KATHMANDU, Sept 20: Nepal has added another 1,325 cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and 10 more fatalities linked to the virus in the past 24 hours, taking the country’s total coronavirus case tally to 64,122, the Ministry of Health and Population said during its daily media briefing Sunday afternoon.

BIRENDRANAGAR, Sept 18: Thirty-five more persons including a two-month old baby girl tested positive for COVID-19 in Karnali Province on Friday.

RAUTAHAT, Sept 15: Rautahat district witnessed 23 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday.

POKHARA, Sept 13: With 75 new cases of coronavirus recorded in the past 24 hours, the COVID-19 case tally in Gandaki Province has soared to 2,903.

KATHMANDU, Sept 11: The government is preparing to give permission to operate additional flights from countries where regular international flights have resumed.

POKHARA, Sept 9: The coronavirus death toll in Gandaki Province has risen to 22 after a 64-year-old man died of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Tuesday.

POKHARA, Sept 8: Eleven new cases of coronavirus were detected in Gandaki Province, Pokhara-based Province Health Directorate said on Tuesday.

MUMBAI, Sept 8: India recorded its highest daily deaths from the coronavirus in more than a month on Tuesday, even as new infections slowed, data from the health ministry showed.

KATHMANDU, Sept 8: Tourism entrepreneurs have said that it will take at least another five years to revive Nepal’s tourism industry.

KATHMANDU, Sept 6: Five more Nepali nationals succumbed to novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the United Arab Emirates this week.

KATHMANDU, Sept 6: Lawmaker Prem Suwal has been diagnosed with novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

KATHMANDU, Sept 2: The district administration offices (DAOs) of the Kathmandu Valley have decided to extend ongoing prohibitory order for one more week.

KATHMANDU, Sept 2: The government has formally resumed regular flights to and from Nepal after a hiatus of over five months. While a regular flight of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) left for Narita Tuesday midnight,  a Malindo Airlines flight from Malaysia landed at Tribhuvan International Airport on Wednesday.

Jumla reports 39 new cases of coronavirus

September 2, 2020 15:25 pm

JUMLA, Sept 2: At least 39 persons tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Jumla, officials said on Wednesday.

NEW DELHI, Sept 1: Many Indian states eased lockdown restrictions on Tuesday, allowing more businesses and public areas to reopen to reduce economic pain caused by the coronavirus, even as the country’s new daily infections remain the highest in the world and its confirmed cases near 3.7 million.

KATHMANDU, Aug 30: Nepal on Sunday recorded the highest single-day fatalities attributed to COVID-19 with 14 deaths, taking the toll to 221.

KATHMANDU, Aug 29: More than two-thirds of Nepal's schoolchildren are deprived of distance learning during their school closures, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) stated in a report on Friday.

KATHMANDU, Aug 28: Nepal recorded 12 more coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) said on Friday afternoon.

POKHARA, Aug 28: The COVID-19 death toll in Gandaki Province reached 10 on Friday as a 52-year-old man from Pokhara Metropolitan City-16 succumbed to the novel coronavirus disease earlier this afternoon.

WASHINGTON, Aug 27: The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits hovered around 1 million last week, suggesting the labor market recovery was stalling as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on and financial aid from the government dries up.

KATHMANDU, Aug 27: Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali held a virtual meeting with State Minister of Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom Lord Ahmed on Thursday.

NEPALGUNJ, Aug 27: The COVID-19 death toll in Banke district climbed to six with a 70-year-old woman dying of novel coronavirus disease in Nepalgunj Sub-metropolitan City-7 on Thursday afternoon.

LAHAN, Aug 26: Province 2 has reported 246 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, taking the provincial COVID-19 tally to 9,427.

KATHMANDU, Aug 26: The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) has said that 885 persons tested positive for coronavirus across the country in the past 24 hours.

BANKE, Aug 26: Banke district reported one more coronavirus-related death on Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, Aug 26: The Himalaya Airlines is conducting four repatriation flights to bring stranded Nepalis home within this month.

KATHMANDU, Aug 25: The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) reported seven more coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the country's COVID-19 death count to 164.

SYDNEY, Aug 25: Australia surpassed 25,000 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, tipped over the milestone by the recent outbreak in Victoria state and prompting a warning from authorities about declining test numbers.

NEW DELHI, Aug 23: India’s coronavirus caseload topped 3 million on Sunday, with the country leading the world in new infections as the disease marched through impoverished rural areas in the north and the wealthier but older populations of the south.

Suture the wound, heal Nepal

August 23, 2020 10:56 am

Last Tuesday, the government of Nepal announced another round of lockdown—this time it's called prohibitory orders—to control the COVID-19 pandemic.

SEOUL, Aug 22: South Korea said on Saturday it held talks with China’s top diplomat over trade, denuclearisation and the coronavirus response, in the first visit by a high-level Beijing official since the COVID-19 pandemic erupted late last year.

BIRATNAGAR, Aug 21: The District COVID-19 Crisis Management Center (CCMC) in Morang has decided to extend prohibitory orders for five days.

Expectations and reality

August 21, 2020 13:22 pm

The budget of this fiscal year was unveiled on May 28 amid the threats of Covid-19 pandemic. Since then, discussions have taken place in the parliament and the political circles regarding whether the budget has addressed the need to develop quality health care infrastructures, medicines and equipment and to expand the services of skilled doctors and health workers for the prevention, control and treatment of the disease. There was a significant increase in budget of the health sector but it was not up to the expectation and need of the time.

KANCHANPUR, Aug 20: The district administration office in Kanchanpur has decided to enforce a ten-day prohibitory order starting Friday midnight.

KATHMANDU, Aug 20: Nine more coronavirus-related deaths were recorded in various parts of the country in the past 24 hours.

KATHMANDU, Aug 20: Seventeen more traffic policemen at the Metropolitan Traffic Police Division in Kathmandu contracted novel coronavirus disease on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, Aug 16: With 641 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, Nepal's COVID-19 tally has reached 26,660.

KATHMANDU, August 16: JICA Alumni Association Nepal (JAAN) in collaboration with Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) organized a virtual seminar on “Learning Elderly Care in Japan and Safety Measures for Aging People in the Context of COVID-19 Pandemic” on Friday.

Are financial markets none the wiser?

August 11, 2020 10:00 am

LONDON – In an April commentary about the wild gyrations in financial markets during the February-March phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, I noted that the behavior of equity markets had been as bewildering, complex, and fascinating as ever. Still, I suspected that a weird logic was at work, and argued that markets might continue to rally despite the collapse of the world economy. And so they have. Will that change?

BERLIN, Aug 10: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 436 to 216,327, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Monday.

KATHMANDU, Aug 9: The Indian Army has gifted ten ICU ventilators to the Nepal Army on Sunday in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

NEW DELHI, Aug 2: India reported nearly 55,000 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, media reports said.

It’s a wait and watch situation for educational sectors due to COVID-19 pandemic. Though the government has lifted lockdown effective from July 21, nine service fields are still closed where educational institutes are one among them.

WASHINGTON, July 31:The annual meeting of world leaders at the United Nations is going virtual this year for the first time in its 75-year history because of the COVID-19 pandemic — except for the likely personal appearance by President Donald Trump.

KATHMANDU, July 29: Advocate Ram Thakuri has filed a writ petition at the Supreme Court demanding that the government be ordered to ensure safe return of Nepalis who are stranded in various countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UNITED STATES, July 29: A half-dozen U.S. states in the South and West reported one-day records for coronavirus deaths on Tuesday and cases in Texas passed the 400,000 mark as California health officials said Latinos made up more than half its cases.

SEOUL, South Korea, July 27: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has visited a national cemetery and handed out commemorative pistols to army officers, state media reported Monday, as he pushes to muster public support for efforts to contain a potential coronavirus outbreak.

KATHMANDU, July 26: As the tourism business continues to take the COVID-19 generated blow, tourism entrepreneurs have sought a 50 percent waiver on their electricity bills.

KATHMANDU, July 22: Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has said that financial constraints have forced the company to not renew contracts of more than 100 contract-based employees.

Who will save the Oli government?

July 21, 2020 16:40 pm

If there has been one big change in two and half years since Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli took office, it is near complete reversal of public faith in him and his government. The expectation that his administration would do better than previous ones has died down completely. The hope that coming days will be better, governance will improve and the Prime Minister will change the way he is governing the country has been shattered.