Fresh hope in South Asia

August 6, 2018 01:00 am

With new and fresh leadership in South Asian countries, there are hopes that initiatives will be taken to revive SAARC and resolve regional issues

CAPE TOWN, Aug 1: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has said the ruling African National Congress must initiate a parliamentary process to enshrine in the constitution a proposed amendment, paving way for land grabs without compensation.

KATHMANDU, Aug 1:  A senior leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India has suggested to Nepal to pursue a “Look South” policy in its foreign policy orientation keeping in view the "immense benefit" Nepal can reap from India, India Ocean and beyond.

WEST BANK, July 31: The Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi, who has become an icon for Palestinian resistance against Israeli occupation, will be honored in South Africa with a special award from the grandson of Nelson Mandela, South African news outlets reported Monday a day after she was released from prison upon serving an 8-month sentence for standing up to Israeli soldiers during a raid at her home in Nabi Saleh Village in the West Bank.

MANILA, July 31: A Filipino soldier and four militiamen were killed by a powerful bomb that exploded in a van the troops were inspecting Tuesday amid threats of bombings in a southern province, military officials said.

BEIJING, July 24: China’s Commerce Ministry launched an anti-dumping investigation on Monday into stainless steel imports from four countries. Domestic producers have complained that a flood of cheaper products has damaged the local industry.

KATHMANDU, July 22: The South Asian Olympic Council (SAOC) members have unanimously voted to include cricket and paragliding as disciplines in the South Asian Games (SAG) 2019 to be held in Nepal from March 9 to 18 next year.

South Asian International Art Camp, organized by Nepal Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) concluded at Nepal Art Council, Babarmahal on Sunday.

Nepal Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) organized the 1st South Asian Artist Camp on Wednesday at Kupondole, Lalitpur.

PRETORIA, July 10: According to local emergency services, a plane crashed outside South Africa's city of Pretoria in the Gauteng province.

JOHANNESBURG, July 9: Duduzane Zuma, the son of scandal-plagued former South African president Jacob Zuma, has been charged with corruption, his lawyer said on Monday.

SAMARA, Russia (Reuters) - Europe and South America will do battle again for soccer supremacy in the World Cup quarter-finals but with many of the usual combatants having already exited, there is a fresh feel to a line-up that promises a new or long-absent finalist.

SOUTH KOREA, June 29: South Korea will tighten laws governing the arrival of refugees, the Justice Ministry said on Friday, after a rapid rise in the number of Yemeni asylum seekers sparked anti-refugee sentiment in the racially homogeneous country.

Hundreds of Mexican football fans partied outside the South Korean embassy in Mexico City on Wednesday to thank the Asian country for its victory over Germany, which guaranteed the national team a spot in the knock-out stages of the World Cup.

June 24: South Carolina Republican congressional candidate Katie Arrington, who ousted incumbent U.S. Representative Mark Sanford in a primary this month, was seriously injured in a car crash that killed the driver of a second vehicle, her campaign said on Saturday.

ROSTOV-ON-DON, June 23:  Mexico built on the momentum from their stunning victory over world champions Germany by overpowering South Korea 2-1 on Saturday to take a giant step towards the World Cup last 16.

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, June 18: Sweden won an opening World Cup game for the first time since 1958 and ended their worrying goal drought with a 1-0 victory over South Korea that was a must-win if they want to progress from a tricky-looking Group F.

LONDON, June 18: British Transport Police say three people have died after being struck by a train in south London.

Plating the authentic south

May 28, 2018 09:35 am

Peprahar Community Home Stay started as a five house venture from ward no 17 of Devchuli Municipality in March 2016. At present, the hospitality enterprise comprises a total of 22 houses, out of which 15 belongs to the Tharu community.  The remaining seven belong to Magar, Thakuri, and Gurung communities. The maximum occupancy of each of these homes is four guests, and the entire Prepahar Village can comfortably accommodate 88 visitors at one time.

SEOUL, May 26: South Korean President Moon Jae-in met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday to discuss Kim’s possible upcoming summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, the South said, the second inter-Korean summit in as many months.

KATHMANDU, May 24: Nepali UN peacekeepers deployed in South Sudan have facilitated the locals with improved access to clean water.

SOUTH AFRICA, MAY 24: Former South Africa Test captain AB de Villiers said he had "run out of gas" as he announced his retirement from international cricket.

SEOUL, May 20: The chairman of South Korea’s LG Group, Koo Bon-moo, instrumental in transforming the country’s fourth-largest conglomerate into a global brand, passed away on Sunday after a year-long battle with a brain disease.

SEOUL, May 17: South Korea said on Thursday it would seek to mediate between the United States and North Korea after Pyongyang threatened to pull out of an unprecedented summit between its leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump on June 12 in Singapore.

North Korea has readjusted its time zone to match South Korea's and described the change as an early step toward making the longtime rivals "become one" following a landmark summit.

WASHINGTON, April 29: President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis spoke on Saturday with their South Korean counterparts after the historic meeting between leaders of the two Koreas, and Trump said “things are going very well” as he prepares for an expected summit with the North’s Kim Jong Un.

KATHMANDU, April 28: India has won the South Asian Regional Qualifiers Tournament for the ITF Asia U-12 Team Tennis Championship on Friday by defeating Nepal 2-0 in both girls’ and boys’ categories.

GOYANG, April 27: With a single step over a weathered, cracked slab of concrete, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made history Friday by crossing over the world’s most heavily armed border to greet his rival, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, for talks on North Korea’s nuclear weapons. Kim then invited Moon to cross briefly north with him before they returned to the southern side.

KATHMANDU, April 26: Nepal ranks second in South Asian countries in World Press Freedom Index of 2018. The World Press Freedom Index ranks 180 countries on indicators such as media independence, self-censorship, the rule of law, transparency and abuses.

KATHMANDU, April 25: Nepal Army (NA) has formed a Board of Inquiry to investigate into the alleged involvement of NA peacekeepers serving in the UN Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan in child rapes.

KATHMANDU, April 24: India has clinched the 8th South Asian Judo Championship title, winning both the women's and men's events. The championship concluded on Monday.

KATHMANDU, April 24: India has clinched the 8th South Asian Judo Championship title, winning both the women's and men's events. The championship concluded on Monday.

KATHMANDU, April 23: The South Asian Regional Qualifiers Tournament for the ITF Asia U-12 Team Tennis Championship is being organized by the All Nepal Lawn Tennis Association (ANLTA) today.

KATHMANDU, April 18: Nepal Judo Association (NJA) is set to organize the eighth South Asian Judo Championship in Kathmandu from April 21 to 23.

SOUTH CAROLINA, April 16: A South Carolina prisons spokesman says seven inmates are dead and 17 others required outside medical attention after hours of fighting inside a maximum security prison.

TOKYO April 6:  Former South Korean president Park Geun-hye, who was impeached last year amid a sensational corruption scandal, was found guilty Friday of charges including bribery, coercion and abuse of power.  She was sentenced to 24 years in prison, tantamount to a life sentence for the 66-year-old.

SEOUL, April 2: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiled, clapped and said he was 'deeply moved' by a rare performance from South Korean K-pop stars in Pyongyang, state media reported Monday.

SEOUL, March 22: The #MeToo movement has taken off with surprising rapidity in South Korea, toppling male celebrities and a prominent politician in a country where men have long brushed off sexual misconduct allegations and continued with their careers.

SEOUL, March 20: A group of South Korea’s K-pop singers will visit Pyongyang from March 31, the South said on Tuesday, a reciprocal visit after North Korea sent performers to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

SOUTH KOREA, Mar 19: Top U.S., South Korean and Japanese officials discussed how to achieve the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula during weekend talks ahead of upcoming inter-Korean and U.S.-North Korean summits, Seoul said Monday.

KATHMANDU, March 16: Prime Minister K P Oli has said that the new era for economic development has begun in Nepal. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the 6th SAARC Business Leaders’ Conclave that kicked off in capital on Friday, Prime Minister Oli said that there is a need for deeper integration among South Asian countries to steer the region toward the path of economic prosperity.

KATHMANDU, March 6 (RSS): Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Prime Minister of Pakistan has said peace, security and mutual friendship were essential for the prosperity of South Asia.

South Siders register first victory

March 5, 2018 09:57 am

KATHMANDU, Mar 5: South Siders has registered its first win of the ongoing first Kwiks Men’s Basketball League with a 73-67 victory over Xavier International College on Sunday.

SEOUL, Mar 4: South Korea’s president will send a delegation led by his national security director to North Korea this week for talks on how to ease nuclear tensions and help arrange the restart of dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington, officials said Sunday.

KATHMANDU, Feb 27: The Second South Asian Yoga Sports Competition is being organized in Pokhara.

SOUTH AFRICA, Feb 16: Ramaphosa will remain president until next year's national elections, when he is expected to run as the ANC's candidate - and likely win. He has said he intends to regain the trust of South Africans whose faith in politics was shaken during Zuma's term.

After more than a decade in which Jacob Zuma has survived a procession of lurid scandals and corruption claims, the former ANC leader is under pressure to resign.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb 10: A rare invitation to Pyongyang for the South Korean president marked Day Two of the North Korean Kim dynasty’s southern road tour Saturday, part of an accelerated diplomatic warming that included more handshakes, some Korean liquor over lunch and the potential shared joy of watching a “unified” Korea team play hockey at the Olympics.

PYEONGCHANG, Feb 9: In a stunning turn of events, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s younger sister arrived in South Korea on Friday to be her brother’s special envoy to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

SEOUL, Feb 8: South Korea’s president plans to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister and other senior North Korean officials when they visit the South this week for the Winter Olympics, his spokesman said Thursday.