ICYMI: Here are our top stories from Thursday, July 18Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (July 18, 2019).
Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (July 18, 2019).
What you need to know about how the changing climate could impact Nepal
In recent years, Nepal has fallen under the list of countries that are facing the brunt of a changing climate and its associated impacts despite doing little in the past or present to amplify global warming. Here is what you need to know about the urgency of climate change and how it could impact Nepal.
Government mulls signing agreement with India to allow mutual recognition of domestic pesticide tests
In response to the ongoing controversy over pesticide residue tests on imports of Indian farm produce, the government is mulling over signing a Mutual Recognition Agreement with India which provides reciprocal recognition for lab tests conducted in the two countries.
When two or more countries enter into a Mutual Recognition Agreement, they agree to recognise each other’s conformity assessments, which are tests conducted to ensure that certain products, services or processes meet predetermined standards, regulations or specifications. Numerous countries and economic blocs practise such Mutual Recognition Agreements, which primarily apply to vegetables, fruits, plants, animals, medicine and even health certificates.
This is what it’s like to be homeless every monsoon
Every year, Radha Devi Mukhiya watches patiently as the monsoon arrives. She knows what is going to happen next, but there is little she can do about it. As the rains come down, the waters in the nearby Saptakoshi rise, breaching the banks and flooding the village of Hanuman Nagar Kakalini in Saptari.
Mukhiya collects her belongings and moves to the nearby embankment, where she lives under a tent for two to three months, waiting for the floodwaters to recede, surviving on relief material handed out by the government and various charities. This has been Mukhiya’s routine for over three decades now.
Anticipating criticism, government puts Mass Communication Bill on hold
Stung by criticism over a number of controversial bills, including the Media Council Bill and Information Technology Bill, the government has decided to hold back its plan to present the Mass Communication Bill at the federal parliament.
The Mass Communication Bill, drafted by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, had been sent to the Ministry of Law and Justice for finalisation. Officials at the Law Ministry were told to finalise it by the first week of July so that it could be tabled in Parliament during the ongoing budget session.