At Davos, Prime Minister Oli makes a pitch to lure investment

  • World Ecoomic Forum 2019
Anuj Kumar Adhikari, Jan 22 2019
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has emphasised on investment and environmental concerns at the ongoing World Economic Forum in Swiss mountain resort Davos.
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Parliament meet postponed for January 25 after Nepali Congress obstruction

    Sanjaya Lama, Anuj Kumar Adhikari, Jan 22 2019
    The Parliament meeting has been postponed for the second consecutive day on Tuesday following obstruction from the main opposition Nepali Congress. Parliament Secretariat informed that the next meeting will be held on January 25.
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    Nepal, India air route talks keep going round in circles

    SANGAM PRASAIN, Kathmandu, Jan 22 2019
    Nepal and India made little progress at the highly anticipated air route talks held in Mumbai, India last week. Nepal has been badgering the southern neighbour to grant air entry points through the L626 Mahendranagar route and Nepalgunj to facilitate aircraft movement to the two upcoming international airports in Bhairahawa and Pokhara.

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    Government agencies say probe into Sumargi funds continues

    PRITHVI MAN SHRESTHA, Kathmandu, Jan 22 2019
    The Department of Money Laundering Investigation says it has sought details through Nepal’s financial intelligence unit on transactions of controversial businessman Ajeya Raj Sumargi in foreign countries.

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    Police open fire to nab notorious gangster from Gongabu

    Sanjaya Lama, Kathmandu, Jan 22 2019
    Police on Tuesday opened fire at a notorious gangster and took him under control from Gongabu of Kathmandu.

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    Main News

    Snowfall affects normal life in Humla (In photos)

    Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Jan 22 2019
    Snowfall coupled with breezing wind has troubled normal life in Humla since Monday midnight.
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    Dalit communities in Kalikot still face discrimination, torture in the name of caste system

    TULARAM PANDEY, Jan 22 2019
    Chan Bista and his brother Narendra Bista from Kotbada in Naraharinath Rural Municipality, Kalikot, attacked Dilli Kami, a 57-year-old Dalit man, citing that he failed to come to their house for work last week.
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    Caste-based discrimination within Dalit community pose huge challenge in fight against casteism

    MOHAN BUDHAAIR, Jan 22 2019
    The so-called ‘lower-caste Dalits’ of Olani Village in Godavari Municipality, Kailali, cannot use the same water tap or well as that of the ‘upper-caste Dalits’. Separate wells have been constructed for the upper and lower caste Dalits in the village.
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    The ‘A’ Division outfits Saraswoti Youth Club thumped Nawa Janajagriti Youth Club of Simara 4-1 to enter the semi-finals of second National Bagmati Gold Cup football tournament at the Phaparbari of Bagmati Rural Municipality on Monday. Saraswoti will meet Makawanpur XI in the last-four clash on Wednesday. 
    Tirtha Basnet struck twice for the Koteshwor-based team after Raj Kumar Ghising put them ahead in the 20th minute. Basnet struck in the 34th and 42nd minute to go into break 3-0 up. Nawa Janajagriti cut the deficit in the 66th before Victor Amobi struck the fourth goal to seal 4-1 victory. Tribhuvan Army Club will take on BFC Bharatpur in the first semi-final match on Tuesday. (PR)  
     

    Amit Kumar Mahato slammed a 62-ball 102 as Rajan Memorial School hammered Universal English School by 80 runs in the School League Cricket on the opening day. 
    Electing to bat first, Mahato’s whirlwind knock lifted Rajan Memorial to a mammoth 203 all out in 20 overs. Ajay Dev then picked up five wickets as Universal were 123 all out in 17.1 overs. Ashok Poudel led a solid reply for Universal adding 52 runs for the first wicket with Nischal Amatya (10). He added another 38 with Rojer Rajbanshi (20) before Universal lost nine wickets for just 33 runs.
    Poudel made 51 off 33 with five fours and two sixes. Dev returned the figures of 5-27 from four overs. Earlier, Mahato struck 11 fours and seven sixes. Bijaya Tamang chipped in a 16-ball 27. 
    In another match, Meridian School hammered Gyankunj School by 135 runs after Rajan GC and Saras Khatri ran riot with the ball. An unbeaten half century (76) from Aadit Subedi guided Meridian to 160-7 before GC and Khatri bundled out Gyankunj for just 25 in 8.4. 
    Man-of-the-match GC took 5-22 from four overs and Khatri’s four-over spell read 4-2 with two maiden. Eight Gyankunj players failed to open their account.

    Health & Style

    Fiction Park

    The Love Letter

    Ashvin Oli, Jan 20 2019
    It was raining cats and dogs outside with occasional thunder strikes. The mango tree near my room’s window swayed violently to the wind, hitting the window pane several times to the point that I was worried it would shatter the glass.
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    Escalate

    An uncommon thread

    ASMITA MANANDHAR, Jan 21 2019
    In the 1990s, when the Nepali garment industry was at its peak, Hira Muktan established a factory catering to private labels in various European countries, exporting Nepal-made products to the international market.
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    Saturday Features

    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.

    Break up song

    Guffadi
    It’s sad to hear that Bibeksheel Sajha (BS) Party folks have decided to split up. Our political parties are good at breaking up and then making up and breaking up again to fulfill the interest of a bunch of so-called leaders and I guess Bibeksheel Sajha has met the same fate. So that means we can actually call the BS wallahs a true political party from now onwards.

    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.

    In Nepal, a woman’s identity is still tied to their male kinfolk -- first father, then husband

    Bibhu Luitel
    In 2015, when I appeared for a job interview at a popular Kathmandu school, the very first question the principal asked me was, “Are you a Newar?”

    How rice became a staple in the hills and mountains--and why that’s unsustainable

    Tsering Ngodup Lama
    Nepal’s reliance on rice over traditional nutrient-rich grains is costing the country billions every year, and making people unhealthier

    I signed up to become a Tootle rider. This is what I got out of it.

    Anup Ojha
    I first heard of Tootle about seven months ago during a casual conversation with my friends. They said it was one of the easiest ways to commute around Kathmandu, but as the owner of a motorbike, I didn’t pay it any mind. A few months later, I became a part of Tootle -- not as a customer but as a rider. 

    Good, but not quite best

    Richa Bhattarai
    In ‘March, Me and Sakura’ by Geetanjali Shree, a 70-year-old Indian mother travels to Japan to be with her son. At first wary of the unfamiliar country and afraid of venturing out, she ends up an adventurous soul, freeing the child within in the new land, far from judgment and societal restrictions. It is enthralling to travel with her and shed our inhibitions alongside.

    Grandma with swag

    ALISHA SIJAPATI
    At 11 am sharp every morning, a voice resounds through our quiet Kupondole neighbourhood, disturbing all our neighbours from their daily chores.