In a recent interactive session on 'Policy Discourse: Skill Development' organized by the Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI), key stakeholders voiced their deep-seated concerns regarding the acute shortage of skilled labor in Nepal's industrial sector. The primary reason behind this shortage lies in the youth's inclination towards seeking employment opportunities abroad, leaving the country grappling with a significant gap in its workforce.

KATHMANDU, Aug 23: After India imposed a 40 percent duty on onion exports, businessmen have stopped importing onions.

KATHMANDU, April 8: The government has planned to increase budget allocation by a notable amount to procure chemical fertilizers for the next fiscal year.

BIRGUNJ, Feb 28: Next year too, there will be a shortage of chemical fertilizers again during the paddy plantation season. As the process of purchasing fertilizers is long and takes a lot of time, if the bidding process for purchasing fertilizers is not started immediately, there will be a shortage of fertilizers in the coming mid-July to mid-September period, according to the Krishi Samagri Company Limited (KSCL). The company has received 0.1 million metric tons of chemical fertilizers in the seven months of the current fiscal year 2079/80 which is stored at the Madhesh Province Office Birgunj, Parsa.

KATHMANDU, Jan 27: The Nepal Flour Mills Association has demanded that the government immediately procure 50,000 metric tons of wheat from the Indian government. Since flour mills will run and all sectors will benefit from the availability of wheat, the Association has also requested the government to immediately proceed with the process of importing wheat instead of importing flour.

KATHMANDU, July 15: While the rice transplantation season has already begun, the government is just giving assurances to farmers to make adequate supply of chemical fertilizers instead of acting promptly to maintain the supply.

KATHMANDU, Dec 2: Almost every year, farmers are left high and dry due to the shortage of fertilizers when the crop plantation season starts, but the government bodies concerned shy away from their responsibility citing various excuses.

KATHMANDU, Nov 22: Farmers are likely to face a shortage of chemical fertilizers this year too as the importers turn reluctant to purchase adequate quantities of the agricultural input citing soaring prices in the international market.

KATHMANDU, April 7: The government has so far imported 30,500 tons of fertilizers from Bangladesh on government-to-government basis out of the total amount of 50,000 tons under a bilateral agreement.

KATHMANDU, Dec 27: Agriculture Inputs Company Limited (AICL) has set a new timeline of mid-January to import chemical fertilizers which Bangladesh is providing to Nepal on a refundable basis.

KATHMANDU, Oct 7: The supply of the chemical fertilizers that Nepal is importing from Bangladesh on a refundable basis seems to be delayed by an additional few months as the government bodies are yet to ink an agreement with the company contracted for transporting the fertilizers to Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Sept 23: Agriculture Inputs Company Limited (AICL) has invited bids for the transport of chemical fertilizers which Bangladesh is providing to Nepal on a refundable basis.

KATHMANDU, March 27: The Nepal Oli Corporation (NOC) is preparing to distribute half-filled cooking cylinder gas to consumers as the market witnesses the shortage of cooking gas.

KATHMANDU, March 16: Nepal LP Gas Industry Association said that there is no shortage of liquefied petroleum gas in the market.

KATHMANDU, March 16: Most of the private petrol pumps in the Kathmandu Valley wore a deserted look, while those operated by Nepal Army, Nepal Police and Sajha Cooperative saw long queues on Sunday despite the government claim that there would be no shortage of petroleum products.

KATHMANDU, March 6: Minister for Industries, Commerce and Supplies Lekhraj Bhatta said on Friday that there won’t be shortage of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for one month in the country.

LONDON, August 18: Britain will face shortages of fuel, food and medicine if it leaves the European Union without a transition deal, jamming ports and requiring a hard border in Ireland, official government documents leaked to the Sunday Times show.

KATHMANDU, July 28: Although the construction of a new 100-bed building of the country's old hospital, Bir Hospital, was completed two weeks ago, it has not come into operation in a lack of staffers to run the building and render the services.

JAJARKOT, July 27: The Jajarkot Hospital operated by Karnali state government is facing the shortage of medicines as medical supplies to it have been largely halted. Medicine for gastritis, jeevanjal (oral rehydration powder), diclofenac ointment, wound ointment and so on are in short supply in the hospital.

PARASI, June 8: Sunawal area in west Nawalparasi is facing a shortage of drinking water these days as most of the water sources in the Chure hills have dried due to the over-exploitation of natural resources.

BHADRAPUR, May 28: Seventy-three tankers carrying petroleum products heading to Nepal have been stuck at the Panitanki custom of West Bengal, India, for the past four days, creating shortage of fuels in the eastern Nepal.

BHARATPUR, May 5: The locals of Kalika municipality ward no 6, 7 and 8 in Chitwan district have been reeling under drinking water shortage owing to crushers run nearby water resources illegally and without meeting the criteria.

KATHMANDU, April 24: Air passengers flying to New Delhi or vice versa will have to face problem due to shortage of tickets for at least a few days as airlines operating on the route have said that they cannot increase flight frequency immediately.

SIRAHA, April 17: The district hospital in Siraha, the Tarai/ Madesh district in State 2 has experienced an acute shortage of drugs as the supply has been stopped here since a year

DHARAN, March 17: Hari Kumari Rai, a nursing supervisor at the BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS), says that she 'does not have time even to breathe.'

JUMLA, Feb 27: Dhanendra Bohora of Tila Rural Municipality - 2 went to a nearby health post to get paracetamol tablets following a severe headache last week.

BIRGUNJ, Jan 22: Wheat is the second major crop of Nepal after paddy. However, farmers of Parsa are not getting chemical fertilizers needed by the crop.

CHITWAN, Oct 25: Ramesh Sapkota of Tandi in Ratnanagar Municipality on Tuesday wandered from one place to another in search of petrol. After having his meal in the morning, Ramesh was preparing to go to Gorkha along with his wife and children to put Tika from his in-laws.

Beer is the prom king of alcoholic beverages, winning the popularity contest in terms of total volumes drunk.

KATHMANDU, Oct 15: Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC), only state oil monopoly, has said that there will be no shortage of petroleum products during the Dashain festival.

KATHMANDU, Oct 7: Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies Matrika Prasad Yadav has claimed that there was no shortage of sugar in the market. At a program organized on Sunday, Minister Yadav said, "The rumour of shortage of sugar in the market is untrue. There is no shortage of sugar in the market."

PACHTHAR, June 23: A shortage of drinking water at Yasok Bazar, the center of Kummayak Rural Municipality, has thrown the normal life of the locals out of gear.

KHOTANG, June 10: Availabilty of fuel, daily consumables and construction materials has been affected in three districts after the Supreme Court issued an interim order that has barred heavy vehicles to ply on the BP Highway.

SURKHET, May 31: Kasturi Kumari Rana of Ghoreta, Simta Rural Municipality-2, spends most of her day fetching water. It takes three hours to collect one ~Igagri~I (vessel) of water. “Most of my time from dawn to dusk is spent in the transportation of water,” she said, “I don't know when this water shortage will end.” There is a water source downhill the village.

SURKHET, May 30: Kasturi Kumari Rana of Ghoreta, Simta Rural Municipality-2, spends most of her day fetching water. It takes three hours to collect one gagri (vessel) of water.

RAUTAHAT, May 22: With the rise in temperature, the number of people suffering from diarrhea and other water-borne diseases has increased significantly in Rautahat. But unfortunately, all health posts of the district are currently dealing with the scarcity of Jeevan Jal, the most popular brand of Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) in the country. This has added to the woes of the patients.

KATHMANDU, May 16: The already sluggish reconstruction work of Basantapur Durbar Square, a UNESCO world heritage site damaged by the 2015 earthquakes, has been further slowed down due to acute shortage of traditional construction materials and skilled manpower.

KATHMANDU, April 13: At a time when government ministers including Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Education Minister Giriraj Mani Pokhrel are campaigning for school enrollment accepting guardianship of a few students, complete sets of school textbooks are yet to be provided to the students even in the Kathmandu Valley.

KATHMANDU, April 13: At a time when government ministers including Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Education Minister Giriraj Mani Pokhrel are campaigning for school enrollment accepting guardianship of a few students, complete sets of school textbooks are yet to be provided to the students even in the Kathmandu Valley.

MUGU, May 7: The locals of Karti Gaun, ward no. 4 of Mugum Karmarong Rural Municipality, have been reeling under an acute shortage of drinking water for the past several months.

KATHMANDU, May 4: Unlike in the previous years snake-bite patients will not have to face a shortage of anti-snake venom this year, government officials have said.

NUWAKOT, April 13: Minister for Federal Affairs and General Administration, Lal Babu Pandit, has announced that the scarcity of employees would be addressed in two weeks. "The province and local governments would have adequate mobilization of employees in 15 days," he added.

KATHMANDU, April 10: A consignment of medicines meant for Dolpa district has remained stranded at Nepalgunj-based Rajha Airport since the past two weeks. Airway is the only viable transportation method to take the medicines to the far-flung Dolpa. However, 156 cartons of medicine have been stuck at the airport due to delay in chartering helicopters or planes.

LONDON, April 3: India is among the countries which are at the greatest risk of food insecurity due to weather extremes caused by climate change, a global study suggests.

SINDHULI, March 22: After assembling workers and managing construction materials, survivors of the catastrophic earthquake of 2015 had just started rebuilding their houses in the district when scarcity of water stalled their dream to move to their new houses again.

SALYAN, Mar 20: Settlements in the high hills of Salyan district are reeling under acute shortage of water with the onset of summer.

MYAGDI, Feb 5: The only health post at Gurja of Dhawalagiri rural municipality-1 is reeling under shortage of medicines.

UDAYAPUR, Feb 3: The district hospital of Udayapur has been reeling under severe medicine crunch of late. The hospital lacks many of the life saving drugs for common ailments, including the government-provided free medicines for the needy.

HUMLA, Jan 21: For the past 10 days, the Biplav led Maoist faction have seized daily food supplies and 300 mules in Humla and Mugu.  The move comes after local administration collected tax during transportation.

KATHMANDU, Jan 20: Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse) benchmark index plunged 24.58 points to close at 1,406.52 points on Wednesday, the last trading day of the week.