Nepal-India issue ends as Delhi closes field office

    SURESH RAJ NEUPANE, May 23 2018
    Ten years after its establishment in 2008 in the aftermath of the Koshi floods, India has communicated to the government of Nepal its decision to shut its Biratnagar-based field office.
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    Gore reveals more names in gold smuggling case

    POST REPORT, Kathmandu, May 23 2018
    The mastermind behind the 33 kg gold smuggling case, Chudamani Upreti aka Gore, has named 10 ‘Hundi’ operators and businessmen other than the 65 people charged in the Morang District Court with crimes related to smuggling of the precious metal.

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    NAC’s Chinese planes may remain in hangar indefinitely

    Post Report, Kathmandu, May 23 2018
    A file photo shows Chinese Y12e aircraft parked in NAC’s hangar at Tribhuvan International Airport.
    Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has not been able to fly its new Chinese-made planes for lack of qualified pilots since they arrived in February, and they could remain in their hangars indefinitely, company officials said.

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    Main News

    Court extends suspects’ remand

    MADHAV GHIMIRE, BINOD BHANDARI, May 23 2018
    The Morang District Court on Tuesday remanded 28 persons in custody for further investigation into the 33 kg gold smuggling case and the subsequent murder of Sanam Shakya, an alleged carrier.
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    NCP starts plans for key panel

    SANJEEV GIRI, May 23 2018
    The Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has started preparations to set up its Standing Committee. As per the understanding, the Standing Committee (SC) will have a total of 45 members, with 26 from the erstwhile UML and 19 from the former Maoist Centre.
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    Nepal urged to join public best practices group

    Post Report, May 23 2018
    Proponents of accountability and transparency in public affairs on Tuesday reiterated the call for Nepal to join Open Government Partnership (OGP).
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    Money

    World

    As many as 11 persons died and 19 others were injured when a speeding truck hit a group of Hindu pilgrims in Champawat district of Uttarkhand in India on Friday. The pilgrims were heading towards Purnagiri Temple to offer worship, according to The Times of India.

    The pilgrims from Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh were on their way to the hilltop temple, well known in the region, when they were knocked down by a dumper truck coming from behind.

    The accident took place at 5am at Bichai, Tanakpur sub-divisional magistrate Anil Chanyal said.

    Nine pilgrims were killed on the spot and two others succumbed to their injuries while being taken to hospital, the district disaster management office in Champawat said.

    The group was following the `dolas' (palanquins) of Purnagiri Devi, placed on two tractors, when the accident happened, the Tanakpur SDM said.

    The devotees, still about 30 km from the temple, were travelling on foot as a mark of gratitude towards the deity for fulfilling their wishes, he said.

    The seriously injured pilgrims were admitted at a hospital in Khatima and the others taken to Tanakpur, he said.

    The dead included Vir Singh (18), Sonu (8), Vishal (17), Ram kumar (16), Deendayal (35), Babu (12), Kesher Singh (16), Ramswaroop (40), Sohan (40) and Kamal (19).

    They were all from Baheri in Bareilly district, the SDM said.

    Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat expressed grief at the loss of lives and asked Champawat district magistrate Ahmad Iqbal to ensure proper treatment to the injured.

     

    Entertainment

    Sports

    Kathmandu College of Management and Information Technology (KCMIT) and Shanker Dev Campus set the title clash of the Universal BBA Cup Twenty20 cricket tournament at the Mulpani Cricket Ground on Monday.

    On a day of low-scoring semi-finals, KCMIT edged Mahendra Multiple Campus (MMC) of Nepalgunj by eight runs. Shanker Dev had a tough ride edging out Mahendra Morang Adarsha Multiple Campus (MMAMC) by one wicket.

    KCMIT were bundled out for 93 runs in 17.5 overs before four-wicket hauls from Saroj Mandal and Shrawan Bhandari squeezed out MMC for 85 in 14.2 overs. Roshan Kumar Sah was the lone fighter for MMC making 27 off 19 balls with three fours and a six. Sher Bahadur Oli (13) was the only remaining batsman to reach double figures.

    Man-of-the-match Bhandari took 4-12 from 3.2 overs and Mandal claimed 4-21 from four overs. Earlier Bibek Budhathoki (23), Aashish Thakur (22) and Gagan Bohora (16) crossed double digits guiding their side close to triple figures. Sah had given an allround display taking 3-14 and Oli claimed 2-10.

    In the second match, MMAMC were dismissed for 95 in 18.2 overs and Shanker Dev reached 96-9 in 19.5. MMAMC had their one foot in the final reducing Shanker Dev to 75-9 but Sachin Poudel (10) and Shankar Gyawali (10) held firm to take their team through. Anup Bhattari top scored with a 31-ball 18. Rajesh Khadka took three wickets for MMAMC.

    Pawan Budhathoki had top scored in the match for MMAMC making 19 off 24 with three boundaries. Raju Sharma (17) and Abhinash Kumar Mehta (13) were other best scorers for the team. Rajan Dhakal and Manoj Bista took three wickets each for Shanker Dev.

    Health & Style

    Fiction Park

    She had a dream

    VINAYA GHIMIRE, May 20 2018
    Neither the girl nor the conjectures ever interested Sameer though. She was not to his liking—but the poems were beautiful
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    Escalate

    PRODUCTIVITY OVER NUMBER

    May 14 2018
    Vivek Jha, who has been the CEO of Nepal Life Insurance for six years, started his corporate journey as an auditor. Soon after acquiring his degree, he joined R Bajracharya & Co firm, working in the financial department, with the flexibility of working for various consultancy projects. He later joined NB Insurance Company, as DGM. After his experience in management, he joined Machhapuchchhre Bank as compliance and finance chief. In 2010, Jha had a breakthrough moment when he was offered the position with Nepal Life Insurance. In this interview with the Post’s Alisha Sijapati, Jha talks about team work and equity within an organisation and shares a few tips on leadership skills.
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    Saturday Features

    The yearning for a spiritual, peaceful space

    Nabaraj Lamsal is a familiar name in the field of Nepali literature, journalism, and cultural studies. The voice behind popular literary radio programmes Madhuban and Soor Sangam, 48-year-old Lamsal is also deputy director at the state-owned Radio Nepal.

    The ‘New’ Communists

    Guffadi
    Let us congratulate Oli and Prachanda for finally merging their two parties to create a big fat Communist party in the country. Yes, it took them seven months of chiya guff, whiskey talk and what not to finally get their thulo mancheys together to agree to create the biggest left party in the nation.

    We are headed north

    They say travelling is the best therapy and I couldn’t agree more. Whenever I need a break from the mundane, I long for the blues and the greens, for the hills and the mountains. There is a reason Nepal attracts so many seeking to draw from this boundless fountain of tranquility, why not drink to your fill?

    A gloomy classic comes alive

    SANDESH GHIMIRE
    In a span of two months, two separate adaptations of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters have been staged in Kathmandu’s theatres. The first one was the English adaptation, Three Sisters, staged at the Kunja Theatre in March, and there is an ongoing Nepali adaptation, titled Tin Bahini, at Shilpee Theatre, Battisputali.

    Spy vs reality

    OBIE SHRESTHA
    With an intriguing premise about a Kashmiri girl who marries into an influential military family in Pakistan with the objective of gathering vital intelligence on happenings in that country for the benefit of the Indian government, and starring two of Hindi cinema’s most talented young actors in the form of Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal, the new Raazi appears plenty promising at first glance.

    The Pull of the Thrill

    Yukta Bajracharya
    A year ago, my best friend, who is also my almost neighbour, asked me if I wanted to go pull the Buñga Dyah, also known as the Rato Machhendranath. Two of my other friends were also going.

    ‘My love for literature outweighed my career aspirations’

    On the occasion of BP Koirala’s birth centenary in 2014, a nationwide-open Nepali essay competition was held. Over a hundred writers had submitted essays on BP Koirala’s place in Nepal’s cultural memory and in the end, Ram Prasad Panta’s work was declared the best. Born in Baletaksar, Gulmi in 1953, Panta studied Sanskrit from a young age and graduated in Shastri, a degree in Sanskrit, from Benaras. Since he returned to Nepal in 1976, he has been continuously involved in Nepali literature—be it writing for magazines or penning 28 books or establishing the literary magazine, Dayitwa.

    Transitioning to research in a subaltern university

    PRATYOUSH ONTA
    Although Nepal’s oldest university Tribhuvan University (TU) was founded in 1959 as a teaching-only university, within some years of its founding, research efforts had already begun there in many different central departments and research institutes. Some of this started happening during the second half of the 1960s when some students opted to do research for their MA and PhD theses. This “transitioning to research” process at TU is incomplete, much like our country’s march towards democracy.

    The good, bad and the ugly

    Guffadi
    The good thing about having India as our chimeki is that we don’t need a visa to cross the border. And of course, Indians don’t need one either. If the Desis think that they are like Amrikans then maybe we should consider ourselves Candians. We are much friendlier and laid back while the Desis do want to rule the world someday and do act like the Amrikans in the SAARC region.