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Thamel to be a 'walk only zone', no cars/bikes to be allowed from Sunday
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Thamel to be a 'walk only zone', no cars/bikes to be allowed from Sunday

Come Sunday, Thamel will become a vehicle-free area in a move that has been hailed by many who have long been calling for making the major tourist hub of the Capital a walk-only zone. The recent initiative is part of a long-term vision of declaring the area completely vehicle-free and promoting the popular tourist destination as pedestrian-only zone. The step is being taken to make tourists...

Huge rally against independence from Spain in Catalonia

At least 350,000 people gathered in Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, for a rally against independence from Spain. They waved Spanish and Catalan flags and carried banners saying Together we are stronger and Catalonia is Spain. It was the largest such rally in Catalonia amid the furore over last weeks disputed independence referendum. Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy has warned he would not rule o...

Nepali youth dies in Qatar

A Nepali migrant worker died in Qatar last Sunday. The deceased has been known as Narsingh Kewat of Nawalparasi. The reason for his death is not yet known. Thirty-six-year-old Kewat was a permanent resident of Badsar village in Sarawal Rural Municipality-4. According to a local Hari Lohar, Kewat was a labourer in Caliber Trading and Construction Company in Qatar. Sarawal youths have be...

SC orders NOC Chief Khadka's reinstation
Source: RSS

SC orders NOC Chief Khadka's reinstation

In a major turn of events, the Supreme Court on Sunday reinstated Gopal Bahadur Khadka, who has been charged of embezzling over Rs800 million in land purchase deals, to the post of managing director of Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC). A single bench of Justice Purushottam Bhandari issued a show cause against the governments decision to remove Khadka from his position. The apex judicial organ has a...

Hindu-Muslim clash in Gulariya triggers a curfew

A Hindu-Muslim clash at Lalpur area of Gulariya Municipality in Bardiya prompted the authorities to clamp a curfew on Monday. According to the District Administration Office, the curfew order was issued to stop violence from spiralling out of control. Chief District Officer Narayan Bhattarai said the tension between the two sides began on Sunday the day the local Hindus were due to immerse the...

CPN-UML to form a left alliance
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CPN-UML to form a left alliance

Having suffered a major setback in the third phase of local polls, the main opposition CPN-UML has decided to form a left alliance in the upcoming provincial and federal elections. A Standing Committee meeting of the UML chaired by Chairman KP Sharma Oli this week has decided to maintain efficient coordination with major left forces, including the CPN (Maoist Centre). The UML, which garnered 294 m...

Madhesh-based parties looking into an alliance for upcoming elections

The three major Madhesh-based parties Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal (SSF-N), Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJP-N) and Madhes Janadhikar Forum-Loktantrik (MJF-L)are in favour of a broader Madhesi alliance and have started negotiations with each other. Informal discussions are underway to forge an electoral alliance. We will sit for formal negotiations soon, said RJP-N General Secretary Keshav Jha....

Las Vegas shooting: 50 killed, more than 200 injured
Source: BBC/ Agencies

Las Vegas shooting: 50 killed, more than 200 injured

At least 50 people have been killed and another 200 have been wounded in a mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert. A gunman, named as 64-year-old local resident Stephen Paddock, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel towards an open-air music festival. He was shot dead by officers in the hotel where a number of guns were found. The attack is the worst mass shooting in rec...

Mumbai railway station stampede kills 22 amid heavy rain

A stampede on a footbridge at a Mumbai railway station has left 22 people dead and injured more than 30, Indian officials report. The tragedy occurred during the morning rush hour at Elphinstone station, which connects two major local lines. It was triggered by overcrowding and people seeking shelter from monsoon rains, the officials said. The injured have been taken to a nearby hospital ...

Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive
Source: NY Times/Reuters

Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive

Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday that it would allow women to drive, ending a longstanding policy that has become a global symbol of the oppression of women in the ultraconservative kingdom. The change, which will take effect in June 2018, was announced in a royal decree read live on state television and in a simultaneous media event in Washington. The decision highlights the damage that the b...

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