Don't judge election security from small untoward incidents: EC

    Nov 21 2017

    The Election Commission has said minor untoward incidents that have occurred sporadically could not be made a basis to assert that the entire security arrangement is weak.

    High level election security committee coordinator, Sudhir Kumar Sah, informed that a meeting held among security agencies and top government officials have made thorough review of election security and decided to take action against anyone-group and forces-involved in foiling the upcoming federal parliamentary and provincial assembly elections.

    The Election Commissioner Saha said, "We have ample security forces, resources and effective channel of communication. We're sure about peaceful election. One can't say election security is weak only by taking into account some minor incidents."

    According to him, coordination and cooperation among political parties, candidates, voters and other stakeholders would be maintained smooth. Some 272,000 security persons have been mobilised for the election security.

    He further said State's presence is everywhere to ensure fear-free atmosphere to the voters.

    During the meeting, Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav expressed the belief that the security agencies would work in well coordination to make the elections successful. RSS

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      NHRC member Prakash Wasti showcases a report on Local Level Elections 2017 during a programme organised in the Capital in commemoration of the completion of the 11 years of signing of the Comprehensive Peace Accord ( November 21, 2006) on Tuesday. RSS
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      A private television station in the Afghan capital came under attack on Tuesday by a number of gunmen who broke into the building after an explosion, Reuters reported quoting officials.

      A tweet from the station’s Twitter account said staffers reported several casualties inside the building and staff members reached by telephone said between two and five people appeared to have been killed.

      Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid said casualties were feared but he said the number was still unclear.

      He said the attack began with an explosion at the gate of the station followed by gunmen who stormed in. One of the attackers was killed immediately but others fought off security forces with hand grenades.

      As the attack unfolded, Shamshad TV, a Pashto language broadcaster, stopped normal programing, transmitting only a still image.

      There was no immediate indication of the identity of the attackers but Taliban insurgents issued an immediate denial that they were involved.

      The attack is the latest in a series of assaults on Afghan journalists and media workers. Last year seven members of Afghanistan’s largest private television station, Tolo, were killed by a Taliban suicide bomber.



      Nepal shared points with hosts Thailand after their opening day match of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Asia Qualifiers was washed out due to rain in Bangkok on Monday.

      Electing to field first at the Terdthai Cricket Ground, Nepal restricted Thailand to 90-6 in 20 overs. Nepal were 10 without loss from 3.4 overs in reply before rain intervened and washed out the remainder of the game. Jyoti Pandey (four) and Sarita Magar (five) were opening the innings for Nepal. 
      Earlier, Thailand began their innings briskly after Nattakan Chantam and Sirintra Saengsakaorat (five) collected 19 runs in the first two overs. Skipper Rubin Chhetri applied brakes on the run flow getting rid of Saengsakaorat in the third over. Sarita Magar soon removed opener Chantam and followed her wicket with another dismissal of Nattaya Boochatham (two) in a space of 14 balls as Thailand began to struggle.
      Two run outs then reduced Thailand to 42-5 in nine overs but Naruemol Chaiwai anchored the innings with two notable partnerships. She added 26 runs for the sixth wicket with skipper Sornarin Tippoch (15) and unbeaten 22 runs with Chanida Sutthiruang who made a run-a-ball 13. Chaiwai top scored for her side with a 37-ball 23, while opener Chantam struck 18 from 18 hitting the only two boundaries of Thai innings. 
      Sarita was the pick of the Nepal bowlers taking 2-11 from four overs, while Chhetri’s figures read 1-22 from four. Nepal will now meet Hong Kong at the same ground on Tuesday. The tournament sends the top two teams into the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Global Qualifiers to be held in the Netherlands. Two teams after the round robin league will meet in the final. 
      In other matches of the day, Hong Kong defeated Malaysia by 35 runs. Batting first, Hong Kong made 77-7 from 20 overs and bundled out Malaysia for 42 in 17 overs. United Arab Emirates, meanwhile, stunned China by 16 runs in a match reduced to five overs due to rain. UAE made 40-1 and stopped China at 24-2.

      A nine-member Nepali football team was announced on Sunday for 2018 Street Child World Cup slated for May 19-27 in Moscow, Russia. 

      Shelter Ashraya Nepal, a non-government organisation, has initiated Nepal’s participation in the World Cup to be organised before the Fifa World Cup scheduled for June 14 to July 15 same year. The tournament will feature 24 teams—12 each in boys’ and girls’ categories—of U-17 age category from 22 countries. But Nepal will field only boys’ team for the event. The seven-a-side tournament will be played over 40 minutes. 
      The Nepali players were picked after organising a three-day selection tournament in September in Kathmandu. The selection tournament was held between 14 teams of 15 institutions who have been giving shelter to street children and orphans. According to Khusbu Oli, the president of Shelter Ashraya, head coach Rajan Neupane and Anfa coach Nabin Maharjan facilitated them is selecting the squad. “The selected players are undergoing training with Anfa assistance. We believe the players will represent whole Nepal in the World Cup rather than specific institutions,” said Oli. 
      Besides the nine players, Shelter Ashraya also selected five reserved players. Aron Karki is the goalkeeper of the team while Manbir Lama and Bikash Timsina are 
      the defenders. 
      Rohan Bhusal, Ramesh Shah, Sachin BK and Santosh Khatri are the midfielders. Harsha Thakuri and Pawan Shahi are the strikers. The five reserved players include Bishal Badi, Raju, Rosan Kami, Raju Badi and Jiwit Kumar Tharu. 

      Nepal take on hosts Thailand on the inaugural day of the Asian zone ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in Bangkok on Monday. 

      The top two teams after the round robin league, in the six-nation event, will meet in the final and qualify for 2018 ICC Women's World T20 Global Qualifiers in the Netherlands. Apart from Nepal and hosts Thailand, others in the fray include Hong Kong, China, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Malaysia. Nepal next play Hong Kong the following day before tackling the UAE on Thursday, Malaysia on Friday and China on Sunday. Top two teams from the round robin league will play for the title on November 27. (PR)

      Himalayan Sherpa Club advanced to the semi-finals of the first Chandragiri Gold Cup football tournament with a 3-0 rout of Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) Club in Naikap on Friday. Heman Gurung scored a brace and Piyus Henry added the third goal for the Sherpas. 

      Sherpas will now take on Tribhuvan Army Club on Sunday for a place in the final. The other semi-final pits Friends Club against Sankata on Saturday.

      Gurung gave Sherpas an early 14th minute lead, converting a fierce shot from the edge of the box. Man-of-the-match Gurung doubled his team’s tally in the 74the minute as the forward cut past three APF defenders before firing home the goal. Henry rubbed more salts to the APF would scoring the third in the 87th minute.

      The champions will walk away with Rs 500,000 and the runners-up will receive Rs 250,000. The best player and top scorer of the tournament are assured of Rs 30,000 cash rewards. (PR)

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