KATHMANDU, June 26: Under the ‘Spiny Babbler Evolution Online Learning Program’, children from across Nepal participated in a ‘Children research civilization program’ during the span of the two months of the ongoing lockdown.

According to UNESCO, around 1.5 billion students are out of school in over 165 countries affected by the pandemic. In China, the government is working at an unprecedented scale and speed with private platform providers to continue classes. At least 260 million students from elementary to high school have signed up for on-line platforms during the epidemic. Across the globe, governments have taken initiatives to combat the challenges thrown in by the Covid-19. Japan was one of the first countries to shut down schools from beginning of March affecting around 13 million children. In the first week of April, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh launched 'DigiLep Learning Enhancement Program' to ensure that learning of the students does not get affected while the schools remain shut. It relied heavily on WhatsApp. Countries soon figured a way to keep engaging their children, to minimize the damage done by closure of schools.

KATHMANDU, June 2:The Inland Revenue Department (IRD) has asked the taxpayers to clear their tax dues by June 7, giving no leeway despite the nationwide lockdown that has been extended further till June 14.

KATHMANDU, May 31: Around 800,000 households who are Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) consumers are likely to get electricity for free.

KATHMANDU, May 31: The Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has made online meter reading available for its consumers. With the lockdown into effect, the NEA staffers are unable to visit houses for meter reading.

TEL AVIV – The COVID-19 crisis has become the latest front in the escalating clash of ideologies that has become a central feature of geopolitics in recent years. Representing authoritarianism is China, which has touted the success of its aggressive lockdown strategy in curbing the coronavirus’s spread. Representing democracy are a broad array of countries, some of which have responded far worse than others. So, which political system is better suited to managing crises?

NEW DELHI, May 15: India will provide free food grains to millions of migrant workers hardest hit by a weeks-long lockdown as well as offer employment under a rural jobs program, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Thursday.

Out of this, a better world

May 14, 2020 15:00 pm

Over the last month we are seeing how a crisis like the ongoing lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19 is bringing again the best out of the people. I am saying again because it has been the same during the emergency following the earthquakes that hit the country.

NEW DELHI, May 5: Officials in India’s capital imposed a special tax of 70% on retail liquor purchases from Tuesday, to deter large gatherings at stores as authorities ease a six-week lockdown imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

KATHMANDU, May 4: Nepal Beverage & Cigarette Industries Association has urged the Nepal Government to allow beverage and cigarette suppliers to operate by easing some measures of lockdown.

KATHMANDU, April 26: Nimbusbazar.com, an online shop by Nimbus has expanded its services in Birgunj along with an added range of products.

WASHINGTON, April 29: The U.S. economy shrank at a 4.8% annual rate last quarter as the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the country and began triggering a recession that will end the longest expansion on record.

HELAMBU, April 28: Helambu Rural Municipality has rescued more than 800 peoples stranded in Kathmandu during the lockdown.

KATHMANDU, April 27: Berger Paint Nepal has started providing monetary support to painters associated with the company amid the lockdown imposed by the government to curb the spread of COVID-19.

RUPANDEHI, April 19: Seventeen cases of rape have been reported to the police during the lockdown in Province 5.

How women suffer during a pandemic

April 18, 2020 13:46 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only affected the global health care system but has taken the lives of thousands of people. At this time of crisis, women and girls are highly affected. United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres has time and again emphasized that women and girls are the most vulnerable at times of pandemic and they face the highest risk of suffering and devastating loss in times of such health crisis. Pregnant, expecting mothers and the ones who have recently undergone postpartum struggle to get access to basic health care during the COVID-19 pandemic as per the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). World's already overburdened health care system has started to leave behind this group of women who need regular health check-ups for their and their children’s wellbeing.

KATHMANDU, April 18: The Valley Municipalities' Forum (VMF) Kathmandu has urged the workers not to leave the Kathmandu Valley.

KATHMANDU, April 17: Issuing a seven-point stay order, the Supreme Court on Friday directed the government to arrange free transportation service to the citizens stranded in various cities, including in Kathmandu to reach their homes.

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD, April 15: India will allow industries located in the countryside to reopen next week, as well as resuming farm activities to reduce the pain for millions of people hit by a lengthy shutdown in its coronavirus battle, the government said on Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, April 13: The Ministry of Home Affairs has put in place e-pass for operating most-essential vehicles during the ongoing lockdown.

NEW YORK, April 12: Americans spent Sunday on lockdown as the U.S. toll from the novel coronavirus pandemic surpassed 20,500 deaths and more than half a million confirmed cases over the Easter weekend.

JUMLA, April 12: Educational institutions across the country have been closed since March 18 due to the high risk of COVID-19.

KATHMANDU, April 10: The Classic Tech has deployed team to ensure uninterrupted internet service during the nationwide lockdown period.

KATHMANDU, April 4: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has projected that Nepal's economy will grow by 5.3% in the current fiscal year 2019/20, down from the growth rate of 7.3% in 2018/19.

KATHMANDU, March 31: National Human Rights Commission said today that it will provide Rs 20 million to the Prime Minister COVID-19 Prevention and Contain Fund.

KATHMANDU, March 27: People have started leaving Kathmandu Valley to their home towns on foot as the government has imposed a lockdown for the past five days.

Alert, more alert

March 25, 2020 10:14 am

The Covid-19 has now become a reality for Nepal. Until Monday, Nepal had only one positive (and a recovered) case. Now another person, who recently returned from France, has been tested positive and she is undergoing treatment at Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital, Teku. With this, panic level among people has sharply increased. Perhaps considering the seriousness of the case after this incident, the government on Monday enforced complete lockdown of the country. It is clear that the government had to announce this drastic measure after the appeal to the people to stay home, not to travel and thus take care of themselves went in vain. The curfew-like situation that has started from Tuesday morning has worked considerably well. Streets are empty and vehicles are not seen on the streets.  But this, it seems, is true only in the main streets of the valley. Outside of the Ring Road and in inner streets, people don’t seem to care about the lockdown.