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73 Nepalis succumb to COVID-19 globally, over 5,000 infected

The number of Non-Resident Nepalis who died of COVID-19 has reached 73 as of Saturday evening. According to the Non-Resident Nepalis Association (NRNA), 49 of them died in the United Kingdom. Likewise, 15 died in the United States, five in the United Arab Emirates and one each in Ireland, Japan, Turkey and Netherlands, according to Coordinator of the NRNA health committee Dr Sajiv Sapkota. Like

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Create employment opportunities for workers affected due to Covid-19 through new budget, say experts

The government should come up with special programmes aimed at reviving the country’s labour sector, provide relief and ensure employment opportunities for workers as they remain devastated by the Covid-19 pandemic, stakeholders say. Labour rights activists, employers and government representatives, during an interaction discussing the pandemic’s impact on the country’s labour

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Government allows Nepali workers on their work-break to return to South Korea

The government has decided to allow Nepali migrant workers, who are in Nepal during their break from work and could not fly back because of travel restrictions, to go back to their jobs in South Korea. A Cabinet meeting on Sunday decided to let Nepali migrant workers, who could not rejoin their jobs because of the travel restriction and ongoing lockdown, return to their work in South Korea

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126 Nepali workers infected by COVID-19 in Bahrain

KATHMANDU, April 29: The number of Nepali migrant workers infected by coronavirus in Bahrain has climbed to 126 as of Wednesday, the Nepal Embassy in Manama said. The embassy had reported last week that 49 Nepali workers were infected by the virus. In a press release, the embassy said today that additional 77 Nepali migrant workers have been infected. During a telephone conversation with

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Stranded in Kuwait, undocumented Nepali migrant workers await repatriation

The Government of Nepal is not doing enough to support its migrant workers. Multiple confusions loom around the diaspora, hoping the Nepal government to sort them out. The precarious example of Kuwait paints Nepal’s despondent approach of handling foreign employment amidst the COVID-19 crisis. Like all Gulf countries, Kuwait imposed a lockdown on February 29, 2020 (extended until May 29)

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33 Nepalis die of novel coronavirus in UK as of Sunday: Embassy

The number of Nepalis who died of the coronavirus in the UK has climbed to 33 as of Sunday, according to the Embassy of Nepal in London.  Spokesperson for the embassy, Sharad Raj Aran told Republica Online over the phone that 33 Nepalis have succumbed to COVID-19 so far.  Most of the Nepalis who passed away due to coronavirus were former Gurkha veterans and their family members, ac

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Nepal stands to lose Rs145 billion in remittance this year

The expected drop has been attributed to the global economic slowdown triggered by the coronavirus outbreak as well as fall in oil prices, according to the World Bank. Remittance to Nepal is expected to drop by a whopping 14 percent this year, signalling an economic distress stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic, said a World Bank report released on Wednesday. This drop in remittance

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COVID-19 affects labour migration: Remittance inflows to reduce by 20%

A study carried out by the World Bank (WB) group has revealed that the remittance inflow will be heavily dented globally due to COVID-19. The report stated that the remittance inflow will decrease by 20 per cent as the migrants all over the world are affected from the pandemic and lockdown. As the countries of work destinations are grappling with the COVID-19, unemployment has gone up and en

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With hundreds of thousands of migrants predicted to return home, Nepal needs to brace for a crisis

A scenario that experts had long warned about is likely to soon come to pass. And it is going to overwhelm the Nepali state. Foreign employment has played an instrumental role in keeping the Nepali economy afloat, but it was never a sustainable option. Now that the global economy is in the throes of a recession due to the Covid-19 pandemic, hundreds of thousands of Nepalis abroad are likely to

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49 Nepalis infected with COVID-19 in Bahrain

Forty-nine Nepali migrant workers are reportedly infected with COVID-19 in Bahrain. The Embassy of Nepal in Bahrain said, coronavirus infection was confirmed in 27 Nepalis recently taking the number of total infected Nepalis there to 49. Reports indicated that the number of COVID-19 patients in the Gulf region has reached 1,008 as of Friday and the condition of three of them is critical. Sev

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