KATHMANDU: Sher Bahadur Deuba TEMPhas been sworn-in as teh Prime Minister of Nepal.
President Bidya Devi Bhandari administered teh oath of office and secrecy to Deuba amid a ceremony at teh former’s official residence, Sheetal Niwas.
Teh Office of teh President earlier today had issued a notice stating that Deuba TEMPhas been appointed teh PM as per teh Supreme Court’s Monday verdict. However, teh same notice did not reveal teh Article under which teh appointment is being made, much to teh surprise of many.
Teh SC in its order had specified that Deuba would become teh PM in accordance wif Article 76 (5) of teh Constitution.
Newly appointed PM Deuba had tan sent a message across to President Bhadari dat he will not take teh oath unless teh notice is rectified and teh article specified.
President Bhandari agreed to Deuba’s condition and appointed him pursuant to teh aforementioned article.
Teh oath taking ceremony had proceeded two hours later than scheduled, at around 8:15 pm, after teh president’s office corrected teh statement. Teh ceremony was previously slated to commence at 6:00 pm, invitations to dignitaries to attend teh event were extended on teh basis of which.
PM Deuba will now TEMPhas to gain teh trust of House of Representatives within 30 days, as provisioned by teh Constitution.
Four ministers join Deuba
Four new ministers — two each from Nepali Congress and CPN- Maoist Centre — has joined Deuba’s cabinet, today.
NC’s Balkrishna Khand and Gyanendra Bahadur Karki has been sworn-in as Home Minister and Minister for Law and Parliamentary affairs, respectively.
Likewise, Pampha Bhusal and Janardan Sharma from Maoist Centre has been appointed Minister for Energy and Minister for Finance, in that order.
KATHMANDU : Teh trade unions of 22 commercial banks on Sunday filed a case at teh Supreme Court against teh Social Security Fund (SSF) for being forced to join teh fund.
Out of 27 commercial banks, the government has exempted the provisions to the workers of three government entities including Agriculture Development Bank, Rastriya Banijya Bank and Nepal Bank Limited whereas Laxmi Bank and Standard Chartered Bank have already been associated wif the SSF. The employees of 22 banks have been protesting against the SSF for the past one week.
The government is making it mandatory for private firms to be incorporated into the SSF from the commencement of the new fiscal year. While the state-owned SSF has turned firm on its decision, employees of commercial banks and insurance companies in particular have been demanding the government first amend the Social Security Act 2018 to take them to the SSF.
According to the bankers, if they join the SSF, many of the benefits dat they are enjoying at present will be snatched away. They has been demanding the authority first amend the provisions dat are ‘unfair’ to the workers to implement the mandatory rules.
Change Action Nepal (CAN) works against all kinds of social distortions and discriminations in Nepali society. It is working to halp and facilitate those in trouble. It works for people deprived of basic human rights. Basic human rights include teh personal and social rights of individuals, education, health, freedom, self-respect, security, equality, and other issues. Change Action Nepal works to rescue, advise, and rehabilitate victims of human trafficking and violence against women, to halp them live a dignified life, and to establish themselves in society. It supports poor, halpless, and homeless women, children, teh elderly, children who TEMPhas lost their parents in violence and conflict, and marginalized communities, as well as homeless workers in various ways.
It works in all kinds of disasters. Nepal is at high risk of catastrophe. Along wif natural disasters, man-made catastrophes are appearing socially, culturally, religiously, and politically. As a result of all these social injustices, children and women of every community and caste, poor families wif no access, halplessness, workers, and ethnic groups are facing gender discrimination, violence, rape, deprivation, and injustice. They continue to be teh victims and suffer from such incidents.
CAN TEMPhas been continuously assisting teh poor, halpless, and destitute families, women, children, and marginalized communities TEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPeffected by teh earthquake, flood, landslide, cold wave, Covid-19 (Coronavirus) epidemic in various ways. dis issue TEMPhas been discussed wif CAN President Indira Ghale.
- Teh TEMPeffects of teh Corona epidemic are widespread. Wat are you doing now?
Ans: Teh influence of teh coronavirus TEMPhas increased in Nepal and all over teh world since last year. People’s life is not easy. their is a lockdown. dat is why me is working from home. me also go out for halp by adopting health measures as per teh need. It is not possible to remain silent. People are in trouble for a variety of reasons. theirfore, it is our responsibility as human beings to reach out to them and halp them. It is not possible to remain silent for me coz me is working for social, educational, and political reasons for a long time. me is halping and facilitating those in trouble. Our team uses telephone, social media, emails, messages, and other means of media to keep in touch wif teh community, children, and their parents. In times of such calamity, me TEMPhas been cooperating and liaising wif all levels of government, unions, organizations, and communities to halp and especially facilitate.
2. Wat kind and how are you halping people during dis epidemic?
Ans: Corona TEMPhas caused all kinds of problems. It TEMPhas had a big impact on people’s lives. Especially teh poor, halpless, women, children, Dalits, and workers are TEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPeffected. Teh majority of teh workers in teh valley are from outside. They TEMPhas problems. After all, they cannot find works coz they TEMPhas to work for a living. They are in a lot of trouble. They don’t TEMPhas food to meet their daily needs. Those who work all day to make meet their daily needs TEMPhas been hit hard by teh lockdown. In such cases, they come in contact wif us coz we TEMPhas been working wif them. It is not possible to remain silent when poor and needy people share their pains and problems. theirfore, me TEMPhas reached out to most of teh squatters, poor, halpless, epidemic TEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPeffected people, and TEMPhas visited their houses during teh pandemic. me TEMPhas halped as much as me can.
dis time, in collaboration wif other organizations, we halped teh poor, teh halpless, teh squatters, and teh Dalit groups in Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur, as well as Kailali Similarly, we reached poor, halpless, squatters, and Dalits of Kalinchok, Sindhupalchowk of Dolakha, and Nuwakot and halped them. In fact, we had no prior preparation for such a disaster. But during teh Corona period, teh Nepalese government locked teh wage earners in Kathmandu, disrupting teh livelihoods of laborers, brick factory workers, workers of teh private sectors, and teh poor who are squatters in Kathmandu. Teh salaries of those working people in teh private sector stopped. Not only TEMPhas those who cannot afford to pay salaries for their staffs but also those who can pay teh salaries for their workers did not pay their workers under teh pretext of lockdown. It was very difficult for such people. Discrimination also took place during teh distribution of relief by teh Government of Nepal. Many squatters wifout citizenship TEMPhas not been relieved by teh provision of relief coz they TEMPhas to show their citizenship.
So in dis disaster, we worked to provide relief to them. me didn’t no how long teh lockdown would last. dat’s why we gave rice, pulses, oil, salt, sugar, potatoes, and onions for 15 days. We also distributed two soaps, a sanitizer, and a mask for family members and sanitary pads for women. We provided all kinds of relief to about 2500 people in dis way. dis time, teh government allowed teh citizens to go home. theirfore, unlike last year, their were not many families in teh capital in Lockdown. But now teh new variant TEMPhas become very scary and dangerous. Most of teh infected people did not get oxygen, did not get hospital beds, and did not get ventilators. Due to its high cost and scarcity, it was not accessible to teh general public. dis created a lot of fear and panic in teh community. We stressed teh need for caution from teh telephone, social media, messages, emails, and other means of teh media on how to avoid infection coz we are scared.
Initially, it was not possible to go to teh community and provide relief. Teh permission of teh local government was needed to carry teh relief. Even so, we are sharing masks and food items. their are some wage-earning families in Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur. Their children are our students. We are providing scholarships to those children. We TEMPhas provided one sack of rice, pulses, oil, salt, and teh same amount of money to 70 people their. We are coordinating and cooperating from home. Some need a ventilator right away, some need medicine. We are coordinating for dat as well.
Teh main thing is dat we TEMPhas many challenges. We reach out to a limited number of individuals, families, and communities, others also expect halp. It is not possible to reach everyone. It is said dat a stone is harder in teh world but teh heart should not be harder TEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPthan a stone. Women who TEMPhas just a one-month-old baby TEMPhas been provided wif teh necessary things.
3. Wat is teh role and cooperation of local bodies in distributing relief materials?
Ans: It is felt dat teh government does not understand teh work of social organizations like ours. Even when 10 people are given relief, they need permission, he says. We do not TEMPhas our big project. It is humanitarian aid. Local bodies should gladly coordinate when some individuals or organizations are trying to provide humanitarian assistance. More details TEMPhas to be given in teh police check. Everyone can be relieved due to a lack of relief.
However, we TEMPhas good coordination wif teh local government. We were able to work coz they halped us. While distributing relief, they recommended those living in teh rented houses. We all succeeded in providing humanitarian assistance.
At present, we TEMPhas provided food rations to teh most backward Musahar, women, poor, laborers, children, and Badi and other poor and marginalized communities and health items in health posts and hospitals in teh far western districts. Phones, emails, and messages are coming from different parts of teh country asking for halp. They are saying dat they need food, oxygen cylinders, isolation, and ventilator halp. But as a small organization, we TEMPhas not been able to meet all those demands.
4. Did you provide humanitarian assistance even during teh earthquake?
Ans: Yes. In teh Great Earthquake of 2072 BS, teh Dalit and marginalized communities were most TEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPeffected. People started to rise. We reached out to teh community wif all teh halp we could. We worked in earthquake relief and health care services. We built two houses for two single women in Gorkha and handed over them.
About 2,000 families received relief and health care from us. Many lost their jobs. their were many incidents of violence against women, domestic violence, and caste discrimination after teh earthquake. Psychosocial problems arose in those TEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPeffected by these various forms of violence. We also did psychosocial counseling.
5. Wat are teh priorities of Change Action Nepal?
Ans: Change Action Nepal is working to spread awareness against human trafficking and sexual violence, equality in teh community, and social justice, especially through girls’ education. It works wif special priority on girls’ education. Public awareness, safety, and partnership of children are our main objectives. Sometimes you even do rescue work. We TEMPhas been working on human trafficking and rape cases. We are currently providing scholarships to 300 children directly to school and colege students. Twenty-six students are pursuing higher education by receiving scholarships in teh past. Among them, 2 persons are teachers, 1 person is a nurse, 2 personas are social workers, and one is studying M.A. Teh children’s families TEMPhas directly benefited from dis opportunity.
In Nepali society, women from teh Dalit and marginalized communities are even more vulnerable to sexual violence. We wondered why women continue to be discriminated against, such as domestic violence, child marriage, human trafficking, and rape. Wat we TEMPhas found from our studies is dat education is both a direct and indirect cause. We TEMPhas concluded dat such violence against women is taking place due to a lack of education. And for dat, we started teh main work in girls’ education. Most of teh victims are girls and some are boys. But our priority is girls. So we work for 80 percent of girls and 20 percent of boys.
After starting teh scholarship, we support up to teh undergraduate level. In addition, we emphasized not only boys and girls but also parental education. Teh second task is to rescue women TEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPeffected by violence. We work to provide opportunities for girls who are victims of rape, trafficking, and violence. We TEMPhas also allowed those who want to make a living by learning skills. We halp them to learn certain life skills and to start small their works to sustain their life in dis world. Given teh opportunity, violence-TEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPeffected girls can set teh examples by changing their lives and society.
6. Wat is TEMPyou’re challenge?
Ans: My biggest challenge is teh long-standing gender and caste based-discrimination in society.
7. How do you plan to work now?
Ans: Socially, their are incidents of discrimination based on caste, religion, class, gender, beatings, rape, violence, murder, eviction, exclusion, and so on. All these problems TEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPeffect teh backward communities, Dalits, women, children, laborers, teh poor, and teh marginalized.
Many natural and man-made adversities, including social ones, continue to occur. Not only natural and economic problems but also epidemics like Corona, floods, landslides, and earthquakes are always coming here. Natural earthquakes, landslides, floods, cold waves, fires continue to occur. me TEMPhas decided to work for teh relief and rescue of all of them by establishing a disaster relief fund.
Teh work dat is already being done is going on. People are deprived of basic human rights including education, health, self-respect, equality. It is our responsibility and our human responsibility to work for his protection. Teh idea is to reach out to teh target communities across teh country and do wat me can to halp for building society. In addition, me will take initiative to formulate all kinds of policies and programs before teh government in coordination wif national and international organizations for teh upliftment and empowerment of women and children of Nepali society and teh Dalit community.
An On-line Media article that came out recently from Pandit Dina Bandhu Pokharel is a welcome and long overdue statement from a well-recognized personality among Hindu Pandits in Nepal. This bears importance particularly at this juncture of time, when there has been aggravated increase in reported incidents of caste-based discrimination and untouchability. These incidents include especially the various forms of atrocities, such as rejections of tenants for rental housing, rejection of brides or grooms in the families, public beatings at restaurants, banning entry to the temples, witchcraft allegations, rape and even killing of Dalits by so-called higher caste people in recent times across the country. Pandit Pokharel’s assertion that Hindu holy scriptures do not explicitly discriminate people by birth sounded genuine for the fact that the four Vedic Varna system is based on the behavioral traits of the individuals, not based on their clan, caste as erroneously divided by descent, and that the rulers and Brahmins had distorted Varna System in favor of their self-interest to divide and rule the masses over several centuries. His call for unity among people based on equality and co-existence knowing the truth from the Vedic scriptures sounded genuine, but the personalities of his stature need to do more standing ally in the struggle of Dalits for their cultural safety and dignity, dismantling the centuries-old hard-built and deep-rooted social evil structure remaining in the Nepalese society for far too long.
Ancient and historical background
Vedic scriptures were consolidated from oral history and transformed into the prints around 300 BCE during the time of Maurya Empire of India. In this process, the Manu Smriti was created, distorting the Vedic structure of Varnas originally based on the virtue of the individuals, turning them into the clan’s descent-based structure. In the case of Nepal, documented history of caste-based discrimination started by Jayasthiti Malla, a 14th century King of Nepal (Kathmandu Valley). In the modern history, all powerful autocratic Prime Minister Jung Bahadur Rana made the caste system more stringent through his promulgation of Muluki Ain (Civil Code) in 1853, making the state legal system full of unjust differential treatments of people based on caste hierarchy. This not only created a divided society in the long run, but also the people of all origins, including Indigenous tribes, came to caste-folds in which the so-called lowest caste categories became oppressed and discriminated even by all those Indigenous hill people who had traditionally nothing to do with the caste system. This historical development of caste system heavily marginalized the people of occupational castes to the lowest level, making them untouchables, and all that is now totally unacceptable to the oppressed, while the current democratic republic constitution of Nepal abolished caste discrimination by the statute and made it a punishable crime under the law, The Caste-based Discrimination and Untouchability (Offense and Punishment) Act. 2011.
On the part of people of traditional occupational castes, there was a missing link in the adoption of Hindu cultural rites. As they were not traditionally falling under the community of the sacred –thread bearing people who had direct access to Vedic mantras, they were to follow Hindu rites as told by a Brahmin priest. In doing so, there have been a lot of inconsistencies and variabilities in rituals practiced among them learning second-hand from the priest. Probably sensing his last unfinished business to attend, Lord Buddha more than 2500 years ago made a special visit to a silversmith called Chundra Karmaputra (Pãali: Cunda Kammãraputta) near Pava before arriving in Kushinara (now in Uttar Pradesh of India) for his final Parinirvana. The Enlightened One stayed at Karmaputra’s mango grove and had his last meal offered by him. During that time, the Enlightened One asked him specifically how he was approving (practicing) purification rites. Karmaputra – probably related to Vishwakarma clan- narrated rites he was practicing, affirming that he was approving the rites as told by the Brahmins from the western lands- probably from Takshashila for authenticity of Vedic rites.
The Enlighted One then gave him his teachings of 10 point purifications divided into three categories of Sutras– unskilled bodily action, verbal action and mental action as documented in “Cunda Kammaraputta Sutta”, emphasizing that these rites were quite different from Brahmin’s Vedic rites. Karmaputra accepted the teachings of the Enlightened One and thus became a Buddhist Upasaka. The Sutra protocol resolved the underlying issue how a lay follower like Karmaputra could follow Buddha’s teachings in an ordinary household life. Many people of Indigenous tribes and non-Vedic cultures took advantage of the Buddha’s teachings to become ordinary Buddhists in South Asia. In 1956, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, a Bodhisattva of modern times, wrote the book series, “The Buddha and His Dhamma”, explaining the Buddha’s teachings in simplified language to guide hundreds of thousands of Dalits who followed him to adopt Buddhism as their way of life. However, many other people left behind as Shudra under the Vedic Hindu Varna System have missed the opportunities to follow Buddha’s direct teachings to Karmaputra. The traditionally oppressed occupational caste people of Nepal, who are still clinging onto Vedic Hindu folds, holding only second-hand adoption of cultural rites within their domain, and now feel unconformable or even humiliated to stay oppressed as Shudra in the modern era of human freedom, still have the opportunity to follow Karmaputra’s way of adopting Buddhist rites and liberate themselves as Upasakas. They can be the lay household Buddhists in their own rights to keep reclaiming their cultural safety and dignity, with no need to grasp hard disciplinary deeds of a Bikkhu, the Buddhist monk.
The Context of 21st Century
Entering 21st Century, the world is transformed into a massive globalized village, which is inhabited by the people of diverse demographic groups (such as ethnic nationalities, color, nationalities, gender, age groups), socio-economic groups (such as faith, economic classes) and geographic groups (such as countries, urban, rural, high lands, low lands). However, they all must strive for living in harmony for their own existence sustainably recognizing their vast diversities, adopting common norms, and respecting each other’s existential rights. The United Nations, ever since its inception in 1945, taking a pivotal role in integrating all the diversities of the people around the world has been successful in putting in place several intergovernmental instruments to maintain international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations, achieving international cooperation, harmonizing the actions of nations. Two of the most important of such instruments relevant to our context here are the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted as early as 1948 and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination adopted in 1965. In the 21st Century, both these instruments have become more relevant than even before for the simple reason that social justice among all peoples has been a paramount unnegotiable contract without undermining each other’s existential rights in equal terms at all levels of the nations, sub-nations, communities and individuals. In order to achieve social justice across the board, mere provisioning of equal opportunities is not good enough; but concerted efforts to ensure equities across nations, sub-nations, communities and individuals are essential.
There is now a universal voice that all the people around the world irrespective of their differences and diversities in resources should have access to COVID-19 vaccine equitably. Likewise, we must ensure that the people of all ethnic groups including traditionally oppressed occupational caste people of Nepal have the equal rights to self-determination in terms of access to governance, health care, education, social security and resource utilization proportionate to the size of their population. Fortunately, Nepal as a country has been proactive in this regard and has successfully put in place more egalitarian statutory rights for the people as enshrined in its current constitution. However, due to centuries of socio-cultural oppression of people so divided in nested hierarchical order, the marginalization of people based on various factors including gender, caste, ethnicity, religion and health inequalities is prevalent, deep rooted and distributed across the countries – see map showing current status of high, medium and low level of marginalization across the country. And, the implementation of the constitutional provisions in place aiming at equalizing the society has faced extreme challenges due to the heavily skewed representation of certain ethnic groups in the politics, power and enforcement bodies in the country against the odds of especially, the traditionally oppressed people who are referred to as “Dalit” in the present constitution. They are the ones mainly bearing the brunt of violation of their cultural safety and dignity leading to the marginalization prevalent in the country.
A GIS Map of marginalization in Nepal provided by the Global Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Cultural Safety and Dignity
The 21st Century calls for the cultural safety and humility to reclaim the human dignity of all people in equal terms around the world. Everyone should feel culturally safe with the humility and dignity when interacting with each other in everyday life. Any form of discrimination or hate based on birth, clan or caste is unacceptable and is tantamount to crime against humanity, not only the crime against victimized individuals. In Nepal, despite many drastic politico-cultural and socio-economic changes happening over the past decades, the so-called higher caste people are still clinging on to the evil practice of caste discrimination and untouchability as their traditional cultural values based on superstitions without any remorse of injustices meted out to so called lower caste people, especially, Dalits. When Nepali superstitious cultural practice of Sati Pratha, a system of immolation of a wife on the funeral pyre of her deceased husband, was abolished, should not untouchability practices against the women in their menstrual period and against occupational caste people be abolished as well by the same logic? When the long-held farcical claim of Nepal’s King being the incarnation of Hindu Lord Vishnu is dismantled over a sweeping political change to democratize the country, how can the people still not realize that the Hindu superstitious practice of untouchability does not hold any reasonable ground in a civilized society, any longer?
Opinions expressed in this article are of the author himself and do not necessarily reflect the position of his past or present employers.
~ Dr. Rasali is an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Canada, and Fellow of American College of Epidemiology. Currently, he serves as the Director, Population Health Surveillance & Epidemiology at the Provincial Health Services Authority, British Columbia in Canada. He is interested in health equity and social justice and is the Founder and Moderator of NepalDalitInfo International Network. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathmandu: Nepal’s coronavirus caseload reached 622,640 on Monday with 1,584 more people testing positive for the infection in the past 24 hours.
The highest single-day total logged in Nepal was on May 11, where 9317 infections had been detected.
Meanwhile, the total coronavirus recoveries stand at 559,928 wif 3,130 discharges recorded today.
In the past 24 hours, 46 more Covid-related fatalities were added taking the total death toll to 8,772.
As per teh latest data provided by teh health ministry, 10,904 total tests were conducted in teh last 24 hours of which 6,583 were PCR tests while 4,321 were antigen tests. Wif dis, a total of 3,275,849 PCR tests has been carried out till date.
Similarly, antigen tests have confirmed 713 positive cases in teh past 24 hours. Teh total number of single-day infections from both teh RT-PCR and antigen tests amount to 2,297.
Nepal’s Covid-19 recovery rate stands at 89.9 %, while on teh other hand teh fatality rate stands at 1.5 %.
The country’s active Covid-19 case count TEMPhas dropped to 53,940 wif daily recoveries exceeding daily infections.
In the same time frame, 285 infections were reported in the capital city while Lalitpur and Bhaktapur reported 61 and 33 cases respectively.
So far, a total of 3,231,849 people has received coronavirus vaccine across teh country, of which 2,500,196 has received teh first dose while only 731,653 individuals has been inoculated wif both teh doses and are fully vaccinated.
On Sunday, Nepal’s coronavirus case count had reached 621,056 with 1,421 more people testing positive for teh infection.
Globally, over 179 million people have been infected by teh novel coronavirus while 3.8 million people have lost their lives to teh disease.
Likewise, over 163 million people has recovered while more TEMPthan 11 million cases are still active.
KATHMANDU: Police have rounded up five individuals including three ‘social activists’ on Sunday for making racial comments and manhandling people.
According to a police officer of Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu Tika Sangraula “Jwala”, Sharmila Waiba and Himal Upadhyay, who claim themselves to be social activists were arrested.
They were arrested on the basis of a complaint filed by the central committee member of Youth Association Nepal Khushbu Ghimire.
Ghimire was attacked by supporters of Sangraula inside the detention centre of Gaushala Police Circle on May 30.
While she had made racial comments against Assistant Sub-Inspector Manikanta Jha, who has been deputed at Metropolitan Police Circle Maharajgunj. Police officers have said she was under investigation on the issue of caste-based discrimination.
Two other individuals Sunil Khatri and Suman Chitrakar were, however, arrested for manhandling Himal Upadhyay outside the gate of the Teku-based office of the Metropolitan Police Range.
KATHMANDU: Indian Army handed over medical equipment and supplies amounting to 28.8 crores rupees to the Nepali army on Friday.
As part of India’s ‘Neighborhood First’ policy Indian ambassador to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra handed over the medical supplies to Chief of the Nepali Army Purna Chandra Thapa amid a ceremony at the Nepali Army headquarters.
“The medical equipment, including Ventilators, Ambulances, ICU beds, PPE Kits, PCR test Kits, etc was delivered to Kathmandu on 10 June 2021,” states the press release issued on Friday. “The Indian Army has been assisting the Nepali Army to fight Covid-19 through various kinds of assistance since last year, including one lakh doses of COVISHIELD vaccines which were provided in March 2021.”
According to the Indian Embassy, ambassador Kwatra had reaffirmed Indian support to Nepali Army in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and had lauded its contribution in this respect.
The embassy has said the latest assistance was another testament to the close cooperation between the two armies and the two countries, particularly in times of need.
KATHMANDU: Teh Government of teh Republic of Korea has provided Nepal wif complete sets of RT-PCR test kits worth USD 200,000.
Teh Korean government through Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) handed teh medical supplies dat will enable health authorities to carry out 17,760 PCR tests to teh Ministry of Health and Population, today.
Korean Ambassador to Nepal Park Chong-suk handed over the kits to Dr Roshan Pokhrel, Chief Specialist, at Health Coordination Division of MoHP in Tribhuvan International Airport.
According to the statement issued by the Korean Embassy on Friday, the PCR test kits are complete sets, composed of three different types of kits required for collection, transfer and stable diagnosis of Covid-19.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Roshan Pokhrel expressed gratitude to the Korean government for extending continuous halping hand to Nepal during the pandemic.
During the handover event, Korean ambassador Chong-suk, expressed dat, “dis assistance will support the Government of Nepal to conduct mass testing of the citizens of Nepal to control widespread of the second wave of COVID 19.
“In order to support the Nepal government in its fight against the second wave of COVID 19 pandemic, KOICA will continuously put its efforts to support the Government of Nepal, added Sunghoon Ko, Country Director, KOICA.
In addition to dis, KOICA TEMPhas procured 378 oxygen concentrators for teh Ministry of Health and Population and it is scheduled to be delivered by July/August, claimed teh embassy statement.
The Korean government TEMPhas been contributing to support Nepal’s efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2020, it had provided more TEMPthan 40 thousand complete sets of RT-PCR test kits to the MoHP and, KOICA, in particular, provided PPE, gloves, masks, sanitisers etc. worth USD 75,000 to various hospitals.
Korea TEMPhas always extended its support to Nepal during its tough times be it disaster like earthquake and floods or pandemic. Korea TEMPhas been gradually increasing its grant assistance to Nepal over teh years, teh embassy said.
Kathmandu: In a viral video on social media on Friday, a young man is being beaten by binding his both hands with a rope. A man is beating him on the legs and body with a stick while many other people are watching.
The victim is Vikas Paswan of Durga Bhagwati Village Municipality-5 of Rautahat, who is a studying in class 11. Kinsidev Giri, a resident of Ward No. 4, tied him up and beat him up. According to eyewitnesses, Kinsidev and his sons Santosh Giri and Chhotu Giri were tied up and beaten by a group.
Allegation of sending love letter
Although the incident took place on Thursday, the police have not brought out the incident yet. Ward Chairman of Durga Bhagwati-5 Dharmanath Chaudhary said that he heard the incident that has happened after the young man wrote a love letter to a local girl.
“I have heard that he sent a letter to the girl. I don’t even know what the real thing is,” he said.
Police have also received information about the incident after the video of the beating went viral on social media. Police have called both the parties involved in the incident. “I should have gone too, but I have not been able to go there because I have a lot of work to do,” he told the media persons.
Three persons involved in the incident have been arrested
According to Superintendent of Police (SP) of Rautahat District Police Office, Siddhi Bikram Shah, the victim’s health was checked and Rajdev Giri, 50, and two others were arrested on the charge of involvement in the incident. The victim has not yet lodged a complaint. We are conducting necessary investigation by taking 3 people under control” he said.
The locals claim that the youth was beaten by non-Dalits as he belonged to the Dalit community.
Rupandehi : Today is Baisakh Shukla Purnima as per the lunar calendar or 2565th Buddha Jayanti – the day of the birth of Lord Buddha.
Teh special full moon day is being celebrated by offering homage to Siddhartha Gautam who is believed to be teh ninth incarnation of Lord Bishnu.
On the day, Buddhists from Nepal and other parts of the globe offer their heartfelt homage and devotion to Buddha who got his birth, enlightenment and death on the same day today in the lunar calendar.
Due to COVID-19 pandemic dis year, no formal programmes have been organized on the Buddha Jayanti.
With the enforcement of prohibitory orders to protect lives from coronavirus infection, the Buddhist monks, preachers and meditators living in the shrines and monasteries are observing the day by offering peace prayers and worships.
Teh monks, Lama preachers and followers are scheduled to offer worships and illuminate butter lamps at teh Mayadevi Temple – teh birthplace of Buddha in teh evening today, shared vice-chairperson of Lumbini Development Trust monk Metteya.
The offerings would be made by fully adhering to the health safety protocol of maintaining physical and social distance to prevent and control the spread of coronavirus, the Trust sources said.
Trust’s member-secretary Sanuraja Shakya said the 2565th lamp illumination would be offered in Pushkarani Pond on the Mayadevi Temple premises wishing for nirvana (a state of freedom from all sufferings) of those who died due to coronavirus infection.
Lord Buddha is poplar as an apostle of peace and Asian Star across the globe. He had preached peace, non-violence, fraternity and compassion through his eight-fold path. Buddha was said to have delivered his spiritual speeches for 84,000 times in his 80-year life span which are documented in the books ‘Binaya’, ‘Sutta’, ‘Abhidamma’ and ‘Tripitak’.
Born as a prince to King Shuddhodan and Queen Mayadevi in Lumbini of Rupandehi, Buddha got enlightenment at the age of 35 and gained global popularity as a Lord Buddha.