Plan International aims to impact 1m girls
Plan International Nepal aims to impact one million girls by building movements for girls through its direct and indirect programme work in next five year in Nepal, it announced organizing a program in Lalitpur on Monday to mark its 80th anniversary.
Plan International Nepal announced that its new focus is on girls and women leadership. Plan International Nepal as a child-centered organization will focus its program on gender-based violence, eliminating discriminatory norms and harmful practices.
Plan International has its global five-year strategy starting in 2017 to protect the children and empower girls through its various programmes. The strategy spells out that it will take action so that 100 million girls would learn, lead, decide and thrive globally.
Speaking at the program, Country Director of Plan International Sven Coppens said, “Plan International will make efforts and resources to advance child rights and equality for girls working within the goals of Sustainable Development Goals and government priorities in Nepal.”
The humanitarian organization has been working in Nepal since 1978, helping marginalized children, their families and communities to access their rights to survival, development, protection and participation, according to a press statement issued by the organization. It operates child-centred development programs in 45 districts.
Since the April 2015 earthquake, the organization has been working in response and recovery in earthquake-affected areas in the sectors of education, health, shelter, water sanitation, child protection and livelihood. According to Program Support Manager of Plan International Nepal Subhakar Baidya, at least 287,847 individuals with 117, 230 children have benefitted from the response program. He mentioned that 12 model safe schools in six quake-affected districts are under construction to support the reconstruction work of Nepal.
Plan International has been working in over 70 countries to advance children’s rights and equality for girls.
'Sarangkot-Naudanda' trekking route to come back to operation
The route from Sarangkot and passing through Kaskikot and Toripani before reaching Naudanda had not been in use since a long time. The 14-km trek starts from the foothills of Sanrangkot hills and is very good for tourists who want a day-long trek, said senior officer at NTB, Pokhara Surya Thapaliya.
Boy injured in crocodile attack receives Rs 250,000 for treatment
Arjun Harijan, 12, of Ghailaghari in western Chitwan was injured in a crocodile attack when he was swimming in Rapti River, Chitwan, on April 7. The financial assistance was collected from Nepalis living in and out of the country for the treatment after the news related to the incident was disseminated by the RSS.
One killed in Makwanpur road accident
Ghanashyam Banjara,48, of Makwanpurgadhi Rural Municipality-4 died on the spot after the motorcycle (Na 7 Pa 962) he was riding was hit by the oil tanker truck (Na 6 Kha 1091), according to District Police Office, Makwanpur. Banjara was heading towards the industrial area from Hetauda bazar when the accident took place. The truck and its driver have been taken into custody for necessary action.
Two fake examinees arrested
Two fake examinees who had appeared in written examination conducted for recruitment in Nepal Army service were arrested and handed over to the Area Police Office. The arrested are Pasang Rai of Baraha Municipality in Sunsari district and Dhan Bahadur Rai of Dhankuta.
One dies in accident
A man died in a road accident here this afternoon. Ghanashyam Banjara,48, of Makwanpurgadhi rural municipality-4 died on the spot after the motorcycle (Na.7. Pa. 962) he was riding was hit by an oil tanker (Na.6 Kha. 1091), according to District Police Office, Makwanpur.
Challenges for reconstruction
One of the major challenges faced in the reconstruction process of Nepal is the absence of elected local government. Lack of government in local level was reflected in the major pre-disaster and post-disaster events, where it took months to reach the affected region and still no widely-accepted data is available. In the absence of an elected local government, top-down approach of governance has its own accountability deficit.
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Making sense of Adityanath's rise in Modi's India
The most notorious incitement of communal hatred by Adityanath was his exhortation to 'kill ten woh log ['them' meaning Muslims]' rather than knocking the doors of legal system 'if one Hindu is killed' in riots.
Identity and nationhood
Whoever says nationhood is not important would be lying. For example, belonging to a particular nation may give certain advantages to a person that one belonging to another nation would not get.
The shankha blower from Bichour
Coincidentally, Ram Lal Joshi, the Radio Nepal singer had his house adjacent to ours and had been hearing him blow it every day. Hari worked as a bagainche in Singha-durbar during day. Ram Lal got him to blow the shankha as a part of musical instrument for Radio Nepal’s iconic signature tune.
Traffic Police in Kathmandu
As busy and hassling as the traffic system in Kathmandu is, the Traffic Police here have to handle an equally strenuous job. Over 1,400 traffic officers in and around the Kathmandu Valley battle against the pestering traffic and air pollution each day.
Menstrual taboo outdated
I have seen my sisters and friends isolated and treated in discriminatory manner during their first menstruation cycle. They were not allowed to look at the sun, to touch water source, flower, fruits, any male family member, nor even hear their voice. The activist may claim the situation has changed and I do agree but still during every month my loved ones turns into untouchables beings.