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Rautahat acid attack victim loses battle for life

    CHANDAN KUMAR MANDAL, Sep 25 2018
    PRAKASH CHANDRA TIMILSENA
    Samjhana Kumari Das, the teenage acid attack victim from Rautahat, lost her two-week long painful battle for life at a hospital in Kathmandu on Sunday.
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    Another acid attack, 20-yr-old woman falls victim in Nawalparasi

      Post Report, Sep 25 2018
      A girl has sustained serious injuries after she was attacked with acid and knife in Kawasoti of East-Nawalparasi.
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      Dashain travel bookings open

        Post Report, Sep 25 2018
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        The Federation of Nepalese National Transport Entrepreneurs Association has opened the annual pre-Dashain bookings from Tuesday. A meeting of the federation took the decision on Monday after the government on Saturday agreed to increase public transport fares by 10 percent.
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        India for satellite-based navigation in SAARC

        Post Report, Kathmandu, Sep 25 2018
        The representatives from Saarc visit the Master Control Centre in New Delhi, India, to observe the infrastructure that has been built to ensure operational integrity of the GAGAN service. AAI
        India has been lobbying member countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) including Nepal to join its advanced navigational satellite programme—GPS-Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN)—for better management of air traffic in the Indian subcontinent.

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        Congress deploys six teams for feedback on draft charter

        Post Report, Kathmandu, Sep 25 2018
        The main opposition party Nepali Congress (NC) has started receiving feedback and suggestions on the party’s draft charter from Monday that is expected to be completed in six days.

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        Judiciary seeks 1,339 new staff

        Post Report, Kathmandu, Sep 25 2018
        The Supreme Court seeks more than 1,300 new judicial positions over the next three years to improve justice delivery.

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        Damak police arrest man for raping four-year-old girl

        Post Report, DAMAK, Sep 25 2018
        Police arrested a 21-year-old man on charge of raping a four-year-old girl in Haldibari Rural Municipality-2, Jhapa, on Sunday.

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        Revenue probe comes under PM’s Office.

        Post Report, Sep 25 2018
        While the Prime Minister’s Office has effectively brought the Department of Revenue Investigation into its fold, two other powerful departments—National Investigation Department (NID) and the Department of Money Laundering Investigation (DoMLI)—are yet to come under the PMO’s full control.
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        Thapa slams immature diplomacy of Oli government

        Post Report, Sep 25 2018
        Nepali Congress leader Gagan Thapa has accused the Nepal Communist Party-led government of lacking maturity when handling the matter of international relations.
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        Vice President Pun returns home after 6-day China visit

        Post Report, Sep 25 2018
        Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun returned home on Monday after completing a six-day official visit to China.
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         At least 136 bodies have been retrieved after a ferry sank on Lake Victoria, Tanzania’s top police official Simon Sirro said on Friday, and scores more were still feared missing as rescuers searched for survivors on the morning after the disaster.

        The ferry MV Nyerere capsized on Thursday afternoon just a few metres from the dock on Ukerewe, the lake’s biggest island, which is part of Tanzania.

        Initial estimates suggested that the ferry was carrying more than 300 people.

        Thirty-seven people had been rescued from the sea, Jonathan Shana, the regional police commander for the port of Mwanza on the south coast of the lake told Reuters by phone on Friday.

        Shana said more rescuers had joined the operation when it resumed at daylight on Friday. He did not give exact numbers.

        The precise number of those aboard the ferry when it capsized was hard to establish since crew and equipment had been lost, officials said on Thursday.

        Tanzania has been hit by several major ferry disasters over the years. At least 500 people were killed when a ferry capsized in Lake Victoria in 1996. In 2012, 145 people died when a ferry sank off the shore of Tanzania’s Indian Ocean archipelago of Zanzibar.

        China said on Tuesday that it has no choice but to retaliate against new U.S. trade tariffs, raising the risk that President Donald Trump could soon impose duties on virtually all of the Chinese goods that America buys, Reuters reported.

        The commerce ministry’s statement came hours after Trump said he was imposing 10 percent tariffs on about $200 billion worth of imports from China, and threatened duties on about $267 billion more if China retaliated against the U.S. action.

        The brief statement gave no details on China’s plans, but Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing later that the U.S. steps had brought “new uncertainty” to talks between the two countries.

        “China has always emphasized that the only correct way to resolve the China-U.S. trade issue is via talks and consultations held on an equal, sincere and mutually respectful basis. But at this time, everything the United States does does not give the impression of sincerity or goodwill,” he added.

        Geng said he would not comment on “hypotheticals” such as what measures Beijing might consider apart from tariffs on U.S. products, saying only that details would be released at the appropriate time.

        Trump had warned on Monday that if China takes retaliatory action against U.S. farmers or industries, “we will immediately pursue phase three, which is tariffs on approximately $267 billion of additional imports.”

        The latest U.S. duties spared smart watches from Apple (AAPL.O) and Fitbit (FIT.N) and other consumer products such as baby car seats. But if the administration enacts the additional tariffs it would engulf all remaining U.S. imports from China and Apple products like the iPhone and its competitors would not likely be spared.

        Last month, China unveiled a proposed list of tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goods ranging from liquefied natural gas to certain types of aircraft - should Washington activate the tariffs on its $200 billion list.

        China is reviewing plans to send a delegation to Washington for fresh talks in light of the U.S. action, the South China Morning Post reported on Tuesday, citing a government source in Beijing.

        Collection of tariffs on the long-anticipated U.S. list will start on Sept. 24 but the rate will increase to 25 percent by the end of 2018, allowing U.S. companies some time to adjust their supply chains to alternate countries.

        So far, the United States has imposed tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese products to pressure Beijing to reduce its huge bilateral trade surplus and make sweeping changes to its trade, technology transfer and high-tech industrial subsidy policies.

        Beijing has retaliated in kind, but some analysts and American businesses are concerned it could resort to other measures such as pressuring U.S. companies operating in China.

         

        A senior Chinese securities market official said U.S. trade actions will not work as China has ample fiscal and monetary policy tools to cope with the impact. The government already has been ramping up spending on infrastructure.

        “President Trump is a hard-hitting businessman, and he tries to put pressure on China so he can get concessions from our negotiations. I think that kind of tactic is not going to work with China,” Fang Xinghai, vice chairman of China’s securities regulator, said at a conference in the port city of Tianjin.

        FURTHER TALKS IN DOUBT

        Trump’s latest escalation of tariffs on China comes after several rounds of talks yielded no progress. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin last week invited top Chinese officials to fresh discussions, but thus far nothing has been scheduled.

        “We have been very clear about the type of changes that need to be made, and we have given China every opportunity to treat us more fairly,” Trump said in a statement. “But, so far, China has been unwilling to change its practices.”

        Fang told the Tianjin forum that he hopes the two sides can sit down and talk, but added that the latest U.S. move has “poisoned” the atmosphere.

        A senior Trump administration official told reporters that the United States was open to further talks with Beijing, but offered no immediate details on when they may occur. “This is not an effort to constrain China, but this is an effort to work with China and say, ‘It’s time you address these unfair trade practices that we’ve identified that others have identified and that have harmed the entire trading system,’” the official said.

        So far, China has either imposed or proposed tariffs on $110 billion of U.S. goods, representing most of its imports of American products.

        “Tensions in the global economic system have manifested themselves in the U.S.-China trade war, which is now seriously disrupting global supply chains,” the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China said in a statement on Tuesday.

        China's yuan currency CNY=CFXS slipped against the dollar on Tuesday after news of the U.S. measures. It has weakened by about 6.0 percent since mid-June, offsetting the 10 percent tariff rate by a considerable margin.

        CONSUMER TECH TRIMMED

        The U.S. Trade Representative’s office eliminated 297 product categories from the latest proposed tariff list, along with some subsets of other categories.

        But the adjustments did little to appease technology and retail groups who argued U.S. consumers would feel the pain.

        “President Trump’s decision...is reckless and will create lasting harm to communities across the country,” said Dean Garfield, president of the Information Technology Industry Council, which represents major tech firms.

        Kenneth Jarrett, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, said three quarters of its members will be hit by the tariffs, and they will not bring jobs back to the United States.

        “Most of our member companies are ‘in China, for China’ - selling goods to Chinese companies and consumers, not to Americans - and thus ultimately boosting the U.S. economy,” Jarrett said.

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        Jarjarkot Durbar in a dilapidated condition

        BHIM BAHADUR SINGH, Sep 25 2018
        Jarjarkot Durbar, a historic palace carrying an archaeological significance in Jajarkot district, is in a dilapidated condition and in need of immediate repair.The then King Gajendra Narayan Shah of Jajarkot is said to have built the palace in 1400 BS. The seven-storey durbar was reduced to four storeys by the massive earthquake of 1934. Locals said the historic palace is in ruins due to the apathy of the authorities concerned.
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        The new All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) leadership appears to violate the basic theme—good governance—it said it fought for while bringing down the long reign of Ganesh Thapa.

        Since winning the May 5 election, the Karma Tshering Sherpa-led ANFA had promised transparency and good governance. But the recent incident of sending two of its vice presidents Krishna Thapa and Upendra Man Singh to attend the World Cup football conference in London only gives impression of favouritism. The conference was meant to be attended by the national team coach and technical director. ANFA completely ignored Bal Gopal Maharjan, the current interim head coach, and Japanese national Chiaki Takeda, the technical director for the FIFA conference.

        Maharjan had replaced Gyotoku Koji of Japan on August 22. ANFA President Karma Tshering Sherpa, who was due to attend the Best FIFA Football Award, had led the three-member Nepali delegation to London. Coaches and technical directors of 200 member associations took part in the FIFA Football Conference in London on Sunday, the first time FIFA had invited the coaches and technical experts of all member associations at a single post-FIFA World Cup football conference.

        Nabin Pandey, the international relation chief of ANFA, said Maharjan was not the head coach while they got the FIFA invitation. “When we got the invitation Koji was the head coach and Takeda the technical director. But their stay in office was uncertain so we decided to send Singh and Thapa instead. Both are also technical manpower and have held the responsibility of coaches in the past,” argued Pandey.

        ANFA General Secretary Indra Man Tuladhar does not see anything wrong in sending Thapa and Singh to the conference since they were both technical manpowers. “Thapa is the chief of ANFA technical committee and Singh the member. We were in the state of confusion regarding head coach due to visa issues of Koji,” said Tuladhar.

        “They were the best option while the confusion over the head coach was going on,” said Tuladhar who was one of the strong advocates of transparency and good governance in the lead up to the ANFA election.

        Former vice president Kunwar alleges irregularities in election

        Former senior vice president of All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) Mani Kunwar, a close aide to disgraced former president Ganesh Thapa, on Monday made serious allegations on recently held election of the football governing body.

        Karma Tshering Sherpa was elected as the ANFA president on May 5 effectively ending the more than two-decade long reign of Thapa and his allies. Kunwar, who only pulled out of the presidential race a day before the election, alleged Tshering faction of influencing the vote through illegal means.

        Kunwar, also the vice president of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF), is the brother-in-law of former president Thapa. Thapa was banned from all football activities for 10 years on November 2015 by FIFA on corruption charges. Candidates and district officials close to the Kunwar-faction had even filed writ at the Kathmandu District Court demanding the postponement of election on May 2. The election, however, went ahead on schedule after the court deemed it inappropriate having deferred it four times already on similar pretexts.

        Sherpa-faction won all 17 positions by comfortable margins. Kunwar claimed that he pulled out of the election knowing that it was influenced by ‘money’. “Now I have gathered proofs of corruption and financial irregularities and have notified it to FIFA and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on August 8,” said Kunwar at a press meet without producing any such proofs. “I cannot produce it right now as it may affect the investigation,” added Kunwar. Kunwar even pointed out at Sherpa, vice president Pankaj Nembang and international relation chief Nabin Pandey as the key figures involved in such “illegal dealing”.

        Kunwar also blamed Sherpa-faction of threatening election committee members with life as well as influencing voters with foreign tours and bribery. (PR)

        Agni Incorporated Pvt Ltd has signed new sponsorship deal worth Rs 20 million with Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) Club in Halchowk on Sunday.

        Agni, the authorised distributor of Mahindra utility vehicles and tractors in Nepal, has agreed to provide Rs four million per annum for five years as the sponsor of men’s and women’s football and cricket team. As per the agreement, the football and cricket teams of the APF Club will to wear jerseys with Mahindra and Agni Group logo in all sports activities at the domestic and international level.

        Sports Chief of the APF Sports Club Ram Saran Paudel and chief executive of Agni Incorporate Arjun Prasad Sharma signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Agni managing director Cabinet Shrestha handed over the dummy cheque to APF IGP Shailendra Khanal. Agni, who had been the sponsor of men’s football team of APF since 2014 to 2017, will now be the sponsor of the departmental team until 2022. In the previous sponsorship deal Agni had provided APF Rs 2.22 million per annum for four years.

        Dipesh Dhami of Nepal APF Club stunned Nepal No 1 Ratnajeet Tamang to win the men’s singles title of the third Zest National Open Badminton Championships on Sunday.

        The second seed Dhami registered a 21-13, 18-21, 21-18 win over Tamang to deny the Tribhuvan Army Club shuttler the third consecutive singles title. Rasila Maharjan of Army claimed the women’s singles title with after straight set win over Jessica Gurung of APF. Maharjan beat Gurung 21-19, 21-17. Maharjan also took home girls’ U-15 title after defeating Bishna Bista of Kanchanpur 21-6, 21-10.

        Prince Dahal of Silk Trade secured boys’ U-15 title 21-14, 21-14 win over Roshan Saud of Kailali. The pair of Dhami and Bijit Thapa Magar won the men’s doubles title while APF’s pair of Dhami and Puja Shrestha clinched the mixed doubles championship. (PR)

         

        Health & Style

        Fiction Park

        A bloody system

        Kavya Biswokarma, Sep 23 2018
        The mosquitoes have been buzzing all night. I tried swatting them away with my hands but they have been continuously buzzing for so long that now my hands are too tired to resist their relentless onslaught. I try to sleep but the itch on my leg and the constant pain in my lower stomach is sucking the life out of me. Period cramps are the worst thing to happen to a woman. Imagine the pain you might feel if a truck drove over you or if a 106 knives stabbed your stomach all at once. Trust me when I say, that those things are probably less painful than period cramps. I wish I were exaggerating but I’m not—I know this is subjective, but to some, the pain can really be unbearable.
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        Saturday Features

        Time and again, love

        Richa Bhattarai
        There are books we like because with their dazzling beauty, they make us say ‘wow!’. Others, far fewer in number, weave in an element of surprise or novelty so thought-provoking, we can just whisper a soft ‘Oh!’ Matt Haig’s twelfth novel ‘How to Stop Time’ is one of the latter.

        To the rescue

        TRI RATNA MANANDHAR
        It was July of 1993 and the rains would not stop. Torrential rain for several days led to a flood the kinds Kathmandu had never seen before, or since. The raging waters washed away the roads and bridges connecting the Kathmandu Valley to the rest of Nepal, virtually isolating the Capital. The only possible connection was through the air, not just for immediate rescue and relief operations, but also the supply of essential goods.

        Cream Biscuits, Coca-Cola and a Dose of thorough Spanking

        Smriti Ravindra
        I am sure my childhood was not as amusing as my recollection makes it out to be, but even so, when I think of the early eighties, of the years before I turned ten, I remember a delicious chaos. Streets were not yet crowded with vehicles, parents had not yet learnt to be afraid of every stranger walking the roads, and most nine-year-olds ambled to school without a chaperone or a care in the world.

        High times at the village of lo

        Lo Manthang, admittedly, is a hard place to get to; you know that much once you leave the snaking Baglung Highway at Beni Bazaar and start your climb up precipitous roads hugging the gushing Kali Gandaki. The landscape becomes more and more sparse with each new town you hit—Tato Pani, Ghasa, Lete, Marpha—until you arrive at the barren moonscape that is Mustang.

        All aboard

        Guffadi
        Our greatest Prime Monster Oli Dai is off to New York to waste our taxpayers’ money like every other Prime Monster preceding him.

        Peeling away the layers

        Timothy Aryal
        The nature of identity is twofold: First is physical identity—the tangible things that everyone can see and feel, comprised essentially of the people and physical structures. The second type of identity is the metaphysical identity of a place which is far more elusive and harder to define. It does not involve the superficial aspects of society and one has to dig beneath the surface to find it—it exists in the festivals, everyday rituals, and most of all, in the art and the music that people make.

        Tiger, tiger, burning bright

        ADARSH MAN SHERCHAN
        in December 2015, researchers at the Center for Molecular Dynamics-Nepal (CMDN) received an urgent call from the Nepal Police’s Central Investigation Bureau (CIB). Tiger specimens confiscated from poachers needed urgent forensic examination, they said.

        Parched City

        CHANDAN KUMAR MANDAL
        Bhawana Dhital, a resident of Nayathimi, Bhaktapur, had yet another difficult summer this year. With the water supply from public pipelines inconsistent and limited, Dhital had to rely on commercial water tankers to meet her eight-member family’s daily needs.

        The misunderstood queen

        Alisha Sijapati
        Junge, Junge, Junge—I never knew you were so contemptible—were my thoughts after I finished reading Sheeba Shah’s latest historical novel, ‘The Other Queen,’ based on the life of the fifth Shah king’s junior wife—Queen Rajendra Lakshmi.