KATHMANDU, May 26: The Social Media Sites Monitoring Committee of the Election Commission (EC) has reviewed the use of social sites and digital media during the local level elections held on May 13.

Shilpa Shetty enjoys massive following on social media, her motivational posts and fitness inspiration are hugely popular with fans. However, the actress has now announced a break from Instagram and Twitter. “Soooo bored of the monotony, everything looking the same... going off social media till I find a new avatar,” Shilpa Shetty announced on Thursday.

COLOMBO, April 3: Sri Lankan soldiers with assault rifles and police manned checkpoints in Colombo on Sunday as the government blocked social media platforms after imposing a curfew to contain public unrest triggered by the country's economic crisis

Zoya Akhtar on 'Jee Le Zara'

December 28, 2021 15:22 pm

Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar created quite a buzz on social media when they announced 'their all-girls film, Jee Le Zaraa' starring Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif and Priyanka Chopra in the lead. Contrary to the common belief that the Akhtar siblings struck a casting coup, we now know that it was the other way around.

Midas was born with two sets of ears and a defective jaw due to a genetic mutation, but this has not stopped the four-month-old Turkish cat from becoming an internet sensation with over 73,000 followers on social media.

Popular Dancer Sushant Khatri posted a video captioned 'Nepal Police this is wrong!!' on his Facebook and talked about how Nepal police misbehaved with him on Sunday.

The chef with a dizzying number of books, restaurants and TV shows was home in Cornwall, England, with mouths to feed last year when he did a series of lives on Instagram cooking meals in 10 minutes or less.

From his workout videos to family photographs, and his banter with nephew Arjun Kapoor, Bollywood star Anil Kapoor is very active on social media.

Joan MacDonald’s health was in shambles at age 71. She was overweight and on numerous medications with high cholesterol, rising blood pressure and kidney trouble.

KATHMANDU, August 22: The Office of the Auditor General (OAG) has shown concern over the evasion of taxes in cases of financial transactions being carried out through various social media platforms.

A Study on Digital Platforms

August 4, 2021 12:20 pm

Through this survey, we have come to know that social media can be a great platform for networking. It can be used largely to obtain knowledge and to be informed about the environment.

Social Media: An ocean of self-doubt

April 21, 2021 08:00 am

Does it bother you when you look at the pictures of your friends on your phone? Do you wonder how their lives have become so perfect, how they look so happy and beautiful in their pictures and you don’t in yours? Does it make you anxious when you scroll through the pictures your friends posted from the party you missed? You don’t have to answer. Research shows that you do get very upset.

There is a huge curiosity amongst movie buffs to find out more about the kids of their favorite Bollywood stars. While some of these star kids are yet to make their entry into showbiz, some have decided to stay away from it entirely. However, this hasn’t impacted the huge fan following the enjoy on social media. From Suhana Khan to Khushi Kapoor to Ibrahim Ali Khan, here’s taking a look at star kids who are away from films but are ruling the social media...

Two arrested on charge of online fraud

January 17, 2021 18:16 pm

KATHMANDU, Jan 17: Police have arrested two “fraudsters” on the charge of duping people through social media.

Fatima Ali was in her final year studying to become a medical analysis specialist when Iraq imposed a full lockdown in March. Forced by a raging pandemic to stay home, she spent her days on social media, looking for something to do with her time.

KAMPALA, Jan 12:Uganda banned social media and messaging apps on Tuesday, two days ahead of a presidential election pitting Yoweri Museveni, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, against opposition frontrunner Bobi Wine, a popular singer.

Deepika Padukone left her legion of fans in shock as she deleted all her tweets and Instagram posts on December 31 night. The actor, who is quite prolific on social media, has zero posts and tweets as of now.

Lisa Ray takes a break from social media

December 28, 2020 13:42 pm

Actress Lisa Ray is taking a break from social media to reflect back on the learning of the year. The actress took to Twitter to share her decision, and revealed that it is time for “sacred reflection”.

Influencers need to be aware of this power of influence and use that power responsibly, not simply to monetize their name and brand.

Cancel culture functions on bandwagon and mob mentality. Even baseless accusations on innocent people are sensationalized for the clout, often by third parties.

Are we falling prey to the tech world?

September 29, 2020 07:49 am

With lifestyle swinging uncomfortably with the new normal where education, communication, business and even life are dependent on gadgets, we need to outline protocol for the new normal living.

KATHMANDU, Sept 23: The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred more Nepali businesses to start using internet, social media or digital platforms to seize business opportunities, in the wake of declining traditional sales, a survey said on Wednesday.

The Mumbai Police have said that rapper Badshah paid Rs 72 lakh for additional views on one of his music videos, in a bid to break a viewership record. The rapper is being questioned in connection to a racket that sells fake followers and views to social media influencers. He has denied any wrongdoing.

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

KATHMANDU, April 23: The District Court, Kathmandu, on Thursday allowed the police to keep former secretary Bhim Upadhyay in custody for three more days.

KATHMANDU, April 23: Nepal Tarun Dal (NTD), the youth wing of the main opposition Nepali Congress, on Thursday demanded the immediate release of former government secretary Bhim Upadhayay.

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA, April 20: Global digital platforms Google and Facebook will be forced to pay for news content in Australia, the government said on Monday as the coronavirus pandemic causes a collapse in advertising revenue.

KATHMANDU, April 10: When India's Modi government was struggling to calm down the country's Muslim population over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) bill late December last year, PM KP Sharma Oli's twitter handle (@PM_Nepal) “accidentally” retweeted a tweet (by Indian journalist @DilliDurAst) where Sonia Gandhi was criticizing Modi for crackdown on protests. This was December 20, 2019.

Threat to resist

March 24, 2020 10:02 am

First it was about what prevents people from contracting coronavirus: Take a little bit of alcoholic drinks, eat garlic and turmeric, take some cow urine, even dung.  Then it shifted to what causes the infection: the person who lives and comes from the country affected by the virus.  So there was racial attack on people who looked like Asian, Chinese to be particular, and they were insulted and even blamed to be the carriers of the disease.  In three months since the outbreak of coronavirus, which later took pandemic proportion, and which is ravaging the whole world at the moment, disinformation, misinformation and wrong information about the source of the virus, its infection rate and remedies have become the subject of deep worry for the countries which are struggling to combat the disease as well as the countries which are struggling to prevent its outbreak.  Nepal has not been the exception to this trend.

Facebook is the biggest social media site, with more than two billion people using it every month. Around 65 million businesses are using Facebook Pages and more than six million advertisers are actively promoting business through Facebook.

Hijacking democracy

March 5, 2020 08:53 am

Algorithms will soon be a big part of human society. It is already being used to determine what people see on online platforms, detect traffic violations on the busy streets of cosmopolitan cities, suggest posts on social media, and fire unproductive employees. The general thinking is that the evaluations made by algorithms are objective and unbiased because they analyze huge amounts of data to make decisions.  This, however, is an incorrect assumption. Since people write software codes, human-biases often transfer in algorithms potentially threatening liberal democracy.

KATHMANDU, Feb 28: In a viral video on social media, a young woman carrying her child is seen severely beaten by a policeman with stick.

MOSCOW, Feb 13: A Russian court on Thursday fined social media company Twitter (TWTR.N) 4 million roubles ($62,845) for its failure to comply with a Russian data law, the RIA news agency reported.

Oli and his civilized society

February 7, 2020 10:09 am

Oli ba tells us that his government is working hard to create a civilized society and he wants all of us to be responsible citizens and not wild savages who rant on social media against corruption and misuse of power by our thulo mancheys. But the question is who really are the savages, us, the people who seem to find it difficult to even buy onions and garlic or those buffoons in power who spend billions of our taxpayers’ money on their own near and dear ones?

KATHMANDU, Feb 1: Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) has announced that it will take action against those making or receiving international payments for advertisements on the internet and in social media like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as well as online portals.

Clarifications on MCC Nepal Compact

January 20, 2020 09:09 am

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Nepal Compact which can be downloaded from https://mcanp.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Millennium_Challenge_Compact.pdf is being discussed at large these days and I personally appreciate all the concerns that have surfaced, both in social media and mainstream media. We live in a democracy wherein people and people’s representatives should discuss and debate matters of national interest, but I believe our debates should be based on facts and evidence. With this article, I hope to provide some facts and clarify specific concerns to help the public understand the Compact better.

KATHMANDU, Jan 16: Nepali parliament must amend the Information Technology Bill (IT Bill) to bring into line with international standards and ensure that the law is not used to criminalize the peaceful exercise of the right to freedom of expression, Amnesty International stated in a press release on Thursday.

Social media is unsocial

January 14, 2020 08:42 am

Social media has taken over the world like deadly virus. Social media was built to create opportunities for people to bridge communication gap and connect with people all over the world. But now it has become the reason for the communication gap. New research has shown it could be having the opposite effect and leaving people more and more isolated.

KATHMANDU, Jan 8: Sajha Party on Wednesday urged the government to withdraw the controversial Information Technology Bill.

KATHMANDU, Jan 6: A bill, which is on the verge of endorsement by the lower house of parliament, may pave the way for the government to shut down social media sites at any time and under any pretext, according to experts.

UNITED STATES, Jan 1: Revelers around the globe are bidding farewell to a decade that will be remembered for the rise of social media, the Arab Spring, the #MeToo movement and, of course, President Donald Trump. A look at how the world is ushering in 2020:

British singer Ed Sheeran has announced that he is taking a break from music and social media.

Stronger than ever

December 20, 2019 10:01 am

Being the subject of discussion on a Facebook post of someone I didn’t even know too well was amusing at first but it quickly became a source of much anguish and hurt when people took to name calling and caste discrimination.

It's the festival of lights and scores of Bollywood celebrities thronged the social media on Sunday while extending out Diwali wishes to their fans and followers across the world. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan wished everyone with monochrome throwback pictures with Jaya Bachchan and daughter Shweta Bachchan Nanda lighting 'Phuljhadi'.

NEW DELHI, Oct 22: India’s government asked Facebook Inc on Tuesday to help it decrypt private messages on its network, citing national security requirements in a court hearing on privacy rights on social media platforms.

BIRENDRANAGAR, Oct 19: On March 25, 2019, chief minister of Karnali Province, Mahendra Bahadur Shahi said browsing social media during office hours will be banned in government offices of Karnali.

KATHMANDU, Oct 13: Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Nepal, 23 years after the last visit by a Chinese President, has kept social media users busy for weeks. Opinions of the general public, as well as experts started flooding as the government started preparing for President Xi’s visit.

Don’t blame the constitution

September 26, 2019 01:25 am

On the lead up to the Constitution Day and the day itself last week, as cynics on social media were jeering at the government’s appeal to people to mark the day by wearing national flag emblazoned t-shirts, my contemplation  was on what the press and intelligentsia would say about the constitution that turned four on September 20, 2019.  There were two stark responses: outright ambiguous and dismissive.

KATHMANDU, Sept 16: Nepal chapter of Accountability Lab has shortlisted five government officials as part of its annual event to honor honest government employees.

Actor Johnny Depp defended his recent advertisement with luxury fashion and beauty brand Dior which was taken off air after it was subjected to backlash on social media.