Court frees former SP Dilli Raj Bista, an accused in torture and evidence tampering in Nirmala rape and murder, on Rs1.5 million bail

    Post Report, Mar 24 2019
    The Kanchanpur District Court on Sunday ordered to release Dilli Raj Bista, a former superintendent of police accused of torture and evidence tampering in connection with Nirmala Pant rape and murder case, on Rs1.5 million bail.
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    Caesarean section rate is alarmingly high in Nepal, but officials say they can’t control it

    • In some private hospitals, 95 percent of births are cesarean deliveries, they say
    ARJUN POUDEL, Mar 23 2019
    The cesarean delivery rate, according to estimates and some studies, is far higher in private health facilities than in government hospitals.
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    Power to prime minister to deploy Army causes unease in national defence force

    • Observers and experts say the government should abide by constitutional provisions
    TIKA R PRADHAN, Mar 24 2019
    The government’s bid to further empower the prime minister by giving him the “sole authority” to mobilise the Army has not gone down well with the national defence force.
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    Delayed Kalanki-Nagdhunga road project is taking a toll on locals and commuters

    Anup Ojha, Kathmandu, Mar 23 2019
    A man and his son walk on a dusty Kalanki-Nagdhunga road section on Saturday. Post photo: Biju Maharjan
    Those who live along the Kalanki-Nagdhunga section and those who take this nine-kilometre road every day say they have been driven to despair.

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    Rs36.37 billion irrigation scheme to bring water to parched Tarai farms

    SHIVA PURI, RAUTAHAT, Mar 24 2019
    Farmers work on the paddy field in Siraha.POST FILE PHOTO
    Years after it was conceived, the government will finally launch the Rs36.37 billion Sunkoshi Marine Diversion Multipurpose Project in the next fiscal year, beginning mid-July.

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    Main News

    Eight months into the fiscal year, local governments have yet to present budget

    Less than four months before the end of the fiscal year, Bhagwanpur Rural Municipality in Siraha is yet to present its annual budget for the current fiscal due to the differences between the local political parties.
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    Recruiting agencies must send workers within 90 days of getting labour permit

    Recruiting agencies engaged in sending Nepali migrant workers for foreign firms will have to send them within 90 days from the date the aspirant workers get the final labour permit from the Department of Foreign Employment.
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    Parliament panel seeks action against officials of Rapti health academy

    DURGALAL KC, Mar 24 2019
    The subcommittee formed by the Education and Health Committee of Parliament has recommended the government to take action against the representatives of Rapti Academy of Health Sciences (RAHS) in Dang for not working towards solving the issues and problems faced by the academy’s employees.
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    Flash floods and landslides triggered by torrential rain in Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua have killed at least 58 people, injured dozens and displaced more than 4,000, authorities said on Sunday.

    A search for more possible victims was under way in the town of Sentani, which was hit by flash floods late on Saturday. Fifty-one people were killed and 74 injured there, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of the national disaster agency, told a news briefing.

    Heavy rain caused landslides in the nearby provincial capital of Jayapura, killing seven there, Nugroho said.

    Soldiers pulled alive a 5-month old baby from under the rubble of his house and took him to hospital, Papua military spokesman Muhammad Aidi said.

    The number of victims “will probably increase because the evacuation process is still taking place and not all affected areas have been reached,” Nugroho said.

    About 4,150 people are sheltering in six evacuation centers, he said.

    Hundreds of houses, three bridges and a Twin Otter airplane parked at the airport were damaged by the floods. The Sentani airport, the province’s main transport hub, remained open.

    TV footage showed mud and large logs on Sentani’s main roads after floodwaters receded.

    Disaster authorities have warned local governments of flash flood risks due to deforestation in the mountains surrounding the town, Nugroho said, adding that in 2018 Jakarta sent seedlings intended for tree-planting.

    “Forest destruction in the Cyclops mountains have increased for use as firewood and to turn the land into plantations,” Nugroho said.

    “Since 2018 we have warned the Jayapura government to be careful of flash flood risks because of this deforestation,” he added.

    Arts and Entertainment


    The team of pro Jayaram Shrestha won the Pilot Golfers NPGA Classic Pro-Am title at the par-68 Royal Nepal Golf Club on Saturday.

    Pro Shrestha teamed up with amateurs Rishab Acharya, Lt Col Jhalendra Bhattarai and Hari Thapa to accumulate 171 points for the title. Shrestha scored 39 points, Acharya carded 46, Bhattarai had 44 and Thapa scored 42 in their victory. Surya Prasad Sharma and his team finished second with 155 points.
    Sharma collected 37 points while his amateurs Balram Chaulagai scored 41, Ashish Sherchan accumulated 39 and Subodh Thapa had 38 points. Pro Dhana Thapa and his team of amateurs Tahir Shah, Ang Norbu Sherpa and Maj Gen
    MB Karki scored 36 points each to end up third with 144 points.
    Mithun Rai bagged closest to the pin and Shrihar SJB Rana got the longest drive. In a tournament organised to pay tribute to late Capt Badri Krishna Shrestha, 71 players including 14 pros took part in the Pro-Am event played under stableford full handicap format.

    University Cricket Club is organising the College Cricket League Twenty20 cricket tournament from Sunday at the Tribhuvan University Grounds.

    The eight-day league-cum-knockout tournament will be participated in by 12 teams with the champions getting Rs 222,222 and the runners-up taking home Rs 111,111.
    The tournament has been declared open also for Nepal’s international cricketers who can represent the participating colleges.
    The tournament was previously organised as University Cricket Cup for the first two editions. While the man-of-the-series will get Rs 25,000, the best batsman and the bowler will get Rs 10,000 apiece. Every man-of-the-match will also get a shoe worth Rs 5,000 from Xtep.
    Club President Suman Raj Karki said the motive of the tournament was to produce quality cricketers from college level. “We are in an attempt to regularly give a quality tournament for at college level. Since Nepal’s international cricketers will be participating in the event, the youngsters will get a much-needed exposure,” said Karki.
    “This is just the continuation of the effort from the past years. We are looking ahead to modify the tournament and make it more professional at the same level in coming years,” added Karki.
    The participating teams have been divided into four groups with the top place finishers from each pool after the round robin league competing in the semi-finals scheduled for March 30. The final will be held the next day.
    Group ‘A’ consists of Orchid International College, Kantipur City College (KCC) and Triton International College with Kathmandu University, Nepal Bon College and Tri Chandra Campus in Group ‘B’. Pool ‘C’ includes Nepal Commerce Campus, Himalaya College and Shankar Dev Campus. Golden Gate International College, Tribhuvan University and Omega International College are in Group ‘D’.
    The estimated cost of the tournament is Rs 3 million. In the inaugural match, Orchid will take on KCC and Kathmandu University will be up against Nepal Bon College in the second game. Nepal Commerce Campus and Tribhuvan University were the winners of the first two editions.

    Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) Club entered the quarter-finals of the second Makwanpur Gold Cup football tournament with a slim 1-0 victory over Himalayan Sherpa Club here on Friday.

    AT the Forestry grounds, Hari Karki scored in the 39th minute which ultimately turned out to be the decider for the departmental outfits. In the quarter-finals, APF will take on Cameroonian club Dauphins Family who are fresh from winning the Mai Valley Gold Cup in Ilam.

    APF dominated the first 20 minutes of the game and made numerous attempts on the goal but they were kept at bay by Sherpa custodian Kishor Giri. Rajeev Lopchan was close to giving APF a 37th minute lead after he headed a cross from Shyam Nepali only to see Giri making a diving save. Lopchan missed two more clear goal scoring chances before Karki struck for APF.
    Karki rounded up two Sherpa defenders before firing past Giri. Sherpa controlled the second half and created several goal scoring moves but they failed to penetrate a stubborn APF defense line. APF coach Sudeep Shrestha said there was no room to be content with the performance.
    “The boys were not able to play well specially in the second half and we missed many scoring chances in the first half as well. I don’t think it was a good performance from us,” said Shrestha. His Sherpa counterpart Bijendra Pudasaini was satisfied with the team’s display.
    “It has been a tiring week for us because we came here after competing in the Mai Valley Gold Cup. I think APF did well from the defense line,” said Pudasaini. On Saturday, Nepal Police Club will take on Chyasal Youth Club.

    Life & Style

    Fiction Park

    The White Lilac

    Anjila Wosti, Mar 24 2019
    The dark—it frightens, it soothes. The light—it resurrects, it hurts. The mirror—it troubles, it reminds him of what he has lost—her.
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    Saturday Features

    Internet cafés or ‘wangbas’ in China create a space for internet addicts

    Tripty Tamang Pakhrin
    Internet cafés in China have created a new space where people lose themselves within the virtual world of online gaming--a chance to explore an experimental world without any impediment.

    'Nepalis come across a huge wall that divides one part of the world from another'

    Avasna Pandey
    The presence of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah at the helm has only made things worse. These people are bent on hardening borders, rather than dissolving them.

    The beatmaker

    On a cold and rainy winter’s day, 19-year-old Sagun Khadka sits at a cafe in Jhamsikhel, listening to hip-hop on his headphones.

    Shreesha Bhandari’s Athot deserves to be read by young people seeking guidance

    Without failing to shed light on the importance of time, Athot stresses that what we failed to do in our lives are not less important than what we actually did. 

    Guffadi: Our Oli government is not a communist but a truly wild capitalist party

    Once again, let us congratulate our Oli government for passing the Medical Mafia Bill. Now, Dr KC should go home and rest.

    Celebrating a century

    Prakash Chandra Timilsena
    Calmly seated in a chariot pulled by her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, Mayju Maharjan observes her fifth janko—a rare ritual, called Mahadivya Ratharohan, where an elder is celebrated for completing 108 years, eight months, eight days, eight hours, and eight seconds around the sun. 

    The paper trail

    Prakash Chandra Timilsena
    In 1995, 50-year-old Nima Sherpa moved from Dolakha to Kathmandu with a plan—he was going to take traditional Nepali lokta paper to the world. Sherpa had realised that products made of lokta, which were easily available in his village, could make it big in the international market.

    Life and art are inextricably blended into each other

    Timothy Aryal
    Mekh Limbu’s art needs little elaboration. It speaks the truth, laid out for all to see and reflect on. It’s real; it’s quiet, keening and sharp. Take his installation ‘How I Forgot My Mother Tongue’, for instance, which was part of the Opposite Dreams exhibition displayed during the Photo Kathmandu festival last year.

    Raamesh Koirala’s book about Charles Sobhraj is confused, leaving the reader unsure of whether this is a memoir or a novel

    Pranaya SJB Rana
    Raamesh Koirala’s new book about the notorious serial killer Charles Sobhraj is a strange animal. Although ostensibly presented as a non-fiction memoir written by the cardiac surgeon who operated on Sobhraj’s heart, the copyright page of the book asserts that “This is a work of fiction.” Perhaps this was an (glaring) oversight on the part of the publisher, but given the manner in which the book unfolds, it might be an accurate characterisation.