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  • Nepal wants to repatriate Bhutanese refugees

    Kathmandu,Nov 05:Though negotiations for the settlement of Bhutanese refugees currently living in Nepal have stalled for years, the Nepal government is pinning its hopes on the new government in Thimpu to repatriate refugees, Republica reports in its lead story. In past one decade, over 113,000 Bhutanese refugees in Nepal have chosen to settle in the third countries and 6,659 people have refused to go elsewhere. Therefore, the government will ask Bhutan to take those 6,659 people back to the home country,...

    Parliamentary committee to visit Khokana, Bungmati sections

    Kathmandu, October 31 Members of Parliament’s State Affairs and Good Governance Committee are to visit the Khokana and Bungmati sections of the Kathmandu-Nijgadh Fast-track, a strategically important road that will connect Kathmandu with the Terai. A meeting of the committee on Wednesday decided to undertake the visit to address issues raised by local residents of the two areas. According to the committee, local residents have filed complaints saying that their voices have not been heard during the construction process. “The...

    Dharahara reconstruction finally begins

    Kathmandu,Oct 31: After a long wait of three and half years since the devastating quake, the government has finally begun the reconstruction of historic Dharahara tower in Sundhara of Kathmandu, according to news reports in Rajdhaniand Gorkhapatra. Quoting National Reconstruction Authority Chief Executive Officer Sushil Gyewali, Gorkhapatra says the reconstruction has already begun. Meanwhile, Rajdhani informs that the foundation stone will be laid before Tihar, which is just one week away. Meanwhile, many heritage sites including Ranipokhari and Kashthamandap are waiting for the...

    PM Oli’s health improves

    Kathmandu, October 30 Doctors attending to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli have said his health is gradually improving. Oli has been admitted to Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital for treatment of chest infection and imbalanced sugar level among other ailments since Monday morning. But, as of Tuesday morning, he has been able to take breakfast and shave on his own, according to the doctors. They claim if the improvement remains steady, he can be discharged after around two days. Manmohan Cardiothoracic Vascular...

    Nepal President leaves for official Qatar trip

    Kathmandu, October 29 Nepal’s President Bidya Devi Bhandari has left for a four day official visit to Qatar upon the invitation of Qatari Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, on Monday morning. Vice-President Nanda Bahadur Pun saw her off at the Tribhuvan International Airport before a special troop of Nepal Army paid a guard of honour. A Cabinet meeting held on Sunday had approved the visit. During President Bhandari’s visit, the two countries will sign agreements on cooperation in agriculture...

    President Bhandari to offer tika, jamara to public on Dashain day

    Kathmandu, October 11 President Bidya Devi Bhandari will offer tika and jamara to the members of the general public on the occasion of the Bada Dashain festival on October 19. The President’s personal joint secretary and priest at the Office of the President, Hem Chandra Dhakal, gave out this information while initiating the ritual of Ghatasthapana at the President House on Wednesday. Dhakal said the President would offer tika and jamara to the distinguished persons and the members of...

    Rice production may grow by 12 per cent this year

    Kathmandu,Oct 11: The government has predicted that the rice production will grow by 12 per cent in the country thanks to sufficient monsoon rains, Rajdhani reports in its anchor story. Spokesperson at the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, Tej Bahadur Subedi, says the prediction can be achieved if there is not any natural disaster in next two months.

    The story of ‘living goddess

    Kathmandu,Oct 10: The Taleju Bhawani Temple in central Kathmandu stands out among the swarm of temples and monuments around the Durbar Square. As I sit nearby the temple, a woman walks up to the gate of the Taleju Bhawani and bows seeking blessing from the goddess. There is a certain satisfaction on her face. I ask her how long she’s been coming here and what she thinks about the temple, to which she replies, “I have been coming here...

    Yeti Airlines plane ‘collides with’ jackal in Nepalgunj

    Kathmandu, October 8 A Yeti Airlines aircraft has ‘collided with’ a jackal at the Nepalgunj Airport on Sunday evening. The ATR-72 aircraft was landing at the Airport at around 7:15 pm yesterday when it hit the animal. Director at the Nepalgunj office of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, Prem Nath Thakur, says the incident, however, did not cause any harm. But, the jackal died on the spot. He informs that the animal was crossing the runway while the plane...

    Chitlang-the historical valley on Nepal’s Rolls Royce Trail

    Yes, curiously, it also came to be known as the ‘Rolls Royce’ trail as the first ever automobile (in 1934), and subsequently, others owned by the Kathmandu’s royalties, foreign dignitaries and aristocrats were transported by this route–not on wheels but shoulder-borne by porters. The villagers thronged to watch the spectacular sight as the porters carried the car balanced on bamboo poles to the rhythmic chanting of ‘hoste-hainse’ (Nepali rallying cry). In 1940 porters numbering 60, carried a 1939 Daimler-Benz gifted...

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