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Parties to finalise constitution before national consensus government

The four major political parties today agreed to form a national government only after forging consensus on the new constitution. A meeting of the four major political parties – Nepali Congress (NC), CPN-UML, UCPN-Maoist and United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF),

Race against time to get children back to school: UNICEF

Almost 14,000 children, whose schools were destroyed or heavily damaged in the two earthquakes, are having classes for the first time in five weeks in temporary learning centres. On the first day of school today, these children from the most

Victims seek probe, ask for demolision of apartments built against law

Neighbours of high-rises have demanded to investigate the apartments, if they have followed the building code and criterion. Asking to formulate new building code based on the lessons learnt from recent earthquakes, they also called for demolishing the buildings that

Leaving 3.2 million people roofless, leftist parties ‘dream of power capture’

Leaving more than 3.2 million people without house with their battered lives in the aftermath of devastating earthquakes, the leftist parties are dreaming of capturing the government. The ruling coalition partner CPN-UML and the opposition UCPN –Maoist today concluded that

Google honours ‘resilience’ of Nepalis

Google today honoured resilience of Nepalis — on the occasion of Republic Day — as it has doodled an image of seven candles burning in front of Swoyambhunath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. “Today, we honour the strength and resilience of the

Villagers will not be able to get subsidised loan

Under the current terms of the central bank, the needy villagers will find it difficult to get the subsidised loan at two per cent. Even the valleyites, without collateral will find it difficult to get the loan to reconstruct their

Ministry refutes news by The Guardian

Ministry of Labour and Employment today refuted a news report in The Guardian newspaper about Nepali migrant workers in Qatar. The ministry said that the news published on May 24 in The Guardian does not reflect the spirit of the

Korean parliamentarians donate Rs 13.2 million to Nepal

The Korean parliamentarians have donated Rs 13.2 million to Nepal for resettlement and reconstruction. National Assembly members of the Republic of Korea donated the money to Nepal for the resettlement of displaced by the recent earthquakes and reconstruction of the

Donors’ conference in Kathmandu on June 25

The government has decided to hold international donors’ conference in Kathmandu on June 25. The cabinet meeting today, apart from fixing the date, formed a committee led by finance minister Dr Ram Sharan Mahat to hold the national conference of

Nepal asks UNESCAP to support post-quake reconstruction

Nepal has asked the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) to help the country in reconstruction efforts in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake on April 25 and minimising the risks of disasters in

Government names Kansakar NAC MD, Gautam DG of CAAN

The government today appointed Sugat Ratna Kansakar as managing director of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) and Sanjeev Gautam as director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) for four-year terms. The cabinet meeting today has picked both for

IFC, FMO join hands to invest in Nepal hospitality

IFC – a member of the World Bank Group – will invest $3million in Nepal Hospitality and Hotel (NHH) to develop a three-star hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu. The investment will increase the country’s capacity in the mid-market hotel segment, create

Global mobile subscriptions to reach seven billion by year-end: ITU

There will be more than seven billion mobile subscriptions globally by the end of this year, up from 738 million in 2000, according to a report by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Globally, 3.2 billion people will be using the

Global smartphone growth to slow to 11.3 per cent in 2015: IDC

Worldwide smartphone growth is expected to slow further to 11.3 per cent in 2015, down from 27.6 per cent a year ago, according to the latest data from the International Data Corporation (IDC). Although the researcher is sticking to its

Revenue collection falls due to earthquake

As expected, the government missed its revenue mobilisation target by Rs 16.38 billion in the 10th month of the current fiscal year due to earthquake. The government had planned to mobilise Rs 329.31 billion by mid-May but it has been

Oscar-winning Hollywood actress urges tourists to visit earthquake-hit Nepal

Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon today urged tourists to visit Nepal as the country has seen devastating earthquakes – on April 25 and May 12 – that has damaged heritage sites, the major tourist attractions. “I will ask my fellow

Government, UNFPA Nepal launch campaign for earthquake response and beyond

The United Nations Population Fund, with the support of Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare and UNFPA Nepal goodwill ambassador Manisha Koirala, have launched ‘Dignity First’, a campaign that captures the essence of the life-saving work needed to support

Japan, UNDP seal $1 million emergency grant deal to help Nepal

The government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today signed an agreement for $1 million emergency grant in the aftermath of the two devastating earthquakes to manage debris and create emergency employment through a cash-for-work programme. The