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KATHMANDU: Nepal government has decided to continue the ongoing nationwide lockdown for a week until 12:00 midnight on April 7. A meeting of the Council of Ministers held this evening took a decision to this effect to scale up the government fight against the COVID-19 as per the Infectious Disease Control Act, 1964. Likewise, the government also decided to continue to present decision to postpone the passengers’ entry and exit through Nepal’s international borders till April 7 midnight.......


Viral Inequality
Far from merely reflecting an unequal distribution of economic means, rising inequality comes with a broad range of additional toxic side effects, many of which the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown into sharp relief. With the pandemic transforming life around the world before our eyes, this is a problem that can no longer be ignored.

Not everyone experiences pandemics in the same way. A tiny sliver of the world’s population has access to high-quality health care should they succumb to infection. Most of those performing low-paying shift work or agricultural jobs do not. People suffering from chronic disease such as obesity, diabetes, or cancer – including roughly 60% of American adults and a rising proportion of their African, Asian, and Latin American counterparts – are more at risk of dying than those who are......


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It is reported all over the world that recession has set in after the COVID 19 disaster. At this stage, no one is clear how COVID 19 would end and how soon the end would happen. After the G 20 summit, It appears that there are no strategic and well coordinated global action plans to overcome the recessionary trends in the post COVID19 time,..


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Viral Inequality

Not everyone experiences pandemics in the same way. A tiny sliver of the world’s population has access to high-quality health care should they succumb to infection. Most of those performing low-paying shift work or agricultural jobs do not. People suffering from chronic disease such as obesity, diabetes, or cancer – including roughly 60% of..


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Nepal Government’s top priority is citizen’s security during crisis: Minister Gyawali

Shyamal Adhikari, KATHMANDU: Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali has urged people to stay where they are residing at a time when coronavirus is taking its toll across the globe. Stopping people's mobility is the best option at this..

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Nepal Airlines aircraft returns from China with COVID-19 prevention materials

KATHMANDU: The Nepal Airlines aircraft has returned to Kathmandu on Sunday carrying emergency coronavirus prevention materials such as personal protective equipment (PPE), polymerase chain reaction test kits, viral transport medium, N95 masks,..

Inside Story

KATHMANDU: Amid fears of coronavirus spread, the government has suspended all the international flights to and from Nepal till April 15, according to Narayan Prasad Bidari, a Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers. A meeting of the COVID-19 Infection, Prevention and Control High-Level Coordination Committee held today in Singha Durbar took a decision to this effect by considering the existing fear of pandemic coronavirus outbreak in the country. “As the fear......


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Up to 200K US deaths foreseen as more cities stricken

By MATT SEDENSKY and MICHAEL R. SISAK, NEW YORK (AP): The coronavirus outbreak could kill 100,000 to 200,000 Americans, the U.S. government’s top infectious-disease expert warned on Sunday as..


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Record virus deaths in Spain as world hunkers down for long haul

MADRID, (AFP): Spain broke another national record of daily coronavirus deaths Sunday as more than 40 percent of the world's population was asked to stay home in hopes of halting the deadly march of..


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China’s virus epicentre pivots to stem imported cases

WUHAN, (AFP): The ground-zero city of Wuhan is cautiously reopening after a two-month quarantine, but the birthplace of the global coronavirus pandemic is now on guard against a potential new threat:..


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Tibetan Students Now Taught Mainly in Chinese: Report

A growing emphasis on Chinese-language schooling in Tibet, though facilitating greater participation in China’s modern economy, is slowly destroying the cultural identity of Tibetan schoolchildren,..


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2 deaths, 149 new coronavirus cases since Friday; total number 873

NEW DELHI, (PTI): A total of 149 new coronavirus cases, including two deaths, have been reported since Friday, taking the overall positive cases in the country to 873, Health Ministry officials said..


Specter of 100K-plus virus deaths as Trump seeks reopening

By ZEKE MILLER, WASHINGTON (AP): As President Donald Trump looks for ways to restore normalcy in parts of the U.S., his foremost infection disease expert says the country could experience more than 100,000 deaths and millions of infections from the..

Middle East

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Anti-virus measures spark Mideast fears of setback in liberties

CARIO, (AFP): Armoured vehicles in the streets, hundreds arrested, smartphone surveillance -- sweeping measures to fight the coronavirus have raised concerns in the Middle East over the erosion of already threatened human rights. As the world..


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Consumers to get half- filled cylinder gas

KATHMANDU: The Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) is preparing to distribute half-filled cylinder gas to the consumers after the shortage of cooking gas in the market. The NOC is distributing cooking gas..


Business & Economy

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Nepal’s food producers seek Govt support to keep supply chain intact

KATHMANDU: As the production of food halted with the week-long lockdown announcement by the government, the producers of rice, oil and pulses have urged the government to facilitate the production and supply of the essential foods. "There is no production of food in the last five days. At the same time, loaded and empty trucks are stuck at..


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Tokyo organisers eye July 2021 for delayed Olympics: reports

TOKYO, (AFP): Tokyo Olympics organisers are eyeing next July as a start date for the postponed Games, Japanese media reported Sunday, following the historic decision to delay the event due to the coronavirus. Given the ongoing pandemic and need for preparation time, the most likely plan would be for the Games to begin on July 23, 2021, public..



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Nepalese in Japan fearful due to coronavirus

Ganesh Khaniya, TOKYO: Nepalese living in Japan are living amid threats of coronavirus outbreak as it is fast spreading across the world including Japan. In Japan, 65 people have died from the infection and approximately 2,539 people have been infected, according to the available data. Japan is reporting 40 to 50 new infection cases in a single..


By BEN FOX, PHILIP MARCELO and NOMAAN MERCHANT, WASHINGTON (AP): Pressure was mounting on the Trump administration Wednesday to release people from immigration detention facilities where at least one detainee has tested positive for COVID-19 and advocates fear tight quarters and overall conditions could cause rapid spread of the virus. The U.S. holds around 37,000 people in immigration detention. Detainees and advocates say many are vulnerable because of age and pre-existing medical......


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COVID-19 outbreak is perhaps the biggest wake-up call in history: Andrew Sheng

Project SyndicateAndrew Sheng: You recently wrote that, in China, COVID-19 has already led to a “massive re-orientation of priorities, such as innovative ways of dealing with business cash flows, survival of [small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs)], job disruptions, and restoring key supply chains.” Should we expect the government to revise..

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COVID-19: 122 under quarantine in Saptari

SAPTARI: The number of people living under quarantine in Saptari district has reached 122. The Health Office said that a total of 122 individuals including eight women returned from abroad have been kept under quarantine for the fear of COVID-19. As the officials search for the foreign returnees as part of precaution for the control and treatment..


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People leaving Kathmandu valley by foot

KATHMANDU: People have started leaving Kathmandu Valley to their home towns by foot as the government has imposed lockdown since the past five days. More than 150 people, most of them from the Tarai..


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913 stranded foreign tourist return to their countries from Nepal

CB Adhikari, KATHMANDU: All those 913 stranded foreign tourists rescued by the government from various tourist destinations have flown back to their respective countries. The tourists from France..


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Barbaric Decisions: Coronavirus, Refusing Bail and Julian Assange Friday, March 27th, 2020

Social distancing is not a word that seems to have reached certain parts of the British legal system. Granted, it is an odd one, best refashioned as an anti-social act..

Goodbye Gabbard Thursday, March 26th, 2020

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Metropolitan Police Office to provide free food items to poor, needy; hotline 100 to contact

Narayan Dhungana, KATHMANDU: The Metropolitan Police Office in Kathmandu is all set to provide free food items to those at receiving end of the lockdown in Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur. A week long nationwide lockdown is being enforced since..


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Battle against COVID-19: Nepali Army brings CRAN app into use

KATHMANDU: The Nepali Army has brought ‘COVID-19 Response APP-Nepal’ into use with an objective of providing emergency services by getting information from the people. The app has been named as ‘CRAN’. According to the Directorate of the..


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Medical equipment brought from China handed to Nepal government

KATHMANDU: Dozens of packets filled with medical supplies from neighboring country China arrived in Kathmandu to assist Nepal in its fight against the deadly COVID-19 were handed over to the government officials today. The national flag carrier..


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Capital marks a relatively staid Holi this time in midst of COVID-19 fear

Purna Prasad Mishra, KATHMANDU: The Phagu Poornima or Holi festival, the festival of colours, has been celebrated in the districts of mountainous and hilly regions, including in the Kathmandu Valley, today in a more sedate manner compared to usually..


Rising International Inc


By Phurpa Sherpa, KATHMANDU: A Nepali girl, who returned from Belgium a week ago, has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, according to Dr. Bikash Devkota, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Population. She is from Baglung District, Nepal. The 19-year old girl came to Nepal from Belgium on March 20 by Qatar Airways flight, QR 652. “This is the second case of coronavirus infection to be found outside Kathmandu,” said Devkota. This was, however, the fourth......