Biden transition OK’d to start as Trump runs out of optionsThe Rising Nepal
The federal government recognized President-elect Joe Biden as the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3 election, formally starting the transition of power after President Donald Trump spent weeks testing the boundaries of American democracy. Trump relented after suffering yet more legal and procedural defeats in his seemingly futile effort to overturn the election with baseless claims of fraud.
Shun The RumoursThe Rising Nepal
With near two-thirds majority in the federal parliament, Nepal Communist Party (NCP) is leading the government considered strongest in decades. The NCP had pulled off a resounding victory in three-tier elections held in 2017. The historic elections were conducted in line with the new constitution that converted Nepal into a federal republic. The Himalayan nation witnessed seismic political changes on the back of April Uprising in 2006. It became federal from unitary, secular from Hindu state and...
Staying Safe Need Of The HourThe Rising Nepal
The People’s Health Movement Nepal launched a campaign against COVID-19 with a slogan of celebrating the festivals of this year more from an emotional perspective rather than physical connection. This way, the campaign wanted to inspire the civilians to take responsibility of keeping safe from being infected. “It is very difficult to make people understand and take individual responsibility of keeping themselves safe and others too,” says Dr. Sharad Onta, a public health expert, and one of...
Your Brain Is Not for ThinkingThe Rising Nepal
Five hundred million years ago, a tiny sea creature changed the course of history: It became the first predator. It somehow sensed the presence of another creature nearby, propelled or wiggled its way over, and deliberately ate it. This new activity of hunting started an evolutionary arms race. Over millions of years, both predators and prey evolved more complex bodies that could sense and move more effectively to catch or elude other creatures. Eventually, some creatures evolved a command centre...
Pokhara Waiting For Tourism RecoveryThe Rising Nepal
As the plane landed in Pokhara, I was instantly greeted by the magnificent Annapurna mountain range and a pleasant weather. However, the flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara was different this time. As per safety protocols, we had to wear masks and protective face shields throughout the journey. Years throughout my childhood and later as an adult, I mostly lived in Pokhara. It is a valley nestled between hills and towering mountains in west Nepal. Now, each visit gives me a wistful feeling tinged with...
Actress Adhikari to make Boksi Ko GharThe Rising Nepal
The play Boksi Ko Ghar (Witch’s House), which was staged at the Mandala Theater in 2073 BS, is soon coming to the audience as a film. The play was a solo performance of actress Sarita Giri. The play written and directed by Sulakshan Bharati was staged for about a month four years ago. The film also written by Bharati herself will be co-directed by Subrat Raj Acharya and Bharati.
Broadband internet expansion makes 69.37 per cent progressThe Rising Nepal
The physical progress of broadband internet connection project, launched under the Rural Telecommunication Development Fund (RTDF), has reached 69.37 per cent by the mid-October. The Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA), the regulator, has stated that broadband internet connection in 11,086 sites have been completed until the review period. Making public the progress report till mid-October, the NTA has stated that internet connection was yet to be established in 4,896 sites.
CNI demands exit policy for sick industriesThe Rising Nepal
The Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI) has demanded formation of a powerful high level permanent committee to resolve the problems facing the sick industries. During a discussion held with the committee formed by the government to study the sick industries and prepare a report the other day, Satish Kumar More, the president of CNI, demanded a permanent solution to the problems besetting sick industries by forming a committee as provisioned by the Industrial Business Act-2076 BS.
Star Hospital denies allegation of handing false PCR reportsThe Rising Nepal
Star Hospital Tuesday said the hospital’s lab had not given false RT-PCR reports to people visiting the hospital for tests. Organising a press conference this afternoon, the Hospital said the suspicions raised in the test report of the three persons from its lab were baseless. Of the nine passengers flown to Hong Kong from Nepal via Nepal Airlines, three had their PCR test at Star Hospital. “Test of three passengers done at our labs before their flight had come negative,” said Shail Rupakheti,...
CCMC recommends govt to allow flights in all countries from NepalThe Rising Nepal
The COVID-19 Crisis Management Centre-Operations (CCMC-OPs) has decided to recommend the government to allow flights in all countries from Nepal after assessing the risk of coronavirus infection. A meeting of the Directive Committee of the CCMC-OPs on today decided to allow flights to other countries besides those countries where flights from Nepal have already begun. After assessing the risk of infection, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation was given authority by the Cabinet meeting...
Security printer complains of discriminationThe Rising Nepal
A security printer has accused that the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) had deliberately barred Nepali companies from participating in the tender to print excise duty stickers. “This tender is against the spirit of the Public Procurement Act, 2007 which has a provision to assume positive discrimination to favour Nepali entrepreneurs to include them in the procurement process,” said Manohar Raj Ghimire, Director of Mirage Printing Solution, a security-printing company based in Kathmandu.
Govt to address contractors’concernsThe Rising Nepal
Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Basanta Kumar Nembang said on Tuesday that the government was positive about addressing the demands and concerns of contractors. He said that his ministry was discussing the issue of deadline extension for the contractors with the Ministry of Finance and soon it would be decided. The issues of returning the deposit money and issuing protocols for the COVID-19 situation would also be decided after consultation with other stakeholers like the National...
Efforts underway to bring NCP back on track: PaudelThe Rising Nepal
Finance Minister and general secretary of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Bishnu Prasad Paudel Tuesday said that the circumstances in his party had reached beyond what had been imagined, and efforts were underway to bring the situation on the right track. Speaking at a press meet in Butwal, he said that boundary of dignity had been crossed in the party leadership, and it was essential to safeguard the party unity. "Help and cooperation from everyone are required for this," he added.
COVID-19 recovery rate 91.4%The Rising Nepal
Nepal is witnessing 15 to 25 deaths due to COVID-19 on a daily basis and on Tuesday it reported 24 fatalities. With 24 new fatalities reported today, official death toll in Nepal has reached 1,361. According to the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), the death rate has reached 0.61 per cent. Of the total fatalities, Kathmandu district alone has reported 331 fatalities and 91 deaths were recorded in Lalitpur and 87 in Bhaktapur. According to the MoHP, 668 individuals from Bagmati State,...
Grade 12 exams kick off following safety protocolThe Rising Nepal
The first day examination of grade 12 was held peacefully following all health protocols amidst the fear of COVID-19 pandemic, the National Examinations Board (NEB) stated. A total of 433,000 examinees from 4,105 schools across the country sat for the examinations. Out of them, only 17,000 examinees have appeared for the examination in the centres near their current residence while the rest did so from their own schools.
Nepali girl makes it to BBC's 100 most inspiring womenThe Rising Nepal
Sapana Roka Magar, who vounteers in cremating abandoned bodies at Pashupatinath area, has made it to the BBC's list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2020. The 18-year-old fearless Magar hails from Bukeni, Barnja of Myagdi district. She started cremating unclaimed bodies and carrying out their last rites at the Pashupati Aryaghat during the nationwide lockdown implemented to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Nepalis will get COVID-19 vaccine immediately after its certification: Health MinisterRSS
At a concluding ceremony of ‘World Antimicrobial Awareness Week’ organised by the Ministry on Tuesday, Minister Dhakal said that Nepalis will get the vaccine soon after its successful certification.
Paras Khadka nominated as Cricketer of DecadeRSS
According to the list of candidates published today, Khadka is joined by three cricketers from Scotland and one each from the Netherlands, and Papua New Guinea. The winner will be decided through popular vote. Voting can be done through the official webportal of the ICC.
NRB’s directive to BFIs to release loans to COVID-19 affected sectorsRSS
The central bank has issued a directive to the ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘D’ class BFIs to provide loans as per the procedures approved by the Council of Ministers on November 12.
Nepal-India relations expected to become cordial with Indian Foreign Secretary's visitRSS
The citizens of both countries are not unaware to the reality that Nepal updated its political and administrative map in a tit-for-tat response to India after it last year unilaterally issued a new map including the strategically important Nepali territories which it had been claiming since the last six decades.