Majestic Annapurna mountain range!

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A spectacular view of Annapurna mountain range as seen from Thama of Kathekhola Rural Municipality in Baglung district, on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. Photo: RSS

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Visiting UP Chief Minister Yogi felicitated

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Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh in India, Yogi Adityanath (right), visits Janakpurdham on the occasion of Vivaha Panchami, on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. Photo: RSS

JANAKPURDHAM: The Province No 2 Government today felicitated the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh state of India, Yogi Adityanath, who arrived here as part of the bridegroom’s party from Ayodhya to participate in the Sitaram Vivah Mahotsav.

The Chief Minister of Province-2, Lal Babu Raut, honoured the Indian Chief Minister Yogi at a function held at Madhesh Bhawan in Janakpurdham today. On the occasion, Chief Minister Raut welcomed his Indian counterpart and presented a Letter of Felicitations.

In the letter of felicitations, Chief Minister Raut has hailed the religious and cultural speciality of Nepal and India as exemplary and urged for the cooperation and commitment of all in the campaign of strengthening the democracy.

Present on the occasion were Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari, senior leader of Rastriya Janata Party Nepal Mahantha Thakur, coordinator of the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal’s presidium Rajendra Mahato, lawmaker Komal Oli, the ministers of the Province-2 government, speaker of the Provincial Assembly Saroj Kumar Yadav, Ambassador of India to Nepal, Manjeev Singh Puri and members of the provincial assembly.

Meantime, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath attended the Bhandara (luncheon) hosted in his honour by the Province-2 government earlier today.


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Atletico draw in Bruges to give Dortmund top spot in group

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Borussia Dortmund players pose for a team group photo before the match. Photo: Reuters

BRUGES: Atletico Madrid were denied top place in Group A of the Champions League on Tuesday after a goalless draw away at Club Bruges in Belgium meant they finished second behind Borussia Dortmund.

The Germans started the final match day two points behind Atletico, but by beating Monaco 2-0 away ended tied on 13 points with the Spanish club and took top place based on the head-to-head scores between them.

Bruges finished third in the standings and will play in the Europa League in the new year.

There were few scoring chances at the Jan Breyel Stadium, with the home team coming closest in the 74th minute when defender Luan Peres was denied, minutes after coming on for his debut in European club competition.

He made a storming run down the pitch to meet a cross which he headed almost straight down into the ground, with the subsequent bounce giving Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak the chance to pull off a point-blank save.

Lacklustre Atletico had the better of the first half as Thomas Partey shot straight at Bruges goalkeeper Ethan Horvath when well placed, and Antoine Griezmann saw his curling effort palmed away.

The home side offered little in attack, with their best effort a freekick by Stefano Denswil that was comfortable for Oblak but showed more enterprise after the break.


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Strasbourg shooting suspect cried out “Allahu Akbar” says Paris prosecutor

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Members of French special police forces of Research and Intervention Brigade (BRI) patrol at the French-German border the day after a shooting in Strasbourg, France, December 12, 2018. Photo: Reuters

PARIS: The man suspected of carrying out a fatal shooting attack in Strasbourg on Tuesday night had cried out “Allahu Akbar” during the attack, said Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz.

“Considering the target, his way of operating, his profile and the testimonies of those who heard him yell ‘Allahu Akbar’, the anti-terrorist police has been called into action,” Heitz told reporters on Wednesday.

Police have identified the suspect as Strasbourg-born Cherif Chekatt, 29, who is on an intelligence services watch list as a potential security risk.


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Indian girl seeks father’s arrest over broken promise to build lavatory

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CHENNAI:  A seven year-old Indian girl has complained to the police to have her father arrested after he failed to build a toilet in their home as promised, police said on Wednesday.

Millions of Indians do not have access to sanitation and open defecation is a problem, even in developed, industrial states.

The girl, E. Hanifa Zaara, didn’t want to go out in the open and won a promise from her father to build a lavatory indoors, said police officer A. Valarmathi.

But when no toilet was built she went to the police to lodge a complaint, Valarmathi said over the telephone from the southern town of Ambur, 100 km from the city of Chennai.

“The girl was adamant on having her father arrested as she felt cheated,” Valarmathi said.

“We then rang up her father, called him to the police station and made them shake hands and compromise.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has been pushing a campaign to build 100 million toilets over five years but the drive has not covered large parts of the country.

The Times of India said the father told police he had twice asked the municipality for aid under Modi’s campaign, known as Clean Indian, but there had been no response.

The campaign, supported by big companies and Bollywood actors, has raised awareness of the ills of open defecation.

Last year, a Bollywood film, ‘Toilet: A Love Story’, which drew inspiration from Modi’s sanitation drive, sought to turn the topic of hygiene into a mainstream issue.

The movie depicted a dispute between a young couple over an inside toilet – which many Indians, especially in the countryside, consider unclean.


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Ronaldo wants Messi to resume their rivalry in Italy

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Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo scores their second goal. Photo: Reuters

ROME: Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo would like Barcelona’s Lionel Messi to leave Spain and rekindle their rivalry by joining him in the Italian top flight.

Ronaldo moved to Serie A champions Juventus in July for 100 million euros ($113.76 million) after spending nine trophy-laden seasons at Real Madrid.

Messi and Ronaldo have dominated the global football landscape for a decade, each winning the Ballon d’Or five times before Croatia international midfielder Luka Modric broke their stranglehold by claiming the coveted award this year.

“I’d like (Messi) to come to Italy one day,” Ronaldo told reporters. “I hope he accepts the challenge like me, but if he’s happy there then I respect that.”

Asked if he missed his rivalry with Messi, Ronaldo suggested it might be the other way round.

“No, maybe it’s him who misses me,” he said. “I’ve played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal and for my national team, while he’s still in Spain. Maybe he needs me more.”


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Maxwell says to spurn IPL in pursuit of test berth

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Australia’s Glenn Maxwell plays a shot. Photo: Reuters

MELBOURNE: All-rounder Glenn Maxwell has said he will turn his back on the lucrative Indian Premier League next year and play a full season of English county cricket in a bid to regain his spot in the Australian test side.

The hard-hitting 30-year-old played the last of his seven tests against Bangladesh in September 2017 and missed out on a spot in the squad for the ongoing four-match series against India.

Maxwell will join up with former Australia test opener Joe Burns and his former World Cup-winning team mate James Faulkner at Lancashire, and play all three formats with the county side.

“This is a pretty clear sign I still want to play test cricket,” Maxwell told Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper on Wednesday.

“To knock back a chance to play IPL was a big decision, and a tough decision. It’s not something you make lightly, but the thought of playing test cricket again still burns deep.

“I desperately want to get back out there and I still think I have a lot to offer the Australian test team.”

Maxwell has reaped millions of dollars playing in the IPL but had a poor tournament with Delhi Daredevils this year and was released by the franchise last month.

He was controversially overlooked for the tour squad to play Pakistan in United Arab Emirates in October, beaten out by four uncapped players.

Tim Paine’s Australia are 1-0 down in the four-test series against India after losing by 31 runs in Adelaide on Monday. The second test starts in Perth on Friday.


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Spurs reach last 16 as Moura snatches draw at Barca

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Tottenham’s Lucas Moura celebrates with Fernando Llorente after scoring their first goal. Photo: Reuters

BARCELONA: Tottenham Hotspur produced a bold and spirited performance, coming from behind to grab a 1-1 draw at Barcelona which saw them finish second in Champions League Group B and reach the last-16 at the expense of Inter Milan on Tuesday.

Spurs were facing a much-changed Barca side who had already qualified in first place and started without talisman Lionel Messi but they fell behind to an astonishing run and strike from Ousmane Dembele in the seventh minute.

Tottenham dominated much of the game but were repeatedly denied by outstanding saves from Barca’s reserve goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen before pulling level when Lucas Moura turned in a Harry Kane cross from close range in the 85th minute.

Danny Rose spurned a glorious chance to give Spurs the win but they squeezed through to the knockout stages thanks to Inter Milan drawing 1-1 at home to already-eliminated PSV Eindhoven.

It meant both teams finished with eight points but Spurs qualified due to their superior head-to-head record.

Barcelona, who equalled Bayern Munich’s Champions League record run of 29 home games without defeat, were runaway winners of the group on 14 points.

The result capped a fine comeback in the group from Spurs, who had taken only one point from their opening three games in the campaign and looked dead and buried after conceding late in a 2-2 draw at PSV in October.

“I’m so happy, so proud, I remember that after PSV, no-one believed in us, it was mission impossible, but we are here, we’re in the next round,” Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino told a news conference.

“It’s a massive achievement for the club, we’re happy for there fans here and around the world, it’s a massive boost for the club and to be able to play in the knockout rounds next year in the new stadium is a massive motivation for us.”

To guarantee a knock-out place, Tottenham needed to become the first team since Bayern Munich in 2013 to win at the Nou Camp in the Champions League and were encouraged by Barca coach Ernesto Valverde making seven changes from Saturday’s 4-0 win at Espanyol.

Messi was the most prominent of the absentees although he came on in the second half, while first-choice keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, crucial left back Jordi Alba and key defender Gerard Pique were left out along with injured striker Luis Suarez.


Pochettino’s side made a dominant start but were shredded on the counter-attack by the sheer pace and skill of Dembele, who robbed Danny Rose in his own half, dashed past him and dribbled past another defender before smashing into the net.

Dembele was a surprise inclusion in the Barca side after turning up two hours late to training on Sunday but repaid the lenience of Valverde with a mesmerising display down the right wing.

Son Heung-min was denied by the legs of Cillessen in the first half and the Dutch goalkeeper continued to thwart the visitors until Moura found a way through, sparking jubilant scenes from the sizeable contingent of away supporters.

“We had quite a few chances, it just wasn’t going in but we carried on and got the goal back,” said Kane.

“We still carried on trying to score more, we weren’t sure what the other score was. We’re just buzzing that we’re through. A draw away to Barcelona’s not a bad result.”


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Sri Lanka’s Dananjaya suspended from bowling over illegal action

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Sri Lanka’s Akila Dananjaya bowls. Photo: Reuters

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect after an independent committee found his bowling action to be illegal, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Monday.

Dananjaya was reported for a suspect action following Sri Lanka’s first test against England in Galle last month.

The 25-year-old’s bowling action was assessed on Nov. 23 at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, where the straightening of his elbow during deliveries was found to exceed the 15-degree tolerance limit.

Dananjaya’s international suspension will also be recognised and enforced by all national cricket federations for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction, the ICC said.

However, Dananjaya may be able to bowl in domestic cricket events played under the auspices of Sri Lanka Cricket.

He will now undergo remedial work on his action and will be allowed to resume bowling in international cricket if his modified action passes the 15-degree rule.

Dananjaya has claimed 27 wickets in five tests for Sri Lanka since making his debut against Bangladesh in February.

He has also bagged 46 wickets in 30 one-day internationals and 14 wickets in 16 Twenty20 internationals.


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Salah fires Liverpool into Champions League last 16

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Liverpool players pose for a team group photo before the match. Photo: Reuters

LIVERPOOL: Mohamed Salah’s delightful first-half strike gave Liverpool a 1-0 win over Napoli that sent them into the Champions League’s last 16 and the Italian side crashing out at a tension-filled Anfield on Tuesday.

Liverpool knew that a 1-0 win, or a victory by two goals or more, would be enough to seal a top-two spot in Group C, and Salah was again the hero for the hosts, scoring what proved to be the winner with a magical individual burst in the 34th minute.

Napoli pressed for a leveller in the second half, with Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson denying Arkadiusz Milik in stoppage time with a superb save, but the home side’s resolute defence stood firm to the intense relief of the home fans.

Paris St Germain’s 4-1 victory at Red Star Belgrade meant they finished top with 11 points while Napoli, who started the day leading the way, exited the competition as Liverpool snatched second spot on goals scored after both teams finished with nine points.

“I’m still full of good feeling,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said. “This game was just amazing. Outstanding, unbelievable. The boys played with their whole heart on the pitch.”

Klopp stuck with the midfield three that struggled against PSG in their last Champions League match and it was Napoli who found their rhythm first, creating some promising openings early on.

Salah was then presented with a glorious opportunity to break the deadlock, but his touch let him down at the last moment while at the other end, Marek Hamsik could not find the target from a good position.

Kalidou Koulibaly was doing a fine job of marking Salah, until the Egyptian produced a moment of magic to score the only goal of the game, skipping past Koulibaly before slotting in from a tight angle — his 34th goal for Liverpool in 2018 in all competitions.

Liverpool really should have extended their lead in the second half, with Salah firing wide from a good position, before Sadio Mane was denied by a fine save from David Ospina.

Napoli saved their best attacking play for the latter stages, with Jose Callejon firing over from close range, before Mane somehow shot wide when he should have scored.

Milik almost broke Liverpool hearts right at the death, only to be denied by Alisson, who raced from his line to make a game-saving block.

“Napoli have gone very close but not quite far enough,” Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti said.

“We have no regrets really. The players have done well in such a very difficult group. It would have been a wonderful achievement to qualify. Lots of people did not even think we would take it this far.”


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Sub-committee formed to probe NAC’s wide-body aircraft procurement

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KATHMANDU: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) under the House of Representatives, here today, has set up a seven-member sub-committee to investigate into and submit its report on the procurement of wide-body aircraft by Nepal Airlines Corporation.

PAC President Bharat Kumar Shah shared that the sub-committee, with parliamentarian Rajendra KC as its coordinator, has been asked to look into the case and submit its report incorporating the factual accounts within a fortnight.

As the sub-committee submits its report, we will decide how to take forward the matter relating to purchase of the wide-body aircraft,” said President Shah.

Members in the sub-committee are Prem Bahadur Ale, Meena Subba, Chanda Chaudhary, Krishna Lal Maharjan, Pradeep Yadav and Dharmashila Chapagain.

The sub-committee has been mandated to prepare the report on the basis of report from the Office of the Auditor General and Public Procurement Monitoring Office.

The committee has already held discussion with the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari and NAC’s high ranking officials regarding procurement of the wide-body aircraft as mentioned in the report.

The Public Procurement Monitoring Office, upon the instruction of the committee, has already submitted its report concerning the same.

Members of PAC expressed their respective opinions on the issues related to purchase of vehicles for Office of the President, Budhi Gandaki Hyropower Project, tenancy of the land owned by Tara Gaun Development Committee and yearly action-plan of the committee among others.

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Nepal Army gulma collects 800kg garbage from Mt Ama Dablam

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Nepal Army personnel from Shumsher Gulma collect garbage while taking part in ‘Mt Ama Dablam Clean-up Mega Campaign’, in Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality, of Solukhumbu district, in December 2018. Photo courtesy: Sarbes Baral

KATHMANDU: The Shumsher Gulma, a company of Nepal Army (NA) participated in the ‘Mt Ama Dablam clean-up Mega Campaign – 2075’ that had started from November 25.

The clean-up campaign organised by Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC) with financial assistance from Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality witnessed the participation of Shumsher Gulma from December 5 to 7.

The company took part in the campaign as per NA Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) General Purna Chandra Thapa’s policy to participate in the cleaning of mountains, lakes, rivers and others natural resources.

It has been reported that the NA’s company collected 800 kilograms of garbage through the clean-up campaign held in Solukhumbu.

The company carried the garbage from Pangboche to Namche and handed them over to the local community amid a programme, in presence of SPCC Chair Ang Dorje Sherpa, General Secretary Lamkaji Sherpa, Sagarmatha National Park Chief Warden Pramod Bhattarai among other officials.

On the occasion, SPCC Chair Sherpa expressed his gratitude to NA CoAS Thapa and the company for contributing to clean natural resources.

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President extends best wishes on ‘Vivaha Panchami’

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KATHMANDU: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has extended best wishes to all Nepali sisters and brothers on the occasion of Vivaha Panchami.

In a message today, President Bhandari said that our culture — which comprise diverse religious and social values — is our priceless heritage.

“The ancient festival, Vivaha Panchami, has helped strengthen our fraternity, goodwill and tolerance. It has strengthened our national unity,” reads the President’s message.

Noting that Mithila and King Janak have been eminent symbols of our culture since time immemorial, President Bhandari said Vivaha Panchami celebrations taking place in such a glorious site as Janakpurdham has its own historical value and will always boost our dignity.

According to Hindu tradition, Vivaha Panchami is marked on the day when Lord Ram of Ayodhya married Princess Sita of Mithila or Janakpur.


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Five injured in Panchthar ambulance accident

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PANCHTHAR: Five persons were injured in an accident involving ambulance which was carrying a patient from Birtamod in Jhapa to Phidim, district headquarters of Panchthar.

One of the injured has been identified as the patient Dhana Kumari Lawati of Phidim Municipality-4. Four others travelling in the ambulance were injured.

The incident occurred around 4:00 am today when the ambulance (Me 1 Cha 992) — carrying the patient and her relatives — lost control due to fog and slippery road at Kanchhi Dokan area along the Phidim-Ilam road section of Mechi Highway, according to District Police Office, Panchthar.

Dhana Kumari was returning to Phidim from Dharan based BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences where she had earlier been referred. She had been transferred to another ambulance in Birtamod.

The patient’s condition has further become complicated due to the accident; however, others have sustained minor injuries, informed Police Inspector Anil Poudel.

The ambulance driver has been taken into custody for further investigation into the incident, said police.

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Gandaki Province framing mass communications bill

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KATHMANDU: Gandaki Province government has decided to frame a mass communications bill to make communications sector well-managed and dignified.

A meeting of the Province Council of Ministers held on Tuesday gave principle agreement to the proposal for structuring a draft bill, shared province government Spokesperson and Minister for Physical Infrastructure Ram Sharan Basnet.

It may be noted that the province government had decided to establish television and other media stations through its annual policy and programme for the current fiscal year.

Earlier, the province government had already endorsed mass communications policy.

Government is planning to introduce the bill to establishing media/communications institutions on its own, monitoring media houses and granting approval for the setup and operation of new media outlets in 11 districts of the province.

(with inputs from Rastriya Samachar Samiti)

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NAC proposes civil servants to use its service

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Nepal Airlines Corporation, Airbus, aircraft, Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Toulouse, France

FILE: The second wide-body Airbus aircraft (A330-200) of Nepal Airlines Corporation being welcomed at Tribhuvan International Airport, in Kathmandu, on Thursday, July 26, 2018. Photo: RSS

Kathmandu, December 11

The state-owned Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has urged the government to introduce a mandatory provision for civil servants to travel abroad for official purposes via Nepal Airlines where its flights are available.

The national flag carrier at present has scheduled flights to eight destinations in six nations, namely New Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Doha and Dubai from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu. As thousands of civil servants travel to these destinations every year, a legal provision that makes it compulsory for civil servants to travel abroad via Nepal Airlines will prove crucial for NAC to expand its market, said Madan Kharel, executive chairman of NAC.

“We have repeatedly urged the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation to introduce such a provision. It will not only ensure that Nepal Airlines will fly with good seat occupancy in the aforementioned destinations but will also help NAC financially and increase its market share in the international flight segment,” mentioned Kharel.

As NAC today is reeling under immense financial pressure following its inability to operate its two brand new wide-body aircraft in a full-fledged manner, the corporation is planning different ways to increase Nepal Airlines’ business and make it a financially sustained entity.

Though addition of the two wide-body aircraft to NAC’s fleet was expected to enhance the market and business of the national carrier, NAC today is obliged to operate these aircraft at a loss. Due to lack of effective planning, NAC has not been able to fly its wide-body planes to long-haul destinations for which these aircraft are meant and has been flying to short destinations.

Even though Nepal has signed Air Services Agreement (ASA) with 39 nations, Nepal Airlines has been able to fly only to six of these countries. However, Kharel informed that NAC will expand its fleet in the coming days and start flying to more international destinations.

Meanwhile, he claimed that NAC will improve its position gradually. “We are reviewing our business plan. The new business plan will set various targets regarding flight operation of Nepal Airlines and other business targets,” informed Kharel.

Similarly, Kharel also informed that Nepal Airlines will start flying to Japan from February and to China from March next year. NAC has sought aircraft operation permits from the aviation authorities of Japan and China and both the Japanese and Chinese authorities are positive towards giving flight permits to Nepal Airlines in their nations, as per him.


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Conduct DPR of rail line to Kyirong, govt tells China

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Kathmandu, December 11

The government has proposed to the Chinese government to conduct the detailed project report (DPR) of the much-hyped Kathmandu-Kyirong, Kathmandu-Pokhara, and Pokhara-Lumbini electric railways at its own cost.

The government has also asked the visiting Chinese team to conduct the detailed engineering report of the project.

According to Madhusudan Adhikari, secretary at the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport (MoPIT), the Chinese officials are positive about the government’s proposal.

Government authorities of both the nations started talks on the railway projects in the Capital on Monday. Discussions will be held till Thursday.

A 15-member Chinese team led by An Leshene, deputy minister for National Railway Administration of China, had arrived in Kathmandu on Sunday evening for the talks.

The Chinese team has handed over the initial feasibility report to the government as well. According to Adhikari, both the teams have started conducting an in-depth review of the project and the project will be accelerated as per plan.

Adhikari further informed that a joint team of Nepali and Chinese officials has inspected the Kathmandu-Rasuwagadhi rail alignment today.

A joint study team comprising Chinese officials, an engineering team from Chinese consulting firm — China Railway First Survey and Design Institute Group, officials from MoPIT, engineers from the Department of Railways (DoRW) of Nepal, and a local consultant are holding discussions on the project.

Earlier, a joint team comprising the Chinese consultant and Nepali consultant had submitted the pre-feasibility report of the railway project on August 10. The report had stated that the railway project is ‘feasible’. Since then, both the nations have already held two rounds of discussions.

As per the pre-feasibility study of the Kathmandu-Kyirong section, the project is estimated to cost about Rs 275 billion, according to an initial field study conducted last November by a Chinese technical team. The study had further mentioned that around 98.55 per cent section of the railway would be covered by tunnels and bridges.

However, the cost and other issues of Kathmandu-Pokhara and Pokhara-Lumbini sections have not been estimated yet.

Adhikari has stated that though the project is highly complex and challenging and not bankable, both Nepal and China have expressed their commitment to build it at any cost.


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OCR officially starts e-payment service

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Kathmandu, December 11

The Office of Company Registrar (OCR) has officially begun e-payment service from today.

Amid a programme held today to announce the commencement of the digital payment service, OCR officials said that promoting electronic payment is a part of OCR’s strategy to make all its services digital in near future.

Inaugurating the service, Matrika Prasad Yadav, minister for industry, commerce and supplies, said that digital services play a crucial role to maintain accountability and facilitate procedures for service seekers. “The government is committed to automating its services at different firms and will support digital services,” he said, adding that digitising government services will play an important role in the overall development process of the country.

On the occasion, Minister Yadav also urged OCR officials to ensure sustainability of the e-payment service and make all services digital soon.

Speaking at the programme, Commerce Secretary Yam Kumari Khatiwada, said digitising services will help reduce procedural hurdles while registering firms.

On the occasion, Registrar Bhuvanhari Aryal said that the e-payment service is one of OCR’s initiatives to digitise its services completely. “We are planning to switch completely to digital services from the next fiscal year.”

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World sees huge uptake in sustainable energy policies

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Kathmandu, December 11

Number of countries with strong policy frameworks for sustainable energy more than tripled — from 17 to 59 — between 2010 and 2017, and many of the world’s largest energy-consuming nations have significantly improved their renewable energy regulations since 2010, as per RISE 2018, a new World Bank report charting global progress on sustainable energy policies.

Progress was even more marked in energy efficiency, with the percentage of countries establishing advanced policy frameworks growing more than 10-fold between 2010 and 2017. And among countries with large populations living without electricity, 75 per cent had by 2017 put in place the policies and regulations needed to expand energy access.

But as the report makes clear, there are significant barriers to global progress on sustainable energy. While countries continue to be focused on clean energy policies for electricity, policies to decarbonise heating and transportation — which account for 80 per cent of global energy use — continue to be overlooked.

RISE 2018 measures policy progress in 133 countries on renewable energy, energy efficiency, electricity access, and access to clean cooking — the four target areas of Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7), which calls for achieving access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030.

“Policy matters. RISE 2018 confirms the numbers that make it clear that policy is a leading indicator of the world’s sustainable energy transition,” said Riccardo Puliti, senior director for Energy and Extractives at the World Bank. “But the report also contains a warning: That without accelerated adoption of good policies, and strong enforcement, the world’s climate goals and SDG7 are at risk.”

This momentum was particularly marked in renewable energy. Among the countries covered by RISE, only 37 per cent had a national renewable energy target in 2010.  By 2017, that had grown to 93 per cent. By 2017, 84 per cent of countries had a legal framework in place to support renewable energy deployment, while 95 per cent allowed the private sector to own and operate renewable energy projects. Over the same period, the share of countries that had put in place national legislation on energy efficiency rose from 25 per cent to 89 per cent.

In countries with an electricity access deficit, policymakers are increasingly turning their attention to off-grid solutions to close the gap. The share of low-access countries adopting measures to support mini-grids and solar home systems has soared from around 15 per cent in 2010 to 70 per cent in 2017.


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Daraz 12.12 sale

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KATHMANDU: Nepal’s number one online marketplace, Daraz, is now equipped with brand new features to enhance shoppers’ experience.

During Daraz’s 12.12 campaign, to be held on December 12, shoppers can expect great deals on select men’s and women’s fashion, home appliances, mobile phones, groceries, lifestyle, beauty and many more products.

Mystery Boxes along with Daraz’s latest additions: DarazMall and Collectible Vouchers will make 12.12 a truly unique shopping experience this December, states a statement released by the company. DarazMall is the curated selection of leading international, local, as well as top-rated online brands.

The Collectible Vouchers can be collected conveniently and stored in a shopper’s account for later use before their expiration date.


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