KATHMANDU, July 20: The government has declared Sindhupalchowk and Manang districts as disaster-hit zones until mid-October this year. These districts recorded significant loss of lives and property in mid-June this year due to monsoon-induced disaster.
Melamchi Bazar in Melamchi of Sindhupalchowk was hit by a recent massive flood. Likewise, Tal Bazar and other places in Manang have been at risk of landslides and floods.
The decision was taken by a meeting of the Council of Ministers on Monday, according to Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs and government spokesperson, Gyanendra Bahadur Karki.
Similarly, a decision was taken to request various countries producing COVID-19 vaccines to provide the vaccines to Nepal under grant assistance. The government also expressed gratitude to the countries providing vaccines to Nepal and supporting Nepal in its fight against the pandemic, according to Minister Karki.
The Government of China has so far provided 1.8 million doses of vaccines in two phases. Additional vaccines were procured by Nepal from China.
Likewise, Nepal received 1.1 million doses of vaccines for the Nepali Army under grant assistance. The government of the USA has provided over 1.5 million doses of the vaccine. Pledges for vaccine supply to Nepal from vaccine-producing countries continue to pour in.
Similarly, the Cabinet meeting declared July 21 as a public holiday on the occasion of one of the biggest festivals of the Muslims- Bakra-Eid. A delegation of Muslims had demanded the government declare the day as a public holiday, stating that it was one of their important festivals.
The government decided to declare the day as a public holiday as per their demand, said Minister Karki.
Similarly, the government has decided to conduct three flights between India and Nepal every week. Currently, there are two weekly flights between Nepal and India.