Pokhara, 50 years ago

    Post Report, Mar 25 2017
    Photos of Pokhara taken 50 years ago have been put on exhibition in the lake city from Saturday.
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    Nepali women team climbs 10 spot in FIFA ranking

    Post Report, Kathmandu, Mar 25 2017
    Nepali women football team has climbed 10 spot up to 95th place in FIFA Women's ranking.

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    PM Dahal in Beijing, to meet Chinese prez on Monday

    Post Report, Kathmandu, Mar 25 2017
    Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal landed in Beijing on Saturday after addressing the Boao conference in Hainan Province.

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    Main News

    Chinese Defence Minister returns home

    Mar 25 2017
    Wrapping up his three-day visit to Nepal, Chinese Defence Minister and State Councilor, General Chang Wanquan returned home on Saturday.
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    Local polls on time if constitution is amended promptly: Mahato

    Post Report, Mar 25 2017
    Sadbhawana Party Chairman Rajendra Mahato has reiterated that Madhesi Morcha would not allow government to conduct local level elections without amending the constitution.
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    Inclusiveness must for globalisation, free trade: PM Dahal

    Mar 25 2017
    Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that inclusiveness that lies at the core of Asian culture must prevail while we continue to embark upon the path of globalisation and free trade.
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    Money

    World

    The lights are being switched off around the world at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday evening, to mark the 10th annual Earth Hour, and to draw attention to climate change.

    The initiative began in Australia in 2007 as a grass roots gesture by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Australia against man-made carbon dioxide emissions linked to a warming planet.

    In 2017, it will involve the switching off of electric lights for an hour in 7,000 cities across 172 countries, at 8:30 p.m. local time, with the aim of highlighting the need to act on climate change, and saving a few megawatts of power in the process.

    Among the famous buildings and structures taking part in Australia are Sydney's Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, Luna Park, Town Hall, and Sydney Tower Eye.

    Internationally the list includes some of the world's best known sky-scrapers and historic buildings including the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, London's Big Ben and Houses of Parliament, the Colosseum in Rome, Istanbul's Blue Mosque, the Eiffel Tower, Moscow's Kremlin and Red Square and the Pyramids of Egypt.

    While the organizers of Earth Hour said they do not audit results of the energy saving initiative, the group has commissioned research indicating up to one in four Australians gets involved.

    WWF says Earth Hour can take credit for various environmental initiatives, like the 2013 declaration of a 3.4 million hectare marine park in the waters off Argentina, the planting of a forest in Uganda and a ban on soft plastics in the Galapagos Island.

    At least 16 people died after a Friday night air strike on a prison in Syria's rebel-held Idlib province including both prisoners and staff, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said on Saturday.

    Idlib is one of the most important strongholds of rebels, including jihadist factions, who seek to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, whose air force, along with that of his ally Russia, has been heavily bombarding insurgents there.

    The Observatory said it had received information that some of those who died were shot dead while attempting to flee the prison after the air strike hit one side of it. Two jailers were among the 16 people killed.

    The population of Idlib, located in northwest Syria, has been swelled by refugees including many of those who have left rebel-held enclaves elsewhere in the country after the army and its allies forced them to surrender.

    While parts of Idlib are controlled by Turkey-backed rebels, including factions who fight under the banner of the Free Syrian Army, other areas are dominated by the hardline Islamist Ahrar al-Sham and others by the Tahrir al-Sham jihadist alliance.

    Tahrir al-Sham's strongest component is the former Nusra Front group which was al Qaeda's official branch in Syria until last year when it broke formal ties with the global movement. 

    Entertainment

    Sports

    Big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic made a strong return to competition on Friday, beating Viktor Troicki 6-3 7-5 to become the first player to reach the third round of the Miami Open.

    The third seed has been sidelined by a right leg injury that forced him to concede a walkover in the Delray Beach Open final last month and withdraw from the Mexican Open and the BNP Paribas Open.

    "I have to be very happy with just the outcome, that I was able to get the win today, that I have another chance to play in two days,” said world number five Raonic.

    Joining the Canadian into the third round were Spanish fifth seed Rafa Nadal and Japanese second seed Kei Nishikori.

    Nadal advanced past Israeli Dudi Sela 6-3 6-4, taking the critical second-set break in the seventh game, while Nishikori cut down towering South African Kevin Anderson 6-4 6-3.

    Raonic breezed through his opening set and led 3-1 in the second before Serbia's Troicki, who has reached the fourth round in Miami twice, battled back.

    World number 38 Troicki drew level at 5-5 before Raonic’s pressure helped him secure the deciding break.

    Raonic advanced to play American Jared Donaldson, a 6-4 6-4 winner against 28th seed Mischa Zverev of Germany.

    Raonic said he has been helped by the addition of former world number 69 Jesse Levine to his coaching support.

    "He's somebody that I get along with great, is a little bit closer to my age as well, and somebody that I can play with on court and put in hard hours with.”

    In other early matches, Frenchman Jeremy Chardy defeated seventh-seeded former U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic of Croatia for the first time since 2009 to move into the third round with a 6-4 2-6 6-3 win.

    Philipp Kohlschreiber prevailed in a two-and-a-half hour battle with 19-year-old American Taylor Fritz 7-5 3-6 7-6(4), roaring back from a 5-2 deficit in the third set.

    The 31st-ranked German faces a tall test as he will try to reach the fourth round in Miami for the first time against 14-times grand slam winner Nadal.

    Health & Style

    Fiction Park

    Dangling conversations

    Saurav Bikram Thapa, Mar 19 2017
    “….with certitude, Dai, I confide in you that I shall commit suicide at some point of time, plausibly at twenty seven, not because I would get all depressed or heartbroken but that, I would feel enough of love. Maybe too much love will kill me,” I said, rather dryly.
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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.