4 Nepalis hurt as Indian SSB men open fire ‘indiscriminately’

  • Nepal takes strong exception to firing in Nepali territory
ANIL GIRI, Nov 26 2015
Government of Nepal has taken strong exception to Indian security forces crossing into the Nepali territory and firing ‘indiscriminately’ at Nepali citizens on Wednesday.
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PM Oli intensifies consultations to find a solution

    Post Report, Nov 25 2015

    Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli begins intensive consultations with ruling and opposition party leaders to find a solution to the Madhes crisis. He met UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who leads the talks team, three times on Wednesday. Oli told Dahal that he would not stand in the way of solution proposed by Dahal to split the disputed districts in order address the Madhesi demands, provided that Nepali Congress and agitating Madhesi parties agree to it, according to sources.

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    Govt to ‘use force’ to keep highways open

      Manish Gautam, Nov 26 2015

      The government has decided to adopt zero tolerance policy on highway obstructions and said it would use force, if necessary, to keep the lifeline open to ensure supplies.

      In view of ongoing highway obstructions by protesters in the Tarai, the Ministry of Home Affairs has implemented a new security plan, directing authorities ‘to take strict measures to ensure smooth operation of the lifeline’.
      “Strict directives have been given to ensure that the roads are open. If protesters obstruct the highways, security agencies will use strong force,” said Laxmi Prasad Dhakal, spokesperson for the home ministry.  The MoHA has asked Nepal Police, the Armed Police Force (APF) and the National Investigation Department to deploy additional personnel along the highways and ‘use maximum force if the situation demands.’
      Implementing its reviewed integrated security plan on Tuesday amidst increasing protests in the Tarai, which have turned violent of late, the MoHA has classified nine districts —Sunsari, Siraha,  Saptari in the Eastern Region, Dhanusha, Mahottari, Sarlahi, Rautahat, Bara and Parsa—as ‘highly sensitive’ areas.
      Around 12,000 Nepal Police forces and as many APF personnel as a supporting unit will be deployed in these nine districts. Other five districts - Morang, Rupandehi, Kapilbastu, Banke and Kailali - have been deemed ‘extra sensitive’ while Jhapa, Nawalparasi, Bardiya and Kanchanpur have been classified as ‘sensitive’ districts.
      The Nepal Police headquarters and APF headquarters have already begun preparations to send additional forces to these districts.
      “We have conducted assessments and the reserve force will be deployed as needed,” said Deputy Inspector General of Police Kamal Singh Bam, who is also the spokesperson for Nepal Police.
      The new integrated security plan was developed after vehicles carrying essential drugs were torched by protesters while on Sunday a riot broke out in the wee hours of Sunday in Saptari where at least three protesters were killed when security forces ‘opened fire in self-defence’. After the incident, a meeting of the Central Security Committee headed by Minister for Home Affairs Shakti Basnet had decided to take stern measures to quell the violence.

      District classification

      Highly Sensitive
      Sunsari, Siraha, Saptari (Eastern Region) and Dhanusha, Mahottari, Sarlahi, Rautahat, Bara and Parsa (Central Region)
      Extra sensitive
      Morang, Rupandehi, Kapilbastu, Banke and Kailali
      Jhapa, Nawalparasi, Bardiya and Kanchanpur

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      Madhesi parties for ‘tentative deal’ to end standoff

      Post Report, Kathmandu, Nov 26 2015
      Madhes-centric parties have stressed that at least “a tentative deal” on demarcation of federal boundaries was necessary to end the current Tarai standoff even as the major parties try to get a buy-in of the agitating parties on the two amendments to the constitution.

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      Fifa action warms up cold case

      BHADRA SHARMA, Kathmandu, Nov 26 2015
      The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority has dropped a hint that it could reopen graft case against Ganesh Thapa.
      Hot on the heels of Fifa ban on Anfa President Ganesh Thapa on bribery and corruption charges, the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) is considering reopening the corruption case against the under fire former football forward.

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      Main News

      Koirala to return from US medical trip on Thursday

      Post Report, Nov 25 2015
      Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala will return from his medical trip to the United States on Thursday night.
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      Former CA chair Nembang awaits party responsibility

      Post Report, Nov 25 2015
      Over a month on since resigning as the Constituent Assembly Chairman, Subash Nembang said he still awaits responsibility from his party, CPN-UML.
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      Industrialist Mittal passes away

      Sangam Prasain, Nov 25 2015
      Industrialist Banwari Lal Mittal, best known for pioneering commercial helicopter services in Nepal, passed away at his residence in Gyaneshwor on Wednesday. He was 79.
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      The National Sports Council (NSC) has decided to investigate the recent development in Nepali football following a 10-year suspension imposed on All Nepal Football Association (Anfa) President Ganesh Thapa by football’s world governing body Fifa.

      NSC Member Secretary Keshav Kumar Bista, in a meeting with AFC representative Purushottam Kattel, Minister for Youth and Sports Satya Narayan Mandal and Anfa General Secretary Dhirendra Pradhan, had proposed to form a probe committee. All the participants in the meet had agreed to form the investigative body.
      The committee will probe on Thapa’s ban, match-fixing scandal, fielding over-aged player in AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers, claims of Anfa operating against its statute and nomination of Narendra Shrestha as Anfa Acting President.
      NSC Press Advisor Rohit Dahal said the committee will be formed in a day or two and will submit its report after one month. AFC representative Kattel, who is here to take stock of the current situation in Nepali football, also had a meeting with Nepal Olympic Committee President Jeevan Ram Shrestha on Monday.

      Skipper Neil Dexter gave an allround performance as Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) wrapped up their Nepal tour with an impressive 40-run win over Nepal XI in a Twenty20 match on Monday.

      At the TU Stadium grounds, Dexter’s explosive 51-ball 83 guided MCC to 169-3 in 20 overs. The MCC skipper then picked up four wickets as Nepal XI finished at 129-8 in 20 overs. The only positive for Nepal XI was a 53-run stand between Gyanendra Malla and Rajesh Pulami Magar.
      From 38-3 in 8.1 overs, Malla and Magar kept Nepal XI in the hunt with the stand before Dexter removed both batsmen in consecutive balls to halt the hosts’ innings. Magar made 26 off 22 and Malla contributed 23 off 15 balls with both batsmen hitting two boundaries and a six each.
      Sumit Maharjan was the next best run-scorer, making an unbeaten 19-ball 17. Opener Dilip Nath scored 17 off 18 with three fours, while Subash Khakurel (11) and Dipendra Airee (11) were other batsmen to make runs in double figures. Dexter returned the figures of 4-27 from four overs with Alex McQueen also taking 2-30 from four.
      Earlier, No 3 batsman Michael Coles made a 30-ball 27 with three fours before Dexter batted with aggression. He forged an 88-run unbroken partnership with Steve Clark (16) for the fourth wicket smashing nine fours and four sixes.
      He provided the lift in the final over from Karan KC hammering the fast bowler for 30 runs. The MCC team returned on Monday following the completion of their 10-day tour where they played six matches.
      Dexter said he was overwhelmed by the reception from Nepal. “The tour was really amazing. The reception that was given to us was something that is out of this world. We would be happy to revisit the country again,” said Dexter.

      The two-day game between Nepal XI and Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) ended in a draw here at the Tribhuvan University ground on Sunday.

      MCC declared their first innings at 178-9 in reply to Nepal’s 228-8 declared on the first day. The home team on Sunday declared their second knock at 172-7 in 35 overs leaving a very little time for MCC to chase over 200 runs. At close, MCC were 38-1.
      Resuming the second day at 72-5, MCC had skipper Neil Dexter to thank for the total. Dexter, who resumed at 21, scored 72 and his 84-ball knock included 14 fours and a six. Shakti Gauchan was the pick of the Nepal XI bowlers with 4-33, while Karan KC took 3-36.
      In their second knock, Nepal XI were indebted to Pradeep Airee and Rajesh Pulami to pile on a big total. Airee made 73-ball 67 with six fours and three sixes, while Pulami made 49. Pulami struck nine fours and a six. Steve Clark grabbed 3-26 for MCC. MCC will round up their 11-day Nepal Tour with a Twenty20 match against Nepal  XI on Monday.

      CAN prepares for fourth General Assembly

      Kathmandu: Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) on Sunday met with National Sports Council (NSC) Member Secretary Keshav Kumar Shrestha to discuss on the its impending fourth General Assembly that will elect a new central executive committee for the next four years.
      “We are supposed to hold our General Assembly by mid-December but the date can be pushed back taking the consent of NSC,” said CAN President Tanka Aangbuhang refuting General Secretary Ashok Nath Pyakurel’s version that they have fixed the date for December 14-15. CAN is flexing its muscle since Special Court’s ruling on November 5 to clear 10 of its officials of corruption charges.
      The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on June 8 last year has charge-sheeted the 10 officials including Aangbuhang and Pyakurel for their alleged involvement in embezzling millions of rupees at different time frame. The CIAA had alleged the officials of embezzling a total of Rs 14.43 million from the funds provided by the government and international governing bodies.
      A CAN statement on Sunday also said it has decided to reward the Under-19 cricketers with Rs 50,000 each for their successful campaign in the ICC U-19 World Cup Qualifier in October in Malaysia. Nepal earned a ticket to the U-19 World Cup to be held in Bangladesh next year.
      CAN also announced a three-team Double Round Robin League tournament for Nov 27-Dec 2 in Kathmandu to prepare a strong team for the U-19 World Cup. CAN said it will form three teams including 14 players that represented Nepal in the Qualifiers in Malaysia along with four reserves. Rest of the players will be picked up from nine development regions.

      Health & Style

      Saturday Features

      In search of a saviour

      The festival of lights is over and we all have no choice but to face the darkness that hovers around us. Our government banned firecrackers and imposed a 10 pm curfew even during the festive season but such laws didn’t apply to dohoris and dance bars that operated past midnight, disturbing neighbourhoods.

      A New world order

      Madhukar Sjb Rana
      Let’s start with the basics: By ‘world order’, Henry Kissinger, in his book, World Order: Character of Nations and the Course of History, means “the concept held by a region or civilisation about the nature of just arrangement and distribution of power thought to be applicable in the entire world.

      Creating Nepal’s own Quartet

      John Narayan Parajuli
      The current conflict between the state and Madhes, the polarisation of the society between Madhesi and Pahadi communities has put a spotlight on the absence of a national conflict resolution mechanism.

      Traders in the Land of Snows

      Kamal Ratna Tuladhar
      The old Tibet trade is a celebrated period in Nepal’s history when commercial and cultural exchanges across the high Himalaya reached exalted heights. For over a thousand years, generations of merchants of Kathmandu have journeyed across the frozen passes in great mule caravans to conduct business in Lhasa and other trade centres in the Land of Snows.

      Documentaries in vogue

      Gaurav Pote
      As the 10th edition of Film Southasia (FSA) chugs ahead in full swing, documentary makers and enthusiasts are eager to celebrate and share the art of storytelling that documentaries are. But they have the rest—those new to the genre or non-inclined towards non-fiction films—wondering just what is it about these films that draws people to them.

      Double-O disappointment

      Preena Shrestha
      Bond is back, but looking a little worse for wear. Having notched up twenty-something films so far, divided into around half a dozen reboots, the franchise based on the novels of the late Ian Fleming has been chugging along dependably for more than 50 years, proving the most enduring film series of its kind.

      Nepal’s road to rap

      You might not know it, but Nepal is in its golden age of hip-hop. More artists than ever before are heading to the studio, to Youtube, and to the battle arena to create and showcase their skills. Nepali hip-hop—called Nephop by fans—is receiving a lot of online attention from Nepali fans at home and abroad, promoting a new generation of artists, many who have gained exposure through the online series Raw Barz.

      Cobbling from dreams

      Pratibha Tuladhar
      Binod (Bhim) Shakya, a repousse artist, abandons his hammer and chisel and goes to sleep on the floor, propping his head against a wooden block when he can’t make sense of work. The 41-year-old artist says it’s his thing to do when he becomes muddled in his head and doesn’t know how to proceed.

      A coterie of unequals

      So far, we have had a Madhesi and a woman President. But these efforts amount to little when it comes to addressing issues surrounding poverty and rectifying the asymmetrical distribution of power in our country.You just have to look at the student statistics of elite American universities to see it. The US lags behind Nepal, a country with a historically lopsided wealth-distribution system, in the GINI index (the former scores .41 as opposed to the latter’s .328), which measures a country’s economic inequality, but some of the best institutions in the US, which are meant to nurture and support the best and brightest minds in the world, give an opposite impression.