May 102016
 

Land and forests

​Wildfires hit Dolpa hard as most community and leasehold forests in the district, as well as 3,200 hectares of forest land in a local national park, were left in ashes. More…

​Wildfires in Kaski consumed 50 ha. of forest – with smoke clouds obstructing air traffic in Pokhara – adding to the 1000s of ha. of forest already burned across Nepal. More…

​3 billion rs. worth of winter crop was lost in the Western Region this year due to lack of rain.​ More…

​Thousands of households in Bajhang district have lost most of their winter crop due to draught. More…

​Up to 33% of the land in Hill villages is kept fallow due to lack of manpower, as out-migration continues, and as a result of lack of irrigation due to persistent draught. More…

Earthquake

​The NRA spent only 5% of its budget this fiscal year for reconstruction of houses after the earthquake with no sign of urgency to spend ahead of the monsoon. More…

​The CDO’s office in Kavre district was the scene of demonstrations as locals from Panchkhal municipality complained about being left out of quake-victims reports. More…

​Water shortages due to draught hit local camps for earthquake-displaced families in Dhading hard as locals cut the water supply. More…

Solukhumbu families join the many who rebuild on their own as the NRA keeps registering earthquake victims but postpone reconstruction grants. More…

Politics

​Madhesi and Tharu associations announced fresh protests, pledging to start strikes from 15 May onwards unless the government agrees to their demands. More…

​A Canadian man – based in Lalitpur and working in Nepal for three years – was arrested for provoking social unrest in Terai and other places via Twitter. More…

​The Canadian man was later given two days notice to leave the country. More…

​Three advocates filed a writ petition to the Supreme Court in demand of local elections to be scheduled at once. More…

​There was straight talk about why local elections are not happening as the 20th anniversary of the last local election is soon approaching (coming up in 2017). More…

​Some things never change: villagers in Siraha fundraised to install electricity but have since come to face endless delays by the Electricity Authority. More…

Not to forget

​A new law passed last week permits contractors to mine river beds with next to no environmental impact assessment as well as to go into nature reserves. More…

​15,000 children in Kapilvastu district – or more than ten percent of the eligible children – remain out of school despite a massive school enrolment campaign. More…

​A 55-year old man in Rasuwa was killed by locals on charges of witchcraft, accused of having used “black magic” against neighbours in his village. More…

​Himalayan wolves – very different from the European wolf – have survived in upper Mustang, evident from tracks and excrements found in the mountains. More…

May 092016
 

Politics


Tharu associations – along with Madhesi – announce fresh protests last week with general bandh from 15 May onwards More…


Canadian man – based in Lalitpur and working in Nepal for three years – was arrested for provoking social unrest in Terai via Twitter.
More…


The Canadian was later given two days to leave the country, his visa revoked
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Some things never change: villagers had fundraised to install electricity only to face postponement by the electricity department.
More…


Some straight talk about why local elections are not happening More…


Agriculture and environment


Thousands of households in Bajhang district lost most of their winter crop due to draught and will soon face acute food shortage. More…


3 billion rs. worth of winter crop lost in Western region so far due to continuous draught in many districts More…


Wildfires hit Dolpa hard as most community and leasehold forest as well as 3,200 hectares of forest land in a local national park are left in ashes. More…


Wildfires are raging in the districts More…


Wildfires in Kaski consume 50 ha. of forest, smoke spreading far, adding to 1000s of ha already burned across More…


Contractors can now mine river beds with next to no environmental impact assessment and go into nature reserves too More…


Up to 33% of the land in Hill villages is kept fallow chiefly due to lack of manpower as out-migration continues More…

Earthquake


The NRA spent just 5% of its budget this fiscal year for reconstruction of houses after the earthquake More…


The CDO’s office in Kavre district was the scene of a demonstration as locals from Panchkhal complain about being left out of the quake-victims report.More…

Not to forget


15,000 children in Kapilvastu district – or more than ten percent – remain out of school despite a local enrolment campaign. More…


Himalayan wolves – very different from the European wolf – still roam in upper Mustang More

May 022016
 

It’s been a week of bitter realization that one year after the earthquake, tragically little reconstruction has been achieved. Tens of thousands of households are facing another monsoon under a boiling hot tin roof. Meanwhile, news in sectors like health and education are not that great either. Scroll it here!

Earthquake

It’s been hard for earthquake affected households to get money for reconstruction. Villagers in Dolakha are just a few of those thousands who have to walk far to apply for help. More…

How did the NRA plan for villagers to get the grant money for rebuilding their houses? Well, to get the money villagers need a bank account – which most villagers don’t have! More…

Thousands were injured in the earthquake. Now, one year later, many are still not fully recovered – and over 5,000 are permanently disabled. More…

The earthquake disrupted the flow in underground aquifers and thereby access to drinking water on the surface. Many villagers are facing worsening water shortages. More…

Even in Bhaktapur just outside Kathmandu, the NRA has yet to count the number of eathquake affected houses. But also here locals have started to rebuild on their own. More…

Electricity supply was cut in countless villages as tremors destroyed local hydro power stations and disrupted power lines. In Barpak, it took one year to get it back. More…

Sindhupalchowk was the hardest hit district in terms of number of lives lost and yet barely no houses have been built, few have seen resettled, and businesses are ruined. More…

The NRA is working at snail speed to start spending the $4,4 billion donor funding made available last June, and yet Deputy PM, Kamal Thapa, is asking for more. More…

Economy

The government will create one industrial zone per province which the Industrial Zone Management Ltd. under Ministry of Industries hope each will generate 100,000 jobs. More…

Many hectares of community forest are lost to wildfires these weeks due to drought. Recently, four districts in central Terai were hit. Now Dadeldhura forests are a ablaze. More…

As if the months of bandh last year were not enough, Karnali in western Terai is experiencing another bout of strikes as transportation company makes protests. More…

Education

Private/boarding schools are well-know as more attrative to whoever can afford sending their children. But in Nawalparasi community schools are taking the lead! More…

Health

Extreme shortage of medicine is jeopardizing health across the districts. Ministry og Health says they couldn’t purchase more than six percent of the planned medicine. More…