The Legislature-Parliament Secretariat on Friday published the timetable for electing a new Prime Minister as the country awaits a new executive head following the promulgation of the new constitution. full story »
The United States has advised its citizens to reconsider any travel plans to Nepal due to the ongoing fuel crisis acknowledging that the crisis was a result of “blockages at the border with India”. full story »
The June 2 crash of a helicopter of Mountain Helicopters was caused by distraction by a passenger and the pilot’s failure to react effectively to an unfamiliar geographical situation, the Tourism Minister said on Thursday in its final report on the disaster. full story »
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a new $15 million grant to rebuild schools, provide micro loans to help restore livelihoods, and to boost awareness of disasters in the 14 districts most severely affected by the recent earthquakes in Nepal. full story »
The five-day expo will feature 200 stalls showcasing a wide range of handicrafts including woodcraft, metal craft, silver craft, felt items, Dhaka cloth, cotton garments, pashmina, handmade paper, leather products and bamboo products, among others. Phototgrapher: Post File Photos
Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat, also a senior Nepali Congress leader, talks about the ongoing negotiations with the Madhes-centric parties, the repercussion of the blockade on Nepal, the pending reconstruction work and the formation of the new government. full story »
Nepal’s AFC Under-19 Championship Qualifiers campaign ended in a low note losing 3-0 to Jordan in their last Group ‘E’ match at the Samen All Aemeh Stadium in Iran on Tuesday. Having opened up the tournament with a humiliating 10-0 loss to title contenders Iran, Nepal—with one point— needed a huge-margin victory to stay in race for the 2016 Finals. However, the slim hopes also vanished after Jordan took control of the match scoring two early goals. Anas Ahmad Mahmoud Hammad opened the scoring for Jordan striking in the sixth minute before Hijazi Maher Hijazi doubled the lead in the 14th. Abdallah Ibrahim struck in the second minute of the four-minute added on time in the second half. The defeat saw Nepal finish at the bottom of four-team standings. After suffering crushing defeat from the hands of Iran, Nepal salvaged some pride holding Kuwait to a 1-1 draw. Kuwait had defeated Jordan 2-1 in their tournament opener on October 2. A total of ten group winners and five best second placed teams will qualify for the Finals with hosts Bahrain receiving an automatic qualification. If Bahrain finish top of their qualifying group or end up as one of the five second best placed teams, another best runner-up will get the chance.
A cocktail party is a fad in big fat weddings nowadays, and so have elaborate and voluminous cocktail gowns! But before you head to buy such an outfut, it's best to evaluate your body type and choose something that offers comfort, says an expert.full story »
Patients who frequently fail to take prescribed blood pressure-lowering medications may be more likely to wind up hospitalised for heart failure than people who only miss pills occasionally, a study suggests. full story »
He yells with a mouth wide open enough for a swallow to nest in. Panting and gasping, he moves his hands and eyes all over his body, to check if he has transformed into a woman just as in one of his unfinished stories full story »
When the earthquake struck five months ago, it felt as though it had shaken the nation’s core for the better. The media, for the first time in ages, seemed to have been forced toinform people about things apart from what leaders said or did on a particular day.
We know that our incompetent government and our lazy civil servants really don’t know how to run this country. So let us not be surprised that our government has no clue how to resolve the crisis in Tarai and work with India to let the goods stranded in the border to enter our land.
I’ve never seen anything like it. The transformations I’ve been witnessing, have stirred me for life, to say the least.A woman’s being able to see once again, after three years of blindness—imagine what that feels like.
The first scene opens with motion pictures on the wall, accompanied by noises, narrating the Mahabharata as it appears in BP Koirala’s shortest novel, Modi Aayin. Excerpts from BP’s novels and short stories are staged inthe form of vignettes woven into the play.
Raj Kumar Kunwar, a taxi driver who hails from Sindhupalchok, has been waiting for a day and a half to fill up his cab’s tank. Kunwar, who is currently in queue at the Nepal Police-owned petrol pump in Naxal, just to receive about nine litres of petrol, says he has been operating his taxi only once in three days for the last week.
They say I have become a woman, a state-less woman, an invisible woman, a second class citizen, a third class existence, a blob of some sort gliding through public vehicles and busy streets. Thisparticular blob happens to also have two protruding blobs that constantly get grabbed and a gaping hole that is persistently abused. I do not know how I became this blob.
Local communities play a crucial role in conserving biodiversity
The Eastern Himalayan region, of which Nepal is also a part of, is extremely rich in biodiversity. Recently more than 200 new species have been found in the region, according to the latest study, ‘Hidden Himalayas: Asia’s Wonderland’, by the World Wide Fund for Nature. The study revealed that from 2009 to 2014, 211 new species of animals and plants have been discovered in the region that encompasses Nepal, Tibet, Sikkim, Bhutan, Myanmar and parts of India’s Bengal and North-East states. The study, however, emphasises that climate change, pollution, illegal hunting, fishing along with construction of new dams, are threats to the species living in the area. Worringly, this region also consists of the four globally-threatened mammals—the Asian elephant, one-horned rhinoceros, wild water buffalo and Bengal tiger—all of which are also found in Nepal.
Biodiversity conservation has been a concern for Nepal and efforts have been made to address that. Almost 20 percent of the country has been turned into protected areas as national parks, conservation areas and wildlife reserves. In spite of these efforts, animal poaching had to be dealt with separately. To a great extent, Nepal has been successful in that area: there has been no poaching of rhinos for the past three years and tigers for last two years in the country. That Nepal has been doing a commendable work in the field of conservation should encourage the government to do more. Now that the illegal killing of tigers and rhinos are under control, it is time to prioritise other animals that face threat from poaching. For example, pangolin, an endangered species, has become a new target for killing and smuggling in Nepal. Even so, animal poaching is just one of many problems facing the wildlife. More efforts are needed in conserving the natural habitats of the animals and protecting the biodiversity as a whole by involving local communities. For instance, communities in a few districts of eastern Nepal have been actively engaged in conservation of red pandas, in areas beyond national parks or reserves. The Community-Based Red Panda Monitoring and Conservation under the Red Panda Network has been working since 2007 to mobilise local awareness and action to protect the endangered animals through habitat management and sustainable livelihoods. Similar efforts can be replicated for many other species in other parts of Nepal. Linking income generating incentives like eco-tourism would also motivate communities to work with the government and other agencies. Additionally, transboundary cooperation and efforts are also required as these species, some of which are endemic to the Himalayas, are not restricted by manmade borders.