Rs 3.1m fee set for MD/MS courses

    Post Report, Jun 22 2017
    The Tribhuvan University has finally fixed fees for MD/MS programmes, following intense criticism from all quarters that its failure to set fees has encouraged medical colleges to charge exorbitant sums for the post graduate courses.
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    Court extends suspended IRD chief Sharma’s remand for 7 more days

    Post Report, Kathmandu, Jun 22 2017
    The Special Court on Thursday extended the judicial remand of suspended Director General of Inland Revenue Department (IRD) Chudamani Sharma by seven more days.

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    Former Anfa Gen Secy arrested on fraud charges

    Post Report, Kathmandu, Jun 22 2017
    Former General Secretary of All Nepal Football Association and Chairperson of Nepal Ice Hockey Association Lok Bahadur Shahi has been arrested for duping Rs 10 million from various people.

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    CIAA issues notice seeking arrest of ‘absconding’ TSC officials

    Post Report, Kathmandu, Jun 22 2017
    The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has issued a public notice for the arrest of Tax Settlement Commission (TSC) Chairman LD Mahat and member Umesh Dhakal on the charge of granting tax exemption to various organisations.

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    48 Indians held hostage in Saptari brick kiln freed

    Abdesh Kumar Jha, SAPTARI, Jun 22 2017
    At least 48 Indians, who were allegedly taken hostage at a brick kiln in Saptari, have been released on Thursday. Most of them were children.

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    Main News

    One ward chairperson and 38 members elected unopposed

    Jun 22 2017
    One ward chairperson and 38 other people's representatives have been elected unopposed in the second phase of local elections scheduled for June 28.
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    1 killed, 4 injured in Jorpati micro bus hit

    Post Report, Jun 22 2017
    A person died and four others were injured when a micro bus hit them at Jorpati, Kathmandu on Thursday.
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    NHRC to monitor phase II elections process

    Post Report, Jun 22 2017
    National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has decided to monitor all the process of second phase of local level elections slated for June 28 from the perspective of human rights.
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    Money

    World

    At least 20 people died and more than 50 others were injured when a car bomb exploded outside a bank in Lashkar Gah, capital of the southern Afghan province of Helmand on Thursday, according to Reuters.

    Those, who were killed and injured in the incident, are civilians and members of the security forces waiting to collect their pay, officials said.

    There was no immediate claim of responsibility but insurgent groups, including the Taliban and Islamic State have in the past targeted banks where police, soldiers and other government employees collect their pay.

    Last month, at least three people were killed and many wounded in an attack on a bank in the eastern city of Gardez.

     

    Entertainment

    Sports

    Local boy Bhupendra Thapa struck an unbeaten half century as Nepal Storms defeated Bangladesh Tigers by seven wickets in the Asian Club Premier League (ACPL) Twenty20 cricket tournament on Wednesday. 

    Batting first, Tigers were skittled out for just 148 runs in 19.1 overs before Storms reached 150-4 in 16.4 overs. Thapa, who was sold for INR 100,000 in the auction was unbeaten on 51 from 37 deliveries. Dishant Yadav also chipped in an invaluable 46 from 35 balls, while Pawan Chandel contributed 23 runs. Pawan Kumar picked up 2-19, while Sanket Sahu was the only other Tigers bowler to have success with the ball. 

    Earlier, Panchal top scored for Tigers with an 18-ball 30, while Sanjog Binkar (27) and Sagir Ul Hasan (18) were other notable contributors. Malwinder picked up 3-20 for Storms with skipper Haseeb Amjad (2-5) and Yadav (2-24) also taking two wickets each. 

    In another match, Dubai Warriors brushed aside Sri Lankan Lions by 21 runs. Warriors amassed a tournament-high 189-9 with half centuries from Abdul Shakoor and Dawood Ejaz before Lions were shut down for 168-3 as aggressive knocks from Nishan Samarakkody and Dinesh Nakrani going in vain. 

    Nakrani made 72 from 41 balls and Samarakkody contributed 63 off 43 before retiring hurt. Sandeep Singh took two wickets for Warriors. Subhanshu Sahu was unbeaten on 17 runs. Warriors had a strong start after their openers Shakoor struck a 31-ball 56 and Ravi Verma made 27-ball 30. Ejaz did the rest smashing a 19-ball 56. Samarakkody and Mohammed Nizamuddin picked up two wickets each.

    Nepal on Monday trimmed the squad to 18 members for the upcoming ICC U-19 World Cup Division-1 Asian Qualifier event.

    Sandeep Lamichhane, Anil Kumar Sah, Sushang Singh Thapa, Bikram Kumar Bhusal, Prakash KC, Pawan Sarraf, Sundeep Jora, Rijan Dhakal, Pranit Thapa Magar, Shahab Alam, Rashid Khan, Aasif Sheikh, Sandeep Sunar, Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi, Rohit Kumar Paudel, Aadil Khan and Dipendra Singh Airee made the cut.

    The tournament is the gateway to the 2018 U-19 World Cup. Nepal open with a clash against hosts Singapore on July 17. Nepal then play Malaysia (July 18, 24) and Afghanistan (July 20, 25) before playing Singapore against for the second time on July 21. Only the top team qualify for the U-19 World Cup in New Zealand.

    The Asian Club Premier League (ACPL) Twenty20, which brings together players from the continent’s top cricketing countries, kicked off on Monday amidst circumstances where Nepal’s top cricketers are giving a no-show and the entire cricket fraternity is left with a partial knowledge about the tournament.

    Ultimate Sports Management, a Chandigarh-based sports management company, has brought the tournament in Nepal under the flagship of Cricket Council of India which is not associated with any regional or global governing body.

    The tournament features six franchises—Nepal Storms, Indian Stars, Sri Lankan Lions, Bangladesh Tigers, Dubai Warriors and Afghanistan Bulls.

    However, the organisers have failed to produce the owners of the franchises except for giving their names. The auction was telecast live on Sony Six—India’s leading sports channel.

    According to ACP Chairman RS Dandiwal, Matthew Lim, who runs Encore Infrastructure Pvt Ltd, is the owner of Nepal Storms.

    The tournament ran into controversy the day it was unveiled at a posh hotel in the Capital after it was learnt that national cricketers were neither part of the event nor they were aware of it.

    The big names of Nepali cricket have questioned the legitimacy of the organisers, saying that the tournament was being organised in a non-transparent way.

    However, Dandiwal had said the organisers “can produce all the papers and answers about the tournament”.

    National Sports Council (NSC) Member Secretary Keshav Bista claims to have taken advantage of “Nepal’s climate” which offers best venue for sporting events. “This is a tournament which can help boost sports tourism. It can also give our cricketers a perfect platform to rub shoulders with international cricketers,” said Bista, who seems to have not given a hoot to the organisers and their background.

    “Our job was to give them the ground and other things are not related to us. They are a private organisation and have their own rules,” he said.

    Sri Lankan legend Tillakaratne Dilshan and former Pakistani cricketers Rana Naved Ul Hasan and Imran Nazir are among the big names associated with the ACPL. The organisers have also claimed to bring in former Australian spinner Stuart McGill, South African Justin Kemp, Rusty Theron and Zimbabwean Charles Coventry, but none has shown up so far.

    The obscured status of ACPL organisers and the decision of the NSC to let the tournament happen in Nepal, however, are not the only reasons that have stoked controversy.

    Soon after it was learnt that national stars were not going to be a part of the ACPL, a majority of them and few other stakeholders expressed their ignorance about the tournament.

    The national cricketers said they came to know about the tournament only after it was launched.

    After the auction, Nepali skipper Paras Khadka had issued a statement, questioning the legitimacy of the tournament. The whole process is non-transparent and unclear, he had said. He had expressed his ignorance about the organisers as well the tournament they were bringing in to Nepal.

    But Bhupendra Thapa, one of the four cricketers sold to Nepal Storms, said: “I had informed national team’s senior players about six months ago. They said they don’t have sufficient information, so I decided to register myself for the event,” said Thapa.

    National team head coach Jagat Tamatta, who had the knowledge of the tournament, had held several meetings with the organisers in the presence of Bista.

    “I had asked them to come up with the approval of the International Cricket Council or Asian Cricket Council,” said Tamatta of the ACPL, which was earlier named APL.

    Health & Style

    Fiction Park

    Down the yellow road

    Swati Shrestha, Jun 18 2017
    It was raining outside when Kanchhi started drawing with the wind outside her window. The soft pellets of rain melting on her skin, the wind playing with her hair. The others on the bus were fast asleep as stars glittered across the night sky, Kanchhi was the only one awake and the child inside her wanted her to play in the rain.
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    Saturday Features

    Lest we forget

    Sanjit Bhakta Pradhananga
    Last week, following a characteristically long, and occasionally barbed, tirade by KP Sharma Oli and a conspicuously short cameo by Sher Bahadur Deuba in the Parliament, Pushpa Kamal Dahal walked up to the pulpit and began his speech by admitting he was unsure about how long his own address should be, given the two starkly different precedents.

    You reap what you sow

    MOHAN GURAGAIN
    Last month the Newars of the Valley paid homage to the Rato Matsyendranath with a month long jatra inviting bountiful harvest. Amid the din of the jhyali, and pomp and fanfare, revellers followed the Rain God’s chariot as it made its way from one tole to another in Patan’s urban core.

    Oh boy, women bleed!

    Shradha Giri Bohora
    Menstruation is a taboo. No one talks about it. Women do not openly purchase sanitary napkins. We pretend we don’t menstruate. We refrain from talking about our period at homes and at work places.

    Mountain medicine

    Prakash Chandra Timilsena
    When they said a hospital in Lukla, I’d imagined a bereft, ill-equipped, shanty characteristic of government health posts outside major urban centres in the country.

    The award conundrum

    Timothy Aryal
    In December last year, at the Nepal Film Technicians’ Awards, the film Pashupati Prasad was awarded the Best Film Award; the director of the film, Dipendra K Khanal,

    An Artist Redefined

    Saransika Pandey
    I always like to keep an eye out for path-breaking Nepali music videos, and Jazz Productions has been able to continually surprise viewers with their quality and execution.

    Spring on Everest

    SANGAM PRASAIN
    Sixty odd years since it was first scaled by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953, Mount Everest continues to occupy a prominent space in the human imagination.

    What matters when hiring a great team?

    Pranjal Ghimire
    Hiring a winning team is no small feat. If you do it right you gain employees that treat the company as their own, and will work hard to overcome all the hurdles that come their way

    Home is not a place, it’s a feeling

    I was born and raised in Patan, but Bungamati, where I spent most of my school holidays as a child, has always felt like home.