Futsal in Kathmandu shut down indefinitely

Kathmandu, Jan 14: All Futsal grounds in Kathmandu have been shut down by police indefinitely. Futsal, that was lately becoming very popular is the valley among the youth, was attributed to leading them to gambling, drugs and bunking of classes. Increasing complaints about the same from the parents led to the shutdown of the Futsal centres in the valley, according to Metropolitan Police Circle Kathmandu spokesperson Biswa Raj Pokharel. Futsal is type of football game played on a smaller and mostly indoor field, with fewer players than a normal football game. RSS ...

Nepal in Executive Board of UNICEF

Kathmandu, Jan 9: Nepal has assumed the responsibility of the Executive Board of UNICEF from Saturday. Nepal was elected to the Executive Board of the UNICEF for 2016-2018 unanimously from the Asia Pacific Region. Nepal’s Permanent Mission to the UN in New York said that Nepal’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Durga Prasad Bhattarai, was elected the Vice-Chairperson of the Executive Board unopposed on Saturday. Nepal had contributed to the UNICEF by remaining in the Executive Board in different times including 1982 to 1985, 1992 to 1995 and 2002 to 2004. ...

India to deploy more border guards at international border with Pakistan

NEW DELHI, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) India will soon deploy more border guards at the international border with Pakistan in the northern states of Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the recent terror attacks on a key air base, sources said Thursday. Some 2,000 additional para-military Border Security Guards personnel may be deployed at the international border in these two states. The move comes after the deadly terror attacks on the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot," the sources said. The Border Security Force mans the international border in Jammu sector and Punjab, while the Indian Army guards the Line of Control in Indian-controlled Kashmir. "The recent terror attacks have indicated the need for more vigil at the international border, given many terrorists sneak into this country from Pakistan using this border, despite it being electrically fenced," the sources said. Some seven Indian security forces personnel were killed and 20 other injured in the terror attack on the Pathankot air force base, just 30 km from the international border with Pakistan. All the militants were killed and the base secured after an 80-hour operation. ...

US trade deficit shrinks to 9-month low

WASHINGTON, Jan 6, 2016 (AFP) - The US trade deficit shrank in November to a nine-month low as a sharp drop in imports outpaced a decline in exports, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. The chronically deficit US trade balance with the rest of the world fell 5.0 percent in the month to $42.4 billion, surprising analysts who had estimated it would increase. The October deficit was revised to $44.6 billion from $43.9 billion. ...

1.1 mln refugees come to Germany in 2015: Interior Minister

BERLIN, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- Germany has registered 1.1 million asylum seekers in 2015, announced German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere on Wednesday. This is the highest number ever recorded in Germany in the postwar period. Refugees fleeing war-torn Syria make around 40 percent of the new arrivals, according to official statistics. The Afghans constitute the second-biggest group. The German government had previously estimated that 800,000 refugees would arrive in Germany in the past year. Acknowledging the enormous efforts needed to register, house and feed the newcomers, de Maiziere said that the German government would put in 4,000 additional staff at the migration office alone in 2016. The government would also make a monthly contribution of 670 euros (719.8 U.S. dollars) per asylum seeker to help state and local governments in dealing with the massive influx. At the same time, the minister promised to end the trend of increasing asylum seekers. "We will work in all policy areas towards sharply reducing the number of new asylum seekers to Germany," he said. ...

Aftershock in Sindhupalchowk

Kathmandu, Jan 2: An aftershock of 4.2 on the Richter scale occurred at 3:15 am today with the epicentre in Sindhupalchowk district, the National Seismological Centre said. According to the Centre, a total of 424 aftershocks of four and above on the Richter scale have jolted different parts of the quake-hit districts after the massive Gorkha Earthquake of April 25, 2015. RSS   ...

IS kills 9 students at Syria school: state media

DAMASCUS, Dec 22, 2015 (AFP) - Islamic State group jihadists killed nine Syrian students when they shelled a school in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor on Tuesday, state news agency SANA reported. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said nine girls were killed and another 20 wounded, mostly students from the regime-held district of Hrabesh. "The toll is likely to worsen as some of the injured are in serious condition," the Observatory's Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. The Syrian government condemned the attack. "The terrorist rockets will not prevent us from continuing our mission of education," said Prime Minister Wael al-Halaqi. The Islamic State group has controlled nearly all of oil-rich Deir Ezzor province since 2013, but half of the regional capital remains in the government's hands. In recent weeks, the US-led coalition and Russia's military have targeted IS jihadists in the province with air strikes. In the west of the country, at least 20 air strikes likely to have been carried out by Russia caused injuries in Latakia province, said the Observatory. Elsewhere in Latakia, forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad fought fierce battles with Islamist rebels, leaving several dead on both sides, it added. The Syrian government has been trying for months to recapture rebel-controlled areas of the coastal province. Last week, troops and allied militia pushed rebel fighters from a hilltop, Jabal Nuba, which overlooks a strategic...

Ambulance service affected for lack of fuel

Parasi, Dec. 21: Ambulance services have been affected in Nawalparasi district as the fuel crisis continues unabated. The ambulance services operated in the district are on the verge of closure due to insufficient fuel supplies as the unofficial blockade from India continues for nearly three months. Each ambulance is given 30 to 40 litres of diesel on weekly basis but that’s too little to effectively provide services to the needy, ambulance service providers said. More than 50 ambulances are providing services in the district. ...

Solution to Madhes problems soon: NC President Koirala

Kathmandu, Dec 19: Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala has said the problems in Madhes would be solved soon. At a face to face with journalists at his own residence, Maharajgunj, on Saturday, President Koirala said the genuine demands of Madhesi Front need to be addressed by amending the constitution. The former Prime Minister further said the people were in need of getting out of present turmoil. So, amendment of constitution would duly address the concerns of the people from diverse caste, religion, languages and cultures, he stressed. According to him, the base for Nepali Congress' politics is Madhes, so unity among the Madhesi people and NC was essential. "Constitution is a document of compromise, so it can be changed as per the need," he said. Moreover, he reiterated the need of dialogue to solve present problems, referring that even the decade long Maoist insurgency and the army integration got peaceful settlement through the talks. "It is because of the political parties themselves that the relation with neighbour was strained," he argued. The NC President lauded Nepali people patience despite destructive earthquake and scourge of blockade. Responding to a question whether he would file candidacy for the Party president again in the coming general convention, the septuagenarian leader put it, "I've more love to nation than to party. So, I don't have time think over general convention." ...

Fresh earthquake jolts western districts

Baitadi, Dec. 19: A fresh earthquake has occurred in the far-west region early this morning. The earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale rattled the districts of the far-western region at 4:2 am with its epicentre near Jagannath in Bajura district, the National Seismological Centre said. It is reported that the quake was realised in most of the districts of the far-west and mid-west districts. RSS ...

NC cc meet goes through intense debate regarding allocation of active party membership

Kathmandu, Dec 17: The Thursday's session of ongoing Central Committee meeting of the Nepali Congress witnessed intense discourse about the disputes seen in the allocation of active party membership. The CC meet was held in a bid to discuss about preparations for the upcoming 13th General Convention. The leaders taking part in the deliberations on the report of active membership distribution probe committee headed by party central member Narhari Acharya complained about lack of transparency in the fresh distribution of party membership. The distribution of membership was against the set criteria and it should be reviewed, they stressed. Goplaman Shrestha, Balkrishna Khand, Manmohan Bhattarai, Min Bishwakaram, Dina Upadhyay, Mahendra Yadav and Ramesh Rijal backed the report while Dilendra Prasad Badu, Gururaj Ghimire, Pradeep Poudel, Kamala Panta, Aftab Alam, Farmullah Mansoor and Ratna Sherchaan demanded the revision of the report. Some of the leaders disagreed with the report while accusing that allocation of party membership was against the party statute. As per the fresh allocation of party active membership, there are new 214,000 active members in the party while the old number was 316,886. RSS ...

Massive fire engulfs Diktel bazaar

Khotang, Dec 17: A massive fire broke out in Ratnapark of Diktel on Thursday afternoon, with property worth millions reported to have been gutted. The fire that began from the cloth shop of Hiralal Puri at around 3:00 in the afternoon was yet to be brought under control as of this evening. Security personnel and the locals are working together to fight the blaze. The reason behind the fire is not yet known. RSS ...

Six girls rescued from western border point

Kanchanpur, Dec 17: Some six girls have been rescued from Gadda post in western border checkpoint. The girls were rescued from Indian bordering city, Banbasa, on Wednesday with joint efforts of Maiti Nepal and Nepal Police, said Maiti Nepal Kanchanpur Coordinator Maheswori Bhatta. An adolescent girl aged 17 of Belauri, Kanchanpur was rescued from Banbasa, he shared. Likewise, among other rescued are three from Sindhupalchowk who were about to leave for Kirgizstan and Oman for employment via New Delhi, one from Nuwakot and one from Khotang. RSS ...

Blockade protested through literature

Parasi, Dec 17: Literary writers and artists expressed their protest against the unofficial Indian blockade through their creations. The freedom of expression practitioners presented the model of literary protest against the Indian atrocities through songs, poems, gazal and drama. On the occasion, literary writers including Bhupendra Sharma Bhattarai, Jeevan Sapkota, Deepak Raj Bhattarai, Deepak Swoti and Bimal Diwas cited their literary pieces. Likewise, a street drama written by Jeevan Sapkota and directed by Khagaraj Sapkota was demonstrated with the theme to protest the disruption of essentials on Nepal-India border. RSS ...

Reconstruction Authority Bill approved

Kathmandu, Dec 16: A bill regarding the reconstruction of the structure devastated by the earthquake has been endorsed by the parliament today after a long hiatus. A meeting of the Legislature-Parliament Wednesday enacted the bill after nine months. Owing to a prolonged debate between the ruling parties and the chief opposition party, the bill was stuck in the parliament that prevented the reconstruction efforts. Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Agni Prasad Kharel presented the Reconstruction Authority Bill for the post-earthquake rebuild. The April 25 destructive earthquake and subsequent aftershocks had completely affected 14 districts and hit 31 districts of the country. The natural disaster had left 8,889 people killed, as many as 21,000 injured and around 800,000 buildings devastated. Many archeologically important heritages and historical buildings with artistic value were also turned into rubbles in the disaster. Though the government had distributed Rs 15,000 as relief assistance to the earthquake victims, they have been surviving tougher lives under tents and sheets. The unofficial blockade imposed by India of late has increased woes to the quake survivors in the affected districts. For no law the earthquake survivors did ot get Rs 200,000 pledged by the government. Likewise, the Nepali Congress lawmaker Nabindra Raj Joshi has said that the earthquake survivors have not received any relief to this date. He admitted that the lawmakers could...