KATHMANDU, April 7: The government on Monday extended the COVID-19 lockdown for a third week -- until April 15. All services provided by the government except for emergency ones remain suspended and people remain confined inside their homes. Also the operation of domestic and international flights remain closed.

KATHMANDU, April 6: The government has decided to extend nationwide lockdown until midnight April 15.

KATHMANDU, April 4: The nationwide lockdown will be extended at least by another week until midnight April 14, sources said.

KATHMANDU, April 6: With the first case of local transmission of corona virus in the district of Kailali, COVID-19 has stepped into its second stage in Nepal—calling for more alarm and state interventions to cope with the upcoming threats.

KATHMANDU, April 4: Nepal has witnessed its first locally transmitted case of novel coronavirus on Saturday, more than two months after the country reported its first COVID-19 case on January 24.

KATHMANDU, April 4: Three new coronavirus cases confirmed in Nepal, the Ministry of Health and Population said today.

KATHMANDU, April 2: The sixth coronavirus case has been confirmed in Nepal.

KATHMANDU, April 1: The government on Tuesday warned not to use rapid test kits for COVID-19. The advisor to the health minister, Dr Khem Karki, speaking during a press meet on Tuesday warned that the results of the kits are not reliable.

We need a commander

March 31, 2020 09:40 am

As the nationwide lockdown enters its second week, people are desperately looking for a reassuring leader at the helm of our government. Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is recovering from a kidney transplant and Deputy Prime Minister Ishwor Pokharel is technically in charge of the coronavirus response team. However, we have yet to see the type of leadership a crisis demands.

KATHMANDU, March 30: The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the government to provide immediate relief to the daily wage earners who have been struggling for necessities like food during the nationwide lockdown.

KATHMANDU, March 29: Amid rising coronavirus cases, the government has decided to extend nationwide lockdown by a week, until April 7.

KATHMANDU, March 29: The government is all set to extend the nationwide lockdown for another week in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

These 8 decisions will be implemented from 6AM tomorrow

KATHMANDU, March 20: China is holding video conference with more than 10 countries including Nepal to share its knowledge on prevention and control of the coronavirus.

KATHMANDU, March 19: In response to the call of the World Health Organization for countries to take ‘aggressive’ steps in order to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government on Wednesday took sweeping measures including closing educational institutions, suspending the operation of all entertainment and recreation spaces, restricting ‘unnecessary’ movement of people and stopping arrivals of nationals from the novel coronavirus-affected countries till April 30.

KATHMANDU, March 18: The government on Wednesday to close schools, colleges and childhood development centers till April 12 to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

KATHMANDU, March 18: Amid coronavirus outbreak fears, the government on Wednesday decided to shut cinema halls, sports venues, pubs, gyms, dance bars, cultural centers, museum and various recreation centers till April 30.

KATHMANDU, March 14: The government has suspended visa-on-arrival for all foreigners, effective from Saturday till April 30, as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

KATHMANDU, March 12: As a part of government's precautionary measures against coronavirus, the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration has asked all 753 local levels not to organise and engage in major gatherings including feasts and celebrations.

KATHMANDU, March 11: The government has urged one and all to not go after rumour but instead verify the information relating to COVID-19 with the Health Ministry.

Although, the COVID-19 was originated in the Wuhan city of our neighboring China, it has not spread to our country so far. We are lucky in this sense. Southern neighbor India recently has reported about the outbreak of COVID-19 and the number of people being infected is rising. So, there is no doubt that today or tomorrow we will soon witness the same condition in our country. Are we really prepared ?

KATHMANDU, March 9: Nepal Tarun Dal, a youth wing close to the Nepali Congress, has called on the government to take up strong measures to prevent artificial shortage of goods in the market.

KATHMANDU, March 8: The construction under the Mid-Hill Highway is likely to miss the target set for this year.

KATHMANDU, March 4: Dr Yubaraj Khatiwada who was re-appointed as the Minister for Finance earlier today took oath of office and secrecy in the afternoon.

KATHMANDU, March 2: With coronavirus now spreading beyond China, the government on Monday announced suspension of visa on arrival for citizens of China, Iran, Italy, South Korea and Japan from March 7 to March 31.

KATHMANDU, March 1: The government on Sunday announced temporary suspension of visa on arrival from March 7.

PARBAT, March 1: Minister for Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa on Sunday said that Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) project will not be ratified through the parliament without making necessary amendments on it.

KATHMANDU, Feb 26: The ruling Nepal Communist Party on Wednesday decided to nominate its vice-chairman Bamdev Gautam as a member of the National Assembly.

KATHMANDU, Feb 19: All the 175 Nepali nationals evacuated from China's Hubei province who have been kept in quarantine at Kharipati of Bhaktapur since Sunday morning have tested negative for the coronavirus, the Ministry of Health and Population said on Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, Feb 19: The 70th National Democracy Day is being observed across the country by organizing various programs today.

KATHMANDU, Feb 18: Minister for Energy Barshan Man Pun on Tuesday said that the government is working to provide electricity to every household of the country within two years.

KATHMANDU, Feb 18: Nepal Civil Service Employee's Association (NCSEA) on Tuesday warned the government not to scrap the existing trade unions in the country.

KATHMANDU, Feb 17: An ambitious plan of installing underground electric wires in the Kathmandu Valley has formally begun.

KATHMANDU, Feb 17: Former Deputy Speaker Shiva Maya Tumbahangphe is all set to be appointed as the Minister for Law and Justice today.

KATHMANDU, Feb 13: The government, in a bid to repatriate Nepali students in corona-virus-hit Hubei province in China, will fly them to Nepal in the wee hours of coming Sunday. Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA)'s Secretary Kedar Bahadur Adhikari told National News Agency (RSS) that the government has made arrangements to return the Nepalis from Wuhan in China.

KATHMANDU, Feb 13: Minister for Water Supply Bina Magar on Thursday vowed to bring Melamchi waters to Kathmandu by mid-July.

KATHMANDU, Feb 13: As part of Government of India’s post-earthquake-reconstruction efforts in Nepal, the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is organizing an exposure visit of 21 elected local government representatives from Nuwakot district of Nepal to India from February 10 to 14.

KATHMANDU, Feb 12: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Wednesday urged Nepali policy makers to adopt policies to provide a conducive environment for media freedom.

KATHMANDU, Feb 9: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defense Ishwor Pokharel on Sunday stressed the need to have extensive discussion to minimize the climate change effects and adaption arguing that Nepal was worst hit by the climate change.

KATHMANDU, Jan 29: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Wednesday said the Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact Program and United States Indo-Pacific Strategy were two different things, and that there was no need to link them together.

KATHMANDU, Jan 26: The main opposition Nepali Congress on Sunday urged the government to take necessary precautionary measures to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

KATHMANDU, Jan 5: Amrita Dhakal, 32, of Saurapana, Gorkha could have been a successful entrepreneur today if only she had not dreamt of going to Japan and earning Rs 300,000 a month. Giving in to this lofty dream, she fell victim to a fraudster and she ended up selling off her clothing store, which was bringing her a steady income.

KATHMANDU, Jan 4: The agitating sugarcane farmers have called off their protest following a five-point agreement with the government Friday.

KATHMANDU, Jan 1: The main opposition Nepali Congress has urged the government to revise the Information Technology Bill saying that the proposed bill curtails people's right to freedom of expression.

KATHMANDU, Dec 26: Only five days are left to formally inaugurate the Visit Nepal Year 2020. The government is going to celebrate the Visit Nepal-2020 as the national festival.

KATHMANDU, Dec 22: The Millennium Challenge Account-Nepal (MCA- Nepal) has clarified that the US government has been providing a compact grant for infrastructure developments in Nepal through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and has appealed for timely ratification of the MCC Compact.

The government has decided to establish Defense University at Perungedanda of Banepa Municipality of Kavrepalanchok district. The recent meeting of the Council of Ministers has given permission to establish the university at the place.

KATHMANDU, Dec 13: The Election Commission on Friday called on political parties to file registration for the election to the National Assembly within 10 days.

KATHMANDU, Dec 12: Nepal government has decided to file candidacy for a non-permanent seat at the powerful United Nations Security Council for the 2037-38 term.

KATHMANDU, Dec 12: The government has announced to hold the National Assembly elections on January 23, 2020.