Kathmandu-Kerung railway: Project to cost Rs257 billion

    Post Report, Aug 20 2018

    The Department of Railways (DoR) on Sunday said construction of Kathmandu-Kerung railway is estimated to cost Rs257 billion.

    The construction of the railway running through complicated geological terrain and challenging engineering work is likely to be completed in nine years, the department said.

    The DoR observations corroborate the report prepared by Chinese team.A team of government officials led by Physical Infrastructure and Transport Secretary Madhusudan Adhikari is in northern central Chinese city of Xian to discuss the conclusion of the project study.

    DoR Spokesperson Prakash Upadhyaya told the Post, “I have shared the project details on the basis of initial information from the participants attending the meeting in China. The detailed report will be handed over on Monday.”

    According to Upadhyaya, the railway would be 72.25 km in Nepal. Around 98.5 percent of the railway would either be bridges or tunnels. The project would cost Rs3.55 billion per kilometer. “Completing the project in nine years means requirement of around Rs28.55 billion each year. The government is capable of managing this amount itself,” Upadhyaya said.

    A report obtained by the Post states, the railway plan that passes through rugged Himalayan mountains involves complex structural engineering.The report says engineering crews would build ramps along the northern and southern slopes leading to Lake Paiku, near Kerung, to connect tracks to the Kathmandu section. The ramps would overcome the huge difference in elevation between the southern and northern toes of the Himalayan mountains.

    The Kathmandu section is in the “collision and splicing zone” along the Eurasian Plate, presenting six major geological problems, the report says. The hard rock burst and the large deformation of soft rocks would cause extremely high stress. The problem of the fault effects of the deep, active fractures are in high-intensity seismic zones. The report says the level of seismic activities could present problems with high ground temperatures, slope stability, debris and water erosion.

    The project’s longest and most steep grade is up to 95 km long out of 121 km. The report says continuous use of air brakes would cause abrasion of the brake shoe and heating of tyre.

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    Former ambassador Keshab Raj Jha stabbed to death

    Post Report, Kathmandu, Aug 20 2018
    Jha's body being taken for post mortem. Post photo
    Former Nepali ambassador to France Keshab Raj Jha was found dead at his home in Thapathali on Monday morning.

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    TIA runway to be closed for 10 hours daily for repairs

    Post Report, Kathmandu, Aug 20 2018
    The runway at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) will be closed for 10 hours daily from February to carry out rehabilitation works on its dilapidated runway. Renovation of the 3,050-metre runway will take at least five months, airport authorities said Sunday. The project is estimated to cost Rs3.5 billion.

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    Nepal, India to sign MoU on rail survey, bulk cargo

    ANIL GIRI, Kathmandu, Aug 20 2018
    Nepal and India are set to sign two key agreements on Kathmandu-Raxual railway line and movement of bulk cargo from three more transit points between the two neighbours on the margins of the fourth BIMSTEC Summit to be held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31.

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    Government asks top officials to lend vehicles

    SANJEEV GIRI, Kathmandu, Aug 20 2018
    The government has urged top VIPs to hand over their vehicles for movement of heads of states of the seven member states arriving here for the 4th BIMSTEC Summit later this month.

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    Nepali migrant worker dies in Qatar

    Post Report, Kathmandu, Aug 20 2018
    The body of a migrant Nepali migrant worker who died in Qatar has been brought to Nepal on Monday.

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    Main News

    Kanchanpur rape, murder case: CIB finds ex-murder convict guilty

    Post Report, Aug 20 2018
    The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police has concluded that 41-year-old Dilip Singh, who had earlier served 9-year prison term on a murder charge, was the man behind the rape and murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta, of Bhimdutta Municipality-2, Kanchanpur.
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    Jajarkot people afflicted with transport disruption

    Aug 20 2018
    Transportation has been disrupted along the Khalanga-Panchkatiya road after multiple landslides damaged it in various places.
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    2 traders nabbed for creating obstruction in monitoring Kalimati market

    Post Report, Aug 20 2018
    Two traders have been arrested for their alleged involvement in creating obstruction in monitoring the Kalimati Fruits and Vegetables Market.
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    Nepal were condemned to fourth place finish in the Saff U-15 Women’s Championship after they lost 4-3 in penalties to hosts Bhutan in the third place playoff at the  Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu on Saturday.

    The match was decided from the spot after regulation time finished at 2-2 deadlock. Deki Lhazom gave an early second minute lead to the hosts to the delight of home crowd. Nepal’s quest for equaliser remained unfulfilled until the interval. Chandra Bhandari, who entered as a substitute at the restart, made the impact scoring the equaliser in the 48th minute.

    Bhandari again scored for Nepal in the 55th making the scoreline 2-1. But Nepal’s lead did not last long as Yeshey Bidha equalised for hosts in the 66th minute leading the match to tiebreaker.

    Saraswati Hamal, Preeti Rai and Saloni Magar scored from the spot for Nepal while Sabita Rana Magar and Bhandari failed to convert.  Sonam Lhamo, Chhiring Yangchen, Yeshwy Bidha and Chhiring Ladan hit the targets for Bhutan in penalty shootout while Sarej Pelmo failed to score. Nepal were defeated 2-1 by India in the semi-final on Thursday.

    Nepali men’s football team will be setting sights on historic victory and a place in the knock out stage of the Asian Games when they take on South Asian opponents Pakistan in their last Group ‘D’ match at the Patriot Chandrabhaga Stadium in Bekasi, Indonesia on Sunday.

    Nepal have never tasted victory or even earned a point in their regional games’ last five participations that began from the 1982 edition in India. They have scored just one goal and conceded 65 goals in the 15 matches they played until 2014 Incheon Asian Games. But Nepal are looking forward to change the course of history in their sixth participation. Although Nepal have lost their last two matches — 1-0 against Japan on Tuesday and 2-0 against Vietnam on Thursday – in the four-team group, Nepal’s coach Bal Gopal Maharjan believes that his side still have chance of making it to the round of 16.

    The top two teams from each of the six groups along with four best third-placed nations will qualify for the pre-quarterfinals. Vietnam and Japan, with two wins from as many matches, are already through. Both Nepal and Pakistan yet to open their account in the standings but still are in the contention for next stage as the best third placed teams. The winners among the two teams are likely to make into next stage but will also need results from other groups to go their way.

    “Pakistan are not tough opponents as Japan and Vietnam. But we should not take them lightly since some players of the Pakistani squad plays professional football in Norway,” coach Maharjan, assistant of head coach Gyotoku Koji, said on the eve of team’s match against the South Asian opponents. “We must beat them and the team is confident of victory and breaking the long-time goal drought.” Nepal’s only goal in the Asian Games was scored by YB Ghale during the 1982 edition when the team had lost 3-1 to Kuwait.

    According to Maharjan, Nepal will come up with a different strategy against Pakistan than they had against Japan and Vietnam. Nepal had chosen to play defensive game against mighty Japan and Vietnam. “We will go for attack and play total football against Pakistan. We have trained accordingly with the motive of victory,” he said.

    Looking at the past records, the senior national teams of Nepal and Pakistan have played 14 times. Nepal have won five, lost four and drawn five of them. The last meeting between the two teams during 2013 Saff Championship group stage in Kathmandu had ended in a 1-1 draw. In the Fifa rankings, Nepal are placed in 161st position and Pakistan stand on 201st position. But the Asian Games men’s football tournament is an U-23 event which allows to field three over-aged players. Goalkeeper-cum-captain Kiran Chemjong, midfielder Bishal Rai and attacking defender Rohit Chand are the over-aged players in the Nepali squad.

    Health & Style

    Fiction Park

    The Lost Generation

    BIKASH GUPTA, Aug 12 2018
    For this generation, to cave in was to once again succumb to a centuries old status quo—unjust and no longer conscionable
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    Lead by example, provide opportunities

    Aug 20 2018
    Suman Sharma started his career from Nepal SBI Bank in 1997 after earning his master’s degree in Economics from Tribhuvan University. Having worked at the bank for eight years, in 2005 he went on to pursue another master’s degree from Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands.
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    Saturday Features

    Banking on literature

    Hiranya Kumari Pathak, 73, spent 28 years of her life in the banking industry but that didn’t stop her pursuing her passion for writing.

    Crime and punishment

    Let us congratulate our government for introducing the new civil and criminal code to replace the laws from when Jung Bahadur was still around. It’s funny that Jung Bahadur still stares at Singha Durbar while our so-called republican lads want to do away with anything related to the House of Shah. The only institution that still wants to give respect to the House of Shah is our Nepal Army. Prithivi Narayan Shah still gets respect by our Generals. But of course, somebody must have forgotten to remind them that in New Nepal, our President is the commander in chief. But it’s a good thing that at least some of us don’t want to forget our past. And our politicians need to understand that as well.

    Notes from khao san

    Khao San, one of the oldest streets in Bangkok, is—to a Nepali eye—an amplified version of Thamel. For a price, anything can be made available—from relaxing foot massages, helium gas highs, sultry hookers, deep fried scorpions and cockroaches to carefully manufactured sojourns to hamlets where bewildering traditions are kept alive for tourists. And as the moon climbs in the sky, the street turns into one big party with delirious dancing and drunken debauchery.

    Thinking about educational leadership

    Pranab Man Singh
    What do we understand by leadership? Do you become a leader by holding a position of authority or is it your actions, irrespective of authority, that make you a leader? And is leadership consistent across all domains? Is corporate leadership the same as educational leadership? The literature on leadership is as vast as it is old. Leaders and the problems of leadership have shaped and continue to shape our communities, social orders and histories. It is important that we critique our understanding of leadership, for the work our leaders do shape the future of things to come.

    A city and its people

    Sanjog Manandhar
    Kathmandu is so many things all at once. As a concrete dustbowl hemmed in by green hills, the city is a confluence of the old and the new, the privileged and the disenfranchised, the inanimate and the dynamic.

    Rastriya Nachghar and its discontents

    Timothy Aryal
    When the Gurukul Theatre was dissolved in 2012, many thought it sounded the death knell for private theatres in the Valley. Led by playwright Sunil Pokharel, Gurukul had become an institution, producing plays, training actors and helping popularise Nepali theatre. There were fears among the public that with the closing down of Gurukul, the nascent theatre scene in Kathmandu might collapse. These fears turned out to be unfounded. Since then, the theatre scene in Kathmandu has boomed, with Sarwanam, Mandala, Shilpee, and new entrants Kunja and Kausi churning out quality plays on a regular basis.

    An illusion of harmony

    Coming from a writer-director whose previous credits had been limited to middling action/romcom fare—including the ineffective Shah Rukh Khan-as-superhero flick Ra.One from 2011—the new drama Mulk is a pleasant surprise, bearing little similarity to Anubhav Sinha’s earlier efforts. Mulk is a moving, timely examination of the dogged persistence of prejudice against Muslims in India.

    Achyutananda: Meet Nepal’s forgotten aviator

    When playwright Balkrishna Sama first met Achyutananda in 1919, he was still an impressionable teenager. Yet the interaction with Achyutananda in his one-room workshop in Teku was so arresting that Sama would go on to dedicate a section of an autobiography penned in the twilight of his life to the chance meeting.

    Trekking towards modernity

    Kul Chandra Gautam
    In 1959, I returned home from Banaras to Amarpur. While I was there, one of my step-uncles, Baburam Aryal, came to visit. He was working in Kathmandu as a clerk in the secretariat office of Nepal’s first elected parliament and I had long conversations with him about my education and experiences in Banaras, what he was doing in Nepal’s civil service and what life was like in Kathmandu.