PM to make an address from Singha Durbar today

    Post Report, May 24 2017
    Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal is making an address to the nation from Singha Durbar at 4 pm on Wednesday, his personal secretary Prakash Dahal informed.
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    Parliament meeting postponed after consensus remains elusive

      Post Report, May 24 2017
      The meeting of the Legislature Parliament has been postponed for Thursday after major parties failed to reach any consensus.
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      Nepal braces for deceleration in per capita income growth

      RUPAK D SHARMA, Kathmandu, May 24 2017
      Average income of Nepalis, which is growing at a sluggish pace, may not even rise at the current rate in the coming years if productivity fails to improve rapidly across various sectors, public investments do not go up and agricultural yields continue to remain low, a latest World Bank report says.

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      UML stands between PM and Parliament

      Binod Ghimire, Kathmandu, May 24 2017
      Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal and his Cabinet members pose for a photo in Baluwatar on Tuesday. RSS
      He will; he will not. Confusion reigned supreme the whole day on Tuesday as information—in bits and pieces—came trickling in about Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s possible announcement of resignation through an address in Parliament.

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      Aspirant candidate spends Rs 1.5m to open 6km track

      BASANTA PRATAP SINGH, SURMA (BAJHANG), May 24 2017
      An aspirant candidate for the chairperson of Surma Village Council in Bajhang has personally spent Rs 1.5 million to open a 6 km track in an apparent bid to attract voters’ attention ahead of the second phase of local elections slated for June 14.

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      Main News

      UML accuses govt of gerrymandering

      TIKA R PRADHAN, May 24 2017
      The opposition CPN-UML has taken serious exception to the government’s decision to increase the number of local federal units in the midst of the polls, charging the ruling parties with gerrymandering.
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      Decision to increase number of local units puts EC in a fix

      PRITHVI MAN SHRESTHA, May 24 2017
      The government’s decision to increase the number of local units in 12 districts along the plains three weeks before the scheduled second phase of local elections has left the Election Commission (EC) in a fix.
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      NC wins mayor and deputy mayor in Lalitpur metro

      Post Report, May 24 2017
      Nepali Congress (NC) candidate Chiri Babu Maharjan has been elected as the mayor of Lalitpur Metrpolitan City.
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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.

      Entertainment

      Sports

      Seven young shuttlers studying at the government schools of Kathmandu have earned themselves opportunity to assimilate with the Australian culture following their enrolment in the Shuttle Time Connect programme. 

      Bijaya Maka (Bageshwori HS School), Prasiddhi Aganja (Basu HS School), Rashmi Maharjan (Jana Sewa HS School), Sujan Khadka (Ratna Rajya HS School), Shailee Shah (Kaika Sharan HS School), Ambar Bahadur Magar (Sitaram HS School) and Yunikua Niraula (Bal Bikash Secondary School) are leaving for Gold Coast, Australia on Friday under an exchange programme. 

      Run by the World Badminton Federation in 108 different countries, Shuttle Time Connect is an international school badminton programme that offers young kids an opportunity to get cross cultural understanding through exchange programmes. Sports Matters and Badminton Australia have connected the schools from Kathmandu with seven Australian schools to share sports, educational and cultural experience through badminton.

      Gold Coast is hosting the Sudirman Cup Badminton Championships from May 21 and the Nepali students will be joining over 500 students for badminton activities on court on the sidelines of the tournament. Apart from their engagement in the Sudirman Cup, the Nepali students will also join educational and cultural exchange with Gold Coast schools.

      The seven students were picked up following their involvement in the Shuttle Time Connect programme of Kathmandu that initially enrolled students from 40 schools. Deepak Thapa, Shuttle Time Connect coordinator and Kathmandu Badminton Association President, said it was not an easy task to prepare the final list of players.

      “It was really tough to pick up the final seven because we had to select those kids who play badminton and are equally good in performing cultural activities and education. Additionally, they needed to be from government schools as well. Those were the criteria set by the programme and we had to prepare them accordingly,” said Thapa adding their tour of Australia will be fruitful for the kids. 

      “Its a great programme because the kids will get to learn about various culture of a country. They will also be joining classes in Gold Coast schools and coordinate with their schools in Kathmandu through skype. This is a wonderful opportunity for students who seek to learn more,” added Thapa.

      The Nepali kids will be accompanied by two teachers Manoj Acharya (Ratna Rajya) and Ram Laxmi Koju (Bageshwori) along with two parents. Two officials from the Nepal Badminton Association will also leave with the team which will be led by Thapa.

      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.