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

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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 places
  • Proof of vaccination while entering public places like restaurants, government offices, hotels, parks, airports
  • Vaccinate all students aged 12-17 years within a week
  • To establish free antigen testing booths in public places in collaboration with local governments

The Ministry of Education has directed to close all basic and secondary schools from January 11 to 29, following the recommendations provided by the Covid-19 Crisis Management Coordination Centre (CCMC).

Amidst the growing cases of Covid-19 cases in the country, the rate of hospitalization has also increased significantly in the past few days.

National Security

Bhesh Narayan Dahal, executive director of Narayanhiti Palace Museum and Republic Monument Management and Operation Committee has resigned after he was found to have violated the legal process in allowing Batas Group to construct a café inside the palace.

Prem Bahadur Ale, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has said that legal action would be taken against the individual or organization involved in running a business inside the Narayanhiti Palace Museum.

A committee has been formed under the direction of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Prem Bahadur Ale to investigate the construction of a hotel in Pashupati Maitri Dharmasala.

Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Prem Ale has been involved in a car accident in Dhangadhi after the vehicle was hit by another car. Everyone in the car, including the minister is reported to be safe.

Students at the Nobel Medical College in Biratnagar have been staging protests against the decision of the college to ban new MBBS students who are yet to pay additional fees.

Home Minister Bal Krishna Khand has assured the leaders of the students’ organization that the government will take action against the misconduct of medical colleges for charging extra fees.

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