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DIG Ramesh Kharel quits UN job ‘to consolidate IGP race’

Nepal Police DIG Ramesh Kharel today announced to quit the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping responsibility in Darfur of Sudan and return Nepal. Kharel’s decision has been interpreted as an effort to ensure that he will be appointed the chief of

UNICEF aids in scaling up interventions to combat risks of malnutrition

Two months after the first of two major earthquakes hit Nepal, UNICEF is supporting the Ministry of Health and partners to accelerate delivery of essential nutrition services to over 500,000 children and women in the 14 most affected districts through

WFP vows to continue support

After the parliamentary committee and government sought the explanation on a high UN official’s comment on Nepali media, the WFP came defensive today and said it would continue supporting the people of Nepal, even though it has been dragged into

UN rejects allegation of distributing substandard food in Nepal

The UN today rejected media reports that World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed substandard food to the survivors of devastating earthquake on April 25 and subsequent aftershocks. “It is totally wrong and nonsense to make allegations by the local media

Development partners pledge more than half Nepal’s need

Development partners – including both multilateral and bilateral – today pledged $4.4 billion in aid that is almost two-third the Post Disaster Need Assessment (PDNA) estimation for the reconstruction of Nepal. According to preliminary estimation of PDNA, Nepal needs Rs

Probe ponel reveals WFP supplied damaged rice

A parliamentary investigation concluded that rice supplied by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) – to earthquake victims in Larpak of Gorkha district – was substandard. The WFP officials had distributed substandard rice to the earthquake victims in Gorkha

NZ aid organisations call on to push for debt cancellation for Nepal

Humanitarian aid organisations are calling on the New Zealand government to advocate for the immediate and unconditional cancellation of Nepal’s foreign debt after devastating earthquake on April 25 and May 12 and subsequent aftershocks. NGO Disaster Relief Form chair Ian

WFP does it again, distributes rotten rice in Gorkha

The UN food agency does it again, this time in earthquake-worst hit district of Gorkha. It has distributed rotten rice to the locals putting their health at risk. The rice distributed to earthquake survivors by the World Food Programme (WFP)

South Asia receives largest chunk of climate finance

South Asia received the largest share of climate finance from the multilateral development banks last year, according to a report. Among the regions, South Asia received the largest share of total funding, at 21 per cent. Latin America and the

ADB joins US-led partnership to fight climate change in developing countries

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) today joined a global public-private partnership to provide the highest-quality scientific data and tools to help developing countries improve their climate change planning. “Asia is one of the world’s most vulnerable regions to climate change,”

Nepal asks UNESCAP to support post-quake reconstruction

Nepal has asked the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) to help the country in reconstruction efforts in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake on April 25 and minimising the risks of disasters in

Government, UNFPA Nepal launch campaign for earthquake response and beyond

The United Nations Population Fund, with the support of Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare and UNFPA Nepal goodwill ambassador Manisha Koirala, have launched ‘Dignity First’, a campaign that captures the essence of the life-saving work needed to support

Japan, UNDP seal $1 million emergency grant deal to help Nepal

The government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today signed an agreement for $1 million emergency grant in the aftermath of the two devastating earthquakes to manage debris and create emergency employment through a cash-for-work programme. The

ADB creates emergency trade finance facility for Nepal by expanding its Trade Finance Programme

Asian Development Bank (ADB) is expanding its Trade Finance Programme (TFP) in Nepal by an additional $40 million to help banks finance import of much needed goods to support reconstruction and immediate needs in response to the recent earthquake. “The

Ban urges world to help raise funds for quake-hit Nepal

United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon today urged the member countries and others to help raise an additional $365 million urgently needed to support Nepal devastated by a devastating earthquake on April 25, and its powerful aftershocks. Addressed the United Nations

Delay in donations may deepen crisis for quake survivors: UN

United Nations (UN) Humanitarian Coordinator in Nepal Jamie McGoldrick has warned that the failure of international community to respond to humanitarian appeal launched by the UN and its partners may result in a crippling loss of dignity of divastating earthquake

Emergency immunisation campaign for hundreds of thousands of children at risk : UNICEF

More than half a million children are being targeted in an emergency vaccination drive as fears grow of measles outbreaks in the informal camps that have sprung up since the earthquake on April 25. The campaign is launched by Ministry

ADB hosts Partnership Forum for Nepal, Mahat presents bleak economic picture

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) hosted a Partnership Forum for Nepal today during its 48th annual meeting to affirm international support for the country, following the devastating April 25 earthquake. At the meeting – jointly chaired by ADB president Takehiko


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