Tiwari ends hunger strike on 18th day

  • Govt, Tiwari strike 4-pt deal
Post Report, Dec 10 2016
A four-point deal has been penned between Bikas Tiwari and government on Saturday. Tiwari, the Chairman of Nepal Sadbhawana Party (Gajendrawadi), has been staging hunger strike for the past 18 days seeking reforms in Gajendra Narayan Singh Sagarmatha Zonal Hospital in Rajbiraj, the headquarters of Saptari.
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The magical, musical chair

  • What is in store for our nation that is perpetually in transition, one way or another?
SARIN GHIMIRE, Dec 10 2016
It’s a crisp Saturday morning and you probably don’t want to spend time speculating what political course the country is heading towards next; but the country is at a crossroads yet again.
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Nature’s first green is gold

  • Raking in the dollars with leaf taparis
Binod Ghimire, Dec 10 2016
Established in 2014, the Leaves Plates Company Inc is based out of New York and is currently selling thousands of leaf plates and bowls in the state, with sales averaging $45,000 (Rs 5 million) every month.
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‘Fixation on political news bane of Nepali media’

  • KMG interacts with Pokhara
Post Report, Dec 10 2016
Post Photo: Bhim Ghimire
Widespread coverage of political news, the mainstay of media companies, has put issues of economic development in the shadow, preventing the country from creating an environment to generate jobs and make the nation prosperous.
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Post interacts with Pokhara, a city more than a tourist hub

Post Report, Pokhara, Dec 10 2016
Chairman and Managing Director of Kantipur Media Group (KMG), Kailash Sirohiya, looks on as Assistant General Manager of the KMG, Mahesh Swar, addresses a reception in Pokhara on Friday. (Right) Editor-in-Chief of The Kathmandu Post, Akhilesh Upadhyay, speaks during an interaction ‘Coffee with The Kathmandu Post’ earlier in the day. Post Photos: Bhim Ghimire
With the aim of connecting and interacting with its readers, The Kathmandu Post hosted an event, titled Coffee with The Kathmandu Post, at the Boomerang Restaurant in Lakeside, Pokhara, on December 9.

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Earnings from handicrafts export up 19pc

Post Report, Kathmandu, Dec 10 2016
Export earnings from handmade products surged 19 percent in the first four months of the current fiscal year, thanks to sustained demand from markets like China, the US and Europe.

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Main News

Earnings from handicrafts export up 19pc

Post Report, Dec 10 2016
Export earnings from handmade products surged 19 percent in the first four months of the current fiscal year, thanks to sustained demand from markets like China, the US and Europe.
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Local level restructuring: Cong MPs unhappy with LLRC’s meet in Capital

SARIN GHIMIRE, Dec 10 2016
More than two dozen lawmakers from the Nepali Congress have expressed their reservations on the Local Level Restructuring Commission (LLRC)’s move to collect suggestions and opinions over restructuring of Province 2 in the Capital instead of the respective districts.
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RPP: House Obstruction only benefits extremists

Post Report, Dec 10 2016
The Rastriya Prajatantra Party has asked the opposition parties not to obstruct the House, saying that the deadlock would only benefit the extremist forces.
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Money

Capital

Local level restructuring: Cong MPs unhappy with LLRC’s meet in Capital

SARIN GHIMIRE, Dec 10 2016
More than two dozen lawmakers from the Nepali Congress have expressed their reservations on the Local Level Restructuring Commission (LLRC)’s move to collect suggestions and opinions over restructuring of Province 2 in the Capital instead of the respective districts.
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Entertainment

The Society of Fine Arts Journalists (SOFAJ) will be presenting three awards to journalists writing on fine arts this year. The awards will be presented under three categories— SOFAJ-Nepal Veteran Journalism Honour, Narayan Bahadur Singh Lalitkala Journalism Awards-2073 and Sofaj Fine Arts Journalism Awards. 

As per SOFAJ’s announcement, the three journalists to be awarded are Chandani Hamal (from Nagarik national daily), Sewa Bhattarai (from BBC Nepali Service), and Anjali Ramtel (from RSS). 

Likewise, the SOFAJ-Nepal Veteran Journalism Honour will be presented to Shyam Rimal, who is affiliated to RSS, and has been writing on fine arts for two decades. 

The awardees will be feted amid a function to be held in Nepal Art Council on December 9. 

 The awardees were selected by a panel of jury that included journalists Madhu Shahi, Tanka Upreti and Sitaram Badal. Along with medals the awardees will receive a cash purse of Rs 11,111 each.

Sports

The National Sports Council (NSC) has said the preparations for the 7th National Games taking place in the eastern region from 23-30 December are almost in the final stage. 

Among 35 games pre-set for the National Sports event, four games – gulf, snooker, archery and fencing – have been removed from the race for unavailability of minimum teams. 

With this, as many as 2,500 players would vie for 294 gold and silver medals and 447 bronze medals in 31 games. 

It is shared that three sports events of swimming, triathlon and body-building were already held. So, only 28 games would be played in the eastern region. 

The sport events would take place in six districts of the eastern region including Sunsari, Morang, Jhapa, Dhankuta, Siraha and Saptari. Likewise, some events are set to be held in Lalitpur due to space limitation. 

The inaugural session of the 7th National Games will be held at Martyr Stadium of Biratnagar whereas the concluding session is set at Dharan Stadium. RSS 

Nepal unveiled the final 20-member squad for the fourth Saff Women’s Championship slated to begin from December in Siliguri, India. Namita Dali, Anjila Subba and Anjana Rana Magar are the goalkeepers, while Gita Rana, Punam Magar, Hira Bhujel, Anchali Waiwa, Manmaya Limbu and Kabita Dhimal are defenders in the team. 

The squad consists seven midfielders in Sapana Lama, Anita Basnet, Saru Limbu, Dipa Adhikari, Renuka Nagarkote, Dipa Rai and Manjali Yonjan. Sabitra Bhandari, Krishna Khatri, Sharmila Thapa and Nirmala BK are the forwards.  Nepal are pitted in Group ‘A’ against Sri Lanka, Maldives and Bhutan in the biennial tournament in which they have finished runners-up in all three editions, losing to India on all occasions. (PR)

The All Nepal Football Association (Anfa) on Friday formed a probe committee to investigate over the reasons that deprived top-flight outfits Three Star Club from competing in the second round of the AFC Cup club championship playoffs. 

It was learnt on Thursday that Three Star were deprived of participating in the playoffs slated for January 24 to February 7 next year. The deprivation was caused by the utter negligence from the football governing body, who didn’t bother to correspond with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) despite its repeated reminder.

As it appeared in the case of Nepal, AFC corresponds with its member associations and not the clubs, even in terms of participation of clubs in international tournaments. Nepal (Three Star) were not in the list of the Member Associations when AFC allocated the slots and set December 13 as the date for the draw on Wednesday.

Mongolia’s Erchim FC will replace Three Star for the second round. Three Star had qualified for the second round of playoffs after finishing first in the Group ‘B’ Qualifiers in Mongolia at the expense of Erchim. The three-member probe committee comprising of vice-president Bir Bahadur Khadka, executive committee member Ramesh Rayamajhi and Development Director Sanjib Mishra will be investigating over the issue. The trio is tasked to submit the findings in 15 days.

The central committee meeting of Anfa also decided to provide Rs 300,000 to each member of the national team that claimed the AFC Solidarity Cup held in Malaysia on November 2-15. Meanwhile, Anfa vice-president Mani Kunwar was nominated as the senior vice-president with Sindhupalchowk District Football Association President Bir Bahadur Khadka nominated as vice-president to fill the vacant post.

Health & Style

Saturday Features

Revisiting Macondo

ABHINAWA DEVKOTA
For decades readers and scholars around the world have interpreted Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude as a heroic story of struggle against colonisers by native population that ultimately capitulated to outsiders’ demands and became victims of its rapacious appetite.

How to end the deadlock?

Guffadi
Our Madame Speaker has been meeting our so-called top leaders of major political parties to resolve the political crisis in the country.

A new world order

Atul K Thakur
In his new book, Ruchir Sharma, an economist who specialises on emerging economies, revitalises the jargon-laden field of economics as a practical art that is based not just on numbers and figures but rather through sensible observations of the world.

A celestial theatre

Timothy Aryal
There seem to be two schools of plays currently being staged in Kathmandu. One that is pushing the boundaries of the traditional mores that dictate the Nepali theatre-scape—bringing new motifs and consciousness to stage, giving voice to the traditionally voiceless; the other tugging at Nepal’s rich religious and mythological history and making them relevant to the present day and age.

Bringing Shankhadhar to life

Bijaya Ratna Asanbare
Nepal’s first animated movie, The Legend of Shankhadhar, a bilingual which is titled Shankhadhar Ko Kathaa in Nepali and Shankhadhar Yaa Baakha in Nepal Bhasa, will be screened publicly in Nepal from the second week of December.

Catching dreams in Kathmandu

Samikshya Bhattarai
Thamel Handicraft appears to look like the many other curio and handicraft shops that pepper the touristic district of Thamel.

Dammed

Sanjeeb Phuyal
For Phurwanima Sherpa, a 28-year-old resident of Pangboche—a small settlement in Solukhumbu—a recent successful operation to drain water from the Imja Lake comes as a sigh of relief.

The People vs the Parasites!

Guffadi
It seems that we the people have different priorities; like how to manage our household budget, how to find better and affordable schools for our kids without having to take a loan from the bank, or if you live in the Valley,

Brick-paved courtyard

Subhaaya Shakya
Against the garbage, strewn all over the courtyard, Maan Kumari’s combat strategy comprised of a broom and a pair of buffalo ribs.