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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.

WFP reports on food security exaggerated: Nepal Government

Published On: April 22, 2020 12:10 PM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, April 22: The World Food Programme (WFP) Nepal office has prepared two reports on food security and vulnerability in the last 15 days. The first one on April 6 and the second on April 16. These reports aimed at tracking Nepal’s food security situation after the COVID-19. However, the UN agency reports have invited criticism and objections from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (MoALD), the government authority in computation and dissemination of food security-related data in Nepal.

4.6 million Nepalis are food-insecure, and 10% have severe need

Published On: April 16, 2020 09:28 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, April 16: As the country is in the fourth week of lockdown to contain the spread of novel coronavirus (Covid 19), with two more weeks extension from Tuesday, a UN agency has warned that a widespread food insecurity is likely.

After spending Rs 700 million to identify the poor, Nepal still doesn't have their database

Published On: April 12, 2020 07:16 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, April 12: As the country is in its third week of lockdown to stave off the Covid-19 outbreak, it is the poor as well as the daily-wage earners and those working in the informal sector who are facing the brunt of the lockdown badly. For them, lockdown means a grinding halt in their bid to earn, eat and live. The government has spent Rs 700 million in a bid to identify the poor and consolidate their data at one place. However, the work is far from complete.

Rapid Diagnostic Test not reliable: WHO Nepal Office

Published On: April 7, 2020 07:35 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, April 7: As Nepal braces for employing Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) kits to detect Covid-19 cases in three districts, the World Health Organization (WHO) Nepal office has said that these kits are not reliable for the confirmation of the disease.

Experts say WHO guidelines hindering expansion of test base

Published On: April 6, 2020 09:10 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, April 6: As Nepal recorded the first locally-transmitted case of COVID-19 on Saturday, there is a growing concern about a likely outbreak should a mass testing campaign not be rolled out soon.

Focus on COVID-19 could increase mortality of other diseases

Published On: April 2, 2020 12:30 PM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, April 2: Bijaya Kushwaha, 25, of Kalaiya, Bara sustained a leg injury while operating a thresher machine on Friday. A local medic gave 35 stitches to his wound before he was taken to the National Medical College, Birgunj on Saturday for further treatment. But after he developed cough and fever early Sunday, the hospital declined to continue his treatment suspecting it to be a COVID-19 case and instead referred him to the Shukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital (STIDH) in Kathmandu. Unfortunately, Kushwaha died on his way to Kathmandu.

14 days' isolation required even after discharge from hospital: Chinese doctors

Published On: March 29, 2020 11:43 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, March 29: Amid concerns that researchers have not been able to make vaccines universally applicable to every patient battling Covid-19, doctors from China and Nepal on Saturday shared their experiences of medical treatment and containment of the deadly virus via a video conference.

Why we fear and how we can overcome it?

Published On: March 25, 2020 09:20 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, March 25: With the second case of novel coronavirus detected in Nepal, the ordinary public is grappling with fear and uncertainty. How long will this go? Will it contain or will it become contagious?

Rs 1.86 billion program to address disability rolled out in Province 1

Published On: March 18, 2020 07:41 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, March 18: In September last year, the Ministry of Social Development, Province 1 signed an agreement with Karuna Foundation, an NGO, to implement a Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Program (DPRP). This 1.86 billion-rupee project is looking to develop disability-inclusive communities through community-based healthcare.

Govt lab can test only 500 cases a week for COVID-19

Published On: March 12, 2020 01:20 PM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, March 12: The government is slated to operate 24-hours call center to respond to public inquiries regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus from Friday.

One-stop portal on COVID-19 urgently needed: Experts

Published On: March 9, 2020 07:35 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, March 9: While the public is grappling with fears of possible outbreak of COVID-19 in the country, Nepal lacks an official single window for information to provide authentic and updated information on the deadly virus.  The public is being bombarded with information lacking authenticity, which only exacerbates unnecessary fear.

Inside Nepal’s preparations against possible COVID-19 outbreak

Published On: March 7, 2020 08:35 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, March 7: During a daily press briefing on Feb 28, the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, hailed Nepal for its efforts in containing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). “Countries including China, Singapore, Nepal and Vietnam have shown that containment measures can work,” the WHO chief said.

Kathmandu slightly up in global air quality ranking

Published On: February 28, 2020 08:25 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, Feb 28: Kathmandu has shown a slight improvement in average air quality, with its position sliding to 137th  most polluted city in the world in 2019 from 100th position in 2018.

Baskota tweet misfires

Published On: February 22, 2020 08:12 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

KATHMANDU, Feb 22: In a tweet early Friday, the erstwhile Minister for Communication and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Baskota had extended his best wishes to all Hindus on the occasion of Mahashivaratri festival. It was his first tweet after he was forced to tender resignation from the ministerial post Thursday after his controversial audiotape went viral on mass media.