Police have arrested actor Michael Madsen after they say he was stopped while driving under the influence.

Over The Roads

December 6, 2018 09:45 am

Driving over the narrow streets of Kathmandu is not a piece of cake and encountering bunch of problems on the way isn’t an uncommon thing either. A town-centre bottleneck having a nine-mile traffic jam requires a significant amount of patience to keep the composure stable. Beyond that, 2 out of 10 lose their placidness and try overhauling the vehicles which ultimately makes traffic police crack up their sincere mentoring. Loud horns and blares of traffic make the road more distressing.

Detained activists in Saudi Arabia, including those who campaigned for the right for women to drive, have been sexually harassed and tortured in prison, Amnesty International says.

Women who drive

August 31, 2018 10:41 am

One of the most popular jokes on the internet about women who drive goes like this: ‘Why do you think women cannot drive? Of course women can drive, they can drive a man crazy.’ This is a blatant example of everyday sexism that women face all over the world and Kathmandu is no different. Out of the ten women we spoke to in the valley, eight of them said that they had been subjected to sexism at least once while driving. Our society is one that expects its women to be in the private sphere and not in the driver’s seat, and quite literally so.

Thanks to apps like Snapchat and Instagram introducing various filters that we can apply during our selfies to make ourselves look silly, look beautiful, and so on, it seems to have created a side-effect which is that it is apparently driving requests from teens for cosmetic surgery that will make them look as good as their selfies.

RIYADH, June 24: Women in Saudi Arabia took to the roads at midnight on Sunday, ushering in the end of the world’s last ban on female drivers, long seen as an emblem of women’s repression in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom.

Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive from Sunday, ending the world's only ban on female motorists, a historic reform marred by what rights groups call an expanding crackdown on activists.

PALPA, June 4: Gothari Ghari village of Mathagadhi Rural Municipality-5 in the district is emptying at a faster pace for want of drinking water, a basic need for life. The village of around 500 families has been reduced to merely 200 in search of places having drinking water.

KATHMANDU, March 16: The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division has so far taken action on more than 1.58 million people for drunk driving in the past five years.

KATHMANDU, Feb 22: Distribution of digital driving licenses has been a problem ever since the new system was introduced in December 2015. Over 200,000 people are yet to receive their digital driving licenses from the Department of Transport Management (DoTM) due to the shortage of smart cards, according to officials of the department.

BANEPA, Feb 13: Heavy tippers have emerged as a major concern for the safety of pedestrians in Kavre with the increase in number of accidents involving such vehicles.

KATHMANDU, Feb 11: Driver Niranjan Yadav is the sole survivor of the jeep accident that claimed the life of Secretary Ramananda Prasad Yadav of the Ministry of Irrigation on Saturday morning. Yadav, along with his son Santosh and another passenger Unnati Gupta died on the spot.

KATHMANDU, Dec 25: A total of 245 people were penalized for driving under the influence of alcohol in Christmas Eve last night.

Decades of driving

November 7, 2017 10:04 am

Subba Singh Lama is a 60-year-old taxi driver from Kavrepalanchowk. He currently lives in New Road with his family. He started driving a taxi for a living in 2037 BS, when he was 22 years old.

In the driving seat

November 3, 2017 08:02 am

How many times have we been here before? All of these entirely avoidable tragedies – resulting from neglected infrastructure, administrative lapses, and human negligence – leave more than 50 people dead and most of us shaking our heads.

NEW YORK, Nov 1: At least eight people have been killed and 11 seriously hurt in New York after the driver of a truck mowed down people on a cycle path in Lower Manhattan.

34,000 driving license seekers

October 31, 2017 10:47 am

ITAHARI, Oct 31: Nishan Neupane from Satashidham, Jhapa was in the queue to get the token of permit letter for driving license of motorbike at Koshi District Vehicle Management License Division Office, Itahari on Sunday. Nishan got the token after having arrived at the office since three in the morning and stood in line for eight hours.

POKHARA, Oct 5: The District Traffic Police (DTP) Kaski has arrested 356 people for drunk driving from various places in Pokhara during Dashain. Traffic police had checked vehicles at various places in Pokhara from September 27 to October 3.

POKHARA, Sept 23: Cases of drunk driving is on the rise with the public gripped by the fervor of two greatest festivals of the Hindus - Dashain and Tihar.

China’s communist government supports the craze because it encourages healthier lifestyles.

Over the last ten years, the Irish county with the highest rate of drink driving convictions was Monaghan, and by some margin. In that period, over four percent of licenses had at least one such conviction.

KATHMANDU, May 13: Former Acting Election Commissioner Dolakh Bahadur Gurung has pointed out some hassles with the distribution in the voter identity cards on Saturday.

KATHMANDU, March 1 The Metropolitan Traffic Police Department has collected the revenue of Rs. 209.951 million from Ma Pa Se (drink and drive) case.

KATHMANDU, Jan 15: Driving license can now be acquired from the Transport Management Office in Jagati of Bhaktapur also. Distribution of driving licenses began from the office on Sunday.

KATHMANDU, Jan 5: The Department of Transport Management, Ekantakuna, Bagmati, has changed its layout for the practical test for driving licenses.

KATHMANDU, Jan 2: Driving license can now be acquired from the Transport Management Office in Thulo Bharyang of Swoyambhu also.

LALITPUR, Dec 25: With the government launching an online service to register the application for driving license of a two-wheeler and a scooter, the service seekers are now to be free from the compulsion of visiting the respective transport management office and waiting in a queue to submit the applications.

KATHMANDU, Dec 24: The Department of Transport Management (DoTM) is formally kicking off the online application system for driving license from Sunday.

Driving coffin vans a heartbreaking job

December 15, 2016 13:00 pm

KATHMANDU, Dec 15: Three to four bodies of dead migrant workers arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport every day from the labor destination countries. The government spends millions having the bodies delivered to the homes of the deceased for last rites.

KATHMANDU, Dec 13: It has come to light that the smart driving license issued by the Bagmati Transport Management Office has three major errors.

KATHMANDU, 23: Chairman of Rastriya Janamorcha and former Deputy Prime Minister Chitra Bahadur KC has sustained injuries after falling from a microbus on Wednesday.

Oh Internet, why do you do this to us every few months? Just when the world got over 'the dress', a new illusion seems to have consumed social media.

KATHMANDU, Oct 19: A year after launching the 'smart driving license' in the Bagmati zone, the Department of Transport Management (DoTM) is all set to launch the same across the country.

KATHMANDU, Oct 18: The Department of Transport Management is to bring the 'smart card system' into force to issue the driving license across the country from the next month.

DHANKUTA, Oct 13: A 26 – year – old youth was killed in a motorbike accident at Mulghat of Dhankuta on Wednesday evening.

World's worst driving for drunk driving

KATHMANDU, July 29: Ambulance drivers associated with government as well as private hospitals and voluntary organizations ferry patients to hospitals most of the times negotiating their way through heavy traffic in the Kathmandu Valley.

Govt hikes driving license fee

July 19, 2016 00:40 am

KATHMANDU, July 19: The government has increased the fee for receiving new license for all categories of vehicles and also for their renewal, effective from Sunday.