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Prez Bhandari attends Nepal Army Day function (with photos)

    Post Report, Feb 24 2017
    President Bidya Devi Bhandari attended a special programme organised by the Nepal Army at the Army Pavilion in Tundikhel on the occasion of Mahashivarari festival on Friday.
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    EC urges security agencies to help conduct polls in free, fair manner

    Post Report, Kathmandu, Feb 24 2017
    The Election Commission (EC) has urged security agencies to help conduct the local level elections in a free and fair manner.

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    Main News

    Gathabandhan warns of withdrawing support to govt

    Post Report, Feb 24 2017
    Miffed at the declaration of election date, the Sanghiya Gathabandhan, an alliance of Madhesi and Janajati parties, has warned of withdrawing its support extended to the government.
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    India police arrest 'world's cheapest smartphone' firm boss

    BBC, Feb 24 2017
    The director of Ringing Bells, the Indian firm which claimed to be selling the world's cheapest smartphone, has been arrested on allegations of fraud.
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    Ex-President concerns stagnation of constitution implementation

    Feb 24 2017
    Former President Dr Ram Baran Yadav has expressed his displeasure over the stagnation of the implementation of the constitution even after 18 months of it promulgation.
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    A medium intensity earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter Scale hit Manipur today.

    The epicenter of the quake was in Churachandrapur district. It struck at 5:32 PM at the depth of 20 kms, according to the National Centre for Seismology, a unit of the Ministry of Earth Sciences.

    There were no immediate reports of loss of life or damage to property.

    Another earthquake measuring 3.5 on the Richter Scale struck the Himalayan state of Sikkim at 3:09 AM.

    The northeast is known for its high seismic activity.

    A Kansas man was charged on Thursday with shooting to death an Indian man and wounding a second Indian man and an American in a bar, and federal authorities are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.

    The killing led news bulletins in India and drew strong reactions on social media, where people voiced concern that U.S. President Donald Trump's "America First" position on immigration and jobs has fueled a climate of intolerance.

    Adam Purinton, 51, was charged in Johnson County, Kansas, with one count of premeditated first degree murder and two counts of attempted premeditated first degree murder, Johnson County District Attorney Stephen Howe told a news conference.

    Purinton is accused of shooting and killing Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, and wounding Alok Madasani, also 32, in the Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas, on Wednesday evening, according to a statement from the Olathe Police Department.

    At least one bystander told the Kansas City Star the man shouted "get out of my country" before shooting the Indian men. He is also accused of wounding American Ian Grillot, 24, who was shot when he tried to intervene.

    "People call me a hero ... I was just doing what anyone should have done for any other human being," Grillot said in a video interview released by the hospital where he was undergoing treatment for gunshot wounds to the hand and chest.

    At Kuchibhotla's family home near Hyderabad, a tech hub where U.S. companies Microsoft, Google and Facebook have operations, family members backed government calls to ensure the safety of Indians living in the United States.

    "The government should voice out this strongly because our brothers, sisters and our relatives are there," his brother Venu Madhav told Reuters Television.

    District attorney Howe would not elaborate on the details of the incident or the motive for the shooting.

    "We want to be able to be sure about our facts versus speculation. So we are not prepared at this point to talk about the particular facts of the case because this is still very fresh," Howe said.

    Trump's election was welcomed at first by many in India who interpreted his calls to restrict immigration by Muslims as signaling support towards Hindu-majority India, which has been at odds for decades with Pakistan, its mainly Muslim neighbor.

    But the Trump administration may also have skilled Indian workers like Kuchibhotla in mind as it considers curbing the H-1B visa program, worrying both India's $150 billion IT services industry and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government.

    "Don't be shocked! Be angry! Trump is spreading hate. This is a hate crime! RIP #SrinivasKuchibhotla," Siddharth, a well-known South Indian actor who uses one name, tweeted to his 2.6 million followers in remarks echoed across social media.



    Kavipriya Muthuramalingam, a friend and former colleague of the shooting victim, has raised more than $250,000 via a crowd-funding website to help his family with funeral and other expenses.

    "This came as an incredible shock - as he is one of the most gentle, nicest human beings you would meet," Muthuramalingam said. "He was non-confrontational, non-controversial, easy-going, always smiling."

    Kuchibhotla's Facebook page, where he called himself "Srinu", said he joined U.S. technology company Garmin in 2014 from Rockwell Collins.

    He took a master's in electronics from the University of Texas in El Paso from 2005-07, according to LinkedIn. He was married but had no children.

    India's Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, who has made a priority of supporting India's diaspora in times of trouble, tweeted that she was "shocked" at the shooting and expressed her condolences to the bereaved family.

    Two officials from the Indian consulate in Houston were going to Kansas to meet the injured men and police to "ascertain more details of the incident and monitor follow up action", Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Vikas Swarup said in a statement.

    The U.S. embassy in New Delhi condemned the shooting.

    "The United States is a nation of immigrants and welcomes people from across the world to visit, work, study, and live," Chargé d'Affaires MaryKay Carlson said in a statement.

    "U.S. authorities will investigate thoroughly and prosecute the case, though we recognize that justice is small consolation to families in grief."

    The FBI was investigating whether the incident was a hate crime.

    "We are looking at whether the crime was committed via bias motivation. We are really at the preliminary stage at looking at every aspect," said Eric Jackson, special agent in charge of the FBI's Kansas City Field Office, during the news conference.

    The U.S. attorney office in Kansas and the U.S. Department of Justice will also evaluate the case as more evidence is gathered, Tom Beall, acting U.S. attorney for the District of Kansas said, according to the Kansas City Star.

    The suspect fled from the bar on foot and was apprehended five hours later at an Applebee's in Clinton, Missouri, where he reportedly told an employee that he needed a place to hide out because he had killed two Middle Eastern men, the Star reported.

    Purinton, who was not armed, was arrested without incident, the newspaper reported. The Navy veteran was being held on a $2 million bond in the Henry County Jail, where he waived his right to fight extradition to Johnson County.

    Yemeni security officials say a suicide car bomber has struck a security camp in a southern Yemeni city, killing eight soldiers.

    The officials say the bomber, who was disguised as a driver carrying a load of fire wood for cooking, failed to get inside the camp after soldiers stopped him. So he blew himself up at the gates instead.

    The explosion took place on Friday in the city of Jaar, a militant hotbed.

    The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to brief reporters. No group immediately claimed responsibility.

    Southern Yemen has seen a spate of suicide bombings by extremist groups as the weak, internationally recognized government has failed to restore security after forcing Houthi Shiite militias and allied forces out of the south in 2015.

    Senegalese police say they have arrested two suspected extremists from Mali connected to the deadly attacks in Ivory Coast last year.

    Police late Thursday said one suspect was arrested in Keur Damel, a suburb of Dakar, as he was about to leave the country after staying for about a month.

    The police statement says investigations revealed the suspect had been in contact with Ould Nouini, who is blamed for planning the March 2016 attack on the Grand Bassam beach resort in Ivory Coast that left 19 people dead.

    Police say the suspect also had contact with Moustapha Diatta, a suspected extremist recently imprisoned in Dakar.

    Police say the suspect's Malian driver also was arrested.



    South Africa have called on the uncapped pair of Heinrich Klaasen and Theunis de Bruyn for the three-match test series in New Zealand next month, while there is also a return for fast bowler Morne Morkel.

    Wicketkeeper-batsman Klaasen will act as cover for Quinton de Kock, while De Bruyn is retained from the squad that beat Sri Lanka by an innings an 118 runs in their last test in Johannesburg in January.

    Right-hander Klaasen finished the domestic four-day competition with 635 runs at an average of 48.84, including a best of 195.

    Fast bowler Duanne Olivier, the leading wicket-taker in domestic cricket this season, made his debut in that game, posting match figures of 5-57, and has been retained.

    There is also a recall for fit-again Chris Morris, whose last test was against England in January 2016, while Morkel has also spent the last 13 months on the sidelines with back problems.

    "Heinrich Klaasen was one of the top performers throughout the (domestic) season and he is rewarded for his form," Cricket South Africa selection convener Linda Zondi said in a statement on Friday.

    "Morne Morkel has worked hard on his fitness over the past few months, and we believe he is now 100 percent fit and fully able to compete for his place in the team."

    The other seamers in the squad are Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and Wayne Parnell, with Keshav Maharaj the only recognised spinner.

    The side will be captained by Faf du Plessis, with leading batsmen AB de Villiers announcing earlier in the year that he would not be available for this tour.

    The first test starts in Dunedin on March 8. South Africa have won their last three test series, away in Australia and home to New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

    South Africa squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Stephen Cook, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Dean Elgar, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Duanne Olivier, Wayne Parnell, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada

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    The Hotel

    Runa Maharjan, Feb 19 2017
    The flight landed in Kathmandu on November 25, 1:00 am. I had come to Nepal to conduct my psychology research. I looked forward to meeting all kinds of people and learning about their inside-world.
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    Saturday Features

    Man Utd's Rooney could miss League Cup final with muscle injury

    Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney could miss Sunday's League Cup final against Southampton at Wembley after manager Jose Mourinho revealed that the striker was still struggling with a muscle injury.

    The making of India’s foreign policy

    Atul K Thakur
    India, the world’s largest democracy, certainly has with it some choices when it comes to its foreign policy.

    No country for bards

    English teachers often joke that even those who cannot complete a single sentence correctly can still pass the grade 10 English board exams.

    Low-life loafers

    Our Emperor should learn a thing or two from Amriki President Trump when it comes to coming up with new nataks every week.


    Pooja Pant
    When Africans were enslaved by European colonists and taken to the new continent—now known as the Americas—their names were erased and they were given the names of their ‘masters’.

    Of fogs and sunsets

    Nepal is known as the land of the Himalayas, with its other geographical aspects often overlooked.

    Making of a viral YouTube hit

    Anup Ojha
    In 2014, The Next, a group of Sydney-based Nepali dancers led by Pradeep Lama, uploaded their first video on YouTube—a dance sequence accompanying the popular song Jaalma.

    Same old, same old

    Paterson (Adam Driver), who boasts the same name as the New Jersey town he lives in, leads what looks to be a most unremarkable life.

    The new ride

    Aakriti Dhital
    For Kathmandu’s three million daily commuters, getting on overcrowded and unpredictable public transportation services can be a dreaded affair.