Central bank sets maximum interest rate spread at 4.5pc

    RAJESH KHANAL, Feb 20 2019
    Nepal Rastra Bank has directed commercial banks to maintain the spread rate at a maximum of 4.5 percent by the end of the current fiscal year ending mid-July. The central bank issued the directive through its mid-term review of the Monetary Policy released on Monday.
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    Proposed National Muslim Commission Chairman Ansari has two birth dates

      Sanjaya Lama, Feb 20 2019
      The Parliamentary Hearing Committee has started an investigation into Samim Miya Ansari, the chairman nominee of the National Muslim Commission. 
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      Culprit(s) involved in rape and murder of Nirmala Pant will be booked: PM

        ARJUN SHAH, Feb 20 2019
        Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that the Nirmala Pant rape and murder case has tarnished the image of Nepal at the international level.
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        Ruling party students smear soot on face of TU’s Assistant Dean for ‘sexual advances at student’

        Post Report, Kathmandu, Feb 20 2019
        Students aligned with the ruling party have smeared black soot on the face of Baubalal Sah, Assistant Dean at the Department of Education, Tribhuvan University, for allegedly misbehaving with a female student.

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        Caught out or not out?

        ADARSHA DHAKAL, Kathmandu, Feb 20 2019
        Nepal’s Sarita Magar (right) celebrates after taking a wicket against Malaysia during the ICC Women’s World Cup Asia Qualifier match in Bangkok, Thailand on Tuesday. Nepal defeated Malaysia by 34 runs. PHOTO COURTESY: CRICKET ASSOCIATION OF THAILAND
        Two years ago, a 30-year-old cricket enthusiast, Ravi Khanal, from Attariya, the country’s Farwest, pondered over promoting women’s cricket by introducing a franchise-based league.

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        More than 95 percent private hospitals operating from rented residential buildings

        Arjun Poudel, Kathmandu, Feb 20 2019
        Over 95 percent private hospitals in the country are found to be operating out of rented residential buildings that have no proper patient safety measures.

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        Police arrest rape, murder suspect

        Dhanusha police arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with the rape and murder of 11-year-old Reshma (Dutiya) Rasaili at Mithila Municipality-3 in the district on Wednesday night.

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        Main News

        Three percent of Kanchanpur folks infected with elephantiasis

        BHAWANI BHATTA, Feb 20 2019
        Around three percent of the total population in Kanchanpur district were found to be suffering from Lymphatic Filariasis, commonly known as elephantiasis
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        Water Supply Ministry transfers Secretary Gajendra Kumar Thakur

        CHANDAN KUMAR MANDAL, Feb 20 2019
        The Melamchi project has slipped into yet another controversy after the government transferred the secretary at the Ministry of Water Supply.
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        Deepak Raj Joshee resigns as Supreme Court justice

        TIKA R PRADHAN, Feb 20 2019
        After staying on a leave for about a month and a half, Deepak Raj Joshee resigned as a Supreme Court justice on Tuesday. He was the senior most justice at the apex court.
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        Arts and Entertainment


        The third edition of Pinkathon, franchise running event organised with a view to encourage healthy lifestyle of women, set to be held on Saturday in Kathmandu and will have participation of more than 2000 runners.
        “We have already received registration of 1,700 runners. Though the registrations at all centres have closed it is still open at Durbarmarg counter and will open until Friday. We are expecting more entries and it will close once it reaches 2500,” said Namraj Joshi, the managing director of the Leisure Port Nepal Pvt Ltd, the franchise holder in Nepal, on Tuesday.
        Pinkathon was founded by Indian model, actor, film producer and fitness promoter Milind Soman. It is claimed to be India’s biggest women’s run and is currently held across eight cities in India. The event will start from Nepal Police headquarters and will feature three categories—21km, 10km and 5km races. Top three finishers in the half marathon will get Rs 51,000, Rs 31,000 and Rs 21,000. The podium finishers in the 10km event will get Rs 31,000, Rs 21,000 and Rs 11,000 and the winner of 5km will get Rs 11,000. Athlete breaking the national record will get Rs 1,000 per second from the time she breaks the record.
        The participants will have zumba session with Soman and zumba team led by Keshav Thapa before the event kicks off. Niti Shah, the goodwill ambassador of the event and former miss Nepal international, said that the objective of the event was to empower women and motivate them to adopt healthy lifestyle. “It is important to remain healthy and we want to impart message to every women to do exercise which is very much important in the life,” she said.

        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

        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

        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

        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.