News Digest: September 17-23, 2020



National Security and Climate change

Nepal’s Covid-19 tally stands at 66632 as death toll reaches 429: As of September 16, Nepal’s Covid-19 tally stands at 66632 and the death tally has reached 429. According to the health ministry, there are 18142 active cases of infection in the country while 48061 people have made a recovery. Province No. 2 has reported 14,190 cases with 123 deaths, Bagmati Pradesh has reported 21,727 cases with 155 deaths, Province No. 5 has reported 9,475 cases with 61 deaths, Sudurpaschim Pradesh has reported 6,989 cases with 10 deaths, Province No. 1 has reported 5,853 cases with 46 deaths, Karnali Pradesh has reported 3,218 cases with 5 deaths, and Gandaki Pradesh has reported 3,824 cases with 27 deaths.

Dr. Govinda KC to continue hunger strike from Teaching Hospital: Dr. Govinda KC, who has been on a fast-unto-death had been forcefully taken to the National Trauma Center after landing in Kathmandu from Nepalgunj on September 3, has been permitted to move out and has now been admitted to the emergency ward at Teaching Hospital. Dr. KC has alleged that he was kidnapped by the government. He has said that he will continue his hunger strike at the Teaching Hospital.

Nepal and China engaged in border row at Humla: Nepal and China are engaged in a border row in Humla after authorities who had recently visited a remote part of the area said that the Chinese side has built permanent infrastructure within Nepali territory. However, the Chinese side has maintained that the buildings are within Chinese territory. According to the Nepali authorities, there was only a hut in the area until 2005 and a border pillar is missing since Nepal built a road in the area several years ago. The home ministry has dispatched a team of government officials for inspection of the area and to report back to the ministry.

Gandaki Province most at risk of monsoon-induced disasters: According to a geological study, 972 places in Gandaki Province have been identified as being at risk to floods and landslides. These places are located across 11 districts of the province that are at high risk of monsoon-induced disasters according to authorities at the Disaster Management Division of the provincial Ministry of Internal Affairs and Law. Tanahun district is at the top of the list with 111 places at risk of floods and landslides. The report says that the main reasons behind the monsoon-induced disasters are the areas’ close proximity to rivers and streams, earthquakes and unplanned construction activities.

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