- ARJUN RAJBANSHI, DAMAK (JHAPA)
The Bhutanese refugees, who have been languishing in Beldangi Camp, Jhapa, for the past 26 years, have urged the human rights bodies to take initiative for their repatriation.
On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day on Monday, around 200 Bhutanese refugees took out a rally in Beldangi camp, appealing the national and international human rights watchdogs to help them return to their homeland.
Dec 9, 2018-
PRATAP BISTA, HETAUDA
One thousand eight hundred and eighty-one people in Makwanpur district, who were displaced by the 2015 earthquake, do not own a land for rebuilding their homes, according to the District Project Implementation Unit of National Reconstruction Authority (NRA).
Somraj Timalsina, chief of the District Project Implementation Unit, said 527 families in Hetauda Sub Metropolis, 796 families in Bakaiya Rural Municipality, 35 families in Bagmati Rural Municipality and 523 families in Manahari Rural Municipality do not possess land.
- ANISH TIWARI, SINDHUPALCHOK
Students of Dhaneshwori Secondary School at Chaku in Bhotekoshi Rural Municipality, Sindhupalchok district, organised a protest rally on Monday, demanding the Mid-Bhotekoshi Hydropower Project to build a new school building, as it had pledged after the 2015 earthquake.
The school’s old building was heavily damaged in the Earthquake of April 2015. The students have been studying under a temporary learning centre for the past three years as the government has failed to build a new building for the school.
- Binod Ghimire, Kathmandu
Amid confusion over another extension of their term, two transitional justice bodies have decided to wrap up by presenting a progress report and recorded complaints to the government if the administration denies them more time for looking into the insurgency-era cases of atrocities.
Though the term of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) expires on February 9, the government is still undecided whether to extend their term or to restructure them.
- ANISH TIWARI, JURE (SINDHUPALCHOK)
One hundred and twenty-two families who were rendered homeless by the 2014 Jure landslide have demanded that the government release the donations collected for the affected families.
The government had announced to provide Rs300,000 housing construction aid for the landslide victims in three installments, and an additional Rs50,000 for those families who had also lost their land in the landslide.
Students of Bishwonath Primary School at Talkot Rural Municipality-3 in Bajhang district have been forced to study in the open for the past four months after a landslide in August destroyed the school building.
Birkharaj Joshi, the school headmaster, said they have no other alternative but to teach the students under the landslide prone area as the authorities concerned fail to move the school to a safer location.
- HARIRAM UPRETY
More than 40,000 families in Gorkha have completed building new homes with the government-issued grant since the deadly earthquake of April 25, 2015.
According to the National Reconstruction Authority, 40,379 private homes have been built in the district so far.
Similarly, 52,322 families have received the second tranche of housing reconstruction aid and 61, 979 families have received the first instalment. A total 70,481 families in Gorkha had lost their homes in the country’s deadliest disaster.
- ARJUN RAJBANSHI
The Bhutanese refugees living in Beldangi camp, Jhapa, have expressed dissatisfaction over the decision of the World Food Programme to discontinue food assistance to the refugees by the end of 2018.
They have urged the WFP to continue the food support until their problems are resolved.
“We want a permanent solution to our problem before the food assistance gets discontinued,” said Tikaram Rasaili, secretary of Beldangi camp. “If the WFP stopped distributing food, those of us here could starve.”
The construction of integrated settlement for earthquake-hit people of Laprak in Gorkha district has been delayed. Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) started the construction of a housing facility for 573 families in January, 2017 with a plan of completing the project by October. 2018. Around 52 percent work of the integrated settlement has been completed so far. The NRNA said the construction was delayed owing to geographical remoteness, harsh weather and poor condition of the access road to transport construction materials to the project site.
PRADEEP MENYANGBO, SUNSARI.
Nov 19, 2018- At least 10 people have been infected with dengue, a mosquito-borne disease more prevalent in Tarai districts, in various wards of Dharan Sub Metropolis, Sunsari, within the last three weeks.
Authorities said the patients are receiving treatment at BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences and other private hospitals in Dharan. Health officials have requested people to take necessary precaution and visit the nearest health facilities if they feel unwell.
- ANISH TIWARI, SINDHUPALCHOK
The authority has reconstructed more than 75 percent schools destroyed by the earthquake in 2015 in Sindhupalchok district.
Around 400 from the 528 schools destroyed by the quake have been reconstructed in the district so far, and dozen others are under construction, an official from the District Project Implementation Unit said.
Chief of the Unit Krishna Prasad Subedi said, “Various national and international organisations built around 200 school buildings while government authority constructed the remaining.”
Subsidised credit for quake victims
-SANJEEV GIRI, Kathmandu
The Nepal Rastra Bank has issued a fresh directive, informing banks and financial institutions (BFIs) to provide loans to earthquake survivors in line with the Integrated Working Procedure for Subsidised Credit 2018. The central bank’s move has come following complaints from quake survivors that the financial institutions have not been providing loans as announced by the government.
LAL PRASAD SHARMA, Pokhara
Nov 7, 2018- With the rise in the number of dengue patients, Pokhara Metropolitan City has started a drive to destroy mosquito larvae in dengue affected areas.
According to Yam Baral, Vector Control Inspector of the District Public Health Office (DPHO) in Kaski, 20 more patients were diagnosed with dengue—a mosquito-borne disease more prevalent in Tarai districts—on Tuesday. With this, the number of dengue patients in the district has reached 185 within the past one and a half months.
ARPAN SHRESTHA, NAYAK PAUDEL, Kathmandu
Three months after two massive earthquakes struck Nepal in 2015, BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan alerted the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division about six children with unusual fever and severe respiratory features.
Four children died during treatment as serum samples were collected for subsequent tests in Kathmandu and Bangkok that confirmed a scrub typhus outbreak. By the end of the year, 101 cases were confirmed in 16 districts and four more people succumbed to the disease.
Nov 2, 2018-
At least 47 people have been taken ill after an outbreak of diarrhoea at Kailash Rural Municipality-7 in Makwanpur district.
According to health workers, most of the people affected are Chepangs. The disease, which was reported on Wednesday, has mostly affected people living in remote villages of Dokatar, Tamlang and Ratuwa. On Thursday, health workers from Bharta and Kalikatar health posts reached Tamlang village with medicines. Chief of Bharta Health Post Bishnu Rijal said the sick people are getting treatment in a health post building in Tamlang.
by SANJEEV GIRI, KATHMANDU
Once the busiest trade gateway between Nepal and China, the border town of Tatopani in Sindhupalchok district has fallen into a torpor after the devastating earthquake of 2015.
Much of the town’s infrastructure took a heavy hit from the 7.9 magnitude earthquake and the waves of aftershocks that followed the main tremor.
by LAL PRASAD SHARMA, POKHARA
Twenty-two new cases of dengue were reported in Pokhara on Tuesday, taking the number of patients infected with the mosquito-borne disease to 69 in the past one and a half months.
Vector Control Inspector of the District Public Health Office (DPHO) Yam Baral said that out of the 22 new patients, 12 are undergoing treatment in Fewa City Hospital, six in Gandaki Medical College and four others in Charak Memorial.
Survivors of the 2015 earthquake cannot avail the concessional loan, with an interest rate of two percent, since the deadline to apply ended last week.
The authority has discontinued the loan following objections from banks and financial institutions and the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB).
Offering concessional loans at a meagre interest rate, with the uncertainty over timely payback, and putting public money at stake is not fair, the central bank (NRB) reasoned.
RABINDRA UPRETY, MAHOTTARI
Oct 12, 2018- Health authority in Mahottari has issued dengue alert in and around Bardibas Municipality.
Dr Rajiv Jha, chief of District Health Office, said the advisory was announced after two persons from the town were diagnosed with the mosquito-borne disease recently.
Fearing that dengue cases could increase in the coming days, the DHO has urged people to take necessary precaution and visit their nearest health facilities if they feel unwell.
The government has adopted a pragmatic approach by altering the modality of providing concessional loans to survivors of the earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015.
As per the recently introduced Integrated Working Procedure for Subsidised Credit 2018, earthquake victims were unable to start reconstruction of their houses due to unavailability of adequate funds can seek for concessional loans up to Rs300,000. The Cabinet has ratified the decision that grants a payback term of five years.