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  • Climate smart practices revive cardamom farming in eastern Himalayas

    Kathmandu, Dec 03:What is the most important cash crop for smallholder farmers in the eastern Himalayas? No, it is not tea. It’s large cardamom. The spice has specific growing conditions; loamy soil, moist and shady slopes that also get sunshine for some part of the day. Such a combination can only be found in eastern Nepal, southern Bhutan, Sikkim and the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. Traditionally, large cardamom has grown wild in these hills, in soil considered...

    Tamakoshi power generation to begin next year

    Kathmandu, Nov 20 : After the Sunday breakthrough in the construction of a tunnel for the Tamakoshi Hydropower Project, it has been expected that power generation will begin around this time next year, reports Republica in the anchor story. The project’s manager Bigyan Shrestha has told the paper that they aim to complete all construction works and launch the power generation from the 456-megawatt project, the biggest power plant in the country so far, by November 2018. The report informs that the...

    West Seti Paperwork Moves Forward

    Nov 17:Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) and China Three Gorges Corporation signed an agreement to establish a JV, West Setu Hydro Power Company, to construct the 750 MW West Seti hydropower project. Karobar, in its lead story for the day, says the agreement was signed five years behind schedule. The paper reports that the NEA will have 25 per cent stake in the company and the rest will go to Three Gorges. The report says that Three Gorges has agreed to give...

    Nepal to hold tiger census

    Nov 16 :The Nepal government is preparing to hold a fresh tiger census from the last week of November, according to the anchor story in Nepal Samacharpatra. The Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation says the census will be carried out by dividing tiger habitats into three parts including Parsa-Chitwan, Banke-Bardiya and Shuklaphanta. It is expected that the census will be over in three months.

    Rolpa banda affects life

    Rolpa, Nov 13 (RSS): The Rolpa banda (general shutdown) called by Biplav-led Nepal Communist Party has badly affected people’s daily life. The Rolpa bazaar is closed since morning. Similarly, transportation service is halted and educational institutions closed. Nepal Communist Party Rolpa has informed that the banda was called against the arrest of its district In-charge Dal Bahadur Khatri and Secretary Santosh Subedi, among others. Yagyashwor Acharya representing the Jaljala Transport Entrepreneurs’ Committee said vehicles used for both long and...

    Electric vehicles on parties’ priority list

    Nov 21-Karobar says political parties have accorded a high priority to development and promotion of electric vehicles in the country in manifestoes they have prepared for upcoming elections. The joint manifesto of CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist Centre reads that they will allow e-vehicles only to play Kathmandu roads within next three years. Likewise, the Nepali Congress has said it will replace ‘pollution-causing’ vehicles as soon as possible. Experts, however, have said the plans look very good; but what matters more is...

    Cost of Bhairahawa airport up by 335 per cent

     Nov 7:Karobar reports that the government had set aside Rs 8 billion for the construction of Gautam Buddha International Airport, but the project is expected to overshoot its budget by a whopping 335 per cent. The report says that although a big plot of land is required for the new airport, the government has not acquired necessary land for the purpose. The price of land in the area has shot up due to the development of the airport, and the...

    Checkpoints With India ‘Sensitive’

    Nov 3:Karobar reports that Ministry of Home Affairs has classified over six dozen border crossings with India as ‘sensitive’. According to the report, illegal weapons seized from different parts of Kathmandu in the past few weeks have been traced to India. The report quotes a home ministry official to say that police presence has been stepped up along the border in the wake of the threats.

    Three killed in motorcycle accident in Tanahu

    Damauli, Nov 2 (RSS): Three persons died when a motorcycle knocked down a pedestrian and overturned at Eklephaant in Aanbhukhairini rural municipality-2 in Tanahu along the Dumre-Muglin road section on Wednesday evening. The deceased were identified as Nikesh Singh, 20, and Sabin Adhikari of Kailashpur in Bhaktapur district and Nanumaya Rana, 60, of Chayngling, Palungtar Municipality-1 in Gorkha district, according to the District Police Office, Tanahu. Among the deceased, two were riding on a motorcycle and another was the...

    EV Charging Station To Be Set Up In Kathmandu

    Kanchanpur, Oct 24:Gorkhapatra says the Nepal Electricity Authority is preparing to set up EV charging station at his head office in Kathmandu. The paper says that such charging stations will be established in different parts of the city and taken outside of the valley as well.

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