KATHMANDU, March 25: Finance Minister Bishnu Prasad Paudel on Thursday ruled out the possibility of the government enforcing another phase of lockdown and closure of Nepal-India borders in wake of the increasing risk of COVID-19.
As the world is struggling to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, another threat to livelihood has emerged:The plague of locust swarms. By the end of 2019, East Africa was already experiencing the worst locust outbreak. But due to the larger threat of Covid-19, the locust surge went largely unnoticed.
First it was about what prevents people from contracting coronavirus: Take a little bit of alcoholic drinks, eat garlic and turmeric, take some cow urine, even dung. Then it shifted to what causes the infection: the person who lives and comes from the country affected by the virus. So there was racial attack on people who looked like Asian, Chinese to be particular, and they were insulted and even blamed to be the carriers of the disease. In three months since the outbreak of coronavirus, which later took pandemic proportion, and which is ravaging the whole world at the moment, disinformation, misinformation and wrong information about the source of the virus, its infection rate and remedies have become the subject of deep worry for the countries which are struggling to combat the disease as well as the countries which are struggling to prevent its outbreak. Nepal has not been the exception to this trend.
KATHMANDU, Oct 4: Ajaya Babu Shiwakoti, the editor of online news website Hamra Kura, whose exclusive story about rape allegation prompted resignation of Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara has pleaded for his safety amid alleged threats from unidentified callers.
KATHMANDU, Aug 19: Echoing his co-chair in the party, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Prime Minister KP Oli has threatened action against former King Gyanendra and his supporters for their "unconstitutional activities".
DOLPA, July 5: Every year after mid-May, crowds of people throng Dolpa - the largest district of the country - in order to pick yarsagumba, a prized fungus with medicinal properties. Everyone seems to be in a rush to collect as many yarsa as possible to make more money.
KHARTOUM, May 31: The satellite news channel Al-Jazeera said Friday that Sudan shut down its bureau, just as the country’s military government warned that the Khartoum sit-in that helped bring ruler Omar al-Bashir’s ouster had “become a threat to the revolution.”
KATHMANDU, May 28: The government’s intelligence apparatus is being blamed for failing to track the activities of the Netra Bikram Chand-led outlawed outfit after bomb blasts in the capital on Sunday left four people dead and others injured.
DUBAI, May 15: Iran’s supreme leader issued a veiled threat in the same speech in which he stated that “no one is seeking war,” saying it wouldn’t be difficult for the Islamic Republic to enrich uranium to weapons-grade levels amid rising tensions with the U.S., state media reported Wednesday.
KATHMANDU, March 13: Security and foreign policy experts from various countries in various South Asian countries said the newly-unveiled Indo-Pacific strategy by the US could pose threats to smaller states if this is pursued as security architecture.
KATHMANDU, Aug 2: Parliamentary Hearings Committee (PHC) member Niru Pal has said that she received a death threat from unidentified persons on Tuesday if she stood for rejecting Deepak Raj Joshee’s nomination as chief justice.
KATHMANDU, July 31: Serious suspicions of a threat to the independence of the judiciary have surfaced as the Parliamentary Hearings Committee (PHSC) has been repeatedly delaying a decision on whether or not to endorse the nomination of Deepak Raj Joshee as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
TEHRAN, July 26: Tehran will never take part in one-sided negotiations with the US under threat, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Wednesday. The comments appeared to be a reaction to US President Donald Trump’s statement on Tuesday that he is ready to “make a real deal” with Iran, Reuters said.
LONDON, July 26: Three rival UK-based Jewish newspapers, the Jewish Chronicle, Jewish News and Jewish Telegraph carried similar front pages for their Thursday edition, in what they called an "unprecedented step of speaking."
KATHMANDU, June 26: On June 14, at about 3:30 in the morning, Kiran Shrestha, 18, and Sundar Khadka, 21, were travelling on a motorbike from Thimi to Sallaghari when they suddenly encountered a cow lying prostrate in the middle of the road.
NEW DELHI, June 18: At last count, Telugu biographical drama Mahanati had touched the $2.5 million (Rs 17 crore) mark in the US. The Keerthy Suresh-starrer, based on the life of legendary actor Savitri, has joined the long list of Telugu films currently storming the most important overseas market for Indian cinema, historically dominated by Bollywood.
KATHMANDU, June 7: Nepal Press Union (NPU) – a media trade union of democrat journalists – has strongly condemned an incident of threat and mental torture meted out to journalist over the coverage of news in hamrakura.com – an online news portal.
MANANG, May 27: Tilicho, a lake in Manang situated at the highest altitude in the world is the site of attraction of tourists from both home and abroad. The lake based in the Nisyang Rural Municipality-9 is situated on the Annapurna mountain range at an altitude of 4,919 meters above the sea-level.
KATHMANDU, Feb 1: Chief Justice Gopal Parajuli has courted serious controversy after he allegedly issued a death threat against senior advocate Surendra Bhandari, who recently pleaded on behalf of Dr Gobinda KC in a contempt of court case.
BAJHANG, Jan 30: With the sudden plunge in temperature after heavy snowfall in the mountain region, wild animals and birds have moved to human settlement areas to escape the bitter cold. However, they have turned victims at the hands of locals and poachers.
KATHMANDU, Jan 18: Former international journalist and a senior fellow at Carnegie's Democracy and Rule of Law Program, Sarah Chayes, discussed her award-winning book 'Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security' at an event in the capital on Wednesday.
KATHMANDU, Dec 5: With the second phase of elections is just two days away, series of explosions have not stopped yet. The Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) have been found in several places of Kathmandu.
Since decades, Doti and Dadeldhura have been known as the 'traditional strongholds' of Nepali Congress (NC). In comparison to other districts of the far-western region, these two districts hold high position in terms of political awareness and development.
Greenhouse gas emissions are on course to be about 30 percent above the 2030 global target, but there are signs of a move away from fossil fuels that not even US President Donald Trump can stop, the United Nations said on Tuesday.
SEOUL, South Korea, Oct 18: Diplomats from the United States, South Korea and Japan met in Seoul on Wednesday to discuss policy responses to North Korea's accelerating efforts to expand its nuclear weapons program.
BAJHANG, Oct 13: Two brothers of the same family in Bajhang who had left for India in search of employment have returned back with HIV. The virus has not just been transmitted to their wives but also to one of their children. Being horrified by the result of the blood tests, which showed all of them HIV positive, the two brothers along with their wives and an infant ran away to India all over again instead of taking medicines.
KATHMANDU, Oct 6: A meeting of the Nepali Congress central committee today discussed the issues of candidate nomination process and its criteria for the forthcoming elections to the House of Representatives and State Assemblies slated for late this year.
JUMLA, September 7: The conflict between humans and bears in Jumla has become a great threat to the existence of these endangered species. A year ago, a baby Himalayan black bear that entered the human settlement was harshly chased away by the locals.
North Korea has fired a missile over northern Japan in a move Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called an “unprecedented” threat to his country. The rocket, launched early on Tuesday Korean time, flew over Hokkaido island before crashing into the sea.