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Rautahat returns to normalcy following Morcha, police clash

    Post Report, Feb 26 2017
    Situation at BP Chowk in Rautahat has returned to normalcy following clash between police and cadres of Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha on Sunday.
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    TU directs campuses to conduct FSU polls on slated date

      Post Report, Feb 26 2017

      Tribhuvan University on Sunday directed its affiliated campuses to conduct Free Student Union election on the scheduled date of March 1.

      FSU Election Central Monitoring and Coordination Committee member secretary Ganga Bahadur Magar issued a circular and directed the campuses to make changes to the election table and conduct the election on the scheduled date. The circular directs the colleges to complete the election by 10 am on February 25 and 26. Earlier the elections were slated for February 25 and 26.

      Campuses where the time table was halted from the beginning should also follow it, directs the committee.

      Secretary Magar informed only 22 of the 60 campuses registered candidates for the election due to padlocking and obstruction by disgruntled student unions. Magar said the padlocking in campuses will be opened and talks were being held with student unions, TU officials and campuses.

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      Police arrest 7 suspects in Tiwari murder case, mastermind Pun still at large

        Madhav Dhungana, Feb 26 2017
        Bhairahawa Police have arrested seven suspects in connection with the murder of CPN-UML aligned Youth Association Nepal Rupandehi Chairman Durga Tiwari. Tiwari, a resident of Devdaha Municipality-7, was murdered on December 19, 2016.
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        Providing health services to poor people is top priority: Minister Thapa

        Kathmandu, Feb 26 2017
        Health Minister Gagan Kumar Thapa has said that providing health services to poor people was the top priority of the Ministry.

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        Main News

        Amendment bill will be endorsed at any cost: NC

        Feb 26 2017
        Nepali Congress has said the constitution amendment bill would be passed at any cost.
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        Maoist leader Pun discharged from Grande, to fly to Bangkok

        Post Report, Feb 26 2017
        CPN (Maoist Center) leader Barsha Man Pun has been discharged from Grande Hospital on Sunday.
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        Nepse slips on profit booking

        Post Report, Feb 26 2017
        Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse) last week lost 6.39 points to close at 1,337.46 points, as investors rushed to book profits amid rising prices.
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        Money

        World

        A Cairo court acquitted one of deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's closest aides in a retrial in a corruption case, state news agency MENA reported on Saturday.

        While courts have absolved several Mubarak-era officials, they have been handing down lengthy sentences to liberal and Islamist activists in cases ranging from protesting to committing acts of violence.

        Zakaria Azmi, Mubarak's former chief of staff, was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2012 and fined 36.4 million Egyptian pounds ($6 million) on charges of making illegal gains.

        But in 2013, the appeals court ordered a retrial in that case in , and a separate criminal court ordered his release.

        Entertainment

        Sports

        Napoli's remote hopes of overhauling Serie A leaders Juventus were dealt a possibly fatal blow when they lost 2-0 at home to Atalanta on Saturday and the Turin side ploughed on by beating Empoli by the same score.

        Mattia Caldara netted both goals for Serie A's surprise packages Atalanta who won despite having Frank Kessie sent off after being booked twice in the space of three minutes.

        An own goal by Empoli goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski set Juventus on their way to a 30th consecutive home league win and Alex Sandro added the second.

        The results left Juventus 10 points clear of second-placed AS Roma, who host Inter Milan on Sunday, with Napoli a further two points back in third. Atalanta climbed to fourth, only three points behind their opponents.

        Caldara headed Atalanta in front following a corner after 28 minutes and the defender, who is on loan from Juventus, scored the second after 70 minutes with an acrobatic volley.

        That goal came just after Kessie was dismissed having been booked for a rough tackle on Amadou Diawara and three minutes later for fouling Lorenzo Insigne.

        “The Champions League seems a bit of an exaggeration. It’s for Juventus, Roma and Napoli, but not for us," Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini said.

        "But we can dream of Europe. A victory in a stadium like this gives us credibility and we can think big."

        Empoli managed to keep Juventus at bay for 45 minutes but were undone by an unlucky twist seven minutes into the second half.

        Mario Mandzukic met Juan Cuadrado's cross with a powerful header which Skorupski touched on to the crossbar but the ball bounced down over the line and an own goal was awarded against the Pole.

        Sandro made sure of the points when the collected the ball with his back to goal, held off his marker and scored with a shot on the turn.

        Defending champions India Railways and Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) Club began with victory inthe Prime Minister Cup Women’s Volleyball Tournament here on Saturday.

        Railways defeated winners of the first edition Nepal Police Club 25-12, 25-16, 25-14 and last year’s runners-up APF eased to a 25-17, 25-5, 25-6 victory over Barshat Association Club.

        A total of six teams, including two from India, are participating in the tournament that offers a cash prize of Rs 111,000 to the champions. The first and second runners-up will get Rs 55,000 and Rs 35,000 respectively. (PR) 

        Himalayan Sherpa Club edged Jhapa XI 2-1 in extra time to enter the semi-finals of the 19th TIlottama Gold Cup football tournament on Saturday.

        At the Anfa Technical Centre, African recruit Alex scored a 110th minute winner to seal the last eight spot for the Sherpas who had taken the lead in the 37th minute through Chetan Kumar Tharu.

        Jhapa hit back three minutes later through Sanjog Rai who headed home a cross from Nishant Khadka. Sherpas missed several goal scoring chances but their luck finally struck in the last minute of the game when Alex headed a pass from another African recruit Alen. In the quarter-finals, Sherpas will take on the winners of Monday’s match between Sankata Club and Tribhuvan Army Club. On Sunday, Rupandehi XI will meet Dharan FC. (PR)

        Health & Style

        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.