In a recent meeting, I once again realized the constraints that young persons living with physical disabilities face in daily life. The common perception is that the vast majority of these youths struggle for survival. Lacking jobs and quality education not only due to inaccessible schools but also due to a system that does not recognize their specific needs, these youths are left behind by society.
KAMALAMAI, Aug 27: Bharat Kafle of Harshahi in Dudhauli Municipality-6 in Sindhuli can be a vivid example for many people for he has chosen to stay back home to do something good, and his hard work is paying off. His motivation to toil back in the home country comes at a time when youth in particular are flying in hordes to foreign countries in search of better opportunities.
Why are youths leaving the country? I asked the question to a class of pre-diploma level students in Saraswati Higher Secondary in Ghorahi, Dang.The answer was spontaneous and unanimous – because there are no opportunities in the country. I wasn’t surprised by the response as it has been the popular narrative in the country.
It seems the issue of squatters in Thapathali is less likely to be resolved any time soon. In this context Republica’s Sajira Shrestha talked to youths in Kathmandu Valley to know their opinion about the solution of this problem. Excerpts:
KATHMANDU, Dec 8: Every day, nearly 3000 young people go abroad for foreign employment, according to the Department of Foreign Employment (DoFE). The number of Nepali youths going for foreign employment has been on the rise in recent times.
The newly-formed Rastriya Swatantra Party (RSP) has taken the country by surprise with its success in posing a stiff competition to the old political parties. Youths around the country are expressing happiness over the victory of the new party formed by former journalist Rabi Lamichhane. The party is set to be the fourth largest party in parliament as it has already secured seven seats under the FPTP electoral system and currently maintains lead as the fourth largest party under the Proportional Representation(PR) electoral system. Republica talked to youths in the Kathmandu Valley to know what they think should be the immediate priorities of RSP. Excerpts:
KATHMANDU, August 15: The garbage in Baneshwar of Kathmandu has been picked up by the Youth Association Nepal, a sister organization of CPN-UML. On Monday, the garbage piled up on the streets of Baneshwar was picked up by the youth association.
KATHMANDU, Jan 1: Police arrested four youths in possession of drugs last night. The arrested are Shatrudhan Mukhiya, 27, of Ramgopalpur Municipality-6, Mahottari District, Birendra Mukhiya, 17, of Lalbandi Municipality-4, Sarlahi District, Suresh Mukhiya, 18, and Suman Shrestha, 14, of Barahathawa Municipality-7, according to Prakash Bista, Deputy Superintendent of Police.
The crux of the COVID-19 employment impact lies in underemployment, which globally has contributed more to estimated job losses (in work hours) than unemployment and whose impact is potentially longer term. Given our pre-existing problem of underemployment, especially among youth in the 25-39 age group, this represents an unprecedented employment challenge considering that we are right in the middle of our demographic dividend.
KATHMANDU, June 6: Dozens of celebrities, national figures and Nepali nationals across the globe have come together to join hands with ‘Save Nepal Global Alliance’ to support Nepal to battle the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The findings of the survey paint a rather somber picture. Of the 2,000 youth surveyed between 18 to 40 years of age, only around a third (34%) believe that the country is headed in the right direction. This is significantly less than a 2018 National Governance Survey that found 80 percent of respondents between 18 to 39 years of age considered the country to be heading in the right direction.
KATHMANDU, April 29: The coronavirus infection in Nepal last year had made the elderly and the chronically-ill people more vulnerable, resulting in a large number of deaths in the same groups. However, the current wave of COVID-19 has affected the healthy youths as well. Doctors involved in the treatment of the patients have pointed out that the death rate of even the youths has increased.
South Asia is particularly vulnerable to road-related accidents where frequent road users such as motorcyclists, cyclists, pedestrians, and public transport users are killed in road crashes more than in any other region of the world.
KATHMANDU, Jan 8: Had it not been the COVID-19 pandemic, Kusum Panta, an undergraduate student at Golden Gate International College, would have already graduated with a Bachelor degree in Arts around this time. She would have then been following in the footsteps of her parents attending the long-awaited Public Service Commission (PSC) examinations.
KATHMANDU, June 11: Young people in huge numbers were protesting peacefully at Naxal in Kathmandu, demanding transparency and accountability from the Oli-led government but the Nepal Police used force to disperse the crowd today.
KATHMANDU, Aug 2: The government has provided employment to nearly 175,909 people through 6,864 projects across the country run by various local units under the Prime Minister Employment Program in Fiscal Year 2018/19.
KATHMANDU, June 9: Only six youths have received subsidized loans so far for self-employment under the much-hyped scheme introduced by the government to give loans to educated youths against the collateral of their academic certificate.
JAJARKOT, April 4: Youths of Jajarkot have decided to join hands to support the victims of Province 2, who have been rendered homeless due to the deadly thunderstorm of Sunday. The said they decided to help their neighbors during this hour of need.
KATHMANDU, Feb 17: Protesters have gathered at Maitighar Mandala to express their solidarity to folk singer Pashupati Sharma, who was forced to remove his new song title ‘Lootna Sake Loot” from Youtube following the threat from the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP).
KATHMANDU, Feb 3: The Metropolitan Crime Division of Nepal Police received 926 complaints relating to cyber crime to date in the current fiscal year. The cyber crimes are the criminal activities carried out with the use of computers and the internet.
KATHMANDU, Dec 28: The fourth edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, which was held last week in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 17 to 20 December, brought together 150 youngsters from 40 different countries along with a dozen entrepreneurs and experts as mentors to create an environment for innovation.
KATHMANDU, Sept 28: Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) has unveiled unified working procedure related to interest subsidy for concessional loans, paving the way for unemployed educated youths, returnee migrant workers, women entrepreneurs, Dalits and earthquake victims, among other targeted groups, to borrow money from bank and financial institutions at cheaper interest rates.
KATHMANDU, Aug 4: An independent group of youths from Dolpa district has vented their ire against the plan of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) to field senior leader Bam Dev Gautam in a re-poll after forcing the elected lawmaker from the district Dhan Bahadur Budha to resign.
PALPA, July 10: Bagnaskali rural municipality of Palpa has started to provide loans to promote self employment in agriculture and animal husbandry after youths present their education certificates as collateral.
KATHMANDU, June 15 : Nepal Tarun Dal, a sister organisation of the Nepali Congress, is to launch 'Youth Dialogue, People's Goodwill' programme. Tarun Dal General Secretary, Bhupendra Jung Shahi, said that the Tarun Dal is going to launch different campaigns till mid-July to make the organisation stronger.