Nepal Banda benefits none, say laymenBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
Amrita Gharti, 36, a resident of Borhatar, in Kathmandu, was taking her mother to Sahid Gangalal National Heart Centre for a routine checkup on Thursday morning. She was unaware of the general strike announced by the Nepal Communist Party’s (NCP) Prachanda-Nepal faction.
Intermittent fasting: Weight loss regime for manyBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
Intermittent fasting (IF) is gaining popularity worldwide of late for its effectiveness in losing weight and belly fat. With the social-media-driven lifestyle, being fit, looking a certain way, and maintaining a healthy body shape falls in the priority of many people. As IF does not require one to undergo hardcore physical exercises and follow a strict diet, it has been the 'go-to' for many to up their fitness game. IF is not conventionally a diet, but an eating pattern that cycles between periods...
Vaccination compulsory to overcome pandemic: ExpertsBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
The much-awaited COVID-19 vaccination drive is all set to begin from Wednesday. The one million doses of Covishield vaccines received under grant assistance from India have reached all seven provinces and the frontline health workers, including doctors, nurses, sanitation workers, ambulance drivers and people involved in managing the dead bodies of the virus-infected persons, among others, are being vaccinated in the first phase.
Health experts call for precautionary measures against bird flu outbreakBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
Outbreak of the bird flu has been confirmed in India after many states reported unusual deaths of a large number of birds over the first week of January. The government of India has already issued an alert to all states warning the possibility of transmission of H5N8 subtype of the influenza A virus, commonly known as bird flu. As Nepal shares an open border with India, it currently is under threat of being hit by bird flu outbreak.
Shun Personal AttacksBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
The recent political development in Nepal has divided the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) into two factions. While the Oli-led faction is in the government, the Prachanda-Nepal faction has been denouncing Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli's decision to dissolve the House of Representatives (HoR) by organising various protests. The Prime Minister's decision to dissolve the Lower House of federal parliament is also drawing a mixed reaction from the public. Some are regarding it as apolitical, arbitrary,...
Plasma therapy decreases with fall in virus casesBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
Gradual decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases for two months suggests that the spread of the novel coronavirus in Nepal has somewhat come under control. With the reduction in the number of active cases of COVID-19 and the institutional isolation centers, Intensive Care Units and ventilator facilities becoming empty, the use of Convalescent Plasma Therapy (CPT) for the treatment of virus-infected patients has also declined.
House dissolution right of executive: PM OliBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Sunday submitted a written clarification to the Supreme Court regarding the dissolution of the House of Representatives. In the written statement, Prime Minister Oli mentioned that in a parliamentary system of government, the Prime Minister is impliedly vested with the right to dissolve the Lower House. “The fact that the HoR can be dissolved by the President in the recommendation of the Prime Minister is an implicit value of the parliamentary system of government....
COVAX aid insufficient for Nepal, say expertsBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
One year into the pandemic, nations across the globe are working round the clock either to manufacture vaccines against COVID-19 or to ensure their access to them. On Sunday, the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) had stated that vaccines required for 20 per cent of the population would be received under the COVAX facility from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and GAVI, among others. "Altogether 72 per cent of the total population of Nepal would require immunisation, of which 20 per cent...
Has COVID-19 threat decreased with increased recovery rate?By Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
In the last one month, Nepal has observed a significant increase in the recovery rate from the novel coronavirus. The daily update of COVID-19 revealed by the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) on Tuesday showed the recovery rate at a whopping 94.1 per cent and the number of active cases has decreased to 12,686. Due to the decline in daily infections and increasing recoveries, the crowd in public areas, roads, and offices without continuing the practices of physical distancing and other safety...
COVID-19 recovery rate close to 92%By Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
With 1,703 new cases of novel coronavirus confirmed on Friday, the national COVID-19 tally has surged to 229,343. "In 10,460 Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) tests done in the last 24 hours, as many as 1,703 persons, 696 females and 1,007 males, were found to have been infected with SARS-CoV-2," informed the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) in its update.