Discord over affiliation leaves medical bill in limbo

    Institutions other than Tribhuvan and Kathmandu universities could pave the way to grant affiliations for colleges outside the Valley
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    Snowfall affects lives in various mountainous districts (In photos)

    Post Report, Kathmandu, Jan 23 2019
    Snowfall coupled with breezing wind since Tuesday has troubled normal life in several mountainous districts in the country.

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    Central bank asks three banks to return Sumargi’s money to NIBL

    PRITHVI MAN SHRESTHA, Kathmandu, Jan 23 2019
    Post file photos.
    Nepal Rastra Bank on Tuesday wrote to three banks, asking them to deposit the money—withdrawn from Nepal Investment Bank Limited (NIBL) account of Muktishree Cement Industries owned by controversial businessman Ajeya Raj Sumargi—back to NIBL.

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    Westerly winds bring rain, chill in Kathmandu, surrounding hills witness snowfall

    SAMUEL CHHETRI, Kathmandu, Jan 23 2019
    Various parts across the country witnessed rain with mountain region experiencing heavy snowfall due to the impact of westerly winds on Wednesday.

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    Main News

    A momo-headed adventure

    Timothy Aryal, Jan 23 2019
    Every great creative idea does not always have to start with a cup of coffee or a glass of beer. For illustrator Nom Rana, it started with a plate of momos, Nepal’s de facto national food.
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    Saptari faces water shortage

    ABDHESH KUMAR JHA, Jan 23 2019
    Residents of Saptari district have been hit by a shortage of water lately.Groundwater level has dropped after pumping increased in the district over the past few years. The majority of families in Saptari rely on groundwater for both drinking and irrigation purposes.
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    Local units ban haphazard use of heavy equipment in infrastructural development

    HARI GAUTAM, Jan 23 2019
    Sixty-nine houses were destroyed while 207 other were damaged by natural calamities, mostly landslides, in Rukum (West) during July and August of 2018. As per the report assessed by the local administration, water-induced disasters destroyed infrastructures worth around Rs 301.5 million in the district.
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    Panel formed to probe into jet purchase deal is directionless

    The government has yet to decide the terms of reference for the high-level commission formed earlier this month to investigate into the alleged misappropriation of funds during the procurement of two wide-body aircraft by Nepal Airlines Corporation.
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    Province 7, Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC) and Province 3 secured semi-final berths in the Sahana Pradhan Memorial Women’s National hockey tournament on Tuesday. 
    Province 7 and the Army team’s entry into last-four was confirmed from Group ‘A’ after the former registered a 2-0 victory over Province 1. Janaki Bhatta put Province 7 ahead in the eighth minute before Nilam Joshi sealed victory with the second goal in the 28th. 
    The result meant, Province 1 crashed out from the three-team group after second defeat while Army and Province 7 made it to the semi-finals with one win each. The winners of the group will be finalised after Army and Province 7 play their last match on Wednesday.
    The other match of the day saw Province 2 play a 0-0 draw against Province 4 paving way for Province 3 to make into semi-finals. The result meant both Province 2 and Province 4 earn one point each while Province 3, who had defeated Province 2 in their first match on Monday, made to the last-four. The second semi-finalist from the group will be confirmed after outcome of match between Province 2 and Province 4 on Wednesday.
    Five provinces and the Army team are competing in the league-cum-knockout tournament organised by Nepal Hockey Association. The final is scheduled for Friday.

    The ‘A’ Division outfits Saraswoti Youth Club thumped Nawa Janajagriti Youth Club of Simara 4-1 to enter the semi-finals of second National Bagmati Gold Cup football tournament at the Phaparbari of Bagmati Rural Municipality on Monday. Saraswoti will meet Makawanpur XI in the last-four clash on Wednesday. 
    Tirtha Basnet struck twice for the Koteshwor-based team after Raj Kumar Ghising put them ahead in the 20th minute. Basnet struck in the 34th and 42nd minute to go into break 3-0 up. Nawa Janajagriti cut the deficit in the 66th before Victor Amobi struck the fourth goal to seal 4-1 victory. Tribhuvan Army Club will take on BFC Bharatpur in the first semi-final match on Tuesday. (PR)  

    Health & Style

    Fiction Park

    The Love Letter

    Ashvin Oli, Jan 20 2019
    It was raining cats and dogs outside with occasional thunder strikes. The mango tree near my room’s window swayed violently to the wind, hitting the window pane several times to the point that I was worried it would shatter the glass.
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    An uncommon thread

    ASMITA MANANDHAR, Jan 21 2019
    In the 1990s, when the Nepali garment industry was at its peak, Hira Muktan established a factory catering to private labels in various European countries, exporting Nepal-made products to the international market.
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    Saturday Features

    The paper trail

    Prakash Chandra Timilsena
    In 1995, 50-year-old Nima Sherpa moved from Dolakha to Kathmandu with a plan—he was going to take traditional Nepali lokta paper to the world. Sherpa had realised that products made of lokta, which were easily available in his village, could make it big in the international market.

    Break up song

    It’s sad to hear that Bibeksheel Sajha (BS) Party folks have decided to split up. Our political parties are good at breaking up and then making up and breaking up again to fulfill the interest of a bunch of so-called leaders and I guess Bibeksheel Sajha has met the same fate. So that means we can actually call the BS wallahs a true political party from now onwards.

    Life and art are inextricably blended into each other

    Timothy Aryal
    Mekh Limbu’s art needs little elaboration. It speaks the truth, laid out for all to see and reflect on. It’s real; it’s quiet, keening and sharp. Take his installation ‘How I Forgot My Mother Tongue’, for instance, which was part of the Opposite Dreams exhibition displayed during the Photo Kathmandu festival last year.

    Raamesh Koirala’s book about Charles Sobhraj is confused, leaving the reader unsure of whether this is a memoir or a novel

    Pranaya SJB Rana
    Raamesh Koirala’s new book about the notorious serial killer Charles Sobhraj is a strange animal. Although ostensibly presented as a non-fiction memoir written by the cardiac surgeon who operated on Sobhraj’s heart, the copyright page of the book asserts that “This is a work of fiction.” Perhaps this was an (glaring) oversight on the part of the publisher, but given the manner in which the book unfolds, it might be an accurate characterisation.

    In Nepal, a woman’s identity is still tied to their male kinfolk -- first father, then husband

    Bibhu Luitel
    In 2015, when I appeared for a job interview at a popular Kathmandu school, the very first question the principal asked me was, “Are you a Newar?”

    How rice became a staple in the hills and mountains--and why that’s unsustainable

    Tsering Ngodup Lama
    Nepal’s reliance on rice over traditional nutrient-rich grains is costing the country billions every year, and making people unhealthier

    I signed up to become a Tootle rider. This is what I got out of it.

    Anup Ojha
    I first heard of Tootle about seven months ago during a casual conversation with my friends. They said it was one of the easiest ways to commute around Kathmandu, but as the owner of a motorbike, I didn’t pay it any mind. A few months later, I became a part of Tootle -- not as a customer but as a rider. 

    Good, but not quite best

    Richa Bhattarai
    In ‘March, Me and Sakura’ by Geetanjali Shree, a 70-year-old Indian mother travels to Japan to be with her son. At first wary of the unfamiliar country and afraid of venturing out, she ends up an adventurous soul, freeing the child within in the new land, far from judgment and societal restrictions. It is enthralling to travel with her and shed our inhibitions alongside.

    Grandma with swag

    At 11 am sharp every morning, a voice resounds through our quiet Kupondole neighbourhood, disturbing all our neighbours from their daily chores.