KATHMANDU, Feb 27: US Deputy Foreign Minister Afreen Akhter is going to hold a high-level meeting today.

What Another Dry Winter Means for Nepal

February 27, 2024 07:30 am

Despite forecasts from the government agencies concerned that Nepal would receive more than the three-decade average rainfall in the 2023-24 winter, it rained very little in Nepal this winter. According to the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, the country has received only 12.1 mm of rainfall this winter so far (from 23 December 2023 to 26 February 2024).

For A Strong Nepali Passport

February 26, 2024 07:30 am

Recently, the Henley Passport Index announced the global ranking of passports for the year 2024. According to the Index, the Nepali passport continues to fare very poorly in the global ranking of passports.

KATHMANDU, Feb 25: Samsung Nepal announced the availability of Galaxy AI features on more Galaxy devices through a new One UI 6.1 update engineered to further the democratization of mobile AI.

KATHMANDU, Feb 25: Nepal lost to the Netherlands in the last match of the first triangular series under ICC Cricket World Cup League-2.

KATHMANDU, Feb 25: Chief Admiral of the Indo-Pacific Commander of the US Army has arrived in Nepal to observe the fourth peace effort under Global Peacekeeping organized by the Nepali Army.

KATHMANDU, Feb 25: Nepal has advanced to the semi-finals of the WAFF Women's Championship, securing their place by defeating Palestine 4-0 in their final group match.

JANAKPURDHAM, Feb 24: A discussion was held between officials from four districts of Nepal and their counterparts in Madhubani district, Bihar, India, addressing issues such as border security and the prevention of encroachment.

KATHMANDU, Feb 24: Nepal is playing against Palestine in the final match of the group stage of the West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) Women's Championship 2024 in Saudi Arabia.

KATHMANDU, Feb 23: The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu is organizing the "Hip Hop Mela; खुलौँ, बोलौँ" event at Hotel Annapurna on Saturday. Running from 11:30 AM to 6 PM, the program promises to be a unique celebration of Hip Hop culture, providing a platform for Nepali artists to showcase their talents and engage with the public.

KATHMANDU, Feb 22: In a bid to materialize its effort to sell domestically produced electricity to third countries, Nepal is finalizing a deal with Bangladesh.

Forging friendship beyond a century

February 22, 2024 07:30 am

As Nepal and the UK celebrate the first 100 years of their friendship, the two countries have laid out what can be described as a new chapter of friendship for another 100 years based on economic partnership and support. In a gesture of solidarity towards Nepal's aspirations for sustainable development and economic prosperity, the UK government on Tuesday committed £400 million (approximately $505 million) in development grants to Nepal by 2030.

KATHMANDU, Feb 21: The country's trade deficit in the first seven months of the current fiscal year has reached more than Rs 811 billion.

KATHMANDU, Feb 20: Nepal is set to face Syria today in its inaugural match at the West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) Women's Championship 2024, hosted in Saudi Arabia. The Group B clash between Nepal and Syria is scheduled to kick off at 8:30 PM Nepali time at the King Abdullah Sports City Ground in Jeddah.

Nepal is plagued by growing political, social, and economic disorders, irregularities, and injustice. Therefore, the life of the people is becoming fettered and insecure. It is not fatalism, paternalism, or 'what man proposes, God disposes,' as some rudimentary people utter out of frustration and injustice.

KATHMANDU, Feb 20: Nepal witnessed 9,388 cases related to human rights violation in 2023, which was way higher than the cases in the previous year.

Making CIAA Relevant

February 20, 2024 07:00 am

Many assert that Nepal is a 'paradise' of corruption, making corruption and Nepal synonymous at this time. Such a situation could have been avoided with proper action against corruption.

KATHMANDU, Feb 19: The Henley Passport Index has announced the global ranking of passports for the year 2024. France has topped the list, becoming the country with the most powerful passport.

KATHMANDU, Feb 19: The state of democracy in Nepal's political parties has been a topic of debate from various perspectives, particularly since the establishment of multi-party democracy in 1990. Despite three decades since democracy's restoration in the country, criticisms persist regarding an autocratic style of operation within the parties. This issue was discussed at the Nepal Literature Festival in Pokhara, under the theme "How Democratic are the parties?"

‘Green hydrogen laws needed’

February 18, 2024 18:55 pm

KATHMANDU, Feb 18: The government should make necessary laws related to green hydrogen and implement them, according to experts. The government has already introduced the 'Green Hydrogen Policy, 2080 BS' in January. They said that now laws and guidelines should be prepared to encourage green hydrogen production and carbon trading.

The city of Lahan in eastern Nepal is approximately 800 kilometers away from the home of Mohammed Samim in Bangladesh. However, this distance was not a barrier for him when he learned that eye treatment in Lahan would be of high quality and at an affordable price.

KATHMANDU, Feb 16: The authorities concerned of Nepal and India have stepped up measures to develop a separate mechanism for an electronic payment system between the two countries. This has been agreed upon at the government level.

As we witnessed the epilogue of the climate summit in Dubai, Dubai was able to converge the focus of the world for the past four weeks, not with its skyscrapers and desert adventures. Rather this time, it has been the host of COP-28, a global platform that discerns the global perspective on Climate Change.

Bringing Two Economies Further Closer

February 16, 2024 07:15 am

In a major development aimed at bringing our economies closer, Nepal and India have expedited the process to establish a separate mechanism for an electronic payment system between the two countries. The agreement signed between the National Payments Interface of Nepal and the Unified Payment Interface of India, as agreed upon by the two governments, is a promising development.

KATHMANDU, Feb 15: The European Union (EU) Delegation to Nepal has announced a year-long celebration to mark 50 years of diplomatic relations between Nepal and the EU.

KATHMANDU, Feb 15: Progress on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) remains uneven and inadequate across various segments of the population and within the five sub-regions of Asia and the Pacific, according to a new report published by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, Feb 13: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) team has returned after visiting Nepal. A team led by Tidiane Kinda of the IMF was in Kathmandu from February 5 to 12 to discuss Nepal's economic development and aid programs.

The Red Alert

February 12, 2024 09:00 am

Connecting the dots, one can see the direction the “socialism-oriented” state is heading towards. Socialism is not merely about the free access to education or health services, it is more about barring the private ownership of the means of production. It is evident that the Maoist-led government, to establish a socialist order, has been systematically attacking private ownership in education, health and industry, trade and commerce.

KATHMANDU, Feb 11: An Air Service Agreement (ASA) has been signed between Nepal and the European country Switzerland.

KATHMANDU, Feb 11: The weather is clear in the hilly parts of the country and partly cloudy in the rest of the country. Most of the places in Terai are cloudy and foggy.

KATHMANDU, Feb 10: Nepal defeated Canada in the second ODI match by four wickets to clinch the three-match series with an unassailable 2-0 lead at home ground on Saturday.

KATHMANDU, Feb 10: Nepal is set to take on Namibia in the first match of the tri-nation T-20 series.

KATHMANDU, Feb 10: There is a partial influence of westerly wind in Nepal at present. The weather is mostly clear in the hilly parts of the country while the rest of the country is partly cloudy.

KATHMANDU, Feb 10: Nepal is playing the second match of the one-day international series against Canada today.

KATHMANDU, Feb 9: A trade and investment agreement has been signed between Nepal and Australia. The agreement was signed during Foreign Minister NP Saud's visit to Australia.

Nepal beats Canada by seven runs

February 8, 2024 22:38 pm

KATHMANDU, Fe 8: A four-wicket haul by Nepal's cricket captain Rohit Kumar Poudel helped the hosts defeat Canada by seven runs in the first ODI match between the two countries held at the Tribhuvan University (TU) Cricket Ground on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, Feb 8: There is a possibility of light snowfall at one or two places in the high hills and mountainous areas of Koshi and Gandaki provinces.

KATHMANDU, Feb 6: There is a partial influence of westerly winds in Nepal at present, according to the Meteorological Forecasting Division (MFD) under the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology.

KATHMANDU, Feb 5: Cancer causes a total of 11.11 percent of deaths in Nepal while 20,000 new cases related to the fatal disease are reported every year in the country.

KATHMANDU, Dec 5: The weather across Nepal is expected to change, with rain and snow expected in many parts of the country on Monday.

SAFF Championship: Nepal defeats Bhutan

February 5, 2024 08:10 am

KATHMANDU, Feb 5: Nepal secured victory by defeating Bhutan in Sunday's match under the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) U-19 Women Championship.

KATHMANDU, Feb 4: The weather across Nepal is expected to change, with rain and snow expected in many parts of the country on Sunday, according to the Meteorological Forecasting Division (MFD) under the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology.

Stop setting dangerous precedent

February 4, 2024 07:28 am

In Nepal, a disturbing trend is on the rise lately. Influential politicians and businessmen facing legal troubles seem to have found a new strategy to avoid police detention-- getting admitted to hospital. This misuse of provisions meant for those with genuine health issues not only raises questions about the sanctity of law, but also reinforces the perception that the law is meant only for the poor and those without access to the power corridors.

KATHMANDU, Feb 3: Nepal lost to India by 132 runs in the Under-19 World Cup Super Six match held on Friday at the Mangaung Oval Cricket Ground in South Africa.

The Fishing Cat (Prionailurus viverrinus), commonly called Malaha Biralo, one of the 13 cat species in Nepal, is a medium sized cat found primarily in wetland areas, and native to Asia including Nepal. It is threatened to extinction by habitat loss, depletion of fish populations, road accidents, retaliatory killing and predators.

A total of 79,100 foreign tourists came to Nepal in the first month of 2024. According to the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), this is 24,026 more than the number of foreign tourists visiting Nepal in the same month last year. The government has already announced plans to double the number of tourists this year compared to last year.

For 2024/25, the southern neighbor has announced to provide Nepal with grant of INR 7 billion

KATHMANDU, Feb 1: A total of 79,100 foreign tourists came to Nepal In the first month of the new year 2024.

KATHMANDU, Feb 1: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has predicted that Nepal's economic growth rate will be five percent in 2024. The IMF released its World Economic Outlook on Tuesday. Consumer price inflation in Nepal has been projected to increase by 6.7 percent in 2024.

KATHMANDU, Feb 1: Increasing flow of remittance has provided some respite to Nepal but the issue of out-bound migrant workers has become a matter of serious contemplation.