News Digest: National Security & Climate Change (January 27 – February 2, 2022)

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Covid-19

After the Ministry of Health and Population started issuing booster shots for people above 60, it has highlighted that it will use Covishield/AstraZeneca vaccine as the common booster even if they have previously received other vaccines. 

Although the government has expanded the vaccination drive, they have not been able to facilitate proper Covid-19 testing in various parts of the country including Salyan.

National Youth Association has lodged a complaint with the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) against Birodh Khatiwoda and other involved individuals to investigate the missing 2.4 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines.

Experts have highlighted that the Covid-19 pandemic is gradually transitioning into an endemic. Thus, they have stressed the importance of keep track of the variants to analyze the risks.

Environment

After the government’s decision to abolish excise duty on electric vehicle imports, the imports have significantly increased from Rs 105.19 million in the last fiscal year to Rs 3.24 billion this fiscal year.

National Security

The government has decided to start distributing national identity cards at the local level. The decision was made after the District Administration Office received high pressure of service recipients.

Due to the lack of integrated custom check points including proper infrastructure and parking spaces in Bhairahawa, traders have been incurring financial loses.

Locals have been forced to relocate from Sankhuwasabha due to acute shortage of drinking water. Ward Chairman Tet Bahadur Katuwal informed that 14 families from different villages of Chainpur Municipality have relocated to Terai in the last two years.

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