Venezuela reports 4,700 suspected Zika cases

Caracas, Jan 29 (AFP) Venezuela has recorded 4,700 suspected cases of people infected by the Zika virus, which is thought to cause brain damage in babies, the health ministry said. The estimate followed thousands of other suspected cases in Latin America which have raised a world health scare over the mosquito-borne virus. "We have reports of 4,700 patients suspected of being infected with the Zika virus" based on their symptoms, Health Minister Luisana Melo told reporters yesterday. It was the first such toll from the government in the South American country of 30 million people, which is struggling with an economic and political crisis. Melo said there were likely far more cases of Zika than the suspected cases so far recorded because most patients do not realise they have the virus since the symptoms are usually mild. World health authorities suspect that the virus is to blame for a recent rise in the region in cases of microcephaly, a condition in which babies are born with abnormally small heads. The World Health Organisation said yesterday that Zika is "spreading explosively" in the Americas and the region may see up to four million cases. Venezuela is among more than 20 countries and territories that have reported cases. Melo said Venezuela had not yet identified any cases of microcephaly linked to Zika. She said the government was launching a program to eliminate the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the insect that carries Zika and other tropical...

Chinese miners rescued after trapped 36 days underground, two more expected

BAOTAI TOWNSHIP, SHANDONG PROVINCE, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- Two workers were lifted from a collapsed mine in east China's Shandong Province on Friday night after spending 36 days trapped underground. Two more miners are expected to be saved later in the night, rescuers said. The rescue team drilled two big holes into the tunnel to save the trapped workers, who were brought to the ground in a capsule. A gypsum mine collapsed on December 25, 2015 in Baotai Town, Pingyi County, leaving one person dead and 17 others trapped. ...

Chinese team conducting feasibility study on goldmine in Jajarkot

Jajarkot, Jan 25: A Chinese company has started the feasibility study of gold mines on the banks of Bheri River in Jajarkot district.  Dharmashree Mines is conducting the study at Dhalla Khalanga and Jagatipur in the district under the leadership of Chinese national Sung Ping.  The team has drilled a 150 ft hole for the study but no progress is traced so far, the Chinese national said. The team is expected to stay three more months in Jajarkot.  The Chinese firm has also constructed the 2-km long road to reach the digging site with necessary equipments. Bhoj Kumar Tamang, a Nepali team member, said that the types of stones and other minerals extracted from the site would be sent to the company’s headquarters for further investigations. RSS  ...

Alaska hit by 6.8-magnitude earthquake: USGS

WASHINGTON, Jan 24, 2016 (AFP) - A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck southern Alaska early Sunday, US seismologists said. The US Geological Survey, updating its earlier location for the quake, said it struck at 1030 GMT and was centered about 83 kilometers (51 miles) east of Old Iliamna. The USGS, which initially had assessed the magnitude of the quake as 7.1, estimated that it had a depth of 127 kilometers (79 miles). There is only a low likelihood of casualties and damage, the USGS said, adding that "weak" shaking from the quake could be felt in nearby cities. One of the cities where it could be felt was Anchorage, the closest large city, some 162 miles (259 kilometers) from the epicenter. Twitter was awash with posts -- including from Anchorage -- saying the shaking was pronounced and prolonged. "Everyone in Anchorage is awake and on Twitter right? Biggest longest #earthquake of my entire life. Family is all hanging in our bed now," wrote @jgrenn. Another Twitter user, @Shelbae97, wrote: "Thank Alaska for that earthquake," and posted a photo a broken mirror and other household objects flung to her feet. A local power company, Matanuska Electric Association, said in a statement that "the 7.1m earthquake at 1:30 am caused several outages," including to two power substations. A local television station, KTUU, reported that about 4,900 Matanuska customers were without power. "Crews have been called in from home to assess the...

Smuggled petro products seized

Inaruwa, Jan 23: The District Police Office, Sunsari, has seized a huge quantity of petroleum products illegally stored in Bhokraha and Laukahi VDCs.  The police impounded a total of 6,600 litre of petroleum products from the two sites on Friday evening.  Superintendent of Police Poshram Pokharel said that the police personnel seized 2,700 litres petroleum product in Bhokraha-5 this morning while smuggling by keeping in a vehicle (Ba 3 Kha 7011).  The seized fuels would be handed over to the officials of Setubandh Customs Office, Koshi Barrage.  The smuggling of petroleum products is on the rise in the district during the time of strikes and agitations in the recent days. RSS  ...

Nepal notches international championship after 23 years

Kathmandu, Jan 22: Nepal has won an international football title for the first time in 23 years after a resounding defeat of Bahrain in the final match of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup in Bangladesh. The Nepali national team on Friday defeated Bahrain’s U-23 team 3-0 to win the much awaited Cup. Nepal’s striker Bimal Gharti Magar opened the account just four minutes into the play netting a header from Anjan Bista from a seminal cross crafted by Biraj Maharjan. The second goal came in the 87th minute from Bishal Rai who capitalized on a pass from Anjan Bista. Emerging striker Navayug Shrestha headed the final goal from a cross from Bimal Gharti Magar to seal the game in Nepal’s favour.   ...

4.6-magnitude aftershock jolts again

Kathmandu, Jan 22: An aftershock measuring 4.6 on Richter scale ripped through with the epicenter nearby Salme located in the bordering area of Dhading and Nuwakot districts this morning. The National Seismological Centre (NSC) has confirmed that the aftershock occurred at 1.07am Friday. The Kathmandu denizens also felt the jolts of aftershock. The details of loss have yet to be ascertained. The aftershocks are still continuous following the powerful earthquake with its epicenter of Barpak, Gorkha rocked the country on April 25 last year. The number of aftershocks is so far counted 427 measuring above 4.0 in Richter scale, according to the NSC.   ...

Aamir 'will be happy' to work with Sunny Leone

Jan 20, 2016- Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan on Wednesday spoke out in support of actress Sunny Leone, who was at the receiving end of harsh questions about her professional choices in a TV interview. During the promotional TV interview with CNN IBN anchor Bhupendra Chaubey, Sunny was asked that while she would like to work with Aamir Khan, would Aamir Khan like to work with her. Sunny faced it sportingly, and it is this spirit that has impressed Aamir. "I think Sunny conducted herself with a lot of grace and dignity in this interview. I wish I could have said the same about the interviewer. "And yes Sunny, I will be happy to work with you. I have absolutely no problems with your 'past', as the interviewer puts it. Stay blessed. Cheers. Aamir," Aamir posted on his Facebook page. He shared the same post on Twitter.  Sunny acknowledged Aamir's support with a re-tweet, which read: "I think my heart just dropped seeing this! Thank you so much for the support. It means the world and beyond to me."  After reading his tweet on his interest in working with her, she wrote: "Wow you just made my whole year saying that! I was just happy you wrote me back. Respect you dearly!"  Sunny, who made inroads into Bollywood with "Jism 2", is awaiting the release of her new film "Mastizaade". It is to promote this sex comedy that she went in for the interview with Chaubey. The interview...

Repair of border pillars in no man’s land in Jhapa starts

Bhadrapur (Jhapa), Jan 20: A team from the Survey Department in Kathmandu has started the repair of border pillars in no man’s land in Jhapa.  The team leader Sushil Dangol said that authorities from both Nepal and India also started reinstalling border pillars in areas lacking the pillars due to various reasons.  He added that they also started taking stock of the area where Indian people were living after encroaching on the no man’s land.  Dangol said that the drive covering the border with India in Jhapa, Morang and Sunsari lasts the Nepali month of Asadh end. RSS  ...

Girl murdered after gang rape in Rukum

Jajarkot, Jan 20: सामूहिक बलात्कारपछि किशोरीको हत्या A teenage girl has been reported to have been murdered in Rukum after gang rape. The victim is identified as Sushmita Shah, 16, of Sarkena of Kholagaun VDC-5. Shah was subjected to the heinous crime while she had gone to the jungle nearby her home to collect fire wood Monday evening.  The family found her body hanging from a branch of tree in the jungle. The District Hospital Jajarkot where a post-mortem of her body was conducted confirmed that she was murdered after gang rape.  The family said Sushmita some days ago received a threatening mobile phone call from an unknown number. She was an 11th grader at local Himalaya Higher Secondary School. Police Inspector Pushpa Kamal Shrestha of Area Police Office Chaurjahari said they are investigating the case. RSS  ...

Korean teacher's attraction to Nepali students and school

(Surya Chandra Basnet)  Kathmandu, Jan 21: It has been almost five years since Lee Se Jung, a Korean teacher by profession, reaches Natheswori Primary School every time he arrives Nepal.  He feels exalted while reaching the school – 17-km away from Kathmandu in the east – with some educational and recreational materials every year. This year too, he reached the school with 17 Korean teachers and educational workers. The Korean team painted the school building during two days. Besides, they also taught art and transferred recreational skills to the inquisitive kids in the school.  They did not leave the opportunity to study about Nepali children, scoeity and culture during their stay. There are 65 students in the school.  "We could not offer anymore but have learnt many things while being assimilated with small kids", said team leader Jung. They said that it was easier for them to get along the psychology of the students for being the teacher.  The philanthropic Korean team constructed a storey of a truss to the school building and a toilet for students. In addition, the magnanimous Koreans also provided support for the maintenance of doors, windows and cupboards in the school and aided educational materials including computers.  "It costs Rs 3.3 million to carry out all these works. The Union of Korean Teachers and participants bear allt eh costs involved in providing support to the school and children", said...

Bangabandu Gold Cup: Nepal battling Maldives for a spot in last

Kathmandu, Jan 18: Nepal is confronting the Maldives Tuesday in the semi-last of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup in progress in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Nepal booked a spot in the semi-last by prudence of winding up runners-up in Group An of the association table while Maldives endured as the victor of Group B. Nepal played two goalless draws and a win against Sri Lanka to achieve the semi-finals of a noteworthy provincial competition after quite a while. In the interim, Bahrain crushed the hosts to book a spot in the last. In the first semi-last held today, Bahrain improved of the hosts by 1-0. The main objective of the match was scored by Ibrahim in the 44th moment of the first half. Nepal's mission for a compartment into the last to meet Bahrain will start at the Bangabadhu national stadium in Dhaka at 5:15 pm Tuesday.RSS ...

Acharya chose NATTA director

Kathmandu, Jan 18: Madhusudan Acharya was chosen the director of Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) by vanquishing his closest adversary Mihika Dhakhwa in the voting process. Acharya got 191 votes while Dhakhwa oversaw 164 votes. The decisions of NATTA held Sunday alongside its 52nd yearly broad get together chose Acharya's board. Decision Officer Devi Prasad Bhattarai said that a sum of 432 votes were thrown out of 454 votes. Moreover, CN Pandey was chosen the first bad habit director while DK Sharma was chosen the second bad habit executive of NATTA. After his race, administrator choose Acharya said that he would work to yield results alongside the institutional reinforcing of the NATTA.   ...

UN Security Council denounces fatal terrorist assaults in Burkina Faso

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) - United Nations Security Council on Saturday denounced in the most grounded terms the fatal terrorist assaults on Friday in Burkina Faso, which killed no less than 29 individuals. Security strengths liberated 126 prisoners from the Splendid Hotel seized by aggressors from Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and killed four assailants on Satusrday. Ten outsiders are among the casualties, including six Canadians and two French and two Swiss nationals. The individuals from the chamber communicated their most profound sensitivity and sympathies to the groups of the casualties and to the legislature of Burkina Faso, and in addition to all administrations whose subjects were focused in these assaults, said the gathering's press articulation. The committee individuals communicated their solidarity with Burkina Faso and the nations in the district in their battle against terrorism and focused on the need to heighten provincial and global endeavors to battle terrorism and rough radicalism, it said. Reaffirming that terrorism in every one of its structures and appearances constitutes a standout amongst the most genuine dangers to worldwide peace and security, the gathering "underlined the need to bring culprits, coordinators, lenders and backers of these unpardonable demonstrations of terrorism to equity," it said. The Splendid Hotel, not a long way from the capital city's worldwide air terminal, frequently has Westerners,...

Constitution a report of trade off: DPM Thapa

Bhaktapur, Jan 17: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Local Development, Kamal Thapa, has said the present constitution is the report of bargains. Likewise the Chairman of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal, DPM Thapa said in spite of the fact that his gathering motivation was died down, they will undoubtedly acknowledge the present constitution. He was stating this while introducing the area level introduction to his frameworks in Bhaktapur on Sunday. RPP-Nepal has not concurred all issues of the present constitution, he said, including that his gathering had acknowledged the constitution with feedback. "Despite the fact that the plan of Hindu state and government was not set up, RPP-Nepal has not surrendered," he pushed. By, not any of the past framework Rana administration, party-less Panchayat, multi-party majority rules system had raised the voice for crumbling the nation, however it is the first occasion when that some are making contenders to part the nation. He blamed the enormous party pioneers for bowing before the remote pioneers. Administrator Thapa made it clear that his gathering acknowledged the present constitution since it has given the rights to opportunity of expression, right to frame a political gathering and guaranteed rights to the political gatherings winning in race to change the constitution. RSS ...