National Security and Climate Change
In an event on September 23, organized at the Nepal Army (NA) headquarters, PM Deuba has urged the NA to identify national security concerns and move forward with proper strategy. He applauded the role played by NA in disaster management especially during Covid-19 and expressed his commitments to support them in future projects.
PM Deuba, during his meeting with COP 26 Ambassador for Asia/Pacific and South Asia, Ken O’flaherty on September 25, emphasized on the importance of renewed global partnership to move towards a greener, safer, and more sustainable world. He also highlighted the role of energy in achieving the 2030 Agenda and meeting the Paris agreement targets.
Energy, Water Resources, and Irrigation minister Pampha Bhusal has prepared a roadmap for achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 with the support from United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The goal of this roadmap is to provide affordable and clean energy to everyone by 2030.
Illegal trade via alternative border points has increased in Sarlahi. Although the major border points to India are closed due to Covid-19, different items such as clothes, food items, spare parts, cosmetic products are entering the country by evading tax, whereas items such as liquor, diesel, petrol, and sand are being exported to India. The locals have claimed that the smuggling has increased in collusion with the local security personnel.
Ministry of Health and Population has decided to provide vaccinations for everyone above 18 years old in Kathmandu and Lalitpur districts. Initially, the ministry had decided to vaccinate everyone above 18 years old in 10 of the mountain districts. The decision to add Kathmandu and Lalitpur came due to the small population sizes in those 10 districts.
Epidemiology and Disease Control Division has decided to activate the border surveillance system for Covid-19. The division has asked all the responsible agencies to increase antigen tests at the border entry points. This was put forth considering the increased number of people entering the country for Dashain festival.