VIDEO: PM Oli and CPN General Secretary Chand jointly addressing agreement signing ceremony

We are committed to honoring three-point pact: Biplab

NAWALPUR, March 5: General Secretary of Nepal Communist Party (CPN) Netra Bikram Chand 'Biplab' became public after the government lifted a ban on his party. He became public from Daldale of Nawalpur district early Friday morning.

To practically implement the new foreign policy, it is important to integrate it with core national interests and priorities.

Erosion of elections

March 5, 2021 08:00 am

The idea of elections has changed from an eagerly awaited event to an occurrence that could be good or bad but necessary for the continuance of the present political system.

Nepse closes above 2500 mark

March 4, 2021 18:50 pm

KATHMANDU, March 4: The local equity market saw upbeat trading throughout the last trading session of the week. The index opened the trading session in positive note and maintained its foothold in green for rest of the session.  At the end, equity market closed at 2506.28- up 90.27 points.

KATHMANDU, March 4: The Dahal-Nepal faction of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) on Thursday informed the parliament secretariat of their decision to have ousted leaders including the parliamentary party leader and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, deputy leader Subash Nembang, and Whip Shanta Chaudhary,  among others.

KATHMANDU, March 4: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that the people could stop him from entering Madhesh tagging him as an anti-Madhes leader but they should not stop the water to be supplied by the Sunkoshi Marin Diversion Multipurpose Project (SMDMP).

KATHMANDU, March 4: Tribhuvan University (TU) will now install closed circuit (CC) cameras at all its exam centers.

Gold price slumps Rs 1000 per tola

March 4, 2021 14:23 pm

KATHMANDU, March 4: Gold price today has dropped Rs 1,000 per tola (11.66 grammes). Price of hallmark gold has been determined at Rs 86,500 per tola today against Rs 87,500 on Wednesday.

Resisting the rightward drift

March 4, 2021 07:00 am

State’s rightward shift poses a risk of pushing us into the abyss of status-quo and, more worryingly, regression.

Why Nepal needs K P Oli

March 3, 2021 12:53 pm

K P Oli was instrumental in initiating the process of bringing back Nepali territories occupied by India.

KATHMANDU, March 1: China has announced to provide an additional 300,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Nepal under grant assistance. The northern neighbor had earlier announced to provide 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines under grant assistance to support Nepal in its fight against the pandemic.

Human Rights Watch, International Commission of Jurists and Amnesty International have demanded that the government should  withdraw ordinance amending law to make appointments to constitutional bodies.

KATHMANDU, March 1: President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Monday summoned the winter session of the House of Representatives (HoR) for March 7.

Anti-trafficking community has failed to truly empower young girls and women and has instead added to their insecurity by holding them responsible for a situation which is out of their control.

KATHMANDU, Feb 28: Stocks came under pressure since the beginning of Sunday’s trading session. The Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse) index fell around 50 points in the morning before recovering slightly. However, equities continued to falter further in the latter trading hours. At the close, Nepse finished 79.74 points lower at 2,474.39.

KATHMANDU, Feb 27: The import of electricity from India has reached 56.4 percent of the total electricity consumption with a drop in production amid fall in water levels in rivers due to the ongoing dry season.

“If I am ousted, I’ll emerge victorious with a two-thirds majority in the next election”

Three more Nepalis die of COVID-19 abroad

February 28, 2021 15:25 pm

KATHMANDU, Feb 28: Three more Nepalis succumbed to the coronavirus infection abroad last week, according to the Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA).

PYUTHAN, Feb 28: A new mother in Pyuthan district lost her life in lack of timely medical intervention on Sunday.

KATHMANDU, Feb 28: Civil society activists on Sunday staged a symbolic protest in front of Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) office against the construction of concrete structures in the historical pond of Kamalpokhari in Kathmandu.

Olitics-politics and ethics

February 28, 2021 07:00 am

Prime Minister Oli is very much the part of the problem. Therefore, cannot be part of the solution.

KATHMANDU, Feb 28: India has paved the way for Nepal to export the surplus electricity to the Indian land, by endorsing the Procedure for Approval and Facilitating Import/Export (Cross Border) of Electricity.

KATHMANDU, Feb 27: Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota has expressed confidence that an understanding will be forged among the political parties with the reinstatement of the dissolved House of Representatives.

WEATHER ALERT: Light rain forecast

February 27, 2021 13:23 pm

KATHMANDU, Feb 27: The weather will be partly to generally cloudy in the hilly region of the country due to the influence of the Westerly wind with chances of light rain accompanied by thunder at some places.

Due to the extraordinary challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and based on the request of the Government of Nepal, the normal preparatory period of three years has been extended to five. This is given to provide adequate time for a smooth transition during which Nepal would be enabling itself to offset the loss of support measures exclusive to the LDCs.

Nepse snaps 10-week gaining streak

February 26, 2021 18:32 pm

KATHMANDU, Feb 26: The Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse) index opened the week with a modest gain. The benchmark climbed 3.67 points on Sunday. Thereafter, the equity market witnessed notable dip with the index sinking 32.68 points on Monday followed by a 21.16 point’s decline on Tuesday.

With government confirming 83 more deaths, the COVID-19 death tally jumps to 2,767

South Asia is particularly vulnerable to road-related accidents where frequent road users such as motorcyclists, cyclists, pedestrians, and public transport users are killed in road crashes more than in any other region of the world.

Nepse sheds 45 points

February 25, 2021 19:50 pm

KATHMANDU, Feb 25: Following a small recovery in Wednesday, the Nepalese equity market extended its correction on Thursday. The Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse) index witnessed constant pressure in the session. After trading unchanged for about half an hour, the benchmark saw a steady decline eventually finishing at 2,554.14 – down 44.94 points against the session earlier.

Nepal administered Covishield vaccine to 429,705 people in first phase of COVID-19 vaccination drive

KATHMANDU, Feb 24: The equity market opened Wednesday’s session in green but a minor correction pulled the Nepse index towards red in the morning. Nonetheless, stocks recovered after mid-day and traded in green throughout the latter trading hours. At the close, Nepse stood 12.56 points higher to finish at 2,599.08.

According to Oli, the rival faction leaders would probably ask for his [Oli’s] resignation after one or two days

KATHMANDU, Feb 24: The government has added 619 more deaths linked to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection in a single day. With this the total number of COVID-19 fatalities in the country has climbed to 2,684.

Dr KC’s 20th round of hunger strike was to begin on Wednesday

KATHMANDU, Feb 23: The use of Remdesivir, an antiviral drug, has been found effective in treating COVID-19 patients in Nepal, a government study shows.

Nepal needs new radicalism to thrive in the new Digital Age. Platform thinking creates intersections between local policy-making, democracy, urban activism, and digital living.

Curtailing women’s liberty

February 24, 2021 07:00 am

The rule proposed by Department of Immigration tries to force the patriarchal vision of society onto women through the fabric of legislation. This policy is based on classification of sex.

KATHMANDU, Feb 23: In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court has reinstated the dissolved House of Representatives (HoR).

KATHMANDU, Feb 23: Top leaders belonging to various political parties including the main opposition party Nepali Congress (NC), the Dahal-Nepal faction of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), Janata Samajbadi Party (JSP) and Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) have welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) to reinstate parliament that was dissolved by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli two months ago.

KATHMANDU, Feb 23: Supporters of Pushpa Kamal Dahal-Madhav Nepal faction of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) and other people have begun celebrations following the verdict of the Supreme Court (SC) to reinstate the House of Representatives (HoR) earlier today.

Suffering in silence

February 23, 2021 07:15 am

Common mental illnesses such as depression can be extraordinarily disabling, yet many people with those illnesses do not receive treatment.

KATHMANDU, Feb 22: The Nepalese equity market opened Monday’s session in green but gave up morning gains within the first trading hour. Stocks remained under pressure thereafter and fell more than 20 points at mid-session. Further selling pressure towards the closing hours saw the benchmark close with a loss of 32.67 points at 2,607.67.

KATHMANDU, Feb 22: With the completion of tunnel construction, the Melamchi Drinking Water Project started testing its 22-Kilometer long water tunnel on Monday filling water in it.

Instead of providing short term aids to returnee migrants, should not Nepal create opportunities for them here in the country so that they do not have to rely on low paying jobs in foreign lands?

Manifestation of misogyny

February 22, 2021 07:00 am

If the government really wants to ‘protect’ women it needs to make the country safe from violence, prejudices, practices and laws that harm and humiliate women.

KATHMANDU, Feb 21: After opening firmly in green, the Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse) index saw a steady decline in the morning to trade more than 18 points lower before mid-day. However, a recovery in the afternoon pushed the benchmark in the positive territory. The index plateaued in the remaining trading hours finally closing Sunday’s session with a 3.66 point’s gain at 2,640.35.

KATHMANDU, Feb 21: As many as one million doses of the Covishield vaccine to be administered to prevent COVID-19 arrived in Kathmandu on Sunday. Nepal purchased the vaccines from the Serum Institute of India.

Cooperative for development

February 21, 2021 07:00 am

If proper environment is created for cooperatives to work in remote areas, it would be easier to bring rural areas in mainstream of development.