “an artist’s joined model,” mannequins are used more for commercial than artistic purposes these days. Some see them as symbols of capitalism, some as overtly sexist idealisation of human bodies.

      GUFFADI: Baluwatar to Beijing

      Guffadi
      There are three countries our Prime Monsters must visit before they move out of Baluwatar. You have to drink milk tea and eat samosa with the Desis, try some dim sum with the Chinese and get yourself a hotdog in New York during the UN General Assembly nataks and manage a photo with the Amriki President then.

      Quality in education

      Niranjan Kunwar
      Every citizen strives for a good education but the criteria are elusive. Residents of big cities do not think twice before enrolling children into a private school (easily equating high fees with high standards) but the majority of Nepalis in rural areas do not even have that choice.

      The endangered Ramadan tradition

      Maria Abi-Habib & Hari Kumar
      For nearly 60 years, Mohammed Shafiq has braved New Delhi’s hot temperatures, a bad knee and evil spirits to wake up his neighbours for morning prayers and a final meal before sunrise during the holy month of Ramadan.

      Write despite the odds, without excuses

      When Anita Tuladhar published her first story ‘Mero Manko Dhoko’ in 1967, she hadn’t imagined that it would have an impact on a renowned poet of the time.

      Underdog days

      OBIE SHRESTHA
      It’s 20 years from the present day, and an epidemic of “snout fever” has hit almost all local dogs in the Japanese city of Megasaki, a disease now threatening to spill out onto the human population.

      Too big for their boots!

      Guffadi
      Our man in Baluwatar will be visiting China next week. The leader of the greatest communist party on earth will meet leaders of the Chinese Communist Party. Oli went to India and then Modi did his ‘religious’ trek in our land. Let’s hope Chinese President Xi Jinping will also come to Nepal soon and enjoy our local vyar vyar momos.

      Before the rain sets in

      Mohan Guragain
      Imagine people’s hardships in Tarai districts—from Jhapa in the east to Kanchanpur in the west—during this hot and humid summer. Residents of central Madhes say that even wearing clothes can be unbearable in the searing heat.