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SHREE RAM SUBEDI

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52% Nepalis support declaring Nepal a Hindu state: Nationwide survey

Published On: March 30, 2021 11:15 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

46.9% of the people say that they don't trust what the prime minister says  51.7% of the people are in favor of declaring Nepal a Hindu state  44.3% say that the country is moving in the wrong direction 63 % of people say that they are not interested in politics

Govt won’t provide any commission in COVID-19 vaccine procurement: Health Minister Tripathi

Published On: March 13, 2021 09:00 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, Mar 13: Minister for Health and Population (MoHP), Hridayesh Tripathi said that no commission will be provided while purchasing COVID-19 vaccines.

India’s Serum Institute delays second consignment of Covishield vaccine to Nepal

Published On: March 12, 2021 10:17 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

Government officials say domestic politics and regional rivalry at play

WHO approves emergency use of ‘Covishield’ vaccines used in Nepal

Published On: February 17, 2021 12:10 PM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, Feb 17: The Covishield vaccine currently being used in Nepal has been approved by the World Health organization (WHO).

70% of Nepali children studying at home on their own; families are selling assets to survive: Nationwide survey

Published On: December 29, 2020 03:35 PM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, December 29: COVID-19 is taking a serious toll on the earnings of an average Nepali and has heightened the risk of falling into the poverty trap, a national survey showed. It also showed that the government assistance and social security allowance to the affected has declined from August to October 2020.

Nepal revises its climate target, Cabinet to endorse this week

Published On: December 7, 2020 09:05 PM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

By 2030, the government aims to increase E-vehicles sales share to 90 percent in total private passenger vehicle sales.

Nepal's coronavirus genome is similar to that found in India: Study

Published On: November 30, 2020 03:30 PM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

A study, though failed to assess the comparative  virulence and lethality of the virus from India, has shown that the majority of the virus sequence  recorded in Nepal are similar  to those recorded in India. "Of the 15 virus sequences unveiled in Nepal, two-thirds similar to that found in India," Dr Pradip Gyawali, member secretary of the Nepal Health Research Council (NHRC), said.

900,000 people to be vaccinated in the first phase

Published On: November 26, 2020 01:17 PM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, Nov 26: Although it has been said that the COVID-19 vaccine will be made available for 3 percent of the population in Nepal, it has not been specified who will be among them. The World Health Organization (WHO) is preparing to provide vaccines to 3 percent of the population in the first phase. Following which, the plan is to vaccinate 20 percent of the population by adding 17 percent in the second phase. COVAX plans to purchase and supply 2 billion doses of the vaccine to participating nations by the end of 2021.

Nepal plans to immunize 72 percent of population with corona vaccine within two years

Published On: November 23, 2020 12:39 PM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, November 23: As Nepal's COVID-19 test positivity rate hovers around 20 percent, the World Health Organization (WHO) officials are deeply concerned, saying that many more active cases are being left out.

COVID-19 spread may accelerate in winter, warn scientists

Published On: October 30, 2020 04:00 PM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, October 30: As winter sets in, there is a growing concern over how the season would respond to COVID-19. Many studies and experts have predicted that there is a strong possibility that the virus may find a suitable environment for its growth and spread as the mercury dips. Also, there are many who disagree with the seasonal logic.

AI-enabled platform is making online classrooms smart in Nepal and elsewhere

Published On: October 8, 2020 03:11 PM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

Fusemachines is offering a grant to help schools and colleges go online

Nepal secures US Dollar 27.4 million Green Climate Fund project

Published On: August 21, 2020 10:14 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, August 21: Nepal has secured a second major climate change project to be funded by the Green Climate Fund(GCF) within a year.

Is Nepal's coronavirus different from the rest? A study will unravel the mystery of the virus structure at the genetic level

Published On: August 12, 2020 11:05 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, August 12: On May 19, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli spoke in the parliament about the comparative strength of coronaviruses coming from different parts of the world.

It’s early to celebrate plasma therapy success: Experts

Published On: August 6, 2020 07:25 PM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

Kathmandu, Aug 6: Nepal Health Research Council (NHRC) permitted 12 different hospitals to carry out convalescent plasma therapy to cure COVID-19 patients last week. The government-owned research agency green signaled after a reported recovery of a 60-year patient at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) using plasma therapy.

Nepali men happier than women: CBS survey

Published On: July 13, 2020 10:23 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, July 13: A national survey conducted by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) showed that infant mortality and under-five mortality rate has significantly declined in Nepal in the last 5 years. However, the survey has shown dismal performance in health insurance coverage in Nepal.

Another health crisis is looming; more than 1105 people committed suicide in 100 days

Published On: July 5, 2020 12:20 PM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, July 5: A 31-years-old man from Rolpa committed suicide during his home quarantine on Wednesday. A native of Ramdev Rural municipality-5, Avan Sarki, had returned home from Dubai on June 24 and was at home quarantine, alone at a home of his relative as India returned workers refused to allow him to stay with them at a quarantine center run by the local government. He was tested RTD negative while returning home.

Food insecurity increased to 23 percent; Karnali most vulnerable

Published On: June 17, 2020 10:45 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, June 17: COVID-19 has increased food insecurity by 8 percentage points, a national survey showed. A household-level survey conducted in April has shown that 23 percent of the households had inadequate food consumption, which is higher by 8 percentage points than the Annual Household Survey-(2016/17),  which states that 15 percent of households in Nepal consume inadequate diet.

A new social contract in the making? As existing social contract crumbles, people are panicked and restless

Published On: June 8, 2020 11:58 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, June 8: As the coronavirus crisis prolongs with devastating impact on the economy and social lives, the existing social contract is all set to crumble, and the increased uncertainty is fueling panic and unrest among citizens, who are struggling to cope with the 'new normal'. Israeli Professor Yuval Noah Harari in a recent interview with DW, a leading German media outlet, said that “this crisis is causing tremendous changes in the job market. People work from home. People work online. If we are not careful, it could result in the collapse of organized labor, at least in some sectors of industry. But it's not inevitable. It's a political decision”.

Massive increase in customs and excise duty on electric vehicles angers environmentalists, citizens

Published On: May 30, 2020 09:00 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, May 30: A new budget provision to revoke concessions and subsidies, while importing electric vehicles(EVs), has irked environmentalists, clean energy enthusiasts, and importers.

Very few docs applied when health ministry sought applications from medical professionals to fight COVID-19

Published On: April 29, 2020 08:25 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, April 29: Medical doctors have shown no or little interest in applying for government jobs to deal with COVID-19. Very few or no applications were made for various positions advertised by the Ministry of Health and Population(MoHP) some five weeks ago.