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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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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Mayor de Blasio blasted by public defenders for being ‘open to help’ President Trump deport NYC’s non-citizens

Mayor de Blasio blasted by public defenders for being ‘open to help’ President Trump deport NYC’s non-citizens

Public defenders ripped Mayor de Blasio Tuesday for saying he might add to the list of 170 crimes for which the city works with federal authorities to deport non-citizens. “For a mayor who ran on a platform of progressive change to even suggest that he is open to helping President Trump deport some of our clients is disheartening and destructive,” Tina Luongo, chief defender at the Legal Aid Society, told the Daily News. At a…

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Uber and New York City spar over data collection

Uber and New York City spar over data collection

It’s Uber versus New York City, part two. The e-hail giant claims that a new amendment to a Taxi and Limousine Commission safety rule aimed at curbing driver hours is essentially a backdoor attempt to collect e-hail trip data. Uber has made various objections to the rule since the city first proposed it last spring, but the San Francisco-based company is currently framing its argument around customer privacy and cybersecurity. It questions the TLC’s ability…

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Nepal to become load-shedding free

Nepal to become load-shedding free

Now the country is to become free from load-shedding. This has become possible after 13 MW of electricity produced by the private sector and 40MW imported from India was added to the national grid from Saturday. According to experts, this is expected to end load-shedding across the nation. Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Energy, Dinesh Kumar Ghimire expressed his hope that the country will become free from load-shedding now. “We have started importing an…

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Trump Tower security: 56th Street to reopen between Fifth, Sixth avenues

A part of 56th Street near Trump Tower is opening back up to traffic after being closed following the election, a city politician said. Multiple blocks of East 56th Street have been closed to all vehicular traffic as part of the security measures to protect President-elect Donald Trump. The portion between Fifth and Sixth avenues reopened to traffic on Wednesday, Council member Dan Garodnick said. The heightened security has slowed business for a number of…

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New Yorkers fear ‘more unprofessional drivers’ after cabbies no longer have to speak English

New Yorkers fear ‘more unprofessional drivers’ after cabbies no longer have to speak English

A new law that does away with the English proficiency test for hack licenses will translate into safety concerns and frustrating trips, passengers and even drivers said Tuesday. The test was dropped as part of a package of laws leveling the rules for each sector of the taxi industry. All Taxi & Limousine Commission-licensed drivers will have to pass an exam offered in four languages, after taking a 24-hour course, covering geography and safety. Drivers…

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Nepal’s doctors halt services to exert pressure to fulfil demands

Nepal’s  doctors halt services to exert pressure to fulfil demands

Expressing solidarity with Dr Govinda KC, whose hunger strike on Thursday entered 19th day, government doctors have decided to stop providing services across the country on Friday and Saturday. Around 1,200 doctors working for government health facilities have said they will attend to patients only at emergency departments. Though the doctors have said they will halt services on Friday and Saturday, hospitals across the country, including in Kathmandu, had the effect on Thursday itself. Many…

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Indefinite banda affects normal life in Nepal

Indefinite banda affects normal life in Nepal

Kathmandu: Normal life in various parts of the country has been affected on Friday due to indefinite strike called against the constitution amendment bill proposal separating Tarai and hill districts in Province no 5. Palpa has been shut down for second consecutive day as markets, shops, schools remained closed and transportation services were halted. While Rupandehi , Gulmi, Arghakhachi, Pyuthan among other districts have been seeing protests. Demonstrators have hit the streets in Butwal to…

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NHRC tells Nepal govt to save Dr Govinda KC’s life

KATHMANDU: The National Human Rights Commission on Monday urged the government to save the life of Dr Govinda KC by addressing his demands through talks. Dr KC has been staging a fast-unto-death at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital for past 16 days, putting forth various demands for what he called reforms in Nepal’s medical education sector. Issuing a press statement today, the constitutional rights watchdog reminded the government that it should be sensitive towards protecting…

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