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‘Flexible’ UML throws ball in Morcha’s court

  • To agree on putting the bill in process only if agitating parties are ready to accept the outcome of voting
  • Constitution amendment
Binod Ghimire, Feb 22 2017
The CPN-UML has hinted that it will not object to taking the constitution amendment bill to voting if the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (SLMM) is ready to accept the outcome.
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Floating loan for cars becomes difficult

RUPAK D SHARMA, Kathmandu, Feb 22 2017
Buying cars using bank credit will not be that easy now onwards, as the banking sector regulator has made it mandatory for those applying for auto loans to make a down-payment of at least 50 percent of the value of the vehicle.

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Angry SLMM skips meeting

ROSHAN SEDHAI, Kathmandu, Feb 22 2017
The Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (SLMM) on Tuesday boycotted an all-party meeting called by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, expressing their dissent to government decision to hold local level elections on May 14.

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Tanker operators-NOC meeting ends fruitless

Post Report, Kathmandu, Feb 22 2017
Talks between Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) and petroleum tanker operators held here on Monday ended fruitless after the latter stood firm on their stand that they would not abide by NOC’s provision that requires them to have at least five tankers to run the business.

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Main News

Indian leaders welcome election announcement

KAMAL DEV BHATTARAI, Feb 22 2017
Indian political leaders and officials have said the Nepal government’s decision to announce the date of local elections is a positive move but there was a need to address the demands of the Madhes-based parties alongside the poll preparations.
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Foreign Ministry officials miffed at govt’s envoy picks

ANIL GIRI, Feb 22 2017
Senior officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have reacted with dismay to the new ambassadorial nominations, a day after the Cabinet recommended 14 envoys for Nepal’s diplomatic outposts.
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People excited about local polls

Post District Bureau, Feb 22 2017
Political leaders, activists and general public have been excited after the government on Monday announced to hold the local elections on May 14, after a gap of two decades.
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Amateur golfer Tenzing Tsering extended his lead of six strokes after the second round of the Surya Nepal Western Open golf tournament at the Gokarna Golf Course on Tuesday.

Tsering defied all odds stay ahead of professional field to card second successive under-par card—two-under 70—in the second round of the fourth event of Surya Nepal Golf Tour 2016-17. His two-round total of eight-under 144 was six shots better than his nearest rival Sanjay Lama, who shot even-par 72 on Tuesday and two-under 142 total. Rabi Khadka carded one-over 73 for a total of even-par 144 and lie in third place.

Top ranked Nepali golfer Shivaram Shrestha shot even-par 72 for a total of one-over 144 and stays in fourth position. Bhuwan Nagarkoti shot four-over 76 for a total of two-over 146. Dhana Bahadur Thapa had one-over 73 today for a total of four-over 148. Deepak Acharya is at five-over 149 after carding three-over 75 on Tuesday. Bal Bhadra Rai scored five-over 77 for a total of six-over 150. Amateur golfer Tanka Bahadur Karki and Jayaram Shrestha were at seven-over 141. Both carded four-over 76 in the second round.

Tsering started with birdie on the first hole, earned two more shots on fifth and seventh before dropping a shot on the par-3 eighth for two-under 34 in his front nine. On the back nine, the amateur golfer sank birdies on 11th and 17th against bogeys on 14th and 15th holes for even-par 36.

Lama shot even-par 36 on both halves. On the front nine, missed a par on the sixth hole but sank a birdie on the seventh hole. On the back nine, he made birdies on 11th and 12th holes but made bogeys on 14th and 17th holes. Khadka started with the birdie on the first hole but dropped shot on the very next hole. He then went on to make bogeys on fifth, sixth and seventh holes for a three-over 39 on the front nine. On the back nine he sank birdies on 11th and 14th holes for a two-under 34.

Nepal No 1 Shivaram Shrestha sank birdies on second, fifth and sixth but dropped shot on first, seventh and eighth holes for even-par 36 on his front nine. On his back nine, he sank a birdie on the 15th hole against a bogey on the 14th for another even-par 36. Nagarkoti shot one-over 36 on the front nine and three-over 39 on the back nine.

In all, 21 pros and six amateur golfers made the cut including Rame Thapa, Pashupati Sharma, Yelamber Singh Adhikari, Surya Prasad Sharma, Purna Prasad Sharma, Deepak Magar, Dhruba KC, CB Bhandari, Krishna Man Rajbahak, Pradeep Kumar Lama, Ram Krishna Shrestha, Kumar Kami and Shiva Ram Poudel. Among the amateurs, Tashi Ghale, Prithivi Malla, Mithun Rai, and Sukra Bahadur Rai survived 36-hole cut.

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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.