ICYMI: Here are our top stories from Wednesday, April 24

    Post Report, Apr 24 2019
    Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (April 24, 2019).
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    A celebration called Hare Rama Hare Krishna

    • In the early 70s, Dev Anand came to Kathmandu to shoot ‘Hare Rama, Hare Krishna,’ throwing the city into a celebratory frenzy. This is an account of those few weeks.
    PRAWASH GAUTAM, Apr 23 2019
    A psychedelic drone pierces through ancient Kasthamandap and out into Basantapur Durbar Square. From amidst long-haired, droopy-eyed hippies swaying wildly in the haze of hashish smoke, teenaged Zeenat Aman twirls her body to the hypnotic ‘Dum Maro Dum’—an image and tune etched in the memories of generations to come.
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    Gautam Buddha airport project faces material supply problems

    MADHAV DHUNGANA, BHAIRAHAWA, Apr 24 2019
    A general view of the Gautam Buddha International Airport runway and other infrastructure.POST PHOTO
    Construction work on Gautam Buddha International Airport in Bhairahawa has hit a snag with local authorities demanding a higher price for riverbed materials.

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    How tailoring has become a means of economic independence for Dhangadhi women

    NIRMALA KHADAYAT, Dhangadhi , Apr 24 2019
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    Durga Dahit’s dexterous hands work with different types of fabric every day. Her interest lies in sewing Tharu costumes, but she says she can sew almost anything—from a pair of pants to a kurtha suruwal to lehengas.

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    Sarlahi district office overwhelmed with applications for citizenship by descent

    OM PRAKASH THAKUR, SARLAHI , Apr 24 2019
    Service seekers queue up to apply for citizenship at the District Administration Office in Sarlahi.POST PHOTO: OM PRAKASH THAKUR
    The flow of service seekers has been constant in the District Administration Office (DAO) in Sarlahi after the Supreme Court paved the way for those individuals whose parents are Nepali citizens by birth to acquire citizenship by descent.

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    Two back-to-back tremors rock central Nepal

    Post Report, Kathmandu, Apr 24 2019
    Photo: Screengrab via Nepal Seismological Centre
    Two back-to-back tremors of magnitudes 5.2 and 4.3 rocked central Nepal early Wednesday morning. The tremors were felt in Kathmandu.

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    Main News

    Earthquake memorial park construction delayed

    HARIRAM UPRETY, Apr 24 2019
    Locals of Barpak have expressed their dissatisfaction over the delay in the construction of an earthquake memorial park in Barpak, the epicentre of the 2015 Earthquake.
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    Rights activists picket DAO demanding justice for Nirmala

    BHAWANI BHATTA, Apr 24 2019
    Rights activists picketed the District Administration Office in Kanchanpur on Tuesday, demanding the authorities to identify the perpetrators involved in the rape and murder of Nirmala Pant.
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    Loktantra Day: People injured in police brutality decry government’s apathy

    MOHAN BUDHAAIR, Apr 24 2019
    Narayan Dutta Bhatta, in his early forties, had led a massive protest rally that proceeded towards the main market place from Campus Chowk in Dhangadhi during the People’s Movement II in 2006.
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    Money

    World

    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

    ABANI MALLA
    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

    MOHAN GURAGAIN
    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

    Guffadi
    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.