President hands over integrated settlement to quake survivors (with photos)

    Post Report, Oct 28 2016
    President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Friday handed over the integrated model settlement constructed by the Dhurmus-Suntali Foundation at Giranchaur, Melcmchi municipality-8, of Sindhupalchok district to the earthquake survivors.
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    Holiday decision draws criticism

    • Indian president’s visit to Nepal
    • Govt goes on defensive, says it does not want inconvenience to public
    Post Report, Oct 28 2016

    A government decision to declare public holiday on November 2 for Indian President Pranab Mukherjee’s scheduled visit to Nepal quickly became fodder for criticism with twitterati wasting no time to take a potshot at the move.

    A Cabinet meeting on Thursday afternoon decided to declare November 2 a public holiday. No sooner had the government made the decision public than people from different walks of life took to social media to criticise the move. A majority of them censured the government for becoming submissive to India.

    “Nepal government has no right to humiliate the whole nation by these gimmicks,” wrote @SumanKhadka14 on Twitter. Taking a potshot at the government decision, @Drsudhamshu wrote: “Holiday should be declared not only during arrival but also during departure. Or else, we will be forced to take stringent steps!”

    Following social media criticism, the government later went on defensive and urged all not to drag the issue into controversy. The government has said the decision was taken in view of public inconvenience as “during such a high profile visit, it would be difficult for the people to commute”. Stating that the decision was taken keeping in mind possible traffic chaos in the city and inconvenience to general public due to that, the government said public holiday will be announced during Chinese president’s visit also.

    Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Nepal, however, is yet to be confirmed.

    In a press statement, the government has also said that it took the decision to declare November 2 a public holiday “as per the suggestion from the general public”.

    The national holiday will mean entire government agencies across the country will remain shut on the day.

    Questioning the decision, former prime minister Baburam Bhattarai (@brb1954) tweeted: “Foreign guests must be accorded due respect. But will our true friends be happy if we leave all our work aside/ make the country even poorer/ put out a begging bowl? Let’s think!”

    President Mukherjee’s visit next month will be the first by an Indian president in 18 years.


    Three-layer security cover

    KATHMANDU: A special team of the Nepal Army will provide inner security cover with a three-layer security arrangement to Indian President Pranab Mukherjee during his three-day stay in Nepal. The Indian president is visiting Nepal on November 2-4. “The same unit that manages security of our president will provide security to the Indian head of state,” said Brigadier General Tara Bahadur Karki. It is learnt that a special force from India will also be involved in managing security in coordination with the NA. Army personnel and Indian security forces will be present in the inner layer while Nepal Police and the Armed Police Force personnel will provide security from the outer later. Mukherjee after landing at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) is scheduled to head for Sheetal Niwas to meet President Bidhya Devi Bhandari. TIA-Chabahil and Maharajgunj or Tinkune-New Baneshwor-Ratnapark-Lazimpat roads are likely to be cleared off on November 2. (PR)


    India formally announces Mukherjee’s trip

    NEW DELHI: India has officially announced Indian President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to Nepal. “President Mukherjee will pay a state visit to Nepal from November 2-4,” said India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday. “The state visit reflects the priority that the Government of India attaches to further strengthening its age-old, unique partnership with Nepal,” it added. (PR)


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    Karki can’t dodge punishment if he is guilty: Mahat

    Post Report, BUTWAL, Oct 28 2016
    Nepali Congress leader Ram Sharan Mahat has said that Nepali Congress will play a decisive role in Lokman Singh Karki's impeachment process.

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    Nepal, India agree to accelerate 7 projects

    Post Report, Kathmandu, Oct 28 2016
    Teams of Nepal and India during the negotiation that concluded in New Delhi on Thursday. MEA India
    Nepal and India have agreed to expedite seven projects related to infrastructure, cross-border connectivity and utilisation of the Indian aid for Nepal’s reconstruction.

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    US election 2016: Trump running mate Mike Pence's plane skids off runway

    BBC, Oct 28 2016
    Republican vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence has had a narrow escape after his plane slid off the runway while landing in New York City.

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    Main News

    Syria rebels 'in push to break Aleppo siege'

    BBC, Oct 28 2016
    Rebels in Syria have announced a big offensive aimed at breaking the government siege of east Aleppo.
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    Impeachment motion against chief of constitutional body a bad precedent: PM Dahal

    Post Report, Oct 28 2016
    Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that although it is an unfortunate phenomenon that chief of anti corruption body--Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority--Lokman Singh Karki, has to face the impeachment motion in Parliament, its outcome will be positive.
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    Mahato warns of fresh agitation after Chhath

    Oct 28 2016
    Sadbhawana Party Chairman, Rajendra Mahato, has demanded immediate amendment of the constitution.
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    The Nepali national football team has lined up a friendly match against Japan Friends – a team comprised of Japanese professional footballers.

    The November 19 friendly at the Anfa Complex in Satdobato will mark the 60th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Nepal and Japan. Colorbath, a Japanese Non Government Organisation, and the All Nepal Football Association have collaborated in bringing the Japanese footballers in Nepal. The visiting footballers have experience of competing in top division football of Japan -- J League -- along with other clubs around the world.

    Toda Kazuyuki, a member of the Japan national team that played the 2002 World Cup, will lead the 16-member Japanese squad. Colorbath Nepal President Ganesh Man Lama said the match would open the doors for further collaboration between Anfa and the organization in coming years.

    Anfa Chief Executive Officer Indra Man Tuladhar said they were happy to host the match after a long homework. “We had been working on this plan for the last 14 months and in spite of being behind in terms of infrastructure, it will go as planned,” said the CEO fuming at the government for not making the Dashrath Stadium available for the game.

    “We had originally wanted to hold the game at the Dashrath Stadium and even asked the government to allow us in maintaining it for the game. But the government only allowed us to use the ground but not the stands. So we are planning to design a portable parapet at the Anfa Complex to raise the seating capacity,” said Tuladhar.

    The match will also be a fund raiser with the proceeds of the game going to people affected by the April 25 earthquake that shook the country in 2015. “We are planning to help the earthquake affected schools and assist in improving football infrastructures damaged by the earthquake,” said Colorbath Nepal President Lama.

    The ticket prices have been set at Rs 1000 and Rs 1500 with the joint organisers expecting a turnout of 8,000 spectators. The Japanese team will arrive in Nepal on November 17 and return on 20.


    Home team Baneshwor Recreational Centre defeated Imperial Futsal 7-4 in an 11-goal-glut under the Red Bull National Futsal League tournament on Thursday.

    Sanjay Shrestha struck a hat-trick to hand the hosts victory, while Dipu Lama added a brace. Mansajan Rajbhandari and Curfew Rasaili also scored a goal each for Baneshwor. Sandesh Silwal scored twice, while Kishan Adhikari and Niraj Gaire replied with one goal each for the away team. Adhikari was named the man-of-the-match.

    Following the result, Baneshwor stay third in Group ‘A’ table with seven points from four matches. Kickoff Futsal lead the table with 12 points from as many games, while White Horse (seven points) are second on goal difference. Imperial have three points from four games.

    In another match, Kirtipur and Kumari Futsal played a 3-3 draw in Group ‘B’. Yaman Maharjan netted two goals for Kirtipur and John Maharjan added the other. Ashish Tamang scored twice for Kumari and Rajeev Lopsang scored one for the home team. Kumari are third in the group with seven points and Kirtipur are seventh with four points after four matches. Tahachal Futsal are currently leading the Group ‘B’ table with nine points.

    Rajani Futsal hammered Adarsha Futsal 7-2 in the Red Bull National Futsal League on Wednesday.

    Rusan KC scored five goals alone and man-of-the-match Suman Karki added two for Rajani in the Group ‘A’ encounter. Abiral Rijal and Sanjay Baniya replied for home team Adarsha Futsal. Kickoff Futsal stay at the top of the Group ‘A’ standings with 12 points.
    Highway Futsal were held to a 2-2 at their own backyard by BG Brothers in another Group ‘B’ match. Bigyan Katwal and Ramesh Ghising scored fro Highway, while Suman Gurung and Akash Lama converted for BG Brothers. Kawal was adjudged the man-of-the-match. Tahachal Futsal lead the Group ‘B’ standings with nine points.
    In all 16 teams are participating the lucrative tournament. The eventual champions will walk away wit Rs 1 million and the runners-up will receive Rs 500,000. The best player and goalkeeper will also get Rs 50,000 each.

    Jhapa FC entered the final of the All India 36th Governors Gold Cup football tournament in Sikkim on Monday. In the semi-final, Narendra Limbu’s 92nd minute goal handed Jhapa a slim 1-0 victory over Gangtok Himalaya Sporting Club. In the final match on October 27, Jhapa will face the winners of Tuesday’s second semi-final between Aakraman FC of Gangtok and Mohammedan Sporting Club of Kolkata. (PR)

    Kickoff Futsal hammered Chaur Recreation Centre 7-1 to maintain their lead at the top of the Group ‘A’ during the Red Bull National Futsal League on Monday.

    Man-of-the-match Rajin Pandey struck a hat-trick, while Prabesh Joshi scored twice and Arush Singh and Bijay Shrestha added one goal each for the home team. The victory meant Kickoff lead the pool with 12 points.

    In the Group ‘B’, Tahachal battled to a 4-3 win over Samakhushi Futsal 4-3. Bishal Gurung, Sunil Basnet, Binay Maharjan and Sujit Budathoki scored for Tahachal. Sujan Maharjan and Subhash Baniya scored a goal each for Samakhusi, while they got the third goal courtesy an own. Bishal of Tahachal was adjudged the man-of-the-match. Tahachal lead the pool with nine points from four games.

    The highest cash-prized futsal tournament of the country will give away Rs 1 million to the champions. The runners-up will walk away with Rs 500,000 in the event participated in by 16 teams. The best player and the best goalkeeper of the tournament will receive Rs 50,000 each.

    BG Brothers recorded their first win in the Red Bull National Futsal League with a 7-1 hammering of Kirtipur Futsal on Sunday.

    Played at the own home court, Akash Lama and Rajendra Deula both scored hat-tricks to help open their team’s account in the league. Prakash Tamang scored another goal for the hosts. Apex Maharjan pulled a consolation goal for the visitors. Lama was named man-of-the-match.

    Hosts Baneshwor Recreation Centre were held to a 5-5 draw by visiting Adarsha Futsal. Man-of-the-match Kurfew Rasaili struck a hat-trick and Manish Rana scored another goal for Baneshwor, who also got another goal courtesy an own goal.  Samir Karki and Raju Budathoki scored braces and Utsav Rana added another goal for Adarsha.

    Kickoff Futsal lead the Group ‘A’ standings with nine points, while Sankhamul Futsal are atop the Group ‘B’ standings with six points. Kumari and Tahachal also have six points each in the group.

    In all, 16 teams are taking part in the tournament organised by the AMA Events. The champions will earn Rs 1 million and runners-up will walk away with Rs 500,000. The best player and the best goalkeeper of the tournament will receive Rs 50,000 each.




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    Some things you cannot fix

    PUNAM GHIMIRE, Oct 02 2016
    I never knew when she would appear. She’d open windows to the cold air and steal the covers from my bed. I felt sure she didn’t act alone. She had a bevy of her girls assisting her. I was really up against a force stronger than I could handle
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    Saturday Features

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