NOC: 10 companies interested to supply petroleum products

    Rajesh Khanal, Oct 10 2015

    A day after Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) invited bids for supplying petroleum products to ease the ongoing fuel crisis, a total of 10 companies have expressed their initial interest.
    NOC officials said 10 companies have enquired them regarding the bids. “Three companies contacted us on Thursday and seven others on Friday,” said an NOC source, adding that most of them are foreign firms.
    According to the NOC, many of them are cargo companies while a few are related to petroleum business. “We hope we will receive official applications by Sunday, the final day of the bidding,” an official said. The state-owned oil monopoly has invited global tenders for the supply of petroleum products to Nepal from any country through any medium on a daily basis for at least 15 days.
    With the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), with which the NOC has a 40-year business relation, restricting fuel supply to Nepal, the NOC was forced to look for options to ease distribution of fuel for the upcoming festive season when Kathmandu Valley sees a mass departure of people to their hometowns.
    NOC Managing Director Gopal Bahadur Khadka said they decided to look for alternatives to the IOC in order to maintain smooth supply of fuel during the festive season. “The move is expected to manage short-term fuel supply targeting Dashain which is just round the corner,” Khadka told the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Friday.
    The NOC has been distributing 50 kilolitres of petrol and 200 kilolitres of diesel on a daily basis while its stock is depleting due to the Indian blockade. “As an acute shortage has been seen mainly in the Valley, we are pressed to ease supplies here besides providing adequate fuel to long-route passenger vehicles,” he said.
    During the PAC meeting, Revenue Secretary Rajan Khanal said the government was in talks with the Nepal Trans Himalaya Border Commerce Association on the feasibility of importing petroleum products via Rasuwagadhi on the Nepal-China border. “They have shown the possibility of importing fuel from Tibet overland,” Khanal added.
    According to him, the Finance Ministry is also looking for a long-term solution to reduce excessive dependency on the Indian supplier.
    During the meeting, lawmakers slammed the government for failing to resolve the fuel crisis. Though the PAC had invited Commerce Minister Sunil Bahadur Thapa, Chief Secretary Som Lal Subedi, Finance Secretary Suman Pant and Commerce Secretary Naindra Prasad Upadhyay to a meeting, none of them attended it.

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    Cong to talk to Madhes forces before decision

      ANIL GIRI, Oct 10 2015

      The ruling Nepali Congress has decided to hold a meeting with the Madhes-based parties before reaching out to the ruling CPN-UML and the main opposition UPCN (Maoist) on the prime ministerial candidate.

      Not only does the party face a dilemma over picking its PM candidate unopposed, it remains indecisive whether to support a UML-led government or to sit on the opposition bench.
      A meeting of senior Congress leaders held at Prime Minister Sushil Koirala’s residence in Baluwatar concluded that the party will reach out to the Maoists seeking their support for forming an NC-led government if talks between the largest party and the Madhesi groups lead to a positive outcome.
      Otherwise, a senior NC leader said, the party will support the UML’s bid for premiership and garner support for a Congress leader to be appointed the President.
      Still there is a chance that the NC will field its own candidate, said Minister for Physical Planning and Infrastructure Bimalendra Nidhi.
      A marathon meeting of the party’s Central Working Committee on Thursday and Friday failed to reach a decision whether to field an NC candidate as the executive chief after top leaders Sushil Koirala, Sher Bahadur Deuba and Ram Chandra Poudel staked their claim to the post.
      A majority of the CWC members advised the NC that it should continue its leadership of the government. The CWC then entrusted the three leaders to decide on the matter but a meeting coordinated by General Secretary Krishna Prasad Sitaula with the trio failed to choose one as none relented. A UCPN (Maoist) team led by party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal reached Baluwatar for a meeting
      with the NC brass and stressed the need for unity among three major parties at least for some time.
      Maoist leaders said they could join a government led either by the NC or the UML. “After getting signals from Maoist leaders that they had not officially decided to support UML Chairman KP Oli, NC leaders planned talks with the Madhesi parties on Saturday,” said a Congress leader. After the meeting with the Maoist leaders, NC leaders said the two parties had common agendas such as addressing the demands of the agitating forces. But some leaders such as Sitaula, another General Secretary Prakash Man Singh, Joint General Secretary Purna Bahadur Khadka and senior leader Sujata Koirala have openly supported a UML-led government.
      Koirala is pursuing a three-pronged strategy: to become the PM again, to become the President and to stop Deuba from becoming the PM.

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      Do not blame India for blockade: Mahato

      Post Report, BANKE, Oct 10 2015
      Sadbhawana Party Chairman Rajendra Mahato on Friday said the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha, not India, has been imposing blockade along the Nepal-India border points.

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      Border blockade: US warns visiting citizens

      Post Report, Oct 10 2015
      The United States has advised its citizens to reconsider their travel plans to Nepal due to the ongoing protest in Tarai region and shortage of fuel and other essentials due to “blockages at the border with India”.
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      China Eastern halts Kathmandu flights

      Sangam Prasain, Oct 10 2015
      Aviation fuel crisis at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) caused by the unofficial trade blockade imposed by India has hit yet another Chinese airline.
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      Panels to talk to India over diplomatic crisis

      Post Report, Oct 10 2015
      The government on Friday formed three separate panels to hold talks with India in order to end the current political and diplomatic standoff and ease the supply of essential commodities, including petroleum products.
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      Nepal’s AFC Under-19 Championship Qualifiers campaign ended in a low note losing 3-0 to Jordan in their last Group ‘E’ match at the Samen All Aemeh Stadium in Iran on Tuesday.
      Having opened up the tournament with a humiliating 10-0 loss to title contenders Iran, Nepal—with one point— needed a huge-margin victory to stay in race for the 2016 Finals. However, the slim hopes also vanished after Jordan took control of the match scoring two early goals.
      Anas Ahmad Mahmoud Hammad opened the scoring for Jordan striking in the sixth minute before Hijazi Maher Hijazi doubled the lead in the 14th. Abdallah Ibrahim struck in the second minute of the four-minute added on time in the second half.
      The defeat saw Nepal finish at the bottom of four-team standings. After suffering crushing defeat from the hands of Iran, Nepal salvaged some pride holding Kuwait to a 1-1 draw. Kuwait had defeated Jordan 2-1 in their tournament opener on October 2.
      A total of ten group winners and five best second placed teams will qualify for the Finals with hosts Bahrain receiving an automatic qualification. If Bahrain finish top of their qualifying group or end up as one of the five second best placed teams, another best runner-up will get the chance.

      Health & Style

      Fiction Park

      The Not So Great Storywriter

      Uttam Paudel, Oct 04 2015
      He yells with a mouth wide open enough for a swallow to nest in. Panting and gasping, he moves his hands and eyes all over his body, to check if he has transformed into a woman just as in one of his unfinished stories
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      Saturday Features

      So many selves

      Raj Kumar Baral
      Ghazal, an ancient form ofpoetry practiced in the Middle East since long before thebirth of Islam, mostly explores the theme of unrequited love. The Oxford Dictionary defines the ghazal as “a lyric poem with a fixed number of verses and a repeated rhyme, typically on the theme of love and normally set to music.” Today the form, having expanded its horizons, incorporates themes of notonly ‘love’ but also the larger issues around loss and pain. Made of rhyming couplets with structural, thematic and emotional unity, modern ghazals can be used by skilled poets to express almost anything.

      OLI: Oli Loves India

      While the whole country is moving in slow motion, only one person is seen running around town like a crazy wacko with a tail on fire. But of course, he has his reasons. He wants to be our Prime Monster real bad. After all, who doesn’t want to live in Baluwatar and spend their days doing nothing but enjoying the power and the state perks that come with the tag of being the biggest clown of them all?Oli should be our Prime Monster. Give the man a chance to lead us. We all know that he will be no different from the rest of the clowns.

      So much depends on him

      Anup Ojha
      For the last forty years, the Seto Ghoda of Bhaktapur has lived a life of seclusion, making public appearance once a year on the day of Bijaya Dashami. The rest of the year, the white horse spendsnearly all his time pacing a courtyard and his stable therein, across Bhaktapur’s Taleju Temple.

      Love, death and exasperating situations

      Smriti Jaiswal Ravindra
      When quite young Arya, my son, developed a frightening curiosity about death after watching a movie involving a dead dinosaur. During the movie it struck Arya that death was a place from where one could not return, and the absoluteness of the situation disturbed him. It frightened him, perhaps, because over and again, over weeks, he questioned my husband and me about the meaning of death. Why do people die? What happens to them after death? Where do they go? My husband and I tried our best to give him gentle answers. It is not something you need to consider yet, we said.

      A yearning

      Marissa Taylor
      If you believe in the psychology of lack—that we keep seeking to go back to a perfect source—then you’ll probably view every falling in love as a falling into that journey of going back to innocence. To an innocence not dirtied by the games we play to get what we want in this larger chaos that we, cast adrift, swirl in. Khani Ho Yahmu, by Trishna Gurung, hearkens to that primordial need in us: to the innocence inherent in our longing, where we follow our beloved—just as Rumi seeks his beloved, just as Wallace Stevens seeks that one interior paramour, just as a moth seeks an eternal flame.

      The climb

      Preena Shrestha
      If you’ve read journalist Jon Krakauer’s bestselling Into Thin Air, or watched the middling 1997 film adaptation of the same, or know anything at all of the broad strokes of the story, you won’treally find much that is surprising in the new Everest—at least not as far as the plot is concerned. The new film, helmed by Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur, tells the tale of the very same ill-fated 1996 Everest expedition that Krakauer had been part of and written about, the one in which a deadly storm had claimed the lives of eight of his fellow climbers on their descent from the peak. But while Into Thin Air boasted a distinct, albeit quite controversial, point-of-view, Everest—relying as it does on a mishmash of first-hand accounts, books, reports and other records of the incident—is far more reluctant to take anything resembling a stance.

      That elusive subsidy

      Weena Pun
      On October 2, the shelter cluster, which is responsible for coordinating the relief and recovery work related to post earthquake housing plans, published a document that answered some of the questions pertinent to reconstruction. Among other things, the document tried to answer questions related to the government subsidy of Rs 200,000—an amount the government aims to provide to every household whose house was completely damaged in the earthquake.

      The spectre of the social media

      Chahana Sigdel
      The thing about the Internet and the social media is that it can make us feel how we want to feel. You could become a cyberchondriac, wallowing in self-pity, seeking sympathy in the virtual world. Or you could tout yourself as a self-proclaimed expert, blinded by narcissism, who just can’t see logic in other people’s arguments. For extremists, it becomes a treasure trove for selectively culling points that back their claim, which can then be used to hurl insults at those who beg to differ.And it is the best weapon to fuel jingoism and dismiss claims counter to yours as traitorous ones.


      On September 20, when people in Kathmandu were out on the streets welcoming the new constitution, I was hundreds of kilometres away from the Capital, hiking towards