Category: Sci-Tech

Russian aircraft returns after examining high climate zones

18 August, Kathmandu: A Russian aircraft that arrived here a one month before to conduct a study about Nepal’s high-altitude weather and climate conditions returned some days ago after completing the two-week long study. A team comprising around 250 members including climate and weather experts from the US, UK, Italy, Switzerland and Germany, technical human resources and crew members arrived here on the aircraft sent by the Russian Federation. The study project commissioned by the European Union was carried out with cooperation from the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and in collaboration with the Nepal-based German Embassy....

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Govt. increasing maximum use of IT

18 August, Kathmandu: Minister for Information and Communications Mohan Bahadur Basnet has said that gross domestic production of the country could be increased if there is development of information technology. At a programme organised by ICTeK Media here on Thursday to distribute ‘Second ICT Award-2017’, Minister Basnet said that the government was working to maximize the use of information technology. He said, “Use of information technology should be increased as economic prosperity can be achieved from its use”, saying the information technology has played important role in development of the country. The Communications Minister said that brain drain of...

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Bill Gates offers Tanzania 350 mln USD for funding development projects

12 August, DAR ES SALAAM: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said on Thursday it will spend 350 million U.S. dollars to Tanzania to fund development projects, including agriculture and health. A statement by the Directorate of Presidential Communication at State House said Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates announced the donation shortly after he had held talks with President John Magufuli. The world’s richest man said his Foundation will continue cooperating with the east African nation in improving health, particularly in minimizing deaths related to pregnant women, said the statement. Gates arrived in Tanzania this week to inspect the work...

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CCTV installed along biological corridor in Chitwan

9 August, Ratnagar (Chitwan): CCTV cameras have been installed along the biological corridor inside Tikauli forest in Chitwan, in a bid to monitor and conserve wildlife. Camera-trapping method is being used to monitor the movements and human activities against wild animals, said Chief of the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), Sauraha Dr Chiranjibi Pokharel. A total of 32 cameras have been installed at 16 different locations in the area which is located between Bharatpur Metropolitan City and Ratnagar Municipality. Vehicles are barred from making a stop at the area, meaning to protect wild animals. A temporary security post...

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Lunar eclipse on Monday night

7 August, Kathmandu: A lunar eclipse of around 1 hour 57-minute is occurring at 11:07 on wards on Monday night. According to Nepal Calendar Determination Committee, the partial phase of the lunar eclipse will start at 12:06 am and would finish at 1:04 am in Nepal, said Chairperson of the Committee, Prof Dr Ram Chandra Gautam. “The eclipse can be viewed from Nepal during which a black spot would be noticed in the southern side of shadow of the moon,” said Dr Gautam. Consumption of food items during the eclipse is forbidden in the holy scripture except in case...

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China warns students against online games

3 August, Beijing: Middle and primary school students across China should avoid getting addicted to online and mobile games during the summer vacation, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said in an announcement Wednesday. The announcement called on middle schools and primary schools across the country to urge self-discipline from students, who should stay away from inappropriate websites and better manage their time online. The MOE has also warned schools against extra courses during vacation, especially those that charge. Administrative education departments at all levels should take stronger action against such courses, while guiding students to reasonably arrange activities for...

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Nepal Telecom announces special offers for its customers

31 July, Kathmandu: Nepal Telecom has announced special discounts for its customers on different services beginning from today. As per the company decision, customers of GSM/CDMA and ADSL/FFTH services are given the promotional offer. Under this 90-day special offer, customers get bonus even for the received call from abroad, as said by Company spokesperson Pratibha Baidya. Likewise, the ADSL internet service up to one mbps is available for Rs 1,000 per month. Prior to this, the ADSL service customers were paying Rs 1,017 for 256 kbps capacity per month. Similarly, the service charge of volume-based ADSL has been slashed....

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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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