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...

Construction resumes at Melamchi project

Aug 9, 2017- Construction works on the Melamchi Water Supply Project (MWSP) have resumed after a negotiation between the government and the agitating parties. The project’s construction work resumed on Monday after Minister of Water Supply and Sanitation Mahendra Yadav assured various stakeholders that their concerns would be addressed soon, project officials said on Tuesday. The local construction workers, suppliers and contractors had padlocked the project office for over a week after the main contractor, CMC Cooperativa Muratori e...

Number of five-star hotels in Nepal to double in next two years

Kathmandu, 7 August The number of five-star hotels in Nepal is likely to double in next two years as the investment in hospitality sector is promisingly increasing. Currently, there are 10 five-star hotels across the country and new hotels in the same number are being established within next couple of years. The Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN) says Rs 27.05 billion is being invested in these under-construction projects. Three of these hotels will be established in Kathmandu, one in...

Remembering Hiroshima in Kathmandu through canvas

On August 6 more than two dozen artists from India, Nepal and France participated in the one day “Hiroshima Peace Memorial Art Camp 2017” in the capital. The program was organized by Lumbini World Peace Forum to commemorate Hiroshima Day 2017. On August 6 1945 in Japanese city of Hiroshima world’s first atomic bomb was dropped in one of the worst violent acts in history. The art camp organized in Bouddha Stupa in Kathmandu was inaugurated by the founder...

Works resume on Upper Trishuli 3A project

Aug 6, 2017- China Gezhouba Group Company (CGGC), the contractor for Upper Trishuli 3A Hydroelectric Project has resumed construction of the project which was halted after the devastating earthquake in April 2015. The Chinese contractor, according to Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA)—the owner of the project—resumed work two weeks ago and is currently busy digging a tunnel and reconstructing the power house of the 60MW hydropower plant. Out of the 4.4 km long tunnel required for the development of the...

Meteor shower to illuminate Nepali sky in Baisakh

Kathmandu, April 19: Meteor shower will light up the Nepali sky in the Nepali month Baisakh. Two incidents of the amazing phenomenon will occur in Baisakh while one has to wait for the Nepali month of Kartik this year to view another similar spectacle, said Suresh Bhattarai, Chairman of the Nepal Astronomical Society. The Lyrid meteor shower will become active from April 18 and continue till April 25, he said, adding that the activeness would go excessive at 9:45...

Nepali team finds asteroids

March 7, 2017: The Nepal Asteroid Search Campaign 2017 held from January 19 to February 18 has found six new asteroids. Five teams were selected for the campaign from Nepal which included four from Kathmandu and one from Pokhara. The participating teams were provided with the photos taken by Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan – STARRS) based in Hawaii, USA along with necessary software and instructions. The teams found nine asteroids based on the photos and...

China’s first high level biosafety lab ready for service

March 1, 2017: China’s first high level biosafety laboratory has been accredited and will be formally putinto service, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said on 23rd February. The lab willenable Chinese scientists to research live Ebola virus and other highly contagious andinfectious diseases. The authorization certificate was issued by the China National Accreditation Service forConformity Assessment, according to CAS. The lab is based in Wuhan, capital city of Central China’s Hubei Province, and will be usedto study class...

SpaceX to fly two space tourists around the moon in 2018

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced Monday afternoon that the space tourists had already placed a significant deposit for the trip. The travelers will undergo fitness tests and begin training later this year. “Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will travel into space carrying the hopes and dreams of all humankind, driven by the universal human spirit of exploration,” SpaceX said in a blog post. For takeoff, SpaceX will use the same launch pad near Cape Canaveral, Florida,...

IT and Mobile Fest starting from Thursday in Pokhara

Feb 14, 2017: 8th Information technology and Mobile Fest is beginning in Pokhara which is jointly organized by Federation of Computer Association Nepal – Kaski and Pokhara Electronics Entrepreneurs Association from this Thursday . The festival aims to inform the public on the latest technologies in information and communication sector to enter Nepal, Association – Kaski Secretary, Bishwas Bhandari said on Monday. IT conference will be held during the event which will also host an extensive exhibition on technology, regional...

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