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This Week in Nepal – August 31, 2019 – September 06, 2019

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This Week in Nepal – August 31, 2019 – September 06, 2019

Nepal has witnessed some major events this week. The country is currently concerned over the rising number of Dengue instances across different districts.

Similarly, the country has also been hit by hacking attacks on its ATMs. On the Positive side, the government is doing its part in carrying out various welfare works for the benefits of its citizens.

Let’s take a look at the events in Nepal this week.

1) India Reconstructs School Building Worth INR 2.2 Cr for Nepal

Reconstructs School Building for Nepal

India has handed over a new building worth INR 2.2 Cr to Nepal. The school building located in Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s home district Jhapa is of high reputation. The new building is a storey-structure with 25 classrooms, one multipurpose hall and furniture.

The school was established in 1965 and hosts 1,150 students. Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri and Nepal Attorney General Agni Prasad Kharel inaugurated the school building on September 02, 2019.


2) Nepal Rastra Bank Lowers ATM Withdrawal Limit

Nepal Rastra Bank

The Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) has reduced the ATM withdrawal limit in Nepal following Chinese hackers’ hacking millions of Nepali rupees. Issuing a directive to all Nepali banks on September 05, 2019, the NRB asked banks to set the ATM withdrawal limit to NPR 60,000 from a previous daily withdrawal limit of NPR 100,000.

The withdrawal limit per transaction has also been reduced to NPR 20,000 from NPR 25,000 earlier.


3) Gold Prices in Nepal Down By NPR 1,400

Gold Prices in Nepal

The gold prices in Nepal continue to fluctuate owing to external factors. The price of the yellow gold on September 06, 2019 is NPR 72,000 per tola, NPR 1,400 less than the previous day’s rate of NPR 73,400 per tola.


4) Nepal to Propose 3 More Heritage Sites in ‘World Heritage Sites’ Listing

UNESCO-nepal

Nepal, the land of a vast majority of world heritage sites, will be proposing another three of its sites to the UNESCO to be included in the World Heritage Sites list. The three sites are Tilaurakot, Ram Janaki Mandir and Ramgram.

According to newly-inducted Nepal Aviation Minister Yogesh Bhattarai’s one-year work plan, the Nepal government will send the proposal for to list Tilaurakot as a world heritage site in the next six months, while the other places will be proposed within the next one year’s period.


5) Nepal Ministry of Health Calls for Joint Action Against Rising Dengue Cases

Rising Dengue Cases in Nepal

The Ministry of State for Health and Population Dr Surendra Yadav call for a collaboration of efforts to contain the rising number of dengue cases in the country. The illness has spread to more than 45 districts in Nepal.

In just a matter of one and a half month, the Himalayan nation has recorded 1,537 cases compared to 3,834 in the entire previous fiscal year. While addressing the Education and Health Committee under the House of Representatives on September 01, 2019, he also expressed his concern on lack of resources and funds to carry out the necessary action against dengue.


6) 11-Day International Art Expo Held in Nepal

International Art Expo in Nepal

The International Watercolor Society (IWS) Nepal and Nepal Fine Art Academy jointly organized an 11-day international level art exhibition between August 26, 2019-September 05, 2019. The event witnessed the participation of artists from four countries – Bangladesh, China, India and Nepal.

Each of the paintings were artworks of reputed and experienced artists from the respective countries. A total of 80 paintings were featured at the exhibition of which Nepal displayed 43, India showcased 15, while Bangladesh and China displayed 11 each.


7) Nepal Government Plans to Setup 14 Info Centers for Dashain

Dashain in Nepal

In view of Nepal’s biggest upcoming festival – Dashain, the Nepal Government has announced that its plans to set up 14 help-desks in Kathmandu Valley to facilitate easy travel for Nepalis to their native villages. The help desks will be set up between September 27 – October 01, 2019.

Similarly, a meeting at the Transport Management Office held on September 04, 2019 also decided to open pre-bookings for bus tickets.


8) Dang District Road Mishap Injures 15

Road Mishap in Nepal

Close to 15 passengers were injured in a bus accident took place in Dang district on September 02, 2019. The bus travelling from Swargadwari to Kapilvastu met with an accident on the East-West Highway owing to over speeding by the bus driver.

Four people are critically injured and are undergoing treatment with the rest of the passengers at Bhalubang Polyclinic.


9) Dholaka Municipality Issues ID Cards to 311 Disabled

Nepal Government

The Bhaiteswor Rural Municipality in Nepal’s Dolakha district issued ID cards to 311 differently-abled people in line with the Nepal Government’s goal of issuing ID cards to every Nepali citizen.

Bhaiteshwor Municipality Chairman said that the municipality officials set up ID Card booths in each of their wards for better ease of access considering their condition.


10) Nepali Congress Appeals Amendment to Media Bill

Nepali Congress

The opposition party Nepali Congress had registered an amendment proposal to the Media bill on September 01, 2019. The amendment proposed by Nepali Congress Lawmakers seeks amendment to 29 different points listed in the bill. The bill was originally submitted by Nepal Communication and Information Technology Minister Gokul Baskota.


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