Int'l flight operations resume at Kathmandu airport from 11:35am

    SANGAM PRASAIN, Apr 20 2018
    Photo courtesy: Prajol Thapa via Facebook
    Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) resumed international flight operations from 11:35am on Friday after a suspension of over 12 hours.
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    Disgruntled RJPN leaders form new party

      Post Report, Apr 20 2018
      Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJPN) Vice Chairman Ashok Kumar Yadav on Friday quit the party to form a new party under his leadership.
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      Minister Gyawali stresses people-to-people connectivity between Nepal, China

        Anuj Kumar Adhikari, Apr 20 2018
        Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali has stressed on people-to-people connectivity between Nepal and China for enhancing the friendship between the two neighbouring countries.
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        Two panels vying for ECAN leadership

        Binod Ghimire, Kathmandu, Apr 20 2018
        Educational Consultancies Association of Nepal (ECAN), an umbrella body of over 300 education consultancies, has geared up for its general convention where two panels are vying for the leadership for next two years.

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        Climbing Everest has become quite safe now, says Messner

        SANGAM PRASAIN, Kathmandu, Apr 20 2018
        A general view of Mt Everest.
        World renowned mountaineer Reinhold Messner said Thursday that climbing Everest had become quite safe and economical as there were around thousand of hopeful Everesters every year, even as charges continue to be raised against lax attitudes to safety on the world’s tallest peak.

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        Transport committees show ‘signs of retreat’

        CHANDAN KUMAR MANDAL, Kathmandu, Apr 20 2018
        Transport committees have threatened to halt services. Post file Photo
        Public transport entrepreneurs, who are protesting the government’s announcement to ban their committees or associations for ending syndicates in the sector, are getting increasingly cornered and isolated.

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        NC CWC meeting postponed till April 22

        Kathmandu, Apr 20 2018
        The Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting of the Nepali Congress (NC) summoned for Friday has been postponed till April 22.

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        Main News

        Manange sent to Dillibazar prison to serve sentence

        Post Report, Apr 20 2018
        Notorious don Deepal Manange, who was arrested in the Capital on Thursday, has been sent to Dillibazar prison to serve his sentence on Friday.
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        Man dies in Pyuthan fire

        Post Report, Apr 20 2018
        A senior citizen was killed and five homes were destroyed in a fire at Aatiodar village of Sarumarani Rural Municipality-6 in Pyuthan on Thursday. Police said 75-year-old Rewat Bahadur Thapa died in the incident. Police are investigating into the cause of the fire.
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        Man rapes teen daughter

        Post Report, Apr 20 2018
        Police have arrested a man on charge of raping his 14-year-old daughter at Krishnapur Municipality-2 in Kanchanpur district.
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        Money

        World

        At least 21 revellers were killed en route to a wedding when their truck flew off a bridge, police said Wednesday, the latest horrific crash on India’s accident-prone roads, AFP reported.

        The truck, carrying more than 40 passengers, smashed through a protective railing in central Madhya Pradesh state late Tuesday and plunged nearly 20 metres to a dry river-bed below.

        Police in Sidhi district said 21 people were injured, most of them critically, in the accident some 560 kilometres from the state capital Bhopal.

        “Several teams of police and emergency services were rushed to rescue the injured. Most of the injured were in a critical condition,” local police officer Vishal Sharma told AFP.

        The immediate cause of the accident was unknown but Sharma said the driver was likely speeding.

        India has some of the world’s deadliest roads with more than 200,000 fatalities annually, according to the World Health Organisation.

        Last week, at least 30 people, including 27 children, were killed in northern Himachal Pradesh state when a school bus plunged off a cliff.

        The next day, 18 people were killed when a truck packed with labourers overturned on a highway in western India.

        Most accidents are blamed on poor roads, badly-maintained vehicles and reckless driving.

        Commercial drivers are largely unregulated, meaning many work long hours through the night, raising the danger of them falling asleep at the wheel, campaigners say.

         

        A well-known gay rights lawyer and environmental advocate burned himself to death in New York City on Saturday in a grisly protest against ecological destruction, the Associated Press reported.

        The charred remains of 60-year-old David Buckel were found by passers-by in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. Police said he was pronounced dead at about 6:30 a.m.

        The Daily News reports that Buckel left a suicide note in a shopping cart near his body that said he hoped his death was "honorable" and "might serve others."

        The New York Times said it received an emailed copy of the note, which also said, "Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result — my early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves."

        Buckel was the lead attorney in in a lawsuit involving Brandon Teena, a transgender man who was murdered in Nebraska. Hilary Swank won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Teena in the 1999 movie "Boys Don't Cry."

        Buckel also served as marriage project director at Lambda Legal, a national organization that fights for LGBT rights, where he was the strategist behind same-sex marriage cases in New Jersey and Iowa.

        Susan Sommer, a former Lambda Legal attorney who is now the general counsel for the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice in New York City, told the Times that Buckel "was all about justice, but he was also all about what it means to be human."

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        Sommer added, "He was a very smart and methodical lawyer. He knew his craft and his trade and was strategic in how to build the blocks toward a sweeping victory."

         

        At least 100 people were killed in a military plane crash in Algeria on Wednesday, local media said, Reuters reported.

        Local news website TSA said 105 people had died, quoting what it called provisional figures from the civil service.

        A statement from the defense ministry confirming the crash gave no casualty toll.

        Entertainment

        General

        Man dies in Pyuthan fire

        Post Report, Apr 20 2018
        A senior citizen was killed and five homes were destroyed in a fire at Aatiodar village of Sarumarani Rural Municipality-6 in Pyuthan on Thursday. Police said 75-year-old Rewat Bahadur Thapa died in the incident. Police are investigating into the cause of the fire.
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        INTERVIEW

        Lack of a cost conscious culture has allowed those in govt to believe they can spend the state’s money as they like

        Apr 16 2018
        The Auditor General’s annual report presented to President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Thursday has only reinforced what preliminary audits of financial transactions indicated—most federal units are far from compliant to standard accounting practices. And these discrepancies in book keeping, it seems, are not confined to the local levels, pointing to a serious lack of financial accountabiilty country-wide. Mukul Humagain and Prithvi Man Shrestha talked to Auditor General Tankamani Sharma about the reasons behind this recurring financial indiscipline.
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        Sports

        The Players’ Association (PA) under the All Nepal Football Association on Thursday urged the football governing body to hold its election at the earliest to pave way for the long-stalled top-tier league to resume.

        “It seems unlikely that league will resume before election. So, we urge the stakeholders to hold the election at the earliest and create favourable environment to organise the league,” said national football team captain Biraj Maharjan, who is also the vice president of PA. The top-tier league has been stalled since 2014-15 season.

        “The domestic football is has been hit hard in the last three years. Players from top-tier to the lower tier are all suffering from the lack of football. Financially we used to get paid throughout the years due to the busy schedule. But now we hardly our salary for five or six months,” Maharjan added. “Some of the good players as well as coaches and technical manpowers have already deserted football in search of better future. Any many more will be soon following their suits due to the dearth of football activities. So we hope the Anfa election will pave the way for renewal of football activities in the country.”

        Former national team captain and coach Hari Khadka stressed on the urgent need of holding election not just to avoid suspension from Fifa and AFC but also smooth functioning of domestic football.

        “In the absence of Anfa body, Nepal’s Saff Championship preparations in September might as well hit hard,” said Khadka.  Khadka also feared that AFC or Fifa may not release development fund until a new committee was in place.

        All Nepal Football Association (Anfa) on Thursday furnished a written reply to the Patan High Court and also submitted an application to vacate the writ petition filed by Makawanpur and Bhaktapur District Football Associations (FAs) seeking election postponement of the football governing body of Nepal.

        Acting on the FAs petition, the Patan High Court had on March 22 ordered Anfa not the go ahead with its scheduled election. Anfa election was originally set for January 25 but has since been postponed four times on various pretext in the last four months, the last of which was put off indefinitely on March 22 due to the court stay order.

        Anfa had failed to hold the election of Bhaktapur and Makawanpur  districts due to controversy over the representatives for the General Assembly. The Patan High Court had stayed the Anfa election acting on the writ petition filed by Bhaktapur District Football Association president Gautam Sukhaju and Makawanpur District Football Association vice president Manish Shrestha. The duo had stated in their petition that Anfa had violated their rights to participate in the election.

        But following the court verdict, Anfa conducted the election of Bhaktapur FA on April 10 and Makawanpur FA on April 6. “Besides furnishing a reply to the Court, we also submitted application to vacate the writ petition filed but the concerned FAs since their demands for participation in the election are already addressed,” Anfa president Narendra Shrestha said.

        “The next hearing is set for April 25  and we will be able to hold election  10 days after the court verdict,” said the Anfa president. As for the demands of Manish and Gautam the Anfa president said: “Gautam had agreed to withdraw his case from the court but Sukhaju is insisting on ensuring his candidacy in the executive committee election. We are looking for a legal remedy to address his demand. Otherwise, the election committee will go as per the directives of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).” 

         

         

        Health & Style

        Fiction Park

        The call

        Pratik Mainali, Apr 15 2018
        We’re so sorry, sir. The boys mistakenly wired your phone to Mr Karki’s,” said the man in charge, timidly. He couldn’t even look Raghu in the eye.
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        Escalate

        Strictly business: The 3Ps of business: Product, placement & publicity

        Apr 16 2018
        In 2009, Dilip Kundlia started his own skincare product line, Oshea Herbals, after gaining working knowledge with cosmetic brands in India. Oshea Herbals, an Indian cosmetic brand, which started its journey nine years ago, has a wide range of cosmetic products from skin care to colour cosmetics.
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        Saturday Features

        Viplavi

        Sanjit Bhakta Pradhananga
        It is nearly 5 pm and the cloistered neighbourhood of Nhaikantala in Asan feels exhausted from a hectic day of shoppers streaming in and out of its jewellery and electronic stores.

        Writing is an ageless art

        Born in Kathmandu and raised in Okhaldhunga, Bhadra Kumari Ghale is a significant personality in contemporary Nepali history. Eighty-seven-year-old Ghale who is a social worker, painter, women’s right activist, and former minister, is also an author with over 140 books to her name. In this conversation with Post's Abijeet Pant, Ghale talks about her love for literature and what inspires her to keep writing. Excerpts:

        The new chief in town!

        Guffadi
        Nepal Police has a new IGP. It’s always big news when the time comes for Nepal Police to get a new person to head the institution.

        When one road stops, another begins

        Anand Vijay Gurung
        The winding road smoothes down and runs parallel to the broad, calm river.

        Wide roads do not A Great city make

        Pranaya SJB Rana
        Two weeks ago, Kathmandu’s streets turned once again into a battleground between those asserting power and those challenging it. This time, Newar activists and homeowners went up against the might of the burgeoning neoliberal state.

        Starting anew

        Saurav Thapa Shrestha
        In between the ever increasing sprawl of Kathmandu and the still-somewhat-ancient metropolis of Bhaktapur is a little town that often slips under the radar of those plying on the Arkino Highway.

        Seduction in print

        Rahul Dhakal
        Seduction of Print Making, a group exhibition of prints, is an ongoing exhibit at the Siddhartha Art Gallery in Babarmahal. The show comprises 199 works by 21 printmakers as well as those by eight guest artists, better known for their facility with media aside from printmaking.

        Not a peep

        OBIE SHRESTHA
        You know you’re watching a masterful horror when the knowledge of an errant nail poking out of the floorboards fills you with as much (if not more) dread as a glimpse of the many-fanged entities at the centre of all the fuss.

        The writer in you never really dies

        When Prakash Pradhananga first started writing, she was only 19 years old. It all started with a letter she was encouraged to write to her Guru.