The 100th Miss America will be crowned before a live audience at the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut following a year of virtual appearances and delayed competitions due to the pandemic, organizers announced Thursday.

The already existing challenges faced by the informal workers are now unambiguously exposed by the pandemic and further aggravated by sudden demands for COVID- 19 testing, quarantine measures, sanitizing equipment, medical visitations, healthy and immune boosting diet etc.

Gabor Kuntner had been planning to install a hot tub in his garden in a Budapest suburb for years but never got around to it until the pandemic prompted him to rush out and buy one to give his family some respite during lockdown.

A Banksy painting honoring Britain’s health workers in the pandemic has sold for a record 16.8 million pounds ($23.2 million), auction house Christie’s said Tuesday. Proceeds from the sale will be used to fund health organizations and charities across the U.K., it said.

The European Union will unveil on Wednesday plans to reopen summer travel with a new coronavirus pass intended to help revive the bloc’s multi-billion tourism and leisure industries that have been pulverised by the pandemic.

KATHMANDU, March 18: Child marriage spiked in humanitarian crises triggered by the COVID-19 in a number of South Asian countries, mainly in Nepal and Bangladesh, says a report of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (UNESCAP).

The Covid-19 pandemic can be an opportunity to transform Nepal’s waste management sector right from the household level to ensure long-term safety of all concerned.

The way people relate to one another has changed. Now the emphasis is more on social distancing. We find ourselves more in parks and open spaces. Friendships have taken a toll.

CHICAGO, Feb 4: Chris Murray, a University of Washington disease expert whose projections on COVID-19 infections and deaths are closely followed worldwide, is changing his assumptions about the course of the pandemic.

SYDNEY, March 3: One in five Chinese Australians say they have been physically threatened or attacked in the past year because of the COVID-19 pandemic and tensions in Australia’s relationship with China, a survey by the Lowy Institute think tank reported.

Elvis Presley’s Graceland is now offering live online tours for fans around the world, including those who can’t travel to the Tennessee tourist attraction during the coronavirus pandemic.

KATHMANDU, Jan 14: Remittance inflow increased by 10.9 percent to Rs 416.81 billion in the first five months of the current fiscal year despite a fall in the number of outbound workers during the period.

KATHMANDU, Jan 14: Around 70 percent of the hotels and restaurants have still failed to operate in their full capacity even as the economy is already heading on the path of recovery after severe impacts of COVID-19.

KATHMANDU, Jan 8: Had it not been the COVID-19 pandemic, Kusum Panta, an undergraduate student at Golden Gate International College, would have already graduated with a Bachelor degree in Arts around this time. She would have then been following in the footsteps of her parents attending the long-awaited Public Service Commission (PSC) examinations.

In a message taped for what turned out to be his final week as “Jeopardy!” host, Alex Trebek urged the game show’s viewers to honor the season of giving by helping victims of the coronavirus pandemic.

Superstar DJ David Guetta has been brought back to Earth by the coronavirus pandemic and says his music has benefitted as a result.

About a dozen people lined up on Monday to shred things they want to forget about 2020, including but not limited to the deadly global pandemic that swept the world, at the annual “Good Riddance Day” event in New York City’s Times Square.

ILAM, Dec 30: Schools that remained closed due to the pandemic are opening up; they shut their operation nine months ago.

Most folks have slowed down in the past nine months but Ryan Seacrest says he’s been juggling more than usual during the pandemic.

SANTIAGO, Chile, Dec 23: The pandemic has finally reached every continent on Earth.

The annual Berlin International Film Festival is being put off this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and split into two parts later in 2021, organizers said Friday.

The festival will kick off on Jan. 28 with the premieres of Nanfu Wang’s documentary about propaganda and COVID-19 in China, “In the Same Breath,” and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s “Summer of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)”.

Britain’s Prince William and his family attended a Christmas show in London on Friday night, where he paid tribute to medical staff and other frontline workers for their efforts during the pandemic.

WASHINGTON, Dec 7: President-elect Joe Biden has picked California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be his health secretary, putting a defender of the Affordable Care Act in a leading role to oversee his administration’s coronavirus response.

In the most seismic shift by a Hollywood studio yet during the pandemic, Warner Bros. Pictures on Thursday announced that all of its 2021 film slate — including a new “Matrix” movie, “Godzilla vs. Kong” and the Lin-Manuel Miranda adaptation “In the Heights” — will stream on HBO Max at the same time the films play in theaters.

If you were to choose a word that rose above most in 2020, which word would it be? Ding, ding, ding: Merriam-Webster on Monday announced “pandemic” as its 2020 word of the year.

PARIS, Nov 10: In Italy lines of ambulances park outside hospitals awaiting beds, and in France the government coronavirus tracking app prominently displays the intensive care capacity taken up by COVID-19 patients: 92.5% and rising. In the ICU in Barcelona, there is no end in sight for the doctors and nurses who endured this once already.

BHAKTAPUR: The family of Laxmi Nagarkoti is busy making garlands of Gomphrena Globosa commonly known as Makhmali flower as the festival of flowers - Tihar - is less than a week away.

Dashain is over, and Tihar is approaching. But the prospect of celebrating with friends and family has become a dream. It’s time to remember the good old days and feel good about it.

COLOMBO, Nov 5: Sri Lankan authorities will end a pandemic curfew imposed in parts of the country, saying people themselves should take the responsibility to avoid being infected the new coronavirus.

KATHMANDU, Nov 1: Four school friends--Gaurav Tiwari, Saurav Tiwari, Dinesh Bogati and Ivan Karki--came together to supply medical kits as there were shortages of the products starting April. A looming pandemic threatened to upend everything.

Post-pandemic, they hope to see more meaningful conversations and writings

KATHMANDU, Oct 17: The government collected total revenue of Rs 172.36 billion, 17 percent of the targeted amount, in the first quarter of the current fiscal year that ended on Friday. The amount this year is close to the revenue collection in the review period of the last fiscal year.

At 75, FAO is as relevant as ever

October 15, 2020 04:09 am

The UN’s food agency was born in the wake of catastrophe. Three-quarters of a century later, its mission has been made more relevant to the world at large by another global scourge.

Post-pandemic geopolitics

October 10, 2020 06:00 am

In 2030, COVID-19 looks just as unpleasant as the Great Influenza of 1918-20 looked from 1930, and with similar limited long-term geopolitical effects.

How to end the pandemic this year

October 6, 2020 10:19 am

Increasing the production of tests and implementing a universal testing strategy could end the pandemic by year’s end, while also creating the infrastructure needed to ward off future pandemics.

Zoom is the new junction

October 5, 2020 08:05 am

Covid-19 pandemic has shown how important the internet and smartphones have become in our lives. Zoom has done wonders.

KATHMANDU, Sept 28: A school in Kageshwori Manohara Municipality has resumed physical classes after the hiatus of seven months due to the lockdown enforced by the government to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Keeping tourism alive

September 27, 2020 14:53 pm

If we are to survive this pandemic and keep our tourism sector alive, we need to shake off the torpor, internalize learnings, adapt and innovate at a fast pace to take strategic move.

BIRATNAGAR, Sept 24: Jhapa witnessed one more coronavirus-related death on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, Sept 24: Cooperatives played a notable role in bringing farm products from the rural to the urban areas, which helped maintain the supply and price stability of the essentials in the market, said the stakeholders of the sector.

NEW HAVEN – The COVID-19 pandemic seems to have curtailed globalization in ways that the current US administration could scarcely have dreamed up even a year ago. But, viewed in a broader context, this year’s retreat from globalization is merely the latest chapter in an ongoing process that has left the developing world increasingly pessimistic about pursuing export-driven growth as a path out of poverty.

Some of the knock-on effects on the economy are yet to be felt, and in most countries in South Asia we are not yet out of the first wave of the pandemic.

MUMBAI, Sept 18: After months of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the delayed season of the popular Indian Premier League will kick off in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday with a clash between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.

Experts have frequently questioned the effectiveness of the months-long lockdown and criticized the government for its 'inefficiency' to tackle the pandemic as the country has started witnessing more than 1,000 new cases almost every day.

These divas deliver. Drag queens don their colorful wigs, elaborate makeup and knee-high stiletto boots, but instead of stepping on a stage, they’re putting on a face covering, grabbing a takeout bag and bringing their musical numbers to fans’ doorsteps in San Francisco.

The students who have been deprived of learning will look back to this time to recall how the government failed education in the name of pandemic.

Save education

August 26, 2020 14:00 pm

Almost nine million school goers are at home today for more than five months. Sudden announcement of closure of schools on March 18 seems to have impacted the school goers badly. If the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) had been dynamic enough, almost all school goers would have been admitted in the upper grades by mid-April. Education would continue somehow. After all, there were no severe cases of Covid-19 till mid-May.

Reimagining social work

August 24, 2020 11:41 am

In times of an emergency like the one we are currently experiencing I am wondering about the role social work as a profession can play and how it can better contribute to the inclusive development of Nepal. There is a common understanding that social work as such is not much of value and it is easily overlooked within the society despite the innumerable socio-economic challenges faced by the nation.