Congress for holding ‘interim local polls’

  • Sticks to its position that 565 village and municipal councils not enough
Post Report, Aug 24 2016
A meeting of the Nepali Congress Parliamentary Party on Tuesday concluded that the government should hold “interim local elections” under the existing structure in view of confusion over the number of local units in the federal set-up.
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Morcha leaders in bid to forge common stance

    Post Report, Aug 24 2016

    Top leaders of the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (SLMM), an alliance of seven Madhes-based parties, are meeting on Wednesday to forge a common position on contentious issues of the constitution.

    The meeting has been planned just as the Morcha and the governing parties prepare to start negotiations for constitution amendment.

    The governing parties— CPN (Maoist Centre) and Nepali Congress—and the SLMM are expected to start fresh negotiations, possibly from next week, to find a political solution to the Tarai crisis, for which the government has pledged to register a constitution amendment proposal in Parliament by mid-October.

     “I have heard the government is planning to register an amendment proposal before Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s visit to New Delhi. We are hoping that the negotiations will start soon,” said Sadbhawana Party Chairman Rajendra Mahato.

    PM Dahal is leaving for India on September 15.

    Morcha’s bid to hammer out a common position on key issues has become imperative in the wake of divergent views from its constituents. Besides, the governing parties and the Morcha are planning to form a joint task force to iron out contentious issues, and the Morcha is under pressure to have a common view for sending members to the task force.

    Redrawing of provincial boundaries with at least two provinces in the Tarai plains is one of the key demands of the Morcha. It has also demanded that its concerns regarding proportional representation and citizenship among others be addressed.

    Though the new government has pledged to address the agitating parties’ demands, the governing parties are yet to come up with any formal proposal.

    “The Maoist Centre and the NC look positive about addressing our concerns. There has to be give and take on both sides,” said Rajendra Shrestha, Co-chair of Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal.

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    Locals want social harmony, justice

    DR PANTA & GANESH CHAUDHARY, DHANGADHI/TIKAPUR, Aug 24 2016
    A year after the deadly incident in Tikapur of Kailali, in which nine lives were lost, socio-communal harmony is gradually returning to normalcy, but victims say they are still awaiting justice.

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    Annual security talks to focus on border issues, trafficking

    Post Report, Kathmandu, Aug 24 2016
    Cross-border crime and human trafficking will top Nepal’s agenda for the Indo-Nepali Home Secretary level meeting scheduled for September 6-7 in New Delhi.

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    Main News

    DPMs’ visits to India, China fruitful: Govt

    Post Report, Aug 24 2016
    The government has claimed that recent visits by two deputy prime ministers to India and China were fruitful and highly successful.
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    Pedestrians account for 40 pc of all road fatalities

    RSS, Aug 24 2016
    Pedestrians account for almost half of total road fatalities in the country, according to a senior traffic police official.
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    NRA completes assessment of 50,000 Valley households

    Post Report, Aug 24 2016
    The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has completed detailed assessment of around 50,000 houses of Kathmandu Valley that were damaged by earthquakes last year.
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    The national league champion, Three Star Club tied 1-1 with Cambodia's Nagaworld Club during the ongoing AFC Cup Football playoff selection in Mongolia. It was the second match Nepal played there.

    The Three Star netted in the 85th minute of the game played in Ulaanbaatar of Mongolia on Tuesday.

    It was the foreign player from Three Star, Martin, to score the goal tying the draw.

    Although the Three Star defeated Mongolia's Irchim Club 2-0 in the first match, it has to wait the results of the Nagaworld and Irchim to enter the second round. Nepal which is in Group B has four points. RSS

    With one foot in the Qualifiers, Nepal’s Three Star Club are taking on Nagaworld FC of Cambodia in their last Group ‘B’ match of the AFC Cup Qualifying Playoffs in Ulaan Bataar on Tuesday.

    A victory at the Mongolia Football Federation grounds will hand Three Star a spot

    in the Qualifiers for the

    2017 AFC Cup. Three Star opened their tournament campaign on a high, sweeping aside local outfits Erchim

    FC 2-0. Although Nagaworld are taken as relatively weaker opponents in the pool, captain Vikram Lama was not in

    the mood to take Nagaworld lightly.

    “Whoever we play against, we cannot take the opponents lightly. Our boys are highly spirited following the victory against Erchim and we believe we can return with another better result in the tournament,” said Lama on the eve of the match.

    Coach Meghraj KC wanted his boys to settle in the game before to take control of the game. “Nagaworld is an unknown opponent for us. We will observe them in the first 15 minutes because this will help us find their weakness and strength,” said KC.

    Nagaworld had finished their last season in the Cambodian League as a fourth-placed team but their coach Meas Channa was confident in giving a decent display. “We have prepared well for this tournament and my team will give a good performance,” said Channa.

    Skipper Sok Rithy said his team has to battle the cold weather first before seeing off the challenge from Three Star. “Mongolia is colder than Cambodia but we will be focused in giving strong show,” said Rithy.

    As usual Nepal’s campaign at the Olympics was confined to participation alone as two of the country’s athletes returned with personal milestones.

    Nepal never ever had medal expectations since it usually relies on wild card entries to participate in the Games. Only two Nepali players—former taekwondo players Sangina Baidhya and Deepak Bista—have so far earned their places in the Games through qualification.

    Nepal fielded seven players in five disciplines for Rio Games. Gaurika Singh became the youngest participant which drew a global media attention, but the 13-year old swimmer was unable to overcome her personal best in 100m backstroke. Another swimmer Sirish Gurung and middle distance runner Saraswoti Bhattarai managed to set new national records. Taekwondo player Nisha Rawal and judoka Phupu Lhamu Khatri put a brave performance against world’s best athletes.

    Archer Jit Bahadur Pun crashed out of the round of 64 in his individual recurve event and Hari Kumar Rimal was way behind his personal best in 5,000m race.

    Given the gulf between Nepali athletes and their world class opponents, Nepal’s performance got a warm response from the officials at home. “There were a few disappointments but the way some performed was quite satisfactory,” said chief athletics coach Sushil Narsingh Rana.

    “It all comes down to how we prepare for the Olympics. We always have a very short-term preparations. Earning qualification directly has been a rare phenomenon for us. Playing against world’s best through wild card in itself is a big pressure. We need to have a new approach while participating in the Olympics,” said Rana adding Nepal need to see Olympics as an event to prepare for regional meet like Asian and South Asian Games.

    “We had a national record in swimming and athletics. Judo and taekwondo did well too. Now we need to improvise on those performance to make sure we come up with even better showing in Asian and South Asian Games,” Rana added.

    Nepal’s performance was especially satisfactory in martial arts after Khatri became the only Nepali judoka to remain in the mat for full four minutes in Olympics history in an 11-0 loss to Cuba. Rawal put a brave performance in a slim 2-0 loss against Chinese world No 1 Shuyin Zheng. She later lost 4-3 to French player Gwladys Epangue in the repechage quarter-finals.

    “We were competing against the world’s best and I can see satisfaction in how we fared. Two of our players set personal milestones and the way our martial arts players performed was praiseworthy,” said National Sports Council Member Secretary Keshav Kumar Bista.

    Bista believed Nepal needs to change its approach towards the Olympics. “We have been heading towards big events with short preparations  . We need to make a plan under which we can keep our athletes busy throughout the year.”

    Nepali taekwondo player Nisha Rawal lost the women’s above 67kg category repachage quarter-final match to French opponent Gwladys Epangue 4-3 on Saturday. The 21-year-old Rawal got the opportunity to compete for bronze medal as the opponent against whom she lost—China’s Zheng Shuyin on Friday—in the round of 16 made it to the final. Shuyin, who went on to clinch the gold medal, had also beaten the French opponent in the quarter-finals. The defeat completes Nepal Rio campaign when ended without any significant performance bar personal milestones set by swimmer Sirish Gurung and athlete Saraswoti Bhattarai. In all, seven players from five disciplines represented Nepal in the Olympics.

    Three Star Club beat Erchim FC of Mongolia 2-0 in AFC Cup Qualifying Playoffs at the Mongolian Football Federation grounds on Sunday.

    The result kept alive the top-tier Nepali club’s hopes of qualifying for the 2017 AFC Cup. The victory over the seven-time Mongolian Premier League champions was a huge boost for

    Three Star ahead of their crucial second three-team Group ‘B’  match against Nagaworld FC of Cambodia on Tuesday. Only the group winners from each of the three groups will make it to the 2017 qualifiers.

    Martins and skipper Bikram Lama scored for the National League champions. Martins put the Lalitpur-based outfits ahead early in the 14th minute before Lama added the second in the 76th minute. Lama slammed home a cross from Sunil Bal to secure victory for the Nepali club.

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    Fiction Park

    The many shades of memories

    Dixya Sharma, Aug 21 2016
    As much as fate was cruel, Ashraya had moved on. But memories do what they do: They haunt, in the deep recesses of mind, wreaking havoc in the hollows of the heart
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    Saturday Features

    The Otherworld

    Anuj Adhikary
    Arid land, snow-capped mountains, barren hills and nothingness. We found ourselves in the smack, middle of nowhere, with not a soul in sight. Prayer flags fluttered and predatory birds overhead struggled to stay aflight against a battery of cold, dry gusts. Perhaps they were checking on if we were still moving. Drenched in sweat, out of breath and near-roasted from the midday sun, we were—barely. Spent, at the first pass we lay listless.

    The dark underbelly of remittance

    NAYAN P SINDHULIYA
    Kahar is a collection of deeply felt, meticulously researched, and agonising yet humane accounts of blood and tears, of individuals with dreams of more prosperous lives through migration

    With-in and with-out

    Astha Joshi
    Change is not an intuitive process but a continuous one where you have to learn to adapt and adjust to the small space that has been given to you

    Cartels, clowns and comedians

    Guffadi
    This is the new Nepal where our politicians have turned into comedians and our real comedians have turned into social workers

    Contextualising development

    Ram Chandra Pokhrel
    In July this year, I was part of a 15-member delegation from the Nepali Congress (NC) on a visit to the People’s Republic of China on invitation of the Chinese Communist Party (CPC). On our flight to Chengdu, playing ‘hide and seek’ with the clouds and snow-clad mountains, we flew over the vast arid plateau of the Tibetan Autonomous Region—the roof the world. At the time, we had marvelled over the remote and desolate landscape, but unbeknownst to us, the landscapes we were flying over, and China’s endeavour to transform it, would feature again, and prominently, on our week-long visit.

    Unrequited dreams

    Timothy Aryal
    Fuzz Factory Productions’ latest video prods viewers to rethink their dreams and sense of fulfilment

    An honourable murderer

    Preena Shrestha
    Director Tinu Suresh Desai and writer Vipul Rawal inject so much melodrama into Rustom’s screenplay that the story actually ends up less impactful than it probably would’ve been with a straighter telling of the real-life source material

    Commuting on a library

    Shaleen Shah
    Kathmandu’s public vehicles can be exasperating, to say the least. Could a few books change it?

    The long way home

    ROSHAN SEDHAI
    Fluctuating oil prices and the political instability in the Gulf has stakeholders debating the long-term feasibility of a remittance-driven economy