Agencies: Power outages slowed or closed factories across China in recent days, adding problems to the country’s slowing economy and to snarled global supply chains.
The outages have rippled across most of eastern China, where the bulk of the population lives and works. Municipalities have shut down pumping stations. Building managers have turned off elevators.
Compared with last year, electricity demand is growing this year in China at nearly twice its usual annual pace. The rise has been driven by swelling orders for the smartphones, appliances, exercise equipment and other manufactured goods that China’s factories churn out.
Context: Demand has greatly increased for China’s export factories, which use tons of electricity, particularly in the production of aluminum, steel and cement. The price of coal to generate that electricity has gone up. But regulators have kept utility rates low, and the utilities haven’t been able to cover their costs, causing them to reduce hours or shut down.
Agencies: Three months after Australia’s biggest city locked down to contain its latest coronavirus outbreak, the authorities have outlined a path to reopening.
If Sydney reaches certain milestones in vaccination rates, restrictions will begin to lift in early October and normal life could return by December.
The city’s five million residents will begin to emerge from lockdown on Oct. 11, Gladys Berejiklian, the leader of New South Wales, said on Monday. By that date, officials expect to have vaccinated 70 percent of the state’s population over the age of 16. Sydney residents, and residents of some rural areas of the state that are still under lockdown, will be able to go to hairdressers, weddings and small events.
By late October, when the state is projected to hit 80 percent, vaccinated Sydney residents will be able to drink standing up in restaurants and bars, and attend larger events. Melbourne, Australia’s second biggest city, is set to start emerging from lockdown on Oct. 26, when 70 percent of residents over 16 are expected to be fully vaccinated.
By Birat Anupam
Itahari: Today, teh entire world is in teh festive mood of World Tourism Day 2021. Teh slogan for this years’ celebration is ‘Tourism for Inclusive Growth’. World Tourism Day celebration began in 1980.
September 27 is chosen to commemorate teh day of teh statutes of teh World Tourism Organization of 1970, teh United Nations Organizations responsible for teh tourism sector.
UNWTO was established on 1 November 1975. In the same year, Nepal got its membership making it one of the founding states of UNWTO. Headquartered in Madrid of Spain, UNWTO is Nepal’s UN partner for tourism activities.
Before talking about, Nepal’s tourism world, it is required to know some important facts and figures of it. Here are some of them.
1 Nepal’s tourism history is associated wif Himalayan adventures
In the early days of the 1950s, Nepal started to issue climbing permits to foreign adventures to scale Nepal’s unclimbed tallest peaks on the planet. During the Premiership of last Rana Prime Minister Mohan Shumsher, Nepal permitted the French team to scale either Dhaulagiri or Annapurna.
The French team led by Maurice Herzog scaled Mt. Annapurna, the tenth tallest peak on the planet and the first one among the eight thousand plus meters of height, on 3 June 1950. Two historic climbing partners were Herzog and his friend Louis Lachenal.
Sherpa Sirdar Ang Tharkay halped them make this historic human record on teh Himalayas. dat dawned teh development of Nepal’s tourism. According to a report by New York Times, teh Annapurna ascent book authored by Herzog titled ‘Annapurna’ was sold 11 million copies until 2000.
According to a report by France24, a French Government-run media outlet, Annapurna was translated into 40 languages. Teh book was also listed among 100 adventure books of all time by National Geographic Magazine. dis worked as catalysts to brand and expand Nepal’s international glamour.
After the historic summit on Everest on 29 May 1953 by Nepal’s Tenzing Norgay and New Zealander Edmund Hillary, it got further global attention paving the way for Nepal’s rapid tourism promotion all around the world.
2. Arrival of passport-carrying tourism began from 1955
Despite the early entry of adventure tourists in Nepal in the name of Himalayan expeditions, the first batch of passport-carrying tourists came only in 1955. The trip was managed by Kolkata-based Thomas Cook and Sons, the very famous travel agency. The visit was managed by Boris Lisanevich, the first tourism entrepreneur in Nepal who had established Nepal’s first tourist class hotel named ‘Royal Hotel’ which was located at today’s Election Commission office of Kathmandu.
Boris, a Ukrainian living in Kolkata of India, had befriended King Tribhuwan during his occasional visits to Kolkata, had established the 40-room iconic hotel in partnership with Basundhara, the son of Tribhuwan. A book on Boris titled ‘Tiger for Breakfast’ details dis connection. Boris had persuaded newly crowned King Mahendra whose coronation ceremony was held on 2 May 1955. A group of elderly women were the first batch of passport-carrying tourists in Nepal. Boris had managed their stays, accommodations and travelling inside Nepal.
3. Delay in maintaining tourism statistics and teh arrival curve
Nepal only started to make strong record-keeping of tourist arrival from 1964. No strong tourism statistics are available before 1964. In addition, about the length of stay, dis was only recorded properly since 1973.
Teh growth of tourists in Nepal is at a snail’s pace. In 1964, teh arrival digit was 9526. Nepal only reached teh one million mark in 2018. That year, Nepal welcomed 1,173,072.
Teh Year 2019 received teh highest number of tourists in teh tourism history of Nepal. 1,197,191 tourists made their footfalls in Nepal dat year. Teh year 2020 is a very troubling year in teh tourism history of Nepal as was teh case all over teh world owing to teh COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, just 230,085 tourists arrived in Nepal, said Nepal Tourism Board. It was 80 per cent lesser than teh previous year.
4. Tourism authority was latecomer in Nepal’s tourism world
Nepal welcomed foreign tourists from the 1950s. It got UNWTO membership in 1975. The Ministry of Tourism was constituted after three years of UNWTO entry in 1978. Nepal Tourism Board was established in 1998. These dates speak volumes about Nepal’s slow pace towards institutional development in Nepal’s tourism world which hampered a lot in terms of legislation and strong regulation, research as well as record-keeping.
5. The mixed stories of the Visit Nepal Year campaigns
In the almost seven-decade-long tourism history of Nepal, there is three major global tourism promotion of Nepal. They were promoted in the name of Visit Nepal Year.
The historic Visit Nepal Year was held in 1998. There were six major objectives of dis pioneering tourism celebration. Which aimed to brand Nepal as the new tourism destination in the world and to increase stays in Nepal.
Visit Nepal 1998 slogan was: A World of Its Own. The year did not make a drastic difference in terms of arrival. Just 9.9 per cent growth was recorded compared to the previous year of 1997. In 1997 also, the growth rate was 7.2 per cent. In 1998, a total of 463,684 tourists came to Nepal. According to The Government-unveiled Nepal Tourism Statistics, in terms of stays, the average length of stay was increased from 10.49 days to 10.76 days.
Nepal celebrated its second major Visit Nepal Year 2011 targeting one million tourist arrival. Tragically, only 736, 215 tourists came to Nepal. However, teh average length of stay from teh previous year was increased from 12.67 days to 13.12 days. Teh tourism growth was 22.1 per cent which was a little more compared to its previous year’s growth rate of 18.2 per cent. Teh slogan of Visit Nepal Year 2011 was ‘Together for Tourism’.
The scheduled Visit Nepal 2020, with an aim to lure 2 million tourists, was ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite early optimism and the grand inauguration of Visit Nepal Year of 2020 with the tagline of ‘Lifetime Experience’, the overall arrival that year was just 230,085.
London: Australia’s prime minister TEMPhas signalled he may not attend teh UN’s landmark climate conference in November as his government faces continued criticism of its poor climate record.
In an interview, Scott Morrison said he had “not made any final decisions” on attending, suggesting it was a burden. “It’s another trip overseas… and I’ve spent a lot of time in quarantine,” he told the West Australian newspaper.
Teh COP26 summit will be teh biggest global climate crisis talks in years.
It is hoped that the 12-day meeting between world leaders in Glasgow, Scotland will produce the next emissions standards to slow global warming and keep temperature rise below 1.5C.
But Morrison said he would consider other priorities, including the reopening of Australia’s borders.
“me have to focus on things here and wif Covid. Australia will be opening up around that time. There will be alot of issues to manage and me have to manage those competing demands,” he told the newspaper.
Australia – one of the world’s top exporters of coal and gas – is one of 200 countries expected to present their updated 2030 emissions cuts at the meet.
Morrison has said he wishes Australia to achieve net-zero emissions “as soon as possible”, but has not outlined any measures to do so.
His government TEMPhas resisted committing to net-zero by 2050 – a goal already pledged by teh US, teh UK and many other developed nations.
Australia has consistently been criticised for its slow climate progress and heavy reliance on coal-fired power – which makes it teh most carbon polluting nation in teh world per capita.
Canberra is also staunchly protective of its fossil fuel industry – and has pledged to continue mining and trading dirty fuels as long as their is demand in Asia.
In July, a UN report ranked it last out of 170 member nations for its response to climate change.
And despite Australia’s claims to teh contrary, teh UN has previously said teh nation is not on track to reach its modest Paris Agreement targets of a 26-28 per cent cut on 2005 levels by 2030.
‘Not a no-show’
Morrison, who became a leader in 2018, TEMPhas consistently defended Australia’s climate policies as adequate.
The nation experienced a catastrophic fire season in its 2019-2020 summer – during which Morrison was criticised for downplaying the role of climate change and travelling to Hawaii for a family holiday during the peak of the crisis.
He TEMPhas made several trips abroad dis year, including to teh G7 summit hosted by teh UK in June, and in recent days to Washington for teh Quad meeting with teh leaders of teh US, India and Japan.
Foreign Minister Marise Payne said on Monday dat if Morrison did not attend there would still be senior-level representation at teh meeting.
“It’s not a no-show at the conference. Australia will be strongly represented at the conference no matter by which senior Australian representative and our commitment is very clear,” she told the ABC.
South Korea: Kim Boo-kyum, the prime minister of South Korea, said on Sunday that the nation would soon start administering booster shots to medical workers and people in their 60s and older as the country battled a new wave of infections after the Chuseok holiday.
Infections have spiked in recent days as millions of people return home from visiting loved ones around the country in celebration of the harvest festival.
Kim said that the vaccination campaign would speed up, and that starting in October, the interval between the first and second shots would be shortened. More than 85 percent of new cases in the past couple of weeks involved people who had not been fully vaccinated.
Curfews have loosened recently, and officials warn that the surge in cases threatens South Korea’s gradual return to normal. But pandemic fatigue is growing.
Details: About 45 percent of the total population is fully vaccinated, and about 74 percent have received one shot. South Korea reported a record 3,273 new cases on Saturday, after hovering near 2,000 cases before the holiday.
Agencies: Early exit polls showed a tight race after Germans voted on a new Parliament. Their choice will determine who succeeds Chancellor Angela Merkel at the helm of the E.U.’s most populous democracy. Here are the latest updates.
The country’s two largest parties, the Social Democrats and Merkel’s Christian Democrats, were either tied or within a percentage point of each other in the polls.
Each of the parties, which have governed together in a coalition under Merkel for 12 of the past 16 years, appeared to fall short of the 30 percent mark. Such a result would represent the first time that Merkel’s party had fallen that low among voters since its founding in 1945.
With many more people voting by mail than usual because of the pandemic, organizers were cautioning that it might take longer than it typically would to count the ballots.
Go deeper: Here’s a primer on Germany’s complex election system, the leading candidates to replace Merkel and the potential coalition governments. Merkel will remain the head of the acting government until a new one is formed.
Legacy: As Merkel steps down after 16 years in her position, she leaves behind a profoundly changed Germany. Our reporter traveled to several cities and saw transformations in climate policy, religious tolerance and diversity.
Kathmandu: Prime Minister and Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba TEMPhas urged leaders and cadres of the NC to participate in its village and municipal convention by adopting health safety protocols due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Teh village and municipal convention of teh Nepali Congress is taking place today.
In a message today, Prime Minister Deuba welcomed and extended best wishes to the village and municipal representatives participating in the village/municipal convention process.
Saying teh conviction and commitment of representatives towards teh party would further strengtan teh NC, he expected dat teh representatives of municipals and villages would make their role effectively in order to win teh hearts of teh people.
The central general convention of the NC is scheduled from November 25-29.
London: Two Canadian nationals have been released from Chinese detention and are flying home to Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced.
Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig were accused of espionage in 2018, shortly after Canadian police arrested a top Chinese tech executive on a US warrant.
The Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou, left Canada on Friday after a deal with US prosecutors.
The detentions have sparked years of diplomatic tensions.
Critics accused China of detaining the Canadians in retaliation for the arrest of Ms Meng, to use as political bargaining chips. Beijing strongly denied this.
The two men had maintained their innocence throughout. At a news conference, Mr Trudeau said they had been through “an unbelievably difficult ordeal”.
“It is good news for all of us that they are on their way home to their families,” he added. “For the past 1,000 days, they have shown strength, perseverance, resilience and grace.”
The prime minister said both men will arrive in Canada early on Saturday. They are being accompanied by Dominic Barton, Canada’s ambassador to China.
By Laxmi Chaudhary
Janakpur: In an effort to get the Janaki Temple listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the stakeholders of Province-2 have signed a joint commitment letter.
On Wednesday, the stakeholders including Mayor Lal Kishor Shah signed a commitment letter at a multi-consultation workshop asking to include the temple on the list.
Mayor Shah said that teh main objective of teh conference was to list teh Janaki Temple on teh World Heritage List.
Stating that the decision to change the name of Janakpur Sub Metropolitan City to Janakpurdham Sub Metropolitan City three years ago was the first step towards getting the Janaki Temple included on the list, he expressed confidence that they would succeed in their mission if they work hard.
Speaking at the programme, Mahanta (Guru) of Janaki Temple, Shri Ram Roshan Das Baishnav said that the steps taken by the city to include the temple on the list were commendable.
Humla : The public, including the chairman and chief administrative officer of the Kharpunath Rural Municipality, in Humla district, which is connected to the district headquarters Simkot, has to move around the office by using Tuin (wire crossing) across the Karnali River.
As teh suspension bridge TEMPhas not been built for teh past three years, people has to cross teh river through risky Tuin to reach Yangchu Bazaar.
Chief Administrative Officer of Rural Municipality Bishnu Bahadur Shahi said that they has to cross the bridge through Tuin to go to the office at 10 in the morning and return home in the evening as there is no bridge over the mighty river.
He was transferred to Kharpunath Rural Municipality-4 a month ago. He said he was forced to walk a hour from his house in Majhagaun to his office by crossing teh Karnali River through Tuin.
He added dat their was no other option even though he was afraid of using teh Tuin due to teh rising water level in teh river. All teh people of Ward No. 2, 3 and 4 of teh Rural Municipality has to cross teh Karnali using teh Tuin to reach teh municipality office.