News Digest: National Security & Climate Change (November 18 – 24, 2021)

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National Security

The decision of PM Deuba and Chairman of Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist Centre Pushpa Kamal Dahal to jointly launch two TV channels in accordance with Ramdev has come under huge scrutiny. The Foreign Investment and Technology Transfer Act of 2019 restricts foreign investments on mass communication media which includes television.

Shots were fired at the 14th General Convention of Nepali Congress injuring 7 people including 2 police officers. The shots were fired after a group of youths pelted stones at the polling station in Pyuthan.

Environment

As the air quality in Lahore and New Delhi continue to worsen, the air quality in Nepal is also predicted to worsen in the coming days due to the prevailing wind currents. The situation exacerbates in winter as the particles suspended in the air forms a blanket layer and remain closer to the ground.

Covid-19

Minister of Education, Science, and Technology Devendra Poudel, on November 23 has highlighted that the government has prioritized making vaccination available for all students in association with the Ministry of Health and Population.

Ministry of Health and Population has highlighted that Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines have been opened for children over 12 after a very few people with health conditions came for the vaccine.

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