Former Prime Minister and Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala passes away at 77

    Post Report, Feb 09 2016
    Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala breathed his last in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, succumbing to Pneumonia, according to family sources. He was 77.
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    Indian PM Modi condoles Koirala’s death

      Post Report, Feb 09 2016
      Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has offered his condolences on the death of former Prime Minister Sushil Koirala.
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      [FROM OUR ARCHIVE] The man at the helm

        John Narayan Parajuli, Feb 09 2016
        Having lived under the shadow of GP Koirala, Koirala has not been tested as party’s top manager. His imagination and managerial skills would be put to test sooner than he may realize.
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        NC defers all General Convention related programmes

          Post Report, Feb 09 2016

          Nepali Congress (NC) has cancelled all the electoral programmes related to party’s 13th General Convention until further notice. 

          The party’s election programmes were deferred following the demise of party President and former Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, read a statement issued by NC acting chief secretary Pradeep Parajuli. Koirala passed away at 12:50 on Tuesday morning. 

          Meanwhile, an emergency Central Working Committee of NC has been summoned at party central office in Sanepa, Lalitpur for 11 am on Tuesday.  

          NC Vice-President Ram Chandra Poudel said that Koirala’s body would be kept at his residence till 8:00 am and would be kept at the party central office in Sanepa till 12 noon. The body would be brought at Dasharath Stadium for condolence.

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          Nepali Congress CWC to meet at 11 am today

          Post Report, Kathmandu, Feb 09 2016
          Following party President Sushil Koirala's death, Nepali Congress is holding is Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting at 11 am to take a decision about the possible postponement of General Convention that is scheduled to take place between March 3-6.

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          SLMM calls off banda, border sit-ins formally

          Post Report, Kathmandu, Feb 09 2016
          The Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (SLMM) on Monday decided to call off its border protests but said its other agitation programmes, including Kathmandu-centric ones, will continue.

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          Ambulance runs out of fuel, baby boy dies

          Post Report, DANG, Feb 09 2016
          The child’s grandfather holds his deceased granson wrapped in a blanket.
          A six-day-old baby boy died in want of treatment in Ghorahi, Dang, on Monday as the ambulance that was supposed to take him to hospital did not have fuel.

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          Prime Minister Oli in Mharajgunj to offer tribute to Koirala

          Post Report, Feb 09 2016
          Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli went to Nepali Congress (NC) President Sushil Koirala’s residence in Maharajgunj, Kathmandu to offer his last tribute to late Koirala.
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          PM holds consultations for maiden India visit

          Post Report, Feb 09 2016
          Ahead of his maiden visit to the southern neighbour, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Monday held a meeting with former prime ministers, foreign ministers and diplomats who in the past have served in India for consultation. PM Oli is set to embark on a visit to New Delhi on February 19.
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          Nepal’s 1st gold at 12th SA Games

          RAJU GHISING, Feb 09 2016
          Nima Gharti Magar gave Nepal its first gold medal at the 12th South Asian Games, winning a women’s wushu event on Monday.
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          Money

          Sports

          Nava Janajagriti Club set March 3 date for the kick off of the seventh Simara Gold Cup football tournament here.

          A total of 10 teams including five ‘A’ Division outfits, four district teams from outside Kathmandu Valley and one foreign invitee will participate in the tournament. National League champions Three Star Club, runners-up Tribhuvan Army Club along with Nepal Police, Nepal APF and Manang Marshyangdi Club are the top tier outfits competing in the tournament. 
          Sahara Club of Pokhara, Birgunj United Club, Hetauda and the hosts are the district teams, while the club is yet to decide on foreign invitee, informed club secretary Shambhu Singh Thakuri here on Saturday. All the matches will be held at the Simara Stadium.
          The organisers said they have started the preparations for the tournament and announced increase of cash prizes for the winners and runners-up. The winners will now get Rs 5,51,000 and runners-up will take home Rs 2,50,000. The previous amount for the respective cash prizes were Rs 400,000 and Rs 200,000.
          The best player of the tournament will ride home a motorbike, while the best individuals—goalkeeper, midfielder, forward, defender and coach—will pocket Rs 15,000 each. The estimated cost of the tournament is Rs 6 million.

           

          Australia allrounder Shane Watson was the costliest buy at the Indian Premier League auctions Saturday as he was picked up for $1.4 million by Royal Challengers Bangalore.

          Watson went for five times his base price and will join the likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle who have been retained by Bangalore.

          Watson, who struck an unbeaten 124 against India in a recent T20 game, was bid for aggressively in the opening session which saw Sunrisers Hyderabad buy allrounder Yuvraj Singh for just over one million dollars and Rising Pune Supergiants take England's Kevin Pietersen for $515,000.

          Watson earlier played for Rajasthan Royals, which is suspended for two years along with Chennai Super Kings after their officials were found to be in touch with illegal bookmakers during the 2013 season.

          South African allrounder Chris Morris went for a surprisingly high price of just over a million dollars to Delhi Daredevils which already has his compatriots Jean-Paul Duminy and Quinton de Kock.

          Hyderabad bought pace bowler Ashish Nehra for $810,000 to add to batsmen like Shikhar Dhawan, Australian David Warner and New Zealand's Kane Williamson, and now also Yuvraj.

          Dale Steyn of South Africa and West Indian Dwayne Smith were both bought by Gujarat Lions for identical sums of $339,000 while pace bowler Ishant Sharma was taken by Pune for $560,000.

          A total of 351 players featured in Saturday's auction and they will join players either retained by franchises or players from Chennai and Rajasthan picked by Pune and Gujarat in a draft in December.

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