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  • Swargashram – a forgotten tourist destination

    Babiyachaur (Myagdi), Aug 20: The Swargashram – a destination which has long remained elusive for tourists and pilgrims – is now facing a prospect of backsliding into the list of unknown and neglected places. Located at 2,500 metres above the sea level at Beni municipality – 3, the Swargashram unequivocally bears the potential to become one of the prime tourist destinations in the country. The site perched atop a hill offers panoramic view of Mt Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri, Gurja...

    Information sought from all 744 local tiers

    (Kumar Chaulagain) Kathmandu, Aug 18: The campaigners of the Right to Information (RTI) have simultaneously demanded information on activities and organizational frameworks in the 744 local units spread across the country. Coinciding with the National Information Rights Day, the Freedom Forum – which has been campaigning for freedom and RTI – will be spearheading the campaign on Thursday and Friday to seek information from all 744 local units. Freedom Forum’s Executive Chief, Taranath Dahal, Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ)...

    NSU organises blood donation programme

    Kathmandu, Aug 17: The Nepal Students Union organised a blood donation programme to help flood and landslide survivors requiring blood transfusion. The blood donation campaign was initiated after reports of blood shortage in most of the places in the tarai hit by floods trigged by incessant rainfall, Vice-President of the NSU, Urmila Thapaliya said. More than 150 people donated blood on the occasion. Meanwhile, the NSU has also decided to not celebrate teej festival this year but instead use...

    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...

    Dr KC ‘postpones’ strike in view of monsoon crisis

    August 16, 2017 Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital’s senior orthopaedic surgeon Dr Govinda KC, who was fasting unto death demanding various reforms in Nepal’s medical education sector, has ended his strike on the 23rd day on Tuesday and almost all newspapers have carried the story in front page with a picture. According to Nagarik anchor story, Dr KC decided not to continue the hunger strike after Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba himself took initiatives to address his demands. Dr KC, however, has said...

    Nepal floods: Death toll reaches 115; 38 missing

    Kathmandu, August 15 The death toll in recent floods and landslides across the country has reached 115 as of Tuesday morning, says the Ministry of Home Affairs. MoHA spokesperson Ram Krishna Subedi says the death of 115 persons has been confirmed whereas 38 people are missing. The Ministry says 2,847 houses were completely destroyed whereas 3,727 physical infrastructures suffered damages at different degrees. Meanwhile, around 27,000 personnel including those of security agencies have been mobilised in rescue and relief...

    Free SMS services in flood-hit areas

    Aug 14, 2017- SMS services have been made free in flood-affected areas, according to Mahendra Bahadur Gurung, Secretary at Ministry of Information and Communication. According to secretary Gurung, a provision to make SMS services free of cost by all telecom service providers has come into effect in view of current crisis of floods and landslides across the country.   However, the free SMS service will be effective only outside Kathmandu, read a tweet posted by Gurung.  

    Chinese vice-premier arrives today

    Aug 14, 2017- Nepal and China will sign some deals related to reconstruction and investment on infrastructure, among others, during the visit of Wang Yang, vice-premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. Wang is arriving in Kathmandu on an official visit on Monday evening. The visit is taking place at a time when India and China are locked in a dispute over the Doklam tri-junction and when Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba is leaving for...

    New law criminalises Chhaupadi custom

    Aug 10, 2017- More than a decade after the Supreme Court outlawed Chhaupadi, an ancient Hindu practice that banishes women from the home during menstruation and after childbirth, the Legislature-Parliament on Wednesday enacted a new law criminalising the centuries-old custom. As per the new law, which will come into effect soon, anyone forcing a woman to follow the custom will be liable to a three-month jail sentence or Rs 3,000 fine or both. The bill criminalising Chhaupadi became law as...

    No headway in talks as Dr KC’s health continues to deteriorate

    Aug 9, 2017- There has not been any breakthrough on addressing the demands of Dr Govinda KC even as his 11th fast-unto-death entered its 16th day on Tuesday, with doctors attending to him saying the fasting surgeon might need emergency intervention anytime as his health is deteriorating fast. A talks team formed by the government under Education Secretary Shanta Bahadur Shrestha has so far held several meetings with Dr KC’s representatives but without making any headway. One of the...

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