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China just built the world’s biggest floating solar project

China has installed a massive field of solar panels on a particularly poignant site: a lake formed by the collapse of abandoned coal mines. The world’s largest floating solar project can produce enough power to light up a nearby city in China’s eastern Anhui province. The local government wants to expand the initiative to more than a dozen sites, which together would generate the same amount of electricity as a full-size nuclear reactor, the New York Times reported this week. The 40-megawatt project, which was connected to the grid in mid-May, provides a powerful example of China’s broader ambition...

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Seven transformers damaged in lightning strike, power supply cut off

7 June, Baitadi: Electric power supply has been severed after seven transformers at different locations were damaged in lightning strikes here in Baitadi district. The lightning strikes accompanied with heavy rainfall on Monday and Tuesday destroyed three transformers in Dehimadaun, three in Srikedar and one in Gurukhola, Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) Baitadi Distribution Centre Chief, Rajendra Lal Dev said. The 33 – kV power line along Attariya – Baitadi and 11 – kV line in Baitadi – Anarkholi have also snapped. The NEA has started repair and maintenance of the transformers and power lines after identifying the locations....

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Tap into reliable and stable domestic tourism

Kathmandu: Realizing the benefits of advertisement and publicity, Nepal Tourism Board or NTB has decided to use the platform of news giants like BBC and Reuters, and of travel site TripAdvisor to help realize the huge tourism potential of the country. This was also very much needed to get the country back into the world of tourism following the 2015 devastating earthquake, that had in many ways hampered the tourism sector. And for the promotional campaign, NTB, the government body responsible to promote tourism in the country is investing a whopping one million US dollars. This is a very significant...

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Mahashivaratri being observed today, Pashupatinath temple opened for public at 3:30 am

24 Feb, Kathmandu: Hindu devotees all over the country are celebrating the great festival of Mahashivaratri by worshipping Lord Shiva at various rivers, ponds and temples since early this morning. Devotees visit Lord Shiva’s temples and worship on this day believed to be the day Lord Shiva was born. Shivaratri is one of the four nights known as Kaalratri, Moharatri, Sukharatri and is regarded as one of the greatest festivals in the holy scriptures of the Hindus—the Puranas. Skanda Purana, another holy text of the Hindus, also mentions the significance of the Shivaratri. The religious belief is that if...

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2016 AD: A year with mixed results for Nepal in foreign relations front

Sharachchandra Bhandary 1 Jan, Kathmandu: The world bids adieu to the Year 2016 and enters into the 17th year of the new millennium as the clock strikes 12 tonight. By all accounts 2016 was a year with mixed results for Nepal from the perspective of expansion of international relations and conduction of balanced foreign policy. Some achievements were made towards preparing the long-term outline for expansion of economic cooperation with two immediate neighbours – India and China- for further consolidating the age-old ties with these countries based on cordiality, goodwill and friendship, and for giving it a new impetus...

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Was 2016 the Best Year Ever

Bjorn Lomborg 27 Dec, New Delhi: According to popular wisdom, 2016 was a terrible year. Horrific terror attacks struck many countries. The Syrian crisis claimed tens of thousands of lives. Turkey withstood suicide bombings and a failed coup. More than 70 countries experienced a decline in freedom. Political shocks included Brexit and Donald Trump’s victory in the United States’ presidential election – both unforeseen by the media or political elite. Zika was declared an international public-health emergency. The year is likely to be the warmest ever measured. Reading the opinion pages, there is a sense that the world is...

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Constitution amendment alone is the beginning of its implementation: PM Dahal

10 Dec, Kathmandu: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said constitution amendment itself is the beginning of its implementation. Addressing a programme organised by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) at Pulchok today on the occasion of the 68th Human Rights Day, he expressed the belief that amendment to the constitution would help ensure the human rights. “The government has registered the constitution amendment proposal in the parliament secretariat to establish ownership of all over the constitution and ensure its wider acceptability. This alone is the reality and the objective need for the constitution amendment,” PM Dahal said. Noting...

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Dr KC: A one-man army against medical mafia in Nepal

Manoj Karki KATHMANDU: The entire country felt a sigh of relief when government representatives finally gave in to the just demands of Dr Govinda KC and forged an agreement with him (for the tenth time, of course) to break his latest round of fast-unto-death. But everyone who have watched this ‘cat and mouse’ race between various governments and Dr KC unfold in the past four years is also equally aware and concerned that this government too will violate the agreement prompting Dr KC to go on his 11th round of satyagraha. One would think why would this bachelor continue...

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A Decade Of Peace Process: What’s the achievement?

Narayan Prasad Ghimire KATHMANDU: It has been a decade since Nepal entered into the formal peace process with the signing of Comprehensive Peace Accord in November 2006. The CPA had not only formally ended the decade-long armed insurgency afflicting the country, but also paved a solid way for peace, development and prosperity. With the passage of 10 years now, it is pertinent enough to mull how Nepal has fared on peace process and its progression towards more functional and inclusive democracy. Counting the achievements, integration of rebel Maoist fighters into the Nepal Army, two elections of the constituent assembly,...

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Indian President’s state visit – a beginning of new era in Nepal-India ties

1 Nov, Kathmandu : The three-day state visit of Pranab Kumar Mukherjee, the 13th President of India, to Nepal at the invitation of President Bidya Devi Bhandari beginning tomorrow is believed to start a new era in the bilateral ties between the two countries. The visit is expected to contribute to further deepening and consolidating the centuries-old bilateral relations between the two South Asian neighbours who are both members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). Citizens of both countries are convinced that this visit at the highest level – at the Head of State level –...

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