UML wins mayor, deputy mayor in Pokhara Lekhnath metropolis

    Post Report, May 26 2017
    CPN-UML candidates Man Bahadur GC and Manju Gurung have been elected the mayor and deputy mayor of Pokhara Lekhnath Metropolitan city.
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    After ups and downs, bilateral ties seem to be back on track

    • Modi’s nepal policy in three years
    • Not all lost but both sides need to do more: Observers
    KAMAL DEV BHATTARAI, May 26 2017
    PTI
    Three years ago Narendra Modi was sworn in as the 15th prime minister of India amid a spectacular ceremony attended by around 4,000 guests.
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    Budget focus on local body empowerment

    • Govt policies and programmes
    RUPAK D SHARMA, May 26 2017
    Post Photo. Shaligram Tiwari
    The government, in the next fiscal year, will allocate a big chunk of funds to empower the newly formed local bodies, conduct provincial and federal elections, build national pride and other major infrastructure projects and give continuity to post-earthquake reconstruction works.
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    Elections with added units not possible on June 14, says EC

    PRITHVI MAN SHRESTHA, Kathmandu, May 26 2017
    The Election Commission (EC) said on Thursday that it would be able to hold the second phase of local elections on June 14 only in 461 local units and that it would not be possible to conduct polls on the scheduled date if it were to adjust the 22 local units that have been recently added in 12 Tarai districts.

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    Prez gives parties 7 days to pick consensus PM

    Post Report, Kathmandu, May 26 2017
    President Bidya Devi Bhandari has called on political parties represented in the Legislature-Parliament to pick a new prime minister through political consensus within seven days, the Office of the President said.

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    Main News

    Prez gives parties 7 days to pick consensus PM

    Post Report, May 26 2017
    President Bidya Devi Bhandari has called on political parties represented in the Legislature-Parliament to pick a new prime minister through political consensus within seven days, the Office of the President said.
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    Bhoto Jatra [in pictures]

    Post Report, May 25 2017
    The month long chariot pulling festival of Rato Machindranath concluded with the displaying of Bhoto or the jewel-studded vest at Jawlakhel, Lalitpur on Thursday.
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    Reports of four new deaths on Everest ‘misleading’: Expedition organiser

    Post Report, May 25 2017
    Recent reports that Nepali high-altitude rescue experts spotted four climbers dead in a tent near Mt Everest are misleading, an expedition organiser said on Thursday.
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    Money

    World

    The Delhi court on Friday awarded life imprisonment to five persons arrested on charge of gang-raping a 52-year-old Danish woman at knife-point near the New Delhi railway station two year ago, according to Press Trust of India.

    Additional sessions Judge Ramesh Kumar awarded the jail term to convicts Mahender alias Ganja, 25, Mohd Raja, 25, Raju,23, Arjun ,21, and Raju Chakka ,30.

    "For the offence of section 376 D IPC, all the convicts are sentenced to life imprisonment," the Judge said while giving the order.

    The court also imposed a fine of Rs 83,000 each on Raju and Raju Chakka, Rs 93,000 each on Mahender and Mohd Raja and Rs 1, 03,000 on Arjun respectively.

    The court has held them guilty guilty for the offences under IPC sections 376 (D) (gang rape), 395 (dacoity), 366 (kidnapping), 342 (wrongful confinement), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention).

    Besides sentencing these convicts for the offence of gang rape, the court also awarded varying jail terms to them for other offences for which they were held guilty.

    According to the police, the nine people, all vagabonds, had robbed and gang-raped the Danish tourist at knife-point on the night of January 14, 2014, after leading her to a secluded spot close to the Divisional Railway Officers' Club near the railway station, the PTI said.

    The sixth accused, 56-year-old Shyam Lal had died in February this year and proceedings against him were abated. Three other accused in the case are juveniles and inquiry against them is in progress before the Juvenile Justice Board.

    Before commencement of proceedings on Friday, the convicts were taken out of the courtroom and were frisked by the police on the direction of the judge.

    Special public prosecutor Atul Shrivastava had sought maximum punishment for the convicts i.e. imprisonment till the remainder of natural life, saying the crime was committed in a barbaric and inhuman manner.

    Legal aid counsel Dinesh Sharma, who represented the convicts, had sought leniency for them saying they belong to poor background.

    The victim had come here on January 1, 2014, and stayed for a couple of days before leaving for Agra.

    After visiting several places, she returned to Delhi on January 13, 2014, and stayed in a hotel in Paharganj near the station.

    The next day when she was returning to her hotel, she lost her way and had asked one of the accused for directions when the men waylaid and gang-raped her.

    During the trial, the accused had claimed innocence.

    Entertainment

    Sports

    Madhyapur Youth Association (MYA) is all set to organise double round robin football league for children in two age-groups from Saturday. 

    The tournament named MYA Weekend Grassroots Football Home and Away League will be played over weekends and holidays at the MYA grounds in Sano Thimi, Bhaktapur. Former Jawalakhel Youth club player, Jiban Sinkeman who will volunteer in a coaching role, informed that the event will be organised for 8-10 and 11-13 years of age groups. The tournament will feature 16 teams in each age group including two academies and 14 schools of Bhaktapur. 

    Matches in a shortened field will last for 60 minutes with two breaks after 20 minutes. A full playing squad comprises of eight players but each side require to name at least 15 players. MYA expects the tournament to be completed in eight months. 

    “We have decided to run matches only on Saturdays and holidays so that it would not affect the academic schedule,” said the former national team goalkeeper-skipper and MYA President Upendra Man Singh. “We want to set up new trend through local level initiative and not just depend solely on All Nepal Football Association. We hope others to follow our suit.” 

    Singh said they have encouraged participation of maximum number of players and teams considering it could be a solid platform for future stars. “We held several training sessions for young kids last year. But we believe training alone will not help develop players. They need a platform where they can test their abilities and that will only be done through competitive matches,” said Singh.

    The estimated cost of the tournament is Rs 1.4 million and MYA expects to raise it from the participating teams. Singh also revealed that MYA was planning to run a professional academy for children above 13 years of age from next year. Raju Shrestha, Director of Grassroots Football Academy, handed over 20 footballs to Singh during a programme on Thursday. Grassroot is one among 16 teams to compete in the event. 

    Set up more than a decade ago, MYA has been conducting various football and social activities. The team currently plays in ‘B’ division league.

    Health & Style

    Fiction Park

    Kutunibudi

    Ujjwal Prakash Khanal, May 21 2017
    Stop playing with my hair!” She screams at me, her face scrunched up into an aggregate of eyes and nostrils that I can’t help but find funny.
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    Saturday Features

    Escaping Time

    Post Report
    Life can be a tedious treadmill, one where you spend rushing from pillar to post without really getting anywhere at all.

    Kathmandu spring

    SANJEEV GIRI
    On May 13, a day before local elections were held in 34 districts across the country, Health Minister Gagan Thapa was swamped by UML cadres in Kapan, where the irate crowd berated him for breaching the election code of conduct by trying to reach out to Nepali Congress voters.

    Pedal power

    Abha Dhital
    If you find yourself in and around the Patan Durbar Square, you are likely to find a couple of three-wheelers that immediately stand out. Difficult to categorise as tempo or rickshaw, pedi cabs are misfit of sorts.

    Unleashing Nepal

    MOHAN GURAGAIN
    Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal was right when he said that the local level elections, the first phase of which has been held successfully in three provinces, were historic not because they took place after two decades but because people’s representatives are being elected to local federal governments for the first time, under a new constitution.

    Hello, stranger

    OBIE SHRESTHA
    Lovers of anime, prepare to clear a spot on your list of favourites for writer-director Makoto Shinkai’s new YA sci-fi romance, Kimi no Na wa (Your Name), preferably somewhere along the top shelf.

    Counting the votes!

    Guffadi
    Let us all congratulate our Election Commission wallahs for successfully conducting the first phase of the local elections in the country.

    The Dharma of murals

    Saral Karki
    If you’ve travelled towards Patan via Kupondole, you’ve probably noticed Hotel Himalaya’s colourful boundary wall. Adorned with wall paintings and positive messages about community, the wall, once peppered with political sloganeering, now serves as a massive, artistic bulletin board.

    Closer to home

    SHREYA PAUDEL
    As a kid growing up in the 90s, I was fortunate enough to have caught Muna and Sunkeshra—two children’s Nepali-language magazines—at the tail-end of their heydays.

    A Window into Madhes-Pahad Relations

    Kul Chandra Gautam
    For those of us baffled by the dynamics of Madhes-Pahad relations in Nepal in recent decades, journalist Girish Giri’s book Birgunj: Mero Saharko Katha provides a balanced, first-hand perspective by someone of a Pahadi stock but with deep roots in Madhes.