Over 140 NC lawmakers seek draft revision

ANIL GIRI, Kathmandu, Sep 05 2015
In a sign of growing dissent on the draft constitution, over 140 Nepali Congress CA members from various groups on Friday registered amendment proposals at the party’s Parliamentary Party (PP) office.

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[OpED] How much for a spot on a rubber raft and a slim chance at a better life?

Robert Young Pelton, Reuters Kathmandu, Sep 05 2015
Lured by smugglers and forced onto discarded fishing boats, the migrants are directed to head north and call for help when they are past Libya’s Bouri oil fields and into international shipping lanes.

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Main News

Four major political parties agree to table amended proposal

RSS, Sep 05 2015
The four major political parties have agreed to table the amended bill of the new constitution for review based on consensus.
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‘Govt should create environment conducive for talks’

RSS, Sep 05 2015
Federal Socialist Forum Nepal Central Committee Member and former State Minister for Home Affairs Rijwan Ansari has said that the agitating political parties would sit for dialogue if favourable environment was created from the government.
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Landslides obstruct Taplejung-Panchthar road section

RSS, Sep 05 2015
The Taplejung-Panchthar road section of the Mechi Highway was disrupted due to the landslips in different areas after the downpour in the region last night.
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Money

National

‘Govt should create environment conducive for talks’

RSS, Sep 05 2015
Federal Socialist Forum Nepal Central Committee Member and former State Minister for Home Affairs Rijwan Ansari has said that the agitating political parties would sit for dialogue if favourable environment was created from the government.
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Capital

RPP-N cadres register complaint at CIAA for medical edu irregularities

Post Report, Sep 05 2015
A corruption case was filed at the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority on Friday, demanding an investigation into alleged bribery at the Supreme Court, Nepal Medical Council and conflict of interests among constitutional bodies while granting affiliations to medical colleges and allocating quotas for MBBS admissions.
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INTERVIEW

[OpED] How much for a spot on a rubber raft and a slim chance at a better life?

Robert Young Pelton, ReutersSep 05 2015
Lured by smugglers and forced onto discarded fishing boats, the migrants are directed to head north and call for help when they are past Libya’s Bouri oil fields and into international shipping lanes.
full story »

Sports

The All Nepal Football Association (Anfa) on Thursday postponed the National League for September 14 owing to the recent political turmoil.

The National League, which is held for the first time in a ‘home and away’ format, was scheduled to resumed on Friday but a meeting between the Anfa and club officials agreed to defer it. “Anfa had to postpone the League due to the fragile political situation in the western and far-western parts of the country,” the football governing body said on its official website.
The Terai belt of Nepal have seen a widespread rioting and violence with Madhes-based parties calling an indefinite strike in protest against the seven-state federal set-up agreed by the three-major political parties.
The government has imposed curfew and mobilised army to aid civilian authorities in various places where violence has hit the worst. At least 23 people have been killed so far in the violence that began with the killing of seven Nepal Police officials in the Far-west district of Kailali.      
The participating clubs have also agreed to continue the League in a ‘home and away’ format as long as the political situation permits. The district clubs have agreed to play all the matches in Kathmandu if the environment in Terai is not conducive for the League.
Far-western FC, Morang FC, Jhapa XI and Lumbini FC are the four Terai based clubs in the League. Jhapa are currently leading the nine-team League with 16 points from eight matches. The League had to be halted due to the April 25 Great Quake in Nepal before it was rescheduled.
Meanwhile, Patan Appellate Court will give its verdict on the case of Anfa’s Annual General Meeting on September 9. The Court had ordered the Anfa to stop its AGM, scheduled for Wednesday, after its officials filed a petition claiming that the body has not followed due process.

Nepal Olympic Committee (NOC) is holding its elections to choose a new leadership on Thursday one month after it was deferred.
NOC was preparing for its elections on August 5 but it had to be postponed for a month after the All Nepal Football Association (Anfa) said it had not met procedures. Thapa had said that he was not given timely written information about the elections.
NOC President Dhruba Bahadur Pradhan had admitted the mistake and responded by postponing the elections and hold it completing the procedures by giving written information to its member associations. Current General Secretary Jeevan Ram Shrestha and vice-president Umesh Lal Shrestha are in the race to be the new president.
Since the list of the candidates was already announced, Jeevan Ram and Umesh Lal will be battling for the two-man duel for the presidency. In a 17-member central committee, a three-way battle is expected with Lama Tendi Sherpa, Chhimi Urken Gurung and Dipraj Gurung filing candidacy. Chatura-nanda Vaidhya and Rajeev Shrestha are vying for the post of joint general secretary.

Health & Style

Saturday Features

Manifestations and Paradoxes

Nitya Pandey
Today, when I attempt to analyse Shiva, I find an amazingly interesting figure who truly adds so much to our religion and mythology

They just don’t care about us

Guffadi
It’s about time the intellectuals, civil society members and ordinary folks from all walks of life join hands and take to the streets both in Tarai and across the country to demand an end to such violence

Symbolism and federalism

Chiran Raj Pandey
The deaths of SSP Laxman Neupane and 18-month-old Tek Bahadur Saud, along with six other policemen, have sparked cries of outrage and disdain against the violent pursuits of a handful Tharu activists against the delineation of federal states in Tikapur, Kailali. Here in Kathmandu, many have expressed disgust against the “carnage” in Kailali, the bestial response to a topical discussion in the CA—that of the demarcation of federal states in the new six-province federalism model, which has since morphed into a seven-province model.

SUBVERSIVE SIRU

Timothy Aryal
There is a line the protagonist delivers during the second-half of the play Sirumarani, which can roughly be translated from Nepali as,

The making of hip-hop history

Preena Shrestha
Even just on paper, as an attempt to trace the origins of one of hip-hop’s most influential and contentious ensembles, F Gary Gray’s Straight Outta Compton

R&R at Ratna Park

ALISHA SIJAPATI
When I was growing up, Ratna Park represented for me a place of mystery: I imagined what its soul was like from the many stories I heard about it.

Bam Dev must go!

Guffadi
Our dishonourable Home Minister Bam Dev seems to live in a bubble and has no clue about how to maintain law and order in this land of ours. Why do we have the most incompetent people heading our government ministries? Our politicians only know how to spew venom and blame others instead of talking less and doing more and taking responsibility for their failures.

This land is soaked in blood

Dipti Sherchan
Our land is soaked in the blood of the sons and daughters, fathers and mothers who came with hopes and continued to struggle

On violence

Pranaya SJB Rana
A life is a life, especially when it is extinguished. But sadly, some deaths mean more than others, some lives are just more precious