Match schedule of Bhadrapur Jhapa Gold Cup-2079 made public

The ‘First Mustang Bhadrapur Jhapa Gold Cup-2079’ football tournament will kick off with hosts, Bhadrapur Blazers facing Jaigaon Football Club of India on coming February 19.

This was revealed in the match schedule that was made public amidst a programme held at Mechi Stadium on Monday. CPN-UML Chairperson and former Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Chairperson of the Jhapa Gold Cup committee Dipesh Dhakal jointly unveiled the match schedule.

A total of 10 teams including three foreign football clubs are participating in the tournament that will run until February 28. According to the tournament organisers, other teams include Druk Lhayul Football Club of Bhutan Cowwarn Bazar Pragati Sangh FC of Dhaka, Bangladesh, departmental teams—Tribhuvan Army Club, Nepal Police Club and Armed Police Force Club, Sankata Club, Church Boys United and Machhindra Club.

All preparations for the event have been completed including preparing the stadium to accommodate 20,000 spectators, said Dhakal.

The winner of the first edition of the Bhadrapur Jhapa Gold Cup will walk home with a cash prize of Rs.1.3 million and the runner-up will win Rs.700,000. The tournament is estimated to cost Rs 15 million.

The best player of the tournament will be awarded a cash prize of Rs 100,000, the best goalkeeper, best defender, best midfielder, best forward, best coach, top scorer and the first scorer of the final match will be awarded cash of Rs 25,000 each. The player of the match will get Rs. 20,000 in every match of the tournament.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Political cooperation essential for development: Minister Sharma

Minister for Communication and Information Technology, Rekha Sharma, has said the political cooperation is needed for successful implementation of development endevours.

“Development is not just the concern of a specific political party and cooperation at a wider scale is needed for it,” she said while speaking at a programme organised in her honour in her home district today by the Narayanpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dang.

On the occasion, the Minister urged the masses to cooperate with the government endevours for development.

The Minister said she had already discussed with the Finance Minister to complete the Ghorahi-Tulasipur four-lane road construction project which has been in limbo for long. “The project failed to report a progress despite the substitution of contractor eighth time and the government would deal with it through a fresh decision.” She said her focus was on connecting the people with the Ministry and its affairs.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

TI concerned over new bill on anti-money laundering

The Transparency International (TI) Nepal has expressed concern over some provisions of the bill registered by the government to amend some acts related to prevention of money laundering and promotion of business environment. The bill was registered at the Parliament Secretariat on February 10.

The provision that states that ‘paying of taxes on income without known sources would be granted validity’ is against the major goal of the ‘Money Laundering Prevention Act 2064’, which is to prevent laundering money earned through illegal means, says a statement issued today by President of TI Nepal Padmini Pradhananga. It has also drawn the attention of the newly elected MPs and the Parliament to remain vigilant to not allow the proposed amendment to give away to legalizing of illegally earned money.

Nepal is a party to the International Convention against Corruption and opening doors to legitimize illegally acquired money under any pretext is against the convention, adds the statement. TI Nepal has also stated that since the Court has established a jurisprudence against the proposed amendment, ignoring it will be violation of the norm of the rule of law.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

146 children found suffering from congenital heart disease

: A study carried out by the Sahid Gangalal National Heart Centre in Budhanilkantha municipality has shown that there are many children suffering from congenital heart disease.

A total of 146 students were found suffering from congenital heart disease during the study carried out on 13,000 students of government and private school located in Budhanilkantha municipality, said Hospital Director Dr Chandramani Adhikari.

The study was carried out from December 16, 2022 to February 12, 2023 where 3,820 students of government schools and 9,180 students of private schools had participated. “One hundred forty-six students were found suffering from different types of congenital heart disease. The study also shows that people might suffer from congenital heart defects without developing symptoms,” Dr Adhikari shared

The Hospital released the study report at a time when Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) Awareness week is underway. The Congenital Heart Disease Awareness week is marked from February 7-14 by organising different awareness programmes every year.

Pediatric cardiologist Dr Urmila Shakya said one out of 100 people is found suffering from congenital heart disease. Congenital heart disease is one of the reasons behind the death of many children, she added.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Indian Foreign Secretary arrives, participates in meeting

Foreign Secretary of India, Vinay Mohan Kwatra, has arrived here today on a two-day official visit to Nepal. He arrived at the invitation of Foreign Secretary Bharat Raj Paudyal.

The Indian Foreign Secretary has participated in the Secretary-level meeting immediately after his arrival. The foreign secretaries of the two countries will discuss various aspects of the multi-dimensional partnership between Nepal and India, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

On the occasion, they will hold discussions on various topics of bilateral cooperation including those related to connectivity, power trade, agriculture, health and culture, among others.

This is Kwatra’s first visit to Nepal after assuming the responsibility of Foreign Secretary of India.

India’s Ministry of External Affairs said that this visit is taking place in line with the priority attached by India to its relations with Nepal under the ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy and in keeping with the tradition of regular high-level meetings between the two countries.

India and Nepal have historic relations based on a shared civilization.

Meanwhile, the bilateral collaboration between the two countries has been further augmented by the various infrastructures constructed with Indian assistance and the trans-border connectivity project.

It is believed that the Indian Foreign Secretary’s this visit will provide an opportunity to further deepening the bilateral ties between the two South Asian close neighbours.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Qatari ambassador calls on Foreign Affairs Minister

Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Nepal, Yousuf bin Mohammed Al-Hail, paid a courtesy call on Foreign Minister Dr Bimala Rai Paudyal at the Ministry in Singha Durbar today.

Discussions covered various facets of the bilateral cooperation to further strengthen Nepal-Qatar relations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted.

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US Deputy Assistant Secretary Akhter in Kathmandu

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia and Central Asian Affairs, Afreen Akhter, has arrived in Kathmandu today.

During the visit, the US Deputy Assistant Secretary is scheduled to hold discussion with partners of International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and Energy Nepal, according to the US Embassy in Nepal.

Similarly, she is also scheduled to meet with Nepali Army and government officers. US Deputy Assistant Secretary Akhter would discuss the issues of climate change, clean energy, humanitarian assistance and disaster response as well as making progress in democracy, human rights and economic prosperity.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Indian Foreign Secretary meets NC President Deuba

Indian Foreign Secretary, Vinay Mohan Kwatra, met with Nepali Congress President and former Prime Minister, Sher Bahadur Deuba.

During the meeting held at Deuba residence in Dhumrabarahi, on Monday, various matters of bilateral interests and about further strengthening people’s relations between the two countries were discussed, according to Deuba’s Secretariat.

On the occasion, President Deuba said, “Our common goal is to further strengthen Nepal-India relations for the welfare of the people of two countries.”

The Indian Foreign Secretary arrived here today on a two-day official visit at the invitation of Foreign Secretary Bharat Raj Paudyal.

Earlier, the Indian Foreign Secretary called on President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Bimala Rai Poudyal. He also participated in a secretary-level meeting. This is the first visit of Foreign Secretary Kwatra to Nepal after assuming the post of Foreign Secretary of India.

Source: National News Agency Nepal