Just days after the authorities declared successful containment of diarrhoea epidemic at Thula Chiudi settlement in Hima Rural Municipality, Jumla, there has been another outbreak in the area which has downed more than 50 people. full story »
A landslide triggered by heavy rains briefly dammed Bheri River before it burst with a destructive force, wiping out four houses and leaving more than 100 others at risk of collapse at Tallu Bagar area in Nalgadh Municipality of Jajarkot district on Tuesday. full story »
The board of directors of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (Caan) has approved a Rs45.17 billion budget for the fiscal year 2018-19, mainly focused on improving infrastructure at Kathmandu’s problem-plagued Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). full story »
A fleet of 17 high-tech, low-emission buses have been put on the streets of Kathmandu in a bid to reduce congestion and pollution as part of a project funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). full story »
GMR Upper Karnali Hydropower, the Indian company building the 900 MW Upper Karnali Hydropower Project located in western Nepal, is close to signing a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Bangladeshi government to export electricity generated by the plant. full story »
The Nepali rupee plunged to a record low against the US dollar with Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) fixing the exchange rate at 112.20 per dollar for Tuesday. The rupee’s free fall is an effect of the steady depreciation of the Indian rupee with which it is pegged. full story »
China’s leading consumer electronics brand Anker is looking to make a splash in Nepal. The brand is famous for its range of advanced portable electronic goods such as Anker power banks, portable projectors, USB cables and more. full story »
Nepali app developers win Microsoft award
Caan passes Rs45b budget with largest chunk for infra
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the dharmashala built at Pashupatinath during his upcoming visit to Nepal for the BIMSTEC Summit. Modi will be participating in the fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation to be held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31. full story »
Don’t you ever wonder what would happen if the oxygen we breathe in were to vanish from the air? We would suffocate and cease to be. The pollution pumped into our atmosphere is constant and vast in amount. Soon the ozone layer above us is going to be so full of holes we will no longer be protected from carcinogenic UV light. full story »
Nepali film awards are a dime-a-dozen. Numerous in number, but short on quality, these awards have even courted controversy in the past with lists of award winners being revealed prior to the shows. Last year, filmmakers such as Deepak Rauniyar, Min Bhadur Bham and Dipendra K Khanal went as far as to boycott award shows altogether. Still the flood of award shows continues unabated. full story »
The Beauty of Bangladesh, first solo show of Bangladeshi artist Rashedul Islam is currently on display at the Mithila Yain Gallery in Thamel. The exhibit comprises almost entirely of watercolour landscapes—some of lush pastures and others of the mangrove estuaries that typify the Bengal delta. full story »
Nepali physiotherapist Puran Tiruwa is set to work on yet another Bollywood film. After working on the much-awaited Amir Khan starrer Thugs of Hindostan, which is slated for release this November, Tiruwa is currently working on the sets of Salman Khan-starrer Bharat. full story »
The newly-launched Food Truck in Gairidhara is all the rage among Kathmandu’s younger crowd, and for good reason—with three minibuses remodelled as colourful food trucks, the eatery offers a dining experience like no other. full story »
A one-day literary fest, Ghumti Sahitya Utsav, featuring authors in the likes of Madan Krishna Shrestha, Yug Pathak, Shivani Singh Tharu and Nayan Raj Pandey, along with local writers, is slated to engage Pokhara’s literature aficionados this Saturday, Aug 18. full story »
With Birgunj drawing headlines for political reasons as a city at the heart of the Madhesi protests and the 2015 Indian blockade, its rich literary tradition has taken a backseat, according to author Girish Giri who penned the 2016 book Birgunj: Mero Sahar ko Katha. full story »
Social Media Awards being mooted
Beauty of Bangladesh on exhibit at Mithila Yain
Physio Tiruwa roped in for Salman’s Bharat
One-day lit fest in Pokhara
‘Birgunj’s literary character needs to be reclaimed’
With growing consensus on the declining quality of medical education in the country, the government had formed the Mathema Commission in 2015, an expert panel, to formulate a policy on medical education. The commission advised the government to form a Health Profession Education Commission to deal with issues of medical education including their university affiliation and quality control. full story »
Expert Education and Visa Services on Sunday appointed national cricket captain Paras Khadka as its brand ambassador for three years.
Expert Education’s chief executive Sanjiv Sharma and Khadka exchanged the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Sunday. The terms and condition of the contract however was not disclosed. Expert also organised an interaction session ‘Meet and Greet Paras’ with the cricket fans.
Expert Education, who has been facilitating for higher education of Nepali students in Australia, also provided cash incentives of Rs 150,000 for Star Cricket Academy of Bhairahawa which is being operated by veteran cricketer Shakti Gauchan. “Nepal recently got the One Day International (ODI) status and even won a match in the first ever ODI series (against the Netherlands). It is essential that private sector step up along with government to preserve this historic achievement. So we decided to join hands with Paras to chip in for the development of the game,” said Sharma.
Sharma added that it was not just partnership with Khadka but a gesture to recognise the team’s recent achievement. Khadka lauded the role of Expert Education for development of grassroot cricket as it has been organising country-wide school and college cricket league for the last three years. “We will try to create environment for promotion of the game under this partnership,” said Khadka. “Nepali cricket has come this long on its own and now it is time for investment. Only a few years back no one would believe that Nepal would play ODI. But now it is time for everyone to realise our next dream—play Test cricket in the next 9/10 years,” added Khadka.
During the interaction session with fans, the Nepal skipper expressed his desire to get into cricket administration the end of his playing career. “After finishing my playing career I may go to cricket administration. But it has its own process of getting to that point.” Khadka also said it was not just his interest to join the cricket administration but also a requirement given the current situation of Nepali cricket. Nepali cricket is under ICC suspension for the last two years. Gauchan thanked Expert Education for its effort in promotion of Nepali cricket from grassroot level. “I am running the academy for the last nine years. I made approaches with numerous organisations and companies for financial support but Expert Education is the first to listen to us and I really appreciate the gesture,” said Gauchan.
Delayed reporting by patients and lack of adequate diagnostic tools still remain a major challenge for efficient functioning of Rapid Response Teams (RRT) who work as primary responder during any epidemics or disasters. full story »
Having older brothers and sisters puts infants at higher risk for being hospitalised with the flu. Researchers studied 1,115 hospital admissions of children under two born in Scotland from 2007 to 2015. full story »
A common antibiotic called doxycycline can disrupt the formation of negative thoughts and fears in the brain and may prove useful in treating or preventing post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to research by British and Swiss scientists. full story »
Workers exposed to chemicals like deodorizers, sanitizers, disinfectants and sterilizers on the job may be more likely than other people to develop thyroid cancer, a recent study suggests. full story »
Delayed reporting, lack of diagnostic tools key challenge for RRT
Children’s Health: Older siblings a risk factor for serious flu infections in infants
3-day diabetes diagnosis camp in Lalitpur
Regular exercise may improve odds of surviving a heart attack
Lots of sleep tied to worse breast cancer survival odds
Scientists find common antibiotic could prevent or treat PTSD
Chemical disinfectants and sanitizers linked to thyroid cancer
Human Resources Society Nepal (HRSN), an umbrella organisation for HR professionals in Nepal, is set to organise the seventh iteration of the National HR Conference on August 24 this year. Having explored various themes in the past—like ‘Managing People during Crisis’, ‘Employee Care for Higher Productivity’ and ‘HR for Tomorrow, Trends and Transformation’—this year’s conference is set to be themed ‘Unleash HR for National Development’. full story »
In 1959, I returned home from Banaras to Amarpur. While I was there, one of my step-uncles, Baburam Aryal, came to visit. He was working in Kathmandu as a clerk in the secretariat office of Nepal’s first elected parliament and I had long conversations with him about my education and experiences in Banaras, what he was doing in Nepal’s civil service and what life was like in Kathmandu.
It’s no news that Kathmandu’s theatregoers have a penchant for slapstick humour. Give them some and they will embrace it with hearty laughs even if the execution is sometimes half-baked. This has led to, as some critics have pointed out, directors often forcibly inserting humour where it is not warranted, breaking up a play’s rhythm and taking it off into tangents.
The far-western region of Nepal is as fascinating as it is remote. As the roads get narrower and concrete gives way to traditional mud houses, simpler way of life starts to unfold in front of your eyes. The days here move at such a relaxed pace that you are compelled to soak in the sights, sounds and smells. But this, I suppose, happens whenever you travel to new places and meet new faces.
Qatar and Malaysia are the two foremost destinations for migrant workers from my village, Myanglung in Tehrathum. The tropical, peninsular country of Malaysia and the desert nation of Qatar have starkly different environments and are not of commensurable sizes.
We live in a ‘New’ Nepal where we’re slowly turning our backs on the rule of law and heading to the rule of the jungle. Well, our rebels have left the jungle and are now major power players. A decade of tasting ‘power’ has turned our rebels into the same old corrupt politicians they vowed to take action against during their ‘jungle fever’ days. Now, who really wants to go back to the jungle?
Parenting is a fine juggle. Take this as a point in case. There is a rage in our house and neighbourhood over a game my son and his pals have named Pen Fight. Essentially, Pen Fight is playing gucchas, or marbles, with pens-- one pen knocks another off the table, and the person with the strongest pen (read, heaviest pen) wins.
Veteran painter and writer Manuj Babu Mishra died of a heart attack this week at the age of 83. Mishra was already iconic in his lifetime—his paintings enjoyed wide recognition at home and abroad while he was also a respected and prolific writer of fiction, history, and art. Manuj Babu Mishra was a celebrated polymath but also an extreme recluse who shunned the limelight. He had often referred to himself as a hermit of sorts and he breathed his last at the so-called Hermitage, his personal residence.
When a fire engulfed the top floor of the Share Market Building in Putalisadak in February this year, it took firefighters from the City Fire Brigade (Juddha Barun Yantra) a little under twenty minutes to bring the flames under control. The building, which straddles one of the Capital’s busiest streets, was spared from major damage in part because it is located just a kilometer away from the fire station that is capable of dispatching personnel within two minutes of receiving a distress call.
When I arrived at the campus of Brandeis University (located just outside of Boston, Massachusetts, United States) in August 1984 to start my undergraduate education, I knew only one thing about liberal arts education.
Introduction of the high-tech, low-emission buses could help reduce pollution
Deteriorating public transport associated with urban sprawl and increased motorisation has been plaguing Kathmandu for ages. Amid this, a fleet of 17 high-tech, low emission buses have been introduced to replace the 26 ageing microbuses and 35 tempos that ply the Gongabu-Sinamangal route. This is exciting news as it could be a game changer for improving mass transport and reducing congestion and pollution in the Capital.
Green public transport in Kathmandu is not new. When the iconic trolley bus, which was a gift from China, was first introduced in 1975, it was ahead of its time. For two solid decades, it connected Kathmandu with Thimi and Bhaktapur, but the service had to be discontinued in 2008 owing to poor management.
According to the Department of Transport Management, the number of registered vehicles--cars and motorbikes in particular—in Kathmandu alone increased by over 20 percent from 2014-2016. An increase in the number of registered vehicles coupled with the lack of emission control has led to a worrisome rise in pollution. Air pollution not only causes respiratory infections, excessive exposure to high levels of particulate matter (PM) 2.5 in the air can lead to cardiovascular diseases and long-term damage to the liver, spleen, and blood.
Quite naturally, urban populations, particularly the children and elderly, are especially vulnerable to the effects of air pollution. If traffic mismanagement and the increase in accidents, especially by two-wheelers, are factored in, simply taking to Kathmandu’s streets could potentially be lethal. The only long-term and sustainable solution here is to invest in a proper mass transit system. And introduction of the high-tech, low-emission buses could help reduce pollution.
Over the years, the population of Kathmandu has grown manifold. But there is an incongruity between the rise in population and the development of a proper mass public transport. There is an acute mismanagement problem. Commuters can barely expect a comfortable, hassle free ride as there is no schedule and bus stops are few and far in between. What’s more, public vehicles are overcrowded since they cram in more people than their carrying capacity.
Until recently, the syndicate system in the transport sector was a major player when it came to fixing routes, hiking prices, and deterring other players from entering the market. Political efforts to curb the syndicate in the Capital had long been futile even when cases were twice filed at the Supreme Court. But the recent Oli-led government appears to have been successful to some degree in ending the cartel in public transportation. In May, following an agreement with the government, public transport operators started registering themselves as private companies. The compromise opened up the market for new players, proving that strong leadership can undo years of bad practices.
Public transport is one of the pillars of sustainable urban development. Different cities have different characteristics. If the government and the private sector sustain their drive for greener public transportation, then Kathmandu, infamous for being a congested, polluted city, can be transformed in to a city where residents can breathe free.