President urges parties to elect consensus PM

    Post Report, May 25 2017
    President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has called upon the political parties represented in the Legislature-Parliament to elect a new Prime Minister through political consensus within seven days.
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    Reports of four new deaths on Everest ‘misleading’: Expedition organiser

      Post Report, May 25 2017
      Photo: Wikipedia
      Recent reports that Nepali high-altitude rescue experts spotted four climbers dead in a tent near Mt Everest are misleading, an expedition organiser said on Thursday.
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      EC urges govt to create environment for holding election in 461 units

        Post Report, May 25 2017

        The Election Commission (EC) has urged the government to create an environment for holding the second phase of local level elections only in 461 local units on June 14.

        In a statement on Thursday, the EC said it would not be technically possible for the commission to hold the elections in the newly added local units as it had been making preparations to hold elections in 461 units.

        A Cabinet meeting on Monday had decided to add 22 local units in Tarai districts and elevate Birgunj and Biratnagar as metropolis in a bid to bring the agitating Madhes-centric parties on board the election.

        The commission said the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development has not provided the details of the revised structure of village councils and the municipalities for election preparations.

        “It is technically difficult for the EC to prepare the voter lists and details of ward-wise voting centres of the revised village councils and municipalities and take the prepared lists to all the local units by May 29,” read a statement issued by the EC.

        The EC has informed that it would not be possible to make arrangement for delivering the voter ID cards of the people whose address has changed within the deadline.

        Also read: Polls on June 14 with added local units difficult, says EC

         

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        Prez Bhandari unveils govt policies, programmes

        Post Report, Kathmandu, May 24 2017
        President Bhandari on Thursday presented the government’s annual policies and programmes for the coming fiscal year 2074/75.

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        Bhoto Jatra [in pictures]

        Post Report, Kathmandu, May 25 2017
        The month long chariot pulling festival of Rato Machindranath concluded with the displaying of Bhoto or the jewel-studded vest at Jawlakhel, Lalitpur on Thursday.

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        Main News

        Oppn parties obstruct House; next meet slated for tomorrow

        Post Report, May 25 2017
        Lawmakers from the opposition parties including CPN-UML obstructed the Legislature-Parliament session on Thursday evening.
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        Mother worried to death after child went missing

        Post Report, May 25 2017
        A mother has been hospitalised after her two-year-old son went missing since April 22 from Pokhara.
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        House committee directs govt to speed up Nijgadh Int'l Airport

        Post Report, May 25 2017
        The International Relations and Labour Committee of the Legislature Parliament has directed the government to accelerate the construction process of Nijgadh International Airport.
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        The Delhi court on Friday awarded life imprisonment to five persons arrested on charge of gang-raping a 52-year-old Danish woman at knife-point near the New Delhi railway station two year ago, according to Press Trust of India.

        Additional sessions Judge Ramesh Kumar awarded the jail term to convicts Mahender alias Ganja, 25, Mohd Raja, 25, Raju,23, Arjun ,21, and Raju Chakka ,30.

        "For the offence of section 376 D IPC, all the convicts are sentenced to life imprisonment," the Judge said while giving the order.

        The court also imposed a fine of Rs 83,000 each on Raju and Raju Chakka, Rs 93,000 each on Mahender and Mohd Raja and Rs 1, 03,000 on Arjun respectively.

        The court has held them guilty guilty for the offences under IPC sections 376 (D) (gang rape), 395 (dacoity), 366 (kidnapping), 342 (wrongful confinement), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention).

        Besides sentencing these convicts for the offence of gang rape, the court also awarded varying jail terms to them for other offences for which they were held guilty.

        According to the police, the nine people, all vagabonds, had robbed and gang-raped the Danish tourist at knife-point on the night of January 14, 2014, after leading her to a secluded spot close to the Divisional Railway Officers' Club near the railway station, the PTI said.

        The sixth accused, 56-year-old Shyam Lal had died in February this year and proceedings against him were abated. Three other accused in the case are juveniles and inquiry against them is in progress before the Juvenile Justice Board.

        Before commencement of proceedings on Friday, the convicts were taken out of the courtroom and were frisked by the police on the direction of the judge.

        Special public prosecutor Atul Shrivastava had sought maximum punishment for the convicts i.e. imprisonment till the remainder of natural life, saying the crime was committed in a barbaric and inhuman manner.

        Legal aid counsel Dinesh Sharma, who represented the convicts, had sought leniency for them saying they belong to poor background.

        The victim had come here on January 1, 2014, and stayed for a couple of days before leaving for Agra.

        After visiting several places, she returned to Delhi on January 13, 2014, and stayed in a hotel in Paharganj near the station.

        The next day when she was returning to her hotel, she lost her way and had asked one of the accused for directions when the men waylaid and gang-raped her.

        During the trial, the accused had claimed innocence.

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        Kutunibudi

        Ujjwal Prakash Khanal, May 21 2017
        Stop playing with my hair!” She screams at me, her face scrunched up into an aggregate of eyes and nostrils that I can’t help but find funny.
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        Saturday Features

        Escaping Time

        Post Report
        Life can be a tedious treadmill, one where you spend rushing from pillar to post without really getting anywhere at all.

        Kathmandu spring

        SANJEEV GIRI
        On May 13, a day before local elections were held in 34 districts across the country, Health Minister Gagan Thapa was swamped by UML cadres in Kapan, where the irate crowd berated him for breaching the election code of conduct by trying to reach out to Nepali Congress voters.

        Pedal power

        Abha Dhital
        If you find yourself in and around the Patan Durbar Square, you are likely to find a couple of three-wheelers that immediately stand out. Difficult to categorise as tempo or rickshaw, pedi cabs are misfit of sorts.

        Unleashing Nepal

        MOHAN GURAGAIN
        Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal was right when he said that the local level elections, the first phase of which has been held successfully in three provinces, were historic not because they took place after two decades but because people’s representatives are being elected to local federal governments for the first time, under a new constitution.

        Hello, stranger

        OBIE SHRESTHA
        Lovers of anime, prepare to clear a spot on your list of favourites for writer-director Makoto Shinkai’s new YA sci-fi romance, Kimi no Na wa (Your Name), preferably somewhere along the top shelf.

        Counting the votes!

        Guffadi
        Let us all congratulate our Election Commission wallahs for successfully conducting the first phase of the local elections in the country.

        The Dharma of murals

        Saral Karki
        If you’ve travelled towards Patan via Kupondole, you’ve probably noticed Hotel Himalaya’s colourful boundary wall. Adorned with wall paintings and positive messages about community, the wall, once peppered with political sloganeering, now serves as a massive, artistic bulletin board.

        Closer to home

        SHREYA PAUDEL
        As a kid growing up in the 90s, I was fortunate enough to have caught Muna and Sunkeshra—two children’s Nepali-language magazines—at the tail-end of their heydays.

        A Window into Madhes-Pahad Relations

        Kul Chandra Gautam
        For those of us baffled by the dynamics of Madhes-Pahad relations in Nepal in recent decades, journalist Girish Giri’s book Birgunj: Mero Saharko Katha provides a balanced, first-hand perspective by someone of a Pahadi stock but with deep roots in Madhes.