Nepal Adhikari, Kafle on shortlist

Nepal Adhikari, Kafle on shortlist
The three-member Governor Recommendation Committee has picked three names—economist Chiranjeevi Nepal and two Nepal Rastra Bank Deputy Governors Gopal Kafle and Maha Prasad Adhikari for the post of governor at the Nepal Rastra Bank. The committee headed by Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat on Wednesday submitted the names to the Cabinet, which is expected to select one of them as head of the central bank at its meeting on Thursday. Economist Praiseworthiness Timeline and former governor Himalaya Sumsher Rana are other members on the committee. Nepal is currently serving as economic advisor to Prime Minister. Before taking up the current job, he had served as chief economic advisor at the Finance Ministry in the Khil Raj Regmi-led government. PhD in economics, Nepal has been involved in teaching at universities for the last 28 years. He has experience of heading another regulatory body—Securities Board of Nepal and is credited for bringing reforms in the stock market. An outspoken supporter of free market economy while discarding cooperative sector, he had courted criticism from the left parties when he was chief economic advisor at the Finance Ministry.Kafle has been working as senior deputy governor at the NRB since December 26, 2010. He has been overseeing monetary policy, research, foreign exchange and public debt department at the bank.
He entered the NRB on October 10, 1982 as a third-class officer and he worked at different departments, including regulation, supervision, micro-finance, training centre and public debt management before being elevated to the current position. The liquidation of Nepal Development Bank was among the NRB decisions taken under his watch as chief of the Financial Institution Supervision Department of NRB. As a deputy governor, he played a key role in opening the doors for NRB to invest on Chinese securities. Holder of Master’s degrees in Economics from Tribhuvan University and the University of New England in Australia, Kafle is soft-spoken and friendly but lacks boldness, according NRB officials. Another candidate Adhikari currently oversees the department that regulates and supervises the banks and financial institutions. NRB officials say Adhikari has a sound knowledge about the financial sector. He has worked closely with the incumbent governor Yubaraj Khatiwada in implementing reform measures and also played a role in bailing out Nepal from possible blacklist by Financial Action Task Force in money-laundering case. Adhikari had joined the bank as an assistant-level employee in 1985. He headed the Nepal Bangladesh Bank management when the central bank took over the commercial bank’s reigns in 2006. source by Kathmandu post
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Flood fears in Karnali after water level drops

Thousands of people living in the downstream villages of Karnali River Basin were put on high alert on Tuesday morning after the water volume in one of the two tributaries of the country’s longest river dropped significantly, raising fears of possible damming upstream. Locals along with authorities in Humla district rang alarm bells after Limi Khola, which flows into the Karnali, recorded a dramatic 80 percent drop in water levels since Tuesday morning. Limi and Muchu rivers feed the Karnali.“We have suspected damming of the river in the high altitude region along the Nepal-China border after the water level dropped significantly in the rivers flowing in Humla. However, we are yet to ascertain whether the river is blocked due to an avalanche or has frozen,” said Keshab Adhikari, deputy inspector general of police in the mid-western region, who is updating the situation in Humla.Due to remoteness and inaccessibility, compounded by adverse weather conditions, authorities are having difficulties ascertaining the exact situation and the reason behind. “We are unable to deploy helicopters carrying a survey team for site observation,” Adhikari added. Around 435 houses in Limi and Muchu villages bordering the Tibet region of China may be vulnerable in case of a sudden rise in water flow. Limi is prone to glacial lake outburst floods. One such flood caused devastating impacts on the lives and properties there in 2011.The upper mountainous regions in Karnali Humla and Kalikot have been receiving heavy rains and snow in the past week, with snow accumulating as thick as seven feet. People living near riverbanks are said to have started ascending to safer places after the local administration alerted them through FM radios to move elsewhere. According to Rameshwor Dangal, joint-secretary at the Home Ministry, satellite images also did not provide any clue to what exactly had happened in Humla. “Due to poor visibility and weather conditions, we were unable to locate the site and find the cause behind the dramatic drop in water level,” he said. “We guess the river might have been frozen.”Due to flood fears, downstream villages in Achham, Bajura and even parts of Bardia have been alerted about possible dangers. Response teams, including of security personnel, have been formed to disseminate and share updates about the river’s condition, said Dangal. In Bardiya, the local administration has alerted people in possible impact zones about the threat, said Bardia Chief District Officer Narhari Baral.
Five dead, 4 missing as rain, snow cause havoc
KATHMANDU: At least five persons have died and four others gone missing in separate incidents caused by rain and snowfall in Mustang, Bajura and Kalikot districts in the past 24 hours. Two persons froze to death due to heavy snowfall at Khiga in Mustang on Monday night. The victims, who had left Kagbeni for Muktinath, died after being caught in the snowfall. The deceased have been identified as Ramesh Budha of Nisi-4 in Baglung and Dipa BK of Rukum district. Security personnel, however, rescued Chet Bahadur Kami of Baglung from the area.“The victims were on their way to Khiga which is a three-hour walk from Kagbeni. They were trapped in a thick blanket of snow and died of hypothermia,” said Govinda Prasad Pathak, deputy superintendent of police in Mustang. The bodies were dug out on Tuesday.Meanwhile, a German tourist and his Nepali guide, who had been stranded in Lomangthang for the past four days, were rescued by a helicopter on Tuesday. Two other Germans and a Nepali guide still await rescue.In Bajura, four persons went missing in heavy snowfall at the Bhairi highland on Tuesday. Kal Bahadur Shahi, Daman Bahadur Shahi, Birja Singh and San Shahi of Gotri VDC are out of contact, according to police. “A rescue team searched for them till the evening, to no avail,” said Police Inspector Amar Gopal Shrestha.The victims were returning home from India to attend the wedding ceremony of a relative in the village. Meanwhile, three members of a family were buried to death when a house collapsed following incessant rainfall at Thirpu-5 in Kalikot on Tuesday morning. Police identified the dead as Dal Bahadur Rokaya, his wife Mansara and their seven-year-old daughter Sabitri.
36 trapped workers rescued
KANCHANPUR: Security personnel rescued 36 workers who had been trapped in an island in the middle of the Makahali River at Airighat, Kanchanpur, on Tuesday. The team of Nepal Army and Armed Police Force rescued the victims using boats. They had reached the middle of the river to collect sand and aggregate but were unable to return after the water level rose following incessant rainfall. Besides, Indian authorities had opened the floodgates of the Banbasa Bridge.
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TAAN Lhosar Festival to be organized in Thamel

TAAN Lhosar Festival to be organized in Thamel
https://www.himalayastrek.com/" target="_blank" title="Trekking">Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has decided to celebrate TAAN Lhosar Festival in Thamel on February 17.Speaking at a press meet organized at TAAN Secretariat in Maligaun, TAAN officials said preparations for the festival were at the final stage.In the past years, TAAN used to celebrate Lhosar festival by organizing ‘Lhosar Dinner Ball’ in different hotels. This year it is organizing the festival in Thamel – the tourist hotspot in Kathmandu Valley — to promote Lhosar festival as a cultural tourism product.TAAN President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala said the festival will see cultural performances of different ethnic groups like Gurungs, Tamangs and Sherpas.The program will begin with a cultural procession from Sanchayakosh Building. The procession will pass through different thoroughfares in Thamel before culminating into a formal program at Tridevi Marg.Traditional dances like Syabru (Sherpa), Maruni (Gurung) and Tamang (Selo) will be performed on the occasion. Ganesh Himal Tourism Development Committee will organize a special ‘Mhendo La’ Dance in Thamel. There will also be food stalls showcasing traditional cuisines of Sherpa, Gurung and Tamang communities, among others.
The program will also see various entertainment and fun-filled programs like live concert, modern dances and DJ session, among others. Renowned artistes like Performance by renowned artistes like Roj Moktan, DJ Tenzing, Mingma Sherpa, Resma Sunuwar, Himal Ghale, Abhinash Ghising, Nirmala Ghising, Sunil Lama, Jyoti Magar, Mausam Gurung, Sanjaya Gurung, Bhimu Gurung, AP Sherpa, Jayabir Tamang, Arambha Tamang, Bharat Sitaula, Dorji Lama, Suman Thapa Magar and DJ Biki are scheduled to perform at the program.“By organizing the festival in Thamel, we want to press the authorities not to limit night activities in Thamel to say 10 pm. As a tourist hotspot, Thamel should operate round the clock,” TAAN General Secretary Sagar Pandey said.Similarly, festival coordinator Kul Bahadur Gurung, who is also the second vice president of TAAN, said TAAN will give continuity to the festival based on response from the participants.TAAN plans to organize the festival every year on February 17 to promote it as a cultural tourism product. Source bye Taan
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Tiger numbers soar in Bardiya Park

The number of tigers in the Bardiya National Park (BNP) has surged dramatically since 2013, according to a new survey conducted by park officials. Assistant Conservation Officer Ashok Kumar Bhandari claimed that the number of adult tigers in the park figured at around 70 now, with 13 cubs being observed during the survey. The number of big cats in the park was estimated to be between 35 and 50 during the last tiger census held in 2013, Bhandari said. “We have found an increase in the number of tigers in the areas around the Karnali and Babai river banks,” he said. Tiger sightings have become commonplace in the park and in the buffer zone in adjoining Neulapur, Bagnaha, Dhodhari, Suryapatuwa and Khata wildlife corridors, according to local people. “Tigers could be observed on a daily basis at Khata corridor and Shiva community forest,” said Krishna Pariyar of Dhodari-9. The BNP officials claimed a significant number of leopards have also been spotted in the community forest areas. Meanwhile, the District Forest Office said that they had found three big cats dead in the buffer zones over the past six months. While two are believed to have died following a brawl, one died of natural causes. The tiger census is held every four years at the national parks. While the count is underway at the neighboring Banke National Park, tiger count at the BNP is slated for 2016.The area has witnessed a surge in the number of tourists. The tourism entrepreneurs attribute it to the photograph of a tigress with her four cubs taken by an American photographer, who had visited the park with famous Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio four years ago. The number of domestic tourists has increased by two fold and that of foreigners has rised by 60 percent compared to last year, said tourism entrepreneur Ramji Thapa.The Babai valley and Karnali river bank of the BNP, which spreads over 968 square kilometers, are regarded as suitable habitats for the big cats. But poaching remains a big challenge. An injured stripped tiger named Namo Buddha, which was transferred to Babai from Chitwan National Park (CNP) three years ago, was poached, while another tiger also transferred from the CNP last year is out of contact now.
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Lalitpur folk join hands to clean Nakhu River

While the Bagmati clean-up campaign has been stealing all the limelight, local people at Nakkhu have started cleaning the Nakhu river two weeks ago collecting tones of solid wastes that have been plaguing the river of late. According to Balu Pandey, one of the members of the Nakhu River Clean-up Campaign, the drive was initiated as locals could not tolerate accumulating waste on the banks of the river. “Some 14 locals took the initiation and the number of campaigners has increased now,” Pandey said. According to him, the campaign team roped in dignitaries and volunteers to the drive. They gather to clean the river every Saturday from 8-10am.The volunteers include Chief Secretary Leela Mani Paudyal, secretaries of various ministries, chiefs of the Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City and recently-formed Karyabinayak Municipality, police and APF officers, local businessmen, residents, among others. “We are also planning to invite Nepal Army personnel and residents of neighboring localities to join the campaign,” Pandey said. Krishna Chandra Poudel, secretary at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, is the latest addition to the core campaign team. “We have been trying to make the Nakhu residents aware of the ill effects of water pollution and the ways to keep the river clean,” he said. The campaigners are also planning to conduct a door-to-door drive on waste management so that people start managing their bio-degradable and non bio-degradable waste rather than throwing it in the river. Lack of civic discipline, increasing population, draining the untreated sewage directly into the river, construction of big apartment buildings on either side of the river and river encroachment are some reasons behind the pollution in the river.Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City chief Tara Bahadur Karki, who is also an active volunteer of the campaign, said the sub-metropolis is ready to provide all kinds of support to clean Nakhu and all other rivers and rivulets in the district.
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