KATHMANDU, May 1: The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact has been published in the Nepal Gazette, the government's official bulletin.

KATHMANDU, April 30: The diplomatic relation between Nepal and the United States has entered 75 years. A number of programs were organized this week to mark the 75th founding anniversary of the Nepal-US diplomatic relations.

KATHMANDU, April 23: Urban Development Minister Jhakri left for the United States on Friday evening to address a high-level meeting at the UN Habitat headquarters in New York.

KATHMANDU, April 16: The United States of America, who had agreed to provide about 60 billion in grants through the US aid project Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), is set to provide an additional 80 billion grant to Nepal.

KATHMANDU, April 15: The government has decided to take a loan of USD 150 million, equivalent to Rs 18 billion from the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank.

WASHINGTON, April 13: U.S. President Joe Biden's administration is expected to announce as soon as Wednesday another $750 million in military assistance for Ukraine for its fight against Russian forces, two U.S. officials familiar with the matter told Reuters.

BRI and MCC: Implications for Nepal

April 11, 2022 06:30 am

China and the United States came face-to-face over the issue of MCC agreement’s ratification through parliament. This is not a good sign for Nepal. The strategic rivalry between the US and China in Nepal should not be taken lightly.

KIEV, March 31: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Wednesday that he has discussed support for Ukraine with U.S. President Joe Biden. "Talked about specific defensive support, a new package of enhanced sanctions, macro-financial and humanitarian aid," Zelensky tweeted after the talks.

KYIV/LVIV, Ukraine, March 19: Russia said its forces were "tightening the noose" around the besieged Ukrainian port of Mariupol on Friday and concern grew over mass civilian casualties as the United States again warned China against aiding Moscow in its invasion.

LVIV, Ukraine, March 15: The United States warned China against providing military or financial help to Moscow after its invasion of Ukraine, as sanctions on Russian political and business leaders mounted and civilians sought to flee intense fighting on the ground.

WASHINGTON, March 10: The US House of Representatives on Wednesday evening passed omnibus spending legislation to fund the federal government through September 30 and provide $13.6 billion in assistance to Ukraine amid the ongoing Russian military operation.

WASHINGTON/KYIV, March 2: A week after launching its invasion of Ukraine, Russia said its forces took control the first sizable city on Wednesday, seizing Kherson, in the south, as fighting raged around the country and Western nations tightened an economic noose around Russia.

KATHMANDU, Feb 25: As many as 34 political parties and organizations are set to hold protests against the US-funded Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact agreement on Friday.

MCC in Nepal: Games Nations Play!

February 23, 2022 06:30 am

The geopolitical confrontation between the US and China has been escalating since 2015 and Nepal is in a sensitive position in terms of geographical location. That is why we need to have a balanced relationship not only with India and China, but also with the United States.

PARIS, Feb 21: US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have accepted in principle to hold a summit, so long as Moscow does not invade Ukraine, the French presidency announced Monday.

MOSCOW/KYIV/DONETSK, Feb 19: Russia's Vladimir Putin has decided to invade Ukraine within days, U.S. President Joe Biden said on Friday after separatists backed by Moscow told civilians to leave breakaway regions on buses, a move the West fears is part of a pretext for an attack.

KATHMANDU, Feb 16: A demonstration was held in the central capital today, in support of the US-funded Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact agreement.

WASHINGTON, Feb 12: U.S. President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will speak on Saturday as Western nations warned that a war in Ukraine could ignite at any moment.

WASHINGTON, Feb 12: The United States will be sending 3,000 additional troops to Poland in the coming days to try and help reassure NATO allies, four U.S. officials told Reuters on Friday, as Russia held military exercises in Belarus and the Black Sea following the buildup of its forces near Ukraine.

WASHINGTON, Feb 12: The White House is warning the chip industry to diversify its supply chain in case Russia retaliates against threatened U.S. export curbs by blocking access to key materials, people familiar with the matter said.

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW, Feb 12: Americans in Ukraine should leave within 48 hours as Russia could attack at any time, likely with an air assault, the White House said on Friday as Moscow accused Western nations of lying to distract from their own aggressive acts

WASHINGTON, Feb 11: The United States has issued a new advisory urging Americans in Ukraine to leave the country at the earliest possibility, strengthening earlier warnings that urged its citizens to "consider" such action, US State Department said in a travel advisory.

TAIPEI, Feb 8: The United States has approved a possible USD 100 million sales of equipment and services to Taiwan to "sustain, maintain, and improve" the Patriot missile defense system used by the self-governing island claimed by China.

Feb 6: The coronavirus pandemic reached a grim new milestone in the United States on Friday with the nation's cumulative death toll from COVID-19 surpassing 900,000, even as the daily number of lives lost has begun to level off, according to data collected by Reuters.

WASHINGTON, Feb 5: The number of US deaths caused by the novel coronavirus disease surpassed 9,00,000, according to the tally compiled by Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW, Jan 26: U.S. President Joe Biden said on Tuesday he would consider personal sanctions on President Vladimir Putin if Russia invades Ukraine, as Western leaders stepped up military preparations and made plans to shield Europe from a potential energy supply shock.

André Leon Talley, the towering former creative director and editor at large of Vogue magazine, has died. He was 73. Talley’s literary agent David Vigliano confirmed Talley’s death to USA Today late Tuesday, but no additional details were immediately available.

WASHINGTON, Jan 17: U.S. pediatric hospitalizations related to COVID-19 are at the highest level since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest data of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Jan 11: The United States reported 1.35 million new coronavirus infections on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, the highest daily total for any country in the world as the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant showed no signs of slowing.

Jan 5: The United States reported nearly 1 million new coronavirus infections on Monday, the highest daily tally of any country in the world and nearly double the previous U.S. peak set a week ago as the spread of the Omicron variant showed no signs of slowing.

MAYFIELD, Ky., Dec 13: Until the power went out on Friday night, Rick Foley was closely tracking the storm system with the help of radar and television news. But when his house in Mayfield, Kentucky, went dark, all he could do was sit tight and wait. Finally he heard the roar.

WASHINGTON, Dec 9: The Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved a Republican measure that would overturn President Joe Biden's COVID-19 vaccine-or-test mandate for private businesses, with two Democrats joining Republicans to back the initiative.

WASHINGTON, Dec 7: The United States on Monday announced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics citing human rights abuses, in a move that will not stop US athletes from competing.

KATHMANDU, Oct 28: The government has recommended ambassadors to India, the United Kingdom and the USA.

KATHMANDU, OCT 12: Kiran Shoe Manufacturers (KSM)-- the manufacturer of Goldstar shoes-- has started selling its products through its authorized outlets in the US market.

US defeats Nepal by 6 wickets

September 18, 2021 10:40 am

KATHMANDU, Sept 18: Nepal lost to the United States by 6 wickets in the triangular one-day international series under the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2.

KATHMANDU, Sept 14: Nepal has defeated the United States of America (USA) by five wickets in a match held last night at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground in Oman. The match between the two countries was played under the ICC World Cup League 2.

NEW YORK, Sept 3: A stunned U.S. East Coast faced a rising death toll, surging rivers and tornado damage Thursday after the remnants of Hurricane Ida walloped the region with record-breaking rain, drowning at least 46 people in their homes and cars.

KABUL, AUGUST 30: A U.S. drone strike blew up a vehicle carrying “multiple suicide bombers” from Afghanistan’s Islamic State affiliate on Sunday before they could attack the ongoing military evacuation at Kabul’s international airport, American officials said. An Afghan official said three children were killed in the strike.

WASHINGTON, August 24: The U.S. gave full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine Monday, potentially boosting public confidence in the shots and instantly opening the way for more universities, companies and local governments to make vaccinations mandatory.

U.S. health officials plan to offer COVID-19 booster shots to vaccinated Americans to shore up their protection amid the surging delta variant and evidence that the vaccines’ effectiveness is declining. A look at what we know about boosters and how they could help fight the coronavirus pandemic:

NEW YORK, Aug 15: U.S. health officials have authorized a third dose of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) for people with compromised immune systems, based on evidence that the standard two shots offered less robust protection in such populations.

NEW YORK, August 14: U.S regulators authorized a third dose of COVID-19 vaccines by Pfizer Inc (PFE.N)-BioNTech and Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) on Friday for people with compromised immune systems who are likely to have weaker protection from the two-dose regimens.

USA, July 14: The COVID-19 curve in the U.S. is rising again after months of decline, with the number of new cases per day doubling over the past three weeks, driven by the fast-spreading delta variant, lagging vaccination rates and Fourth of July gatherings.

KATHMANDU, July 12: The 1.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines provided by the U.S. government under the COVAX facility have arrived in Nepal today.

KATHMANDU, July 10: The United States of America (USA) is to send 1.5 million doses of Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines on Saturday.

USA, June 15: The United States has now lost over 600,000 mothers, fathers, children, siblings and friends to COVID-19, a painful reminder that death, sickness and grief continue even as the country begins to return to something resembling pre-pandemic normal.

USA, May 27: A California transit employee killed eight co-workers and wounded another before taking his own life on Wednesday, the latest in a spate of deadly U.S. mass shootings, prompting the state’s governor to ask: “What the hell is wrong with us?”

KATHMANDU, May 22: In response to the request of the Government of Nepal in the context of the recent surge in COVI-19 cases, the Government of the United States of America has sent a cargo aircraft containing important medical supplies.

WASHINGTON, May 14: In a major step toward returning to pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people on Thursday, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings.