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

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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 has highlighted that the government will make its official position clear on the China border issues after a comprehensive study.

It was found that Social Welfare Council has been leasing the land in Kathmandu Funpark at the rate of 10 thousand per month per ropani, whereas they have been charging One Lakh 85 thousand per month per ropani for the Vegetable market situated across Funpark. The land were leased without opening a competitive bidding procedure.

According to a study conducted by the students of Pulchowk students, high amount of dissolved ammonia present in the drinking water of Kathmandu is one of the reasons for increased lung diseases.

Environment

The Investment Board has allowed an Indian Company, Central Electronics Energy Limited, to conduct a feasibility study for the installation of 350 MW solar projects in Dadeldhura and Doti districts of Nepal.

Gaurisankhar Conservation Area has issued a written note to stop the construction work on the Upper Tamakoshi Rolwaling River Hydropower. The letter which highlighted the need for issuing permission for the construction has created a conflict because one government body stopped the project being constructed by the government.

A study conducted by the Board of Investment and Kathmandu University has highlighted that opening an electric fertilizer factory given the price of electricity is Rs 5 per unit will be more beneficial to the country in a long run.

Limestone extraction projects in the hills of Mahabharat range have adverse impacts such as air pollution, landslide, water scarcity, and decreased agricultural productivity.

Covid-19

Ministry of Health and Population has highlighted that it will start issuing Pfizer vaccines starting from March.

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