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In remote Mugu, children walk four hours to school : Parents say children return home tired. Their Kalika Secondary School in Libru is ill-equipped and understaffed with just 11 teachers for 300 students, by Raj Bahadur Shahi (kp 25/09/2023)

Students from remote Baitadi village brave river to reach school every day : Around 40 students from ward 6 of Sagada village wade through the Nwaghari river to reach Ganesh Secondary School, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 19/09/2023)

Rautahat jail overcrowded, prisoners face sheer inconvenience (rn 16/09/2023)

Underprivileged receive ID cards, but remain deprived of privileges, by Govinda Luitel (rep 13/09/2023)

Budget cut hampers treatment of moderately acute malnourished children : The cuts in the budget for healthcare programmes have put Nepal’s ambition to meet the SDGs on the line, by Arjun Poudel (kp 12/09/2023)

Stranded in Kuwait for nearly a year, around 1,000 Nepali youths seek urgent repatriation (rep 08/09/2023) [Helping these Nepali citizens should be a priority task of the government!]

Custodial deaths go on as perpetrators are left unpunished : Advocacy Forum’s 2022 report documents 39 deaths since 2018 when the new Penal Code came into force, by Binod Ghimire (kp 04/09/2023) [see 2022 report by Advocacy Forum; see INSEC study (in Nepali)]

17 years since peace accord, enforced disappearance victims still await justice : No progress has been made to deliver justice even as the Maosts have led the government four times since the accord, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/08/2023) [The governing parties and also the most opposition parties are clearly against justice for the victims and their families of that time!], Justice, disappeared : Solving insurgency-era cases is not just a national urgency but also a global human rights responsibility (kp 30/08/2023), Conflict victims awaiting justice for decades, by Bal Krishna Sah (ht 30/08/2023)

Toxic air shaving around five years off Nepalis’ lives, report shows : Nepal is world’s third most polluted country—behind India and Bangladesh—based on satellite-derived PM2.5 data, by Arjun Poudel (kp 30/08/2023)

Pipeline damage compels residents of a Salyan village to drink untreated water : Around 60 households in Namra village are drinking muddy water from the Bheri river and many people are falling ill, by Biplab Maharjan (kp 29/08/2023)

Lawmaker Dhakal urges PM Dahal to address Ganga Maya Adhikari’s demand (rep 29/08/2023)

Farms turn into housing as irrigation is delayed : It may take another 10 years before the schemes in Banke, Bardiya, Kailali and Kanchanpur are ready, experts say, by Rupa Gahatraj, Kamal Panthi, Chitrang Thapa and Bhawani Bhatta (kp 13/08/2023)

Melamchi Flood Victims : Waiting For Help Even After 2 Years, by Indira Aryal (rn 28/07/2023)

Death traps : The way public infrastructures are left unattended shows criminal apathy of authorities to citizen safety (kp 26/07/2023)

A university professor was brutally attacked by student union members. Political parties made all-out efforts to deny him justice, by Abhyudaya Upreti (nlt 23/07/2023) [Nepal's politicians stand for the perpetuation of the unjust state!]

Local approaches to ending landlessness : Many commissions were formed in the past to resolve the issue, but none could offer a reasonable solution, by Jagat Deuja (kp 16/07/2023)

Creating Secure Future For Nepali Youths : Importantly, intolerance, hollow promises, the sale of dreams, double standards, nepotism, and favouritism have plagued Nepal's politics, by Narayan Prasad Ghimire (rn 14/07/2023)

The Karnali’s hunger emergency : The government’s fortified flour scheme is not a long term solution to the region's chronic food insecurity, by Anita Bhetwal (nt 07/07/2023)

Ordinance to address loan sharking issues repealed due to constitutional time limit (rep 06/07/2023) [Blocking parliamentary processes as part of their endless power struggles is much more important to politicians than passing urgently needed laws in the interest of needy sections of the population! Poor Nepal!], Anti-usury ordinance becomes invalid (ht 06/07/2023), Anti-usury ordinance becomes invalid (ht 06/07/2023), Usury ordinance expires, replacement bill ‘may proceed’ : Owing to obstruction by opposition parties including UML and delay in presenting a replacement bill in the House, the ordinance expired on Wednesday, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 07/07/2023), DAO Parsa receives 91 complaints related to usury (kh 08/07/2023)

12,000 migrant Nepali workers died abroad in a decade, by Sabita Khadka (rep 30/06/2023), Extreme heat puts migrant workers at risk of fatal diseases, report says : Nepalis are returning from Middle East with renal failure, cardiac issues and other ailments in alarming numbers, by Arjun Poudel (kp 01/07/2023) [This is where Nepal's governments have been failing for decades. It is their duty to strive for jobs in the country!]

SC rebukes KDC for delay : Orders the district court to adjudicate cases within three months, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 29/06/2023)

Flood-displaced people living in shelters in Sindhupalchok gripped by monsoon worries : Massive flooding of the Melamchi and Indrawati rivers two years ago displaced more than 500 families, by Anish Tiwari (kp 28/06/2023)

Clean the water : The state is responsible for ensuring its citizens’ fundamental right to safe drinking water (kp 14/06/2023)

Debel School children studying sitting on the floor (rn 11/06/2023)

Deprived of timely care, Karnali mothers die untimely deaths : Seventeen pregnant women, mostly between the ages of 15-25 years, lost their lives in the last fiscal year, by Krishna Prasad Gautam and Tripti Shahi (kp 04/05/2023)

People Still Losing Lives To Tuins, by Ballav Dahal (rn 24/04/2023)

Musahar children in Saptari village are still deprived of education : Lack of government identity cards and deprivation are forcing Musahar parents to keep their children away from schools, by Abdhesh Kumar Jha (kp 02/03/2023)

Displaced families of October floods and landslides in Mugu languish in flimsy tents : Resettlement is not in sight while survivors face a shortage of food at their makeshift homes, by Raj Bahadur Shahi (kp 01/03/2023) [Nepal's politicians have no time to worry about such unimportant things!]

Bajhang flood victims struggling for justice for over two decades : Around 165 families were relocated to Kailali but 20 years later, they are still landless, by DR Pant (kp 22/02/2023) [One of many cases of denial of assistance by government and administration!]

Eternal wait : The Nirmala Kurmi case is yet another instance of the state’s indifference to the plight of its citizens (kp 27/01/2023)

Victims of last November’s Doti earthquake spend cold winter months under flimsy tarp : Thirty-four people from eight families have been living under one tarpaulin tent in Uparkada, by Mohan Shahi (kp 26/01/2023)

Gupsipakha residents move out due to water shortage : Water supply at the integrated settlement built for earthquake survivors has been disrupted since mid-December due to extreme cold weather conditions, by Hariram Upreti (kp 23/01/2023)

The agony of a stateless citizen : Being without a citizenship at 21 has cost me my ambitions that I had dreamed of since I was 16, by Vivek Baranwal (kp 21/01/2023)

tudents of Hulakdanda see no recourse but to quit studies after Grade 8 : The closest secondary school from Manthali Municipality Ward 6 is at least three hours walk and daily commute is impossible, students say, by Tika Prasad Bhatta (kp 21/01/2023)

Boy goes missing after falling off tuin in Mahakali river (kh 08/01/2023) [In the past, Nepal's various governments have repeatedly declared their intention to replace the tuins with bridges. Where is the action?], Boy goes missing in Mahakali river after falling off a tuin : Police say they are yet to receive details about the incident given the remoteness of the accident site, by Manoj Badu (kp 08/01/2023)

Chopper permit hassles costing lives in Gorkha : Many people, pregnant women in particular, are dying due to the red tape in flying out from restricted areas, by Arjun Poudel (kp 30/12/2022) [Irresponsible administration!]

Surkhet children displaced by floods are dropping out of schools : In August 2014, floods hit several villages in Surkhet and displaced around 970 families. Several children living in the camp are deprived of formal education for financial difficulties, by Tripti Shahi (kp 26/12/2022)

Locals’ demand to build suspension bridge in Jajarkot village goes unheard for the past 15 years (rep 03/12/2022)

Mugu landslide victims exposed to worse suffering in cold (kh 03/12/2022)

Doti earthquake victims languish in tents : Six people died, seven injured and hundreds were displaced in the November 8 quake, by Mohan Shahi (kp 30/11/2022)

Solve Problem Of Landless Squatters, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 29/11/2022)

Government inaction makes life miserable in two flood-prone Banke villages : Residents of Chaupheri and Ramnagar of Duduwa Rural Municipality face inundation and floods every monsoon, by J Pandey (kp 25/11/2022)

Earthquake victims in Far West languish in temporary shelters : Hundreds in Doti and Bajhang have been awaiting resettlement to safer places, by Basanta Pratap Singh and Mohan Shahi (kp 20/11/2022) [Assistance denied by government and administration!]

Silichong residents cut off from district headquarters : For lack of concrete bridges across Arun and Sankhuwa rivers, residents of Silichong Rural Municipality have to walk 25 kilometres to district headquarters, by Dipendra Shakya (kp 18/11/2022)

Earthquake victims of Doti waiting for relief, by Dil Bahadur Singh (rn 13/11/2022)

HPCIDBC warns of demolishing riverside slums if they do not leave within 10 days (rep 12/11/2022) [Without alternative accommodation? The poorest of the poor live here out of necessity. Now you want to destroy the last things they own?]

Victims of Madhesh movement left to fend for themselves : Seven years after their revolt, many survivors struggle to meet basic needs, by Nishan Khatiwada, Bhusan Yadav and Umesh Chauhan (kp 11/11/2022)

Victims of last month’s Pyuthan landslides languish in school buildings : Authorities concerned have offered assurances but haven’t done anything to resettle the displaced victims yet, they say, by Shamsher Bikram GC (kp 03/11/2022)

Conflict victims worried as fate of transitional justice commissions hangs in the balance : Terms of Truth and Reconciliation and Enforced Disappeared Persons commissions expire on October 17, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/10/2022)

Salt provided under grant reaches Humla after a year (rn 30/09/2022) [???]

Displaced flood victims still living under open sky (kh 23/09/2022)

Karnali residents have no grains ahead of festivals : Rice shortage is a perennial problem in the far-flung districts and government help is too little too late, by Krishna Prasad Gautam (kp 17/09/2022)

Shortage of textbooks affects studies in Far-west hill districts : Students, teachers left in the lurch while authorities concerned appear indifferent, by Menuka Dhungana and Tripti Shahi (kp 30/08/2022)

Sankhuwasabha landslide victims being relocated after two years of displacement : Some respite for survivors as 52 families receive land plots for relocation while the process to move 37 families is underway, by Dipendra Shakya (kp 29/08/2022)

Lack of textbooks affects studies in Parbat : Three months into the academic session, authorities’ failure to provide books leaves students, teachers in the lurch, by Agandhar Tiwari (kp 22/08/2022)

16 Nepalis stranded in Saudi Arabia starving on the streets (kh 15/08/2022)

Police detain single mother Niharika Rajput who attempted self-immolation at the President’s Office (rep 12/08/2022) [This raped woman needs justice and medical help, not arrest! What kind of policy is that?], Should a mother be ready to self-immolate for a DNA test of her child? This is just too much: KMC Mayor Shah (rep 13/08/2022)

Poor and damned : State must act to extricate the poor from the teeth of loan sharks (kp 10/08/2022)

Resettle All Freed Kamaiyas, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 02/08/2022)

Freed Kamalaris staying at Dang hostel seek help for sustenance : For a lack of sufficient funds, the living conditions for 37 students in the hostel have worsened, by Durgalal KC (kp 01/08/2022)

Two years after disasters, displaced families are still living in makeshift settlements : In 2020, a provincial ministry paid 26 times more in helicopter fares than what it spent on relief for Sindhupalchok flood and landslide victims, by Arjun Poudel (kp 18/07/2022)

Dhangadhi has been facing inundation for 39 years, by Pushparaj Joshi (rep 13/07/2022)

Melamchi folks waiting for rehabilitation after a year of massive flooding (kh 12/07/2022)

Villagers suffer in the absence of suspension bridge in Thalara : The people of five local units in Bajhang, Doti and Baitadi districts have been hit hard after floods in October last year destroyed the bridge linking Deura Bazaar and Thalara, by Basanta Pratap Singh(kp 08/07/2022)

No lesson learned from the last year’s monsoon devastations : Displaced people are at risk of many communicable and vector borne diseases in the monsoon season, by Arjun Poudel (kp 02/06/2022)

Beni at high risk as embankment yet to be rebuilt : The flooded Kaligandaki river damaged around 50 metres of the embankment during last year’s monsoon, by Ghanshyam Khadka (kp 26/05/2022)

Kin of Dalit youths killed in Rukum (West) two years ago demonstrate at Maitighar demanding justice : Nabaraj BK, along with five of his friends, was killed on May 23, 2020, for allegedly trying to elope with a girl from the so-called ‘upper caste’ (kp 24/05/2022)

People displaced by the earthquake in Rasuwa are still awaiting resettlement : As many as 174 quake-displaced families are staying in temporary shelters at Khalte, by Balaram Ghimire (kp 13/05/2022) [They urgently need the right to vote "None of them"!]

Nowhere safe to go, people in disaster-hit areas live in terror as monsoon nears : Hundreds of people still living in places identified as unfit to reside seven years ago, by Arjun Poudel (kp 05/05/2022)

Nowhere safe to go, people in disaster-hit areas live in terror as monsoon nears : Hundreds of people still living in places identified as unfit to reside seven years ago, by Arjun Poudel (kp 05/05/2022)

Deprivation, hunger and infant deaths in a remote Bajura village : Mothers in Muktikot suffer from lactation insufficiency for lack of nutritious food and lose their babies either in the womb, at birth or at neonatal and postneonatal stages, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 27/03/2022), 84 kids in Muktikot suffering from malnutrition (ht 27/03/2022)

Landslide-displaced families await relocation : More than a hundred families from two villages in Sankhuwasabha were displaced by a landslide two monsoons ago. The displaced are still living in temporary shelters, by Dipendra Shakya (kp 14/03/2022)

Flood victims in Bajhang decry government apathy : Floods victims in the district have been seeking rehabilitation in safe locations for the past two decades but no help has been forthcoming, locals say, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 26/02/2022)

507 Inmates Contract COVID-19 At Siraha Prison (rn 23/09/2020)

Constitution Day is like any other for city’s poor : Official celebrations take place barely a hundred metres from the people queuing up for free meals, by Anup Ojha (kp 20/09/2020)

Our most vulnerable need protection during the pandemic. We can then celebrate the constitution : First thing first, by Shreejana Pokhrel (rep 19/09/2020)

Around 750 quake displaced families live in landslide-prone settlements in Rasuwa : While some families have taken grants from the government to buy a plot of land, most are awaiting relocation to integrated settlements built by the government, by Balaram Ghimire (kp 19/09/2020)

Resettlement plans still to be readied, landslide survivors live in leaking tents : Not only immediate relief, survivors also need means to start their lives anew, experts say, by Anish Tiwari and Timothy Aryal (kp 18/09/2020), Resettle The Disaster-Hit, by Bini Dahal (rn 18/09/2020)

By extending restrictions, government is barking up the wrong tree, experts say : Authorities are still not following the basics—doing effective contact tracing, isolating the infected,  listening to experts and ensuring that there are sufficient dedicated Covid-19 health facilities, by Arjun Poudel (kp 27/08/2020)

Landslide-displaced people worry about their future : Many families who were driven by the landslide in Lidi are not assured by the government’s plan to resettle them, by Anish Tiwari (kp 24/08/2020)

The cost of stigma : The government must run a campaign to counter the infodemic surrounding Covid-19 (kp 24/08/2020)

Flood-displaced families from Bhajani seek refuge in forest: More than 550 families who were displaced by the July flood have moved to  a community forest after living on the Postal Highway for eight days, by Mohan Budhaair (kp 21/08/2020)

Integrated settlement plan in Karnali fails to move beyond paper, by Kalendra Sejuwal (kp 21/08/2020)

‘We had long been asking the authorities to move us to safer locations’: Lidi villagers say they knew a disaster was coming as the area weakened by the 2015 earthquakes was experiencing landslides since the start of the monsoon season, by Anish Tiwari (kp 15/08/2020), 44 feared dead in Sindhupalchowk landslide (ht ht 15/08/2020)

Young woman dies for want of treatment (ht 09/08/2020)

Monsoon-induced disasters occur every year but authorities ill-prepared to handle them: Hundreds of people are displaced by the monsoon disasters in Sudurpaschim Province year after year but the authorities rarely make disaster preparedness plan (kp 11/07/2029)

Conflict victims lament govt’s apathy in their joint submission (ht 11/07/2020)

Exploitation risk for women migrant workers has increased during pandemic, labour migration experts and rights activists say: They have urged the government to protect vulnerable women migrant workers and ensure their wages and other legal rights, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 05/07/2020)

Seven years since the Mahakali floods, victims await compensation: Residents of Khalanga fear possible floods every monsoon, as the embankments that were damaged seven years ago are yet to be reconstructed, by Manoj Badu (kp 21/06/2020)

Lawmakers demand govt bring home Nepalis abroad at the earliest, by Kamal Subedi (rep 17/05/2020), International Committee seeks prompt rescue of Nepalis in crisis (kh 17/05/2020)

Over 400,000 Nepalis stranded abroad appeal for rescue (kh 15/05/2020)

Structures destroyed by floods in the Mahakali river in 2013 are yet to be reconstructed: Only the damaged embankment and two government office buildings have been reconstructed in the last seven years, by Manoj Badu (kp 24/01/2020)

Children deprived of vaccination in Bajura, by Krishna Oli (rep 02/01/2020)

NHRC demands justice for farmers: Says state should not deviate from its duty to protect its citizens (ht 01/01/2020), Arrest absconding mill operator: Govt (ht 01/01/2020)

Without proper sanitation facilities, girls keep missing school during menstruation: While menstrual taboos already lead girls to miss school, a lack of water and sanitation at schools only pushes them to stay away, by Elisha Shrestha (kp 31/12/2019)

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