People who are labeled as transgender are viewed as less attractive dating partners, according to new research published in Social Psychological and Personality Science. The new study, which was conducted with heterosexual college students, indicates that gender identity affects perceptions of attractiveness.

DADELDHURA, Aug 1: The feeling of shame regarding abortions that existed in the rural parts as early as a few years ago is gradually changing. Those who used to ostracize women for aborting their babies have started encouraging them for safe abortion these days.

July 11: Living at higher latitudes, where there is also less sunlight, could result in a higher prevalence rate of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York.

More optics, less substance

June 25, 2018 06:00 am

KATHMANDU, June 25: Prime Minister KP Oli arrived home on Sunday, concluding his six-day official visit to China. Although there was high optimism in Nepal about his visit to the northern neighbor this time, Prime Minister Oli has largely failed to live up to the expectations.

RAJBIRAJ, June 23: In less than a week, three persons including two women have been murdered in Rajbiraj, the district headquarters of Saptari.

A greater representation of women in the government is bad news for corruption, according to a new study published in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

KATHMANDU, June 2: Sightings of street children in the Kathmandu Valley has become a rarity thanks to the street children rescue and rehabilitation campaign launched by the Central Child Welfare Board (CCWB) under the Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens. The Board has launched the street children rescue campaign since May 9, 2016.

High heels: Can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em. High heels pain, on the other hand? Can definitely live without it. Heels are essential to (most) wardrobes, but there’s nothing worse than putting together an amazing outfit for a night out, only to be sidelined an hour in because your feet are throbbing in pain. Here are some tips on how to wear heels without the pain:

KATHMANDU, May 9: Though Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) has paved the way for commercial banks for foreign currency borrowing, it seems that they will not be able to get resources from foreign banks anytime soon.

KATHMANDU, April 25: Three years have passed by since the Gorkha earthquake. However, only one-third of the total classrooms damaged due to the disaster have been reconstructed.

SOLUKHUMBU, March 3: The main season of snow usually begins from the last week of January or the first week of February in the Khumbu area of Solukhumbu district. But this year, snow came late and it was less than usual. Much to the surprise of the locals, snowfall was not even enough to cover the mountains surrounding the area.

CHITWAN, Jan 15: Furnishing the election expenses to the District Election Office (DEO), Chitwan, CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has claimed that he spent less than Rs 1 million in his election campaign.

DOTI, Jan 13: Fuel traders in the district have claimed that the tankers of Nepal Oil Corporation have been delivering less than the said amount of petroleum. The tankers have been supplying them four percent less petroleum in average, the traders have claimed.

California Jan 11: Mark Zuckerberg has pledged to devote 2018 to "fixing" Facebook. Now the Facebook CEO is kicking off the effort with a move he says is intended to boost the well-being of users, possibly at the expense of the well-being of publishers and other businesses.

KHOTANG, Dec 13: The number of political parties securing less than 100 has climbed to 36 in the district.

Around the world, fewer than half of HIV-positive men are getting treatment, compared to 60 % of women, according to a UNAIDS report released on World AIDS Day.

KATHMANDU, Nov 24: Compared to all  major elections in the past, the upcoming parliamentary and provincial assembly polls are likely to witness fewer instances of electoral violence --thanks to greater maturity among the political parties and more awareness  among the people.

KATMANDU, Oct 29: With less than a month till the upcoming parliamentary and provincial assembly elections, voter education is yet to begin, raising fears that the invalid vote will be high once again

KATHMANDU, Oct 24: NIC Asia Bank Ltd has claimed that it was less likely to lose money from the recent cyber attack against it, stating that all international banks where it maintains accounts have been requested to stop processing payment instructions made on the day of hacking.

KATHMANDU, August 9: While banks have observed growth in their deposit volume in recent weeks, bankers say that the skyrocketing interest rates are less likely to come down at least before the second quarter of the current fiscal year 2017/18.

CHITWAN, August 4: A special measure has been taken for the security of the vote counting of the Baraptur repoll. The counting center has secured with barbed wire. The reelection was held today. Of the total 3, 797 voters, 2, 870 voters cast their votes, according to District Election Office Chief Hari Dhakal. In the first phase of local polls, as many as 2, 897 votes had been cast.

KATHMANDU, July 31: It is found that only news on education related to policy, political leaders and formal programmes has been getting space in the national media.

KATHMANDU, July 29: Tarai, known as the bread basket of Nepal, has not seen even 50 percent of paddy plantation in its different districts till the end of July.

KATHMANDU, June 17: The government’s capacity to spend the development budget remained weak in the first 11 months of the current fiscal year, like in the past several years. There is less than a month left before the current fiscal year ends, but some 62 percent of the Rs 311 allocated for development programs and projects remains unspent.

KATHMANDU, June 17: The government's capacity to spend the development budget remained weak in the first 11 months of the current fiscal year, like in the past several years.

KATHMANDU, June 11: More than half of the houses damaged by the 2015 earthquakes were less than 20 years old.

BIRATNAGAR, May 18: The second phase of local elections is likely to be less exciting for the Muslim community who will be busy celebrating their greatest festival Ramjan during that time.

Rohini Pande, Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and Co-Director of Evidence for Policy Design, is reputed for her pioneering research into economic costs and benefits of informal and formal institutions in the developing world and the role of public policy in affecting change. Michael Callen, who is an assistant professor at University of California San Diego, specializes in political economy, development economics and experimental economics. The two were recently in Kathmandu to train senior government bureaucrats on designing evidence-based policies. So how does Nepal benefit from such evidence-based policy-making? And what can it learn from other countries? Biswas Baral and Mahabir Paudyal caught up with the two while they were in the capital.

Happiness more or less

March 24, 2017 10:43 am

We, as a nation, are quite the happy bunch, or so it would seem. That is if you believe the World Happiness Report, 2017 released on the International Day of Happiness (Yes, there is such a day in case any of you were wondering) that falls on March 20th.

NEW YORK, March 18: Researchers are keen to examine if there is any link between the increasing usage of smartphones with the decreasing consumption of drugs in teenagers, the New York Times (NYT) reported.

KATHMANDU, March 5: With less than 70 days left for the local poll, a debate has surfaced among various ministries whether the poll can be conducted without passing a law to fix the numbers of ward in the local level or not.

KATHMANDU, Feb 3: Number of complaints registered at the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has drastically decreased last year as compared to the preceding year.  Along with the decline in complaints, the anti-graft body's efficiency to tackle corruption has also hit a record low, according to the details mentioned in a recent annual report published by the CIAA.

KATHMANDU, Jan 31: Government agencies are losing their institutional capacity to expedite capital spending.

Bollywood star Deepika Padukone’s Hollywood debut film xXx: Return of Xander Cage is all set to hit US theatres in the US. While the Bajirao Mastani actor has been going all out promoting the film, she revealed she is happy being less recognised in the West as compared to her home country.

Less equal

January 17, 2017 00:15 am

We must aim for a socially inclusive country that ensures the welfare of a broad section instead of serving few elites

MYAGDI, Dec 18: The community schools in Myagdi are facing an existential crisis in the backdrop of declining number of students and failure to merge the schools that are geographically isolated.

KATHMANDU, Dec 17: Prime Minister and Chairman of CPN (Maoist Center) Pushpa Kamal Dahal has clarified that he has less property as made public recently because of the party policy to transfer a leader's property in the party's name.

KATHMANDU, Oct 18: Progress in capital spending by the government has gone down this year with only 3.37 percent of the budget allocated for the purpose spent in the first ninety days, or first quarter, of this fiscal year.

CHARLESTON, Oct 9: A weakening Hurricane Matthew lashed Georgia and the Carolinas on Saturday in what appeared to be the last leg of its march up the East Coast, leaving in its wake millions of Americans relieved that one of the most fearsome storms on record in the U.S. wasn't that bad after all.

Women finding festivals less tedious

October 8, 2016 08:35 am

KATHMANDU, Oct 7: Although in the past, festivals meant additional work for women, the scenario is gradually changing. In recent years, they face less hassles and a more liberal family environment.

KATHMANDU, Oct 3: As many as eight bills related to the economic sector have made it through the parliament in recent months and a few more are in their last legs of discussion in the parliaments’ committees.  These moves have been widely hailed by the private sector.

A warming planet might not dry out Earth as much as previously believed, because plants will become less thirsty as carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rises, researchers said Monday.

KATHMANDU, July 12: Rasuwa district is one of the popular destinations for foreign tourists. Based on foreign tourist footfall, the district should have been in government's priority while allocating budget for district-wise tourism infrastructure development projects. But such is not the case.

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France, June 10: Nothing less than winning will do. Germany's quest for a record fourth European title, only two years after winning a fourth World Cup, begins Saturday against Ukraine in Lille.

Talk less, engage more

June 3, 2016 19:48 pm

I wanted to show them how it’s done but never gave them the space and time to practice it themselves