Govt appoints provincial chiefs, fixes temporary Capitals

    Post Report, Jan 17 2018
    The government on Wednesday declared temporary headquarters of seven provinces and appointed provincial chiefs.
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    EC announces result of provincial PR seats

      Post Report, Jan 17 2018
      The Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday made public the result of provincial assembly elections under Proportional Representation (PR) category.
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      Left alliance to file nominations for 43 posts in NA election

      Post Report, Kathmandu, Jan 17 2018
      The left alliance of CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre) has decided to file nominations for 43 posts in the National Assembly (NA) election.

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      Around 200 TUTH nurses quit job in 3 yrs seeking career abroad

      Kathmandu, Jan 17 2018
      Around 200 nurses have resigned from their jobs in the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) in the past three years in pursuit of better opportunities and career abroad.

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      Govt conspiring to foil NA election: UML

      Post Report, Kathmandu, Jan 17 2018
      The main opposition CPN-UML has accused the government of hatching conspiracies to foil the National Assembly (NA) election.

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      Main News

      Free ambulance service for expectant mothers in Rukum

      Jan 17 2018
      The Aathbiskot Municipality in the district has come up with a noble idea to provide free ambulance service to pregnant women to minimise death rate among mothers and infants, and childbirth complications.
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      Demonstration in Dang demanding capitalhood

      Post Report, Jan 17 2018
      Local people staged a demonstration at Ghorahi on Wednesday demanding Dang be declared temporary capital of Province 5.
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      Cabinet meet postponed for 3 pm today

      Post Report, Jan 17 2018
      A Cabinet meeting scheduled for 9 am on Wednesday has been postponed for 3 pm.
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      Four justices of India’s top court on Friday criticized its distribution of cases to judges and raised concerns about judicial appointments, in an unprecedented public airing of problems at one of the country’s most respected institutions, Reuters reported.

      The move spells far-reaching implications for jurists and politicians in the chaotic South Asian democracy where the Supreme Court often sets the agenda on matters of policy and orders measures taken in the public interest.

      Exposing a rift with Chief Justice Dipak Misra, some of the Supreme Court’s most senior judges told a news conference the issues involving its administration were serious enough to prompt them to go public.

      “The four of us are convinced that unless this institution is preserved and it maintains its equanimity, democracy will not survive in this country,” Justice Jasti Chelameswar said on the lawns of his residence in the Indian capital.

      The justices gave few details of the incidents they were referring to, but released a letter they had written to Misra.

      In the letter, they mentioned instances of cases with “far-reaching consequences for the nation and the institution” that were selectively assigned by the chief justice without any rational “basis for such assignment”.

      All Supreme Court judges should be involved in setting the procedures used to hire and promote judges in various courts in the country, including the high courts, they added.

      Reuters could not immediately reach the chief justice for comment. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad declined to comment.

      Two close aides of Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was looking into the matter and had summoned top law ministry officials for consultations.

      SPEAKING UP
      Some Supreme Court lawyers praised the justices’ action.

      “Looking at its own flaws is the first step to correcting an institution, to deepening true constitutional democracy,” said Karuna Nundy, a Supreme Court lawyer.

      The Supreme Court has 25 judges appointed by India’s president, including the chief justice, and each retires at the age of 65, the court says on its website.

      The four justices at Friday’s news conference - besides Chelameswar, they included Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph - are the most senior after Misra.

      Three of them are scheduled to retire this year, while Gogoi is in line to be the next chief justice, based on seniority.

      Efforts to alert the chief justice that certain things were not in order and that remedial measures were needed had failed, prompting the news conference, Chelameswar said.

      The justices did not want to be accused of not having spoken up for the institution, or of “selling their souls”, he added.

      Rescuers recovered the bodies of 11 people in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Saturday, a day after multiple avalanches hit their vehicles in the Himalayan region, AP reported quoting officials.

      Thirteen people were swept away by three near-simultaneous avalanches at three places in a stretch of about 10 kilometers (6 miles) on a mountainous road in Kupawara district on Friday.

      Police officer Shamsher Hussain said about 200 police, army and civilian rescuers recovered the bodies of 11 people.

      Two people were rescued alive and were in stable condition at a hospital, he said.

      Avalanches and landslides are common in Kashmir and have caused heavy death tolls for the Indian and Pakistani armies camped near the mountainous and forested highly militarized Line of Control that divides Kashmir between the nuclear-armed rivals.

      At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in three avalanches last year, and in 2012 a massive avalanche in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir killed 140 people, including 129 Pakistani soldiers.

      A bus plunged over a seaside cliff in Peru on Tuesday, killing at least 48 people after a collision with a truck on a precarious stretch known as the "devil's curve," officials said.

      The bus was travelling from Huacho, 130 kilometers (81 miles) north of the capital, to Lima with 55 passengers and two crew on board when it went off the road about midday.It plunged 100 meters (330 feet) and landed upside down on rocks at the edge of the sea.

      The incident "left at least 48 victims" dead, the statement posted on the Interior Ministry's website said. Efforts to recover bodies from the overturned vehicle were suspended at nightfall because the tide had risen and reached the bus, the police said.

      A police helicopter had winched some rescue workers to the wreck of the blue bus while others made the precarious journey down on foot with the assistance of ropes.The navy sent a patrol boat to assist the rescuers trying to get everyone out before the tide came in.

      There were several survivors, although most on board the bus perished."For us it is very painful to suffer an accident of this magnitude. My deep solidarity lies with the pain suffered by the relatives," President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski wrote on Twitter.

      Maria Elena Aguilar, director of Alcides Carrion Hospital in El Callao, said her facility received five patients with multiple injuries.

      One other survivor was taken to a different hospital.The accident took place on a coastal highway about 45 kilometers north of the capital Lima, said Colonel Dino Escudero, head of the police highway patrol division.

      The Pasamayo highway on which the tragedy occurred is only used by trucks and buses, as cars travel a different route.It is a dangerous sea-hugging road where fog is frequent and high humidity can make the roadway slippery.

      The bus driver had a lot of experience and was working with an assistant, said Luis Martinez, a representative of Transportes San Martin de Porres, which owned the bus.

      Martinez could not confirm whether the driver had been killed or injured, but added that the bus underwent a mechanical check before leaving Huacho. More than 2,500 people died in traffic accidents in Peru in 2016, according to official figures.

      Entertainment

      Sports

      Dharan Football Club (DFC) is set to organise the Budha  Subba Gold Cup from February 3-10 as one of the oldest knockout football tournaments of the country returns to Dharan Stadium in its 20th edition.

      The organisers have been holding the tournament at the Anfa Technical Centre for the last five years but after the completion of Dharan Stadium’s reconstruction the tournament returns to the place from where it all started. DFC on Tuesday informed that it has begun the preparations for the tournament. “We are glad to announce that we are into two decades of this tournament. This tournament has a rich history in Nepali football and has helped a lot in producing national-level players. The club has long been struggling in terms of finances but there have been a lot of helping hands which helped us in giving continuity to this tournament,” said DFC President Kishor Rai.

      The 10-team tournament will include two foreign invitees—Kolkata and with Dhanmundi Club of Bangladesh. Other teams include Nepal Police Club, Nepal APF, Manang Marshyangdi, Sankata, Three Star, National U-19 team and hosts DFC. Dhanmundi are the 2001 champions.

      NPC are the defending champions having beaten Sankata in the 19th edition. The champions will get Rs 501,000 and the runners-up will take home Rs 251,000. The best striker, goalkeeper, defender, midfielder, coach, highest scorer, emerging player will get Rs 25,000 each. The player-of-the-tournament will ride home a motorcycle and every man-of-the-match will get Rs 10,000. The estimated costs of the tournament is Rs 5.3 million.

      The second Pinkathon Kathmandu, a running competition for women to raise awareness about their health related issues, is all set to be held in Kathmandu on February 24.

      The event established by Indian model and actor Milind Soman will see races for women in four different categories—3km, 5km, 10km and 21km—, informed the organisers Nepal Leisure Port on Tuesday. The event is organised in Nepal by Leisure Port, the franchise holder for Pinkathon in Nepal.

      Soman, who is also film producer and fitness promoter, had initiated the event since 2012 in India along with Reema Sanghavi, the managing director of Maximus Mice and Media Solution. According to Soman, the objective of the Pinkathon was to encourage women to adopt health and fitness in their daily lifestyles by means of running.

      Namraj Joshi, the managing director of Leisure Port, said they are expecting participation of over 5,000 runners after witnessing 3,000 turning in the first edition last year. Top three finishers of the 21km race (half marathon) will be rewarded Rs 60,000, Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000. Top three athletes in the 10km race will get Rs 30,000, Rs 20,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively.

      The last edition saw Kanchhi Maya Koju of Nepal Armed Police Force set national half marathon record at 1:18:28.

      Biratnagar and Dhangadi set the title clash of the second U-19 Itahari Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament on Monday.

      In the first semi-final match, Biratnagar defeated hosts Itahari Cricket Academy by five wickets. Dhangadi crushed Nepalgunj by 82 runs in the other semi-final. The final is slated for Tuesday.

      The first match was reduced to 14-over-a-side due to bad weather and Itahari managed 91-6 after they were put in to bat first. Gautam Sharma top scored for Itahari with 29 runs, while Pawan Sarraf was their second best with 15. Bibek Mehta (14) was the other batsman to score in double figures. Bibek Yadav took two wickets for Biratnagar.

      Biratnagar reached the target in 12.4 overs on the back of 30 runs from man-of-the-match Minesh Thapa. Firdosh Ansari sealed the chase with 17 unbeaten runs and Amit Yadav chipped in 16. Manish Dahal was pick of the Itahari bowlers with three wickets.

      Dhangadhi amassed 147-5 in 20 overs before bundling out Nepalgunj for just 66 runs in 19 overs. None of the Nepalgunj batsmen managed to score runs in double figures. Earlier, Bhima Sharki top scored for Dhangadi with 37 runs, while Lokesh Bam contributed 22 and Narayan Joshi added 19 runs. Basanta Karki (14) and Shere Malla (11) also chipped in runs in double figures. Bijaya Chaudhary took two wickets for Nepalgunj.

      The champions will get Rs 100,000 and the runners-up will receive Rs 50,000.

      Health & Style

      Fiction Park

      In the name of love: The Rani Pokhari Story

      Dipesh Risal, Jan 14 2018
      Chakrawatendra Malla, giddy, nervous, too young to understand the powers he had just acquired, tried to walk confidently towards the elephant stable. He had mentally prepared himself for this day for years.
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      Escalate

      Right products at the right prices

      Jan 15 2018
      Nitesh Kumar Mundra has been working in marketing since 1998. He began his career from a watch store, called Accuracy, but with the market for watches declining and the demand for smartphones rocketing, Mundra chose to switch to marketing international mobile brands in the country.
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      Saturday Features

      Bidding winter farewell with Chaku

      Bidding winter farewell with Chaku

      Being a ‘smart’ student

      Pratyoush Onta
      One of the most often-repeated criticisms of the higher education scene in Nepal is about the absence of choices of courses for students during their BA and MA studies.

      National Unity Day

      Guffadi
      The late King Prithivi Narayan (PN) Shah was until a decade ago considered the person who unified this country. Instead of more than two dozen kingdoms, we became one country and the folks from Gorkha got to enjoy the power and the freebies that comes with it.

      Notes from the depths

      NIRANJAN KUNWAR
      To dive and discover the underneath. To see what hasn’t speared the surface. Chang was from mainland China, soft-spoken, sophisticated. Muy was a Hong Kong native;

      A new home for art

      Nhooja Tuladhar
      You take your shoes off before entering Kaalo 101. The cold from the terracotta tiled floor is for everybody to soak in. Also, the gesture makes you feel like you are entering somebody’s home, not a gallery.

      A spectacle of delusions

      OBIE SHRESTHA
      If Phineas Taylor Barnum (Hugh Jackman) had one defining quality, it would be the staunch determination to not let his circumstances limit his dreams.

      Women drug users in eastern Nepal: A silent story

      Jenna Kunze
      A song rings out from a cellphone on the table, ringing twice before Vara* puts down her ladle, swings her baby to her other hip, and picks up.

      ‘Only a convinced writer can convince readers’

      Columnist, novelist, screenplay writer, and also an actor Brazesh Khanal is a name well known in the Nepali media and the literary circle. While he might have become more particular about the projects he takes up of late, he has already written scripts for more than a 100 TV shows and films. Khanal also has two novels to his name:

      The gang of five

      Guffadi
      It’s been nearly a month since we got done with our federal elections and it will take another month or two before our ‘lefties’ finally take charge and finally make this country prosperous.