Indian Embassy plays down SSB shooting incident

    Post Report, Nov 25 2015
    Indian Embassy has released a statement stating that its Seema Surakshya Bal (SSB) did not shoot any Nepali citizen in border firing incident in Sunsari.
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    Koirala to return from US medical trip on Thursday

    Post Report, Kathmandu, Nov 25 2015
    Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala will return from his medical trip to the United States on Thursday night.

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    Former CA chair Nembang awaits party responsibility

    Post Report, Nov 25 2015
    Over a month on since resigning as the Constituent Assembly Chairman, Subash Nembang said he still awaits responsibility from his party, CPN-UML.
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    Industrialist Mittal passes away

    Sangam Prasain, Nov 25 2015
    Industrialist Banwari Lal Mittal, best known for pioneering commercial helicopter services in Nepal, passed away at his residence in Gyaneshwor on Wednesday. He was 79.
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    Govt not serious to amend constitution: NC

    Post Report, Nov 25 2015
    The main opposition, Nepali Congress has decided to push forward the issue of Constitution Amendment in the upcoming meeting of the Legislature-Parliament scheduled for Thursday.
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    The National Sports Council (NSC) has decided to investigate the recent development in Nepali football following a 10-year suspension imposed on All Nepal Football Association (Anfa) President Ganesh Thapa by football’s world governing body Fifa.

    NSC Member Secretary Keshav Kumar Bista, in a meeting with AFC representative Purushottam Kattel, Minister for Youth and Sports Satya Narayan Mandal and Anfa General Secretary Dhirendra Pradhan, had proposed to form a probe committee. All the participants in the meet had agreed to form the investigative body.
    The committee will probe on Thapa’s ban, match-fixing scandal, fielding over-aged player in AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers, claims of Anfa operating against its statute and nomination of Narendra Shrestha as Anfa Acting President.
    NSC Press Advisor Rohit Dahal said the committee will be formed in a day or two and will submit its report after one month. AFC representative Kattel, who is here to take stock of the current situation in Nepali football, also had a meeting with Nepal Olympic Committee President Jeevan Ram Shrestha on Monday.

    Skipper Neil Dexter gave an allround performance as Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) wrapped up their Nepal tour with an impressive 40-run win over Nepal XI in a Twenty20 match on Monday.

    At the TU Stadium grounds, Dexter’s explosive 51-ball 83 guided MCC to 169-3 in 20 overs. The MCC skipper then picked up four wickets as Nepal XI finished at 129-8 in 20 overs. The only positive for Nepal XI was a 53-run stand between Gyanendra Malla and Rajesh Pulami Magar.
    From 38-3 in 8.1 overs, Malla and Magar kept Nepal XI in the hunt with the stand before Dexter removed both batsmen in consecutive balls to halt the hosts’ innings. Magar made 26 off 22 and Malla contributed 23 off 15 balls with both batsmen hitting two boundaries and a six each.
    Sumit Maharjan was the next best run-scorer, making an unbeaten 19-ball 17. Opener Dilip Nath scored 17 off 18 with three fours, while Subash Khakurel (11) and Dipendra Airee (11) were other batsmen to make runs in double figures. Dexter returned the figures of 4-27 from four overs with Alex McQueen also taking 2-30 from four.
    Earlier, No 3 batsman Michael Coles made a 30-ball 27 with three fours before Dexter batted with aggression. He forged an 88-run unbroken partnership with Steve Clark (16) for the fourth wicket smashing nine fours and four sixes.
    He provided the lift in the final over from Karan KC hammering the fast bowler for 30 runs. The MCC team returned on Monday following the completion of their 10-day tour where they played six matches.
    Dexter said he was overwhelmed by the reception from Nepal. “The tour was really amazing. The reception that was given to us was something that is out of this world. We would be happy to revisit the country again,” said Dexter.

    The two-day game between Nepal XI and Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) ended in a draw here at the Tribhuvan University ground on Sunday.

    MCC declared their first innings at 178-9 in reply to Nepal’s 228-8 declared on the first day. The home team on Sunday declared their second knock at 172-7 in 35 overs leaving a very little time for MCC to chase over 200 runs. At close, MCC were 38-1.
    Resuming the second day at 72-5, MCC had skipper Neil Dexter to thank for the total. Dexter, who resumed at 21, scored 72 and his 84-ball knock included 14 fours and a six. Shakti Gauchan was the pick of the Nepal XI bowlers with 4-33, while Karan KC took 3-36.
    In their second knock, Nepal XI were indebted to Pradeep Airee and Rajesh Pulami to pile on a big total. Airee made 73-ball 67 with six fours and three sixes, while Pulami made 49. Pulami struck nine fours and a six. Steve Clark grabbed 3-26 for MCC. MCC will round up their 11-day Nepal Tour with a Twenty20 match against Nepal  XI on Monday.

    CAN prepares for fourth General Assembly

    Kathmandu: Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) on Sunday met with National Sports Council (NSC) Member Secretary Keshav Kumar Shrestha to discuss on the its impending fourth General Assembly that will elect a new central executive committee for the next four years.
    “We are supposed to hold our General Assembly by mid-December but the date can be pushed back taking the consent of NSC,” said CAN President Tanka Aangbuhang refuting General Secretary Ashok Nath Pyakurel’s version that they have fixed the date for December 14-15. CAN is flexing its muscle since Special Court’s ruling on November 5 to clear 10 of its officials of corruption charges.
    The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on June 8 last year has charge-sheeted the 10 officials including Aangbuhang and Pyakurel for their alleged involvement in embezzling millions of rupees at different time frame. The CIAA had alleged the officials of embezzling a total of Rs 14.43 million from the funds provided by the government and international governing bodies.
    A CAN statement on Sunday also said it has decided to reward the Under-19 cricketers with Rs 50,000 each for their successful campaign in the ICC U-19 World Cup Qualifier in October in Malaysia. Nepal earned a ticket to the U-19 World Cup to be held in Bangladesh next year.
    CAN also announced a three-team Double Round Robin League tournament for Nov 27-Dec 2 in Kathmandu to prepare a strong team for the U-19 World Cup. CAN said it will form three teams including 14 players that represented Nepal in the Qualifiers in Malaysia along with four reserves. Rest of the players will be picked up from nine development regions.

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    Saturday Features

    In search of a saviour

    The festival of lights is over and we all have no choice but to face the darkness that hovers around us. Our government banned firecrackers and imposed a 10 pm curfew even during the festive season but such laws didn’t apply to dohoris and dance bars that operated past midnight, disturbing neighbourhoods.

    A New world order

    Madhukar Sjb Rana
    Let’s start with the basics: By ‘world order’, Henry Kissinger, in his book, World Order: Character of Nations and the Course of History, means “the concept held by a region or civilisation about the nature of just arrangement and distribution of power thought to be applicable in the entire world.

    Creating Nepal’s own Quartet

    John Narayan Parajuli
    The current conflict between the state and Madhes, the polarisation of the society between Madhesi and Pahadi communities has put a spotlight on the absence of a national conflict resolution mechanism.

    Traders in the Land of Snows

    Kamal Ratna Tuladhar
    The old Tibet trade is a celebrated period in Nepal’s history when commercial and cultural exchanges across the high Himalaya reached exalted heights. For over a thousand years, generations of merchants of Kathmandu have journeyed across the frozen passes in great mule caravans to conduct business in Lhasa and other trade centres in the Land of Snows.

    Documentaries in vogue

    Gaurav Pote
    As the 10th edition of Film Southasia (FSA) chugs ahead in full swing, documentary makers and enthusiasts are eager to celebrate and share the art of storytelling that documentaries are. But they have the rest—those new to the genre or non-inclined towards non-fiction films—wondering just what is it about these films that draws people to them.

    Double-O disappointment

    Preena Shrestha
    Bond is back, but looking a little worse for wear. Having notched up twenty-something films so far, divided into around half a dozen reboots, the franchise based on the novels of the late Ian Fleming has been chugging along dependably for more than 50 years, proving the most enduring film series of its kind.

    Nepal’s road to rap

    You might not know it, but Nepal is in its golden age of hip-hop. More artists than ever before are heading to the studio, to Youtube, and to the battle arena to create and showcase their skills. Nepali hip-hop—called Nephop by fans—is receiving a lot of online attention from Nepali fans at home and abroad, promoting a new generation of artists, many who have gained exposure through the online series Raw Barz.

    Cobbling from dreams

    Pratibha Tuladhar
    Binod (Bhim) Shakya, a repousse artist, abandons his hammer and chisel and goes to sleep on the floor, propping his head against a wooden block when he can’t make sense of work. The 41-year-old artist says it’s his thing to do when he becomes muddled in his head and doesn’t know how to proceed.

    A coterie of unequals

    So far, we have had a Madhesi and a woman President. But these efforts amount to little when it comes to addressing issues surrounding poverty and rectifying the asymmetrical distribution of power in our country.You just have to look at the student statistics of elite American universities to see it. The US lags behind Nepal, a country with a historically lopsided wealth-distribution system, in the GINI index (the former scores .41 as opposed to the latter’s .328), which measures a country’s economic inequality, but some of the best institutions in the US, which are meant to nurture and support the best and brightest minds in the world, give an opposite impression.