Ram Saran Tamang



Early-warning system helps minimize damage during floods

March 28, 2019 07:58 AM

BARDIYA, March 28: Until 19 years ago, indigenous people of Nangapur village in Bardiya district were bonded laborers known as Kamaiyas, who worked as slaves for wealthy landlords. They were eventually liberated from the vicious cycle of oppressive practice by the government and thereafter began their difficult rehabilitation in an estranged society.

Researchers call for sustainable water resources development

March 15, 2019 03:30 AM

KATHMANDU, March 15: In western Nepal where development is elusive, the abundant availability of water resources is considered as the pathway to its economic prosperity.

The silent sufferers

March 1, 2019 08:11 AM

In the remote Himalayan districts of Karnali region, policymakers assess that women carry out around 75 percent of the total works in farms and that the work is highly labor intensive. Despite their significant contributions, their safety and health needs are being overlooked. And the women suffer silently.

Citizen science project aims for urban resiliency along Danda River

February 10, 2019 08:27 AM

KATHMANDU, Feb 10: Every year during spring, flocks of migratory birds come to Nepal seeking suitable breeding grounds and summer habitats. Danda River of Rupandehi, which harbors numerous fishes, reptiles, and insects, offers these birds plentiful prey and a safe haven for their stay.

Citizen science project aims for urban resiliency along Danda River

February 10, 2019 02:03 AM

KATHMANDU, Feb 9: Every year during spring, flocks of migratory birds come to Nepal seeking suitable breeding grounds and summer habitats. Danda River of Rupandehi, which harbors numerous fishes, reptiles, and insects, offers these birds plentiful prey and a safe haven for their stay.

Govt initiates community-based project to conserve forests in eastern Nepal

January 31, 2019 09:02 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 31: Known as the Rhododendron capital of the Himalayas, Tinjure-Milkhe-Jaljale (TMJ) forest complex in eastern Nepal has long been plagued by significant conservation issues that threaten to destroy the very charm of the beautiful landscape. The government hopes that its new community-based forest and biodiversity management plan would address the crisis and avert further damage to the terrain caused by loss of forest and habitat due to the traditional slash-and-burn method of agriculture, overgrazing, infrastructure as well as poaching.

Govt initiates community-based project to conserve forests in eastern Nepal

January 31, 2019 04:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 31: Known as the Rhododendron capital of the Himalayas, Tinjure-Milkhe-Jaljale (TMJ) forest complex in eastern Nepal has long been plagued by significant conservation issues that threaten to destroy the very charm of the beautiful landscape.

Nepal's tiger population almost double in a decade

September 24, 2018 06:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 24: Tigers in Nepal have become more conspicuous despite the constant threats from poachers, receding forest areas and development projects infringing upon their habitat.

Dodging death: The sole survivor's account

September 14, 2018 09:58 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 14: The phone rang. The receiver was greeted with a frantic message from the other end. “Call your sister Dolma immediately! Looks like something really bad has happened.”It was around 9 am last Saturday.

Before the flood: Are we prepared?

June 10, 2018 05:00 AM

KATHMANDU, June 10: Whether we are ready or not, the monsoon is about to burst upon us again. The first gentle rains come as a boon, helping farmers start cultivating the land on which their livelihood largely depends. But shortly thereafter, the monsoon unleashes its fury, bringing death and disaster with scant warning and leaving chaos and confusion in its wake.

Transporters announce series of protests

April 19, 2018 05:30 AM

KATHMANDU, April 19: In response to the government's tough stance against the transport cartels, five national federations of transport entrepreneurs on Wednesday jointly announced a series of protests, including an 'indefinite' nationwide strike.

Govt moves against cartels, not to renew transport committees

April 18, 2018 08:01 AM

KATHMANDU, April 18: In a bold move against  organized transport syndicates, the government on Tuesday decided not to renew any transportation committees, which are registered at district administration offices (DAOs).

Govt stands tough against cartel on Arniko Highway

April 5, 2018 05:00 AM

KATHMANDU, April 5: Eleven transport committees forming a cartel on the Arniko Highway halted their services on Wednesday, demanding that the government revoke the route permit awarded to Mayur Yatayat, a newly introduced bus service that poses a challenge to the cartel.

Govt promises tough measures to end transport syndicate

April 2, 2018 05:30 AM

KATHMANDU, April 2: In a bid to break transport syndicates highly prevalent in the country, the Department of Transport Management (DoTM) introduced a new Transport Management Directive on Sunday, promising serious action against syndicate operators.

Amnesty faults Nepal over migrant workers' rights

February 23, 2018 05:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Feb 23: The government has largely failed to protect migrant workers from unlawful and criminal conducts by dishonest recruitment agencies and agents despite the sizeable contribution of remittances in the economy, according to a recently published report of a human rights watchdog.

Child marriage still rampant although illegal

February 17, 2018 09:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Feb 17: When she was a child, Samikshya Chaudhary, 24, wanted to become a teacher. She had even overcome the challenges of being a visually-impaired person to consistently rank among the top three students of her class. Her dreams were within her reach. But things took a drastic turn when she eloped with her childhood sweetheart while studying in grade 9. They both were just 16 at the time.

KUKL told to tackle dust pollution

January 11, 2018 08:25 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 11: Amid huge public outcry regarding air pollution in the Kathmandu Valley, the Ministry of Water Supply and Sanitation has instructed the Project Implementation Department (PID) of Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) to speed up its pipe laying works and to take concrete measures to mitigate the environmental hazards arising from it.

New landfill site expected to mitigate environment hazards

December 25, 2017 05:45 AM

NUWAKOT, Dec 25: A small stream originated from the Himalayas looks reddish brown while flowing downhill from Sisdole, a landfill site in Nuwakot district where almost all the waste materials generated in the Kathmandu Valley are dumped.

Farmers adopt climate-smart agriculture to combat drought

December 18, 2017 09:40 AM

NAWALPARASI, Dec 18: In her twilight years, 59-year-old Pabitra Tiwari of Kuleni Rajahar still remembers how it used to be like living in the village during her youthful days. “Our farms were fertile. The yields were good. Water scarcity was virtually unheard of,” she recalled. “Most of our problems were petty.”

MFD expects rainy weather on election day

June 28, 2017 05:00 AM

KATHMANDU, June 28: As the Election Commission (EC) for the first time in the country's history is holding the local elections during the rainy season, the Meteorology Forecasting Division (MFD) has urged voters to be prepared for light to moderate rains on the day of the second phase elections on Wednesday.