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Next Door Nepal: The foreign hand
By Yubaraj Ghimire


“I now wonder what the US government will do to stop hate crimes against minorities”
- Sunayana Dumala, the wife of Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla


Oscar Oops: Confusion surrounds Best Picture winner at 89th annual Academy Awards
(CNN): For an Oscars expected to be awash in politics, an upset finish felt somewhat appropriate. Yet the bizarre mix-up that capped off the Academy Awards — with “La La Land” being announced as best picture, before it was revealed that “Moonlight” actually won — was one for the..


Toure unsure over Man City future
LONDON, (REUTERS): Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has no doubts he will carry on playing next season but the 33-year-old is unsure whether he will still be at the Etihad Stadium. Four-times African footballer of the year Toure has been in fine form since returning to Pep Guardiola’s side,..

Nation & Society

Danish Prince inspects Karamdanda Hydel Project
BANEPA: Danish Prince Joachim Holger Waldemar Christian inspected Karamdanda Micro Hydropower Project at Bhimkhori VDC in Kavrepalanchok district on Saturday. On the occasion, Prince Joachim inquired about traditional water mill and the mills operated by the hydropower project. Speaking on the..


Bhattarai says election ‘impossible’ before constitution amendment
RUKUM: Naya Shakti Party Nepal Coordinator Baburam Bhattarai has declared that holding of any sorts of election before the constitution amendment is not possible. Talking to media persons briefly at Salle Airport, Rukum before returning to Capital on Monday, leader Bhattarai accused the..


Emerging World


Wary Of Trump Unpredictability, China Ramps Up Naval Abilities
BEIJING, (REUTERS): The PLA Navy is likely to secure significant new funding in China's upcoming defence budget as Beijing seeks to check US dominance of the high seas and step up its own projection of power around the globe. China's navy has been..
China’s Panchen Lama says to uphold ‘glorious tradition’ of patriotism
BEIJING, (REUTERS): A youth named by China as the second-highest figure in Tibetan Buddhism, but reviled as a fake by many Tibetans, has pledged to uphold the “glorious tradition” of patriotism that holders of his position have followed, state..


  • 287 Farmers Committed Suicide In Madhya Pradesh In Last 3-Months: Reports
    BHOPAL, (PTI): As many as 287 farmers, including agriculture labourers have committed suicide in Madhya Pradesh during the past three months. This information was revealed by the state government in a written reply to a question asked by senior Congress MLA Ram Niwas Rawat. The data provided by the state government in reply to Mr Rawat's..


Next Door Nepal: The foreign hand
By Yubaraj Ghimire
Nepal’s 16-month-old constitution is flawed, not yet owned by a large section of the populace, and impossible to implement in the current form. Yet, it is very generous in recognising about three dozen rights as “fundamental rights”, including..
Open Guantanamo!
By David Swanson
Antes des morirme quiero echar mis versos del alma. Open Guantanamo to human rights inspectors. Open its files to the public. Subpoena the witnesses to its horrors. Open the courts to its prisoners and try them or set them free. Open the gates to..



Spanish national reaches Mount Everest Summit
SOLUKHUMBU: Spanish national, John Alenzd, has reached atop the world's highest peak, Mount Everest, in the unfavourable mountaineering season. The winter season is deemed unfavourable for summiting the mountain due to heavy snowfall and excessive..
Free WiFi service soon on Mt Everest
KATHMANDU: Mount Everest and Annapurna areas will have free WiFi service from next month – facilitating better connectivity for mountaineers from the highest point on earth. Digambar Jha, chairman of state-run Nepal Telecommunications Authority..



  • Trade deficit increases by 71 per cent
    KATHMANDU: The trade deficit has gone up by 71.3 per cent in the first six month of the current fiscal year, thanks to heavy increase in goods import despite normal rise in the exports in the country. According to a statistics released by the Trade and Exports Promotion Centre in the Capital on Thursday, the trade deficit has reached as high as..

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American Journey

Washington State includes Nepali in its academic curriculum

LOS ANGELES: The State Government in Washington of America has included Nepali in the curriculum of academic institutions. Nepali American Activist Mohan Gurung, Commissioner of the State Commission..
H1B visa reform bill introduced in House of Representatives, minimum pay doubled to $130,000
House Bill “High Skilled Integrity and Fairness Act of 2017, introduced by Congressman Zoe Lofgren, DOUBLES THE H-1B SALARY TO $130,000 and consists of the following critical..
Washington State Sues Donald Trump Over Immigration Order
SEATTLE, (AP): Washington state's attorney general says he is suing President Donald Trump over an executive order that suspended immigration from seven countries with majority-Muslim..


Kim Jong-Nam's Suspect Was Paid $90 To Take Part In 'TV Prank': Reports
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, (AFP): An Indonesian woman being held over the assassination of Kim Jong-Nam said Saturday she had been paid just RM400 ($90) for taking part in what she thought was a TV prank show, a senior diplomat reportedly told media. Siti Aisyah, who was arrested soon after the half-brother of the North Korean leader was killed on..

Life Style

Astronomers find 7 Earth-size planets where life may be possible

CAPE CANAVERAL, (REUTERS): Astronomers have found a nearby solar system with seven Earth-sized planets, three of which circle their parent star at the right distance for liquid surface water, raising..
Nepali women row against tide of discrimination on tourist lake
KATHMANDU, (REUTERS): Batuli Bhujel weaves deftly through the colorful wooden boats and paddles into the shore of Phewa Lake in west Nepal, stepping lightly out of her boat and steadying..
Forbidden love: Valentine's Day banned for some in Asia
JAKARTA-ISLAMABAD, (REUTERS): Valentine's Day celebrations on Tuesday were banned by authorities in parts of Indonesia and Pakistan, home to Asia's largest Muslim populations, saying the..


Hills must not be split from the Terai: Shashanka Koirala
A scion of the Koirala family, Shashanka Koirala is the general-secretary of the Nepali Congress and a lawmaker from Nawalparasi district in the Terai. A soft-spoken and suave politician, junior Koirala has shown reservations about an array of issues that his president Sher Bahadur Deuba is pushing through in national politics. Shashanka talked to..

Business & Economy

Nepal to organise international investment summit on March 2-3

KATHMANDU: A number of Indian and Chinese companies will participate in an international summit in Nepal next week that aims to position the landlocked country as an attractive investment hub. The..
India proposes direct rail link to Kathmandu from Delhi & Kolkata; mulls cargo train to Bangladesh
Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury, NEW DELHI, (ET): India is pushing for better land connectivity with neighblouring Nepal and Bangladesh for effective sub-regional cooperation despite the obstacles..
India approves 16 road projects in Nepal
KATHMANDU: India has approved 16 road projects to be undertaken through its financial assistance to the Himalayan country under the third Line of Credit. The matter was agreed upon here on..


Quake-stricken desperately waiting for government aid

DHADING: Chandra Bahadur Chepang's house at Simthali of Mahadevsthan VDC – 2 collapsed during the earthquake, but he is yet to receive housing reconstruction grant. He had shown his demolished..
15 years after royal palace massacre, late prince’s fiancee eyes political role
Yubaraj Ghimire, KATHMANDU: Fifteen years after the royal palace massacre shattered her dream of becoming a future queen of Nepal, Devyani Rana is again contemplating a role in politics...
Nepal extends tenure of commission probing conflict abuses
KATHMANDU, (AP): The commission investigating deaths and abuses during Nepal’s communist insurgency received a one-year extension Thursday after being unable to finish its work on..

Food & Relegion

Japanese celebrate Valentine’s Day with insect sweets
TOKYO, (REUTERS): Tired of the usual box of chocolates? Try a bug cocktail or a caramel creepy crawly for Valentine’s Day. A Tokyo bar on Sunday offered courageous couples and curious gourmets a special menu of desserts and drinks made with..
Kathmandu cravings: Top Nepal foods you can't miss
By Jenni Marsh, KATHMANDU, (CNN): The Kathmandu Valley is a dusty jungle of motorbikes, temples and tourists. It's also the best place on earth to sample authentic Nepalese cuisine. Not yet popular on the international scene, Nepalese cuisine is..




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