A carnival of devotion

    KESHAV THAPA, Feb 17 2018
    Photos : Keshav Thapa
    It was during the lunar month of Falgun, say the Hindu Puranas, that the Hindu god Shiva drank the poisonous negativity of the cosmos to allow for regeneration to triumph over complete annihilation.
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    Road to nowhere

    • They will tell you it is a universally acknowledged truth that better roads lead to economic prosperity. That prosperity might come at a cost, a premium even, but so does most other things
    Sandesh Ghimire, Feb 17 2018
    20 years ago, there were less than 20 houses in Anamnagar,” my mother told me of the time she moved into our neighbourhood, “It was possible to know everybody in the area, along with their extended families.”
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    Rethinking settlement

    • Were some well-placed schemes for drinking water and irrigation initiated, the exodus from the hills—and its seen and unforeseen effects on the fertile Tarai—might be plugged yet
    MOHAN GURAGAIN, Feb 17 2018
    Let’s imagine Kathmandu Valley as a vast agricultural land with a few clustered towns like the days of yore. How much would this Valley that is blessed with enviably fertile soil have produced if it were not the concrete jungle that it is today? Enough, you would think, to easily feed itself and even those beyond.
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    Oli govt’s priorities

    Post Report, Kathmandu, Feb 17 2018
    A joint task force formed by the left alliance to formulate the new government’s priorities is preparing to finalise its report on Saturday.

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    Govt to withdraw recommendations to National Assembly

    Post Report, Kathmandu, Feb 17 2018
    Government is preparing to withdraw three names recommended by erstwhile Sher Bahadur Deuba-government as the members of National Assembly.

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    Main News

    Threats made to break UML-Maoist alliance: Dahal

    Post Report, Feb 17 2018
    CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal said pressure should be given from within the party to conclude the unification between Maoist Center and CPN-UML.
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    66 kg marijuana seized from truck in Hetauda

    Post Report, Feb 17 2018
    Police have confiscated 66 kg marijuana from Hetauda on Saturday.
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    PM Oli, Maoist Chair Dahal hold meeting

    Feb 17 2018
    CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Prime Minister and CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli held a meeting at the latter’s residence in Balkot, Bhaktapur, on Saturday.
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    Money

    Entertainment

    Sports

    Play for Deprived Children Nepal (PDCN), a non-government organisation, is set to organise the Basketball League, one of the Nepal’s biggest ever national level tournament, from Saturday.

    The tournament is the country’s first ever double round robin league home and away basketball competition featuring eight teams. The tournament comes as a big boost for hoopsters, who have not been able to get involved in a lengthy basketball programme throughout their career. 

    “This league pushes Nepali basketball towards professionalism. We have been competing in tournaments where we end up playing maximum four to five games. But to get a one and half month long event will give us exposure into a good competition,” said national basketball team captain Sadish Pradhan. 

    The tournament will feature a total of 60 matches, including three playoffs and the final. The participating teams will play each other at home and away basis. The top four teams after the double league will make it to the playoffs. In the playoffs, the first-placed team will clash with the club ending up fourth. Second and third placed team will meet in the other playoff. 

    The third place playoff and final will be held at the National Sports Council covered hall along Saturday’s inaugural day match between Tribhuvan Army Club and Bishal Milan Kendra. Other teams include Himalayan Hounds, South Siders Basketball Club, Xavier International, Team Budhanilkantha Municipality, Kirtipur Basketball Team and Golden Gate College. 

    The champions will get Rs 200,000. The first and second runners-up will get Rs 100,000 and Rs 50,000. Nepal Basketball Association (NeBA) has provided technical assistance for the tournament. NeBA President Lama Tendi Sherpa said they were awaiting the response of the tournament. 

    “This tournament comes as a trial, also for the NeBA. It’s a good initiative from a private firm and NeBA has given nod in terms of technical assistance and other helps,” said Sherpa on Friday. Lal Babu Prasad, AGM of Chaudhary Group whose product Kwiks is the title sponsor, said they want to get a long term association with the tournament. 

    “We really liked the way they have planned this tournament. Basketball is very popular among youngsters. We want to help grow this sports in the country. We want to stick with this programme for the next three to four years and popularise it as KBL,” said Prasad. 

    PDCN President Arun Karki expected the tournament to help domestic basketball. “Our objective is to serve Nepali basketball in a holistic way to make sure that Nepali basketball moves one step forward. This is just a beginning and we have plans to take it across the country in the same format,” said Karki.

    The Nepal Army (NA) is organising the Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) third National Men’s Volleyball Tournament at the Army Physical Training and Sports Centre in Lagankhel on February 18-24.

    NA colonel Bijay Thapa informed that the tournament features participation of eight teams. Five Regional teams will rub their shoulder with three departmental clubs in the tournament to be played under league-cum-knockout format in two groups.

    Champions in the last two editions Tribhuvan Army Club, Mid-western Region, Far-western Region and Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) Club are drawn in Group ‘A’. Group ‘B’ comprises Nepal Police Club, Eastern Region, Central Region and Far-western Region. 

    The top two teams in each of the two pools will qualify for the semi-finals. Top three teams will get Rs 300,000, Rs 150,000 and Rs 75,000. The best spiker, blocker, defender, lifter and coach will be rewarded with Rs 10,000 each. Nepal Investment Bank, the  sponsor of the tournament, is providing Rs 1.5 million to organise the event.  

    Health & Style

    Fiction Park

    One mad woman

    Prakash Pradhananga, Feb 11 2018
    Wearing a dress—which was torn in more places than one could care to count—using a rag as a muffler, and carrying a stick, the woman who lived alone on the hill was on her way to the city again.
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    Escalate

    You are your own competition

    Feb 12 2018
    Antim Ranjit started his career as a photographer at Himalayan Colour Lab (Hicola) in 1991. After working at Hicola as its chief photo technician for 13 years, Ranjit joined the Vishal Group in 2004 as a marketer and distributor for photographic equipment and materials.
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    Saturday Features

    A carnival of devotion

    KESHAV THAPA
    It was during the lunar month of Falgun, say the Hindu Puranas, that the Hindu god Shiva drank the poisonous negativity of the cosmos to allow for regeneration to triumph over complete annihilation.

    Road to nowhere

    Sandesh Ghimire
    20 years ago, there were less than 20 houses in Anamnagar,” my mother told me of the time she moved into our neighbourhood, “It was possible to know everybody in the area, along with their extended families.”

    Rethinking settlement

    MOHAN GURAGAIN
    Let’s imagine Kathmandu Valley as a vast agricultural land with a few clustered towns like the days of yore. How much would this Valley that is blessed with enviably fertile soil have produced if it were not the concrete jungle that it is today? Enough, you would think, to easily feed itself and even those beyond.

    It’s Oli time!

    Guffadi
    First of all, let us congratulate our uncle KP Oli for getting to Baluwatar for the second time. Let us hope that he will do what’s right for the country instead of only taking care of his near and dear ones.

    New wine in an old, hackneyed bottle

    Timothy Aryal
    How often is it that we get to see films, novels or plays set in the Himalayas? Instantly a couple come to mind—the 1999 film Caravan or the more recent Everest (2015).

    AN INADVERTENT REBEL

    Rahul Dhakal
    I first met Kapil Dixit while reporting on his recent exhibition of nudes. The fact that the exhibit was collaborative meant the burden of the senseless flak it received was also shared, he says with some relief.

    A summit in the plains

    Subas Tamang was born in Amardaha, a town in Morang. His mother, a Bhojpur native, had moved to the district to set up house with a stone-carver. But the elder Tamang frequently travelled through the eastern hills and plains, turning rocks into roofs to make ends meet. He led an itinerant life; he was familiar with strife.

    Playing with fire

    Rajesh Khanal
    On December 20, a massive fire engulfed Super Gas Udyog, a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) bottling plant in Sukhasaina, Birgunj. It took almost nine hours to quell the inferno which claimed the lives of three firefighters, severely injured one more, destroyed a fire engine and posed a severe threat to people living in the vicinity of the bottling plant.

    A Day in Malikarjun

    Malikarjun is a small village, with barely 300 houses, in Darchula. Tucked away in Far Western Nepal, this hill top village is approximately 28 km away from Khalanga, the headquarters.