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Take note of weather before air flights: says Chinese pilot Chao

5 May, Harbin (China): Chao Feng De, a senior pilot with the Aviation Industries China, one of the leading aircraft companies of China has advised the Nepali pilots to examine the weather before making flights. Chao who has been flying over the Nepali sky for the past seven years finds the weather pattern of Nepal quickly changeable which is really a challenge for pilots here. He makes flights to Lukla, Jufal and Jomsom which are the toughest air routes of Nepal. “During my seven years of flying over the Nepal sky, I personally reached to a conclusion that it...

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SAARC countries to formulate common standards for facilities to migrant workers

4 May, Kathmandu: Concerned authorities of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) have joined hands to formulate minimum common standards regarding facilities migrant workers are entitled to. A consultative workshop on ‘SAARC plan of action for cooperation on matters related to migration’ that started in the Capital today decided to formulate the standards for salary and facilities given to migrant workers and make a common strategy on ensuring their rights and ending their problems. The two-day workshop was attended by higher officers of the receptive ministry of labour and employment of eight SAARC countries. Inaugurating the event, Minister...

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ICC ban should serve as a wakeup call to free sports from politics in Nepal

KATHMANDU: Football and Cricket are the two most popular sports in the country. Of late, the Nepali national teams in both the sport have also been winning accolades at home and abroad. Only recently, Nepali national cricket team defeated Namibia twice at home turf in the ICC World Cricket League Championship. It was a back-to-back victory for the home team in front of a full house TU cricket ground, with a significant century by captain Paras Khadka in the second match. Nepali national football team too only recently won two regional tournaments after a long hiatus of 23 years....

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Stephen Hawking casts some light on black holes

19 April, CAMBRIDGE : Black holes aren’t as black as they have been described, and though light can’t escape them, there may be a way out — potentially through a portal to another universe. That was the main point of a lecture given Monday afternoon at Harvard University by Stephen Hawking, the legendary physicist and author who was visiting from England to help launch a research center on black holes. To a rapt audience crowded into the university’s august Sanders Theatre, Hawking spoke through the robotic voice of his computer, his long silences punctuated by a combination of jokes...

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At least 138 new laws in a year: PM Oli

12 April, Kathmandu: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said the country would get at least 138 new laws to implement the changed constitutional and political set up- federalism, and restructuring of administration. During the address to the nation coinciding with the completion of the six months of the government he is leading, and on the occasion of the New Year 2073 BS, PM Oli shared the government’s plan of fixing the provincial capitals in the new year. The PM has termed the establishment of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) as one of the notable achievements in view of...

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Isaac Newton’s ‘philosopher’s stone’ recipe discovered

8 April, Harry Potter wasn’t the only one after the philosopher’s stone. Isaac Newton’s recently discovered manuscript is his handwritten copy of mid-17th-century Harvard alchemist George Starkey’s procedure for producing “sophick mercury,” a substance seen as a main ingredient for the philosopher’s stone, a fabled stone used in alchemy. The document had been in private hands for most of the 20th century. The Chemical Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit based in Philadelphia, acquired the 17th-century document through an auction in February. Isaac Newton’s recently discovered manuscript is his handwritten copy of a procedure for a substance seen as a main...

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422 Million adults live with Diabetes, UN Health Agency Says

8 April, UNITED NATIONS: The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday the number of adults with diabetes has almost quadrupled worldwide since 1980 to 422 million, mainly in developing countries, driven by a rise in overweight and obese people, a UN spokesman said. On the eve of World Health Day, which falls on Thursday, the WHO published its first “Global report on diabetes,” which highlighted the need to step up prevention and treatment of the disease. Margaret Chan, WHO director-general, stressed that “if we are to make any headway in halting the rise in diabetes, we need to...

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Transit and transport deal with China adds new chapter in Nepal-China relations

22 March, Kathmandu: Various foreign affairs experts have observed that different agreements including transit and transport signed between Nepal and China have added new chapter to the Nepal-China relations. They said that the agreements would have a long-term importance in the economic development of Nepal. A 10-point deal was signed on Monday in the presence of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and his Chinese counterpart Li Kequing, during PM Oli’s visit. Talking to the National News Agency (RSS), Foreign Affairs expert, Hiranyalal Shrestha, said “The transit and transport agreement signed with China has a long-term importance for the landlocked...

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Fagu Poornima, Festival of Colours, Today

22 March: Fagu Poornima or the festival of colours, is being celebrated with much fanfare in hilly areas, including the capital city, today, while tomorrow in Terai region. The Fagu Poornima celebration begins with a Holika dahan or making a bonfire commemorating the death of Holika on the eve of Holi, the symbol of triumph of good over evil. The next day, people enjoy smearing one another with different colours including abir or red vermilion powder. Among various cultural festivals celebrated in Nepal, the Fagu Poornima carries its own specialty and significance. People from old to young age enjoy...

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Prince Harry received to warm reception in Bhirkuna

(Bishnu Nepal) 22 March, Gaunda (Lamjung): Visiting British Prince Henry Charles Albert David Harry today arrived Bhirkuna at Gaunda VDC-4 in the eastern part of Lamjung district. The locals here received Prince Harry by offering white tika as per the local Gurung tradition and culture. The Royal, fifth in the line to throne, arrived Nepal on Saturday on a five-day visit to commemorate the bicentenary bilateral relationship between Nepal and the UK. This is the first ever official visit of the 31-year-old Prince to the country. During the visit to a small town in Bhirkuna, Prince Harry talked to...

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