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SHREE RAM SUBEDI

The author is a special correspondent with Republica.
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CBS will use census method to collect details of sexual and gender minorities

Published On: February 15, 2020 09:45 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, Feb 15: It is now official. The 2021 national census will employ the census method to collect the details of the population of the sexual and gender minorities, who are looking to further their identities and ensure their rights according to their numerical strength.

Govt set to establish Think Tank Group on climate change

Published On: February 12, 2020 09:12 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, Feb 12: With the emergence of climate change as a key issue at both national and international platforms, the government is mulling over establishing a  "Think-Tank Group"  on climate change. The proposed expert group will provide perennial expertise on the issue of climate change, which largely demands inter-sectoral collaboration and multi-disciplinary knowledge.

World Wetlands Day a low-key affair in Nepal

Published On: February 3, 2020 08:43 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, Feb 3: As the world celebrated the World Wetlands Day on February 2, Nepal joined the bandwagon. However, it remained a  low-key affair, with wetland enthusiasts worried for their poor conservation status.

Nepal’s climate targets woefully failing implementation test

Published On: January 29, 2020 07:50 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, Jan 29: Under the Paris Agreement 2015, Nepal had promised to meet 14 targets related to climate change mitigation and adaptation in 2016. Four years on, the majority of the targets set under the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) have not been met thanks to weak implementation and the ambitious nature of the targets themselves. And this, experts warn, could raise a ‘question mark’ over Nepal’s commitment made at the global forum.

Multibillion-rupee strategy to revamp agriculture is disowned, directionless

Published On: January 14, 2020 07:19 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, Jan 14: In his first term as prime minister, KP Oli put his signature on the Agriculture Development Strategy (ADS) document on July 20, 2016. Oli again came to power in February 2018 and covered more than two consecutive fiscal years of ADS implementation. However, it has been found that the 20-year strategy covering 2015 to 2035 and subsequent ten-year action plan, has been largely disowned by the government as its major recommendations and provisions remain unimplemented.

New action plan against Valley air pollution proposes drastic measures

Published On: January 10, 2020 07:33 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, Jan 10: With the air pollution levels in Kathmandu Valley skyrocketing during winter, it looks like the government is finally waking up to the menace. After two years of preparations, an Air Quality Management Action Plan for the Valley has now reached the Council of Ministers, which is likely to endorse it soon.

PM’s 10-yr Rs 131-billion agri projectspent just over 5% in three years

Published On: December 30, 2019 07:57 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, Dec 30: Though one-third time of the 10-year ‘Prime Minister Agriculture Modernization Project (PMAMP)’ launched in 2016 has already elapsed, the fiscal and physical progress of the priority project stands far below the target, raising doubts if the initiative will be able to deliver on its initial promises.

Why Rs 155 million ‘Mission Onion’ failed

Published On: December 10, 2019 06:45 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, Dec 10: The government  spent Rs 155 million on a five-year dedicated program to increase onion production and substitute imports of the bulb crop. Sadly, the program faced  abrupt closure.

Westerly wind clears Kathmandu air

Published On: December 2, 2019 08:03 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, Dec 2: Kathmanduites can take a respite from the winter pollution, at least for a few days. And the credit goes to the westerly wind that has blown away the dust particles eastward.

Air pollution kills 37,399 people per year in Nepal: Study

Published On: November 23, 2019 07:16 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, Nov 23: Kathmandu sees a sharp rise in air pollution levels during winter months. The city is enveloped in dust and smoke. The seven Air Quality Monitoring Stations, spread across the Valley, have already begun showing “unhealthy” Air Quality Index (AQI) readings, as evident in the data of the last seven days.

Nepal's wetlands: Everybody's business is nobody's business

Published On: November 17, 2019 06:57 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, Nov 17: Wetlands cover around 6 percent of Nepal's surface area and more than 21 ethnic communities rely on these for their livelihood. They are also a lifeline for the ecosystem. However, there are no proper laws and regulations to manage them.

Nepal set to unlock World Bank’s Forest Carbon Money

Published On: November 8, 2019 07:38 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, Nov 8: After decade-long preparations, Nepal is set to sign a deal next month with World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) unlocking potentials to attract up to US$ 45 million until 2025. The Emissions Reduction Payment Agreement (ERPA) will help the government, communities, and stakeholders to reduce deforestation and forest degradation.

Patients made to pay illegally for vital self-dialysis fluid

Published On: October 31, 2019 07:04 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, Oct 31: Despite a government decision of 2016 to provide free dialysis for those with chronic kidney disease, it has been found that patients are forced to pay a certain amount themselves to meet the cost of peritoneal dialysis.

Breaking the gender binary is not easy, even in census

Published On: October 23, 2019 07:46 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, Oct 23: As the sexual and gender minorities eagerly await the 2021 National Census to further their identities, a dilemma exists among government officials whether the census is the right methodology to reflect their population status.

2021 national census to cost Rs 5b; 2.3 times more than previous one

Published On: October 21, 2019 11:36 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, Oct 21: In its attempt to make the 2021 national population census more scientific and accurate, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) will not be using the sampling method. Instead, the enumerators will be visiting all households across the country to collect census data. As a result, the census will be much costlier than the previous ones due to a huge manpower requirement.

After six decades and billions spent poverty alleviation remains a far cry

Published On: October 17, 2019 07:18 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, Oct 17: Billions of rupees have been spent in the last six decades in the name of the poor and various training. However, nearly one-fifth of Nepal’s population lives below the poverty line (those earning less than $1.90 per day, as per the World Bank).

2 Nobel laureates have some Nepal connection

Published On: October 15, 2019 09:52 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, Oct 15: Two of the three winners of this year’s Nobel Economics Prize have some Nepal connection. Three eminent US-based development economists-- Abhijit Banerjee and his wife, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer bagged the coveted prize on Monday for their work in fighting poverty that has helped millions of children around the world. Duflo is the second woman to win the Economics Nobel.

Corruption rife in billions that govt spends on free kidney care

Published On: October 2, 2019 07:28 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, Oct 2: The government is spending billions on free dialysis for patients with chronic kidney disease. But it is learnt that there is no standard operating procedure and hospitals are suspected of financial irregularities while claiming reimbursement from the government.

Multi-billion-rupee health insurance scheme in crisis

Published On: September 23, 2019 09:20 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

As Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Upendra Yadav is representing Nepal at a two-day UN General Assembly’s high-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in New York beginning Sunday, it has been learnt that billions of rupees meant for health insurance in Nepal goes unspent every year and the much-hyped health insurance initiative is already in crisis due to the lack of efficient delivery, outreach capacity, and alarming dropout rates.

‘Over 70% multi-billion rupee anti-poverty training went to party henchmen’

Published On: September 19, 2019 07:13 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, Sept 19: A multi-billion rupee micro-enterprise project for eradicating poverty through micro-entrepreneurship and employment generation was established in 1998. The program is now mired in political mess and woefully inept record-keeping. Data on the entrepreneurs has not been updated for several years.