Wheat harvest expected to exceed 2 million tonnes, set new record

    SANGAM PRASAIN, Mar 26 2019
    POST FILE PHOTO
    Nepal’s wheat harvest is projected to exceed 2 million tonnes this fiscal year and set a new record, thanks to good weather during the growing season in the winter, a senior government official said.
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    Defunct ropeway poses risk to settlements in Makwanpur

    PRATAP BISTA, HETAUDA, Mar 26 2019
    A dilapidated tower of the Hetauda-Kathmandu ropeway in Makwanpur district.Post Photo: Pratap Bista
    The Kathmandu-Hetauda ropeway, which went out of operation two decades ago, poses a safety threat to the locals of several settlements in Makwanpur district. What remains of the ropeway is now in a dilapidated condition with dangling wires and rusty poles that may snap anytime.

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    This couple has been repairing harmoniums for four decades—and they're still in demand

    ANISH REGMI, Kathmandu, Mar 26 2019
    Hareram Shah and his wife Sunaina Devi have been repairing and manufacturing harmoniums since 1977. Post Photo: Anish Regmi
    Hareram Shah and his wife have been repairing these musical instruments for over 40 years and his skills are still in demand

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    Water quality testing equipment, kits to be sent to all local federal units

    Arjun Poudel, Kathmandu, Mar 26 2019
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    The Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD) under the Department of Health Services has allocated budget to 753 local units across the country for the procurement of equipment and reagents to examine the quality of drinking water.

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    Main News

    Nepal Tourism Board fails to get its transactions audited, again

    PRITHVI MAN SHRESTHA, Mar 26 2019
    The Nepal Tourism Board has once again failed to get its transaction details of the fiscal year 2017-18 audited by the Office of Auditor General, in what looks like a tradition it has maintained for the last few years.
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    Dry landslide hits Tibetan refugee camp; nine families displaced

    LAL PRASAD SHARMA, Mar 26 2019

    POKHARA,
    A dry landslide hit a Tibetan refugee camp at Chhairo in Gharapjhong Rural Municipality-1, Mustang, on Monday morning, displacing nine families and leaving 41 others at risk
    Physical infrastructures including a primary health centre building, a public toilet and an animal shed worth Rs 3
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    Lahan, Golbazaar plan housing for Dalit families

    BHARAT JARGHAMAGAR, Mar 26 2019
    Two municipalities of Siraha have started the construction of an integrated modular settlement for the impoverished Dalit families in the district.
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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

    Sports

    Striker Bharat Shah slammed a hat-trick to steer Nepal Police Club (NPC) to the Makwanpur Gold Cup football tournament semi-finals with a 3-0 win over Friends Club in Hetauda on Monday.

    Shah netted in the 12th, 42nd and 43rd minute to score the first hat-trick of the tournament. He was adjudged man-of-the-match and bagged Rs 10,000. The departmental ream will take on hosts Makwanpur XI for a place in the final. Although NPC dominated the game in the first half they failed to keep the momentum in the second half and came under intense pressure. Fode Fofana and Sancro wasted golden scoring opportunities after the break. NPC goalkeeper Satrudhan Chaudhary made some heroic saves in the second half to keep Friends attacks at bay.  
    NPC Ananta Raj Thapa was satisfied with his side’s performance. “After getting scores in the first half we tried to correct our mistakes in the latter half which put us under pressure,” Thapa said. Friends coach Chet Nath Shrestha said his team was not set properly since they were playing for the first time since ‘A’ Division League ended on January 8. “The absence of key players for the match due to injuries also did not help our cause,” he said.
    Three Star Club will take on Saraswoti Club on Tuesday in the tournament that offers purse of Rs 800,000 to the winners and Rs 400,000 to the runners-up. The knockout tournament features to teams.

    Sankata enter last four
    Nagendra Adhikari (Kavre)
    Sankata Club registered a comfortable 3-0 victory over Play for Attariya Sports Club (PASC) to enter the semi-final of the Kavre Gold Cup football tournament in Dhulikhel on Monday.
    Foreign recruit Ekne Christin netted all three goals for the top-tier outfits who had defeated Bhaktapur District Football Association in their last match. Sankata will play against another top-tier team Jawalakhel Youth Club in the semi-finals. Christin broke the deadlock in the 40th minute and added his second in the 83rd before completing the hat-trick in the stoppage time. He was declared man-of-the-match. Attariya had a chance to pull a goal back but Bikash Adhikari wasted a chance shooting above bar from the penalty spot. Tribhuvan Army Club will meet Nepal APF Club in the second quarter-final match on Tuesday.

    Life & Style

    Fiction Park

    The White Lilac

    Anjila Wosti, Mar 24 2019
    The dark—it frightens, it soothes. The light—it resurrects, it hurts. The mirror—it troubles, it reminds him of what he has lost—her.
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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.