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Samiksha Shrestha

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Two killed in ensuing clashes with police as youths denied to take EPS examinations for Korea job torch Minister Jwala’s vehicle

Published On: December 30, 2023 07:50 AM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Dec 30: A protest over the Employment Permit System (EPS) examination took an ugly turn when youths set ablaze the vehicle of Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Prakash Jwala in the Gwarko-Balkumari road section of Lalitpur, on Friday.

FCAN forms five-member negotiation team to negotiate with govt

Published On: August 15, 2023 11:00 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Aug 15: The Federation of Contractors’ Association of Nepal (FCAN) has formed a five-member negotiation team under the leadership of its president Rabi Singh to engage in discussions with the government. After receiving an official letter from the Office of the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers, the FCAN held a meeting on Tuesday and decided to form the negotiation team.

Govt forms task force to address demands of contractors

Published On: August 14, 2023 09:25 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

FinMin Mahat assures to clear the payments of construction entrepreneurs

Delay in payments by govt sparks FCAN protests since July 30

Published On: August 12, 2023 07:40 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Aug 12: Wearing safety helmets, construction vest and chanting slogans with raised hands, construction entrepreneurs from across Nepal at the behest of the Federation of Contractors' Associations of Nepal (FCAN) have been staging protest against the Government of Nepal for its  failure to promptly compensate contractors and construction workers. The protests are being held since July 30. On Saturday, the contractors held a rally from Babar Mahal to Maitighar Mandala.

KMC resumes garbage collection, management in the Valley after an agreement with locals in Sisdole

Published On: July 22, 2023 07:47 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

KATHMANDU, July 22: Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has resumed waste management operations in the valley after facing obstruction a few days ago.

NOC adopts automated pricing mechanism

Published On: July 17, 2023 09:50 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

Transportation fares drop after decline in prices of petroleum products

Landslides triggered by rainfall disrupt vehicular movement across the country

Published On: July 2, 2023 08:15 AM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

KATHMANDU, July 1: Landslides triggered by incessant rainfall since Saturday morning have disrupted vehicular movement on several road sections across the country, causing inconvenience to the commuters traveling to various places.

Aayusha Pyakurel bags ‘first runner-up title’ at Miss Glam World 2023

Published On: June 28, 2023 03:45 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

KATHMANDU, June 28: Aayusha Pyakurel, 21, a student of Journalism and English Literature from Chitwan, Nepal, secured the first runner-up position at the prestigious Miss Glam World pageant held on June 21 at Le Meridien Hotel in Kochi, Kerala.

CNN Travel lists Mustang Valley as must-visit destination in 2023

Published On: May 15, 2023 07:45 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

KATHMANDU, MAy 15: US-based Cable News Network (CNN) has picked Nepal’s Mustang Valley enriched with ancient Tibetan culture as a must-visit travel destination in 2023. Mustang, which lies in Gandaki Province of central Nepal (formerly western Nepal), is one of  the 23 places worldwide recommended by CNN Travel.

Nepal’s Booming IT Sector

Published On: May 15, 2023 09:30 AM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

In 2001, the Government of Nepal established the National Information Technology Center (NITC) and Government Integrated Data Center (GIDC), which marked the beginning of a new chapter in information and communication technology. Although initially created to record data for government offices, ministries, and departments, it quickly became a gateway to developing and expanding ICT infrastructure.

Nepal receives more than 300,000 foreign visitors in last four months

Published On: May 3, 2023 08:00 AM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

KATHMANDU, May 3: In the last four months, there has been a sharp improvement in the arrival of tourists in Nepal with 326,528 foreign visitors. In the month of April alone, around 35,443 tourists from SAARC countries have entered Nepal. According to the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) there has been a huge improvement in the arrival as a total of 98,773 international visitors have entered Nepal in April 2023. The number was 61,589 in the year 2022.

Defeating UAE, Nepal qualifies for Asia Cup

Published On: May 2, 2023 02:15 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

KATHMANDU, May 2: Nepal has been selected for the Asia Cup by defeating the UAE in the final of the ACC Premier Cup. Today, Nepal defeated the UAE by 7 wickets and won the title and was selected for the Asia Cup.

SHIFT for Our Planet: Youths urge authorities to make climate justice-accountable policies

Published On: December 28, 2022 07:53 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Dec 28: Climate crisis is a major problem but developing nations such as Nepal are not committed to manage and carry the burden of such global problems. Despite certain political decisions being made in regards to national climate policy and the political parties backing the issue of climate change and environment in their election manifestoes, implementation of national climate strategies seems a pipedream in Nepal. The Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC)’s framework of the Paris Agreement explicitly allows countries to simultaneously consider national policies and global climate objectives, but often in our communities where climate actions are crucial, the interactions between states are neglected, leading to an unclear picture of the decision-making process in climate change.

Sexploration Season 2 Episode 6: The Onus of Contraception

Published On: December 23, 2022 02:00 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

Historically the burden and onus of family planning in centered on women. The burden of using and obtaining contraception has always fallen onto women. Be it the variety of contraceptive methods catering to women, to the state’s family planning initiatives – contraception has seemed to become a woman’s problem. Women have to bear the physical, economical, and mental burden of contraception alone. Men often tend to shrink their responsibility for using contraceptives. But why does this happen and what can be done to create a more equal responsibility for contraception? In this concern, Host Kriti Adhikari and guest, Durga Sapkota National Coordinator of Sangat Nepal, and co-founder of YOSAN talk about the onus of contraception on women. How the responsibility of using a contraceptive is vested on the side of women rather than men.

Sexploration Season 2 Episode 5:Toxic Masculinity

Published On: December 21, 2022 02:30 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

When it comes to masculinity, society is sending a message that men are acculturated into certain ways of behaving, which can later be toxic for them with unsettling emotions. But the constraint on male behavior that society puts on one male should be bold, should repress emotions, should be dominating, tough, and competitive is simply false. This type of character portrayal of men reinforces harmful stereotypes. In this concern, Episode 5 of Sexploration is all about the discussion on 'Toxic Masculinity', its effects, role of media and social institutions with Satish Karn, President of Yuwa(organization), and Manish Maharjan, Executive Member of Yuwa.

Sexploration Season 2 Episode 4: Decriminalization of sex work

Published On: December 20, 2022 02:05 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

Historically, sex work has been stigmatized and discriminated among most societies. Activists have been advocating for the decriminalization of sex work – the removal of the criminal law and the implementation of a rights-based approach to aspects of sex work claiming that it will make the environment for sex workers safer and also reduce levels of violence and exploitation. In this episode of the podcast 'Sexploration', titled ' Decriminalization of sex work, guest Simran Serchan, a transgender activist of the LGBTIQ community who is a National Program Coordinator at the Federation of Sexual and Gender Minorities-Nepal discusses how would society be if sex work is decriminalized.

Sexploration Season 2 Episode 3: Modern Chaupadi

Published On: December 19, 2022 02:00 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

Although the practice of Chaupadi has been declared illegal in Nepal since 2005, it is still practiced in many communities. Even today, women and girls have to face restrictions on common modern and educated households. Menstruation is stigmatized and shamed. In episode 3 of sexploration season 2, titled 'Modern Chaupadi', two SRHR youth activists Sijan Gelal and Ashirya Pradhan talk about the origins of restrictions and their impact on a modern day.

Sexploration Season 2 Episode 2: Pro-Choice and Pro-Life

Published On: December 18, 2022 03:00 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

There is the conflict between 'pro-life' and 'pro-choice' concerning to abortion rights. This has complicated the reproductive rights discussions with endless contradiction. In this Episode of Sexploration, host Kriti Adhikari and guests Shilpa Lamicchane and Sonam Rai have conversations on opposite sides of a polarizing topic because of circumstantial privilege.Here Shilpa talks on behalf of Pro- Choice and Soman Rai talks about Pro- Life.

Sexploration season 2 Episode 1:Sex and porn education for young generation

Published On: December 18, 2022 12:00 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

There is a huge public debate on CSE (Comprehensive Sex Education),the materials and curriculum for students for sex education being considered insufficient and inadequate. Lack of knowledge about sexual and reproductive health and low access to sexual health services have forced young people to engage in unsafe sexual practices in Nepal. In academic institutions, the components of sexuality education have sparked considerable debate, such as teaching approach and content covered. And due to inadequate sexual and reproductive health knowledge, adolescents are at considerable risk of negative health outcomes such as early pregnancy, unsafe abortions, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, sexual problems, abuse, and violence.

‘Music is a greater weapon than a gun to bring about revolution’

Published On: December 1, 2022 04:49 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

Nelson Mandela once said, “Politics can be strengthened by music, but music has a potency that defies politics.” This is true in the case of the creation of Nepali artist Prakash Neupane. His music portrays the aspirations of the Nepali people and reflects the political turmoil in Nepal.