In our poll last week, we asked our followers on Facebook who they trust to be the first responders in actively delivering essential goods and services during the Covid-19 outbreak in Nepal. Amongst the total of 123 votes, 57 per cent trusted the private entrepreneurs, while 43 per cent voted for the government. In a week since the poll went live, Nepal has officially announced lockdown in a bid to contain a potential outbreak of the disease.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has come up with the new executive order, which if comes into action will have stricter control over the production, distribution and consumption of alcohol. One of the proposed regulations of the government is to limit the number of liquor store to two in each ward of a municipality/sub- metropolitan city/ metropolitan city and one in each ward of a rural municipality. Apart from health damages, the government asserts that alcohol consumption is one of the major reasons behind rising domestic violence, rapes and sexual abuses. In that sense, government’s intention to regulate alcohol is fairly justified. But, the consequences of such action could be completely different from what is initially intended. Continue reading