Thousands rally behind Dr KC

    Manish Gautam, Jul 24 2016
    Post photo: Angad Dhakal
    As the indefinite hunger strike of Dr Govinda KC entered its 14th day on Saturday, thousands of supporters hit the streets in Kathmandu to draw the government’s attention to his demands.
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    In House, MPs trade charges

    • No-trust vote scheduled for today
    Post Report, Jul 24 2016

    The second day of discussion on no-confidence motion against Prime Minister KP Shrama Oli saw sharp criticism of the PM not only by the opposition but even some senior leaders of the ruling CPN-UML who made critical references to Oli’s leadership style.

    The most pointed criticism of PM Oli and his supporters came from Nepali Congress leader Pradip Giri, who challenged arguments of lawyers close to the UML that there is no provision in the constitution for forming a new government.

    Giri’s ire was aimed at former Speaker and UML leader Subas Nembang, who on Friday had said that there was no constitutional provision to install a new government. “It is patently wrong to argue that the constitution could do everything else except elect a new prime minister,” Giri said. He cautioned that it was misinterpretation of one article, such as Article 298, which gives rise to a Hitler.

    “Why was the former Speaker silent when the constitution was being promulgated if indeed there was a flaw?” he challenged.

    Nearly three dozen lawmakers spoke both for and against the motion on Saturday. Voting is scheduled to take place on Sunday.

    MPs from the ruling alliance claimed that the CPN (Maoist Centre) tabled the no-trust motion in haste even as the UML was ready to hand over the leadership in near future. Had the Maoists waited for a few more weeks, they claimed, there would have been no need for such a measure to claim the government’s leadership.

    UML Vice-chairman Bam Dev Gautam acknowledged a “gentlemen’s agreement” between the UML and the Maoists to hand over the government leadership and that he was committed to implementing it.

    Claiming to be among the few people to take initiatives for bringing then-rebel Maoists into the peace process 11 years ago, Gautam said he had never betrayed the Maoists, nor would he deceive them in the future. “The gentlemen’s agreement would have been implemented sooner or later,” he said.

    Gautam said the Oli government’s failure was the failure of the Maoists too as the party led eight crucial ministries.

    Addressing Parliament, former PM and UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal pointed to the “self-centric politics that is prevalent in the UML” and how it had been ruining the country—a remark perceived to be aimed at Oli.

    Indicating that Prime Minister Oli moved unilaterally while running the party and the government, he demanded a change in the practice of bypassing others. Nepal said he was sad to see political parties engage in forming and toppling governments so frequently. “The Maoists might have problems but the way they presented themselves in Parliament is not right,” he said.

    Maoist lawmakers claimed that they were forced to quit the coalition as Oli failed to respect their concerns. They said their party had submitted written demands to the PM several times but he never made any attempt to address them.

    Responding to the comments from the UML leaders, Maoist lawmaker Haribol Gajurel said Oli was so defiant that he even interfered in the ministries led by Maoist Centre members. “It’s wrong to say that we broke the alliance in haste. We never wished to take this step but the PM’s self-centred approach compelled us to,” he said.

    NC leader Ramesh Lekhak accused UML leaders of trying to create confusion over constitutional provisions so that they could cling on to power.

    Meanwhile, lawmakers affiliated to the Madhesi Morcha, who had long been obstructing the House meeting, took part in the deliberation where they criticised Oli’s “reluctance to address our demands”.

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    Hundreds of houses inundated in the East

    Post District Bureau, Kathmandu, Jul 24 2016
    Inundation caused by the flooded Mechi river in Bhadrapur, Jhapa. Post Photo: Parbat Portel
    Floods triggered by heavy rains inundated hundreds of houses in eastern Tarai in the past 24 hours. A boy drowned while another went missing in Sunsari.

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    Gachhadar-led MJF Loktantrik withdraws support to Oli govt

    Post Report, Kathmandu, Jul 23 2016
    Bijay Kumar Gachhadar-led Madhesi Janadhikar Forum Loktantrik has withdrawn support to KP Sharma Oli-led incumbent government.

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    Main News

    Parliamentary discussion with CIAA chief postponed by two days

    Post Report, Jul 23 2016
    Parliamentary discussion with Commission of Investigation of Abuse of Authority Chief Commissioner Lok Man Singh Karki to discuss the allegations that anti-graft body had interfered in exams of Kathmandu University has been postponed by two days.
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    Youths take out rally in support of fasting Dr KC

    Post Report, Jul 23 2016
    Supporters of Dr Govinda KC have taken out a mass rally in Kathmandu on Saturday to express their support to the fasting doctor and pressurise concerned authorities to adhere to his demands.
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    More than 2500 homes inundated in Saptari

    Abdesh Kumar Jha, Jul 23 2016
    More than 2500 houses in Saptari district have been submerged in flood water due to swelling river triggered by incessant rain. Authorities have issued warnings to the residents of Shankarapur and Tilathika in the district to migrate to safer destination.
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    Money

    Sports

    Sandeep Lamichhane, the mainstay of the Nepali national cricket team of late, has been a wonderful find by the former coach Pubudu Dassanayake.

    Impressed by his potential while on his visit to Chitwan, Dassanayake brought the kid to Kathmandu and nurtured him. The leg spinner did not disappoint the coach as he immediately broke into the U-19 squad. In January-February last year, the 16-year old played a key role in leading Nepal to their first ever quarter-finals in the ICC U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh. Lamichhane ended up as tournament’s second highest wicket-taker with 14 scalps.

    He also took a hat-trick in his five-wicket haul against Ireland. It was also fifth hat-trick in U-19 World Cup history. Lamichhane was likened to Australian legendary leg spinner Shane Warne and his videos of sharp-turning deliveries during the World Cup went viral in social media. The U-19 World Cup was his first international tournament before he impressed agains in Nepal’s ICC World Cricket League Championship (WCLC) matches against Namibia in Kathmandu in April. The match against Namibia was his debut for senior team.

    He also had an opportunity to play alongside former Australia skipper Michael Clarke in the Hong Kong Blitz Twenty20 for Kowloon Cantons, a three-day event held on May 27-29. Impressed with his bowling skills, Clarke has offered Lamichhane a chance to play for his academy team—Michael Clarke Cricket Academy—in Sydney. He also represented Nepal in their historical game at Lord’s against Marylebone Cricket Club on Tuesday. 

    To add to his meteoric rise, Lamichhane has been nominated as one of the five nominees for the prestigious Pulsar Sports Award slated for Thursday. Lamichhane will contest for the People’s Choice award with women national team spiker Prativa Mali, table tennis player Nabita Shrestha, weightlifter Tara Devi Pun and footballer Nawayug Shrestha. The award is decided through SMS voting and Facebook likes.

    NSJF annually recognizes the sports personalities with awards in eight categories, evaluating on their achievements over the past one year. It had also announced five nominees each in the male, female, youth and coach of the year awards. The winners of lifetime achievement, special and para-athlete of the year award will be declared directly during the award function on Thursday.

    Health & Style

    Fiction Park

    There and back again

    Anusha Neupane, Jul 24 2016
    As he ran through the alley, a warm blast of air hit his face. And just like that, he was back in 2014, in the front porch of his house
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    Saturday Features

    One dog at a time

    Laxmi Prasad Ngakhusi
    The streets of Kathmandu—the city millions call home—are almost always full of life. Around every corner, amid every galli, you will find people from all walks of life. But these gallis are not just home to puny humans. These gallis are also home to a pack of a different kind—your ever-present friendly neighbourhood dogs. You will see at least one in each of these winding lanes, without fail.

    Life on the edge

    MOHAN GURAGAIN
    In his debut venture, Mitra Prasad Uprety maintains a delicate balance between spiritual meditation and humanitarian thought

    Border connections

    Atul K Thakur
    The old adage ‘out of sight out of mind’ is not yet totally irrelevant. It makes sense to you when you negotiate through the Nepal-India borders, which are open but not really friendly. Having lived and travelled across most the prominent borders entry points between these two countries, I have experienced over the years the sheer hollowness of oft-repeated claims of ‘friendly ties’.

    All hail the number game

    SARIN GHIMIRE
    At a time when the country is struggling with implementing the new constitution, the present political vacuum is highly unfortunate

    Let it go!

    Guffadi
    It seems that politicians in our Shark region want to hang on to power until they drop dead. Our netas never retire until the day they leave Earth for hell. Our national top comedian, Konfused Pampered Oli does not want to resign even when he knows that he does not have the numbers to continue to lead the government. After all, a week more and you can dole out millions of rupees from the state treasury to you near and dear ones with utter disregard for the law. And you can transfer your chamchas to lucrative postings before the other guys show up and do their thing.

    Guilty pleasures

    Mark Harris
    If you’ve seen this video before, the title of this article alone may leave you groaning. But if it triggers nothing, allow yourself to take a stroll down low brow meme memory lane. Sunday Morning Love You was released way back in 2013 (ancient by YouTube standards), but it has become a classic in its right.

    A frolic through Giant Country

    Preena Shrestha
    Along with pitch-perfect performances from the cast, Steven Spielberg and his team of digital magicians have served up an extravagant, whimsical and thoroughly satisfying rendition of Roald Dahl’s The BFG

    Last women first

    Pratichya Dulal
    Widowed by the war, rendered homeless by the earthquakes, Nepal’s conflict widows have drawn the shortest straws and are grappling to stay afloat

    Antibioticonomics

    Manish Gautam
    The successful administration and commercialisation of antibiotics has proved to be a boon for mankind. But can we remain complacent about it?