NEW DELHI, Nov 25: A senior leader of India’s Congress party died of coronavirus related complications on Wednesday, his family said, a second veteran from the opposition group to fall victim to the virus in recent days, as total cases in the country touched the 9.2 million mark.

NEW DELHI, Nov 25: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned on Tuesday that any COVID-19 vaccine could lead to side-effects in some people, as even popular medicines do, and that the government would only go by science in finalising one for the country.

KATHMANDU, Nov 22: A total of 5,699 persons who had earlier tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recovered in the past one day, the Ministry of Health and Population said in its daily COVID-19 update.

NEW DELHI, Nov 19: The South Asia sub-region surpassed 10 million COVID-19 cases on Thursday, according to a Reuters tally, led by India where officials have been concerned Diwali celebrations could derail a recent fall in infections.

BUCHAREST, Nov 15: Ten people died on Saturday in a fire at a Romanian hospital treating coronavirus patients, the country’s agency for emergency situations (ISU) said.

UNITED STATES, Nov 10: Pfizer Inc's PFE.N experimental COVID-19 vaccine is more than 90% effective based on initial trial results, the drugmaker said on Monday, a major victory in the war against a virus that has killed over a million people and battered the world's economy.

NEW YORK, Nov 9: Pfizer Inc said on Monday its experimental COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective, a major victory in the fight against a pandemic that has killed more than a million people, battered the world’s economy and upended daily life.

KATHMANDU, Nov 4: Nepal recorded 3,309 new cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the past one day, taking the country’s COVID-19 case tally to 182,923.

KATHMANDU, Oct 18: Nepal recorded 2,942 new cases, 2,326 recoveries and 12 deaths linked to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Sunday, according to the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP).

KATHMANDU, Oct 15: Kusundi, a remote village in Siraha district, is gripped by a different kind of fear. It is not the coronavirus pandemic, but 'a witch who can make them fall sick just by an evil spell' that has ‘bothered’ the village people. The villagers avoid passing through a certain house, 'where the witch lives'. Even throwing a glance into the direction of the house is considered a risk.

LONDON, Oct 12: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will on Monday impose a tiered system of further restrictions on parts of England as the COVID-19 outbreak accelerates, though anger is rising at the cost of the stringent curtailment of freedoms.

Two elderly die of COVID-19 in Dharan

October 12, 2020 12:25 pm

DHARAN, Oct 12: Two elderly who earlier had tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Dharan Sub-metropolitan City have died.

DHARAN, Oct 5: Dharan-based B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS) recorded one more coronavirus-related death on Monday.

TOKYO, Sept 29: Top diplomats from the U.S., Australia and India plan to gather in Tokyo next week to discuss their common regional concerns, such as China’s increasingly assertive actions, in the first face-to-face ministerial meetings Japan will host since the coronavirus pandemic began.

MUMBAI, Sept 28: The Reserve Bank of India is expected to keep key rates unchanged this week, but may for the first time since February provide guidance on how the economy is performing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

BIRATNAGAR, Sept 27: The number of people dying of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has reached 63 in Province 1 after a man infected with coronavirus died in Biratnagar on Saturday night.

KATHMANDU, Sept 22: The recovery rate of COVID-19 patients in Province 1 is around 27 percent less than the national average.

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.

Nepal’s new federal institutions are up against a formidable set of disasters: the COVID-19 pandemic and severe floods, along with the imminent lean season. The federal, provincial, and local levels of government need to coordinate to rise to these challenges. A large-scale survey of provincial and local government officials suggests that a data-driven approach to allocating funds can help.

KATHMANDU, Sept 17: Selling of substandard hand sanitizers is on rise in the Kathmandu Valley amid soaring demands and weak government monitoring, posing a serious threat to people’s health.

BEIJING, Sept 8: Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Tuesday praised China’s role in battling the coronavirus pandemic and expressed support for the World Health Organization, in a repudiation of U.S. criticism and a bid to rally domestic support for Communist Party leadership.

MORANG, Aug 31: As many as 56 persons tested positive for coronavirus while 54 persons were discharged after recovery in Province 1 on Monday, the province’s Social Development Ministry said.

TANAHU, Aug 30: Twenty-two people were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Bhanu Municipality of Tanahu district on Sunday.

KAVRE, Aug 26: Kavre district recorded yet another coronavirus-related death on Wednesday.

DHARAN, Aug 26: The Dharan Sub-metropolitan City has decided to extend ongoing lockdown for another week owing to a surge in cases of coronavirus in recent days.

KATHMANDU, Aug 24: Nepal reported eight more COVID-19 related deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the toll to 157.

MOSCOW, Aug 24: Russia expects to produce between 1.5 million and 2 million doses per month of its potential COVID-19 vaccine by the year end, gradually ramping up production to 6 million doses a month, the RIA news agency cited industry minister Denis Manturov as saying on Sunday.

KATHMANDU, August 23: A total of eight people have been infected with COVID-19 at the Paropakar Maternity and Women's Hospital situated in Thapathali.

GENEVA, Aug 22: The World Health Organization hopes the coronavirus pandemic will be shorter than the 1918 Spanish flu and last less than two years, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday, if the world unites and succeeds in finding a vaccine.

As home-bound audiences eagerly await new programming during the coronavirus pandemic, Hollywood has been slow to get cameras rolling again, even with quarantined sets and innovations such as love scenes using mannequins.

BEIJING, Aug 18: Beijing-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) said on Tuesday it would lend $100 million to Uzbekistan to help the country deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and future public health disasters.

KATHMANDU, Aug 18: When the government imposed a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, Nepal had only 600 life-saving ventilator machines – a crucial medical equipment for keeping critical coronavirus patients alive. Of the 600 machines, 25 percent of the machines were defunct.

WASHINGTON, Aug 17: The U.S. political convention, a presidential campaign ritual dating to the 1830s, is being reinvented on the fly after being short-circuited by the coronavirus pandemic - much like the campaign itself.

TOKYO, Aug 17: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe entered a hospital on Monday for a medical check-up, a government source said, after a top official voiced concern the premier was suffering from fatigue because of his workload during the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 and its impacts

August 6, 2020 15:55 pm

There is a long history of pandemics. Pandemics in the human history have devastated the lives of billions while impacting greatly on human culture, tradition, values and civilization. Such catastrophes brought about the paramount changes to the course of global order several times. The emergence and collapse of empires, and the fall of the old civilization and rise of the new one, were few examples that are worthy to mention.

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 4: U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday the coronavirus pandemic has led to the largest disruption of education in history, with schools closed in more than 160 countries in mid-July, affecting over 1 billion students.

NEW YORK, July 20: Organizers of a national workers strike say tens of thousands are set to walk off the job Monday in more than two dozen U.S. cities to protest systemic racism and economic inequality that has only worsened during the coronavirus pandemic.

UNITED STATES, July 19: Johns Hopkins University says the global death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed 600,000.

TOKYO/BERN, Switzerland, July 18: The Tokyo Olympics next year will use the same venues and follow an almost identical competition schedule as the one originally planned for this year before the event was postponed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, organisers said on Friday.

WASHINGTON, July 18: The government of India has agreed to allow U.S. air carriers to resume passenger services in the U.S.-India market starting July 23, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Friday.

The 2021 Rose Parade has been canceled because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on planning for the New Year’s Day tradition and the risk of spreading infections among its huge audience and participants, organizers said Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, July 15: As many as 116 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) said on Wednesday afternoon.

BETHESDA, Md., July 12: President Donald Trump, who has avoided wearing a mask in public even as the coronavirus pandemic spread, donned one on Saturday at a military medical facility outside Washington where he was to meet with wounded soldiers and front-line health-care workers.

Unteaching tyranny

July 7, 2020 17:30 pm

When a fellow professor in a teacher training program said last month that he takes attendance twice during class since going online, I was surprised by the tyrannical idea. What if a student lost internet connection or electricity, ran out of data or was sharing a device, had family obligations or a health problem? We’re not just “going online,” we’re also going through a horrifying global pandemic!

KATHMANDU, July 6: Seven crew members including three pilots of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) have tested positive for COVID-19.

BELGRADE, Serbia, June 23: Top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic announced Tuesday he and his wife have COVID-19 after he played in a series of exhibition matches he organized in Serbia and Croatia with zero social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

KATHMANDU, June 19: Ex-Gandaki Boarding Students’ Association (EGBOSA), Kathmandu, has provided medical supplies to Bir Hospital and National Trauma Center for the prevention of COVID-19 pandemic.

KATHMANDU, June 11: The Home Ministry has said it serious attention has been drawn to increasing violation of the lockdown. The Ministry has urged one and all not to execute or cause to execute activities or participate in any activity under any pretext in violation of lockdown order.

Cloth face masks worn during the coronavirus pandemic should be washed regularly, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Recent weeks have seen a flurry of news items and interviews about the state of the Nepali movie industry in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.