National Security and Climate Change

Commentary: National Security and Climate Change

Home Ministry’s Plan to Draft a Border Security Act The Ministry of Home Affairs has published a Home Administration Reform Action Plan -2078 with the objective of improving the departments under the ministry. The document has highlighted ten major areas for improvement including policy and legal reform, peace, security and crime control, institutional reforms and…

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Unseasonal Rainfall Wreaks Havoc in Different Parts of the Country

Death toll from heavy rainfall and landslides in different parts of the country reached 101 while 41 people are still missing. The unseasonal rain which started in the third week of October displaced hundreds of families. Due to rising water levels, 42 out of 56 gates of Koshi barrage were opened. The people living around…

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Is Nepal Prepared to Take On the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19?

The Scare of COVID-19 The Nepal Embassy in Beijing has reported that as of February 2, 2020,[i] 180 Nepali students in the Hubei province of China including 62 from the Wuhan City have applied for immediate evacuation from the province that is currently reeling under the scare of coronavirus.[ii] The worldwide death toll continues to…

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Overambitious Campaign

With the share of foreign tourists standing at 49 percent, the target of two million is doomed. Visit Nepal Year 2020 targets two million international tourists. However, looking at the decreasing rate of incoming tourists in 2019, the campaign may be at a great disadvantage. The tourist growth was merely 2 percent last year. For…

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News Digest: National Security & Climate Change (February 3 – 9, 2022)

National Security The Ministry of Home Affairs is planning to draft a separate ‘Border Security Act’, which is expected to be finalized within a year. The Border Security Act is one of the plans under the Home Administration Reform Action Plan -2078 unveiled by the Home Ministry. The spokesperson for the government, Gyanendra Bahadur Karki…

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News Digest: National Security & Climate Change (January 27 – February 2, 2022)

Covid-19 After the Ministry of Health and Population started issuing booster shots for people above 60, it has highlighted that it will use Covishield/AstraZeneca vaccine as the common booster even if they have previously received other vaccines.  Although the government has expanded the vaccination drive, they have not been able to facilitate proper Covid-19 testing…

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News Digest: National Security & Climate Change (January 20 – 26, 2022)

Covid-19 According to a data from National Public Health Laboratory, Omicron accounts for 88 % of the total cases in the country. However, the study was conducted in a very small sample size of 32, out of which 28 were proven to be Omicron variant. The authorities have made vaccination cards mandatory for booster dose.…

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News Digest: National Security & Climate Change (January 13 – 19, 2022)

According to the Former Minister J.P Gupta, inclusion of only 8 districts in the Madhesh Province impacts the identity of Madhesi communities in other districts. The Interim Constitution of Nepal had recognized 22 districts in the South and East Nepal as Madhes. The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) will initiate the…

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News Digest: National Security and Climate Change (January 5 – January 12, 2022)

Covid-19 The meeting of Chief District Officers (CDOs) of Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur have issued an 18-point order which will be on effect from January 11. Some of the major points included are: Ban on the gathering of more than 25 people in public placesProof of vaccination while entering public places like restaurants, government offices,…

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April Analysis: National Security and Climate Change

The upcoming local poll also has security implications. One of the major security issues identified is party rifts during the elections. Similarly, organizations such as Himal Surakshya Parishad and Mongol Nepal Organization have been recognized as a possible security threat. To address the security challenges, the security agencies including Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police…

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March Analysis: National Security and Climate Change

As per the recommendation of Election Commission, the government announced that the local elections will be held on May 13 in one phase. To address the security challenges of local election, Central Security Committee endorsed an integrated security plan. Similarly, Nepal Police announced the recruitment of 100,000 temporary police. The main role of temporary police officials is peacekeeping during the elections and safeguarding election booths.

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February Analysis: National Security and Climate Change

The Ministry of Home Affairs has published a Home Administration Reform Action Plan -2078 with the objective of improving the departments under the ministry. The document has highlighted ten major areas for improvement including policy and legal reform, peace, security and crime control, institutional reforms and physical infrastructure, disaster management, and good governance among others. Under the policy and legal reform section, one of the actions that is outlined is drafting of a Border Security Act which is planned to be completed in a year. Nepal Armed Police Force along with the Home Ministry will be responsible for drafting the act.

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