CHICAGO, Nov 9: Oral antiviral pills from Merck & Co (MRK.N) and Pfizer Inc (PFE.N)/BioNTech SE have been shown to significantly blunt the worst outcomes of COVID-19 if taken early enough, but doctors warn vaccine hesitant people not to confuse the benefit of the treatments with prevention afforded by vaccines.
“It is strange why the number of tests is decreasing as the cases decrease. Instead, the government must conduct as many tests as possible while the cases are decreasing to detect every last case and reduce the rate of transmission.”
KATHMANDU, April 28: Despite the government's decision to issue a two-week long prohibitory order in various districts including Kathmandu Valley from Thursday, there is no plan to expand the scope of testing, treatment and vaccination campaigns for the long-term control of the coronavirus. Although the prohibitory order is considered helpful to break the chain of the infection, it is only a temporary measure.
TORONTO/CHICAGO, Sept 1: High-profile COVID-19 vaccines developed in Russia and China share a potential shortcoming: They are based on a common cold virus that many people have been exposed to, potentially limiting their effectiveness, some experts say.
KATHMANDU, Aug 5: As coronavirus cases are increasing at an alarming rate after the government lifted the nationwide lockdown, public health experts have suggested to the government to change the modality of the lockdown, and impose curfews only in the affected areas to curb the spread of the virus.
Top health officials say the end of this year would be a best case scenario. But scientists have never created a vaccine so quickly, and there’s no guarantee any under development will ultimately work.
KATHMNADU, April 3: Experts and activists on Friday drew the attention of the government over the adverse effect on the agriculture sector in the country due to nationwide lockdown imposed to stem the novel coronavirus.
Facial recognition cameras equipped with Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enabled body temperature detection technology have been installed in cities across China to detect people who may be infected with COVID-19 to prevent them from traveling. The facial recognition technology (FR) is probably developed with good intentions, but experts argue this intrusive surveillance could be potentially used by totalitarian regimes against the population. Therefore, many pro-social technology experts, human rights activists, and politicians have been calling for a ban. The law enforcement agencies and other technologists, however, argue FR has the potential to offer huge benefits to society and are instead a calling for proper regulation.
KATHMANDU, June 22: Experts from South Asia and South East Asia have highlighted the various opportunities and challenges associated with the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative during a two-day international conference which was concluded in Kathmandu on Friday.
GENEVA, May 14: Myanmar's military commanders should be financially "isolated" and brought to trial to face charges of war crimes and genocide against the Rohingya minority, UN investigators said Tuesday.
KATHMANDU, Nov 17: Economists and experts have warned that the growing ‘fiscal anarchism’ at the center if shifted to provincial and local levels, will be disastrous. They have also called for fiscal discipline at all levels of the government to achieve effective and productive public expenditure.
KATHMANDU, Aug 3: There are various criticisms arising after Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee (PHSC) turned down the name of acting Chief Justice Deepak Raj Joshee for the post of the new chief justice.
ANKARA, July 27: Turkey has vowed to oppose US efforts to smother Iranian crude exports. Ankara is in a strong position to disobey Washington and has plenty of reasons not to start a quarrel with Tehran, experts have told RT.
KATHMANDU, June 23: Foreign relations experts have said that Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli's official visit to the People's Republic of China this time has proven a historic in terms of bringing investment, adding a new dimension to the bilateral ties and preparing for the construction of the trans-Himalayan railway.
KATHMANDU, June 20: Nepal officially started building the Kathmandu-Tarai Expressway in 2017. The government recently announced it is to build a railway line along the same route, extending all the way to Raxaul across the Indian border.
KATHMANDU, June 7: International passenger movement of the country has been projected to increase by six times in the next two decades compared to the current year. This estimate was presented to the Minister for Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari on Monday by an expert team formed by the ministry.
CHITWAN, May 20: Preliminary investigation by a team of five from the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division found that bird flu had not been transmitted to humans yet in Sutarni of Khairbani municipality-9 of east Chitwan.
MITHILESH YADAVJANAKPUR, May 11The first Nepal visit by Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi on August 3, 2014 created a buzz across the country. Modi became the talk of the town. People sang his praise. Four years later, he has made his third visit to Nepal but via a different route.
MOSCOW, April 10: A senior Russian lawmaker says Moscow is willing to help arrange a visit this week for experts from the international chemical weapons watchdog to the site of a suspected poison gas attack in Syria.
KATHMANDU, March 26: Foreign policy experts have argued that China should be granted full membership of South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to give new life to the almost defunct regional body owing to the rivalry between India and Pakistan.
KATHMANDU, March 22: Chief Ministers of all seven provinces have complained to the prime minister that they have been reeling under shortage of resources, budget, expert manpower and they also lack proper coordination from the central government.
WASHINGTON, Mar 14: The State Department had billed Secretary Rex Tillerson's first diplomatic trip to Africa as a mission to reaffirm U.S. collaboration with the continent on counterterrorism, development and good governance.
KATHMANDU, Feb 5: All three tiers of government can manage the financial resources required to run their administrative set ups in the federal structure by taking key measures such as increasing the tax base, cutting recurrent expenditure and achieving high growth through investment - particularly private and public investment in infrastructures - politicians and economists have said.
KATHMANDU, Jan 31: As Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj prepares to arrive in Kathmandu on Thursday as the emissary of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there is a cautious optimism in Nepal that the bilateral relations between the two countries would move smoothly even as the leftist parties are poised to form a new government.
KATHMANDU, Jan 15: In what has been described as the first serious attempt to overhaul the ailing bureaucracy, the government has issued a decree urging public servants on the brink of retirement to seek voluntary departure if they wish not to be integrated in the new federal setup.
In a notice published in Nepal Gazette on January 12, the Ministry of General Administration (MoGA) has asked public servants of above fifty years to decide whether they want to continue the service or retire with a handsome incentive.
POKHARA, Dec 31: Instead of depending on the muscular force to row boats, boat entrepreneurs in Fewa Lake of Kaski district can harness solar energy to operate their boats in a more convenient manner without harming the surrounding environment, according to experts who concluded their feasibility experiments on Thursday.
KATHMANDU, Dec 21: As the leftist parties -- CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) -- prepare to form a new government after their resounding victory in the recent parliamentary and provincial assembly polls, media reports speak of discomfort in India and 'cautious optimism' in China.
KATHMANDU, Dec 20: Experts and senior government officials have said that fiscal federalism is going to become the biggest challenge in the coming days as the transition to the new system will come at a massive cost.
KATHMANDU, Dec 15: Although the constitution clearly stipulates that a new government needs to be formed within 30 days of the publication of final result for the elections, legal experts are divided over the process for its formation.
KATHMANDU, Nov 16: Just ahead of the 2013 Constituent Assembly elections, the then UCPN (Maoist) proposed that its leader Khim Lal Devkota contest from Kaski-4. While offering him the ticket, the party set the condition that he should invest at least Rs 10 million in the campaign.
KATHMANDU, Nov 14: Election experts, civil society leaders and political analysts have slammed the Election Commission (EC)'s 'flip-flop' stance on crucial decisions saying that such inconsistencies have caused serious complications for effective enforcement of the election code of conduct and maintaining basic electoral standards.
KATHMANDU, Nov 8: Doctors in Nepal who are into teaching are found sporadically to be plagiarizing research papers in order to get promoted to professor or to get scholarships for further studies. However, no one has faced action for plagiarizing due to lack of a record keeping system.
The Election Commission (EC) is engaged in a meeting with legal experts following Supreme Court’s (SC) order on Wednesday to print separate ballot papers for upcoming elections of House of Representatives and Province.