Nepal Current Affairs - 2020

Broadcasting Ban on Indian News Channels in Nepal

On 9th July 2020, except for the Indian State-owned Doordarshan’s news channel DD News, Nepal based Multi-System Operators have issued a broadcasting ban on all other Indian News Channels in Nepal.

Nepal Communist Party Accused Indian Media

Earlier on 9th July 2020, the Spokesperson of Nepal Communist Party Narayan Kaji Shrestha had accused Indian News Channels of broadcasting defamatory shows against the Nepali Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli.

As per media reports from Nepal, the decision to ban broadcasting of Indian News Channels by the Multi-System Operators was taken after one of the Indian news channels had broadcasted a show in which the Nepalese Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli is being linked with the Chinese Ambassador to Nepal- Hou Yanqi for preventing the Nepal Communist Party Government from collapsing in Nepal.

Past Instance of Nepal issuing Broadcasting Ban on Indian Channels

Back in November 2015, Cable TV Operators of Nepal has blocked 42 Indian Channels from broadcasting in Nepal. The 2015 broadcasting ban of Indian Channels was due to the Nepalese Government accusing the Indian Government of slowing or stopping cross border traffic along the Nepal Border.

Indian Government didn’t slow or stopped the traffic on purpose along the Nepal border, the stoppage or slowed traffic was due to protests in Southern Parts of Nepal by the Nepali Citizens due to the newly adopted constitution of Nepal.

Sri Lanka and Maldives becomes the First Two Countries from South-East Asia Region of WHO to Eliminate Both Rubella and Measles

Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) has announced on 8th July 2020 that Sri Lanka and the Maldives have eliminated Rubella Virus. With this, Sri Lanka and the Maldives became the first two countries from the South East Asia Region of WHO to have successfully eliminated both the Measles and Rubella Virus.

Measles Virus Eliminated by 5 Countries from the Region

In 2017-18, Bhutan, Timor-Leste, North Korea and the Maldives were the four countries from the South-East Asia Region of the WHO to successfully eliminate Measles Virus. In July 2019, Sri Lanka became the third nation from the South-East Asia Region of WHO to eliminate Measles.

The target year set by the WHO for eliminating Measles from the South-East Asia Region is 2023 (earlier was 2020, Revised in September 2019 to 2023).

Rubella Virus Eliminated by 2 Countries from the Region

Sri Lanka and Maldives the first two countries from the South-East Asia Region of the WHO to achieve the target.

The target year set by the WHO for eliminating Rubella Virus from the South-East Asia Region is 2023.

WHO South-East Asia Region

There are a total of 11 countries in the WHO’s South-East Asia Region. They are India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Maldives, Myanmar, North Korea, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, and Nepal.