Electricity imports from India during peak hours up 30 percent

    BIBEK SUBEDI, Dec 13 2018
    Electricity imports from India during peak hours jumped more than 30 percent in the past month following a sharp fall in domestic production due to shrinking water levels in the rivers where a majority of the hydropower plants are located.
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    These students have to skip school so they can fetch water to the village

      BASANTA PRATAP SINGH, Dec 13 2018
      POST PHOTO: BASANTA PRATAP SINGH
      Locals at Jhalakpur in Bungal Municipality-of 6 Bajhang district have been facing problems of drinking water for many years now.
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      Constitutional Council unanimously recommends SC Justice Rana for Chief Justice post

        Samuel Chettri, Binod Ghimire, Dec 13 2018
        The Constitutional Council (CC) on Thursday recommended Supreme Court Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana for the post of Chief Justice.
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        Government to ban higher denomination Indian Currency notes in Nepal

        Sanjaya Lama, Kathmandu, Dec 13 2018
        The government has decided to ban the use of high denomination Indian Currency notes and use only IRS 100 in Nepal from now onwards.

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        Gandaki Province lawmaker Tek Bahadur Gharti dies

        LAL PRASAD SHARMA, POKHARA, Dec 13 2018
        Gandaki Province lawmaker Tek Bahadur Gharti died on Thursday while undergoing treatment for Jaundice in India. Gharti, 46, was taken to New Delhi-based Apollo Hospital by air ambulance on Tuesday for treatment.

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        Main News

        India refuses to repatriate flood-displaced three rhinos to Nepal

        Narayan Sharma, Dec 13 2018
        Indian authority has refused to repatriate three one-horned rhinos that were swept across the border from Nepal’s Chitwan National Park (CNP) during the flooding six months ago.
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        Six dead as jeep carrying wedding procession collides with bus in Dang

        DURGA LAL KC, Dec 13 2018
        At least six people died when a jeep they were travelling in collided with a passenger bus in Lamahi Municipality, Dang along the East-West Highway on Thursday morning.
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        Nirmala murder case: Activists stage symbolic protest demanding justice

        BHAWANI BHATTA, Dec 13 2018
        Demanding the government to capture and prosecute the people who raped and murdered Nirmala Pant, women’s rights activists performed Homa-- Hindu ritual where various offerings are made to fire in return for fulfilment of a wish-- in Kanchanpur, on Wednesday.
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        World

        A powerful earthquake that struck in the southern Pacific Ocean on Wednesday sent jitters around the region after authorities warned of possible tsunamis, but there were no initial reports of destructive waves or major damage.

        The magnitude 7.5 quake hit in the afternoon near the French territory of New Caledonia at a shallow depth, where earthquakes are generally more damaging. It was felt as far away as Vanuatu, about 630 kilometers (390 miles) away

        Tsunami sirens blared across New Caledonia minutes after the quake. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said tsunami waves of between 1 and 3 meters (3 and 10 feet) were possible along some coasts of New Caledonia and Vanuatu, before later lifting the warning.

        Local authorities in New Caledonia ordered residents to evacuate coastal zones on the eastern edge of the archipelago, including the Loyalty Islands and the island of Ile des Pins. The evacuation order from the regional police said western islands didn’t need to evacuate but should remain vigilant.

        While residents of the region are familiar with tsunami warnings and evacuations, the quake startled tourists, including communications consultant Eugenie Kerleau, 30, vacationing on the island of Lifou from her home in mainland France.

        “It was really surprising, I had a feeling of vertigo, the curtains were moving. We were immediately evacuated from the hotel to a calmer point at higher altitude,” she told The Associated Press.

        No damage was immediately reported, according to Vincent Lepley, crisis coordinator for the Red Cross in New Caledonia.

        Judith Rostain, a freelance journalist based in New Caledonia’s capital, Noumea, said there was no damage to the city. She said the situation remained unclear on the east coast and scattered outer islands.

        In Vanuatu, Dan McGarry said he heard only of three small wave surges hitting the southern island of Aneityum. McGarry, the media director at the Vanuatu Daily Post, said the waves traveled only a couple of meters (7 feet) beyond the normal tidal waves, and that everybody was fine on the island.

        McGarry said he felt the quake where he is based in Vanuatu’s capital, Port Vila, as a mild shaking.

        “We get a lot of earthquakes every year,” he said. “The tsunami warning was what was different this time, though.”

        The warning center said there was no tsunami threat to Hawaii.

        According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake struck about 168 kilometers (104 miles) east of Tadine in New Caledonia at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). At least six aftershocks also hit, ranging in magnitude from 5.6 to 6.6.

        The populations of Vanuatu and New Caledonia are similar, with just over 280,000 people living in each archipelago.

        Last month, voters in New Caledonia elected to remain a territory of France rather than becoming independent. Both New Caledonia and Vanuatu sit on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where most of the world’s earthquakes and volcanic activity occur.

        Entertainment

        Photo-feature

        Singha Durbar, the major administrative hub of the country, is converting into a junkyard of old and abandoned government vehicles. Almost every ministry premises inside the government complex has at least one vehicle that’s been left unused for a prolonged period.

        The parking space inside some ministries and offices are littered with high-end vehicles—once purchased for millions of rupees—that are simply collecting dust. Officials say a number of these abandoned vehicles can still be used if they are provided with proper maintenance. The government could also generate some revenue by selling such old vehicles. But the ministries have been piling these old vehicles while completely clueless over whether any of the vehicles could be reused with minimal maintenance work.

        Even as hundreds of expensive vehicles lay in ruin, the government has continued to purchase new vehicles every year for newly appointed ministers, government officials and other dignitaries. Earlier this week, the government was criticised for its decision to purchase a luxurious fleet, at a cost of Rs 180 million, for President Bidya Devi Bhandari.


        Last month, the Prime Minister’s Office formed a panel to revive the abandoned vehicles inside Singha Durbar. The panel, led by Amar Bahadur Thapa, Senior Divisional Engineer at Ministry of Urban Development, has been asked to inspect the vehicles and clear the ones that can be reused for maintenance. A portion of the repaired vehicles is expected to be deployed at local levels, where officials have been demanding vehicles for months.

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        Fiction Park

        Love that Refuses to Die

        KESHAB SUBEDI, Dec 09 2018
        This is not a love letter, but a synthesis of realisation. And obviously a futile attempt. This is simply a review of that mysterious communion and an anecdote of that divine but yet toppled history.
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        Saturday Features

        Inspired by reality

        Usha Sherchan is a poet, lyricist and fiction writer who has published three poem collections, Najanmeka Asthaharu, Akchhyarharuka Shibirma and Sarbakaalin Peedara Jagritiko Sankhaghosh, one short story collection, Tesro Rang, and five albums containing her lyrics.

        Speechless in Baluwatar

        Guffadi
        When Oli became our Prime Monster for the first time, he promised us many things. He left Baluwatar without fulfilling any of the promises made. We are still waiting for our government to pour some money to promote wind energy. We are still waiting for our homes to be connected to cooking gas pipelines. We are waiting for everything Oli promised us then.

        The things we throw away

        MOHAN GURAGAIN
        Waste is a sign of prosperity—the more you earn, the more you dump. It is only the wealthy that throw things away, the poor have little to discard. This rag, that piece of wood, a length of pipe, crooked nails, lids of jars—they could all be of some use some day.

        Bearing witness

        NIRANJAN KUNWAR
        Can a pamphlet be a poem, a poem be the story of a murder, the murder be recalled as a ballad and the ballad then become an argument?” — Amar Kanwar.

        Bhaktapur in a trance

        In Bhaktapur, time seems to have stopped. The spectre of modernity and gentrification might have pushed other districts to a point of no return but it has left this ancient city untouched—so its labyrinthine streets evince as you take a walk around.

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        ABANI MALLA
        A collection of landscapes perfectly syncs with the melody of a flute and smoothly transitions to extreme long shots of a valley that all come together to beautifully narrate the story of one courageous girl and her big dreams.

        Lives lost, loves regained

        Richa Bhattarai
        In my childhood, I was known as the boy whose mother had run off with an Englishman,” the narrator of All the Lives We Never Lived, a sexagenarian horticulturist, begins his tale. It is intriguing,

        NO REBEL

        Shuvechchhya Pradhan
        “I had no dreams,” was my mother’s response when I asked her what her dream was while growing up. “Why?” I asked, puzzled by the answer. “Because I didn’t have the privilege to dream as you do now.”

        We are all migrants

        Anand Vijay Gurung
        The call of a solitary pied cuckoorings above the brookthat gurgles over the rocks.Its black and whitewing patterns and spiky crest,stark against the monsoon greenof its momentary tree perch.