KATHMANDU, April 1: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed private hospitals to provide treatment to COVID-19 patients on condition that the hospitals would be compensated by the government for the costs involved.

KATHMANDU, April 1: Although the government has claimed that it has been able to track down more than 80 percent of the air passengers sharing flights into Nepal with COVID-19 positive individuals, the authorities on the ground say that tracing them has been difficult. Nepal Police have traced little more than 50 percent of the passengers till Tuesday evening.

You might have used various methods to make this lockdown productive like watching movies, web series or reading books. And here is a list of Nepali documentaries we recommend, which narrate the story of Nepali society and these documentaries

We need a commander

March 31, 2020 09:40 am

As the nationwide lockdown enters its second week, people are desperately looking for a reassuring leader at the helm of our government. Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is recovering from a kidney transplant and Deputy Prime Minister Ishwor Pokharel is technically in charge of the coronavirus response team. However, we have yet to see the type of leadership a crisis demands.

KATHMAMNDU, March 31: Nearly a week after the government imposed a temporary lockdown across the nation to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Kathmandu Valley and other major cities have started to witness a significant improvement in their Air Quality Index (AQI). On Monday, Kathmandu's AQI was measured to be 85, which is considered as moderate.

DANG, March 31: After a girl who returned from France to Nepal recently tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the government sought the whereabouts and conditions of others who came in the same flight. This included a young woman from Dang, Laxmi Oli. As the name was also revealed, she soon became a target in her own town in Dang. According to her, everything has changed for her since then. And this continues, even when she has already tested negative for COVID-19.

KATHMANDU, March 31: Internet service providers have said that they cannot provide 25% discount on Internet service as announced by the government unless they receive subsidy or any other support from the government.

BIRATNAGAR, March 30: Although the government has suspended land border crossings with India to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Nepali nationals mostly migrant workers have been defying this restriction and entering the eastern districts of Nepal.

KATHMANDU, March 30: The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the government to provide immediate relief to the daily wage earners who have been struggling for necessities like food during the nationwide lockdown.

BIRENDRANAGAR, March 30: As the country is already in the seventh day of nationwide lockdown enforced by the government, capital of Karnali Province Birendranagar is silent with almost empty streets.

KATHMANDU, March 30: As the extended nationwide lockdown enters its second week, the bustling Pashupatinath Temple has no visitors.

NEW DELHI/BENGALURU, March 30: India has no plans to extend a 21-day lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the government said on Monday, as it struggled to keep essential supplies flowing and prevent tens of thousands of out-of-work people fleeing to the countryside.

BHAKTAPUR, March 30: Retailers of Bhaktapur have been found charging an exorbitant price for fresh vegetables amid lockdown.

MUMBAI, March 29: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the nation’s poor for forgiveness on Sunday, as the economic and human toll from his 21-day nationwide lockdown deepens and criticism mounts about a lack of adequate planning ahead of the decision.

ROME, March 29: Italy’s government will “inevitably” extend beyond April 3 the containment measures it had approved to stem the coronavirus outbreak in the country, the regional affairs minister said on Sunday.

KATHMANDU, March 29: Amid rising coronavirus cases, the government has decided to extend nationwide lockdown by a week, until April 7.

KATHMANDU, March 29: As an effort to reaching to the persons who are in close contact to the reportedly cases of COVID-19, the government has begun a search for such persons.

A collective representative of five big umbrella organizations of education consultancies working for Nepali student community in Nepal and Australia (ECAN, IERIN, FECON, NAAER and AECA) issued joint press statement urging Australian education providers, government agencies and associated stake holders to help and support Nepalese students in Australia at this grimmest hour of terrifying Corona Virus spread.

Music Top Three ‘Science Ranked’

March 29, 2020 14:05 pm

Here are top three ‘science ranked’ relaxing songs that can be of great help.

KATHMANDU, March 29: The government is all set to extend the nationwide lockdown for another week in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Valley's waste collection resumes

March 29, 2020 11:25 am

KATHMANDU, March 29: Lately Ghanashyam Adhikari has been waking up with many questions wandering in his head. When the major question is 'when shall this lockdown end', the other question is when will the sanitation workers and garbage men come for garbage collection?

32 tourists rescued from Manaslu

March 29, 2020 09:38 am

GORKHA, March 29: The local administration has rescued 32 tourists from Manaslu trekking route in the last three days. The tourists who trekked to the popular destination were stranded due to lockdown imposed in the country over the risk of novel coronavirus. According to Harka Rokka, an official at the district administration office, the tourists were rescued from Wednesday to Saturday and some of them have already been sent off to Kathmandu.

DHANGADHI, March 29: The novel coronavirus infected man from Dhangadi who is undergoing treatment at Seti Regional Hospital has been found to have met dozens of people after coming to Nepal from Dubai. Talking to Republica, he said that a friend from Biratnagar was in the same Delhi – Kathmandu flight on 20 March. "At that time, we were a total of 19 people from Nepal from Dubai to Delhi, and then I was with a friend from Biratnagar for the flight to Kathmandu from Delhi," he said.

KATHMANDU, March 29: A total of 600 foreign nationals including Germans and citizens of other European Union (EU) nations stranded in Nepal as a result of the government's decision to enforce nation-wide lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) were flown back to their home countries at the initiative of the German Embassy in Kathmandu.

SYANGJA, March 28: A total of 366 people have been quarantined in Syangja when the entire country enters the fifth day of lockdown implemented by the government to prevent the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

WUHAN, China, March 27: The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus outbreak first emerged, began lifting a two-month lockdown on Saturday by restarting some metro services and reopening borders, allowing some semblance of normality to return and families to reunite.

Learning during lockdown

March 28, 2020 11:14 am

Due to the threat of coronavirus pandemic, all academic instructions, including schools, colleges, and universities have been shut down. This presents parents with the challenge of entertaining and educating their children during this forced break. I am sure not all children will be excited at the thought of learning during this time, but that situation is going to change soon. The euphoria of a break will soon wear off, and then children will feel pretty empty because the schools will remain closed for at least a few more weeks. Let us not think about more time than that at the moment.

KATHMANDU, March 28: The Food Management and Trading Company Limited (FMTCL) has witnessed a surge in buyers for induction stoves as consumers face shortage of cooking gas in the market.

MADRID, March 27: Barcelona are taking measures to cut the wages of their players and staff to reduce the economic effects of the coronavirus crisis, the La Liga club said on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, March 27: Most of the department stores remained closed on Thursday even though the government had said that it would allow such stores to open for few hours in a day to ensure smooth supply of daily essentials during the lockdown.

KATHMANDU, March 27: The government is preparing to implement a subsidy plan worth around Rs 1 billion to promote use of induction stoves.

KATHMANDU, March 27: While the trepidation of COVID-19 has already forced several businesses to shut, compelling people to spend their savings to buy essentials, some businesses and even ordinary people are offering a helping hand to the needy at the time of the global pandemic.

KATHMANDU, March 27: Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC), in a bid to ease the supply of cooking gas, has directed the gas bottling companies to sell half-filled cylinders to the customers.

KATHMANDU, March 27: A day after the High-Level Coordination Committee formed to prevent and control the spread of coronavirus decided to facilitate concerned countries to rescue their nationals stranded in Nepal, a few foreign countries have started evacuating their citizens from various trekking trails of Nepal to repatriate them.

POKHARA, March 26: A total of 145 foreign and Nepali trekkers stranded in Mustang district have been rescued and sent to Kathmandu via land route in the past three days.

KATHMANDU, March 26: The government has urged one and all to stay home throughout the week-long lockdown. The job holders are strongly advised not to go to the office and work from their respective homes.  Now, people are trying to maintain social distancing putting themselves in self-isolation as advised by various international agencies including WHO.  It is tedious for everyone to stay home 24\7 without doing something.

KATHMANDU, March 26: Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) has issued a nine-point circular to all bank and financial institutions (BFIs) outlining service measures that they have to embrace in the wake of the lockdown imposed by the government to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

MADRID, March 26: Spain struggled to cope on Wednesday with a mounting coronavirus crisis as its death toll exceeded China’s with another 738 lives lost in a single day, and a third senior government minister was diagnosed with the virus.

12 crucial decisions taken by High Level Govt Committee to contain COVID-19

KATHMANDU, March 25: The production and supply of daily essentials would continue during the nation-wide lockdown announced by the government as a preventive measure against COVID-19. Issuing a notice today, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development has urged the concerned bodies to continue supply of daily essentials during the lockdown.

XIANNING, China, March 25: Life started to return to normal on Wednesday after two months of lockdown in Hubei province, epicentre of China’s coronavirus outbreak, with traffic controls lifted, construction work resuming and passengers venturing out to catch buses and trains.

KATHMANDU, March 25: The commercial banks have committed to provide smooth banking services to customers while fully implementing the week-long lockdown announced by the government.

Actor Chris Hemsworth will offer workouts classes for free as gyms around Australia are set to close down in a bid to curtail COVID-19 spread.

WELLINGTON, March 25: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told New Zealanders on Wednesday to behave as if they had the coronavirus and cut all physical contact outside their household when the country heads into a one-month lockdown at midnight.

Amid a week-long nationwide lockdown that kicked off from Tuesday, Nepali musicians are making it productive even during the time of isolation and physical distancing.

Pop star Britney Spears has announced that she will be helping out three fans during the lockdown in the US over the coronavirus spread. In a video posted on her Instagram page, the singer said her sister nominated her in the 'Do Your Part Challenge' and she is taking it forward by nominating three more people

Let's stay home

March 24, 2020 16:25 pm

Nepal is on a weeklong nationwide lockdown from today. The second confirmed case of COVID-19 has been reported. People are panicking. Groceries are getting emptied. Government agencies, health workers and security bodies are working to tackle this deadly novel virus. All the government and private offices are closed except those who run essential services.

KATHMANDU, March 24: Today is the first day of week-long nationwide lockdown that began at 6 AM today.

KATHMANDU, March 24: Hours after the government confirmed second case of coronavirus in the country on Monday, it took an extraordinary measure to enforce a complete 'lockdown' across the country for a week starting from Tuesday morning.

KATHMANDU, March 24: As government decided to enforce a-week nationwide lockdown to be effective from 6 am this morning, major cities around the countries including Kathmandu are seen silent and the streets are almost empty.