The last barrel of oil

August 5, 2018 08:24 am

As I struggled past the busy streets of Kathmandu in my electric scooter, I got stopped by the newly-installed traffic light that indicated red. Right beside me was a big petrol tanker, inside which a few key rings were rattling on the rhythm of the engine’s vibration. My 12-year-old brother who was sitting behind me and keenly observing the Spiderman key ring exclaimed, ”It’s non-renewable, my science teacher says so!”

KATHMANDU, July 29: To end the persistent budget transfers and flouting of fiscal discipline, the government has announced that it will not make any budget transfer until the third or last trimester.

KATHMANDU, July 28: The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has transferred Rs 3.66 billion from the government coffers so far in the final month of the Fiscal Year 2017/18. A total of Rs 1.66 billion, the highest amount in single transfer, has been allotted for paying to conflict victims and their families. According to the information of budget transfer made public in the MoF website, the Ministry of Home Affairs is to distribute the amount, ensuring no duplication on such distribution.

Scientists have revealed that the last meal of Oetzi the Iceman, the frozen hunter who died 5,300 years ago in the Alps, was well-balanced but also alarmingly high in fat.

KATHMANDU, July 20:The government treasury is now empty following irrational budget distribution at the end of the fiscal year that ended Monday. Not a single penny has been left from the previous fiscal year , according to officials of the Ministry of Finance (MoF). This fiscal indiscipline on the part of the current government is sure to have serious consequences as it may trigger internal borrowing right from the first month, just as the previous government had done this time last year.

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.

KATHMANDU, July 17: At a time when the government is being widely criticized for not caring seriously about the demands of Dr Govinda KC, the crusading senior orthopedic surgeon and professor at the Institute of Medicine (IOM), it has formed a talks team, on the 17th day of his fast-unto-death.

MOSCOW, July 4:  England finally overcame nearly 30 years of penalty pain when they beat Colombia 4-3 in a shootout on Tuesday after drawing their World Cup last-16 clash 1-1 following extra time after the South Americans had equalised in the 93rd minute.

SOCHI, July 1: Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani scored a stunning brace to lead the South Americans to a 2-1 win over European champions Portugal in the World Cup round of 16 on Saturday and set up a quarter-final against France.

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, June 30: Lionel Messi’s last chance to add a major international title to a glittering array of personal achievements and trophies at club level almost certainly disappeared with Argentina’s elimination from the World Cup on Saturday.

KAZAN, June 30: Argentina and Lionel Messi need to find form fast if they are to go any further in the World Cup on Saturday when they meet a France team who have yet to live up to their billing.

VOLGOGRAD, June 29: Japan lost 1-0 to Poland on Thursday but survived to become the only Asian side to qualify for last 16 of the World Cup in Russia — and the first team ever to progress thanks to FIFA’s new disciplinary tie-breaker rule.

RUSSIA, June 28: Brazil eased into the World Cup knockout stages thanks to a 2-0 win over Serbia in Moscow, which secured the five-time winners top spot in Group E and consigned the Serbs to an early World Cup exit.

KAZAN, June 27: Champions Germany crashed out of the World Cup after suffering a stunning 2-0 defeat by a tenacious South Korea on Wednesday that eliminated them in the opening round for the first time in 80 years.

ROSTOV-ON-DON, June 27: Diego Maradona sensationally gave a double middle finger salute to the crowd after Marcos Rojo scored a dramatic late winner to send Argentina through to the knockout stages of the World Cup with a 2-1 win over Nigeria.

KATHMANDU, June 25: The second round of the group stages of the 2018 FIFA World Cup offered unpredictability, salvation for some big guns and still time left for one last battle for some teams going into the third and the last round of the tournament.

World Cup heavyweights Spain and Portugal can lock down spots in the last 16 on Monday, as hosts Russia ride a wave of national euphoria into their clash with Uruguay.

ROSTOV-ON-DON, June 23:  Mexico built on the momentum from their stunning victory over world champions Germany by overpowering South Korea 2-1 on Saturday to take a giant step towards the World Cup last 16.

The Only Story, Every Day and The Last of the Tsars

ROSTOV-ON-DON, June 20: Uruguay's slender victory over Saudi Arabia ensured that they and host nation Russia reached the last 16 of the World Cup.

SAINT PETERSBURG, June 20: Russia moved to the brink of qualifying for the last 16 of the World Cup after the host nation beat Mohamed Salah's Egypt in St Petersburg.

Dr Devkota's last rites performed

June 19, 2018 17:11 pm

KATHMANDU, June 19: Renowned neurosurgeon Dr Upendra Devkota's last rites were performed at the Pashupati electric crematorium on Tuesday.

"The most important thing is to compete well and then God and Messi will decide if we can win the World Cup," Argentina president Mauricio Macri said of his country's chances of winning the tournament in Russia.

KATHMANDU, May 31: Fictionalized account of the historic portrayal of the last Malla King Ranajeet Malla written by a scholar of History, Yogesh Raj is to be launched on June 2.

Will it last?

May 23, 2018 01:00 am

There is expectation that communist unification will lead to an age of strong and stable government. Is this really going to happen?

KATHMANDU, May 1: Sriya Adhikari and her family were elated when she received an email from the University of Texas Tyler (UT Tyler), USA. The email had opened doors for her future: a US$ 20,968 annual Presidential scholarship to fund her four years undergraduate degree in Bachelors in Accounting.

YouTube released a transparency report on how it is enforcing its community guidelines, which do not allow contents related to "pornography, incitement to violence, harassment, or hate speech", for example.

TANAHUN, April 19: Tributes started pouring on social media on Wednesday over the sudden death of Rajamama Kusunda, the only person able to speak his tribal language.

TANAHUN, April 18: The last male survivor of Kusunda community, Raja Mama passed away in his house at Dihi Gaun of Byas Municipality-10 at 5:00 AM today.

CHITWAN, April 16: The number of tourists visiting Sauraha to celebrate the New Year has doubled this time compared to the previous years.

MANCHESTER, April 11: Liverpool reached the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in 10 years as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino struck decisive blows to secure a 2-1 win over Manchester City on Tuesday that completed a 5-1 aggregate victory.

BAJURA, April 4: It has been revealed that two teachers of Andradi-based Prabhat Primary School have not turned up at the school since the last six months.

MORANG, April 4: CMG Sankata Club has advanced into the semifinals of the ongoing fifth Birat Gold Cup football tournament defeating the departmental team Armed Police Force 1-0 in the second quarterfinal match on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, April 2: The number of Nepali workers leaving for Malaysia seeking employment has surpassed the last year's figure.

DAILEKH, April 1: Relatives of Aein Bahadur Shahi have excavated his mortal remains after 14 years of his murder.

KATHMANDU, April 1: Last rites of Nepali Congress (NC) central member and former minister Khum Bahadur Khadka – who breathed his last in course of treatment – will be performed today.

KATHMANDU, March 21: A 20-man national football squad has been announced for the final Asian Football Confederations (AFC) Asian Qualifiers match against Yemen in Doha, Qatar on March 27. Nepal’s qualifications chances are over reeling at the bottom of the table with two points whereas Yemen, on seven points, is vying for top spot finish in the Group F.

The world's last male northern white rhino,Sudan, has died after "age-related complications," researchers announced Tuesday, saying he "stole the heart of many with his dignity and strength."

Dhami-Shrestha pair into last 16

March 12, 2018 09:29 am

KATHMANDU, March 12: The departmental team Armed Police Force’s pair of Dipesh Dhami and Puja Shrestha has advanced into the round of 16 in the ongoing fourth nationwide Krishna Mohan Memorial Open Badminton Tournament in the mixed doubles category with a win on Sunday.

NEW YORK, Mar 6: The prevalence of child marriage is decreasing globally with several countries seeing significant reductions in recent years, UNICEF said today. Overall, the proportion of women who were married as children decreased by 15 percent in the last decade, from 1 in 4 to approximately 1 in 5.

Two minors raped in last two weeks

February 27, 2018 03:30 am

MAHENDRANAGAR, Feb 27: Two minor girls of Kanchanpur have been raped in a span of two weeks.

MUGU, Feb 8: The government of Nepal has been providing social security allowance to children below five years of age, elderly people above sixty years and also to the disabled. The locals of ward 4 and 5 of Soru Rural Municipality have not yet received their allowance this fiscal year.

Making leather last long

February 2, 2018 08:20 am

Whether they are boots, jackets or bags, when it comes to leather goods they are all investments. We say so because, first of all, there is the fact that they probably cost you a small fortune but, at the same time, you also know that with care they can help you make a style statement for decades to come.

Last minute saviors

January 26, 2018 08:26 am

Admit it, it’s happened to all of you at least once. You packed our travel bag in a hurry and completely forgot to take some essential cosmetic products. Or you knew you just had a few drops of foundation left but still thought it would last one more application till it didn’t and you were left without an important makeup product to get your look right.

KATHMANDU, Jan 24: At a time when bankers are hoping that the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) will provide them a relaxation on credit to core-capital-cum-deposit (C-CD) ratio, the central bank has indicated that such prudential lending limit is not going to be tweaked to address the current liquidity problem being faced by bank and financial institutions (BFIs).

A new Oxfam report has revealed that eighty-two percent of the wealth generated in the year 2017 went to the richest one percent of the global population.

TAC, NPC into last four

January 18, 2018 09:35 am

KATHMANDU, Jan 18: Departmental teams Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC) and Nepal Police Club (NPC) have advanced into the semifinals of the ongoing 28th Men’s National Football Tournament under the National Sports Council (NSC) Championship on Wednesday.

That last hug

January 18, 2018 01:30 am

Granddaughter remembers Dor Bahadur Bista on his 90th birthday anniversary

Good times at last?

January 15, 2018 00:19 am

My experience suggests that economic situation is not quite as straightforward

MMC advances into last four

January 13, 2018 07:11 am

DHANGADHI, Jan 13: The A-Division outfit Laxmi Hyundai Manang Marshyangdi Club (MMC), who played without defender Kamal Shrestha for nearly an hour, has entered into the last four of the ongoing Far-western Khaptad Gold Cup football tournament defeating Agni Rupandehi XI 4-0 in the quarterfinal match on Friday.