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Ram Saran Tamang

Amnesty faults Nepal over migrant workers' rights

February 23, 2018 05:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Feb 23: The government has largely failed to protect migrant workers from unlawful and criminal conducts by dishonest recruitment agencies and agents despite the sizeable contribution of remittances in the economy, according to a recently published report of a human rights watchdog.

Child marriage still rampant although illegal

February 17, 2018 09:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Feb 17: When she was a child, Samikshya Chaudhary, 24, wanted to become a teacher. She had even overcome the challenges of being a visually-impaired person to consistently rank among the top three students of her class. Her dreams were within her reach. But things took a drastic turn when she eloped with her childhood sweetheart while studying in grade 9. They both were just 16 at the time.

KUKL told to tackle dust pollution

January 11, 2018 08:25 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 11: Amid huge public outcry regarding air pollution in the Kathmandu Valley, the Ministry of Water Supply and Sanitation has instructed the Project Implementation Department (PID) of Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) to speed up its pipe laying works and to take concrete measures to mitigate the environmental hazards arising from it.

New landfill site expected to mitigate environment hazards

December 25, 2017 05:45 AM

NUWAKOT, Dec 25: A small stream originated from the Himalayas looks reddish brown while flowing downhill from Sisdole, a landfill site in Nuwakot district where almost all the waste materials generated in the Kathmandu Valley are dumped.

Farmers adopt climate-smart agriculture to combat drought

December 18, 2017 09:40 AM

NAWALPARASI, Dec 18: In her twilight years, 59-year-old Pabitra Tiwari of Kuleni Rajahar still remembers how it used to be like living in the village during her youthful days. “Our farms were fertile. The yields were good. Water scarcity was virtually unheard of,” she recalled. “Most of our problems were petty.”

MFD expects rainy weather on election day

June 28, 2017 05:00 AM

KATHMANDU, June 28: As the Election Commission (EC) for the first time in the country's history is holding the local elections during the rainy season, the Meteorology Forecasting Division (MFD) has urged voters to be prepared for light to moderate rains on the day of the second phase elections on Wednesday.

Birgunj locals eager to cast votes

June 14, 2017 01:15 AM

BIRGUNJ, June 13: As usual, Birgunj's conspicuous landmark Ghantaghar (clock tower) stood tall in the middle of the busy city in Parsa district. But on Tuesday morning, the tower was overshadowed by thick fumes of black smokes emitted from a tyre burnt by agitators to mark the first day of four-day long general strikes called by Madhes-based Rastriya Janamorcha Party Nepal (RJPN).

Rainfalls may affect elections during monsoon

June 1, 2017 05:00 AM

KATHMANDU, June 1: With the monsoon now just around the corner, concerns have been raised that the second phase of local elections rescheduled for June 28 might be marred by rainfalls and water-induced disasters.

DNPWC prepares to destroy seized wildlife trophies

May 20, 2017 10:18 AM

KATHMANDU, May 19: The Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) is preparing to destroy tons of wildlife parts and trophies in its possession on the occasion of International Day for Biodiversity on May 22.

Those who didn’t vote

May 15, 2017 02:00 AM

KATHMANDU, May 15: A few meters away from the historic Durbar High School, one of the polling centers of the Sunday's election, a rickshaw puller scanned around the streets looking for potential passengers. Unfazed by the continuous buzz from the polling station, his only goal of the day was to earn enough to buy a meal later in the day.

Acclaimed Swiss climber dies near Everest

May 1, 2017 07:23 AM

KATHMANDU, April 30:Swiss climber Ueli Steck famed for his relentless mountaineering feats perished near Mt Everest during a mountaineering accident early morning on Sunday. He was 40.

Acclaimed Swiss climber dies on Everest

May 1, 2017 00:50 AM

KATHMANDU, May 1: Swiss climber Ueli Steck famed for his relentless mountaineering feats perished on Everest during a mountaineering accident early morning on Sunday. He was 40.

Ban on horns comes into effect from today

April 14, 2017 05:00 AM

KATHMANDU, April 14: The constant sound of "peep-peep" from vehicles –  which have become the hallmark of the capital city's unregulated hustle and bustle –  will be tolerated no more by the government authorities starting Friday, the first day of the Nepali New Year.

Trans-border pollution impacts air quality in Nepal

March 21, 2017 01:20 AM

KATHMANDU, March 21: Pollution in Delhi and other Indian cities, which receives a lot of media attention, has a big impact on the health and wellbeing of Nepal's population also, according to experts.

2 new air quality monitoring stations in Valley

March 15, 2017 00:50 AM

KATHMANDU, March 15: As a part of the ambitious plan to establish a comprehensive network of air quality monitoring stations across the country, two more air quality monitoring stations have been set up on Tuesday -  one at Ratna Park and the other at the US Embassy's recreational centre at Phora Durbar.

End of the road for Valley's old public vehicles

March 1, 2017 01:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Mar 1: In a move purportedly to mark the beginning of a new era in public transport here, the government has finally enforced a long-delayed policy of banning public transport vehicles older than 20 years from plying the roads of  Kathmandu Valley from Wednesday onward. The move is certain to test the government's will power as transport entrepreneurs have said that such a move would be unreasonable. They have vowed to fight back if the government fails to meet certain terms and conditions before implementing the ban.

Minister lobbies with Prez to lift ban on Chure extraction

February 18, 2017 09:05 AM

KATHMANDU, Feb 18: Minister for Forest and Soil Conservation, Shankar Bhandari is for lifting the ban on the extraction of aggregates from the fragile Chure region. In a meeting with President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Friday, Minister Bhandari lobbied for the same.

'Traffic police suffer most from air pollution'

February 17, 2017 01:40 AM

KATHMANDU, Feb 17: Standing right in the middle of one of the busiest road sections of Kathmandu, she extended her right hand at shoulder level with the palm facing forward, while simultaneously blowing a whistle. Though clearly in a hurry, all the vehicles facing her palm obliged at her signal, coming to a gradual halt.

Local innovation to ease indoor pollution

February 13, 2017 07:46 AM

KATHMANDU, Feb 13: Palls of dust are among the most visible outdoor pollution in Kathmandu Valley. Satungal, Kalimati, Satobato, Gwarko, Kalanki and Teku, among other localities, suffer the worst from dust pollution. Many Valley residents hardly remember a time when the air could be inhaled without fearing much harm to one’s health.

Leopards increasingly enter human settlements of Kathmandu Valley

February 9, 2017 00:30 AM

KATHMANDU, Feb 9: A leopard was spotted in Paga, a residential area of Kirtipur, early on Wednesday morning. The wild cat, obviously terrified, had barged into a house of one of the locals to hide from humans.