Powerful earthquakes strikes central Myanmar, rattles region

Reuters, YANGON, Aug 24 2016
A powerful earthquake of 6.8 magnitude struck central Myanmar on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and local authorities said, shaking buildings across the Southeast Asian nation and the region.

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Nepali Congress fails to pick its ministers

Kathmandu, Aug 24 2016
The ruling coalition Nepali Congress on Wednesday failed to pick its ministers owing to mounting dispute within the party.

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India gifts Nepal 17 fire engines

Post Report, Aug 24 2016
The Government of India has gifted 17 fire engines to Nepal.
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Himal Southasian magazine to suspend publication after Nov

Post Report, Aug 24 2016
The Southasia Trust has announced suspension of publication of Himal Southasian due to what it says “non-cooperation by regulatory state agencies in Nepal” that has made it impossible to continue operations.
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Update: Earthquake in central Italy leaves dozens dead

BBC, Aug 24 2016
At least 73 people have been killed in an earthquake that hit a mountainous area of central Italy, authorities say.
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The National Sports Council (NSC) on Tuesday picked up 38 cricketers for the preliminary round of the selection for the upcoming ICC Women’s World Cup Asia Qualifier to be held in Hong Kong from October 9-15.

NSC, the country’s supreme sports governing body, is currently overseeing the selection of women’s cricketers after the International Cricket Council (ICC) suspended the membership of the Cricket Association of Nepal. The players were selected following the players’ performance in the District and Regional Selection Tournaments.

Rubina Chhetri, Santoshi Chaudhary, Sabnam Rai, Mamata Chaudhary, Rashmi Sharma, Kajol Shrestha, Kabita Gautam, Anisha Parajuli, Anuradha Chau-dhary, Roma Thapa, Sangita Rai, Shobha Ale, Rachana Aryal, Sita Shrestha and Shar-ada Wagle made the cut for the first round of selection.

Also selected were Ashmina Karmacharya, Roji Kadari, Aarati Bidari, Rabina Bhandari, Indu Berma, Barsha Rana, Saraswoti Pun, Laxmi Chaudhary, Nary Thapa, Mamata Thapa, Geeta Gosai, Trishna Singh, Roshani Bohora, Kabita Joshi, Rekha Rawal, Karuna Bhandari, Ritu Kanojiya, Sita Rana Magar, Sarita Magar, Sonu Khadka, Jyoti Pandey, Neera Rajopadhyaya and Binu Budhathoki.

Only the winners of the week-long Qualifying Playoffs in Hong Kong will qualify for the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier, an 10-team event which will send two teams into the tournament proper. Nepal will play hosts Hong Kong, China and Thailand in the Qualifying Playoffs.


Adit Subedi of St Xaviers and Saloni Tamang of Little Angels (LA) clinched the U-12 singles championship of the LA-JTI Inter-school Junior Tennis Tournament on Tuesday.

Subedi eased past Aki Juben Raut of Pennwood 6-1, 6-0 in the boys’ final, while Tamang beat Ishashri Shah of St Xaviers 6-1, 6-2 in the girls’ title clash. Nischal Adhikari and Aditya Subedi finished jointed third in U-12 boys’ category, while Rayana Shah and Suvangi Laxmi Shah shared the third place in the U-12 girls’ event.

Samrakshyan Bhusan Bajracharya of Shuvatara and Mayanka Rana of The British School clinched the U-16 singles titles. Held at the LA premises in Hattiban, Bajracharya saw off Pranab Khanal of St Xaviers 6-2, 6-4 in the boys’ title match. Rana defeated her schoolmate Ani Mathema 7-6, 6-3 in the girls’ U-16 final.

Avinaya Acharya and Pramod Budhathoki in boys’ finished third in boys’ event, while Mahika Rana and  Ira Raut ended up joint third in girls’ event.

Suvangi of LA won the U-10 singles title with an 8-2 win over Aja Regmi of Kasthamandap. Eva Adhikari and Ayesha Dolkar shared third place.

Aarav Samrat Hada of St Xavier and Aki Juben Raut set the Under-10 boys’ singles championship clash. Hada defeated Saroj Lama 8-2 and Aki Juben saw off Aditya Subedi 8-0 in the semi-finals.



The national league champion, Three Star Club tied 1-1 with Cambodia's Nagaworld Club during the ongoing AFC Cup Football playoff selection in Mongolia. It was the second match Nepal played there.

The Three Star netted in the 85th minute of the game played in Ulaanbaatar of Mongolia on Tuesday.

It was the foreign player from Three Star, Martin, to score the goal tying the draw.

Although the Three Star defeated Mongolia's Irchim Club 2-0 in the first match, it has to wait the results of the Nagaworld and Irchim to enter the second round. Nepal which is in Group B has four points. RSS

With one foot in the Qualifiers, Nepal’s Three Star Club are taking on Nagaworld FC of Cambodia in their last Group ‘B’ match of the AFC Cup Qualifying Playoffs in Ulaan Bataar on Tuesday.

A victory at the Mongolia Football Federation grounds will hand Three Star a spot

in the Qualifiers for the

2017 AFC Cup. Three Star opened their tournament campaign on a high, sweeping aside local outfits Erchim

FC 2-0. Although Nagaworld are taken as relatively weaker opponents in the pool, captain Vikram Lama was not in

the mood to take Nagaworld lightly.

“Whoever we play against, we cannot take the opponents lightly. Our boys are highly spirited following the victory against Erchim and we believe we can return with another better result in the tournament,” said Lama on the eve of the match.

Coach Meghraj KC wanted his boys to settle in the game before to take control of the game. “Nagaworld is an unknown opponent for us. We will observe them in the first 15 minutes because this will help us find their weakness and strength,” said KC.

Nagaworld had finished their last season in the Cambodian League as a fourth-placed team but their coach Meas Channa was confident in giving a decent display. “We have prepared well for this tournament and my team will give a good performance,” said Channa.

Skipper Sok Rithy said his team has to battle the cold weather first before seeing off the challenge from Three Star. “Mongolia is colder than Cambodia but we will be focused in giving strong show,” said Rithy.

As usual Nepal’s campaign at the Olympics was confined to participation alone as two of the country’s athletes returned with personal milestones.

Nepal never ever had medal expectations since it usually relies on wild card entries to participate in the Games. Only two Nepali players—former taekwondo players Sangina Baidhya and Deepak Bista—have so far earned their places in the Games through qualification.

Nepal fielded seven players in five disciplines for Rio Games. Gaurika Singh became the youngest participant which drew a global media attention, but the 13-year old swimmer was unable to overcome her personal best in 100m backstroke. Another swimmer Sirish Gurung and middle distance runner Saraswoti Bhattarai managed to set new national records. Taekwondo player Nisha Rawal and judoka Phupu Lhamu Khatri put a brave performance against world’s best athletes.

Archer Jit Bahadur Pun crashed out of the round of 64 in his individual recurve event and Hari Kumar Rimal was way behind his personal best in 5,000m race.

Given the gulf between Nepali athletes and their world class opponents, Nepal’s performance got a warm response from the officials at home. “There were a few disappointments but the way some performed was quite satisfactory,” said chief athletics coach Sushil Narsingh Rana.

“It all comes down to how we prepare for the Olympics. We always have a very short-term preparations. Earning qualification directly has been a rare phenomenon for us. Playing against world’s best through wild card in itself is a big pressure. We need to have a new approach while participating in the Olympics,” said Rana adding Nepal need to see Olympics as an event to prepare for regional meet like Asian and South Asian Games.

“We had a national record in swimming and athletics. Judo and taekwondo did well too. Now we need to improvise on those performance to make sure we come up with even better showing in Asian and South Asian Games,” Rana added.

Nepal’s performance was especially satisfactory in martial arts after Khatri became the only Nepali judoka to remain in the mat for full four minutes in Olympics history in an 11-0 loss to Cuba. Rawal put a brave performance in a slim 2-0 loss against Chinese world No 1 Shuyin Zheng. She later lost 4-3 to French player Gwladys Epangue in the repechage quarter-finals.

“We were competing against the world’s best and I can see satisfaction in how we fared. Two of our players set personal milestones and the way our martial arts players performed was praiseworthy,” said National Sports Council Member Secretary Keshav Kumar Bista.

Bista believed Nepal needs to change its approach towards the Olympics. “We have been heading towards big events with short preparations  . We need to make a plan under which we can keep our athletes busy throughout the year.”

Health & Style

Fiction Park

The many shades of memories

Dixya Sharma, Aug 21 2016
As much as fate was cruel, Ashraya had moved on. But memories do what they do: They haunt, in the deep recesses of mind, wreaking havoc in the hollows of the heart
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Saturday Features

The Otherworld

Anuj Adhikary
Arid land, snow-capped mountains, barren hills and nothingness. We found ourselves in the smack, middle of nowhere, with not a soul in sight. Prayer flags fluttered and predatory birds overhead struggled to stay aflight against a battery of cold, dry gusts. Perhaps they were checking on if we were still moving. Drenched in sweat, out of breath and near-roasted from the midday sun, we were—barely. Spent, at the first pass we lay listless.

The dark underbelly of remittance

Kahar is a collection of deeply felt, meticulously researched, and agonising yet humane accounts of blood and tears, of individuals with dreams of more prosperous lives through migration

With-in and with-out

Astha Joshi
Change is not an intuitive process but a continuous one where you have to learn to adapt and adjust to the small space that has been given to you

Cartels, clowns and comedians

This is the new Nepal where our politicians have turned into comedians and our real comedians have turned into social workers

Contextualising development

Ram Chandra Pokhrel
In July this year, I was part of a 15-member delegation from the Nepali Congress (NC) on a visit to the People’s Republic of China on invitation of the Chinese Communist Party (CPC). On our flight to Chengdu, playing ‘hide and seek’ with the clouds and snow-clad mountains, we flew over the vast arid plateau of the Tibetan Autonomous Region—the roof the world. At the time, we had marvelled over the remote and desolate landscape, but unbeknownst to us, the landscapes we were flying over, and China’s endeavour to transform it, would feature again, and prominently, on our week-long visit.

Unrequited dreams

Timothy Aryal
Fuzz Factory Productions’ latest video prods viewers to rethink their dreams and sense of fulfilment

An honourable murderer

Preena Shrestha
Director Tinu Suresh Desai and writer Vipul Rawal inject so much melodrama into Rustom’s screenplay that the story actually ends up less impactful than it probably would’ve been with a straighter telling of the real-life source material

Commuting on a library

Shaleen Shah
Kathmandu’s public vehicles can be exasperating, to say the least. Could a few books change it?

The long way home

Fluctuating oil prices and the political instability in the Gulf has stakeholders debating the long-term feasibility of a remittance-driven economy