Can South Asian rivers be ‘regional public goods’?

Kathmadu,April 05 : South Asia, as a whole, is already facing a water crisis, and it is likely to get worse. Afghanistan, Pakistan and India are already classified as water scarce regions, and crippling drought played out in Afghanistan last year and into this year. Farming is in crisis, with springs drying up in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region, which hosts 240 million people, and climate change is leading to both more floods and droughts as rainfall becomes more...

Empowering Family Farmers Is Key To Achieving Zero Hunger In Southeast Asia

Kathmandu,April 04 : Jakarta, Indonesia – Innovation, access to rural credit – particularly for women – and improvements to rural social protection programmes are important tools to help family farmers in Southeast Asia improve their livelihoods and become more food secure, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said today. Representatives from countries of Southeast Asia are meeting in Jakarta to discuss ways to help smallholder farmers achieve better food security and improved livelihoods in order...

Rhino census still uncertain

Kathmandu, April 3 The much-awaited census of the one-horned rhino population in Nepal remains shrouded in uncertainty. Preparations for the census, which was supposed to be carried out in April, is yet to begin. “We are still talking to donor agencies,” says Man Bahadur Khadka, Director-General of the Department of Wild Life and National Parks. He says that the department is yet to finalise the details of the census. According to conservationists, the ‘window period’ for conducting the census is between April...

Possibility of rain in various areas: Weather forecasting division

  Kathmandu, March 29 : There will be a weather change and possibility of rain in different parts of the country in the next three days. This is a result of the impact of the westerly low pressure system, said the Weather Forecasting Division. There is possibility of a partly and general change in weather in mid and western areas, while hilly, mid and western hilly areas may witness heavy rain, said the Division. Likewise, snowfall is likely in...

Kathmandu’s new road sweeping machines collect 18 tonnes of dust on first night of operation

Kathmandu, March 28 Kathmandu Metropolitan City’s brand new road sweeping machines (broomers) have collected over 18 tonnes of dust from various parts of the city, officials said. According to authorities, the city’s five broomers swept 13 areas on Wednesday night. The machines were deployed in areas such as Sundhara, Tundikehl, Ratna Park, Kantipath, Jamal, Exhibition Road, Putalisadak, Maitighar, Tripureshowr, Teku, Kalimati, Soalteemode. City officials said that most of the dust came from Ratnapark, Sundhara, Jamal and Tripureshwor area. The...

Panda Nation: The construction and conservation of China’s modern icon

Kathmandu,March 27:Historian Elena Songster describes the emergence of the giant panda as a national symbol – and how its conservation has shaped China’s environmental protection efforts today In 2017 the People’s Republic of China (PRC) announced ambitious plans to establish a series of large-scale national parks, some to become the world’s largest. The expressed purpose of some of these parks, distinct from national level nature protection reserves, is to target specific high-profile animal species on a grand scale. Unsurprisingly, a giant...

Putting policy into practice to clean up South Asia’s dirty air

South Asia is home to 18 of the 20 cities with the world’s worst air pollution; 15 of them are in India>> A decade ago, Chinese cities were ranked among world’s worst, but India is now more impacted by deteriorating air quality, according to a recent study on global air pollution levels.>>In cities where air quality showed improvement, such as in China, policies and practices to combat the pollution have played a significant role.>>This post is a commentary. The...

New species of reptile found in Nepal

Kathmandu, March 26: One more species of reptile has been newly discovered in Nepal. Common Leopard Gecko (Eublepharis macularius), a ground-dwelling lizard, which was first found along the Kamdi biodiversity route in Banke district in course of the study about biodiversity has been named ’Baghe Mausuli’ in Nepali. It belongs to the family of Eublepharidae. As said by reptile expert Karan Shah, with the record of this reptile which is new for Nepal, one new family has been added...

Possibility of light rain with cloudy sky

Kathmandu, March 25 : Light and moderate rainfall is likely to occur in most parts of the country including in the Kathmandu valley with cloudy weather due to the influence of the Westerly wind. The Meteorological Forecasting Division stated that there is possibility of intermittent to light rain accompanied by thunder in some places in the western region and few places in the hilly region, owing to the Westerly wind that entered the country from this morning. Meteorologist Ganga Nagarkoti...

Nepal Research Bhavan Opens In Patan

Kathmandu,March 25: Three German research units bundled under one roof Nepal and its various ethnic groups as well as cultural richness have been a treasure for international researchers, explorers, geographers, and anthropologists for many decades. The German research scheme in Nepal with a long history has already undergone various transformations. The first research project was launched in 1959 with government support and with assistance of the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung. Six years later, the Thyssen House opened its doors and...

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