Everything you need to know about the Nepal government’s new IT bill

  • In an attempt to regulate the cyberspace, the K P Sharma Oli administration is trying to give itself enormous new powers to curb online content.
Bhrikuti Rai, Feb 22 2019
The controversial Information Technology management bill tabled at the parliament last week has raised several concerns about what this means for social media users and freedom of speech online.
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International Finance Corporation Vice President Stoiljkovic meets Foreign Minister Gyawali

Post Report, Kathmandu, Feb 23 2019
International Finance Corporation’s Regional Vice President for the Asia and the Pacific, Nena Stoiljkovic (left) in a meeting met with Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali in Kathmandu on Friday.Photo Courtesy: IFC
International Finance Corporation’s Regional Vice President for the Asia and the Pacific, Nena Stoiljkovic, met with Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali on Friday. 

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Main News

At least three injured after a bomb explosion in Lalitpur

NAYAK PAUDEL, Feb 22 2019
Three persons were injured when an improvised explosive device exploded outside Ncell head office in Nakkhu, Lalitpur on Friday.
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Nirmala Pant rape and murder: Parents halt dharna after 105 days due to ailing health

BHAWANI BHATTA, Feb 22 2019
Parents of Nirmala Pant, who had been staging indefinite Dharna (sit-in protest) for the past 105 days seeking justice to their deceased daughter, have halted their protest from Friday owing to their deteriorating health.
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Ruling party dissolves task force, Secretariat to draft organisational unification proposal

Sanjaya Lama, Feb 22 2019
The ruling Nepal Communist party has scrapped the task force formed to iron out outstanding issues related to its organisational unification.
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Shree Bhagawati Club and Bansbari Club shared points after a thrilling 2-2 draw in the Martyrs Memorial ‘B’ Division League football tournament at the ANFA complex in Satdobato on Thursday.

The result did not change Group ‘B’ standings as Bhagawati remained second with seven points from four matches while Bansbari are still rooted at the bottom of the six-team pool with two points from four games.

Bansbari missed an opportunity to get on the scoresheet in the 3rd minute as Bhisma Raj Ghimire mistimed a close range header that still fell nicely for Anuj Bhandari to have a shot at goal only to head it straight into Bhagwati custodian Bishal Sunar. In the 11th minute, Bhagawati made of the freekick that was awarded after Yadu Silwal shoved Darshan Gurung almost in midfield. Aash Bahadur Gurung headed the ball into the net of a well placed Karfu Rasaili freekick.

Bhagawati could have rubbed more salts on Bansbari’s wound but Anil Rana Magar’s shot at goal from eight yards out sailed over the crossbar in the 15th minute. The missed chance didn’t prove too costly as Magar’s mistimed attempt at goal from 10 yards in the 33rd minute landed nicely for Karlosh Bakhariya to head the ball into the net after initially directing it into the crossbar.

Bansbari pulled a goal back in the 67th minute as Mahendra Karki’s close range shot found the back of the net. Four minutes later, Bhagawati could have added to their tally had not Anil Rana Magar applied a weak shot wide from the area following a Karlosh Bakhariya through ball.

In the 84th minute, Bhagawati custodian Bishal Sunar denied Arun Limbu’s freekick with a timely save after the striker was tripped by Anil Tamang. Five minutes later, Bansbari were awarded another freekick when Sagar Shrestha pushed Bansbari’s Raj Kandangwa. Dinesh Karki stepped in to slot in an equalizer that was a bit too high for goalkeeper Sunar to defend.

Bansbari could have turned the tables around in the injury time. Anuj Bhandari’s shot from inside the area rebounded off a Bhagwati defender’s chest but the ball was still in the danger zone. Sudansh Mahato went for the header but goalkeeper Sunar pouched on to gather the ball.

In the second match of the day, Nayabasti Youth Club defeated Boys Union Club  2-0 for their first win in four matches. Sajan Rai gave Nayabasti the 22nd  minute goal before Shani Kumar Chaudhary sealed their win adding the second in  the 65th minute. The victory lifts Nayabasto one spot up to fifth with four points while pushing BUC to the bottom of the six-team Group ‘A’. BUC had two points from four matches.

Life & Style

Fiction Park

An unlikely crush

Pooja Dhakal, Feb 17 2019
Even though the whole day, a midsummer day, had been swelteringly hot, the atmosphere drastically cooled off as the fat old sun began to set. The gentle breeze teased the flower buds and the branches of the trees were thrown into a sudden oscillation. My hair, too, was swaying with it.
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Saturday Features

Internet cafés or ‘wangbas’ in China create a space for internet addicts

Tripty Tamang Pakhrin
Internet cafés in China have created a new space where people lose themselves within the virtual world of online gaming--a chance to explore an experimental world without any impediment.

'Nepalis come across a huge wall that divides one part of the world from another'

Avasna Pandey
The presence of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah at the helm has only made things worse. These people are bent on hardening borders, rather than dissolving them.

The beatmaker

ABANI MALLA
On a cold and rainy winter’s day, 19-year-old Sagun Khadka sits at a cafe in Jhamsikhel, listening to hip-hop on his headphones.

Shreesha Bhandari’s Athot deserves to be read by young people seeking guidance

MOHAN GURAGAIN
Without failing to shed light on the importance of time, Athot stresses that what we failed to do in our lives are not less important than what we actually did. 

Guffadi: Our Oli government is not a communist but a truly wild capitalist party

Guffadi
Once again, let us congratulate our Oli government for passing the Medical Mafia Bill. Now, Dr KC should go home and rest.

Celebrating a century

Prakash Chandra Timilsena
Calmly seated in a chariot pulled by her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, Mayju Maharjan observes her fifth janko—a rare ritual, called Mahadivya Ratharohan, where an elder is celebrated for completing 108 years, eight months, eight days, eight hours, and eight seconds around the sun. 

The paper trail

Prakash Chandra Timilsena
In 1995, 50-year-old Nima Sherpa moved from Dolakha to Kathmandu with a plan—he was going to take traditional Nepali lokta paper to the world. Sherpa had realised that products made of lokta, which were easily available in his village, could make it big in the international market.

Life and art are inextricably blended into each other

Timothy Aryal
Mekh Limbu’s art needs little elaboration. It speaks the truth, laid out for all to see and reflect on. It’s real; it’s quiet, keening and sharp. Take his installation ‘How I Forgot My Mother Tongue’, for instance, which was part of the Opposite Dreams exhibition displayed during the Photo Kathmandu festival last year.

Raamesh Koirala’s book about Charles Sobhraj is confused, leaving the reader unsure of whether this is a memoir or a novel

Pranaya SJB Rana
Raamesh Koirala’s new book about the notorious serial killer Charles Sobhraj is a strange animal. Although ostensibly presented as a non-fiction memoir written by the cardiac surgeon who operated on Sobhraj’s heart, the copyright page of the book asserts that “This is a work of fiction.” Perhaps this was an (glaring) oversight on the part of the publisher, but given the manner in which the book unfolds, it might be an accurate characterisation.