Parched City

  • Kathmandu’s thirst for water is growing but large infrastructural projects, experts say, are not a cure all
CHANDAN KUMAR MANDAL, Sep 22 2018
Bhawana Dhital, a resident of Nayathimi, Bhaktapur, had yet another difficult summer this year. With the water supply from public pipelines inconsistent and limited, Dhital had to rely on commercial water tankers to meet her eight-member family’s daily needs.
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Tiger, tiger, burning bright

  • Forensic data analysis is shedding new light on tiger specimens confiscated from poachers, aiding conservation efforts in crisis areas
ADARSH MAN SHERCHAN, Sep 22 2018
in December 2015, researchers at the Center for Molecular Dynamics-Nepal (CMDN) received an urgent call from the Nepal Police’s Central Investigation Bureau (CIB). Tiger specimens confiscated from poachers needed urgent forensic examination, they said.
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Cream Biscuits, Coca-Cola and a Dose of thorough Spanking

Smriti Ravindra, Sep 22 2018
I am sure my childhood was not as amusing as my recollection makes it out to be, but even so, when I think of the early eighties, of the years before I turned ten, I remember a delicious chaos. Streets were not yet crowded with vehicles, parents had not yet learnt to be afraid of every stranger walking the roads, and most nine-year-olds ambled to school without a chaperone or a care in the world.

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Peeling away the layers

Timothy Aryal, Sep 22 2018
The nature of identity is twofold: First is physical identity—the tangible things that everyone can see and feel, comprised essentially of the people and physical structures. The second type of identity is the metaphysical identity of a place which is far more elusive and harder to define. It does not involve the superficial aspects of society and one has to dig beneath the surface to find it—it exists in the festivals, everyday rituals, and most of all, in the art and the music that people make.

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Pappu Construction violates approved design in four bridges

PRITHVI MAN SHRESTHA, Kathmandu, Sep 22 2018
A committee formed by the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport to look into the bridge projects contracted by Pappu Construction has found that the company is building four bridges by violating the approved designs.

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Officials: Feasibility study to be over in two months

SURESH RAJ NEUPANE, NEW DELHI, Sep 22 2018
The feasibility study for developing inland waterways from Indian sea ports to the Nepal border via Koshi and Narayani rivers will be completed within two months, officials have said.

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Nepali woman among 4 fatally shot in US

Post Report, New York, Sep 22 2018
A woman armed with a handgun opened fire at the Rite Aid Company in Maryland, United States on Thursday, killing four persons including a Nepali woman.

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Main News

IOM medical and dental entrance exams begin today

Post Report, Sep 22 2018
The Institute of Medicine (IoM) will conduct entrance examinations for various undergraduate courses from Saturday in the Valley.
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Ruling party picks leaders of seven provincial panels

Post Report, Sep 22 2018
The ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has selected its seven provincial committee heads as the party gears up formation of its lower committees.
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Drivers end strike after deal

CHANDAN KUMAR MANDAL, Sep 22 2018
The nationwide strike of drivers, against provisions of the recently introduced Civil Code, was called off on Friday after an eight-point agreement with the government.
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Money

World

 At least 136 bodies have been retrieved after a ferry sank on Lake Victoria, Tanzania’s top police official Simon Sirro said on Friday, and scores more were still feared missing as rescuers searched for survivors on the morning after the disaster.

The ferry MV Nyerere capsized on Thursday afternoon just a few metres from the dock on Ukerewe, the lake’s biggest island, which is part of Tanzania.

Initial estimates suggested that the ferry was carrying more than 300 people.

Thirty-seven people had been rescued from the sea, Jonathan Shana, the regional police commander for the port of Mwanza on the south coast of the lake told Reuters by phone on Friday.

Shana said more rescuers had joined the operation when it resumed at daylight on Friday. He did not give exact numbers.

The precise number of those aboard the ferry when it capsized was hard to establish since crew and equipment had been lost, officials said on Thursday.

Tanzania has been hit by several major ferry disasters over the years. At least 500 people were killed when a ferry capsized in Lake Victoria in 1996. In 2012, 145 people died when a ferry sank off the shore of Tanzania’s Indian Ocean archipelago of Zanzibar.

China said on Tuesday that it has no choice but to retaliate against new U.S. trade tariffs, raising the risk that President Donald Trump could soon impose duties on virtually all of the Chinese goods that America buys, Reuters reported.

The commerce ministry’s statement came hours after Trump said he was imposing 10 percent tariffs on about $200 billion worth of imports from China, and threatened duties on about $267 billion more if China retaliated against the U.S. action.

The brief statement gave no details on China’s plans, but Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing later that the U.S. steps had brought “new uncertainty” to talks between the two countries.

“China has always emphasized that the only correct way to resolve the China-U.S. trade issue is via talks and consultations held on an equal, sincere and mutually respectful basis. But at this time, everything the United States does does not give the impression of sincerity or goodwill,” he added.

Geng said he would not comment on “hypotheticals” such as what measures Beijing might consider apart from tariffs on U.S. products, saying only that details would be released at the appropriate time.

Trump had warned on Monday that if China takes retaliatory action against U.S. farmers or industries, “we will immediately pursue phase three, which is tariffs on approximately $267 billion of additional imports.”

The latest U.S. duties spared smart watches from Apple (AAPL.O) and Fitbit (FIT.N) and other consumer products such as baby car seats. But if the administration enacts the additional tariffs it would engulf all remaining U.S. imports from China and Apple products like the iPhone and its competitors would not likely be spared.

Last month, China unveiled a proposed list of tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goods ranging from liquefied natural gas to certain types of aircraft - should Washington activate the tariffs on its $200 billion list.

China is reviewing plans to send a delegation to Washington for fresh talks in light of the U.S. action, the South China Morning Post reported on Tuesday, citing a government source in Beijing.

Collection of tariffs on the long-anticipated U.S. list will start on Sept. 24 but the rate will increase to 25 percent by the end of 2018, allowing U.S. companies some time to adjust their supply chains to alternate countries.

So far, the United States has imposed tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese products to pressure Beijing to reduce its huge bilateral trade surplus and make sweeping changes to its trade, technology transfer and high-tech industrial subsidy policies.

Beijing has retaliated in kind, but some analysts and American businesses are concerned it could resort to other measures such as pressuring U.S. companies operating in China.

 

A senior Chinese securities market official said U.S. trade actions will not work as China has ample fiscal and monetary policy tools to cope with the impact. The government already has been ramping up spending on infrastructure.

“President Trump is a hard-hitting businessman, and he tries to put pressure on China so he can get concessions from our negotiations. I think that kind of tactic is not going to work with China,” Fang Xinghai, vice chairman of China’s securities regulator, said at a conference in the port city of Tianjin.

FURTHER TALKS IN DOUBT

Trump’s latest escalation of tariffs on China comes after several rounds of talks yielded no progress. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin last week invited top Chinese officials to fresh discussions, but thus far nothing has been scheduled.

“We have been very clear about the type of changes that need to be made, and we have given China every opportunity to treat us more fairly,” Trump said in a statement. “But, so far, China has been unwilling to change its practices.”

Fang told the Tianjin forum that he hopes the two sides can sit down and talk, but added that the latest U.S. move has “poisoned” the atmosphere.

A senior Trump administration official told reporters that the United States was open to further talks with Beijing, but offered no immediate details on when they may occur. “This is not an effort to constrain China, but this is an effort to work with China and say, ‘It’s time you address these unfair trade practices that we’ve identified that others have identified and that have harmed the entire trading system,’” the official said.

So far, China has either imposed or proposed tariffs on $110 billion of U.S. goods, representing most of its imports of American products.

“Tensions in the global economic system have manifested themselves in the U.S.-China trade war, which is now seriously disrupting global supply chains,” the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China said in a statement on Tuesday.

China's yuan currency CNY=CFXS slipped against the dollar on Tuesday after news of the U.S. measures. It has weakened by about 6.0 percent since mid-June, offsetting the 10 percent tariff rate by a considerable margin.

CONSUMER TECH TRIMMED

The U.S. Trade Representative’s office eliminated 297 product categories from the latest proposed tariff list, along with some subsets of other categories.

But the adjustments did little to appease technology and retail groups who argued U.S. consumers would feel the pain.

“President Trump’s decision...is reckless and will create lasting harm to communities across the country,” said Dean Garfield, president of the Information Technology Industry Council, which represents major tech firms.

Kenneth Jarrett, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, said three quarters of its members will be hit by the tariffs, and they will not bring jobs back to the United States.

“Most of our member companies are ‘in China, for China’ - selling goods to Chinese companies and consumers, not to Americans - and thus ultimately boosting the U.S. economy,” Jarrett said.

Entertainment

Sports

Rashila Maharjan of Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC) and Jessica Gurung of Nepal Armed Police (APF) Club set the women’s singles title clash of the Yonex Sunrise Zest National Open Badminton Championships on Thursday.


In the semi-finals matches, Maharjan prevailed over her clubmate Amita Giri 21-15, 21-14, while Gurung also dispatched Sunaina Mukhiya, from her own department, 21-7, 21-16. Earlier in the quarter-finals, Maharjan had beat Shobha Gauchan, Gurung defeated Anu Maya Rai, Giri sidelined Aruna Tamang and Mukhiya eased past Sita Rai.


The final meeting will be a rematch between the two shuttlers since the Pushpa Lal Memorial Badminton Tournament where Gurung had earned win. Prince Dahal, Shubham Kafle, Santosh Paneru, Manish Dahal, Priyanshu Chhetri, Raj Verma, Bibek Chaudhary and Anish Khatiwada entered the boys’ U-15 second round.


In the men’s doubles, Nir Bikram Chauhdary and Dahal beat Akhil Shrestha and Abhishek Bose. Joining them in the next round were Deepak Bohora and Jeevan Acharya, Sajan Krishna Tam-rakar and Bishal Pradhan, Rukesh Maharjan and Prabin Lingthep along with Gautam Kathayat and Sunil Joshi. Nepal No 1 Ratnajit Tamang and Anu Maya Rai along with Kathayat and Mukhiya won mixed doubles matches.

Nepal takes on arguably the strongest side of the pool Myanmar during their second Group ‘E’ match of the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship Qualifier at the APF Ground in Halchowk, Kathmandu, on Friday.


The two teams are in contrasting position considering the outcome of their first match—Nepal lost 4-0 to Philippines while Myanmar crushed Malaysia 3-0 on Wednesday. A win over Myanmar will keep alive Nepal’s qualification hopes alive while a defeat will all but end their chances to making it to the Finals. Unlike Nepal, victory will confirm Myanmar’s place in the Finals to be played next year in Thailand.


Only the top two teams in the four-team qualifying group will earn tickets to the Finals. Myanmar, who beat Philippines 7-1 and Malaysia 2-1 in the AFF Cup on May 1-13 in Indonesia and eventually finished runners up, are arguably the favourites to progress into the Finals.


Despite suffering a drubbing in the first match, Nepal still harbour hopes of qualifying and coach Ganga Gurung said her team will give its best to beat Myanmar.”We will come up with changed strategy against Myanmar,” said Gurung who also attributed that her side does not have any option other than to beat Myanmar to keep intact their hopes for next rounds. “We will play for win in order to chase our dream of making it to the Finals. If everyone play to their full potential it is not impossible to beat them,” she said.


Myanmar will also be looking to confirm their place in the final with a match in hand and will go for a win against the hosts. “We have been preparing for this Qualifiers for the last five months and our aim is to qualify for the finals,” Myanmar’s head coach San San Thein had said ahead of their opening match on Tuesday.


Philippines will take on Malaysia in the early match at the same venue on Friday.

Promoted New Road Team (NRT) will take on Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC) in the opening match of the Martyrs Memorial A Division League at the ANFA Complex grounds in Satdobato on September 29.


In the tiesheet draw held on Wednesday, Manang Marshyangdi Club (MMC) will be up against promoted Brigade Boys Club in Satdobato and Machhindra Club will play against newboys Chyasal Youth Club at the APF grounds, Halchowk, on September 30. The league resumes after five years primarily due to infighting in the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA). As per the draw, the single round robin league will conclude in January.


Altogether 14 teams—Three Star Club, Manang Marshyangdi Club, Nepal Police Club, Nepal Armed Police Force Club, Tribhuvan Army Club, Jawalakhel Youth Club, Friends’ Club, Sankata Club, Machhindra Club, Saraswati Youth Club, Chyasal Youth Club, New Road Team, Brigade Boys and Himalayan Sherpa Club—are set to compete in the league.
Unlike, the standard practice there won’t be relegation this time though. The football governing body ANFA has said the relegation system will be implemented only in the season. ANFA says the provision of relegation was removed after discussions with stakeholders so as to create “positive environment” in football.   


The league carries a total purse of Rs 13.7 million out of which the eventual champions will walk away with Rs five million. The runners-up will get Rs 3.5 million and second runners-up will earn Rs 2.5 million. Others finishing in Top Six will also get cash prizes in addition to preparations amount of Rs two million to all the teams.

Health & Style

Fiction Park

The Light Year Street

Bonu Manandhar, Sep 16 2018
She had to get the experience out of her system in order to reflect on it. She knew she would fail to make sense of it or let go of it until her thoughts escaped the precincts of her mind
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Saturday Features

Time and again, love

Richa Bhattarai
There are books we like because with their dazzling beauty, they make us say ‘wow!’. Others, far fewer in number, weave in an element of surprise or novelty so thought-provoking, we can just whisper a soft ‘Oh!’ Matt Haig’s twelfth novel ‘How to Stop Time’ is one of the latter.

To the rescue

TRI RATNA MANANDHAR
It was July of 1993 and the rains would not stop. Torrential rain for several days led to a flood the kinds Kathmandu had never seen before, or since. The raging waters washed away the roads and bridges connecting the Kathmandu Valley to the rest of Nepal, virtually isolating the Capital. The only possible connection was through the air, not just for immediate rescue and relief operations, but also the supply of essential goods.

Cream Biscuits, Coca-Cola and a Dose of thorough Spanking

Smriti Ravindra
I am sure my childhood was not as amusing as my recollection makes it out to be, but even so, when I think of the early eighties, of the years before I turned ten, I remember a delicious chaos. Streets were not yet crowded with vehicles, parents had not yet learnt to be afraid of every stranger walking the roads, and most nine-year-olds ambled to school without a chaperone or a care in the world.

High times at THE village of lo

Lo Manthang, admittedly, is a hard place to get to; you know that much once you leave the snaking Baglung Highway at Beni Bazaar and start your climb up precipitous roads hugging the gushing Kali Gandaki. The landscape becomes more and more sparse with each new town you hit—Tato Pani, Ghasa, Lete, Marpha—until you arrive at the barren moonscape that is Mustang.

All aboard

Guffadi
Our greatest Prime Monster Oli Dai is off to New York to waste our taxpayers’ money like every other Prime Monster preceding him.

Peeling away the layers

Timothy Aryal
The nature of identity is twofold: First is physical identity—the tangible things that everyone can see and feel, comprised essentially of the people and physical structures. The second type of identity is the metaphysical identity of a place which is far more elusive and harder to define. It does not involve the superficial aspects of society and one has to dig beneath the surface to find it—it exists in the festivals, everyday rituals, and most of all, in the art and the music that people make.

Tiger, tiger, burning bright

ADARSH MAN SHERCHAN
in December 2015, researchers at the Center for Molecular Dynamics-Nepal (CMDN) received an urgent call from the Nepal Police’s Central Investigation Bureau (CIB). Tiger specimens confiscated from poachers needed urgent forensic examination, they said.

Parched City

CHANDAN KUMAR MANDAL
Bhawana Dhital, a resident of Nayathimi, Bhaktapur, had yet another difficult summer this year. With the water supply from public pipelines inconsistent and limited, Dhital had to rely on commercial water tankers to meet her eight-member family’s daily needs.

The misunderstood queen

Alisha Sijapati
Junge, Junge, Junge—I never knew you were so contemptible—were my thoughts after I finished reading Sheeba Shah’s latest historical novel, ‘The Other Queen,’ based on the life of the fifth Shah king’s junior wife—Queen Rajendra Lakshmi.