Constitution Amendment Bill fails to get through House

    Post Report, Aug 21 2017
    The much-awaited Constitution Amendment Bill (second amendment) failed to get through the Legislature-Parliament on Monday, after falling short of 48 votes. In the 592-member House, 395 votes are required to pass the amendment bill.
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    33 kg gold smuggling case: Main accused Panth arrested

      Post Report, Aug 21 2017
      Police have finally managed to nab the main accused behind the 33 kg gold smuggling case.
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      Govt to hold provincial and federal parliamentary polls on Nov 26

      Post Report, Kathmandu, Aug 21 2017
      The government has decided to hold both provincial and federal parliamentary elections in a single phase on November 26.

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      RPP (Prajatantrik) registration row: SC issues order in favour of Pashupati Shumsher

      Post Report, Kathmandu, Aug 21 2017
      The Supreme Court on Monday issued an interim order directing the Election Commission (EC) to begin the process for registration of Rastriya Prajatantra Party (Prajantantrik) led by Pashupati Shumsher Rana.

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      Main News

      NMA to launch nationwide stir if affiliation to Nat’l College not revoked

      Post Report, Aug 21 2017
      National Medical College (NMC), the umbrella body of Nepali doctors, has warned of stern nationwide protests if the government didn’t revoke the affiliation granted to National Medical College (NMC).
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      Saff U-15 Championship: Nepal defeat Maldives 6-0

      Post Report, Aug 21 2017
      Nepal youth team got off to a flying start in their Saff U-15 Championship by defeating Maldives 6-0 at Anfa Complex on Monday. Nepali team had taken a lead of 4-0 lead until the half time.
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      2 dead, 20 injured in Kailali bus accident

      Post Report, Aug 21 2017
      Two people died while 20 others were injured when a bus met with an accident at Kailali Sahadpur Rural Municipality along the Bhimdutta Highway on Monday.
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      At least 23 people were killed and over 40 others injured, some of them critically, on Saturday after a passenger train derailed in northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, police said.

      According to Indian railways spokesperson, 14 coaches of the train derailed in the accident.The accident took place in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh, around 100 km from New Delhi, India's national capital.

      A derailed coach hit a nearby house, damaging it severely, reports said. "Today a train derailed here causing coaches to fall upon one another," a statement issued by Uttar Pradesh police to local media said. "In this tragedy, 23 people were killed and over 40 others injured, who were admitted in different hospitals."

      There are fears some passengers might be caught inside mangled coaches and death toll is likely to increase.

      Officials said the injured were being admitted at Khatauli, Meerut and Muzaffarnagar hospitals.

      Authorities have rushed police and disaster response force personnel to the spot to carry out rescue work. The rescuers were seen using gas cutters to cut the steel and help the people trapped inside the coaches.

      A crane has also been brought to the spot to lift the derailed coaches.Television images showed huge crowd gathered at the accident site. The train Utkal Express derailed in Muzaffarnagar's Khatauli area at around 5:45 p.m. local time. Railway ministry officials said the cause of accident was not immediately known.

      The Indian railway ministry has ordered an inquiry into the accident. "Have ordered inquiry into the unfortunate accident to ascertain the cause. Strict action will be taken against any lapse," Indian railway minister Suresh Prabu said. "I am personally monitoring situation."

      Following the derailment, locals first rushed to the spot to help people trapped in the derailed coaches and subsequently informed the police and railway officials.

      "Most of the rescue work was carried out by locals. Official assistance reached late," Atul Srivastava, a local volunteer, said.The Indian government has announced a compensation of 7,792 U.S. dollars for each family that has lost a member in the accident, while the injured will be given an assistance of 1,558 dollars each.Meanwhile, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have expressed grief over the accident.

      "Extremely pained by the derailment of the Utkal Express in Muzaffarnagar. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased," Modi said and wished a speedy recovery for injured in the accident.

      "Railways Ministry and Uttar Pradesh Government are doing everything possible and providing all assistance required in wake of the train derailment," Modi said. In January this year, 39 people were killed and over 50 injured in train derailment in southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

      The Indian government in 2015 announced an investment of over 137 billion dollars over a period of five years to boost railways and modernise it on new lines.Indian sprawling railways are the world's third largest network, ferrying around 23 million people each day. Last year a train accident in Uttar Pradesh killed 145 and injured around 200. Xinuha/RSS

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      Sports

      All Nepal Football Association (Anfa) announced on Sunday that an event management company—Turnpike Event Pvt Ltd—will conduct all Anfa-recognised futsal tournaments for the next five years.

      Anfa President Narendra Shrestha and Turnpike Executive Director Ukesh Lohani exchanged the memorandum of understanding on Sunday. As per the agreement, Turnpike will bear two third of the annual budget of futsal and the rest will be borne by the football governing body, Anfa said on Sunday. The deal will run until 2021 with Turnpike set to invest a total of Rs 15 million, while Anfa will spend a collective Rs 7.5 million. Anfa will however will be authorised to choose the broadcaster.

      Turnpike will have the rights to lure sponsors and need not share profit with Anfa, said president of Futsal Committee Ramesh Rayamajhi. “The company will also be responsible for marketing and promotion of Futsal events. They will also have the right to chose title sponsor,” added Rayamajhi.

      Anfa made the agreement keeping in mind the planned Anfa National Futsal League scheduled for August 25-September 10. Rayamajhi said the proposed futsal league will serve as the selection of national players for the 2018 AFC Futsal Championship Qualifiers to be held in Iran on October 13-22. Nepal are drawn in Group ‘A’ of the Qualifiers along with Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan. The winners and runners-up from all eight groups will qualify for AFC Futsal Championship to be held from February 8 to 16 next year.

      “All 45 district FAs affiliated to Anfa, futsal centres operated under the legal framework and teams of the A, B and C Division clubs will be eligible to compete in the proposed league,” said Rayamajhi. “Call from team registration was made earlier with the final deadline being today (Sunday). The structure of the league will be determined after finalising the number of teams.”

      Rayamajhi also informed that the Futsal Committee have approached former Nepali national captain Rakesh Shrestha to select 25 players for the national team camp. Anfa had already conducted the AFC Futsal Coaching Course Level 1 with 19 coaches earning the licence. Anfa had also conducted MA Futsal Refereeing Course.  

      The tournament will be organised in the futsal centres requiring a pitch of at least 20x30 metres of area . Anfa has already reached agreement to hold the tournament at Chaur Recreation Futsal Centre in Bansbari and Stupa Futsal Hub in Bauddha.

      The Under-19 team of Great Himalaya Cricket Academy (GHCA) left for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Friday for the first leg of a bilateral series with Emirates Cricket Training Dubai.

      The exchange programme will also see the Emirates visiting Nepal in 2018. It will be the third foreign-based tour for GHCA having previously visited India in 2015 and Bangladesh (2016 and 2017). The GHCA squad will play four Twenty20 matches from August 19-22. All the matches will be played at the Ajmal Oval Ground in Ajman.

      Ashutosh Ghiraiya will lead the GHCA team that consists of Soham Aryal, Parikshit Dhakal, Saugat Dangal, Ramesh Bahadur Khadka, Punit Kumar Yadav, Harsha Bikram Adhikari, Deepesh Poudel, Bipen Upadh-yaya, Anubhav Karki, Akuch Adhikari, Aaditya Mahata and Abhisesh Thapa Magar.

      GHCA President Sudeep Sharma is the coach, while Tejendra Rajbhandari is the manager of the 15-member team. Sharma said: “We have past experience playing in the tours like this and the UAE trip will give our boys more confidence because they will be competing in completely different conditions,” said Sharma. “More than the results the boys will have a good exposure. Most importantly, the exchange programme means the Emirate team will come to Nepal early next year,” added Sharma.

      Health & Style

      Fiction Park

      Spilled milk

      Jenish Maharjan, Aug 13 2017
      For fourty years, Maila Sahu had had more or less the same daily schedule. He woke up at six in the morning, went to the ghaat beside Shwet Barahi Temple to freshen up, said his prayers, went around the tole and came back home to start his day.
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      Saturday Features

      Unlikely heroes

      CHANDAN KUMAR MANDAL
      When floods triggered by incessant rainfall this week gushed into homes and began sweeping people away, many residents in the flood-hit regions in the Tarai were caught flat footed.

      After the flood

      Manish Gautam
      Floods are devastating but its aftermath can be just as deadly. Even as homes and properties remain submerged, the threat of the outbreak of diseases, many of them life-threatening, looms large.

      Let there be light

      MOHAN GURAGAIN
      Who’s afraid of the dark? Or rather who does not have the fear of facing the star-lit night, staring at them in deafening silence in the midst of their utter loneliness? The breeze caressing one’s shin like a cat brushing past with its fluffy tail, the wind howling, two shiny eyes fixing a gaze on you.

      Lessons learnt?

      Binod Ghimire
      This week, the government imposed restrictions on non-governmental agencies and private individuals from dispensing relief materials to those affected by the floods that have inundated large ports of the Tarai without coordination with the authorities.

      In Government We Don’t Trust!

      Guffadi
      Our incompetent government has decided to release a billion Rupees from the Prime Minister Disaster Relief Fund to our Home Ministry to help the folks affected by floods and landslides in the country.

      Deluged

      MADHAV GHIMIRE
      On Thursday, Sunita Rai of Itahari Submetropolitan City, Gairigaun-4, spent the whole day digging through her home, now caked with a thick layer of mud and debris.

      Hoping against hope

      Milan Poudel
      Even a river flows backwards once every twelve years,” says Parbati Rajak, a 41-year-old tea shop operator in Hatkhola, Biratnagar, quoting a Nepali adage on resilience, “So, is there any option but to pick ourselves up and try to restart all over again?”

      Swept away

      Post Report
      Almost a week since the floods, the water levels in affected districts have been gradually receding. In the past one week, 35 districts were affected, displacing more than 18,300 families, and affecting at least 75,000 families.

      On the streets, my sorrow breathes

      Yukta Bajracharya
      When I walk throughthe always open doors at work,I take off the heaviness in my heart,put on a smile,some kajal,