Nepse sheds 45 points

February 25, 2021 19:50 pm

KATHMANDU, Feb 25: Following a small recovery in Wednesday, the Nepalese equity market extended its correction on Thursday. The Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse) index witnessed constant pressure in the session. After trading unchanged for about half an hour, the benchmark saw a steady decline eventually finishing at 2,554.14 – down 44.94 points against the session earlier.

Nepal administered Covishield vaccine to 429,705 people in first phase of COVID-19 vaccination drive

KATHMANDU, Feb 24: The equity market opened Wednesday’s session in green but a minor correction pulled the Nepse index towards red in the morning. Nonetheless, stocks recovered after mid-day and traded in green throughout the latter trading hours. At the close, Nepse stood 12.56 points higher to finish at 2,599.08.

According to Oli, the rival faction leaders would probably ask for his [Oli’s] resignation after one or two days

KATHMANDU, Feb 24: The government has added 619 more deaths linked to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection in a single day. With this the total number of COVID-19 fatalities in the country has climbed to 2,684.

Dr KC’s 20th round of hunger strike was to begin on Wednesday

KATHMANDU, Feb 23: The use of Remdesivir, an antiviral drug, has been found effective in treating COVID-19 patients in Nepal, a government study shows.

Nepal needs new radicalism to thrive in the new Digital Age. Platform thinking creates intersections between local policy-making, democracy, urban activism, and digital living.

Curtailing women’s liberty

February 24, 2021 07:00 am

The rule proposed by Department of Immigration tries to force the patriarchal vision of society onto women through the fabric of legislation. This policy is based on classification of sex.

KATHMANDU, Feb 23: In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court has reinstated the dissolved House of Representatives (HoR).

KATHMANDU, Feb 23: Top leaders belonging to various political parties including the main opposition party Nepali Congress (NC), the Dahal-Nepal faction of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), Janata Samajbadi Party (JSP) and Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) have welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) to reinstate parliament that was dissolved by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli two months ago.

KATHMANDU, Feb 23: Supporters of Pushpa Kamal Dahal-Madhav Nepal faction of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) and other people have begun celebrations following the verdict of the Supreme Court (SC) to reinstate the House of Representatives (HoR) earlier today.

Suffering in silence

February 23, 2021 07:15 am

Common mental illnesses such as depression can be extraordinarily disabling, yet many people with those illnesses do not receive treatment.

KATHMANDU, Feb 22: The Nepalese equity market opened Monday’s session in green but gave up morning gains within the first trading hour. Stocks remained under pressure thereafter and fell more than 20 points at mid-session. Further selling pressure towards the closing hours saw the benchmark close with a loss of 32.67 points at 2,607.67.

KATHMANDU, Feb 22: With the completion of tunnel construction, the Melamchi Drinking Water Project started testing its 22-Kilometer long water tunnel on Monday filling water in it.

Instead of providing short term aids to returnee migrants, should not Nepal create opportunities for them here in the country so that they do not have to rely on low paying jobs in foreign lands?

Manifestation of misogyny

February 22, 2021 07:00 am

If the government really wants to ‘protect’ women it needs to make the country safe from violence, prejudices, practices and laws that harm and humiliate women.

KATHMANDU, Feb 21: After opening firmly in green, the Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse) index saw a steady decline in the morning to trade more than 18 points lower before mid-day. However, a recovery in the afternoon pushed the benchmark in the positive territory. The index plateaued in the remaining trading hours finally closing Sunday’s session with a 3.66 point’s gain at 2,640.35.

KATHMANDU, Feb 21: As many as one million doses of the Covishield vaccine to be administered to prevent COVID-19 arrived in Kathmandu on Sunday. Nepal purchased the vaccines from the Serum Institute of India.

Cooperative for development

February 21, 2021 07:00 am

If proper environment is created for cooperatives to work in remote areas, it would be easier to bring rural areas in mainstream of development.

KATHMANDU, Feb 20: The weather will be fair in most parts of the country in the next three days. Meteorologist Barun Poudel said the weather will continue to be affected with a gradual increase in temperature for some days while remaining fair on some days.

KATHMANDU, Feb 20: The national identity (ID) card distribution is to begin in all local units of Taplejung district from the second week of March.

Tansen is a testament to the living heritage and architecture of the Newa civilization outside the Kathmandu Valley.

The majoritarian mindset holds that any change to the existing political and cultural structure is a threat to the unity of the country.

The apex court is expected to issue the verdict anytime after Feb 23.

When knowledge is not free

February 19, 2021 07:00 am

One of the lasting legacies of the post 1990 politics is great confusion between knowledge and opinion.

Limiting women’s education, employment and movement hinders their economic empowerment and freedom thereby perpetuating their dependency on men.

Is parliament dissolution constitutional?

February 18, 2021 07:00 am

Prime Minister Oli has not been able to prove how exactly the House of the Representatives did not cooperate with him in carrying out his duties.

KATHMANDU, Feb 17: The Covishield vaccine currently being used in Nepal has been approved by the World Health organization (WHO).

Nepal’s unreliable vision for seeds

February 16, 2021 10:20 am

Availability of good quality seeds is a prerequisite to increase crop production. But seed supply system of Nepal is not reliable and farmers have always complained about unavailability of quality seeds.

KATHMANDU, Feb 16: With the pleading by the plaintiffs and defendants on the writ petitions on the case related to the dissolution of the House of Representatives coming to an end on Monday,  the Constitutional Bench at the Supreme Court is receiving arguments from the Amicus Curiae starting from Tuesday.

Saraswati Puja being observed today

February 16, 2021 07:22 am

KATHMANDU, Feb 16: Shree Panchami, also known as Basanta Panchami or Saraswati Puja, is being celebrated across the country by worshipping Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, wisdom, learning, art, music and culture, on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, Feb 16: Russia has shown its interest in expansion of the rail services in Nepal. Russian Ambassador to Nepal Aleksei Novikov while paying a courtesy call on Minister for Physical Infrastructures and Transport Basant Kumar Nembang  at the latter's office in Singh Durbar on Monday, shared interest in investing in the expansion of the rail service in the country.

Stocks rally erasing four-day losses

February 16, 2021 05:55 am

KATHMANDU, Feb 16: Stocks witnessed a sharp rally in the morning with the benchmark reaching as high as 2,565 mark. A minor correction saw the Nepse index erase some of its morning gains. However, strength in the latter trading hours pushed the index higher. Following a steady surge until the closing bell, Nepse closed Monday’s session with 92.42 point’s gain at 2,586.01.

NTA determines 5G frequency

February 15, 2021 16:43 pm

KATHMANDU, Feb 15: Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has determined the 5G frequency, paving the way for the expansion of the 5G service. The NTA Board approved the frequency identified by the National Frequency Management Forum under the authority.

KATHMANDU, Feb 15: Four former chief justices have said that they had not committed any contempt of the court by issuing a joint statement against the dissolution of the House of Representatives (HoR).

KATHMANDU, Feb 15: The influence of the Westerly wind will remain for some more days. The weather is partly to generally cloudy in most parts of the country for the past few days with light snowfall in some places of the high-hilly and mountainous regions.

KATHMANDU, Feb 15: Four former chief justices (CJs) reached the Supreme Court (SC) and submitted their written responses to an apex court order on the case of contempt of court filed against them.

What Nepal can learn from Sierra Club

February 15, 2021 07:00 am

Having a larger organization like Sierra Club with a nationwide network can help Nepal make big national projects like Nijgadh Airport and Kathmandu-Tarai Expressway environment-friendly.

KATHMANDU, Feb 14: The faction of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal on Sunday announced the fourth phase of agitation against the dissolution of the House of Representatives (HoR).

Rethinking Covishield vaccine efficacy

February 13, 2021 11:30 am

Nepal has completed first phase of Covishield vaccination successfully and has paused for the second dose to be given after 28 days. Nepal should go for single dose and longer interval.

KATHMANDU, Feb 13:  The Nepal Communist Party (NCP)’s Oli-led faction is organizing a mass gathering in Butwal on Saturday.

Pokhara International Marathon kicks off

February 13, 2021 08:28 am

POKHARA, Feb 13: Pokhara International Marathon tournament, which seeks to develop Pokhara as a sports city, has kicked off on Saturday.

BUTWAL, Feb 13: Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Top Bahadur Rayamajhi has said that the government was forced to recommend the dissolution of the House of Representatives (HoR) after sudden attempts were made to oust the prime minister from within the party.

KATHMANDU, Feb 12: The tri-series between Nepal, Oman and the USA, which was scheduled to be held in Oman in March 2021 under ICC Men's Cricket WC League-2, has been postponed until further notice.

The relics of old Dharahara, brought down by the 2015 Earthquake, will be preserved as a living quake museum beside the newly-built Dharahara

KATHMANDU, Feb 12: Vice-President Nanda Bahadur Pun has expressed greetings on the occasion of the Lhosar festival today.

President greets people on Sonam Lhosar

February 12, 2021 08:30 am

KATHMANDU, Feb 12:  President Bidya Devi Bhandari has expressed her best wishes for the happiness, peace and prosperity of all sisters and brothers at home and abroad on the occasion of Sonam Lhosar to be observed by the Tamang community as their New Year.

What is unconstitutional, what is not?

February 12, 2021 08:00 am

When we vehemently protest one unconstitutional action but let others slide, it will only serve to weaken the constitution in the long run. This is what has happened at present.

Sonam Lhosar being observed today

February 12, 2021 07:20 am

KATHMANDU, Feb 12: People from the Tamang community are celebrating 2148th Sonam Lhosar with fanfare by extending greetings to one another and feasting on traditional cuisines on Friday.