KATHMANDU, August 2: Although the government has banned the use of thin plastic bags, its implementation is weak. Since plastic has a very negative impact on the environment and public health, efforts have been made at various stages to control it, but they have not been successful.
Kathmandu, June 23: Since last week, Nepali press and social media are abuzz with news about how a Dalit girl was denied to rent a room in Kathmandu, expossing the deep-rooted caste-based discmrination in Nepal. Rupa Sunar, a journalist from the Dalit communty was denied to rent a room by a landlady in Kathmandu as she came to know she belonged to a so-called lower caste. The 2015 Constitution of Nepal, the country’s criminal code, and the Caste-Based Discrimination and Untouchability (Offense and Punishment) Act, 2011 prohibit all forms of discrimination against vulnerable communities, including Dalits.
KATHMANDU, May 17: Vehicular emissions are one of the key contributors to Kathmandu’s air pollution. Thanks to the lockdown aimed at containing the raging COVID-19 Pandemic, the vehicular movement is almost non-existent for the past three weeks. Brick kilns, numbering around 100 in the Valley--another major source of air pollution, are not operational. Among others, vehicular emissions, emissions from brick kilns and other industries and burning of waste materials are considered responsible for Kathmandu’s toxic air.
“If anyone suspected the COVID-19 infection, they would come to Teku hospital and even other hospitals would refer people to this hospital for consultation,” recalls Sher Bahadur Pun, Clinical Research Unit Coordinator at Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital. According to him, in the initial stage, Kathmandu was shocked after a family that travelled from the UK tested positive for COVID-19. The next day, people lined up at Teku hospital to get tested for COVID-19.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.