KATHMANDU, Oct 15: The three newly-appointed ministers have taken the oath of office and secrecy on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, Oct 9: Bharat Raj Paudyal has been promoted as the new foreign secretary.

KATHMANDU, Oct 6: Expressing serious concern over the ongoing fast-unto-death by Dr Govinda KC, a group of 16 civil society members on Tuesday urged the government to immediately address the demands raised by Dr KC.

KATHMANDU, Sept 27: Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Chairman and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and the executive chairperson of the party, Pushpa Kamal Dahal held a meeting on Sunday to discuss the proposed Cabinet reshuffle.

KATHMANDU, Sept 17: Nepal’s coronavirus case tally has neared 60,000 after the confirmation of 1,246 new cases and four more deaths related to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) said on Thursday afternoon.

KATHMANDU, Aug 22: Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) has confirmed 634 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, taking Nepal's coronavirus tally to 31,117.

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KATHMANDU, Aug 18: The government has decided to appoint three joint secretaries at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Nepal’s ambassadors to three different countries.

KATHMANDU, Aug 16: The government has introduced a number of waivers, exemptions and reliefs on income tax, fines and interests accrued on tax liabilities for those taxpayers who have either not come under tax net or late on filing tax returns.

KATHMANDU, July 30: Bibeksheel Nepali Party has demanded that the Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Health and Population apologize with "Enough is Enough" campaigners, and step down from their ministerial posts.

KATHMANDU, July 30: The mountaineering activities that had been suspended by the government for nearly five months have resumed from today.

KATHMANDU, July 28: The Ministry of Health and Population said that 311 new cases of coronavirus and one more COVID-19 related death were recorded in the past 24 hours.

KATHMANDU, July 27: India has asked Nepal's Darchula District Administration to bar the Nepali people from entering Gunji, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura, the three Nepali territories which have long been occupied by Indian security forces.

KATHMANDU, July 17: The government appeared pathetic in the execution of the budget announced for fiscal year 2019/20 which ended on Wednesday, spending less than 50% of the amount earmarked for development projects while falling short by 30% also in revenue collection.

KATHMANDU, July 15: The home ministry has recommended Deputy Inspectors General (DIGs) Niraj Shahi and Pradhyumna Kumar Karki to be promoted to Additional Inspectors General (AIG) of Nepal Police.

KATHMANDU, July 15: The government has extended the deadlines of the contracts for development projects by another six months citing the problems that the contractors have faced amid the ongoing lockdown.

KATHMANDU, July 10: Taking a strong exception to contents produced by some Indian news channels including Zee News which linked Prime Minister KP Oli with Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqi, Press Council Nepal (PCN) has drawn the attention of Press Council of India.

KATHMANDU, July 10: Indian media outlets including Zee News TV channel have come under fire in Nepal for their baseless propaganda against Nepal government and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli

KATHMANDU, July 8: Youths affiliated to the ruling Nepal Communist Party staged demonstrations at various six places of the Kathmandu Valley on Wednesday to extend support to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.

KATHMANDU, July 7: The government has promoted Additional Inspector General (AIG) Shailesh Thapa to the post of Inspector General (IG) of Nepal Police.

KATHMANDU, July 6: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai has requested the Australian ambassador to Nepal, Peter Budd, to start commercial air service between the two countries.

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When relations between the two states deteriorate due to various reasons, dialogue is a tool to bring them back on track. Closing all prospects for talks means the individual state does not want to keep relations at all.

KATHMANDU, July 5: With 293 new cases of coronavirus today, Nepal's COVID-19 tally reached 1, 5784 on Sunday afternoon.

KATHMANDU, July 3: The tourism and aviation sector of Nepal has incurred an estimated loss of Rs 34 billion during the period of lockdown, according to a report produced by a committee formed by the government to study the loss incurred by the sector due to the enforcement of lockdown following COVID-19 outbreak in different parts of the world.

KATHMANDU, June 29: As per the repatriation guidelines, 607 stranded Nepalis returned home in four repatriation flights conducted on Monday.

KATHMANDU, June 25: The government has backed out of the plan to push ahead with the passage of the bill to amend the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority Act, 1991, following widespread backlash from the private sector over the proposed provisions to bring private businesses under the jurisdiction of the apex constitutional body to combat corruption.

DHANGADI / BAITADI, June 21: Even though migrant workers and others returning to Nepal via different Indo-Nepal border points are quarantined for 14 days, the risk of COVID-19 outbreak is still high due to delayed PCR test reports.

KATHMANDU, June 18: Today's meeting of the National Assembly has endorsed the 'Appropriation Bill, 2077 BS' by majority votes. Minister for Finance Dr Yuba Raj Khatiwada had presented the bill along with a message from the House of Representatives at the meeting.

KATHMANDU, June 17: The main opposition Nepali Congress on Wednesday submitted a memorandum to the government from various parts of the country and abroad, asking the government to effectively handle ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

KATHMANDU, June 17: The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies (MoICS) has sought to hike the minimum support price of paddy for the next fiscal year by up to Rs 212 per quintal.

KATHMANDU, June 15: The government is having a cash crunch to manage its immediate liabilities due to a heavy fall in revenue collection during the nationwide lockdown that has almost stagnated businesses activities in the country.

KATHMANDU, June 13: Independent youths are staging protest at Maitighar in the capital with various demands.

KATHMANDU, June 11: The government has decided to open its offices in two shifts effective from June 15.

After weeks of anger and frustration, a group of young people took to the streets of Baluwatar to demand accountability from this government. The COVID-19 response from this government has been dismal: testing rates are low, RDTs reign over PCR tests, quarantines are poorly managed – hotbeds for disease-- and there seems to be no real strategy to address the impending economic fallout and the long-term management of returning migrant workers. Nepali Congress MP Gagan Thapa rightly repeated what was being said all over social media the last few weeks yesterday in parliament: Where did the $1.3 billion spent on COVID-19 response go? Are the border quarantines fast becoming ‘concentration camps’? A series of failures have emerged as a result of what seems to be a reactive approach to governance.

KATHMANDU, June 9: The government is hopeful that an extra 1,300 MW electricity will be connected to the national grid within the upcoming fiscal year 2020/21.

KATHMANDU, June 8: It has been found that there is a huge price difference in the same amount of health equipment purchased by two different government bodies to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

KATHMANDU, June 8: A recent survey has found that only one in a hundred Nepalis trusts the social media platforms.

KATHMANDU, June 8: With 314 new cases in the past 24 hours, Nepal's COVID-19 tally soared to 3762 on Monday.

KATHMANDU, June 7: The government has listed out hotels across the Kathmandu Valley and other places that are available for quarantine service for migrant worker returnees who will be evacuated from abroad.

KATHMANDU, June 5: Although the government almost every year revises the customs duty and excise duty on alcohol to collect more revenue, the budget for 2020/21 has surprisingly kept the tax rates on the conspicuous goods unchanged despite the government falling in pressure to manage the financial resources to manage the expenditures.

KATHMANDU, June 4: Approximately 226 Nepalis are being brought back to Nepal from Myanmar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Friday in special charter flights.

KATHMANDU, June 4: Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Girirajmani Pokharel, has said a decision regarding the Secondary Education Examination (SEE) and examination of Grade 11 and 12 will be taken within a week.

KATHMANDU, June 3: Amid widespread criticisms, the government has extended the deadline for the payment of individual and business taxes by two weeks.

KATHMANDU, June 2: The number of COVID-19 cases in Nepal crossed 2000 mark on Tuesday with the highest addition on a single day at 288 cases.

KATHMANDU, May 31: The government has decided to extend the nationwide lockdown until June 14.

KATHMANDU, May 28: Nepal has recorded highest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases with 156 new infections on Thursday. With this, the number of COVID-19 cases in the country has reached 1042.

KATHMANDU, May 28: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that a judicious balance between rights and duties alone made the republic successful and meaningful.

KATHMANDU, May 27: Notwithstanding the fact that Nepal is popular for trekking and mountaineering among foreigners, an overwhelming majority of tourists who visited Nepal in the year 2019 are found to have come here for entertainment purposes.

KATHMANDU, May 25: Dairy entrepreneurs are seeking relief packages from the government through the upcoming budget for fiscal year 2020/21.

KATHMANDU, May 25: Japan has extended grant assistance of up to one billion, one hundred and seventy million Japanese Yen (¥1,170,000,000), equivalent to 1,319.9 million Nepali rupees to Nepal for the Development of Digital Elevation Model and Orthophoto.