Indian businessmen flee after swindling millions from Pokhara locals

Deepak Pariyar, Lekhnath, Dec 18 2017
Four Indian men impersonating as traders have fled after they swindled millions of rupees from locals in Pokhara.

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Raxaul locals threaten to halt Nepal-bound trucks

BHUSAN YADAV, BIRGUNJ, Dec 18 2017
Residents of Indian bordering town of Raxaul have threatened to prevent Nepal-bound cargo trucks from passing through the Indian customs point beginning December 25 if concerned authorities fail to come up with a solution to manage pollution created by transportation of clinker, a key raw material used in production of cement.

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Myadi police protest against overcharging on food

Post Report, DOLAKHA, Dec 18 2017
Myadi police (temporary police) personnel recruited for election security in Dolakha district have started protest from Monday over the price charged for the foods served to them. The term of the temporary police personnel is nearing its end.

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Main News

YCL urges Oli to finalise parties' unification soon

Dec 18 2017
The youth wing of CPN (Maoist Centre) Young Communist League (YCL) has urged CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli for the immediate unification of two communist parties.
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Earthquake-resistant schools handed over to community in Kavre

Post Report, Dec 18 2017
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Nepal have handed over the newly reconstructed Shree Kali Devi Primary School in Kavre District to the community on Monday. The April 2015 earthquake had badly damaged the school, destroying five classrooms and other school facilities.
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Farmers halt work at Gautam Buddha Airport project over compensation row

Madhav Dhungana, Dec 18 2017
Farmers and locals of Bhairahawa have halted the construction work of Gautam Buddha International Airport from Monday in protest over delay in payment of compensation for the land acquired to construct the project.
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Money

World

Iraq hanged 38 Sunni Muslim militants on Thursday after they were sentenced to death on terrorism charges, the Justice Ministry said in a statement.

The mass executions were carried out at a prison in the southern Iraqi city of Nassiriya, the statement said quoting the Justice Minister.

On Sept. 24, Iraq executed 42 Sunni Muslim militants on terrorism charges ranging from killing members of security forces to detonating car bombs, Reuters reported.

The Justice Ministry said all the convicted were members of Islamic State. Officials have said all the appeal options available to the condemned had been exhausted, according to the statement. 

Entertainment

Sports

Nepal suffered a 6-0 thumping from the hosts Bangladesh during the first Saff U-15 Women’s Championship at the BSSS Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Dhaka on Sunday, the opening day. 

Tohura Khatun scored a hat-trick for Bangladesh. Monika Chakma gave an early 11th minute lead for the hosts and Anuching Mogini doubled their lead by scoring first of her two goals two minutes later. Khatun made it 3-0 in the 32nd minute before Bangladesh went into break with four-goal cushion as Mogini netted again in the injury time. 

Nepali team is lead by Preeti Rai as captain and Ganga Gurung as coach. 
Khatun added to her personal tally scoring another in the 69th minute before wrapping up a comprehensive victory with a hat-trick in the 72nd minute. Nepal will take on India on Tuesday before playing against Bhutan two days later. 

In the day’s another game at the Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka, India saw off Bhutan 3-0. India netted all three goals in the first half with Kritina Devi opening the account in the fourth minute. Priyanga Devi doubled their lead in the 15th minute before Pratiksha Lakra netted the third goal five minutes later.    

The four-team tournament organised for the first time by South Asian Football Federation will be played in the single round robin format. The top two teams after the league will play for the title. 

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba congratulated the Nepal U-16 cricket team for their win against Singapore U-16 side by 72 runs to claim the Asian Cricket Council U-16 Eastern Region tournament held in Terdthai, Thailand on Sunday.

Prime Minister Deuba's personal secretary Badri Prasad Tiwari shared that the PM extended his happiness over the victory. PM further termed that the Nepali team's victory despite various challenges was praiseworthy.

Nepal had defeated Singapore by 71 run today.

Health & Style

Fiction Park

Rock bottom

Abha Dhital, Dec 17 2017
Kali is no more.” It took Bini approximately one hour before she finally hit the ‘send’ button on her phone. She knew Arnab was going to be devastated. But she was not sure if he was ever going to forgive her for taking the life of the one being that meant the world to him.
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Saturday Features

Quality over quantity

Bhagirathi Shrestha is a writer with a soft spot for poetry and fiction and is renowned for her short stories. Shrestha, whose works include popular stories such as Kramasha, Mohadangs, and Bhumigat, has been writing for more than five decades.

Rajbiraj on the go

With the Himalayas hogging so much of the limelight, it sometimes feels like little attention is paid to the open, lush green fields or the golden harvests in Nepal’s southern plains. But the Tarai has its own cozy and vibrant charms that often go unappreciated.

To the left!

Guffadi
Well, the election results are out and the Nepali Kangaroos have been asked to move to the left by the ‘left alliance’. Who would have thought that our Kangaroos would fail so miserably? Where did Maharaja Deuba and his courtiers go wrong?

New era, false dawn

MOHAN GURAGAIN
One morning, at my primary school in the periphery of a village in the eastern hills, an unusual sight caught our attention.

Rethinking academic conferences

Pratyoush Onta
Every few weeks we seem to have an academic social science conference in Nepal. In November, our sociologists met in Pokhara.

Marriage of tech and art, almost

Sandesh Ghimire
There has been an assumption that technological innovation is reserved for dexterous engineers and art for the hoity-toity ones.

Morning shows the day

Manish Gautam
At first sight, the cluster of houses built with corrugate iron sheets in Martadi, the district headquarters of Bajura, resembles a settlement recently hit by the earthquakes.

The deadly game

Timothy Aryal
A majority of the recent crop of plays being staged in Kathmandu’s theatre circuit bring to stage the stories from a rural landscape. Since many of the directors working today came of age in villages,

Home isn’t where the art is

Sanyukta Shrestha
In the winter of 2006, my first visit to Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum in London was for a rare exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci’s original sketches.