Tuesday 24th January 2017
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WB to provide Rs 16.371 billion loan for digitization of civil registration

Kathmandu, Jan 23: The World Bank has agreed to provide loan assistance worth Rs 16.371 billion to Nepal to support in digitalization of civil registration records under the Strengthening Systems for Social Protection and Civil Registration. An agreement was signed to this effect between Dr Shantaraj Subedi, Secretary at the Ministry of Finance (MoF), and Takuya Kamata, Country Manager, World Bank, at MoF at Singha Durbar today. Secretary Dr Subedi expressed his confidence that the digitization of civil registration that includes registration of vital events such as birth, marriage, migration, divorce and death, would streamline the social security programmes of the government as he added it would ensure delivery of social security allowances to public through e-payment. World Bank's Country Manager Kamata shared that the implementation of the government's five-year project would..
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Anjali Lama becomes first transgender model to walk at Lakme Fashion Week

The spectacular venue of a cruise and showstopper Sonakshi Sinha were not the only reason to watch out at Monisha Jaising’s opening show at the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2017. There was another striking face which grabbed the attention of the fashionistas there. Transgender model Anjali Lama walked the ramp, carrying herself with panache and breaking gender stereotypes. The journey to the runway was, however, not without challenges and disapproval. Born as Nabin Waiba in the Nuwakot village of Nepal, she always had a penchant to do something different. Lama acknowledged that she was a transgender in 2005. From being mocked at by classmates for walking like a girl, to dealing with her own confusion regarding her sexuality, Anjali Lama has come a long way by breaking the fashion barriers in India. Dressing in a woman’s attire and wearing makeup by borrowing it from a..

Man killed in buffalo attack

Saptari, Jan 22: An elderly person died after being attacked by a buffalo at Kabilasa VDC in the district today. The deceased is 71-year old Bachchilal Yadav of the same place. He was attacked by the he-buffalo when he tried to chase it away from the wheat field, said Area Police Office, Pato. He breathed his last while undergoing treatment at local Gajendra Narayan Singh Zonal Hospital, police added...

Summit on climate change from Jan 24

Kathmandu, Jan 22: Nature-Human Centric People's Movement is going to organise 'Seventh People's SAARC Summit' in Kathmandu from January 24. Discussion would be held on the environmental impacts due to climate change in the two-day Summit where some 200 representatives from Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Maldives would participate. The representatives of participating countries would present working papers about the situation of climate change in their respective countries. Spain, Canada, USA, South Korea, China and Japan would participate in the conference as observer. Nepal Chapter Chairperson of the Nature-Human Centric People's Movement, Dindaya Rijal, said that discussion would be held about the reasons of climate change, its impact on SAARC region and measures to lessen the climate change in the Summit...

Injured motorcyclist dies in course of treatment

Urlabari (Morang), Jan 18: A motorcyclist, who was seriously injured in a road accident on Monday night, died today in course of treatment. The deceased has been identified as Shree Prasad Chaudhary, 30, 0f Sunsari Sisabani Badahara-7. Chaudhary died while receiving treatment at Birat Medical College, Tankisinwari, according to Police Inspector at the District Traffic Police Office, Morang, Madan Giri. The accident took place when the motorcycle (Ko 11 Pa 4711) driven by Chaudhary stumbled a culvert at Tankisinwari-7...
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Rare python spotted in Rampur

Gaighat (Udayapur), Jan 18: A 13-feet-long python was found at the Machhapuchhre community forest at Thoksila of Rampur in Udayapur district recently. A forest guard spotted the rare python in a small hole on the base of a Sal tree in the middle of the forest, Shree Prasad Baral, chief of the District Forest Office, Udayapur, said. Baral said issued instructions to release the python at the Belkatari forest. Police and the forest office officials released the reptile at the Belkatari forest as per Baral's instructions. According to Baral, pythons are found mostly in the Chure and Mahabharat hills region of eastern Udayapur. Udayapur has the largest forest cover among the districts in the eastern region of the country. This is the first time that this long python has been found in the district...

International conference on snow leopard kicks off

Kathmandu, Jan 17: Forest and Environment Ministers, wild life experts, conservationists and high delegates from 12 countries that host the endangered snow leopard have begun a Management Planning Stocktaking Workshop here from today. The workshop is aimed at taking stock of the global efforts and the progress made towards protecting the snow leopard and its habitat. It will also deliberate on the next step towards that end. Opening the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Programme as part of the conference, Minister for Forests and Soil Conservation Shankar Bhandari said the government has undertaken works for the protection of the snow leopard on a priority basis. The Minister said the human-wildlife conflict, natural disasters, climate change, habitat loss and poaching are posing a challenge in the protection of the snow leopard, adding that harsh laws have been brought..
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8 security personnel killed in attack on checkpoint in Egypt’s New

CAIRO, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- At least eight security personnel were killed and three others injured in an attack on a checkpoint in Egypt's New Valley Governorate, some 600 km south of Cairo, according to a statement of Egypt's Health Ministry. The armed forces have reached the scene and killed two attackers while in chase of others, the statement said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Anti-security attacks are common in Egypt after the ouster of the Islamist president Mohamed Morsi by the army in 2013. Most of the attacks were centered in Sinai, but others have been crept into the capital Cairo and other cities. On Dec. 9, six policemen were killed when bombs exploded at a security checkpoint in Cairo in a road leading to the Giza..
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Pedestrian killed in road accident

Gaushala, Jan 16: A pedestrian was killed when a tractor knocked him down at Hanumanchok, Gaushala Municipality-7 in Mahottari district today. The deceased is identified as 55-year-old Ram Briksha Bhagat of local Bharatpur VDC-4. The tractor (Ja 1 Ta 1959), carrying stones, was heading towards Gaushala Bazaar when it happened to hit Bhagat. Bhagat died on the spot. Bhagat's body has been taken to the District Hospital in Jaleshwar for a post-mortem. Police have arrested the tractor driver 36-year-old Jeetendra Chaudhary of Gaushala-11 and also impounded the tractor...

Kyrgyzstan says at least 32 dead after Turkish cargo plane hits village

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, Jan 16, 2017 (AFP) - A cargo plane crashed near Kyrgyzstan's main airport Monday, leaving 32 people dead including four pilots as it hit a populated area after attempting to land in thick fog, authorities said. The majority of the dead were from the village of Dacha-Suu where the plane -- a Turkish Airlines flight from Hong Kong to Istanbul via Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek -- crashed at around 7.30 am local time (0130 GMT), a spokesman for the country's emergency services ministry told AFP. Four pilots also died, the health ministry said. Around 15 houses have been damaged by the crash, according to the emergency services ministry, which said that the crash caused fires that have now been localised. The country's Manas airport has been closed and flights cancelled until evening at the earliest, airport authorities said...

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