As Nepal has almost fulfilled the Open Defecation Free (ODF) target with over 95 per cent coverage, many challenges remain in making the universal coverage on sanitation possible and providing safe drinking water. Director General of Department of Water Supply and Sewerage Tej Raj Bhatta spoke to New Spotlight on these and other related issues. Excerpts:
By NEW SPOTLIGHT ONLINE Sep 22, 2018
The concerned authorities have also stated that country’s GDP will be taken to a two- digit level within three years. After achieving 8 percent growth this year, the economy will grow by 9.1 percent next year and a year thereafter it will hit 9.5 percent. During this period of three years, agriculture sector is expected to grow by 6.6 percent and non-farm sector is hoped to grow by 10.7 percent.
By Dr. Tilak Rawal Sep 22, 2018
The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi- Sectoral Technical & Economic Cooperation - BIMSTEC came to be formed also as long ago as 1997. Initially consisting of four countries, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand a fifth Myanmar was added the following year and BIMSTEC formed. Bhutan and Nepal became members later. The secretariat of this organisation is in Bangladesh in comparison to that of SAARC which is in Kathmandu.
By Hemang Dixit Sep 22, 2018
Many nations, rich and poor, fear that their culture, identity, religion and their security will be lost on the massive arrival of foreigners. Despite the musical manifesto made by John Lennon, the idealization of a place without borders will continue to be part of claims made by millions of people.
By Deepak Raj Joshi Sep 22, 2018
Monkeys’ reputations are maybe a tad exaggerated but they certainly get up to all kinds of tricks. They ere infamous for ruining wedding cakes, for example, Unable to find culprits for petty thefts and for moving people’s shoes the monkeys shoulder the blame!Not that they show the least remorse for it.
By Greta Rana Sep 22, 2018
Newer laws against rape were implemented from 17 August 2018. These new laws have increased penalties for the perpetrator, the age of consent, and the time-frame for reporting a rape. However, the state has failed to provide justice to the 13-year old Nirmala Panta and others for over a long period of time to only continuously provide facetious investigation reports and probes.
By Aditi Aryal Sep 22, 2018
It denies the gender binary and is inclusive, advocating the rights of all possible sexes and in the process of fighting the labels that are demeaning towards females as it was done in the second wave, this phase also re- appropriates and celebrates them.
By Shreya Gyawali Sep 22, 2018