Top leaders refusing to lead House sub-panels formed to probe dodgy NAC Airbus deal conspicuous

    ANIL GIRI, Dec 16 2018
    Post File Photo
    Even as two parliamentary committees form sub-panels to probe alleged financial irregularities in the procurement of two wide-body aircraft by the Nepal Airlines Corporation, top leaders are conspicuously silent over the controversial deal.
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    Flood-swept rhino brought to Chitwan (With photos)

      RAMESH KUMAR PAUDEL, Dec 16 2018
      A flood-swept rhinoceros which came to graze on Nepali ground has been stopped from re-entering the Indian territory by locals in Susta, Nawalparasi.
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      Two Nepalis, accused by high-level probe team in gold smuggling case, held with 33kg gold in Kolkata

        NAYAK PAUDEL, Dec 15 2018
        Nepal’s Consulate General in Kolkata has said two Nepali nationals were arrested with 33kg gold in the Indian city.
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        NC Mahasamiti meet: Leaders lash out at communist-led government

        ANIL GIRI, Kathmandu, Dec 16 2018
        Senior figures of the party during the meeting. Post photo Angad Dhakal
        At the 12th Mahasamiti meeting of the Nepali Congress that kicked off here on Saturday, leaders came heavily against the communist-led government while promising to reunite the party that has been marred by factional feud.

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        ICYMI: Top news in today’s Post

        Post Report, Kathmandu, Dec 16 2018
        Here are some of the stories you may have missed throughout the day.

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        Main News

        PM says government has achieved extraordinary achievements

        SAILENDRA ADHIKARI, Dec 16 2018
        Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said it was his duty to speak against the negative publicity being made against the government, his party and the president.
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        Nepal awaits modified Montreal Convention to domestic carriage

        SANGAM PRASAIN, Dec 16 2018
        While the Montreal Convention 1999 (MC99) officially came into force in Nepal on Saturday with nearly eight-fold increase in compensation for airline passenger death involving international flights, clarity on whether the same provisions would apply to domestic carriage within Nepal has been awaited.
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        Authorities plan 60-foot Buddha’s edifice in the middle of Jagadishpur Lake without permission and environment impact assessment

        MANOJ PAUDEL, Dec 16 2018
        Kapilvastu Municipality and the Jagadishpur Lake Management Forum are preparing to construct a 60-foot tall Buddha statue in Jagadishpur Lake, Kapilvastu, by ignoring the due process required to build any constructions at a site that has been enlisted in the Ramsar Wetlands List.
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        Money

        World

        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.

        Entertainment

        Photo-feature

        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.

        Sports

        Atma Ram Simkhada scored 41 stableford points to clinch the Baahrakhari Corporate golf tournament at the par-72 Gokarna Golf Course on Saturday.

        Playing with 10 handicap, Simkhada received a gold-plated gold ball and mountain flight tickets for a couple. Vijay Shrestha Einhaus finished as the gross winner with 36 points and walked away with air ticket to Dubai courtesy Himalayan Airlines. Bharat Bastakoti finished as runner-up with 38 points and received a gift voucher worth Rs 40,000 from Da Milano.

        Maj Gen Mahesh Bikram Karki claimed the senior category title with the score of 36 points. Karki received a gift voucher worth Rs 30,000 from Indian Teerain. Pratima Sherpa won the ladies’ title with the score of 35 points. She received a gift vocuher worth Rs 30,000 from Louis Pililippe. Sam Doublard won the junior title with the score of 34 points and got a mountain flight ticket from Yeti Airlines.

        Mithun Rai won the longest drive and Dhruba Thapa the closest-to-the-pin award. Both the golfers got gift hampers worth Rs 20,000. Einhaus also walked away with the most birdies honour after making five of them. Einhaus received Rs 20,000 worth of gift voucher. Tata Tigor XE award for hole-in-one went begging. In all 100 amateur golfers participated in the tournament played under stableford format with 3/4 handicap allowance.

        Health & Style

        Fiction Park

        SATURDAY

        BIBEK ADHIKARI, Dec 16 2018
        His eyes followed the thread of the lines, lingered at some stanza breaks, and retraced its path from the end to the beginning.
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        Saturday Features

        I draw inspiration by observing, listening and reflecting on what I’ve seen and heard

        Shradha Ghale is a name familiar to non-fiction readers, as her journalism has appeared in many newspapers and periodicals in Nepal and India.

        Of birds and flights of fancy

        Richa Bhattarai
        Halfway into the middle of his ill-fated mission, in the middle of a nowhere desert, Major Ellie crashes his plane. Momo, a Cherokee-driving, gun-toting, 15-year-old from a nearby refugee camp, stumbles across him. Bringing them both to each other is Mutt, a philosophical dog who once had his ‘brains fried’ due to a mishap.

        The smoker

        Timothy Aryal
        The other day I read an article about smoking, written by probably the greatest purveyor of the habit, Christopher Hitchens.

        In a prison

        ASMITA MANANDHAR
        My conscience sits in a prisonit cannot breathe, cannot make a decisionMy love,she presses her fingers between mine

        Reading in a group

        Pratyoush Onta
        As a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania with the declared intention of qualifying in modern South Asian history, I took several interesting and challenging courses during the two academic years,

        Parenting autism

        Raising an autistic child is daunting anywhere in the world, but more so in Nepal. Parents make countless sacrifices and some even leave their careers to prepare their children for challenging lives ahead.

        I like to experiment with a bit of shock value

        ABANI MALLA
        Mrigaja Bajracharya’s art is loud. Pierced eye balls drenched in blood stare at you while a girl with her bleeding third eye looks on imploringly. With pen and ink, Bajracharya details her imagination for the world to see.

        Film as a medium of expression

        ABHIMANYU DIXIT
        Nepali filmmakers and their audiences have been feeding off the Indian film industry for quite some time. We have been inspired by everything, right and wrong, our neighbours have offered.

        The cycle life

        Ganesh Chaudhary
        On May 18 earlier this year, Yam Lal Rasaily embarked on a solo cycling trip—journeying from Lamki in Kailali to Rara lake in Mugu district. It was an impressive feat, cycling from sea-level up to 2,990 metres in just 13 days.