The Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration has scrapped around two dozen district level government offices under agriculture; division cooperative; drinking water; forest; irrigation; land conservation; public health; women development; land revenue, measurement and reform among others. Works of these offices will be carried out by local governments.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has forecasted 5.5 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in Nepal in the coming fiscal year 2018/19. The assumption is based on acceleration of ongoing mega projects and higher production of agricultural products. Similarly, average annual inflation is expected to rise moderately to 5.5 per cent in current fiscal year, according to ADB’s The Macroeconomic Update
A year after the Government of India and the UNDP signed agreement to rebuild homes damaged by the earthquake of April 2015, reconstruction finally seems to start in Gorkha. Last year, GoI and two UN agencies, the UNDP and the UNOPS signed US$100 million to reconstruct 50,000 homes in Gorkha and Nuwakot. The fund will be used to reconstruct 26,912 houses in Gorkha and 23,088 houses in Nuwakot.
With the onset of monsoon and summer, three districts in the Terai region; Jhapa, Rupandehi and Mahottari have been categorized as highly vulnerable to dengue. Last year, the districts reported 1,650 dengue cases altogether.
At least a hundred passengers have been reported killed after a military plane crashed near the Boufarik airbase outside the Algerian capital, Algiers. The Russian made plane, an Ilyushin Il-76, was carrying scores of military troops, according to reports.
Up to 500 people were poisoned in the Syrian gas attack that killed 43 people including children, the World Health Organisation has revealed. WHO condemned the attack in rebel-held Douma as it revealed the total number of people who reported to hospital showing 'signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals'. More than 70 people sheltering in basements have reportedly died, it said, with 43 of those deaths related to symptoms consistent with exposure to highly toxic chemicals.