With growing internal rifts and criticism from outside, a Cabinet reshuffle is likely

    ANIL GIRI, TIKA R PRADHAN, Jun 26 2019
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    Ruling party insiders say party co-chairs are likely to use a Cabinet reshuffle to balance internal party politics
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    Tarai communities more prone to abuse and torture in police custody, report says

      BINOD GHIMIRE, Jun 26 2019
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      Advocacy Forum says marginalised communities and women are more likely to be abused and tortured in detention
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      Diplomacy, in 280 characters or less

      Tsering D Gurung, Kathmandu, Jun 25 2019
      Photo: Shutterstock | Illustration: Raj Kumar Poudyal
      In Kathmandu, key diplomats are using Twitter to engage with Nepalis—and to wield soft power

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      Indian border force obstructs road works in Kanchanpur

      Indian authorities have not written to Nepal to halt the construction

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      Main News

      BPKIHS defends its quota policy for foreign students

      PRADEEP MENYANGBO, Jun 26 2019
      The institute maintains it is managing foreign student quotas as per Medical Education Act
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      Around 2,500 contractors to get last deadline extension of a year

      PRITHVI MAN SHRESTHA, Jun 26 2019
      As per the regulation, those failing to complete the work by the extended timeframe will have their contracts terminated
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      Samajbadi Party Nepal suspends its lawmaker Yadav for attending free Tibet programme

      TIKA R PRADHAN, Jun 26 2019
      The party’s central executive committee reached the decision after finding his clarification for attending the controversial event in the Latvian capital Riga ‘ unsatisfactory’
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      Arts and Entertainment


      Cricket dominated the nominations in Pulsar Sports Award as the Nepal Sports Journalists Forum unveiled five players in each of the four categories on Tuesday.

      National cricket team captain Paras Khadka and allrounder Sompal Kami were nominated in the male player of the year category for the July 2 award in Kathmandu. Women’s cricket team allrounder Sita Rana Magar was nominated in the female player of the year, Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi for the youth player of the year and Tamatta for coach of the year award. Teenage prodigy Sandeep Lamichhane had already been nominated for the peoples’ choice award prior to Tuesday. The nominations were made on the basis of players’ achievement and performance throughout the past Nepali calendar year.
      Khadka led Nepal to their first ever one-day international series victory over United Arab Emirates last year. He is fighting for the honour with his teammate Kami, paraglider Yukesh Gurung, judoka Indra Bahadur Shrestha and golfer Sukra Bahadur Rai. Khadka became the first Nepali player to hit ODI hundred during the third and series decider match against UAE.
      Kami was also a key member of Nepali team’s ODI series win in the UAE. He took five wicket against the UAE in the second match of three-match series, which Nepal won 2-1. He took 11 in the series . Paraglider Gurung was a key member of the Nepali team that won a silver in the Asian Games in Indonesia. He was the highest point scorer for Nepali team.
      Judoka Shrestha was the gold medallist of the South Asian Judo Championship in Kathmandu last year besides winning gold in the University Championship gold medal in Thailand. Amateur golfer Rai achieved a rare feat of winning Surya Nepal Eastern Open professional title. He was member of the team that won gold medal in the 34th Bangladesh Amateur Golf Championships besides winning three amateur titles.
      Cricketer Rana Magar will vie for the female player of the year award along with footballer Sabitra Bhandari, spiker Saraswati Chaudhary, taekwondo player Nima Gurung and judoka Manita Shrestha Pradhan. Rana Magar was the top scorer for Nepal with 138 runs under her belt during the Women’s T20 Smash cricket tournament in Thailand. She also bagged eight wickets in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Asian Region Qualifier in Thailand and scored 77 runs in total including highest 42.
      Footballer Bhandari played key role in Nepal’s runners up finish in the Hero Gold Cup football tournament in India and scored both the goal in Nepal’s first ever victory over India in 2-1 win. She was also the joint highest scorer for Nepal in the SAFF Women’s Championship in Biratnagar where the hosts finished as runners-up. Bhandari was also the best player and highest scorer in Women’s League. Volleyball player Chaudhary was an influential member of Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) Club team that won nine out of 11 domestic titles they played last year.
      Neema Gurung won a silver medal in Korea International Taekwondo Championship and University Taekwondo Championship besides winning bronze in the UAE. Judoka Shrestha Pradhan was the gold medallist at the University Judo Championships in Thailand. She also won bronze medal in the South Asian Judo Championships in Kathmandu besides representing Nepal at the Asian Games and World Judo Championships.
      Sprinter Ajit Kumar Yadav, shuttler Prince Dahal, footballer Manjali Kumari Yonjan, karateka Bijay Shrestha and cricketer Rajbanshi were nominated in youth player of the year category. Former national cricket team coach Tamata along with paragliding coach Yogesh Bhattarai, athletics’ Dhani Ram Chaudhary, football’s Hari Khadka and volleyball’s Gyanendra Bista are nominees in coach of the year award.
      The NSJF will award individuals and team in 10 different categories including para-athlete, people’s choice, lifetime achievement and special award. The NSJF will also honour a team for their outstanding performance throughout the year. NSJF has added international sports journalist award this year which will be presented to one best journalist from Asia.
      Lifetime achievement award will be presented to a sportsperson for his/her long-term contribution towards sports and special award will be handed over to the special achievement and contribution in sports. The winners of lifetime, para-athlete, team of the year and international journalists will be directly revealed during the award function. Peoples’ Choice award will be picked up on the basis of votes from sports journalists, SMS voting and Facebook likes. The winners of male, female, coach and people’s choice will be rewarded with Pulsar motorbikes while the winners of other categories will receive Rs 50,000 each.

      An all-round show from Kabita Kunwar ensured a 51-run win for Sudurpaschim Province against Province 5 in the PM Cup Women’s National Twenty20 cricket tournament on Sunday.

      In a low key affair, Kunwar scored almost half the team’s total as Sudurpaschim were bowled out for 100 runs in 16.1 overs. In reply Province 5 were dismissed for 49 runs in 16 overs thanks to the discipline bowling from Sudurpaschim Province.

      Kunwar was the standout performer in Sudurpaschim’s otherwise hapless batting display. As wickets continued to tumble at the other end, Kunwar went about her business clobbering eight boundaries in her fiery 25-ball knock they yielded her 43 runs.

      Kabita Joshi was the only other Sudurpaschim batswoman to score runs in double figure. Former national team captain Nary Thapa and Alisha KC took three wickets each while, Sima Thapa, Kritika Marasini and Saraswati Pun Magar claimed a wicket each for Province 5.

      Player-of-the-match Kunwar returned to open the bowling for Sudurpaschim and helped derailed the Province 5 run chase. Kunwar (2-6) and Suman Bista (2-10) took out the top four Province 5 batswomen before Laxmi Saud (2-11) and Janaki Bhatta condemned their opponents to 49 all out. Bhatta finished off the match taking three wickets in four balls of the 16th over.

      Babu Sherpa registered two-stroke victory over Colonel Avaneesh Chambial to clinch the third edition of the Surya Nepal Gokarna Monthly Medal at Gokarna Golf Club on Saturday.

      Playing with eight handicap, Sherpa scored seven-under 65 while Chambial carded five-under 67 to finish runner-up. Prabhakar Adhikari was third at four-under 68. Wangchen Dhondup was the gross winner with one-under 71 and Sadbhav Acharya was junior winner with one-under 71 in the event played under stroke play format with full handicap..

      Ten medal rounds will be played until December for the club championship. In each medal round top 10 players in nett category, top 5 players in gross category, and top 5 in the junior category are awarded points. Winners in nett category from each event earn 100 points, runner up 60 points, 40 points for third place, 35 points for fourth place, 30 points for fifth place sixth to tenth position finishers receive 25,20,15,10 and 5 points respectively.

      The top five scorers in gross and junior category earn 100, 60, 40, 35 and 30 points respectively. Top 40 players of nett category, top 10 of gross category and top five of junior category will qualify for their category of club championships. The final of club championship will be played over 2 rounds early next year.

      After the third edition of the club championship, Babu Sherpa and Joseph Nathan are at the top with 105 points each in the nett category. Wangchen Dhondup leads the gross category with 195 points ahead of his brother Tashi Tsering (180). Sadbhav Acharya is on top of junior category with 200 points ahead of Ang Phurba (140).

      Province 1 and Province 2 won their respective matches of the Prime Minister Cup Women’s National Twenty20 cricket tournament at the covered hall ground on Saturday.

      In a Group ‘B’ match reduced to five-over-a-side due to rain, Province 1 hammered Karnali Province by 10 wickets for their second consecutive victory. Batting first, Karnali made 23-1. Skipper Rubina Chhetri (12) and Kajol Shrestha (11) led the chase guiding the team to 26 runs in just 1.3 overs.

      While the defeat has knocked Karnali out of the tournament, Province 1 go to the top of the table. Behind them are Province 2 who edged Province 3 by six runs. Province 1 lead the table on better net run rate.

      Batting first, a gritty innings from Shova Ale steered Province 2 to 106-7 in 20 overs. Province 3 in reply were bundled out for 100 runs in 19.4 overs. Helisa Lama and Kanchan Shrestha had bailed out Province 3 with a 47-run sixth wicket partnership after they were reduced to 40-5 in 10 overs. In a match which looked well within their grasp, Province 3 were left in tatters after the run out of Lama triggered a terrible collapse as they lost last five wickets for just 13 runs.

      Lama’s dismissal was soon followed by the dismissal of Shrestha as Province 3 lower order crumbled under pressure. Lama made a watchful 26 off 42 balls and Shrestha also scored the same number of runs facing 27 deliveries. Both hit two fours each. Ashmina Karmacharya (15) was Province 3’s next best contributor. Kabita Gautam and Rosy Kadari took two wickets each for Province 2.

      Ale was the major contributor for Province 2 scoring 40 off 41 with six boundaries. Santoshi Chaudhary made 15 not out, while Province 3 bowlers gifted 31 extras. Suman Khatiwada and Karuna Shree Lama took two wickets each for Province 2.

      Life & Style

      Fiction Park

      A tale of a book thief

      Bishrant Katwal, Jun 22 2019
      Dibesh’s memory drifted back to that April evening, when he was his son’s age. The incident’s memory was like an unforgiving mouse trap that caged him every time his mind drifted there.
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      Saturday Features

      Internet cafés or ‘wangbas’ in China create a space for internet addicts

      Tripty Tamang Pakhrin
      Internet cafés in China have created a new space where people lose themselves within the virtual world of online gaming--a chance to explore an experimental world without any impediment.

      'Nepalis come across a huge wall that divides one part of the world from another'

      Avasna Pandey
      The presence of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah at the helm has only made things worse. These people are bent on hardening borders, rather than dissolving them.

      The beatmaker

      On a cold and rainy winter’s day, 19-year-old Sagun Khadka sits at a cafe in Jhamsikhel, listening to hip-hop on his headphones.

      Guffadi: Our Oli government is not a communist but a truly wild capitalist party

      Once again, let us congratulate our Oli government for passing the Medical Mafia Bill. Now, Dr KC should go home and rest.

      Celebrating a century

      Prakash Chandra Timilsena
      Calmly seated in a chariot pulled by her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, Mayju Maharjan observes her fifth janko—a rare ritual, called Mahadivya Ratharohan, where an elder is celebrated for completing 108 years, eight months, eight days, eight hours, and eight seconds around the sun. 

      The paper trail

      Prakash Chandra Timilsena
      In 1995, 50-year-old Nima Sherpa moved from Dolakha to Kathmandu with a plan—he was going to take traditional Nepali lokta paper to the world. Sherpa had realised that products made of lokta, which were easily available in his village, could make it big in the international market.

      Life and art are inextricably blended into each other

      Timothy Aryal
      Mekh Limbu’s art needs little elaboration. It speaks the truth, laid out for all to see and reflect on. It’s real; it’s quiet, keening and sharp. Take his installation ‘How I Forgot My Mother Tongue’, for instance, which was part of the Opposite Dreams exhibition displayed during the Photo Kathmandu festival last year.

      Raamesh Koirala’s book about Charles Sobhraj is confused, leaving the reader unsure of whether this is a memoir or a novel

      Pranaya SJB Rana
      Raamesh Koirala’s new book about the notorious serial killer Charles Sobhraj is a strange animal. Although ostensibly presented as a non-fiction memoir written by the cardiac surgeon who operated on Sobhraj’s heart, the copyright page of the book asserts that “This is a work of fiction.” Perhaps this was an (glaring) oversight on the part of the publisher, but given the manner in which the book unfolds, it might be an accurate characterisation.

      In Nepal, a woman’s identity is still tied to their male kinfolk -- first father, then husband

      Bibhu Luitel
      In 2015, when I appeared for a job interview at a popular Kathmandu school, the very first question the principal asked me was, “Are you a Newar?”