View of Nagarkot, Nepal from View Station

1. The air pollution can be measured with Air Quality Index scale. Kathmandu’s AQI is 154 currently, which is “unhealthy”. From an official website, this means “Everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects”.

2.  In 2016-17 water test study conducted by National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), it was found that 78.75% of the drinking water sources (jar, tap, tube-well, bottled water etc.) had coliform bacteria, meaning a party of communicable diseases. Maximum jar and bottled water samples had coliform.

3. In 2016 to 2017 alone, there have been reported incidents of 1667 rape and attempted rape cases. Out of them, around 156 were rape cases in the Kathmandu valley alone. From July 2017 to January 2018, more than 60 rape cases were registered. The number of rape cases has increased by 4 times in last decade.

4. Only 60% of rape cases appear in district and high courts while only 8% of rape cases reach Supreme Courts.

5. In June 2018 (a couple of weeks ago), Department of Food Technology and Quality Control (DFTQC) found harmful chemicals (caustic soda, sodium carbonate etc.) in 42 different packets of packaged milk samples.

6. According to the data of year 2016/17, 5,124 people committed suicide. In the year 2012/13, 3,974 people committed suicide. In the last four years, the country has seen 13 per cent increase in suicide rate. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 10.4 per cent of people who went for foreign employment committed suicide.

7. It was alleged in a report of June, 2018 that Bir Hospital embezzled Rs. 2 billion rupees while purchasing CT scan machines. This is just a tip of the iceberg of embezzlement happening in the country.

8. In July, 2017 director general of Inland Revenue Department (IRD) and other members were taken into custody for the biggest corruption case in history of Rs. 10 billion and more. There were (and still are) legal complications in this case because of vague and broad acts and laws made decades ago.

9. For the last 20 years, prime minister position has been re-assumed more than 20 times.

10. According to findings of 2015 Annual Household Survey, 66% of households didn’t have access to sewage facilities and almost 19% didn’t have proper toilet facilities.

11. In 2015/16 fiscal year, more than Rs. 5 billion was almost embezzled in all government schools of Nepal. “Almost” meaning, it was caught during investigations launched by CIAA.

Some other great incidents:

12.  NEB “republished” the SEE results on June 24, 2018 after reported findings that the previously published results were inaccurate due to “system compatibility issues”.

13. All the centers and offices that take exams related to transportation licenses are closed for June/July 2018. Even with online registration systems, there are queues at the centers that last more than 6 hours.