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Poll symbol rule riles fringe forces

    PRITHVI MAN SHRESTHA, Feb 26 2017
    Those political parties which are not represented in the incumbent Parliament but wish to participate in local level elections set for May 14 will have only 10 days for campaigning, as per the poll scheduled unveiled by the Election Commission, and this has riled fringe forces.
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    FSU poll process hamstrung by arson, padlocking

    Post Report, Kathmandu, Feb 26 2017
    A rally taken out by Neelkantha Campus students in Dhading on Saturday. Post photo: Harihar singh Rathour
    The candidate nomination process of the Free Student Union election at the Tribhuvan University colleges was affected on Saturday following the arson and padlocking by various student unions across the country.

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    Police round up four on charge of fraud

    Post Report, Kathmandu, Feb 26 2017
    Police have arrested four persons including former chairman of Nepal Association of Foreign Employment Agencies for their involvement in fraud.

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    ‘Morcha on the cusp of severing ties with govt’

    Post Report, Kathmandu, Feb 26 2017
    The Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (SLMM), an alliance of seven Madhes-based parties, may withdraw their support to the government anytime soon, a senior Madhesi leader said on Saturday.

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    Bird flu in poultry farm in Pokhara alarms officials

    LAL PRASAD SHARMA, Pokhara, Feb 26 2017
    The H5N1 influenza virus has been detected in a poultry farm in Pokhara-18, Kaski, raising alarm bells of a possible outbreak.

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    Nepse slips on profit booking

    Post Report, Kathmandu, Feb 26 2017
    Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse) last week lost 6.39 points to close at 1,337.46 points, as investors rushed to book profits amid rising prices.

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    Main News

    One district one product: Eastern districts execute scheme

    Binod Bhandari, Feb 26 2017
    Eight districts in the eastern region have focused on “One District One Product” programme under the Prime Minister Agriculture Modernisation Project.
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    NEA relaxes hydrology penalty

    BIBEK SUBEDI, Feb 26 2017
    Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has said project’s generating one to 10 megawatts of electricity will not be fined even if they fail to supply up to 50 percent of power they had pledged to sell to NEA at the time of signing power purchase agreement (PPA).
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    Export cash incentive scheme ‘fails’ to meet desired objectives

    RUPAK D SHARMA, Feb 26 2017
    In December, 40 tonnes of yellow lentils worth over Rs10 million being smuggled from India were intercepted by the police in Parsa.
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    Money

    World

    Militants attacked two Syrian security offices in the western city of Homs on Saturday with guns and suicide bombers, killing at least 42 people including a senior officer, a war monitor said.

    The attackers killed the head of military security and 29 others at one of its headquarters in the city and 12 more people at a branch of state security in attacks that began early in the morning, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

    Syrian state television reported that clashes had rocked the districts of al-Ghouta and al-Mohata, where the two targets were located, before three suicide bombers detonated their explosives at each place. It did not give a death toll.

    It was not immediately clear if the militants were from Islamic State or other groups, the Observatory, a Britain-based war monitor, said.

    IS has carried out bombing attacks in the city, which is under government control except for one besieged district held by more moderate rebels. Several bombings have targeted Syrian cities held by the government of President Bashar al-Assad in recent months.

    Entertainment

    Sports

    Himalayan Sherpa Club edged Jhapa XI 2-1 in extra time to enter the semi-finals of the 19th TIlottama Gold Cup football tournament on Saturday.

    At the Anfa Technical Centre, African recruit Alex scored a 110th minute winner to seal the last eight spot for the Sherpas who had taken the lead in the 37th minute through Chetan Kumar Tharu.

    Jhapa hit back three minutes later through Sanjog Rai who headed home a cross from Nishant Khadka. Sherpas missed several goal scoring chances but their luck finally struck in the last minute of the game when Alex headed a pass from another African recruit Alen. In the quarter-finals, Sherpas will take on the winners of Monday’s match between Sankata Club and Tribhuvan Army Club. On Sunday, Rupandehi XI will meet Dharan FC. (PR)

    South Africa captain AB de Villiers became the fastest man to score 9,000 one-day international runs as he led his side to a 159-run victory over New Zealand in the third one-day international on Saturday.

    De Villiers scored 85, having needed just five runs to surpass former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who took 228 innings to achieve the milestone. De Villiers did it in his 205th innings.

    South Africa scored a credible 271-8 in their 50 overs and then their pace bowlers ripped the top off the hosts batting to reduce them to 58 for six in the 20th over before bowling them out for 112 in 32.2 overs.

    The victory gave de Villiers' team a 2-1 lead in the five-match series with the fourth game in Hamilton on Wednesday.

    Colin de Grandhomme was the only New Zealand batsmen to really come to grips with the drop-in pitch at Wellington Regional Stadium with 34 not out and highlighted that he was batting too low at number eight in the order.

    Andile Phehlukwayo (2-12 from five overs) and Dwaine Pretorius (3-5 from 5.2 overs) were the most economical of the South African bowlers.

    De Villiers had again held his side's innings together with a composed knock and was only dismissed in the final over when he failed to get underneath a Trent Boult full toss and was caught on the boundary.

    Quinton de Kock also gave his side a solid foundation with 68, the opener passing 50 in his last five one-day matches.

    The visitors were adept at rotating the strike and ticking the scoreboard over, with 116 runs coming from singles.

    A surprising double strike by de Grandhomme in the 23rd over slowed the visitors momentum, with the all-rounder having Faf du Plessis (36) caught by Tim Southee before de Kock was caught by Jimmy Neesham three balls later at deep midwicket.

    South Africa had been cruising at 114-1 before de Grandhomme's double strike.

    Their vaunted middle order failed to fire with wickets falling at regular intervals and they were in trouble at 180-6 by the 39th over.

    De Villiers, however, then combined with Wayne Parnell (35) to add 84 runs for the seventh wicket that gave them a target that was achievable but never in danger of being threatened by the hosts.

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    Fiction Park

    HER

    Priscilla Prerna Rai, Feb 26 2017
    He was a lean, tall man with a big black moustache, in his late twenties. He had a full head of black hair, almost a mullet but not quite. His skin was swarthy and you could not call him handsome. He was just a tall man.
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    Saturday Features

    What we do in the shadows

    OBIE SHRESTHA
    If you’ve been at all on the fence about whether the new Moonlight will be worth your while, I’m here to tell you to quit your wavering and dive right in.

    Simple matters of the heart

    Timothy Aryal
    In Nepal’s burgeoning music video scene, videos that capture the realities that we face every day and tug at the deepest of our emotions, have proved successful—both as an authentic testament to reality and as lasting pieces of art.

    Cast away

    Leprosy has been feared in almost every culture for hundreds of years due to the deformities and disabilities it can bring along with the mystery surrounding its causes.

    Vignettes: Snatches of my sanity

    Subhaaya Shakya
    The carpenter’s machine whirrs somewhere nearby. It sounds to me like the wailing of a broken person.

    In Transit

    Vidwata Mohta
    When I came to New York last year, I came with two bags, my daughter and my husband. I had left much of my stuff behind when I was packing.

    Go local!

    Guffadi
    Our incompetent government has already announced the date for local elections and we are all excited that we will finally have our own folks representing us in the villages, wards and municipalities.

    Books by barter

    Samikshya Bhattarai
    I love to read, but when I go around town looking for books, they are often either unavailable or a little too expensive,” says Anisha Joshi, a 17-year old student and one of the founders of The Book Barter.

    It takes a village

    Manish Gautam
    Ramesh Rajak was unknowingly acquainted with the night. The 33-year-old resident of Dhobighat would often wake up in the dead of the night and go out for ‘strolls’, disappearing for hours, or worse, days on end. When he was home, he would sit on his concrete terrace for hours, his eyes vacant and staring into the distance.

    Man Utd's Rooney could miss League Cup final with muscle injury

    Reuters
    Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney could miss Sunday's League Cup final against Southampton at Wembley after manager Jose Mourinho revealed that the striker was still struggling with a muscle injury.