New Information Technology bill could kill innovation in Nepal, experts warn

  • Critics of the government’s new bill say it will add more red tape for internet companies
Bhrikuti Rai, Feb 20 2019
A new Information Technology bill proposed by the KP Sharma Oli administration has alarmed rights advocates as well as IT entrepreneurs, who say the law is not in line with the government’s messages about Nepal being open for business opportunities and foreign investment, and could stifle innovation in the country’s nascent but growing information technology sector.
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Cabinet reshuffle on cards ahead of the Investment Summit

  • Two top ruling party leaders taking updates and reports on ministers’ performance, party insiders say
ANIL GIRI, Feb 21 2019
POST PHOTO: ARJUN SHAH
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is considering reshuffling his Cabinet, removing some ministers and changing the portfolios of others at a time when the performance of the government has been facing criticism from several quarters, including some sections of the ruling party.
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Hundreds of Nepali students in limbo after a tech college in Australia gets deregistered

BINOD GHIMIRE, Kathmandu, Feb 21 2019
PHOTO COURTESY: KNOWLEDGE REVIEW
Uncertainty looms over the future of hundreds of Nepali students enrolled in an Australia-based technical institution as the country’s regulator for vocational and training sector deregistered the college after it failed to abide by existing education rules.

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Bangladesh building fire kills at least 70, toll could climb

Reuters, Dhaka, Feb 21 2019
Firefighters work at the scene of a fire that broke out at a chemical warehouse in Dhaka, Bangladesh February 21, 2019. Photo courtesy: REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain
A fast-moving fire killed at least 78 when it swept through a historic district of Bangladesh's capital Dhaka.

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Main News

Bridge project by Pappu Construction moving at snail’s pace

SHIVA PURI, Feb 21 2019
Pappu Construction has resumed the construction of a bridge over Lalbakaiya River at Tikuliyaghat in Rautahat district. However, locals claim that the construction work is going on at a snail’s pace.
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Nirmala will get justice: PM Oli

ARJUN SHAH, Feb 21 2019
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that the Nirmala Pant rape and murder case has tarnished the image of Nepal in the international arena.
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Ward chair accused of beating local woman

Post Report, Feb 21 2019
A ward chairman from Puthauttarganga Rural Municipality in Rukum (East) has been charged of beating a local woman.
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Khumaltar Youth Club dispatched Pulchowk Sports Club 3-1 in the Martyrs Memorial ‘B’ Division League at the ANFA complex in Satdobato on Wednesday.

The victory means Khumaltar finally opened their account after three consecutive defeats and climbed one place up to fifth in Group ‘B’ standings. Pulchowk are placed third in the six-team pool with six points from four matches.

Pulchowk got on the scoresheet in the seventh minute after unmarked Tika Raj Gurung tapped in a simple goal of a Arjun Kumar Rana cross from the right wing. Pulchowk could have added more woes on Khumaltar in the ninth minute had goalkeeper Anish Shrestha not blocked Tika Raj Gurung’s attempt from eight yards out in one-on-one encounter.

In the 28th minute, Khumaltar’s Arun Shrestha made most out of the freekick that was awarded when Bishnu Ale Magar tripped Sabin KC at the edge of the area. Arun placed the ball nicely for Niran Shrestha to slam the volley into the net and make it 1-1. Pulchowk paid the price for not capitalizing on their goal scoring      chances. In the 30th minute, Tika Raj Gurung shot wide in what could have been a simple tap in for goal following a cross from Arjun Kumar Rana.

Two minutes later, Rana charged towards Khumaltar goal, rounded off the goalkeeper but his attempted cross to his teammate at the far side was timely intercepted by the custodian. Despite the Pulchowk pressure, Khumaltar had the opportunity to break free in the 36th minute only for Sabin KC to chip the ball wide of the far post in one-on-one with goalkeeper Rembo Kumar Chaudhary.

Khumaltar were more assertive in the second half. In the 47th minute, KC dribbled the ball and beat custodian Chaudhary but Rana arrived just in time to deflect the striker’s attempt on goal from a few yards from the post. Seven minutes later, Khumaltar took the lead after Ashik Pariyar found back of the net connecting a Sabin KC cross almost from a point blank range.

 Khumaltar should have added to their tally in the 72nd minute had not custodian Chaudhary punched KC’s shot in another one-on-one encounter. In the 84th minute, KC missed another scoring chance from inside the area as he mistimed his shot. Seven minutes later, KC finally hammered the final nail into the Pulchowk coffin slotting in a relatively straightforward chip in over goalkeeper Chaudhary after a through ball from Arun Shrestha.

Satdobato Youth Club and Ranipokhari Corner Team (RCT) played a drab goalless  draw in the second match of the day. The result did not change the Group ‘A’ standings as Satdobato still lead the table with eight points from four matches, while RCT retained fourth place with five points from four games.

Life & Style

Book Review

A story of deferred dreams

Saroj GC, Feb 15 2019
While conflict is one of the prominent agents of social change and transformation, it naturally has more heinous and notorious repercussions. It can be infinitely menacing and equally dehumanising.
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Fiction Park

An unlikely crush

Pooja Dhakal, Feb 17 2019
Even though the whole day, a midsummer day, had been swelteringly hot, the atmosphere drastically cooled off as the fat old sun began to set. The gentle breeze teased the flower buds and the branches of the trees were thrown into a sudden oscillation. My hair, too, was swaying with it.
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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

ABANI MALLA
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

MOHAN GURAGAIN
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

Guffadi
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.