News Digest: National Security & Climate Change (October 21 – 27, 2021)

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Internal Security

Eleven Afghan nationals were arrested from Kathmandu in suspicion of entering the country illegally on October 25. The officers from CIB arrested them from a house in Sinamangal after they received a tip that the individuals entered the country through India.

Ministry of Home Affairs has urged homeowners not to rent a house, room, or apartment to anyone without an identity card. The notice from the ministry comes after it was revealed that 11 Afghan nationals were hiding in Kathmandu illegally.

Ministry of Home Affairs has questioned the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) decision to issue documents to illegal immigrants for temporary residency without coordination. After the increased cases of illegal immigration to Nepal, the immigration department has been directed to tighten security and increase micro-surveillance in the border.

Unseasonal Rainfall and Landslide

Death toll from the unseasonal rainfall and landslide which started from the third week of October has reached 101 while 41 people are still missing. Province 1 and Sudurpaschim recorded the highest deaths with 60 and 31 respectively.

Addressing the flood victims in Ilam and Panchthar, PM Deuba has assured to provide relief to the flood and landslide victims immediately. Furthermore, PM Deuba has also committed to the sustainable management of flood victims in two phases: temporary and permanent.

Covid-19 Issues

Over 100,620 doses of Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine donated by the United States in partnership with COVAX arrived in Kathmandu on October 25.

Ministry of Health and Population announced that the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccines will be administered by 24 hospitals throughout the country starting from November 14. The vaccines will be prioritized for the population aged 12 and older with compromised immunity.

Environment

To mark the 61 years of diplomatic relations between Nepal and Israel, the embassy of Israel in association with Shalom Club Nepal organized a tree plantation program in Rastriya Shahid Tatha Shanti Park on. 26 October.

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