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Nepal’s Bus Mafia chokes Pollution Clean Up plans

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Nepal’s Bus Mafia chokes Pollution Clean Up plans

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s government is trying to tackle rising pollution levels in the smog-choked Kathmandu Valley, but  a powerful bus mafia that controls the capital’s roads is the main obstacle. The rulers of Kathmandu’s streets are a web of transport syndicates made up of private bus owners who have repeatedly blocked official attempts to modernise the […]

Nepal President arrives on Friendship Visit

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Nepal President arrives on Friendship Visit

New Delhi, Apr 17 : Nepal’s President Bidhya Devi Bhandari arrived here today on her first overseas tour, carrying a ‘message of friendship’ for India and to further strengthen bilateral ties. She will hold talks with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to explore ways to step up cooperation between the two close […]

Kathmandu is costlier than Bombay-Delhi!

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Kathmandu is costlier than Bombay-Delhi!

The cost of living in Kathmandu is higher than in New Delhi, Bombay (Mumbai), Bangalore and Karachi, a new report says. The Nepali capital secured 116th position in the league table of the world’s most expensive cities prepared recently by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the research and analysis division of The Economist Group, a sister […]

Why Labour Permit for Nepal workers?

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Why Labour Permit for Nepal workers?

Nepal government has for the first time formally acknowledged India as a labour destination for Nepali workers. On January 23, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal announced that the government is planning to make it mandatory for Nepali workers heading for India to acquire labor permits. The government does not have records of Nepalis working in […]

Nepal Constitution Amendment blocked

Nepal Constitution Amendment blocked

Kathmandu: Will the plains-hills dilemma in Nepal be resolved?  Nepal’s Opposition leader and former prime minister KP Sharma Oli  refused to let the Constitution Amendment Bill pass in the Parliament.(Jan 9), The Bill, aimed at addressing the demands of agitating ‘Madhesi’ (plainsmen of Indian (Bihari, UP) origin parties. Talking to journalists at Biratnagar Airport in […]

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India’s cash crunch affects Nepal, Bhutan

 India’s central bank has formed a task force to deal with the issue of providing an exchange facility to people in Nepal who possess Indian currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination that were recently withdrawn. The decision has been communicated to the Nepali side, with the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) saying the […]

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Earthquake damaged Boudhanath site restored

The sanctification of the newly restored Boudhanath Stupa in Nepal begins today (18 November). And it didn’t take one penny of government funds! With gold, cash and labour contributed by locals and Buddhist organisations, Kathmandu’s famed Boudhanath stupa has been fully restored, making it the first of the country’s more than 700 quake-damaged heritage structures […]

Nepal’s traditional Music Fest in Diwali Season

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Nepal’s traditional Music Fest in Diwali Season

The Nepal Mandal Dapha festival 1136 (Nepal Sambat) is set to begin from the last week of October this year. The festival is a competition of the Dapha Bhajan, a traditional genre of music of the Newar community of the valley. Cultural expert Om Dhaubadel said the competition will start from the day of Kaag […]

Nepal adds new bird to its tally!

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Nepal adds new bird to its tally!

Grey-sided Thrush, a globally endangered species of bird has been discovered for the first time in Makwanpur district, making up the total bird species in Nepal to 879. According to media sources, the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) under the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation in September verified the presence of […]

Nepal’s Singing Nun rocks on!

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Nepal’s Singing Nun rocks on!

Ani Choying Drolma is one of Nepal’s biggest pop stars.   She is also a  Buddhist nun  and a UNICEF goodwill  ambassador,  and runs  a  girl’s school and a hospital for kidney patients. With more than 12 albums of melodious Nepali tunes and Tibetan hymns that highlight themes of peace and harmony, the songstress in saffron […]

Indo-Nepal border transit tightened

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Indo-Nepal border transit tightened

Patna: India has ramped up security at the no-man’s land and the transit points along the Nepal-India border following the southern neighbour’s increasing hostilities with Pakistan, according to reports reaching here Saturday (October 15) Indian authorities have beefed up security at Raxaul-Vishwa, Parsauni-Bhelai, Sirsiya-Raxaul, Janakitol-Inarwa, Thori and Bhiswa-Thori transit points across border with Parsa district. […]

Bhutanese Refugee number Ninety Thousand off to the US

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Bhutanese Refugee number Ninety Thousand off to the US

As ‘non-violent’ Bhutan pushes out its ethnic Nepali-speaking citizens, other countries bear the burden. KATHMANDU: The 90,000th Bhutanese refugee, living in Nepal, has left for the  United States along with her four children for the third-country resettlement. US Ambassador to Nepal Alaina B. Teplitz bid farewell to Sahri Maya Thatal at the US Embassy in […]

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