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Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath arrives in Janakpur

  • Tourism Minister Adhikari, Province 2 Chief Minister Raut welcome Yogi
AJIT TIWARI, SANTOSH SINGH, Dec 12 2018
Chief Minister of the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath arrived in Janakpur to attend Bibaha Panchami, a special Hindu religious event, on Wednesday.
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Despite national support for Shrinkhala, Nepalis harass former winners

    ABANI MALLA, Dec 12 2018
    For the past several weeks, social media platforms have been flooded with posts about the Miss World pageant—almost all of them showing support for this year’s Miss Nepal Shrinkhala Khatiwada.
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    Public Accounts Committee forms probe panel to look into NAC’s Airbus purchase deal

    Samuel Chettri, Kathmandu, Dec 12 2018
    A file photo of Nepal Airlines Corporation’s second wide-body aircraft at the Tribhuvan International Airport. The A330-200 jet with the registration mark 9N-ALZ which has been named Makalu, arrived in Kathmandu on July 26, 2018. Post Photo: Elite Joshi
    The Public Accounts Committee of the Parliament has formed a probe panel to look into the procurement of two wide-body Airbus A330 jets by Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC).

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    New chief justice suspense lingers as PM Oli defers Constitutional Council meeting for the third time

    TIKA R PRADHAN, Kathmandu, Dec 12 2018
    Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has again postponed the meeting of the Constitutional Council that will recommend a new chief justice.

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    Oli government on the path to authoritarianism: Nepali Congress

    Sanjeeb Phuyal & Anil Giri, Kathmandu, Dec 11 2018
    Nepali Congress party office, Sanepa, Lalitpur. Post File Photo
    The Nepali Congress (NC) has remarked that the recent series of attacks on the spirit of constitution by the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has raised doubts about its belief and commitment to democracy.

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    Here is a quick look at today’s top stories (December 12)

    Post Report, Kathmandu, Dec 12 2018
    Here is a compilation of some of the news stories you might have missed today.

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    Chitwan District Court fines four over electrocuted rhino incident

    RAMESH KUMAR POUDEL , Dec 12 2018
    Chitwan District Court fined four persons, including two senior staffs of Hotel Meghauli Serai, over a mishap that electrocuted a rare one-horned rhino.
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    Bibaha Panchami brings devotees to Janakpur

    AJIT TIWARI, SHYAM SUNDAR SHASHI, Dec 12 2018
    Thousands of Hindu devotees have arrived in Janakpur from various places of Nepal and India to attend the Ram-Janaki Bibaha Panchami festival.
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    Central bank urged to tackle soaring interest rates on loans

    Post Report, Dec 12 2018
    The Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) on Tuesday urged the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) to address the soaring interest rate on loans issued to the commercial sector by the banks.
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    A powerful earthquake that struck in the southern Pacific Ocean on Wednesday sent jitters around the region after authorities warned of possible tsunamis, but there were no initial reports of destructive waves or major damage.

    The magnitude 7.5 quake hit in the afternoon near the French territory of New Caledonia at a shallow depth, where earthquakes are generally more damaging. It was felt as far away as Vanuatu, about 630 kilometers (390 miles) away

    Tsunami sirens blared across New Caledonia minutes after the quake. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said tsunami waves of between 1 and 3 meters (3 and 10 feet) were possible along some coasts of New Caledonia and Vanuatu, before later lifting the warning.

    Local authorities in New Caledonia ordered residents to evacuate coastal zones on the eastern edge of the archipelago, including the Loyalty Islands and the island of Ile des Pins. The evacuation order from the regional police said western islands didn’t need to evacuate but should remain vigilant.

    While residents of the region are familiar with tsunami warnings and evacuations, the quake startled tourists, including communications consultant Eugenie Kerleau, 30, vacationing on the island of Lifou from her home in mainland France.

    “It was really surprising, I had a feeling of vertigo, the curtains were moving. We were immediately evacuated from the hotel to a calmer point at higher altitude,” she told The Associated Press.

    No damage was immediately reported, according to Vincent Lepley, crisis coordinator for the Red Cross in New Caledonia.

    Judith Rostain, a freelance journalist based in New Caledonia’s capital, Noumea, said there was no damage to the city. She said the situation remained unclear on the east coast and scattered outer islands.

    In Vanuatu, Dan McGarry said he heard only of three small wave surges hitting the southern island of Aneityum. McGarry, the media director at the Vanuatu Daily Post, said the waves traveled only a couple of meters (7 feet) beyond the normal tidal waves, and that everybody was fine on the island.

    McGarry said he felt the quake where he is based in Vanuatu’s capital, Port Vila, as a mild shaking.

    “We get a lot of earthquakes every year,” he said. “The tsunami warning was what was different this time, though.”

    The warning center said there was no tsunami threat to Hawaii.

    According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake struck about 168 kilometers (104 miles) east of Tadine in New Caledonia at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). At least six aftershocks also hit, ranging in magnitude from 5.6 to 6.6.

    The populations of Vanuatu and New Caledonia are similar, with just over 280,000 people living in each archipelago.

    Last month, voters in New Caledonia elected to remain a territory of France rather than becoming independent. Both New Caledonia and Vanuatu sit on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where most of the world’s earthquakes and volcanic activity occur.

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    Singha Durbar, the major administrative hub of the country, is converting into a junkyard of old and abandoned government vehicles. Almost every ministry premises inside the government complex has at least one vehicle that’s been left unused for a prolonged period.

    The parking space inside some ministries and offices are littered with high-end vehicles—once purchased for millions of rupees—that are simply collecting dust. Officials say a number of these abandoned vehicles can still be used if they are provided with proper maintenance. The government could also generate some revenue by selling such old vehicles. But the ministries have been piling these old vehicles while completely clueless over whether any of the vehicles could be reused with minimal maintenance work.

    Even as hundreds of expensive vehicles lay in ruin, the government has continued to purchase new vehicles every year for newly appointed ministers, government officials and other dignitaries. Earlier this week, the government was criticised for its decision to purchase a luxurious fleet, at a cost of Rs 180 million, for President Bidya Devi Bhandari.


    Last month, the Prime Minister’s Office formed a panel to revive the abandoned vehicles inside Singha Durbar. The panel, led by Amar Bahadur Thapa, Senior Divisional Engineer at Ministry of Urban Development, has been asked to inspect the vehicles and clear the ones that can be reused for maintenance. A portion of the repaired vehicles is expected to be deployed at local levels, where officials have been demanding vehicles for months.

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    Fiction Park

    Love that Refuses to Die

    KESHAB SUBEDI, Dec 09 2018
    This is not a love letter, but a synthesis of realisation. And obviously a futile attempt. This is simply a review of that mysterious communion and an anecdote of that divine but yet toppled history.
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    Saturday Features

    Inspired by reality

    Usha Sherchan is a poet, lyricist and fiction writer who has published three poem collections, Najanmeka Asthaharu, Akchhyarharuka Shibirma and Sarbakaalin Peedara Jagritiko Sankhaghosh, one short story collection, Tesro Rang, and five albums containing her lyrics.

    Speechless in Baluwatar

    Guffadi
    When Oli became our Prime Monster for the first time, he promised us many things. He left Baluwatar without fulfilling any of the promises made. We are still waiting for our government to pour some money to promote wind energy. We are still waiting for our homes to be connected to cooking gas pipelines. We are waiting for everything Oli promised us then.

    The things we throw away

    MOHAN GURAGAIN
    Waste is a sign of prosperity—the more you earn, the more you dump. It is only the wealthy that throw things away, the poor have little to discard. This rag, that piece of wood, a length of pipe, crooked nails, lids of jars—they could all be of some use some day.

    Bearing witness

    NIRANJAN KUNWAR
    Can a pamphlet be a poem, a poem be the story of a murder, the murder be recalled as a ballad and the ballad then become an argument?” — Amar Kanwar.

    Bhaktapur in a trance

    In Bhaktapur, time seems to have stopped. The spectre of modernity and gentrification might have pushed other districts to a point of no return but it has left this ancient city untouched—so its labyrinthine streets evince as you take a walk around.

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    ABANI MALLA
    A collection of landscapes perfectly syncs with the melody of a flute and smoothly transitions to extreme long shots of a valley that all come together to beautifully narrate the story of one courageous girl and her big dreams.

    Lives lost, loves regained

    Richa Bhattarai
    In my childhood, I was known as the boy whose mother had run off with an Englishman,” the narrator of All the Lives We Never Lived, a sexagenarian horticulturist, begins his tale. It is intriguing,

    NO REBEL

    Shuvechchhya Pradhan
    “I had no dreams,” was my mother’s response when I asked her what her dream was while growing up. “Why?” I asked, puzzled by the answer. “Because I didn’t have the privilege to dream as you do now.”

    We are all migrants

    Anand Vijay Gurung
    The call of a solitary pied cuckoorings above the brookthat gurgles over the rocks.Its black and whitewing patterns and spiky crest,stark against the monsoon greenof its momentary tree perch.