KATHMANDU, April 16: The Amnesty International has said the authorities in Qatar rounded up and expelled dozens of Nepali migrant workers after telling them they were being taken to be tested for COVID-19.

MELAMCHI, March 26: Three people from Sindhulanchowk district are kept in quarantines after authorities confirmed that they returned Nepal in the same aircraft travelled by 19-year-old lady, who was tested positive for COVID-19 upon her arrival at home from France via Qatar. The three had returned Kathmandu on March 17 from an aircraft of the Air Arabia.

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar will begin sifting through fan feedback from the Club World Cup to see how it can provide supporters with a successful World Cup in 2022, but cultural differences will be a tricky challenge to surmount.

KATHMANDU, Dec 12: Liverpool, a professional football club in Liverpool, UK, has supported calls by human rights groups for thorough investigations into the deaths of migrant workers including Nepalis in Qatar, before the club flies to the Gulf country next week to play in FIFA’s Club World Cup, according to a report published by The Guardian newspaper on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, Nov 30: Gold medal hopeful Tulsa KC has abandoned the final stage closed camp for the 13th South Asian Games (SAG), in search of a future in Qatar. She left the country on Friday and sports officials had no clue about her plans.

KATHMANDU, Oct 18: Qatar has endorsed new legislations that would bring an end to the Kafala system, an abusive sponsorship scheme that has long been criticized for fueling abuse and exploitation of foreign workers.

KATHMANDU, Oct 16: Qatar has started a scheme to reimburse expatriate workers who were forced to pay exorbitant fees to get employed there in a move that could benefit thousands of Nepali migrant workers.

Nepal's Constitution Day marked in Doha

September 24, 2019 15:00 pm

KATHMANDU, Sept 24: Nepali Embassy in Qatar hosted a reception to mark the National Day and Constitution Day of Nepal today amid a ceremony organized in Doha on Monday.

DOHA, Sept 19: Hundreds of migrant workers in Qatar have gone without pay and many were forced to return to their home countries without compensation, despite recent reforms intended to improve worker rights, a report from Amnesty International said on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, Aug 28: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has appointed Dr Bansidhar Mishra and Dr Narad Nath Bharadwaj as the ambassador of Nepal to Bangladesh and Qatar respectively.

KATHMANDU, July 26: Kuwait beat Qatar by 10 runs in a match played under the ICC T-20 World Cup Asia Region Qualifier today.

DUBAI, July 6: Qatar’s ruling emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on July 9 to exchange views on the latest regional and international developments, Qatar’s state news agency said on Saturday.

PORTO ALEGRE, June 24: An early goal from Lautaro Martinez and a late second from Sergio Aguero gave Argentina a 2-0 win over Qatar on Sunday, a deserved victory that takes them into the Copa America quarter-finals to face Venezuela.

KATHMANDU, June 19: Qatar Airways, an official airline and partner of FIFA, has congratulated Ukraine for winning the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Ukraine beat South Korea 3-1 in a thrilling final to lift the title in Lodz, Poland, on Saturday.

May 5: 6 things to know by 6 PM

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DOHA, May 5: Qatar will not grant visas to those it considers “enemies”, the secretary-general of the National Tourism Council said in reference to Egyptians seeking to enter the country amid an ongoing political rift.

KATHMANDU, April 21: The Qatari government has confirmed that the visa center will bear all the expenses of the medical test and process of the contract.

LONDON, March 7: Fifa is pressing ahead with plans to expand the 2022 World Cup despite the concerns of some officials in the host nation, Qatar, whose support the project requires. The move, a politically perilous project but one heavily backed by Fifa's president, Gianni Infantino, would grow soccer's biggest championship to 48 teams ahead of schedule and require navigating some treacherous regional rivalries.

DOHA/DUBAI, Feb 17: Qatar’s Doha Tower, a spike-tipped cylinder that glows orange at night, won an award when finished in 2012 amid a Gulf-wide real estate boom, but today about half of its 46 floors are empty.

DOHA, Feb 7: Qatar's remarkable Asian Cup victory may have been a sporting triumph which sparked wild celebrations in Doha but it is almost certain to come at a political price, analysts say.

Finding his way home

January 31, 2019 15:17 pm

One who rowed the boat now makes the boat by the Lakeside of Pokhara. He was hammering nail bending the wood. Anil with his family migrated to Pokhara from Sindhuli when he was 16. “At 19, I started rowing boat in Fewa Lake.

DOHA, Jan 17: Trade between Qatar and Turkey is expected to have hit $2 billion in 2018, a Turkish official said, up 54 percent from the previous last year and underscoring Ankara’s solidified role as a top ally to Qatar amid a political rift in the Gulf region.

KATHMANDU, Dec 20; Doha Bank has opened its representative office in Nepal. The bank based in Doha of Qatar will provide various non-banking transaction services in Nepal through its representative office, including international trade facilitation, support for businesses and investment advisory services, according to officials of the bank.

Nepal and Qatar share multi-faceted relations. Over 500,000 Nepali migrant workers are said to be currently working in this Gulf nation. Besides exchange of high level visits to cement the ties, Nepal and Qatar have also been expanding various avenues of cooperation. The relations between the two countries have deepened further with Qatar establishing residential embassy in Nepal. As Qatar is celebrating its National Day – the birth day of its founder Sheikh Jassim bin Mohamed Al Thani on Tuesday, Republica talked to Ambassador of Qatar to Nepal Yousuf bin Mohamed al-Hail. Excerpts:

DOHA, Dec 16: The World Cup is heading to Qatar in 2022 and plans are gathering pace with the unveiling of the spectacular design for the 80,000-seater Lusail Stadium, which will host the final of the tournament.

RIYADH, Dec 9: The Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) annual summit was set to open in Riyadh on Sunday, with regional unity imperilled by a bitter row with Qatar and the host, Saudi Arabia, facing a diplomatic crisis over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

TEHRAN, Dec 6: Qatar’s surprise decision to leave the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) might be just a taste of things to come, as some analysts suggest the tiny Persian Gulf country plans to irritate Saudi Arabia even more by leaving the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council ([P]GCC).

KAHMANDU, Dec 3 : Qatar on Monday announced its plans to pull out of OPEC, just days before a crucial meeting between the influential oil cartel and its allies, international media reports said.

Prez Bhandari to return home today

November 1, 2018 12:24 pm

KATHMANDU, Nov 1: President Bidya Devi Bhandari will return home after her four days official state visit to Qatar at the invitation of the Amir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.

QATAR, Nov. 1: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has called upon Nepali diaspora in Qatar to make investments in Nepal with confidence adding that time has come to build a prosperous Nepal through our devotion.

DOHA, Oct 31: President Bidya Devi Bhandari, who is on a four-day official visit to Qatar, observed the Qatar National Library and the National Museum of Qatar on Wednesday.

QATAR, Oct 30: Two separate memorandums of understanding (MoUs) have been signed between Nepal and Qatar on Tuesday.

QATAR, Oct 30: President Bidya Devi Bhandari, who is on a four-day official visit to Qatar from Monday, and Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Aamir of Qatar, are holding talks today.

KATHMANDU, Oct 30: Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) halted both international and domestic flights for more than two hours on Monday morning to clear air traffic for President Bidhya Devi Bhandari’s flight to Qatar.

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KATHMANDU, Oct 29: Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun has been assigned to perform the work, duties, and responsibilities of the President in the absence of President Bidya Devi Bhandari who left here on a four-day official visit to the State of Qatar at the friendly invitation of Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Amir of Qatar.

Prez Bhandari off to Qatar

October 29, 2018 12:42 pm

KATHMANDU, Oct 29: President Bidya Bhandari left here for Qatar today in course of a four-day official visit.

After more than a year of the blockade, International Monetary Fund (IMF) praised Qatar’s efforts at repelling economic turmoil

KATHMANDU, Oct 26: President Bidya Bhandari is paying a four-day official visit to Qatar beginning Monday.

Qatar introduces PR system for foreigners

September 22, 2018 07:18 am

KATHMANDU, Sept 22: The government of Qatar has introduced the policy of issuing Permanent Residency (PR) cards to the foreign nationals living in Qatar.

KATHMANDU, Sept 19: Nepal has proposed signing government-to-government (G2G) agreement with Qatar for sending migrant workers to the Gulf state in the coming days.

KATHMANDU, Sept 6: Qatar has removed the powers of employers to ban the vast majority of migrant workers – those covered by the country’s Labor Law - from leaving the country.

KATHMANDU, Sept 6: Amnesty International, an organization that advocates for ending abuse of human rights, on Wednesday lauded Qatar's new law that partially scraps the 'exit permit' which earlier prevented migrant workers from leaving the country without their employer's permission.

ANKARA, Aug 16: Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani headed to Turkey on Wednesday for talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who is dealing with deteriorating relations with the United States. Al Thani and Erdogan are expected to discuss “means of strengthening the existing strategic cooperation between the two countries in various fields,” according to the state news agency QNA.

KATHMANDU, Aug 1: Qatar Airways has launched scheduled flights to Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, and Gatwick in London.

Qatar's World Cup team used a secret "black operations" propaganda campaign to undermine rival bids in violation of FIFA rules, a British Sunday broadsheet has reported.

MOSCOW, July 15: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday handed over the mantle of World Cup host to the emir of Qatar, whose country will stage the 2022 edition of the tournament.

KATHMANDU, July 11: Qatar Airways, the official airline of FIFA, has unveiled a specially-branded Boeing 777 aircraft painted in FIFA livery ahead of the tournament's Semi-Final and Final match.

KATHMANDU, July 7: The Qatar Red Crescent and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Nepal today signed an agreement to rehabilitate and rebuild community infrastructure and facilities in Gorkha.

BRUSSELS, July 6: The European Parliament has condemned the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia for cutting financial support to Somalia for its neutrality on a rift between a Saudi-led quartet and Qatar.