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एनआरएनएको नाममा चन्दा उठाई लुट्ने काम

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-गैरआवासीय नेपाली संघ (एनआरएनए) को बारेमा पछिल्ला वर्षमा ठुलै चर्चा हुँदै आएको छ । एनआरएनए भनेपछि नेपाली समाजमा संसार नै चलाएर बसेको ठुलो संस्था जस्तो भ्रम परेको देखिन्छ । हुन पनि डलर, युरो, पाउण्ड, जापानी येन कमाउने देशमा बस्ने नेपालीको संस्था एनआरएनए भनेपछि सानोतिनो भनेर सोच्ने कुरै भएन् ।

एनआरएनएको व्याख्या गर्नु अगाडी खाडी बाहेकका नेपाली बस्ने युरोप, अमेरिका, जापान लगायतका धनी सम्पन्न देशका कुरा गरौ । नेपालमा राजनीतिक परिवर्तनसँगै पछिल्लो वर्षमा विदेशिने नेपालीको संख्या दिन प्रतिदिन बढेको छ । दक्षिण कोरिया, मलेसिया, खाडी लगायतका मुलुकहरुमा वैदशिक रोजगारीको सिलसिलामा आएका नेपालीहरुले दु:ख, अपहेलना पाएका घटना त छदैछ त्यो भन्दा ठुलो अपहेलना, अपमान युरोप, अमेरिका, अष्ट्रेलिया, जापान जस्ता बिकासित भन्ने देशहरुमा नेपालीहरु माथि हुँदै आएको छ । बिकसित भन्ने देशहरुका नागरिकहरुले नेपालीहरुलाई सामाजिक रुपमा अपमान, बहिस्कार गरेका छन् । पछिल्लो १२/१५ वर्ष यता विश्वभर आप्रवासीहरुलाई हेर्ने नजर बदलिएको छ । पहिला – पहिला नेपाल, नेपाली भनेपछि ति देशका नागरिकले धेरै जिज्ञासा राख्थे, भेट्दा खुशी हुन्थे तर अहिले त्यस्तो छैन् । त्यो अमेरिका होस् या युरोप । अमेरिका, युरोपका नागरिकहरुले आप्रवासीहरुलाई कुनै तहबाट पनि मन पराउदैन । चाहे त्यो कुनै कार्यालयमा कागजात बनाउन जाँदा होस्, सोपिङ महल, व्यापार, जागिर गर्ने सिलसिलामा होस् आप्रवासीहरुले मानसिक रुपमा त्यहाँका नागरिकका अगाडि अपमान सहेर बस्न वाध्य छन् । ति देशका नागरिकमा गरिव देशबाट आएर हाम्रो देशमा आएर ठुलो हुन्छस्, हाम्रो रोजीरोटी, व्यवसाय, सुविधा खोसेर बसेको त छस्, होस् भन्ने जस्ता नकरात्मक सोच पलाएको देखिन्छ । त्यो अपमान ति देशमा बस्ने सबै नेपालीहरुले महसुस गरेका छन् । नेपालमा भन्दा सम्मान, सुरक्षा, कामको इज्जत हुन्छ भनी ठुला-ठुला कुरा गफ दिने नेपालीहरु चाहे त्यो करौडौ, अबौ डलरको व्यवसाय, ग्रोसरी सप, रेस्टुरेन्ट व्यवसाय, पिएडी- प्रोफेसर, पत्रकार, कलाकारहरु किन नहोस् ति देशको समाज वा नागरिकको अगाडि तुच्छ, अपमानित भएर बसेका छन् । उनिहरुलाई ति देशको कानुनले बस्न तथा काम गर्ने अनुमती, व्यवसाय-लगानी गर्ने, घर- सम्पत्ति किन्ने जस्ता पक्षमा बराबर अधिकार दिएपनि त्यहाँका समाज ,नागरिकको नजरमा तुच्छ, अलग, अपमानित भएर बसेका छन् ।

यतार्थमा भन्दा सामाजिक रुपमा अपमानित भएर युरोप अमेरिकामा रेस्टुरेन्ट व्यवसाय गर्नेको भन्दा नेपालमा ठेला व्यवसाय गर्नेको ईज्जत छ । पिएडी-प्रोफेसर जागिर गर्ने भन्दा नेपालमा प्रावी विधालयका शिक्षकको ईज्जत छ । डिभी परेर गएकाहरुको भन्दा खोलामा गिट्टी, बालुवामा काम गर्नेको ईज्जत छ । यसको मतलब अरुको देशमा गएर त्यहाँका नागरिकका नजरमा अपमानित भएर बस्नु भन्दा आफ्नै देशमा ठेला व्यवसाय, प्रावी विधालयका शिक्षक, गिट्टी, बालुवामा काम गर्न ठीक हुन्छ ।

टेक्नोलोजीको शताब्दीमा विश्वका बिकसित भन्ने मुलुकका नागरिकहरु आफ्नै देशमा आत्मनिर्वर भएर बसेका बेला नेपालीहरु भने ति देशमा डिभी परेर, रोजगारी, घुम्न-पढन् भन्दै उतै लुकेर बस्ने, नागरिता नै त्याग गरी बस्ने ईत्यादी गरेको देखिन्छ । हामी नेपालीलाई सबै जिन्दगी, पैसा, दुनियाँ ति स्वर्ग भनिने देशमा छ भन्नेगलत सोचाई छ । जिन्दगीको विकल्प भनेको विदेश नै हो भन्ने वातारण गैरआवासीय नेपाली संघ (एनआरएनए) ले बनाइदिएको छ । एनआरएनए जस्ता संघ- संगठन हुनु भनेको नेपाल सदा विदेशीको भरमा चल्नु हो । नेपाल, नेपालीलाई आत्मनिर्भर हुन नदिनु हो । नेपालीलाई आत्मनिर्भर बनाउने, आफ्नै देशमा रोजगारको वातावरण बनाउने हो भने वैदेशिक रोजगार विभाग र एनआरएनएलाई तुरुन्त खारेज गर्नुपर्छ । वैदेशिक रोजगार विभाग राखेर सरकारले आफ्नै जनता बेच्ने काम गरेको, आफ्नै युवा शक्ति, श्रमलाई बाहिर बेचेको छ । त्यो माथि एनआरएनएको नाममा खाडी, युरोप अमेरिकामा दु:ख पाएर श्रम गरेका, सानोतिनो व्यवसाय गरेर बसेका नेपालीबाट चन्दा उठाई लुट्ने काम गरिरहेका छन् । यो नेपालीलाई लुट्न बनाएको एनआरएनएले कहिले पनि नेपालको हितमा काम गर्दैनन् । एनआरएनए, वैदेशिक रोजगार विभाग बन्द नहुन्झेल नेपाली र नेपालको अवस्था गरिव रहन्छ । अबको बिकास भनेको एनआरएनए, वैदेशिक रोजगार विभाग बन्द गरी विदेशमा बसेका नेपालीलाई स्वदेशमा फिर्ता गर्ने, शिक्षा, स्वास्थ्य निःशुल्क गरी स्वदेशमा रोजगारीको व्यवस्था गर्ने हो । २ दर्शक अगाडि भारत बाहेक वैदेशिक रोजगार, युरोप अमेरिका जानेको संख्या कम थियो । त्यो बेला नेपालमा कृषि, खाद्यान्न, फलफूल लगायतका अतिवाश्यक सामानको आयत कम थियो । जनघनत्व उस्तै थियो । गाउँका जग्गा बाँझो थिएनन् । एक परिवारले वर्षभरीको उत्पादन आँफै गर्ने गर्थे । विदेशमा बसेका नेपालीलाई स्वदेशमा फिर्ता गरेर गाउँका उत्पादनयोग्य जमिनलाई सदुपयोग गर्न सकिन्छ । हामी नेपालीललाई आफ्नै जामिनमा सदुपयोग गरी खान, बस्न लागि पुगेता पनि विरामी पर्दा उपचारको लागि पैसा खर्च अवस्था छैन् । तसर्थ सरकारले सम्पूर्ण नेपालीको शत प्रतिशत स्वास्थ्यको जिम्मा ल्याउनु पर्छ । मात्र हामी नेपालीलाई सम्पूर्ण नि:शुल्क स्वास्थ्य उपचार सेवा होस् । नेपालीलाई खाडीमा जान वाध्य परेको प्रमुख एक कारण नि:शुल्क स्वास्थ्य सेवा नहुनु हो । सम्पूर्ण उपचार नि:शुल्क भएमा आफ्नै गाउँ- ठाउँमा बसेर उत्पादनयोग्य जमिनलाई सदुपयोग गर्न सक्न्नुका साथै वर्षभरीको लागि आँफै उत्पादन गरेमा बाहिरी देशको निर्भर हुनुपर्ने छैन् ।

अचम्मको कुरा त के भने गैर आवासीय भारतीय (NRI) को देखासिको गरी सन् २००३ मा स्थापना गरेको एनआरएनएले कृषि, पर्यटन, स्वास्थ्य, पूर्वाधार र जलविद्युत क्षेत्रमा अहिलेसम्म जती गफ दिएपनि केही गरेको छैन् । एनआरएनएका पूर्व अध्यक्ष उपेन्द्र महतो, भवन भट्ट, शेष घले होस् कि चाहे कुनै पनि देशको एनआरएनए अध्यक्ष होस् सबै नेपाल कृषि, पर्यटन, शिक्षा, स्वास्थ्य, पूर्वाधार र जलविद्युत क्षेत्र लगानी वा व्यापारको नाममा लुटन् गतिविधि मात्र गरेका छन् । एनआरएनए लगानीको नाममा नेपालमा पस्नु भनेको नेपाललाई लुटन् हो । काठमाडौंमा भर्खरै सम्पन्न सम्मेलनमा रात्रीभोजदेखि अन्य खर्चसम्म नेपाल सरकारसँग चन्दा मागेका थिए । देशलाई केही दिने भनेर स्थापित संस्था नेपाली जनताको करबाट उठेको रकम नेपाल सरकारसँग मागेर भोज खाएका थिए । सरकारी जग्गामा बनेको बालुवाटारमा रहेको एनआरएनए भवन तुरुन्त बन्द गर्नुपर्छ । विश्वभर रहेका एनआरएनए समुह र गतिविधी बन्द गर्नुपर्छ । यदी संघ- संस्था चाहिएमा नेपाली नागरिता त्यागेकाले पुर्व नेपाली नागरिक संघ राख्दा हुन्छ । नेपालको नाम बेचेर लुट्न र गतिविधी गर्न पाईदैन ।

नेपाली नागरिता (आमा) त्याग्नेले दोहोरो नागरिकता र राजनीतिक अधिकारको खोज्नु भनेको ठूला राष्ट्रका स्वार्थबाट आफूलाई जोगाइ राख्नुपर्ने चुनौती थपिएको हो । नेपाली मुलका विदेशीलाई सबै क्षेत्रमा कडाई गर्नुपर्छ । उनिहरुलाई अन्य विदेशी पर्यटकलाई भन्दा प्रवेशाज्ञा (भिसा) शुल्क बढी लिनुपर्छ । आफ्नै नेपाली नागरिता ( आमा ) त्याग्ने उनिहरु एक प्रकार सत्रु हुन् । उनिहरु स्वार्थी नेपाल र नेपालीको लागि कहिलै भलो चिताउदैनन् । नेपालको कुनै नागरिकले आफू खुशी कुनै. विदेशी मुलुकको नागरिकता प्राप्त गरेपछि निजको नेपाली नागरिकता स्वतः लोप हुने भनेता पनि अहिलेसम्म ९९% ति पूर्व नेपालीले अहिलेसम्म नेपाली नगरिता त्यागेका छैन् । यसलाई पनि सरकारले कडाई गर्नुपर्छ ।

अझ अचम्म त के भने अर्काको देशमा गएर बस्दा लाज त हुनुपर्ने त्यो माथि कांग्रेसको जनसंपर्क समिती, नेकपा, मसालका एकता समाज समिति गरेर राजनीनिक गरेको देखिन्छ । अर्काको देशमा लुकिछिपी राजनीतिक समिति बनाउने, गराउनेलाई बन्देज लगाउनु पर्छ । अर्काको देश जहाँ अपमान हुन्छ त्यहाँ गएर बस्ने अनी राजनीतिक गर्नु भन्दा नेपाल फर्केर समिती, संघ- संस्था बनाउदा हुन्छ ।

अब खाडी-मलेसिया, युरोप, अमेरिका विदेश बस्छु भन्ने नेपालीहरु तल्लो दर्जाका हुन् भन्ने मान्यता स्थापित गर्नुपर्छ । तर हामी नेपालीहरु काम गर्न होइेन्, विदेश घुमेर आएको भन्ने बातावरण निर्माण गर्नुपर्छ । अब विदेशमा होइेन आफ्नै देशमा बस्नु पर्छ, व्यवसाय, कृषि, काम मिहिनेत आफ्नै देशमा गर्नुपर्छ । यो बातावरण बनाउनको लागि पनि एनआरएनए बन्द गर्नुपर्छ ।

अहिले नेपालमा ४० लाख बढी गैर आवासीय भारतीय नागरिकहरु बस्छन् । जुन विश्वका अन्य देशमा तुलनामा सबैभन्दा बढी भारतीय रहेको नेपालमा हो । नेपालमा बस्ने लगभग ९५% काम, व्यवसाय गर्ने गैर आवासीय भारतीय नागरिकहरुले कुनै आयकर, भ्याट नतिरेको तथ्याङ छ । जसलाई सरकारले कनुनी दायरामा ल्याउनै पर्छ ।
अहिले करिब गैरआवासीय नेपालीको संख्या ८० लाख छ । सबैभन्दा बढी खाडी र मलेसियामा होलान् । खाडीमा २०–२५ लाख होलान् । मलेसियामा पनि ५–६ लाख होलान् । अमेरिकामा साढे चारदेखि ५ लाख होलान् । पूरै युरोपमा करिब ५ लाख होलान् । युकेमा मात्रै डेढ लाखभन्दा बढी नेपाली छन् । त्यसपछि जर्मनी, पोर्चुगल, बेल्जियमलगायत मुलुकमा नेपाली धेरै छन् । अष्ट्रेलीयामा दुई लाख नेपाली पुगिसकेका छन् । अफ्रिकामा केही हजारको सख्ंयामा मात्र नेपाली छन् । त्यहाँ नेपालीहरू ५–७ वर्ष मात्र बस्ने गरेका छन् । युरोप–अमेरिका जाने उतै बस्न खोज्छन् ।

समग्रमा; विश्वमा भारत जस्ता केही थोरै देश बाहेक वैदेशिक रोजगार मन्त्रालय नै खोलेर विदेशमा श्रम बेच्ने काम नेपालले गर्दै आएको छ । वैदेशिक रोजगार विभाग खोलेर आफ्नै जनता बेच्ने काम नेपाल सरकारले तुरुन्त बन्द गर्नुपर्छ । अब एनआरएनए, वैदेशिक रोजगार विभाग तुरुन्त बन्द गरी नेपालले विश्वका धनी भन्ने मुलुकसँग विदेश नीति बलियो गराउनु पर्छ । ल्याटिन अमेरिकाका कयौ देशले पछिल्लो समय आफ्ना नागरिकहरुलाई व्यवसाय, आवतजावातको लागि युरोप लगायतका धनी देशमा ३ महिनाको लागि भिसा (प्रवेशाज्ञा) नितीमा परिवर्तनको लागि पहल गरेको देखिन्छ । जसले गर्दा अहिले ति देशका नागरिक युरोपका शेन्जेन देश लगायत विश्वका कयौ देशमा ३ महिनाका लागि बिना भिसा भ्रमण गर्न पाएका छन् । तसर्थ नेपालले अब तुरुन्त विश्वभर कम्तिमा पनि ३ महिनाका लागि बिना भिसा नेपाली नागरिकका लागि आवतजावत गर्न सक्ने गरी अन्तरराष्ट्रिय रुपमा सबै देशसँग एक – एक गरी पहल गर्नुपर्छ । यदी कुनै पनि देशले सकारात्मक हुँदैन भने ति देशमा नेपाल प्रवेशमा कडाई गर्नुपर्छ, चाहे त्यो सगरमाथा, गौतम बुद्द- लुम्बिनी घुम्न आउने, नेपाल पर्यटन वर्ष २०२० किन नहोस् । यदी नेपालले प्रवेशाज्ञा लगायत विदेश नीतिमा कडाई गरे ति देश पनि क्रमश नेपालको विदेश नीतिमा सकारात्मक हुनुका साथै नेपाललाई हेर्ने नजरमा परिवर्तन हुनेछ ।

नेपालमा आउने ९०% पर्यटक आर्थिक कमजोर भएका देखिन्छन् । सन् २०२० मा २० लाख पर्यटक भित्र्याउने लक्ष्यमा रहेको नेपाल विदेशी पर्यटकका लागि विश्वमै सस्ता गन्तव्यका रूपमा रहेको तथ्य सार्बजनिक भएको छ । कम खर्चमै घुमघाम गर्न सकिने भएकोले टिकट सहित उनिहरु २,३ हजार डलरमा नेपाल घुम्ने गरेका छन् । तसर्थ नेपालले पनि आर्थिक रुपमा सक्षम भएको विदेशीलाई भिसा (प्रवेशाज्ञा) दिने लगायतमा कडाई गरेमा धनी पर्यटक आउने, नेपालको विदेश नीतिमा अध्यागमन कडाई किन नहोस्, विश्वमा नेपाललाई हेर्ने नजरमा केही परिवर्तन आउन सक्छ ।

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UN Climate Change Conference: Minister Basnet stresses sustainable investment in LDCs like Nepal

The Himalayan Times - 6 ore 28 min fa

KATHMANDU: Minister for Forest and Environment Shakti Basnet has urged the developed countries to ensure sustainable investment in the sector of climate change for the least developed countries like Nepal.

Addressing the ongoing UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid, the capital city of Spain, Minister Basnet drew the attention of the developed countries to implement the commitment they made on carbon emission and global warming. The well off countries could assist the least developed countries as Nepal on the formation of climate change adaptation policy and programmes with financial investment and technology transfer, the Minister reiterated in the event.

 

The United Nations Climate Conference (COP25) held in Madrid, Spain, on Thursday, December 12, 2019. Photo courtesy: UNFCCC

As per the information shared by Minister’s Press Coordinator, Dayanidhi Bhatta, Minister Basnet expressed worry over why the Paris Agreement on limiting temperature rise was not implemented. Last year alone, 55 billion tons of greenhouse gas was emitted, which obviously pose the countries as Nepal at high risk. Likewise, he reminded that 20 per cent of the total population on the earth depends on freshwater available in the Hindu-Kush Himalaya region and added that climate change has negatively affected water sources. “Nepal has taken strides by implementing the climate change agenda with the formulation of national climate change policy which mobilises 80 per cent of investment at local levels,” Minister Basnet informed the global community, adding that climate change adaptation programmes, disaster preparedness and resilience, risk assessment were conducted at local levels.

The Minister further informed that Nepal was going to hold an international event ‘Sagarmatha Sambad’ in April, which focuses on climate change. He also extended invitation to the participants of the conference to visit Nepal during Visit Nepal Year 2020.

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One dead in India as protests escalate over citizenship law

The Himalayan Times - 7 ore 38 min fa
  • New citizenship path excludes Muslims
  • Turmoil seen in northeast region
  • Modi’s government seen as pushing Hindu-first agenda
  • Modi due to host Japanese PM Abe in troubled city

GUWAHATI, INDIA: A man was killed in clashes with police in India‘s northeast on Thursday, amid violent protests over a new federal law that would make it easier for non-Muslim minorities from some neighbouring countries to seek Indian citizenship.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government has said the Citizenship Amendment Bill, approved by parliament on Wednesday, was meant to protect minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

But thousands of protesters in the state of Assam, which shares a border with Bangladesh, say the measure would open the region to a flood of foreign migrants. Others said the bigger problem with the new law was that it undermined India‘s secular constitution by not offering protection to Muslims.

Police remove a burning barricade that was set on fire by demonstrators during a protest after India’s parliament passed a Citizenship Amendment Bill, in Guwahati, India, on Thursday, December 12, 2019. Photo: Reuters

Police in Assam’s main city of Guwahati fired bullets and tear gas against groups of protesters, some numbering several hundred, who were demonstrating in the streets, defying a curfew imposed on Wednesday.

Ramen Talukdar, superintendent of Gauhati Medical College Hospital, said one person had been killed by a gunshot and four others sustained bullet wounds.

In Chabua, a town bordering an Indian air force base, protesters had torched government property, including a post office, a local police official said.

A mob had also set alight the house of local lawmaker Binod Hazarika, from Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“They torched it and finished it,” the police official said, declining to be named as he was not authorised to speak to the media. “The situation is very bad here.”

Hostility to illegal migrants has simmered in tea-growing Assam for decades.

The citizenship amendment law grants Indian nationality to Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jains, Parsis and Sikhs who fled Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan before 2015.

Protesters vandalised four railway stations in Assam and tried to set fire to them, a railway spokesman said. Train services were suspended, stranding scores of passengers. IndiGo said it had cancelled flights because of the unrest.

“This is a spontaneous public outburst,” said Nehal Jain, a masters student in communications in Guwahati. “First they tell us there are too many illegal immigrants and we need to get rid of them. Then they bring in this law that would allow citizenship to immigrants,” she said.

SUMMIT VENUE

The turmoil in Assam comes days ahead of a summit Modi plans to host there for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as part of his campaign to move high-profile diplomatic events outside Delhi to showcase India‘s diversity.

Modi urged calm and said the people of Assam had nothing to fear. “I want to assure them – no-one can take away your rights, unique identity and beautiful culture. It will continue to flourish and grow,” he tweeted.

Raveesh Kumar, a spokesman for India‘s Foreign Ministry, told reporters that he had no update on whether the summit would go ahead as planned or shifted elsewhere.

More troops have been deployed to Assam to restore peace and mobile internet was suspended in 10 districts, the government said.

The new law is also raising concerns that Modi’s government is pushing a Hindu-first identity for India and fanning fears for the future of Muslims, the biggest minority group.

The government has said the new law will be followed by a citizenship register that means Muslims must prove they were original residents of India and not refugees from these three countries, potentially rendering some of them stateless.

Members of other faiths listed in the law, by contrast, have a clear path to citizenship.

 

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Former Spanish soccer players sentenced to prison for raping teenager

The Himalayan Times - 7 ore 48 min fa

MADRID: Three former Spanish soccer players were each sentenced on Thursday to 38 years in prison for gang raping a minor in 2017, the latest high-profile sexual violence case in Spain.

The three men, who at the time played for fourth division club Arandina FC, knew the victim was underage when they raped her in their apartment in Aranda de Duero in northcentral Spain, the judge said.

The issue of sexual violence has been thrust in the spotlight in Spain in the wake of several trials, including the so-called Wolf Pack case in which five men were sentenced for raping a teenage girl during Pamplona’s annual bull-running festival.

At issue in the Wolf Pack trial, as well as a string of others, was the fact that Spanish law currently does not legally recognise rape unless physical violence or intimidation is employed. The Socialist government has appointed a panel to review relevant parts of the penal code.

In the sentencing of the soccer players, the judge said the girl, who was less than 16-years-old at the time, was unable to react to the assault due to the disparity in age and physical strength between her and the attackers.

The attack took place with the lights off, taking the victim by surprise and creating an atmosphere of intimidation, the judge added.

Although the victim initially told friends and relatives on social networks that she was not raped, the court said it accepted her subsequent statement that she did not submit voluntarily to the men.

The three men were convicted for rape and for helping the other two take part.

Olga Navarro, the players‘ lawyer, called the sentence “embarrassing” and said the court was imprisoning three innocent young men, who have denied any wrongdoing.

The men insist the girl was lying.

“We’re not rapists. We were naive and they’re trying to screw up our lives,” one of the men, Carlos Cuadrado, said after the sentence.

Another, Victor Rodriguez, said the sentence was the result of social and media pressure.

The sentence can be appealed.

 

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Liverpool in talks to sign Japan midfielder Takumi Minamino

The Himalayan Times - 7 ore 57 min fa

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA: Takumi Minamino could soon become the first Japanese player to sign for Liverpool.

Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund said Thursday his club is in talks with Liverpool over the transfer of the 24-year-old Minamino, who impressed in two games between the teams in the group stage of the Champions League this season.

“We’re honored by the kind of clubs who are interested in our players,” Freund said on Salzburg’s Twitter page.

Salzburg’s Takumi Minamino (right) is tackled by Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson during the group E Champions League soccer match between Salzburg and Liverpool, in Salzburg, Austria, on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. Photo: AP

Minamino, an attacking midfielder who can also play as a forward, joined Salzburg from Japanese club Cerezo Osaka in 2015. He reportedly has a release clause of 7.25 million pounds ($9.5 million).

Klopp was very complimentary about the way Salzburg attacked Liverpool in his team’s 2-0 win on Tuesday, which sealed the defending champions’s spot in the last 16 and dropped Salzburg into the Europa League.

The other two members of Salzburg’s forward line, Norway’s Erling Braut Håland and South Korea’s Hwang Hee-chan, have also been linked with moves away from the club.

Shinji Okazaki won the Premier League title with Leicester in 2016, while Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United), Hidetoshi Nakata (Bolton) and Junichi Inamoto (Arsenal and Fulham) are among other Japanese to have played in England’s top division.

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Bayern beat Tottenham 3-1, win all its group games in CL

The Himalayan Times - 8 ore 4 min fa

MUNICH: Bayern Munich finished the Champions League group stage as the only team to win all its matches after beating Tottenham 3-1 in a game between two already-qualified sides on Wednesday.

Two-and-a-half months after getting thrashed 7-2 by Bayern in London, Tottenham at least managed to keep the scoreline respectable as recently hired manager Jose Mourinho fielded a weakened lineup with his team guaranteed second place.

Bayern’s Philippe Coutinho (right) celebrates with Bayern’s Jerome Boateng after scoring his sides third goal during the Champions League group B soccer match between Bayern Munich and Tottenham Hotspur at the Allianz Arena stadium, in Munich, on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. Photo: AP

Kingsley Coman and Thomas Müller scored for Bayern in the first half, either side of a first goal for Tottenham by offseason signing Ryan Sessegnon.

Philippe Coutinho, who struck the crossbar with a long-range effort in the first half, curled home a third goal in the 64th minute to clinch a sixth straight win in Group B for Bayern, whose poor recent form in the Bundesliga has seen Germany’s biggest team slip to seventh place.

It is the first time Bayern have ended the group stage with maximum points. Real Madrid was the last team to achieve that feat, in the 2014-15 season.

The only negative for Bayern was the sight of Coman being forced off in pain after landing awkwardly on his left leg as he tried to keep the ball in play by the touchline just before halftime.

It was a second loss in six games for Mourinho in all competitions since he took charge as the replacement for Mauricio Pochettino, but he showed where his priorities lay by resting star players including Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Son Heung-min amid a grueling fixture load.

It also gave Mourinho a chance to see players who are currently on the fringe of the team, like Argentina internationals Juan Foyth and Giovani Lo Celso and unsettled playmaker Christian Eriksen

“A good match for me,” Mourinho said. “I don’t want to speak about conclusions because it is too strong a word, but I would say important information.”

“We knew the match was important for other reasons. We didn’t want a result that leaves a shadow on us but I think positive things about many of the boys.”

Coman put Bayern in front with a calm finish into the bottom corner in the 14th minute after receiving a pass from Serge Gnabry, who was another player to hit the goal frame in the first half as Bayern poured forward.

Sessegnon started for the first time since joining from Fulham — he had previously made three appearances as a substitute — and marked the occasion by driving home a fierce shot inside Manuel Neuer’s near post after a pass from Lo Celso was deflected into his path by Jerome Boateng.

Müller came on as a substitute for Coman and had a quick impact, forcing the ball home from close range in the 45th after the ball had rebounded off the post from Alphonso Davies’ shot.

The second half was more low-key but illuminated by Coutinho’s goal from the edge of the area.

Robert Lewandowski was an unused substitute for Bayern.

 

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4.8 ML earthquake jolts Sindhupalchok, Ktm and surrounding areas; second in two-weeks

The Himalayan Times - 8 ore 47 min fa

KATHMANDU: A tremor was felt by the valley residents and those in surrounding areas on Thursday evening.

The 4.8 ML magnitude earthquake with its epicenter around Sermathang in Sindhupalchok was recorded by the National Seismological Centre at 7:11 pm.

An earthquake of Ml 4.8 occurred around Sermathang in Sindhupalchok at 19:11.@NEOCOfficial

— NSC, Nepal (@NepalNsc) December 12, 2019

This is the second earthquake above 4ML on the Richter Scale to have hit the central region in two weeks. Prior to this, a 5.0 ML earthquake originating around Phullpingkot in Sindhupalchok was felt on November 27.

No injuries or damages from the earthquake have been reported yet.

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APF Birgunj seizes hashish being smuggled on motorcycle to India

The Himalayan Times - 8 ore 53 min fa

BIRGUNJ: Armed Police Force (APF) of Nepal on Thursday seized 11 kilogrammes of hashish being smuggled to India hiding under the seat of a motorcycle, in Jagarnathpur Rural Municipality-1 of Parsa district.

Security personnel making public a seized motorcycle and hashish being smuggled to India, at Armed Police Force Border Security Office, Birgunjon Thursday, December 12, 219. Photo: Ram Sarraf/THT

According to Chief at APF Border Security Office Birgunj, Superintendent of Police (SP) Dipendra Kunwar, a patrol team from Bhikhampur-based APF Border Outpost under the command of Inspector Niranjan Nayaju seized the illegal drug. He said an unidentified person riding on the motorcycle with the Indian registration number (BR 22Z 3129) left the two-wheeler and fled the scene after noticing the security personnel on patrol, in Oriyakhola region today.

Although police assumed that it was stolen bike, on checking it thoroughly, hashish was found hidden under the seat.

Meanwhile, the investigation into the case is underway, police informed.

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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi back in UN court for final day of genocide hearing

The Himalayan Times - 9 ore 35 min fa

THE HAGUE: Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi returned to the International Court of Justice on Thursday to defend Myanmar against accusations it has committed genocide against its Rohingya Muslim minority population.

Gambia, which brought the suit at the UN‘s top court under the 1948 Genocide Convention, has asked judges to order “provisional measures” that would act as a kind of restraining order for the Myanmar military until the case is heard in full.

Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi leaves the International Court of Justice after addressing judges on the second day of three days of hearings in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, December 11, 2019. Photo: AP

At Thursday‘s hearing each side will have a chance to counter arguments put forward by the other over the past two days, starting with Gambia, a small west African country that is supported by the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation.

On Tuesday, Gambia’s legal team outlined graphic testimony of bloody excesses alleged committed by Myanmar’s military since 2016 in a campaign that has seen more than 730,000 Rohingya driven across the border from Rakhine state to neighbouring Bangladesh. UN investigators estimated 10,000 people may have been killed.

Suu Kyi on Wednesday argued the tribunal, also known as the World Court, should not have jurisdiction. She said even if there had been violations of humanitarian law during what she described as an “internal conflict”, they did not rise to the level of genocide and are not covered by the Convention.

Gambia, led by Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou, was expected to argue on Thursday that Myanmar’s actions do meet the definition of genocide, as attacks on the Rohingya were part of a coordinated plan of ethnic cleansing.

Suu Kyi and her team will have several hours to formulate a rebuttal and final statement by the end of on Thursday. The court has not set a date for a decision on provisional measures, but one could come in January.

Its decisions are binding and not subject to appeal, though it has no means of enforcement and countries have occasionally ignored them in the past or failed to fully adhere.

After the decision on provisional measures, the process may continue to a full case that could last years.

Suu Kyi supporters from Myanmar’s Buddhist majority were expected to rally at a park in Yangon, where the hearings are being projected on a large screen.

Suu Kyi had present Myanmar’s case “very detailed and precisely about the complicated Rakhine issue”, Myo Nyunt, spokesman for her National League for Democracy party, told Reuters by telephone.

Rohingya Muslims in camps in Cox’s Bazar were praying that the suit succeeds.

“Aung San Suu Kyi is a big liar…We hate her,” said Hasmat Ali, 41, who fled to Bangladesh after the August 2017 crackdown. She “..and the army commanders must be held accountable for the heinous crimes they committed on Rohingya”.

 

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India ready to help with Nepal’s journey to prosperity: Ambassador Puri

The Himalayan Times - 9 ore 44 min fa

KATHMANDU: India’s Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri today said India was always ready to help with Nepal’s journey to prosperity and its initiatives to take the country to socio-economic development.

Addressing an event organised here by Foreign Secretary Shaker Das Bairagi in honour of Puri, who is retiring as India’s Ambassador to Nepal, he said Nepal has delivered a message of commitment to unity, peace and progress to the world by successfully holding three tiers of elections. Describing age-old India-Nepal relations as incomparable, He expressed the hope that the relations would be further strengthened in the days to come.

“Nepal, the land of God is more respectful to Indians. It can take a development stride through a means of water resources and tourism,” he said. He also took the agreement between India and Nepal on the construction of the Arun III and Upper Karnali Hydropower Project, post-quake reconstructions, integrated check posts and postal highway as a symbol of bilateral friendship between the two countries.

Ambassador Puri said relations between the two countries have achieved a new height during his tenure. Secretary Bairagi praised his role as ambassador.

 

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Protesters set fire to train stations in India over citizenship law

The Himalayan Times - 10 ore 45 min fa

GUWAHATI: Protesters attacked train stations in India’s northeast, authorities said on Thursday, angry over a new federal law that would make it easier for non-Muslim minorities from some neighboring countries to seek Indian citizenship.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government has said the Citizenship Amendment Bill, approved by parliament on Wednesday, was meant to protect minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Protesters in the northeastern state of Assam, which shares a border with Bangladesh, say the measure will open the region to a flood of foreigners. Others said the bigger problem with the new law was that it undermined India’s secular constitution by not offering protection to Muslims.

Police fired tear gas in Assam’s main city of Guwahati to break up small groups of people who were demonstrating in the streets, defying a curfew imposed on Wednesday.

“This is a spontaneous public outburst,” said Nehal Jain, a masters student in communications in Guwahati. “First they tell us there are too many illegal immigrants and we need to get rid of them. Then they bring in this law that would allow citizenship to immigrants,” she said.

A movement against illegal migrants has simmered in tea-growing Assam state for decades.

The citizenship amendment law grants Indian nationality to Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jains, Parsis and Sikhs who fled Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan before 2015.

Protesters vandalized four railway stations in Assam and tried to set fire to them, a railway spokesman said. Train services were suspended, stranding scores of passengers. IndiGo said it had canceled flights because of the unrest in Assam.

SUMMIT

The turmoil in Assam comes days ahead of a summit Modi plans to host for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe there as part of his campaign to move high-profile diplomatic events outside of Delhi to showcase India’s diversity.

Modi urged calm and said the people of Assam had nothing to fear. “I want to assure them – no one can take away your rights, unique identity and beautiful culture. It will continue to flourish and grow,” he tweeted.

More troops have been deployed to Assam to restore peace and mobile internet was suspended in 10 districts, the government said.

The new law is also raising concerns that Modi’s government is pushing a Hindu-first identity for India and fanning fears for the future of Muslims, the biggest minority group.

The Indian Express said the law, which requires presidential assent, unfairly targets India’s 170 million Muslims.

“It is a political signal of a terrible narrowing, a chilling exclusion, directed at India’s own largest minority. India is to be redefined as the natural home of Hindus, it says to India’s Muslims. And that they must, therefore, be content with a less natural citizenship.”

The government has said the new law will be followed by a citizenship register that means Muslims must prove they were original residents of India and not refugees from these three countries, potentially rendering some of them stateless.

Members of other faiths listed in the law, by contrast, have a clear path to citizenship.

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Save vulture campaign launched in eastern Nepal

The Himalayan Times - 11 ore 51 min fa

Panchthar, December 11

A campaign aimed at conserving vulture has started in eastern Nepal of late.

The campaign was launched at the initiative of various governmental and non-governmental organisations involved in conservation of vulture, an endangered bird species.

“Vultures, which feed on cadavers that would otherwise have filled the environment with foul smell and is often considered nature’s sweeper, is dying off due to rampant use of antibiotics to treat diseased cattle.

In this backdrop, the campaign to save vultures was an imperative for the environment’s sake,” said Panchthar Veterinary Hospital and Livestock Expert Centre Chief Dr Indra Narayan Sah.

As per a study carried out by Bird Conservation Association, there were a total of 500,000 vultures of different species in 1990. The number has now declined to just 12,000.

Again, as per the study carried out on dead vultures, diclophenec was detected in the bodies of most of the vultures that died. Apparently, these birds had suffered kidney failure and stones had been formed in their kidneys due to over-concentration of uric acid. Following the revelation, the government had started the Vulture Conservation Action Plan.

“Under the action plan, we’ve launched a number of programmes, such as banning the use of diclophenec, setting up vulture restaurants, protecting the habitat of the bird and observing Vulture Day,” said Bhupal Nepali, project chief of Vulture Conservation Programme under Nepal Bird Conservation Association.

“The bird lays eggs only once a year and its eggs take 75 days to hatch and it takes 120 days before the chicks from the eggs are ready to fly. This is one of the reasons why vultures are slowly disappearing and we need to be aware about the slowly disappearing bird species and do the needful for its conservation,” said Nepali.

Considering the adverse impact of diclophenec on the vulture population, Drug Management Department had imposed a full ban on production, import and distribution of the drug about 14 years ago.

Flouting the ban can led to up to three years’ prison sentence or 25,000 rupees fine, or both. So far, a total of 72 districts, including Panchthar and Taplejung have been declared diclophenec-free.

Some nine species of vulture are found in Nepal, according to the authorities. Conservationists have expressed their concern about the declining number of vultures even after all the positive initiatives.

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In pictures: Valley observes Ya:Mari Punhi

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KATHMANDU: Kathmandu valley is observing Ya:Mari Punhi, a Newari festivity marking the end of the rice harvesting season, today. The full-moon day sees reverence of Goddess Annapurna wherein a steamed sweetmeat prepared with fresh rice-harvest is prepared and enjoyed. Rice-flour, chaaku (molasses) and sesame seeds or khuwa (thickened milk) are typically used to make ya:mari.

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Science lab coming up at Adikavi Bhanubhakta Campus

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Damauli, December 11

A building with an investment of over 24 million rupees has been constructed on the premises of Adikavi Bhanubhakta Campus in Byas Municipality-1, Tanahun.

According to former chairperson Ramchandra Basnet of the campus management committee, the building constructed with 11.2 million rupees of the Lions Club International and 12.8 million rupees of the community is meant for the proposed Lions Science Lab.

“As the lions club had chipped in with a large share of the cost, we’ve decided to name the lab after the club,” said the for campus Management Committee chair, adding that the four-storey building has 24 rooms.

Further, Basnet informed that it might take another four months for work related to painting, plastering, installation of railing and wiring to be completed.

Former co-treasurer of Lions Club Madhav Bahadur Panta said the lab would help enhance the quality of education provided by the college.

There are around 2,500 students studying in different programmes from the plus-two level to the master’s level at the college.

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‘Procedure, discipline not followed at health ministry’

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Biratnagar, December 11

Minister of Health and Population Bhanubhakta Dhakal today admitted that procedure and discipline were not duly followed at the ministry itself.

After monitoring Koshi Zonal Hospital in Biratnagar, Minister Dhakal held that record files and other information should reach the ministry through the offices and other bodies under the ministry, but exactly the opposite was happening at present. “The files should go from bottom to top in a system, but since the procedures and discipline are not being followed at the ministry, there are lots of legal hassles,” Dhakal added.

Minister of Health and Population Bhanubhakta Dhakal

Stating that the ministry had a budget of 15 billion rupees, Dhakal said employees were seen accountable to donors rather than service seekers and the public.

“The ministry has 11 billion rupees in fund provided by the donors. Employees, however, just want to mark their attendance. They do not have sincerity and zeal to carry out their duty,” he stated.

Minister Dhakal said that many employees at the ministry were on leave and their absence had affected service delivery. “Many nurses and doctors are abroad on study leave. Those doctors and people approving their leave do not know when they will complete their studies and get back to their duty,” Dhakal said.

Dhakal claimed that he was given the responsibility of the health ministry to clean all the irregularities and anomalies that had plagued the ministry. “Considering my performance at the Ministry of Law, I have been given this ministry
with special purpose,” he said, adding that he would soon bring positive changes at the ministry.

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Gauriphanta entry point upgradation in limbo even after years

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Dhangadi, December 11

The proposed upgradation of Gauriphanta entry point on the Nepal-India border in western Nepal hasn’t taken off long after an agreement on it was reached.

There had been an agreement between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nepal’s former prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to upgrade the entry point during Deuba’s India visit in the past.

According to Kailali Customs Office acting Chief Paramanand Joshi, nearly three years after the agreement nothing has happened by way of upgradation.

While the locals have almost lost hope that the entry point will ever be upgraded in line with the agreement, people’s representatives, however, are optimistic that upgradation is bound to happen.

“It’s true that it has taken time to take off, but the upgradation issue hasn’t been forgotten or ditched altogether, as the upgradation is discussed at almost each and every discussion that happens between the two countries,” said Kailali Constituency 5 Member of Parliament Naradmuni Rana.

“As far as I reckon, Indian apathy towards the upgradation all these years has to do with the Dudhuwa National Park, but as India has now started building roads in the park area and I believe the national park won’t be an excuse for not upgrading the entry point any longer,” said Rana.

Meanwhile, Nepal government is constructing a six-lane road up to the border in view of the possible upgradation of the entry point.

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Issue of factory worker’s suicide yet to be resolved in Siraha

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Siraha, December 11

The incident in which a female labourer at Maruti Cement Industry at Golbazaar Municipality-9 in Siraha killed herself has yet to be resolved.

Family members and workers’ unions have refused to accept the body until a probe committee is formed and necessary compensation guaranteed.

The body has been kept at Lahan-based Ram Prasad Uma Prasad Memorial Hospital.

Anita Devi Paswan of Govindpur at Golbazaar-9 had been working at the industry for the past 17 years. She committed suicide yesterday after she was given retirement by the industry management without notifying her on Monday.

As Paswan was not aware of the retirement, came to the factory to work yesterday morning. But, she was forcefully taken out of the industry by two women police personnel.

After a few hours, Paswan committed suicide by hanging herself from a seesam tree near the industry.

Industry workers charged that Paswan was relieved of her duty as she had demanded Rs 50 allowance per day for tea and snacks for the past the two months, which the industry management had cut.

The management has suspended Madhesi Factory Workers’ Front Chair Binod Kumar Mahato, Sabhya Kumar Yadav, Mohan Kumar Yadav and Mithilesh Kumar Yadav for one month.

Nepal Trade Union Chair and Golbazaar Municipality Ward-9 Chair Ram Pukar Kamati said the industry management had been delaying talks meant for resolving the problem.

Kamati accused the management of not being serious towards addressing the demands raised by workers.

Though the industry was operational today, its depot was closed down.

Factory Manager Nanda Kishor Rathi claimed that they had given retirement to Paswan as her work was not satisfactory and she had not submitted clarification although the management had sought for clarification repeatedly. “The industry will not be responsible for Paswan’s suicide outside the factory premises,” Rathi clarified.

Mirchaiya Area Police Office DSP Sukhdev Khanal said police had launched an investigation into the incident. “But, the management will have to settle the demands raised by factory workers immediately, DSP Khanal stated.

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