Thursday, May 31, 2012

M4.2 earthquake hits Taplejung

Kathmandu, May 30: National Seismological Center web portal reported an earthquake hit Taplejung in Eastern Nepal today. Earthquake measuring M4.2 was epicentered in district of Taplejung in Eastern Nepal at 09:35 UTC on May 30 (or 3:20pm local time same day). No records of casualties reported so far.

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US Dollars hit all time high against Nepali Rupees

Kathmandu, May 16, The Central Bank of Nepal (Nepal Rastra Bank) sets Nepali Rupee at all-time low with exchange rate for one US Dollars at Nepali Rupees 85.79(Buying) / 86.39(Selling) for May 16. The fall of Nepali Rupees is followed by the fall of Indian Rupees against the greenback. The Hindu Business Online (India) cites that rising inflation and risk aversion by global investors who bet on the US currency as a safe haven in view of fresh euro-zone worries yield to the rise of dollar against the rupee. Nepali Rupees is pegged to Indian Rupees (INR) at NPR 160.00/ 160.15.

Update: May 31, US Dollar crosses Nepali Rupees 90 mark for the first time, the central bank sets USD at NPR 89.44 / 90.04 per US dollar.

Update: June, 23: Nepali rupees further slipped to NPR 91.28 / 91.88 per USD, lowest in history.

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Nepali Rupees ForEx History

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Human Casualties in Seti River Flood

Update: May 15, (Tue), Seti flash flood toll has risen to 28. Twenty six of the deceased identified. 37 still missing.

Unwarned flood in Seti River, Kaski triggered by avalanche at Mt. Annapurnas on the morning of May 5th has led to loss of human lives and many more still missing. Rescue is underway with a joint team of the Nepal Army, the Nepal Police and the Armed Police Force carrying out a search operation in the flood-hit areas.

A flash flood triggered by a landslide near the Machhapuchhre mountain wreaked havoc, killing people and destroying property. The Seti river swept away dozens of houses, three suspension bridges and 11 vehicles. Road access and electricity in many villages, including Mirsa, Abang, Sadal and Bharabhuri, have been cut off in the wake of the disaster.

Updates from UN OCHA Humanitarian Support Unit Click here

Below, details of human casualties caused by the flood. The data is publicly editable at We pray for safety of those still missing and their rescue at the earliest.

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Kathmandu Noon at 12:00

May 4, 2012: After five and half months the Solar NOON in Kathmandu coincides with civil (local) noon at exact 12:00PM. Last solar noon at 12:00PM was on Dec 18, 2011. In Kathmandu, solar noon occurs at exact 12:00PM for about 20 to 30 days in a year, for rest of the year it sways around as much 15 to 20 minutes ahead or after the civil noon.

Graph below represents the solar noon fluctuation pattern in Kathmandu for year 2012.

Solar NOON and Sun and Moon movement