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Arrest warrant issued against Pappu Construction chairman

  • Lawmakers object to owners’ inclusion in parliamentary development panel
PRITHVI MAN SHRESTHA, SHIVA PURI, Sep 26 2018
Shiva Puri
The Rautahat District Police Office issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday against Sumit Rauniyar, the chairman of Pappu Construction and the son of lawmaker and company owner Hari Narayan Rauniyar, holding the company responsible for a boat tragedy last month.
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10-yr-old raped, murdered in Pokhara, one arrested

    Post Report, Sep 26 2018
    Police arrested a 27-year-old man in connection to the rape and murder of 10-year-old Shriya Sunar of Pumdibhumdi in Pokhara-22 on Tuesday.
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    Medical Education Bill will not clear this House session

      BINOD GHIMIRE, Sep 26 2018

      The National Medical Education Bill, which was tabled in the federal parliament to address the concerns of campaigner Dr Govinda KC, will not be endorsed in the ongoing session despite repeated commitments from the ruling parties.


      KC ended his 15th hunger strike on July 26, after the government committed to endorsing the Bill incorporating the recommendations of a task force led by Kedar Bhakta Mathema, a former vice-chancellor of Tribhuvan University.

      The government introduced, reluctantly, the bill at the House of Representatives last month but then failed to move it further for a month.
      The Education and Health Committee of the House is studying the bill. It has formed a subcommittee for “thorough deliberation” on the bill before tabling it in the full House for endorsement.


      “The subcommittee has yet to discuss the bill so it won’t be endorsed from the current session,” committee Chairperson Jayapuri Gharti told the Post. The federal parliament is likely to be prorogued on Friday. It was not immediately clear when the winter session commences.


      A large number of lawmakers from the ruling parties are against the 10 year-moratorium on establishing medical colleges in the Valley, one of the major demands of Dr KC. The bill also provisions 75 percent scholarships in government medical colleges, setting up at least one state-run teaching hospital in each province, and making it mandatory for a medical college to operate a hospital for three years before getting an affiliation to run MBBS courses.


      The Medical Education Ordinance introduced earlier lost effect after Parliament failed to endorse it.

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      Pokhara rape, murder: Locals picket police office demanding action against guilty

      Post Report, POKHARA, Sep 26 2018
      Locals picketed Kaski District Police Office in Pokhara on Wednesday afternoon demanding stern action against the perpetrator of rape and murder of 10-year-old girl.

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      Another woman attacked with acid and stabbed; condition critical

      RAMESH KUMAR PAUDEL, NABIN PAUDEL CHITWAN / NAWALPARASI, Sep 26 2018
      A day after a teenage girl succumbed to burns caused by an acid attack two weeks ago, a 30-year-old woman was attacked with acid and stabbed at Kawasoti Municipality-16 in Nawalparasi (East) on Monday evening. The victim, a mother of two children, is in critical condition.

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      Increase in rape incidents due to capitalism: Home Minister Thapa

      Post Report, Kathmandu, Sep 26 2018
      Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa has said that capitalism is the cause for the recent rise in the rape incidents.

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      ‘Sudurpashchim’ proposed name for Province 7

      ARJUN SHAH, Sep 26 2018
      A special parliamentary committee has proposed ‘Sudurpashchim’ as the name of Province 7 and ‘Godawari’ in Kailali as its capital.
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      Nepal to discuss rebuilding drive at UN

      Post Report, Sep 26 2018
      Nepal will hold discussions with international stakeholders on post-earthquake reconstruction and rehabilitation initiative on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York this week.
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      Disaster response drill starts in Capital

      Post Report, Sep 26 2018
      The fourth iteration of Disaster Response Exercise and Exchange, which is held routinely by the Nepal Army and the US Army Pacific, kicked off in Kathmandu on Tuesday.
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       At least 136 bodies have been retrieved after a ferry sank on Lake Victoria, Tanzania’s top police official Simon Sirro said on Friday, and scores more were still feared missing as rescuers searched for survivors on the morning after the disaster.

      The ferry MV Nyerere capsized on Thursday afternoon just a few metres from the dock on Ukerewe, the lake’s biggest island, which is part of Tanzania.

      Initial estimates suggested that the ferry was carrying more than 300 people.

      Thirty-seven people had been rescued from the sea, Jonathan Shana, the regional police commander for the port of Mwanza on the south coast of the lake told Reuters by phone on Friday.

      Shana said more rescuers had joined the operation when it resumed at daylight on Friday. He did not give exact numbers.

      The precise number of those aboard the ferry when it capsized was hard to establish since crew and equipment had been lost, officials said on Thursday.

      Tanzania has been hit by several major ferry disasters over the years. At least 500 people were killed when a ferry capsized in Lake Victoria in 1996. In 2012, 145 people died when a ferry sank off the shore of Tanzania’s Indian Ocean archipelago of Zanzibar.

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      The new All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) leadership appears to violate the basic theme—good governance—it said it fought for while bringing down the long reign of Ganesh Thapa.

      Since winning the May 5 election, the Karma Tshering Sherpa-led ANFA had promised transparency and good governance. But the recent incident of sending two of its vice presidents Krishna Thapa and Upendra Man Singh to attend the World Cup football conference in London only gives impression of favouritism. The conference was meant to be attended by the national team coach and technical director. ANFA completely ignored Bal Gopal Maharjan, the current interim head coach, and Japanese national Chiaki Takeda, the technical director for the FIFA conference.

      Maharjan had replaced Gyotoku Koji of Japan on August 22. ANFA President Karma Tshering Sherpa, who was due to attend the Best FIFA Football Award, had led the three-member Nepali delegation to London. Coaches and technical directors of 200 member associations took part in the FIFA Football Conference in London on Sunday, the first time FIFA had invited the coaches and technical experts of all member associations at a single post-FIFA World Cup football conference.

      Nabin Pandey, the international relation chief of ANFA, said Maharjan was not the head coach while they got the FIFA invitation. “When we got the invitation Koji was the head coach and Takeda the technical director. But their stay in office was uncertain so we decided to send Singh and Thapa instead. Both are also technical manpower and have held the responsibility of coaches in the past,” argued Pandey.

      ANFA General Secretary Indra Man Tuladhar does not see anything wrong in sending Thapa and Singh to the conference since they were both technical manpowers. “Thapa is the chief of ANFA technical committee and Singh the member. We were in the state of confusion regarding head coach due to visa issues of Koji,” said Tuladhar.

      “They were the best option while the confusion over the head coach was going on,” said Tuladhar who was one of the strong advocates of transparency and good governance in the lead up to the ANFA election.

      Former vice president Kunwar alleges irregularities in election

      Former senior vice president of All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) Mani Kunwar, a close aide to disgraced former president Ganesh Thapa, on Monday made serious allegations on recently held election of the football governing body.

      Karma Tshering Sherpa was elected as the ANFA president on May 5 effectively ending the more than two-decade long reign of Thapa and his allies. Kunwar, who only pulled out of the presidential race a day before the election, alleged Tshering faction of influencing the vote through illegal means.

      Kunwar, also the vice president of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF), is the brother-in-law of former president Thapa. Thapa was banned from all football activities for 10 years on November 2015 by FIFA on corruption charges. Candidates and district officials close to the Kunwar-faction had even filed writ at the Kathmandu District Court demanding the postponement of election on May 2. The election, however, went ahead on schedule after the court deemed it inappropriate having deferred it four times already on similar pretexts.

      Sherpa-faction won all 17 positions by comfortable margins. Kunwar claimed that he pulled out of the election knowing that it was influenced by ‘money’. “Now I have gathered proofs of corruption and financial irregularities and have notified it to FIFA and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on August 8,” said Kunwar at a press meet without producing any such proofs. “I cannot produce it right now as it may affect the investigation,” added Kunwar. Kunwar even pointed out at Sherpa, vice president Pankaj Nembang and international relation chief Nabin Pandey as the key figures involved in such “illegal dealing”.

      Kunwar also blamed Sherpa-faction of threatening election committee members with life as well as influencing voters with foreign tours and bribery. (PR)

      Agni Incorporated Pvt Ltd has signed new sponsorship deal worth Rs 20 million with Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) Club in Halchowk on Sunday.

      Agni, the authorised distributor of Mahindra utility vehicles and tractors in Nepal, has agreed to provide Rs four million per annum for five years as the sponsor of men’s and women’s football and cricket team. As per the agreement, the football and cricket teams of the APF Club will to wear jerseys with Mahindra and Agni Group logo in all sports activities at the domestic and international level.

      Sports Chief of the APF Sports Club Ram Saran Paudel and chief executive of Agni Incorporate Arjun Prasad Sharma signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Agni managing director Cabinet Shrestha handed over the dummy cheque to APF IGP Shailendra Khanal. Agni, who had been the sponsor of men’s football team of APF since 2014 to 2017, will now be the sponsor of the departmental team until 2022. In the previous sponsorship deal Agni had provided APF Rs 2.22 million per annum for four years.

      Dipesh Dhami of Nepal APF Club stunned Nepal No 1 Ratnajeet Tamang to win the men’s singles title of the third Zest National Open Badminton Championships on Sunday.

      The second seed Dhami registered a 21-13, 18-21, 21-18 win over Tamang to deny the Tribhuvan Army Club shuttler the third consecutive singles title. Rasila Maharjan of Army claimed the women’s singles title with after straight set win over Jessica Gurung of APF. Maharjan beat Gurung 21-19, 21-17. Maharjan also took home girls’ U-15 title after defeating Bishna Bista of Kanchanpur 21-6, 21-10.

      Prince Dahal of Silk Trade secured boys’ U-15 title 21-14, 21-14 win over Roshan Saud of Kailali. The pair of Dhami and Bijit Thapa Magar won the men’s doubles title while APF’s pair of Dhami and Puja Shrestha clinched the mixed doubles championship. (PR)

       

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      A bloody system

      Kavya Biswokarma, Sep 23 2018
      The mosquitoes have been buzzing all night. I tried swatting them away with my hands but they have been continuously buzzing for so long that now my hands are too tired to resist their relentless onslaught. I try to sleep but the itch on my leg and the constant pain in my lower stomach is sucking the life out of me. Period cramps are the worst thing to happen to a woman. Imagine the pain you might feel if a truck drove over you or if a 106 knives stabbed your stomach all at once. Trust me when I say, that those things are probably less painful than period cramps. I wish I were exaggerating but I’m not—I know this is subjective, but to some, the pain can really be unbearable.
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      Saturday Features

      Time and again, love

      Richa Bhattarai
      There are books we like because with their dazzling beauty, they make us say ‘wow!’. Others, far fewer in number, weave in an element of surprise or novelty so thought-provoking, we can just whisper a soft ‘Oh!’ Matt Haig’s twelfth novel ‘How to Stop Time’ is one of the latter.

      To the rescue

      TRI RATNA MANANDHAR
      It was July of 1993 and the rains would not stop. Torrential rain for several days led to a flood the kinds Kathmandu had never seen before, or since. The raging waters washed away the roads and bridges connecting the Kathmandu Valley to the rest of Nepal, virtually isolating the Capital. The only possible connection was through the air, not just for immediate rescue and relief operations, but also the supply of essential goods.

      Cream Biscuits, Coca-Cola and a Dose of thorough Spanking

      Smriti Ravindra
      I am sure my childhood was not as amusing as my recollection makes it out to be, but even so, when I think of the early eighties, of the years before I turned ten, I remember a delicious chaos. Streets were not yet crowded with vehicles, parents had not yet learnt to be afraid of every stranger walking the roads, and most nine-year-olds ambled to school without a chaperone or a care in the world.

      High times at the village of lo

      Lo Manthang, admittedly, is a hard place to get to; you know that much once you leave the snaking Baglung Highway at Beni Bazaar and start your climb up precipitous roads hugging the gushing Kali Gandaki. The landscape becomes more and more sparse with each new town you hit—Tato Pani, Ghasa, Lete, Marpha—until you arrive at the barren moonscape that is Mustang.

      All aboard

      Guffadi
      Our greatest Prime Monster Oli Dai is off to New York to waste our taxpayers’ money like every other Prime Monster preceding him.

      Peeling away the layers

      Timothy Aryal
      The nature of identity is twofold: First is physical identity—the tangible things that everyone can see and feel, comprised essentially of the people and physical structures. The second type of identity is the metaphysical identity of a place which is far more elusive and harder to define. It does not involve the superficial aspects of society and one has to dig beneath the surface to find it—it exists in the festivals, everyday rituals, and most of all, in the art and the music that people make.

      Tiger, tiger, burning bright

      ADARSH MAN SHERCHAN
      in December 2015, researchers at the Center for Molecular Dynamics-Nepal (CMDN) received an urgent call from the Nepal Police’s Central Investigation Bureau (CIB). Tiger specimens confiscated from poachers needed urgent forensic examination, they said.

      Parched City

      CHANDAN KUMAR MANDAL
      Bhawana Dhital, a resident of Nayathimi, Bhaktapur, had yet another difficult summer this year. With the water supply from public pipelines inconsistent and limited, Dhital had to rely on commercial water tankers to meet her eight-member family’s daily needs.

      The misunderstood queen

      Alisha Sijapati
      Junge, Junge, Junge—I never knew you were so contemptible—were my thoughts after I finished reading Sheeba Shah’s latest historical novel, ‘The Other Queen,’ based on the life of the fifth Shah king’s junior wife—Queen Rajendra Lakshmi.