KATHMANDU, July 5: The Baudhanath Stupa Area, which had remained shut for more than two months since the country went into a nationwide lockdown on March 24 to contain the spread of the global pandemic of novel coronavirus disease, reopened a few days ago.

KATHMANDU, July 5: A 31-years-old man from Rolpa committed suicide during his home quarantine on Wednesday. A native of Ramdev Rural municipality-5, Avan Sarki, had returned home from Dubai on June 24 and was at home quarantine, alone at a home of his relative as India returned workers refused to allow him to stay with them at a quarantine center run by the local government. He was tested RTD negative while returning home.

KATHMANDU, July 3: The tourism and aviation sector of Nepal has incurred an estimated loss of Rs 34 billion during the period of lockdown, according to a report produced by a committee formed by the government to study the loss incurred by the sector due to the enforcement of lockdown following COVID-19 outbreak in different parts of the world.

KATHMANDU, June 29: The government has decided to extend the ongoing lockdown until July 22.

KATHMANDU, June 29: Security experts have expressed fears that the prolonged lockdown and restriction measures put in place to contain COVID-19 without any support to ease the life of ordinary people could soon push the country toward a state of social unrest.

Love in lockdown

June 24, 2020 14:19 pm

When scientists have no solution, And no doctors prescribe medication, Despite science and innovation,

KATHMANDU, June 21: Even though some posts of judges are lying vacant in the three-tier judiciary, no appointments will be made until the ongoing lockdown enforced to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is lifted completely, highly-placed government sources said.

KATHMANDU, June 20: The government has barred people from walking on the streets from 10 pm to 5 am except for emergency purposes.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all forced to self-isolate and stay at home in order to protect ourselves from coronavirus. Our lives have changed drastically since the lockdown began. Schools, stores, and restaurants are closed.

KATHMANDU, June 15: The government is having a cash crunch to manage its immediate liabilities due to a heavy fall in revenue collection during the nationwide lockdown that has almost stagnated businesses activities in the country.

KATHMANDU, June 11: The government has decided to open its offices in two shifts effective from June 15.

Today’s world is changing rapidly. Technologies are escalating and everything appears to be digitizing. One way or the other, our lifestyles have been integrated with the sphere of the internet, smartphones and social networking. The COVID-19 situation imposes a lockdown, where new adjustments need to be made for connecting and knowledge building.

LONDON, June 10: Britain is planning to reopen zoos, safari parks and drive-in theaters as part of the easing of lockdown measures from the COVID-19 pandemic.

KATHMANDU, June 10: The government is all set to ease nationwide lockdown enforced to contain spread of COVID-19.

KATHMANDU, June 9: A group of youths including social activists and entrepreneurs staged a demonstration in front of the Prime Minister's Official Residence in Baluwatar on Tuesday afternoon with various demands.

KATHMANDU, June 9: Bibeksheel Nepali Party has urged the government not to exert undue pressure on the people to pay taxes as long as the nationwide lockdown continues to be in place.

Moving towards a new normal

June 7, 2020 12:39 pm

Coronavirus pandemic has engulfed almost all countries around the world. The number of infected person and subsequent death has reached almost 6.7 million and 400 thousand respectively and the number is on rise with every passing day. It is still uncertain when this annihilation will stop and the people will return to their normal life.

NEW DELHI, June 5: India will throw open shopping malls, restaurants and places of worship that typically attract large crowds next week, officials said, even though coronavirus infections are rising at the fastest daily rate than at any time in the past three months.

KATHMANDU, June 4: At a time when the nationwide lockdown enforced by the government to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be in place, heads, deputy heads, and senior staff of various United Nations (UN) agencies in Nepal have started making trips to all the provinces, starting this week.

KATHMANDU, June 2: The number of COVID-19 cases in Nepal crossed 2000 mark on Tuesday with the highest addition on a single day at 288 cases.

Slow learners and remote pedagogy

June 1, 2020 20:25 pm

The lockdown imposed to control the highly contagious COVID-19 has been extended yet another time till June 14. As the viral infection has been increasingly affecting people across the country - even taking their lives - it is uncertain how long this order of home confinement will continue. The uncertainty is all the more telling in the education sector, which is expected to be the last one to open even if the movement restriction is lifted.

NEW DELHI, May 31: India extended its coronavirus lockdown until June 30 in high-risk zones but permitted restaurants, malls and religious buildings to reopen elsewhere from June 8 despite a record high number of cases detected nationwide on Saturday.

KATHMANDU, May 31: The government has decided to extend the nationwide lockdown until June 14.

Unlocking the lockdown

May 30, 2020 13:28 pm

If I asked you a question – are you bored of the lockdown? - I am pretty sure all of you would say ‘yes’.

KATHMANDU, May 28: After shutting its business for weeks due to the lockdown, one of the most sought-after restaurants in town, Bajeko Sekuwa is now running back on track with active home delivery services. Although the restaurant hasn’t been able to function like in the pre-lockdown phase, the operators are content that they are able to provide service to their customers and possibly pay salaries to their staffs. “We are satisfied that we have been able to stand up to the expectations of our customers but the major satisfaction we have is that the home delivery service has made it possible for us to pay salaries to our staffers even in a time of a crisis,” said Sanjib Kumar Timalsina, head of operations at the restaurant.

KATHMANDU, May 29: Nita Pradhan, and KTM Souljha in collaboration with “Mero Majja ko Karyakram” are all set to organize an Online Rap Battle Lockdown Session giving it a name “Sabda Sangram”.

KATHMANMDU, May 25: Aakriti Khanal remembers how before the COVID-19 lockdown she used to be a different individual as compared to now. “I was a book-worm who was almost a nerd, always reading books,” she recalls. However, the period after the lockdown has been quite eccentric for her. In a bid to cope with the ongoing lockdown, she has now developed a few new hobbies and enjoys having discovered them. Sketching and watching anime are her current major hobbies.

KATHMANDU, May 25: The completion of the Upper Tamakoshi Hydro Electric Project (UTHEP) is likely to be delayed as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown in the country.

KATHMANDU: While different countries have been operating chartered flights to repatriate their citizens from Nepal, there are more than 5,000 foreign tourists still stranded in the country, according to an official at the Department of Immigration (DoI).

Advantage nature. This is one thing that has happened by default amid the scourge of Covid-19 pandemic. It took us to be in global lockdown to allow the natural world we have degraded so much to heal itself to some extent. And the visuals of wild animals roaming our streets, vegetation reclaiming their spaces, skies clearing up offering spectacular views of mountains have been feast for our eyes as we shield ourselves indoors. Satellites have shown Carbon Dioxide emissions dropping deep even in major polluters like China and India.

Anxiety of surplus electricity

May 22, 2020 14:00 pm

It’s a bare fact that our hydropower projects are spilling during off-peak hours from May to November and it is triggered by either snowmelt runoff or monsoon precipitation. The situation of having electric power or energy to generate more than the domestic demand of the country, as of now, may be of two types: daily surplus or seasonal surplus. As per the simulation results based on certain assumptions of commissioning hydropower projects, Nepal will be in the state of seasonal surplus till the year 2027 from which Nepal will be a pure exporter of power on RoY (Round-the-Year) basis.

KATHMANDU, May 20: Import of food items has almost doubled in the last two months of nationwide lockdown. This comes at a time the local farmers are complaining to take their produce to the market due to the problem of transportation and shortage of labor.

KATHMANDU, May 18: Lockdown enforcement has been further tightened in Kathmandu Metropolitan City following increasing risks of COVID-19.

The world right now is facing a pandemic due to the novel coronavirus. It has become a threat to mankind. The global lockdowns have consequently affected all sectors of human life, among which, the education sector has been majorly affected.

KATHMANDU, May 18: The government on Sunday decided to extend the nationwide lockdown until June 2.

TV actor Manmeet Grewal, who worked on shows like "Aadat Se Majboor" and "Kuldeepak", committed suicide after struggling with dwindling finances amid lockdown

LUCKNOW, India, May 16: A truck crammed with migrant labourers trying to reach their distant homes amid a nationwide lockdown crashed in northern India on Saturday, killing at least 23 and injuring 35.

KATHMANDU, May 15: The main opposition party Nepali Congress (NC) has demanded that the government facilitate the Nepalis stranded in the border areas to enter Nepal without any risk of COVID-19.

KATHMANDU, May 15: The national flag-carrier, Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC), is operating a chartered flight to Narita International Airport of Japan today.  The flight will be made by NAC's A-330 wide-body plane. The plane will fly to Japan carrying some Japanese citizens stranded in Nepal due to the lockdown and the Nepali workers and students who had come home on holiday.

KATHMANDU, May 15: In a move to implement the lockdown orders more effectively, the Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to invalidate all passes issued by the district administration offices across the country, not allowing vehicles to ply even within the same district from coming Saturday.

KATHMANDU, May 13: As many as 4000 children may die in Nepal over the next six months due to the lockdown enforced to curb the spread of coronavirus, a UN agency has warned.

A COVID Challenge for Nepal Army

May 14, 2020 17:05 pm

It breaks our hearts to see the plight of thousands of our Nepali compatriots stranded just across our southern border desperately trying to return to their motherland but prevented from doing so, not by any alien power but by their own government.

Recent weeks have seen a flurry of news items and interviews about the state of the Nepali movie industry in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

NEW DELHI, May 12: Tens of thousands of people have booked out seats on Indian trains that are due to restart on Tuesday after a near seven-week lockdown, raising concerns of spreading the coronavirus in the absence of social distancing.

AHMEDABAD, May 9: Hundreds of migrant workers in India’s western state of Gujarat have clashed for a second day with authorities, hurling stones at police trying to enforce a lockdown to stem the spread of coronavirus.

THE WEEK IN PICTURES

May 9, 2020 19:00 pm

The Week in Pictures for the week May 3-9, 2020.

KABUL, May 9: Seven people were killed when protesters angry over what they see as unfair food aid distribution during the coronavirus pandemic clashed with police in Afghanistan’s western Ghor province on Saturday, according to a local member of parliament.

Actor Chitrangda Singh believes it is important to focus on the mental health of women during the lockdown and the whole family needs to come together to help her.

KATHMANDU, May 8: With the government deciding to permit 44 different types of industries to operate amid the extended lockdown, the NADA Automobiles Association of Nepal has urged the automobile companies to be extra cautious while operating.

The fault lines of civil society

May 7, 2020 17:05 pm

Debate on civil society has arisen in the midst of Covid-19 crisis and at the height of political conflict in the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) which does not need to be elaborated here for the obvious reasons. The debate however, once again, is centered on who the ‘civil society’ in Nepal is. The predominant view with regard to civil society is such that it is an independent sphere having capacity to create counterbalance to the state and market (also with the power of the Church in the Christian West few centuries ago) which, in turn, would work to uphold ‘voices of the voiceless’ and facilitate with appropriate agencies in fulfilling their concerns.