We make haste in launching projects: NPC Vice-ChairmanBy The Rising Nepal
The COVID-19 has taken a heavy toll on every sector of society and economy. While it has posed a serious threat to the health and life of citizens, it has battered business, industry and development at all levels. The budget execution and development performance are underachieved and there are no symptoms of early economic revival. Work at some large development projects is either halted or slowed despite the efforts to take the human resources and construction materials to the site. In such a scenario,...
PM’s resignation is sought with ill-intention: DPM Pokhrel09 Aug, 2020
Intra-party differences have widened in the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), especially between party chairman and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and another party chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’. Efforts are being made to settle the differences between the two NCP chairmen, PM Oli and Prachanda. In this regard, the party chairs have been holding a series of talks to iron out the deepening intra-party rift. The Standing Committee meeting of the party has reached a deadlock and several...
Nepal should prepare for the worst: WHO representative28 Jul, 2020
There is indeed a cluster of case in Birgunj. However, this cluster is due to a local transmission chain, and may not become widespread community transmission if proper steps are taken.
Threat of virus infection is still high: Dr. Pandey26 Jul, 2020
The government lifted the 120-day long lockdown from July 21. When the lockdown was imposed on March 24, only two cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Nepal. On the 120th day, the case count had crossed 17,000. Although the risk of virus infection still looms large, activities of people show that the situation has returned to normalcy. Dr. Rabindra Pandey, a public health expert, talked to Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada about the effect of lifting the lockdown on the public health and the risk of...
No widespread community virus transmission in Nepal, says WHO Representative23 Jul, 2020
After the WHO declared COVID-19 as a global pandemic, many countries globally clamped lockdown beginning around mid of March 2020. In Nepal, the government imposed official lockdown from 24 March. Some lockdown relaxation was started after three months. However, risks and fear continue as new cases of infection continue to emerge. In this backdrop a team from The Rising Nepal, including Gopal Khanal, Bhimsen Thapaliya and Ajita Rijal had an hour-long conversation with Dr. Jos Vandelaer, WHO Representative...
China respects Nepal's sovereignty, territorial integrity: Ambassador Hou30 Jun, 2020
Nepal and China are close friends for ages. They have been maintaining cordial relations since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1955. With the signing of historic Transport and Transit Agreement in 2016 that transformed Nepal’s status of a land-locked country to a land-linked one, the bilateral relations have gained newer heights. China's Ambassador to Nepal, Hou Yanqi, has been actively working to further strengthen the bilateral relationship since she assumed...
We want cordial and balanced relations with all powers: Pandey28 Jun, 2020
Former Minister for Foreign Affairs Mahendra Bahadur Pandey is appointed as the ambassador of Nepal to China and is assuming the post from July this year. As an envoy of the country to the world economic superpower which is also the second largest trading partner, important source of tourists and other various exchanges, Pandey has to prove his mettle to take the bilateral relations between the two countries to newer heights in the wake of the signing of the agreements to use the ports in China and...
Dialogue based on trust can resolve border issue with India: Gyawali21 Jun, 2020
India has been occupying about 410 km square km stretch of land in Nepal’s Kalapani region since early Sixties. This territory includes Limpiyadhura and Lipulek, the strategic border points with China. India unilaterally published a map including the region within its territory in November 2019. Nepal protested the move and sent a diplomatic note to India but it exhibited indifference to the note and inaugurated a road to Lipulek through Nepali land in May this year. Nepal termed the act a serious...
Avoiding talks with Nepal is self-defeating for India: Prof Swain15 Jun, 2020
Ashok Swain is a Professor of Peace and Conflict Research at the Uppsala University, Sweden. An Indian-born academic, Swain received his PhD in 1991 from the School of International Studies of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is also the UNESCO Chair on International Water Cooperation.
Nepal's stand is for truth to prevail, come what may: DPM Pokhrel22 May, 2020
Nepal, a country which has a glorious history of independence since ancient age, is at present urging its southern neighbour, India, not to infringe on its territory. Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, speaking on May 19 from the rostrum of the Federal Parliament, proposed to India to resolve the border issue through diplomatic dialogue and also declared that Nepal would present itself in the talks on the issue on the basis of facts and evidence.
I used to patrol with arms in Kalapani 48 years ago: Nepal Police ASI12 May, 2020
Bir Bahadur Chand, 81 of Dasarath Chand Municipality-4 is former official of Nepal Police who was deployed at Kalapani 48 years ago with arms when India encorached it.
Budget will address challenges posed by COVID-19: Finance Minister06 May, 2020
The coronavirus outbreak and the lockdown imposed to stem the spread of the pandemic has taken a severe toll on the economy. Business and industry, except those dealing in food and essential goods, are shut. Development work is halted and millions of people are put off their work. The government is preparing the budget of the next fiscal year 2020/21 in this challenging time. Gopal Khanal and Modnath Dhakal of The Rising Nepal caught up with Finance Minister Dr Yuba Raj Khatiwada to talk about the...
Relief to businesses is not long-term solution03 May, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has sent businesses and manufacturing industries off the work causing a negative impact on employment and economic growth.
Saving life of people is first priority: PM20 Apr, 2020
The government announced nationwide lockdown in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic from March 24 for a week and continued with it so far and has indicated that it would be extended further. For a country like Nepal which is poor in health facilities, infrastructure and human resources the lockdown, social distancing and border closure are the main alternatives, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said in an interview with the state-owned media. He expressed his commitment to employ every alternative...
Role of Federal Parliament more important during difficult time: Speaker SapkotaBy RSS
During the time of crisis, lawmakers have raised voices to make the Federal Parliament and parliamentary committees more effective and systematic.
Assigning security agencies to take up crucial works during crisis is usual: Home Minster ThapaBy RSS
Regarding the lack of personal protective equipments to the security personnel, Minister Thapa admitted inadequacy of equipments to some extent...
China to provide medical assistance as per communications: Ambassador Hou06 Apr, 2020
The Chinese ambassador said Ministry of Commerce of the PRC was working on the commercial demand raised on April 2 by Nepal to purchase medical equipment and supplies.
Let’s invest money for capital formation instead of buying sophisticated vehicles: Finance Minister Dr KhatiwadaBy RSS
The private media outlets are doing good job and the state-owned media are also expected to carry on news on factual basis without being influenced by any prejudices and limiting their products on the government programmes.
Scope of coronavirus test will be expanded and hundreds will be tested daily: Minister GyawaliBy RSS
The government is taking their updates through videoconferences with the help of its diplomatic missions and embassies in the respective countries, through personal telephone contacts and other available means of communication.
Govt preparedness to prevent COVID-19 outbreak in Nepal notable23 Mar, 2020
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the newly discovered coronavirus. The virus that first appeared in the last week of December 2019 in China has, over the past two and half months, spread globally, affecting the people in 185 countries. As of March 21, the COVID-19 outbreak situation data showed 267,013 confirmed cases; with 11, 201 deaths. WHO has repeatedly warned that Nepal is at high risk of COVID-19, though luckily no case has been reported yet, and the government is actively taking...