Stalled bilateral ties ‘moving forward’

  • In preparation for PM’s Delhi visit, FinMin Poudel meets Indian ministers
Devendra Bhattarai, Feb 08 2016
mea india
Finance Minister Bishnu Poudel, who is in the Indian Capital to primarily prepare for Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s upcoming India visit, met Indian Minister for External Affairs (MEA) Sushma Swaraj on Sunday evening.
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Fake degrees: Rajbiraj doctor rounded up

Manish Gautam, Kathmandu, Feb 08 2016
A day after police made public 12 doctors who were held on the charge of falsified academic credentials, another doctor working at a government hospital in Rajbiraj was arrested on Sunday.

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Import through Birgunj picks up

BHUSAN YADAV, Feb 08 2016
Trade is picking up across the Raxaul-Birgunj border which opened on Friday after being obstructed for nearly four months.
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Nepal wins two more bronze, medal tally reaches 7

Post Report, Feb 07 2016
Nepal won two more bronze medals in the ongoing 12th South Asian Games (SAG) being held in Guwahati, India.
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One more doctor held for fake academic certificate

RSS, Feb 07 2016
Police on Sunday arrested one additional individual who became doctor on the basis of fake educational certificate.
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Money

Sports

Nava Janajagriti Club set March 3 date for the kick off of the seventh Simara Gold Cup football tournament here.

A total of 10 teams including five ‘A’ Division outfits, four district teams from outside Kathmandu Valley and one foreign invitee will participate in the tournament. National League champions Three Star Club, runners-up Tribhuvan Army Club along with Nepal Police, Nepal APF and Manang Marshyangdi Club are the top tier outfits competing in the tournament. 
Sahara Club of Pokhara, Birgunj United Club, Hetauda and the hosts are the district teams, while the club is yet to decide on foreign invitee, informed club secretary Shambhu Singh Thakuri here on Saturday. All the matches will be held at the Simara Stadium.
The organisers said they have started the preparations for the tournament and announced increase of cash prizes for the winners and runners-up. The winners will now get Rs 5,51,000 and runners-up will take home Rs 2,50,000. The previous amount for the respective cash prizes were Rs 400,000 and Rs 200,000.
The best player of the tournament will ride home a motorbike, while the best individuals—goalkeeper, midfielder, forward, defender and coach—will pocket Rs 15,000 each. The estimated cost of the tournament is Rs 6 million.

 

Australia allrounder Shane Watson was the costliest buy at the Indian Premier League auctions Saturday as he was picked up for $1.4 million by Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Watson went for five times his base price and will join the likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle who have been retained by Bangalore.

Watson, who struck an unbeaten 124 against India in a recent T20 game, was bid for aggressively in the opening session which saw Sunrisers Hyderabad buy allrounder Yuvraj Singh for just over one million dollars and Rising Pune Supergiants take England's Kevin Pietersen for $515,000.

Watson earlier played for Rajasthan Royals, which is suspended for two years along with Chennai Super Kings after their officials were found to be in touch with illegal bookmakers during the 2013 season.

South African allrounder Chris Morris went for a surprisingly high price of just over a million dollars to Delhi Daredevils which already has his compatriots Jean-Paul Duminy and Quinton de Kock.

Hyderabad bought pace bowler Ashish Nehra for $810,000 to add to batsmen like Shikhar Dhawan, Australian David Warner and New Zealand's Kane Williamson, and now also Yuvraj.

Dale Steyn of South Africa and West Indian Dwayne Smith were both bought by Gujarat Lions for identical sums of $339,000 while pace bowler Ishant Sharma was taken by Pune for $560,000.

A total of 351 players featured in Saturday's auction and they will join players either retained by franchises or players from Chennai and Rajasthan picked by Pune and Gujarat in a draft in December.

Health & Style

Saturday Features

No party for young men

SARIN GHIMIRE
With the 13th General Convention of Nepali Congress around the bend, youth leaders are hoping to break the glass ceiling

The tales we tell

Laxmi Prasad Ngakhusi
The annual Swasthani Brata Katha commenced on January 31. This festival, based on the holy Hindu book Skandapuran, attracts devotees from across the country to the Sali river—a hub for the festival—in Sankhu, 17km from the Capital.

In exile

Atul K Thakur
Well argued, well attempted—Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights is among the most readable works of Salman Rushdie

Desis know best

Guffadi
Let us congratulate our Madhesi netas for running across the border to seek blessings from Bihari politicians regarding their protest programmes. It’s not only the clowns from Madhes but almost everyone except Bijukche who get both moral and financial support from the Desis to enhance their political career.

Nepali patience and heritage conservation

Dipesh Risal
What is being violated is the shared cultural heritage of Kathmandu. Every person that calls Kathmandu his or her home should be outraged

Post-festival dispatch

Pranaya SJB Rana
The Nepal Literature Festival 2016 was an illuminating and ultimately humbling experience for this scribe

The chaos of Ra Mailo

Timothy Aryal
Ra Mailo, a Nepali contexualisation of French playwright Jean Anouilh’s 1967 play, evokes the absurdities of life

A stitch in time saves nine

Lucia de Vries
How is it possible for puppies to survive when they live in neighbourhoods that want to get rid of them?

Congratulations!

Guffadi
Let’s hope that one day, we will learn to honour and respect honest folks instead of bowing down to corrupt clowns. Let’s hope tomorrow will be a better day