Dahal steps down to honour deal with NC

  • Says he wants to break the culture of not keeping word
Binod Ghimire, May 25 2017
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal resigned on Wednesday to what he called honour a deal he had reached with the Nepali Congress (NC) some 10 months ago.
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Polls on June 14 with added local units difficult, says EC

PRITHVI MAN SHRESTHA, Kathmandu, May 25 2017
Hours before announcing his resignation, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Wednesday sought to know from the Election Commission (EC) whether postponing the second phase of elections could be an option to bring the agitating Madhes-based parties on board the poll process.

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Leadership change won’t affect elections: Deuba

Post Report, Kathmandu, May 25 2017
Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba on Wednesday thanked Pushpa Kamal Dahal for resigning as the prime minister to pave the way for change in government leadership as part of a deal reached between the NC and the CPN (Maoist Centre).

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Govt to give loan sans interest to quake-hit

Post Report, Kathmandu, May 25 2017
The disadvantaged quake victims can now receive additional Rs 300,000 interest-free loans along with the state grant to rebuild their homes as per the government’s decision to implement working procedure 2017 which allows lendings on ‘community collateral’.

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Main News

Prez accepts resignation

Post Report, May 25 2017
President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Wednesday accepted the resignation tendered by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal.
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Deuba thanks Dahal for honouring deal, says change of guard won’t affect 2nd phase poll

Post Report, May 24 2017
Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba has thanked outgoing Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal for resigning from his post to make way for the change in government leadership as part of the deal reached between NC and CPN (Maoist Centre).
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PM Dahal hands over resignation to Prez

Post Report, May 24 2017
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal handed over his resignation letter to President Bidhya Devi Bhandari according to Article 298 (8.1) of the constitution.
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Money

World

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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Health & Style

Fiction Park

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.