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ADB Lending Hits Record High in Nepal But Disbursement Needs to Match Up

Sunakhari News/ Kathmandu- The Asian Development Bank's (ADB) annual lending to Nepal hit a record high in 2018, but disbursement has been lagging. ADB’s total lending in 2018 reached $592 million and technical assistance at $8.01 million (including $5.31 million in cofinancing) for projects in transport, urban development and water supply, energy, rural roads, agriculture, and natural resources. “This is a substantial increase from the $253 million a year on average lending during 2014–2016 that demonstrates ADB’s strong commitment to Nepal’s economic development and improving the lives of its people,” said ADB’s Deputy Director General for South Asia Mr. Diwesh Sharan, speaking at a country portfolio review meeting jointly organized by ADB and the Ministry of Finance. Mr. Sharan also said ADB’s portfolio performance in Nepal has shown good progress in recent years, but contract aw....

Democracy, press freedom inseparable: NC President Deuba

  Sunakhari News/ Bhimdattanagar- The main opposition Nepali Congress President and former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said the democracy can not exist without press freedom.   While inaugurating the 5th district convention of Nepal Press Union Kanchanpur here today, President Deuba argued that the democracy and press freedom could not be separated.   On another note, he blamed that the federal government did not allocate required budget for the holistic development of the far western province.   He also focused on constructing four-lane bridge over the Mahakli River.   Speaking in the same programme, NC central leaders NP Saund and Rameskh Lekhak viewed that press freedom was essential to enhance democracy in the country.....

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Training 48,000 drivers and their helpers

Sunakhari News Kathmandu The Independent Transport Workers Association of Nepal (ITWAN) is to impart training to 48,000 drivers and their helpers of public vehicles with an objective of reducing the number of road accidents.   The ITWAN is going to launch the campaign with trained drivers and their helpers to reduce road accidents. ITWAN Chair Bhim Jwala Rai said that they were going to launch the campaign as some six to seven people lost their lives every day in road accident.   He said, "We will impart training to drivers and assistant drivers of all provinces about road discipline and traffic rules, which will help reduce road accidents."   The ITWAN has mobilized its all organisations across the nation for the campaign. The organisation would paste stickers reading 'I'm a responsible transport worker', I do not use mobile phone while driving' and 'I follow traffic rules' in all public vehicles under the campaign.   Similarly, the ITWAN would organize health camp for transport workers, where they could undergo blood pressure, diabetes, eye checkup and kidney test free of cost.   According to Chief of Metropolitan Traffic Police Division, Basanta Panta, around 2,500 to 3,000 people lose ....

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Nepal Hosts First Regional Conference of Women in the Power Sector

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More than 250 engineers and energy-sector professionals represented their countries at the first regional conference of the Women in Power Sector Network in South Asia (WePOWER)--a forum to promote and diversify female practitioners’ opportunities in the power and energy sector. They included representatives from 60 participating institutions from local and international power utilities, energy sector organizations, and multilateral agencies.

Pravin Raj Aryal, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation in Nepal, opened the two-day conference on February 20. “Energy access and infrastructure development are critical elements in South Asia’s regional development strategy. However, women’s opportunities to contribute to the energy sector are limited, with a visible lack of gender diversity in technical and senior management positions,” he said.

He added that initiatives such as WePOWER would help nurture partnerships among women professionals, leading....

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ADB Joins Partnership to Promote Women in South Asia Energy Industry

Sunakhari News/ Kathmandu- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is partnering in a new professional network launched today in Kathmandu to promote more female practitioners in South Asia’s energy and power sector. The Women in Power Sector Professional Network in South Asia (WePOWER) aims to support participation of women in energy projects and institutions, as well as promote more women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. The first Regional Conference of WePOWER opened today with 150 attendees, including representatives of energy sector utilities and public agencies involved in projects, technical universities, women engineers, and students. The 2-day event is co-hosted by the World Bank Group and ADB. “WePOWER is closely aligned with ADB’s broader long-term commitment embodied in its long-term Strategy 2030 to remove constraints that women face in finding more and better jobs,” said ADB Principal Social Development Specialist Mr. Francesco Tornieri. “Although this applies to all sectors, we see the energy sector as one of the most challenging.” Energy access and infrastructure development are critical elements in South Asia’s development. An ADB series of Gender Equality Diagnostic studies on the energy industr....

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FSU election within April 13: Minister Pokharel

  Sunakhari News/ Pyuthan- Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Giriraj Mani Pokharel, has stressed on holding the election of the Free Students Union within April 13.   At a press meet organised by Pyuthan chapter of Federation of Nepali Journalists at Nayabazaar today, Minister Pokharel said that the government has been involved to improve academic schedule for new education year, adding that it was necessary to move ahead taking the upcoming year as the year of educational reform by holding FSU election within this year.   Saying some acts have already been formulated and some are in this process, he said it was the common responsibility of the federal, provincial and local governments for the development of education sector.   He further said that the government was in preparation to form High-Level Education Commission under chairmanship of the Prime Minister for reform in education sector as there was commercialization in education system after the movement of 2046/47 BS in the country.   The Education Minister said the ministry has been engaged in formulating socialism-oriented education policy to link education with labour, labour with skill, skill with production and production ....

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Office of Attorney General submits its annual report to President

  Sunakhari News/ Kathmandu- The Office of the Attorney General has submitted its annual report for fiscal year 2017/18 to President Bidya Devi Bhandari.   At a special programme organised at the Office of the President, Sheetal Niwas, today, Attorney General Agni Prasad Kharel, submitted the annual report about the works carried out by the Office of the Attorney General and its subordinate bodies - the Offices of Government Attorneys - in the fiscal year 2017/18.   The annual report was submitted in accordance with Article 159 (1) of the constitution of Nepal.   The details of the works carried out by the Office of the Attorney General and its subordinate public prosecutors, condition of means and resources, physical infrastructures and human resources have been incorporated in the annual report.   As per the report, in this fiscal year, there were 29 thousand 230 cases in which the government was the plaintiff and 58 thousand 539 cases in which it is the defendant.   Similarly, the number of cases, writs and applications in which the Office of the Attorney General and its subordinate Government Attorney Offices had defended or argued in support of is 80,077. This is 6.98 per cent more ....

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Democracy Day to be marked in grand manner

Sunakhari News/ Kathmandu- The 69th Democracy Day is being marked across the country in a grand manner on Tuesday.   The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has called all its subordinates and private media to highly prioritize the dissemination of news bulletins and conduct talk shows relating to democracy on the Day being celebrated for three days from Monday.   The meeting of the subcommittee on publicity of the Democracy Day held under the chairmanship of Ministry Secretary Mahendra Man Gurung today decided that arrangement would be made for the live broadcasting of the Democracy Day programme at Nepal Army pavilion via Nepal Television and Radio Nepal. Other televisions could also hook the programme from Nepal Television.   The National News Agency (RSS) is assigned to disseminate news and features on Democracy Day while Radio Nepal and Nepal Television to hold talk programmes. Similarly, the Gorkhapatra daily will publish special edition articles and features on importance of democracy. The telecommunications providing companies will relay the message on the Democracy Day, the meeting decided.   The Democracy Day celebration main committee was formed under the Chairmanship of Prime Mi....

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First family planning conference on March 18-19

  Sunakhari News/ Kathmandu- The first National Conference on Family Planning is scheduled to take place on coming March 18-19 in the central capital with the theme ‘Family Planning; Reaching the Unreached’.   Around 200 people associated with this sector will be participating in the event to be organised by the Family Welfare Division, Department of  Health Services under the  Ministry of Health and Population.   The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is the major financial and technical assistance contributor to the event. The Conference is expected to be a milestone in increasing people’s access to family planning programmes and towards the expansion and improvement of access to family planning services and information.   Information about this was shared at a programme here today. The gathering will dwell on the issues relating to the commitments in the Family Planning 2020 and the expansion of people’s participation in the family planning.   According to the UNFPA, Nepal’s reproductive rate in 1996 was 4.6 percent and the figure dropped to 2.3 in 2016. Despite efforts, there is noticeable rise in the use of contraceptives. The latest statistics show that the use rate o....

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Forest in Kailali depleting alarmingly 

  Min Thakuri/ Attariya- The forests in Kailali district, which are one of the huge natural heritages of the Province No 7, were rapidly depleting lately owing to various reasons.   Encroachment on forest and its resources was the key factor for depletion of the forest which covers 205,939 hectare (62.68 per cent) of Kailali's total land. Kailali and Kanchanpur districts boast highest area under forest in the Province No 7.   The Rani-Jamara-Kulariya Irrigation Project, Khutiya Dipayal Fast track, Seti Lokmarga among other ongoing development works in Kailali were causing series of onslaught on forests here.   A total of 13,348 trees were cut down in course of constructing Rani-Jamara-Kulariya Irrigation Project in various three phases from one national and 8 community forests in the locality, according to Sector Forest Office, Balchaur.   The Project will channel the water from the Irrigation Project, which is one of the national pride projects in the country, into the Kandra River that flows through Ghodaghodi Municiplaity-10 in Kailali. Project Engineer Krishna Bahadur Bista, expressing his concerns about environmental issues, said that hundreds of trees ought to be chopped to build a canal under this Projec....