ATHENS/LONDON, July 21: Emergency services battled wildfires across swathes of southern Europe amid mass evacuations on Wednesday, as warnings sounded in London after Britain's hottest day that the fight against climate change needed to be stepped up.

LONDON, July 7: Scandal-ridden Boris Johnson announced on Thursday he would quit as British prime minister after he was abandoned by ministers and most of his Conservative lawmakers.

LONDON, June 2: Tens of thousands of royal supporters lined the streets of London on Thursday to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee and kick off four days of pomp, parties and parades to mark her record-breaking 70 years on the British throne.

LONDON, May 26: Minister for Education, Science and Technology Devendra Poudel has called upon Nepali people living abroad to return home and participate in the nation-building process.

LONDON, May 22: Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Devendra Poudel has arrived in London to attend an international conference on education in the UK. A team including Education Minister Poudel arrived in London on Saturday evening to attend the World Conference of 112 ministers from 107 countries.

KATHMANDU, April 1: Ambassador of Nepal to the United Kingdom, Gyan Chandra Acharya, presented his Letter of Credence to Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday amidst a special ceremony held at Buckingham Palace in London.

LVIV/KYIV, Ukraine, March 16: About 20,000 people have managed to escape the besieged port of Mariupol in private cars, the Ukrainian interior ministry said on Wednesday, but hundreds of thousands remain trapped by Russian shelling, many without heating, power or running water.

KATHMANDU, March 15: Mountaineer Nirmal Purja of Annapurna Rural Municipality-3, Myagdi, who has set a world record in the field of mountaineering, has been accorded high honors by the Eastleigh Borough Council of the United Kingdom.

KATHMANDU, March 6: Youth human right activist and advocate Ganesh Prasad Ghimire has bagged Gandhi Noble Peace Award-2022.

Sneha Shakya Shrestha has become the first female barrister of Nepali origin practicing in the UK. After completing her final training to become a barrister (People) this month (February), she was listed as a practicing barrister by the British Bar Standards Board last year.

LONDON, Feb 25: With the new immigration rules in place in the UK, the British Government has waived visa fees to foreigners who worked in the British Army at least for six years. This decision has come as a sort of relief for the Gurkha Army serving the British force.

LONDON, Feb 11: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday confirmed that a further 350 British troops have landed in Poland as tensions around Ukraine continue to escalate.

KATHMANDU, Jan 28: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has appointed Gyan Chandra Acharya as Nepal's Resident Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

LONDON, Jan 28: COVID-19 boosters increase protection against death from the Omicron variant to 95% in people aged 50 or over, the UK Health Security Agency said on Thursday.

LONDON, Jan 24: It will take another year to complete the process of bringing nurses to the United Kingdom by signing a labor agreement between the Government of Nepal and the UK Government.

KATHMANDU, Jan 15: Nepal and the United Kingdom have agreed to establish labor relations between the two countries.

LONDON, Dec 24: Preliminary data suggests that people with the omicron variant of the coronavirus are 50% to 70% less likely to be hospitalized than those with the delta strain, Britain’s public health agency announced Thursday in a finding that one researcher called “a small ray of sunlight.”

LONDON, Dec 18:  Britain reported 93,045 coronavirus cases in the latest 24-hour period, breaking the daily record for the third consecutive day and bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 11,190,354, according to official figures released Friday.

LONDON, Dec 6: A further 86 cases of the Omicron COVID variant have been reported in Britain, taking the total to 246, British health authorities confirmed Sunday. This compares with a total of 160 on Saturday, an increase of more than 50 percent, according to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

UK records 42,484 new coronavirus cases

November 24, 2021 17:22 pm

LONDON, Nov 24: Britain registered 42,484 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 9,932,408, according to official figures released Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, Nov 22: The government has said it is initiating a process to send 10,000 nurses to the United Kingdom amid growing concerns about alternative employment opportunities in countries other than the Gulf and Malaysia.

KATHMANDU, Oct 28: The government has recommended ambassadors to India, the United Kingdom and the USA.

UK removes Nepal from red list

October 8, 2021 08:07 am

KATHMANDU, Oct 8: The Government of UK has removed 47 countries and territories including Nepal from its red list, which was in place earlier due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

KATHMANDU, August 18: Former Gurkha veteran, Dhan Gurung – who has been staging a hunger strike along with his fellow Gurkha veteran – has been hospitalized on Tuesday evening.

August 15: All 16- and 17-year-olds in England will be offered their first COVID-19 vaccine dose by Aug. 23, according to a target set by British Health Secretary Sajid Javid.

KATHMANDU, July 8: Cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane is leaving for the United Kingdom to play The Hundred, a professional cricket franchise 100-ball cricket tournament, scheduled to take place in the UK from July 22.

KATHMANDU, June 4:  The Embassy of Nepal in London said it sent a letter to the UK-based Daily Mail newspaper regarding a baseless claim about the origin of a mutant strain of SARS-Cov-2 in Nepal.

UK, May 30: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson married his fiancee Carrie Symonds in a secret ceremony at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday, the Sun and Mail on Sunday newspapers reported.

LONDON, April 17: Queen Elizabeth will bid a final farewell to Prince Philip, her husband of more than seven decades, at a ceremonial funeral on Saturday, with the nation set to fall silent to mark the passing of a pivotal figure in the British monarchy.

LONDON, April 8: British authorities recommended Wednesday that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine not be given to adults under 30 where possible because of strengthening evidence that the shot may be linked to rare blood clots.

CHINA, March 26: China sanctioned organisations and individuals in the United Kingdom on Friday over what it called “lies and disinformation” about Xinjiang, days after Britain imposed sanctions for human rights abuses in the western Chinese region.

LONDON, Feb 7: Britain plans to tax retailers and tech companies whose profits have soared during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sunday Times reported, citing leaked emails.

UK, Feb 4: British scientists are starting a study Thursday to find out if it’s OK to mix and match COVID-19 vaccines.

LONDON, Feb 2: Eleven people in different regions of England have tested positive for the South African coronavirus variant without having any links to people who have travelled, prompting mass testing in the areas to contain the outbreak.

KATHMANDU, Jan 31: Nepali Pratibha Pratisthan, UK, has honored senior litterateur Dr Rajendra Bimal and poet Bimala Tumkhewa for their contributions to the field of literature.

LONDON, Jan 25: The United Kingdom recorded 30,004 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, with the total for the past seven days at 251,504, down 22% on the previous seven days, official figures showed.

UK, Jan 24: Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is preparing to force travelers from countries where there is a high risk of COVID-19 to go into quarantine for 10 days after arriving in Britain, the Daily Mail reported on Saturday.

LONDON, Jan 19: British firms called on Tuesday for another 7.6 billion pounds ($10.3 billion) of emergency government help, saying they cannot wait until finance minister Rishi Sunak’s March budget to learn if they will get more pandemic support.

Europe after Brexit

January 11, 2021 08:15 am

Brexit raises long-dormant strategic questions about Europe’s internal unity and external position, and few of these are likely to be decided quickly.

LONDON, Jan 4: Britain began vaccinating its population with Oxford University and AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 shot on Monday in a world first, racing to give protection to the elderly and vulnerable as a new surge of cases threatened to overwhelm hospitals.

When will Nepal get Covid-19 vaccines?

January 4, 2021 08:00 am

In Nepal, it may take much more time than expected for the entire population to get vaccinated. Political turmoil does not offer much hope.

The brutal governance lessons of 2020

January 3, 2021 08:00 am

The pandemic has revealed the urgent need to build connective tissue across governments and between national and sub-national institutions in the US and the UK.

LONDON, Jan 2: Britain reactivated emergency hospitals built at the start of the pandemic and shut primary schools in London on Friday to counter the rapid spread of a much more infectious variant of the coronavirus.

LONDON, Dec 31: The United Kingdom exits the European Union’s orbit on Thursday, turning its back on a tempestuous 48-year liaison with the European project for an uncertain Brexit future that will shape the fortunes of its people for generations to come.

BENGALURU, Dec 30: India has extended until Jan. 7 its suspension of flights with Britain, the civil aviation minister said, as the South Asian nation reported 20 cases of a new infectious strain of coronavirus first detected in the United Kingdom.

LONDON, Dec 29: Britain’s government needs to bring in tighter coronavirus lockdown rules to avert a fresh wave of deaths from a new strain of the disease, a leading epidemiologist and government advisor warned on Tuesday.

LONDON, Dec 25: The British government on Wednesday said huge swathes of England would be placed under its strictest COVID-19 restrictions as a highly infectious virus variant sweeps the country, pushing the number of cases to a record level.

KATHMANDU, Dec 22: Nepal has implemented travel restrictions to and from the United Kingdom (UK) owing to the severe contagion of a new strain of the novel coronavirus discovered in the European country.

MUMBAI, Dec 22: India said on Monday it would suspend flights from the United Kingdom until the end of the year over fears of a new strain of the coronavirus.

DOVER, ENGLAND, Dec 21: More countries closed their borders to Britain on Monday over fears of a highly infectious new coronavirus strain, heightening global panic, causing travel chaos and raising the prospect of UK food shortages just days before the Brexit cliff edge.