Indian Army Chief Rawat conferred honorary NA General

    Post Report, Mar 29 2017
    RSS
    President Bidya Devi Bhandari conferred the rank of honorary General of the Nepal Army (NA) on visiting Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat amidst a special ceremony at Sheetal Niwas on Wednesday.
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    PM returns from China trip, says local election will be held at any cost

    • New dimension added to Nepal-China relations
    Post Report, RSS, Mar 29 2017
    Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal returned from his weeklong visit to China on Wednesday.
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    Nepalgunj Transport chief suspended for licence irregularities

    Post Report, Kathmandu, Mar 29 2017
    The Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport has expelled under secretary and chief of Transport Management Office, Nepalgunj, Pawan Subedi, for his irregularities while distributing driving licences.

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    India likely to increase power export to Nepal soon by 145MW

    KAMAL DEV BHATTARAI, NEW DELHI, Mar 29 2017
    India is expected to increase export of power to Nepal by around 145 MW shortly from Katiya-Kusaha and Raxual-Parwanipur cross-border transmission lines.

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    Estranged ex-RPP leader Lohani forms new party

    Post Report, Kathmandu, Mar 29 2017
    Senior leader Prakash Chandra Lohani, who parted ways with the recently unified Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP), on Wednesday announced the formation a new party under his chairmanship.

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    Local polls: Security beefed up at bordering Bara and Parsa

    Birgunj (Parsa), Mar 29 2017
    On account of the local level elections scheduled for May 14, Armed Police Force (APF) has stepped up security at Parsa and Bara districts that share border with India.

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    Revise Criminal Code Bill to ensure accountability for grave rights violations, ICJ urges Nepal

    Post Report, Kathmandu, Mar 29 2017
    The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has urged Nepal to revise its draft Criminal Code Bill in line with international human rights standards to ensure justice for victims of serious human rights violations.

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    Main News

    Bob Dylan finally agrees to accept Nobel Prize for Literature

    BBC, Mar 29 2017
    Bob Dylan will finally accept his Nobel Prize for Literature in Stockholm this weekend, the academy has announced.
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    UML student wing ANNFSU emerges victorious in RR Campus

    Mar 29 2017
    All Nepal National Free Students Union (ANNFSU), the student wing of main opposition CPN-UML has won the Free Students Union (FSU) election held at the Ratna Rajya Laxmi Campus.
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    UML reports EC about threats, code violation

    TIKA R PRADHAN, Mar 29 2017
    The main opposition CPN-UML has drawn the attention of the Election Commission to “increased intimidation” of its leaders and cadres in the Tarai while also complaining about the violation of the election code of conduct by the government.
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    Money

    World

    Singapore has confirmed two cases of locally transmitted infections of the Zika virus in a northeastern part of the city state, the National Environment Agency said on Wednesday, describing it as the first Zika cluster of 2017.

    The viral disease carried by mosquitoes has spread to more than 60 countries and territories since an outbreak was identified in Brazil in 2015, raising alarm over its ability to cause microcephaly as well as Guillain-Barre syndrome.

    Singapore had already reported six cases in the first 12 weeks of this year, the agency's website shows. Last year, more than 400 people became infected with the virus, following discovery of the first case in August.

    "Both cases are residents in the vicinity and from the same household," the agency said in a statement.

    "Residents and stakeholders are urged to maintain vigilance and continue to eliminate mosquito breeding habitats."

    There is no preventive treatment against Zika, but drug companies are rushing to develop a vaccine.

    Although generally a mild disease, the virus is a particular risk to pregnant women as it can cause microcephaly - a severe birth defect in which babies are born with abnormally small heads and underdeveloped brains.

    An outbreak of meningitis in Nigeria has killed 269 people in recent weeks, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said, as Africa's most populous country and aid organisations attempt to tackle the surge in infections.

    As of Monday, 1,828 suspected cases of meningitis were reported with 269 deaths in 15 of the country's 36 states, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said on Twitter late on Tuesday.

    The centre said on its website that 33 people died of meningitis in 2016.

    More than 2,000 people died from an outbreak of the disease in Nigeria in 2009, with basic healthcare limited in rural parts of the country, where most people live on less than $2 a day, despite the country's huge oil resources.

    Meningitis is the inflammation of tissue surrounding the brain and spinal cord which can be caused by viral or bacterial infections. It spreads mainly through kisses, sneezes, coughs and in close living quarters.

    The NCDC said it was now working with the World Health Organisation, the U.N. Children's Fund and Medecins Sans Frontieres, also known as Doctors Without Borders, to try to control the outbreak.

    Entertainment

    INTERVIEW

    Interview Subash Nembang

    Mar 27 2017
    Positive vibes are fine but inter-party talks have nothing concrete to offer yet With the Madhesi Morcha and the CPN-UML at loggerheads over the issues of constitutional amendment and federal demarcation, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal recently held discussions with leaders of the Nepali Congress, the CPN-UML and the Samyukta Loktrantrik Madhesi Morcha in a bid to come to a consensus.
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    Sports

    Nepal opened their AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers with a 4-1 loss against hosts Philippines at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila on Tuesday.

    Philip Younghusband scored a brace while Iain Ramsey and Javier Patino added a goal apiece for the home team in the first Group ‘F’ game. Bishal Rai pulled back a consolation goal for Nepal , who played with 10 men after  Bikram Lama was sent off early in the 13th minute for needlessly handling ball inside the area.

    The hosts had secured all but secured three points by the first 28 minutes after scoring three goals in succession including a missed penalty, which was awarded for Lama’s handball. Nepal goalkeeper Kiran Chemjong made a superb save to briefly pump up the team, captained by Army striker Bharat Khawas in the absence of long-serving Anil Gurung, who was axed out for the team.

    Less than 10 minutes after conceding the first penalty, Philippines earn the second which they dully converted in the 21st minute. More goals were to follow as Younghusband added his second goal four minutes later and Ramsey made it 3-0 in the 28th minute. Rai pulled on back in the first half injury time but  Patino completed the rout with another goal in the 72nd minute.

    Apart from Philippines, Nepal are drawn against Tajikistan and Yemen in the final round of qualifying tournament to be played over home and away basis. The 24-team qualifier, which has been divided into six pools, offers 12 berths for the finals scheduled for January 5, 2019 kickoff in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The 12 teams will join defending champions Australia, China, Iraq, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Thailand, Uzbekistan and hosts UAE in the finals.

    Apart from Nepal, Jordan, Oman, Philippines, Bahrain, Kyrgyzstan, North Korea, India, Palestine, Tajikistan, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Turkmenistan, Maldives, Lebanon, Yemen, Afghanistan, Chinese Taipei, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia and Bhutan are the teams in the final qualifying round.

    Nepal next host Yemen on June 13 and Tajikistan on September 5 in Kathmandu. Nepal then travel to Tajikistan on October 10 before hosting Philippines on November 14. Nepal round up their qualifying campaign with a game away to Yemen. Yemen are likely to host Nepal at a neutral venue due to political reasons.

    Health & Style

    Escalate

    Attitude makes all the difference

    Mar 27 2017
    After over three decades in the hospitality industry, Shreejana Rana, the executive director at Hotel Annapurna, has set an example for the many women looking to break glass ceilings in the sector.
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    Saturday Features

    HUES OF NEPAL

    I have always felt like colour is an integral element of our world, not just in the natural environment but also in man-made architecture.

    Our age of anger

    Atul K Thakur
    The Economist, usually conservative while praising public intellectuals, made a marked departure when labeling Pankaj Mishra “The Heir to Edward Said”; a high praise that understandably found its way to the masthead of Mishra’s remarkable new book Age of Anger:

    To catch a breath

    Dr Bikalpa Paudel
    The virtue of mastering one’s own mind has often been touted as being crucial to a satisfactory and productive life.

    Our Emperor goes to China!

    Guffadi
    Our Emperor is now in China, hoping to enjoy some dumplings while he is on a week-long vacation.

    The song of the very last meeting

    Subhaaya Shakya
    You say people seek immortality. That people are naturally immortal. And that is why nature ensures DNAs are carried forward by off-springs.

    Ground zero: Pattharpuruwa

    Timothy Aryal
    The pleasures two different forms of art, say a book and a play, elicit are quite different. Reading is a solitary activity.

    Empty chest-thumper

    OBIE SHRESTHA
    The world’s most notorious ape returns to the screen in Kong: Skull Island, the latest reboot of the 1933 classic that first introduced us to the jumbo-sized simian.

    The Person in a Woman

    Irina Giri
    The Kathmandu Triennale is here and so is the excitement of having almost 50 artists from around the world gather in Kathmandu to exhibit their interpretations of the city.

    In between the lines

    As a photojournalist, I specialise in the culture and heritage beat, capturing regional and national jatras, festivals and rituals, and local people and places through my lenses.