CIAA Chief Karki snubs parliamentary committee citing ill health

    Post Report, Jul 26 2016
    Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) Chief Commissioner Lokman Singh Karki remained absent from the meeting with House committee citing ill health.
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    More wet spells expected over next couple of days

    • Several eastern Tarai districts brace for flooding
    Post Report, Jul 26 2016

    With monsoon in full swing, moderate to heavy rains have continued unabated, particularly in the eastern Tarai region, causing floods in Jhapa, Sunsari, Mahottari and Morang among other districts.

    “Moderate to heavy rains have been witnessed in all the regions for the past one week and more wet spells are expected over next couple of days,” said Rishi Ram Sharma, director general at the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM).

    The active low pressure system developed across the country, particularly in the eastern, central and western Nepal for over a week now, has released intense rains in Chure Tarai and mid-hills districts. Data compiled by the DHM from June 1 to July 24 this year shows the total rainfall this monsoon at around 750mm, more by 150mm than average rainfall for the

    period. The average rainfall in Nepal during monsoon season between June and September is around 1,500mm, with August being the wettest month. 

    A flood bulletin issued by the DHM said that weather has been active in the Eastern Nepal, particularly in the Chure and mid-mountain districts since Sunday night.

    With heavy rains expected to continue for at least two more days, settlements living near rivers in many districts are at high risk. Incessant rainfall in upstream areas of the Saptakoshi, Kankai, Ratu and Khando rivers has made thousands of people living in Jhapa, Ilam and adjoining districts vulnerable to floods.

    Local administration offices in the respective districts have alerted locals in vulnerable areas to stay in safer locations until water levels in major rivers and their tributaries recede, according to Binod Parajuli, a hydrologist at the DHM. On Monday, the DHM issued yet another flood bulletin for the Kankai and other rivers, urging locals living near the riverbanks in Jhapa to move to safer locations until further notice.

    According to the Meteorological Forecasting Division, Simara recorded the highest rainfall (182.3mm), followed by Dharan (135.3mm), Lumle (132mm) and Nepalgunj (107mm) within 24 hours till Monday morning. Rainfall measuring above 100mm within 24 hours is considered “extreme precipitation”, which means increased risk of floods and landslides.

    Koshi water flow at year’s record high

    ITAHARI: Water flow in the Saptakoshi river on Monday evening was recorded 250,630 cusec, the highest for the year. Heavy rainfall in various hill districts in the East for the past 10 days has caused water levels in the Saptakoshi river to suddenly rise. Authorities have switched on red lights in the Koshi Barrage, in an indication that water flow has crossed the danger level. Authorities have opened 32 sluice gates after the increase in water levels in the river.

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    Landslides in Gulmi, Makwanpur kills 8

    • One killed in Palpa, 4 missing in Pyuthan
    Post Report, Jul 26 2016
    Landslides triggered by incessant rainfall for the past couple of days has buried eight persons in Gulmi and Makwanpur districts.
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    Japan knife attack leaves 19 dead

    BBC, Jul 26 2016
    The facility is about 50km from Tokyo in a suburban area of Sagamihara
    Nineteen residents have been killed in a knife attack at a care centre for people with mental disabilities in Japan, officials say.

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    Main News

    ‘Nepal will need installed electricity capacity of 10,092 MW by 2030’

    BIBEK SUBEDI, Jul 26 2016
    Nepal will need an installed electricity capacity of 10,092 MW by 2030 if its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grows at a constant 5 percent per year, a study on energy demand has revealed.
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    Parties given 7 days to form consensus govt

    Post Report, Jul 26 2016
    A day after Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli tendered his resignation, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on Monday called on the political parties represented in Parliament to elect a new prime minister within seven days on the basis of political understanding
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    Dr KC ends his hunger strike after 16 days

    Manish Gautam, Jul 26 2016
    After 16 days of hunger strike demanding reforms in the medical education sector, Dr Govinda KC, an orthopaedic surgeon at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH), called off his fast on Monday after an agreement with the government.
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    Money

    Sports

    Eastern Region pipped Far-Western Region on net run-rate on Monday to set the NSC National Women’s Twenty20 Championship title clash against Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) Club.

    The rain played spoilsports in the ‘winners take all’ Group ‘B’ match at the Tribhuvan University Stadium. Far-Western were down at an embarrassing 7-6 in 7.2 overs when rain intervened to cancel the entire game. As it stood, both team finished on three points from two games in the three-team pool and Eastern sneaked into final courtesy their better net run-rate. APF advanced to the final from Group ‘A’ on Sunday with a nine-wicket win over Mid-Western Region on Sunday.

    In another inconsequential Group ‘A’ match, Mid-western Region defeated Central Region by five wickets. Central Region scored 57-4 in the rain-reduced 10-over match and Mid-Western achieved their target in the last ball of their innings, making 60-5. Player-of-the-match Laxmi Chaudhary scored an unbeaten 39 runs for the winners.

    The tournament featured six teams--five regional and APF Club--with the champions walking away with Rs 100,000. The runner-up will receive Rs 50,000. The teams were divided into two pools of three with top team from each group playing for the title. The tournament will serve as the basis for the team selection for the upcoming ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier-Asia, to be held in Mong Kok, Hong Kong on October 9-15. Apart from hosts Hong Kong and Nepal, China and Thailand are the two other teams vying for one berth available for Asia in the global qualifying tournament.

    A Cricket Coordination Committee formed under NSC member Sailesh Karmacharya is overseeing the tournament. The NSC is organising the tournament in the absence of cricket governing body of late. The International Cricket Council on April 25 suspended the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN), saying that it is in a state of leadership vacuum due to the dual existence of the governing committees.

    Health & Style

    Fiction Park

    There and back again

    Anusha Neupane, Jul 24 2016
    As he ran through the alley, a warm blast of air hit his face. And just like that, he was back in 2014, in the front porch of his house
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    Saturday Features

    One dog at a time

    Laxmi Prasad Ngakhusi
    The streets of Kathmandu—the city millions call home—are almost always full of life. Around every corner, amid every galli, you will find people from all walks of life. But these gallis are not just home to puny humans. These gallis are also home to a pack of a different kind—your ever-present friendly neighbourhood dogs. You will see at least one in each of these winding lanes, without fail.

    Life on the edge

    MOHAN GURAGAIN
    In his debut venture, Mitra Prasad Uprety maintains a delicate balance between spiritual meditation and humanitarian thought

    Border connections

    Atul K Thakur
    The old adage ‘out of sight out of mind’ is not yet totally irrelevant. It makes sense to you when you negotiate through the Nepal-India borders, which are open but not really friendly. Having lived and travelled across most the prominent borders entry points between these two countries, I have experienced over the years the sheer hollowness of oft-repeated claims of ‘friendly ties’.

    All hail the number game

    SARIN GHIMIRE
    At a time when the country is struggling with implementing the new constitution, the present political vacuum is highly unfortunate

    Let it go!

    Guffadi
    It seems that politicians in our Shark region want to hang on to power until they drop dead. Our netas never retire until the day they leave Earth for hell. Our national top comedian, Konfused Pampered Oli does not want to resign even when he knows that he does not have the numbers to continue to lead the government. After all, a week more and you can dole out millions of rupees from the state treasury to you near and dear ones with utter disregard for the law. And you can transfer your chamchas to lucrative postings before the other guys show up and do their thing.

    Guilty pleasures

    Mark Harris
    If you’ve seen this video before, the title of this article alone may leave you groaning. But if it triggers nothing, allow yourself to take a stroll down low brow meme memory lane. Sunday Morning Love You was released way back in 2013 (ancient by YouTube standards), but it has become a classic in its right.

    A frolic through Giant Country

    Preena Shrestha
    Along with pitch-perfect performances from the cast, Steven Spielberg and his team of digital magicians have served up an extravagant, whimsical and thoroughly satisfying rendition of Roald Dahl’s The BFG

    Last women first

    Pratichya Dulal
    Widowed by the war, rendered homeless by the earthquakes, Nepal’s conflict widows have drawn the shortest straws and are grappling to stay afloat

    Antibioticonomics

    Manish Gautam
    The successful administration and commercialisation of antibiotics has proved to be a boon for mankind. But can we remain complacent about it?