Kathmandu (Nepal), July 14 (ANI): The death toll from the Nepal floods caused by the monsoon rains on Saturday reached 28 with over 16 persons still missing. Heavy monsoon rains for the past few days have left many settlements at high risk of floods and landslides in several places in Nepal. Transportation has also been disrupted in all major highways. Rain-fed rivers have also started to erode embankments putting nearby settlements at high risk of flooding. The Meteorological Forecasting Division in its special bulletin has warned of widespread rain from moderate to heavy scale likely to continue till Sunday. It has mentioned that the monsoon trough is presently based in the vicinity of Terai of eastern Nepal and hilly territory of western Nepal. On Sunday, complete cloudy condition is likely over most of the country and widespread rain is expected and heavy rain is likely to occur particularly at some places of eastern and central regions and at few places of western region, as per the bulletin. Whereas on Monday, widespread rain from moderate to heavy scale has been forecast and extremely heavy rain is likely to hit few places of eastern region and some parts of western hilly region.
Sarah Hillary, the daughter of Sir Edmund Hillary - the first man to scale the world's highest peak - said on Wednesday (May 29) that it was a shame most climbers were "obsessed" with Mount Everest and not taking up the challenge of climbing other peaks. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
An American climber died on the descent from the summit of Mount Everest on Monday, taking the number of dead or missing mountaineers on the world's highest mountain to 11 during the current climbing season. Anna Bevan reports.
Delays on the crowded route up the world's highest mountain has led to a spate of deaths, according to climbers.
Kathmandu (Nepal), May 27 (ANI): With a string of blasts in Nepal's capital Kathmandu on Sunday that were followed by strikes called by former Maoist splinter group, most vehicles stayed off roads. Four people were killed and seven injured after three separate blasts. Along with a slump in number of vehicles on road, the number of people venturing out for work also reduced with some schools and offices staying shut. A handful number of people were seen outside but they were also scared. The splinter group Communist Party of Nepal is suspected to be behind Sunday's attack, the deadliest since the government imposed a ban on the group on March 12. With the arrest and discovery of bombs at four different places on Sunday alone, criticism against the group is increasing and people are suggesting the government to sit down with group to reach to a point of consensus. Apart from Kathmandu, bombs were found in highway and in Pokhara, Tanahun, Sindhuli Morang, Bardibas, Makwanpur. At least five vehicles were torched in various parts of the nation. Meanwhile, Nepal Army's bomb disposal team disposed a bomb inside New Buspark area.
Birgunj (Nepal), May 26 (ANI): A rally was held in Nepal’s Birgunj town to celebrate the victory of Narendra Modi-led BJP and its allies in the Lok Sabha elections 2019.The people in Madhes region of Nepal believe that Modi’s popularity is not gaining heights in India but rest of the world. The National Democratic Alliance has won the elections with a huge margin by registering 353 seats out of 542 Lok Sabha seats.
Kathmandu (Nepal), Mar 28 (ANI): Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale arrived in Nepal’s capital for two-day visit on March 27. He held bilateral talks with his Nepalese counterpart Shanker Das Bairagi in Kathmandu on Thursday. The two Foreign Secretaries discussed the bilateral ties between both the countries. During the visit, the foreign secretary met with Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. The foreign secretary is in the Himalayan nation to review the progress made in the ongoing India-aided projects in Nepal. Gokhale’s visit to Nepal comes a day before the Nepal Investment Summit 2019. In the wake of last month's terror attack in Pulwama, the two sides also discussed ways to combat menace of terrorism.
Siliguri (West Bengal), Dec 21 (ANI): In a bid to counter smuggling and crime across the border, the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) Siliguri Frontier has installed modern cameras across Indo-Nepal border at Panitanki to keep a firm check on the security of the area. Other security measures taken by the SSB include installing vehicle recognition cameras which can read the number plates and a baggage scanner. These vehicle recognition cameras are installed to verify the incidents of vehicle being stolen and taken to Nepal. The SSB guards Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan borders. This is the only frontier in SSB Siliguri Frontier which is guarding both the borders.
Kathmandu (Nepal), Dec 19 (ANI): Share investors in Nepal have started a hunger strike in front of the Nepal Stock Exchange demanding resignation of Finance Minister Yuba Raj Khatiwada and Governor of Nepal Rastra Bank Chiranjibi Nepal. The strike is being led by investors Tilak Koirala and Hari Dhakal as part of a pressure group formed by the community. Along with the finance minister and the governor, the protesters have also demanded the resignation of Chairman of Securities Board of Nepal Rewat Bahadur Karki; Chairman of Nepal Stock Exchange Laxman Neupane and Chairman of Insurance Board Chiranjibi Chapagain. The investors have been expressing their full support to the demonstrators. The Ministry of Finance earlier also had formed a committee to discuss the matter and a report was also said to be prepared but later the ministry denied accepting it citing incompleteness and have vowed to continue their protest till their demands are met. The Nepali stock market has capitalization of 14 Billion Nepali rupees from 19 BillionNepali rupees.
Bhairahawa (Nepal), Dec 19 (ANI): Traders and locals are worried over the decision of Nepal government to ban the use of high denomination Indian currency notes of Rs 200, Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 in the country. They claim the decision will not only affect the tourism sector in Nepal but would also have a negative impact on the exchange of goods and services between the two nations. With this decision Nepali citizens are only allowed to carry or make the transactions using Rs 100 banknotes as it is not specified in the release about ban on this or explained further. There was no specific clause or provisions about the new Indian banknotes which were issued after the demonetization move by the Indian Government last November.
Kathmandu (Nepal), Dec 14 (ANI): As many as 2,60,124 Indian tourists have visited Nepal in the last ten months, taking the number of tourists visiting the neighbouring country to a whopping one million. As per the data released by the Nepal Tourism Board on Thursday, a total of 10,01,930 tourists arrived Nepal in the period from January to November. Out of them, a total of 2,60,124 Indian tourists visited Nepal via air travel, making them the highest number of international tourists arriving in Nepal. The number of the Indian tourist arrivals in Nepal this year as compared to last year has increased by a hundred thousand - In 2017, the number of Indian tourists stood at 1,60, 832 followed by Chinese tourists with 1,04, 664 persons arriving in Nepal. This year too, China stood second on the list, with 1,34,362 tourist arrivals in the mountainous nation. The number of American Tourists, which stood at 73,650 in 2017, surged to 82,870 in 2018. Tourists from the UK increased to 57,555 from 50,652 in 2017, while German tourists visiting Nepal also grew to 34,479 from 28,702 in 2017. Nepal, which is home to nine out of the top ten highest peaks in the world, relies heavily on tourism as one of its sources for foreign currency. The increasing number of international tourists to the nation spells well for Nepal which is observing 2020 as the year for tourism. Last year, the travel and tourism sector alone contributed about 7.8 per cent to Nepal's gross domestic product (GDP).
Kathmandu (Nepal), Sep 29 (ANI): Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan visited the world famous Pashupatinath Temple and offered prayers in Kathmandu. Pradhan arrived in Kathmandu for a two-day visit at the Invitation of Industry, Commerce and Supplies Minister, Matrika Yadav.
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