Aftershock jolts Sindhupalchowk

Kathmandu, Feb 13: An aftershock of 4.3 on the Richter scale jolted Sindhupalchowk district at 8:22 this evening, the National Seismological Centre said. Chief of the Centre, Lok Bijaya Adhikari, said that a total of 431 aftershocks of four and above on the Richter scale were recorded so far after the Gorkha Earthquake. ...

After 17 years, Nepal enters SAG Football final

Kathmandu, Feb 13: Defeating the Maldives in the semi-final under the ongoing SAG football competition on Saturday, Nepal has entered the final. Nepal won the match 4-3 in the game held in Guwahati, India. Nabyug Shrestha's hat-trick led Nepal's easy victory. Now, Nepal will face India in the final. ...

Celebrate 'Kiss Day' with these exceptional kisses!

One of the days in the Valentine week is the Kiss Day. Kiss Day is seen to commend the special demonstration of communicating one's affection for another. What's more, albeit for the most part it is implied for the lovebirds – Kiss Day could likewise be critical to companions and precious one. Without a doubt, it is maybe the most exceptional and ensured method for connecting with the one you adore easily. As it's been said, one genuine kiss can wipe away the tears of soul – the force of kiss is essentially hard to put in plain word. In this article, we demonstrat to you what are the distinctive sorts of kisses and what is their inward importance. So next time you are with your accomplice – ensure you plant a kiss on him/her in the way you need your emotions to be told. Take a look here: Kiss on forehead:   The most praised style of communicating adoration! However, more than being an energetic kiss, this kiss demonstrates the trust that the individual feels for you – the feeling of security they look about you. This is an uncommon kiss.                   Kiss on the ear: In spite of the fact that not precisely sexual, this sort of kiss could mean a prelude to a sentimental session. A kiss on the ear is tender, attractive and sentimental at the same time!           ...

Cadres pour in to pay tribute to Koirala

Kathmandu, Feb 10: A large number of party cadres, leaders, well-wishers and commoners have thronged the Dashrath Stadium from early morning today to pay their tributes to the Nepali Congress President and former Prime Minister Sushil Koirala.  The NC leaders who were busy in the districts for the party’s 13th general convention have arrived in the capital to express their heartfelt condolences to the deceased leader. More cadres are arriving from Koirala’s home district Banke, Chitwan, Baglung and others.  The last rites of Koirala are being performed with state honour today as per the government decision.  The government on Tuesday had given responsibility to Home Minister Shakti Bahadur Basnet to make overall preparations and coordination for performing the last rites of Koirala with state honours. RSS  ...

Visit fruitful to wipe out misunderstanding: FM Poudel

Kathmandu, Feb 9: Finance Minister Bishnu Poudel has said his visit to India was fruitful to wipe out misunderstanding surfaced lately between Nepal and India.  Upon his arrival after completing the three-day India visit, Minister Poudel, told the National News Agency (RSS) at Tribhuvan International Airport that his visit had been fruitful to make a background conducive for the imminent visit of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli to India. He was of the confidence that his visit paved a way for strengthening the friendly ties between the two countries.  Furthermore, Minister Poudel, in light of the newly promulgated constitution, drew India's attention towards providing further support to Nepal, stating that Nepal was making headway to a better future.  During the visit, Minister Poudel met with Indian Minister for Home Affairs, Rajnath Singh; Minister for External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj; and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Issues of bilateral interests were held during the meet.  The Indian side assured Minister Poudel that India was ready to help Nepal on its bid to reconstruction. Similarly, India reassured that Nepal would get the amount of assistance as Indian Prime Minister had made commitment during his Nepal visit.  As Minister Poudel said India was ready to extend support based on need and priorities of physical infrastructures.  Minister Poudel, who left here for India on Sunday, shared that during the visit he held extensive...

‘Teach for Nepal’ to deploy volunteers in three districts

Kathmandu, Feb 10: ‘Teach for Nepal’, an organisation working for upliftment of quality education in the rural areas through changes in existing teaching learning activities, is all prepared to deploy altogether 45 youth volunteers in three districts.  The volunteers would be sent to the remote areas in Sindhupalchowk, Dhanusha and Lalitpur districts to teach the students there for two years, the organisation said at a programme here on Tuesday. As high as 7,000 students are expected to take direct benefit from this scheme.  Coordinator of the volunteer selection committee, Shailendra Jha, said that the volunteers who have earned their bachelor’s degree would be sent to the schools that have poor educational performance to teach the students and the organisation would assess the results.  On the occasion, Executive Director of Shakti Samuha Sunita Danuwar said that women’s trafficking was on the rise due to poverty and lack of education.  It is said that a total of 5,055 applicants had applied expressing their interest to serve as the volunteers of ‘Teach for Nepal’. The organisation said that 100 volunteers would be selected from the next year. RSS  ...

Bangladesh, US condole demise of NC President Koirala

Kathmandu, Feb 10: Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina has expressed her great shock and profound sorrow over the demise of Nepali Congress (NC) President and former Prime Minister Sushil Koirala.  In a message today to the Nepali Congress Acting President, Ram Chandra Poudel, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh has conveyed deep condolences to the NC Acting President, the party and the people of Nepal on behalf of the Government and the people of Bangladesh and on her own.  She has said that Koirala steered the country at a critical period of its history when the nation was in the final stages of the process of Constitution writing and he also displayed steadfast leadership and great skill in guiding the country during the challenging period after the Great Earthquake of April 2015.  “His demise will be a loss not only for Nepal but for South Asian region as a whole,” reads the message.  Meanwhile, the US Embassy in Kathmandu has also expressed sympathy and solidarity with the people of Nepal upon the demise of leader Koirala.  “We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Koirala. Koirala was an advocate for democracy and achieved a huge milestone in Nepal's democratic transition with the passing of the new constitution,” reads the message issued from the US Embassy. RSS  ...

Canyoning festival to promote adventure tourism

surya chandra basnet Kathmandu, Feb 7: Nepal Canyoning Association (NCA) has decided to promote adventure tourism by organizing canyoning festival in a upcoming nepali new year. Aiming at promoting tourism and attracting domestic tourists towards the adventurous sport, more than 100 youths will participate in the sports, said newly elected NCA Chairman Rajendra Bahadur Lama, adding that it is high time Nepal attracted domestic youths to this adventurous tourism. "Preparations are underway to hold the festival in any suitable places as Lwanghale of Kaski, Kakani of Nuwakot, Sundarijal of Kathmandu and Bhotekoshi of Sindhupalchok. As per the Association, a total of 19 falls with canyons have been identified in different districts including Lamjung and Kavrepalanchowk suitable for canyoning. A falls 'Phuma' located at the height of 5,215m in Manang is internationally popular for this sport. Meanwhile, the general assembly of the NCA held recently has elected Lama as Chair while Kishor Shahi vice-chairman, Devendra Babu Tiwari general secretary, Rajesh Lama Tamang secretary, and Chhetra Bahadur Basnet the treasurer. Similarly, the members are Anu Shrestha, Raju Lama, Dabindra Tamang, Govinda gurung and Santosh Thapamagar. RSS   ...

Threatening shake Earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal again

Corrected as per details by seismonepal.gov.np 5.5 Richter Scale aftershock as per the record by Seismonepal.gov.np with epicenter at Sidhupalchowk, at 10:04 PM. However, 5.2 Richter Scale aftershock as per data provided by USGS. Citizens of Kathmandu City are again threatened by big shake of earthquake after a long interval. Rest of the details are yet to receive. ...

Cabinet meeting-decisions

Kathmandu, Feb 3: Today's meeting of the Council of Minister has formed a High-Level Communications Committee under the chairmanship of law and communications expert, Kashiraj Dahal, to prepare a draft of new mass communications policy. Similarly, the meeting also appointed Chairman of the Press Council Nepal, Borna Bahadur Karki, and President of the Federation of the Nepali Journalists, Dr Mahendra Bista, as members of the Committee. The Ministry of Information and Communications would appoint other members of the Committee on the basis of inclusion and necessity. Chairpersons and representatives of the other organisations related to communications would also be in the Committee. The government had formed such type of committee under the chairmanship of Radhe Shyam Adhikari in 2063 BS, after the establishment of republicanism. The term of the Committee is three months. After the meeting, Minister for Information and Communications, Sherdhan Rai, said that a mandate has been given to the Committee to formulate new mass communication policy, review on existing Communications Act as well as to give suggestions regarding solution of different problems surfaced in the sector of working journalists, journalists code of conduct, democracy and communication as per the aspiration and sentiment of the new constitution. The meeting also agreed to allow making formal request with Chinese government for its approval to establish Consulate General of Nepal at Sichuan province in...

13 Indian students drown in sea tragedy: police

MUMBAI, India, Feb 1, 2016 (AFP) - Thirteen students drowned on Monday after they went swimming off a beach on India's west coast, police said. The tragedy happened at Murud beach, around 140 kilometres (90 miles) south of Mumbai, in the Raigad district of Maharashtra state, said assistant inspector of police Arvind Patil. "A total of 155 students from Pune went to Murud main beach and some of them went swimming around 3.30 pm this afternoon," he told AFP. "Thirteen students are dead due to drowning. The victims were all aged between 19 and 23," Patil said, adding that 10 women and three men died. "Local people and police are engaged in rescue operations," he added, saying it was not yet clear whether all the students had been accounted for. Media reports said the victims were enrolled at Pune's Abeda Inamdar College -- an arts, science and commerce institute -- and were in Murud for a picnic. ...

-$100B in assets 'fully released' under nuclear deal

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Monday it now has access to more than $100 billion worth of frozen overseas assets following the implementation of a landmark nuclear deal with world powers. Government spokesman Mohammad Bagher Nobakht said much of the money had been piling up in banks in China, India, Japan, South Korea and Turkey since international sanctions were tightened in 2012 over Tehran's nuclear program. Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency meanwhile quoted central bank official Nasser Hakimi as saying nine Iranian banks are now reconnected to SWIFT, a Belgian-based cooperative that handles wire transfers between financial institutions. No foreign banks operate in Iran, and ATMs in Iran are not yet linked to the global system. The historic agreement brought about the lifting of international sanctions last month after the U.N. certified that Iran has met all its commitments to curbing its nuclear activities under last summer's accord. "These assets ($100 billion) have fully been released and we can use them," Nobakht said in comments posted on the website of state-run Press TV. He said much of the money belongs to CBI and the country's National Development Fund. He said Iran will not bring all the money back because it can be spent on purchasing goods. Iran expects an economic breakthrough after the lifting of sanctions, which will allow it to access overseas assets and sell crude oil more freely. Mohsen Jalalpour, the head of...

Madhesi alliance to continue with border obstructions

Birgunj, Feb 1: The agitating Federal Inclusive Madhesi Alliance has decided to continue with the border points obstructions, while allowing the market, transportation service and educational institutions to resume. The meeting here Monday of the Alliance also decided to forge a greater alliance with all the agitating parties including the United Democratic Madheshi Front, according to President of Rastriya Madhesh Socialist Party Sharat Singh Bhandari. The agitation will also be made stringent. Tarai Madhesh National Campaign Coordinator JP Gupta said the agitation will become weak if a greater alliance is not forged for a united strength while Nepal Sadbhawana Party leader Anil Kumar Jha made an appeal to all Madhesi, Tharu, indigenous nationalities, dalit and muslims to join the agitation. President of Madhesi Janadhikar Forum Republican Raj Kishore Yadav said the alliance will organize protest meets, demonstrations, public awakening programme and periodic general strikes in the Madhesh districts. RSS ...

Preparations for local poll begin, says DPM Thapa

Dhangadhi, Feb 1: Deputy Prime Minister and Local Development Minister Kamal Thapa has said that the preliminary homework to conduct the election of local bodies has already begun. Addressing the regional-level (far western) half yearly progress review meet of the fiscal year 2072-73 BS for the District Development Committees and Municipalities Monday, Thapa said the local body election will be hold soon. The country has already got the new constitution and onwards its focus should be on attaining economic progress and prosperity and same agenda should be the goals of development plans to be implemented by local bodies. Sharing his views about the ongoing Madhes agitation, he said both ruling parties and oppositions are ready to address the Madhes voices politically and called on the agitating parties to seek a solution to the problems through the negotiations instead of prolonging the unrest. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Thapa said Prime Minister' scheduled visit to India would not be cancelled. Talking to media persons today at Geta Airport, Minister Thapa said hurdles seen in the transit and supplies systems along the border area except the Birgunj-Raxaul point have been cleared off. RSS ...

2 dead, 7 hurt in Saudi suicide mosque bombing: ministry

RIYADH, Jan 29, 2016 (AFP) - Two people were killed and seven wounded on Friday when a suicide bomber attacked a mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, the interior ministry said. "As a result of the suicide bomber, two people were martyred and seven wounded," it said in a statement. Residents said the mosque belonged to the minority Shiite community. ...