China has proposed to establish ‘Border Economic Zones’ on both sides of the border between Nepal and China during a bilateral meeting held in Lhasa last week, Nepali officials participating in the meeting said. full story »
A serious dispute erupted between lawmakers from the CPN-UML and the Madhesi parties on Wednesday over the government’s preparations to withdraw cases against those involved in the Tikapur bloodshed last year in which seven policemen and a two-year child were killed. full story »
In the wake of India’s decision not to attend the 19th Saarc Summit in Pakistan, which is backed by three other member countries citing an escalation in tension between the two regional nuclear powers, Nepal has adopted a “wait and see” approach. full story »
Some Nepali Congress leaders have voiced their dissatisfaction at, what they say as, being left out of the party’s decision making mechanism during the constitutional amendment proposal and the basic functioning of the government. full story »
Crop insurance, a priority programme of the government, has failed to deliver real benefits to farmers in Parbat district with many of them complaining that they have not received compensation for their losses. full story »
The CPN Maoist Centre and the Nepali Congress joined hands in early August to form a government with the objective of brining on board agitating Madhesi parties and pave the way for the implementation of the constitution that has been contested by a section of the society. full story »
Kumari Futsal, Baneshwor Recreational Centre and Sankhamul Futsal registered victories in the highest cash prize Red Bull National Futsal League on Wednesday.
Kumari won at home, defeating Highway Futsal 3-1 with a brace from Abhishek Rijal. Rupesh Chhetri also added one for the winners. Amit Tamang of Highway replied for the visitors. Tamang was later adjudged the man-of-the-match. Baneshwor upset hosts White Horse Futsal 5-2 as Krishna Gyawali and Kalfu Rasaili netted two goals each. Manish Rana also scored one for the winners. Rupesh Lama and Rajeev Bhujel pulled back one goal each for the losing side. Rajat Sharma of Baneshwor was named the man-of-the-match. In Kirtipur, Sankhamul inflicted a 10-4 defeat on hosts Kirtipur Futsal after Sher Bahadur Thapa Magar and Abaya Rana completed a hat-trick each. Dinesh Rajbanshi also added a double, while Sanjog Chamling and Biplav Dhoj Shah completed the rout. Thapa Magar took away the man-of-the-match award. The tournament is a first of its kind in Nepal where the participating teams play on home and away format. The winners of the tournament will grab a cash purse of one million rupees, while runners-up get Rs 500,000.
Panchakanya Tez bowler Dipendra Singh Aire starred in the match against Kantipur Gurkhas, claiming 4 wickets, to register the third victory for his team in the ongoing Wai Wai Everest Premier League at TU Cricket Ground in Kirtipur on Wednesday.
Tez bowlers came up with furious attack in the second innings dismissing any chance for the Kantipur Gurkhas to achieve the 130-run target. The Gurkhas were wrapped up for 95 runs with the loss of nine wickets.
Earlier, Panchakanya Tez recovered from a shaky start losing four wickets with just six runs on the board to put up 129 runs.
The Gurkhas had opted to field after winning the toss.
Panchakanya Tez lost eight wickets in the designated 20 overs with batsmen Pushpa Thapa scoring not out 38 runs followed by Arif Sheikh putting up 32 runs on the board. Dipendra Singh Aire garnered 22 while Karan KC scored 17 runs for the Tez.
Kantipur bowlers seemed to be on fire earlier in the game claiming three ducks with Avinash Bohora claiming four wickets and Krishna Karki, lalit Bhandari and Lalit Rajbanshi claiming one wicket each. However, the Gurkhas gifted 17 runs as extra to their rivals.
Tez’s middle order batsmen anchored their innings with Thapa and Aire playing a precious 52-run partnership for the seventh wicket.
Tanning is the most common occurence during summer season and getting rid of it could be a gargantuan task. Use home remedies such as cucumbers, papaya, tomatoes to get rid of tan without burning or effecting the skin, says an expert.full story »
Kathmandu’s urban sprawl and congestion is frustrating at its Saturday best and downright soul-crushing during a Monday ‘office-time’ traffic jam. You may love this chaotic city, you may hate it, or you may love-to-hate it, but one thing is for certain, any prolonged stay in the Capital gets
Again tonightThere is thunder and lightningA busy world is sound asleep.Screaming children and their crying mothers,Rebel sons and their silent fathers,Stoic daughters and their tired loversRocked to sleep by a quivering earthPerched on an axe blade.
Bhupi Sherchan is perhaps the most beloved and widely read poet in Nepali literature. His mastery over the free verse—that broke away from the archaic slokas that had once dominated Nepali poetry—and his eagerness to explore themes that were seldom written about, made his poetry both readable and relatable for the masses. Bhupi’s peerless genius is further underscored by the fact that his poems continue to remain widely popular and ever relevant to every new generation of readers; his magnum opus, Ghumne Mech Mathi Andho Manche, has seen 10 different editions since it was first published in 1968. Having recently sat through the anthology (in one frenzied sitting), I was left with two conclusions: the first that Bhupi was a visionary whose ideas were well and truly ahead of his time, and secondly that because his poems are still so hauntingly relevant in this day and age, it begs the question of what progress we have really made in these lost decades.
Urgent steps are necessary to control the country’s disturbing level of air pollution
In an alarming statement released on Tuesday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said that nine out of 10 people worldwide breathe poor quality air. The agency held it responsible for more than six million deaths per year, almost 90 percent of which take place in low- or middle-income countries. The head of WHO’s department of public health and environment said that the finding—based on data collected from more than 3,000 sites across the world between 2008 and 2015—is enough to make us all “extremely concerned”.
Nepalis, particularly from urban areas, should indeed be quite concerned. A number of studies have shown that we are breathing in extremely polluted air. In 2014, the Yale Environmental Performing Index (EPI) ranked Nepal’s air quality as the second worst in the world after Bangladesh’s. It found the average concentration of particulate matter in the country’s air to be over 500 micrograms per cubic metre—20 times higher than the WHO’s safe upper limit. A report published by the Ministry of Environment in 2005 stated that winter concentrations of particulate matter in Kathmandu’s air were comparable to some of the most polluted cities in the world.
Another report published in 2009 by the Nepal Health Research Council and WHO estimated that 1,926 premature deaths take place every year in Kathmandu because of air-pollution induced ailments such as asthma and bronchitis.
What is more alarming is that Nepal is not doing much to tackle the problem. Old vehicles that were supposed to be decommissioned long ago continue plying the streets and pumping out poisonous fumes. EPI 2016 listed Nepal among the top four worst performers in protecting human health and environment from degrading air quality.
Air pollutants in Kathmandu and around the country can be primarily attributed to vehicular emissions, suspended dust particles and brick kilns. As such, a few measures can be adopted to control air pollution.
Reducing the number of vehicles running on fossil fuels is one. Efficient public transport should be a government priority, as it reduces the necessity and desire for private vehicles. The government should promote and subsidise electric vehicles such as Safa tempos. It should encourage the use of bicycles by constructing lanes for them. At the very least, it should strengthen the enforcement of Vehicle Inspection and Emission testing and impose strict penalties on those found to be violating the emission standards.
To control pollution due to dust, roads have to be paved and maintained well. And to reduce fumes from brick kilns, the government should require owners to use vertical shaft brick kiln and zigzag kiln technology, which pollute less. Environment organisations and activists, on their part, should work to make people aware of the dangerous consequences of exposure to polluted air and constantly put pressure on the government to implement the aforesaid measures.