Airlines connecting Pokhara to India

November 25, 2022 12:35 pm

POKHARA, Nov 25: The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) is preparing to bring the Pokhara Regional International Airport (PRIA) into operation from January 1, 2023. Accordingly, the calibration flight (mechanical test) is now being carried out. The airport will become operational after the calibration flight is carried out successfully and the test flights are completed.

KATHMANDU, Nov 23: Nepal withstood a trade deficit of Rs 587.46 billion in the first four months of the current fiscal year, a drop of 19.79 percent than the amount during the same period last year.

Nepal’s Experience with VAT

November 23, 2022 16:00 pm

Despite poor performance of VAT in some functional areas such as filing and refund, VAT has been performing very well in Nepal in terms of revenue collection.

RPP’s Gyanendra Shahi leading in Jumla

November 22, 2022 15:15 pm

JUMLA, Nov 21: The counting of votes is still underway in Jumla. According to the latest results, 13,065 votes have been counted for the House of Representatives, and Gyanendra Shahi of Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) is leading with 6,669 votes.

KATHMANDU, Nov 22: CPN-UML candidate Prem Maharjan has been elected as a member of House of Representatives (HoR) from Lalitpur-2. He secured a total of 15,025 votes.

Elections held. Now What?

November 21, 2022 20:10 pm

Currently, the counting of votes is underway and the initial results are pouring in from across the country. It is still too early to predict the results, but the initial results of the elections conducted at over 22,000 polling centers must be surprising for the so-called political bigwigs.

Election Commission directs holding fresh elections within two days in 15 polling stations where voting was put off on Sunday.

KATHMANDU, Nov 20: The Election Commission (EC) has said that voting has been put off in a total 15 polling stations across the country as of 3:30 pm

KATHMANDU, Nov 20: The Election Commission (EC) has directed all concerned offices across the country not to postpone elections just because of minor disputes at the polling stations.

KATHMANDU, Nov 20: As the country goes to the general elections for the members of House of Representatives (HoR) and provincial assemblies, a large number of people are flying abroad for work.

A total of 332,231 people exercising their voting right in Banke district.

KATHMANDU, Nov 18: Ashif Sheikh and Gyanendra Malla scored half centuries as Nepal defeated the UAE by six wickets in the title decider on Friday to lift the One-Day International Series for the first time at home ground.

Geographical Indication is not a new concept to the modern world. However, most of the producers associated with production and plantation in Nepal are incognizant of the profits associated with it.

KATHMANDU, Nov 17: Nepal’s foreign exchange reserves increased 2.5 percent to Rs 1246.22 billion in mid-October 2022 from Rs 1215.80 billion in mid-July 2022, according to the latest report of Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB).

KATHMANDU, Nov 16: Nepal defeated Pakistan by 1-0 in the international friendly football match being held at Dasharath Stadium in Tripureshwor on Wednesday.

DAMAULI, Nov 12: Senior leader of the Nepali Congress and candidate of House of Representatives member from constituency no 1 of Tanahun district, Ramchandra Poudel, said he would not let the atmosphere that rights people got would be lost.

KATHMANDU, Nov 12: Nepal has received 86 billion rupees foreign aid commitment in the last three months.

KATHMANDU, Nov 10: Ticket prices have been fixed for the friendly match between Nepal and Pakistan to be played at the Dashrath Stadium. All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) held a press conference on Thursday and said that the ticket prices have been fixed at Rs 500 for general tickets and Rs 1000 for VIP tickets.

State Control over Media in Nepal

November 8, 2022 14:30 pm

The government is always looking for opportunities to control the media. The stakeholders concerned have to organize protests from time to time to stop the government from doing so. Why does such a situation come up time and again?

KATHMANDU, Nov 6: Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Dinesh Gunawardena has said that Nepal-Sri Lanka relations were historic and the two countries enjoy religious ties as well.

KATHMANDU, Nov 5: More than 33,000 people in Bagmati Province so far have been infected from dengue.

KATHMANDU, Nov 5: The arrival of foreign tourists in Nepal has gradually caught the track. In the past 10 months, around 500,000 foreign tourists visited Nepal, according to data with the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB). This is a huge increase as compared to the figure in 2020 and 2021 when the pandemic was at its peak. The COVID-19 pandemic had ruined the tourism sector.

KATHMANDU, Nov 4:The Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has received approval from India to export 22 megawatt of power produced from Chilime Hydropower Company.

KATHMANDU, Nov 3: Finance Minister Janardan Sharma and a team led by Parliamentary State Secretary of Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany, Barbel Kofler, held discussion on various issues of relations between the two countries, mutual interest and cooperation.

UK-Nepal govt level talks on November 3

November 1, 2022 14:45 pm

LONDON, Nov 1: Government level talks will be held between the UK and Nepal to discuss the demands of ex-Gurkha soldiers retired from the British Army.

KATHMANDU, OCT 31: Nepal’s trade deficit hit Rs 359.17 billion in the first three months of the current fiscal year, which was 13.13 percent less compared to that of the same period last year.

KATHMANDU, OCT 31: Nepal has the lowest rate of nonperforming loans (NPLs) in its banking system among the South Asian countries, shows a World Bank (WB) report.

KATHMANDU, Oct 16: Bangladesh is going to purchase 50 MW of electricity from Nepal. Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina informed about the matter during a courtesy meeting with the Ambassador of Nepal to Bangladesh, Ghanshyam Bhandari, on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, Oct 24: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released a new projection of Nepal's economic growth rate of 4.2 percent in 2022.

KATHMANDU, Oct 21: Newly-appointed US Ambassador to Nepal Dean R. Thompson on Friday presented his credentials to President Bidhya Devi Bhandari.

KATHMANDU, Oct 21: The country received Rs 187 billion in remittances in the first two months of the current fiscal year (FY).

KATHMANDU, Oct 21: A partial solar eclipse is taking place in Nepal on October 25, the Nepal Calendar Determination Development Committee said.

KATHMANDU, OCT 20: Two more people infected with dengue died in the past 24 hours, taking the dengue death toll to 51.

KATHMANDU, Oct 19: Ambassador of Pakistan to Nepal Syed Haider Shah on Wednesday paid a farewell call on Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun.

Swiss Delegation in Nepal

October 19, 2022 14:42 pm

KATHMANDU, Oct 19: Ambassador Patricia Danzi, Director General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) together with Barbara Böni, Head of South Asia, paid an official visit to Nepal on October 14, to discuss cooperation between the two countries and acknowledge the long standing bilateral relations.

Only around 5.13 million Nepali now live in poverty, according to Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2022

KATHMANDU, OCT 17: Nepal has improved in its hunger situation, with its related index moderated by 2.1 points in the past eight years.

KATHMANDU, Oct 16: As many as 1,111 dengue cases were reported in Nepal in the last 24 hours, according to health administration officials. With this, the number of dengue patients in Nepal has exceeded 40,000. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, the number is based on dengue patients reported in the country since July 17.

KATHMANDU, Oct 16: Dengue infection has been reported in all 77 districts of the country as the mosquito-borne disease has already claimed 47 lives so far, according to the Ministry of Health and Population(MoHP).

Ukraine war and attendant crises have shown that world peace and security have come to be closely connected to energy/power market. This makes Nepal’s abundant water resources tied to security and stability in the larger context. Climate policy needs to be integrated in foreign policy and included in talking points at all levels. Climate justice has to be there for  the “victims of climate change.”

WASHINGTON DC, Oct 13: The UN General Assembly has passed a resolution with a large majority, condemning the barbaric and brutal attack by Russia on Ukraine with 143 member-states voting in favor of it.

KATHMANDU, Oct 11: The weather will gradually start to improve from today with the low pressure system developed near Nepal becoming weaker, Meteorological Forecasting Division of the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology said.

KATHMANDU, Oct 9: Nepal enjoyed a trade surplus with 21 countries in the first two months of the current fiscal year.

KATHMANDU, Oct 8: The World Bank (WB) has estimated Nepal’s economic growth rate to reach 5.1 percent in the fiscal year 2022/23, which is way higher than the projection of 4.7 percent made by the Asian Development Bank.

KATHMANDU, Oct 7: Nepal is competing against hosts Vietnam in the second match under the AFC U-17 Asian Cup Qualifiers today. The match is taking place at the Việt Trì Stadium, Phú Thọ Province, Vietnam at 5:45 PM Nepal time.

KATHMANDU, Oct 6: Sandeep Lamichhane, the suspended captain of the Nepali national cricket team, who is accused of rape, is coming to Nepal today.

KATHMANDU, Oct 4: The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is going to start a safety audit of Nepal from next Thursday.

It is not only about a couple of dozen, it is about hundreds of hydropower projects and in most of the rivers and probably at a number of sites of the same river. Even a minor impact from a single hydropower project can be synergized by a couple of hydropower plants. The societal and environmental impact from hundreds of such projects can be shattered. As the climate warming continues, it will further negatively impact the hydropower projects.

KATHMANDU, Sept 30: The security officials of Nepal and India have agreed to make Nepal-India border security further effective. A two-day-long sixth annual coordination between the Armed Police Force, Nepal (APF) and India’s Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) was held at the APF Headquarters in Kathmandu, according to a statement issued by the APF, Nepal on Thursday.

The decisions we make today will determine what our future will look like.  Our choice to act or not to act will have a huge impact on generations to come. Let us look at what opportunities lie ahead of us. Let us give solidarity and cooperation a chance. As a peace-loving country, Nepal remains committed to contributing to our collective efforts of making this world peaceful, prosperous, and equitable.