Second phase election postponed for June 23

    Post Report, May 29 2017
    A cabinet meeting on Monday postponed the second phase of local level election to June 23.
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    Impeachment motion withdrawn after UML warning

      Post Report, May 29 2017
      After warning from the main opposition CPN-UML to obstruct the budget speech, the ruling coalition has agreed to withdraw the impeachment motion registered against Chief Justice Sushila Karki.
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      Govt allocates substantial amount for nat’l pride projects

      • Kathmandu-Tarai Fast Track gets Rs10.74 billion
      Post Report, May 29 2017

      Finance Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara has said that the government has allocated a substantial amount for national pride projects in the budget for fiscal year 2017-18.

      Presenting the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, Finance Minister Mahara said Rs10.74 billion has been allocated for Kathmandu-Tarai Fast Track Project. Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal had laid the foundation of the much anticipated project on Sunday.

      Similarly, Rs560 million has been earmarked for Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Project. The project is expected to be completed by next fiscal year. Likewise, Rs13.72 billion has been allocated for three international airports – Nijgadh Airport, Bhairahawa Airport and Pokhara Airport.

      The government has earmarked Rs6.57 billion for Melamchi Drinking Water Project while Rs2.03 billion for North South Corridor Roads.

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      Indian climber’s body retrieved from Mt Everest following risky operation

        SANGAM PRASAIN, May 29 2017
        A team of high-altitude climbing experts has successfully executed the most complex operation on Mt Everest by pulling out the body of an Indian climber from the perilous zone in the mountain on Saturday evening.
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        Republic Day marked (In photos)

        Post Report, Kathmandu, May 29 2017
        President Bidya Devi Bhandari attended the special programme organized at the Army Pavilion, Tundikhel on the occasion of the Republic Day on Monday.

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        Cabinet endorses budget for FY 2017-18

        Post Report, Kathmandu, May 29 2017
        A Cabinet meeting has endorsed the budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18.

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        Main News

        EC committee to probe Bharatpur incident, vote count put off till May 31

        Post Report, May 29 2017
        The Election Commission (EC) has formed a three member committee to probe into the Bharatpur incident where cadres of CPN (Maoist Centre) allegedly tore the ballot papers on Sunday night.
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        NC demands re-election in Bharatpur-19

        Post Report, May 29 2017
        The ruling Nepali Congress has demanded re-election in Bharatpur Metropolitan City-19.
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        UML demands prompt resumption of vote count in Bharatpur

        Post Report, May 29 2017
        The main opposition CPN-UML has demanded prompt resumption of vote counting in Bharatpur Metropolitan City.
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        Money

        World

        The Delhi court on Friday awarded life imprisonment to five persons arrested on charge of gang-raping a 52-year-old Danish woman at knife-point near the New Delhi railway station two year ago, according to Press Trust of India.

        Additional sessions Judge Ramesh Kumar awarded the jail term to convicts Mahender alias Ganja, 25, Mohd Raja, 25, Raju,23, Arjun ,21, and Raju Chakka ,30.

        "For the offence of section 376 D IPC, all the convicts are sentenced to life imprisonment," the Judge said while giving the order.

        The court also imposed a fine of Rs 83,000 each on Raju and Raju Chakka, Rs 93,000 each on Mahender and Mohd Raja and Rs 1, 03,000 on Arjun respectively.

        The court has held them guilty guilty for the offences under IPC sections 376 (D) (gang rape), 395 (dacoity), 366 (kidnapping), 342 (wrongful confinement), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention).

        Besides sentencing these convicts for the offence of gang rape, the court also awarded varying jail terms to them for other offences for which they were held guilty.

        According to the police, the nine people, all vagabonds, had robbed and gang-raped the Danish tourist at knife-point on the night of January 14, 2014, after leading her to a secluded spot close to the Divisional Railway Officers' Club near the railway station, the PTI said.

        The sixth accused, 56-year-old Shyam Lal had died in February this year and proceedings against him were abated. Three other accused in the case are juveniles and inquiry against them is in progress before the Juvenile Justice Board.

        Before commencement of proceedings on Friday, the convicts were taken out of the courtroom and were frisked by the police on the direction of the judge.

        Special public prosecutor Atul Shrivastava had sought maximum punishment for the convicts i.e. imprisonment till the remainder of natural life, saying the crime was committed in a barbaric and inhuman manner.

        Legal aid counsel Dinesh Sharma, who represented the convicts, had sought leniency for them saying they belong to poor background.

        The victim had come here on January 1, 2014, and stayed for a couple of days before leaving for Agra.

        After visiting several places, she returned to Delhi on January 13, 2014, and stayed in a hotel in Paharganj near the station.

        The next day when she was returning to her hotel, she lost her way and had asked one of the accused for directions when the men waylaid and gang-raped her.

        During the trial, the accused had claimed innocence.

        Entertainment

        Sports

        The second Lalit Memorial Under-18 Championship football is beginning at the Anfa Complex from Saturday.

        A total of 13 teams will participate in the league-cum-knockout tournament organised in the memory of former Anfa acting president and Three Star president Lalit Krishna Shrestha.

        Youth teams from the 12 ‘A’ Division clubs and four National League outfits will be competing in the tournament that offers a cash purse of Rs 300,000 to the eventual champions.

        The runners-up will get Rs 150,000, while each team were provided with a preparation amount of Rs 100,000. The best individuals—striker, midfielder, defender, goalkeeper and coach—will also get Rs 10,000 apiece. The teams have been divided in four groups with the top two making it to the quarter-finals.

        Group ‘A’ consists of Jhapa XI, Nepal Armed Police Force Club, Saraswoti Youth Club and Chyasal Youth Club. Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC), Friends Club, Manang Marshyangdi Club and Farwest FC are in Group ‘B’ with Group ‘C’ pitting Lumbini FC, Jawalakhel Youth Club, Himalayan Sherpa Club and New Road Team.

        Sankata, Nepal Police Club, Brigade Boys Club and Morang FC are in Group ‘D’. Jhapa will take on newly promoted Chyasal in the tournament opener. TAC will take on Farwest in the second game.

        Health & Style

        Fiction Park

        Jung Bahadur desires a beautiful girl

        Dipesh Risal, May 28 2017
        Mannu Singh was dozing off as usual when the screams roused him. Annoyed, he pushed himself off the armchair and headed downstairs.
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        Saturday Features

        Thakurdwara diaries

        Not so long ago, after an assignment at Tikapur in Kailali, I took a detour to explore Bardiya National Park. While in the area, I happened to stumble upon Thakurdwara—a village right at boundary of the national park.

        Bungdyo’s indecent proposal

        Sanjit Bhakta Pradhananga
        Why Patan has just one chariot festival might not be a question that has tickled your fancy before. Yet, once stirred, why the City of Arts has just the elaborate festival for the Bungdyo is not a question that is easily shaken off.

        Half-baked, zero-witted

        OBIE SHRESTHA
        There hasn’t been another film, at least not in this past year or so, during which I can recall having groaned with quite as much feeling and as frequently as I did while watching Mohit Suri’s (Woh Lamhe, Ek Villain) new Half Girlfriend.

        From Russia with love

        Timothy Aryal
        This past week, a small team of Russian theatre directors travelled to Nepal, on invitation by the newly-established Kantipur Film Academy, for an intensive four-day acting workshop.

        Full circle

        Abha Dhital
        I am lying down on a small 5x1 ft black couch in a hospital cabin. I have made a pillow out of a blanket and placed it in a position from where I can see my Bajai. I need to stay alert all night so that I know when she needs something.

        Emperor’s report card

        Guffadi
        Our Emperor has resigned as our Prime Monster so that King Deuba can get back to Baluwatar in the coming weeks.

        Un-learning

        Ruby Basnyat
        They say the best way to learn a concept is by teaching it to someone else. Last summer, I had the privilege of giving English lessons to some young students—a prospect that tremendously excited me at first.

        Pedaling the path of the Buddha

        Sam Leigh
        Over centuries, religious devotees have undertaken pilgrimages to sacred sites and places of belief, many holding the notion that the greater one suffers, the greater karmic merit one will achieve in the process.

        Yalung

        Samundra Subba
        The only certainty about tracking a snow leopard is the uncertainty. These solitary and secretive cats are not called the “ghost of the mountain” without reason—no matter how much you prepare, you are almost always pointing in the dark.