Curfew lifted till 5 pm in Krishnanagar (Update)

    Post Report, Oct 22 2018
    The indefinite curfew imposed by the District Administration Office since Sunday evening at Krishnanagar in Kapilvastu has been lifted until 5 pm on Monday.
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    1 killed, over dozen injured as tipper overturns in Sindhupalchok

      Post Report, Oct 22 2018
      A person died and more than a dozen were injured when a tipper overturned at Bhainse in Sindhupalchok district on Monday.
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      A colourful Dashain (In photos)

      Oct 22 2018
      A colourful Dashain

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      Process begins to sack suspended police officers

      NAYAK PAUDEL, Kathmandu, Oct 22 2018
      The government has started the process to dismiss the then Kanchanpur Police chief SP Dilli Raj Bista for his negligence while investigating the July rape and murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Pant.

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      Ruling party rules out re-election chances

      SANJEEV GIRI, Kathmandu, Oct 22 2018
      A Central Secretariat meeting of the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) on Sunday decided not to accept the resignation tendered by Rambir Manandhar, a lawmaker who won the Kathmandu-7 federal parliament seat.

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      General Convention should be held in time: Shashank Koirala

      Post Report, MORANG, Oct 22 2018
      Nepali Congress (NC) General Secretary Shashank Koirala has said that the party general convention should be held in time.

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      Main News

      1 killed as tractor hits scooter in Janakpur

      Oct 22 2018
      A man died on the spot when a tractor hit a scooter he was riding on at Mujeliya of Janakpur-Dhalkebar road section in Janakpur Monday.
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      Dharahara reconstruction to kick off before Tihar

      Post Report, Oct 22 2018
      The reconstruction of Dharahara is set to begin as the National Reconstruction Authority has closed the deal with Raman Construction Pvt Ltd and its Chinese Joint Venture Partner GIETC.
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      Women farmers strike gold with herb farming

      RASTRIYA SAMACHAR SAMITI, Oct 22 2018
      A group of women in Beldandi Village of Shuklaphanta Municipality, Kanchanpur, are becoming financially with the success they struck in herb farming.
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      Money

      World

      Eighteen people died and 175 were injured when a train derailed in northeastern Taiwan on Sunday, authorities said, in the island’s worst rail disaster in more than three decades.

      Four carriages overturned in the crash, which occurred in Yilan County near the coast on a line popular among tourists when all eight cars ran off the tracks on a bend near a station, officials said.

      It was unclear what caused the crash. As of 9:35 p.m. (1335 GMT), all 366 passengers onboard - including the dead and injured - had been evacuated or removed from the wreckage, the Taiwan Railways Administration said.

      “The train was going very fast. I thought to myself: Why was it not slowing down on a curve?” 30-year-old Henry Tseng, who was onboard one of the overturned carriages and suffered eye injuries, told Reuters.

      “I hit a wall when the car started to flip. Around five to six people were thrown out of the carriage door...There’s no time to think what happened. Everyone was in a rush to get out,” he added.

      Hundreds of rescuers and military personnel worked through the wreckage with spotlights on Sunday night in search of survivors, with ambulances stationed nearby.

      Rescue workers, some attending to injured people at the scene, used cranes to lift the battered cars, some of which were lined in a zigzag pattern near the tracks.

      “Check there, check there,” several rescuers shouted while lifting a deformed car with a crane to look for survivors. Some rescuers climbed onto the top of an overturned carriage which had hit a pole carrying electricity.

      The official Central News Agency said the incident was the island’s deadliest rail tragedy since 30 were killed in a 1981 collision in northern Taiwan.

      “It’s terrifying. I really did not know how it happened. After a scene of terror, the train flipped, the seats were broken and suitcases were all over the place,” a seventh-grader with the surname Yang told the news agency.

      INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY

      “We need to get some water in quickly,” a woman was seen shouting in a live broadcast on Facebook shortly after the crush in the late afternoon. Several passengers, who appeared to be suffering from minor injuries, were carried out from a deformed car by local villagers before rescuers arrived, the video showed.

      “We will use all our strength and efforts for the rescue,” President Tsai Ing-wen wrote on her Facebook page.

      An investigation was under way to find out the cause of the crash, Taiwan Railways Administration said. “The train was in pretty good condition,” its Deputy Chief Lu Chieh-Shen told a news conference.

      An American citizen was injured. The authority was checking whether more foreigners were on board.

      The derailment came weeks ahead of island-wide local elections that are being seen as a bellwether for Tsai’s ruling party’s performance in presidential elections due in 2020.

      A commuter train travelling at high speed ran through a crowd of people on the rail tracks in northern India killing at least 59 people on Friday, state officials said, making it India’s worst rail disaster this year.

      Video footage from the scene showed hundreds had gathered to watch the burning of an effigy as part of the Dussehra festival celebrations, when a commuter train ran through the crowd.

      “We have 59 confirmed dead. The toll can rise,” State police chief Suresh Arora told Reuters, adding emergency officials were still trying to ascertain the extent of the disaster on the outskirts of Amritsar in Punjab state.

      A Reuters witness at the scene saw bodies of victims strewn around rail tracks, friends and relatives stood around in shock, many were sobbing and appeared distraught.

      An officer in the police control room said it was hard to confirm the toll as there were dismembered body parts all over.

      Reuters partner ANI, a domestic news agency, reported that the Chief Medical Officer of the Civil Hospital in Amritsar said 60 people were killed and at least 51 people were injured. Reuters could not immediately confirm that death toll.

      Police said it was “freak accident” as people did not hear the train approaching amid the din of festivities and fireworks.

      During the festival of Dussehra people all over the country set aflame large effigies of a 10-headed demon from the Hindu epic Ramayana in a ceremony that symbolizes the triumph of good over evil.

      In Amritsar, video footage showed the effigy of the demon Ravana had just been lit and firecrackers were going off when the train ploughed into the crowd, who were craning their necks and applauding the show.

      ANI reported that a witness at the scene said the train that ran over people was travelling at a high speed.

      Amarinder Singh, Punjab chief minister, said he was rushing to Amritsar to supervise relief and rescue operations.

      “We have also ordered an inquiry as to why this incident has taken place,” Singh told ANI, adding he did not know why the Dussehra celebrations were being held so close to the railway tracks.

      DECADES OF UNDERINVESTMENT

      Singh declared a state of mourning and said all offices and educational institutions across the state would remain closed on Saturday.

      A witness told Indian television channel Times Now that relatives of some of the deceased were picking up dead bodies by themselves and no proper rescue operations were currently taking place.

      Bodies of victims lay strewn around the scene and local television stations showed distraught and angry people, including a weeping mother who just lost a child.

      “Lot of students were gathered here and we can see so many unknown bodies lying around and there is not even enough light here even now,” one person on the scene told a local channel.

      Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was extremely saddened by the train accident.

      “The tragedy is heart-wrenching,” he tweeted. “My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones and I pray that the injured recover quickly. Have asked officials to provide immediate assistance that is required.”

      India’s state railways, largely built during colonial rule, have an appalling safety record after decades of underinvestment in rail safety infrastructure, as the priority has remained more on keeping fares low for the 23 million passengers who use the network daily.

      Seven people were killed and 21 were injured earlier this month when nine coaches of the New Farakka Express derailed in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

      Leading officials and scholars from around the world will gather in Beijing next week for the fifth meeting of China's flagship cultural forum to discuss how to build a community with a shared future for mankind through cultural exchanges, China Daily reported.

      The fifth conference of the Taihu World Cultural Forum, a Chinese NGO that promotes Chinese culture and serves as a platform for international nongovernment exchanges, will be held October 17 to 19 in the capital.

      This year's meeting calls on all countries to promote a shared future, push for exchanges among different cultures and lead the international community in the direction of cultural communication and coexistence, according to Yan Zhaozhu, president of the forum.

      "We call on people from cultural fields from China and around the world to shoulder historical responsibilities and promote connectivity of different cultures," he said.

      The three-day meeting is expected to see nearly a thousand participants including government officials from China, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Poland, Italy, Egypt and other countries, as well as experts, entrepreneurs and media members.

      It encompasses a series of activities such as an opening ceremony, plenary session, six thematic forums, high-end dialogues and a closing ceremony.

      Participants will discuss topics such as international relations, economy, culture, ecology, the Belt and Road Initiative, the internet, philosophy, sociology and traditional medicine under this year's theme of "Cultural Dialogue: Building a Community with a Shared Future for Mankind".

      The discussions aim to encourage people to exchange ideas and learn from each other to jointly contribute to the development of human civilization, and build a world with lasting peace and security, openness and tolerance as well as common prosperity.

      The forum and China Daily will co-host the gathering, with the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs, the Palace Museum, the Central Literature and History Research Institute, and the University of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences as co-sponsors, and will also receive support from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles, and the Counselor's Office of the State Council.

      Founded in 2008 by China, the forum is a well-known cultural promoter, and has successfully held four conferences in Suzhou, Jiangsu province in 2011; Hangzhou, Zhejiang province in 2013; Shanghai in 2014 and Macao in 2016, and invited people from all walks of life to participate in detailed discussions, dialogues and exchanges.

      A Bangladesh court on Wednesday sentenced Tarique Rahman, the acting chairman of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) to life in jail, and 19 more to death, over a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2004, lawyers said.

      The opposition is in disarray ahead of general elections set for December, with Rahman trying to run its campaign from exile in London after his mother and party leader, former premier Khaleda Zia, was jailed on corruption charges in February.

      A special court gave the death penalty to 19 people, several of them BNP leaders, including former junior home minister Lutfuzzaman Babar, for an attack on a public rally in 2004, government lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kazal told reporters. Rahman and other BNP members were among the 19 sentenced to life terms.

      However, the government is dissatisfied with the sentence and will appeal to the Supreme Court, seeking the death penalty for Rahman, Kazal added.

      “We are not happy with this judgment as we expected that all of them (BNP members) would get death sentences, especially Tarique,” he said.

      Minutes into Hasina’s speech at the rally in 2004, assailants threw grenades that killed 24 people and wounded more than 500, most of them workers of her Awami League party, which was in the opposition at the time.

      The court delivered the verdict “as per government wish,” said BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

      “We reject this verdict,” he told a news briefing.

      The party plans to challenge the court verdict, its lawyer, Sanaullah Mian, said. “The judgment was not given in a just way, so we will go for appeal and we believe all of them will be freed without any charges,” he added.

      Entertainment

      Sports

      Paragliding world cup championship is to be organised from November 1 to 4 at the Sworek ground of Bhirkot municipality -5 in Syangja district.

      Nepal Paragliding Association, Nepal Air Sports Association and the Babu Adventure Club, Syangja are jointly organising the event with the coordination of the District Coordination Committee, Syangja.

      General-secretary of Nepal Paragliding and Hand-gliding Association general secretary and programme coordinator, Shailendra Rawat, said that the paragliding world cup is taking place for the first time in Nepal. He said it was a pride for the state as well as the players.

      Coordinator of the paragliding competition management main committee, Sita Sundas, believed that the championship would help enhance Syangja district’s identity cross the globe. Also the chief of the District Coordination Committee, she said the championship would be an important occasion for publicizing the possibility of air sports in the country at the international level.

      It is believed that the paragliding world cup championship will play a significant role in introducing the Aandhikhola Valley aviation zone in the district to the world.

      Teen leg spin prodigy Sandeep Lamichhane’s Biratnagar Titans will play against Sharad Vesawkar-led Pokhara Paltan as fixtures of the Pokhara Premier League was released on Monday.

      Lamichhane is the marquee player of Titans who are yet to confirm him as skipper of the franchise. Experienced Vesawkar, meanwhile, is almost certain to win the captaincy for the Paltan. The city-based franchise Twenty20 cricket tournament begins from October 26 in Pokhara. The opening day will have only one match.

      The tournament day will be followed by a double header where Chitwan Rhinos will take on Butwal Blasters before Kathmandu Royals tackle Dhangadhi Blues in the day’s second game. National team skipper Paras Khadka is leading the Rhinos and fast bowling spearhead Sompal Kami is the captain of the Blasters’ side.

      National team vice-captain Gyanendra Malla will be looking after the Royals and Blues have Dipendra Singh Airee as its marquee player. In a different format of the tournament, the side finishing at the top of the table will directly enter the final. The second and third placed team will clash in the only Eliminator to vie for the final berth.

      The Eliminator is scheduled for November 4 and the final will be held on November 6. According to the fixtures released by organisers Queen’s Event Management Pvt Ltd, the tournament will have two rest days. While the best players of the tournament – man-of-the-series, best bowler and batsman – will get a motorcycle each, the cash purse for the champions is yet to be revealed.

      Meanwhile, Queen’s have roped in Grande International Hospital as PPL’s official medical partner. According to the agreement, Grande will provide PPL with required medical assistance including doctors, physiotherapists and emergency medical aid during match days.

      Queen’s Managing Director Chhumbi Lama and Grande Director Dr Chakra Raj Pandey signed the memorandum of understanding during a programme in the hospital.

      Health & Style

      Fiction Park

      Burman Stumps the Runner

      Sudeep Sonawane, Oct 07 2018
      Mumbai Mail’s editorial office was quiet except for the staccato of journalists typing on computer keyboards. Vasant Dev entered the sports department with a cigarette dangling from the corner of his mouth. Ricky Burman ignored him and continued rewriting the headline for an agency report. Barcelona Football Club’s 3-1 victory over Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League match elated him. He made a special effort to design the broadsheet news page well on the computer.
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      Saturday Features

      Three-legged race

      ACHYUT WAGLE
      The diplomatic history of modern Nepal is over two centuries old, if measured from the establishment of formal diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom in 1816.

      Bam Dev for President

      Guffadi
      Bam Dev is an unlucky man. While his friends and foes won elections left and right, our man lost because of what you call political conspiracies.

      The vegetarian

      Bibhu Luitel
      Now that Dashain has begun, so many people I know have already started making plans to buy goats and sheep of a fair weight. “Let me enjoy kebab, korma and taas. You can indulge in ghiraula and farsi,” teased a friend who keeps mocking me for every little thing I do. And with the holiday season, the vegetarian jokes have also begun.

      The public life of women

      Diwas KC, NAYANTARA GURUNG KAKSHAPATI
      Since 2011, Nepal Picture Library has been collecting, digitising, and documenting photographs from all types of sources with the objective of safeguarding a visual repository of ordinary life, social history, and public culture in Nepal.

      Short shorts

      Prateebha Tuladhar
      With some people, you can never tell. That’s how it was with her the first time he saw her. He could not tell who she was, what she did or thought, or how old. In fact, he hadn’t even noticed her. He saw her standing outside the bookstore. She waited for a bit and then she walked off in haste and was gone. Not important enough to take notice.

      Cultivating and collaborating

      ABANI MALLA
      In Mangalbazar, past a honking flood of vehicles, beyond a throng of people and behind the Krishna Mandir, there is a rose-pink structure with a large eyesore of a sign. This is the Yala Heritage Home and inside, on the top floor, is an artistic family. Eight people, representing their own diverse cultures and personalities, have gathered here to plumb the depths, circling the arts, culture, the environment and the people of the valley. These six artists, along with two curators, are part of Photo Kathmandu’s month-long mixed-media residency programme.

      The waking

      PRANAYA SJB RANA
      The first room is that of unbridled expression, free of form and free even of thought. Empty walls, white and unblemished, invite all to draw, scribble, graffiti. This is the room where we are all children, a time when thought doesn’t interfere in expression. Infants, children in time, unthinking, unblinking, with our entire lives ahead of us, nothing but a blank canvas.

      An ethics of seeing

      AYUSHMA REGMI
      Of photography, essayist Susan Sontag wrote, “In teaching us a new visual code, photographs alter and enlarge our notions of what is worth looking at and what we have a right to observe.

      Burning, raging

      Richa Bhattarai
      In how many ways can you write on loyalties in times of war, fragility and manipulation? Karachi-born author Kamila Shamsie has just done this, for the seventh time, in her latest novel Home Fire. Through her usual brilliant writing, she makes the subject matter seem as novel, raw and hard-hitting as if she were exploring this politically fraught and religion-ridden world for the very first time.