Publisher’s Note

    Post Report, Feb 19 2018
    Today we mark 25 years of our establishment. The Kantipur Media Group is celebrating its silver jubilee as the country’s first integrated private sector media house.
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    Cabinet discusses PM’s core team

      Post Report, Feb 19 2018
      The KP Oli government plans to have a strong Prime Minister’s Office, with key point persons at the PMO coordinating the line ministries and working as the primary channel of communication between the prime minister and the ministries, according to sources close to the PM.
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      A Press for the Masses

      • This 25th Anniversary edition is a small addition to the giant democratic leap
      Feb 19 2018
      Today The Kathmandu Post and Kantipur, Nepal’s first private sector broadsheet newspapers, complete 25 years of publication. Born after the 1990 People’s Movement, we have been nurtured well by open political space, a growing and curious middle class and the urban centres that have sprung up across the country—thanks to the ever-expanding highways and motor roads.
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      Prez summons federal parliament meeting for March 5

        Post Report, Feb 19 2018
        President Bidya Devi Bhandari has summoned the first meeting of the federal parliament for March 5, after over two months following the conclusion of the House of Representative elections.
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        UML-Maoist merger talks back from brink

        • Maoist leader Khanal says his party will join government even if unification process is delayed
        • Deals between Oli and Dahal said to be endorsed by Unification Committee, most probably today
        Post Report, Feb 19 2018
        After Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli agreed to put both the People’s Multi-party Democracy (PMPD) and Maoism up for discussion until the unity convention decides the new party’s political ideology, the roadblocks seen in the unification process are likely to be removed.
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        An unequal constitution

        Mohna Ansari, Kathmandu, Feb 19 2018
        We finally framed a new constitution through a Constituent Assembly after four years of debate and discussion on the constitutional issues. Yet for all the toils, we could not do justice to women.

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        Maoist leader moves SC for not getting MP spot

        Post Report, Kathmandu, Feb 19 2018
        CPN (Maoist Centre) leader Prem Bahadur Singh has filed a case at the Supreme Court (SC) charging his party and the Election Commission of flouting constitutional provisions while selecting candidates under the Proportional Representation (PR) category.

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        Main News

        Dahal elected Maoist Centre PP leader

        Post Report, Feb 19 2018
        Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has been unanimously elected Parliamentary Party leader of the CPN (Maoist Centre).
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        Democracy Day greetings

        Post Report, Feb 19 2018
        President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun and Prime Minister KP Oli have extended their best wishes to all the Nepalis on the occasion of the 68th Democracy Day.
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        East Rukum locals demand Golkhada as district headquarters

        Post Report, Feb 18 2018
        Following the division of Rukum district into east Rukum and west Rukum in the new administrative structure, the residents of east Rukum are having differing opinions regarding the headquarters of the newly formed district.
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        Money

        Entertainment

        Sports

        Kirtipur Basketball Team (KBT) rode on a 21-point and equal contribution with assists and rebounds from Suraj Khadgi to edge Himalayan Hounds in a one-point thriller in their home match of the Basketball League on Sunday.

        Khadgi scored two three-pointers and provided five assists as Kirtipur upstaged a 29-point contribution from Bijay Burja to beat Hounds 84-83. KBT opened up the game with a 21-15 lead but Hounds reduced it to two points scoring 22 against the 18 of the hosts. KBT sunk in 23 to stretch the lead to five points and Hounds netted 20. 

        With the teams heading into the final quarter in equal terms with the hosts just managing a five-point lead, it was Hounds who controlled the entire last 10 minutes but still fell short. Hounds scored 26 but the 22 points KBT netted proved crucial for victory.

        Anil Khadgi had 15 points and nine rebounds for KBT, while Abhishek Singh had 15 points with three assists. Suman Bogati also contributed eight rebounds. Sonam Maharjan sunk in 13 points with six rebounds. Burja rolled in four three-pointers and had five assists. The narrow, however, is still a graceful loss for Hounds in an away game. Saurav Shrestha was the next best performer for Hounds scoring 23 points with 10 rebounds. Manish KC had 12 points.

        South Siders Basketball Team will kick off their campaign with an away match against Team Budanilkantha Municipality in Golfutaar, while Tribhuvan Army Club will welcome Golden Gate International College. A total of eight teams are participating in the tournament.

        Nepal Police Club (NPC) made light work of Bijay Youth Club of Hetauda in their 3-0 win to storm into the semi-finals of the Hetauda Gold Cup football tournament on Sunday. 

        Abhishek Rijal netted two first half goals and Rabi Paswan added the third after the break against home team, who played with a man down for the last 10 minutes. NPC, chasing their third title of the season after lifting NSC Championships Football and Aaha-Rara Gold Cup, will vie play against either Sankata Club or Three Star Club.

        Rijal gave 11th minute lead to the departmental team capitalising on a pass from Paswan. Paswan doubled the advantage five minutes before the interval after he unleashed a left-footed scorcher to dash home teams’ faint hopes of comeback. Paswan made it 3-0 in the 59th heading home a cross from. 

        Bijay Youth were reduced to 10-man in the 81st minute after defender Manoj Bista was sent off for manhandling Prelen Tamang. NPC coach Ananta Raj Tamang credited the victory for their team work. 

        Bijay Youth coach Subin Ghimire singled out defensive lapse as the cause of their defeat. Tribhuvan Army Club will take on Farwest XI on Monday in the tournament organised by Suman Bhomjan Sports Foundation. The tournament offers cash Rs 500,000 to winners and Rs 300,000 to runners-up. 

        Health & Style

        Escalate

        Keep an eye on the competition, but don’t let it drive you

        Post Report, Feb 19 2018
        Amar K Pradhananga was drawn towards the hospitality industry early on. While growing up, Pradhananga often visited hotels in the Valley with his family and says was drawn to the business without even registering it at first.
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        Saturday Features

        A carnival of devotion

        KESHAV THAPA
        It was during the lunar month of Falgun, say the Hindu Puranas, that the Hindu god Shiva drank the poisonous negativity of the cosmos to allow for regeneration to triumph over complete annihilation.

        Road to nowhere

        Sandesh Ghimire
        20 years ago, there were less than 20 houses in Anamnagar,” my mother told me of the time she moved into our neighbourhood, “It was possible to know everybody in the area, along with their extended families.”

        Rethinking settlement

        MOHAN GURAGAIN
        Let’s imagine Kathmandu Valley as a vast agricultural land with a few clustered towns like the days of yore. How much would this Valley that is blessed with enviably fertile soil have produced if it were not the concrete jungle that it is today? Enough, you would think, to easily feed itself and even those beyond.

        It’s Oli time!

        Guffadi
        First of all, let us congratulate our uncle KP Oli for getting to Baluwatar for the second time. Let us hope that he will do what’s right for the country instead of only taking care of his near and dear ones.

        New wine in an old, hackneyed bottle

        Timothy Aryal
        How often is it that we get to see films, novels or plays set in the Himalayas? Instantly a couple come to mind—the 1999 film Caravan or the more recent Everest (2015).

        AN INADVERTENT REBEL

        Rahul Dhakal
        I first met Kapil Dixit while reporting on his recent exhibition of nudes. The fact that the exhibit was collaborative meant the burden of the senseless flak it received was also shared, he says with some relief.

        A summit in the plains

        Subas Tamang was born in Amardaha, a town in Morang. His mother, a Bhojpur native, had moved to the district to set up house with a stone-carver. But the elder Tamang frequently travelled through the eastern hills and plains, turning rocks into roofs to make ends meet. He led an itinerant life; he was familiar with strife.

        Playing with fire

        Rajesh Khanal
        On December 20, a massive fire engulfed Super Gas Udyog, a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) bottling plant in Sukhasaina, Birgunj. It took almost nine hours to quell the inferno which claimed the lives of three firefighters, severely injured one more, destroyed a fire engine and posed a severe threat to people living in the vicinity of the bottling plant.

        A Day in Malikarjun

        Malikarjun is a small village, with barely 300 houses, in Darchula. Tucked away in Far Western Nepal, this hill top village is approximately 28 km away from Khalanga, the headquarters.