Big three meet inconclusive after heated exchange between Nidhi and Rawal

    Post Report, Aug 30 2016
    A meeting of major three political parties convened by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal to discuss local body restructuring and amendment of the constitution ended inconclusively on Tuesday after Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bimilendra Nidhi and CPN-UML Vice Chairman Bhim Rawal had a heated argument.
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    Trishuli bus plunge: 3 bodies recovered

      Post Report, Aug 30 2016
      Police on Tuesday found bodies of three passengers travelling on the bus which plunged into Trishuli River.
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      Denting the state exchequer

      • Politicians claiming excessive privileges at the expense of taxpayers
      SARIN GHIMIRE, Aug 30 2016
      A Cabinet decision last week to provide at least Rs 6 million to the former president for his treatment in the United States has become a talking point of late, bringing to the fore the fact how key political leaders for years have been claiming excessive privileges.
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      Rights activists stage sit-in in Baluwatar, seeking justice to Ganga Maya

      Kathmandu, Aug 30 2016
      Human rights activists on Tuesday organised a sit-in in front of the Prime Minister's official residence, Baluwatar demanding the government save the life of Ganga Maya Adhikari, who is on a fast-onto-death at Bir Hospital seeking justice for the murder of her son during the decade-long Maoist insurgency.

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      Main News

      Kathmandu to have first wildlife ambulance service

      Post Report, Aug 30 2016
      The National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) is planning to hand over what will be the country’s first ever wildlife ambulance to the Kathmandu District Forest Office in an effort to improve animal rescue service.
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      Minister Gurung drops hint at revising free-visa-free-ticket policy scheme

      Post Report, Aug 30 2016
      Newly appointed Minister for Labour and Employment Surya Man Gurung has hinted at revising the “free-visa-free-ticket” policy if the low cost recruitment scheme continues to have adverse impact on the remittance.
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      Teachers calls for further amendment

      Post Report, Aug 30 2016
      Teachers Struggle Central Committee have handed a memorandum to Prime Minster Puspha Kamal Dahal, demanding another amendment to the Education Act.
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      The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Thursday dismissed the appeals lodged by four Nepali footballers and official Anjan KC against their lifetime bans for match-fixing offences.

      The AFC banned former national team skipper Sagar Thapa, Sandeep Rai, Bikash Singh Chhetri, goalkeeper Ritesh Thapa along with KC—also a former footballer—in December for their involvement in fixing the international matches that Nepal played from 2008-2012.
      The AFC Appeal Committee meeting of Thursday confirmed the ruling by the AFC Disciplinary Committee on December 5 which claimed it found the five guilty of violating article 62 and 69 of the AFC Disciplinary Code. Nepal Police had arrested the five footballers on October 14 following a year-long investigation in coordination with AFC and its partner Sportsradar which monitors suspicious international matches across the globe.
      Nepal Police had filed subversion charges against all five before the Special Court granted them bail on November 10. Police had claimed that Thapa and KC, who once coached current National League Champions Three Star, were the main players of the fixing scam. The Office of Attorney General had registered a case with the Special Court seeking for life-imprisonment against the accused players under the Crime against State and Punishment Act, 1989.
      Apart from the five players arrested, a physiotherapist, Dejiv Thapa, was also charged with treason in absentia. Thapa, who is currently in the United States of America, is accused of receiving at least $1,000 from Malaysian footballer and suspected match-fixer Kesavan Pattan.

      Nepali top-tier Three Star Club qualified for the AFC Cup Playoffs as Group ‘B’ winners after Erchim FC of Mongolia defeated Nagaworld FC 1-0 in the AFC Cup Qualifying Playoffs at the Mongolian Football Federation grounds in Ulaan Bataar on Thursday.

      Three Star, who had defeated Erchim 2-0 in their tournament opener, had to wait for their fate after Nagaworld held them to a 1-1 stalemate in the second game of the three-team pool. Erchim were already out from the Qualifying playoffs following the draw in second match but Nagaworld would have seen them through had they returned with a victory by three-goal margin on Thursday.
      Nagaworld’s loss meant Three Star topped the pool with four points ahead of Erchim (three). Nagaworld had just one point. Three Star will now head into the Playoffs with the opponents yet to be decided. The date and venue have also not been ascertained yet.
      “The AFC Cup is coming up with a new format. AFC (Asian Football Confederation) will now conduct a new format workshop in August in Malaysia. The workshop will determine the nature of the playoff and the number of teams that it might feature,” said Sanjeeb Shilpakar, Three Star General Secretary.
      Group ‘A’ winners Dordoi Bishkek of Kyrgyzstan and Group ‘C’ champions Tatung FC of Chinese Taipei are so far the other two teams confirmed for the Playoffs. “We are very happy because we have made it through. The boys did all the hard work,” said Three Star coach Meghraj KC.
      Skipper Bikram Lama credited everyone for the success. “The entire team set, coaching staff, management and well wishers of Three Star have made it possible,” said Lama.

      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.

       

       

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      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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      Editor's Pick

      22 killed as bus plunges into Trishuli River

      SHIVA PURI, Aug 27 2016
      At least 22 people, including three women and four Indian nationals, were killed when a passenger bus veered off a road and plunged into the Trishuli river at Chandibhanjyang-6 in Chitwan district on Friday morning in yet another major road accident in the last two weeks. Four others have gone missing.
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      Saturday Features

      Raw and candid

      Timothy Aryal
      Yomari Sessions, a platform for budding artists, is helping bring independent Nepali music to the fore

      Brave new Nepal

      ABHINAWA DEVKOTA
      In the early 17th century Spanish novel Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes narrates the adventures of a knight errant trying to set the clock back to the good ol’ days when warriors ruled the roost.

      Faction distraction!

      Guffadi
      Our great Kangaroos have finally managed to figure out whom to send to represent them in the new government.

      Heavy suits

      SARIN GHIMIRE
      The successful conclusion of the NSU election was a litmus test for NC’s commitment to holding local, provincial and state elections by 2017

      Lord’s is Lord’s

      Adarsha Dhakal
      For a career sports journalist, who has followed the ups and downs of Nepali cricket for a decade, watching Nepal play at Lord’s was itself a big achievement.

      A God for the day

      SANJIT PRADHANANGA
      Once a year, the day after the Capital reverberates with Gai Jatra’s laughter and merriment, Sitaram leads the age-old Payo Jatra—a tradition locals claim to have been initiated during the Lichhavi era.

      Food for thought

      Preena Shrestha
      While ridiculous to the max and full of uber-crass humour and digs at racial and ethnic stereotypes on one hand, the new animated Sausage Party also happens to be unexpectedly thought-provoking

      Why Rani Pokhari matters

      Sanjit Bhakta Pradhananga
      Shyam Tandukar is standing on the foot bridge at Jamal, gazing at Rani Pokhari, his eyes brimming with nostalgia. Tandukar, who grew up a short walk south of the pond, is chancing the ominous clouds overhead to catch his breath and reminisce over younger, brighter days he’d spent here.

      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.