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No alternative to unity among parties to end deadlock: Ex-prez Yadav

Shyam Sundar Sashi, JANAKPUR, Feb 27 2017
Former President Ram Baran Yadav on Monday expressed his worry about the ongoing political deadlock in the country and said the only way to resolve the impasse is unity among the political parties.

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Over a dozen NSU students injured in attack by ANNFSU

Post Report, LAMJUNG, Feb 27 2017
Over a dozen students were injured after a clash ensued between Nepali Congress (NC) aligned Nepal Students Union (NSU) and CPN-UML aligned All Nepal National Free Student Union (ANNFSU) at the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS) in Sundar Bazaar, Lamjung district on Monday.

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PADT bids farewell to 4,000 Sadhus

Post Report, Kathmandu, Feb 27 2017
Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) on Sunday bade farewell to around 4,000 Sadhus who had come to the holy temple of Pashupatinath in the Capital to celebrate the Mahashivaratri festival.

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Amendment bill won’t be endorsed, says Nembang

RAMESH CHANDRA ADHIKARI, Feb 27 2017
CPN-UML Standing Committee member Subas Chandra Nembang has claimed that the constitution amendment bill registered at the Legislature-Parliament won’t be endorsed under any circumstances.
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Veep Pun admitted to hospital

Post Report, Feb 27 2017
Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun has been admitted to Norvic International Hospital in Thapathali, Kathmandu.
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'Rajamati' script writer Nakarmi passes away

Feb 27 2017
Veteran comedy artist, writer and director Ram Shekhar Nakarmi passed away at the age of 80 on Monday .
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After having been declared dead several times in the past, a senior Taliban commander has been killed in an air strike in northern Afghanistan, officials of the militant group confirmed on Monday.

Mullah Abdul Salam Akhund, who commanded Taliban forces in Kunduz, was one of three fighters killed in a weekend strike by an unmanned aircraft, a senior Taliban official in the province told Reuters, on condition of anonymity to ensure his safety.

"He was on a journey a few days ago and stopped at a house at Dashte Archi town when the drone fired missiles," said the official.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed Akhund's death in a statement.

A U.S. military spokesman said an American warplane had conducted a strike in Kunduz on Sunday, but the command did "not have confirmation of the results".

The strike killed Akhund and eight other Taliban, said Sher Aziz Kamawal, a senior police commander in northern Afghanistan.

Akhund, who oversaw the Taliban offensive that briefly seized Kunduz city in 2015, had previously been reported dead several times by Afghan officials.

This time however, his apparent death was confirmed by top Taliban officials, including a commander in the eastern province of Khost.

"It's part of our life," the commander told Reuters. "We are proud to confirm that he was martyred for a cause." 

Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli proved the 'master of substitutions' once again on Saturday with a key switch that not only earned his side a come-from-behind win over Real Betis but boosted his reputation as one of the most wanted coaches in Europe.

Sampaoli's stock has risen sharply this season with Sevilla on track for their best league finish in eight years and on course to reach the Champions League quarters for the first time after their win over Leicester City in the last 16 first leg.

Admiration for Sampaoli is reported to extend to Barcelona, where he is thought to be one of the leading candidates to take over next season if Luis Enrique does not renew his contract.

The Argentine has also been touted in British media as a possible successor to Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

Sampaoli, who took Chile to the 2015 Copa America title, pulled another rabbit out of the hat on Saturday as his side limped in at half-time 1-0 down to local rivals Betis, who were 25 points behind them in La Liga coming into the game.

Sevilla had barely troubled their opponents in the first half at a hostile Benito Villamarin stadium but that all changed when Sampaoli replaced Franco Vazquez and Pablo Sarabia with Vicente Iborra and Wissam Ben Yedder.

Iborra immediately gave Sevilla more presence in midfield and after his 56th minute header was parried by goalie Antonio Adan, Gabriel Mercado scored on the rebound to tie it at 1-1.

The winner came through Iborra's strike 20 minutes later, and his goal was the 14th by a Sevilla player coming off the bench this season, making Sampaoli the leader in impact substitutions in Spain's top flight.

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is second with 11 goals from substitutes, while Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane has eight.

 

'LIVE IN THE MOMENT'

Sampaoli's substitutes have helped Sevilla to three wins from losing positions in 2017, with Stevan Jovetic coming on to hit the winner in the 2-1 win over Real Madrid in January and Pablo Sarabia scoring in a 4-3 success at Osasuna.

Joaquin Correa grabbed the only goal off the bench in a 1-0 victory at Las Palmas in February, and Vitolo sealed a 2-0 win over Eibar in the previous outing before the derby with Betis.

Midfielder Pablo Sarabia said Sampaoli's methods on the training ground were paying off.

"He has very specific ideas that he has implanted in our heads and we have responded really well to them," Sarabia told the Estadio Deportivo newspaper.

"We're getting really good results too which is vital when you change your idea of how to play."

Despite undergoing their usual squad overhaul in the summer and losing influential figures such as top scorer Kevin Gameiro, Sevilla are third in the La Liga standings, three points behind leaders Real Madrid and two off Barcelona.

Amid rampant speculation about his future, Sampaoli has been trying to avoid taking his eye off the present.

"I'm pleased that the club want to renew my contract but I only want to live in the moment so it's difficult to think about the future when the present is so exciting," he said last week.

"We have the chance to be among the best eight teams in Europe and that's more important than the future."

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Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has no doubts he will carry on playing next season but the 33-year-old is unsure whether he will still be at the Etihad Stadium.

Four-times African footballer of the year Toure has been in fine form since returning to Pep Guardiola's side, scoring six goals in 18 appearances in all competitions so far.

"In the past when you got to 33, you were done. Now with the science, players can go on much longer," said the Ivorian.

"I don't know about next season. I don't think about it. I am just about enjoying having my team mates around. You have guys like Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling who sometimes pass me and say 'Ah, uncle is on the phone'," he told British media.

"When you see my career, it is one year, two years, three years maximum at one club. It is a long time. What the fans give to me, I want to give it back so I will do all I can until the last minute and if I am done, when I am done, I am done.

"It depends on the board because I don't have nothing to say. I just try to play positive and win trophies for the fans."

City, who are third in the Premier League and 11 points behind Chelsea, host second-tier side Huddersfield in an FA Cup fifth round replay on Wednesday.

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Fiction Park

HER

Priscilla Prerna Rai, Feb 26 2017
He was a lean, tall man with a big black moustache, in his late twenties. He had a full head of black hair, almost a mullet but not quite. His skin was swarthy and you could not call him handsome. He was just a tall man.
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Saturday Features

What we do in the shadows

OBIE SHRESTHA
If you’ve been at all on the fence about whether the new Moonlight will be worth your while, I’m here to tell you to quit your wavering and dive right in.

Simple matters of the heart

Timothy Aryal
In Nepal’s burgeoning music video scene, videos that capture the realities that we face every day and tug at the deepest of our emotions, have proved successful—both as an authentic testament to reality and as lasting pieces of art.

Cast away

Leprosy has been feared in almost every culture for hundreds of years due to the deformities and disabilities it can bring along with the mystery surrounding its causes.

Vignettes: Snatches of my sanity

Subhaaya Shakya
The carpenter’s machine whirrs somewhere nearby. It sounds to me like the wailing of a broken person.

In Transit

Vidwata Mohta
When I came to New York last year, I came with two bags, my daughter and my husband. I had left much of my stuff behind when I was packing.

Go local!

Guffadi
Our incompetent government has already announced the date for local elections and we are all excited that we will finally have our own folks representing us in the villages, wards and municipalities.

Books by barter

Samikshya Bhattarai
I love to read, but when I go around town looking for books, they are often either unavailable or a little too expensive,” says Anisha Joshi, a 17-year old student and one of the founders of The Book Barter.

It takes a village

Manish Gautam
Ramesh Rajak was unknowingly acquainted with the night. The 33-year-old resident of Dhobighat would often wake up in the dead of the night and go out for ‘strolls’, disappearing for hours, or worse, days on end. When he was home, he would sit on his concrete terrace for hours, his eyes vacant and staring into the distance.

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

Reuters
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.