Category: Sci-Tech

Kirtipur Municipality to provide free Wifi in all its wards

24 July, Kathmandu: Kirtipur Municipality is to provide free Wifi facility at all the municipality wards. Mayor Ramesh Maharjan announced this while making public the decisions taken by the first Town Assembly of the municipality on Sunday. He also announced that the municipality would establish an IT park to make the Internet accessible to all the municipality denizens. Mayor Maharjan added that the older persons would be provided medicines for hypertension and diabetes free of cost. Likewise, he said health services would be expanded to every ward of the municipality and free health camps conducted there from time to...

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China shuts down over 3,900 illegal websites

23 July, Beijing: A total of 3,918 illegal websites were shut down by China’s Internet watchdogs from April to June this year, official media reported today. The websites included those that published content that jeopardised national security, and those that spread violence, vulgarity or ungrounded rumours, according to the statement by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) issued last night. Up to 316 cases related to illegal websites were handed to judicial organs in the same period, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. More than 810,000 illicit cyber accounts were also closed in the second quarter of the year, the...

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Paris spotlight on latest in AIDS science

22 July, Paris: Some 6,000 HIV experts gather in Paris from Sunday to report advances in AIDS science as fading hopes of finding a cure push research into new fields. In their 36-year battle, researchers have always come up short against the virus’ guerrilla tactics — hiding out in human cells and playing dead only to reemerge and attack as soon as treatment is stopped. Today’s research is about finding ways to keep the virus dormant with as few drugs and side-effects as possible.And, of course, better ways to prevent infection in the first place. “Eradicating the virus from...

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Telecommunications service providers directed to pay tax, royalty

22 July, Kathmandu: The Finance Committee of the Legislature Parliament has directed the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) to ensure easy, accessible and quality telecommunications and internet services. Committee’s Chairperson Prakash Jwala said that the concerned bodies were directed to immediately expand telecommunications services in 15 rural municipalities that are out of telecommunications connectivity so far. The Committee has also directed the Ministry of Information and Communications to bring telecommunications policy and amend the Telecommunications Act and Regulations in the same manner. Jwala said that the government has been directed to apply scientific measures to receive tax revenue and non-tax...

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Number of people using Facebook reaches 2 billion

Facebook is reaching another milestone, announcing that it now has more than 2 billion users. CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the new marker was reached early Tuesday and in a Facebook post said that he’s proud of the role his company is playing in connecting people around the world. Facebook says more than 175 million people declare they “love” something on the site daily and an average of more than 800 million people hit Facebook’s like button. Facebook users will likely see a personalized video celebrating the milestone in the next few days. The Menlo Park, California, company is putting...

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NT launches Wi-Fi service in public transports

27 June, Kathmandu: The Nepal Telecom (NT) has launched Wi-Fi service from today in public vehicles plying both in the short and long routes. The service brought to operation in joint effort of the NT and Cybernetix aims to provide internet service to the passengers in a convenient way, said NT’s Spokesperson Pratibha Baidya. The service is for free where the users could avail free internet and use multimedia, according to Spokesperson Baidya. The service is available for buses operating to all routes and districts from the capital city....

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China’s new high-speed train debuts on Beijing-Shanghai route

26 June, Beijing: China’s next generation bullet train “Fuxing” debuted on the Beijing-Shanghai line on Monday.A CR400AF model departed Beijing South Railway Station at 11:05 a.m. for Shanghai. At the same time, the CR400BF model left Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station for Beijing. The new bullet trains, also known as electric multiple units (EMU),boast top speeds of 400 kilometers an hour and a consistent speed of 350 kilometers an hour.The train was designed and manufactured by China.The train includes a sophisticated monitoring system that constantly checks its performance and automatically slows the train in case of emergencies or abnormal conditions....

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Free WiFi and city bus service in Melamchi

22 June, Melamchi: Wireless internet and network connection is now available for free in Melamchi municipality. Under the constituency special infrastructure programme, free Wi-Fi hotspots have been set up in 6 different locations of the municipality. The installation was made possible in collaboration with the Computer Association of Nepal (CAN). ‘Free WiFi’ was one of the major slogans of the May 14 local level elections, and the newly elected people’s representatives have lived up to their promises, said local resident Ramhari Dulal. Meanwhile, city bus service has also begun from Wednesday in coordination with two local bus entrepreneurs committees—Ama...

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In China, universities teach how to go viral online

20 June, Shanghai: A 21-year-old student walked around her campus in China using invaluable skills she learned in class: Holding a selfie stick aloft, she livestreamed her random thoughts and blew kisses at her phone. Jiang Mengna is majoring in “modelling and etiquette” at Yiwu Industrial & Commercial College near Shanghai, aspiring to join the growing ranks of young Chinese cashing in on internet stardom. Hordes of Chinese millennials are speaking directly to the country’s 700 million smartphone users, streaming their lives to lucrative effect, fronting brands and launching businesses.They are known as “wanghong” — literally hot on the...

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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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