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Nepal extends flight ban till 31 May

Daily Covid-19 confirmed cases in Nepal. Source:WORLDMETER.ORG ven as the Covid-19 surge devastates Nepal, the government has extended restrictions of international air travel till 31 May, and lengthened the lockdown in Kathmandu Valley and other districts by two more weeks. The move comes as the number of new daily Covid-19 cases in Nepal has stayed above 9,000, with […] [...]

Nepal’s vultures: Between existence and extinction

69 vultures were found dead in Nawalparasi last month. n the grounds of a college campus in Nawalparasi, the great brown birds lay as if they were taking part in some ritual. The vultures were all lying in almost concentric circles around an animal carcass. The 69 vultures were all dead: 35 White-rumped Vultures, 31 […] [...]

Saving Nepali mothers on Mother’s Day

Rita Khatri, 21, is the only skilled birth attendant in her village of Phediguth of Okhaldhunga district, where she has helped to promote institutional birthing despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. All photos: NARESH NEWAR nlike many of her nursing colleagues who yearn to go abroad or find a job in a city hospital, […] [...]

Lockdown may be extended in Kathmandu

Kathmandu’s main infectious diseases hospital in Teku is full, and pateints are being cared for in open verandahs and parking lots. Photos: AMIT MACHAMASI he District Covid Crisis Management Centre (DCCMC) has recommended extending the lockdown in Kathmandu Valley by two more weeks following a meeting of the mayors of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts.  […] [...]

Super-spreader Special Session of Nepal’s Parliament

Monday’s Special Session of Parliament in which K P Oli lost his confidence vote and had to step down. Photos: AMIT MACHAMASI o symptom of Nepal’s current malaise could be more symbolic than a prime minister seeking a confidence vote in a crowded Parliament in the middle of a raging pandemic.  Of the 1,300 people […] [...]

Concern in China over Nepal Covid-19 surge

China’s new batch of medical supplies for Nepal published in Global Times. he Covid-19 second wave ravaging Nepal has raised concern in China’s social media platform Weibo, and prompted some to post appeals for the government to help the neighbouring country in its time of need. The coronavirus surge sweeping India and Nepal has been creating a significant buzz on […] [...]

At the Covid-19 frontlines in rural Nepal

Services provided from outside of OPD due to Covid cases. Photos: NYAYA HEALTH NEPAL epal’s rural health system, already underfunded, understaffed and overstretched, is struggling with the enormous added burden of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Having barely coped with the first wave last year, hospitals in the remote mountains of Far-Western Province have found that the […] [...]

“EU will stand by Nepal in hard times”

Women with their babies displaying their ‘Nanglo with nutritious diet’. Ever since the first (2013-2017) phase of the Multisector Nutrition Plan (MSNP) gathered steam with support from the EU and in 30 priority districts, there has been visible progress in the health of both mothers and their infants. Photo: ELOISA FERNANDEZ ASTUDILLO, EU DELEGATION TO […] [...]

Nepal’s first hydropower from a glacial lake

A view of the project from across the Langtang Valley showing the receding Langtang Lirung Glacier, and the location of the intake, penstock and powerhouse. There is a drop of 300m, and the turbines generate 100kW of electricity. Photos: KUNDA DIXIT rom the edge of the terminal moraine of the Langtang Lirung Glacier, there is […] [...]

Nepal’s life or death O2 quest

All photos: AMIT MACHAMASI epal’s second wave is continuing to spread like wildfire across the country, with devastating consequences. Entire families are getting infected and succumbing to the disease, hospitals do not have beds, and have run out of oxygen. On Saturday, Nepal’s daily case load dropped to 8,418, thanks to fewer tests owing to the weekend. […] [...]

The government of Nepal has suspended all scheduled international flights until May 31. [...]

5,225 people have recovered whereas 225 deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours. The death toll number includes those cremated by the Nepal Army in the past week. [...]

Nepal has received 400 oxygen cylinders that its northern neighbour China donated to help it fight the Covid-19 crisis, on Tuesday. [...]

Health Minister Hridayesh Tripathi has refuted media reports that there was a delay in importing one million doses of Covishield Covid-19 vaccines from the Serum Institute of India because of the government's inability to control corruption. [...]

Citing crowds continued to gather notwithstanding the implementation of the lockdown to contain the coronavirus spread, the Kalimati fruit and vegetable market, the biggest vegetable market in the Kathmandu valley, has shut its retailing section. [...]

Former King Gyanendra Shah has recovered from Covid-19 after around three weeks of treatment, informs the Norvic International Hospital in Kathmandu. [...]

The ongoing lockdown, officially the prohibitory order, imposed in the Kathmandu valley has been extended by 15 days--up to May 27. [...]

As many Covid-19 patients are succumbing to the lack of sufficient oxygen in the Sudurpaschim province, the only oxygen plant in the district has halted its operation on Monday night after experiencing a technical problem. [...]

A couple, riding on a bicycle, died after being hit by a truck, in Hanumannagar, Kankalini municipality-1 of the Saptari district on Tuesday morning. [...]

Covid-19 Nepal: Oxygen shortage in Kathmandu may invite disaster

As oxygen is running out at KIST Medical College Teaching Hospital in Patan, the hospital’s chief operating officer Amish Pathak is doing everything he can. He is calling oxygen plants, but they tell him they do not have any. A similar answer comes from the Health Ministry and the Covid-19 Crisis Management Centre as Pathak, for the patient’s sake, does all he can to get two cylinders of oxygen. [...]

Covid-19 Nepal and Kathmandu lockdown: A couple’s story of the forgettable wedding that they can never forget

Roshan Roka, 28, a resident of Dhumbarahi in Kathmandu, was in a relationship with Soniya Budhathoki, 26, of Kalanki, for the past few years. Last year, they had a plan to wed. [...]

Cheque dishonouring law in Nepal: Everything you need to know about

The cases of cheque bouncing are rampant in Nepal nowadays. Cheque bouncing is regarded as a condition in which the receiver will not be able to exchange the issued cheque due to various reasons such as insufficient fund, overwriting in the cheque, mismatch of signature, among others. As per the law, cheque bouncing is regarded as one of the causes for dishonouring of the cheque. [...]

In the past 24 hours, 4,007 people have achieved recovery whereas 139 deaths have been reported. [...]

Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has lost his position as the executive chief of the country with the support of the majority in the legislature, on Monday. [...]

The ruling CPN-UML vice-chairman Bamdev Gautam on Monday says he will support the party's senior leaders Madhav Kumar Nepal and Jhala Nath Khanal if the party officially splits. [...]