National Cricket Team Coach Pubudu Dassanayake has resigned from his post bringing an end to a five-year successful coaching career that saw him guide the country to the 2014 ICC World Twenty20. full story »
After sporadic clashes erupted between supporters of Madhesi Morcha and security personnel on Monday, the vehicular movement in Bhairahawa-Saunali border has come to a grinding halt on Tuesday. Not a single vehicle has crossed the border since this morning. full story »
Veteran communist leader Baburam Bhattarai, who recently severed his ties with UCPN (Maoist), has been travelling across the country as part of his campaign to form a new ‘political force’. full story »
Nepal’s banks and financial institutions (BFIs) will have to come up with a combined Rs228 billion in the next two years to fulfil the central bank’s directive to boost their paid-up capital. full story »
Economic growth rate likely to dip to 3.7pc
Planes flying with empty seats
Hydropower projects knocked out by earthquake still offline
100 trucks enter Nepal
Blockade, energy shortages goad country into looking for solutions
Energy crisis may hit banking services
BFIs need Rs228 billion to meet paid-up capital requirement
The Indian government has tightened the unofficial blockade at the southern border in Nepalgunj as Nepal reels under the acute shortage of fuel products and soaring prices of daily commodities. full story »
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 »
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.
Govt and the private sector both need to go an extra mile to revive tourism
Langtang Valley, in Rasuwa district, was severely affected by the April earthquake. An entire village was wiped off the map resulting in more than 300 deaths including tourists. Home to the Langtang National Park, the region is a major tourist destination for trekking in Nepal. After the quake, Langtang was blocked from the rest of the country. But recently, keeping the tourist season in mind, the foot trail to Langtang Valley has been opened. Another popular trekking route of the region, the Tamang Heritage Trail has also been opened. Tourism entrepreneurs in both the places hope to revive their businesses. Other major trekking routes in the Everest and the Annapurna regions affected by the quake have also been declared safe for travel by the government after conducting proper assessments. According to the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) report, tourism industry suffered a massive loss of Rs 62.37 billion due to the April earthquake and it is estimated that the tourist inflow will decrease by more than half this year over the forecast of the Tourism Ministry prior to the tremblor. The effect of the disaster will have long-term consequences. It has been predicted that the damage suffered by the industry could continue to have future repercussions for the next two to three years. This is a matter of concern as tourism contributes substantially to Nepal’s economy. Last year alone, as per the 2015 report of the World Travel and Tourism Council on Nepal, the tourism industry contributed Rs 83.7 billion to the GDP and generated 487,500 jobs. Therefore, it is crucial for the country to get its tourism industry back on track. In the aftermath of the earthquake, the PDNA had identified the need to rebuild and rebrand the image of Nepal’s tourism and to announce 2017 and 2018 as Visit Nepal Year. The government should pay heed and work towards reviving the tourism sector to its pre-disaster levels. The new promotional theme ‘Nepal: Back on Top of the World’ announced last month by the National Tourism Recovery Committee is a promising start, but more needs to be done to assure the thousands of potential tourists that Nepal is a safe destination and that it is open for business. The concerned authorities should also reach out to the millions of Nepalis who live abroad to come home for holidays. In addition, the trekking and other fees can also be reduced to attract more tourists. Beyond the efforts of government, the private sector, the real driver of the tourism industry, will have to redouble its efforts in reaching out to potential tourists.