MAKWANPUR, May 26: A group of armed Indian police personnel who entered Nepal in uniform without seeking permission from the concerned authorities were sent back to their country by Nepal Police on Saturday.

GORKHA, May 26: Nepal is being compelled to import medicinal plants including mimosa pudica (touch me not), tulasi, malabar nut (asuro), and gaitihare from India, as there has been little effort to farm and utilize these plants locally.

KATHMANDU, May 24: The Nepali for Nepal Campaign is going to organize a public hearing on the 'wide-body aircraft purchase scam' at local Basantapur Dabali on May 25.

Tourists are us

May 24, 2019 09:03 am

My social media feed these days is full of images and snapshots of the more picturesque parts of Nepal. A lot of young people over the last few years seem to have taken up traveling – off the beaten path and away from the traditional Kathmandu–Pokhara–Chitwan–Lumbini circuit into more of natural Nepal.

KATHMANDU, May 24: China has urged Nepal to embrace a ‘very pragmatic approach’ to deal with foreign payment service providers and platforms including Alipay and WeChat Pay.

KATHMANDU, May 24: Ambassador of Brazil to Nepal Maria Teresa Mesquita Pessoa visited Kanjirowa National Secondary School on Thursday to share her experiences with the students.

KATHMANDU, May 24: While stating that construction of the trans-border railway between Nepal and China through high-altitude mountain terrain is not an ‘easy job’, Chinese ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqi has said that they have the determination to implement the project even as it requires further ‘scientific studies’.

KATHMANDU, May 24: Thirteen climbers have died or are presumed dead while climbing various mountains in Nepal after this year's spring window opened, according to the details provided by expedition agencies and government's mountaineering agency.

KATHMANDU, May 23: ILO Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Ms Tomoko Nishimoto, has wrapped up her four-day visit to Nepal on Wednesday with a call to all constituents to “work beyond the normal” to help realize social justice and decent work for all.

KATHMANDU, May 22: Universal Peace Federation (UPF) Nepal signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UPF USA in New York on Sunday to strengthen friendship, promote exchanges, share knowledge and cooperation between the two chapters of the federation.

KATHMANDU, May 22: A case filed by the Ncell and its parent company Axiata Group for arbitration regarding the capital gains tax (CGT) assessed on the telecom company by the Government of Nepal has been officially registered at the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

KATHMANDU, May 22: The United Nations Human Rights Committee has said the government of Nepal must adapt its definition of rape and other forms of sexual violence to meet international standards.

Where is our economy heading?

May 22, 2019 02:00 am

One of the focused promises of the government has been improving Nepal’s economy by enhancing spending, bringing in more foreign direct investment and thereby expediting Nepal’s overall development process.

KATHMANDU, May 21: Chief Commissioner of Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) Nabin Kumar Ghimire has underscored the need to review the electoral system in the country.

KATHMANDU, May 21: A 23-member Nepal national men’s football team has been announced on Monday, with forwards Bharat Khawas and Bimal Gharti Magar left out from the final squad for the two upcoming friendlies.

BIRATNAGAR, May 19: Bangladeshi Ambassador to Nepal Mashfee Binte Shams has said that Nepal could learn from the economic growth achieved by her country. Inspecting a building of Everest Education Foundation being built here using steel structure technology produced in Bangladesh, she said on Saturday that lately, Bangladesh has made significant progress in economic growth and development.

KATHMANDU, May 18: Kirant Community has started celebrating Ubhauli festival in Nepal with much gusto.

All for pride

May 18, 2019 02:00 am

Overflying ferry flights, destined to Nepal, were compelled to land under one pretext or another or held up in countries outside India for days before permits were issued

KATHMANDU, May 17: Nepal is vulnerable to disasters at different times due to its geographical situation. However, it is wanting when it comes to disaster preparedness.

BIRGUNJ, May 17: Tensions have flared up along the Nepal-India border in western Thori of Birgunj, Parsa; the district in state 2, after an incident in which Nepalis being subjected to physical assault at the hands of Indians was made public.

Kathmandu, May 17: A global campaign 'Experience Nepal' has kicked off in an effort to attract tourists to Nepal from different parts of the world. Nepal Tourism Board in cahoots with Himalayan Bank and American Express has put in place the campaign in view of the Nepal Tourism Year-2020.

KATHMANDU, May 17: Records maintained by the police show that road accidents have killed 11,005 people across the country during the last five years. Altogether 19,877 people were seriously injured in those accidents.

KATHMANDU, May 16: Nepal has seen a ballooning trade deficit of billions of rupees annually as it failed to adopt the export-oriented economic policy.

KATHMANDU, May 16: The Honorary Consul General of Italy in Kathmandu Pratima Pande has said that she had put all her efforts to further bolster Nepal-Italy ties.

KATHMANDU, May 16: Nepal and Cambodia have agreed to ensure early implementation of the Air Service Agreement (ASA) to facilitate exchange of business and tourism between the two countries.

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KATHMANDU, May 15: While trying to allay concerns raised from various quarters that Nepal was pushed into its Indo-Pacific strategy—a move widely seen as an attempt to counter China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)--, a senior US State Department official has said that his country is not asking Nepal to be “for” the US or “against” any other country.

Campaign for Buddhist tourism

May 15, 2019 01:30 am

Buddha’s legacy has been monopolized by India. Nepal needs to reclaim the Buddha and his legacy as a fundamental part of nation’s identity and narrative. Our history is inseparable from Buddhism

KATHMANDU, May 13: Nepal and Cambodia have agreed to further strengthen bilateral relations, promote tourism and enhance trade to newer heights.

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KATHMANDU, May 12: The  International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the global media watchdog, and the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) have objected to proposed changes in the media law and asked the government to revise the bill it has registered in parliament.

BARA, May 12: After laying the foundation stone on May 4, the Nepal Army has started demarcating the land holdings for building the houses of the tornado victims in Bara and Parsa districts.

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KATHMANDU, May 11: A Nepal Day was organized in Germany recently to publicize the Visit Nepal Year 2020. The special event was organized by Germany-Nepal Friendship Association in association with Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), the Nepali embassy in Berlin and the Nepali Consulate General.

NAWALPARASI, May 11: The Indian security forces have adopted high alertness at various places along the Nepal-India border in Nawalparasi district in view of the Lok Sabha (parliamentary) elections in India.

HANOI, May 11: Nepal and Viet Nam have forged consensus to strengthen bilateral relations and trade increment to new heights. In course of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s official visit of Socialist Republic of Vietnam, different bilateral agreements were signed today.

KATHMANDU, May 11: The benchmark Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse) index began week with a decline of around 17 points on Sunday. Monday saw the equity index recoup all of the losses, while Tuesday was marked with a modest gain of around 2 points.

KATHMANDU, May 11: Shyam Gurung, a local of Jitpur, Bhaktapur, is now a self-established trekking guide. Fluent in Russian, he has been in the tourism industry for the last 29 years, having juggled various kinds of jobs and environments before finally acclimatizing with the Himalayan trekking business.

KATHMANDU, May 11: Excess electricity generation from hydroelectricity plants of Nepal can potentially displace the costlier thermal power generation of India, according to a study report.

KATHMANDU, May 11: Department of Railways of Nepal has signed a contract agreement with Konkan Railway Corporation Limited of India for the supply of trains to Nepal Railways.

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KATHMANDU, May 10: A total of 625 athletes will be participating in the 13th South Asian Games (SAG) from Nepal.

KATHMANDU, May 10: Yet another season of Surya Nepal Golf Tour is coming to its end with the Surya Nepal Premier Golf Championship next week.

KATHMANDU, May 10: Nepal U-16 football team has been drawn in the Group A of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-16 Championship’s western zone qualifiers to be held in Jordan on September 14.

Simple and wholesome

May 10, 2019 11:42 am

Everybody has a food preference. Some like chicken, some like cottage cheese, and then there are those who seem to prefer mushroom over everything else. Rajkumar Adhikari, a civil engineer by profession, had a food bias for corn. He always found himself gravitating towards “poleko makai” (roasted corn on the cob) that vendors sold on the roadside. But he found his experience of indulging in a perfectly roasted corn complete with chili paste on the side somewhat dulled by all the noise and dust on Kathmandu streets.

KATHMANDU, May 9: Around five tons of garbage has been collected from Mount Everest during a clean-up campaign launched by the Nepalese authorities with the help of the army since mid-April, ANI reported.

KATHMANDU, May 9: Former Chief Justice Kalyan Kumar Shrestha has stressed the need to change the existing educational system.

KATHMANDU, May 9: The government is raising Rs 86 billion in domestic debt in the last quarter of the current fiscal year – FY2018/19, departing from the practice of mobilizing internal loans in multiple phases by publishing calendar typically at the beginning of a fiscal year.

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Nepse hovers near 1,300 points

May 8, 2019 08:37 am

KATHMANDU: Stocks opened Tuesday's trading on a strong note as the Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse) index rallied more than 11 points in early trading. Nonetheless, the benchmark index pared most of its gains in the afternoon and traded flat for most of the remaining trading hours. Nepse closed the day with a modest gain of 1.87 points at 1,301.28 points.