Despite losses, public firms dole out millions in perks

    Public enterprises spend millions of rupees every year on facilities for board and staff members even as a majority of them are incurring losses.
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    Malaysia wants employers—not workers—to bear recruitment cost

      CHANDAN KUMAR MANDAL, Aug 21 2018

       A new labour agreement proposed by the Malaysian government says employers will bear the cost of hiring Nepalis to work in Malaysia. The new recruitment modality comes nearly three months after Nepal barred its citizens from going to Malaysia citing their financial burden in the pre-departure phase.

      “We recently received the first draft of the agreement which suggests hassle-free hiring of Nepali workers,” one official at the Labour, Employment and Social Security Ministry told the Post.

      The senior official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t allowed to go into the details of the draft, said Malaysia has proposed that no agencies or middlemen would be involved in processing visa for Nepali workers.

      “Discussion is going on to ensure that Nepalis get job opportunities in Malaysia without paying any fees to any agencies or agents,” the official said.

      Under the proposed “employer pays” mechanism, any company that seeks to employ Nepali workers will be required to bear the total cost of hiring. The Labour Ministry has started reviewing the provisions outlined in the document.

      Officials said an agreement could be signed during the upcoming visit of Malaysian Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran to Nepal.

      Malaysia seems to be keen to reach an agreement with Nepal soon in order to resume worker departures. Last week, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said his government would sign a memorandum of understanding with Nepal soon to resolve migrant workers’ issue.

      Mahathir also said his country would adopt the Government-to-Government (G2G) model of hiring foreign workers, eliminating all middlemen and the danger of exploitation of such workers.

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      Harsh action sought for rape convicts

      POST REPORT, Kathmandu, Aug 21 2018
      Nepal’s #RageAgainstRape movement takes the centre stage once again as activists demand—both on the streets and on social media—harsh legal measures against rape convicts.

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      Government to bring integrated act to regulate water supply

      TIKA R PRADHAN, Kathmandu, Aug 21 2018
      People queue their jars to get their fill of drinking water at a traditional water spout in Lalitpur. Post file Phot O
      The government is preparing an integrated umbrella act to regulate the water supply and sanitation all over the country.

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      Main News

      Nur Prasad fails to appear at Chitwan court; appearance rescheduled for September 9

      Post Report, Aug 21 2018
      The Chitwan District Court has rescheduled the appearance of Nur Prasad Adhikari, the brother of slain Krishna Prasad, for September 9 after the latter missed his court appearance on Monday.
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      Anti-liquor campaign lowers cases of domestic violence in Achham villages

      MENUKA DHUNGANA, Aug 21 2018
      Achham district is on its way to becoming a dry district with several villages actively banning the sale and consumption of alcohol to lower the cases of domestic violence and other social crimes.
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      Works on to resume transportation along Trishuli-Betrawati road

      Post Report, Aug 21 2018
      Road authorities said they were working on a war footing to open the Trishuli-Betrawati road section on the Pasang Lhamu Highway for traffic.
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      Nepal were condemned to fourth place finish in the Saff U-15 Women’s Championship after they lost 4-3 in penalties to hosts Bhutan in the third place playoff at the  Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu on Saturday.

      The match was decided from the spot after regulation time finished at 2-2 deadlock. Deki Lhazom gave an early second minute lead to the hosts to the delight of home crowd. Nepal’s quest for equaliser remained unfulfilled until the interval. Chandra Bhandari, who entered as a substitute at the restart, made the impact scoring the equaliser in the 48th minute.

      Bhandari again scored for Nepal in the 55th making the scoreline 2-1. But Nepal’s lead did not last long as Yeshey Bidha equalised for hosts in the 66th minute leading the match to tiebreaker.

      Saraswati Hamal, Preeti Rai and Saloni Magar scored from the spot for Nepal while Sabita Rana Magar and Bhandari failed to convert.  Sonam Lhamo, Chhiring Yangchen, Yeshwy Bidha and Chhiring Ladan hit the targets for Bhutan in penalty shootout while Sarej Pelmo failed to score. Nepal were defeated 2-1 by India in the semi-final on Thursday.

      Nepali men’s football team will be setting sights on historic victory and a place in the knock out stage of the Asian Games when they take on South Asian opponents Pakistan in their last Group ‘D’ match at the Patriot Chandrabhaga Stadium in Bekasi, Indonesia on Sunday.

      Nepal have never tasted victory or even earned a point in their regional games’ last five participations that began from the 1982 edition in India. They have scored just one goal and conceded 65 goals in the 15 matches they played until 2014 Incheon Asian Games. But Nepal are looking forward to change the course of history in their sixth participation. Although Nepal have lost their last two matches — 1-0 against Japan on Tuesday and 2-0 against Vietnam on Thursday – in the four-team group, Nepal’s coach Bal Gopal Maharjan believes that his side still have chance of making it to the round of 16.

      The top two teams from each of the six groups along with four best third-placed nations will qualify for the pre-quarterfinals. Vietnam and Japan, with two wins from as many matches, are already through. Both Nepal and Pakistan yet to open their account in the standings but still are in the contention for next stage as the best third placed teams. The winners among the two teams are likely to make into next stage but will also need results from other groups to go their way.

      “Pakistan are not tough opponents as Japan and Vietnam. But we should not take them lightly since some players of the Pakistani squad plays professional football in Norway,” coach Maharjan, assistant of head coach Gyotoku Koji, said on the eve of team’s match against the South Asian opponents. “We must beat them and the team is confident of victory and breaking the long-time goal drought.” Nepal’s only goal in the Asian Games was scored by YB Ghale during the 1982 edition when the team had lost 3-1 to Kuwait.

      According to Maharjan, Nepal will come up with a different strategy against Pakistan than they had against Japan and Vietnam. Nepal had chosen to play defensive game against mighty Japan and Vietnam. “We will go for attack and play total football against Pakistan. We have trained accordingly with the motive of victory,” he said.

      Looking at the past records, the senior national teams of Nepal and Pakistan have played 14 times. Nepal have won five, lost four and drawn five of them. The last meeting between the two teams during 2013 Saff Championship group stage in Kathmandu had ended in a 1-1 draw. In the Fifa rankings, Nepal are placed in 161st position and Pakistan stand on 201st position. But the Asian Games men’s football tournament is an U-23 event which allows to field three over-aged players. Goalkeeper-cum-captain Kiran Chemjong, midfielder Bishal Rai and attacking defender Rohit Chand are the over-aged players in the Nepali squad.

      Health & Style

      Fiction Park

      The Lost Generation

      BIKASH GUPTA, Aug 12 2018
      For this generation, to cave in was to once again succumb to a centuries old status quo—unjust and no longer conscionable
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      Lead by example, provide opportunities

      Aug 20 2018
      Suman Sharma started his career from Nepal SBI Bank in 1997 after earning his master’s degree in Economics from Tribhuvan University. Having worked at the bank for eight years, in 2005 he went on to pursue another master’s degree from Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands.
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      Saturday Features

      Banking on literature

      Hiranya Kumari Pathak, 73, spent 28 years of her life in the banking industry but that didn’t stop her pursuing her passion for writing.

      Crime and punishment

      Let us congratulate our government for introducing the new civil and criminal code to replace the laws from when Jung Bahadur was still around. It’s funny that Jung Bahadur still stares at Singha Durbar while our so-called republican lads want to do away with anything related to the House of Shah. The only institution that still wants to give respect to the House of Shah is our Nepal Army. Prithivi Narayan Shah still gets respect by our Generals. But of course, somebody must have forgotten to remind them that in New Nepal, our President is the commander in chief. But it’s a good thing that at least some of us don’t want to forget our past. And our politicians need to understand that as well.

      Notes from khao san

      Khao San, one of the oldest streets in Bangkok, is—to a Nepali eye—an amplified version of Thamel. For a price, anything can be made available—from relaxing foot massages, helium gas highs, sultry hookers, deep fried scorpions and cockroaches to carefully manufactured sojourns to hamlets where bewildering traditions are kept alive for tourists. And as the moon climbs in the sky, the street turns into one big party with delirious dancing and drunken debauchery.

      Thinking about educational leadership

      Pranab Man Singh
      What do we understand by leadership? Do you become a leader by holding a position of authority or is it your actions, irrespective of authority, that make you a leader? And is leadership consistent across all domains? Is corporate leadership the same as educational leadership? The literature on leadership is as vast as it is old. Leaders and the problems of leadership have shaped and continue to shape our communities, social orders and histories. It is important that we critique our understanding of leadership, for the work our leaders do shape the future of things to come.

      A city and its people

      Sanjog Manandhar
      Kathmandu is so many things all at once. As a concrete dustbowl hemmed in by green hills, the city is a confluence of the old and the new, the privileged and the disenfranchised, the inanimate and the dynamic.

      Rastriya Nachghar and its discontents

      Timothy Aryal
      When the Gurukul Theatre was dissolved in 2012, many thought it sounded the death knell for private theatres in the Valley. Led by playwright Sunil Pokharel, Gurukul had become an institution, producing plays, training actors and helping popularise Nepali theatre. There were fears among the public that with the closing down of Gurukul, the nascent theatre scene in Kathmandu might collapse. These fears turned out to be unfounded. Since then, the theatre scene in Kathmandu has boomed, with Sarwanam, Mandala, Shilpee, and new entrants Kunja and Kausi churning out quality plays on a regular basis.

      An illusion of harmony

      Coming from a writer-director whose previous credits had been limited to middling action/romcom fare—including the ineffective Shah Rukh Khan-as-superhero flick Ra.One from 2011—the new drama Mulk is a pleasant surprise, bearing little similarity to Anubhav Sinha’s earlier efforts. Mulk is a moving, timely examination of the dogged persistence of prejudice against Muslims in India.

      Achyutananda: Meet Nepal’s forgotten aviator

      When playwright Balkrishna Sama first met Achyutananda in 1919, he was still an impressionable teenager. Yet the interaction with Achyutananda in his one-room workshop in Teku was so arresting that Sama would go on to dedicate a section of an autobiography penned in the twilight of his life to the chance meeting.

      Trekking towards modernity

      Kul Chandra Gautam
      In 1959, I returned home from Banaras to Amarpur. While I was there, one of my step-uncles, Baburam Aryal, came to visit. He was working in Kathmandu as a clerk in the secretariat office of Nepal’s first elected parliament and I had long conversations with him about my education and experiences in Banaras, what he was doing in Nepal’s civil service and what life was like in Kathmandu.