India denies Nepali gas bullets to transport cooking gas

KATHMANDU:  India has turned down Nepal’s request to allow Nepali gas bullets to transport cooking gas from India. Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during a meeting with her Nepali counterpart Krishna Bahadur Mahara on Monday evening said that Indian transporters would transport the cooking gas up to Nepali depots. Minister Swaraj’s response came after […]

6,100 women and children trafficked in 2016

KATHMANDU:  As many as 6,100 women and children were reportedly trafficked from the country during the fiscal year 2072-73 BS, a report reveals. The ‘Trafficking in persons’ National Report released by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today showed that 98 % among the trafficked were women. The Report has projected that 13,600 women and […]

Nepal set to bag biggest foreign grant from US

KATHMANDU:  Nepal is all set to bag the biggest foreign grant amount in its history with the government wrapping up negotiations on “compact programme” with the United States. The deal will pave the way for the country to tap a funding pool of $500 million (approximately Rs52 billion). If things move ahead as planned, the […]

The tussle for Kasthamandap

KATHMANDU:  At their small office overlooking Kasthamandap, a group of young volunteers for the Campaign to Rebuild Kasthamandap are huddled in a circle, discussing the flurry of events that have taken place at the seventh century monument this week. The room, which is usually abuzz with activity, is starkly muted today and a heavy cloud of […]

EC proposes holding all elections by Nov 23

  KATHMANDU:  The Election Commission has proposed holding the elections for provincial parliaments, the National Assembly and the Federal Parliament by November 23. A team of EC officials led by Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav met Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba in Singha Durbar on Friday to suggest the government that it would be […]

CIAA asks Rs 3 billion in bail with DG Sharma

KATHMANDU: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has demanded Rs 3 billion in bail from Director General (DG) of Inland Revenue Department Chudamani Sharma. The CIAA had on June 2 arrested Sharma  on charges of revenue embezzlement of more than Rs 20 billion when he was the member of the Tax Settlement […]

2 climbers missing on “Killer Mountain” in north Pakistan

ISLAMABAD:  One Spanish man and an Argentinian have gone missing on a notoriously treacherous peak in northern Pakistan known among mountaineers as “Killer Mountain”, officials said on Tuesday. Alberto Zerain Berasatei from Spain and Mariano Galacan from Argentina were last heard from on Saturday when their party was climbing Nanga Parbat, the world’s ninth highest […]