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When will Nepal’s high-level bodies on climate change work actively?

Published On: August 10, 2022 03:45 PM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

Not a single meeting of the National Council on Environment Protection and Climate Change Management has not been since it was formed three years ago

Weak enforcement of thin plastic ban

Published On: August 2, 2022 07:00 PM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

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.

As a Dalit girl is denied a room to rent, an int’l report highlights poor representation of Dalits in  state’s judicial, law enforcement agencies

Published On: June 24, 2021 12:08 PM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

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.

Scientists worry that Kathmandu is still one of the most polluted cities

Published On: May 17, 2021 06:57 PM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

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.

How Hukam derailed Nepal’s vaccine procurement: a story of power, greed and commission

Published On: May 6, 2021 09:48 AM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

Minister Tripathi had indicated the middlemen as ‘powerful ghosts’

Teku hospital’s excellent performance during COVID-19 pandemic

Published On: April 25, 2021 03:34 PM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

“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.

84% youth suffering from anxiety due to COVID-19: Survey

Published On: April 22, 2021 09:33 PM NPT By: SHREE RAM SUBEDI

Kathmandu, April 22: Eighty-four percent of the youth are experiencing anxiety due to COVID-19, a nationwide survey showed.

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.