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SLMM planning to sever ties with ruling coalition

    Post Report, Feb 23 2017
    Roiled by the government move of announcing local level poll date without addressing their demand of constitution amendment, the Madhes-based parties are considering severing ties with the Maoist Centre-Nepali Congress alliance.
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    FinMin seeks fund transfer of Rs 100b ahead of elections

    ANIL GIRI, Kathmandu, Feb 23 2017
    Over Rs 100 billion proposed budget transfer for new programmes by Finance Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara during a recent Cabinet meeting has landed in controversy.

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    Morcha banda affects life in eastern Tarai

    Post Report, Kathmandu, Feb 23 2017
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    Banda enforced by the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (SLMM) affected life in central and eastern Tarai districts on Wednesday. Western Tarai districts, however, remained largely unaffected due to the strike.

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    Main News

    EC releases 16-day schedule for local elections

    Post Report, Feb 22 2017
    The Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday released a 16-day schedule for holding the local level elections on May 14.
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    SC begins hearing on IGP appointment

    Post Report, Feb 22 2017
    The Supreme Court on Wednesday began hearing on the writ petition filed against the government’s decision to appoint Jay Bahadur Chand as the Inspector General of Nepal Police.
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    2 nabbed for attempting to kill friend in Janakpur

    Post Report, Feb 22 2017
    Police on Wednesday arrested two persons for allegedly trying to murder a man by slitting his throat in Janakpur.
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    Money

    Capital

    Parliament meeting postponed yet again

    Post Report, Feb 23 2017
    Ruling alliance’s bid to take forward the constitution amendment bill fell through on Wednesday as the meeting of the Legislature-Parliament was postponed yet again after the opposition bloc held firm against holding discussions on the bill until it is assured that the Madhesi parties would accept any results in the voting.
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    Entertainment

    Sports

    Royal KCTC indoor cricket arena is organising the first Corporate Clash indoor cricket tournament from Friday.

    A total of 13 teams are participating in the 10-day league-cum-knockout tournament to be played at the Royal KCTC indoor facility in Golfutaar. The participating teams have been divided into three groups with five teams placed in Group ‘A’ from where two teams will make it to the semi-finals. Only the winners from Group ‘B’ and ‘C’ will advance into the last four. 

    Bank of Kathmandu Lumbini, Nepal Life Insurance, Nepal Sports Journalists Forum, Machapuchhre Bank and Ruslan are drawn in Group ‘A’. Group ‘B’ consists of Mega Bank, Nepal Republic Media, Citizen Bank and Tele World. NIC Asia Bank, Max Media, ICFC Finance and Civil Bank are drawn in Group ‘C’.

    The winners, runners-up and individual award winners will get gift hampers. The Corporate Clash is first event after Kathmandu Cricket Training Centre (KCTC) recently tied up with Royal Indoor to handle Nepal’s first indoor cricket facility. KCTC is owned by national cricket team vice-captain Gyanendra Malla and plans to organise various cricket programmes along with providing training to aspiring cricketers. 

    Malla said the target of Corporate Clash is to take cricket into corporate sector. “By getting involved with this tournament, people from the corporate sector will get to know more about the game. This will help in building relations with a large number of corporate house which will ultimately benefit cricket as a whole,” said Malla.

    The tournament will not have leg before wicket (LBW) decisions. Each team will field eight players contesting a 12-over game.

    Australia beat Sri Lanka by 41 runs in their final Twenty20 game on Wednesday, avoiding a whitewash in the three-match series and salvaging some pride.

    Australia got off to a flier courtesy of captain and opening batsman Aaron Finch's 53 runs off 32 balls. His partner Michael Klinger scored a controlled 62 runs off 43 balls to help take the hosts to a total of 187.

    Sri Lanka began impressively but wickets tumbled as they struggled to cope with leg-spinner Adam Zampa, losing five wickets, including that of in-form all-rounder Asela Gunaratne, between the eighth and 12th over.

    Zampa and medium pacer James Faulkner picked up three wickets each. Australia were fielding a below-full-strength side with their test squad currently in India.

    Gunaratne was named man-of-the-series after scoring half centuries in the first two matches.

    Health & Style

    Fiction Park

    The Hotel

    Runa Maharjan, Feb 19 2017
    The flight landed in Kathmandu on November 25, 1:00 am. I had come to Nepal to conduct my psychology research. I looked forward to meeting all kinds of people and learning about their inside-world.
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    Saturday Features

    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.

    The making of India’s foreign policy

    Atul K Thakur
    India, the world’s largest democracy, certainly has with it some choices when it comes to its foreign policy.

    No country for bards

    MOHAN GURAGAIN
    English teachers often joke that even those who cannot complete a single sentence correctly can still pass the grade 10 English board exams.

    Low-life loafers

    Guffadi
    Our Emperor should learn a thing or two from Amriki President Trump when it comes to coming up with new nataks every week.

    Rootless

    Pooja Pant
    When Africans were enslaved by European colonists and taken to the new continent—now known as the Americas—their names were erased and they were given the names of their ‘masters’.

    Of fogs and sunsets

    Nepal is known as the land of the Himalayas, with its other geographical aspects often overlooked.

    Making of a viral YouTube hit

    Anup Ojha
    In 2014, The Next, a group of Sydney-based Nepali dancers led by Pradeep Lama, uploaded their first video on YouTube—a dance sequence accompanying the popular song Jaalma.

    Same old, same old

    OBIE SHRESTHA
    Paterson (Adam Driver), who boasts the same name as the New Jersey town he lives in, leads what looks to be a most unremarkable life.

    The new ride

    Aakriti Dhital
    For Kathmandu’s three million daily commuters, getting on overcrowded and unpredictable public transportation services can be a dreaded affair.