PM urges UN to increase Nepali quota for high-level posts in UN missions

    Post Report, Sep 24 2017
    Photo: United Nations
    Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has made an official request with the United Nations to increase the Nepali participation in higher ranks of UN peacekeeping operations based on the number of Nepal Army deployed in the UN missions.
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    Phase III local polls: Election results of 127 local units declared so far

      Post Report, Sep 23 2017
      The results of third phase local level elections for 123 out of 136 local units have been declared so far.
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      Sajha Prakashan chief Sharma sacked

      • Edu Ministry probe committee found Sharma involved in various irregularities
      Post Report, Sep 24 2017
      Ministry of Education on Sunday suspended Sajha Prakashan Chairman and General Manager Dolendra Prasad Sharma.
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      Rautes in Dailekh get help for Dashain festival (With photos)

        Post Report, Sep 24 2017
        Rautes in Dailekh district have received help from the Home Ministry to celebrate this year's Dashain festival.
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        AFC U-16 Championship qualifiers: Nepal lose to Palestine 2-1

        Post Report, Kathmandu, Sep 24 2017
        Nepal lost to Palestine 2-1 in their last Group ‘D’ match of the AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers at the APF grounds in Halchowk on Sunday.

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        Late king Prithvi Narayan Shah's statue unveiled in Chandragiri (In photos)

        Post Report, Kathmandu, Sep 24 2017
        President Bidya Devi Bhandari unveiled a life size statue of late King Prithivi Narayan Shah, attributed for uniting various small states to form a unified Nepal, at the premises of Chandragiri Hills Ltd in the Capital on Sunday.

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        CIAA seeks smooth delivery of public services during festivals

        Sep 24 2017
        The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has directed the government bodies to ensure smooth public service delivery during the festivals.
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        NC, Maoist Centre cadres clash in Saptari

        Post Report, Sep 24 2017
        A clash occurred between cadres of Nepali Congress and CPN (Maoist Centre) at Diman in Tirahut Rural Municipality of Saptari district on Sunday.
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        Number of people leaving valley for Dashain on the rise

        Sep 24 2017
        With the start of Dashain festival, the flow of the festival celebrators leaving Kathmandu valley for their home towns is increasing.
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        Nepal take on Palestine in their last Group ‘D’ match of the AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers on Sunday as the hosts eye an unlikely qualification to the finals at the APF grounds in Halchowk. 
         
        While the winners from each pool are guaranteed a spot in next year’s finals, the five best runners-up from 10 groups will also go through. Nepal are currently third in the four-team Group ‘D’ with just one point to their name and even a victory might not suffice in taking them through. Iraq lead the table with six points and will meet India in their final match on Sunday. Even a draw in Sunday’s early game will be enough for Iraq to go through, while India will finish runners-up and open up their chances instead. 
         
        Provided India — on four points — lose on Sunday, Nepal must beat Palestine by a margin that should be enough in leapfrogging their South Asian neighbours in the standings in terms of goal difference. Nepal have minus one goal difference and India, who played a 2-2 draw against Nepal, have plus three following their 3-0 victory over Palestine in the Qualifiers’ opener. If Nepal manage to finish as unlikely runners-up in Group ‘D’, their fate will still be determined by how other runners-up fare in remaining nine pools. 
         
        “To keep our faint hopes of qualification, we have no other option but to beat Palestine in the last game. But I am afraid that it may still be insufficient for us to finish the best runners-up,” Nepal’s coach Sunil Shrestha had said after the draw over India on Friday. Making their intent clear for the last match, India coach Bibiano Fernandes said: “We will go for all three points against Iraq to ensure we finish top of the standings and qualify for the finals.” 
         
        Iraqi coach Ali Hadi Mohsin is also adamant of returning home with hundred percent winning record and didn’t care much on their status as table toppers. “We are not yet qualified and will take next match the same way we have been taking everything so far. We take all opponents as a tough ones and our next game against India will be no exception,” said Mohsin.
         
        Group D Points Table
        Team P W D L GF GA Pts
        Iraq 2 2 0 0 5 0 6
        India 2 1 1 0 5 2 4
        Nepal 2 0 1 1 2 3 1
        Palestine 2 0 0 2 0 7 0

        Nepal defeated Maldives 2-0 in the Saff U-18 Championship football tournament at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimpu, Bhutan on Friday. The win was first for Nepal after crashing to a shock 1-0 defeat to hosts Bhutan in their tournament opener.

        Nepal are currently at the third spot of the five-team round robin league tournament with three points. Bangladesh, who had beaten India and Maldives, are tied on six points from two consecutive victories with Bhutan but lead the table on goal difference. Winless Maldives, who suffered their third consecutive defeat, are out of title contention.

        Nepal went ahead in the game with an early seventh minute goal from Roman Limbu after the defender took full advantage of communication lapse between Maldivian defenders and goalkeeper. Nepal continued to dominate the game and went 2-0 up with Rajin Subba heading home in the 57th minute.

        The win margin could have been even bigger for Nepal had Abhishek Rijal not hit the bar in a penalty, awarded in the dying moments of the game.

        Nepal created numerous goal scoring chances in the game but failed to add to their tally. “We wanted to score more goals and in the rush our boys wasted other chances that came our way,” Nepal coach Chhiring Lopsang Gurung told the Bhutanese FA.

        Nepal will now meet leaders Bangladesh in their next match on Sunday where only a win can keep them alive in contention for title. (PR)

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        The Art of Tenderising Meat

        Sandesh Ghimire, Sep 24 2017
        “If we allow that human life can be governed by reason, the possibility of life is annihilated.” —Leo Tolstoy
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        Saturday Features

        Faceless

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        People are better at remembering other people through their faces than their names. We come across so many faces every day, and they in turn sometimes shape who we are.

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        Form without substance

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        Curious theatre goers: there is good news and there is bad news. The good news is that there is an ongoing stage production whose production value will fill you with awe, excitement, and wonder. The bad news is the production does not have the depth that one expects out of a theatre production.

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        Alone in the crowd

        Prateebha Tuladhar
        I can feel her breath against my cheek. She blows every time she talks to her friend, hot air that speaks of the residue of a hundred things.

        The Tragedy at Tundikhel

        Sanjit Bhakta Pradhananga
        There are those that describe Tundikhel as Kathmandu’s lungs. In a city that is swallowing itself whole, Tundikhel is one of the last surviving large public spaces in its inner core.

        Marching to the tune of history

        ALISHA SIJAPATI
        On Wednesday, a day before Ghatasthapana kicked off the annual festive season, members of the Shardul Jung Gulma—the 165-member company of the Nepali Army garrisoned at the Kathmandu Durbar Square—were busy scrubbing and polishing the Dashain Ghar at the palace.

        Flood recovery plan set to exclude tenant farmers

        Peter Gill, BHOLA PASWAN
        In Pipara, a predominantly Dalit settlement in Kanchanpur Municpality of Saptari District, floods hit mid-day on August 12.