Gender Equality and Social Inclusion – Incident Monitoring Report 2017

CM-GESI-Final-report-print-page-001This report is based on data of gender based violence and discrimination against women and Dalits collected by the Nepal Peace Monitoring Project throughout 2017.

Source: Gender Equality and Social Inclusion – Incident Monitoring Report 2017


Bill Gates Supports Income Brackets to Describe World

Image: REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Bill gates will eradicate “developing” and “developed” from his vocabulary after reading  a recently released book entitled, “Factfulness,” by his good friend and Swedish statistician Hans Rosling.

Here’s how the four global income levels break down:

Level 1: People live on less than $2 a day. Rosling estimates that one billion people are living at or below this threshold. They get around on their own two barefoot feet, cook over an open flame like a cookfire, fetch water in a bucket, and sleep on the ground.

Some people living in countries like Nepal, Madagascar and Lesotho fall into this income category — but not all.  Many have much higher incomes, especially if they live in big cities.

One Year Without Vehicle Horns

Vehicle HornsTraffic moves along a road in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Nov. 1, 2017. (Sara Hylton/Bloomberg News)

The use of vehicle horns has been outlawed in Kathmandu since April of 2017, the start of the Nepali year.  Many doubted the ban would be successful, but one year later, the streets remain quiet.

“To mark the new year we wanted to give something new to the people of Kathmandu,” said Mingmar Lama, the head of the traffic police at the time the ban was introduced. “The horn is a symbol of being uncivilised. We wanted to show the world how civilised we are in Kathmandu.”

The ban was later introduced in other parts of the country, including the tourist hot spot Pokhara.

Source:   Vidhi Doshi, India correspondent for The Washington Post based in New Delhi.

Tourism Up in Mustang

Tourism in Mustang

According to Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) in Jomsom, foreign tourism rose in 2017 by 34.49 per cent.  Of 52,475 tourists who visited Mustang, 4,115 visited upper Mustang, said Office Chief, Tulasi Dahal.  Tourists come from India, China, America, London, France, South Korea, Canada, New Zealand and Israel.  Among the many tourist sites are Lomanthang, Muktinath, Marfa, Thini and Kagbeni.




UN Awards Medal to Nepal Army


Since becoming a member of the United Nations in 1955, more than 100,000 Nepalis have served in peacekeeping missions around the globe.  On December 14, 2017, a Nepal Army unit was rewarded with a United Nations Medal.   Stationed at Rumbek of South Sudan, the unit was awarded for its outstanding performance by UN Force Commander Lieutenant General Frank Mushyo Kamanzi.  UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres thanked Nepal Army for its role in maintaining peace in the world.

Earlier on November, a Nepal Police unit serving in South Sudan was awarded with a United Nations Medal for its excellent service in the South Sudan Capital of Juba.

Source:  The Kathmandu Post, 15 Dec 2017