Proposed Media Policy: Bad Timing

The Ministry of Information and Communication (MoIC) has thrown out a draft of Media Policy 2012 urging stakeholders to send feedback that it said will be incorporated before finalizing it. A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) has published front-page advertisements urging all concerned organization and people to send the feedback to their email. The NGO also held three consultation meetings, including one in Kathmandu, to discuss the proposed media policy.

The proposed policy is prepared by a committee headed by MoIC joint secretary under a project funded by Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA). The ‘Project for Promoting Peace Building and Democratization through the Capacity Development of the Media Sector in Nepal’ (or Media for Peace Project) aims to achieve two targets: first, functioning of Radio Nepal as a public service broadcasting (PSB) and second, revision of media policy, acts, regulations and guidelines.

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On Binod Das

Binod Das is out of the national team! On Tuesday, Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) announced the preliminary squad for the World Cup Twenty20 Qualifiers, axing former captain Binod.

This is the first time in almost 13 years that the cricketer from Bara was not considered for a team he is qualified to play for. This alone speaks a lot about his contribution to cricket in Nepal.

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Hail NPC!

Nepal Police Club (NPC) was confirmed as winner of the A Division National Football League with a game in hand after Three Star Club held Manang Marshyangdi Club (MMC) for a 1-1 draw at the ANFA Technical Center Ground, Butwal.

MMC needed a victory to make its last match against NPC a title decider, but, despite a big chance to make it happen, its foreign player Zambo missed a penalty few minutes before the final whistle.

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The Ebbing Himal (news magazine)

Yesterday, I tweeted about new layout design of Himal Khabarpatrika – a fortnightly news magazine published by Kanak Mani Dixit (@kanakmanidixit) for Himalmedia Private Limited. The tweet was a summary of a small text placed in the magazine’s new issue saying that the particular issue onward the magazine has changed the size and layout.

http://twitter.com/#!/UjjwalAcharya/status/158576069035835392

I put a second line myself saying that the market has gone down for the magazine. It was my experience based more or less on my interpretation of some of the answers by Dixit in an in-house discussion published in its 300th issue (Deshko Mag – Nepali text). 

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Beauty and ‘Beast’ of B division

Kudos to Sankata Club and Madhyapur Youth Association (MYA) for entering the top flight of Nepali football by finishing top two in the B Division football league. It´s a sweet revival for Sankata, the team that has a long experience of being in the A Division. For five-year-old MYA, it´s a laudable success, especially, as the team consists mostly of players from its own training program. MYA is also the first team from Bhaktapur district to get a place in the top level of the most popular sports in the country.

It´s sad that Birgunj Youth Academy Club, a team mentored by 49-year-old Ritu Shakya, failed to earn the promotion despite being the only undefeated team in the competition. They were en-route for qualification until their last match in which they were held to a draw by Mahabir Club, allowing MYA an opportunity which it did not miss. MYA was established by former national captain Upendra Man Singh.

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The Tweeting Editors

Popular microblogging platform Twitter has become popular among the editors in Nepal.

Although the level of impact by the editors’ tweets is yet to be analyzed, they are expressing their opinions and debating on national issues on Twitter.

I follow as many tweeting editors as I could find with my Twitter account (@UjjwalAcharya) and it all went interesting last week when the editors exchanged views on system of governance (especially on directly-elected president).

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Gang-fight? No, it’s football

The week´s biggest sports news was nothing sporty. It was a gang-fight inside a football ground between two well-known top flight clubs.

The ugly incident happened in Pokhara during the National Football League on Monday. The intensity of the unruly behavior of the players of Manang Marsyandi Club (MMC) and New Road Team (NRT) was such as referee Sachin Amatya had to expel five players from the match.

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