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South Asia’s winter smog, threat to ozone

LAHORE, Pakistan Although the worldwide phaseout of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) has helped protect the ozone layer, South Asia’s extreme smog, which is worsening each winter, is appearing to be the newest challenge to the ozone shield.…

The COVID-19 Crisis in South Asia

The latest wave of COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on children and their families Countries across South Asia are experiencing a new and deadly surge of COVID-19. The region, home to almost 2 billion people, now accounts for half of…

What challenges face the people of South Asia

The destruction of both communism and the Soviet state in what was the USSR has profoundly changed the geopolitical environment of South Asia. It is a sea change. Familiar landmarks created by the cold war have not merely disappeared, but…

Nepal calls again for border talks with India

KATHMANDU, Nepal Nepal’s foreign minister said Tuesday that the country was still waiting for a response from India on holding talks to resolve a border dispute that has strained relations between the South Asian neighbors. Foreign…

Earthquake tremors felt in Delhi

New Delhi An earthquake of magnitude 4.6 struck near Delhi on Friday, prompting people to rush out of their homes. The epicentre of the earthquake was near Rohtak in Haryana, according to India's National Center for Seismology. The…

Pakistan lifts ban on international flights

KARACHI, Pakistan Pakistan will resume international flight operations from Friday night. "As per decision of the Federal Government, the outbound international flights (scheduled, non scheduled and charter flights) operation has been…

Top 5 best treks in Nepal

Every year, Nepal welcomes millions of visitors. In a seas of millions, few millions of tourists visits Nepal for sole purpose of trekking. Since the country is basically the home for the most of the tallest mountains in the world, trekkers…

92 killed in Pakistan plane crash

KARACHI, Pakistan At least 92 people were killed in plane crash in the southern port city of Karachi, officials said Saturday. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-8303, traveling from northeastern Lahore, crashed Friday into a…

Khalistan activists threaten editor

Jose Kalathil,NEW DELHI The Khalistan movement activists have threatened the editor of the Chandigarh-based daily, The Correspondent, Capt M K Tayal, to support their movement and not to brand its supporters as terrorists or “face the…

Cyclone Amphan kills 82 in Bangladesh,India

DHAKA The most powerful cyclone to strike eastern India and Bangladesh in over a decade killed at least 82 people, officials said, as rescue teams scoured devastated coastal villages on Thursday, hampered by torn down power lines and…

Pakistan rejects new Kashmir residency law

KARACHI, Pakistan Pakistan on Tuesday said a new residency law introduced in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir is "illegal and contravenes" international law. Islamabad termed New Delhi’s move an attempt to the change the demography…

Pakistan extends partial lockdown to May 31

Islamabad In view of the incessant surge in daily COVID-19 cases, authorities in the province of Punjab and Islamabad capital territory have extended the lockdown restrictions for another three weeks till May 31 with certain exemptions…

Pakistan Air Force gets its first Hindu pilot

Lahore In a first for Pakistan, a Hindu has been selected as a pilot in the country's air force.The youth, Rahul Dev, has been recruited as a General Duty (GD) pilot officer in the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Daily Pakistan reported. Dev…

Eyes of the Buddha

Kathmandu The Buddha, famous all over the world as the light of Asia, has been the symbol of peace, harmony, wisdom, and conscience. A prince in his early days, he left the happiness of the palace to look out for the truth and meaning of…

Surge in lockdown violations in Kathmandu

Kathmandu Since the COVID-19 lockdown was last extended in Nepal, the country's capital city Kathmandu has seen a surge in lockdown violations with scores of people getting booked for flouting norms. "We are allowing vehicles falling…

Indian actor Rishi Kapoor passes away at 67

Mumbai,India Veteran Indian actor Rishi Kapoor passed away on Thursday at the age of 67. The news of his death was confirmed by fellow actor Amitabh Bachchan. The actor was hospitalised on Wednesday after he complained of having…

FNJ concerned over threat to journalist

Chitwan,Nepal The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) Chitwan chapter has said that its attention has been drawn over the threatening issued against Onlinekhabar.com correspondent Subas Pandit taking over a news report. Pandit was…

COVID-19 cases top 500 in Sri Lanka

Colombo The number of COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka has risen to 505, according to the latest data from the country's health ministry on Sunday (local time). Out of all the confirmed cases, 95 are navy personnel who contracted the virus…

Sri Lanka reimposes curfew; 12 cases in China

BANGKOK Sri Lanka has reimposed a countrywide 24-hour curfew after a surge in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases, most of them navy sailors who were hunting those evading quarantine. The 46 new infections on Friday were the highest…

Pakistan extends COVID-19 lockdown until May 9

KARACHI, Pakistan Pakistan on Friday extended until May 9 the ongoing lockdown aimed at stemming the fast-increasing coronavirus cases in the country. Asad Umar, Minister for Planning and Development, announced the decision taken by the…

Waste Management in Kathmandu Valley

Kathmandu,Nepal In Nepal's capital city of Kathmandu, garbage is pretty much everywhere. It's stuffed in plastic bags and dropped in drainage ditches. It's piled high in empty lots, on the roadside and on the edges of the city's…

Sri Lanka orders liquor stores closed again

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka has ordered all liquor stores to close indefinitely, as a part of its stringent measures aimed at containing the spread of the new coronavirus. The government’s decision came amid warnings by the doctors’…

110 Russians taken back to home

Kathmandu The Royal Flight Airlines took off from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) today carrying 110 Russian nationals. As said by TIA general manager Devendra KC, the flight operated by the Russia-based Joint Stock Company-run…

Pakistan to keep mosques open during Ramadan

ISLAMABAD Even as Pakistan’s daily confirmed cases inches upward, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government buckled to pressure from religious clerics refusing to order mosques throughout the country closed during Islamic fasting month of…

Pakistan: 2 dead in army aircraft crash

KARACHI, Pakistan  Two pilots were killed as a Pakistani army aircraft crashed in the northeastern Punjab province on Monday morning. The plane was on a training mission and crashed near Gujrat district, some 140 kilometers (88 miles)…

Two civilians injured in Indian shelling: ISPR

RAWALPINDI,Pakistan Director-General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major-General Babar Iftikhar on Sunday said two civilians sustained injuries after Indian troops resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violations late last night…

Pakistan confirms over 5,000 coronavirus cases

ISLAMABAD The number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan passed the 5,000 mark as the country reported 254 new cases in the last 24 hours, health authorities said on Sunday. The total number of cases is now at 5,038, while 14 more fatalities…

India considering lockdown extension

NEW DELHI Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with chief ministers of all states Saturday to decide a nationwide extension of the lockdown beyond April 14 to check the spread of COVID-19. But several states appear to be in favor of…

Nearly 3,000 released from Sri Lanka prisons

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka Nearly 2900 prisoners have been released from overcrowded prisons in Sri Lanka as the Indian ocean island nation has stepped up it’s efforts to contain the spreading of the new coronavirus. Sri Lanka has been under a…

Worse is still to come in India

NEW DELHI It is too late! The coronavirus or COVID-19 horse has bolted and closed the barn doors. Despite Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s total lockdown, the number of people testing positive for the virus has risen exponentially…

Liquor stolen from a wine shop in Delhi

New Delhi Liquor was stolen from a Delhi Consumer's Cooperative Wholesale Store Ltd (DCCWS) wine shop at Roshnara Road on Saturday. A case has been registered under IPC sections 457 and 380 IPC at Subzi Mandi Police Station. In most…

Pakistan’s COVID-19 tally surpasses 2,700

Islamabad The tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 2,708 on Saturday after new infections were confirmed in the country, health officials said. The national dashboard, maintained by the federal ministry of health says…

Largest Ethnic Groups In Nepal

The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal is one of the countries forming the South Asian region. The landlocked country is bordered by China, India, Bangladesh, and Bhutan. Nepal has a total land area of 147,181 square kilometers, the 93rd…

Nepal extends nationwide lockdown by a week

KATHMANDU, Nepal Nepal’s government has extended the nationwide lockdown by a week in an attempt to stop the coronavirus spread. A government notice said the lockdown imposed since last week would now last until April 7, shutting down…

Stranded tourists flown off Mount Everest

KATHMANDU Scores of tourists on the foothills of Mount Everest have been flown to safety days after being stranded on the only airstrip serving the world’s highest mountain. Dhurba Shrestha, an official at the Tenzing Hillary Airport in…

4 more test positive for COVID-19 in Lucknow

Lucknow, India Four more people have tested positive in Lucknow on Friday. According to information from the King George's Medical University (KGMU) administration, the total number of cases in the city is now 9. Two women aged 20 and 28…

Sri Lankan government imposes 2 1/2 day curfew

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 244,000 people and killed more than 10,000. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or…

7 Years Later, Nirbhaya’s Killers Hanged

New Delhi Seven years after a young medical student was gang-raped and tortured on a moving bus in Delhi, a crime that jolted the nation, four of her killers were hanged at 5.30 am on Friday. The four convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya…

India closes Taj Mahal amid coronavirus fears

New Delhi India closed the Taj Mahal, its principal tourist site, and the financial hub of Mumbai ordered offices providing non-essential services to keep half their staff at home in ramped up measures to curb the coronavirus in South…

Key Kashmiri leader health deteriorates in jail

SRINAGAR,India A key Kashmiri leader’s health condition deteriorated in jail following a hunger strike for the second time in a year, his party said Friday. Yasin Malik has been admitted to the Tihar jail hospital in the Indian capital of…

Who Was the Buddha, and What Did He Teach?

Kathmandu Siddhartha Gautama, known as the Buddha, was born in the sixth century B.C. in what is now modern Nepal. His father, Suddhodana, was the ruler of the Sakya people and Siddhartha grew up living the extravagant life of a young…

Coronavirus Ground Mount Everest Climbers

Kathmandu The coronavirus is already wreaking havoc on international sporting events, but what about the spring Everest season, set to begin in April? Since the outbreak, postponements and cancelations have plagued events worldwide, and…

Marriage System in Nepal

The traditional marriage in Nepal is arrange marriage. The family cooperation with relative’s circles find girl for a boy. It is very natural that boys and family have not seen each other in their life. They have no say in their marriage.…

The one who is guilty has the higher voice

Upper Mustang,Nepal The former kingdom of Lo is linked by religion, culture and history to Tibet, but is politically part of Nepal. Now while Tibetan culture is in danger of disappearing, the Mustang culture of Lo stands alone as one of…

India lifts social media ban in Kashmir

SRINAGAR The Indian government on Wednesday lifted the social media ban in Jammu and Kashmir after seven months. However, the restriction on high-speed internet remains in place until March 17. The government said it issued the order…

Mob rule is here to stay in India

Spring has come to Delhi. The smog of winter has lifted; the skies are blue once more and the first blossoms are blooming in the gardens. There is nothing U.S. President Donald Trump saw during his short visit to the capital that would…

Myanmar President U Win Myint meets PM Modi

New Delhi Myanmar President U Win Myint met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Hyderabad House here on Thursday and discussed a wide range of bilateral issues. The visiting dignitary, earlier today, had called on External Affairs…

Sri Lanka to get 1st electric rail track

Colombo,Sri Lanka Sri Lanka's Transport Services Management Ministry has decided to build the country's first-ever electric rail track in the central provincial city of Kandy. State Minister Dilum Amunugama said that the decision was…

Timeline of major communal riots in India

New Delhi India, home to nearly 200 million Muslims, has witnessed several communal riots after its independence from the British empire. Running battles between Hindu and Muslim groups which started Feb. 24 in the Indian capital Delhi…

Trump, wife Melania land in Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad (Gujarat) India US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump landed in Ahmedabad in Gujarat on Monday, shortly before 12 pm. The US President will participate in the 'Namaste Trump' event at Motera Stadium in a short…

No 3,350 tonne goldmine found in India

NEW DELHI A day after the news of the discovery of a precious goldmine in India’s Uttar Pradesh state hit TV screens, the Geological Survey of India (GSI) on Saturday dismissed reports of the availability of 3,350 tonnes of gold in Son…

Journalist Rehman passes away

Journalist Fasih ur Rehman passed away on Tuesday evening after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 47. Rehman had been part of the first team of Geo News Islamabad. He also served as bureau chief for Dunya and Express TV. His funeral…

Internet shutdown cripples research in Kashmir

SRINAGAR,India The communication clampdown over the past six months in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir has crippled research activity in academic and scientific institutions . The region has two central and nine state universities…

‘Inter-faith dialogue need of the hour’

Jose Kalathil New Delhi,India At a time when there is so much hatred in the world, inter-faith dialogue is essential for creating cordial relations with people of all religions. To this end, Institute of Harmony and Peace Studies (IHPS)…

Former Nepal speaker acquitted of rape attempt

Kathmandu,Nepal Kathmandu District Court on Monday acquitted Former Nepal speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara in an attempt to rape case. A single bench of Judge Amar Raj Poudel pronounced the former Speaker not guilty of attempting to rape an…

Nawaz Sharif’s mother departs for London

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s mother Shamim Akhtar departed for London on Saturday to be with her son who is undergoing heart treatment in London. “Despite being advised not to travel, Shamim is travelling to London to see her son…

Highest Mountains of the World

Nepal’s varied topography despite its small area has made it an explorer’s paradise. The Himalayan country surprisingly bears eight of world’s highest mountains. Among the 14 peaks over 8,000m around the world, Nepal’s fortunate location…

Let the taxus go WILD!

Shikha Acharya “Taxus must be a magical tree. It heals diseases that can’t be cured even by western medicines,” says Ram Prasad Timalsina, who claims to be the first person to startup taxus commercial farm in Kavrepalanchowk district of…

The Curious Case of Binturong in Nepal

Yadav Ghimirey Kathmandu,Nepal Very few biologists will argue over the statement that Binturong Arctitis binturong is one of the most enigmatic of all mammals. This furry, arboreal and nocturnal mammal has flummoxed all biologists in…

Nepal-Hub for Owl trade to India and china

Nepal is home to 23 species of owls, out of which one is a vagrant and another has not been seen since last 180 years. They are heavily hunted and traded, nationally as well as internationally making them one among top ten traded species in…

Nepal’s honey hunters

DANGLING FROM A rope ladder high in the Himalayan cliffs of central Nepal, Gurung honey hunters brave tornadoes of angry bees to collect their otherworldly golden nests. It's a tradition that's carried on for generations, with roots going…

Mumbai to Tax Garbage

Mumbai, India’s financial hub and the richest municipality of the nation, is exploring new ways to boost revenue as a slowing economy hurts earnings from real estate.This includes tax on garbage collection and additional levies on services…

Rohingyas finally await justice: ICC

DHAKA The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has expressed optimism that justice will finally be done to Rohingyas though this is going to be a long, hard and challenging process of investigation. "Justice…

The Untouched Holy Mountain of Nepal

Kathmandu Rising nearly 7000 metres into the clear blue sky above Nepal’s rugged Annapurna mountain range, Machapuchare is arguably the most untouched place on Earth. Believed to be one of the homes of the Hindu god Shiva, its isolated…

India reports its first case of coronavirus

BENGALURU India reported its first case of the new coronavirus on Thursday, saying a woman in Kerala had tested positive in an outbreak that originated in China, killing 170 people, and spread abroad. The patient was an Indian student of…

Mahatma Gandhi, the power of nonviolence

Mohandas Karamchad Gandhi was born on 2 October 1869 in Porbandar, western India. In the first 20 years of his existence he behaved exactly like a descendant of a wealthy family: High School, College in Mumbai and then he sailed to London…

Kumari: The Living Child Goddesses of Nepal

Kumari, the living virgin goddess has been worshipped in Nepal from ancient times. She used to be the tutelary deity in the Malla Era. The Shah who conquered Malla too kept the tradition of Kumari. Kumari is the human form of Goddess…

The Mystical Yeti : New Avatar Dispute

Kathmandu The Government of Nepal officially announced its mascot the mystical Yeti for the promotion of Visit Nepal Year 2020". But the people pf Nepal are not happy with this decision as the mascot does not in any way represent the…

Plane crashes in Afghanistan

A plane crashed in eastern Afghanistan's Ghazni province on Monday, officials said, but it was not immediately clear how many people were on board, or if it was a passenger or military jet. "At around 0840 GMT a plane crashed in Deh Yak…

Taiwan offers scholarships to Indian Students

Jose Kalathil New Delhi Taiwan has invited applications from Indian students for scholarships to study in its universities, 11 of them are ranked within top 500 worldwide according to QS World University Ranking. The scholarships offered…

Tragic fate follows Rohingya in India

NEW DELHI, India Even as recent international attention has rekindled hope among displaced Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar, hundreds of them living in India fear another displacement as the fallout of recently enacted controversial citizenship…

Air Quality Index: Dhaka ranks 3rd worst

DHAKA Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka ranked third worst in the Air Quality Index (AQI) on Sunday.It had an AQI score of 260 around 8:19am and the air was classified as ‘very unhealthy’. Pakistan’s Lahore and Mongolia’s Ulaanbaatar were on…

2G restored in 7 more Jammu and Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India Internet facilities were restored in two northern districts of Kashmir Valley and five Muslim-majority districts of Jammu region of Indian- administered Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, according to an order issued by the…

83 dead as severe cold grips Pakistan

Islamabad The death toll from snow-related deaths climbed to 62 on Tuesday as severe weather continued across the country bringing life to a standstill. According to a statement by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) at…

Imran,Modi face-to-face at SCO summit

NEW DELHI Prime Minister Imran Khan and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are likely to come to face-to-face at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit scheduled to be held later this year in India. SCO Secretary General…

BRT Pakistan , A politically motivated project

PESHAWAR Serious procedural violations have been identified during an investigation of the Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), has learnt. The inside story, narrated to the scribe by an official on the condition of anonymity, revealed that…

The power of Section 144

In the backdrop of the protests across the country against the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (CAA) and the invocation of Sec.144 of Cr.P.C., it has become necessary to examine the scope of invocation of power under Sec.144 of Cr.P.C.…

2 killed as small aircraft crashes in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan A small aircraft on Sunday crashed in northeastern Pakistan killing two people including the pilot, an official said. The aircraft crashed near Sadiqabad area of Rahim Yar Khan district in Punjab province while it was…

In India women are raped every 15 minutes

NEW DELHI One woman reported a rape every 15 minutes on an average in India in 2018, according to government data released on Thursday, underlining its dismal reputation as one of the worst places in the world to be female. The highly…

Congress, AAP responsible for riots: Amit Shah

New Delhi Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday launched a scathing attack on Congress over its stand against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and accused Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi of misleading the minorities. He also asserted that Aam…

Bangladesh: Alarming rise in road crashes

DHAKA, Bangladesh More than 5,000 casualties in road accidents across Bangladesh in 2019 marked an alarming rise compared to figures in previous year, said a report published on Saturday. In 2019, deaths in road crashes in Bangladesh…

Pakistan should stay neutral in Middle East

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Defense experts and former diplomats from Pakistan suggest Islamabad remain neutral and maintain a low profile in the current Middle East crisis, after the killing of senior Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani, in a U.S.…

Mini-Hydro Village Electrification in Nepal

Kathmandu Mini hydropower plans to provide off-grid electricity for villages in the Nepalese mountains. So far, 500 micro power plants have been installed under this project Project Duration: July 2014 - July 2019 Funding: Government of…

GST collections cross ₹1 trillion mark

Aditya Vaibhav, New Delhi Bringing some relief to policymakers fighting to boost consumption and liquidity in a slowing economy, Goods and services tax (GST) collections exceeded the ₹1-trillion mark for the second straight month in…