Unidentified assailants fire bullets at NC local leaders in Dhanusha, one killed

    Post Report, Feb 06 2016

    Nepali Congress local leader Nashim Raya has been shot by some unidentified assailants at Ganeshnath Charman Municipality-2 in Dhansuha district on Saturday. Thirty-five-year-old Raya was booth representative at Nepali Congress’s regional conclave in the district.

    Seriously injured Raya is admitted at Janakpur Hospital. Preparations are underway to bring him to Kathmandu for treatment.

    In the similar incident, NC leader Rajendra Prasad Yadav was shot dead by an unidentified gang at Balabakhar in the district at around 9:30 last night.  He was 50 years old.

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    Over 60 cargo carriers roll into Birgunj after 135 days

    • Border sees brisk vehicular movement after locals remove roadblocks
    BHUSAN YADAV, Feb 06 2016
    post photo: bhusan yadav
    Frustrated by the prolonged protests, local residents and businessmen on Friday forcefully opened the Birgunj-Raxaul border, allowing cargo trucks and vehicles to cross freely into Nepal from neighbouring India.
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    PM to visit India from Feb 19

    Post Report, NEW DELHI, Feb 06 2016
    Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is set to embark on India visit on February 19. Sources at the Nepali Embassy in India said PM Oli would reach New Delhi on the evening of February 19.

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    Deadly earthquake topples buildings in Taiwan city of Tainan

    BBC, Feb 06 2016
    An earthquake has toppled several buildings in the south Taiwan city of Tainan, killing at least three people.

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    Quake-hit school runs classes under open sky

    AASH GURUNG, LAMJUNG, Feb 06 2016
    Bindabasini Primary School of Pachok VDC-3 in Lamjung district uses a land owned by two villagers for the teaching space.
    After the devastating earthquake of April 25, 2015 destroyed the school building of Bindabasini Primary School of Pachok VDC-3 in Lamjung district, the school has been running its classes under the open sky.

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    Main News

    Congress constituency conventions convened

    Post Report, Feb 06 2016
    The Nepali Congress (NC) on Friday held its electoral constituency conventions across the country to elect representatives for the party’s upcoming general convention scheduled to be held in Kathmandu on March 3-6.
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    Mahato talks to Oli, flies to Capital

    Post Report, Feb 06 2016
    Sadbhawana Party Chairman Rajendra Mahato on Friday had separate telephone conversations with Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal on the recent political developments.
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    ICC U-19 world Cup: Nepal go down to B’desh but spirits are still high

    Post Report, Feb 06 2016
    Nepal lost an opportunity to book semi-final berth on Friday as they lost to Bangladesh by six wickets in their ICC U-19 World Cup quarter-final match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur Bangladesh.
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    Money

    Sports

    Australia allrounder Shane Watson was the costliest buy at the Indian Premier League auctions Saturday as he was picked up for $1.4 million by Royal Challengers Bangalore.

    Watson went for five times his base price and will join the likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle who have been retained by Bangalore.

    Watson, who struck an unbeaten 124 against India in a recent T20 game, was bid for aggressively in the opening session which saw Sunrisers Hyderabad buy allrounder Yuvraj Singh for just over one million dollars and Rising Pune Supergiants take England's Kevin Pietersen for $515,000.

    Watson earlier played for Rajasthan Royals, which is suspended for two years along with Chennai Super Kings after their officials were found to be in touch with illegal bookmakers during the 2013 season.

    South African allrounder Chris Morris went for a surprisingly high price of just over a million dollars to Delhi Daredevils which already has his compatriots Jean-Paul Duminy and Quinton de Kock.

    Hyderabad bought pace bowler Ashish Nehra for $810,000 to add to batsmen like Shikhar Dhawan, Australian David Warner and New Zealand's Kane Williamson, and now also Yuvraj.

    Dale Steyn of South Africa and West Indian Dwayne Smith were both bought by Gujarat Lions for identical sums of $339,000 while pace bowler Ishant Sharma was taken by Pune for $560,000.

    A total of 351 players featured in Saturday's auction and they will join players either retained by franchises or players from Chennai and Rajasthan picked by Pune and Gujarat in a draft in December.

    Nepali Women National Football team have begun their South Asian Games (SAG) 2016 campaign with a 3-0 victory over Bangladesh.

    The Nepali team scored all the three goals in the first half of the game that was held at Shillong, India on Friday. With the win, the Nepali team have secured crucial three points.

    Nepal will take on Maldives on Sunday.

    India, Maldives, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka along with Nepal are participating in this edition of SAG.

    The top and first runner-up from the Round Robin league will secure a spot in the finals.

    Health & Style

    Saturday Features

    The tales we tell

    Laxmi Prasad Ngakhusi
    The annual Swasthani Brata Katha commenced on January 31. This festival, based on the holy Hindu book Skandapuran, attracts devotees from across the country to the Sali river—a hub for the festival—in Sankhu, 17km from the Capital.

    In exile

    Atul K Thakur
    Well argued, well attempted—Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights is among the most readable works of Salman Rushdie

    Desis know best

    Guffadi
    Let us congratulate our Madhesi netas for running across the border to seek blessings from Bihari politicians regarding their protest programmes. It’s not only the clowns from Madhes but almost everyone except Bijukche who get both moral and financial support from the Desis to enhance their political career.

    Post-festival dispatch

    Pranaya SJB Rana
    The Nepal Literature Festival 2016 was an illuminating and ultimately humbling experience for this scribe

    The chaos of Ra Mailo

    Timothy Aryal
    Ra Mailo, a Nepali contexualisation of French playwright Jean Anouilh’s 1967 play, evokes the absurdities of life

    A stitch in time saves nine

    Lucia de Vries
    How is it possible for puppies to survive when they live in neighbourhoods that want to get rid of them?

    No party for young men

    SARIN GHIMIRE
    With the 13th General Convention of Nepali Congress around the bend, youth leaders are hoping to break the glass ceiling

    Congratulations!

    Guffadi
    Let’s hope that one day, we will learn to honour and respect honest folks instead of bowing down to corrupt clowns. Let’s hope tomorrow will be a better day

    From an atheist to a believer

    Shreya Poudel
    Do you believe in God?” This must be one of the most frequently asked existential questions in the world. For some, they either believe in God or they don’t. For many others, the answer is not so clear.