Kathmandu, Nov 22,2014: The National News Agency (RSS) in an unprecendented departure from its traditional service on Friday formally launched a new online software to speed up the dissemination of news.
The country’s only news agency had earlier been providing only the hourly news bulletins to its subscribers. The subsribers of the RSS service can use password available to them to login to 188.8.131.52:8080/rss to avail of a complete and unlimted service of information.
Minister for Information and Communications Dr Minendra Rijal inaugurated the RSS ‘newsline’ service amidst a programme held at the RSS central office in the capital city.
Minister Rijal also released a special book edition ‘SAARC’, published on the occasion of the upcoming 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation and urged the RSS to be ready for accepting a challenge with the addition of a new technology based service.
Minister Rijal also urged the RSS not to take its idenity as the authorized news agency lightly with the start of a new rapid service and to take the advice of RSS seniors and their experience into account.
In the programme, Information Ministry’s Secretary Sunil Bahadur Malla underscored the contribution of RSS in Nepal’s information sector as incomparable while calling for use of all technologies in providing service.
SAARC Secretary General Arjun Bahadur Thapa said the newly released book was a repository of information on SAARC for foreign and national readers. Thapa commended the launch of the new rapid service started to keep pace with the changing time.
In the programme, RSS Chairman Kul Chandra Wagle and RSS General Manager Shreeramsingh Basnet underlined the need for disciplined, neutral and fearless journalism in contemporary Nepal and their initiative to modernize and develop RSS in keeping with the pace of changing time and situation.
On the occasion, Constituent Assembly member Ramchandra Pokharel, senior journalist Ram Krishna Regmi, ‘SAARC’ book Chief Editor Yek Raj Pathak and Ajayababu Shiwakoti from RSS online subscriber ‘Hamra Kura.com’ hailed the launch of new online service, and the publication of the book on SAARC.
The RSS has also officially launched its news portal, rssnepal.com, to provide the quickest updates on the 18th SAARC Summit being held on 26-27 November.
RSS to provide free of cost information on SAARC to all
The RSS will be providing cost free news and photos on the 18th SAARC Summit to all.
The news agency which had been providing information and photos only to its subscribers will now provide its service in connection to SAARC to all foreign and national media and commoners with access to internet.
The news in English and Nepali languages and photos will be available at rssnepal.com from 22-28 November.