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Ethnic Protesters in Nepal Withdraw Border Blockade, Strike


Aedes aegypti mosquito larvae sit in a petri dish at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. The mosquito is a vector for the proliferation of the Zika virus currently spreading throughout Latin America. New figures from Brazil's Health Ministry show that the Zika virus outbreak has not caused as many confirmed cases of a rare brain defect as first feared. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) “Science is not clear on how long the risk should be avoided about the Zika virus”
- Director Tom Frieden (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)


Beyoncé references Black Panther Party at Super Bowl halftime show
Beyoncé and her bouncing bandolier of bullets stirred things up during the Super Bowl halftime show — with two dozen black beret- and Afro-topped backup dancers paying tribute to a different kind of Panther. The 34-year-old megastar’s crew was dressed in homage to the Black Panther Party, at..


Klopp, Sturridge, Coutinho return for Liverpool
LONDON, (REUTERS): Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp will return to the dugout for Tuesday’s FA Cup fourth-round replay at West Ham United after missing the draw with Sunderland due to illness and he hopes to be joined by Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho. The German, who said he would have..

Nation & Society

NC Jumla convention disrupted due to snowfall
JUMLA: The sixth district convention of the Nepali Congress, Jumla has been disrupted due to snowfall. Acting secretary at the party district committee Karna Bahadur Shahi informed that the convention scheduled for today was disrupted due to snowfall. He added that the decision was taken as the..


Ethnic Protesters in Nepal Withdraw Border Blockade, Strike
By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA, KATHMANDU, (AP): The main ethnic group that's been protesting for months over Nepal's new constitution is ending its border blockade and general strike, bringing relief to the Himalayan nation severely short of fuel, medicine and other supplies. The United Democratic Madhesi..

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China FX reserves fall almost $100B to lowest since May 2012
BEIJING, (REUTERS): China's foreign reserves fell for a third straight month in January, as the central bank dumped dollars to defend the yuan and prevent an increase in capital outflows. China's foreign reserves fell $99.5 billion to $3.23..
China’s Five Military Commands To Have Own Army, Air Force
China’s newly formed five military commands are expected to have their own army and air force, while naval forces are not likely to be deployed by all five commands. China has established five military theatre commands and have disclosed the..


  • Keen to play major role in India’s infrastructure funding: Hong Kong
    NEW DELHI, (PTI): Appreciating the Modi government's "pro-growth" stance, Hong Kong today said it can play a major role in funding and development of infrastructure projects in India. "Hong Kong can help finance India's infrastructure," C Y Leung, Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR, said here at a CII function. Talking about his meeting with Prime..


As blockade ends, Nepal announces Oli’s visit
By Kallol Bhattacherjee
Within hours of the end of commercial blockade in Birgunj, the biggest trading post on the Indo-Nepal border, Nepal on Saturday declared that Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli would visit India on February 19. “We have communicated to the Ministry..
The global power shift and the Role of Asian Players
By Nasurullah Brohi
The world of globalization has brought enormous veiled opportunities and challenges for the each of the developed, developing and under developed nation in the world. The economic sustenance is the only guarantee of the national prestige in the..


Nepal Tribe Gathering
By Chris Conroy
Traveling thirty-six hours is an arduous task even when things go as planned. When we boarded our flight in Denver, I was prepared for the long haul. What I didn’t know was our flight would be delayed in Denver for over an hour, causing a cascade..
On road to Mt Everest
By Yashaswini Dwarakinath
Ever since George Mallory’s expeditions in the early 1920s and Edmund Hillary-Tensing Norgay’s successful summit in 1953, Mount Everest has captivated thousands of passionate mountaineers. While climbing Everest still remains an impossible dream..
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  • Nepal Rastra Bank Governor proposes 4 names for deputies
    KATHMANDU: Four Nepal Rastra Bank officials have been recommended for the two vacant posts of Deputy Governor. The NRB Governor Chiranjibi Nepal recommended Chintamani Siwakoti, Narayan Paudel, Trilochan Pangeni and Shiva Nath Pandey to the posts. Paudel is from the Bank Supervision Department, Siwakoti from Currency Management Department,..

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American Journey

Tragedy brings out social worker out in the open

A devastating earthquake had struck Nepal on April 25, last year, leaving thousands dead. The disaster is still having telling impact on the lives of people back at home and abroad. Many national and..
Clinton goes on attack against Sanders in combative presidential debate
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders shake hands before the start of the Democratic presidential candidates debate in Durham, New Hampshire, February 4, 2016.  REUTERS/Carlo Allegri  . SAP is the sponsor of this content. It was independently created by Reuters' editorial staff and funded in part by SAP, which otherwise has no role in this coverage. BY AMANDA BECKER, DURHAM, N.H., (REUTERS): Democrat Hillary Clinton went on the attack against rival Bernie Sanders on Thursday in their most contentious presidential debate yet,..
Jill Stein's Platform More Viable Than Bernie's
Jill Stein I asked Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein about her platform this week and came away believing it had a better chance of winning than Bernie Sanders'. I know that platforms..


Man nabbed, 4 kg charas seized near Nepal-India border
BIRGUNJ: Customs sleuths today seized four kg contraband charas valued at Rs 40 lakh in international market from a smuggler at Raxual on Nepal-India border. Acting on a tip off, the Customs team nabbed one person after chasing his auto rickshaw for some distance at Raxual, Assistant Customs Commissioner Kamlesh Kumar said. The man, Gulam..

Life Style

Nepal once again celebrates ‘Zero Rhino Poaching Year’

CHITWAN: Chitwan Sunday observed a ‘Zero Rhino Poaching Year -2015’ to commemorate no cases of rhino poaching in the year 2015. Minister for Forest Agni Sapkota was the chief guest of the Zero..
Local Residents Open Main Blocked India-Nepal Border Point
Local open Birgunj border By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA, KATHMANDU, (AP): Vehicles passed through the main border point between Nepal and India on Friday after frustrated local residents forcefully removed barriers set up..
Shortage of warm kit for newborns
Newborn at Nepalganj Medical College DADELDHURA: Shortage of warm clothes for the newborn and infants at health posts in the district is increasing health risks to the newborns. Due to the shortage of warm clothes at the..


Myanmar Army 'Has Vowed and Is Empowered to Protect the Constitution'
Information Minister Ye Htut, 59, is the official spokesman of the outgoing administration of Myanmar President Thein Sein. On Feb. 3, Reporter Khin Khin Ei of RFA’s Myanmar Service spoke to Ye Htut, who is also a former military officer, about his country’s ongoing political transition following November elections, including reports that..

Business & Economy

Global stocks mostly fall amid economy jitters

TOKYO, (AP): Global stock markets mostly fell Monday as investors fretted about a global economic slowdown after data showed U.S. employers added fewer jobs last month. KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC..
Nepal requests to hold postponed meeting
nepal_bangladesh_flags DHAKA: Nepal has requested Bangladesh to resume the commerce secretary-level meeting which was postponed after the country expressed its inability to manage time due to ongoing crises. The..
UNDP joins communities to revive lost structures for tourism in Rasuwa
areas of earthquake in Rasuwa RASUWA: The local government of Rasuwa has expressed enthusiasm over UNDP’s decision to help revive the local tourism- based economy with a focus on the reconstruction of community..


BP? Who was he? Here's New Age leader for you!

Staff Writer, KATHMANDU: Congress party is meeting for its general convention later this month. An event that follows a gargantuan organization churning, the quadrennial affair is suppose to be..
Truth be told, Delhi effects flip flop on tarai pot pro tem
Oli & Modi STAFF WRITER, KATHMANDU: Finding that agitation could push Nepal into deeper and meaningful ties with China, the Indian side has prevailed on the tarai outfits to call off what was petering..
Indian media playing second fiddle to mount pressure on Oli
PM OLI STAFF WRITER, KATHMANDU: In what points out at how Indian media works in tandem with government of the day to intimidate neighbors, currently it is common to see "tailored" reports about..

Food & Relegion

In a corner of the Himalayas, India now has its first organic state
Sikkim, the northeastern Indian state snuggled between Bhutan and Nepal, has now rid its agricultural land of pesticides and fertilizers making it the country’s first organic state. The 75,000-hectare area was transformed as per the policies of..
Food crisis looms large in Humla villages
PRAKASH SINGH, HUMLA: Food crisis has begun to threaten life of people in remote areas of Humla district in Karnali zone of mid-western Nepal. At least five villages of Shreenagar region – namely Maila, Madena, Shreenagar, Kalika and Jayar –..




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