Our first priority for COVID vaccine accessibility will be friends like Nepal: Indian Foreign Secy
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Our first priority for COVID vaccine accessibility will be friends like Nepal: Indian Foreign Secy
Foreign Secretary of India Harsh V Shringla, who is on 2-day visit to met Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli.
He said, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi made it clear that we'll ensure COVID-19 vaccine is not just for India but for entire humanity.
We will make this vaccine affordable and accessible.
It goes without saying that our first priority will be close neighbours, friends like Nepal.
I had this opportunity to discuss this with Foreign Minister and Secretary of Nepal.
We'll put our Health Ministries and regulators in touch with each other to ensure that when the vaccine is available Nepal will also have its benefit to the fullest." Earlier in the day, Harsh V Shringla also met Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli at the latter's residence in Kathmandu.
A communist rebel group under the leadership of Netra Bikram Chand Biplav has entered into politics after inking a three-point peace deal with the government. The Communist Party of Nepal (CPN), which has been carrying out a nationwide spree of violence over a period of time, signed a peace deal with the government. The rebel leader announced that the party would contest the election. Ending years of conflict and violence, the Maoist-splinter group signed the peace agreement in Kathmandu on Friday amid a ceremony. Both sides have agreed to resolve political issues through talks and dialogue. CPN (Maoist) has agreed to conduct all political activities peacefully while the government has agreed to lift the ban, release leaders and dismiss cases filed against them. The government's talks team chief Ram Bahadur Thapa and CPN's talks team head Khadga Bahadur Bishwakarma 'Prakanda' formally inked the deal on the occasion in the presence of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, CPN General Secretary Chand and cabinet ministers, among others. CPN (Maoist) had split from the Maoist Communist Party which fought government troops between 1996 and 2006 when it gave up its armed revolt and entered mainstream politics.
Several protestors were injured on Thursday in Kathmandu as resistance against the dissolution of parliament continued to intensify in the Himalayan Nation. Cadres and members of the student union of a rival faction of the ruling Nepal Communist Party clashed with police near the parliament in a bid to enter the restricted area which left several injured. The protest against the "unconstitutional move of Oli to dissolve parliament" on Thursday intensified with the arrest of a female leader Ram Kumari Jhakri from her house. She was arrested in line with Clause 58 of the National Penal (Code) Act, 2017 related to the Prohibition of Intimidation of the President or Parliament. Jhakri while addressing a mass meeting in recent weeks in Gorkha had made comments over President Bhandari which led to the arrest of the leader. According to Clause 58 (2), the person who commits, or causes the offence to be committed, could be jailed up to seven years or fined up to Rs 70,000, or both. Protestors raised slogans against Oli demanding his resignation along with the Home Minister for not being able to maintain peace and stability in the society. Kathmandu has been marred by anti-government protests on a daily basis which has been growing significantly over the period of time starting from December 20 when now caretaker Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli dissolved the parliament.
Amid ongoing tensed situation in Nepal over parliament dissolution issue, Chairman of rival faction of ruling Nepal Communist Party Pushpa Kamal Dahal took a jibe on caretaker Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli challenging him to prove existence of ancient Ayodhya in Thori of Chitwan. In an address to thousands of his supporter and cadres on Wednesday, Dahal hit back on Oli over his false and perplexing claim about birth place of Lord Ram. On 13th July, 2020, now caretaker Prime Minister Oli claimed that ancient Ayodhya lies in Nepal and has ordered to build a Ram Temple to grace the birth of Lord Ram. Earlier to his claim, Oli also blamed India of Cultural encroachment by 'creating a fake Ayodhya'. Nepal's Foreign Ministry also had to issue a release clarifying on the issuewhich has been brought into limelight time and again by Oliwho now acts as caretaker Prime Minister.
With growing rage against the dissolution of the lower house of Nepal Parliament, caretaker Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli met Chief Election Commissioner on Tuesday, urging him to expedite preparations for the elections slated for April 30 and May 10 this year. Oli on Tuesday reached the office of the electoral body to take an update about the preparations for the elections. He met Chief Election Commissioner and other officials. Oli's visit to the election commission comes after a meeting of Council of Ministers decided to hold the first phase of the mid-term elections in 40 districts of Province 2 and Gandaki, Karnali, and Lumbini provinces on April 30 and in 37 districts of Bagmati, Sudurpaschim and Province 1 on May 10 in the second phase. Elected after a landslide victory in the 2017 elections, KP Sharma Oli from the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) became the first Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Nepal. The NCP was formed after the amalgamation of two communist parties in the Himalayan Nation, but it is headed for a split after more than two years. A faction under the leadership of former Prime Ministers Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal has practically broken off from the Oli alliance but has been denied recognition from the Electoral Body.
An Indian national was killed after being fired at by Nepal police. According to the police in Pilibhit, three Indian nationals had gone to Nepal where they reportedly got into an argument with the police. One man was injured and was admitted to the hospital where he succumbed to injuries. The police also said that one of the three men had returned to India while another was missing. Watch the full video for all the details.
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A new study has found that pandemic-related anxiety, boredom, and irregular routines were cited as major drivers of increased nicotine and tobacco use during the initial Covid-19 lockdown. The findings of the study were published in the International Journal of Drug Policy. The research was led by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. The study highlighted the ways that public health interventions and policies can better support quit attempts and harm reduction, both during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. Decreased use, while less common, was prevalent among "social" tobacco users, who cited fewer interpersonal interactions during the lockdown and a fear of sharing products. At the community level, retail access impacted cigarette and ENDS use differently. While cigarettes were universally accessible in essential businesses, such as convenience stores and gas stations, access to preferred ENDS products was more limited, since "vape shops" and other specialty ENDS retailers were typically deemed non-essential and required to close or limit hours. This drove some ENDS users to order their products online, which often resulted in long wait times due to shipping delays, or product backorder as a result of high demand. As a result, some dual users of cigarettes and ENDS increased their use of readily-available cigarettes.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to hold the first rally in West Bengal on March 7 after the announcement of the assembly poll schedule. The rally will be held at the Brigade Parade ground in Kolkata. According to party sources, many folk artists have been invited to perform at the event. The elections for the 294 Assembly seats in West Bengal will begin on March 27. The state is going to witness eight-phase Assembly polls this year. West Bengal is likely to witness a triangular contest this time with TMC, Congress-Left alliance and the BJP in the fray.
The restoration work of Seto Macchindranath Temple, one of the 28 heritage sites which will be reconstructed with the help of India's assistance, has begun on Sunday in Kathmandu. Indian Ambassador Vinay Mohan Kwatra along with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) Sushil Gyawali and Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City Bidya Sundar Shakya jointly carried out 'Bhoomi Pooja' for the restoration of Seto Machindranath temple. The conservation work of Seto Machindranath temple is the first of the 28 cultural heritage conservation and restoration projects being undertaken by the Indian government. New Delhi has committed a sum of 580 crores for cultural heritage sector. All the 28 sites were identified by Nepal Government and both India and Nepal signed Memorandums of Understandings (MoUs) in August 2017. The Seto Machindranath Temple will be conserved as per Nepal's Ancient Monument Preservation Act, and the Department of Archaeology's Basic Guidelines and Manual for conservation and reconstruction of heritage affected by the 2015 earthquake using material close to the original building material at the time of its construction as per the traditional ethos, local traditions, and values that sustain and enriches such living heritage sites in Nepal. The temple located in the heart of Kathmandu city is visited by Hindus and Buddhist devotees to worship Seto Machindranath are considered to be one of the Protectors of the Kathmandu Valley.
The sudden rise in petrol prices amid political uncertainty looming large in the country, students in Nepal hit the streets in capital Kathmandu. Students affiliated with All Nepal National Free Students Union raised anti-government slogans and demanded the state owned Nepal Oil Corporation to rollback the petrol prices. The petrol prices were revised along with the cooking gas on February 10. The Petrol now costs Nepali rupees 114 per litre whereas diesel costs Rs. 97 per litre. The students allege Nepal Oil Corporation for being reluctant to reduce prices even as the fuel prices drop in the international market.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday said that the Central government a plan to provide coronavirus vaccines to around 25-30 crore people by July-August next year. "In the first 3-4 months of..
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