KATHMANDU, July 23: Kumud Khanal’s manpower business came to a screeching halt five months ago, thanks to the corona pandemic. He has no money even for daily expenses, let alone for payment for staff and other business costs. Khanal says that he is in a dire situation, and this actually reflects the scenario of the entire manpower business.

KATHMANDU, July 8: A group of Nepali workers, who were earlier selected under the Employment Permit System (EPS) system by the South Korean government, staged a demonstration at Maitighar in the capital on Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, July 8: Over 300 manpower companies are unlikely to have their licenses renewed as they have failed to send at least 100 Nepali migrant workers out of the country in a year as per the government’s requirement for license renewal.

KATHMANDU, March 13: The government has suspended the labor approval for foreign employment for an indefinite period bearing in mind the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

KATHMANDU, March 9: Police have arrested a fraudster for allegedly swindling some 60 persons out of more than Rs 25 million by showing them false  hopes of finding attractive jobs in two countries – Kuwait and Malta.

KATHMANDU, March 7: The number of Nepali workers going abroad in search of foreign employment has sharply declined in recent weeks after the outbreak of the new coronavirus in China and its rapid spread in different parts of the world. Foreign employment officials estimate the number of outbound migrant workers has declined by 75 percent.

SURKHET, Feb 29: After the establishment of the Labour and Employment Office in Karnali Province, as many as 2,615 people have taken work permits for the second time or more.

KATHMANDU, Jan 27: Justice at the Supreme Court Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada stated that all the cases related to foreign employment should not be settled through reconciliation only.

Punish the fraudsters

January 6, 2020 08:19 am

It’s unfortunate that a larger number of people are cheated by agents, often associated with foreign employment agencies, in the name of foreign employment in Nepal. There is a consistent pattern. People are offered well-paying jobs in destinations such as Dubai, Japan, Korea even the United States. In return, they demand huge money, often in millions, as fee to enable their entry in those destinations.

KATHMANDU, Jan 5: Amrita Dhakal, 32, of Saurapana, Gorkha could have been a successful entrepreneur today if only she had not dreamt of going to Japan and earning Rs 300,000 a month. Giving in to this lofty dream, she fell victim to a fraudster and she ended up selling off her clothing store, which was bringing her a steady income.

KATHMANDU, Dec 18: National Human Rights Commission has stated that Nepali youths going abroad in search of job opportunities get very little information about the nature of their jobs prior to their departure.

Migrants’ health

December 18, 2019 08:18 am

More people are on the move now than ever before. They migrate for several reasons related to work, family and study. According to International Organization for Migration, there were around 272 million international migrants in the world in 2019, which equates to 3.5 percent of the global population.

Low worker demand from Malaysia

December 4, 2019 07:54 am

KATHMANDU, Dec 4: Malaysia has sought around 31,000 Nepali workers since Nepal lifted travel restriction on its citizens from travelling to the South East Asian country for employment around two months ago.

KATHMANDU, Oct 31: Despite a government decision of 2016 to provide free dialysis for those with chronic kidney disease, it has been found that patients are forced to pay a certain amount themselves to meet the cost of peritoneal dialysis.

TAPLEJUNG, Oct 18: On October 8, Junu Tembe, 22, a resident of Mauwakhola Rural Municipality, Taplejung killed her newborn baby girl and buried her in the jungle.  Investigations are still in the preliminary stages but officials suspect that the baby might have been born out of an extramarital affair.

KATHMANDU, Sept 13: Nepal has agreed to resume the worker recruitment process in Malaysia, ending a 16-month* travel ban that prevented tens of thousands of Nepali workers from traveling to one of the most popular work destinations.

KATHMANDU, Sept 12: Nepal and Malaysia on Thursday agreed to resume the stalled process of labor supply from Nepal to Malaysia.

KATHMANDU, Sept 3: The Department of Foreign Employment (DoFE) has made it mandatory for outgoing Nepali workers to have a bank account.

KATHMANDU, Aug 18: The grant will be focused on providing the grant to individuals returning from foreign employment and educated youths.

KATHMANDU, Aug 5: The Department of Foreign Employment (DoFE) has intensified crackdown on manpower companies amid rise in reports of noncompliance with the government’s free-visa-free-ticket policy.

KATHMANDU, July 30: People are falling prey to human trafficking and other human risks due to unsafe foreign employment. Various reports show that foreign employment has been used as a means of human trafficking.

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Climate of death

July 15, 2019 01:30 am

Nepali migrant workers who work in the open field of hot desert like climate in the Gulf are among the most affected by climate change. Climate change acts like a double-edged sword for them

SINDHULI, June 29: When Nara Bahadur Pulami, 72, of Otrekot village in Sindhuli was young, he had two daughters and four sons living with him. Five years ago, his youngest son died. Three other sons are away from home either for foreign employment or for a better life in Kathmandu. His daughters are married off and they rarely visit Pulami and his wife.

ILAM, April 1: Some returnee migrant workers in Ilam have set examples. They are not going to go back, but are instead working happily on their enterprises.

Making foreign employment systematic

February 12, 2019 02:34 am

Now Department of Foreign Employment has prohibited as many as 53 Malaysian companies from hiring Nepali workers due to their ‘dismal track record.’  Total of 67 companies—including four Qatari companies, and five companies each from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates—have been blacklisted.

KATHMANDU, Feb 8: As Japan prepares to welcome a wave of new foreign workers, experts are cautioning Nepalis over unethical immigration brokers and urging their government to conclude an agreement with Japan for greater transparency in movements of migrant workers, according to a news story published in Japan Times.

KATHMANDU, Jan 30: A high-level task force formed to study the possibility of enrolling workers going for foreign employment in the country’s social security system has recommended to the government to include them in foreign employment provident fund and various social security schemes of the government.

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BAITADI, Jan 16: With India being the nearest and one of the most popular destinations for foreign employment for Nepalis, Patan Municipality of Baitadi has begun an initiative to provide free accident insurance for its residents who are working in the southern neighbor.

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Renewal of labour permit from province

December 29, 2018 13:05 pm

KATHMANDU, Dec 29: Migrant workers will now be able to renew their labor permits from the provinces itself. Until now, labor permits were being renewed from Kathmandu, the capital only.

KATHMANDU, Dec 18: Minister for Labor, Employment and Social Security Gokarna Bista has said that situation putting the lives of thousands of youths in jeopardy would not be allowed to continue anymore.

DHADING, Dec 10: Four years ago, while she was working as a maid in Kuwait, Tuk Maya Tamang of Sallebhanjyang village used to think that her life would never take any new course. She was not happy with her life but 'there was nothing much she could do'. She thought her life would not be better if she returned home. However, one day she returned home. After staying home for some time, she was not sure if she wanted to fly to Kuwait again. After remaining in dilemma for some time she finally decided to give a try to her skills and passion eight months ago. The 24-year-old, who loved rearing cattle, bought some goats and chicken. Thanks to her love and dedication, her poultry farm soon came to a form. The number of goats multiplied, too.

DHADING, Dec 4: Devaki Pandit of Siddhilek Rural Municipality hardly sleeps at night remembering her son who disappeared in Malaysia about a decade ago.

DHADING, Dec 3: Devaki Pandit of Siddhilek Rural Municipality hardly sleeps at night remembering her son who disappeared in Malaysia about a decade ago. Her son Damodar had gobe abroad promising her to bring home money and happiness.

KATHMANDU, Nov 20: Experts, representatives of the Government of Nepal, the private sector, civil society, and development organizations have all emphasized fair and ethical foreign employment process at a function organized in Kathmandu on Monday.

Nepali worker dies in Malaysia

November 16, 2018 12:32 pm

DARCHULA, Nov 16: Tara Singh Dhami, 35, of Malikarjun rural municipality-3 has died in Malaysia. Dhami was found dead near a hotel at 4 am on Thursday, Dhami’s family sources said. He had gone to Malaysia on foreign employment three years back.

KATHMANDU, Nov 6: When Nepal introduced the free-visa-free-ticket policy in July 2015, workers and rights groups hailed it and hoped the internationally acclaimed scheme would bring down the costs of finding work overseas. But that couldn’t happen mainly because of the failure of the Nepali side to take worker-destination countries into confidence before unveiling the ambitious scheme.

NUWAKOT, Nov 4: Hari Bahadur Ghale of Barsunchet, Nuwakot, found himself needing more money to support his family. There was his two-year-old daughter to bring up and the cost of everything kept going up.So , like tens of thousands of other Nepali youths, he went to Malaysia in 2000 in hopes of finding well-paying work. He took a loan of Rs 200,000 to get there.

PARBAT, Oct 11: The unexpected death of a youth of Bihadi Rural Municipality-1, Parbat in Saudi Aarabia has left the whole village grief-stricken and suspicious.

JHAPA, Sept 22: The last rites of Sangita Rajbanshi, a Nepali migrant worker who died on September 10 in the Maldives, have been performed today morning at a local crematorium at Mechinagar Municipality-10 in Jhapa.

KATHMANDU, Sept 16: Sixteen Nepali migrant workers are running out of food stock in Saudi Arabia after the company they were working for stopped providing them salary. They ran into trouble after an altercation with the manager of the company, who is an Egyptian national.

BAITADI, Sept 14:  A Nepali migrant worker has died in a road accident in Malaysia.

From Texas to Chulo Chauka

August 30, 2018 09:43 am

Reality struck him hard when 24-year-old Avineet Malla could not find a home away from home, in the US, in 2014. During his undergrad year at Texas Wesleyan University, he invested much of his time selling sunglasses at a mall in Texas. For someone who had barely bothered starting a conversation beyond his comfort zone, the persuasive marketing skills he possessed came to him as a surprise. However, one random day in August, the same year, he booked a ticket back home.