ICYMI: Here are our top stories from Thursday, April 25

    Post Report, Apr 25 2019
    Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (April 25, 2019).
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    Four years on, many families in Valley’s core areas still live in quake-damaged houses

      ARJUN POUDEL, Apr 25 2019
      Post file photo.
      When the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the country on April 25, 2015, the world around Saraswati Maharjan started collapsing.
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      National Games conclude with concerns over maintenance and upgradation of infrastructure

      ADARSHA DHAKAL, Nepalgunj, Apr 25 2019
      Artistes perform during the closing ceremony.POST PHOTO: KESHAV THAPA
      Curtains came down on the eighth National Games on Wednesday amidst a colourful evening at the Nepalgunj Stadium as more serious concerns loom over the best use and proper maintenance of the sports infrastructure that the Province 5 now has at its disposal.

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      Middle Bhotekoshi says it may cancel contract with Guangxi

      PRAHLAD RIJAL, Kathmandu, Apr 25 2019
      A general view of the Middle Bhotekoshi Hydroelectric Project construction site in Sindhupalchok district.PHOTO COURTESY: NEPAL ELECTRICITY AUTHORITY
      The Middle Bhotekoshi Hydroelectric Project said it might end the contract with the Chinese contractor for the civil and hydro-mechanical works for its failure to follow instructions and resume work.

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      Main News

      Barpak— then and now

      Prakash Chandra Timilsena, Apr 25 2019
      When the 2015 earthquakes hit the village of Barpak, Aash Kumari Ghale was working in the fields with her son and daughter. She rushed home to find it in ruins, but ultimately, she was relieved she didn’t lose any family members, unlike thousands of other families.
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      Conflict victims’ associations to recommend names for transitional justice bodies

      BINOD GHIMIRE, Apr 25 2019
      The conflict victims’ organisations are making preparations to recommend the names of office-bearers for the two transitional justice bodies, with a belief that the government will amend the existing transitional justice act before the new leaderships have assumed the two offices.
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      Five people dead, 34 injured in Dadeldhura bus accident

      DR PANTA, Apr 25 2019
      An overloaded bus plunged some 200 metres off the road at Sahukharka along the Bhimdutta Highway in Dadeldhura district on Wednesday, killing five persons and injuring 34 others.
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      Flash floods and landslides triggered by torrential rain in Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua have killed at least 58 people, injured dozens and displaced more than 4,000, authorities said on Sunday.

      A search for more possible victims was under way in the town of Sentani, which was hit by flash floods late on Saturday. Fifty-one people were killed and 74 injured there, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of the national disaster agency, told a news briefing.

      Heavy rain caused landslides in the nearby provincial capital of Jayapura, killing seven there, Nugroho said.

      Soldiers pulled alive a 5-month old baby from under the rubble of his house and took him to hospital, Papua military spokesman Muhammad Aidi said.

      The number of victims “will probably increase because the evacuation process is still taking place and not all affected areas have been reached,” Nugroho said.

      About 4,150 people are sheltering in six evacuation centers, he said.

      Hundreds of houses, three bridges and a Twin Otter airplane parked at the airport were damaged by the floods. The Sentani airport, the province’s main transport hub, remained open.

      TV footage showed mud and large logs on Sentani’s main roads after floodwaters receded.

      Disaster authorities have warned local governments of flash flood risks due to deforestation in the mountains surrounding the town, Nugroho said, adding that in 2018 Jakarta sent seedlings intended for tree-planting.

      “Forest destruction in the Cyclops mountains have increased for use as firewood and to turn the land into plantations,” Nugroho said.

      “Since 2018 we have warned the Jayapura government to be careful of flash flood risks because of this deforestation,” he added.

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      Remembering a rebellious girl

      Ujwol Shrestha, Apr 21 2019
       As I said this in a soft spoken voice, tears rolled down her rosy cheeks. With gentle affection I caressed her hair. She stopped crying. For almost twenty minutes, we just sat there in silence staring at  the cat. No words. Sometimes words are unnecessary if the feelings are genuine. And my feelings were genuine. For all her stubbornness and rebellious manners, I had a profound affection for Tibrata. I knew she was a lonely girl and was yearning for love and affection.
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      Saturday Features

      Internet cafés or ‘wangbas’ in China create a space for internet addicts

      Tripty Tamang Pakhrin
      Internet cafés in China have created a new space where people lose themselves within the virtual world of online gaming--a chance to explore an experimental world without any impediment.

      'Nepalis come across a huge wall that divides one part of the world from another'

      Avasna Pandey
      The presence of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah at the helm has only made things worse. These people are bent on hardening borders, rather than dissolving them.

      The beatmaker

      On a cold and rainy winter’s day, 19-year-old Sagun Khadka sits at a cafe in Jhamsikhel, listening to hip-hop on his headphones.

      Shreesha Bhandari’s Athot deserves to be read by young people seeking guidance

      Without failing to shed light on the importance of time, Athot stresses that what we failed to do in our lives are not less important than what we actually did. 

      Guffadi: Our Oli government is not a communist but a truly wild capitalist party

      Once again, let us congratulate our Oli government for passing the Medical Mafia Bill. Now, Dr KC should go home and rest.

      Celebrating a century

      Prakash Chandra Timilsena
      Calmly seated in a chariot pulled by her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, Mayju Maharjan observes her fifth janko—a rare ritual, called Mahadivya Ratharohan, where an elder is celebrated for completing 108 years, eight months, eight days, eight hours, and eight seconds around the sun. 

      The paper trail

      Prakash Chandra Timilsena
      In 1995, 50-year-old Nima Sherpa moved from Dolakha to Kathmandu with a plan—he was going to take traditional Nepali lokta paper to the world. Sherpa had realised that products made of lokta, which were easily available in his village, could make it big in the international market.

      Life and art are inextricably blended into each other

      Timothy Aryal
      Mekh Limbu’s art needs little elaboration. It speaks the truth, laid out for all to see and reflect on. It’s real; it’s quiet, keening and sharp. Take his installation ‘How I Forgot My Mother Tongue’, for instance, which was part of the Opposite Dreams exhibition displayed during the Photo Kathmandu festival last year.

      Raamesh Koirala’s book about Charles Sobhraj is confused, leaving the reader unsure of whether this is a memoir or a novel

      Pranaya SJB Rana
      Raamesh Koirala’s new book about the notorious serial killer Charles Sobhraj is a strange animal. Although ostensibly presented as a non-fiction memoir written by the cardiac surgeon who operated on Sobhraj’s heart, the copyright page of the book asserts that “This is a work of fiction.” Perhaps this was an (glaring) oversight on the part of the publisher, but given the manner in which the book unfolds, it might be an accurate characterisation.