Modi likely to visit Nepal in second week of May

    SURESH RAJ NEUPANE, Apr 22 2018
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to pay a state visit to Nepal in the second week of May, his third flight to Nepal after assuming office in 2014.Top government sources said PM Modi would land in Kathmandu after the Assembly elections in the Indian state of Karnataka. According to top officials, discussions are going on for scheduling the visit.
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    Maoist Center decides to bide its time for unification

      Post Report, Apr 22 2018
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      The CPN (Maoist Center) has decided to bide its time before merging the party with CPN-UML. The party, however, said the bilateral discussions regarding the unification are heading in positive direction.
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      Another tiger found dead in Chitwan

      Post Report, Kathmandu, Apr 22 2018
      In yet another setback to tiger conservation efforts, a female tiger was found dead some three kilometers from sector office in Chitwan National Park on Sunday morning.

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      'Nepal likely to witness normal monsoon this year’

      SANGAM PRASAIN, Kathmandu, Apr 22 2018
      A file photo shows a boy ploughing a field with buffalos to prepare for paddy plantation in Jhapa district.
      Nepal is likely to witness a “normal” monsoon this year, a precursor to higher summer crop output and economic growth.

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      No records of resources spent on officials’ foreign visits

      Post Report, Kathmandu, Apr 22 2018
      Members of civil society and the general public demonstrate at Maitighar in Kathmandu on Saturday against the government’s decision to ban the Mandala for any kind of processions and demonstrations from next week. The government has listed seven locations as no-go zones for protesters. Anish Regmi
      Various ministries are spending lavishly from the state coffers in the name of foreign visits without studying the benefits, the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) has pointed out.

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      Experts identify 36 fish species in Karnali River

      Post Report, Kathmandu, Apr 22 2018
      Researchers supervise staff transfering water samples.
      A new scientific method of identifying different fish species has debuted in Nepal with researchers listing 36 unique varieties from 12 different families in Karnali River.

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      Main News

      NC CWC meet to resume today

      Apr 22 2018
      The Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting of the Nepali Congress (NC) is to restart Sunday to review the party's recent elections results.
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      Nepali-American wins globally acclaimed young-economist award

      Post Report, Apr 22 2018
      Parag Pathak, a young American economist of Nepali origin, has won the prestigious John Bates Clark Medal 2018 from the American Economic Association (AEA), bolstering his chances of becoming a Nobel laureate in future.
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      CPN student leaders held with cache of explosives

      RAJ KUMAR KARKI, Apr 22 2018
      Police have arrested two student leaders close to the Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) with a cache of explosives in Sindhuli 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."

       

      Entertainment

      General

      Four dead, 19 injured in jeep accidents

      Apr 22 2018
      Four people died and 19 others were injured in two separate jeep accidents in Doti and Dolpa districts on Saturday. Two of the injured are reportedly in critical condition. In Doti, a Mahindra Bolero met with an accident at Shikar Municipality-3, killing three persons and injuring 16 others.
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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

      Lumbini Yatris registered their third consecutive victory in the Nepalgunj Cup Twenty20 cricket tournament defeating winless Palpa Yoddhas by four wickets on Saturday. 

      At the Kohalpur cricket ground, Yoddhas made a challenging 144-4 in 20 overs on a back of half century from Pranit Thapa Magar. Yatris, however, overhauled the total in 18.2 overs for the loss of six wickets. Opener Aadil Khan topscored for Yatris with a 21-ball 35 and Bishal Khatri chipped in 29 for the winning side. Bashir Ahmed played a crucial role in Yatris’ victory smashing a 14-ball 31. 
      Earlier, opener Rit Gautam gave a good start to Yoddhas making 32 runs but it was No 4 batsman Thapa Magar who lifted their innings with a 28-ball half century. Dipendra Rawat and skipper Siddhant Raj Shahi chipped in 20 runs apiece.
      Yatris are tied on six points with Dangali Gorkhas and Rolpa Gorillas but the latter lead the table on net run rate. Gorkhas, second in the table, and Gorillas have played four matches each.
      In the second match of the day, Gorkhas eased to a seven-wicket victory over Banke Blasters. Gorkhas restricted Blasters to 132-7 in 20 overs after they elected to field first. Gorkhas then reached the target in 18.3 overs after man-of-the-match Hari Chhetri smashed a 15-ball 42. Manoj Sunar also contributed a run-a-ball 39 for them. 

      Earlier, Bishal KC was the leading scorer for Blasters with 39 runs from 24 balls, while Roman Bam (29) was their next best scorer. Skipper Sandeep Sunar took two wickets for Gorkhas.

       

      Dangali Gorkhas and Rolpa Gorillas won their respective matches of the Nepalgunj Cup Twenty20 cricket tournament at the Kohalpur cricket ground on Friday.

      In the first match of the day, Gorkhas defeated Bardiya Tigers by eight wickets. Put in to bat first, Tigers were restricted to 129-7 and needed a 36-run seventh-wicket partnership from Avinash Bohora and Aakash Bista to put a respectable total. Gorkhas cantered to victory in 17 overs for the loss of two wickets.

      Gorkhas opening pair of Manoj Sunar and Sandeep Sunar led the chase perfectly adding 42 runs for the first wicket. Manoj top scored with a 34-ball 50 hitting six boundaries and two sixes. Sandeep, the former Nepal U-19 international, chipped in 29 from 17 balls with four boundaries and two sixes.

      After the departure of the two openers, Binayak Giri (24) and skipper Amar Singh Routela (23) guided the team safely with a 47-run unbroken stand for the third wicket. Earlier, Bista was the leading scorer for Tigers making 25 from 15 balls with two sixes and a boundary. Bohora hit a nine-ball 15. Rajbir Singh was the second best scorer for Tigers with 28 runs. Bishnu Katariya and Routela took two wickets each for Gorkhas.

      In the second game, Gorillas got the better of Palpa Yoddhas by 19 runs. Batting first, Gorillas were 106 all out in 19.1 overs  but their bowlers did extremely well to bundle out Yoddhas for just 88 runs in 16.1 overs. Binod Lama took three wickets for Gorillas. Nandan Yadav and Basanta Karki also had two scalps apiece.

      Skipper Saurav Khanal was the lone fighter in Gorillas innings as he stroked 48 runs from 56 balls with five fours and two sixes. Siddhant Raj Shahi took three wickets for Yoddhas with Bijay Chaudhary and Dipendra Rawat also getting two scalps apiece.

       

       

      Nepal are set to embark on a long road to qualifying for the 2020 ICC World Twenty20 in Australia with the immediate challenge in the Eastern Region (Group ‘B’) tournament scheduled for October 3-12 in Malaysia.

      Nepal recently earned the One-Day International (ODI) status along with Scotland and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from the ICC World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe but they still had to go through a lengthy process in their bid to make it to the second consecutive appearance in the ICC World Twenty20, which will be held in two years time from October 18 to November 15.

      Singapore and Malaysia will be the two familiar foes in the seven-team Eastern Region Qualifiers apart from China, Myanmar, Thailand and Bhutan. Top three teams from the Eastern Region Qualifiers will secure passage for the Asia Final. The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Maldives are battling out three other berths from the Western Region (Group ‘A’) Qualifier that started on Friday in Kuwait.

      The Asia Final will be contested by six teams with the top two finishers making it to the 2019 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers comprising of 14 teams. Nepal had previously made it to the World Twenty20 Qualifiers of 2012 and 2014 through their performance in the ACC Twenty20 Cups and entered the 2016 tournament by the virtue of being a Twenty20 International nation which they had achieved through their impressive display in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20. 

      The first round of the Qualifiers are held in 10 different countries in 12 groups from Africa (comprising of 3 groups), Americas (2), Asia (2), East Asia Pacific (2) and Europe (3). A total of 25 teams will qualify for the second round of the Qualifiers in their respective regional finals from where eight teams will advance to the global qualifiers.

      Two teams from Africa, one from East Asia Pacific, two from Americas and one from Europe have been given slots to the global qualifiers. The eight teams from the second round of qualifiers will then join six other teams in the global qualifiers from where six teams will qualify for the tournament proper.

      The 2016 ICC World Twenty20 participating six teams who are not in the top 10 spots of the ICC Twenty20 International rankings as at December 31, 2018 will complete the 14-team global qualifiers. Scotland, Zimbabwe, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Oman and Ireland are currently sitting outside the top 10 of the ICC Twenty20 International rankings.

       

       

      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

      Any given Saturday

      Abha Dhital, Apr 22 2018
      He sees a two-wheeler pass by every thirty minutes or so, but that’s all the noise there is. He likes it this way. He likes quiet days, even when it’s particularly harmful for the business
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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

      Words have power, everybody should get their share

      Bhairab Risal, the 90-year-old veteran journalist, critic and activist, is a humble man. Even when you are seated in his living room, looking at the many framed awards that cover two adjacent walls, he doesn’t really entertain the idea of talking about them.

      Make our schools great again!

      Guffadi
      Let us congratulate our Chief Minister (CM) of Province 7 Trilochan Bhatta for enrolling his kid in a community school. Finally, we have a politician who thinks his kid is better off studying in a community school than in expensive private schools. We hope our politicians and civil servants will also learn a thing or two from CM Bhatta. It’s about time our thulo mancheys worked together to make our community schools great again.

      The spirit of service

      MOHAN GURAGAIN
      A few names stand out in the public service sector. The Bagmati Clean-up Campaign spearheaded by then-chief secretary Leela Mani Paudyal, who is currently Nepal’s ambassador to China, maintains its spirit even in his absence. Whenever there is chaos on the road, people remember Sitaram Hachhethu, the tough traffic cop. Kulman Ghishing lit up Nepalis’ faces by lifting the veil of endemic ‘load-shedding’.

      A house of my own

      Prateebha Tuladhar
      I didn’t sleep very well last night. My feet felt like a furnace and there were pins and needles on my back. I tossed and turned until I fell asleep again. I had fever dreams— they were fragments of our Mahankal home. It left me wondering why we’ve never had a conversation about that house. After all, it is where you began to take shape inside Mamu. It’s a different story that we’d moved by the time you arrived, and no one ever thought of visiting the place again.

      Gatlang in transition

      Utsav Shakya
      Mornings in Gatlang, Rasuwa are deceivingly quiet. One minute it seems eerily still, the next it is full of activity.

      Scratching the surface

      Sandesh Ghimire
      In this decade of tenuous post-insurgency ‘peace’, several attempts have been made through literature, films, theatre and academic research to explore the impact of the ‘People’s War’ on Nepal. Given that a long period of time has not passed since the end of the war; given that the transitional justice issues have not been addressed and that the memories still linger fresh in the national psyche, there is no definitive view on how the civil war shaped the fabric of Nepali society. No doubt, eventually, a definitive narrative will emerge; but in the meantime, productions like Sakhi, for better or worse, will continue to add and shape perspectives.

      The luxury of time

      Yukta Bajracharya
      t is about seven in the evening and we’re wrapping up our five-day spoken word poetry workshop with a group of women from and around the Lumbini Sanskritik Municipality. The usual restlessness to get home without it being ‘too late’ in the evening has been stalled for tonight; it is our last session together and we are walking back from the evening’s workshop, discussing family, husbands, friendship, writing and the poetry performance that is lined up the day after.

      Khokana’s Kols

      Prawash Gautam
      He is walking along a trail cutting through vast farmlands, his mind set on the long journey ahead. He is focused. It has already been an arduous morning and the kharpan balanced precariously on his shoulder is getting heavier by the hour.

      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.