Annapurna calling (photo feature)

    Anuj D Adhikary, Feb 13 2016
    Calm, solitude and high altitudes: Chimti, an outpost shortly past Humde in the most tranquil middle of nowhere, will sedate any nerve. When air starts thinning out and breathing gets heavier, treat yourself to a warm glass of seabuckthorn juice against rippling reflection of the mountains.
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    Formation of 'mechanism' to sort out boundary row likely tomorrow

      Binod Ghimire, Feb 13 2016

      The agitating Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha and the major parties have inched closer to an agreement to form a political mechanism to sort out the differences over provincial boundaries.

      Both sides have agreed, in principle, to from the mechanism, develop its Terms of Reference (ToR) and get it endorsed by the Legislature-Parliament before Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli embarks on his official visit to India.

      PM Oli is set to leave for New Delhi on February 19.

      A meeting between the taskforces of the three major parties—the Nepali Congress, the CPN-UML and the UCPN (Maoist)—and the SLMM in Baluwatar on Friday agreed to give three months to the to-be-formed mechanism to find a meeting point on state boundaries.

      The parties could not sign a deal on Friday as Morcha leaders called for the ToR before signing the agreement.

      Top leaders of all the parties were present during Friday’s meeting.

       A meeting called for Sunday is likely to sign the agreement, provided there is a progress in finalising the ToR.

      The Morcha has demanded that the mechanism be authorised to recommend, if necessary, two provinces in the Tarai.

      However, the major parties are against the Morcha’s demand.

      “The mechanism will be formed only after its ToR is finalised,” said Sadbhawana Party Co-Chair Laxman Lal Karna, adding that the parties are “inching closer” to a deal. “I am hopeful of an agreement before the next meeting.”

      Leaders of the Madhes-based parties had asked PM Oli to resolve disputes at home before leaving for India.

      Pramod Dahal, press adviser to PM Oli, said that Friday’s meeting was “very positive” and chances of an agreement on Sunday to set up the mechanism are high.

      He said a three-party meeting held immediately after the meeting of the taskforces decided to exhibit maximum flexibility for the ToR.

      If an  agreement is reached on Sunday, it will be endorsed by a Parliament meeting called for  Tuesday, three days before PM Oli embarks on his visit to India.

      Madhesi fronts merge

      KATHMANDU: The agitating Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (SLMM) and Sanghiya Samabesi Madhesi Gathabandhan (SSMG)—two rival fronts leading separate protests in the Tarai—announced their merger on Friday.

      The two Madhes-based fronts said they would now form a “grand alliance”. The merger was officially announced at a press conference in Bijuli Bazaar in the Capital on Friday evening. “We have decided to unite and take our ongoing struggle to the conclusion under the banner of the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha,” read a statement issued after the press conference.

      The new SLMM comprises seven Madhes-based political parties: Sadbhawana Party, Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum Nepal, Tarai Madhes Loktantrik party, Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party, Rastriya Madhes Samajbadi Party, Sanghiya Sadbhawana Party and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Ganatantrik.

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      Youth is wasted on the young

        Adarsh Dhakal, Feb 13 2016
        Photo Courtesy: ICC
        With the U-19 team putting together a valiant display at the World Cup, the oft-asked question is again resurfacing—can the Nepali cricketing set-up help these young colts reach their true potential?
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        Warm welcome awaits Oli in Delhi

          ANIL GIRI, Feb 13 2016
          India is all set to accord the highest honour to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli during his visit to the southern neighbour starting on February 19.
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          Sending foreign secy to Kathmandu at last moment was not good, says Ex-Indian PM Manmohan Singh

          Post Report, Kathmandu, Feb 13 2016
          Former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has criticised the government of Narendra Modi for putting up a blockade against Nepal.

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          SSFN expels two central leaders

          Post Report, Kathmandu, Feb 13 2016
          Sanghiya Samajwadi Forum Nepal has expelled two leaders on Saturday.

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          Gas stations to sell fuel from today

          Post Report, Feb 13 2016
          Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) said gasoline stations in the Kathmandu Valley would start distributing fuel regularly from Saturday.
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          Quake-displaced brace for rains as hope for help ‘fades’

          SUDIP KAINI, Feb 13 2016
          After braving a harsh winter in flimsy shelters, earthquake survivors in Gorkha district are bracing for the summer with Spring arriving and thundershowers expected months before monsoon.
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          Graft case filed against 7 APF officials

          Post Report, Feb 13 2016
          The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on Friday filed a corruption case at the Special Court against seven Armed Police Force (APF) officials, including former APF IG Basu Dev Oli, who has been accused of embezzling Rs11.45 million.
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