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55 new COVID cases confirmed on Thursday

Nepal News - Gio, 30/06/2022 - 10:18am

Corona virus infection has been confirmed in 55 more people in the last 24 hours across the country. In the last 24 hours, 2,698 samples were tested. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 1,532 people were tested with PCR and 1,166 with antigen.

 At the same time, the number of those free from infection has reached 9,67,462. The ministry has stated that the infection recovery rate is 98.8 percent.

 In the last 24 hours, 316,477 people have been vaccinated against Covid. Currently, the number of active cases is 280. So far, the death toll from Corona has reached 11,952. There are 274 infected people in home isolation, six in institutional isolation and three in ICU.

 Currently, there are no more than 200 active infected districts in the country. Zero infected districts include Okhaldhunga, Solukhumbu, Sankhuwasabha, Dhankuta, Ilam, Terhathum, Taplejung, Saptari, Manang, Mustang, Myagdi, Gorkha, Tanahu, Nawalparasi East, Baglung, Rukumpur, Dang, Pyuthan, West Jutla, Jajarkot, Jajarkot and Kalikot.

 Of the three districts in the Kathmandu Valley, 131 are currently infected in Kathmandu, 34 in Lalitpur and nine in Bhaktapur, according to the ministry. The overall infection rate is 17 percent.

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Four ambassadors take oath before President

Nepal News - Gio, 30/06/2022 - 10:11am

The newly appointed ambassadors to various countries have taken oath of office and secrecy before President Bidya Devi Bhandari today.

They were sworn in at a special ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhawan. The ambassadors sworn in include Dr Naresh Bikram Dhakal (Qatar), Bishnupukar Shrestha (China), Kailash Raj Pokharel (Australia) and Kanta Rijal (Israel).

Foreign Minister Dr Narayan Khatiwadal and other high-ranking officials of the Government of Nepal were present on the occasion.

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Bensishahar-Chame road reopens

Nepal News - Gio, 30/06/2022 - 10:05am

The only Bensishahar-Chame road connecting the mountainous district of Manang and the hilly district of Lamjung, which was blocked by floods and landslides, has been reopened.

 According to Purushottam Adhikari, Information Officer and Engineer at Dumre Bensishahar Chame Road Planning Office, Lamjung, the landslide has been removed from this section which was blocked by the floods and landslides on Wednesday morning.

 He said that the landslide of Marsyangdi Gaonpalika-4 Shrichaur Jagat have been removed from the road and the vehicles have started running again. The landslide had blocked the road in two places and collapsing the road. The road was blocked by a landslide of stones and mud near Khudi of Marshyangdi Gaonpalika-3.

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SC continues interim order on excavation

Nepal News - Gio, 30/06/2022 - 9:57am

The Supreme Court has stayed the government decision to amend standard on excavation of stones, pebbles, and their sales.

A division bench of justices Kumar Regmi and Hari Prasad Phunyal on Thursday decided to continue the interim order asking the government to not implement its decision to revise the standard on excavation of stone, sand and pebbles and its sales and distribution.

Although the latest version of standard is yet to be fully implemented, the amendment in it has the strength to pose serious threat to existence of river system and the issues related to national life. It will cause irreparable loss, the court argued.

The amended standard on excavation would cause irreparable loss to human settlement, international border, heritages of cultural and religious importance, marshland, and educational and health institutions.

On behalf of Environment Law Society Nepal, advocate Padam Bahadur Shrestha had filed a writ petition against the amendment of the standard on excavation of sand, pebbles and stones making defendants the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers.

He had argued that the amendment was reaching the excavation close to human settlement, forest area, and highway. 

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NAM Parliamentary Network milestone to strengthen values: Sapkota

Nepal News - Gio, 30/06/2022 - 9:51am

Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota has said the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Parliamentary Network has been a milestone towards strengthening the values and principles of the Movement. It has added substance to the multidimensional nature of cooperation within the Movement, he added.

Speaker Sapkota said it while addressing the NAM Parliamentary Network in Azerbaijan on Thursday. "Engaging the parliaments in the Movement’s deliberations contributes to bring this global agenda closer to the people. Such engagements will further help sustain and enrich our shared goals under the Movement. My delegation views that this Network will enable parliaments to deepen and expand the non-aligned values, while addressing emerging global challenges," he shared.

He argued that NAM had been successful in ensuring freedom, independence, democracy and justice for countries around the world. We have collectively averted conflicts and mitigated challenges, Speaker Sapkota mentioned.

"Despite the achievements, we continue to face newer and recurrent issues, ranging from conflict to climate change and economic recession and price rise. The ever widening of inequality between the rich and the poor as well as the energy crisis and food insecurity has been added to the list, " he viewed, adding that amid the emergence of the geopolitical tensions, the world had seen an unprecedented level of arms race, with military expenditure ever rising among the great powers as well as aspiring powers.

The COVID-19 pandemic, as the Speaker said, is going to leave challenges of historic proportions to humanity. Though the cases of infection has receded worldwide, post-COVID economic recovery will be an uphill task for many countries in the global south including LDCs. The climate change is yet another challenge posing the existential threat to mankind, he made aware.

It is in this context that NAM Parliamentary Network is meeting here to contribute to address the global challenges with our concerted efforts. The relevance of NAM has been even greater in the context of these challenges of global scale, including the ongoing geopolitical issues.

"I take this opportunity to reiterate that Nepal's constitution enshrines non-alignment as integral part of our foreign policy. Nepal strongly views that NAM should uphold the principles of NAM, raise its voice in support of a just world and ensure support for the vulnerable countries," Speaker Sapkota reminded.

 According to him, in pursuit of a more peaceful, prosperous and just world, NAM should continue to engage all sectors and avenues. The parliaments of non-aligned countries have the ability and strength to complement the Movement's efforts for addressing global agendas of our common concern. In view of this need, he is fully convinced that the NAM Network of Parliaments they have collectively envisioned will support in the fulfillment of the wider objectives of the Movement. The Federal Parliament of Nepal strongly supports this important initiate, he added.

Speaker Sapkota also called upon all leaders of the world, including the leaders from the Movement, to join hands for the shared future characterized by progress, prosperity, justice and equality. 

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Indian Ambassador presents letter of credence to President Bhandari

Nepal News - Gio, 30/06/2022 - 9:38am

Ambassador of India to Nepal, Naveen Srivastava, presented his letter of credence to President Bidya Devi Bhandari at a special ceremony held at the President’s Office, Sheetal Niwas, on Thursday.

Ambassador Srivastava also paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba after presenting his credentials.

In his meeting, Ambassador Srivastava conveyed the greetings from the President and Prime Minister of India. He added that the recent visit of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to India and that of his counterpart Narendra Modi to Nepal had imparted renewed momentum to the bilateral relationship. Srivastava also conveyed his commitment to take forward the friendly relations between the two countries.

It may be noted that Ambassador Srivastava is the 26th Ambassador of India to Nepal. He has succeeded Ambassador Vinay Mohan Kwatra, who left Nepal for New Delhi in April 2022 for his assignment as Foreign Secretary.


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Crypto rules to make Europe a global leader as prices plunge

Nepal News - Gio, 30/06/2022 - 9:28am

Europe prepared to lead the world in regulating the freewheeling cryptocurrency industry at a time when prices have plunged, wiping out fortunes, fueling skepticism and sparking calls for tighter scrutiny.

The European Union took a first step late Wednesday by agreeing on new rules subjecting cryptocurrency transfers to the same money-laundering rules as traditional banking transfers.

A much bigger move was expected as EU negotiators hammer out the final details late Thursday on a separate deal for a sweeping package of crypto regulations for the bloc’s 27 nations, known as Markets in Crypto Assets, or MiCA.

Like the EU’s trendsetting data privacy policy, which became the de facto global standard, the crypto regulations are expected to be highly influential worldwide.

The EU rules are “really the first comprehensive piece of crypto regulation in the world,” said Patrick Hansen, crypto venture adviser at Presight Capital, a venture capital firm.

“I think there will be a lot of jurisdictions that will look closely into how the EU has dealt with it since the EU is first here,” Hansen said.

He expected authorities in other places, especially smaller countries that don’t have the resources to draw up their own rules from scratch, to adopt ones similar to the EU’s, though “they might change a few details.”

Under the Markets in Crypto Assets regulations, exchanges, brokers and other crypto companies face strict rules aimed at protecting consumers.

Companies issuing or trading crypto assets such as stablecoins — which are usually tied to the dollar or a commodity like gold that make them less volatile than normal cryptocurrencies — face tough transparency requirements requiring them to provide detailed information on the risks, costs and charges that consumers face.

Providers of bitcoin-related services would fall under the regulations, but not bitcoin itself, the world’s most popular cryptocurrency that has lost more than 70% of its value from its November peak.

The European rules are aimed at maintaining financial stability — a growing concern for regulators amid a string of recent crypto-related crashes. The stablecoin TerraUSD imploded last month, erasing an estimated $40 billion in investor funds with little or no accountability.

The meltdowns have spurred calls for regulation, with other major jurisdictions still drawing up their strategies. In the U.S., President Joe Biden issued an executive order in March on government oversight of cryptocurrency, including studying the impact on financial stability and national security.

Last month, California became the first state to formally begin examining how to broadly adapt to cryptocurrency, with plans to work with the federal government on crafting regulations.

The U.K. also has unveiled plans to regulate some cryptocurrencies.

A few European countries, like Germany, already have basic crypto regulations. One of the EU’s goals is bringing rules in line across the bloc, so that a crypto company based in one country would be able to offer services in other member states.

The EU rules, which would still need final approval and are expected to take effect by 2024, include measures to prevent market manipulation, money laundering, terrorist financing and other criminal activities.

On Wednesday, EU negotiators signed a provisional agreement for the bloc’s first rules on tracing transfers of crypto assets like bitcoin, which is aimed at clamping down on illicit transfers and blocking suspicious transactions.

When a crypto asset changes hands, information on both the source and the beneficiary would have to be stored on both sides of the transfer, according to the new rules. Crypto companies would have to hand this information over to authorities investigating criminal activity such as money laundering or terrorist financing.

“For too long, crypto-assets have been under the radar of our law enforcement authorities,” one of the lead EU lawmakers negotiating the rules, Assita Kanko, said in a statement. “It will be much harder to misuse crypto-assets and innocent traders and investors will be better protected.”

The EU institutions are working out the technical details before the crypto tracing rules receive final approval.

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Australia leads Sri Lanka by 101 runs after 2 days

Nepal News - Gio, 30/06/2022 - 9:18am

Cameron Green and Alex Carey fired Australia to a 101-run first-innings lead against Sri Lanka after two days of the first test on Thursday.

Australia was 313-8 at stumps after a rain-affected day, in reply to Sri Lanka’s 212 all out.

Green’s and Carey’s rapidfire stand of 84 runs from 93 balls propelled Australia past Sri Lanka’s total and further in charge.

Green made 77 off 109 deliveries, including six boundaries, and Carey 45 from 47 after opener Usman Khawaja kept the innings together with 71.

Australia looked set for a bigger lead when it resumed after tea on 233-5 but Carey played a rash shot against offspinner Ramesh Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal took a well-judged high catch running behind from wide mid off.

Green and Mitchell Starc added 37 for the seventh wicket then Green attempted to sweep a full ball from Mendis and was adjudged lbw. He reviewed the umpire’s decision unsuccessfully.

Starc was the eighth man out for 10 when he chipped a return catch to legspinner Jeffrey Vandersay.

Captain Pat Cummins hit three sixes and a boundary in a 16-ball unbeaten 26 to ensure Australia took the lead past 100 runs. Nathan Lyon is with Cummins on 8.

Offspinner Ramesh Mendis had the best bowling figures of 4-107 while Vandersay had 2-68 — including Khawaja — for his first wickets in his test debut.

Play commenced on the second day only after the entire morning session and one hour of the middle session were lost because of heavy wind and rain.

Australia, 98-3 overnight, lost nightwatchman Travis Head for 6 quickly when he returned a leading edge to offspinner Dhananjaya de Silva.

Khawaja and Green used their feet against sharp turn and bounce, easily making singles and doubles while rotating the strike. The ploy brought success on a pitch where defense didn’t seem a wise option with close catchers around the bat.

They added 57 runs for the fifth wicket when Vandersay got Khawaja caught at square leg by Pathum Nissanka. Khawaja’s 17th test half-century came in his 50th match. He faced 130 deliveries and hit seven boundaries.

From 157-5, Green and Carey ended any hope Sri Lanka had of scuttling the Australians quickly.

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COVID-19 cases rising nearly everywhere in the world- WHO

Nepal News - Gio, 30/06/2022 - 9:06am

The number of new coronavirus cases rose by 18% in the last week, with more than 4.1 million cases reported globally, according to the World Health Organization.

The U.N. health agency said in its latest weekly report on the pandemic that the worldwide number of deaths remained relatively similar to the week before, at about 8,500. COVID-related deaths increased in three regions: the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the Americas.

The biggest weekly rise in new COVID-19 cases was seen in the Middle East, where they increased by 47%, according to the report released late Wednesday. Infections rose by about 32% in Europe and Southeast Asia, and by about 14% in the Americas, WHO said.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said cases were on the rise in 110 countries, mostly driven by the omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5.

“This pandemic is changing, but it’s not over,” Tedros said this week during a press briefing. He said the ability to track COVID-19′s genetic evolution was “under threat” as countries relaxed surveillance and genetic sequencing efforts, warning that would make it more difficult to catch emerging and potentially dangerous new variants.

He called for countries to immunize their most vulnerable populations, including health workers and people over 60, saying that hundreds of millions remain unvaccinated and at risk of severe disease and death.

Tedros said that while more than 1.2 billion COVID-19 vaccines have been administered globally, the average immunization rate in poor countries is about 13%.

“If rich countries are vaccinating children from as young as 6 months old and planning to do further rounds of vaccination, it is incomprehensible to suggest that lower-income countries should not vaccinate and boost their most at risk (people),” he said.

According to figures compiled by Oxfam and the People’s Vaccine Alliance, fewer than half of the 2.1 billion vaccines promised to poorer countries by the Group of Seven large economies have been delivered.

Earlier this month, the United States authorized COVID-19 vaccines for infants and preschoolers, rolling out a national immunization plan targeting 18 million of the youngest children. American regulators also recommended that some adults get updated boosters in the fall that match the latest coronavirus variants.

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Tibetan student sentenced to 3 years in prison in China

Nepal News - Gio, 30/06/2022 - 8:58am

Chinese authorities recently sentenced a university student from Kardze's Shelian Township to three years in prison for contacting Tibetan exiles. Sources said that he has been incommunicado for six months after his arrest.

"He was sentenced on June 5 to three years in prison for allegedly disseminating state secrets, but the Chinese authorities have shared no details of what kind of state secrets Nyima has exposed," a Tibetan source living inside Tibet told Radio Free Asia (RFA).

The student of Sichuan's Gehoe National University, Nyima was arrested in January on charges of spying, activists told RFA.

Nyima who was concentrating his studies on Tibetan culture was fluent in Tibetan, Chinese and English. Prior to his arrest in January, he had always been around tourists and visitors, sharing Tibet's unique language and culture, Radio Free Asia reported.

"He could be seen sharing Tibet's history and authentic Tibetan culture with the tourists, so I think that may be the reason for his arrest. His family has no idea where he is imprisoned at the moment," said the source, who requested anonymity for security reasons.

Nyima's arrest is very similar to the arrests of other influential Tibetans, Pema Gyal, a researcher at the London-based Tibet Watch advocacy group told RFA's Tibetan Service.

"There have been a growing number of cases of arrests of Tibetan intellectuals inside Tibet by the Chinese government, and we have learned that in case of Nyima, he was arrested for communicating with the outside exile community, and also for his commitment to preserve Tibetan language and culture," Pema Gyal said.

Notably, Cultural liberty in Tibet is a myth as Tibetans under the Chinese administration are strictly forbidden to follow their religion.

In Tibet, those who are found practising their own religion, get arrested, beaten up and tortured brutally. While many of the arrested Tibetans were released after a deterioration in their health, Tibet Press reported, adding that the nuns and the monks are the targeted people of the Chinese.

According to Radio Free Asia sources in the region, Chinese authorities have long sought to restrict the size and influence of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, traditionally a focus of Tibetan cultural and national identity.

Recently, US State Secretary Antony Blinken spoke at the release of the 2021 Report on International Religious Freedom at the State Department.

He mentioned that China prosecute religious followers and called it contradicting the CCP's doctrine for destructing religious places and discriminating against Tibetan Buddhists. Rashad Hussain, Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom also spoke at the State Department and expressed that many governments use unfair laws to prosecute religious practitioners.

He stressed that China is still cracking down on Tibetan Buddhists. Authorities have been arresting, torturing and using other abuses against Tibetans who promote their language and culture, keeps pictures and writings of the Dalai Lama or practise their religion at Buddhist monasteries.

The Report released is divided into four parts. They are categorized as Religious Demography, Status of Government Respect for Religious Freedom, Status of Societal Respect for Religious Freedom and US government Policy and Engagement.

Since their illegal occupation in Tibet, China has assaulted the rights of the Tibetan people to practise their own religion, language, tradition and culture. The Chinese authorities, in order to accomplish their sinicization mission, have attacked their cultural identity by making their language, Mandarin, the medium of instruction in the schools in Tibet from the primary level, The Singapore Post reported.

Chinese troops occupied Tibet in 1950 and later annexed it. The 1959 Tibetan uprising saw violent clashes between Tibetan residents and Chinese forces.

The 14th Dalai Lama fled to neighbouring India after the failed uprising against Chinese rule. The Dalai Lama, the supreme Tibetan Buddhist leader, established a government-in-exile in India. 

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NATO must stop slandering us: China

Nepal News - Gio, 30/06/2022 - 8:51am

China on Thursday slammed the new strategic concept of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), saying that the alliance must stop smearing Beijing.

During the Madrid summit on Wednesday, NATO unveiled its new strategic concept, pointing out that the alliance faces "systemic competition" from China that challenges its values and interests.

"[NATO] smears China's foreign policy, makes irresponsible remarks about China's normal military development and national defence policy," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said during a press conference. The alliance encourages confrontation and Cold War mentality and ideological bias, he added.

China is concerned about this and strongly opposes it, the diplomat said, adding that it is NATO that represents a systemic challenge to global stability.

This rebuke from China comes a day after the military alliance on Wednesday noted challenges posed by China and the country's closer ties to Moscow that are against western interests.

"The People's Republic of China's (PRC) stated ambitions and coercive policies challenge our interests, security and values. The PRC employs a broad range of political, economic and military tools to increase its global footprint and project power, while remaining opaque about its strategy, intentions and military build-up," NATO's strategic concept published at a summit in Madrid said.

"The deepening strategic partnership between the People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation and their mutually reinforcing attempts to undercut the rules-based international order run counter to our values and interests," the document added.

The military alliance noted China's malicious hybrid and cyber operations and its confrontational rhetoric and disinformation target allies and harm alliance security.

The document states that Beijing seeks to control key technological and industrial sectors, critical infrastructure, and strategic materials and supply chains.

"It uses its economic leverage to create strategic dependencies and enhance its influence. It strives to subvert the rules-based international order, including in the space, cyber and maritime domains. The deepening strategic partnership between the People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation and their mutually reinforcing attempts to undercut the rules-based international order run counter to our values and interests," the document read.

Despite noting the threat from China, the security alliance also said they remain open to constructive engagement with China, with a view to safeguarding the alliance's security interests.

"We will work together responsibly, as Allies, to address the systemic challenges posed by the PRC to Euro-Atlantic security and ensure NATO's enduring ability to guarantee the defence and security of Allies," they said.

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Tourism Minister addresses strike in Nijgadh

Nepal News - Gio, 30/06/2022 - 8:45am

Protesters on strike demanding to build an international airport in Nijgadh have finally broken the strike. The strike was called off after Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Jeevan Ram Shrestha assured to move ahead with the construction of the airport.

The Nijgadh Public Affairs Committee had issued a hunger strike for the past 24 days demanding construction of Nijgadh Airport. The strike has been postponed as the construction of the airport in Nijgadh was not stopped after the decision of the Supreme Court on Nijgadh Airport.

 After Minister Shrestha informed that the process of construction of the airport would move forward, the strike has been postponed.

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WHO ramps up response in Eastern Africa amid looming health crisis

Nepal News - Gio, 30/06/2022 - 8:24am

The World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday it's intensifying its operations to the looming health crisis in eastern Africa amid acute food insecurity.

Ibrahima Soce Fall, WHO Assistant Director-General for Emergency Response said the health risks in the region are increasing while access to healthcare is deteriorating.

"The cost of inaction is high. While the clear priority is to prevent people from starving, we must simultaneously strengthen our health response to prevent disease and save lives," Fall said in a statement issued in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.

Fall was earlier this week in Nairobi where WHO convened a two-day meeting to plan its response across the seven countries affected by the health emergency -- Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda -- and coordinate with other UN agencies and partners.

The UN health agency said its setting up a hub in Nairobi, from where it will coordinate the response and organize the delivery of life-saving medical supplies to where they are needed most.

These supplies, it said, include medicines, vaccines, as well the medicines and equipment needed to treat children who are severely malnourished.

WHO said the eastern African region faces acute food insecurity, the worst in 40 years, caused by conflict, extreme weather events induced by climate change, rising international food and fuel prices and the impact of the pandemic.

The UN health agency said its emergency response is focused on ensuring affected populations can access essential health services, treating sick children with severe malnutrition, and preventing, detecting and responding to infectious disease outbreaks.

WHO said it's also working with ministries of health in the affected countries to set up robust disease surveillance systems to be able to quickly detect and respond to disease outbreaks. 

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Govt committed to hold elections: PM Deuba

Nepal News - Gio, 30/06/2022 - 8:10am

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba today said the government was committed to hold elections of the federal parliament and provincial assembly in a fair and fearless environment.

He shared that the local-level election was held successfully and the government was committed to hold federal and province assembly election.

The PM said so while addressing an event organised here on the occasion of the 64th Parliament Day jointly by the Federal Parliament Secretariat and the Former Lawmakers' Forum Nepal.

"The country has been keeping up with the federal democratic system following the passage of the constitution through the Constituent Assembly. The local poll has concluded recently in a fearless and fair environment. The government is committed to hold the poll of the House of Representatives and the Provincial Assembly", shared Prime Minister Deuba.

Stating that the country has been on the path to maintain sustainable peace and good governance, he urged all to unite for its development.

The PM also thanked the Forum for its advice to the government time and again beyond partisan interests while stating that the parliament has played an important role in managing democratic norms and values.

Similarly, former Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal said the Parliament has been developed as a forum to raise voices of the nation and lead the country in a right way.

Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Govinda Prasad Sharma Koirala informed that various 53 bills and eight ordinances have been stuck in the parliament since 2018 AD.

Former Speaker Ram Chandra Paudel viewed that the parliament that speaks voices of people and fight against dictatorship should always be active. Also, former Chairperson of the Constituent Assembly Subash Chandra Nembang suggested that the Forum should make Parliament more active by carrying out study of annual performance of the Parliament. 

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Hrithik wears the chef's hat for son

Nepal News - Gio, 30/06/2022 - 7:57am

 Is there anything that Hrithik Roshan cannot do? It's a difficult task to guess because he hardly disappoints his fans. The 'Super 30' actor usually takes up a lot of challenges and his social media is proof! Be it surfing in the ocean, training outdoors, skiing in the Swiss Alps or dancing his heart out, Hrithik Roshan can do it all.

The actor now has another hat to wear - the chef's hat! Recently, Hrithik tried his hand at cooking and going by the picture he posted, he did a pretty good job as he made scrambled egg and toast for his sons. In the photo shared by him, his son is seated in the background, as he enjoyed the meal cooked by his dad.

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Sharing the photos, Hrithik wrote, "My god! I surprise myself I tell you. I should cook more often. What a talent! I'm amazing (all rubbish but I choose to trust the little man Hridz). Hehe. #breakfastclub #iwannacook #LAdiaries."

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As soon as he uploaded the post, his friends from the industry flooded his comment section. One of Hrithik's closest friends Preity Zinta commented "Pls learn so u can cook for us."

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Hrithik is currently in Los Angeles, spending some family time with both his sons - Hrehaan and Hridaan.

As far as films are concerned, he will next be seen in the action-thriller 'Vikram Vedha' alongside Saif Ali Khan. The film is a remake of the Tamil film of the same name starring R Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi. The film will also have Radhika Apte, Rohit Saraf and Yogita Bihani in supporting roles.

Hrithik has also been signed up for Siddharth Anand's next opposite Deepika Padukone. This is not the first time Hrithik is collaborating with Siddharth Anand, the duo earlier worked in 'Bang Bang' featuring Katrina Kaif and Jaaved Jaffrey. 

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Ernesto Valverde appointed as Athletic Club head coach

Nepal News - Gio, 30/06/2022 - 7:47am

 Ernesto Valverde is set to officially take over as head coach of La Liga club Athletic Club.

The man with the most matches (306) as a manager in Athletic history will appear with Jon Uriarte who will be making his first public appearance as a club president on Thursday.

Valverde is embarking upon a third spell in charge of the Lions. During his previous stints in the San Mames dugout, Athletic qualified for Europe five times in six seasons, one of those occasions being Champions League qualification.

Valverde also broke the Club's 31-year title drought when he led the side to a 5-1 aggregate win over FC Barcelona in the 2015 Spanish Super Cup.

Furthermore, Ernesto has 140 victories to his name as Athletic manager and in 2015/16 the Lions were runners-up in the Copa and reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

Valverde returns to the job after a spell at FC Barcelona (2017-2020), during which time the Catalans won tow LaLiga titles, one Copa del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup.

The new head coach also spent six seasons as a player at Athletic Club (1990-1996), scoring 50 goals in 188 appearances. After retiring he moved into coaching, starting his managerial career at Lezama, where he spent four seasons leading various youth sides including Bilbao Athletic before taking the top job in 2003/04.

In addition to Athletic Club and FC Barcelona, Valverde has coached RCD Espanyol - where he was runner-up in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup - Olympiacos FC - winning three league titles and two cup titles between two spells in Greece - Villarreal CF and Valencia CF.

Curiously, he is the only Athletic Club coach who has been in charge of our team at both the old San Mames and the new one. In fact, he was in the dugout for the first league match at the new ground, against Celta in 2013/14.

The return of La Liga is just around the corner, and even more so after the draw for the 2022/23 calendar was held in Madrid, last week.

La Liga will return on the weekend of August 13/14, and it will do so with a spectacular agenda.

The following matches will make up the first fixture of the season:Athletic Club - RCD Mallorca, FC Barcelona - Rayo Vallecano, Real Betis - Elche CF, RC Celta - RCD Espanyol de Barcelona, Cadiz CF - Real Sociedad, CA Osasuna - Sevilla FC, UD Almeria - Real Madrid, Getafe CF - Atletico de Madrid, Real Valladolid CF - Villarreal CF, and Valencia CF - Girona FC.

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'Quake Brain' effects suffered by resilient Cantabrians fade

Nepal News - Gio, 30/06/2022 - 7:39am

A new research by the University of Otago suggests the brain function of otherwise-healthy individuals exposed to event trauma has the ability to 'bounce back' over time once the threat resolves. Researchers conducted a follow-up study on a group of Cantabrians, who had been exposed to trauma during the region's earthquakes over a decade ago.

Researchers led by Dr Katie Douglas at the University of Otago, Christchurch's Department of Psychological Medicine, conducted a follow-up study on a group of Cantabrians, who had been exposed to trauma during the region's earthquakes over a decade ago.

The original study conducted two to three years after the earthquakes, showed participants who were exposed to trauma but didn't develop psychological difficulties, still suffered from problems with aspects of cognitive function compared with non-exposed participants.

Dr Douglas says the new follow-up study, conducted 8 years post-quakes, shows the cognitive function of those trial participants is now normal compared with a group of people tested in Dunedin.

"This is good news as it offers preliminary evidence that there are no long-lasting effects on cognitive impairment after exposure to a traumatic event, at least in people who don't develop a mental health condition. It suggests changes in their cognitive functioning and emotion processing may be related to exposure to continued threat in the environment, which improves when the threat resolves."

The original 89 trial participants were recruited in response to articles, opinion pieces and community notices in newspapers and via word of mouth over the course of 13 months, from January 2013 to February 2014. All received a face-to-face assessment and completed diagnostic questionnaires to confirm they had received no earthquake-related psychiatric diagnoses or counselling.

The results from this initial trial showed that similar to those with PTSD, resilient individuals exhibited clinically significant impairment in visuospatial learning, memory and facial emotion processing compared to a non-exposed group who had completed cognitive testing in other studies prior to the earthquakes.

The new 2019 follow-up study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry Open, tested 57 earthquake-exposed, resilient Canterbury residents from the original trial with 60 non-exposed participants from Dunedin, between July 2018 and March 2020. This time they were tested on a wider variety of cognitive tests -- including verbal and visuospatial learning and memory, executive functioning, psychomotor speed, sustained attention and social cognition.

"The hypothesis was that participants in the earthquake-exposed resilient group, compared with the non-exposed, would perform less well on tests of spatial memory, would have increased accuracy for the identification of all facial emotions and also exhibit a bias in the misclassification of neutral facial expressions to threat-related emotions," Dr Douglas says.

"However, no significant differences were found in performance between the groups in the cognitive tasks. What's more, the original earthquake-exposed resilient group showed an improvement in their visuospatial performance from the first trial and their reaction times to negative emotions was also slowed."

Dr Douglas says these findings back up similar international studies which show the brain's ability to recover once distanced in time from the original trauma.

"When the original studies were conducted, people were living in an environment of ongoing seismic activity where, over a two-year period, Canterbury experienced over ten thousand aftershocks. The fact that residents were in a chronically hyper-aroused state may have resulted in biological changes in the brain, such as in the amygdala, which is responsible for processing strong emotions. By the time of the current study however, there was no seismic activity and the sense of threat had abated."

Study co-author, Associate Professor Caroline Bell, also from the University of Otago, Christchurch's Department of Psychological Medicine, says this study adds to the growing body of international research relating to how large groups in society react and respond following traumatic situations.

"These findings give us a sense of the effects of exposure to major threats from disasters such as earthquakes on wider populations. They are reassuring in showing that a resilient response is the most prevalent. They also suggest, conversely, that persisting impairments in threat sensitivity and cognitive functioning may affect people's productivity and could potentially be a target for intervention."

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Olivia confirms she and Pete dated in 2020

Nepal News - Gio, 30/06/2022 - 7:29am

American singer-songwriter Olivia O'Brien has confirmed that she and Pete Davidson were once more than friends as they dated in 2020 and that he ended things over text.

According to E! News, the revelation was made during the June 29 episode of the 'BFFs with Dave Portnoy, Josh Richards, and Brianna Chickenfry' podcast, where host Dave Portnoy asked Olivia "what was going on" between her and Pete.

"Where did you hear that?" Olivia asked. "How did you hear that?" Dave then read an anonymous and unverified submission that was made to a celebrity gossip site, suggesting Pete was with Olivia before he entered a relationship with 'Bridgerton' actor Phoebe Dynevor.

So, is it true? Olivia confirmed that it happened around October 2020 but that she didn't think "anyone knew about that." She said Pete ended things with her before moving on with Phoebe, saying, "He texted me and was like, 'I'm seeing someone else," she said. "'So, like, I can't.'"

But keep in mind that this all happened "a long time ago," and Olivia still thinks he is a "nice guy." As for what drew her to the 28-year-old comedian, she had a number of qualities on her mind. "He's hot and he's really funny. And he's really sweet. He's a really sweet guy," she said, as per E! News.

Pete and Phoebe never officially confirmed their romance. But they did unofficially confirm it in April 2021, when they were photographed candidly hugging and walking together on a grassy hill in Phoebe's native U.K.

They later attended their first public event together at Wimbledon, before a source told E! News in August 2021 that the duo had called it quits.

Since then, Pete has moved on to a new romance and has been dating Kim Kardashian since the fall. As for Olivia, she likely just wants to move on to the next podcast question. 

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Madhuri shares her love for mangoes

Nepal News - Gio, 30/06/2022 - 7:26am

'Dhak dhak' girl Madhuri Dixit Nene's love for mangoes was evident from her recent social media post where she rued that 'mango season' was gone.

"TuHaiMera. Can't believe mango season is nearly done. Agle saal ka intezar rahega," captioned the actor on Instagram.

In the first picture, Madhuri could be seen hugging dozens of mangoes, flashing a smile. She seemed to be quite happy.

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As for the second picture, the 'Koyla' actor appeared to be in a restaurant, with three bowls of sliced mangoes in front of her, seemingly enjoying the fruit. She was seen in all-smiles, posing with one hand on her face, wearing a denim jacket.

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Madhuri is quite active on social media, sharing pictures and videos of herself and her family - husband Shriram Mahadev Nene and kids Arin and Ryan Nene.

Meanwhile, the ageless beauty, Madhuri, is gearing up for the release of her Amazon Original movie 'Maja Maa', which is helmed by Anand Tiwari and produced by Amritpal Singh Bindra. 'Maja Maa' is slated to release in the later part of the year.

A short teaser was also unveiled lately and it gave an idea that the film is a conventional entertainer, revolving around a family. The project also stars Gajraj Rao, Ritwik Bhowmik, Rajit Kapur, Barkha Singh and Simone Singh.

Recently, on the occasion of her 55th birthday on May 15, the Bollywood diva gave a surprise to her fans, as she released her second single track 'Tu Hai Mera', dedicated to all her fans. In the video, Madhuri expressed gratitude to her fans for their dedicated support over the years.

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Mandy Moore cancels tour dates due to pregnancy

Nepal News - Gio, 30/06/2022 - 7:18am

 American singer and actor Mandy Moore has announced that she's canceling her remaining show dates this year to focus on her health during her pregnancy.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, in a statement posted to Instagram, Moore wrote, "When we booked these shows, I wasn't pregnant and although I truly thought I could power through, the way we are traveling (long hours on the bus and not getting proper rest) has caught up, taken its toll, and make it feel too challenging to proceed."

"I know that I have to put my family and my health (and the health of my baby) first and the best place for me to be right now is at home," she added.

Moore announced earlier this month that she is expecting baby No. 2 with husband Taylor Goldsmith. She announced the news in an Insta post with a picture of son Gus wearing a "big brother" T-shirt.

"One incredibly seminal chapter of my life just ended and the next one, as a mother of two, is about to start... and are we ever so deeply grateful and excited. Baby Boy Goldsmith #2 coming this fall!" she captioned the sweet photo.

The This Is Us alum and Goldsmith married in November 2018. The couple announced in February 2021 that they had welcomed their first child together, August Harrison Goldsmith.

During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that published last month and was pegged to her NBC drama series signing off after six seasons, Moore said she was planning to figure out what's next for her career after she completed her tour. 

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