Why Rani Pokhari matters

  • The use of steel and concrete in the reconstruction of the iconic Rani Pokhari has left experts, activists and locals alarmed
Sanjit Bhakta Pradhananga, Aug 27 2016
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.
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Lord’s is Lord’s

  • A witness’s account of team Nepal’s historic win over MCC at the legendary Lord’s stadium
Adarsha Dhakal, Aug 27 2016
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.
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A God for the day

  • On any other day, Sitaram would melt into the crowd. But not today.
SANJIT PRADHANANGA, Aug 27 2016
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.
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PM to ‘take initiatives’ to address Dr KC’s demands

    Post Report, Aug 27 2016
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    Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that he will take necessary initiatives to address the demands raised by Dr Govinda KC.
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    Remittance growth slows to 7.7 percent in 2015-16

    PRITHVI MAN SHRESTHA, Kathmandu, Aug 27 2016
    Remittance inflow rose by 7.7 percent year-on-year in 2015-16 to Rs665 billion, according to the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB).

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    Heavy suits

    SARIN GHIMIRE, Kathmandu, Aug 27 2016
    The successful conclusion of the NSU election was a litmus test for NC’s commitment to holding local, provincial and state elections by 2017

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    Thapa vows to address Dr KC’s demands

    Post Report, Kathmandu, Aug 27 2016
    Gagan Thapa, who has taken reins of the Health Ministry, faces a daunting task to fulfill his commitment to address the demands put forth by Dr Govinda KC.

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    Dahal’s Cabinet far from being inclusive with only one woman in govt

    SARIN GHIMIRE, Kathmandu, Aug 27 2016
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    One woman and a father and his son-in-law were among the 13 ministers from the Nepali Congress (NC) to be inducted into the Cabinet on Friday.

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    Italy earthquake: Day of national mourning for victims

    BBC, Aug 27 2016
    A day of national mourning has begun in Italy for the almost 300 people who died when a powerful earthquake hit mountainous central regions.

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    Main News

    Monitoring team seizes underweight gas cylinders

    Post Report, Aug 27 2016
    A joint market-monitoring team of the government on Friday confiscated cooking gas cylinders of Koteshwor-based Metro Gas and Pepsicola-based Sagarmatha Gas after they failed to meet the standards.
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    Labour unrest ends after issues settled

    SHANKAR ACHARYA, Aug 27 2016
    The Labour Office, Birgunj said that the demands of striking workers of 14 factories in the Parsa-Bara Industrial Estate had been addressed and that they had gone back to work.
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    WB okays $55m loan for roads, bridges

    Post Report, Aug 27 2016
    The World Bank on Friday approved credit worth $55 million (Rs5.91 billion) for Nepal to scale up its Road Sector Development Programme and address post-earthquake reconstruction needs, including the strengthening of the country’s strategic road and bridge network to withstand future seismic and climate vulnerabilities.
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    Money

    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.

     

     

    The national league champion, Three Star Club tied 1-1 with Cambodia's Nagaworld Club during the ongoing AFC Cup Football playoff selection in Mongolia. It was the second match Nepal played there.

    The Three Star netted in the 85th minute of the game played in Ulaanbaatar of Mongolia on Tuesday.

    It was the foreign player from Three Star, Martin, to score the goal tying the draw.

    Although the Three Star defeated Mongolia's Irchim Club 2-0 in the first match, it has to wait the results of the Nagaworld and Irchim to enter the second round. Nepal which is in Group B has four points. RSS

    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

    22 killed as bus plunges into Trishuli River

    SHIVA PURI, Aug 27 2016
    At least 22 people, including three women and four Indian nationals, were killed when a passenger bus veered off a road and plunged into the Trishuli river at Chandibhanjyang-6 in Chitwan district on Friday morning in yet another major road accident in the last two weeks. Four others have gone missing.
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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.

    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

    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.

    The dark underbelly of remittance

    NAYAN P SINDHULIYA
    Kahar is a collection of deeply felt, meticulously researched, and agonising yet humane accounts of blood and tears, of individuals with dreams of more prosperous lives through migration

    With-in and with-out

    Astha Joshi
    Change is not an intuitive process but a continuous one where you have to learn to adapt and adjust to the small space that has been given to you

    Cartels, clowns and comedians

    Guffadi
    This is the new Nepal where our politicians have turned into comedians and our real comedians have turned into social workers

    Contextualising development

    Ram Chandra Pokhrel
    In July this year, I was part of a 15-member delegation from the Nepali Congress (NC) on a visit to the People’s Republic of China on invitation of the Chinese Communist Party (CPC). On our flight to Chengdu, playing ‘hide and seek’ with the clouds and snow-clad mountains, we flew over the vast arid plateau of the Tibetan Autonomous Region—the roof the world. At the time, we had marvelled over the remote and desolate landscape, but unbeknownst to us, the landscapes we were flying over, and China’s endeavour to transform it, would feature again, and prominently, on our week-long visit.