House committee to summon PM Dahal

  • Reconstruction delays
Post Report, Aug 31 2016
Concerned over the delay in releasing the reconstruction aid to thousands of earthquake-hit families, the parliamentary Development Committee on Tuesday decided to summon Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal for a meeting.
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UN seeks more Nepali female peacekeepers

    Post Report, Aug 31 2016
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    Visiting UN Under Secretary General Khare makes a call to increase the numbers of both female officers and those in lower ranks in peacekeeping jobs
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    TRC chief Gurung warns of quitting

    DEWAN RAI, Kathmandu, Aug 31 2016
    Rues limited resources, state apathy for streamlining laws to conclude transitional justice process on time

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    Anti-torture Bill moves

    Post Report, Kathmandu, Aug 31 2016
    The Legislature-Parliament on Tuesday forwarded the Bill to Control Torture, Inhuman, Brutal and Disrespectful Acts to a parliamentary committee for finalisation after completing a thematic discussion.

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    Rebuilding to be localised

    Post Report, Aug 31 2016
    The government has decided to localise the rebuilding project in order to involve the local authorities in post-quake reconstruction.
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    Notorious gangster Manange sent to custody on extortion case

    Post Report, Aug 30 2016
    The Kathmandu District Court has remanded notorious gangster Rajiv Gurung alias Deepak Manange and his aide Rajan Kumar Singh into custody for trail on Tuesday. He has been taken to Dillibazar jail.
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    NEA disconnects 3,000 power supply lines, raises Rs 62 million arrears

    Aug 30 2016
    Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has disconnected power supply to a total of 3,411 consumers across the country, reasoning the owners failed to pay tariff for long.
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    Author Purushottam Dahal’s second anthology of poetry, Andhakar ko Yatri, has been launched in the Capital. The book was launched jointly by Prof Rameshwor Upadhayay, ex-minister Homnath Dahal, author Pitambar Dahal and eminent social worker Chandra Lal Dahal. Speaking during the event, professors Ganesh Prasad Ghimire and Lekhprasad Niraula presented their critique of the book.

    Andhakar ko Yatri has been published by Suchana Chautari Sanchar Sahakari. Bipin Sharma of the publication said he was very honoured to be able to publish the poet’s work. Further, he also revealed that the publication is soon coming up with two more of the author’s works-Shikhar Britta, an anthology of short stories; and Mero Patrakarita, Dahal’s memoir.

    Author Dahal has been a prolific writer in the field of journalism, literature and politics-with works like Shanta, a novel; Prakshepan Raajnitik Bichar Sangraha; and Saadh, a poetry anthology published.

    Nepali theatre of late has been on an upswing, with artists willing to experiment working on both western and eastern ancient texts-evidenced by the Theatre Mall’s rendition of Tagore’s Malini or Shilpee’s recent production of Madhavi, adapted from the Mahabharata.

    But what if a production blends the eastern scripture with western sensibilities? One World Theatre’s upcoming production, Arjuna’s Dilemma, does just that. Slated to open on September 3, at the Patan Museum, the fusion opera, directed by Douglas J Cuomo, is a music drama based on the Bhagavad Gita. Featuring 15th century Indian poet Kabir’s poetry, with a fusion of Indian classical music and jazz, the show will be the first ever opera performance in Nepal.

    Music Director of the production, Jonathan Khuner, expresses his excitement over the project, “I’ve been working 35 years in the operatic medium, but this project expands far beyond the boundaries of my existing métier. To capitalise on the common ground of musical improvisation at the heart of Indian classical music and jazz, the Indian singer, tabla player and jazz saxophonist each use their respective improvisatory traditions to reach for the ecstatic, the sublime and the terror that make up the emotional world of this work.”

    According to organisers: “The goal is to engage in a true trans-cultural project that brings together the combined expertise, traditions and culture of all the participants.” The production will also weave contemporary Nepali contextualisations into the narrative. The show will feature actors Rajkumar Pudasaini, Salil Subedi, French ballerina Alize Biannic, opera singer Roy Stevens and Indian vocalist Gurudev Kamat, among others; the sets will be designed by Deborah Merola.

    The play will open on September 3, at the Bhitri Chowk in Patan Museum, and will be on till September 11. Tickets are priced at Rs 750, Rs 500, and Rs 200 for students.

     

     

     

    Sports

    The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Thursday dismissed the appeals lodged by four Nepali footballers and official Anjan KC against their lifetime bans for match-fixing offences.

    The AFC banned former national team skipper Sagar Thapa, Sandeep Rai, Bikash Singh Chhetri, goalkeeper Ritesh Thapa along with KC—also a former footballer—in December for their involvement in fixing the international matches that Nepal played from 2008-2012.
    The AFC Appeal Committee meeting of Thursday confirmed the ruling by the AFC Disciplinary Committee on December 5 which claimed it found the five guilty of violating article 62 and 69 of the AFC Disciplinary Code. Nepal Police had arrested the five footballers on October 14 following a year-long investigation in coordination with AFC and its partner Sportsradar which monitors suspicious international matches across the globe.
    Nepal Police had filed subversion charges against all five before the Special Court granted them bail on November 10. Police had claimed that Thapa and KC, who once coached current National League Champions Three Star, were the main players of the fixing scam. The Office of Attorney General had registered a case with the Special Court seeking for life-imprisonment against the accused players under the Crime against State and Punishment Act, 1989.
    Apart from the five players arrested, a physiotherapist, Dejiv Thapa, was also charged with treason in absentia. Thapa, who is currently in the United States of America, is accused of receiving at least $1,000 from Malaysian footballer and suspected match-fixer Kesavan Pattan.

    Nepali top-tier Three Star Club qualified for the AFC Cup Playoffs as Group ‘B’ winners after Erchim FC of Mongolia defeated Nagaworld FC 1-0 in the AFC Cup Qualifying Playoffs at the Mongolian Football Federation grounds in Ulaan Bataar on Thursday.

    Three Star, who had defeated Erchim 2-0 in their tournament opener, had to wait for their fate after Nagaworld held them to a 1-1 stalemate in the second game of the three-team pool. Erchim were already out from the Qualifying playoffs following the draw in second match but Nagaworld would have seen them through had they returned with a victory by three-goal margin on Thursday.
    Nagaworld’s loss meant Three Star topped the pool with four points ahead of Erchim (three). Nagaworld had just one point. Three Star will now head into the Playoffs with the opponents yet to be decided. The date and venue have also not been ascertained yet.
    “The AFC Cup is coming up with a new format. AFC (Asian Football Confederation) will now conduct a new format workshop in August in Malaysia. The workshop will determine the nature of the playoff and the number of teams that it might feature,” said Sanjeeb Shilpakar, Three Star General Secretary.
    Group ‘A’ winners Dordoi Bishkek of Kyrgyzstan and Group ‘C’ champions Tatung FC of Chinese Taipei are so far the other two teams confirmed for the Playoffs. “We are very happy because we have made it through. The boys did all the hard work,” said Three Star coach Meghraj KC.
    Skipper Bikram Lama credited everyone for the success. “The entire team set, coaching staff, management and well wishers of Three Star have made it possible,” said Lama.

    The National Sports Council (NSC) on Tuesday picked up 38 cricketers for the preliminary round of the selection for the upcoming ICC Women’s World Cup Asia Qualifier to be held in Hong Kong from October 9-15.

    NSC, the country’s supreme sports governing body, is currently overseeing the selection of women’s cricketers after the International Cricket Council (ICC) suspended the membership of the Cricket Association of Nepal. The players were selected following the players’ performance in the District and Regional Selection Tournaments.

    Rubina Chhetri, Santoshi Chaudhary, Sabnam Rai, Mamata Chaudhary, Rashmi Sharma, Kajol Shrestha, Kabita Gautam, Anisha Parajuli, Anuradha Chau-dhary, Roma Thapa, Sangita Rai, Shobha Ale, Rachana Aryal, Sita Shrestha and Shar-ada Wagle made the cut for the first round of selection.

    Also selected were Ashmina Karmacharya, Roji Kadari, Aarati Bidari, Rabina Bhandari, Indu Berma, Barsha Rana, Saraswoti Pun, Laxmi Chaudhary, Nary Thapa, Mamata Thapa, Geeta Gosai, Trishna Singh, Roshani Bohora, Kabita Joshi, Rekha Rawal, Karuna Bhandari, Ritu Kanojiya, Sita Rana Magar, Sarita Magar, Sonu Khadka, Jyoti Pandey, Neera Rajopadhyaya and Binu Budhathoki.

    Only the winners of the week-long Qualifying Playoffs in Hong Kong will qualify for the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier, an 10-team event which will send two teams into the tournament proper. Nepal will play hosts Hong Kong, China and Thailand in the Qualifying Playoffs.

     

    Adit Subedi of St Xaviers and Saloni Tamang of Little Angels (LA) clinched the U-12 singles championship of the LA-JTI Inter-school Junior Tennis Tournament on Tuesday.

    Subedi eased past Aki Juben Raut of Pennwood 6-1, 6-0 in the boys’ final, while Tamang beat Ishashri Shah of St Xaviers 6-1, 6-2 in the girls’ title clash. Nischal Adhikari and Aditya Subedi finished jointed third in U-12 boys’ category, while Rayana Shah and Suvangi Laxmi Shah shared the third place in the U-12 girls’ event.

    Samrakshyan Bhusan Bajracharya of Shuvatara and Mayanka Rana of The British School clinched the U-16 singles titles. Held at the LA premises in Hattiban, Bajracharya saw off Pranab Khanal of St Xaviers 6-2, 6-4 in the boys’ title match. Rana defeated her schoolmate Ani Mathema 7-6, 6-3 in the girls’ U-16 final.

    Avinaya Acharya and Pramod Budhathoki in boys’ finished third in boys’ event, while Mahika Rana and  Ira Raut ended up joint third in girls’ event.

    Suvangi of LA won the U-10 singles title with an 8-2 win over Aja Regmi of Kasthamandap. Eva Adhikari and Ayesha Dolkar shared third place.

    Aarav Samrat Hada of St Xavier and Aki Juben Raut set the Under-10 boys’ singles championship clash. Hada defeated Saroj Lama 8-2 and Aki Juben saw off Aditya Subedi 8-0 in the semi-finals.

     

     

    Health & Style

    Fiction Park

    The many shades of memories

    Dixya Sharma, Aug 21 2016
    As much as fate was cruel, Ashraya had moved on. But memories do what they do: They haunt, in the deep recesses of mind, wreaking havoc in the hollows of the heart
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    Editor's Pick

    Denting the state exchequer

    SARIN GHIMIRE, Aug 30 2016
    A Cabinet decision last week to provide at least Rs 6 million to the former president for his treatment in the United States has become a talking point of late, bringing to the fore the fact how key political leaders for years have been claiming excessive privileges.
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    Saturday Features

    Raw and candid

    Timothy Aryal
    Yomari Sessions, a platform for budding artists, is helping bring independent Nepali music to the fore

    Brave new Nepal

    ABHINAWA DEVKOTA
    In the early 17th century Spanish novel Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes narrates the adventures of a knight errant trying to set the clock back to the good ol’ days when warriors ruled the roost.

    Faction distraction!

    Guffadi
    Our great Kangaroos have finally managed to figure out whom to send to represent them in the new government.

    Heavy suits

    SARIN GHIMIRE
    The successful conclusion of the NSU election was a litmus test for NC’s commitment to holding local, provincial and state elections by 2017

    Lord’s is Lord’s

    Adarsha Dhakal
    For a career sports journalist, who has followed the ups and downs of Nepali cricket for a decade, watching Nepal play at Lord’s was itself a big achievement.

    A God for the day

    SANJIT PRADHANANGA
    Once a year, the day after the Capital reverberates with Gai Jatra’s laughter and merriment, Sitaram leads the age-old Payo Jatra—a tradition locals claim to have been initiated during the Lichhavi era.

    Food for thought

    Preena Shrestha
    While ridiculous to the max and full of uber-crass humour and digs at racial and ethnic stereotypes on one hand, the new animated Sausage Party also happens to be unexpectedly thought-provoking

    Why Rani Pokhari matters

    Sanjit Bhakta Pradhananga
    Shyam Tandukar is standing on the foot bridge at Jamal, gazing at Rani Pokhari, his eyes brimming with nostalgia. Tandukar, who grew up a short walk south of the pond, is chancing the ominous clouds overhead to catch his breath and reminisce over younger, brighter days he’d spent here.

    The Otherworld

    Anuj Adhikary
    Arid land, snow-capped mountains, barren hills and nothingness. We found ourselves in the smack, middle of nowhere, with not a soul in sight. Prayer flags fluttered and predatory birds overhead struggled to stay aflight against a battery of cold, dry gusts. Perhaps they were checking on if we were still moving. Drenched in sweat, out of breath and near-roasted from the midday sun, we were—barely. Spent, at the first pass we lay listless.