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Gasoline lines are back with frantic motorists forming long queues in front of the few petrol pumps that are still open as another shortage hits the Kathmandu Valley while Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) claims that “there is no short supply”. full story »
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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.
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
With one foot in the Qualifiers, Nepal’s Three Star Club are taking on Nagaworld FC of Cambodia in their last Group ‘B’ match of the AFC Cup Qualifying Playoffs in Ulaan Bataar on Tuesday.
A victory at the Mongolia Football Federation grounds will hand Three Star a spot
in the Qualifiers for the
2017 AFC Cup. Three Star opened their tournament campaign on a high, sweeping aside local outfits Erchim
FC 2-0. Although Nagaworld are taken as relatively weaker opponents in the pool, captain Vikram Lama was not in
the mood to take Nagaworld lightly.
“Whoever we play against, we cannot take the opponents lightly. Our boys are highly spirited following the victory against Erchim and we believe we can return with another better result in the tournament,” said Lama on the eve of the match.
Coach Meghraj KC wanted his boys to settle in the game before to take control of the game. “Nagaworld is an unknown opponent for us. We will observe them in the first 15 minutes because this will help us find their weakness and strength,” said KC.
Nagaworld had finished their last season in the Cambodian League as a fourth-placed team but their coach Meas Channa was confident in giving a decent display. “We have prepared well for this tournament and my team will give a good performance,” said Channa.
Skipper Sok Rithy said his team has to battle the cold weather first before seeing off the challenge from Three Star. “Mongolia is colder than Cambodia but we will be focused in giving strong show,” said Rithy.
As usual Nepal’s campaign at the Olympics was confined to participation alone as two of the country’s athletes returned with personal milestones.
Nepal never ever had medal expectations since it usually relies on wild card entries to participate in the Games. Only two Nepali players—former taekwondo players Sangina Baidhya and Deepak Bista—have so far earned their places in the Games through qualification.
Nepal fielded seven players in five disciplines for Rio Games. Gaurika Singh became the youngest participant which drew a global media attention, but the 13-year old swimmer was unable to overcome her personal best in 100m backstroke. Another swimmer Sirish Gurung and middle distance runner Saraswoti Bhattarai managed to set new national records. Taekwondo player Nisha Rawal and judoka Phupu Lhamu Khatri put a brave performance against world’s best athletes.
Archer Jit Bahadur Pun crashed out of the round of 64 in his individual recurve event and Hari Kumar Rimal was way behind his personal best in 5,000m race.
Given the gulf between Nepali athletes and their world class opponents, Nepal’s performance got a warm response from the officials at home. “There were a few disappointments but the way some performed was quite satisfactory,” said chief athletics coach Sushil Narsingh Rana.
“It all comes down to how we prepare for the Olympics. We always have a very short-term preparations. Earning qualification directly has been a rare phenomenon for us. Playing against world’s best through wild card in itself is a big pressure. We need to have a new approach while participating in the Olympics,” said Rana adding Nepal need to see Olympics as an event to prepare for regional meet like Asian and South Asian Games.
“We had a national record in swimming and athletics. Judo and taekwondo did well too. Now we need to improvise on those performance to make sure we come up with even better showing in Asian and South Asian Games,” Rana added.
Nepal’s performance was especially satisfactory in martial arts after Khatri became the only Nepali judoka to remain in the mat for full four minutes in Olympics history in an 11-0 loss to Cuba. Rawal put a brave performance in a slim 2-0 loss against Chinese world No 1 Shuyin Zheng. She later lost 4-3 to French player Gwladys Epangue in the repechage quarter-finals.
“We were competing against the world’s best and I can see satisfaction in how we fared. Two of our players set personal milestones and the way our martial arts players performed was praiseworthy,” said National Sports Council Member Secretary Keshav Kumar Bista.
Bista believed Nepal needs to change its approach towards the Olympics. “We have been heading towards big events with short preparations . We need to make a plan under which we can keep our athletes busy throughout the year.”
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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.
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.
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Recurring gasoline shortages in the Capital call for a durable solution
A fuel shortage once again hit Kathmandu Valley last week, with frantic motorists forming long queues in front of the few petrol pumps that were still open. Hundreds of private gasoline stations in the valley shut down and hung ‘No petrol’ signs in the last few days; only those operated by the Nepal Police, Nepal Army and Sajha were operational. But the official
explanation of why some petrol pumps could distribute fuel while others had run out was more than confusing.
Although gasoline scarcity is routinely witnessed in Kathmandu after long weekends and holidays when Nepal Oil Corporation closes down and distributes less fuel, the recent shortage was apparently caused by a confluence of a number of factors. The state-owned oil monopoly claimed that three days of consecutive
holidays starting last Thursday caused a temporary disruption of supplies. NOC Managing Director Gopal Bahadur Khadka also said that it could not distribute adequate fuel last week due to the repair work in the oil tanks at the Thankot depot, the main petroleum supply unit for the valley. He then offered another spin: that the shortage could have appeared because of a strike by petrol pump workers demanding a raise. Panic buying among consumers probably also exacerbated the problem, officials claimed.
The situation was serious enough to prompt Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal to instruct the Ministry of Supplies to resolve the shortage immediately. The country’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) asked the government to address the issue without delay. It said that during its market inspection on Monday, it found the NOC depot in Thankot not delivering enough fuel, which contradicts Khadka’s claim that distribution was boosted to 650 kilolitres and 750 kilolitres on Sunday and Monday respectively from the normal quantity of 400 kilolitres. The NHRC also asked NOC to distribute fuel even on public holidays.
The recurring problem of gasoline scarcity during long weekends or maintenance work calls for a durable solution. It is objectionable that consumers regularly have to line up in serpentine queues for hours to purchase fuel. Part of the problem is NOC’s inadequate storage capacity at its Thankot depot, which can only store 1,870 kilolitres of gasoline—barely enough to fulfil the valley’s demand for a week. In an effort to expand the capacity, NOC last week awarded a contract to construct a storage unit at Thankot to an Indian company, Tank Tech Asia. Timely completion of the project should provide some relief to the valley dwellers.
A long-term solution, however, requires the country to do some strategic thinking on its energy security. It may be an opportune moment to reflect on the lessons from the border blockade; oil supplies from India had plunged by 70 percent from the last week of September until the first week of February. It had exposed Nepal’s dangerous dependency on a single supplier and excessive reliance on fossil fuel, despite our high potential for clean and renewable energy generation. So besides instructing the Supply Ministry to solve short-term shortages, the government needs to formulate—and implement—a long-term strategy on our energy security.