KATHMANDU, March 29: People were found defying the government's lockdown orders today as well.

Trace and test

March 26, 2020 08:36 am

Yet another person has been tested positive of Covid-19 on Wednesday, according to National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL) of Ministry of Health, making the number of total positive cases three out of the total tests of 687.  That Nepal has not had to witness fatality so far is a matter of relief but many think that we have negligible positive cases because Nepali health authorities have not tested the people. To test the people, health facilities must have protective gears and test kits as well, which they do not have.  Worldwide, the number of infection is rising. So is the number of deaths too. In this context, Nepali authorities must do at least two vital things to ensure that the pandemic can be contained.   First, trace.  Health authorities need to trace all persons the infected came into contact with and bring them to medical facilities. They should be tested and even if they are found negative they should be put in quarantine depending on the severity of the case.  For the moment, it is crucial to trace the contacts and whereabouts of all those who were in contact with two persons recently tested positive.  And then, having traced them, health authorities should test all of them. Given the speed in which Covid-19 is spreading, health authorities should test every individual who has the symptoms of flu and fever.

Governing lawfully in crisis

March 26, 2020 08:03 am

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop worldwide, causing unprecedented disruption and demanding swift and significant government action. The pandemic is requiring governments to take extraordinary measures: Massively scaling up public health capabilities, pre-empting catastrophic economic consequences, and invoking emergency measures to restrict—even track—movement and enable control over private domains. The global crisis, which is anticipated to continue for many months, is already transforming social and economic life and altering the practice of politics and government.

KATHMANDU, March 23: Minister for Health and Population Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal today said the government would rescue and provide free treatment to COVID-19 infected people.

BIRATNAGAR, March 16: The Nepali Congress (NC), Morang has demanded the government show its concern over a rising market price amid fear of coronavirus.

Bungling on MCC

March 10, 2020 11:00 am

Ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leaders look headed toward scuttling the 500 million dollar American grant largely on the basis of misinformation and rhetoric. NCP has remained a divided house on Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) grant assistance of the US government. While a section of leaders, mostly representing former UML, has stood in favour of endorsing MCC agreement from the parliament, those aligned with former Maoist faction seem resolutely opposed to the idea. It was hoped that the task force formed by NCP to study the matter and make the recommendations to the government would come up with the needed solution. It did not. As a matter fact, the task force, which submitted its recommendations to the government on February 21, seems to have made the matters worse, when it suggested that the government should not endorse MCC without revising the contract.  The government has been hesitant to even start deliberations on MCC after the task force submitted its report.

KATHMANDU, Feb 28: The government is preparing to recruit an additional 226 workforces for the operation of a railway service from Kurtha in Dhanusha to Jayanagar India.

HETAUDA, Feb 23: Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa 'Badal' has said that Nepal has been able to make a good impact in the international forum with significant improvement in the state of law and order in the country.

KATHMANDU, Feb 7: Chief Minister of Gandaki Province Prithvi Subba Gurung said the Province government had moved ahead with due legal process and foundation.

KATHMANDU, Feb 4: The parliamentary Development and Technology Committee on Monday directed the government for revising project design process to ensure timely construction of bridges that have remained affected for a long time due to faults in design.

KATHMANDU, Feb 3: The government is looking for an alternative to putting an end to the traffic jam that is a daily phenomenon on the Koteshwar-Jadibuti section of the Araniko highway.

Govt pushes nation back; Thapa

January 30, 2020 13:09 pm

INARUWA, Jan 30: The main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) leader and former minister Gagan Kumar Thapa has blamed the government of pushing the country back.

KATHMANDU, Jan 28: Leader of Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJP-N) Mahendra Raya Yadav has said that his party is ready to join the Oli-led government if the party's key demands are met.

DUBAI , Jan 28: The current U.S. government is the worst in the history of America, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on state TV on Tuesday.

Susta people to get new houses

January 27, 2020 15:06 pm

PARASI, Jan 27: The government of province 5 has started building houses for the citizens of Susta in the West Nawalparasi district, who are deprived of fundamental services. The government's decision has brought happiness to the people.

KATHMANDU, Jan 23: The government objective of reaching access of commercial banks to all local levels across the country is close to materialization. According to a Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) report, only 10 local levels are without a bank.

KANCHANPUR, Jan 22: Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport, Basanta Kumar Nembang, has said that national projects are on government's priority.

KANCHANPUR, Jan 19: The government handed over an integrated settlement for freed Haliya in Kanchanpur district on Sunday.

Govt. needs to be serious: Dr Koirala

January 14, 2020 12:36 pm

BIRATNAGAR, Jan 14: Nepali Congress central member Dr. Shekhar Koirala has said that the government should become serious to not allow the situation of the country to deteriorate further.

Children's Act to be amended soon

January 13, 2020 14:14 pm

KATHMANDU, Jan 13: The government is set to amend the Act Relating to Children that aims to free Nepal of street children. Efforts were underway to amend the Act, said Chandra Kumar Ghimire, Secretary of the Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens.

KANKAI, Jan 10: State-1 governor Somnath Adhikari 'Pyasi' has said the government has not made any discrimination in the education sector in the name of the community and private schools.

KATHMANDU, Jan 9: The Government of Nepal has expressed its serious concerns on recent developments in the West Asian region.

KATHMANDU, Jan 6: A bill, which is on the verge of endorsement by the lower house of parliament, may pave the way for the government to shut down social media sites at any time and under any pretext, according to experts.

KATHMANDU, Jan 2: The agitating sugarcane farmers on Thursday served a seven-day ultimatum to the government to address their demands at the earliest.

KATHMANDU, Jan 1: A joint House committee on Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation of State’s Directive Principles, Polices and Responsibilities has directed the government to issue a new political map of the country by including the Indian-encroached Nepali areas including Limpiyadhura.

The year of the Yeti

December 31, 2019 08:30 am

For a few days, yours truly had been searching for the topic to write something or anything about. You see this scribbler is not some great writer, who can write a masterpiece in a jiffy, in a manner that a magician brings out all sorts of objects as per the demand from the audience.

KATHMANDU, Dec 29: The government has decided to observe the 22nd Earthquake Safety Day meaningfully.

Preparation on to open Ratna Temple

December 19, 2019 12:36 pm

KASKI, Dec 19: The government has stepped up its preparation to keep Pokhara-based Ratna Temple open for public in view of the English New Year 2020.

Rage against road accidents

December 17, 2019 11:18 am

Road accident is rising astronomically, and along with it, the death tolls and injuries but the country does not seem to have made any serious efforts to save people’s lives from these largely preventable accidents. This is a national tragedy and a national shame too. It is estimated that around seven accidents happen in Nepal every day and around seven persons are dying every day.

SARLAHI, Nov 28: Farmers who have been facing problems time and again in receiving payments from sugar mills now feel cheated by the government. The government has made several announcements to punish those mills that do not make timely payment. But the government itself has not given the subsidy money even after a year has already passed.

Nov 25: 6 things to know by 6 PM today

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DANG, Nov 25: Nepali Congress senior leader Ramchandra Poudel has accused the incumbent government of reversing the democratic norms and values one after another.

POKHARA, Nov 22: Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba on Friday said that Prime Minister KP Oli’s nationalism has turned lampasarbad (inertia).

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KATHMANDU, Nov 17: Industrialists and entrepreneurs on Sunday criticized the government for imposing heavy taxes in the name of collecting hefty revenues.

Kuwait's government submits resignation

November 14, 2019 17:43 pm

KUWAIT, Nov 14 : Kuwait’s prime minister has submitted his cabinet’s resignation to the ruling emir of the Gulf Arab state, a government spokesman said on Thursday.

Nov 11: 6 things to know by 6 PM today

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Your daily dose of missed important news of the day.

KATHMANDU, Nov 10: The government is likely to implement the 'Youth in Agriculture' program from December.

When will it end?

November 5, 2019 02:00 am

In yet another deadly road accident in Sindhupalchok district at least one and half a dozen people have lost their lives and over 50 persons sustained injuries when a passenger bus en route to Kathmandu from Dolkha plunged into the Sunkoshi River. The cause of the accident is over-speeding and overloading as in most such cases of road accidents. All seats in the bus were occupied, and 20-25 passengers were standing, according to the survivors. Most of these passengers were returning to Kathmandu after Tihar celebrations. Sindhupalchok accident is the latest in the series of bus accidents happening in the country. Nearly every month, people lose their lives to road accidents. According to the data released by Nepal Police in May this year, road accidents killed 11,005 people across the country during the last five years and altogether 19,877 people were seriously injured in such accidents. The data shows that road accidents have been increasing every year—at the rate of 28 percent. These are the alarming records and yet the government bodies, including Nepal Police, have not been able to do much about controlling such accidents.

Why media must be free

November 5, 2019 01:30 am

Media deserve talk. In modern democratic dialogue, it has been customary to frequently debate over media quality, performance and related issues. Media freedom, media diversity and media equality are closely related terms in vogue. These three elements, when enhanced, add to the strength and quality of one another; they become the cornerstones not only of advanced media performance but also of a full-fledged democracy. As integral elements, they identify a democratic society in its true form. However, misunderstanding these elements will result in their misuse, with dire consequences beyond measurement.

Limitations of liberty

November 3, 2019 01:00 am

“Hami Yestai Ta Ho Ni Bro.” When this “rap” music video first came out, I was immediately dissuaded to see it. I have never been an avid fan of the genre and particularly not of the artist, “Vten”. But when I did finally see it, after the chatter it caused on social media—I did not enjoy it, but this wasn’t new. Most of the “rap music” Nepali “rappers” produce repulse everyone. I did not, however, see a case to arrest him, on any charges that I, at the time, knew of.

Kathmandu, Oct 22: Ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leader Top Bahadur Rayamajhi has said government will charge to every criminal.

KATHMANDU, Oct 22: Accusing Sajha Yatayat of changing the specifications document provided by the government for the procurement of electric buses, the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport (MoPIT) has blocked the purchase of a fleet of the clean-mode vehicles.

GORKHA, Oct 15: The reconstruction of government buildings in Barpak, Gorkha, that were severely damaged by the 2015 earthquake, has been picking up pace of late.

CHAUTARA, Sept 30: Spokesperson of ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Narayan Kaji Shrestha has asserted that the government should perform to live up to the people's expectations.

NC should be industrious: leader Poudel

September 26, 2019 13:17 pm

DANG, Sept 26: Nepali Congress (NC) senior leader Ram Chandra Poudel has opined that it's high time for NC to review why the NC got defeated in the three-tier election.

KATHMANDU, Sept 24: The main opposition Nepali Congress staged a demonstration against the government in the capital on Tuesday.

BHAKTAPUR, Sept 23: Minister for Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation Padma Kumari Aryal said the government was delivering its performances in a required pace.

Social protection programs are generally popular: they are important instruments of wealth redistribution and even if they are not considered equalizers, they are programs in the right direction.

KATHMANDU, Sept 22: The advance ticket booking for Dashain festival opened on Sunday.