BRUSSELS, Nov 21: This was supposed to be the Christmas in Europe where family and friends could once again embrace holiday festivities and one another. Instead, the continent is the global epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic as cases soar to record levels in many countries.
The COVID-19 crisis has revealed that interconnectedness brings benefits as well as risks to us all. In order to address some of these risks, supply chains will need to be rethought, with more emphasis put on supplier diversification, domestic production, and stockpiling.
The global havoc caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has once again made the world leaders come together in containing this menacing virus. The proponents of ultra-nationalism have extended their hands for both helping and getting help even from their inimical states. The virus has impacted the world to the extent of igniting a debate on rechristening the era after this pandemic as After Corona (AC). This is a great call, after World War-II that formed the United Nations, to work together in addressing global challenges collectively.
Nepal, in the past decade, has nearly halved the percentage of the population living under poverty even though the economic growth of the nation as a whole has been considerably low. During the period, Nepal went through devastating earthquakes in 2015 which terribly affected the country’s economy, but managed to recover in a couple of years. In 2019, the growth rate in GDP of Nepal was 6.7 percent. With the increase in GDP and per capita income, the living standard of households has significantly improved resulting in increased household spending on better health, education, wellbeing and going beyond daily necessities to creating means for additional income sources.
The lockdown had just started.
That afternoon, a raggedly old man with a heavy load of corn stacks approached me on a desolate road in our neighbourhood, with his face—and perhaps his whole body—running a sweat.
The Nepali federation is still in its infancy. Less than five years from its establishment in the 2015 Constitution and less than three years from elections in 2017 that instated new federal institutions, the transformation of the erstwhile highly centralised, unitary Nepali state into a three-tiered federal system made up of 761 semi-autonomous nodes of power (753 local units, seven provinces, and the federation) remains very much a work in progress.
KATHMANDU, June 23: The United Nations Country Team in Nepal - together with over 30 national and international organizations – have collectively launched the #Maya Phailau #SpreadLove Campaign, calling for an end to stigma and discrimination against people, amidst the ongoing Covid-19 crisis in the country.
A collective representative of five big umbrella organizations of education consultancies working for Nepali student community in Nepal and Australia (ECAN, IERIN, FECON, NAAER and AECA) issued joint press statement urging Australian education providers, government agencies and associated stake holders to help and support Nepalese students in Australia at this grimmest hour of terrifying Corona Virus spread.