The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has appealed for public support for the arrest of Tax Settlement Commission (TSC) Chairman LD Mahat and member Umesh Dhakal on the charge of granting tax exemption to various organisations. full story »
Frequent road accidents involving wildlife along the East-West Highway that traverses the protected areas in various places have threatened conservation efforts, in which the country in recent years has made significant strides. full story »
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has yet to get rolling even two weeks after Sher Bahadur Deuba assumed office as the prime minister. As a result, there is a serious lack of information concerning pressing matters. full story »
Agriculture Inputs Company fears districts in the central Tarai of the country may face a shortage of chemical fertilisers this year, as farmers have started hoarding the key agricultural input due to concerns about shortage of the product. full story »
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At least 20 people died and more than 50 others were injured when a car bomb exploded outside a bank in Lashkar Gah, capital of the southern Afghan province of Helmand on Thursday, according to Reuters.
Those, who were killed and injured in the incident, are civilians and members of the security forces waiting to collect their pay, officials said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility but insurgent groups, including the Taliban and Islamic State have in the past targeted banks where police, soldiers and other government employees collect their pay.
Last month, at least three people were killed and many wounded in an attack on a bank in the eastern city of Gardez.
A feature film based on the life and times of legendary politician-philosopher Rup Chandra Bista, Rudane: Bidroha ko Nepali Naam, has been announced. The producers of the film released the first look of the film on Wednesday, on the occasion of Bista’s 18th memorial day. full story »
After conducting six successful Nepal Reads programmes, Quixote Cove (QC) is hosting yet another discussion on the poetry anthology These Fine Lines on June 24, at Yala Mandala, in Kwalkhu Road, Lalitpur. full story »
The upcoming edition of the Paleti music series will host singer/composer Shanti Thatal. Thatal, who has composed and sung classics such as Udi Jaau Bhane and Samhaalera Rakha, is one of the most prominent singers representing the early days of modern Nepali music. full story »
In a bid to bring the agitating Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJP-N) on board the election process, the government last week decided to postpone the local level polls in Province 2 for September 18. full story »
Chitwan Tigers, Kaustuv College, Rising Star and Neplo Mart entered the semi-finals of the AEC Super Cup Knockout Indoor cricket tournament on Thursday.
In the quarter-finals, Tigers defeated Triton College by 44 runs and Kaustuv hammered Yours Technology by 164 runs. The 18-over-a-side game saw Tigers making 142 runs with Krishna Negi (37) and Aawaj Ghimire (31) scoring a bulk of runs. Triton were restricted to 98 with only Somesh Yadav (22) and Amit Shrestha (21) contributing.
Man-of-the-match Ghimire also starred with the ball picking up four wickets. In the another match, Kaustuv amassed 150 runs on the back of Prakash Bista (36) and Dipendra Mainali (31) before Yours Technology innings ended with 14 negative runs. Each dismissal will see five runs deducted in the team total. Man-of-the-match Mainali also took four wickets.
In other semi-finals, Rising Star eased past KTM Stars by 74 runs and Nepalo Mart overcame Kiran Warriors by 34 runs. Rising Star made 169 with 45 runs from man-of-the-match Saurav Pela and KTM Stars’ innings was closed at 95 runs. Nepalo Mart scored 165 runs against Warriors who were restricted to 131.
Local boy Bhupendra Thapa struck an unbeaten half century as Nepal Storms defeated Bangladesh Tigers by seven wickets in the Asian Club Premier League (ACPL) Twenty20 cricket tournament on Wednesday.
Batting first, Tigers were skittled out for just 148 runs in 19.1 overs before Storms reached 150-4 in 16.4 overs. Thapa, who was sold for INR 100,000 in the auction was unbeaten on 51 from 37 deliveries. Dishant Yadav also chipped in an invaluable 46 from 35 balls, while Pawan Chandel contributed 23 runs. Pawan Kumar picked up 2-19, while Sanket Sahu was the only other Tigers bowler to have success with the ball.
Earlier, Panchal top scored for Tigers with an 18-ball 30, while Sanjog Binkar (27) and Sagir Ul Hasan (18) were other notable contributors. Malwinder picked up 3-20 for Storms with skipper Haseeb Amjad (2-5) and Yadav (2-24) also taking two wickets each.
In another match, Dubai Warriors brushed aside Sri Lankan Lions by 21 runs. Warriors amassed a tournament-high 189-9 with half centuries from Abdul Shakoor and Dawood Ejaz before Lions were shut down for 168-3 as aggressive knocks from Nishan Samarakkody and Dinesh Nakrani going in vain.
Nakrani made 72 from 41 balls and Samarakkody contributed 63 off 43 before retiring hurt. Sandeep Singh took two wickets for Warriors. Subhanshu Sahu was unbeaten on 17 runs. Warriors had a strong start after their openers Shakoor struck a 31-ball 56 and Ravi Verma made 27-ball 30. Ejaz did the rest smashing a 19-ball 56. Samarakkody and Mohammed Nizamuddin picked up two wickets each.
A common antibiotic called doxycycline can disrupt the formation of negative thoughts and fears in the brain and may prove useful in treating or preventing post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to research by British and Swiss scientists. full story »
Workers exposed to chemicals like deodorizers, sanitizers, disinfectants and sterilizers on the job may be more likely than other people to develop thyroid cancer, a recent study suggests. full story »
Indonesia's government has proposed issuing a decree to govern the domestic tobacco industry, a move that could sharply raise cigarette output in the world's fourth-most populous nation, after a bill outlining the changes was opposed by the health ministry and anti-smoking groups. full story »
A newer class of type 2 diabetes drugs significantly cut the risk of death and hospitalization for heart failure compared with other medicines for the disease, according to data released on Sunday from a so-called real world study sponsored by AstraZeneca. full story »
Microfossils up to almost 4.3 billion years old found in Canada of microbes are similar to the bacteria that thrive today around sea floor hydrothermal vents and may represent the oldest-known evidence of life on Earth, scientists said on Wednesday. full story »
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It was raining outside when Kanchhi started drawing with the wind outside her window. The soft pellets of rain melting on her skin, the wind playing with her hair. The others on the bus were fast asleep as stars glittered across the night sky, Kanchhi was the only one awake and the child inside her wanted her to play in the rain. full story »
Last week, following a characteristically long, and occasionally barbed, tirade by KP Sharma Oli and a conspicuously short cameo by Sher Bahadur Deuba in the Parliament, Pushpa Kamal Dahal walked up to the pulpit and began his speech by admitting he was unsure about how long his own address should be, given the two starkly different precedents.
Last month the Newars of the Valley paid homage to the Rato Matsyendranath with a month long jatra inviting bountiful harvest. Amid the din of the jhyali, and pomp and fanfare, revellers followed the Rain God’s chariot as it made its way from one tole to another in Patan’s urban core.
KMC’s newly elected officials are making the right noise but these are still early days for them
Before the recent local level polls, the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) had been without elected representatives since 2002. So it is no surprise that people have great expectations of the newly elected mayor, deputy mayor, ward chairpersons and other members of the KMC. As Deputy Mayor Hari Prabha Khadki said during the oath taking ceremony last month, “Now we have the weight of all the 32 wards on our shoulders and are committed to making Kathmandu a city known for its temples, cultures and economic transformation”.
We can only hope that the elected representatives are as good as their word. Initiatives taken so far by the KMC indicate that they do want to make a departure from the general Nepali tradition of politicians making hollow pledges. The second joint meeting of the executive body of the newly elected representatives this week approved a budget of Rs 2.25 million to each ward in the metropolis for infrastructure development. The budget will cover maintenance of roads and sidewalks, laying of bricks and stones, sewage and drainage management and other miscellaneous expenses.
The KMC executive body is on the right track. It has said it will build around 300 public toilets within the Ring Road area in three months. The 10 public toilets in the Capital now are hardly enough to accommodate the needs of a rapidly growing population. In addition to paying attention to infrastructure development, the KMC also seems to have recognised the linguistic and cultural aspirations of the Valley’s indigenous population. The municipal executive body is planning to set up a separate desk for providing services in Nepal Bhasa in a bid to help preserve the language and make communication easier for service seekers who are more comfortable in Newari than in Nepali. For a multilingual society like ours, this is indeed a positive step.
Of course, it is not going to be all smooth sailing for the KMC. This week, its executive body made a controversial decision to prohibit additional taxis within the metropolis in conflict with the government’s decision to distribute 1,500 taxi permits to earthquake victims. The Department of Transport Management maintains that the decision to distribute the permits was made two years ago and it is now too late to stop taxis with the new operation permits from running within Kathmandu. The KMC’s stance, however, is that the metropolis has neither the plan nor the space to accommodate additional taxis. And one only has to walk down the streets to realise that this assertion is, indeed, correct. The government and the KMC will have to find a viable solution to this quandary.
Minor hitches notwithstanding, so far the newly elected representatives have given the public good reason for optimism. But these are still early days and it remains to be seen how different they will be from their predecessors.