Category: Kathmandu

‘Recharge Kathmandu programme unlikely to bear fruit’

Around 114 million litres of groundwater is extracted through deep borewells Kathmandu, February 22 Kathmandu Metropolitan City recently inaugurated the much-hyped ‘Recharge Kathmandu’ programme in a bid to recharge the valley’s water table, which is rapidly declining due to intensive extraction of groundwater through deep borewells. The programme began last Tuesday with the inauguration of a project which is likely to recharge groundwater in around…

1,104 absconding convicts held

Kathmandu, February 22 Nepal Police arrested as many as 1,104 absconders, who were on the run after being convicted by the Supreme Court, high courts and district courts, in the past three months. A quarterly report card released by the Ministry of Home Affairs said the arrest was a part of the judgement execution drive to end the culture of impunity. The Judgement Execution Directorate…

New immigration bill bars suspicious Nepali citizens from visiting abroad

Kathmandu, February 22 The Immigration Bill tabled by Minister of Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa at the National Assembly stipulates provisions that restrict suspicious Nepali citizens from flying abroad. As per Section 4 of the bill, the MoHA may stop any Nepali citizen from travelling abroad with or without prescribing the period of such restriction under various circumstances. “If a court has issued an order…

Durbar High School handover delayed due to coronavirus outbreak in China

KATHMANDU: The handover of historic Durbar High School has been delayed due to the outbreak of coronavirus in China. The construction was completed last month. The Chinese team was scheduled to visit Nepal for inspection after completion of the school building. According to Construction Manager, Rajendra KC, handover of the school building was planned within 19 months from the beginning of the construction. He added,…

Call to ensure dignified life for senior citizens

Kathmandu, February 21 Increasing number of old age homes and care centres shows that more senior citizens are being abandoned and neglected by their families, warns the National Human Rights Commission. According to the annual report (2019-19) released by the rights body recently, senior citizens are still suffering from socioeconomic, health and family problems. The budget allocated by the government has not reached the target…

FNJ seeks more amendments to media council, infotech bills

Kathmandu, February 21 The Federation of Nepali Journalists has sought further amendments to the Media Council Bill and Information Technology Bill. A meeting of the FNJ central office bearers and members in the capital reviewed the latest status of the bills yesterday, deciding to launch programmes to get the FNJ voice included in the bills. The umbrella organisation of journalists highlighted the need for additional…

Army Day observed

Kathmandu, February 21 Nepali Army Day was celebrated amid a spectacular function at Nepali Army Pavilion, Tundikhel, today. President Bidhya Devi Bhandari, who is also the Supreme Commander of Nepali Army, was the chief guest of the ceremony. President Bhandari received a guard of honour presented by a troop of Nepali Army. Followed by traditional and celebratory firing from rifles and canons, NA soldiers demonstrated…

Early diagnosis helps ‘cure cancer among children’

Kathmandu, February 21 Early diagnosis of cancer in children is helpful in treatment of the disease, says a doctor. “Early diagnosis and treatment helps children live longer, with fewer health complications,” said Dr Sudhir Sapkota, consultant paediatrician, paediatric haematologist and oncologist at Kanti Children’s Hospital. Children are found to be suffering from leukaemia, retinoblastoma — eye cancer and wilms tumour — kidney cancer, among other…

Lakhs of devotees throng Pashupatinath temple

Kathmandu, February 21 An overwhelming aura of spirituality prevailed across the country as Hindu devotees celebrated Mahashivaratri to venerate Lord Shiva today. Devotees offered water, milk, dhaturo, Bel leaves and flowers to the Hindu deity. Tens of thousands of devotees from different parts of the country and from India, Malayasia and other countries flocked to Pashupatinath temple to offer prayers. All four gates of the…

Army Day observed today

KATHMANDU: The Nepal Army Day was marked today coinciding with the Mahashivaratri festival. President Bidya Devi Bhandari observed the ceremony organised by Nepal Army (NA) on the occasion of the Day, at the Army Pavilion in Tundikhel. President Bhandari, also the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of NA, laid a wreath at the Army Monument during the ceremony. She was presented a guard of honour by a contingent…