Investment Summit’s progress report card: 48 applications for 31 projects

  • The government is upbeat about foreign investment prospects and has extended the application deadline for investors by another month
Bhrikuti Rai, Apr 21 2019
Nijgadh Airport has received the highest number of applications from prospective investors after being showcased at the Nepal Investment Forum last month.
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ICYMI: Here are our top stories from Sunday, April 21

    Post Report, Apr 21 2019
    Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (April 21, 2019).
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    Government comes up with ‘wildlife friendly’ road design to prevent roadkill

    CHANDAN KUMAR MANDAL, Kathmandu, Apr 21 2019
    File Photo
    All the roads—including major national highways—which traverse through forest areas and protected parks of the country will have to maintain a set of standards for ensuring the safety of wildlife, according to a new model developed for infrastructure projects.

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    Pressure mounts on ruling party to initiate action against its general secretary

    TIKA R PRADHAN, Kathmandu, Apr 21 2019
    Bishnu PoudelFile Photo
    Pressure is mounting on the ruling communist party from its own leaders to initiate action against Bishnu Poudel, general secretary of the party who has been embroiled in a controversy for buying a piece of land in Baluwatar in January 2005.

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    At least 100 people killed in a series of bomb attacks in Sri Lanka

    Reuters, COLOMBO, Apr 21 2019
    Sri Lankan military officials stand guard in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Reuters
    The blasts at three Sri Lankan churches and three luxury hotels killed about100 people and wounded more than 400, a hospital director and police officials said, following a lull in major attacks since the end of the civil war 10 years ago.

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    Main News

    Nepal Airlines grounds Chinese-made planes for lack of instructor pilot

    SANGAM PRASAIN, Apr 21 2019
    All four Chinese-made Y12e and one MA60 planes of Nepal Airlines has been grounded for a long time, causing the state-owned carrier millions in losses.
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    Government to take steps to control haphazard throwing of used recharge cards and tobacco packets

    Anup Ojha, Sanjaya Lama, Apr 21 2019
    The Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers has decided to take initiatives to control the practice of haphazardly throwing used recharge cards and tobacco products’ packets on the roads as part of a fresh bid to beautify the city.
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    Time is ticking: Ghantaghar may just give up due to the lack of technical support and the government’s indifference

    ABANI MALLA, Apr 21 2019
    For the past 124 years, Ghantaghar has been projecting accurate time--with occasional dysfunctions--throughout the years. But that may change soon, as the man who ensured that the monumental time teller is up and running is set to retire.
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    Money

    World

    Flash floods and landslides triggered by torrential rain in Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua have killed at least 58 people, injured dozens and displaced more than 4,000, authorities said on Sunday.

    A search for more possible victims was under way in the town of Sentani, which was hit by flash floods late on Saturday. Fifty-one people were killed and 74 injured there, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of the national disaster agency, told a news briefing.

    Heavy rain caused landslides in the nearby provincial capital of Jayapura, killing seven there, Nugroho said.

    Soldiers pulled alive a 5-month old baby from under the rubble of his house and took him to hospital, Papua military spokesman Muhammad Aidi said.

    The number of victims “will probably increase because the evacuation process is still taking place and not all affected areas have been reached,” Nugroho said.

    About 4,150 people are sheltering in six evacuation centers, he said.

    Hundreds of houses, three bridges and a Twin Otter airplane parked at the airport were damaged by the floods. The Sentani airport, the province’s main transport hub, remained open.

    TV footage showed mud and large logs on Sentani’s main roads after floodwaters receded.

    Disaster authorities have warned local governments of flash flood risks due to deforestation in the mountains surrounding the town, Nugroho said, adding that in 2018 Jakarta sent seedlings intended for tree-planting.

    “Forest destruction in the Cyclops mountains have increased for use as firewood and to turn the land into plantations,” Nugroho said.

    “Since 2018 we have warned the Jayapura government to be careful of flash flood risks because of this deforestation,” he added.

    Arts and Entertainment

    Life & Style

    Fiction Park

    Remembering a rebellious girl

    Ujwol Shrestha, Apr 21 2019
     As I said this in a soft spoken voice, tears rolled down her rosy cheeks. With gentle affection I caressed her hair. She stopped crying. For almost twenty minutes, we just sat there in silence staring at  the cat. No words. Sometimes words are unnecessary if the feelings are genuine. And my feelings were genuine. For all her stubbornness and rebellious manners, I had a profound affection for Tibrata. I knew she was a lonely girl and was yearning for love and affection.
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    Saturday Features

    Internet cafés or ‘wangbas’ in China create a space for internet addicts

    Tripty Tamang Pakhrin
    Internet cafés in China have created a new space where people lose themselves within the virtual world of online gaming--a chance to explore an experimental world without any impediment.

    'Nepalis come across a huge wall that divides one part of the world from another'

    Avasna Pandey
    The presence of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah at the helm has only made things worse. These people are bent on hardening borders, rather than dissolving them.

    The beatmaker

    ABANI MALLA
    On a cold and rainy winter’s day, 19-year-old Sagun Khadka sits at a cafe in Jhamsikhel, listening to hip-hop on his headphones.

    Shreesha Bhandari’s Athot deserves to be read by young people seeking guidance

    MOHAN GURAGAIN
    Without failing to shed light on the importance of time, Athot stresses that what we failed to do in our lives are not less important than what we actually did. 

    Guffadi: Our Oli government is not a communist but a truly wild capitalist party

    Guffadi
    Once again, let us congratulate our Oli government for passing the Medical Mafia Bill. Now, Dr KC should go home and rest.

    Celebrating a century

    Prakash Chandra Timilsena
    Calmly seated in a chariot pulled by her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, Mayju Maharjan observes her fifth janko—a rare ritual, called Mahadivya Ratharohan, where an elder is celebrated for completing 108 years, eight months, eight days, eight hours, and eight seconds around the sun. 

    The paper trail

    Prakash Chandra Timilsena
    In 1995, 50-year-old Nima Sherpa moved from Dolakha to Kathmandu with a plan—he was going to take traditional Nepali lokta paper to the world. Sherpa had realised that products made of lokta, which were easily available in his village, could make it big in the international market.

    Life and art are inextricably blended into each other

    Timothy Aryal
    Mekh Limbu’s art needs little elaboration. It speaks the truth, laid out for all to see and reflect on. It’s real; it’s quiet, keening and sharp. Take his installation ‘How I Forgot My Mother Tongue’, for instance, which was part of the Opposite Dreams exhibition displayed during the Photo Kathmandu festival last year.

    Raamesh Koirala’s book about Charles Sobhraj is confused, leaving the reader unsure of whether this is a memoir or a novel

    Pranaya SJB Rana
    Raamesh Koirala’s new book about the notorious serial killer Charles Sobhraj is a strange animal. Although ostensibly presented as a non-fiction memoir written by the cardiac surgeon who operated on Sobhraj’s heart, the copyright page of the book asserts that “This is a work of fiction.” Perhaps this was an (glaring) oversight on the part of the publisher, but given the manner in which the book unfolds, it might be an accurate characterisation.