Nepal to soon get internet services from China, India’s monopoly to end

Nepal to soon get internet services from China, India’s monopoly to end

Pouring water on hope for the relaxation on the ongoing indefinite bandh in West Bengal’s Darjeeling hills, the all hilly region party meeting today decided to continue the bandh. Nepal is scheduled to get Chinese internet services from August ending India’s monopoly over the same, a Nepali daily reported. Currently, the tiny Himalayan country accesses internet using Indian bandwidth through Bhairahawa, Birgunj and Biratnagar. English-language daily Republica reported that with Chinese firms offering services, Nepali…

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Capital roads becoming unsafe for pedestrians?

Capital roads becoming unsafe for pedestrians?

Pashupati Thapa of Gaushala lost his life in a road accident Monday. A microbus knocked him down when he was crossing the road using a zebra crossing at around 9:30pm. Thapa, who was a cook at a guest house in Gaushala, died of head injuries. Last month Rabina Chaudhari, a school teacher, was killed after she was hit by a bus while using a zebra crossing in Basundhara. Similarly, a speeding microbus took the life…

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Nepali teen dies from snake bite in ‘menstruation hut’

Nepali teen dies from snake bite in ‘menstruation hut’

An 18-year-old girl has died in Nepal after she was bitten by a snake while banished to a shed because she was menstruating, under an ancient practice that has been banned for more than a decade, officials said. Tulasi Shahi was bitten twice by a venomous snake and died on Friday morning in western Dailekh district, according to local officials. “She survived for seven hours after the snake bite but died because medical treatment was…

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Nepal drug administration reject six Patanjali products after tests, contain pathogenic bacteria

Nepal drug administration reject six Patanjali products after tests, contain pathogenic bacteria

Kathmandu: Nepal’s drugs watchdog has asked Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurveda to recall six Ayurvedic medicines after they were found to be of “substandard quality” following microbial tests. The Department of Drug Administration, in a public notice, said six Ayurvedic medical products made by Divya Pharmacy in Uttarakhand, were found to be substandard during inspections at various outlets and tests on specimens. The medicines which failed the microbial tests are Patanjali’s Amla Churna, Divya Gashar Churna,…

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Darjeeling: Politics of Nepali language

Darjeeling: Politics of Nepali language

he Nepali language has acted as a common thread connecting people of various tribal origins in the Darjeeling hills1961: Nepali language is recognised as one of the Official Languages of West Bengal. 1961-1962: The ethnic Gorkha population in Darjeeling opposes a move by the then West Bengal Government to introduce Bengali as a compulsory language in the hills. Government backtracks. 1971-1972: The demand to include the Nepali language in the Sixth Schedule of the Indian…

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PM election in Nepal deferred to Tuesday

PM election in Nepal deferred to Tuesday

Voting had to be postponed after the main opposition CPN-UML warned of obstructing the house to protest the election commission’s decision to conduct a repolling in Bharatpur Metropolitan City. The much-anticipated voting to select Nepal’s new prime minister was deferred to Tuesday. The parliamentary voting slated for Sunday was postponed after the main opposition CPN-UML, led by former prime minister KP Sharma Oli, warned of obstructing the house to protest the election commission’s decision to…

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Nepal PM Pushpa Kumar Dahal steps down

Nepal PM Pushpa Kumar Dahal steps down

Nepal’s Maoist prime minister has resigned, leaving a leadership vacuum just weeks before the second round of local elections. Pushpa Kamal Dahal took office only nine months ago. The municipal and village assembly vote is the first in the past two decades. His exit from government on Wednesday was somewhat expected under a power-sharing deal with the Nepali Congress Party. It came earlier than predicted though after the Communist UML opposition party threatened to block…

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Age and physical disabilities are no bar to cast your vote

As Nepal holds the local level elections after 20 years, peoples from different walks of life look excited to exercise their sovereign voting rights enshrined by the constitution of Nepal and cast their votes to elect the eligible representatives for their ward, village council or municipality. Batauli Lamichhane, 115, cast his vote at the polling centre at Arunodaya Secondary School of Matra village with support of his son. Similarly, Nanda Bahadur Poudel, a 105-year-old senior…

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Nepal votes in first local elections in 20 years (video)

Nepal votes in first local elections in 20 years (video)

Nearly 50,000 candidates vying for various positions in municipal and village councils for the first time in 20 years. Nepalese have voted for representatives in municipal and village councils for the first time in two decades, a landmark moment in the country’s transition to democracy. Polling stations closed at 1700 local time (1115 GMT) on Sunday, with voter turnout estimated at 71 percent, Election Commission head Ayodhi Prasad Yadav said at a press conference. Ballot…

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