PM Dahal clarifies local units withdrawal decision to Morcha

Post Report, KATHMANDU, Apr 27 2017
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Thursday held a meeting with leaders of Madhesi Morcha in the wake of latter’s dissatisfaction over government’s announcement to not increase the number of local units immediately.

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Fire at Tiger Brewery, property worth Rs 50m gutted

AMRITA ANAMOL, BUTWAL, Apr 27 2017
A fire broke out at manufacturing plant of Tiger Brewery Pvt Ltd's plant in Mainhiya of Rupandehi district on Thursday.

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Mitigating dust pollution: KMC pressure washing dusty roads

Post Report, Kathmandu, Apr 27 2017
Workers spray water from a fire engine on a road in Kathmandu on a recent night. Post Photo
In a bid to bring down dust pollution in the Capital, the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has started spraying water on roads.

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Veteran Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna no more

PTI, MUMBAI, Apr 27 2017
Veteran Bollywood actor and Gurudaspur MP Vinod Khanna passed away on Thursday at a hospital in Mumbai. He was 70.

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Main News

Goodwill rally to preserve national dress (Photo feature)

Post Report, Apr 27 2017
A goodwill rally was organised with the objective of raising awareness to preserve the national dress in the Capital on Thursday.
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Five ponds built for parched animals in Shuklaphanta

BHAWANI BHATTA, Apr 27 2017
Five artificial ponds have been constructed inside the Shuklaphanta National Park to provide water to the animals during dry season.
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Local leaders turn to social media to woo electorate

PRADEEP MENYANGBO, Apr 27 2017
Moving away from the conventional methods, party leaders and activists in towns and villages are found to be immersed in social networking sites to widen their vote base in the lead up to the local level elections.
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Money

World

Turkish warplanes struck Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq on Wednesday, killing six militants, the military said in a statement, as part of a widening campaign against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The statement said the air strikes targeted the Zap region, the Turkish name for a river which flows across the Turkish-Iraqi border and is known as Zab in Iraq.

On Tuesday, Turkish planes bombed Kurdish militants in Iraq's Sinjar region and northeast Syria, killing around 70 militants inside the two neighbouring states, according to a Turkish military statement.

Designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, the PKK has waged a three-decade insurgency against the Turkish state for Kurdish autonomy. More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict, most of them Kurds.

Entertainment

Sports

Ira Rawat and Mahika Rana advanced into the women’s singles final of the fifth Citizens Bank Open tennis tournament on Wednesday at the Dashrath Stadium tennis court on Wednesday.

Rawat stunned defending champion Mayanka Rana in straight sets 7-5, 6-0. She will meet Mayanka’s sister Mahika in the final. Mahika  edged past Prerana Koirala 6-3, 7-6 in another semifinal. 

Holder Samrakshyak Bhusan Bajracharya had a smooth ride in the men’s singles semi-final beating Santosh Khatri 6-4, 6-4. 

Meanwhile, the second semi-final between former champion Jitendra Pariyar and Pranab Khanal was called off due to bad light when the match was tied 1-1 after the first two sets. The third and final set will be played on Thursday.   

In the men’s doubles event, Khatri and Dawa Sherpa’s pair fixed the final clash against the duo of Kumar Adhikari and Pariyar. Khatri and Sherpa’s pair eased past Khadka duo Pradip and Bikash 6-1, 6-1, while Adhikari and Pariyar registered a double bagel win over Shyam Krishna GC and Anjan Thing.  

The veteran’s men’s doubles above-45 year category saw Sanjay Amatya and Dharma Ratna Shahi’s pair fix the final clash against Raju Chhetri and Degendra Shrestha’s after winning their semi-final matches. 

Nepali boxing will see its first ever professional bout from May 19 with the beginning of Champ of Champions, a gateway for boxers to earn World Boxing Council (WBC) Asia and WBC license.

Max Boxing Promotion and Dancing Yak are jointly organising the Champ of Champions after getting an approval from WBC. The organisers claims that the winner will not only earn WBC Asian and WBC license but also opportunities to clash against professional boxers across the world.

A selection tournament consisting of 16 boxers will be held on May 19-20 from where eight pugilists will qualify for the tournament proper scheduled one and half month later, informed the organisers on Tuesday. The champion will earn Rs 200,000, the first runners-up will get Rs 30,000 and second runner-up  will take home Rs 10,000 respectively.

The event will be fought in just one weight division and will be named Pro Boxing Light Weight 61kg. “This is an opportunity for our boxers to go professional internationally. It will also help lure more boxers to take up the sport,” said Manohar Basnet ‘Max’ a national boxing champion himself.

“I have been national champion several times in amateur boxing but throughout my career I never had anything to boast around. In professional boxing, the boxers will not only earn money but also get an opportunity to rule the ring in certain weight categories at international level. This event will certainly take Nepali boxing to a new height,” said Basnet.

Max Boxing Promotion is a wing under Nepal Pro Boxing Commission, which itself is at its premature stage. Basnet said the Max Boxing Promotion has been authorised by the WBC Asia and WBC. The participating boxers are hand-picked by Basnet himself for the pro championship. “This is just a start for us and with time, the selection of the boxers will get more systematic,” he added.

Health & Style

Saturday Features

Time hangs heavy

Tuesday marks two years since the Nepal Earthquake 2015, but the scars and wounds left behind by the disaster, particularly at various heritage sites in the Valley, still remain massively uncured,

Unification fever

Guffadi
First of all, let us thank our government for giving us a public holiday on Monday so that our President need not see the traffic jam in the city as she left for India.

Beyond reconstruction

NEETU POKHAREL, SOM NIROULA
April 2017 marks the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Nepal, which took almost 8,860 lives, injured 22,000, damaged 602,257 houses, and rendered thousands of people homeless.

(Not so) Open Spaces

Looza Mahaju
In a few months’ time, Newars of Kathmandu valley will celebrate Gathe Muga, and in doing so will celebrate the openness of Kathmandu that now solely exists in photos and nostalgic memories of old and not-so-old-timers (such as yours truly).

Leave no one behind

Dr Rolina Dhital
It is now approaching two years since the day we lived through the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake. These two years have been a rollercoaster ride of emotions for most of us, a time of fear, anxiety, anger and frustration, punctured by brief glimmers of hope.

There and back again

Aditi Adhikari
In 2004, my family and I went to Langtang with some family-friends. Although many details of that trip faded over the years, I revisited many times the awe that I felt when I woke up in Kyanjin Gompa,

Vertigo in the Valley

AAGAT RUCHI SAPKOTA
During the Maoist insurgency and the tenuous peace that followed, Kathmandu Valley’s population boomed like never before.

The Greater Good

Kavre, Paanchkhaal, was our first destination. The people there expected us to only mend and reconstruct the houses—bringing them back into their previous shapes—that were destroyed. But we had something else envisioned. We wanted to build an integrated model settlement; a settlement wherein every family in the community would come together to share a space where all the resources would be distributed equally to all the families.

The Red Line for Holi

Supriya Manandhar, Nasala Chitrakar
In light of last month’s social media furore regarding harassment during Holi, the authors conducted a short poll to understand the extent and dimension of the issue. Here is what they found