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Wasim Zaman, 65

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
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News that among the nine people brutally slain by the Taliban at the Serena Hotel in Kabul on 20 March was Wasim Zaman came as a shock to the many friends the Bangladeshi population expert had made in Nepal.

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Zaman, 65, was the Central and South Asia head of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) based in Kathmandu from 1999-2004 and was popular among government officials in the region and his large Nepali and expat social circle in Kathmandu. After retiring from the UN, Zaman had joined the Kuala Lumpur-based International Council on Management of Population Programmes, which had a project in Afghanistan.

Thursday’s attack came two weeks before Afghanistan’s presidential election and four of the dead were foreigners. An Afghan journalist with Agence France-Presse, Sardar Ahmad, his wife and two small children were among the others who were killed execution style by the assassins. The Serena Hotel has several layers of security, but the gunmen smuggled tiny pistols past the
guards and waited for the restaurant to fill up for a Afghan new year dinner before shooting people as they sat on their tables. Another Bangladeshi person was also among those killed.

“My father was devoted to the welfare of human beings all his life,” his daughter Fariha Zaman told a Bangladeshi news service from New York, “he was killed while trying to serve the people of Afghanistan.” His three daughters live in the US, while his wife is in Kuala Lumpur.

Zaman was back in Kathmandu last year for a regional South Asian consultation to prepare for the UN’s Special General Assembly on Population and Development later in 2014. In an interview while in Kathmandu he expressed worries that funding for population activities in South Asia was drying up.

Before joining the UN, Zaman was a journalist with Dhaka Television and a correspondent for the Bangladesh Observer.

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Same circle

Monday, March 24th, 2014
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The government has set up a body similar to the past High Level Political Committee (HLPC). It has been named as the Coalition Government Coordination Committee (CGCC) and has leaders of Nepali Congress and CPN-UML.

On behalf of NC, PM Sushil Koirala, Sher Bahdur Deuba, Ram Chandra Poudel, Prakash Man Singh and Krishna Prasad Sitaula are in the committee. Similarly, on behalf of UML, Deputy PM Bamdev Gautam, UML Chairperson Jhalanath Khanal, KP Oli, Madhav Kumar Nepal and Ishwor Pokhrel are in the committee.

The committee will help the government discharge its duties smoothly and provide guidelines, too. “Top five leaders each from NC and UML have been inducted in the committee in today’s meeting,” said NC secretary Sitaula while informing about the joint meeting of NC and UML held on Monday.

“The committee will facilitate discussions between NC and UML organising meetings frequently,” Situala added.

Meanwhile, the NC and UML’s joint meeting has decided to form a four-member task force to forge consensus in various committees of the Constituent Assembly. UML has decided to send Bishnu Poudel and Bhim Acharya to the committee, while NC is yet to provide the final two names.

The meeting has further decided to hold discussions among three largest parties, including the third largest party UCPN (Maoist).

“We three parties need to discuss many issues including nomination of 26 CA members and various committees to be set up under the CA,” Sitaula further said.


Lessons from Malaysia

Monday, March 24th, 2014
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Former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohammad has said that Nepal should first focus on maintaining political stability and then engage in ways to bring about rapid economic growth for overall development of the country.

Addressing the opening ceremony of the Nepal Business Conclave 2014 organised by the Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industries in the capital on Sunday, Dr Mahathir made this remark in response to a question whether the first priority of a country should be political stability or economic growth to bring about development and prosperity.

“Only after the country attains political stability would rapid economic development be possible,” he said.

The distringuished Malaysian statesman had arrived in Nepal on Saturday, leading an eleven member Malayaisan delegation to take part in the conference being organised with the objective of providing businessmen from around the world to look for an opportunity to find suitable projects for investment in Nepal.

Dr Mahathir further said that after some degree of political stability is achieved, people should set aside communality and racial discrimination so as to ensure rapid socio-economic development of the country.

“It was also very difficult for us to industrialise Malaysia. But we managed to attract foreign investments as well as skills and technology. As a result Malayasia is now home to many multinational companies and gives employment to over 3 million foreign workers,” Dr Mahathir, who held the post of Prime Minister of Malayasia for 22 years in a political career spanning almost 40 years, said.

He further advised the Nepalese government to focus on providing skill-oriented and vocational education/training to its citizens and create an able workforce who can make important contribution in nation building.

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat, FNCCI President Suraj Vaidya, political party leaders, senior government officials, intellectuals, national and foreign dignitaries including leaders of various sectors were among those who keenly listened to Dr Mahathir’s key note speech at the conference.


Ending on a high note

Friday, March 21st, 2014
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Nepal defeated Afghanistan by nine runs* in its final group stage match at the ICC World T20 2014 in Bangladesh on Thursday. However, Nepal failed to qualify for the next round as Bangladesh topped the group with highest run rate. Nepal won two of its three group matches

“The two wins in this tournament mean a lot to us. Like I said before the tournament – we came here to compete. We have always tried to win every game that we have played for our country. It will always give us a great boost moving forward and push us to do better as well as have great impact on the youngsters who are coming up and want to play cricket,” Captain Paras Khadka told media after the match. “This was the first time we qualified and managed to win two games. So it is a great achievement in itself, which we are taking back home. But now the real journey begins. We have to do the home work and start again from the beginning and try to produce better results in future.”

If Hong Kong had beaten Bangladesh within 13.1 overs, Nepal would have advanced to the next round of ICC World T20 2014.

Although Nepal failed to qualify for the next round, it has made an impressive debut in the tournament. Nepal defeated Hong Kong by 80 runs in its inaugural match of the World Cup but lost to Bangladesh by eight wickets.

*The first sentence previously mentioned nine wickets instead of nine runs during the update of Nepal vs Afghanistan match in Bangladesh last Thursday.


Gotcha!

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
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The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has arrested nine staff of the Department of Foreign Employment including its Director, Chiranjibi Adhikari, on charge of irregularities while issuing labour permits to Nepali workers going abroad for foreign employment.

Along with Adhikari, the CIAA on Wednesday arrested section officers Kumar Prasad Pokharel, Ghambhir Singh Bista, Lawa Raj Joshi and Babu Lal Regmi. Likewise, senior clerks (nayab subba) Bhim Bahadur Basnet and Laxmi Prasad Dhungana along with computer operators Sanjib Nepal and Sushil Shakya were also detained.

All nine have been charged of issuing labour permits to 172 Nepali workers on the basis of fake documents. Of them 109 had left for foreign employment in Qatar on January 12 and 63 to Dubai on January 17 earlier this year, according to CIAA spokesperson Sreedhar Sapkota.

The accused have been taken into custody and necessary investigation is underway, Sapkota added.


Bangladesh beat Nepal

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
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Bangladesh defeated Nepal by eight wickets in its second match of the ICC World T20 2014 held at Chittagong, Bangladesh on Tuesday evening.

Bangladesh chose to field first after winning the toss and Nepal posted a target of 127 runs with the loss of five wickets in 20 overs.

Paras Khadka scored highest 41 runs while Sarad Vesawkar made 40 runs, Gyanendra Malla 13 runs and Sagar Pun 12 runs. Al-Amin Hossain took two wickets for Bangladesh.

In return, Bangladesh chased the target at 15.3 overs scoring 132 runs losing two wickets. Anamul Haque scored 42 runs, Shakib Al Hasan 37 runs, Tamim Iqbal 30 runs and Sabbir Rahmin 21 runs.

Shakti Gauchan and Basanta Regmi claimed a wicket each for Nepal.

With the win Bangladesh has almost qualified for the next round of World Cup.

Both the teams had made flying start on Saturday. Nepal had defeated Hong Kong by 80 runs while Bangladesh secured nine wickets victory against Afghanistan.

Nepal will now take on Afghanistan in its last match on Thursday under Group A.

 


What a start

Sunday, March 16th, 2014
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Nepal have beaten Hong Kong by 80 runs in their first match at the ICC T20 World Cup in Bangladesh. Man of the match Shakti Gauchan took three wickets for Nepal.

After being put to bat first on a green pitch, Nepal started strongly, scoring 36 in 28 balls.

But openers Subash Khakurel and Sagar Pun fell in the space of four balls and it wasn’t until captain Paras Khadka and Gyanendra Malla put 80 for the third-wicket to steady Nepal.

Malla played second fiddle while Khadka went for the boundaries and made 39 before he was caught at mid-off. Malla then picked up the pace and scored 48.

But just as Nepal looked poised to cross 150, they lost momentum and gave away four wickets in the last four balls of their innings.

Once Nepal took the field, Khadka dismissed Hong Kong’s opener Irfan Ahmed with the very first ball. Hong Kong never recovered. Baba Hayat and Waqas Barkat provided some resistance with 20 and 18 runs, but Nepal’s spinners kept taking wickets at regular intervals.

On a pitch made for seamers, it was the slow bowlers who starred for Nepal. Spinners Basant Regmi and Shakti Gauchan each took three wickets, while seamer Sompal Kami took two. At the end of Hong Kong’s 17th over, Jeetendra Mukhiya bowled out tail-ender Nadeem Ahmed and Nepal registered an impressive victory in a tie between two evenly matched teams.

Nepal will next play hosts Bangladesh, who beat Afghanistan by nine wickets in the day’s earlier match, on Tuesday.

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