COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Oct 7: Sri Lankan authorities have banned all public gatherings as a new cluster of COVID-19 expands in the Indian Ocean island nation.

PORT ELIZABETH, Jan 21: South Africa paceman Kagiso Rabada says he was surprised to be sanctioned for his exuberant celebration of Joe Root’s dismissal in the third test against England but knows he cannot keep letting his team mates, and himself, down.

ZURICH, Dec 24: FIFA has banned Bahrain defender Sayed Baqer for 10 matches for ‘discriminatory behaviour’ in a World Cup qualifier against Hong Kong, soccer’s world governing body has said.

UNITED KINGDOM, Dec 18: Companies including British American Tobacco (BAT) (BATS.L) will be barred from promoting e-cigarettes on Instagram and other social media sites as a result of a ruling by the UK’s advertising watchdog on Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, Oct 24: Spokesperson of the government Gokul Baskota has said that the government will not lift the ban on outlawed Netra Bikram Chand ‘Biplav’ led outfit.

KATHMANDU, Aug 26: Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has requested European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to lobby for lifting the ban on Nepali airlines from flying to European Union (EU) nations, at the 56th Directors General of Civil Aviation, Asia and Pacific Regions (DGCA) conference that concluded in Kathmandu last week.

KATHMANDU, Aug 19: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has urged the European Union to lift a ban on Nepali airline companies from flying across the EU.

Following Apple’s recall of a number of 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops due to concerns over the lithium ion battery and the potential to catch fire, owners of any 15-inch macOS powered laptops face an uncertain and chaotic landscape if they try to fly with them.

Trade unions could not be banned: NC

August 8, 2019 20:45 pm

KATHMANDU, Aug 8: The main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) has stated that the agenda of banning the trade unions could not be tolerated by the party.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Wednesday a bill making California the first state to ban workplace and school discrimination against black people for wearing hairstyles such as braids, twists and locks.

KATHMANDU, June 17: Prime Minister KP Oli, who returned home after an eight-day European visit on Sunday, has said that he is hopeful that Nepali planes will soon be flying in the European skies.

KATHMANDU, May 15: The government plans to ban the sale of land belonging to national and international NGOs, consumer committees and private and community organizations until the bodies that have been probing various land scams complete their investigations.

KATHMANDU, May 13: On March 12, the government decided to ban all activities of Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) and treat the splinter group of former Maoists as a terrorist outfit after it started extortion and carrying out bomb blasts. Since then, police have already arrested hundreds of its leaders and cadres from across the country, while leaving its organizational structure largely broken.

JUMLA, May 7: With the aim of reducing environmental and health hazards, Chandannath Municipality in Jumla district has banned the use of non-reusable plastic bags.

SC refuses to stop liquor adverts

April 22, 2019 07:57 am

KATHMANDU, April 22: The Supreme Court (SC) on Sunday issued an interim order scrapping a writ petition that demanded a ban on the production and advertisement of alcoholic products.

Ban your fears

April 20, 2019 00:25 am

I was in grade seven in school when a fellow classmate asked me if I knew what ‘sex’ meant. I replied that I had no clue. He told me to go home and find its meaning from the dictionary. I obliged politely, went back home and the meaning read “sex is an intercourse between a man and a woman”. I mugged it up and the next day at school recited the same line to this friend.

Government bans PUBG

April 12, 2019 07:47 am

KATHMANDU, April 12: The government has directed Internet Service Providers (ISP) to ban PUBG, a popular first-person multiple-player online shooting game. The government decided to impose the ban upon the request from the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB).

MUMBAI, March 30: David Warner celebrated the end of his year-long ban from international cricket with a match-winning inning of 69 on Friday, helping his Indian Premier League franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad overhaul a steep target against the Rajasthan Royals.

WELLINGTON, March 28: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday that she welcomed Facebook Inc’s decision to ban praise, support and representation of white nationalism and white separatism on its social media platforms.

KATHMANDU, March 14: Following the government's decision to ban the Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal (CPN), security agencies have gone on high alert against possible retaliatory moves from the Maoist splinter group.

KATHMANDU, Mar 13: The main opposition Nepali Congress has said that the decision taken by the government to ban the activities of Netra Bikram Chand-led NCP as the weakness of the government.

MORANG, Mar 13: Nepali Congress (NC) president Sher Bahadur Deuba has lauded the government’s decision to ban the illegal and terrorist activities of Netra Bikram Chand-led Nepal Communist Party.

KATHMAND, March 12:  The government has decided to put a ban on all the activities carried out by Nepal Communist Party led by Netra Bikram Chand.

KATHMANDU, Mar 3: The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has clarified that it has not published any information about its any intention to close social networking sites Facebook and Twitter, terming the information about the closure of the sites provided by the social site users fake.

A pint of beer costs about 1,100 krona ($9) in bars, while a bottle of Smirnoff vodka costs the equivalent of $67 in the stores that sell it. A thirst for change began in the 1970s when Icelanders increasingly started vacationing in sunny European beach resorts and developed a taste for a cooling beer.

KATHMANDU, Jan 4: India's Ministry of External Affairs has said that no talks have been held between the Nepalese and Indian governments so far after the Nepalese side decided to ban the use of Indian currency notes of Rs 2,000, Rs 500 and Rs 200 denominations last month.

A Chelsea supporter has been banned from attending games for three years after being found guilty of homophobic chants during the club’s Premier League game against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium last month.

KATHMANDU, Dec 5: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Rabindra Adhikari has said the European Union-imposed ban on Nepali aircrafts in Europe sky will be lifted very soon.

Ban the beef?

December 2, 2018 00:30 am

Eating meat is fast becoming as repellant as smoking to many green campaigners

MUGU, Nov 24: Chhayanath Rara Municipality that recently announced ban on the sale, distribution and consumption of alcohol has started taking action against rule violators. Officials said they arrest the rule violators and those found guilty are made to pay certain amount in bail and are freed.

RARA, Nov 18: Chhayanath Rara Municipality in Mugu district was declared liquor-free zone, the first of its kind in the country. Declaration of a liquor-free zone was made amid a program on Saturday with a huge presence of locals from all 14 wards.

BEIJING, Nov 13 : China is postponing its decision to allow trading in tiger and rhinoceros parts a bare two weeks after the easing of the ban had raised fears the country was giving legal cover to poaching and smuggling of endangered wildlife.

KATHMANDU, Nov 12: Freedom Forum Nepal (FFN), a non-governmental organization, working for institutionalization of democracy, protection of human rights, press freedom and right to information in Nepal, on Monday took serious exception to the government's move to ban on the information related to the cabinet decision meeting.

Oct 25: Lance Armstrong’s former team manager has been given a lifetime ban from cycling for his role in a doping program that helped Armstrong win the Tour de France seven times.

BEIJING, Oct 22: Nations across the globe are beginning to suffer from waste build-up after China stopped importing recyclable garbage this year. Japan has become the latest country reporting severe recycling industry overload.

KATHMANDU, Oct 9: Metropolitan Traffic Police Office (MTPO) is planning to ban four-wheelers in the busy shopping areas in Kathmandu Valley in its bid to ease traffic congestion during the Dashain festival.

BHAIRAHAWA, Oct 8: The ban imposed by the government on the import of sugar ahead of Dashain, the biggest festival of the Hindus in Nepal, has disappointed people who reached Sunauli, a border town across Bhairahawa, to buy household goods, especially sugar, for comparatively cheaper price.


October 5, 2018 07:00 am

Many people, including our decision makers, understand any type of porn, by its very nature, to be misogynistic but that is not necessarily the case. Violent or misogynistic porn is a small proportion of what is actually viewed and when you compare that with the sheer volume that is consumed, it helps put things in perspective.

Will ban on porn sites curb rape?

October 2, 2018 07:16 am

KATHMANDU, Oct 2: Will the ban on porn sites curb rape as the government claims, or is it just a cover for the government's failure in upholding law and order? It's a question many are asking as the porn sites ban comes into effect.

ILAM, Sept 26: There was a huge excitement among the local representatives when Sandakpur Rural Municipality purchased a brand new Bolero jeep last year.

Twists and turns against 150-year-old ban on homosexuality

PAKISTAN, Aug 25: Newly-appointed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's cabinet enforced a ban on first-class air travel for top officials.

Facebook has identified and banned hundreds of accounts, groups and pages engaged in misleading political behavior, a far larger discovery than a “sophisticated” effort it reported three weeks ago with great fanfare.

MALAYSIA, Aug 1: A meeting between Bestinet Sdn Bhd and Nepal government officials to reverse a decision to bar its workers from coming to Malaysia has failed to yield any result.

BUTWAL, July 14: Minister for Agriculture, Land and Cooperatives Chakrapani Khanal has said that the government is making preparations to lift ban on the plotting of land in the country.

KATHMANDU, July 14: The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the government to submit the file on the decision to ban protest activities in the capital.

KATHMANDU, July 6: Challenging the government ban on protests at various places in the capital, a writ petition was filed at the Supreme Court on Thursday.

Women ban liquor in Ghodegaun

July 4, 2018 04:30 am

JUMLA, July 4: Before the local elections, there used to be competitions among the people of Ghodegaun in Jumla district regarding who can drink more alcohol and cause nuisance in the society. It was easy to find liquor in every home. Drinking used to be the reason behind every dispute and brawl in the village.

ENGLAND, July 3: Some 40 secondary schools in England have banned girls from wearing skirts, one month after a school in Oxfordshire recommended it's male students wear them to deal with soaring temperatures. Schools are opting for gender-neutral uniforms to encompass transgender students, with others consulting on a ban.

KATHMANDU, July 1: The government’s crackdown on demonstrators at Maitighar Mandala, a roundabout popular for demonstrations given its proximity to Singha Durbar, the government seat, after it was declared a ‘no protest zone’, has sparked fresh criticisms of the KP Oli-led government for ‘curtailing civil liberties’.