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Women-friendly toilet in city stressed

Canadian Deputy High Commissioner to India, with concurrent accreditation to Nepal and Bhutan, Deirdre Kent suggested that public toilets should be more women-friendly.Kent said so during a field visit to a recently built ‘environmentally, socially and economically sustainable’ public toilet at Ratnapark today. She said though public toilets were essential for everyone, concerned agencies should focus on building infrastructure suitable for women.

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अब पूर्ण सरसफाइको लक्ष्य घोषणा गरिन्छ : बिना मगर

खुला दिसामुक्त देश घोषणा गर्दै हुनुहुन्छ, कस्ता योजना बनाउनुभएको छ ?
सन् २०३० सम्म दिगो विकासका लक्ष्य हासिल गर्न पूर्ण सरसफाइयुक्त नेपाल निर्माण गर्ने हाम्रो संकल्प छ । खुला दिसामुक्त राष्ट्र घोषणापछि हामीले पूर्ण सरसफाइका क्रियाकलाप अगाडि बढाउँछौँ । पूर्ण सरसफाइका ६ सूचकमध्ये चर्पीको समूचित प्रयोग, व्यक्तिगत सरसफाइ, सुरक्षित पानीमा पहुँच तथा प्रयोग, सुरक्षित खानाको प्रयोग, घरायसी एवं संस्थागत सरसफाइ र वातावरणीय सरसफाइका सूचकहरू पूरा गर्न रणनीतिक योजनाका साथ अभियान सञ्चालन गर्छौं । 

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Nepal declared open-defecation free country

KATHMANDU: Nepal has been declared as an open-defecation free (ODF) country amid a programme here today.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli made the declaration on this notable achievement Nepal made at a programme organized by Ministry of Water Supply in Kathmandu. The declaration was made in recognition of all 753 local units of 77 districts that had declared themselves ODF recently.

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Nepal declared open defecation free, but people are still relieving themselves outdoors

Many households in the Tarai districts do not have toilets due to financial constraints and lack of land.

A toilet in Rangpur village of Yashodhara Rural Municipality in Kapilvastu.  Manoj Poudel /TKP

In December last year, Rautahat was declared “open defecation free” district. While gaining the ODF status, Rautahat became the third district in Province 2 and 63rd district across the country to achieve the feat. According to local authority’s data, a total of 82,767 toilets were constructed in the last three years. Like any other district, the ODF declaration was celebrated amidst much fanfare.

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Can Nepal remain open-defecation free?

Declaring Nepal open defecation-free is easy. The real challenge is keeping it so.

The government declared Nepal an open defecation-free country on September 30. It had previously aimed to free the nation from open defecation in 2017 at the fifth South Asian Conference on Sanitation. It is always good to hear that the country is making progress in the social sector, even though belatedly.

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