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  • Nepal’s hydropower boom needs strategic assessment and public oversight

    Kathmandu,Jan 18:Without a comprehensive plan for its hydropower sector, Nepal suffers the fate of a resource-rich country that cannot use its abundance well, argues Eugene Simonov Prologue: A tale of two dams In 2017, I visited 1,200 MW Budhi Gandaki hydropower project, 70 kilometres from Kathmandu, and found many similarities with the Egiin Gol hydropower project in Mongolia, long monitored by our RwB Coalition. Both projects were designed in the 1970s Soviet-school mega-hydropower planning style, both have not progressed in 40 years. In...

    PM directs officials to stop action against Tootle, Pathao

    Kathmandu, January 17 Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has directed transport officials not to take any action against Tootle and Pathao, the businesses which have been employing private motorbike owners to give rides to members of the public. The directive comes days after the Metropolitan Traffic Police Division reportedly launched a crackdown on the companies and arrested the riders. Social media users including political leaders had protested the police move, citing the businesses were innovative and helping people. “The Prime...

    China launches Zhongxing-2D satellite

    XICHANG, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) — China sent Zhongxing-2D satellite into space on a Long March-3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province at 1:11 a.m. Friday. The satellite has entered the preset orbit. The Chinese-made communication and broadcasting satellite will provide transmission service for the country’s radio, television stations and cable television networks. The Zhongxing-2D satellite and Long March-3B carrier rocket were developed and produced by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. This was...

    Sudden power cuts in Valley due to surge in demand: Kulman Ghising

    Kathmandu,Jan 11:The Kathmandu Valley is suffering from sudden power cuts in the past week following a sharp rise in demand. Managing Director of Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) Kulman Ghising, who has optimized the distribution system to ensure uninterrupted power supply in recent years, attributed the problem to the gap between demand and supply. “Demand of electricity has increased suddenly. The peak demand in Kathmandu Valley this time last year was 320 MW. It has now risen to 400 MW,”...

    Mysterious Radio Signals From Deep Space Detected

    Kathmandu,Jan 10:Astronomers have revealed details of mysterious signals emanating from a distant galaxy, picked up by a telescope in Canada. The precise nature and origin of the blasts of radio waves is unknown. Among the 13 fast radio bursts, known as FRBs, was a very unusual repeating signal, coming from the same source about 1.5 billion light years away. Such an event has only been reported once before, by a different telescope. “Knowing that there is another suggests that...

    China Moon Mission Lands Chang’e-4 Spacecraft

    Kathmandu,Jan 03: China says it has successfully landed a robotic spacecraft on the far side of the Moon, the first ever such attempt and landing. At 10:26 Beijing time (02:26 GMT), the unmanned Chang’e-4 probe touched down in the South Pole-Aitken Basin, state media said. It is carrying instruments to analyse the unexplored region’s geology, as well to conduct biological experiments. The landing is being seen as a major milestone in space exploration. There have been numerous missions to...

    Nepal to launch satellites

    Kathmandu,Jan 03:The Himalayan Times reports that Nepal is set to launch its own satellite by May 2019 with the help of two Nepalis who have completed master’s degree in engineering form a Japan-based university and are pursuing a post-doctorate degree. The two will be given Rs 20 million to launch three satellites named ‘Birds 3.’ The satellite will take photos of various parts of the country and also disseminate information about possible disasters. Once the satellites are launched, Nepal will not...

    Government to buy 300 electric buses

    Kathmandu, December 28 The government has decided to purchase 300 electric buses to ply in Kathmandu. According to Minister for Information and Communication Gokul Baskota, the decision was made in a cabinet meeting. He also said that the government would be investing its own money while purchasing the buses. He added the electric busses would help control the air pollution in the Valley and also hoped it would help promote the use of electric vehicles in the capital. Baskota...

    China launches telecommunication technology test satellite

    XICHANG, Dec. 25 (Xinhua) — China successfully launched the No. 3 telecommunication technology test satellite on Tuesday. The satellite was launched at 0:53 a.m. Beijing Time by a Long March-3C carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. The satellite was developed and produced by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. There have been 296 Long March rocket missions.

    Nepal Police installing CCTV cameras in 75 places

    Kathmandu,Dec 24: Annapurna Post reports that Nepal Police in collaboration with local government has put up to 75 CCTV cameras around the Kathmandu valley. There are plans to install even more.

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