EC seeks clarification from DPM Thapa for violating election code

    Anuj Kumar Adhikari, Nov 24 2017
    The Election Code of Conduct Central Monitoring Committee has directed Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Minister Kamal Thapa to furnish clarification for canvassing votes for his party by violating the election code of conduct in the silence period.
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    Silence period for Sunday’s vote begins

      Post Report, Nov 24 2017

      Silence period for the first phase of federal parliament and provincial assembly elections being held on Sunday in 32 mountain and upper-hill districts began at midnight Thursday.

      The Election Commission has said no political party, candidates, party office bearers, independents, civil society, voters and mass media can be involved in publicity for the polls.

      The EC has urged the media not to violate the election code of conduct during the silence period as that would influence voters of the first-phase polls even though campaigns for the second phase vote scheduled for December 7 continue in the remaining 45 districts.

      The Election Code of Conduct (Third amendment -2017) restricts canvassing for votes by the candidates and the parties even through digital media such as Facebook, Twitter and Viber. All the publicity materials placed within 300 metres of the polling centre must be taken out.

      In the first phase, 3,191,945 voters are casting their ballot from 4,465 polling centres. As many as 702 candidates--including 282 (266 male and 16 female) for federal parliament and 420 (400 male and 20 female) for the provincial assemblies--are contesting for 37 federal and 74 provincial seats, according to election officials.

      The districts where elections are taking place on Sunday are Solukhumbu, Sankhuwasabha, Bhojpur, Okhaldhunga, Taplejung, Panchthar and Khotang in Province-1; Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Dhading, Sindhupalchok, Dolakha and Ramechhap in Province-3; Mustang, Myagdi, Baglung, Manang, Lamjung and Gorkha in Province-4; Rukum (east) and Ropla in Province-5; Rukum (west), Jajarkot, Humla, Mugu, Jumla, Kalikot and Dolpa in Province-6; and Darchula, Bajhang, Bajura and Baitadi in Province-7.

      According to EC Spokes-person Navaraj Dhakal, registered voters who have not got their IDs could collect their cards from the respective polling centres on November 24 and 25 for the first-phase vote and on December 5 and 6 for the second phase.

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      Govt announces public holiday on Election Day

      Post Report, Kathmandu, Nov 24 2017
      Government has announced public holidays on voting days of both phases of federal parliamentary and provincial assembly elections.

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      Pressure cooker bomb goes off at Maoist Centre's election contact office in Siraha

      Bharat Jarghamagar, Nov 24 2017
      A pressure cooker bomb went off at an election contact office of CPN (Maoist Centre) located in Mirchaiya-5 of Siraha district on Friday.
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      Bomb goes off near vehicle of left alliance candidate in Myagdi

      Nov 24 2017
      A bomb explosion took place in Myagdi today, targeting a left alliance election candidate.
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      Go for voting without fear, no problem of security: CEC Yadav

      Post Report, Nov 24 2017
      Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav has appealed to the people to cast their votes without any fear in the first phase of federal parliamentary and provincial assembly elections slated for November 26 as the government has made foolproof security arrangement to that end.
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      Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) Club defended the fifth CoAS International Women’s Football Tournament title with a battling 3-2 win over hosts Tribhuvan Army Club on Thursday.

      Sabitra Bhandari, Renuka Nagarkote and skipper Sajana Rana Magar scored to hand APF the third successive title of CoAS tournament. Sapana  Lama and Krishna Khatri replied for the Army team.

      Bhandari put APF ahead early in the 12th minute as she dispossessed the ball inside the danger zone before firing in for a goal. Army drew level through a 32nd minute goal from Lama, whose shot at far post for the goal.

      But APF regained the lead, against through a lucky deflection three minutes before the break. Nagarkote blasted a shot from the edge of the area which deflected off a TAC defender wrong footing the goalkeeper Anjana Rana Magar.

      APF extended their lead immediately after the break as unmarked Rana Magar head home a corner from Manjali Yonjon. Khatri reduced the margin for TAC by pulling back th second goal in the injury time but the effort was too little and too late to affect the final outcome.

      APF coach Janak Singh credited the vitory to hard work and dedication of his team. It was the second successive title for APF coach as he was also at the helm of the APF women’s football in the last edition. Ratna Kaji Majarjan was the coach when APF won the third edition.

      APF skipper Sajana Rana was happy to make a winning return after a long injury layoff. Rana was declared the player of the match. Army coach Adarsha Malla said his team played under pressure throughout the game after conceding an early lead.

      The champions received Rs 300,000 and the runners-up got Rs 150,000. The losing semi-finalists Nepal Police Club and Central Region also earned Rs 50,000 each. A Sikkim team, which crashed out of the first round, won the Fair Play award.

      Sapana Lama of Army Club rode home a scooter after she was awarded the best player of the tournament.  APF trio Mana Maya  Limbu (defender), Anjila Subba (goalkeeper) and Janak Singh (coach) also won the individual honours. Krishna Khatri of Army club was named the best forward and her teammate Dipa Rai the best midfielder.  Sabitra Bhandari finished as the top scorer with 12 goals that earned her Rs 25,000 in rewards.

      Nepal crashed to a shock five-run defeat at the hands of United Arab Emirates (UAE) in their third match of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Asia Qualifiers at the Asian Institute of Technology grounds in Bangkok, Thailand, on Thursday.

      Batting first, UAE recovered from a precarious position to reach 79-7 in 20 overs. Nepal could only manage 74 for the loss of nine wickets after they failed to score 15 runs required from the last 18 deliveries. The result was a massive blow for Nepal who are in danger of losing a spot in next year’s ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Global Qualifiers to be held in the Netherlands.

      The top two teams after the round robin league meet in the final and book tickets to Global Qualifiers. Nepal have two points after their first two matches--against Thailand and Hong Kong--were washed out due to rain. While Hong Kong and Thailand lead the table with five points each, the UAE are up next with four points. Malaysia are fourth with Nepal and China behind them.

      In the match on Thurday, Nepal were already in a terrible position during their chase losing opener Sita Rana Magar (seven), Indu Berma (duck) and Nary Thapa (naught) inside the first three overs with just 11 runs on the board. Another opener Jyoti Pandey and Kajol Shrestha (eight) offered resistance adding 16 runs for the fourth wicket.

      Pandey made 12 from 15 balls with a boundary. Shrestha and new batswoman Sarita Magar managed to defy the UAE bowlers but their sluggish partnership fetched Nepal just 12 runs in 35 deliveries. The collapse resumed with the dismissal of Sarita, Shrestha and skipper Rubina Chhetri (duck) in a space of two runs.

      Karuna Bhandari (six) couldn’t do much as her dismissal left Nepal reeling at 55-8. Ritu Kanoujiya and Roma Thapa (three) kept Nepal in the game with an 18-run stand for the ninth wicket. Nepal collected three runs each in the 18th, 19th and 20th overs to fall five runs short.

      Kanoujiya top scored for Nepal with 22 runs from 23 deliveries hitting two boundaries. Nisha Ali and Humaria Tasneem did most of the damage to Nepal as they picked up two wickets each and conceded just 20 runs in their collective eight overs.

      Earlier, Nepal had a dream start reducing the UAE to 10-4 inside four overs. Opener ER Oza and NM Cherriath rescued the UAE with a 27-run fifth wicket stand.

      Former skipper Nary Thapa then removed Oza but the UAE revivied their innings again through Cherriath and player-of-the-match Ali (17). The two batswomen added 33 runs for the sixth wicket taking the UAE to a winning total.

      Cherriath scored 23 from 42 balls and Oza was their next best scorer with 22 runs from 27 balls hitting two boundaries. Skipper Chhetri took 3-12 from four overs and Kanoujiya gave an allround display taking 2-9 from three overs. Nepal will now play Malaysia in their fourth match on Friday.

      Summary

      UAE 79-7 in 20 overs (NM Cherriath 23, ER Oza 22; R Chhetri 3-12, R Kanoujiya 2-9) beat Nepal 74-7 in 20 overs (R Kanoujiya 22 not out, J Pandey 12; N Ali 2-10, H Tasneem 2-10) by five runs

      Player-of-the-match: N Ali (UAE)

      Nepal announced a 20-member squad for the ICC World Cricket League Championship (WCLC) seventh round matches against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) slated for December 6 and 8 at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

      A selection committee headed by ICC representative Aminul Islam, Nepal head coach Jagat Tamatta and skipper Paras Khadka will announce the final 14-member squad plus a four reserve players in due course. Mehboob Alam and Saurabh Khanal withdrew due to injuries.

      The team includes Basant Regmi, Gyanendra Malla, Sharad Vesawkar, Shakti  Gauchan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Arif Sheikh, Sompal Kami, Siddhant Lohani,  Anil Kumar Sah, Binod Bhandari, Dilip Nath, Dipendra Singh Airee, Hasim  Ansari, Jitendra Mukhiya, Karan KC, Bhurtel, Sagar Pun, Lalit  Bhandari and Sushil Kandel.

      With only top four teaKushal ms in the eight-team tournament assured of places in the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers, Nepal were already out of the race after their sixth round results against the hosts Hong Kong in October. Nepal lost one game and another was washed out meaning they were placed in seventh with nine points. Even if Nepal win both the final round matches against the UAE, they cannot catch Hong Kong, who currently occupy the fourth place with a round to go. 

      The Netherlands and Papua New Guinea have already earned tickets to the World Cup Qualifiers set for next year in Zimbabwe. Two more spots are still up for the grabs from the final round matches.

      Irrespective of the results in Abu Dhabi, relegated Nepal will now play in World Cricket League (WLC) Division 2 in Namibia early next year where they need to make it to the final for a place in the Qualifiers. Canada, Oman, Nepal, Namibia and the UAE along with another relegated team from the WCLC will make the six-team Division 2. 

      Nepal had finished fourth in the Division 2 in Namibia two years ago but the International Cricket Council (ICC) had handed them a chance to compete in the WCLC Division 1 tournament after Ireland and Afghanistan joined the 10 full members in the ranking-based qualification system for the 2019 World Cup.

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