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  • Google provides voice typing service in Nepali among 30 new languages

    Kathmandu, August 16 Internet search giant Google has said it is providing voice typing service in 30 more languages including Nepali in various Google apps. Now, Google’s speech recognition system can support total 119 languages. The company has said it is another bid to make the internet more inclusive. “To incorporate 30 new language varieties, we worked with native speakers to collect speech samples, asking them to read common phrases,” the company says, “This process trained our machine learning...

    Berlin’s economy benefits from tourism like never before

    15 Aug 2017   BERLIN – The tourism industry in Berlin has broken yet another record. Over the past two years, the gross amount of revenue generated by visitors to the German capital has climbed by about €1 billion to 11.58 billion euros a year. This is the result of a new 2016 study on tourism as an economic factor conducted by dwif-Consulting GmbH for visitBerlin. The positive trend continued in the first half of 2017: the number of overnight stays in hotels...

    High drama in Jomsom

    Aug 15, 2017- This week saw many firsts for Himalaya Roadies. Having spent the past six episodes confined to auditions and introductions, the reality show is now finally getting down to business, with the thirteen remaining contestants making their first journey—a gruelling ride to Jomsom in Lower Mustang. If last week’s episode, which saw the show’s first ever “vote out”, laid down the fault lines among the contestants, it proved to be only a promissory note for the high...

    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...

    Parties’ student wings launch joint campaign for flood rescue, relief

    Kathmandu, August 14 Student unions affiliated to various political parties have decided to launch a joint campaign to mobilise their members in rescue and relief activities in the wake of recent floods and landslides in various parts of the country. A meeting of the unions held in Kathmandu today decided to launch the campaign immediately targeting 26 districts hit by the recent disasters. CPN-UML-aligned ANNFSU’s Secretary RC Lamichhane says the student unions will also submit a memorandum to the...

    Nepse slips marginally at 0.42pc

    Aug 13, 2017- Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse) fell 7.05 points to close at 1,653.53 points last week, with banks reluctant to reduce interest rate for loan against shares. The secondary market that opened at 1,660.58 points on Sunday gained 4.47 points to close at 1,665.05 points. On Monday, the market inclined 2.89 points to close at 1,667.94 points. After the public holiday on Tuesday, the market plunged 6.22 points and 8.19 points on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. As a result,...

    Four reasons why Shey-Phoksundo is the best place to avoid monsoon

    10,August There are many lakes in Nepal that have captured the imagination of travellers, both domestic and international. Among the lakes, Shey-Phoksundo has a unique place in the hearts of travellers. Many globetrotters added the lake, situated at an altitude of 3,660 m, to their bucket list after the success of Eric Valli’s Caravan. Many in Nepal remember Shey-Phoiksundo as the country’s largest national park covering an area of 3,555 sq km. Tucked away in the great Himalayas, the area falls...

    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...

    You’ve got to arrive well: Global Jet Centre discusses growing role in medical tourism

    09Aug 2017 Medical tourism conjures up images of rich clients arriving in style from across continents into topnotch healthcare facilities and flying back fully restored to health. As the world shifts into high gear on globalization, medical tourism scales unprecedented growth. Intercontinental medical treatments are becoming more popular than ever before. Many cities across the world have already repositioned themselves as medical tourism destinations. Several countries are developing programs to build their own dedicated healthcare hubs for international patients....

    Only 7 per cent houses are quake-proof in Kathmandu

    Kathmandu,August 9 Only around seven percent houses constructed in Kathmandu Valley have met the government standard set for earthquake resistance, says Nepal Samacharpatra lead story today. Though many years have passed since the introduction of Building Code, the level of awareness about quake-resistant buildings in citizens is very weak, the report comments on the basis of data obtained from the Ministry of Urban Development. Recently, the Ministry had conducted a survey in Kathmandu in coordination with Japan International Cooperation Agency to...

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