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Sajira Shrestha

Trainee Journalist at Republica.

Govt introduces Startup Enterprises Credit Fund Working Procedures to facilitate loans for innovative ventures

Published On: January 30, 2024 08:30 AM NPT By: Sajira Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Jan 30: The government has prepared the Startup Enterprises Credit Fund Working Procedures to provide loans to startups that develop new ideas into enterprises. Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies, Jiblal Bhusal said that the procedure has been approved by the ministry.

PM Dahal defends controversial HICDP as it courts serious controversy in Nepal

Published On: January 6, 2024 07:30 AM NPT By: Sajira Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Jan 6: Amidst controversy surrounding an agreement between Nepal and India paving the way for the Indian government to provide direct grants to projects valued up to Rs 200 million in Nepal, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has clarified that the Indian Embassy in Nepal is not permitted to freely spend up to Rs 200 million as reported in media.

Will the State Department's cautionary travel advisory impact the arrival of US tourists in Nepal?

Published On: January 3, 2024 08:45 AM NPT By: Sajira Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Jan 3: In 2023, Nepal witnessed the second-highest influx of tourists from the US, totaling 100,357, contributing significantly to surpassing the country's target of hosting over 1 million tourists.

Nepal, Sri Lanka discuss operating direct flight between Lumbini and Colombo to boost people to people connectivity

Published On: December 22, 2023 08:00 AM NPT By: Sajira Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Dec 22: Nepal and Sri Lanka discussed operating direct flights between Lumbini and Colombo as part of strengthening connectivity between the two South Asian nations.

Authorities intensify crackdown on rackets sending Nepali youths to Russia amid reports of hundreds in Russian army

Published On: December 21, 2023 08:00 AM NPT By: Sajira Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Dec 21: Authorities in Nepal are intensifying efforts to bust the racket involved in sending Nepali youths to join the Russian army amid reports that several hundred Nepali nationals could already be serving in the Russian army.

Take me back to the candy shop

Published On: December 17, 2023 12:31 PM NPT By: Sajira Shrestha

There was a candy shop. Sour, sweet, you name it all. A heaven for me When I was little.

Australia plans to tighten student visa rules. What next for Nepali students?

Published On: December 15, 2023 08:00 AM NPT By: Sajira Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Dec 15: Australia is gearing up to implement more stringent visa regulations affecting international students and low-skilled workers, aiming to reduce migrant intake by 50% over the next two years.

Numerous stolen artifacts await return to Nepal as repatriation of stolen statues progresses

Published On: December 13, 2023 07:35 AM NPT By: Sajira Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Dec 13: In the first week of December, the U.S. government helped repatriate four ancient statues stolen from Nepal and smuggled to the US by traffickers. The statues, including two Bhairabh masks and stone idols of Shiva Parvati (Uma Maheshwar) and Durga dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries, were officially handed over to the Government of Nepal on December 5.

Is the India-China rivalry impeding GBIA's full-fledged operation?

Published On: November 29, 2023 02:45 PM NPT By: Sajira Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Nov 28: Government officials deny allegations, while experts and stakeholders attribute New Delhi's hesitance to grant a new air entry route as the reason behind GBIA's failure to attract int'l airlines.

Nepal leapfrogs in Global Hunger Index to 69th position but challenges persist

Published On: November 24, 2023 09:15 PM NPT By: Sajira Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Nov 24: Nepal has advanced to the 69th rank in the Global Hunger Index (GHI), moving from the 81st position within a year, among 136 countries. The country now holds a 15.0 GHI score, indicating moderate hunger, showcasing a substantial improvement.

Nepal proposes early convening of BWG meeting as India appears less receptive to resolve outstanding border disputes

Published On: November 20, 2023 09:30 AM NPT By: Sajira Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Nov 20: Nepal has formally proposed with India a meeting of the Boundary Working Group (BWG) to address the longstanding issue of border disputes. The BWG, established jointly by the two countries in 2014, focuses on resolving technical issues related to the border conflicts.

At least 157 people dead, 197 injured in Jajarkot earthquake

Published On: November 5, 2023 08:00 AM NPT By: Sajira Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Nov 5: The death toll from Friday night’s earthquake in western Nepal has climbed to 143. The earthquake of magnitude 6.4 had jolted Jajarkot at 11:47 PM on Friday night, severely affecting the remote hill district as well as neighboring Rukum West. The shallow quake with its epicenter located at Ramidanda of Barekot Rural Municipality in Jajarkot was felt as far as the federal capital Kathmandu and even 600 kilometers away in the Indian capital, New Delhi.

Nepal safely airlifts 254 citizens from Israel

Published On: October 14, 2023 08:00 AM NPT By: Sajira Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Oct 13: A total of 254 Nepali nationals who were stranded in Israel due to the recent conflict have safely returned home. They arrived on Friday morning via a Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) wide-body aircraft.

Has Nepal lost interest in the cross-border railway network with China?

Published On: October 1, 2023 08:15 AM NPT By: Sajira Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Oct 1: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal returned home on Saturday after completing his week-long official visit to China, marking a significant diplomatic journey since he assumed office in December last year. During the visit, held at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart Li Qiang, both nations engaged in substantive discussions and negotiations covering a wide spectrum of topics encompassing politics, economics, trade, and cultural relations.

Do Nepali visa applicants need to worry about India-Canada diplomatic tension?

Published On: September 29, 2023 09:30 AM NPT By: Sajira Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Sept 29: On September 18, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made allegations against the Indian government, implicating its hand in the fatal shooting of a Canadian Sikh leader that occurred on Canadian soil.

Four including three from the same family murdered, one arrested

Published On: September 17, 2023 09:00 AM NPT By: Sajira Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Sept 17: In a shocking incident, four people, including three from the same family, were killed on Friday night in Gairigaun, Tinkune of Kathmandu Metropolitan City-32. The lifeless bodies of two men and two women were discovered within the premises of Divya Saw Mill located in Tinkune at around 11:55 PM on Friday. There were deep injuries caused by sharp weapons in different parts of their bodies.

Jane Dipika Garrett: Redefining beauty, advocating positivity and inclusivity as Miss Universe Nepal 2023

Published On: September 15, 2023 06:15 PM NPT By: Sajira Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Sept 15: The historic moment unfolded in the Nepali beauty pageant world on the night of September 9, 2023, as Jane Dipika Garrett, a plus-size contestant, was crowned Miss Universe Nepal 2023. Jane, a 22-year-old nursing student, outshone more than 20 other contestants to claim the prestigious title and the honor of representing Nepal at the upcoming Miss Universe 2023 pageant in El Salvador on November 18.

Experts highlight need for intensifying diplomatic endeavors as Nepal's climate finance landscape remains poor

Published On: September 2, 2023 08:15 AM NPT By: Sajira Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Sept 2: Kagbeni, a picturesque village in Mustang district, woke up to the shock of a devastating flash flood on August 13, 2023. Besides the unfortunate toll of the disaster resulting in damages worth millions of rupees, an alarming development has emerged — a surprising surge in heavy rains and ensuing floods in Mustang and Manang, regions renowned for their rain shadow status attributed to limited rainfall.

I Desire

Published On: August 20, 2023 01:43 PM NPT By: Sajira Shrestha

I desire a world, A world with only peace, I desire a world, A world so beautiful and clean.

Nepali traders ‘cautiously optimistic’ as Nepal-China border points resume after a hiatus of years

Published On: July 30, 2023 08:30 AM NPT By: Sajira Shrestha

KATHMANDU, July 30: On May 1, 2023, the Chinese government resumed two-way trade via Tatopani-Khasa border point after a hiatus of nine years. The decision was made in line with the first meeting of the Nepal-China Coordination Mechanism on Border Trade and Cooperation held on March 29 in Lhasa, Tibet that decided to resume operation of Tatopani-Khasa route and ensure full fledged operation of Rasuwagadhi/Kerung check point for two-way trade and people to people movement beginning April 1.