Nepalis have to pay entry fee to conservation areas

  • Rs500 accommodation fee
Deepak Pariyar, Oct 16 2018
Nepalis will now have to pay entry fees to enter three conservation areas, according to a new directive issued by the government.
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Fulpati, seventh day of Bada Dashain, observed today

Kathmandu, Oct 16 2018
Post File Photo
Fulpati, the seventh day of 10-day long Dashain festival, was observed across the country on Tuesday.

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Brahmins and Chhetris land most government jobs

PRITHVI MAN SHRESTHA, Kathmandu, Oct 16 2018
Brahmins and Chhetris, two dominant classes in Nepali society, continue to lead in terms of landing civil service jobs despite an inclusive hiring policy reserving quotas for Janajatis, Dalits and other disadvantaged groups.

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Bus fatally hits child in Rukum

Post Report, Rukum, Oct 16 2018
A child died when a bus knocked him down at Salle in Musikot Municipality-1, Rukum West on Tuesday.

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Main News

12 injured in Chitwan bus accident

Oct 16 2018
At least 12 people were injured in a bus accident on the Bharatpur-Aanptaari-Devghat road section on Tuesday. Two among the injured are in serious condition.
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One dead as motorcycle falls into stream in Udaypur

Oct 16 2018
A person was killed and another was injured after a motorcycle they were travelling in fell into a local stream in Udaypur district on Tuesday.
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Five hurt in Baitadi bus accident

Oct 16 2018
At least five people have been injured in a bus accident that occurred at Bangabagar, Dilasaini-6 in Baitadi district along the Mahakali highway on Tuesday.
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Leading officials and scholars from around the world will gather in Beijing next week for the fifth meeting of China's flagship cultural forum to discuss how to build a community with a shared future for mankind through cultural exchanges, China Daily reported.

The fifth conference of the Taihu World Cultural Forum, a Chinese NGO that promotes Chinese culture and serves as a platform for international nongovernment exchanges, will be held October 17 to 19 in the capital.

This year's meeting calls on all countries to promote a shared future, push for exchanges among different cultures and lead the international community in the direction of cultural communication and coexistence, according to Yan Zhaozhu, president of the forum.

"We call on people from cultural fields from China and around the world to shoulder historical responsibilities and promote connectivity of different cultures," he said.

The three-day meeting is expected to see nearly a thousand participants including government officials from China, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Poland, Italy, Egypt and other countries, as well as experts, entrepreneurs and media members.

It encompasses a series of activities such as an opening ceremony, plenary session, six thematic forums, high-end dialogues and a closing ceremony.

Participants will discuss topics such as international relations, economy, culture, ecology, the Belt and Road Initiative, the internet, philosophy, sociology and traditional medicine under this year's theme of "Cultural Dialogue: Building a Community with a Shared Future for Mankind".

The discussions aim to encourage people to exchange ideas and learn from each other to jointly contribute to the development of human civilization, and build a world with lasting peace and security, openness and tolerance as well as common prosperity.

The forum and China Daily will co-host the gathering, with the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs, the Palace Museum, the Central Literature and History Research Institute, and the University of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences as co-sponsors, and will also receive support from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles, and the Counselor's Office of the State Council.

Founded in 2008 by China, the forum is a well-known cultural promoter, and has successfully held four conferences in Suzhou, Jiangsu province in 2011; Hangzhou, Zhejiang province in 2013; Shanghai in 2014 and Macao in 2016, and invited people from all walks of life to participate in detailed discussions, dialogues and exchanges.

A Bangladesh court on Wednesday sentenced Tarique Rahman, the acting chairman of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) to life in jail, and 19 more to death, over a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2004, lawyers said.

The opposition is in disarray ahead of general elections set for December, with Rahman trying to run its campaign from exile in London after his mother and party leader, former premier Khaleda Zia, was jailed on corruption charges in February.

A special court gave the death penalty to 19 people, several of them BNP leaders, including former junior home minister Lutfuzzaman Babar, for an attack on a public rally in 2004, government lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kazal told reporters. Rahman and other BNP members were among the 19 sentenced to life terms.

However, the government is dissatisfied with the sentence and will appeal to the Supreme Court, seeking the death penalty for Rahman, Kazal added.

“We are not happy with this judgment as we expected that all of them (BNP members) would get death sentences, especially Tarique,” he said.

Minutes into Hasina’s speech at the rally in 2004, assailants threw grenades that killed 24 people and wounded more than 500, most of them workers of her Awami League party, which was in the opposition at the time.

The court delivered the verdict “as per government wish,” said BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

“We reject this verdict,” he told a news briefing.

The party plans to challenge the court verdict, its lawyer, Sanaullah Mian, said. “The judgment was not given in a just way, so we will go for appeal and we believe all of them will be freed without any charges,” he added.



Teen leg spin prodigy Sandeep Lamichhane’s Biratnagar Titans will play against Sharad Vesawkar-led Pokhara Paltan as fixtures of the Pokhara Premier League was released on Monday.

Lamichhane is the marquee player of Titans who are yet to confirm him as skipper of the franchise. Experienced Vesawkar, meanwhile, is almost certain to win the captaincy for the Paltan. The city-based franchise Twenty20 cricket tournament begins from October 26 in Pokhara. The opening day will have only one match.

The tournament day will be followed by a double header where Chitwan Rhinos will take on Butwal Blasters before Kathmandu Royals tackle Dhangadhi Blues in the day’s second game. National team skipper Paras Khadka is leading the Rhinos and fast bowling spearhead Sompal Kami is the captain of the Blasters’ side.

National team vice-captain Gyanendra Malla will be looking after the Royals and Blues have Dipendra Singh Airee as its marquee player. In a different format of the tournament, the side finishing at the top of the table will directly enter the final. The second and third placed team will clash in the only Eliminator to vie for the final berth.

The Eliminator is scheduled for November 4 and the final will be held on November 6. According to the fixtures released by organisers Queen’s Event Management Pvt Ltd, the tournament will have two rest days. While the best players of the tournament – man-of-the-series, best bowler and batsman – will get a motorcycle each, the cash purse for the champions is yet to be revealed.

Meanwhile, Queen’s have roped in Grande International Hospital as PPL’s official medical partner. According to the agreement, Grande will provide PPL with required medical assistance including doctors, physiotherapists and emergency medical aid during match days.

Queen’s Managing Director Chhumbi Lama and Grande Director Dr Chakra Raj Pandey signed the memorandum of understanding during a programme in the hospital.

Health & Style

Fiction Park

Burman Stumps the Runner

Sudeep Sonawane, Oct 07 2018
Mumbai Mail’s editorial office was quiet except for the staccato of journalists typing on computer keyboards. Vasant Dev entered the sports department with a cigarette dangling from the corner of his mouth. Ricky Burman ignored him and continued rewriting the headline for an agency report. Barcelona Football Club’s 3-1 victory over Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League match elated him. He made a special effort to design the broadsheet news page well on the computer.
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Entrepreneurs must be willing to fail

Post Report, Oct 15 2018
Young Innovations is a software development company that uses “integrated technology to solve problems in the development and private sectors with specific focus on open data, aid transparency, public procurement, citizen engagement, grievance management and knowledge management,” according to its company profile.
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Saturday Features

Three-legged race

The diplomatic history of modern Nepal is over two centuries old, if measured from the establishment of formal diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom in 1816.

Bam Dev for President

Bam Dev is an unlucky man. While his friends and foes won elections left and right, our man lost because of what you call political conspiracies.

The vegetarian

Bibhu Luitel
Now that Dashain has begun, so many people I know have already started making plans to buy goats and sheep of a fair weight. “Let me enjoy kebab, korma and taas. You can indulge in ghiraula and farsi,” teased a friend who keeps mocking me for every little thing I do. And with the holiday season, the vegetarian jokes have also begun.

The public life of women

Since 2011, Nepal Picture Library has been collecting, digitising, and documenting photographs from all types of sources with the objective of safeguarding a visual repository of ordinary life, social history, and public culture in Nepal.

Short shorts

Prateebha Tuladhar
With some people, you can never tell. That’s how it was with her the first time he saw her. He could not tell who she was, what she did or thought, or how old. In fact, he hadn’t even noticed her. He saw her standing outside the bookstore. She waited for a bit and then she walked off in haste and was gone. Not important enough to take notice.

Cultivating and collaborating

In Mangalbazar, past a honking flood of vehicles, beyond a throng of people and behind the Krishna Mandir, there is a rose-pink structure with a large eyesore of a sign. This is the Yala Heritage Home and inside, on the top floor, is an artistic family. Eight people, representing their own diverse cultures and personalities, have gathered here to plumb the depths, circling the arts, culture, the environment and the people of the valley. These six artists, along with two curators, are part of Photo Kathmandu’s month-long mixed-media residency programme.

The waking

The first room is that of unbridled expression, free of form and free even of thought. Empty walls, white and unblemished, invite all to draw, scribble, graffiti. This is the room where we are all children, a time when thought doesn’t interfere in expression. Infants, children in time, unthinking, unblinking, with our entire lives ahead of us, nothing but a blank canvas.

An ethics of seeing

Of photography, essayist Susan Sontag wrote, “In teaching us a new visual code, photographs alter and enlarge our notions of what is worth looking at and what we have a right to observe.

Burning, raging

Richa Bhattarai
In how many ways can you write on loyalties in times of war, fragility and manipulation? Karachi-born author Kamila Shamsie has just done this, for the seventh time, in her latest novel Home Fire. Through her usual brilliant writing, she makes the subject matter seem as novel, raw and hard-hitting as if she were exploring this politically fraught and religion-ridden world for the very first time.