Dashain becoming bland in villages along Surkhet-Jajarkot

    Harihar Singh Rathore, Sep 26 2017
    The word Dashain evokes the memories of flying kites, family gathering, Linge Ping (traditional swing), sound of Madal, Mayur Dance, Tappa Dance, Maruni, Sorathi, among other things related with the annual festival.
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    Omani DPM says Nepal carries strategic importance

    • PM Deuba’s four-day official visit to Oman
    • Will open embassy in Nepal: DPM Al-Said
    HOM KARKI, Sep 26 2017
    Oman’s Deputy Prime Minister Sayyid Fahad bin Mahmood Al-Said has said that Nepal has high strategic value and suggested visiting Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to reap benefit out of the development of its two giant neighbours India and China.
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    Sealed stores in Durbarmarg reopen

      Post Report, Sep 26 2017
      The nine branded stores on Durbarmarg that were sealed by the Ministry of Supplies on the charge of overpricing have reopened for business after 20 days. They have been allowed to resume operations without facing any legal action under direct orders from Supplies Minister Shiva Kumar Mandal.
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      Parties raise concern about similar election symbols

      • Say they could confuse voters no end during upcoming polls
      PRITHVI MAN SHRESTHA, Sep 26 2017
      An umbrella and an umbrella inside a circle. A plough inside a circle and a plough inside a rectangle. And there are different combinations of a sickle, a hammer and a star.
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      1.9 million people leave Kathmandu Valley in 20 days for Dashain

      Kathmandu, Sep 26 2017
      So far 190 thousand people have left for their homes for Dashain celebrations.

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      Agitating doctors to continue protest throughout Dashain

      Post Report, Sep 26 2017
      Nepal Medical Association (NMA) has renewed its warning to continue its protest programmes including halting of all forms of medical services except emergency ones from all hospitals across the country citing the government’s failure to make any concrete decision to address the demands of agitating doctors.
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      Black marketeers getting impunity due to lack of proper law: Minister Mandal

      Post Report, Sep 26 2017
      Minister for Supplies Shiva Kumar Mandal has said that the black marketeers are getting impunity due to lack of proper law to take action against them.
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      Update: Kavre jeep accident death toll reaches 7

      Post Report, Sep 26 2017
      At least seven persons died and a child sustained critical injuries when a Bolero Jeep they were travelling in met with an accident at Shikharambote in Roshi Rural Municipality-3 of Kavrepalanchok on Tuesday.
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      Khagendra Ranabhat of Nepal Army claimed the title of Liglige Daud as athletes from the departmental teams swept the top three positions on Monday.

      Ranabhat from Doti clocked 1 hour 2 minutes to to win the 13.5km race that started from Marshyangdi and finished at the Ligligkot of Gorkha.

      He was rewarded with Rs 50,505. Ramji Basnet (1:04:00) ended up in second and Krishna Basnet (1:05:38) in third.

      They were rewarded with Rs 30,305 and Rs 20,205. Altogether 105 runners competed in the event.

      Santoshi Shrestha of Dhading defended the women’s title with the timings of 39 minutes to better her last year’s record by one minute.

      Nepal Army’s Sanumaya Karki (45 minute) finished second and Mira Shrestha (48 minute) third. The top three finishers earned Rs 15,500, Rs 10,005 and Rs 5,005 respectively.  

      According to the organiser Ligligkot Development Initiative (LDI), the race was imitation of 17th century tradition of the Ligligkot State of Gorkha District.

      The LDI has been holding the race annually since 2010 with the objective of promoting domestic and international tourism.

      Nepal take on Palestine in their last Group ‘D’ match of the AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers on Sunday as the hosts eye an unlikely qualification to the finals at the APF grounds in Halchowk. 
       
      While the winners from each pool are guaranteed a spot in next year’s finals, the five best runners-up from 10 groups will also go through. Nepal are currently third in the four-team Group ‘D’ with just one point to their name and even a victory might not suffice in taking them through. Iraq lead the table with six points and will meet India in their final match on Sunday. Even a draw in Sunday’s early game will be enough for Iraq to go through, while India will finish runners-up and open up their chances instead. 
       
      Provided India — on four points — lose on Sunday, Nepal must beat Palestine by a margin that should be enough in leapfrogging their South Asian neighbours in the standings in terms of goal difference. Nepal have minus one goal difference and India, who played a 2-2 draw against Nepal, have plus three following their 3-0 victory over Palestine in the Qualifiers’ opener. If Nepal manage to finish as unlikely runners-up in Group ‘D’, their fate will still be determined by how other runners-up fare in remaining nine pools. 
       
      “To keep our faint hopes of qualification, we have no other option but to beat Palestine in the last game. But I am afraid that it may still be insufficient for us to finish the best runners-up,” Nepal’s coach Sunil Shrestha had said after the draw over India on Friday. Making their intent clear for the last match, India coach Bibiano Fernandes said: “We will go for all three points against Iraq to ensure we finish top of the standings and qualify for the finals.” 
       
      Iraqi coach Ali Hadi Mohsin is also adamant of returning home with hundred percent winning record and didn’t care much on their status as table toppers. “We are not yet qualified and will take next match the same way we have been taking everything so far. We take all opponents as a tough ones and our next game against India will be no exception,” said Mohsin.
       
      Group D Points Table
      Team P W D L GF GA Pts
      Iraq 2 2 0 0 5 0 6
      India 2 1 1 0 5 2 4
      Nepal 2 0 1 1 2 3 1
      Palestine 2 0 0 2 0 7 0

      Health & Style

      Fiction Park

      The Art of Tenderising Meat

      Sandesh Ghimire, Sep 24 2017
      “If we allow that human life can be governed by reason, the possibility of life is annihilated.” —Leo Tolstoy
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      Saturday Features

      Faceless

      Post Report
      People are better at remembering other people through their faces than their names. We come across so many faces every day, and they in turn sometimes shape who we are.

      Decoding the teenage mind

      Tirtha Gurung recently published his first novel, Pathshala. Pathshala is one of the few books in Nepali literature written from the perspective of a teenager for teenagers.

      Rocket Man vs Dotard!

      Guffadi
      King Deuba is in New York City and so is our Foreign Minister Mahara but they seem to be lost in the crowd. How come our netas don’t make any news when they attend the UN picnic every year?

      Form without substance

      Sandesh Ghimire
      Curious theatre goers: there is good news and there is bad news. The good news is that there is an ongoing stage production whose production value will fill you with awe, excitement, and wonder. The bad news is the production does not have the depth that one expects out of a theatre production.

      As luck would have it

      OBIE SHRESTHA
      Just call Steven Soderbergh the Boy Who Cried Retirement. Back in 2013, the director had announced he would no longer be making films.

      Alone in the crowd

      Prateebha Tuladhar
      I can feel her breath against my cheek. She blows every time she talks to her friend, hot air that speaks of the residue of a hundred things.

      The Tragedy at Tundikhel

      Sanjit Bhakta Pradhananga
      There are those that describe Tundikhel as Kathmandu’s lungs. In a city that is swallowing itself whole, Tundikhel is one of the last surviving large public spaces in its inner core.

      Marching to the tune of history

      ALISHA SIJAPATI
      On Wednesday, a day before Ghatasthapana kicked off the annual festive season, members of the Shardul Jung Gulma—the 165-member company of the Nepali Army garrisoned at the Kathmandu Durbar Square—were busy scrubbing and polishing the Dashain Ghar at the palace.

      Flood recovery plan set to exclude tenant farmers

      Peter Gill, BHOLA PASWAN
      In Pipara, a predominantly Dalit settlement in Kanchanpur Municpality of Saptari District, floods hit mid-day on August 12.