Bhadrapur-Jhapa Gold Cup: Nepal Army into semi-finals

Tribhuvan Army Club has booked a place in the semi-finals of the first Mustang Bhadrapur-Jhapa Gold Cup football tournament.

In the quarter-final match held at local Mechi Stadium here on Thursday, the TAC defeated visiting team Druke Lyhaul FC Bhutan by 2-0 goals. TAC’s Jitendra Karki and Sushant Chaudhary scored one goal each. Karki also won the Player of the Match award including a cash prize of Rs 20,000.

The departmental team of the Nepal Army will now face Sankata Club on Saturday for a place in the final.

Another departmental team, APF Club will face Cowwarn Bazar Pragati Sangh, Dhaka Bangladesh in the last quarter-final, according to organizing committee chair, Deepesh Dhakal.

A total of 10 teams including three foreign teams are competing in the tournament. The winner will walk home with a cash prize of Rs.1.3 million while the runner-up will get a cash prize of Rs.700,000.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Former President concerned over education and health status of Janakpurdham

Former President Dr Ram Baran Yadav has expressed concern over the deteriorating state of ecology, education and health in Janakpurdham. Inaugurating the fourth ‘Janakpur Literature Festival’ here Thursday, he urged all sides concerned to pay heed to this regard.

Compared to other regions, the educational institutions in Janakpurdham had quality in the past but it is eroding now, he reminded, adding that all sectors need to make concerted efforts to restore the quality. All sides’ contribution is imperative to protect culture and civilization here, Yadav underscored.

Sharing his life story that he devoted to democracy, the former President Yadav said, “Young generation must be active to protect democracy.”

Moreover, he stated that loktantra is the achievement of struggles waged for eight decades, so it must be protected.

The literature festival will run for three days. The festival to be attended by dignitaries of different fields is aimed at discussing various issues, such as literature, music, cinema, society and politics.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

National consensus must for electing President: General Secretary Gurung

General Secretary of the CPN (Maoist Centre), Dev Gurung, has warned if the parties fail to forge consensus on President’s election, the country would face problems.

He underscored the need for building national consensus on the election of the President so that the country would not witness any difficulty. General Secretary Gurung made such observation while speaking at an interaction organized by Raphat Sanchar Club in Bhaktapur on Thursday.

He further argued that the political parties who forged national consensus in case of the election of the Prime Minister should be able to forge national consensus for the election of President too. The parties should not form coalition for it, Gurung stressed.

If the national consensus eludes, the country becomes a playground for foreign intervention, causing difficulty. A common person who protects constitution and republic, and is acceptable to all would be elected new President, according to him.

Gurung reminded that the present need of the country is the continuation of consensus politics not the politics of negation.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Mass drug administration against lymphatic filariasis in 15 districts from today

Mass drug administration against lymphatic filariasis, commonly known as elephantiasis, is commencing in 15 districts from today.

The Ministry of Health and Population is conducting the mass drug administration programme in Jhapa, Morang, Dhanusha, Mahottari, Rautahat, Sarlahi, Bara, Rasuwa, Lamjung, Parbat, Baglung, Kapilbastu, Banke, Dang and Kailali districts. The programme will run until March 9.

Director-General of the Department of Health Services, Dr Deependra Raman Singh, said that the drug would be administered at the booths to be set up at the Ward Office of local level, the health facilities, community building, school and religious places.

All the people above two years of age would be given single dose of Albendazole plus Diethyalcarbamazine (DEC) which destroys the lymphatic filariasis parasites in the body and prevents the disease. This disease is transmitted by mosquito.

The government will provide the drugs free of cost. The mass drug administration programme is launched with the aim of eliminating this disease by 2030.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

CPN (UML) Chair Oli and Indian ambassador meet

CPN (UML) Chair KP Sharma Oli and Ambassador of India to Nepal, Naveen Srivastava, have held talks today.

The meeting took place at Oli’s residence at Balkot. On the occasion, the UML Chair and Ambassador Srivastava talked on the friendly relations between the two countries and the present political context, Chair Oli’s Secretariat said.

In the discussions that lasted about an hour, the Indian ambassador is learnt to have also inquired on the election of President.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Ring Road widening project: Minister assures of noticeable progress

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport, Narayan Kaji Shrestha, has said the second phase of the Ring Road widening project would be accelerated ahead.

The Minister who reached the project site today for an inspection assured of a noticeable progress in the project implementation.

On the occasion, he cited a remarkable progress in site clearance, pledging a progress in true sense ahead. ‘Nepal and China had seriously assessed issues in the widening works, some hurdles were identified, and some of them have been already resolved. Most of physical infrastructure causing hurdles to implement the project have been removed. Some poles are to be removed and small temples lying along the widening site have been shifted to other locations.’

On the occasion, the Minister said the Chinese Minister had also pledged to expedite the project.

During the monitoring, he was accompanied by Chinese Ambassador, Chen Song, Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) managing director Kulman Ghishing and Kathmandu metropolis mayor Balendra Shah among others.

The Project was delayed as the Chinese side was demanding the ‘site clearance’ first to expedite the project. Talking to media, the Minister said there is an agreement to revise the design so as to keep the cultural aspects of the area in front of the Swoyambhunath intact.

NEA managing director Ghishing said electric poles have been removed from all required locations along the route except one or two and it will be over by the next 15 days. There is no hurdle on part of the NEA to implement the project. The underground installation of electric wiring and road widening will go simultaneously.

Though there is an agreement for implementing the second phase of 8.2 kilometers project from Kalanki to Basundhara, the government has urged the Chinese side to extend it a little bit and reach up to the Dhobilkhoa bridge of Chabahil. The first phase of Koteshwor-Kalanki road widening project has been already completed.

The project based on G2G model was signed by Nepal and China in 2018.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Three parties fail to agree on election of President

The CPN (Maoist Centre), CPN (Unified Socialist) and Janata Samajwadi Party (JSP) leaders met today to discuss on the matter of the upcoming election of the President.

The meeting held at Singh Durbar discussed about electing the next president on the basis of national consensus but no conclusion was reached, said CPN (Unified Socialist) leader Prakash Jwala. The name of our party president Madhav Nepal was also floated but nothing has been decided. He said discussion was also held about forming a left-socialist front.

Prime Minister and CPN (Maoist Centre) Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, leaders Narayankaji Shrestha, Janardan Sharma and Shakti Basnet, Chairperson of CPN (US) Madhav Kumar Nepal, leaders Beduram Bhusal, Ghanshyam Bhusal and Pramesh Hamal and President of JSP Upendra Yadav and leader Rajendra Shrestha participated in the meeting.

Earlier today, JSP President Yadav had a meeting with Prime Minister Dahal and top leaders of the Maoist Center regarding the election of the Vice President.

Source: National News Agency Nepal