Flood alert issued in Sindhupalchok as landslide partially blocks Bhotekoshi

  • Larcha Bridge collapses due to landslide
ANISH TIWARI, Jul 23 2017
Anish Tiwari
A flood alert has been issued by Department of Hydrology's Flood Forecasting Section along the Larcha Bridge and Dolalghat of Sindhupalchok district after landslides partially blocked Bhotekoshi River in the district on Sunday evening.
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EC asks OPMCM Secy Mainali to return vehicle, iPhone

Post Report, Kathmandu, Jul 23 2017
The Election Commission (EC) on Sunday asked Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (OPMCM) Gopinath Mainali to return a vehicle and a mobile set issued to him while he was the secretary at the election governing body.

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Fake Nepali currency racket busted

Post Report, MORANG, Jul 23 2017
Police on Sunday arrested two persons in possession of Rs 174,000 counterfeit Nepali currency and made public amid a press conference at the District Police Office, Morang, today itself.

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Main News

India’s West Bengal govt bans Nepali TV channel in Siliguri

Post Report, Jul 23 2017
In the wake of Gorkhaland movement in Darjeeling hills of West Bengal, India, the state government in the wee hours of Sunday padlocked the office of the ABN, India’s first television channel to broadcast in Nepali language.
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Duo held with psychoactive drugs worth Rs 1.1 million

Post Report, Jul 23 2017
Police arrested two persons in possession of a huge cache of pharmaceutical drugs from Budhanilkantha Municipality-7 in Kathmandu on Sunday.
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CPN (MC) for directly elected executive chief: Dahal

Post Report, Jul 23 2017
CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that the party will work towards garnering people’s support for the directly elected executive chief system.
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Money

World

A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey and US Pacific Tsumani Centre said.

The quake struck at 11:34 am, some 125 miles (200 km) from the city of Nikolskoye on Bering Island off the Kamchatka Peninsula, according to Reuters.

The epicentre was west of Attu, the westernmost and largest island in the Near Islands group of Alaska's remote Aleutian Islands.

The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center had warned earlier that "hazardous tsunami waves were possible for coasts within 300 km (186 miles) of the earthquake epicentre." But it later said that based on all available data the tsunami threat from this earthquake had passed.

The quake was initially reported as a magnitude 7.7 before being revised down to 7.4 and finally upgraded to 7.8, a major quake normally capable of causing widespread and heavy damage when striking on or near land.

The quake was followed by numerous aftershocks, including several above magnitude 5.0. 

At least 20 people died and more than 50 others were injured when a car bomb exploded outside a bank in Lashkar Gah, capital of the southern Afghan province of Helmand on Thursday, according to Reuters.

Those, who were killed and injured in the incident, are civilians and members of the security forces waiting to collect their pay, officials said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but insurgent groups, including the Taliban and Islamic State have in the past targeted banks where police, soldiers and other government employees collect their pay.

Last month, at least three people were killed and many wounded in an attack on a bank in the eastern city of Gardez.

 

Entertainment

Sports

The Asian Junior Weightlifting Championships beginning from Friday in Kathmandu will be the biggest event in the continent in terms of participation, according to Nepal Weightlifting Association (NWA). 

“The Championships will be attended by 307 weightlifters from 34 countries, a record participation in Asia at such kind of event,” said Parth Sarathi Sen Gupta, the general secretary of NWA at a press conference on Thursday. International Weightlifting Federation President Tamas Azan and General Secretary Mohamed Jalood, also the general secretary of Asian Weightlifting Federation, also attended the press conference.

The event will see 197 male and 110 female lifters apart from 34 countries. Gupta also informed that delegates from 37 countries will visit Nepal and conduct Asian Weightlifting Federation (AWF) general assembly on the sidelines of the event. 

The meetings of various AWF committees will also be held on Saturday and Sunday. 

Though the event is scheduled to be held from July 21 to 29, the competitions will start on July 24 at the Army Physical Training and Sports Complex in Lagankhel. The weightlifters will vie for a total of 96 gold medals -48 each in men’s and women’s categories. Players from 13 to 17 years age group will be eligible to contest in the youth category and 15 to 20 years in junior category. All four categories will have eight weight divisions.

IWF President Tamas Azan hailed Nepal as a ‘great federation’ adding: “It is the largest participation at the Asian level event and IWF is always ready to support this country.” According to Gupta, NWA has received weightlifting kits worth Rs 20 million from 2015 till date. Weightlifting equipments worth $ 66000 were received in 2015 while Nepal was preparing to host Asian Senior Men’s and Women’s Championships in July the year. But the event was cancelled due to the Great Quake of April 25, 2015.

Though Nepal does not have high hopes in the event, they are eyeing to set new national and junior record in the game. Nepal has been preparing for the event since March 10. “Not only junior record will be broken in the tournament, but even new national records will be set,” said Sanjay Maharjan, one of the three coaches who have been training Nepali team. 

Health & Style

Fiction Park

Across the hills and far away

Saurav Bikram Thapa, Jul 23 2017
Kumal was merely fifteen when he was accosted one afternoon by his elder brother, who told him that a family in Kathmandu required his services.
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Saturday Features

The post-Adhunik minstrel

Post Report
Listening in to Rajan Shrestha’s debut EP, Cinema, you are bound to be transported to another time and place. In the four tracks that make up the EP, Shrestha—who performs under the moniker Phatcowlee—has taken samplings of the Adhunik Music that burst into the Nepali consciousness in the 60s and 70s, and used it as a springboard to invite listeners onto a sonic rollercoaster that traverses through the depths of melancholia, the heavy fog of nostalgia and the lightness of partaking in a novel experiment.

Madcap misfire

OBIE SHRESTHA
If you enjoyed Barfi! as much as I did, you’ll no doubt have been looking forward to the new Jagga Jasoos, a project that reunites director Anurag Basu and actor Ranbir Kapoor for the first time since their 2012 outing.

Eyes wide shut

Prateebha Tuladhar
She’s dead,” she said, as I stuffed my mouth with the panipuri she had thrust before me on a tiny steel plate.I asked, who, through my stuffed mouth. And she said, “Taatey—the dog with black and white patches.”

Our lives don’t matter

Guffadi
A ten-year old girl dies when she falls in an open manhole while another school kid barely survives. We are all angry at our chors but they seem to have other priorities at hand.

Kathmandu knows me too well

Shuvechchhya Pradhan
Kathmandu doesn’t flinchwhen I openly flirt with Patan and Pokhara.He doesn’t show any sign of envy or anger,he pretends not to notice.

No go-around

Mukesh Dangol
A typical day at the Lukla Airport—high volume of air traffic and deteriorating weather. According to standard procedures, I along with my manager decide to close the airport. Having worked as Air Traffic Controllers for two years at what has been dubbed the “world’s most dangerous airport”, we both know that the weather here can turn in the blink of an eye.

The hills are alive

This monsoon, I found myself embarking on yet another enchanting journey—a five-day trek along the Manaslu Circuit.

Making sense of the media

MOHAN GURAGAIN
There was a time in my village when we turned to the radio to tell the time. Ghatana Ra Bichar: 7:30pm; English news: 8 o’clock. The only watch at home, which needed winding every 24 hours, would often not keep the time correctly, be away with an older brother, or sometimes just broke down altogether.

Free Money

Guffadi
The Office of the President wants an additional Rs 120 million to buy vehicles to escort our President around town. I think our government wallahs think that it is better to waste our taxpayers’ money rather than saving us a few Rupees.