KATHMANDU, July 1: A total of 120 international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) are mobilizing funds worth Rs 93.61 billion in a number of the projects, most of which are related to social infrastructures and livelihood programs operating in various parts of Nepal.
KATHMANDU, July 2: A locust swarm that is currently in the Indian side of the border areas might head towards Nepal, according to the Plant Quarantine and Pesticide Management Center under the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (MoALD).
CHITWAN, July 1: Chitwan district has reported 25 new cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Wednesday. The newly diagnosed COVID-19 patients include 19 males and six other females, according to Bharatpur Hospital.
KATHMANDU, June 29: More than 100 dead bodies of Nepali migrant workers have been stuck abroad as the government has failed to bring them home at the earliest. At the same time, the government’s decision of providing Rs 50,000 to the family of dead ones if they opt to cremate the dead bodies in the foreign land has turned to be quite ineffective.
Nepal has been under lockdown for more than three month now due to the ongoing pandemic of Covid-19. Nepal has taken lockdown as a major strategy to control pandemic due to lack of resources and test kits. The government of Nepal has been trying to get enough test kits required to control the pandemic from taking root in the country. As an effort to fulfill that demand, the government initiated procurement effort as well first via the Health Ministry directly through a contract that was awarded to Omni group and recently to Nepal army via government-to-government model. Both procurement done by the government has not been without controversies.
KATHMANDU, June 29: The stock market is reopening today. Following a directive from the Securities Board of Nepal (Sebon), Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse) is reopening the secondary market from Monday after one and a half months due to Covid-19 pandemic.
In the past two decades, the concept of smart city has been gaining popularity globally. While several cities such as Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Barcelona, Chicago and Hong Kong have been implementing elements of smart city planning and design concepts, some city planners and civic leaders are also speaking about the benefits of adopting smart city notions for Nepal.
With the passing by the State Affairs and Good Governance Committee of the Citizenship Bill, many are thinking: Will the country come up with a progressive piece of legislation that can truly be in the best interests of the nation and its people?
KATHMANDU, June 24: Government of Nepal and the World Bank Board signed a Development Policy Credit of 100 million US dollars today to improve the financial viability and governance of the energy sector and recover from the Covid-19 crisis. The agreement was signed by Finance Secretary, Sishir Kumar Dhungana and World Bank Country Manager for Nepal, Faris Hadad-Zervos.
KATHMANDU, June 24: With less than a month for the current fiscal year to come to an end, the Melamchi Water Supply Project (MWSP) has still 3% of its infrastructure construction work to be completed. This has once again posed challenges to the government's new deadline to complete the project that has already taken three decades.
KATHMANDU/ JAJARKOT, June 24: Wrapped in a dull white shawl and faded blue petticoat, Sunita Sunar, 19, looked rather emotionless when surrounded by a bunch of media persons and human rights activists at her home in Jajarkot in the afternoon of June 9. Unaware of the gloomy air around, her daughter Eliza tried to draw the attention of her mother every now and then. Eliza, 2, has been told that her father is going to come back soon. Tikaram Sunar won’t be back to meet his family again; he is one among six to lose life in the barbaric Rukum incident.
KATHMANDU, June 24: The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) has confirmed 629 more cases of novel coronavirus. With 519 males and 110 females testing positive for this viral infection in the last 24 hours, Nepal’s Covid-19 tally has jumped to 10,728.
KATHMANDU, June 21: Amid the ongoing India-China border tension that has already claimed the lives of 20 Indian army personnel, Nepal has expressed confidence that ‘friendly neighbors’ India and China will be able to resolve their mutual differences through peaceful means in favor of bilateral, regional and world peace and stability.
KATHMANDU, June 20: The government has requested people to not venture out of their homes unnecessarily. The COVID-19 crisis management centre (CCMC) has requested people to mandatorily wear a mask while going out, and maintain physical distance.
KATHMANDU, June 19: The COVID-19 cases have increased dramatically in the last few weeks. However, the government has been slow to increase the number of testing, as more than 30,000 swab samples have piled up in laboratories across the country.
KATHMANDU, June 17: COVID-19 has increased food insecurity by 8 percentage points, a national survey showed. A household-level survey conducted in April has shown that 23 percent of the households had inadequate food consumption, which is higher by 8 percentage points than the Annual Household Survey-(2016/17), which states that 15 percent of households in Nepal consume inadequate diet.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated around the world, which has hit over 210 countries and regions, claimed over 400,000 precious lives, and posed a serious threat to people all over the world. As Antonio Guterres, secretary general of the United Nations, warned, the current coronavirus outbreak is the biggest challenge for the world since World War II. He also called on the world to remember the lessons of 1945 and work together to end the pandemic and build a future of peace, safety and dignity for all.
Solar farms require large areas of land, and using agricultural lands for such a purpose might lead to food insecurity. Before deciding on solar farms, cost-benefit analysis should be considered. There is ongoing research on farming under solar panels, namely agrivoltaics (APV), and it is gaining popularity.
KATHMANDU, June 15: Nepal has reported 451 new cases of COVID-19 disease in the last 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health and Population. Of the newly diagnosed patients, 416 are males while 35 others are females.
KATHMANDU, June 13: Chairman of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Pushpa Dahal has said the government established after republican system is retrieving Nepal's territories which were lost during early days of the monarchy.
KATHMANDU, June 13: This year's monsoon has entered Nepal - two days later than the tentative time to arrive in the country. Monsoon this time made its entry from the eastern part of the country on the evening of June 12 and its activities are likely to be accelerated ahead.
KATHMANDU, June 12: The scope of e-commerce has been expanding with the ongoing threat of COVID-19, but the delay in the enforcement of related laws has left consumers in a miserable state, leaving no ground for them to follow and win a legal battle against any misconduct by the sellers.
In the month of December 2019, a unique and mysterious disease outbreak in the Wuhan city of China caused respiratory illness. It has since then spread globally, resulting in the pandemic. COVID-19 is a highly contagious cause of coronavirus. The infected patients have reported mild to severe acute respiratory syndrome. Common symptoms of the disease include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Other symptoms may include fatigue, muscle pain, diarrhea, sore throat, loss of smell and abdominal pain. While a majority of the cases result in mild symptoms, some progress to severe health problems, causing severe viral pneumonia and multi-organ failure.
KATHMANDU, June 11: Putting an end to the prolonged uncertainty about holding the Secondary Education Examination (SEE) of Grade X, the government on Wednesday decided not to conduct this board examination in view of the serious health risk that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to pose risk across the country. A cabinet meeting held on Wednesday made a decision to this effect.
BIRENDRANAGAR, June 9: Karnali Province reported the first case of novel coronavirus disease only on May 18 approximately four months after the first case had been reported in the country on January 24.
There are approximately 1,150 four-wheeler Electric Vehicles (EVs), 4,700 electric bikes and 31,000 e-rickshaws in Nepal. Considering 1,150 four wheelers consumes 20 million rupees worth of electricity per year, and saves the fuel import of worth 100 million rupees per year. Further, operation of 1,150 four-wheelers saves 2,400 tons of CO2 emissions.
KATHMANDU, June 8: As the coronavirus crisis prolongs with devastating impact on the economy and social lives, the existing social contract is all set to crumble, and the increased uncertainty is fueling panic and unrest among citizens, who are struggling to cope with the 'new normal'. Israeli Professor Yuval Noah Harari in a recent interview with DW, a leading German media outlet, said that “this crisis is causing tremendous changes in the job market. People work from home. People work online. If we are not careful, it could result in the collapse of organized labor, at least in some sectors of industry. But it's not inevitable. It's a political decision”.