Landslides ‘are common’ but can they be prevented?

  • Travel woes along Muglin-Narayangadh road
  • Measures taken to stop road disaster do not seem to be sufficient
Post Report, Jun 24 2017
Post Photo: Bimal Khatiwada
Two accidents along the Muglin-Narayangadh road section due to landslides once again have brought to the fore the vulnerability of vehicles plying the stretch, which is undergoing expansion.
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Nepalis paying more for fuel despite fall in global prices

    Post Report, Jun 24 2017

    Nepali consumers are being forced to pay more for gasoline despite a sharp fall in global prices because Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) has not been implementing the automated pricing system it launched two and a half years ago.

    As a result, the state-owned oil monopoly has been raking in massive profits.

    On Wednesday, the price of crude in the international market plunged to a 10-month low of $42.13 per barrel after a single day fall of 2.3 percent due to a supply glut.

    The international media reported that an agreement between the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other producers to cut output had kept oil prices stable in the last few months.

    “However, production is rising in Nigeria and Libya, countries exempt from the deal, offsetting cuts by other OPEC members,” states Reuters quoting Julia Simon.

    Last week, NOC reduced petrol, diesel and kerosene prices by Rs1.50 per litre despite a sharp fall in oil prices. The corporation’s projected profit stands at Rs800 million per month following the price revision.

    NOC currently makes a profit of Rs5.69 per litre on petrol, Rs1.47 per litre on diesel and Rs17.47 per litre on kerosene.

    Its profits on duty paid and bonded aviation fuels amount to Rs11.22 per litre and Rs18.84 per litre respectively. Likewise, NOC earns a profit of Rs44.38 per cylinder on cooking gas.

    In 2014, NOC introduced the auto pricing mechanism under which fuel prices in the domestic market are revised in line with the price list sent by its sole supplier Indian Oil Corporation.

    The corporation has also set up a price stabilisation fund, that has now grown to Rs4 billion, to implement the mechanism.

    However, it has not been implementing the system fully on various pretexts.

    One reason NOC habitually gives for not slashing gasoline prices in line with global trends is the price difference in Nepal and in Indian towns across the border, which encourages cross-border smuggling from Nepal to India.

    As per the company, the price of petrol in India is higher by Rs18 per litre compared to the price in Nepal. Similarly, the price of diesel in India is higher by Rs11 per litre.

    Madhav Timilsina, president of the Consumers’ Right Investigation Forum, said NOC had been revising the price only as a formality.

    “The enterprise has failed to implement the law made by itself and has been cheating consumers,” he said.

    The parliamentary Industry, Commerce and Consumer Welfare Committee too has been constantly directing NOC to fully implement the auto pricing system.

    But the state-owned enterprise has been defying the House panel’s orders.

    Prem Kumar Rai, secretary of the Ministry of Supplies who also heads the NOC board, said they were working to amend the Petroleum Products Auto Pricing System Bylaw with the aim of strictly imposing the provision. However, it is yet to be seen when the government’s efforts will be translated into benefits for Nepali consumers.

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    Election commissioners scramble to defend move

    Post Report, Kathmandu, Jun 24 2017
    Brand new vehicles belonging to the Election Commission (EC) parked at the premises of EC office in Kantipath, Kathmandu on Friday. POST PHOTO: SANJOG MANANDHAR
    A secretary’s revelation that he was transferred after he objected to the Election Commission (EC)’s decision to buy high-end vehicles “skirting the tender process” has left commissioners scrambling to defend the move.

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    Constitution will be amended, but current proposal won’t be endorsed: Oli

    Morang, Jun 24 2017
    CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli has said that the constitution will be amended, but the amendment proposal registered at the Legislature-Parliament will not be endorsed.

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    Main News

    Dahal urges NEA Chief Ghising to end power outage in Far-Western Region

    Post Report, Jun 24 2017
    CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has urged Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) Managing Director Kulman Ghising to immediately end load-shedding in Far-Western region.
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    Three elections must to implement constitution: PM

    Jun 24 2017
    Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has underlined the need of holding three-tier of elections for the implementation of constitution.
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    Paraglider numbers jumped twofold to 19k last year

    Post Report, Jun 24 2017
    Increasing numbers of thrill seekers are choosing paragliding among the diverse adventure tourism activities offered in Pokhara.
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    Money

    World

    At least 20 people died and more than 50 others were injured when a car bomb exploded outside a bank in Lashkar Gah, capital of the southern Afghan province of Helmand on Thursday, according to Reuters.

    Those, who were killed and injured in the incident, are civilians and members of the security forces waiting to collect their pay, officials said.

    There was no immediate claim of responsibility but insurgent groups, including the Taliban and Islamic State have in the past targeted banks where police, soldiers and other government employees collect their pay.

    Last month, at least three people were killed and many wounded in an attack on a bank in the eastern city of Gardez.

     

    Entertainment

    Sports

    Chitwan Tigers, Kaustuv College, Rising Star and Neplo Mart entered the semi-finals of the AEC Super Cup Knockout Indoor cricket tournament on Thursday. 

    In the quarter-finals, Tigers defeated Triton College by 44 runs and Kaustuv hammered Yours Technology by 164 runs. The 18-over-a-side game saw Tigers making 142 runs with Krishna Negi (37) and Aawaj Ghimire (31) scoring a bulk of runs. Triton were restricted to 98 with only Somesh Yadav (22) and Amit Shrestha (21) contributing. 

    Man-of-the-match Ghimire also starred with the ball picking up four wickets. In the another match, Kaustuv amassed 150 runs on the back of Prakash Bista (36) and Dipendra Mainali (31) before Yours Technology innings ended with 14 negative runs. Each dismissal will see five runs deducted in the team total. Man-of-the-match Mainali also took four wickets.

    In other semi-finals, Rising Star eased past KTM Stars by 74 runs and Nepalo Mart overcame Kiran Warriors by 34 runs. Rising Star made 169 with 45 runs from man-of-the-match Saurav Pela and KTM Stars’ innings was closed at 95 runs. Nepalo Mart scored 165 runs against Warriors who were restricted to 131.

    Local boy Bhupendra Thapa struck an unbeaten half century as Nepal Storms defeated Bangladesh Tigers by seven wickets in the Asian Club Premier League (ACPL) Twenty20 cricket tournament on Wednesday. 

    Batting first, Tigers were skittled out for just 148 runs in 19.1 overs before Storms reached 150-4 in 16.4 overs. Thapa, who was sold for INR 100,000 in the auction was unbeaten on 51 from 37 deliveries. Dishant Yadav also chipped in an invaluable 46 from 35 balls, while Pawan Chandel contributed 23 runs. Pawan Kumar picked up 2-19, while Sanket Sahu was the only other Tigers bowler to have success with the ball. 

    Earlier, Panchal top scored for Tigers with an 18-ball 30, while Sanjog Binkar (27) and Sagir Ul Hasan (18) were other notable contributors. Malwinder picked up 3-20 for Storms with skipper Haseeb Amjad (2-5) and Yadav (2-24) also taking two wickets each. 

    In another match, Dubai Warriors brushed aside Sri Lankan Lions by 21 runs. Warriors amassed a tournament-high 189-9 with half centuries from Abdul Shakoor and Dawood Ejaz before Lions were shut down for 168-3 as aggressive knocks from Nishan Samarakkody and Dinesh Nakrani going in vain. 

    Nakrani made 72 from 41 balls and Samarakkody contributed 63 off 43 before retiring hurt. Sandeep Singh took two wickets for Warriors. Subhanshu Sahu was unbeaten on 17 runs. Warriors had a strong start after their openers Shakoor struck a 31-ball 56 and Ravi Verma made 27-ball 30. Ejaz did the rest smashing a 19-ball 56. Samarakkody and Mohammed Nizamuddin picked up two wickets each.

    Health & Style

    Fiction Park

    Down the yellow road

    Swati Shrestha, Jun 18 2017
    It was raining outside when Kanchhi started drawing with the wind outside her window. The soft pellets of rain melting on her skin, the wind playing with her hair. The others on the bus were fast asleep as stars glittered across the night sky, Kanchhi was the only one awake and the child inside her wanted her to play in the rain.
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    Saturday Features

    ‘Nature is my muse’

    Singer Ganga Bardaan is a man of more than just a few eccentricities. In the middle of a conversation, he suddenly remembers a certain song, looks for affirmation from his possible audience, clears his throat and then bellows out the notes.

    Dolpo A day in Tso

    The sun spills out into the morning, unveiling the arid landscape that flanks Ringmo, known to locals as just Tso. The village, which has 45 households, is slowly stirring to its morning chores, smoke billowing away from the roofs to join the clouds.

    Yoga for all!

    Guffadi
    Let us all congratulate our King Deuba for finally moving to Baluwatar at five in the morning. Maybe this is the first time His Majesty has woken up this early in his life.

    Changing perceptions in South Asia

    ABHINAWA DEVKOTA
    Despite having close cultural, social and economic ties spanning millennia, countries in South Asia seem to be embroiled in a never-ending display of confusion, suspicion, misconception and a lack of understanding about each other and specially about India.

    Mummy issues

    OBIE SHRESTHA
    Army reconnaissance sergeant and secret pilferer of ancient antiquities, Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) and his buddy Chris (Jake Johnson) have just stumbled upon something huge.

    Talking to my block

    Prateebha Tuladhar
    You are so familiar. We suffer a mutual block. It is inside our minds somewhere. You say it is because we are too wired. I want to ask what you mean. But I don’t. I just type: Haha.

    Silence descends

    Sanjit Bhakta Pradhananga
    By the time I huff and haul my way up Swoyambhu, the Gyanmala Bhajan Khaala is just about wrapping up their morning session.

    Dying of diarrhea

    Manish Gautam
    Each year, during wet monsoons or the cold, dry winter, parents flock to the emergency and OPD units at the Kanti Children’s Hospital, infants afflicted with severe diarrhea in tow.

    Saurav’s second coming

    Adarsha Dhakal
    On a sunny day at the Tribhuvan University Cricket Stadium, cricketer Saurav Khanal is surrounded by a herd of fans. Well-built and muscular, Khanal, who represented the Western Development Region team in the recently-concluded Prime Minister Cup, is getting used to all the attention by now.