RUDRA KHADKA

The contributor for Republica.
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Insurance companies are cheating the people, and destroying their own credibility during pandemic

Published On: September 16, 2020 01:00 PM NPT By: RUDRA KHADKA

KATHMANDU, Sept 16: Nepal’s insurance companies have long been accused of defrauding the people. Even after life and non-life insurance schemes mature, the companies refuse to make payments as per the agreements, and delay in the name of processing paper works. People rushed to insure when insurance companies advertised a scheme of 600 rupees, where you would get paid 100,000 rupees in case of coronavirus infection. According to Beema Samiti, around 1.3 million people rushed to insure in the immediate aftermath of the pandemic. Now the companies are changing their tune. Moreover, the regulatory agency that should have carried out the investigation and punished the companies is singing the same song.

Nepalis in the Middle East fear starvation as government delays repatriation

Published On: September 10, 2020 09:55 AM NPT By: RUDRA KHADKA

“I have been trying to return home,” he told Republica. “I have been to the embassy and travel agencies multiple times in the last two months to get a ticket, but nothing has worked so far.” He fears that the company will soon kick him out from the apartment, and has run out of money.

10,000 people in 854 manpower agencies have lost their jobs

Published On: July 23, 2020 11:00 AM NPT By: RUDRA KHADKA

KATHMANDU, July 23: Kumud Khanal’s manpower business came to a screeching halt five months ago, thanks to the corona pandemic. He has no money even for daily expenses, let alone for payment for staff and other business costs. Khanal says that he is in a dire situation, and this actually reflects the scenario of the entire manpower business.

100 plus migrant workers’ dead bodies await repatriation

Published On: June 29, 2020 12:50 PM NPT By: RUDRA KHADKA

KATHMANDU, June 29: More than 100 dead bodies of Nepali migrant workers have been stuck abroad as the government has failed to bring them home at the earliest. At the same time, the government’s decision of providing Rs 50,000 to the family of dead ones if they opt to cremate the dead bodies in the foreign land has turned to be quite ineffective.

Outbound migrant worker numbers down 75% amid COVID-19 fears: Officials

Published On: March 7, 2020 08:39 AM NPT By: RUDRA KHADKA

KATHMANDU, March 7: The number of Nepali workers going abroad in search of foreign employment has sharply declined in recent weeks after the outbreak of the new coronavirus in China and its rapid spread in different parts of the world. Foreign employment officials estimate the number of outbound migrant workers has declined by 75 percent.

Despite ban, Nepali women heading for Gulf and exploitation

Published On: March 2, 2020 08:02 AM NPT By: RUDRA KHADKA

KATHMANDU, Mar 2: Rashmi (name changed) was forced to work 16 hours a day in Saudi Arabia. She was sexually assaulted by her employers. She contacted the Nepali Embassy many times, asking the officials to rescue her. But the help never came.

Construction of Naghdungha-Sisne Khola tunnel from Dhading side to begin

Published On: February 29, 2020 11:49 AM NPT By: RUDRA KHADKA

KATHMANDU, Feb 29: The construction of the Nagdhunga-Sisne Khola tunnel from the Dhading side is expected to begin soon. The construction work was halted for the past two months.

Re-entry work permit from abroad uncertain in ‘lack of insurance’

Published On: December 22, 2019 08:59 AM NPT By: RUDRA KHADKA

KATHMANDU, Dec 22: Following a decision to provide work permit and re-entry work permit to Nepali migrant workers from provinces and destination countries, officials at the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security were optimistic that the move would help address one of the major problems faced by Nepali migrant workers. But, the implementation of the decision taken nearly 10 months ago is still uncertain.

Bheri-Babai tunnel completed before deadline, within allocated budget

Published On: April 7, 2019 09:18 AM NPT By: RUDRA KHADKA

KATHMANDU, April 7: At a time when almost all major development projects are plagued by persistent delays, the story of Bheri-Babai Diversion Multipurpose Project is going to be somewhat different.

Malaysian employers to bear all costs of Nepali migrant workers

Published On: September 30, 2018 09:44 AM NPT By: RUDRA KHADKA

KATHMANDU, Sept 30: Prospective Nepali migrant workers to Malaysia might not have to bear hefty departure amount if a draft agreement between Nepal and Malaysia is to be inked. The draft agreement agrees that Malaysian employer will bear all the costs of going on employment to Malaysia, a popular destination of Nepali migrant workers.

CIAA begins quizzing Sikta officials

Published On: September 18, 2018 11:10 AM NPT By: RUDRA KHADKA

KATHMANDU, Sept 18: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has begun interrogating project chiefs, engineers and employees who worked for the Sikta Irrigation Project, a project of national pride, since its inception.

Nepal-Malaysia labor agreement reaches final stage

Published On: August 29, 2018 09:14 AM NPT By: RUDRA KHADKA

KATHMANDU, Aug 29: The Labor Agreement (Memorandum of Understanding) between Malaysia and Nepal, which has been stalled for three months, has at last reached its final stage. Although the Malaysian government had been turning down  previous attempts by Nepal to table an agreement, it surprisingly sent a draft of the agreement to Nepal two weeks ago.

Saudi Fund threatens to stop supporting Sikta if contractor not sacked

Published On: June 27, 2018 06:02 AM NPT By: RUDRA KHADKA

KATHMANDU, June 27: The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) has threatened to stop its financial support for the under-construction Sikta Irrigation Project in Banke as the contractor didn’t carry out the construction work as per the deadline.

Half of migrant workers going through individual labor approval

Published On: April 22, 2018 08:21 AM NPT By: RUDRA KHADKA

KATHMANDU, April 22: Half of the migrant workers have been found to be going abroad for foreign employment under individual labor approval, through middlemen, putting their safety and compensation at risk.

Foreign employment act to be amended says Minister Bista

Published On: March 18, 2018 05:21 PM NPT By: RUDRA KHADKA

KATHMANDU, Mar 18: Minister of Labor and Employment Gokarna Bista has said that the government is preparing to amend the foreign employment act.

Foreign employment department DG Pandey arrested

Published On: November 15, 2017 03:27 PM NPT By: RUDRA KHADKA

KATHMANDU, Nov 15: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has arrested Director General of Department of Foreign Employment Bishworaj Pandey on Monday.

Nepali languishing in Saudi jail for four years

Published On: September 12, 2017 07:29 AM NPT By: RUDRA KHADKA

KATHMANDU, Sept 12: For the past few years, 62 years old Yam Kumari Bhusal of Nawalparasi, Madhyebindu-4, has hardly slept at nights. Seven years ago, her son had fled to Saudi Arabia in search of a job. Before leaving, he had told his mother that the days of sorrow will soon be over.

Nepali languishing in Saudi jail for four years

Published On: September 12, 2017 05:00 AM NPT By: RUDRA KHADKA

KATHMANDU, Sept 12: For the past few years, 62 years old Yam Kumari Bhusal of Nawalparasi, Madhyebindu-4, has hardly slept at nights. Seven years ago, her son had fled to Saudi Arabia in search of a job.

12, 108 candidates pass Korean Language Test

Published On: July 25, 2017 06:41 PM NPT By: RUDRA KHADKA

KATHMANDU, July 25: As many as 12,108 candidates have passed the Korean Language Test (KLT) held under Employment Permit System (EPS) for jobs in Korea for the year 2018.

Nepal elected deputy member of ILO governing body

Published On: June 14, 2017 01:45 AM NPT By: RUDRA KHADKA

KATHMANDU, June 13: Nepal has been elected in the governing body of the International Labour Organization (ILO), 50 years after it became member of the United Nations (UN) body.