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Kathmandu :- President Bidya Devi Bhandari has decided not to offer tika to general public on Bijaya Dashami, the tenth day of Dashain, this year due to the risk of COVID-19. In a press statement issued by the Assistant Spokesperson at the Office of the President, Keshav Prasad Ghimire, it was shared that President Bhandari would not visit shrines on the eight day of the festival known as Maha Astami and on the Kojagrat Purnima as well. The tradition had it that the Head of the State......


Think Small for an American Recovery
Small businesses play an outsize role in the US economy, accounting for about half of all private-sector employment and nearly two-thirds of all net new job creation since 2000. And federal support for them is crucial to avoid a prolonged, anemic, and uneven recovery that leaves many marginalized communities behind.

The US recovery is losing momentum. Job growth is slowing, the economy is still down 10.7 million jobs since February, and 36% of unemployed workers are now classified as “permanently unemployed.” The unemployment rate fell to 7.9% in September not because of an uptick in job creation, but because of an exodus of people from the labor force. Reflecting the dualism of the US labor market, the unemployment rates remain even higher for African-Americans (12.1%) and Hispanics (10.3%), and an......

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KATHMANDU:- Water-induced landslide and flood have damages to the physical infrastructures worth Rs 260 million in Dhaulagiri Rural Municipality in Myagdi district this monsoon. The landslide occurred on 9 and 10 July in the district damaged private residences, schools, road, drinking water facilities and electricity among others. To reconstruct those damaged physical infrastructures, Dhaulagiri Rural Municipality Chairperson Thamsara Pun shared that they needed budget amounting to Rs 260......


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Policing Truth in the Trump Era

On October 6, US President Donald Trump posted a tweet claiming that the common flu sometimes kills “over 100,000” Americans in a year. “Are we going to close down our Country?” he asked. “No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!” Trump’s first claim is..


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Think Small for an American Recovery

The US recovery is losing momentum. Job growth is slowing, the economy is still down 10.7 million jobs since February, and 36% of unemployed workers are now classified as “permanently unemployed.” The unemployment rate fell to 7.9% in September not because of an uptick in job creation, but because of an exodus of people from the labor force...


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Nepali Congress demands free testing and treatment of coronavirus

KATHMANDU:- The major opposition Nepali Congress has said government must not run away from the responsibility of testing and treating COVID-19. The NC reminded constitutional and legal provisions and election manifestos. Issuing a press release on..

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Phulpati feu de joie at army pavilion

Kathmandu :- The Nepal Army organized the ‘Phulpati Badhai', feu de joie, at army pavilion in Tundikhel, Kathmandu on Friday. The day marks the seventh day of the Dashain festival. President Bidya Devi Bhandari graced the event as the chief..


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Argentina hits 1 million cases as virus slams Latin America

By NICOLAS DELUCA, ALMUDENA CALATRAVA and CHRISTINE ARMARIO, USHUAIA, Argentina (AP):- At the edge of Argentina in a city known as “The End of the World,” many thought they might be spared from..


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Pretenders to Merkel’s crown go head-to-head in debate

BERLIN, (AFP):- The three men vying to lead German Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party took each other on in an online debate Saturday in a bid to revive a race that has been knocked off course by..


BEIJING, (AFP):- Donald Trump has frustrated and enraged China during a tumultuous first term, but Beijing may welcome his re-election as it scans the horizon for the decline of its superpower rival. Relations are as icy as at any time since formal ties were established four decades ago, with China warning it does not want to be drawn into a new "Cold War" with the United States. Under his 'America First' banner, Trump has portrayed China as the greatest threat to the United States and global......


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China’s ‘Anti-Gang’ Campaign Used to Crack Down on Tibetan Community Service Groups

By Richard Finney, (RFA):- Ten Tibetan villagers given long prison terms by a Chinese court this year on charges of extortion were targeted in an anti-gang campaign used as a cover for cracking down..


SINNAR, India, (AFP):- India is on course to top the world in coronavirus cases, but from Maharashtra's whirring factories to Kolkata's thronging markets, people are back at work -- and eager to forget the pandemic for festival season. After a strict lockdown in March that left millions on the brink of starvation, the government and people of the world's second-most populous country decided life must go on. Sonali Dange, for instance, has two young daughters and an elderly mother-in-law to......


Public Health Urges Residents to Be Cautious as Community Transmission Continues to be Widespread in L.A. County
Public Health Reports 10 New Deaths and 953 New Positive Cases of COVID-19

LOS ANGELES:- The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 10 new deaths and 953 new cases of confirmed COVID-19. Today’s low number of cases may be a result of several missing reports from yesterday evening. To date, Public Health has identified 288,136 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 6,863 deaths. Los Angeles County remains in Tier 1, the most restrictive tier, in the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The......

US to continue assistance to Nepal

Kathmandu :- US Ambassador to Nepal, Randy Berry, paid a courtesy call on Finance Minister Bishnu Prasad Poudel and held discussion on bilateral financial assistance, control of COVID-19 pandemic and post crisis economic restoration. During the..

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Iran again breaks its single-day record for virus deaths

By AMIR VAHDAT, TEHRAN, Iran (AP):- Iran recorded its worst day of new deaths since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with 337 confirmed dead on Monday. The grim milestone represents a significant spike from the previous single-day death toll..


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Government to book business people if bottled water sold in high price

KATHMANDU:- The Department of Commerce, Supply and Consumer Protection Management has held talks with the business people after the latter hiked the price of bottled-water. As per the dicussisons..


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Banks to remain closure during dashain leaves

KATHMANDU:- The banks have decided not to open their branch offices during the dashain festival leaves. Though the banks had opened their branch offices and service centred during the dashain leaves last year, they decided not to open their branch offices this year showing the COVID-19 pandemic effects. The Nepal Bankers Association decided not..


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Tokyo Olympics on alert for cyberattacks as alleged Russian plot revealed

TOKYO, (AFP):- Tokyo Olympics organisers said they were on constant alert for cyberattacks Tuesday but had yet to suffer "significant impact" after Britain accused Russia of targeting the Games. Britain's foreign ministry said Russian spies attacked the 2020 Games' organisers, logistics services and sponsors before the event was postponed by one..




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NRNA expert conference: call for joint fight against COVID-19

KATHMANDU:- Former Finance Minister Dr Yubaraj Khatiwada has said that all three tiers of government were working in coordination to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking at the second world knowledge conference organized by the Non-Resident Nepalis Association on Saturday, he said necessary budget has been allocated while quarantine and..


By MARK SHERMAN and JESSICA GRESKO, WASHINGTON (AP):- The Supreme Court agreed Friday to take up President Donald Trump’s policy, blocked by a lower court, to exclude people living in the U.S. illegally from the census count that will be used to allocate seats in the House of Representatives. Never in U.S. history have immigrants been excluded from the population count that determines how House seats, and by extension Electoral College votes, are divided among the states, a three-judge......


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Constituent Assembly Chair Nembang says unanimous approval of constitution is consensus from all sides

KATHMANDU:- Chairman of the Constituent Assembly (CA) Subas Nembang played a crucial role to promulgate the Constitution of Nepal amid huge challenges to create a positive environment and bring dissenting political parties on board. Through the marathon talks among the political parties from different political movements, ideologies and..

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This year’s Monsoon Ends In Nepal

KATHMANDU:- The Meteorological Forecasting Division (MFD) formally announced the withdrawal of this year’s monsoon in Nepal from Friday (October 16). Monsoon has withdrawn from all parts of the country from Friday, according to meteorologists at MFD under the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) on Saturday. Monsoon usually begins..


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Public vehicles flouting govt order to switch to old transport fare adjustment

KATHMANDU:- The government's direction for public vehicles to switch to the old transport fare adjustment has yet to be implemented. A Cabinet meeting on October 12 decided that public vehicles could..


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Jungle safari and walk opened in Shuklaphanta National Park

KANCHANPUR:- Jungle safari and walk has been opened for the visitors in Shuklaphanta National Park. The park office announced this through a public notice. The visitors should follow the health..


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Four arrested with red panda hide

Kathmandu :- Four people have been arrested with red panda hide in their possession. Those held in this connection are 26-year-old Manoj BK, 41-year-old Man Bahadur Sunar and 29-year-old Padam..


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Biggest North Pole mission returns from ‘dying Arctic’

BERLIN, (AFP):- Researchers on the world's biggest mission to the North Pole will return to dock on Monday, bringing home devastating proof of a dying Arctic Ocean and warnings of ice-free summers in..


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Pfizer to seek vaccine approval in November

WASHINGTON, (AFP):- The US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer expects to file for emergency use authorisation for its Covid-19 vaccine in late November, around two weeks after the Nov 3 US presidential election, it said on Friday. The company said it..


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Bada Dashain begins, Ghatasthapana today

KATHMANDU:- The greatest festival of Nepalis, Bada Dashain, begins today- with Ghatasthapana which marks the beginning of Navaratri. It is also the longest festival of Nepali Hindus. Special puja is performed on Ghatasthapana by setting up ghada or..


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KATHMANDU:- The Gurkha Welfare Trust (GWT) has provided goods worth Rs 30 million to Nepal for the prevention and control of COVID-19. The Trust has provided support to 204 places in 34 districts in the country. In a press statement, the Trust said that the Department of International Development (DFID) of the UK Government had donated around Rs 30 million to the Trust which was provided to Nepal for COVID-19 cause. So far, the Trust has provided in-kind support to 61 hospitals and health......