11.2 million SMSes sent during post-flood tariff waiver

Kathmandu, August 21 Nepal Telecom says around 11.2 million short messages have been sent and received within its network from Sunday to Tuesday as the company had announced that it would not charge any cost for the service during this period in a bid to give relief to flood victims and their relatives. While 1.73 million SMSes were sent on Sunday, the numbers stood at 4.755 million and 4.715 million on next two days, the company says. Meanwhile, the Department of Hydrology...

NPC decides to list all hydels under national priority projects

Kathmandu, August 19 The National Planning Commission — the apex planning body of the government — decided to provide special treatment to all hydropower projects in the country, listing them under ‘national priority projects’. Considering that lack of energy is a major bottleneck for development, the apex planning body of the government has instructed the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation to facilitate hydropower projects by cooperating when it is necessary to clear forests. The recent guideline issued by...

“Govt puts relief distribution to flood-survivors on high priority,” reaffirms PM Deuba

Kathmandu, Aug 18: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has reaffirmed the government’s priority on relief operation in the flood-affected areas in various parts of the country. PM Deuba reaffirmed the commitment while receiving a cheque from the Nepal Truck and Tankers Entrepreneurs Federation Chairperson Arjun Ranabhat here today at the PM official residence, Baluwatar. The cheque bearing the amount Rs 1,501,111 was provided to the Prime Minister Disaster Relief Fund to help assist flood-survivors. On the occasion, PM Deuba...

Flood causes over billion losses to Hetauda Industrial Corridor

Hetauda, August 18: Monsoon rains caused a big loss equivalent to Rs 1.77 billion to the Hetauda Industrial Corridor while eight industries have incurred physical losses over Rs 25 million. Preliminary damage assessment made by a joint team of the Industrial District Management Office, Hetauda and Makwanpur’s Industries Association. Detailed study about the losses is awaited. Among eight industries suffering physical damages by the flooding, three are yet to resume their operation. According to Corridor Management Office’s manager Nepal...

Bright Market to employ visually impaired citizens

Pokhara, Aug 18: The Ujyaalo Academy Nepal on Thursday set up a Bright Market at the Siddhartha Mini Market at Chipledhunga of Pokhara to provide employment for the visually impaired and physically disabled citizens. The market was established with an aim to make visually impaired persons self – dependent through entrepreneurship and commercial ventures and provide them an opportunity for self – employment, Academy’s Publicity Coordinator, Sirkant Sapkota said. The organization has also taken an aim of proving that...

Manju receives financial support from Nepali diaspora in Hong Kong

Urlabari (Morang), Aug 18: The Urlabari Family, Hong Kong has extended financial assistance to a 27 – year – old woman of Uralbari – 6 suffering from kidney failure. Manju Dhimal was provided Rs 281,000 for treatment of both of her failed kidneys. The money was raised among the members of the Nepali diaspora in Hong Kong and handed over on Thursday to the Dhimal family. Urlabari Family Hong Kong Chairman, Bikash Limbu, handed over the money to Manju’s...

Grand Australian education fair today

Pokhara, Aug 17: The ‘Grand Australian Education Fair’ is taking place today in Pokhara under the aegis of Expert Education and Visa Services. All necessary preparations to this effect were complete, shared Expert Pokhara Director Ramesh Kumar Thapa at a press conference organized here on Wednesday. There will be the representation of 10 Australian Universities and Campuses in the fair to be held at Hotel Barahi Lakeside. According to Thapa, the fair is organized targeting the students aspiring to...

CG relief assistance to flood survivors

Rajbiraj, Aug 17: The Chaudhary Group on Wednesday distributed relief to flood survivors in three villages of Saptari district. The relief aid was distributed to 570 flood-affected families of Sakardahi, Madhuwapur and Badnaha in ward number 2, 3 and 4 of Hanumannagar Kankalani municipality. CG senior manager Anil Singh shared that the flood-affected family each was provided with 10 packet noodles, 1-kg bhujiya and a bottle mineral water. Likewise, the Rastriya Janata Party had provided financial assistance of Rs...

Biratnagar Airport likely to resume air services by Saturday

Biratnagar, Aug 17: Nepal Army personnel have been mobilized to clear the runway of Biratnagar airport as it was completely covered by mud and sand due to inundation caused by incessant rainfall. The Biratnagar Airport has shut down its all air services due to runway inundation. About 200 NA personnel have been mobilized to clear the airport runway with the help of various equipments and are expected to bring the airport back into operation by Saturday. According to, Suresh...

Nepal-China ties

17,August Hu Shiseng, Director of the Beijing-based Institute of South and Southeast Asian and Oceanic studies at Chinese Institute of Contemporary International Relations, in his op-ed for The Kathmandu Post says China and Nepal should move ahead with trans-Himalayan development, with or without India. Hu says Nepal and China have been able to resolve disputes swiftly and effectively and China does not interfere in Nepal’s internal matters. He also proposes that Nepal could use its special relations with both China and India...

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