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IFRC expresses serious concern over the dissolution of the NRCS exec committee


London—The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has expressed serious concerns over the Nepal government’s decision to dissolve the central executive committee of the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) and form an ad hoc committee. Responding to a query by South

Nearly 22 million children in South Asia miss out on early education in critical pre-school year due to COVID-19 — UNICEF


KATHMANDU – At least 40 million[1] children worldwide, of which nearly 22 million[2] are from South Asia, have missed out on early childhood education in their critical pre-school year as COVID-19 shuttered childcare and early education facilities, according to a new research brief published today by UNICEF. Produced by UNICEF’s

Covid-19 Help for Businesses


By Dr Kapil Rijal, Indra Giri The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and associated shutdown has significantly affected many businesses. Many businesses may be suffering in terms of cash flow and face enormous uncertainty about the future for their businesses. Since March 2020, a number of measures

Gastrodiplomacy : Post Covid solution for tomorrow


By: Binod Baral Gastrodiplomacy is regarded as a soft power tool to enhance Nation’s Brand recognition. It is an increasing trendy strategy like other common practices. Countries like Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Japan, Malaysian, Peru, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia, and Thailand are some countries that have

Low levels of vitamin D in blood increase coronavirus risk: Israeli research


RSS, JERUSALEM: Israeli researchers have found that low levels of vitamin D in the blood are associated with an increased risk of contracting coronavirus, Leumit Health Services and Bar Ilan University (BIU) in central Israel said. In a comprehensive study, published in the journal FEBS,

Nepal’s Future At a Crossroads


[caption id="attachment_8177" align="alignleft" width="150"] By Dr Raju Adhikari[/caption] Nepal's KP Oil’s government and its policy are on the survival and crisis mode. Even political pundits are not able to draw any logical conclusion to the burgeoning unpredictable country’s situation. His stand on Corruption, Constitution amendment,

Face coverings mandatory in shops, supermarkets, shopping centres and enclosed transport hubs from Friday


London -- Face coverings must be worn in additional enclosed public spaces from 24 July in England, as the government takes further steps to help curb the spread of the virus. People will have to wear face coverings in shops, takeaways, and supermarkets in England

South Asia floods: 9.6 million people swamped as humanitarian crisis deepens


IFRC, Kuala Lumpur/Delhi/Dhaka/Kathmandu//Geneva, 22 July 2020 – A humanitarian crisis is deepening in South Asia as new figures reveal that more than 9.6 million people have been affected by monsoon floods, devastating large areas of India, Bangladesh and Nepal. Jagan Chapagain, Secretary General, International Federation of

First human trial of Oxford coronavirus vaccine shows promise


London — A senior British official has called the latest news on an Oxford University team's potential coronavirus vaccine "extremely encouraging." The results of the Phase I/II trial of the vaccine being developed by Oxford's Jenner Institute, in conjunction with pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, showed that it

World population in 2100 could be 2 billion below: study


Agence France-Presse — Earth will be home to 8.8 billion people in 2100, 2 billion fewer than current UN projections, according to a major study published on Wednesday that foresees changes shaped by declining fertility rates and ageing populations. By the century’s end, 183 of 195

Seismologists found fault in Himalayan mountain range of southeastern Nepal which might result earthquake in future


London — We discovered a series of faults at the foot of the Himalayan mountain range that have never been seen before," explained U of A geologist John Waldron, who was a co-author of the study with graduate student Mike Duvall. Waldron explained that the



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