KATHMANDU, April 21: Eleven more COVID-19 cases have been confirmed on Tuesday, taking the number of total coronavirus infected patients in Nepal to 42.

KATHMANDU, March 30: The entire world is presently battling to contain the spread of coronavirus, termed as COVID-19 by the World Health Organisation. The virus which first emerged from Wuhan of Hubei province in China has already taken a pandemic turn. Bearing in mind the global health threat posed by it, several countries have gone into lockdown, as a precautionary measure against the deadly virus. In this connection, the Government of Nepal also announced a weeklong national lockdown beginning from March 24, which was extended Sunday to last till April 7. The extension was as per the Cabinet meeting decision acting on the recommendation of the High-level Task Force on Coronavirus Infection Prevention, Control, and Treatment headed by Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokhrel.

Trace and test

March 26, 2020 08:36 am

Yet another person has been tested positive of Covid-19 on Wednesday, according to National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL) of Ministry of Health, making the number of total positive cases three out of the total tests of 687.  That Nepal has not had to witness fatality so far is a matter of relief but many think that we have negligible positive cases because Nepali health authorities have not tested the people. To test the people, health facilities must have protective gears and test kits as well, which they do not have.  Worldwide, the number of infection is rising. So is the number of deaths too. In this context, Nepali authorities must do at least two vital things to ensure that the pandemic can be contained.   First, trace.  Health authorities need to trace all persons the infected came into contact with and bring them to medical facilities. They should be tested and even if they are found negative they should be put in quarantine depending on the severity of the case.  For the moment, it is crucial to trace the contacts and whereabouts of all those who were in contact with two persons recently tested positive.  And then, having traced them, health authorities should test all of them. Given the speed in which Covid-19 is spreading, health authorities should test every individual who has the symptoms of flu and fever.

Celebrity television host Andy Cohen has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

SEOUL, Aug 11: North Korea said Sunday that leader Kim Jong Un supervised test-firings of an unspecified new weapons system, which extended a streak of launches that are seen as an attempt to build leverage ahead of negotiations with the United States while driving a wedge between the U.S. and South Korea.

Stop dithering on pesticide tests

July 8, 2019 02:00 am

The government became the subject of huge public criticism, once again, over its decision to withhold pesticide testing for vegetables and fruits imported from India.

LONDON, Aug 4: The players finished their soccer matches and huddled waiting to discover who would have to undergo doping tests. The random draw completed, two men went off to provide urine samples.

LONDON, Aug 2:  Former world number one Andy Murray took another big step in his comeback from hip surgery by beating fellow Brit Kyle Edmund 7-6(4) 1-6 6-4 in the second round of the Citi Open on Wednesday.

July 30: England fast bowler Stuart Broad is expecting his side to rotate their pace options for the five-match test series against India, starting on Wednesday, and is ready for a possible omission.

MINNESOTA, June 22: Trump claimed during a rally in Minnesota that Pyongyang was pursuing a path of denuclearization and had "stopped everything we wanted them to stop," adding that he and Kim Jong-un had "great chemistry" during the summit in Singapore on June 12.

TERESOPOLIS, May 26: Brazil's second pre-World Cup training featured Willian in the attack with Neymar and Gabriel Jesus on Thursday, a hint that coach Tite might change his starting lineup.

ARIZONA, Mar 20: The autonomous vehicle, which was travelling at 65 km/hour and had an operator behind the wheel, did not seem to slow down as it approached the pedestrian.

March 12: Volkswagen vehicles recalled and fixed after the worldwide "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal are using more fuel and still failing pollution tests, according to a study by Australia's peak motoring body released Monday.

SOUTH KOREA, Feb 20: A Slovenian hockey player who became the third athlete to be caught doping at the Pyeongchang Olympics said Tuesday he tested positive for an asthma drug that he took under doctor's orders.

SEOUL, South Korea, Aug 26:  North Korea fired several rockets into the sea Saturday in the continuation of its rapid nuclear and missile expansion, prompting South Korea to press ahead with military drills involving U.S. troops that have angered Pyongyang.

SEOUL, August 26: North Korea fired several rockets into the sea Saturday in the continuation of its rapid nuclear and missile expansion, while the United States and South Korea appeared to offer different readings of the success of the launches.

MANILA, August 6:  A global pressure campaign on North Korea propelled by sharp new U.N. sanctions received a welcome boost Sunday from China, the North’s economic lifeline, as Beijing called on the pariah nation to halt its missile and nuclear tests.

SEOUL, July 5: Grinning broadly, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delighted in the global furor created by his nation's first launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, vowing Wednesday to never abandon nuclear weapons and to keep sending Washington more "gift packages" of missile and atomic tests.

SEOUL, July 5: Grinning broadly, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delighted in the global furor created by his nation's first launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, vowing Wednesday to never abandon nuclear weapons and to keep sending Washington more "gift packages" of missile and atomic tests.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that China has threatened to impose sanctions on North Korea if it conducts further nuclear tests.

TOKYO, March 19:  North Korea has conducted a ground test of a new type of high-thrust rocket engine that leader Kim Jong Un is calling a revolutionary breakthrough for the country's space program.

UNITED NATIONS, March 9: The United States on Wednesday rejected China's proposal for a halt to joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises if North Korea suspends its nuclear and missile activities. It called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un irrational and demanded "positive action" before the U.S. can take his regime seriously.

Essential tests

February 10, 2017 00:45 am

With work, studies, and household issues to take care of, your to-do list on a regular basis is probably longer than you wish it to be, and so you might be tempted to let your annual checkup slip. But don’t let that happen. Going to the doctor might be the last thing on your mind right now but regular tests might save your health and your life too. A little idea: Each year around your birthday, give yourself a gift. Schedule a visit to your dentist and consult your doctor to see if there are important tests you should take. With an investment of an hour or two, you may be able to add years to your life.  For starters, we consulted Dr Devish Pyakurel of Samyak Diagonstics to lay out the five essential medical tests you need once you are in your 30s.

KATHMANDU, Jan 7: The government hospitals throughout the country are to provide free Pap smear tests for the prevention of cervical cancer, the most common type of cancer among women.

CHITWAN, Oct 4: In an attempt to minimize road accidents during the Dashain festival, authorities have made it compulsory for drivers plying the East-West Highway from Chitwan to have eyesight tested.

NEW DELHI, Sept 12: India have kept faith with Rohit Sharma, on Monday naming the out-of-form middle-order batsman in a 15-man squad for the home Test series against New Zealand beginning later this month.

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 7: The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday strongly condemned North Korea'slatest ballistic missile launches and threatened "further significant measures" if it refuses to stop its nuclear and missile tests.