News Digest: National Security & Climate Change (November 4 – 10, 2021)

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The government has prepared guidelines to distribute cash incentives for poor households affected by Covid-19 pandemic. The respective local governments have identified around half a million households based on the federal government’s quota.

The eight year old ban on the import of food items produced from genetically modified crops was lifted. The import ban was previously put in place in 2014 through the orders from Nepal’s Supreme Court.

Four people were arrested by the CIB (Central Investigation Bureau) on November 10 for issuing a loan of Rs 190 million from Kumari Bank by using forged official documents.

A team of 216 Nepal Army peacekeepers left Kathmandu for South Sudan on November 9 at the call of the United Nations. Nepal makes significant contribution to the UN peacekeeping force and ranks second in the list of countries sending the highest number of peacekeepers.

The Chief of Nepal Army Prabhu Ram Sharma was conferred the honorary rank of General of the Indian Army by the India President Ram Nath Kovind on November 10.

Scientists of the University of Oxford have found that a gene present in 60% of people from South Asian backgrounds doubles the risk of lung failure and death from Covid-19. The experts also added that “factors such as age and socio-economic factors of individuals also explains why some communities have been particularly affected by the pandemic”.

China’s leader, Xi Jing Ping said that China was willing to manage differences with the United States ahead of a virtual meeting set to take place between him and US President Joe Biden. The statement was published on the website of the Chinese Embassy to the United States.

India is hosted a regional security dialogue on November 10 to discuss the situation in Afghanistan following the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul. While Pakistan and China declined to attend the dialogue, representatives from eight countries including Russia and Iran were in attendance. According to reports, Afghan representatives were not invited.

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