PM Oli orders review of Deuba govt’s decisions

    Post Report, Feb 18 2018
    Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has instructed Chief Secretary Lok Darshan Regmi to put all the decisions taken by the Sher Bahadur Deuba-led government on hold.
    full story »

    Province 6 Cabinet gets full shape

    Post Report, SURKHET, Feb 18 2018
    Province no 6 Chief Minister Mahendra Bahadur Shahi has expanded the provincial Cabinet to full shape on Sunday. CM Shahi inducted four ministers from CPN-UML and two ministers from the CPN (Maoist Centre).

    full story »

    East Rukum locals demand Golkhada as district headquarters

    Post Report, Kathmandu, Feb 18 2018
    Following the division of Rukum district into east Rukum and west Rukum in the new administrative structure, the residents of east Rukum are having differing opinions regarding the headquarters of the newly formed district.

    full story »

    Main News

    PM Oli shifts to Baluwatar

    Post Report, Feb 18 2018
    Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli moved into PM’s official residence in Baluwatar, Kathmandu on Sunday. PM Oli who was appointed to the prime ministerial post on Thursday was residing in his private residence in Balkot, Bhaktapur.
    full story »

    NPC Vice Chair Wagle announces to resign from post

    Feb 18 2018
    Vice-Chairman of the National Planning Commission, Swarnim Wagle, has announced to tender his resignation on Sunday.
    full story »

    Patan-based Bhatbhateni has failed to pay tax: Monitoring team

    Post Report, Feb 18 2018
    A monitoring conducted by Lalitpur Metropolitan City (LMC) has found that Patan-based Bhatbhateni Super Market has failed to pay the taxes.
    full story »

    Money

    Entertainment

    Sports

    Play for Deprived Children Nepal (PDCN), a non-government organisation, is set to organise the Basketball League, one of the Nepal’s biggest ever national level tournament, from Saturday.

    The tournament is the country’s first ever double round robin league home and away basketball competition featuring eight teams. The tournament comes as a big boost for hoopsters, who have not been able to get involved in a lengthy basketball programme throughout their career. 

    “This league pushes Nepali basketball towards professionalism. We have been competing in tournaments where we end up playing maximum four to five games. But to get a one and half month long event will give us exposure into a good competition,” said national basketball team captain Sadish Pradhan. 

    The tournament will feature a total of 60 matches, including three playoffs and the final. The participating teams will play each other at home and away basis. The top four teams after the double league will make it to the playoffs. In the playoffs, the first-placed team will clash with the club ending up fourth. Second and third placed team will meet in the other playoff. 

    The third place playoff and final will be held at the National Sports Council covered hall along Saturday’s inaugural day match between Tribhuvan Army Club and Bishal Milan Kendra. Other teams include Himalayan Hounds, South Siders Basketball Club, Xavier International, Team Budhanilkantha Municipality, Kirtipur Basketball Team and Golden Gate College. 

    The champions will get Rs 200,000. The first and second runners-up will get Rs 100,000 and Rs 50,000. Nepal Basketball Association (NeBA) has provided technical assistance for the tournament. NeBA President Lama Tendi Sherpa said they were awaiting the response of the tournament. 

    “This tournament comes as a trial, also for the NeBA. It’s a good initiative from a private firm and NeBA has given nod in terms of technical assistance and other helps,” said Sherpa on Friday. Lal Babu Prasad, AGM of Chaudhary Group whose product Kwiks is the title sponsor, said they want to get a long term association with the tournament. 

    “We really liked the way they have planned this tournament. Basketball is very popular among youngsters. We want to help grow this sports in the country. We want to stick with this programme for the next three to four years and popularise it as KBL,” said Prasad. 

    PDCN President Arun Karki expected the tournament to help domestic basketball. “Our objective is to serve Nepali basketball in a holistic way to make sure that Nepali basketball moves one step forward. This is just a beginning and we have plans to take it across the country in the same format,” said Karki.

    Health & Style

    Escalate

    You are your own competition

    Feb 12 2018
    Antim Ranjit started his career as a photographer at Himalayan Colour Lab (Hicola) in 1991. After working at Hicola as its chief photo technician for 13 years, Ranjit joined the Vishal Group in 2004 as a marketer and distributor for photographic equipment and materials.
    full story »

    Saturday Features

    A carnival of devotion

    KESHAV THAPA
    It was during the lunar month of Falgun, say the Hindu Puranas, that the Hindu god Shiva drank the poisonous negativity of the cosmos to allow for regeneration to triumph over complete annihilation.

    Road to nowhere

    Sandesh Ghimire
    20 years ago, there were less than 20 houses in Anamnagar,” my mother told me of the time she moved into our neighbourhood, “It was possible to know everybody in the area, along with their extended families.”

    Rethinking settlement

    MOHAN GURAGAIN
    Let’s imagine Kathmandu Valley as a vast agricultural land with a few clustered towns like the days of yore. How much would this Valley that is blessed with enviably fertile soil have produced if it were not the concrete jungle that it is today? Enough, you would think, to easily feed itself and even those beyond.

    It’s Oli time!

    Guffadi
    First of all, let us congratulate our uncle KP Oli for getting to Baluwatar for the second time. Let us hope that he will do what’s right for the country instead of only taking care of his near and dear ones.

    New wine in an old, hackneyed bottle

    Timothy Aryal
    How often is it that we get to see films, novels or plays set in the Himalayas? Instantly a couple come to mind—the 1999 film Caravan or the more recent Everest (2015).

    AN INADVERTENT REBEL

    Rahul Dhakal
    I first met Kapil Dixit while reporting on his recent exhibition of nudes. The fact that the exhibit was collaborative meant the burden of the senseless flak it received was also shared, he says with some relief.

    A summit in the plains

    Subas Tamang was born in Amardaha, a town in Morang. His mother, a Bhojpur native, had moved to the district to set up house with a stone-carver. But the elder Tamang frequently travelled through the eastern hills and plains, turning rocks into roofs to make ends meet. He led an itinerant life; he was familiar with strife.

    Playing with fire

    Rajesh Khanal
    On December 20, a massive fire engulfed Super Gas Udyog, a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) bottling plant in Sukhasaina, Birgunj. It took almost nine hours to quell the inferno which claimed the lives of three firefighters, severely injured one more, destroyed a fire engine and posed a severe threat to people living in the vicinity of the bottling plant.

    A Day in Malikarjun

    Malikarjun is a small village, with barely 300 houses, in Darchula. Tucked away in Far Western Nepal, this hill top village is approximately 28 km away from Khalanga, the headquarters.