KMG statement on its coverage of Sumargi’s financial transactions

    Jan 17 2018
    The Kantipur Media Group (KMG) has been practicing professional journalism for the last 25 years, putting public interest at the core. Lately, we have been carrying a series of news reports about the activities of agents involved in financial misconduct under political protection.
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    Cabinet likely to name governors today

      Post Report, Jan 17 2018

      The government is likely to appoint provincial chiefs and to name the temporary venues for the swearing in of newly elected provincial parliamentarians, on Wednesday.

      For the provincial assembly members to be able to cast their ballot in the National Assembly elections scheduled for February 7, they have to be administered the oath by the respective governor within the next four days.

      Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba postponed the Cabinet meeting scheduled for Tuesday morning in his bid to reach consensus with the CPN-UML, the CPN (Maoist Centre), the Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum Nepal and the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal.

      People from diverse backgrounds like security, administration, social service and education are being considered for appointment to the seven coveted posts created for the first time after the new constitution enshrined the federal republican order two years ago. The PM has a long list of candidates who have yet to be short-listed, said an aide to Deuba. The PM is said to be consulting with senior leaders from the Nepali Congress and other parties before taking a final decision.

      If the four forces fail to suggest the names for appointment, the government would take a unilateral decision. The PM is in touch with Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and second-rung leaders of the UML in order to avoid disputes in the appointments.

      Deuba is said to be for appointing two governors each as recommended by the NC, the UML and the Maoist Centre while the one in Province 2 would be suggested by the two Madhes-based parties.

      Commerce Minister Meen Bahadur Bishwakarma confirmed that the Cabinet would take the two crucial decisions on Wednesday.

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      EC hints at early election results if hurdles removed

        TIKA R PRADHAN, Jan 17 2018

        The Election Commission has hinted that results of the proportional representation category of the House of Representatives could be presented to the President “soon” if the parties and the government resolve the constitutional hurdles.

        During a meeting with the representatives from the major political parties on Monday, Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav said that the EC would be ready to implement the decision if the hurdles were removed in consensus.

        Since the federal parliament comprises the House of Representatives and the National Assembly, the government and the EC argue that the constitutionally

        guaranteed 33 percent representation of women in the parliament cannot be ensured without forming the Upper House first.

        If the parties removed the hurdle through a presidential order that the constitutional requirement is no obstacle to announcing the poll results, the EC is said to be ready to present the results to the head of state.

        Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Yagya Bahadur Thapa, however, said there had been no discussion in the Cabinet about removing the constitutional difficulties.

        EC’s statement comes at a time when the left alliance has been pressing the poll authority to reveal the people’s verdict without putting it on hold further.

        CPN (Maoist Centre) leader Narayan Kaji Shrestha and UML leader Subas Nembang expressed their surprise at the EC’s suggestion that came without consulting with the major parties including the left alliance. But Yadav moved on to reiterate that the constitutional and legal hurdles had barred the poll body from announcing the results.

        “The EC hinted that it could reveal the results soon if the parties resolved the constitutional hurdles,” said Maoist leader Dev Prasad Gurung, who attended the meeting.

        Nepali Congress representatives Ramesh Lekhak and Bal Krishna Khand did not comment on the matter. Khand told the meeting instead that the government was working to appoint provincial chiefs and to announce temporary provincial capitals soon.

        The EC also sought the major parties’ support to pressing the government to appoint the provincial chiefs at the earliest. Without provincial chiefs, the EC has failed to present the PR results of the Provincial Assembly election.

        Yadav told the party leaders that the EC had already requested the government through informal and formal channels to appoint the provincial chiefs without further delay.

        The EC also briefed the leaders on the single transferable voting (STV) system to be adopted for the National Assembly (NA) election but the leaders were confused over the ways votes are transferred from one candidate to another.

        Since the STV is a complicated process, all the voters, candidates and officials need training, the leaders suggested. The leaders were informed that the regulations and directives on the NA polls would be finalised shortly.

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        Nepalis eating less rice compared to a decade ago

        SANGAM PRASAIN, Kathmandu, Jan 17 2018
        Nepalis are eating less rice compared to a decade ago as changes in eating and spending habits take hold.

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        Army to have own DPR for expressway

        Post Report, Kathmandu, Jan 17 2018
        Nepal Army, the government appointed developer of the Kathmandu-Tarai Fast Track, has decided against purchasing the highway’s detailed project report prepared by an Indian consultant.

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        Koiralas in bid to ‘revive’ Congress

        Post Report, Kathmandu, Jan 17 2018
        Shashank Koirala, Sujata Koirala and Shekhar Koirala
        Ahead of the much-awaited meeting of the Central Working Committee (CWC) of the Nepali Congress, three members of the Koirala family--General Secretary Shashank Koirala

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        Narayangadh-Muglin road to be closed for 6 hours during night

        Chitwan, Jan 17 2018
        The Narayangadh-Muglin road section will be closed for six hours during night from Wednesday.

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        Main News

        Siraha’s local Governments fail to hold crucial council meet

        Bharat Jarghamagar, Jan 17 2018
        Even after four months of the local elections in Siraha, the majority of local units in the district have still not held their council meetings, which has affected the local development works.
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        Elephants wreaking havoc in Bardiya settlements

        KAMAL PANTHI, Jan 17 2018
        Wild elephants have been wreaking havoc at Thakurbaba and Rajapur areas in Bardiya district for the past one week.
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        HQ row in Province 5: Dang people rally to pressure govt

        Post Report, Jan 17 2018
        People of Dang staged demonstrations in different parts of the district on Tuesday demanding that the district be declared the temporary capital of Province 5.
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        Money

        World

        Four justices of India’s top court on Friday criticized its distribution of cases to judges and raised concerns about judicial appointments, in an unprecedented public airing of problems at one of the country’s most respected institutions, Reuters reported.

        The move spells far-reaching implications for jurists and politicians in the chaotic South Asian democracy where the Supreme Court often sets the agenda on matters of policy and orders measures taken in the public interest.

        Exposing a rift with Chief Justice Dipak Misra, some of the Supreme Court’s most senior judges told a news conference the issues involving its administration were serious enough to prompt them to go public.

        “The four of us are convinced that unless this institution is preserved and it maintains its equanimity, democracy will not survive in this country,” Justice Jasti Chelameswar said on the lawns of his residence in the Indian capital.

        The justices gave few details of the incidents they were referring to, but released a letter they had written to Misra.

        In the letter, they mentioned instances of cases with “far-reaching consequences for the nation and the institution” that were selectively assigned by the chief justice without any rational “basis for such assignment”.

        All Supreme Court judges should be involved in setting the procedures used to hire and promote judges in various courts in the country, including the high courts, they added.

        Reuters could not immediately reach the chief justice for comment. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad declined to comment.

        Two close aides of Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was looking into the matter and had summoned top law ministry officials for consultations.

        SPEAKING UP
        Some Supreme Court lawyers praised the justices’ action.

        “Looking at its own flaws is the first step to correcting an institution, to deepening true constitutional democracy,” said Karuna Nundy, a Supreme Court lawyer.

        The Supreme Court has 25 judges appointed by India’s president, including the chief justice, and each retires at the age of 65, the court says on its website.

        The four justices at Friday’s news conference - besides Chelameswar, they included Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph - are the most senior after Misra.

        Three of them are scheduled to retire this year, while Gogoi is in line to be the next chief justice, based on seniority.

        Efforts to alert the chief justice that certain things were not in order and that remedial measures were needed had failed, prompting the news conference, Chelameswar said.

        The justices did not want to be accused of not having spoken up for the institution, or of “selling their souls”, he added.

        Rescuers recovered the bodies of 11 people in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Saturday, a day after multiple avalanches hit their vehicles in the Himalayan region, AP reported quoting officials.

        Thirteen people were swept away by three near-simultaneous avalanches at three places in a stretch of about 10 kilometers (6 miles) on a mountainous road in Kupawara district on Friday.

        Police officer Shamsher Hussain said about 200 police, army and civilian rescuers recovered the bodies of 11 people.

        Two people were rescued alive and were in stable condition at a hospital, he said.

        Avalanches and landslides are common in Kashmir and have caused heavy death tolls for the Indian and Pakistani armies camped near the mountainous and forested highly militarized Line of Control that divides Kashmir between the nuclear-armed rivals.

        At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in three avalanches last year, and in 2012 a massive avalanche in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir killed 140 people, including 129 Pakistani soldiers.

        A bus plunged over a seaside cliff in Peru on Tuesday, killing at least 48 people after a collision with a truck on a precarious stretch known as the "devil's curve," officials said.

        The bus was travelling from Huacho, 130 kilometers (81 miles) north of the capital, to Lima with 55 passengers and two crew on board when it went off the road about midday.It plunged 100 meters (330 feet) and landed upside down on rocks at the edge of the sea.

        The incident "left at least 48 victims" dead, the statement posted on the Interior Ministry's website said. Efforts to recover bodies from the overturned vehicle were suspended at nightfall because the tide had risen and reached the bus, the police said.

        A police helicopter had winched some rescue workers to the wreck of the blue bus while others made the precarious journey down on foot with the assistance of ropes.The navy sent a patrol boat to assist the rescuers trying to get everyone out before the tide came in.

        There were several survivors, although most on board the bus perished."For us it is very painful to suffer an accident of this magnitude. My deep solidarity lies with the pain suffered by the relatives," President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski wrote on Twitter.

        Maria Elena Aguilar, director of Alcides Carrion Hospital in El Callao, said her facility received five patients with multiple injuries.

        One other survivor was taken to a different hospital.The accident took place on a coastal highway about 45 kilometers north of the capital Lima, said Colonel Dino Escudero, head of the police highway patrol division.

        The Pasamayo highway on which the tragedy occurred is only used by trucks and buses, as cars travel a different route.It is a dangerous sea-hugging road where fog is frequent and high humidity can make the roadway slippery.

        The bus driver had a lot of experience and was working with an assistant, said Luis Martinez, a representative of Transportes San Martin de Porres, which owned the bus.

        Martinez could not confirm whether the driver had been killed or injured, but added that the bus underwent a mechanical check before leaving Huacho. More than 2,500 people died in traffic accidents in Peru in 2016, according to official figures.

        Entertainment

        Sports

        Dharan Football Club (DFC) is set to organise the Budha  Subba Gold Cup from February 3-10 as one of the oldest knockout football tournaments of the country returns to Dharan Stadium in its 20th edition.

        The organisers have been holding the tournament at the Anfa Technical Centre for the last five years but after the completion of Dharan Stadium’s reconstruction the tournament returns to the place from where it all started. DFC on Tuesday informed that it has begun the preparations for the tournament. “We are glad to announce that we are into two decades of this tournament. This tournament has a rich history in Nepali football and has helped a lot in producing national-level players. The club has long been struggling in terms of finances but there have been a lot of helping hands which helped us in giving continuity to this tournament,” said DFC President Kishor Rai.

        The 10-team tournament will include two foreign invitees—Kolkata and with Dhanmundi Club of Bangladesh. Other teams include Nepal Police Club, Nepal APF, Manang Marshyangdi, Sankata, Three Star, National U-19 team and hosts DFC. Dhanmundi are the 2001 champions.

        NPC are the defending champions having beaten Sankata in the 19th edition. The champions will get Rs 501,000 and the runners-up will take home Rs 251,000. The best striker, goalkeeper, defender, midfielder, coach, highest scorer, emerging player will get Rs 25,000 each. The player-of-the-tournament will ride home a motorcycle and every man-of-the-match will get Rs 10,000. The estimated costs of the tournament is Rs 5.3 million.

        The second Pinkathon Kathmandu, a running competition for women to raise awareness about their health related issues, is all set to be held in Kathmandu on February 24.

        The event established by Indian model and actor Milind Soman will see races for women in four different categories—3km, 5km, 10km and 21km—, informed the organisers Nepal Leisure Port on Tuesday. The event is organised in Nepal by Leisure Port, the franchise holder for Pinkathon in Nepal.

        Soman, who is also film producer and fitness promoter, had initiated the event since 2012 in India along with Reema Sanghavi, the managing director of Maximus Mice and Media Solution. According to Soman, the objective of the Pinkathon was to encourage women to adopt health and fitness in their daily lifestyles by means of running.

        Namraj Joshi, the managing director of Leisure Port, said they are expecting participation of over 5,000 runners after witnessing 3,000 turning in the first edition last year. Top three finishers of the 21km race (half marathon) will be rewarded Rs 60,000, Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000. Top three athletes in the 10km race will get Rs 30,000, Rs 20,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively.

        The last edition saw Kanchhi Maya Koju of Nepal Armed Police Force set national half marathon record at 1:18:28.

        Biratnagar and Dhangadi set the title clash of the second U-19 Itahari Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament on Monday.

        In the first semi-final match, Biratnagar defeated hosts Itahari Cricket Academy by five wickets. Dhangadi crushed Nepalgunj by 82 runs in the other semi-final. The final is slated for Tuesday.

        The first match was reduced to 14-over-a-side due to bad weather and Itahari managed 91-6 after they were put in to bat first. Gautam Sharma top scored for Itahari with 29 runs, while Pawan Sarraf was their second best with 15. Bibek Mehta (14) was the other batsman to score in double figures. Bibek Yadav took two wickets for Biratnagar.

        Biratnagar reached the target in 12.4 overs on the back of 30 runs from man-of-the-match Minesh Thapa. Firdosh Ansari sealed the chase with 17 unbeaten runs and Amit Yadav chipped in 16. Manish Dahal was pick of the Itahari bowlers with three wickets.

        Dhangadhi amassed 147-5 in 20 overs before bundling out Nepalgunj for just 66 runs in 19 overs. None of the Nepalgunj batsmen managed to score runs in double figures. Earlier, Bhima Sharki top scored for Dhangadi with 37 runs, while Lokesh Bam contributed 22 and Narayan Joshi added 19 runs. Basanta Karki (14) and Shere Malla (11) also chipped in runs in double figures. Bijaya Chaudhary took two wickets for Nepalgunj.

        The champions will get Rs 100,000 and the runners-up will receive Rs 50,000.

        Health & Style

        Fiction Park

        In the name of love: The Rani Pokhari Story

        Dipesh Risal, Jan 14 2018
        Chakrawatendra Malla, giddy, nervous, too young to understand the powers he had just acquired, tried to walk confidently towards the elephant stable. He had mentally prepared himself for this day for years.
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        Escalate

        Right products at the right prices

        Jan 15 2018
        Nitesh Kumar Mundra has been working in marketing since 1998. He began his career from a watch store, called Accuracy, but with the market for watches declining and the demand for smartphones rocketing, Mundra chose to switch to marketing international mobile brands in the country.
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        Saturday Features

        Bidding winter farewell with Chaku

        Bidding winter farewell with Chaku

        Being a ‘smart’ student

        Pratyoush Onta
        One of the most often-repeated criticisms of the higher education scene in Nepal is about the absence of choices of courses for students during their BA and MA studies.

        National Unity Day

        Guffadi
        The late King Prithivi Narayan (PN) Shah was until a decade ago considered the person who unified this country. Instead of more than two dozen kingdoms, we became one country and the folks from Gorkha got to enjoy the power and the freebies that comes with it.

        Notes from the depths

        NIRANJAN KUNWAR
        To dive and discover the underneath. To see what hasn’t speared the surface. Chang was from mainland China, soft-spoken, sophisticated. Muy was a Hong Kong native;

        A new home for art

        Nhooja Tuladhar
        You take your shoes off before entering Kaalo 101. The cold from the terracotta tiled floor is for everybody to soak in. Also, the gesture makes you feel like you are entering somebody’s home, not a gallery.

        A spectacle of delusions

        OBIE SHRESTHA
        If Phineas Taylor Barnum (Hugh Jackman) had one defining quality, it would be the staunch determination to not let his circumstances limit his dreams.

        Women drug users in eastern Nepal: A silent story

        Jenna Kunze
        A song rings out from a cellphone on the table, ringing twice before Vara* puts down her ladle, swings her baby to her other hip, and picks up.

        ‘Only a convinced writer can convince readers’

        Columnist, novelist, screenplay writer, and also an actor Brazesh Khanal is a name well known in the Nepali media and the literary circle. While he might have become more particular about the projects he takes up of late, he has already written scripts for more than a 100 TV shows and films. Khanal also has two novels to his name:

        The gang of five

        Guffadi
        It’s been nearly a month since we got done with our federal elections and it will take another month or two before our ‘lefties’ finally take charge and finally make this country prosperous.