PM Oli spends 1.2 million on feasts, buys 117k iPad

  • PM's residence reads Rs 128k worth newspapers
Post Report, Nov 24 2015
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has spent Rs. 1.26 million on feasts and breakfasts in the past one month.
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Govt issues White Paper, predicts 2 percent economic growth

    Post Report, Nov 24 2015
    The government will issue a White Paper on the state of economy amid the ongoing Tarai banda and unofficial trade embargo imposed by India later at 7:30 pm today
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    OHCHR calls for smooth supply of goods to Nepal

      Post Report, Nov 24 2015

      The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has called for an end to the ongoing obstruction of essential supplies to Nepal, and urged parties on either side of the Nepal-India border to ensure smooth supply of essentials and services.

      " Any obstruction of essential supplies and services is a serious violation of international human rights law," OHCHR Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani said in a statement on Tuesday, referring to the report of the National Human Rights Commission of Nepal on the effects brought upon the people of Nepal by the border blockade.

      The UN human rights office has also expressed its concern over the killing of at least 50 people during protests in the Terai since August. It has said that its attention was particularly drawn by conflicting information about the recent incident where protesters in front of the district police station in Saptari pelted stones, and used other violence against the police who then responded with the use of live ammunition. The protesters after that were taken to nearby Sagarmatha Zonal Hospital for treatment, where police entered the hospital and assaulted the protesters and hospital staff. 

      Shamdasani has emphasised on the need for an independent investigation to establish the facts and to bring all perpetrators of violence to justice, urging the authorities to ensure that existing national and international standards on the appropriate use of force are fully respected by security forces. She has also requested the protestors to renounce the use of violence.

      The OHCHR has urged both the government and the agitating Madhesi parties to engage in a meaningful, inclusive and open dialogue to create a climate where minority and dissenting views are respected.

      "We call on the authorities to work with the National Human Rights Commission to ensure that the concerns of the protesters are heard and constructive solutions are found," the statement said.

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      Dahal meets Madhesi leaders, discusses demarcation issues

      Post Report, Kathmandu, Nov 24 2015
      UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal met leaders of the agitating Madhes-based political parties on Tuesday.

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      Medicines, fuel enter through Jogbani point

      Post Report, Nov 24 2015
      Three trucks of medicines and 35 tankers of fuel entered through the Biratnagar-Jogbani border point.
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      Referendum in five districts could be problematic: Upendra Yadav

      Post Report, Nov 24 2015
      Sanghiya Samajwadi Forum Nepal Chairman Upendra Yadav has warned that the country could face serious crisis if referendum is held only in the five disputed districts—Jhapa, Morang and Sunsari in east and Kailali and Kanchanpur in west.
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      Discussion on Reconstruction Authority bill postponed indefinitely

      Post Report, Nov 24 2015
      The parliamentary discussion on Reconstruction Authority bill has been postponed indefinitely after the parties failed to garner consensus on the same during a meeting of legislative committee on Tuesday.
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      The National Sports Council (NSC) has decided to investigate the recent development in Nepali football following a 10-year suspension imposed on All Nepal Football Association (Anfa) President Ganesh Thapa by football’s world governing body Fifa.

      NSC Member Secretary Keshav Kumar Bista, in a meeting with AFC representative Purushottam Kattel, Minister for Youth and Sports Satya Narayan Mandal and Anfa General Secretary Dhirendra Pradhan, had proposed to form a probe committee. All the participants in the meet had agreed to form the investigative body.
      The committee will probe on Thapa’s ban, match-fixing scandal, fielding over-aged player in AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers, claims of Anfa operating against its statute and nomination of Narendra Shrestha as Anfa Acting President.
      NSC Press Advisor Rohit Dahal said the committee will be formed in a day or two and will submit its report after one month. AFC representative Kattel, who is here to take stock of the current situation in Nepali football, also had a meeting with Nepal Olympic Committee President Jeevan Ram Shrestha on Monday.

      Skipper Neil Dexter gave an allround performance as Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) wrapped up their Nepal tour with an impressive 40-run win over Nepal XI in a Twenty20 match on Monday.

      At the TU Stadium grounds, Dexter’s explosive 51-ball 83 guided MCC to 169-3 in 20 overs. The MCC skipper then picked up four wickets as Nepal XI finished at 129-8 in 20 overs. The only positive for Nepal XI was a 53-run stand between Gyanendra Malla and Rajesh Pulami Magar.
      From 38-3 in 8.1 overs, Malla and Magar kept Nepal XI in the hunt with the stand before Dexter removed both batsmen in consecutive balls to halt the hosts’ innings. Magar made 26 off 22 and Malla contributed 23 off 15 balls with both batsmen hitting two boundaries and a six each.
      Sumit Maharjan was the next best run-scorer, making an unbeaten 19-ball 17. Opener Dilip Nath scored 17 off 18 with three fours, while Subash Khakurel (11) and Dipendra Airee (11) were other batsmen to make runs in double figures. Dexter returned the figures of 4-27 from four overs with Alex McQueen also taking 2-30 from four.
      Earlier, No 3 batsman Michael Coles made a 30-ball 27 with three fours before Dexter batted with aggression. He forged an 88-run unbroken partnership with Steve Clark (16) for the fourth wicket smashing nine fours and four sixes.
      He provided the lift in the final over from Karan KC hammering the fast bowler for 30 runs. The MCC team returned on Monday following the completion of their 10-day tour where they played six matches.
      Dexter said he was overwhelmed by the reception from Nepal. “The tour was really amazing. The reception that was given to us was something that is out of this world. We would be happy to revisit the country again,” said Dexter.

      The two-day game between Nepal XI and Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) ended in a draw here at the Tribhuvan University ground on Sunday.

      MCC declared their first innings at 178-9 in reply to Nepal’s 228-8 declared on the first day. The home team on Sunday declared their second knock at 172-7 in 35 overs leaving a very little time for MCC to chase over 200 runs. At close, MCC were 38-1.
      Resuming the second day at 72-5, MCC had skipper Neil Dexter to thank for the total. Dexter, who resumed at 21, scored 72 and his 84-ball knock included 14 fours and a six. Shakti Gauchan was the pick of the Nepal XI bowlers with 4-33, while Karan KC took 3-36.
      In their second knock, Nepal XI were indebted to Pradeep Airee and Rajesh Pulami to pile on a big total. Airee made 73-ball 67 with six fours and three sixes, while Pulami made 49. Pulami struck nine fours and a six. Steve Clark grabbed 3-26 for MCC. MCC will round up their 11-day Nepal Tour with a Twenty20 match against Nepal  XI on Monday.

      CAN prepares for fourth General Assembly

      Kathmandu: Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) on Sunday met with National Sports Council (NSC) Member Secretary Keshav Kumar Shrestha to discuss on the its impending fourth General Assembly that will elect a new central executive committee for the next four years.
      “We are supposed to hold our General Assembly by mid-December but the date can be pushed back taking the consent of NSC,” said CAN President Tanka Aangbuhang refuting General Secretary Ashok Nath Pyakurel’s version that they have fixed the date for December 14-15. CAN is flexing its muscle since Special Court’s ruling on November 5 to clear 10 of its officials of corruption charges.
      The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on June 8 last year has charge-sheeted the 10 officials including Aangbuhang and Pyakurel for their alleged involvement in embezzling millions of rupees at different time frame. The CIAA had alleged the officials of embezzling a total of Rs 14.43 million from the funds provided by the government and international governing bodies.
      A CAN statement on Sunday also said it has decided to reward the Under-19 cricketers with Rs 50,000 each for their successful campaign in the ICC U-19 World Cup Qualifier in October in Malaysia. Nepal earned a ticket to the U-19 World Cup to be held in Bangladesh next year.
      CAN also announced a three-team Double Round Robin League tournament for Nov 27-Dec 2 in Kathmandu to prepare a strong team for the U-19 World Cup. CAN said it will form three teams including 14 players that represented Nepal in the Qualifiers in Malaysia along with four reserves. Rest of the players will be picked up from nine development regions.

      Nepal XI gained an upper hand on the first day of their two-day match against visiting MCC at the Tribhuvan University Stadium on Saturday.

      Put in to bat first, Rajesh Pulami Magar made a patient half century before Nepal XI declared their innings at 228-8 in 39.5 overs after skipper Neil Dexter and Richard Wilkinson picked up three wickets apiece. MCC were 72-5 in 18 overs before stumps were called.
      Karan KC picked up three wickets for the hosts, while veteran left arm spinner Shakti Gauchan also picked up two wickets. Dexter is unbeaten on 21 off 31 with four boundaries and he will be joined by Wilkinson (naught) when the second day’s play begins on Sunday.
      Earlier, Nepal XI got off to a decent start when openers Subash Khakurel and Naresh Budhayer began with a 66-run opening wicket stand. Nepal XI, which is being led by Khakurel, then lost five wickets in a space of 18 runs to get reduced to 84-5. The collapse began with Khakurel’s caught behind off Dexter.
      Dexter followed the success with the scalps of Pradeep Airee (four) and Dilip Nath (duck) before Wilkinson removed another set batsman Budhayer and Gauchan (five). Magar then pushed Nepal XI towards a respectable total adding 88-run sixth wicket partnership with Dipendra Airee.
      Wilkinson broke the partnership dismissing Magar for 60 off 103 balls that included 10 boundaries. Airee made 33 off 71 with five fours. Khakurel also chipped in 333 off 57 with six hits to the fence, while Budhayer’s 87-ball 32 also included six boundaries.
      Karan KC provided a late blitz remaining unbeaten on 28 off 38 balls that included three fours and a six. KC shared 43 runs for the eighth wicket with Bikram Sob (16) before Nepal declared their innings.

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      Saturday Features

      In search of a saviour

      The festival of lights is over and we all have no choice but to face the darkness that hovers around us. Our government banned firecrackers and imposed a 10 pm curfew even during the festive season but such laws didn’t apply to dohoris and dance bars that operated past midnight, disturbing neighbourhoods.

      A New world order

      Madhukar Sjb Rana
      Let’s start with the basics: By ‘world order’, Henry Kissinger, in his book, World Order: Character of Nations and the Course of History, means “the concept held by a region or civilisation about the nature of just arrangement and distribution of power thought to be applicable in the entire world.

      Creating Nepal’s own Quartet

      John Narayan Parajuli
      The current conflict between the state and Madhes, the polarisation of the society between Madhesi and Pahadi communities has put a spotlight on the absence of a national conflict resolution mechanism.

      Traders in the Land of Snows

      Kamal Ratna Tuladhar
      The old Tibet trade is a celebrated period in Nepal’s history when commercial and cultural exchanges across the high Himalaya reached exalted heights. For over a thousand years, generations of merchants of Kathmandu have journeyed across the frozen passes in great mule caravans to conduct business in Lhasa and other trade centres in the Land of Snows.

      Documentaries in vogue

      Gaurav Pote
      As the 10th edition of Film Southasia (FSA) chugs ahead in full swing, documentary makers and enthusiasts are eager to celebrate and share the art of storytelling that documentaries are. But they have the rest—those new to the genre or non-inclined towards non-fiction films—wondering just what is it about these films that draws people to them.

      Double-O disappointment

      Preena Shrestha
      Bond is back, but looking a little worse for wear. Having notched up twenty-something films so far, divided into around half a dozen reboots, the franchise based on the novels of the late Ian Fleming has been chugging along dependably for more than 50 years, proving the most enduring film series of its kind.

      Nepal’s road to rap

      You might not know it, but Nepal is in its golden age of hip-hop. More artists than ever before are heading to the studio, to Youtube, and to the battle arena to create and showcase their skills. Nepali hip-hop—called Nephop by fans—is receiving a lot of online attention from Nepali fans at home and abroad, promoting a new generation of artists, many who have gained exposure through the online series Raw Barz.

      Cobbling from dreams

      Pratibha Tuladhar
      Binod (Bhim) Shakya, a repousse artist, abandons his hammer and chisel and goes to sleep on the floor, propping his head against a wooden block when he can’t make sense of work. The 41-year-old artist says it’s his thing to do when he becomes muddled in his head and doesn’t know how to proceed.

      A coterie of unequals

      So far, we have had a Madhesi and a woman President. But these efforts amount to little when it comes to addressing issues surrounding poverty and rectifying the asymmetrical distribution of power in our country.You just have to look at the student statistics of elite American universities to see it. The US lags behind Nepal, a country with a historically lopsided wealth-distribution system, in the GINI index (the former scores .41 as opposed to the latter’s .328), which measures a country’s economic inequality, but some of the best institutions in the US, which are meant to nurture and support the best and brightest minds in the world, give an opposite impression.