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Sandeep Lamichhane selected for Caribbean Premier League

Sandeep Lamichhanes remarkable globe-trotting cricket career continued Thursday when he became the first Nepal player to be selected for the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 tournament. The teenage leg-spinner had already made history when he became the first Nepal player in the Indian Premier League, the original and still the wealthiest of the growing number of T20 franchise tournaments. ...


Trump, Modi discuss Afghanistan, Myanmar, Maldives, North Korea: White House

U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke by phone on Thursday, discussing topics including the political crisis in the Maldives, the war in Afghanistan and the plight of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, the White House said. The Trump administration has launched an effort to deepen military and economic ties with India as a way to balance Chinas assertive posture...


India seems really serious about mending ties with Nepal (Editorial)

The Indian Budget of 2018 has set aside INR 6.6 billion (NRS 10.4 billion) as a financial grant towards Nepal, a 74% increase from Budget 2017. This significant increase does say we want to be friends again. The budget was revealed yesterday, the same day Indian External Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived in Nepal for a two day agendaless visit. In her agendaless visit which comes just days before the...


Nepal’s air quality is worst in the world: EPI report

Air quality in Nepal is the worst in the world, with the country being ranked at the bottom among the 180 countries surveyed in terms of air-quality in a global study. The latest global Environmental Performance Index (EPI) was released on Tuesday by Yale University and Columbia University in collaboration with the World Economic Forum. The EPI report ranks the countries on 24 indicators acros...


Police arrest suspect behind rape and murder of 7 year old girl in Pakistan

Police have arrested the main culprit behind the rape and murder of a seven year old girl in Kasur, Punjab on January 9. The suspects name is Imran and he lives in the same [area] where Zainab lived, a police district official confirmed claiming that he has confessed to the heinous crime. The 7 year olds body was found dead in a rubbish dump after several days of her disappearance. An autopsy ...


More asylum-seekers to leave remote Australian camps for U.S. resettlement

Another 58 asylum-seekers held in an Australian-run detention center on Papua New Guinea (PNG) will leave on Tuesday for resettlement in the United States under a controversial refugee swap deal, a source familiar with the plan told Reuters. The asylum-seekers are the third and largest group to be given U.S. resettlement, ending a three-month hiatus in a transfer program that had been described...


India test-fires missile amid perceived threats from China, Pakistan

India tested its longest-range intercontinental missile on Thursday, the defense ministry said, part of efforts to build a nuclear deterrent against neighboring Pakistan and China. The 5,000-km range (3,107-mile) Agni missile was tested from an island in Indias eastern coast in the Bay of Bengal, the ministry said on its official Twitter account. It said the launch was a major boost to the d...


Mother-daughter killed giving polio vaccinations in Pakistan

Gunmen in Pakistan shot and killed two women working on a polio eradication campaign on Thursday, the latest in a string of attacks on efforts to protect children from the crippling and sometimes deadly disease. No group claimed responsibility for the killings in the southwestern city of Quetta but such attacks have in the past been carried out by Islamist militants, who oppose the immunization...


3,641 waterbirds counted in Shuklaphantha National Park

A total of 3,641 water birds of 58 species have been recorded in the Shuklaphanta National Park in Kanchanpur district. The counting of birds was conducted through a direct observation method and with the help of binoculars, according to Park conservation officer Gopal Bahadur Ghimire. The records show that numbers of water birds in the Shuklaphanta is on the rise every year as it has wetla...


Nepal succumbs to second defeat in Blind Cricket World Cup

Nepal cricket team has suffered consecutive second defeat in the ongoing fifth edition of the Blind Cricket World Cup at the Jinnah Stadium in Gujranwala, Pakistan. Bangladesh defeated Nepal by four wickets chasing the Nepals total of 235 runs in 34th over. Nepal had lost to Pakistan in its first match of the tournament by nine wickets on Tuesday. Bangladesh batsman Mohammud Rashid scored 60 ru...


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