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Category: Development

PM unveils 5-year reconstruction work plan

12 May, Kathmandu: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli unveiled a five-year work plan on post-quake reconstruction at the Legislature-Parliament today. The work plan clearly outlines how reconstruction works would be accelerated, PM Oli said, adding that the work plan was introduced as a guideline to the government, private sectors and donor agencies. Although the PDNA had estimated a budget of Rs 699 billion for the entire reconstruction activities, the number of damaged houses has increased and the ministries too demanded additional amount, so the proposed budget has increased accordingly. With the additional budget, Rs 838 billion has been allocated...

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14th Three-year Plan to build socialism-oriented prosperous nation

9 May, Kathmandu: President Bidya Devi Bhandari said that the government would prepare the 14th Three-Year Plan, with the purpose of building socialism-oriented prosperous nation based on norms and values of democracy, and would implement it from coming fiscal year 2016/17. The main objective of the plan would be to build an independent and prosperous state while ensuring basic social service and maintaining food, health, energy and job security to build a welfare state. The economic policies would be focused on the path of prosperity while strengthening national economy through participation, independent development and complementary role of public, private...

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After 4,600 years, we can finally see deep inside Egypt’s mysterious pyramids

7 May, Egypt: You may have wondered what the inside of a pyramid looks like. Not the cavities and passages you see on “The Mummy” — the actual structure of the creation, how it was built to last all these years. The pyramids of ancient Egypt are about 4,500 years old. They have stood the test of time, great monuments on the landscape. Dusty gold and majestic. Now we can learn a little more about them thanks to cosmic rays. Archaeologists have begun to use new technology to better refine our understanding of pyramids’ internal makeup. The new Scans...

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PM Oli launches electronic procurement system

14 April, Kathmandu: An electronic procurement system based on single portal has been launched in the country for the first time aimed at making procurement process objective, transparent and convincing. Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli today launched the system amidst a programme organized by the Public Procurement Monitoring Office and opined for leading the country on the way to forward utilizing such electronic technology. PM Oli said “we should lead the country towards rapid development by utilizing modern technology.” He added that such electronic procurement system was essential to make the economic activities transparent adding that it has established...

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Eight-lane ring-road in 10 years

2 April, Kathmandu: The Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport has said the existing 27-km ring road will be expanded to eight lanes within 10 years. The task of expanding 10.39-km Kalanki-Koteswor section of ring road to eight lanes that started from 2070 BS will be completed within coming nine months. Ministry’s Foreign Division Chief Bishnu Om Bade told RSS that remaining 17-km of the road section will also be expanded to eight lanes within 10 years after the Chinese government agreed to provide additional support for the same in course of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s recent China...

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U.S. scientists create “minimal cell” with just genes needed for life

25 March, WASHINGTON: U.S. researchers announced Thursday the design and construction of a minimal synthetic bacterial cell that contains only the genes necessary for life, a breakthrough that may help better understand the secret of life. Genome research pioneer Craig Venter’s team shocked the world in 2010 by creating the first synthetic cell in human history and now they went further to simplify and reorganize the cell’s genome to retain only 473 genes, making it the smallest genome of any organism that can be grown in laboratory media. “The only way to answer basic questions about life would be...

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Australia’s ugly mammals fail to catch the eye of scientists, study shows

8 March, SYDNEY : Pushed out of the limelight by cuddly koalas and kangaroos, Australia’s less glamorous native bats and rodents have failed to catch the eyes of scientific researchers, a new study shows. Just 11 percent of scientific studies on Australian wildlife since 1901 have looked at native bats and rodents, although they make up 45 percent of all species, says the study published in the Mammal Review Journal. Australia has already had some unique bat species become extinct and there is a risk more could follow without anyone noticing, said Trish Fleming, a wildlife biologist from Murdoch...

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China to launch second space lab in third-quarter: state media

29 Feb, BEIJING : China will put a second space laboratory in orbit in the third quarter of this year, state news agency Xinhua said on Sunday, part of the country’s plan to have a permanent manned space station in service around 2022. Advancing China’s space program is a priority for Beijing, with President Xi Jinping calling for the country to establish itself as a space power. Tiangong (Heavenly Palace) 2 is expected to be docked with a cargo ship, Tianzhou 1 (Heavenly Vessel) which is scheduled to be launched in the first half of next year, Xinhua said....

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Nepal rich in folk culture: US researcher

28 Feb, Kathmandu: American national Anna Stirr, who has done profound research on Nepali folk culture, has said Nepal is rich in folk culture. Taking part in an interaction programme on ‘promotion and protection of folk culture’, organised by the Independent Journalists’ Association, Nepal here Sunday, Stirr said Nepal’s culture is characterised by diversity and significant values. She further said during the research she visited different villages and settlements of Nepal and was mesmerized by the cultural diversities they own up. Association’s Central Chair Krishna Prasad Bastola spoke on the need of collective efforts to protect Nepali folk culture...

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Britain no longer a Christian country, says major report

8 Dec, London: A major report released on Monday sparked fury among ministers and the Church of England after it suggested that Britain was no longer a Christian country and called for Hindu, Muslim and other non-Christian representation in the symbols of the country’s establishment. Titled ‘Living With Difference’, the report notes the decline in Christian affiliation in recent decades, increase in the number of people with non-religion beliefs and identities, and the increase in the number of people of non-Christian affiliation. The Church of England said it was “disappointed” with the report, and said: “The report is dominated...

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