Dr KC ends hunger strike after 10-pt pact with govt

    Post Report, Oct 18 2017
    Sanjog Manandhar
    Senior Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Govinda KC ended his hunger strike on the 14th day after signing a 10-point pact with the government on Wednesday.
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    PM Deuba holds telephone talks with Dr KC, assures to address demands

      Post Report, Oct 18 2017
      Sanjog Manandhar
      Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on Wednesday held telephone talks with senior orthopedic surgeon at the Maharajgunj-based Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) Dr Govinda KC, who has been staging an indefinite hunger strike demanding reforms in country’s medical profession and education sector.
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      SC says interim order on ballot papers not necessary

        Post Report, Oct 18 2017
        The Supreme Court has refused to issue an interim order on the writ filed by Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal leader Sarbendra Nath Shukla demanding separate ballot papers for federal and provincial polls.
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        No change in election dates: EC

          Post Report, Oct 18 2017
          The Election Commission (EC) reiterated on Wednesday that there won’t be any changes in dates of the provincial and federal elections scheduled for November 26 and December 7.
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          Kukur Tihar, Narak Chaturdashi being observed today (With photos)

            Oct 18 2017
            Kukur Tihar, the festival of dogs, is being celebrated across the nation to mark the second day of Yamapanchak or Tihar festival on Wednesday. Tihar is the second biggest festival of the Nepali Hindus.
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            A day of high drama in Singha Durbar

            • CPN (Maoist Centre) does a volte-face after saying it will quit govt
            • PM Deuba relieves Maoist ministers of responsibilities, keeps home and foreign ministries with himself
            • Eight newly inducted leaders from the RPP assigned ministerial portfolios
            Post Report, Oct 18 2017
            prakash chandra timilsena
            It was a day of high drama in Singha Durbar on Tuesday involving the CPN (Maoist Centre)’s plan to quit the government, its volte face within a hours and Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s Cabinet reshuffle, relieving all the Maoist Centre ministers of their responsibilities and assigning them ministries without portfolio.
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            Cross border movement halted at Rasuwagadi border for 6 days

            Post Report, Rasuwa, Oct 18 2017
            The Chinese authority has halted the cross border movement from the Rasuwagadi border point, the only trade route currently in operation between Nepal and China, for six days from Tuesday.

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            Nepal, Jordan sign labour agreement

            Post Report, Kathmandu, Oct 18 2017
            Nepal has signed a labour agreement with Jordan.

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            Main News

            Maoist Centre will quit govt on Oct 22: Minister Shahi

            Post Report, Oct 18 2017
            CPN (Maoist Centre) leader and minister without portfolio Mahendra Bahadur Shahi has said that his party will quit the government on October 22.
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            RPP in government to ensure elections: DPM Thapa

            Oct 18 2017
            Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Energy, Kamal Thapa has said the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) has joined the government for ensuring the election.
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            EC allows Supplies Ministry to transfer NOC chief

            Post Report, Oct 18 2017
            The Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday allowed the Ministry of Supplies to implement its decision to transfer controversial Nepal Oil Corporation Managing Director Gopal Bahadur Khadka to the ministry.
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            World

            The French government has said it will not recognise Catalonia if it declares independence from Spain and such a move will mean expulsion from the EU, BBC reported.

            European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau said the crisis following the banned 1 October referendum had to be resolved through dialogue within Spain.

            Catalan President Carles Puigdemont is expected to address the regional parliament on Tuesday.

            There has been no sign of a compromise being struck with Madrid.

            Economic pressure on the pro-independence camp is rising with three more companies expected to discuss moving their offices out of Catalonia on Monday, sources told Reuters news agency.

            These are infrastructure firm Abertis, telecoms company Cellnex and property group Inmobiliaria Colonial.

            Major lenders Caixabank and Sabadell announced earlier that they were moving their offices out of the region.

            The region of Catalonia, home to 7.5 million people in the north-east, is crucial to Spain, which is the EU's fifth-biggest economy and a member of Nato.

            A 'great democracy'

            "If there was a declaration of independence, it would not be recognised," Ms Loiseau told French broadcaster CNews (video in French).

            "The first consequence would be its exit from the European Union."

            "Obviously," she added, "there is more to Catalonia than the consultation organised by the independence movement...

            "This crisis needs to be resolved through dialogue at all levels of Spanish politics."
            Casting doubt on the validity of the vote, she described Spain as a "great democracy" and pointed to the "particularly" high level of devolution its regions already enjoyed.

            However, Catalans have long been calling for more say in spending, higher status for their language and recognition that they are a nation distinct from Spain.

            All eyes on Puigdemont
            Catalonia's parliament had been due to meet on Monday with the expectation that it would endorse the declaration of independence, based on the majority Yes vote on 1 October.

            However, the session was blocked by the Spanish Constitutional Court, which had likewise sought to stop the referendum itself.

            Speculation is intense as to what Mr Puigdemont may say when he addresses the parliament in Barcelona on Tuesday evening.

            He could ask the parliament to declare independence on the basis of the referendum law it passed last month.

            That in turn could lead the Spanish government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to suspend devolution, acting under Article 155 of the constitution.

            Final results from the referendum suggest 43% of Catalan voters turned out and 90% of them backed independence - but "No" voters largely boycotted the ballot.

            At least 350,000 people joined a unionist rally in Barcelona on Sunday, after recent massive rallies by separatists and democracy activists in the city.

            The crisis has been largely peaceful, although some 900 civilians and 33 police officers were hurt on referendum day when police sought to stop the vote at some polling stations by force.

            A deputy prime minister of Kyrgyzstan was killed when a vehicle he was riding in collided with a KamAZ truck on a highway, Kyrgyz state press service reported.

            Temir Jumakadyrov, 38, died as a result of injuries sustained in the October 7 accident west of the capital, Bishkek, the report confirmed. 

            The accident happened at a section of the Bishkek-Kara-Balta Highway in Sadovoye village in the northernmost region at around 7:30 a.m. local time (0130 GMT), the report said.

            Both his driver and his assistant were killed in the collision as well.

            Jumakadyrov and his assistant were traveling in a Toyota Land Cruiser. The driver of the car and the assistant also died in the accident.
            The truck driver was hospitalised.

            Jhumakadyrov, 38, was appointed deputy prime minister in August 2017. Prior to that he was secretary of the National Security Council.

            Entertainment

            Sports

            Nepal are all but out of AFC Futsal Championship finals contention after succumbing to a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Kyrgyzstan in the Qualifiers in Tabriz, Iran, on Monday.

            Nepal, who had slumped to a humiliating 14-1 defeat against Uzbekistan in their tournament opener on Sunday, are yet to open the account in Group ‘A’ that also consists of Turkmenistan. Only the top two teams from the group qualify for the finals to be played next year in Chinese Taipei.

            Kyrgyzstan lead the standings with six points from two matches while Uzbekistan are second with three points but have played only one game. Nepal and Tajikistan, who will clash in their last match on Tuesday, are yet to open account in the points table.

            Nepal conceded goal in the very first minute of the match and were 3-0 down by the interval. Alimov Maksat put Kyrgyz ahead and Tashtanov Aktai doubled the tally in the fifth minute before Baigazy Uulu Ulanbek made it 3-0 in the 13th. Skipper Kanetov Emil added another in the 21st and Aktai sealed the victory with his second goal three minutes from time in the 40-minute match. Uzbekistan and Tajikistan are playing in the late fixture of the day.

            The tropical storm Khanun on Sunday pushed the ICC World Cricket League Championship (WCLC) match between Nepal-Hong Kong match for the reserve day on Monday.

            The rescheduled match also looks to be hit by a heavy rainfall, according to the local weather forecast. Nepal, who suffered a 83-run defeat in their first match at the Tin Kwong Road Recreation ground on Friday, were scheduled to play the second match on Sunday. In case of washout on Monday, both teams will share a point and Nepal’s slim hopes of earning tickets to the 2019 World Cup Qualifiers will end abruptly even before their final round fixtures.

            The top four teams of the eight-team contest will earn entry to the ICC 2019 World Cup Qualifiers. Netherlands have all but sealed a place in the Qualifiers with 18 points after six rounds and are followed by Papua New Guinea (16), Scotland (15), Hong Kong (13) and Kenya (12). Sixth place Nepal (8) now not only need to win their remaining three matches but also hope Hong Kong lose to Papua New Guinea and Kenya go down against Scotland in both of their last round games. 

            Nepal suffered a 14-1 defeat against Uzbekistan in their maiden international futsal match at the AFC Futsal Championship Qualifiers in Iran on Sunday.

            Nepal conceded seven goals in each half in their Group ‘A’ match. Nepal next play Kyrgyzstan on Monday and Turkme-nistan on Tuesday.

            Hosts Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan are placed in group B. The winners and runners-up from all eight groups will earn tickets for the final round to be played next year in Chinese Taipei. Skipper Suraj Raut scored the consolation goal for Nepal in the 40-minute match. (PR)

            Health & Style

            Fiction Park

            Gifts

            Tushar Subedi, Oct 15 2017
            White clouds had blanketed the mountain peaks spread across the horizon when they reached the top. I heard them complaining, “Where are the damn mountains? Did we just climb all the way up here for nothing?”
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            Saturday Features

            Teach your children well

            Anbika Giri’s new children’s book, Hamro Kura Pani Sunnus, gives a peek into the psyche of the children and their vast emotional world.

            Enchanted at Selfie Hill

            Sandesh Ghimire
            Manholes swallow school girls whole. Buses and micros paraglide off highways. Something slipped, we come to hear. In some cases it was the attention of the driver, and in others, it was the tyres that skidded because small boulders never got removed after a landslide.

            Poll vault

            MOHAN GURAGAIN
            As three layers of elections are necessary to implement the federal structure outlined in the 2015 constitution, political parties are coming together to form electoral alliances or to announce party mergers.

            No more constipation!

            Guffadi
            We are done with our local elections and as usual, it was the crooks and the corrupt who managed to win big with their muscles and money.

            A jatra like no other

            In Handigaun—an ancient quarter of Kathmandu—there is a popular myth that a woman in labour was calling out for her mother in pain.

            Lost in translation

            Timothy Aryal
            Consider these lines excerpted from the epic poem The Conference of Birds, written by the twelfth century Persian poet Farid ud-Din Attar:

            A pair of hauntings

            OBIE SHRESTHA
            Watching two new films back-to-back—both pertaining, broadly, to the realm of supernatural fiction, but utterly dissimilar in most other ways—has made for some interesting observations.

            High-way

            BHIM GHIMIRE, AASH GURUNG
            When construction of a road linking Besisahar in Lamjung to Chame in the trans-Himalayan district of Manang began in 2010, the project invited plenty of scepticism.

            Birds of a feather

            Adarsha Dhakal
            At 24, Tribhuvan Army Club’s (TAC) badminton prodigy Ratnajit Tamang has won almost everything he can domestically. His trophy cabinet is filled with 22 titles he has collected over the last five years,