Blockade inflicts daily loss worth Rs 2 billion-Minister Pandey

Kathmandu, Dec 4: Minister for Industry Som Prasad Pandey has said that the country is facing daily loss of around Rs 2 billion with the stagnation of industrial production and distribution due to border blockade. The acute fuel crisis has put the industrial sector on verge of collapse, Minister Pandey said at an interaction programme organized on the occasion of the second anniversary of the Boster Media on ‘post-blockade status industry’. “The production and service sector of the country have been adversely affected due to disruption of fuel since long time”, he said, adding that it has not only inflicted economic damage but also posed affected people’s day to day consumption. RSS ...

US Ambassador Teplitz calls on President Bhandari

Kathmandu, Dec 4: US Ambassador to Nepal Alaina B Teplitz Friday paid a courtesy call on President Bidya Devi Bhandari. On the occasion, matters relating to bilateral relations, mutual help and interests were discussed, with a focus on further strengthening them, the Office of the President said.RSS ...

NOC brings 40,000 litres of aviation fuel thru private sector

Kathmandu, Dec 3: Nepal Oil Corporation, for the first time, has brought some 40,000 litres of air fuel through private sector. A private company come up with international competition, Petrolimax Nepal, brought the aviation fuel by Jordan Air from Lucknow, India, on Thursday. Following the India's undeclared blockade, the NOC had opened an international bid on importing the aviation fuel. RSS ...

Severe crisis of drugs in Nawalparasi

Parasi, Dec. 4: Crisis of medicines has deepened in Nawalparasi district for long and the condition of patients has gone from bad to worse due to lack of life-saving drugs. The hospitals and health centres in the district have witnessed an acute shortage of anti-biotic medicines, oxygen-filled cylinders, syringes needed for pregnant women and other drugs as the supplies were halted due to ongoing India’s unofficial blockade and the unrest in the Tarai region. Chief of District Prithvi Chandra Hospital Dr Mohammad Nurul Hola said that the patients are hard hit for lack of required medicines though their health checkups were carried. The government has been providing as high as 70 kinds of medicines for free but the hospitals and health centres in the district have only five to seven types of drugs for free distribution. Likewise, CMA Surendra Shah of Palhi Primary Health Centre said that the health workers were not able to provide services to the needy though the patients visit the health centres for treatment. RSS ...

KL Dugad's depot sealed for selling cooking oil on exorbitant price

Kathmandu, Dec 3: Police have sealed a depot of KL Dugad at Jadibuti, Koteshwor, on charge of hoarding and selling cooking oil on exorbitant price. Spokesperson at Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu, Bishworaj Pokhrel, said the depot was sealed based on the information that it was selling 'Dhara' cooking oil at Rs 300 per litre while its actual price is Rs 120 per litre. There were some five trucks of the cartons of cooking oil in the depot. The police also arrested depot manager Amaj Zain and coordinator Pramod Adhikari. RSS ...

14 killed in California shooting, two suspects dead

SAN BERNARDINO, United States, Dec. 3:(AFP) - A heavily armed man and woman in their 20s died in a shootout with police after killing 14 people at a Christmas party in California in America's worst mass shooting in three years, authorities said. Police identified the pair as Syed Farook, a 28-year-old US citizen who worked for the local county, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, whose nationality was unknown. They said the suspects were either married or engaged. Jarrod Burguan, San Bernardino's police chief, confirmed that both were dead, and that police no longer believed a third suspect mentioned earlier was at large. The shooters targeted a year-end party taking place at a social services center in San Bernardino, about an hour's drive east of Los Angeles, killing 14 people and wounding 17 more. "We don't have the motive at this point," the police chief said. "We have not ruled out terrorism." The massacre drew an angry response from President Barack Obama, who once again urged Congress to pass tougher gun control measures to stem America's epidemic of gun violence. According to Burguan, Farook was an environmental inspector who had worked for the county health department for five years. He and Malik were dressed in military-style gear and carried assault weapons as they burst into the auditorium where the bloodbath took place. The hall was let out for the holiday party by the Inland Regional Center for the disabled. Burguan said Farook...

Suu Kyi holds warm talks with Myanmar president on power shift

Naypyidaw, Dec 2 (AFP) Myanmar's democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi held "warm and open" talks with the president on the transfer of power from the military establishment, a minister said today, nearly a month after her opposition party cleaned up at the polls. Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party won nearly 80 per cent of contested seats in a November 8 election which appears poised to end the military's decades-long domination of the country. Immediately after her party's win Suu Kyi, who is blocked from the presidency by the army-written constitution, appealed for "national reconciliation" talks with President Thein Sein and the powerful army chief. Both men have congratulated her on the NLD's win and vowed to ensure a smooth handover of power to the opposition -- an unprecedented moment in the country's history. But opposition supporters remain wary of a military establishment that has duped them before and crushed political opponents. The new NLD lawmakers are not due to take their parliamentary seats until at least February, making for a nervous few months of transition. The NLD won a similar scale landslide in 1990 polls, only to see the military annul the result and dig in for another two decades. Nearly an hour of talks were held on Wednesday morning between Suu Kyi -- a Nobel Peace Prize winner -- and Thein Sein, a former top junta general who has shed his uniform to steer reforms over recent...

Nepal Police DSP Silwal suspended

Kathmandu, Dec 2: Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Raj Kumar Silwal of Metropolitan Police Commissioner's office in Ranipokhari has been suspended on the charge of indulging in hooliganism under the influence of alcohol. DSP Silwal had reportedly created nuisance at a restaurant in Kamaladi last night. DSP will remain under suspension until the investigation period, said Nepal Police Spokesperson Kamal Singh Bam. The suspension order was handed down by the Home Ministry after Silwal's office sent a letter recommending action against DSP Silwal to the Nepal Police Headquarters. RSS ...

Quake survivors facing crops storage problem

Gorkha, Dec 3: The earthquake survivors of Gorkha district are facing trouble to store their crops inventory. Local farmers of the area who have been sheltering in makeshifts since seven months after the April 25 earthquake now are facing tough time to store their crops including paddy, maize and millet. Dhan Bahadur Gurung of Lapu VDC-3 said the millet has seen fungus in absence of proper space to store. "The millet stored in the bamboo-made godown now seems rotten and inedible", Gurung added. The abrupt fall of temperature has caused trouble to store crops on one hand and health of elderly and children on the other, said Suk Bahadur Gurung, another survivor of Gorkha Earthquake. "The congested hut does not have space for family members. Where could the grains be stored?", he said, adding a problem has emerged for storing grains. The constituency no 1 and 2 of the district is considered to be a pocket area for paddy production while constituency no 3 is for millet, wheat and barley farming, according to the Gorkha District Agriculture Office. Senior Agriculture Development Officer Tirtha Kumar Shrestha informed that the collective crops store houses are being constructed in 10 areas of the district in keeping with the problems quake-affected farmers are facing in storing their crops. RSS ...

Three parties' meet tomorrow to develop common views on Madhes agenda

Kathmandu, Dec 2: Three major political parties are meeting tomorrow morning in an attempt to develop common views regarding the 11-point charter of demand presented by the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) agitating in the Madhes. A meeting of ruling parties--CPN (UML) and UCPN (Maoist) and main opposition Nepali Congress is scheduled to be held at the Prime Minister's Official residence,Baluwatar, according to Prime Minister's Press Advisor Pramod Dahal. Three major parties are expected to come up with common views regarding the Madhes issues and finalise a new date for talks with the UDMF tomorrow itself. RSS ...

DPM Thapa meets Indian Minister for External Affairs in Delhi

Kathmandu, Dec 2: Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kamal Thapa had a meeting with Indian Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, at Jawahar Bhawan, New Delhi, Wednesday. During the meeting, two dignitaries discussed various aspects of bilateral relations between the two countries as well as current disruption of supplies of essential commodities to Nepal via Nepal-India border checkpoints, according to a press release issued by Nepali Embassy in New Delhi. The press release further states that while agreeing that the continued disruption of supplies is not in the interest of both the countries, the two leaders discussed about the ways of finding early solutions to this problem. RSS ...

Integrated settlement above 1500 m: DPM KC

Kathmandu, Dec 2: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation, Chitra Bahadur KC, has said that the government has planned to establish integrated settlements in the areas above 1500 meters, and that the works to this regard were accelerated. At a programme organized by the Association of the earthquake survivors here Wednesday, DPM KC however admitted government's failure to properly address the problems facing earthquake survivors. According to him, the Gorkha Quake has pushed 800,000 Nepalis into poverty, and India's blockade has thrown economy to jitters. As a result, the number of poor people could grow, he warned. In view of the suffering the Nepalis are undergoing at present, the government is committed to deliver service to the people by collaborating with the local bodies and the people themselves, said the DPM. He expressed worry over pending bill on reconstruction authority due to disruption of the parliament. The DPM assured that those taking benefit in the name of becoming victims of earthquake lacking proof would be meted out action. Federation Chairman Som Lal Pandey said government's assistance provided to the earthquake survivors was not transparent. He demanded the establishment of integrated settlement authority, and relief of Rs 25,000 to the victims for warm clothes in winter. RSS ...

Nepal can use Chittagong and Mangalpur ports: Bangladeshi Ambassador

Kathmandu, Nov 30: Ambassador of Bangladesh to Nepal Mashfee Binte Shams has said that her country could permit Nepal to use Chittagong and Mangalpur ports. At a face to face programme organized by Reporters' Club in the capital city today the Bangladeshi Ambassador informed that a Nepalese delegation recently visited Bangladesh to discuss the possibilities of matters related to trade and transits. Ambassador Shams added that Nepal and Bangladesh enjoy a very harmonious relations and her country has recently provided relief materials of 12 million US dollars to the earthquake-survivors in Nepal. Similarly, Ambassador Shams informed that Bangladesh had exported different 40 electric and lubricant items worth 6 million US dollars to Nepal in the last fiscal year. Likewise, in response to journalists' query on supplying fuel to Nepal, Ambassador Shams said Bangladesh itself was the user of large quantity of petroleum products in the country. RSS -------- ...

France bars nearly 1,000 from entering country

PARIS, Nov. 28 (AP) — French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says that nearly 1,000 people so far have been barred from entering France since border controls were put in place just after the Nov. 13 Paris attacks that killed 130 people. Cazeneuve, speaking on Saturday in the eastern city of Strasbourg, said that nearly 15,000 police, gendarmes and customs officials are manning France's borders, notably the northern borders that are entryways to Belgium, where the three teams of attackers started their deadly journey, and to Germany. The borders were re-enforced in the run-up to the COP21 climate talks that start on Monday and in the wake of the attacks. Cazeneuve noted the "very high threat level" that has yet to abate. Besides those barred from entering France, 300 people have been placed under house arrest as part of a state of emergency. Two dozen of the 300 are considered potential threats to public order during the two-week climate summit. Rss   ...

Unidentified gunmen kill top Kurdish lawyer in SE Turkey

ANKARA, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- A leading Kurdish lawyer was killed on Saturday after unknown gunmen opened fire at his gathering in southeastern Turkey, private Dogan News Agency reported. Tahir Elci, head of the Bar Association in Turkey's southeastern Diyarbakir province, and a number of activists were giving a press statement in Sur district of Diyarbakir province, when unidentified gunmen opened fire at them. Police at the scene responded by firing back at the attackers, according to the report. Elci died of gunshot wounds to the head, while a policeman was also killed in the attack. The top lawyer had been criticized in Turkey for saying the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) was not a terrorist organization. Tensions have been running high, especially in southeastern Turkey, as major military operations against PKK militants have been under way since July after a cease-fire collapsed. The conflict has left some 40,000 people dead since it began in 1984. The PKK is designated as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States.   ...