ICYMI: Here are our top stories from Friday, June 21

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Jun 21, 2019-

Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (June 21, 2019).

Late monsoon and critical shortage of chemical fertilisers likely to hit paddy production

With the agricultural sector already bracing for a late and “below normal” monsoon, a critical shortage of chemical fertilisers due to a delay in imports is expected to significantly affect paddy plantation during the peak season.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development said that its stock of di-ammonium phosphate (DAP), the world's most widely used phosphorus fertiliser, is running out and imports have been delayed due to the Finance Ministry not releasing funds on time, said Agriculture Ministry officials. There are 10,000 tonnes of DAP in stock, not nearly enough to meet the country’s demand for even 15 days.


Under the guise of ‘dark humour’, Nepali meme pages promote racism and misogyny

The arrest of comedian Pranesh Gautam earlier this month for a video, where he disparages a recently released Nepali film, sparked conversations about the declining state of freedom of expression and civil liberties in the country. But it also had an intended effect, bringing to light the sexism, racism, misogyny and homophobia so pervasive in much of the contents produced by social media comedians like Gautam for ‘troll’ humour pages.

In the days since Gautam’s release, many public figures and comedians themselves have said that pages like Meme Nepal need to start becoming mindful of the impact and the influence their content, which often veer into personally offensive attacks, can have on other people.


Bajhang’s Pankot-Bhusya road built without technical survey

The road that links Pankot of Jaya Prithvi Municipality to Bhusya of Masta Rural Municipality in Bajhang district is prone to accidents.

According to Lal Bahadur Thapa, an engineer of the District Coordination Committee, the road stretch was constructed without feasibility or technical study. The construction of the road started four years ago with a budget of around Rs10.3 million.


Breastfeeding centre set up at district office for nursing mothers

In a rare show of understanding and solidarity with nursing mothers, the DAO at Marin has managed to set a precedent for other government and private offices to follow. The DAO opened a lactation room for new mothers and their babies on May 19.


Peacekeepers returning from some disease-hit countries avoid airport health desk

Security personnel, especially those from the Nepal Army, usually do not pass through the health desk set up at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

“The Nepal Army does not use the route used by regular passengers,” Gopal Prasad Pandey, a health worker at the airport health desk, told the Post. “Army personnel use a different route for entry and exit.”

The health desk was set up as per the instructions of the World Health Organisation following an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo among other West African countries, where hundreds of Nepali security personnel have been deployed in peacekeeping missions.


Published: 21-06-2019 19:00

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