NEW DELHI, May 19:  Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling alliance is likely to win a clear majority in parliament after a mammoth general election that ended on Sunday, most exit polls showed, a far better showing than expected in recent weeks.

KATHMANDU, May 19: Muhammad Latif smashed a swashbuckling unbeaten century in the final of the ongoing Wheelcahir T20 Asia Cup cricket tournament to help Pakistan beat India by five wickets and lift the trophy in a match played at Tribhuvan University Cricket Ground on Saturday.

NEW DELHI, May 18: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has one unwanted lead in this month’s general election race - according to data from an electoral watchdog it is fielding the most candidates among the major parties who are facing criminal charges. Its main rival, Congress, is just a step behind.

KATHMANDU, May 18: India and Pakistan are set to clash in the final of the Wheelchair T20 Asia Cup after winning their respective final group games played in Tribhuvan University Cricket Ground in Kirtipur on Friday.

All for pride

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Overflying ferry flights, destined to Nepal, were compelled to land under one pretext or another or held up in countries outside India for days before permits were issued

BIRGUNJ, May 17: Tensions have flared up along the Nepal-India border in western Thori of Birgunj, Parsa; the district in state 2, after an incident in which Nepalis being subjected to physical assault at the hands of Indians was made public.

KOPPAL/SHIKRAWA, May 17: Every morning around dawn, dozens of people gather by the dusty banks of a stream snaking through Shikrawa village, two hours south of India’s capital, New Delhi, to do the same thing: defecate in the open.

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NEW DELHI, May 12: Voters in Delhi and elsewhere in India’s north lined up early on Sunday to cast their ballots in the second-to-last round of a seven-phase general election, with the opposition seeking a united stand to deny Prime Minister Narendra Modi a second term.

NAWALPARASI, May 11: The Indian security forces have adopted high alertness at various places along the Nepal-India border in Nawalparasi district in view of the Lok Sabha (parliamentary) elections in India.

KATHMANDU, May 11: Excess electricity generation from hydroelectricity plants of Nepal can potentially displace the costlier thermal power generation of India, according to a study report.

KATHMANDU, May 11: Department of Railways of Nepal has signed a contract agreement with Konkan Railway Corporation Limited of India for the supply of trains to Nepal Railways.

ODISHA, May 8: Around 160 people in Puri and three people in Bhubaneswar have been injured and are undergoing treatment in hospital, State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC, Odisha) said giving details of the damage caused by Cyclone Fani and steps taken to bring the situation back to normalcy. It also said that in Puri district extensive damages have occurred to all "kutcha" houses.

NEW DELHI, May 8: With India’s general election inching toward the finish line, the battle for one seat in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh is being closely watched to see whether the scion of the country’s most important modern political dynasty can retain his seat and revive his party’s fortunes.

NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR, May 6: India’s northern heartland began voting on Monday in the fifth phase of a staggered general election, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoping his record on national security will win him a second five-year term.

PURI, May 5: Hundreds of thousands of people were left homeless after a cyclone packing winds of about 200 km per hour slammed into eastern India, ripping out tin roofs and destroying power and telecom lines, officials said on Sunday.

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DHAKA/BHUBANESWAR, May 4: The strongest cyclone to hit India in five years killed at least 12 people in eastern Odisha state, before swinging north-eastwards into Bangladesh on Saturday where four more people died although more than a million had been moved to safety.

KATHMANDU, May 4: The security persons from both Nepal and India have launched joint patrol along the border for the security in view of the Loksabha election in India.

BHUBANESHWAR, May 3: A powerful cyclone lashed coastal areas of eastern India on Friday with torrential rain and winds gusting up to 200 kilometers per hour (124 mph), but there were no early reports of casualties with a million people evacuated before it made landfall.

DHADING, May 3: Police and Veterinary Hospital, Dhading on Wednesday seized a truck, which was allegedly smuggling old cattle to India.

May 2: Nearly 800,000 people in India's eastern coastal districts have been evacuated ahead of the expected arrival of a major cyclone packing winds of up to 200 kilometres (125 miles) per hour, officials said Thursday.

In the run-up to the Lok Sabha election, in which PM Narendra Modi is bidding for a second term, the sensex has been on a record-breaking spree.

NEW DELHI, April 23: Voting began in the third and largest phase of India’s staggered general election on Tuesday, including in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat and Kerala, where opposition Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi is contesting.

KATHMANDU, April 20: A national team of the Japan Goju-Ryo Karate Do Mission Association left here today for India, representing Nepal in the International Karate and Kick-boxing Championship to be held in Patna, India. The 35-member team is led by association's chief instructor KB Rana (Kaji).

28 children rescued from India

April 20, 2019 09:03 am

GAUSHALA, April 20: The Central Child Welfare Board has rescued 28 children from India. The children had been taken to the neighboring country from Mahottari, Dhanusa, Siraha, and Sarlahi on different pretexts.

SRINAGAR, April 18: Voting began in the second phase of India’s general elections Thursday amid massive security and a lockdown in parts of the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

NEW DELHI, April 18: At least 60 people were killed in lightning strikes and by collapsing houses during a thunderstorm across northern and western India, state radio reported on Thursday quoting provincial officials.

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI, April 17: India’s embattled Jet Airways Ltd is set to temporarily halt operations from Wednesday onward after its lenders rejected the airline’s plea for emergency funds, three sources from inside the company said on Wednesday.

NEW DELHI, April 17: Google has blocked access to the hugely popular video app TikTok in India to comply with a state court’s directive to prohibit its downloads, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.

Future of economic growth

April 16, 2019 00:25 am

MANCHESTER – Last month, I wrote about the growing divide between economic theory and real-world economic conditions, and reminded readers that economics is still a social science, despite whatever loftier ambitions its practitioners may have. Nonetheless, when it comes to the specific question of what drives economic growth in the long term, one can still offer rigorous predictions by focusing on just two forces.

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MUMBAI, April 15: India’s gold smugglers have slowed their operations over worries their shipments will be caught up in seizures of cash, bullion, booze and drugs that are aimed at controlling vote-buying in the country’s national elections, industry officials told Reuters.

NEW DELHI, April 15: India is hopeful it will avoid US sanctions over its purchase of Russia’s S-400 missile system, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told AFP.

NEW DELHI, April 13: The figures involved in India’s general election are staggering: 900 million voters, 83 million first-time voters, 11 million poll workers, nearly 4 million electronic voting machines, 1 million polling booths and 570 special trains for migrant laborers and security personnel.

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI, April 12: India’s money-losing sugar mills have run up a record $4.38 billion in arrears to 50 million cane farmers, who have gone unpaid for their produce for more than a year, industry and government sources said on Thursday.

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April 12: A total of 165 people among those who ventured out into India for labour from three districts Accham, Kanchanpur and Doti have gone missing.

KATHMANDU, April 112: The Indian government has built a maternity hospital in Siraha district.

NEW DELHI, April 11: Clashes between followers of rival parties left at least two dead and several injured on the first day of India's huge election Thursday, media reports said.

JABA, April 11: A madrasa, or Islamic school, on a remote hilltop in northeastern Pakistan that was the target of an Indian air strike just over six weeks ago is still not ready to give up its secrets.

KATHMANDU, April 11: India's Election Commission has stopped the release of ‘PM Narendra Modi’ until the elections conclude on May 19, the Times of India reported. The film was scheduled to be released today -- coinciding the first day of India's general elections.

NEW DELHI, April 11: India’s mammoth general election began on Thursday, with people starting to line up outside polling stations in the world’s biggest democratic exercise that will be carried out in seven phases.

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NEW DELHI, April 10: India will hold a general election starting on Thursday in the world’s largest democratic exercise, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking a second straight term.

NEW DELHI, April 9: Indian refiners are holding back from ordering Iranian oil for loading in May pending clarity on whether Washington will extend a waiver from U.S. sanctions against the OPEC-member, four sources said.

NEW DELHI, April 8: As she patrols for cow smugglers, Sadhvi Kamal, a Hindu holy woman in a saffron robe, rides in a white SUV with a sticker on the rear window displaying a cow framed by swords and rifles. The words in the sticker’s logo say, “The cow is the mother of the world.”

KARACHI, April 7: Pakistan has “reliable intelligence” that India will attack again this month, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Sunday, as tension over a February standoff between the two nuclear-armed neighbors had appeared to ease.

ISLAMABAD, April 6: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has accused India of “whipping up war hysteria” over February’s tense stand-off between the two countries.

TikTok, a new social networking app, has taken by India by storm. The 15-second video sharing network is also quite popular in smaller towns of the country. TikTok, however, has come under scanner over misuse of the platform and is now facing ban in India.