CPN-UML obstructs House, accuses govt of trying to foil election

    Post Report, Apr 25 2017
    The main opposition CPN-UML on Tuesday obstructed the Legislature-Parliament in protest against what it said the attempt to increase the number of local units after the announcement of date for elections.
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    EC permits budget between polls

    PRITHVI MAN SHRESTHA, Kathmandu, Apr 25 2017
    Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav speaks to the media at the Election Commission on Monday. Post photo: Milan Adhikari
    The Election Commission made it clear on Monday that it would not stand in the way of the government presenting the budget for the next fiscal year between the first and second phases of the upcoming local level elections.

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    ‘Key bridges could be badly damaged by another jolt’

    SANJEEV GIRI, Apr 25 2017
    Major bridges in earthquake-prone Kathmandu Valley have been found to be very vulnerable to seismic impact, raising suspicions whether they will be able to withstand another jolt like the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake.
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    3 siblings die in Banke fire

    THAKUR SINGH THARU, Apr 25 2017
    Three siblings, aged below 10, died in a fire that tore through a settlement at Kudawa in Banke district on Sunday night. Eleven houses were burnt to cinders in the massive fire that started at around 11:30pm.
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    Police patrol attacked, shotgun robbed

    Post Report, Apr 25 2017
    A group of suspected contraband smugglers attacked a police patrol and robbed a shotgun at Dharmanagar in Kalaiya Sub-Metropolitan City-1 of Bara on Monday. Four officers were injured.
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    A roadside bombing targeted a minivan in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region on Tuesday, killing nine people, a local government official and the military said.

    The blast ripped through the van as it was travelling through a minority Shiite region of the Kurram tribal area, which borders Afghanistan, said Arif Khan, a tribal administration official in the town of Parachinar. The area has long been the scene of sectarian violence.

    A woman and two children were among the nine killed, Khan said. The explosion also wounded 13 people. With few adequate medical facilities in the area, a Pakistani army helicopter evacuated the wounded to a nearby military hospital.

    No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Pakistani Taliban and other Sunni militant groups often target minority Shiites whom they consider to be heretics. The Islamic State group has also claimed several recent attacks in the country.

    For over a decade, Pakistan has been fighting Islamic militants who have killed tens of thousands of people. Islamabad has also undertaken several large-scale offensives in the tribal regions in an effort to rout militants from the area.

    Also on Tuesday, Pakistani paramilitary forces raided an apartment in the port city of Karachi, acting on a tip that militants were hiding there, police officer Aurangzeb Khattak said.

    The paramilitary force said that after a seven-hour siege, three militants, including a woman, blew themselves up inside the apartment. The explosion also killed a 5-year-old child. A fourth militant was killed trying to flee the scene.

    Karachi has long been home to political, ethnic and militant violence.


    Health & Style

    Saturday Features

    Time hangs heavy

    Tuesday marks two years since the Nepal Earthquake 2015, but the scars and wounds left behind by the disaster, particularly at various heritage sites in the Valley, still remain massively uncured,

    Unification fever

    First of all, let us thank our government for giving us a public holiday on Monday so that our President need not see the traffic jam in the city as she left for India.

    Beyond reconstruction

    April 2017 marks the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Nepal, which took almost 8,860 lives, injured 22,000, damaged 602,257 houses, and rendered thousands of people homeless.

    (Not so) Open Spaces

    Looza Mahaju
    In a few months’ time, Newars of Kathmandu valley will celebrate Gathe Muga, and in doing so will celebrate the openness of Kathmandu that now solely exists in photos and nostalgic memories of old and not-so-old-timers (such as yours truly).

    Leave no one behind

    Dr Rolina Dhital
    It is now approaching two years since the day we lived through the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake. These two years have been a rollercoaster ride of emotions for most of us, a time of fear, anxiety, anger and frustration, punctured by brief glimmers of hope.

    There and back again

    Aditi Adhikari
    In 2004, my family and I went to Langtang with some family-friends. Although many details of that trip faded over the years, I revisited many times the awe that I felt when I woke up in Kyanjin Gompa,

    Vertigo in the Valley

    During the Maoist insurgency and the tenuous peace that followed, Kathmandu Valley’s population boomed like never before.

    The Greater Good

    Kavre, Paanchkhaal, was our first destination. The people there expected us to only mend and reconstruct the houses—bringing them back into their previous shapes—that were destroyed. But we had something else envisioned. We wanted to build an integrated model settlement; a settlement wherein every family in the community would come together to share a space where all the resources would be distributed equally to all the families.

    The Red Line for Holi

    Supriya Manandhar, Nasala Chitrakar
    In light of last month’s social media furore regarding harassment during Holi, the authors conducted a short poll to understand the extent and dimension of the issue. Here is what they found