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WASH NEWS DIGEST, December 5, 2011  [ back ]
Date: 2011-12-05 00:00:00

WASH WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST
Vol.5 No. 285, December 5, 2011


Dear Readers,

It sounds strange that the country is yet to witness the first disabled friendly toilet but it is true. In the absence of disabled friendly toilets, the people with disabilities have to face problems in using toilets in government and public buildings. Data of National Federation on the Disabled Nepal shows that 15 percent of the total populace in the country is with physical disabilities and three percent among them are completely disabled. However, the government and public buildings in the country do not have toilets friendly for the people with disabilities. The concerned stakeholders seem indifferent towards the construction of disabled friendly toilets for such disadvantaged groups.
 
Some months ago, the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) had planned to construct 30 public toilets with features that are friendly to the people with disabilities. However, the KMC is yet to act on its plan. Therefore, the KMC should not be late in constructing the public toilets friendly to the people with disabilities. This will certainly give some sort of relief to the people with disabilities. Similarly, the government should make mandatory provision of disabled friendly toilets in new government and public buildings.


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KATHMANDU VALLEY

Hisila Yami’s Sister to become chairman of KUKL Executive Board
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Monday, 05 December 2011
Kathmandu: Timila Yami, elder sister of Maoist leader Hisila Yami, is all set to become the new chairman of Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) Executive Board representing the government. KUKL shareholders have agreed to make Timila the chairman of KUKL Executive Board after Hisila Yami gave pressure to change the representatives of Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) and Lalitpur Sub Metropolitan City who did not support for Timila.

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No disabled friendly toilet
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Monday, 05 December 2011
 By: Dipendra Bista

Kathmandu: The government is yet to construct the first disabled friendly toilet in the country. Thanks to the lack of clear government policies, the country is yet to witness disabled friendly toilet. Persons with disabilities have complained that the government has failed to bring concrete policies on the construction of disabled friendly toilet in new government and private buildings.

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KMC gets tidy to welcome Wen
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Monday, 05 December 2011
Kathmandu: The Kathmandu Metropolitan City has begun cleaning the city in the wake of Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao’s three-day visit, beginning December 20. “We will first remove all the pamphlets and posters from electric poles and walls around the civic body,” said Rabin Man Shrestha, deputy chief at the Environment Management Department, KMC. According to KMC, three vehicles with two staff each have been deployed to clear pamphlets and posters.

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Squatters’ forceful eviction in 3 days
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Monday, 05 December 2011
By: Binod Ghimire

Kathmandu: The taskforce formed to implement the plan envisaging forced eviction of squatters residing on the banks of Bagmati River has decided to use force to vacate the encroached land within three days. Holding a meeting on Saturday, the taskforce decided to forcefully evict the squatters after the latter snubbed its last five-day ultimatum issued on Tuesday.

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Squatters defiant as crackdown looms
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Monday, 05 December 2011
Kathmandu: People from 63 squatter communities gathered on the banks of the Bagmati in Thapathali to protest government’s decision to dismantle their huts. Agitators, who have taken exception to government’s notice to clear their settlements within 15 days, called on the government to keep its word to form a high-level commission to address their problems.

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Urbanisation rate highest in Nepal
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Monday, 05 December 2011
Kathmandu: Urbanization and migration of rural population to cities has emerged as a challenge in Nepal posing problems of waste management, air pollution, vehicle congestion, security and management. Speakers at a national population debate organized by Ministry of Health and Population here on Friday said that policy changes are necessary to stop the increasing migration of rural people to the urban areas because this is creating pressure in the cities and towns.

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Aqua Narayani sealed after raid
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Friday, 02 December 2011
Kathmandu: A market monitoring team raided Balaju-based Aqua Narayani Mineral Water and sealed its plant for supplying untreated water in the market. The team comprising officials of the Department of Commerce, Kathmandu Valley Water Supply Management Board, police and consumer rights bodies had found the company on wrong footing of the law.

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KMC asked to mind garbage
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Friday, 02 December 2011
Kathmandu: Minister for Local Development Top Bahadur Rayamajhi has directed officials at the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) to pay attention to the environmental condition of the Capital, especially garbage management.

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Govt to form panel in 10 days to solve squatters’ problems
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Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Kathmandu: The government Monday announced that it would form a High-Level Landless Squatters Problems Resolution Commission within 10 days. The government and the representatives of the Joint National Landless Squatters Front agreed to form the commission in a meeting held at the Prime Minister’s Office at Singha Durbar.

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Promising changes in Bishnumati corridor area
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Monday, 28 November 2011
By: Roshan Sedhai

Kathmandu: The Kalimati-Bishumati area was probably one of the worst places of the Kathmandu Valley given its appalling record of pollution. It nearly turned into a dumping site, thanks to unmanaged vegetable market, open animal slaughter houses and haphazard disposal of solid waste in the past. No other place was so awfully polluted in the Valley if experts are to be believed. But the present situation is a whole new ball game as the Kalimati-Bishumati corridor is a changed area now.

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Squatter eviction deadline gets 3 more days
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Monday, 28 November 2011
Kathmandu: The Committee for Integrated Development of Bagmati has given squatters and landless residing on the banks of the Bagmati River three more days to leave their settlements. On a request from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), the committee extended its 15-day deadline served to the landless squatting alongside Bagmati from Tilganga to Teku. Earlier, it had sent an SOS to the ministry seeking its support for forceful eviction of the squatters.

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NATIONAL

Finnish minister tries doko to taste hardship
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Monday, 05 December 2011
 By: Purna BK

Tanahun: To the surprise of onlookers, Heidi Hautala, minister for International Development of Finland, filled a gagri (pitcher) with water from a well at Thaprek in Tanahun district on Saturday and sought help to carry it on a doko (a bamboo basket). “I had never imagined that a minister from a foreign country would come here and carry my doko and gagri. Ministers in Nepal are not aware of our plights,” said Rupan Kuwar of Thaprek VDC-5.

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Millions down the drain
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Friday, 02 December 2011
Bhadrapur: Investment of tens of millions of rupees has gone to waste due to the closure of the Drinking Water Project within a few months after the operation. The investment of the government had gone to waste as the Gaurishankar Drinking Water Project at Prithvinagar-5 of Jhapa district was closed within a few months of its completion.

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Don’t carry plastic bags below 20 micron
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Friday, 02 December 2011
Damak: Carrying plastic bags below 20 micron can make one poorer by Rs. 551 in Damak of Jhapa. If the monitoring team finds anyone carrying such bags, it has been authorised to penalize the person with Rs. 551 immediately. And if the person denies paying the amount, the area police office will have all the authority to arrest the person and will be allowed to walk free only after paying the fine.

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Thirty-nine VDCs declared open-defecation free zones
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Monday, 28 November 2011
Surkhet: Thirty-nine Village development Committees of the Mid-Western Development region have been declared open-defecation free zones. According to Regional Drinking Water and Sanitation Coordination Committee, the VDCs were declared open-defecation free zones in a period of a year. Of the open-defecation free zones, eight were from Surkhet district.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Win Trust of Customers
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Friday, 02 December 2011
Once again, the Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) has revealed its financial bankruptcy stating that it has no money to carry out its development activities. The KUKL has blamed huge sum of tariff dues, a large part of which is from government bodies and influential customers, for its financial crisis. The long outstanding water tariff dues to be collected by the KUKL have already crossed Rs. 1 billion 200 million.

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ARTICLE

South Asia struggles to tackle sanitation crisis: Can SAARC make a difference?
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Monday, 28 November 2011
By: Mustafa Talpur

South Asia, where more than one billion people reside, simply does not have adequate toilets for performing the natural functions, and out of that about 700 million men, women and children defecate in open in highly undignified manner in remote rural villages to poor and informal urban localities in metropolitan cities.

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