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KATHMANDU, May 28: Normal life across the country was affected Monday due to a general shutdown called by the outlawed Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal (CPN).

Shutdown affects life in Pokhara

July 9, 2018 10:22 am

POKHARA, July 9: A shutdown called by Tamuwan Magarat Struggle Committee and Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (Nefin) has affected normal life in Pokhara, the capital of Gandaki Province.

KATHMANDU, July 3: Around 800 domestic and Indian tourists are stuck at Simikot Airport in Humla district as poor visibility due to heavy rainfall obstructed affected chopper flights. Most of the stranded passengers are heading to Kailash-Mansarovar region of Tibet -- a popular pilgrimage site for Hindus.

GORKHA, May 17: Snail paced progress on the blacktopping of road in Barpak, the epicenter of the earthquakes of April 2015, has left the locals to continue with travel woes. The project was supposed to complete by now, however owing to the dillydallying by the contractors, not even the graveling of the road has begun so far. With the onset of monsoon season, dusty roads of this area have now become even worse.

KATHMANDU, May 16: The already sluggish reconstruction work of Basantapur Durbar Square, a UNESCO world heritage site damaged by the 2015 earthquakes, has been further slowed down due to acute shortage of traditional construction materials and skilled manpower.

DOLPA, May 6: The absence of officials in Tripurasundari Municipality has not only affected the day to day work but has also greatly disappointed the service seekers.

UDAYAPUR, May 6: Until a few years ago, protests used to be city-centric in Nepal. However, that has changed in the recent years. These days, people living in cities seem less bothered by strikes, rallies and sit-ins. But it's the people living in remote areas who suffer the most by the protests staged by various groups.

BARDIBAS, April 1: Some two hundred thousand people have been affected as a result of pollution in the Bighi river that flows through three municipalities and two rural municipalities of the district.

RAUTAHAT, MARCH 27: Thousands of sugarcane farmers in Rautahat district are suffering as abrupt closure of Garuda-based Shree Ram Sugar Mills has forced them to sell canes to middlemen at lower price.

KATHMANDU, March 16: Victims of US-Bangla air crash are likely to receive less amount in compensation than they are supposed to receive, as both Nepal and Bangladesh have delayed adopting the Montreal Convention 1999.

PALPA, Feb 25: "Understanding  the changed structure of the government and working under it has been a challenge for us. We are still learning," said Radha Kumari Shrestha, coordinator of the judicial committee of Rambha Rural Municipality. According to her, many people are  unaware that they no longer need to go to a district court for settling their legal issues as this can be done at their own local units.

Banda affects normal life in Udayapur

February 20, 2018 12:57 pm

UDAYAPUR, Feb 20: A normal life has been affected in the district due to bandh called by Communist Party of Nepal led by Netra Bikram Chand alias Biplab.

DAMAK, Feb 18: There was no electricity in Biratnagar, the capital of Province 1, when the newly-elected ministers were assuming office on Thursday. Some lit candles while others managed with their cell phone lights.

Snowfall affects life in Dolpa

February 14, 2018 07:13 am

DOLPA, Feb 14: Continuous snowfall in Dolpa district since Monday morning has severely affected normal life in the district. The locals have been confined to their homes as traveling to even the neighboring settlements has come to a grinding halt.

KATHMANDU, Feb 13: About a dozen under-construction hydropower projects, which were expected to complete within next 12 months, have started suffering fund crunch as bank and financial institutions (BFIs) have stopped releasing committed loans to these projects.

JUMLA, Feb 13: Heavy snowfall since Monday morning continued to affect life in mountainous districts including Mugu, Dolpa, Humla, Jumla and Kalikot.

GULMI, Feb 9 : Locals of Gulmi were elated when the district was freed from prolonged power shortage six years ago. However, an unannounced load-shedding in recent days has taken its toll on their lives.

KATHMANDU, Feb 9: Participants in an international conference going on in Kathmandu pointed out the yawning resource gap in the area of women, peace and security issues across the world.

MUGU, Feb 3: This winter, Mugu neither received the anticipated rainfall, nor adequate snowfall. If the climate was to be more forgiving and bestowed rain and snow, the winter crops and apple production in the region would thrive. However this year, even with January wrapping up without signs of rain or snowfall, farmers have been worried with the possibility of a smaller harvest.

KATHMANDU, Jan 25: Several mountain districts including Jumla, Humla, Manang, Mustang and Kalikot, among others received heavy snowfall on Wednesday. This has affected life in those districts.

BAITADI, Jan 24: Many hilly districts of Province 7 have received snowfalls affecting life there.

Heavy snow affects arrivals at Davos

January 23, 2018 14:40 pm

DAVOS, Jan 23: The global economy and geopolitical tensions are taking a back seat to a more immediate problem at this year's Davos summit of political and business leaders: heavy snow is burying the venue.

KATHMANDU, Jan 23: Dense fog and cold wave have disrupted flights from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu to different destinations of the Tarai region.

Govt shutdown affects US embassy work

January 23, 2018 03:30 am

KATHMANDU, Jan 23: As the Senate Republicans and Democrats failed on Sunday to reach a compromise to end a government shutdown, the negative consequences of the shutdown have begun to surface in US diplomatic missions across the world including in Nepal.

BUTWAL, Jan 19: Sadhu Ram Kewat, who reached the District Agricultural Development Office (DADO), Rupandehi, for soil test two months ago, had to return empty-handed. DADO officials turned Kewat, a resident of Rohini Rural Municipality-3, Dhakdhai, back, stating that the office does not have technicians to carry out the test.

KATHMANDU, Jan 18: Domestic flights operated from Tribhuvan International Airport were affected due to thick fog in various parts of southern plains Thursday.

KATHMANDU, Jan 11: Lack of construction details of more than 1,200 bridges across the country constructed by various foreign countries has affected repair, said the Bridge Division under the Department of Roads.

BAITADI, Jan 10: Business activities in the district like trade and tourism have suffered due to lack of a motorable bridge over the Mahakali River in Jhulaghat.

Labor crunch affects reconstruction

January 6, 2018 09:30 am

NUWAKOT, Jan 5: Upendra Adhikari of Chogade village in Nuwakot had started constructing his house right after the Dashain festival. The earthquake victim had gathered materials for the building well in advance. He had planned to get it built within six months. However, so far, not even twenty percent of the work has been over, he laments.

SAPTARI, Jan 5: Normal life has been affected in Saptari with abrupt fall in temperature.  General public have suffered from different diseases such as Pneumonia, common cold, cough, cold diarrhea, headache and asthma in Rajbiraj and other areas due to growing cold.

BARDIYA, Jan 3: Normal life in the districts of western Nepal, including Bardiya has been affected by the increasing cold triggered by thick fog and cold wave.

DHANGADHI, Jan 1: Normal life in Kailali district has been affected due to the cold wave accompanied by dense fog.

RAUTAHAT, Jan 1: Shree Ram Sugar Mills of Garuda, Rautahat, has not begun sugarcane crushing this season yet, leaving many farmers in dismay.

KATHMANDU, Dec 25: A case of tax evasion and fraud against promoters of nine outlets of branded goods in Durbar Marg has suffered due to differences among two government agencies.

BIRGUNJ, Dec 21: The ongoing protest against pollution in Raxaul of India is likely to affect over a dozen cement factories in Birgunj-Pathlaiya Industrial Corridor.

BAITADI, Dec 17: Education programmes have been affected due to lack of employees under education service at the local level government in the district.

High altitude affects poll officials

November 26, 2017 07:37 am

POKHARA, Nov 26: Security force and other election staffs deployed in mountainous districts for Sunday’s provincial and parliamentary election have been hit by the chilling weather. While many were reported struggling to adapt to high altitude climate, one armed police personal, Kailash Katuwal, was air lifted to Pokhara from Naar village of Manang following worrying signs.

KATHMANDU, Nov 25: As the elections to the House of Representatives and State Assemblies inch closer, with the first phase a day away, the participation of locals for cleanup campaign of rivers and ring road in Kathmandu valley has decreased.

KHOTANG, Oct 26: Absence of officials and staff at the District Health Post (DHP), Khotang has badly affected the service provided to patients.

DHARAN, Sept 24: Jamuna Rai, who has been suffering from the neurological disorder, is originally from Udayapur. Currently, she is living with her brothers in Dharan for the treatment of her ailment. Her illness often knocks her unconscious. In such situation, her brothers take her to the nearby Out Patients Department (OPD) of BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS) where she gets treatment and medication.

GORKHA, Sept 12: When the 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the country on 25 April of 2015, fourteen districts were the most affected. At its epicenter was Gorkha, where cracks were visible even on land. Though there was a loud hue and cry for help, the government could not address the problems of the quake victims on time.

SINDHUPALCHOWK, Sept 11: “The technicians do not want to stay at all in the village”, says Dr Yuvaraj Poudel, chief of the district coordination committee of the Department of Urban Development and Building Construction. “They come, work for some days and then quit,” he adds.

CHARIKOT, Aug 20: Monsoon rain coupled with other factors have affected the construction works of Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Project.

RAUTAHAT, August 19: Nearly five hundred Dalit households have been affected by floods in Durga Bhagwati Rural Municipality-4, Rautahat. Among them, around than two hundred families have been displaced while 104 houses have been swept away.

KATHMANDU, August 12: The weekly cleaning of the rivers in Kathmandu valley and of the ring road was affected due to rainfall on Saturday. As a result, only 11 metric tonnes of solid waste was extracted from and around the rivers.

TERHATHUM, August 6: A banda or general strike called today by the Limbuwan State Council affiliated to Rastriya Janamukti Party has crippled life in nine eastern districts across the Arun River.

JUMLA, Aug 2: Fetching water should not have been round-the-clock job of a health assistant. However, assistant health in-charge at Haku Health Post, Dilli Dangi, has no choice. Operating birthing center in the health facility demands huge quantity of water. The center is open day and night.

JHAPA, July 26: The ongoing Gorkhaland movement in Darjeeling has taken toll on tourism activities in eastern Nepal.

BIRGUNJ, July 7: Nepal’s trade with India has been hugely affected due to the cross-border vehicular traffic at Birgunj.