News Digest – National Security & Climate Change (December 2 – 8, 2021)

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National Security

Nepal Police has arrested Krishna Gopal Agrawal who was accused of smuggling 33 kg of gold, following a red notice issued by Interpol. He was arrested following the information that he was entering Nepal from Dubai.

Nepal is facing a severe chemical fertilizer shortage which will spike the food prices and negatively impact the overall economy of the country.

Environment

Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation are preparing to conduct a nationwide tiger population survey starting from December 5. According to the last survey conducted in 2018, the tiger population of Nepal stands at 235. Through Global Tiger Recovery Plan, Nepal is aiming to double its tiger population to 250 by 2022.

Covid-19: Omicron variant

The district administration of Parsa is preparing an action plan to increase the surveillance in Birgunj border point after India recorded the cases of Omicron variant.

Nepal has reported two cases of Omicron variant on December 6. The two individuals who tested positive for the variant are a 66 year old foreign national and a 71 year old man who were travelling to Nepal through Tribhuwan Airport on November 19.

Ministry of Health and Population has highlighted that it is considering a rapid action plan to address the Omicron spread issues. According to the experts, confirmed cases of the variant in Nepal demonstrates the government’s reactive policy rather than applying immediate measures.

Miscellaneous

Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital has announced that it would start providing free emergency services which includes prescribed tests, required care, medicines and tickets. The decision was made following the direction from Birodh Khatiwada, Minister for Health and Population.

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