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ICYMI: Here are our top stories from Sunday, June 9

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Jun 9, 2019-

Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (June 9, 2019).

Nepal ranks 10th in prevalence of child marriage among boys: UN report

The first ever in-depth analysis of child grooms among 82 countries by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund has ranked Nepal as one of the top 10 countries where there is a high prevalence of child marriage among boys.

The study shows that one in ten men aged between 20 and 24 were married as children in Nepal.

Issuing a press release on Friday, UNICEF also revealed that Nepal is the only country in South Asia with a significant prevalence of child marriage among both boys and girls.

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Nepal will struggle to achieve SDGs and universal health coverage without ensuring quality health care, experts say

In October 2017, Nepal’s Parliament passed a landmark bill to ensure health care for all.

Mandatory health insurance for the citizens is the major provision of the Health Insurance Bill, which in Clause 21 states that it will consider each household as a unit and all family members must enrol themselves in the programme.

But for a country to achieve universal health coverage, it must put several factors in place--affordability, availability of essential medicines and technologies to diagnose and treat ailments, sufficient capacity of well-trained health workers and above all a strong and efficient health system.

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Tribhuvan University should change the way it handles thesis writing

All of a sudden, after years of sitting in exams to protract the bevvies of bullet points, the students are faced to deal with thesis writing--a totally unfamiliar object. Thesis demands an independent rumination of an intellectual problem, review of relevant texts, locating and gathering data from the field, and finally writing. The task of thesis, seemingly easy, dumbfounds a graduate as she has not been provided with tools to matter-of-factly relate the readings through her long school career.

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Recharging Nepal’s mountain springs

In the mountainous areas of Nepal, springs are the primary source of water for remote communities, serving as a mainstay of rural livelihoods. Springs are especially critical for dry-season agriculture because they can provide access to water stored in groundwater aquifers. The discharge from springs is declining, however, possibly as a result of population growth and changes in land use (including agricultural expansion and deforestation) and the climate. Recharging and sustaining groundwater aquifers is key for ensuring year-round water availability in connected springs and for reducing the reliance of upland communities on rainfall.

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Developers eye world’s second highest cable car project in Gosainkunda

If constructed, it will also be one of the world’s longest cable cars. The Tourism Ministry had conducted a pre-investment feasibility study of the project in 2008. The 9.4 kilometre-long Gosainkunda cable car project’s upper terminal was recommended at an altitude of 4,205 m.

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Published: 09-06-2019 19:00

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