Bhairahawa int’l airport builder runs out of cash

  • Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal likely to terminate contract with Chinese firm
RUPAK D SHARMA, SANGAM PRASAIN, Feb 27 2017
The Chinese contractor hired to build the Gautam Buddha International Airport at Bhairahawa runs the risk of being “terminated” due to political meddling that led to deterioration of its financial health, subsequently affecting its performance.
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15 amendment papers filed on charter revision

    TIKA R PRADHAN, Feb 27 2017

    The agitating Sanghiya Gathabandhan has registered an amendment proposal to the charter revision bill tabled by the government in Parliament demanding two provinces in the plains.

    As the 72-hour deadline to register amendments ended at 5:45pm on Sunday, as many as 15 proposals were registered.

    With the opposition front led by CPN-UML remaining silent on the ongoing constitution amendment process, Parliament endorsed the proposal to consider deliberations on the bill with majority votes on Thursday.

    Lawmakers affiliated with the alliance of Madhesi and Janajati parties have proposed realignment of the Tarai VDCs of Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari and Chitwan districts with Province 2 and those of Kailali and Kanchanpur districts with Province 5.

    After registering the amendment proposal, Sadbhawana Party leader Laxman Lal Karna said they were for stripping the chairpersons and vice-chairpersons of Village Councils and mayors and deputy mayors of municipalities of their Electoral College voting rights.

    Karna said the Gathabandhan was hopeful that the government would garner a two-thirds majority on the amendment proposal if not on the registered revisions.

    “The government will be responsible if it fails to garner the two-thirds majority required to endorse the amendment proposal,” Karna said.

    On behalf of the Gathabandhan, eight lawmakers registered reviews to the amendment bill. The paper was signed by Sarbendra Nath Sukla and Mina Chaudhary of the Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party, Laxman Lal Karna and Narsingh Chaudhary of the Sadbhawana Party, Dimple Kumari Jha of Nepal Sadbhawana Party, Dharmendra Kumar Sah Teli of Rastriya Madhes Samajbadi Party, Rukmini Chaudhary of Samyukta Loktantrik Rastriya Manch (Tharuhat) and Hari Charan Sah of Nepali Janata Dal.

    Meanwhile, four disgruntled leaders of the ruling Nepali Congress and CPN (Maoist Centre) registered amendments on the government’s proposal demanding that Province 5 should not be split. Deputy leader of the Maoist Centre Parliamentary Party Top Bahadur Rayamajhi, and Chandra Kanta Bhandari, Amar Singh Pun and Dhanaraj Gurung of the Nepali Congress jointly registered amendments to the bill. The four leaders have been speaking publicly against the government’s proposal to split Province 5.

    Five fringe parties including the Bijaya Kumar Gachhadhar-led Madhesi Janadhikar Forum Loktantrik have also registered a revision to the bill. The proposal seeks to carve out eight provinces in total. A proposed province in the East includes Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Udayapur, Saptari and Siraha. Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari and Udayapur districts are currently in Province 1, and Saptari and Siraha in Province 2.

    Lawmakers including Hari Charan Sah, Kamala Dong, Janaki Kumari Saud (Rawal), Rupa Maharjan (Shrestha), Goma Kunwar and Ram Narayan Bidari have also registered separate reviews.

    Morcha gives govt more time

    KATHMANDU: The Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha deferred its plan to withdraw support to the government on Sunday after getting fresh assurances from the ruling parties of passing the constitution amendment bill before the scheduled local polls. 

    The Morcha had warned of severing ties with the government after the Maoist-Congress coalition announced the date of local level elections. Following Morcha’s warning, the two parties had sought more time for finding consensus for passing the amendments. “The government still says the amendments will be endorsed before 

    the elections. So we decided to wait for some time,” said Anil Kumar Jha, chairman of the Sanghiya Sadbhawana Party. Sunday’s meeting of the agitating parties also reiterated not to take part in the May 14 polls unless the federal and local boundaries are redrawn in line with the agreements reached with the government. (PR)

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    ADB funded projects set record in Nepal

    Post Report, Kathmandu, Feb 27 2017
    The performance of projects funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Nepal “improved notably” in 2016, with the government setting new records in fund disbursement and contract awards.

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    Main News

    Eight suspects arrested in Tiwari murder case

    Madhav Dhungana, Feb 27 2017
    Rupandehi police has arrested eight suspects in connection to the murder of Durga Tiwari, the district chairman of CPN-UML aligned Youth Association Nepal (YAN).
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    EC invites parties to enlist for polls

    Post Report, Feb 27 2017
    The Election Commission on Sunday asked the political parties to register themselves centrally for participation in the local level elections scheduled for May 14.
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    NRA proposes land grant for quake-hit squatters

    Manish Gautam, Feb 27 2017
    Amid the dilemma over how to disburse housing reconstruction funds to the landless people, the National Reconstruction Authority on Sunday proposed a lump sum of Rs100,000 to help families occupying forest land and public spaces purchase land for building homes.
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    Money

    Capital

    106 more CCTV cameras to be installed in Kathmandu

    SAMIPA KHANAL, Feb 27 2017
    An additional 106 CCTV cameras will be installed across Kathmandu Valley by the end of this fiscal year to enhance monitoring and tracking of criminal activities, the Nepal Police has said. New cameras will be installed at various locations along the Balaju-Chabahil road.
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    Entertainment

    Sports

    The first ever AFC Futsal Coaching Course, organised by the All Nepal Football Association (Anfa) under the auspice of the AFC began in Satdobato on Sunday.

    AFC Instructor Hossein Shams in conducting the 6-day Level 1 course. The minimum requirement for the participants is the AFC ‘C’ Coaching Certificate. (PR)

    Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC), Nepal APF Club and Railway India made it to the semi-finals of the fourth PM Cup Women’s Volleyball Championship on Sunday.

    TAC beat Barshat Association of India 25-17, 25-19, 25-17 meaning both Army and APF ensured their places in semis with a game to spare in Group ‘B’.

    Railway defeated hosts Mid-Western Volleyball Team 25-8, 25-3, 25-7. (PR)

    Rupandehi XI advanced to the semi-finals of the Tilottama Gold Cup football tournament with a 2-1 win over Dharan FC on Sunday.

    Laxman Ruchal and Ajay BK scored for Rupandehi. Dharan’s goal came courtesy an own goal from Kalu Thapa.

    Ruchal gave Rupandehi the 11th minute lead only to see Kalu concede an own goal moments later. BK scored the decider in the 37th minute.

    Nepal APF Club will take on Sankata Club on Monday. (PR)

    Health & Style

    Fiction Park

    HER

    Priscilla Prerna Rai, Feb 26 2017
    He was a lean, tall man with a big black moustache, in his late twenties. He had a full head of black hair, almost a mullet but not quite. His skin was swarthy and you could not call him handsome. He was just a tall man.
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    Saturday Features

    What we do in the shadows

    OBIE SHRESTHA
    If you’ve been at all on the fence about whether the new Moonlight will be worth your while, I’m here to tell you to quit your wavering and dive right in.

    Simple matters of the heart

    Timothy Aryal
    In Nepal’s burgeoning music video scene, videos that capture the realities that we face every day and tug at the deepest of our emotions, have proved successful—both as an authentic testament to reality and as lasting pieces of art.

    Cast away

    Leprosy has been feared in almost every culture for hundreds of years due to the deformities and disabilities it can bring along with the mystery surrounding its causes.

    Vignettes: Snatches of my sanity

    Subhaaya Shakya
    The carpenter’s machine whirrs somewhere nearby. It sounds to me like the wailing of a broken person.

    In Transit

    Vidwata Mohta
    When I came to New York last year, I came with two bags, my daughter and my husband. I had left much of my stuff behind when I was packing.

    Go local!

    Guffadi
    Our incompetent government has already announced the date for local elections and we are all excited that we will finally have our own folks representing us in the villages, wards and municipalities.

    Books by barter

    Samikshya Bhattarai
    I love to read, but when I go around town looking for books, they are often either unavailable or a little too expensive,” says Anisha Joshi, a 17-year old student and one of the founders of The Book Barter.

    It takes a village

    Manish Gautam
    Ramesh Rajak was unknowingly acquainted with the night. The 33-year-old resident of Dhobighat would often wake up in the dead of the night and go out for ‘strolls’, disappearing for hours, or worse, days on end. When he was home, he would sit on his concrete terrace for hours, his eyes vacant and staring into the distance.

    Man Utd's Rooney could miss League Cup final with muscle injury

    Reuters
    Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney could miss Sunday's League Cup final against Southampton at Wembley after manager Jose Mourinho revealed that the striker was still struggling with a muscle injury.