Electric power restored in Morang and Sunsari

Aug 16, 2017- Power supply has been restored in Morang and Sunsari districts after five days of blackout. The power supply to the districts was cut off after monsoon – triggered flooding entered the substation building at Sunsari causing considerable damages to the equipment on Friday night. The water was drawn out of the building through six pumping sets on Sunday. The electric power was restored after tests were carried out on the equipment inundated by the floodwaters. Although...

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...

Third Art without Borders exhibition on display

August 15, 2017,Women For Women Nepal has been hosting an exhibition on the theme ‘Buddhism in Modern Times’ at Newa Chen Gallery, Patan. The exhibit started from Saturday, and will conclude on Wednesday. The exhibition has artworks of aspiring Nepali as well as Japanese artists on display. Visitors can enjoy intricate works of five Nepali artists and one Japanese artist. Since Buddha’s preaching and the value of selflessness seems to disappear in the modern era, the paintings at the...

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.  

Power Exchange Committee meeting: Electricity imported from India is cheaper now

Kathmandu, August 10 The price of electricity being imported from India has come down slightly after a meeting of the bilateral Power Exchange Committee. Earlier, the price had been increasing every year at the rate of 5.5 per cent since 2011 as mentioned in an agreement between the two countries. They had also agreed to hold a meeting of the Exchange Committee every year. Though the meeting did not take place after that, the price continued to increase. Accordingly,...

Petrol pump operators launch strike

August 10, 2017 Operators of petrol stations across the country have launched a strike putting forth various demands and they will not collect petrol and diesel from Nepal Oil Corporation today, reports the lead story in The Himalayan Times. Further, they have warned to halt the sale of petroleum products from Sunday, the report says, adding the protest was launched after the NOC was reluctant to increase loss compensation to dealers during the fuel transportation. It quotes President of Nepal...

World major cities to have Nepal’s official information centres: Info Minister

Kathmandu,August 09 Minister for Information and Communications, Mohan Bahadur Basnet, has said the government was busy with homework to establish an ‘information centre’ in major countries and cities of the world as it wants right dissemination of information about domestic affairs of public interests in foreign countries. Addressing a programme organised in his honour by Tinkune-based Kautilya Secondary School today, he said, “Establishment of such centres with the appointment of honorary information ambassador would help Nepalis residing in foreign...

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...

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