Who is she?

September 10, 2019 08:00 am

She is a lady, With miraculous personality, Lover of a child, And her family.

KABUL, August 21: The United States envoy negotiating with the Taliban for an end to nearly 18 years of fighting in Afghanistan was departing Tuesday for Qatar to resume talks, the State Department said, amid concerns about a growing threat by an Islamic State affiliate.

BAGHDAD/BRUSSELS, May 29:  U.S. forces have quietly sent at least 30 suspected foreign Islamic State fighters captured in Syria last year and in late 2017 to stand trial in Iraq, interviews with the men, Iraqi sources and court documents show.

COLOMBO, May 1: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said a foreign mastermind may have planned the Easter Sunday bombings, claimed by Islamic State, telling the militant group to “leave my country alone”.

BEIRUT, April 30: The shadowy leader of the Islamic State group claimed to appear for the first time in five years in a video released by the extremist group’s propaganda arm on Monday, acknowledging defeat in the group’s last stronghold in Syria but vowing a “long battle” ahead.

WASHINGTON, April 16: The U.S. Department of the Treasury said on Monday that it has slapped sanctions on seven individuals and one entity for their financial support for the Islamic State (IS).

BEIRUT, March 23: Islamic State has been defeated at its final shred of territory of Baghouz in Syria, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Saturday, announcing the end of its self-declared “caliphate” that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria.

BAGHOUZ, March 10: The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) paused military operations against Islamic State (IS) militants holed up in the group’s final enclave in eastern Syria, expecting more civilians to be evacuated from the area on Saturday, an SDF official said.

LONDON, Feb 20: Shamima Begum, a teenager who left London when she was aged 15 to join Islamic State in Syria, has had her British citizenship revoked, according to a letter sent to her family published by ITV News on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON DC, Aug 30: A Hawaii-based US Army soldier has pleaded guilty to aiding the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorist group. He was arrested last year after pledging allegiance to the group in a ceremony staged by the FBI.

BEVERLY HILLS, Aug 2: “America’s Got Talent” is proving to be TV audiences’ summertime show of choice, with its dominant performance boosting NBC to its fourth consecutive weekly ratings win.

If anyone had doubts that Suhana Khan, the petite daughter of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and his glamourous interior designer wife Gauri, is being groomed for a Bollywood launch, then revise your opinion.

Sharing is earning

August 2, 2018 11:23 am

KATHMANDU, Aug 2: Deepak Manandhar, 40, is one of those many Nepali youths who had traveled abroad seeking for better opportunities. After a harsh experience and unsatisfied income, Manandhar returned home in 2016.

AFRICAN elephants could become extinct within decades unless poaching is halted, British campaigners warned yesterday. The Born Free Foundation said an elephant is being killed every 25 minutes to feed the illegal trade in ivory, treasured in the Far East for its alleged medical properties.

Rumours of Priyanka and Nick's engagement started after the actor pulled out of Salman Khan's film 'Bharat'.

KATHMANDU, Aug 1: US Ambassador to Nepal Alaina B Teplitz has expressed concern over the shrinking civic space in Nepal in recent days.

KATHMANDU, July 31: Serious suspicions of a threat to the independence of the judiciary have surfaced as the Parliamentary Hearings Committee (PHSC) has been repeatedly delaying a decision on whether or not to endorse the nomination of Deepak Raj Joshee as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Katrina Kaif will be Salman Khan’s leading lady in Bharat after Priyanka Chopra quit the film in ‘Nick of time’, confirms director Ali Abbas Zafar.

Why Nepal is still in transition

July 30, 2018 01:00 am

Despite empowering the downtrodden, Maoist movement in essence facilitated larger section of society to get co-opted in conservative politics

KATHMANDU, July 29: Despite an increase from last year, the number of women donating blood is comparatively low than that of male donors. One of the reasons behind this is the inability to break away from a misconception: 'blood donation risks one’s health’.

BEVERLY HILLS, July 29: It was Kendrick Lamar’s friendship with 50 Cent that helped him get a guest role on Starz’s “Power,” but Lamar came ready to work.

KATHMANDU, July 29: Minister for Foreign Affairs, Pradeep Kumar Gyawali stressed on the importance of Nepal’s relations with European Union Nations, United Nations, and international organizations in the Regional Conference of Nepali Ambassadors based in Europe in Brussels, Belgium.

Time is running out for the tropics: Extinction of hundreds of species due to deforestation, over-fishing and climate change is 'imminent' unless we act NOW, new research warns.

July 28: For generations, many have dreamed about the day when it would be possible to set foot on Mars – aka. “Earth’s Twin” planet. And in the past few years, multiple orbiters, landers, and rovers have revealed evidence of past water on Mars, not to mention the possibility that water still exists underground. These findings have fueled the desire to send crewed missions to Mars, not to mention proposals to establish a colony there.

KATHMANDU, July 27: If the government works sincerely to implement the agreement signed with Dr Govinda KC, it will not find it a tough task as it has a two-thirds majority in parliament. But without sincerity, it will be challenging to address some of demands raised by Dr KC, the senior orthopedic surgeon and professor at the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

KATHMANDU, July 23: The ongoing hunger strike by Dr Govinda KC is set to break the records of his past 14 fasts-unto-death on Monday as the longest one but government apathy toward his demands continues.

What is wrong with Oli?

July 23, 2018 01:00 am

An executive is best judged by the number and quality of his advisors. Prime Minister Oli is literally besieged by a number of hungry cadres

WhatsApp is restricting the ability of users worldwide to forward messages as viral hoaxes on its platform continue to be blamed for a spate of mob violence in India.

From drones to machine learning, new technologies are helping winemakers improve both the quantity and quality of their wine

Dr KC says govt is indifferent

July 19, 2018 08:05 am

JUMLA, June 19: ​Dr Govinda KC, whose fast-unto-death for reforms in medical education entered the 19th day on Wednesday, said the current government has lost any basis for holding the next round of dialogue.

KATHMANDU, July 18: Senior Orthopedic Surgeon Govinda KC has been on a fast-unto-death for the last 19 days in Jumla, demanding endorsement of Medical Education Act that bars establishment of medical colleges in the Kathmandu Valley for 10 years.

Dwayne Johnson has earned more money for acting in a single year than anyone in the history of the Forbes Celebrity 100 list. Here is how much he made.

The practice of “completing” development works at the end of the fiscal year, mostly in the month of Asar (mid-June to mid-July), just to claim payment against the works under the government watch has become the biggest joke to our developmental aspirations.

Adobe has confirmed that it will release a full-fat version of its Photoshop software for iPad next year

INARUWA, July 16: Nepali Congress parliamentary party deputy leader Bijaya Kumar Gachchhadar has said the Nepali Congress was ready to extend constructive support to the government despite being the main opposition party in parliament, in deference to the democratic system.

DHARAN, July 14: The detention center of Area Police Office (APO), Dharan, has the capacity of accommodating 40 detainees but it is currently crammed with some 93 detainees.

July 13: A supermoon that brings partial solar eclipse on Friday the 13th is "bad luck" for most of the world's population and not because of any superstitious belief.

What is Kathmandu reading?

July 13, 2018 10:50 am

Reading has long been a popular culture, but it’s in only recent years that Nepal or Kathmandu, in particular, has embraced this culture with open arms. This has resulted in an emergence of avid readers who flock the shelves of bookstores and voraciously devour one book after another. Joining the bandwagon is a generation of young readers whose reading choices are varied and thus interesting.

Where is the progress?

July 12, 2018 02:00 am

Sorry state of Mid-hill Highway

BONN, July 11: The US-led coalition’s military intervention in Syria is under increasing levels of scrutiny, with critics arguing that the coalition has no mandate to conduct military operations in the Arab Republic as it doesn’t have Damascus’ approval to do so.

KATHMANDU, July 11: Marsi, a little-known rice variety, is suddenly hogging the limelight, causing its demand to soar significantly.

Activism against Section 377 began in the early 90s when NGOs and health workers, primarily working against HIV/AIDS, alleged that the law was being used to persecute them and hamper the distribution of condoms

KATHMANDU, July 9: Minister for Finance Dr Yuwaraj Khatiwada has argued that the size of the newly unveiled budget-Rs 1.315 trillion-for the fiscal year 2018/19 was appropriate and balanced in view of federal structure of the country.

Central Working Committee member and a senior leader of Nepali Congress, Dr Shekhar Koirala is a vocal critic of internal conflict and strong advocate of change within the party. But Nepali Congress has not yet been able to stand assertively on issues of public concern and has rather been reactive to government actions. What led Congress to this situation? How will it go ahead in the days to come? How does the party evaluate performance of K P Oli’s government? Mahabir Paudyal and Kosh Raj Koirala asked.

All you need is love

July 7, 2018 07:47 am

The expressions of love are the same in all languages, but why are we different? Why is it that we treat people differently? Every person is special, and unique in their own rights, but we find ways to point out their flaws. What’s necessary at this point is to bring together people of all races, and cultures together. Let’s take the initiative to treat everyone equally, with love and respect to spread love and happiness.

POKHARA, July 7: Province 4 has been named Gandaki Province.  A meeting of the Provincial Assembly on Friday took the decision. The provincial capital, however, will remain Pokhara as announced by the erstwhile Sher Bahadur Deuba government.

Shristi Shrestha on being ‘Muna’ in Romeo & Muna

LEEDS, July 5: Over the course of two tumultuous decades, the US government has determinedly endeavored to destabilize, undermine and ultimately depose the democratically-elected government of Venezuela without pause. First they came for Hugo Chavez, then his successor Nicolas Maduro.

Is globalization working?

July 5, 2018 01:00 am

Has the globalization been really working out? Have the least developed countries (LDCs) like Nepal been at the benefitting end?

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