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Victims tossed into bureaucratic minefield (ht 28/03/2017), Thousands of quake victims left in a lurch (ht 28/03/2017), Reconstruction drive sluggish in Sindhuli (ht 28/03/2017)

Barpak survivors fear they may not get further aid, by Sudip Kaini (kp 27/03/2017)

Landslide-hit return to live in disaster-prone site, by Ananda Gautam (kp 27/03/2017)

Ramechhap locals struggle to build houses for lack of timber, by Tika Prasad Bhatta (kp 26/03/2017)

NRA website gives wrong information about rebuilt houses (ht 25/03/2017), NRA says previous team misinformed on number of houses rebuilt, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep 25/03/2017)

Ministry of forest told to supply timber to victims of earthquake (kp 24/03/2017)

Lack of forms deprives victims 2nd batch of aid, by Tika Prasad Bhatta (kp 23/03/2017)

NRA Act inadequate for reconstruction task: CEO Pokharel; "If the NRA remained with the same powers and guidelines as now, I don't see any future for it" (rep 23/03/2017)

Govt told to launch reconstruction fund within a month (ht 23/03/2017)

Low-cost designs: The low-cost designs could also be popularized among non-victims across the country who have a low budget to build a house (ht 23/03/2017)

STC okayed to sell piled up stock of zinc sheets (kp 22/03/2017)

Lack of classrooms affecting children’s education: Students of various grades taught under the same tattered tarpaulin, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 22/03/2017)

NRA approves six new designs of low-cost housing (ht 22/03/2017) [Such houses can hardly be built at that cost in remote mountain areas with no road access where houses have to be built on slopes!]

Reconstruction delayed further as few quake victims turn up for 2nd tranche, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep 20/03/2017)

NRA Chief urges support of local communities for reconstruction (rep 18/03/2017)

NRA starts distributing 3rd tranche of housing aid (kp 16/03/2017), Dolakha quake victims start getting third tranche: So far, 67 houses have been rebuilt in Dolakha following the government set criteria (rep 17/03/2017)

Reconstruction still delayed in Dhading, by Shankar Shrestha (rep 14/03/2017)

2nd tranche of grant uncertain in Sindhupalchok (kp 13/03/2017)

NRA asks govt to issue budget for resettlement (kp 13/03/2017)

Reconstruction affected in lack of professional engineers, by Madhusadan Guragain (rep 13/03/2017)

Non-life insurers still to settle 25 percent of quake-related claims (rep 13/03/2017)

Reconstruction impasse: A stable and effective leadership is essential in the NRA to overcome obstacles, by Narayan Marasini (kp 12/03/2017)

Cold snap adds to misery of quake-displaced (kp 12/03/2017)

Kavre villagers get 2nd tranche of housing aid, by Nagendra Adhikari (kp 11/03/2017)

NRA decides on Rs 200,00 land purchase fund (kp 11/03/2017)

Assessment of quake damage over in Parbat (ht 10/03/2017)

Mountains without men: Two years later, a serious shortage of construction workers is hampering post-earthquake rebuilding, by Om Astha Rai (nt 10/03/2017)

Rebuilding a future, by Simrika Sharma (rep 10/03/2017)

The day Ban Ki-moon cried: Have we done enough to support the earthquake victims in Nepal?, by Surendra Bahadur Sijapati (kp 09/03/2017)

NRA deadline leaves landless quake victims worried, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 09/01/2017)

Quake-displaced demand safe place for resettlement, by Sudip Kaini (kp 08/03/2017)

15pc quake victims yet to receive first tranche of govt aid (ht 08/03/2017) [In 14 of the 31 affected districts; people in the other districts have got nothcing at all after almost two years and, to a greater part still live in shelters!!]

NRA to probe complaints through CDOs, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep 07/03/2017)

‘Reconstruction work procedure to be amended’ (ht 06/03/2017)

Quake-hit schools being rebuilt in Ramechhap (ht 04/03/2017)

Rebuilding of schools delayed in Okhaldhunga, by Kumbharaj Rai (kp 03/03/2017)

Contract signing brings hope to Kavre quake victims (ht 02/03/2017)

Quake-hit school building rebuilt (ht 02/03/2017)

Dhading reconstruction moving at a snail’s pace, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp 28/02/2017)

Lack of fund slows over 100 projects (kp 28/02/2017)

233 quake ravaged school buildings rebuilt in Chitwan, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp 28/02/2017)

Govt intensifies quality check of construction materials (ht 28/02/2017)

NRA proposes land grant for quake-hit squatters: Beneficiaries will have to leave original settlements and buy pieces of land in safer areas to rebuild. by Manish Gautam (kp 27/02/2017), NRA plans Rs 100,000 relocation grants to households at risk, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep 27/02/2017)

NRB to facilitate quake victims to build houses (ht 27/02/2017)

Shortage of workers delays reconstruction, by Kumbharaj Rai (kp 25/02/2017)

NRA dials dev partners for more technical support (kp 24/02/2017), NRA asks donors to extend technical support to quake victims, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep 24/02/2017)

First tranche of grant given in some Kavre VDCs (ht 24/02/2017)

Bhumlutar, Phalante quake victims finally sign aid agreement, by Nagendra Adhikari (kp 24/02/2017)

Remote Chitwan settlements left without school after earthquake, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp 23/02/2017)

No relief for quake victims (ht 23/02/2017)

The man who rebuilt a village (kp 23/02/2017)

Rs 50m released to mobilise engineers (kp 23/02/2017)

NRA to call beneficiaries to claim 2nd aid tranche (kp 22/02/2017)

NRNA starts building housing project for earthquake victims, by Sudip Kaini (kp 20/02/2017)

NRA nudges ministry over interest-free loan for quake victims (rep 20/02/2017)

Much delayed reconstruction: Now that rebuilding houses is finally under way, there’s much the NRA should focus on (kp 20/02/2017)

Reconstruction of 4,067 quake-damaged schools yet to begin, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep 20/02/2017)

Families that rebuilt homes on their own to get lump sum grant: Those who have rebuilt their houses on their own  following the prescribed guidelines for reconstruction  will be eligible for the aid: NRA (kp 18/02/2017) [Victims in the other 17 affected districts still get nothing!?]

Timber distribution for reconstruction (ht 18/02/2017)

Post quake rebuilding: Let women lead; With male members away, women have started rebuilding their homes destroyed by 2015 earthquakes on their own, by Kriti Bhuju (rep 18/02/2017)

Post-quake reconstruction: Education of thousands of students in jeopardy; MoE at wit’s end as govt scrambles to generate fund to rebuild schools, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/02/2017)

600 quake-hit families still live in Chuchepati tents (ht 16/02/2017)

For whom hope is all that’s left, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 16/02/2017)

PAC begins probe into I/NGOs irregularities (rep 15/02/2017) [I/NGOs are criticised because they do not do what the Nepali state should have done for long???]

SC allows NRA CEO to remain in post (rep 15/02/2017)

Process to activate Rs 21b NRA fund starts, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 14/02/2017)

19,866 to get aid for retrofitting houses, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 13/02/2017)

Chepang folk deprived of housing aid (kp 13/02/2017)

Quake victims’ data collected in 35 Khotang VDCs (ht 13/02/2017)

Red tape stalls grant, loan signing with India: Indian govt has pledged $1b for rebuilding efforts (kp 12/02/2017)

NRA begins work on integreted settlements: An NRA taskforce has  started identifying an  alternative place for the 57 out of 117 settlement areas deemed highly vulnerable (kp 10/02/2017)

Sindhupalchowk quake victims start getting 2nd tranche, by Dhruba Dangal (rep 10/02/2017)

Quake victims in Ramechhap say rebuilding aid hard to get, by Tika Prasad Bhatta (kp 10/02/2017)

53% quake victims in Valley receive first tranche (rep 10/02/2017)

NRA told to ensure homes for quake-hit before monsoon: A compiled data from the NRA shows 14,000 houses damaged by the earthquake have been rebuilt and another 30,625 are under construction as of Wednesday (kp 09/02/2017), Distribute first and second tranches by next 3 months: House panel to NRA, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 09/02/2017)

Proposal to lift ban on excavation in Chure worries stakeholders, experts, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 09/02/2017)

720 families in 4 districts get 2nd tranche of aid (kp 07/02/2017)

NRA starts training Nepal Army personnel for reconstruction (kp 06/02/2017)

Schools grab community homes in north Dhading, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp 05/02/2017)

Panel formed for resettlement of landslide-prone villages (kp 04/02/2017)

Govt fails to provide promised timber to quake victims, by Shankar Shrestha (rep 04/02/2017)

NRA: Over 27,000 quake-hit families rebuilding houses (kp 03/01/2017)

VDC secys’ protest hits reconstruction, by Raj Kumar Karki (kp 03/02/2017)

One more integrated settlement (ht 03/02/2017)

Reconstruction yet to begin in 10 Kavre VDCs (ht 03/02/2017)

Price hike of sand, stones affects rebuilding: Quake survivors accuse local crusher operators of profiteering, by Nagendra Adhikari (kp 03/02/2017)

Dhading DAO to investigate fake quake victims, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp 03/02/2017)

I/NGOs told to maintain transparency (kp 03/02/2017)

NRA chief lays foundation stone for integrated settlement: Quake survivors of 58 risky areas to be shifted to integrated settlement (kp 02/02/2017)

Landless quake victims: Why are we deprived of state aid?, by Shankar Shrestha (ht 02/02/2017)

93pc families get first tranche of aid (kp 01/02/2017) [But only of those registered in 14 of the 31 affected districts! This is unbelievable after almost two years!]

Rebuilding Sindhuli houses could take more than a century, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 01/02/2017)

NWEDC restores quake-affected communities (kp 31/01/2017)

NRA to mobilise fresh engineers in quake-hit districts (ht 31/01/2017), NRA planning to spend hefty amount for deploying volunteers: Experts term the plan unnecessary and a populist program, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 31/01/2017)

Laprak quake victims dismayed by NRNA's terms, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 31/01/2017)

Failure to train masons on time slows reconstruction, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 30/01/2017)

Government puts local restructuring report on hold, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 28/01/2017)

NRA releases Rs 11.75b for second tranche (kp 27/01/2017)

Various I/NGOs building health posts flouting reconstruction guidelines, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 26/01/2017), NRA to quiz ministry over lack of design approval (rep 27/01/2017)

Shortage of masons threatens to hamper reconstruction efforts (kp 25/01/2017)

966 families without land titles denied housing aid, by Nagendra Adhikari (kp 25/01/2017)

Rebuilding Kathmandu: When utopian romance in the ‘Master Plan’ fails to connect with grassroots aspirations, ‘rumour’ fills the ensuing void and morphs into action-inducing ‘reality’, by Sabin Ninglekhu (kp 24/01/2017)

Housing aid distribution starts in Bhaktapur (kp 23/01/2017)

NRA to hire staffs on contract to resolve manpower crunch, by Sangeret Sangroula (rep 23/01/2017)

Nepal Army personnel to aid house reconstruction (kp 21/01/2017), Army, APF to train masons in quake districts (rep 21/01/2017)

The grant rush: As the distribution of the housing reconstruction grants begins to pick up pace, rampant  irregularities threaten to derail the legitimacy of the rebuilding process, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 21/01/2017), Reconstruction update (ht 21/01/2017)

econstruction drive stops with grant nowhere in sight (ht 20/01/2017)

Cash transfers in Nepal earthquake response, by Sangmo Yonjan-Tamang (rep 20/01/2017)

Failing to make the list: Many genuine earthquake survivors are missing from the list for housing grants due to frequent changes in government, by Shreejana Shrestha (nt 20/01/2017)

Dolakha reincarnated: The earthquake destroyed the historic trading town of Dolakha, rebuilding it would revive its historical importance, by Sahina Shrestha (nt 20/01/2017)

NRA seeks army, police manpower for reconstruction, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 19/01/2017), NRA seeks NA, APF help in reconstruction (kp 20/01/2017)

Forgotten victims: Petty politics is slowing down the reconstruction process and hurting the earthquake survivors, by David Kainee (kp 19/01/2017)

Second reconstruction tranche from today (rep 18/01/2017), Post-quake reconstruction: 2nd tranche of aid distribution begins (kp 19/01/2017)

NRA to monitor I/NGO activities from next week, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 16/01/2017)

Quake-hit in Ramechhap demand 2nd tranche of aid, by Tika Prasad Bhatta (kp 16/01/2017)

Timber shortage in Gorkha hits reconstruction progress, by Sudip Kaini (kp 16/01/2017)

47.9 million cu ft timber needed for reconstruction (rep 16/01/2017)

Longer the delay in spending available funds, harder it will be to secure new funds, interview with Govind Raj Pokharel, new CEO of NRA (kp 16/01/2017), Ramp up spending: That govt hasn’t acted, despite knowing pitfalls of low capital expenditure, is embarrassing (kp 17/01/2017), Low capital expenditure: Begging for money but not having a plan to spend it is an age-old problem in Nepal, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 17/01/2017), Govt to unveil action plan to ramp up capital expenditure, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 18/01/2017)

NRA bid to issue rebuilding grants before monsoon (kp 15/01/2017)

Reconstruction chipping away Bhaktapur’s heritage (ht 15/01/2017)

Quake survivors unhappy with government grant (ht 14/01/2017)

NRA starts data collection in Bhojpur, Khotang districts (kp 13/01/2017)

Reconstruction Works: Moving At A Snail’s Pace, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 12/01/2017)

Leadership change in NRA: Govt dismisses Gyewali, brings Pokharel back, by Pragati Shahi (kp 12/01/2017)

Localisation of humanitarian response: A lesson from Nepal’s earthquake is that INGOs need to strengthen local actors instead of themselves, by Subindra Bogati and Andy Featherstone (kp 12/01/2017)

NRNA begins construction of housing facility in Laprak, by Sudip Kaini (kp 12/01/2017)

Over 19,000 Bhaktapur quake-hit awaiting aid (kp 12/01/2017)

Continued aftershocks: Govt has to seriously look into how it is handling post-disaster reconstruction (kp 09/01/2017)

Shortage of skilled workers affects reconstruction work (ht 07/01/2017)

Tired of the cold wait, quake survivors rebuild on their own (kp 06/01/2017)

Getting the facts straight: It’s high time the government and donors made an honest assessment of reconstruction and resettlement works in earthquake-affected areas, by Navin Singh Khadka (kp 06/01/2017), Learning to reconstruct: Volunteers from around the world are filling the gap left by the government in helping rebuild quake-damaged schools, by Shreejana Shrestha (nt 06/01/2017) [Be sure, NRA and govt will be looking for ways how to criticise and punish these voluteers!], Owning up to our past: Bureaucratic insensitivities worry local communities working to rebuild heritage sites, by Sahina Shrestha (nt 06/01/2017)

NRA chief furnishes clarification: Gyewali points finger of blame at govt agencies; Says he has fulfilled his duty within the given jurisdiction, by Pragati Shahi (kp 05/01/2017), No sight of solution to thousands of landless Kavre quake victims’ problem, by Raj Kumar Parajuli (ht 05/01/2017), NRA chief Gyewali blames govt for the delay, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 05/01/2017), Govt ‘decides’ to sack NRA chief Gyewali, by Praveen Dhakal (rep 05/01/2017), Govt prepares ground for giving NRA chief executive officer boot: Asks Sushil Gyewali to clarify why he should not be relieved of dutiesn CEO says he is yet to receive any letter seeking fresh clarification (kp 06/01/2017), Gyewali to furnish clarification tomorrow (ht 07/01/2017), Gyewali gets letter that seeks to send him packing (kp 07/01/2017), No justifiable ground to sack me: NRA CEO Gyewali defends, by Samipa Khanal (kp 09/01/2017), Gyewali moves court: Gyewali demands an interim order seeking his reinstatement as the chief executive officer of the National Reconstruction Authority (kp 17/01/2019)

Female contractor busy building quake-hit village, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp 05/01/2017)

Engineers reach Lamjung villages to collect data of quake survivors (kp 05/01/2017)

Tripartite pact signed with 87pc of registered families: NRA (kp 04/01/2017)

Survey for housing grant to be complete only by February (rep 03/01/2017), Data collection of quake victims in limbo (ht 03/01/2017)

Quake-hit families crushing pebbles for living, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp 01/01/2017)

Govt seeks clarification from NRA chief exec: PM’s core team is learnt to have the perception that  Gyewali subtly defied the government’s instructions on the pretext of legal hurdles and donor sensitivity, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 30/12/2016), Government seeks clarification from NRA chief over ‘lacklustre’ performance, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 30/12/2016), Govt seeks clarification from NRA CEO again, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 30/12/2016)

NRA mobilises teams to find out vulnerable settlements (kp 28/12/2016) [Please take time! It's only 20 months since these settlements have been destroyed!], Technical teams to collect data on quake victims (ht 29/12/2016)

NRA staff agree to return to work (kp 27/12/2016), Govt increases allowances for rebuilding technicians (kp 30/12/2016)

One year of reconstruction: Staff crunch dogs NRA since birth (kp 26/12/2016)

Quake victims’ data collection begins in Khotang (ht 25/12/2016)

Return to work within two days, govt tells engineers: Challenged to hand in individual resignations at concerned offices (kp 23/12/2016)

Govt to collect data of quake-hit households in Lamjung: An official at the Central Bureau of Statistics says engineers will start digital data compilation from December 30, by Aash Gurung (kp 22/12/2016) [Which engineers? Those who have resigned??]

Reconstruction woes: Providing succour to earthquake survivors is a national priority as well as a humanitarian imperative, by Maina Dhital (kp 22/12/2016)

Bitter winter looms: Govt’s handling of reconstruction has been slow and irresponsible (kp 21/12/2016), Construction of quake victims’ houses stops, by Arjun Poudel (ht 21/12/2016)

NRA engineers, technicians resign en masse, by Pragati Shahi (kp 21/12/2016), NRA upset by engineers’ unsporting action (kp 22/12/2016)

Post-quake rebuilding: Ministry okays distribution of second tranche of aid, by Pragati Shahi (kp 20/12/2016)

On the brink: One and a half years is a really long time for rebuilding. No wonder earthquake survivors feel like it’s been ages, by Ravi Lochan Paudyal (rep 20/12/2016)

Council of ministers to discuss Kavre quake victims’ issues (ht 20/12/2016) [??]

NRA’s amendment proposal okayed (ht 19/12/2016)

Only 3637 quake victims of 94072 in Valley get first tranche, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 19/12/2016)

Rural reconstruction: Hope amid ruins; Government needs to ensure that reconstruction carried on individual basis or through I/NGOs meets safety standards, by Sandesh Paudyal (rep 17/12/2016)

Rebuilding staff on warpath (kp 17/12/2016), NRA forwards proposal to revise technicians’ incentives: The frequent strikes by the technical staff mobilised in quake-affected districts have affected the reconstruction works in rural districts (kp 18/12/2016)

Political stalemate ‘stalled’ reconstruction process (kp 16/12/2016), Political stalemate ‘stalled’ reconstruction process (kp 16/12/2016)

800 earthquake victims start rebuilding in Kavre (ht 15/12/2016)

Quake victims request second batch of aid, by Nagendra Adhikari (kp 13/12/2016)

Over 445k families received first tranche of housing aid (kp 10/12/2016)

INGOs unable to fund Rs 300,000 quake grants for all, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 10/12/2016)

Promises to keep: The pledged assistance and the need for reconstruction should receive high priority of the government and the political parties (ht 09/12/2016)

Building back Bungamati: Earthquake survivors of historic town find that preserving heritage is expensive business, by Astha Joshi (nt 09/12/2016)

NRA lacks fund to distribute second tranche of housing grant (ht 08/12/2016)

NRA coordination committee urges acceleration in reconstruction works (ht 08/12/2016)

Most I/NGOs behind on monthly reports: NRA (ht 08/12/2016) [Deeds are more important than reports! What are you doing, NRA?]

Reconstruction of health post buildings delayed, by Sudip Kaini (kp 07/12/2016)

Unstable policies, standards, procedures hindering reconstruction, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 07/12/2016)

NRA-hired engineers start protest (kp 07/12/2016), Engineers’ strike hits reconstruciton, by Sudip Kaini and Anish Tiwari (kp 09/12/2016)

Red Cross unhappy with govt's NGO policy on reconstruction (rep 07/12/2016)

Sluggish construction affects reconstruction: In lack of building, a school operates from toilet, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 06/12/2016)

NRA misses its self-set deadlines again: The NRA has signed grant agreements with only 58,405 of the total 94,072 eligible victims, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 06/12/2016)

Survivors of quake-hit districts still waiting: Large number of affected households in Dhading, Makawanpur, Nuwakot yet to get housing aid, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 04/12/2016)

Quake victims demand inclusion of genuine victims for grants: Only 57 percent victims sign agreement due to obstruction so far; NRA shows indifference about the problem, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 03/12/2016)

10,600 quake-affected deprived of housing aid (kp 02/12/2016) [related to Makwanpur district only]

Quake victims yet to recieve house construction grants, by Madhusudhan Guragain (rep 01/12/2016)

Reconstruction of govt buildings begins (ht 27/11/2016)

NRA picks BFIs to distribute aid inside Valley (kp 26/11/2016), 5 days left for signing agreement with Valley quake victims (rep 26/11/2016)

300 schools without classrooms in Sindhupalchok, by Anish Tiwari (kp 26/11/2016)

17,000 cu ft timber distributed in Sindhupalchok: Few families have started building homes due to ‘insufficient’ fund; Nepal receives around  Rs 70 billion every year in remittances from migrant workers who are based in India, by Anish Tiwari (kp 25/11/2016) [!!]

PM's promise delays second tranche of quake grant: 1,114 victims apply for second tranche, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 24/11/2016)

Quake victims in despair as harsh winter looms, by Dhruba Dangal (rep 24/11/2016)

Quake victims left to shiver under temporary tents: How can we construct quake-resistant house with Rs 50,000?: Quake victims, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 23/11/2016)

Rebuilding ongoing for 12k houses: 3162 houses being  reconstructed in Nuwakot, 2143 in Dhading, 1583 in Sindhupalchok, 1214 in Dolakha and 994 in Kavre (kp 23/11/2016), Reconstruction of around 12,000 homes begins (ht 23/11/2016)

53 homes built in two months: Earthquake survivors were provided construction materials instead of cash, by Nagendra Adhikari (kp 23/11/2016)

Timely release of funds crucial to implement projects: NRA; The NRA has estimated a budget of Rs 120.75 billion alone for the housing aid—for the first and second phase of aid distribution to around 7.5m households (kp 22/11/2016), Now for action: The NRA has spent a lot of time and energy just in preparing the action plan. Now, it is time to put the plan into action (ht 22/11/2016)

As winter looms Sankhu quake victims start rebuilding without aid, by Gyan P. Neupane and Sangeet Sangroula (rep 22/11/2016)

NRNA to rebuild houses in Laprak (ht 22/11/2016) [Why has NRNA not been allowed to do so before?]

NRA unveils time-bound action plan: The NRA says it will deploy 100 volunteers to each of the affected VDCs; sign agreements with quake victims in Kathmandu Valley within 10 days (kp 21/11/2016), NRA to settle complaints by Jan (ht 21/11/2016), Quake survivors in Gulmi sans housing aid, by Ghanshyam Gautam (kp 21/11/2016)

Govt preparing to show NRA chief door? Rift between Dahal, Gyewali has widened of late, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp 18/11/2016)

6,000 quake victims living around BP Highway not granted permits for house reconstruction (ht 18/11/2016)

Post-earthquake response: The way forward, by Kedar Neupane (ht 18/11/2016)

Recovery is still a far cry in Barpak, by Sudip Kaini (kp 18/11/2016), Quake-destroyed homestays reopen after reconstruction, by Sudip Kaini (kp 18/11/2016)

Quake victims in trouble as houses under construction fail to meet standard, by Madhusudhan Guragain (rep 17/11/2016)

PM Dahal talks to NRA chair about reconstruction delays: The directive committee of National Reconstruction Authority will discuss a time-bound action plan on Sunday (kp 16/11/2016), PM dissatisfied with NRA’s work (ht 16/11/2016), Approaching winter concerns quake victims, by Anish Tiwari (kp 16/11/2016), Community school students still studying in temporary classrooms, by Pratap Bista (kp 16/11/2016), Reconstruction grant agreement signing resumes at Raksirang (ht 16/11/2016)

Housing aid yet to reach needy in remote VDCs, by Kumbha Raj Rai (kp 15/11/2016)

NRA teams to monitor housing aid utilisation (kp 12/11/2016)

Locals rue govt delay in signing grant agreement (ht 10/11/2016)

NRA mobilises Rs 3.57billion for housing grant in Valley: The fund will be used to provide first tranche of Rs 50,000 to the beneficiaries (kp 10/11/2016)

It'll take over 3 months to address quake victims' complaints: NRA, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 08/11/2016)

IB mulls household insurance for quake grant beneficiaries (kp 06/11/2016)

Housing aid signing process begins in Valley (kp 05/11/2016), Govt to sign grant deal with quake survivors (ht 06/11/2016)

Langtang folk step up rebuilding efforts, by Prakash Adhikari (kp 30/10/2016)

NRA aid panel meet to raise recovery funds (kp 29/10/2016) [?? You're not even able to distribute the huge amount of money you already have at hand!!]

Dhurmus-Suntali to hand over model settlement to quake victims today, by Dhurba Dangal (rep 28/10/2016)

The long wait: People displaced by the earthquakes cannot be left in limbo for much longer (kp 27/10/2016), PM tells NRA to pick up pace (kp 27/10/2016) [Yes, please take govt and parties as example!]

Sindhuli quake victims yet to get grant (ht 25/10/2016), Shindhu quake victims wait for 2nd batch of aid, by Anish Tiwari (kp 26/10/2016)

Dissected development: Post-earthquake recovery efforts need to be consolidated for greater effectiveness, by Sudeep Uprety (kp 25/10/2016)

Timber crisis affecting housing reconstruction, by Tika Prasad Bhatta (kp 23/10/2016)

At least 900 people in Kavre yet to receive aid for rebuilding (kp 23/10/2016)

Slow progress in development works criticised (ht 21/10/2016)

Quake victims in Valley to get first tranche before Tihar: Ministry; Around 100,000 victims in Valley may qualify for house reconstruction grant: NRA, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 20/10/2016) [And what about the victims in the so far untouched rural districts?], Work begins to release housing aid in Valley (kp 26/10/2016)

350,000 families still without aid (kp 19/10/2016) [Besides, victims in many districts have not been included at all!]

'Construction materials banks' to open in quake-hit areas, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep 18/10/2016)

CBS concludes beneficiary survey in Valley, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 17/10/2016)

School reconstruction yet to gather pace, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 16/10/2016)

Quake victims yet to receive govt grant (ht 15/10/2016)

Post-quake reconstruction: 100,000 homeless families without aid, by Sarin Ghimire (kp 08/10/2016)

Integrated settlement for quake survivors: PM Dahal lays foundation stone, by Sudip Kaini (kp 08/10/2016)

Fair disbursement: Govt needs to make sure quake victims can access aid even without political connections (kp 06/10/2016), Slow progress: It is still not clear when the NRA will conclude agreements with the development partners for the financial assistance they had pledged (ht 06/10/2016), Landless earthquake victims deprived of grants, by Dhruba Dangal (rep 06/10/2016)

Nepal stares at funding gap of Rs 600 billion, by Pragati Shahi (kp 05/10/2016), NRA has signed up only Rs 272b so far out of 938b needed: Less than half the signed-up amount received, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 05/10/2016)

NRA gears up to form a panel for aid management (kp 04/10/2016)

Engineers to distribute grant: Government has decided to authorise engineers to distribute housing aid in those districts which lack local bodies (kp 30/09/2016)

Cashing in on politics: For the moment there is only Rs 343 billion in the kitty for reconstruction, by Shreejana Shrestha (nt 30/09/2016), Reconstruction grant is Dasain allowance: Earthquake survivors are using the first tranche of their home reconstruction grant for everything but reconstruction, by Shreejana Shrestha (nt 30/09/2016), NRA warns against spending reconstruction money on Dashain (rep 01/10/2016)

Post-quake rebuilding: With few takers, timbers start to decay, by Anish Tiwari (kp 30/09/2016)

NRA fails to provide first instalment of grant to quake survivors (ht 29/09/2016)

Filling the gap: In the absence of men it’s the women who are taking up the responsibility of rebuilding houses in rural areas, by Ishwar Rauniyar (rep 28/09/2016)

Implementing new announcements: PM asks secretaries for action plan (kp 26/09/2016), PM not dissatisfied with NRA, says Gyawali (ht 26/09/2016), NRA may decide on additional grant today, by Sarin Ghimire (kp 26/09/2016), PM gives NRA until Oct 6 to issue first housing grants (kp 27/09/2016)

Engineers call off strike (kp 25/09/2016)

Aid distribution: Over Rs18b mobilised for first tranche of cash: NRA; Of an estimated 800,000 homes damaged in 14 districts, NRA listed 533,182 as true beneficiaries (kp 21/09/2016), Housing grant distribution: Local bodies told to distribute first tranche before Dashain; he local bodies have so far signed grant agreements only with 450,032 of house owners (rep 22/09/2016)

Over 70 per cent quake-hit households get first instalment (ht 19/09/2016) [But only in 11 districts and almost one and a half year after the earthquake!], Over 150k needy yet to get first trance of aid (kp 20/09/2016), 25 per cent quake victims receive grant amount in Kavre (ht 20/09/2016)

Lack of relocation plan puts victims on a slippery slope: Some families have already started rebuilding on the same spot where their previous houses once stood, by Pragati Shahi (kp 18/09/2016)

Call to use single women’s fund in rebuilding homes: The fund, set up by the Women’s Ministry, has Rs40 million lying unused for the past three years (kp 17/09/2016)

Victims put off by red tape in grant distribution, by Ramesh Khatiwada (rep 16/09/2016)

Rebuilding aid: Deals with households in Valley from next week; The NRA says distribution of housing aid will start immediately after the completion of verification of quake-hit households (kp 15/09/2016)

Quake victims spend housing Aid on clothes, electronics (kp 14/09/2016) [This should not be generalised! Top mobiles can hardly be financed by the small amount of "housing aid" some of the victims have got so far!]

Rebuilding in Okhaldhunga: Engineers go on strike; Engineer Rajendra Dhamala says they have started the protest to mount pressure on the NRA for appointment letter and salary (kp 13/09/2016)

Earthquake survivors still await govt grant (ht 10/09/2016)

PM’s extra assistance promise hard to keep: There is a funding gap of Rs488 billion, excluding the Rs80 billion required to provide the additional Rs100,000 per household (kp 09/09/2016) [Call it populist propaganda!]

Govt prepares to up housing grant: PM Dahal reiterates government’s commitment to help the quake-affected by increasing the grant by an additional Rs100,000 (kp 06/09/2016), Rs 50k cannot build a house: Quake victims, by Anish Tiwari (kp 06/09/2016)

More than half of listed households get rebuilding aid (kp 04/09/2016) [one and a half year after the earthquake some pocket money for half of the households in a handful of districts only!]

Inconsistent policy: Providing Rs. 50,000 to those whose houses were not damaged so badly and an additional Rs. 400,000 for purchasing land at safer places on top of Rs. 200,000 is good (ht) [Even more important would be to include the people in all the affected rural districts and not only a few of them including the KTM valley!]

Quake-hit villages of Sindhupalchowk finally start receiving grants, by Dhurba Dangal (rep 30/08/2016)

Sindhuli quake victims complain against NRA (ht 29/08/2016)

Over 31 pc earthquake victims receive first tranche (rep 29/08/2016)

Reconstruction resource centres scrapped (kp 18/08/2016) [??]

NRA completes assessment of 50,000 Valley households: The NRA says it aims to complete assessment of all affected households in Kathmandu Valley by mid-September (kp 24/08/2016)

Grant distribution gathers pace (ht 22/08/2016)

Survey in remaining 17 quake-hit districts only after a month (rep 20/08/2016)

Building back better: Strengthen local efforts, by Valerie Julliand (ht 19/08/2016)

PM for increasing reconstruction grant to Rs 300,000, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 17/08/2016)

Signing of housing grant agreements in limbo in Kavre (ht 13/08/2016)

Not the fairest of them all: For all the expenses on reconstruction, an investment of a few million rupees more is worth the aesthetic value, by Deepak Thapa (kp 11/08/2016)

Housing aid distribution: PM asks authorities to release first tranche by mid-Sept (kp 11/08/2016), ‘Sindhu survivors to get aid in a month’ (kp 11/08/2016)

300 quake-hit families get animal sheds (kp 06/08/2016)

Close to 300k families sign housing aid deal (kp 05/08/2016))

Nuwakot folk uphold tradition while building quake-resistant houses, by Krishna Thapa (kp 31/07/2016)

Necessity of culture: The impact of the earthquake cannot and should not be measured in physical terms only, by Umesh Pokharel (kp 31/07/2016)

Builders of Barpak: With electrification, Barpak is back in business, by Manisha Aryal (nt 29/07/2016)

Engineers decry lack of pay and work in Dolakha: Engineers deployed to the district say that they have been without work and pay from the day they arrived two months ago (kp 27/07/2016)

Speed it up: It is over a year and still many earthquake victims are without shelters. The grant should be provided without delay so that the homeless people can build permanent houses (ht 27/07/2016)

CLPIU gets nod from NRA to utilise Rs 20 billion (ht 27/07/2016)

Housing grant distribution on hold since July 16, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 26/07/2016)

Quake victims’ data collection begins in Bhaktapur (ht 25/07/2016) [??]

NRA gets finance ministry’s go-ahead to spend Rs 84bn (ht 24/07/2016)

In northern Dhading, elderly face daunting task of rebuilding, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp 20/07/2016)

Quake victims’ data to be collected again Bhaktapur (ht 19/07/2016)

Kavre tremor victims get first instalment of grant amount (ht 19/07/2016)

Post-earthquake reconstruction: Directive to promote local participation (kp 18/07/2016)

NRA signs aid agreements with 248,559 families (kp 16/07/2016)

Nearly 100,000 households claim to be excluded from NRA’s beneficiary list (ht 14/07/2016) [not to talk about the completely excluded districts!]

Villagers building quake-resilient homes in Gorkha (kp 13/07/2016)

NRA wants more staff to expedite rebuilding: The NRA has so far signed housing aid agreements with 223,830 families (kp 09/07/2016)

Lengthy grants process a big hassle for quake victims, by Dhruba Dangal (rep 09/07/2016)

The black roofs of Gatlang: Once lauded as the ‘gem’ of the Tamang Heritage Trail, Gatlang is now  scrambling to salvage what the earthquakes ruined, by Umesh Pokharel (kp 09/07/2016)

Post-quake reconstruction: Banks to disburse aid to cluster settlements (kp 08/07/2016)

Quake-hit abandon shelters, return to whence they came, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp 04/07/2016)

NRA endorses complaint redressal guideline (ht 03/07/2016)

Donors warn of pulling plug on support programme: Express serious concerns about quality of construction, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp 30/06/2016), NRA signs aid deal with over 180k families (kp 30/06/2016), WB brings housing aid deal home to govt: Reiterates grant in three tranches after achieving ‘defined milestones’ (kp 01/07/2016) [?? Nobody can start reconstruction of sustainable houses with 415€, not even in rural areas of Nepal! Even 1660€ are only an assist-starting for families that have lost everything!], Congress calls for holding talks with donors, by Sarin Ghimire (kp 01/07/2016)

NRA sub-regional offices authorised for rebuilding (kp 28/06/2016)

Army starts handover of community homes (kp 25/06/2016)

NRA flooded with 73,187 complaints, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 23/06/2016)

Subsidised credit for rebuilding homes: Loans worth Rs 16.5m extended as of mid-May (kp 19/06/2016)

Govt treasury surplus reaches all-time high: Sluggish capital expenditure leaves over Rs 200 billion in state coffers, by Mukul Humagain and Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 18/06/2016) [Against the background of the people's sufferings and urgend needs, this is a fundamental humanitarian crime for which the irresponsible politicians and administrators should stand trial!], House reconstruction programme: Guthi land dwellers could miss out on aid; The National Reconstruction Authority has announced  to distribute house reconstruction aid to only those quake survivors who have land deeds (kp 18/06/2016)

NA building safe community homes in quake-hit areas (kp 16/06/2016)

Misplaced charity: NC’s criticism of government irregularities in reconstruction needs serious attention (kp 16/06/2016)

Reconstruction aid list: 14,000 quake-displaced in Dolakha lodge complaints, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp 14/06/2016)

Local elections must to speed up reconstruction work, say experts (ht 14/06/2016)

2,004 beneficiaries get housing grant (ht 13/06/2016)

The waiting game: At Siru Bari, a quaint hamlet in Nuwakot ravaged by last year’s quakes, patience is wearing thin, by Dibesh Karmacharya (kp 11/06/2016)

Over 171k households to get first tranche of housing grant (ht 10/06/2016), NRA orders release of first tranche to 171,677 victims (rep 10/06/2016)

944 families get rebuilding aid in Gorkha, by Sudip Kaini (kp 07/06/2016)

NRA signs pact to rebuild 8,100 houses (ht 07/06/2016)

Earthquake resilient construction: Masons, carpenters hone skills, by Anup Ojha (kp 05/06/2016)

NRA fails to include all affected households: Lawmakers point out discrepancies in the beneficiary survey conducted by the authority (ht 02/06/2016), NRA survey left out many quake victims: Lawmakers, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 02/06/2016)

NRA signs pact to distribute relief funds (kp 01/06/2016), Grant for victims: Besides providing the grant assistance to the victims the NRA should also provide tents and tarpaulins to the victims so that they protect themselves from the rains till they build their permanent shelters (kp 01/06/2016), Empty VDC secretary posts in quake districts slow grant pay outs, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 01/06/2016)

36,287 quake grants inked, 1,000 victims get 1st tranche so far, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 30/05/2016)

NRA, bankers’ associations agree on housing grant disbursement (kp 28/05/2016), Distribution of housing grant to earthquake survivors to start soon (ht 28/05/2016)

Post-quake reconstruction: Engineers idle for want of rebuilding aid agreement (kp 27/05/2016)

Govt directs local bodies to take lead: Local development officers, chief and executive officers of municipalities and VDC secretaries of 14 districts to take lead in data collection, identification of victims, expert coordination and information dissemination, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 25/05/2016) [Why only 14 districts? Solukhumbu, for example, has been heavily affected by the earthquakes with many houses being uninhabitable as officially recognised by the government!]

House rebuilding aid delayed in Dolakha district, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp 18/05/2016), ‘Vulnerable groups at exclusion risk’ (kp 18/05/2016)

Rs 410 billion to come from donors: Besides Rs91b for 2015-16, NRA plans an additional on-budget expenditure of Rs450b over the next three fiscal years (kp 18/05/2016)

Rs 11b aid for 11 districts (kp 17/05/2016)

Signing of grant agreement halted in Kavre villages (ht 16/05/2016)

NRA issues guidelines for volunteer mobilization, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep 16/05/2016)

CPIU releases Rs 11bn for reconstruction purposes (ht 16/05/2016)

1,040 engineers in quake-hit districts (kp 14/05/2016)

Post-disaster recovery framework: Rs 838b five-yr reconstruction plan unveiled; ‘Private houses to be constructed within two years’; According to the Post-Disaster Recovery Framework, 500,000 households, 7,000 educational institutions, 446 health posts, 2,900 heritage sites were damaged by last year’s quakes (kp 13/05/2016)

Shortage of forms halts aid agreement process (kp 12/05/2016)

Engineers reach Gorkha to help people rebuild, by Sudip Kaini (kp 06/05/2016)

Khumbu locals build houses on their owns, by Kumbharaj Rai (kp 05/05/2016)

Govt to form labor pool to facilitate reconstruction, by Rudra Pangeni (rep 05/05/2016)

NRNA asked to build model settlement in 2 years (ht 03/05/2016)

Parties ask cadres to help in house reconstruction  (kp 29/04/2016) [Without any money from reconstruction funds??]

Over 1,300 engineers deployed in 11 districts (kp 28/04/2016)

Quake survivors urge govt to rope in development partners, by Pratichya Dulal (kp 28/04/2016)

Govt in dark about work of most aid agencies in quake-hit districts, by Narhari Sapkota, Nirajan Paudel, Ramesh Khatiwada and Dhruba Dangal (rep 28/04/2016) [The government is in the dark because it left the suffering people alone for one year! NGOs do the work that should have been done by government agencies!]

Improving the lives of children: The year to come will be critical as UNICEF wants to build back better and reduce disaster risks for children, by Karin Hulshof (kp 24/04/2016)

Building back better? Lack proper risk assessments of settlements in many of the worst affected areas are adding to vulnerability of the population, not lessening it, by Pragati Shahi (kp 24/04/2016)

Building better: We should improve rehabilitation services and build accessible infrastructures, by Phillip Sheppard (kp 24/04/2016)

Year of inaction: The performance of National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), which was established with much fan-fare, has been disappointing, by David Kainee (rep 23/04/2016), Virtually no gov’t rebuilding a year after Nepal quake, by Binaj Gurubacharya (kp 23/04/2016), Forget them not: On first anniversary quake victims are waiting for government support and donors are frustrated, by Giri Bahadur Sunar (rep 23/04/2016), NRA fails to introduce PDRF on time (ht 23/04/2016), Landless quake victims missing out as Nepal rebuilds: Oxfam (ht 23/04/2016), Dolakha locals reconstruct quake-damaged houses with locally-available resources, by Ramesh Khatiwada (rep 23/04/2016), 319,912 households ‘real beneficiaries’: Rebuilding authority to start signing aid agreements from tomorrow (kp 23/04/2016)

Loans issued to quake survivors in Hetauda, by Pratap Bista (kp 22/04/2016)

Barpak born again: The epicentre of destruction has also become the epicentre of reconstruction, by Santa Gaha Magar (nt 22/04/2016)

Grant distribution to begin in 11 quake-hit districts, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 21/04/2016)

Rebuilding works set for expansion in 11 districts (kp 20/04/2016), Langtang locals unhappy with NRA, by Krishna Thapa (kp 20/04/2016)

Go local: The NRA has proposed 17 different residential building models for post-quake rebuilding. Most of these models are defective, by Keshab Sharma (rep 19/04/2016)

NRA allows NGOs, INGOs to extend grants to earthquake survivors (ht 16/04/2016) [Govt and NRA are still trying to make help for last year's earthquake victims as complicated as possible instead of finally distributing the international aid money to the suffering people and hindering NGO#s to fill the gap!!]

Housing aid too little, too late? Gorkha tremor survivors say Rs 200,000 not enough to build homes, by Sudip Kaini (kp 15/04/2016)

NRA to get budget of around Rs 150bn next fiscal year: Authority unlikely to introduce post-disaster recovery framework for reconstruction within April 24 deadline, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 14/04/2016)

2,400 engineers in all districts soon (kp 14/04/2016)

Central bank’s loan scheme for quake survivors falls flat, by Bibek Subedi (kp 14/04/2016)

NRA to allow NGOs in rebuilding homes: Extra rules for mobilisation via one door; 3-side deal for reconstruction, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 11/04/2016), NRA guideline on mobilisation of NGOs in offing (ht 12/04/2016)

Reconstruction authority begins work in Kavre (ht 11/04/2016)

NRA: Grant distribution through banks difficult in remote areas, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 07/04/2016)

NRA eschews its decision on aid distribution (kp 04/04/2016)

NRA extends first instalment of grant (ht 02/04/2016)

Post-quake reconstruction: Over half a million damaged houses surveyed so far, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 01/04/2016), Re-verification delays timber distribution (kp 01/04/2016)

Ensure HR during post-quake recovery’ (kp 30/03/2016), Rights-based reconstruction: The National Reconstruction Authority should treat the earthquake victims as rights holders and empower them, by Madhab Regmi (kp 30/03/2016), PM censures NRA, and by extension, own govt: NC leader Mahat accuses government of viewing reconstruction through partisan lense, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 30/03/2016) [Oli forgot to mention himself and the other so-called leaders as the most responsible persons!!], Markhu survivors take out loans for rebuilding, by Pratap Bista (kp 30/03/2016)

Ruined reconstruction: Works held hostage by disputes, red tape, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 28/03/2016)

10 more rebuilding resource centres to be established (kp 27/03/2016)

Pace of post-quake reconstruction too slow, say German MPs (ht 27/03/2016)

NRA issues rebuilding funds to ministries, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 26/03/2016)

Slow pace of aid signing irks NRA (kp 25/03/2016)

First office set up outside Capital (kp 24/03/2016), NRA’s first sub-regional office opens (ht 24/03/2016)

Uphill task for NRA: to put together team: Some argue mobilising civil servants will be easier than hiring new staff, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 23/03/2016)

Reconstruction and its elusive grand narrative: The government has boxed itself into an impossible situation of trying to control everything, something it doesn’t have the required resources or capabilities to do, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp 19/03/2016)

More problems likely to rain down on quake survivors this monsoon: NRA mulling ‘transitional shelters’ as rebuilding work fails to take off, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 18/03/2016), Complaints outnumber aid deals (kp 18/03/2016)

78 Singati families receive letters for housing grant, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp 15/03/2016) [??]

Plan distributed substandard zinc sheets: Quake victims, by Ramesh Khatiwada (rep 15/03/2016)

First grants to be issued from Singati centre: Two banks are  scheduled to sign grant contracts with displaced families today, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 13/03/2016) [Please not mere show but effective relief and reconstruction aid for quake effected families without further delay!!], Banks find few takers for loans to rebuild quake-hit houses: Bankers attribute the low demand for  the credit to ‘complicated procedure’ (kp 13/03/2016), Housing aid distribution from Singati deferred: Leaders of some parties demand cash for all at once (kp 14/03/2016), Local protests mar quake grant distribution: NRA accused of mobilizing NGOs only, bypassing local leaders, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 14/03/2016)

Deconstruction authority: The government should stop trying to be a control freak, and open up the space for earthquake survivors to easily rebuild their homes (nt 11/03/2016)

Quake victims rebuilding on their own worry about reconstruction grant, by Narhari Sapkota (rep 11/03/2016)

Rules in place to supply timber for quake-hit (kp 11/03/2016) [11 months after the earthquake!!], No relief: 2.5 million earthquake survivors have waited one year for help while the Reconstruction Authority discusses procedures and guidelines, by Sahina Shrestha (nt 11/03/2016)

Agreements on housing reconstruction signed (ht 11/03/2016)

Talk of quick survey for aid hollow: House assessment aimed to be completed by mid-April but, as of yesterday, only 46 percent work over: NRA, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 10/03/2016), Call to involve women in rebuilding process (kp 10/03/2016), Ensure safety before rebuilding: Singati folk, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp 10/03/2016)

Earthquake victims: Banks seek permission to disburse grants, by Bibek Subedi (kp 09/03/2016)

With will and strong backs, a quake-hit village rebuilds without waiting for govt: What kept them from giving up was a decision that the village has capacity to recover (ht 09/03/2016)

NRA shifts goalpost as victims wait: While the Post Disaster Needs Assessment has put the number  of earthquake-affected houses at 498,852, the Nepal Reconstruction Authority has surveyed only 150,000 households so far, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 07/03/2016), NAR to distribute first installment of grant: The authority will soon provide 25pc of total amount to quake-affected households (ht 07/03/2016) [???], Homes for earthquake victims unlikely before monsoon: NRA (kp 08/03/2016), Reconstruction body preparing framework (kp 09/03/2016)

1,300 get accounts as NRA gears up for rebuilding aid: Cash distribution to be delayed due to NC convention (kp 04/03/2016)

Earthquake Response: One-Door Policy and Multi-Door Expectations, by Prabin Manandhar (sp 04/03/2016)

Govt mandates NRA to disburse rebuilding aid: Families rendered  homeless will get  Rs 200,000 each and house loan of up to  Rs 2.5 million (kp 03/03/2016)

NRA fails to set up regional offices: Staff shortage blamed; Planned reconstruction from Singati, Dolakha uncertain; No decision on hiring , by Bhadra Sharma (kp 01/03/2016

NRA tightens noose around I/NGOs: Nonprofits barred from engaging in reconstruction work without prior approval (rep 29/02/2016) [?? This reminds of the government statements shortly after the earthquakes! The affected people are still waiting in vain!!], Victims remain in dark about govt reconstruction program, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 29/02/2016)

‘Do not build houses without govt assistance’: The request from the authority comes at a time when the quake victims have begun to reconstruct houses on their own (kp 28/02/2016) [After almost one year of government non-action??]

NRA starts drafting INGO Mobilisation Directive (ht 27/02/2016)

Up to Rs 2.5m loan for rebuilding homes: NRA: NRA to provide subsidised loan of up to Rs 2.5 for  reubilding in cities and  Rs 1.5 in rural areas (kp 26/02/2016), Reconstruction grant distribution to begin March 3, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 26/02/2016)

NRA forms committee to simplify process of extending grant, loans (ht 26/02/2016)

Learning from others: Often the question is whether villages should be rebuilt in their original locations or relocated to less disaster-prone areas, by Keshab Sharma (rep 25/02/2016)

‘Geological study before rebuilding’: A preliminary study identifies 143 settlements in need of immediate attention in 14 most affected districts, by Pragati Shahi (kp 24/02/2016)

School reconstruction set to begin from Lalitpur (kp 23/02/2016)

NRA calls for Nepal-India mechanism: Seeks to ensure smooth supply of construction materials during post-quake reconstruction phase (ht 23/02/2016)

Post-quake reconstruction: Government to use banking channel for aid distribution (kp 22/02/2016)

Ministry's delay hampers reconstruction works: NRA, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 22/02/2016)

Tendering versus conservation: Local community members have already raised their voices to stop the construction through tendering, by Kai Weise (ht 20/02/2016)

Fake earthquake victims disrupt data collection, by Harihar Singh Rathaur (kp 18/02/2016)

Govt to appoint section officers as VDC secretaries in quake-affected districts, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 17/02/2016)

Chand-led Maoists hinder data collection of quake victims in Kavre (ht 16/02/2016)

Language barrier causing hassles in quake data collection, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 15/02/2016)

A time to rebuild: Evidence from the past quakes clearly indicates that one of the major causes of building damage is foundational failure, by Rakam Lama Tamang (kp 14/02/2016)

Reconstruction drive: Government signs aid accords worth Rs90b, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 11/02/2016)

The Opportunity of Building Back Better: There is a huge need to rebuild houses since more than 800,000 homes were completely destroyed or damaged in the affected districts, by Prabin Manandhar (sp 06/02/2016)

Reconstruction body to fast-track buying: Contracts up to Rs 500m to be handled at NRA level (kp 05/02/2016))

Regulator mess hampers I/NGOs’ quake rehab bi: Minister Mainali’s cadres have padlocked Social Welfare Council member secy’s office while incum-bent has been recalled (kp 31/01/2016) [??]

PM visits integrated model settlement in Kavre: Says reconstruction of damaged infrastructure would be carried out in three phases (ht 31/01/2016)

All eyes on the NRA: The Reconstruction Authority has slid back into oblivion after the CEO’s appointment, by Bhoj Raj Poudel (kp 29/01/2016)

Reconstruction authority working at snail’s pace: NRA struggles to recruit staff members even after one month, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 25/01/2016)

Post quake reconstruction: Govt to deploy more engineers; 450 professionals to assess damage in 11 districts (kp 24/01/2016), Govt deploys 21 staffers at NRA: The reconstruction authority sets a target of officially beginning work in all earthquake-hit villages by April 25 (kp 25/01/2016)

No clue for staff supply at NRA (kp 22/01/2016)

Response Architecture, by Prabin Manandhar (sp 22/01/2016)

Govt aid may be too little, too late for earthquake survivors, by Pragati Shahi (kp 19/01/2016)

Senior govt officials reluctant to join NRA; Factors: Working with ‘untested’ boss, career concerns (kp 18/01/2016)

NRA entrusts NGO to recruit 3,000 engineers for damage survey, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 18/01/2016)

Build back better: Govts have moral obligation and social responsibility to protect civilians during natural disasters, by Sumesh Shiwakoty (kp 18/01/2016)

Rebuilding campaign set to kick-start today: Actual work will begin on April 24, on the eve of the first anniversary of the quake (kp 16/01/2016), Reconstruction has begun, by Sushil Gyawali (kp 16/01/2016), Much-delayed  rebuilding  campaign inaugurated: NRA aims to start building ravaged homes from April 24, on the eve of quake anniversary, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 17/01/2016), Reconstruction mega campaign kicks off, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 17/01/2016), Bad beginning: Starting symbolic reconstruction from Kathmandu makes govt look myopic (kp 18/01/2016), Delayed campaign: The quake victims will have to spendyet another rainy season in makeshift shelters already damaged by the previous monsoon and the snowfall in Gorkha district (ht 18/01/2016)

Citizen initiative for reconstruction: The project is expected to help locals rebuild 82 houses in the area that would have a local touch, including the ancient architecture, with modern infrastructure (kp 15/01/2016)

Nepal earthquake reconstruction to take years, NAR chief says (ht 15/01/2016)

Victims clueless about resilient homes: Say they don’t understand house designs described in English; UNDP launches awareness drive in coordination with govt, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 15/01/2016)

Timber distribution: Government decision delay pegs back rebuilding works (kp 15/01/2016)

Standards for construction materials yet to be finalised (ht 15/01/2016)

Locals come together to rebuild Pilachhen in Lalitpur (ht 15/01/2016)

Reconstruction body unveils action plan (kp 14/01/2016), NAR unveils four-phase reconstruction plan (ht 14/01/2016), Crude measure: Govt’s call to channel reconstruction aid through it lacks public legitimacy (kp 14/01/2016)

NRA endorses two-tier structure for rebuilding (kp 13/01/2016)

Monasteries denied rebuilding funds, by Anup Ojha (kp 12/01/2016)

NAR to open 7 sub-regional offices (ht 12/01/2016)

House panel asks govt to disclose post-quake reconstruction plans (ht 11/01/2016)

Post-quake reconstruction: Survivors likely to get grant for rebuilding only after April (kp 11/01/2016), Reconstruction to begin only after mid-April: National action plan for reconstruction not possible without detailed assessment: Gyewali, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 11/01/2016)

Experts: Engineers should be responsible, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 11/01/2016)

Rebuilding on drawing board amid staff lack, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 09/01/2016)

Post-quake reconstruction: ‘Lack of workforce a challenge’, by Prahlad Rijal (kp 09/01/2016)

NRA to lay foundations for one house, one heritage site on quake safety day (kp 08/01/2016)

Post-quake reconstruction: Distribution of grant only after getting ‘exact details’ (kp 07/01/2016)

A harder road ahead: Avoiding irregularities and misuse of funds will be a herculean task for the Reconstruction Authority, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 05/01/2016)

Show and tell: Reconstruction Authority needs to show courage, and automony from political parties (kp 04/01/2016)

Home-grown human resource to rebuild damaged structures: PM (kp 03/01/2016)

CBS to hold census in tremor-hit areas: Move will make it easy for govt to distribute relief, carry out rebuilding (kp 02/01/2016), Electronic data recording begins, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp 02/01/2016)

Authority to reconstruct: The Reconstruction Authority finally has a chief, but now there is no money for helicopters, by Om Astha Rai (nt 01/01/2015)

Food for work programme: Quake survivors  rebuilding villages, by Harihar Singh Rathaur (kp 31/12/2015)

NRA to announce programmes in mid-January: Authority CEO Gyawali said that reconstruction programmes would be made public on National Earthquake Safety Day (kp 30/12/2015)

Sushil Gyawali named NRA chief, by Bhadra Sharma (kp 26/12/2015)

Reconstruction Bill passed unopposed: Decks cleared for the formation of the National Reconstruction Authority almost eight months after the April 25 earthquake, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/12/2015), Guidelines on aid to earthquake victims: Govt to provide Rs 200k to half a million families (kp 17/12/2015), Quake-displaced in Palpa building houses on their own (kp 17/12/2015), Reconstruction bill endorsed (ht 21/12/2015)

Quake-affected in Sankhu may be denied subsidy (kp 11/12/2015)

Lack of fuel, materials halts construction (kp 28/11/2015)

NC, UML fight over CEO post: Govt has not begun reconstruction works seven months after the devastating quake, by Binod Ghimire (kp 25/11/2015), Reconstruction bill stuck with House panel: CEO appointment a sticking point with both main opposition and CPN-UML, by Prakash Acharya (ht 25/11/2015) [Isn't there any law expert who can file a law case against these criminal and irresponsible politicians who play with the life and future of the Nepali citizens??], Displaced families brace for cold winter, by Prahlad Rijal (kp 25/11/2015), Communication with disaster affected: Humanitarian response, by Surendra Pokharel (ht 25/11/2015), EU urges govt to speed up rebuilding efforts (kp 25/11/2015), Online Fund-Raising: An Experience, by Hira Bahadur Thapa (rn 25/11/2015)

Formation of reconstruction authority: Bill likely to enter Parliament through voting; Parties miss consensus deadline; NC insists Govind Pokhrel should helm the reconstruction body, by Binod Ghimire (kp 22/11/2015) [Only power games count, not the suffering of the peoples! Throw these politicians into the dustbin!], Need of the hour: Reconstruction is on hold thanks to political parties’ partisan interests (kp 24/11/2015)

NPC given task of post-quake reconstruction and relief work (ht 20/11/2015), Planning commission initiates process to kick-start reconstruction works (ht 24/11/2015)

Rebuilding rural Nepal: Lessons for improvement, by Dipendra Gautam (ht 20/11/2015)

Owners use green technology to rebuild quake-damaged brick kilns, by Pragati Shahi (kp 19/11/2015)

Women seek role in reconstruction body (kp 19/11/2015), Women demand ‘meaningful’ role in reconstruction campaign (ht 19/11/2015)

NC to press govt to pass reconstruction bill at earliest (ht 17/11/2015) [It should have been passed already five months ago when the NC was heading the government!!]

Earthquake displaced unable to build without new building code, by Pratichya Dulal (kp 17/11/2015)

Development projects benefit quake survivors, by Prakash Adhikari (kp 16/11/2015)

‘Bring all oppn parties on board’ (ht 09/11/2015), Govt action plan gathers dust: Absence of NRA and coordination among ministries are main reasons behind delay; It is already one month since the action plan for releasing grant assistance was endorsed by the Cabinet, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 09/11/2015), Dispute puts formation of recon body in doubt (kp 09/11/2015) [To hell with all these incompetent politicians!!], NC demands consensus on reconstruction bill (ht 09/11/2015)

Previous appointments to Reconstruction Authority likely to end, by Ashok Dahal (rep 07/11/2015)

Reconstruction Bill at House likely on Sunday (kp 06/11/2015)

Ministries told to speed up reconstruction efforts (kp 05/11/2015)

Reconstruction policy in limbo sans NRA, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 01/11/2015)

Six months after quake: Displaced brace for harsh winter (kp 31/10/2015), Nowhere to go: It’s six months  since the April 25 earthquake, and many victims are still living in camps, by Pratibha Tuladhar (kp 31/10/2015), ‘Reinstate NRA to expedite recovery efforts’ (ht 31/10/2015)

Rebuilding Authority Bill in limbo (kp 30/10/2015), A race against winter: The Indian blockade has impeded reconstruction and humanitarian efforts to protect earthquake survivors before winter sets in, by Om Astha Rai (nt 30/10/2015) [Not to forget the inactivity of the govt!]

Winter is coming: The Oli govt needs to prioritise the pending reconstruction work (kp 28/10/2015)

Political turmoil clouds post-quake reconstruction works: In the absence of the National Reconstruction Authority the works have ground to a halt (kp 25/10/2015), Nepal earthquakes leave bitter legacy as children become quarry for traffickers (ht 25/10/2015), Nepal earthquake continues to drive aftershocks through the lives of women (ht 25/10/2015)

Earthquake-hit to build model houses, by Aash Gurung (kp 19/19/29015)

Donor agencies to rebuild over 250 health facilities, by Arjun Poudel (rep 15/10/2015)

Housekeeping first: PM KP Oli must revive the Reconstruction Authority to jumpstart rebuilding and redevelopment, by Shesh Ghale (kp 15/10/2015)

UK concerned over delay in reconstruction (kp 14/10/2015)

NRNA to rebuild 1,000 homes for quake victims within two years (ht 13/10/2015) [And what is the government doing with the 4.4 billion dollars from donor nations??]

Help from abroad: Non-Resident Nepalis can provide much needed resources and expertise to rebuild Nepal, by Ratan K. Jha (kp 12/10/2015)

That elusive subsidy: Questions every earthquake-affected family will now ask is why the enumeration once again, by Weena Pun (kp 10/10/2015)

Quake-affected families await rebuilding plan (kp 07/10/2015), From frying pan into firePassing Reconstruction Bill could give much-needed push to economy (kp 07/10/2015)

Tale of two quakes The delay in passing the reconstruction bill shows that our leaders are not serious about rebuilding Nepal, by Gyanendra Gurung (kp 05/10/2015)

Reconstruction materials: Reuse the rubble, by Dipendra Gautam (ht 01/10/2015)

INGOs call for revival of reconstruction authority (ht 01/10/2015)

Shelters to houses, by Weena Pun (kp 26/09/2015)

100 community infrastructures reconstructed (ht 25/09/2015)

Langtang rising: A strong sense of community and help from outside assists survivors to rebuild their homes and lives, by Upasana Khadka (kp 25/09/2015) [And what about the responsiblity of the central government?]

IDPG: Finalise reconstruction authority bill (kp 24/09/2015)

Time to rebuild: The government should train masons, electricians and plumbers on sustainable building techniques, by Rabin Bastola (kp 23/09/2015)

The devastating earthquake: Reconstructing Kathmandu, by Niranjan Mani Dixit (ht 23/09/2015)

Material benefits: Use of locally available resources in the reconstruction process will help revive the rural economy, by Indra Adhikari and Uddhab Pyakurel (kp 22/09/2015)

A fresh start: The government’s plan to train 50,000 youths for construction in quake-affected districts is a challenging task, by Rommel J. Pun (kp 18/09/2015)

Pilot project on integrated settlement soon, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 17/09/2015)

New Bill tabled to give legitimacy: Bill gives validity to works done by previous ordinance, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/09/2015), New Reconstruction Authority bill tabled (ht 16/09/2015), Reconstruction plan in disarray: Instead of passing the Bill, the House sent it to the Good Governance Committee for discussion, by< Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 20/09/2015))

Reconstruction With Equity, by Gyan Basnet (rn 15/09/2015), Equitable reconstruction: Quantum shift in governance, by Gyan Basnet (ht 17/09/2015)

Works under now-expired ordinance validated, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 10/09/2015)

Big 3 set to table new Bill on Reconstruction body, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 09/09/2015), Post earthquake reconstruction: Experts criticise govt rebuilding approach (kp 09/09/2015)

Rebuilding Nepal: The Open University Initiative (OUI) aims to take education opportunities to the grassroots communities, by Raju Adhikari, Pramod Dhakal, Drona Rasali and Ambika Adhikari (rep 09/09/2015)

Wrangling over Reconstruction Authority returns: Maoists want bill revised, by Ashok Dahal (rep 08/09/2015)

‘Govt should rebuild heritage’, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 05/09/2015)

Govt plans new mechanism for reconstruction, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/09/2015)

Deconstructing reconstruction: Rebuilding destroyed homes has been unnecessarily delayed by lack of money, masons and clear government policy, by Sahina Shrestha (nt 04/09/2015), How politics blocks relief: Will the survivors of the earthquake suffer the same fate as the victims of the Jure landslide who are still waiting for compensation and relocation?, by Yuvaraj Puri (nt 04/09/2015)

Rebuilding authority remains ‘suspended’, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 03/09/2015), NC, UML at odds over validating Reconstruction Authority (kp 04/09/2015), Dead and buried: Dissolution of Reconstruction Authority reveals govt’s disregard of quake victims (kp 04/09/2015) [!!], New Bill on reconstruction soon: Govinda Pokhrel ro continue as Chief Executive Officer of Authority (ht 04/09/2015), Reconstruction body in limbo as ordinance expires, by Sangeet Dangroula (rep 04/09/2015)

KMC, NSET sign MoU for post-quake reconstruction (ht 29/08/2015)

Build back safer: A proven documentary to inspire earthquake-resistant construction for Nepal, by Aparajita Acharya (nt 28/08/2015)

Reconstruction Authority begins work: Selects Pilachhein to implement urban renewal project, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 26/08/2015), Quake reconstruction to cover 31 districts (rep 26/08/2015), Time to act fast (ht 27/08/2015), Post-disaster reconstruction: Listen to the affected, by Sangram S. Lama Tamang (ht 27/08/2015)

‘Quake masons up for rebuilding’ (kp 26/08/2015)

Ministries cagey about PM relief fund spending, by Rajan Pokhrel (ht 25/08/2015)

Dreams to rebuild: Concerned authorities should listen to the modest proposals of Nepali architects, by Abhi Subedi (kp 23/08/2015)

Spending aid: The quality of reconstruction projects should not be compromised in the name of fast-tracking the process, by Tilakman Singh Bhandari (kp 21/08/2015)

Tragedy and farce: Nepal’s slow reconstruction process is an indication of its failure to learn from history, by Bhoj Raj Poudel (kp 20/08/2015)

Quake relief distributed against guidelines in Kavrepalanchowk, by Madhusudhan Guragain (rep 17/08/2015)

Suggestions for the NRA: Although the NRA has been set up, reliability and the management of reconstruction tasks are exigent, by Pramesh KC (kp 16/08/2015)

Pokhrel CEO of National Reconstruction Authority (ht 14/08/2015), The authority to rebuild: Do we have the political will to save time and money to fuse the long-pending Disaster Management Authority with the Reconstruction Authority? (nt 14/08/2015), Better build back: Nepal’s post-earthquake rehabilitation now hinges on the formation of a credible and independent Reconstruction Authority, by Sonia Awale (nt 14/08/2015), Development partners optimistic: Appointment of Reconstruction Authority CEO fuels hope for momentum, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 15/08/2015), Good move: Govinda Pokhrel is a sound choice to lead the Reconstruction Authority (kp 17/08/2015)

75 pc discount for rebuilding completely damaged structures’ (ht 09/08/2015)

Rebuilding policy (ht 07/08/2015)

After chief secy, hunt intensifies for NRA CEO (kp 06/08/2015)

NPC frames draft of reconstruction policy, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 06/08/2015)

NVP launches reconstruction network, lauds volunteerism (ht 02/08/2015)

Post quake reconstruction: Dwellings planned for congested areas, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 23/07/2015)

Development budget freezes after quake (ht 21/07/2015)

Post-quake recovery: Experts focus on resilient livelihoods (kp 18/07/2015)

Parallel circuits: As we rebuild homes, can we dismantle gender norms?, by Weena Pun (kp 18/07/2015)

Rebuilding quake-hit economy: Finance Minister has to balance two crucial tasks: Reconstruction of damaged infrastructure and boosting GDP growth, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 10/07/2015)

Disaster-hit people: Right to live with dignity, by Amrit Prasad Sharma (ht 08/07/2015)

Putting people first: Nepal needs to take cue from Haiti and involve locals to make reconstruction efforts effective, by Radha Paudel (kp 07/07/2015)

NPC sees huge growth prospect in rebuilding, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 07/07/2015)

From relief to reconstruction, by Apoorva Lal (kp 04/07/2015)

Govt seeks constructive role of pvt sector, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 04/07/2015)

Ramblings on reconstruction, by Kai Weise (ht 04/07/2015)

Post-quake Reconstruction: An Exigent Task Ahead, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 02/07/2015)

Building it right: It is time we considered geological factors like liquefaction while carrying out any construction activity, by Rakam Lama Tamang (kp 01/07/2015)

Miles to go: While more funds are necessary for reconstruction, utilisation of resources looks to be a greater challenge, by Som P. Pudasaini (kp 30/06/2015)

Reconstruction and rehabilitation: If all pledged aid comes, govt need not use its funds, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 29/06/2015)

Going against the current: To avoid the disastrous consequences of earthquakes, we must promote sustainable development practices, by Yuba Raj Guragain (kp 28/06/2015)

Unpaid armies: Nepal has the chance to make volunteerism more effective and accommodating, by Simone Galimberti (kp 21/06/2015), Caribbean lessons: Now is the time for Nepal to capitalise on its citizens skilled in urban planning and civil engineering, by Junu Shrestha (kp 21/06/2015), Building back: Reconstruction demands serious study of the factors that led to collapse of buildings during the quake, by Pramod Neupane (kp 21/06/2015)

Earthquake could jeopardise millennium health goals: MoHP; Programmes for safe motherhood, child and neonatal health could be affected, states MoHP study (kp 17/06/2015)

Temblors upset bid to graduate from LDC (kp 19/05/2015), Graduation from LDC status by 2022 becomes an even more distant goal (ht), FinMin warns quakes could reverse gains (kp 19/05/2015)

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