Prime Minister reshuffles Cabinet; Maoist Centre ministers left without portfolio

    Post Report, Oct 17 2017
    Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba reshuffled the Cabinet on Tuesday evening.
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    EC gives nod to transfer NOC Chief Khadka to Supplies Ministry

      Post Report, Oct 17 2017
      The Election Commission (EC) has decided to give go-ahead to transfer Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) Chief Gopal Bahadur Khadka as per the demand of Supplies Ministry.
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      Over 391 thousand people below poverty line in Nepal

        Oct 17 2017

        A total of 391 thousand 831 people are under the poverty line in Nepal, shows a report unveiled by the Ministry of Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation today.

        The report that includes the details of poor in Bhojpur, Khotang, Siraha, Sindhuli, Ramechhap, Rautahat, Gorkha, Tanahu, Baglung, Kapilvastu, Arghakhanchi, Pyuthan, Rolpa, Bardiya , Jajarkot, Dolpa, Jumla, Kalikot, Mugu, Humla, Bajura, Bajhang, Achham and Kailali was published on the occasion of the 25th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty today.

        Unveiling the report, Minister for Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation Ambika Basnet insisted on the need of economic transformation to reduce poverty.

        According to Minister of State for Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation, Champadevi Yadav, the government is preparing to distribute poor identity cards to people of 25 districts where the Poor House Identification Programme is implemented shortly after the Tihar festival. The card is to be categorised into three categories (red for absolute poor, yellow for medium poor and blue for poor).

        At the proclamation of the United Nations, October 17 every year is celebrated as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty since 1993.

        This year, the Day was marked with the theme of "Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies".

        Of the total population in Nepal, some 23.38 per cent citizens fall under the poverty line. The UN has set a goal of eradicating all sorts of poverty across from the world by 2030. The UN defines the poverty being based on 10 indicators of daily life including education and health. The UN identifies individual earning less than a dollar in a day as poor.

        The UN report indicates that some three billion people across the world are under the poverty line while 8 million people are deprived of sufficient food.

        At the programme, National Planning Commission former vice chair Shankar Sharma, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Finance, Kewal Prasad Bhandari, and Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Industry, Pradeep Koirala presented working papers on the topics of different nature of poverty and NPC former vice chair Jagdish Chandra Pokhrel and Nahakul KC commented on the papers. RSS

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        Nepal to face turbulence as remittance flow ‘drops’

          RUPAK D SHARMA, Oct 17 2017
          Nepali economy is on the verge of facing a major turbulence, as flow of money sent home by those working abroad is likely to drop in the first quarter of this fiscal year, raising prospects of a further slowdown in consumption and fall in foreign exchange reserves.
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          Maoist Centre backs down from its decision to quit govt

          Post Report, Kathmandu, Oct 17 2017
          CPN (Maoist Centre), a key coalition partner in the incumbent Sher Bahadur Deuba-led government which had earlier in the day decided to quit the government, has rolled back its decision.

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          Yampanchak begins: Kaag Tihar today

          Kathmandu, Oct 17 2017
          Crows feast on the food arrayed on rooftops and open places as an offering on the occasion of Kaag Puja (crow worship day) on the first day of five-day long Tihar festival. Crow is regarded as messenger of Hindu god Yamaraj. POST PHOTO: KESHAV THAPA
          Tihar, the second largest festival of the Nepali Hindus and alike began from Tuesday. Also known as Yampanchak, the festival is observed for five days.

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          Human trafficking racket busted

          Post Report, Kathmandu, Oct 17 2017
          Police have arrested four members of a human trafficking racket involved in trafficking Nepali men and women with false promise of decent and lucrative jobs in Dubai on tourist visa.

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          Main News

          Maoist Centre to quit govt only if elections ensured

          Oct 17 2017
          The ruling CPN (Maoist Centre) has said that the party will quit the government only if the conduction of elections are ensured in stipulated dates.
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          Bhawan Bhatta elected NRNA president

          Post Report, Oct 17 2017
          Bhawan Bhatta has been elected as President of Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) with a landslide majority.
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          Inland Revenue ups monitoring, 615 stores booked

          Post Report, Oct 17 2017
          The Inland Revenue Department (IRD) has taken action against 615 businesses for tax evasion as it intensifies market monitoring to prevent noncompliance.
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          World

          The French government has said it will not recognise Catalonia if it declares independence from Spain and such a move will mean expulsion from the EU, BBC reported.

          European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau said the crisis following the banned 1 October referendum had to be resolved through dialogue within Spain.

          Catalan President Carles Puigdemont is expected to address the regional parliament on Tuesday.

          There has been no sign of a compromise being struck with Madrid.

          Economic pressure on the pro-independence camp is rising with three more companies expected to discuss moving their offices out of Catalonia on Monday, sources told Reuters news agency.

          These are infrastructure firm Abertis, telecoms company Cellnex and property group Inmobiliaria Colonial.

          Major lenders Caixabank and Sabadell announced earlier that they were moving their offices out of the region.

          The region of Catalonia, home to 7.5 million people in the north-east, is crucial to Spain, which is the EU's fifth-biggest economy and a member of Nato.

          A 'great democracy'

          "If there was a declaration of independence, it would not be recognised," Ms Loiseau told French broadcaster CNews (video in French).

          "The first consequence would be its exit from the European Union."

          "Obviously," she added, "there is more to Catalonia than the consultation organised by the independence movement...

          "This crisis needs to be resolved through dialogue at all levels of Spanish politics."
          Casting doubt on the validity of the vote, she described Spain as a "great democracy" and pointed to the "particularly" high level of devolution its regions already enjoyed.

          However, Catalans have long been calling for more say in spending, higher status for their language and recognition that they are a nation distinct from Spain.

          All eyes on Puigdemont
          Catalonia's parliament had been due to meet on Monday with the expectation that it would endorse the declaration of independence, based on the majority Yes vote on 1 October.

          However, the session was blocked by the Spanish Constitutional Court, which had likewise sought to stop the referendum itself.

          Speculation is intense as to what Mr Puigdemont may say when he addresses the parliament in Barcelona on Tuesday evening.

          He could ask the parliament to declare independence on the basis of the referendum law it passed last month.

          That in turn could lead the Spanish government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to suspend devolution, acting under Article 155 of the constitution.

          Final results from the referendum suggest 43% of Catalan voters turned out and 90% of them backed independence - but "No" voters largely boycotted the ballot.

          At least 350,000 people joined a unionist rally in Barcelona on Sunday, after recent massive rallies by separatists and democracy activists in the city.

          The crisis has been largely peaceful, although some 900 civilians and 33 police officers were hurt on referendum day when police sought to stop the vote at some polling stations by force.

          A deputy prime minister of Kyrgyzstan was killed when a vehicle he was riding in collided with a KamAZ truck on a highway, Kyrgyz state press service reported.

          Temir Jumakadyrov, 38, died as a result of injuries sustained in the October 7 accident west of the capital, Bishkek, the report confirmed. 

          The accident happened at a section of the Bishkek-Kara-Balta Highway in Sadovoye village in the northernmost region at around 7:30 a.m. local time (0130 GMT), the report said.

          Both his driver and his assistant were killed in the collision as well.

          Jumakadyrov and his assistant were traveling in a Toyota Land Cruiser. The driver of the car and the assistant also died in the accident.
          The truck driver was hospitalised.

          Jhumakadyrov, 38, was appointed deputy prime minister in August 2017. Prior to that he was secretary of the National Security Council.

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          Sports

          Nepal are all but out of AFC Futsal Championship finals contention after succumbing to a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Kyrgyzstan in the Qualifiers in Tabriz, Iran, on Monday.

          Nepal, who had slumped to a humiliating 14-1 defeat against Uzbekistan in their tournament opener on Sunday, are yet to open the account in Group ‘A’ that also consists of Turkmenistan. Only the top two teams from the group qualify for the finals to be played next year in Chinese Taipei.

          Kyrgyzstan lead the standings with six points from two matches while Uzbekistan are second with three points but have played only one game. Nepal and Tajikistan, who will clash in their last match on Tuesday, are yet to open account in the points table.

          Nepal conceded goal in the very first minute of the match and were 3-0 down by the interval. Alimov Maksat put Kyrgyz ahead and Tashtanov Aktai doubled the tally in the fifth minute before Baigazy Uulu Ulanbek made it 3-0 in the 13th. Skipper Kanetov Emil added another in the 21st and Aktai sealed the victory with his second goal three minutes from time in the 40-minute match. Uzbekistan and Tajikistan are playing in the late fixture of the day.

          The tropical storm Khanun on Sunday pushed the ICC World Cricket League Championship (WCLC) match between Nepal-Hong Kong match for the reserve day on Monday.

          The rescheduled match also looks to be hit by a heavy rainfall, according to the local weather forecast. Nepal, who suffered a 83-run defeat in their first match at the Tin Kwong Road Recreation ground on Friday, were scheduled to play the second match on Sunday. In case of washout on Monday, both teams will share a point and Nepal’s slim hopes of earning tickets to the 2019 World Cup Qualifiers will end abruptly even before their final round fixtures.

          The top four teams of the eight-team contest will earn entry to the ICC 2019 World Cup Qualifiers. Netherlands have all but sealed a place in the Qualifiers with 18 points after six rounds and are followed by Papua New Guinea (16), Scotland (15), Hong Kong (13) and Kenya (12). Sixth place Nepal (8) now not only need to win their remaining three matches but also hope Hong Kong lose to Papua New Guinea and Kenya go down against Scotland in both of their last round games. 

          Nepal suffered a 14-1 defeat against Uzbekistan in their maiden international futsal match at the AFC Futsal Championship Qualifiers in Iran on Sunday.

          Nepal conceded seven goals in each half in their Group ‘A’ match. Nepal next play Kyrgyzstan on Monday and Turkme-nistan on Tuesday.

          Hosts Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan are placed in group B. The winners and runners-up from all eight groups will earn tickets for the final round to be played next year in Chinese Taipei. Skipper Suraj Raut scored the consolation goal for Nepal in the 40-minute match. (PR)

          Health & Style

          Fiction Park

          Gifts

          Tushar Subedi, Oct 15 2017
          White clouds had blanketed the mountain peaks spread across the horizon when they reached the top. I heard them complaining, “Where are the damn mountains? Did we just climb all the way up here for nothing?”
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          Saturday Features

          Teach your children well

          Anbika Giri’s new children’s book, Hamro Kura Pani Sunnus, gives a peek into the psyche of the children and their vast emotional world.

          Enchanted at Selfie Hill

          Sandesh Ghimire
          Manholes swallow school girls whole. Buses and micros paraglide off highways. Something slipped, we come to hear. In some cases it was the attention of the driver, and in others, it was the tyres that skidded because small boulders never got removed after a landslide.

          Poll vault

          MOHAN GURAGAIN
          As three layers of elections are necessary to implement the federal structure outlined in the 2015 constitution, political parties are coming together to form electoral alliances or to announce party mergers.

          No more constipation!

          Guffadi
          We are done with our local elections and as usual, it was the crooks and the corrupt who managed to win big with their muscles and money.

          A jatra like no other

          In Handigaun—an ancient quarter of Kathmandu—there is a popular myth that a woman in labour was calling out for her mother in pain.

          Lost in translation

          Timothy Aryal
          Consider these lines excerpted from the epic poem The Conference of Birds, written by the twelfth century Persian poet Farid ud-Din Attar:

          A pair of hauntings

          OBIE SHRESTHA
          Watching two new films back-to-back—both pertaining, broadly, to the realm of supernatural fiction, but utterly dissimilar in most other ways—has made for some interesting observations.

          High-way

          BHIM GHIMIRE, AASH GURUNG
          When construction of a road linking Besisahar in Lamjung to Chame in the trans-Himalayan district of Manang began in 2010, the project invited plenty of scepticism.

          Birds of a feather

          Adarsha Dhakal
          At 24, Tribhuvan Army Club’s (TAC) badminton prodigy Ratnajit Tamang has won almost everything he can domestically. His trophy cabinet is filled with 22 titles he has collected over the last five years,