FIFA slaps four-match international ban on Messi
FIFA has slapped a four-match international ban on Lionel Messi on Tuesday dealing a body blow to Argentina’s hopes to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2018 to be held in Russia.
FIFA ruled that the Argentina forward verbally abused a match official in a World Cup qualifying game against Chile that Argenitina won 1-0 with his penalty strike.
Messi was dealt the ban and a fine by FIFA's disciplinary panel. He will miss four of the Albiceleste's remaining five World Cup qualifiers, including the match against Bolivia later on Tuesday. He can only return for Argentina's final qualifier, away to Ecuador on October 10.
Messi and the Argentine football federation can appeal against the ban to FIFA.
The Barcelona superstar is accused of saying “f*** off, your mother’s a c***” to a match official.
Football's governing body picked up on his alleged use of foul language aimed at two assistant referees.
Messi loses Supreme Court appeal over tax-fraud conviction
Lionel Messi has lost his Supreme Court appeal over a tax-fraud conviction in Spain. The court confirmed the 21-month prison sentence handed to Messi for defrauding tax authorities of 4.1 million euros ($4.6 million) from 2007-09. He is not expected to go to prison because sentences of less than two years for first offenses are usually suspended in Spain.
Nepal defeated by Malaysia in friendly football match
Nepal's national women's football team has conceded a defeat to the Malaysian women's team in a friendly match played between the two countries in Malaysia today noon. In the match held at Likas Stadium in Kota Kinabalu, the Malaysian team defeated Nepal 4-1.
- Prime Minister Cup Cricket Tournament from May 23
PM Dahal honors gold medalist Maharjan
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal honored Maheshwor Maharjan, who won gold in the 50th Asian Body Building and Sports Championship amid a program in the Capital Wednesday. Speaking at the program organized by All Nepal Sports Association at the PM's official residence in Baluwatar, PM Dahal said the government was committed to trying its best for the development of sports.
Serena Williams writes letter to unborn child
Serena Williams has learned the "true meaning" of peace and serenity since getting pregnant. The 35-year-old tennis player revealed last week she is expecting her first child with fiance Alexis Ohanian and has now written an open letter to the unborn tot to mark both her partner's birthday and returning to number one in the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) rankings.
Oops! Deuba does it again
Deuba and Dahal have made a mockery of the constitutional provision of impeachment as a weapon of last resort with its preemptive registration as a tactical move to stop CJ Karki from delivering justice. This will set a bad precedent and there will be more such tactical use of impeachment in the future considering how justices at the SC are being appointed in political quotas in recent times.
Challenges for reconstruction
One of the major challenges faced in the reconstruction process of Nepal is the absence of elected local government. Lack of government in local level was reflected in the major pre-disaster and post-disaster events, where it took months to reach the affected region and still no widely-accepted data is available. In the absence of an elected local government, top-down approach of governance has its own accountability deficit.
Apil KC/Keshab Sharma
Jhamsikhel as I knew
Hari-ko-pasal, right at the said junction used to be the place to buy any household item ranging from food grains and other household items. There was nothing that he did not have. Most often he loved keeping his customers waiting, more so if they were younger. He kept his client engaged with jokes and tole gossip.
Empowering local bodies
It is common to rent a room or two based on nothing more than a verbal contract. There are two types of owners. There are many who rent legal properties informally and those who rent out illegally built ones. The rental space demand is so much that owners openly flout bylaws by building more number of floors than approved. It is difficult, as it is, to bring both type of owners within the system.
Traffic Police in Kathmandu
As busy and hassling as the traffic system in Kathmandu is, the Traffic Police here have to handle an equally strenuous job. Over 1,400 traffic officers in and around the Kathmandu Valley battle against the pestering traffic and air pollution each day.
Menstrual taboo outdated
I have seen my sisters and friends isolated and treated in discriminatory manner during their first menstruation cycle. They were not allowed to look at the sun, to touch water source, flower, fruits, any male family member, nor even hear their voice. The activist may claim the situation has changed and I do agree but still during every month my loved ones turns into untouchables beings.