News Digest: National Security, Climate Change and Covid-19 (December 30, 2021 – January 5, 2022)


National Security

Security personnel stationed at Border Outpost (BOP) in Hilsa and Limi areas are left without proper resources to combat the cold weather. Although the Home Ministry formed a study committee to make rations and clothes available for armed forces, nothing has been formalized yet.

The C.K Raut led Janamant Party has continued its protests in Rupandehi. They have been protesting for a week now demanding the provision of timely fertilizer and seeds distribution, proper irrigation facilities, and immediate relief for crop damaged caused by rain, among others. The protestors have said that the protests will continue until the demands are met.

At a press conference, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock has highlighted that it will add NRS 12.71 billion to the already existing NRS 15 billion regular budget for the purchase of chemical fertilizers. The decision was made after the prices of chemical fertilizers increased in the international market.

Kathmandu district court has issued arrest warrants against 210 people involved in fabricating fake documents to grab government land at Lalita Niwas premises in Baluwatar.

Environment and Climate Change

PM Deuba inaugurated the waste treatment plant in Dharan on January 3. The plant will produce biogas and manure from the waste.


The government’s initial plan to administer extended dose of vaccines to 500,000 people a day has been suspended. According to the spokesperson for the Health Ministry, the decision was made because it created confusion among people and to prioritize the vaccination for the people who haven’t received the vaccines.

Six municipal units in Lalitpur district have decided to give booster dose against Covid-19 from January 5.

Nepal has suspended the deal to buy additional 6 million Pfizer doses. The Moderna vaccines that the government has already purchased is enough to inoculate children aged 12-17 years.

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