A festival 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.
Photo Courtesy: Bimal Poudel Facebook
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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Pathari area of Biratnagar tense after locals clash with police

    Binod Bhandari, Apr 23 2019

    Pathari area of Morang district became tense on Tuesday after locals took to the streets, saying the police administration had failed to act despite the rise in criminal activities in Pathari Shanischare area of the district.

    Police fired three blank shots into the air to contain the situation after the agitating crowd started hurling stones at Area Police Office.

    Locals have obstructed the vehicular movement, padlocked offices of Pathari Municipality and Morang Chamber of Commerce. They had also staged demonstration in the area on Monday.

    The locals resorted to the protest following the death of Bina Basnet, who owned a cosmetics and gift shop and lived in a rented room at Tribenichok in Shanischare-1, under mysterious circumstances. They expressed displeasure over the police administration’s failure to conduct serious investigation into the death.

    Police had detained one Kamal Nepal, a resident of Haraicha-3, in connection with the murder after the Rina’s mobile phone call details showed he regularly had phone conversations with her. Her unclothed dead body was found outside her room on Saturday. She had returned home with her 13-year-old son at 11 pm on Friday (April 19) after seeing a concert at proposed stadium.

    Locals informed the police after they saw a dead body lying face down on the road. Police have been saying that they haven’t found the proof of the murder. However, the locals and her relatives have been claiming that they murder was premeditated.

    Rina’s brother-in-law Durga Bahadur Basnet has been claiming that an unknown gang has murdered her by hitting her on head. The dead body has been taken to BP Koirala Institute of Health and Sciences. Police said the autopsy report has yet to arrive. Rina’s husband is a migrant worker based in Dubai.

    A team elected representatives led by Deputy Chief of Pathari Municipality Yamuna Bastola and former Constituent Assembly member Chandi Prasad Rai met Area Police Chief Kamal Bajgain and told him that the administration has not been able to maintain law and order situation though the locals have been terrorized due to recent series of criminal incidents. But Bajgain said the police has been minutely investigating the incident and the truth will come out after the post-mortem report.

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    Ruling party says unification concludes, but leaders see more challenges

    • Party insiders are concerned about discontent that could potentially brew over the selection of leadership in district committees
    TIKA R PRADHAN, Apr 23 2019
    Post Photo: Elite Joshi
    Almost a year after the announcement of a merger between two leftist forces to form the country’s largest communist party, leaders on Monday announced official conclusion of the unification process.
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    Here’s how you can pick the right laptop—from processors to graphic cards—according to the usage of applications on the job

    Johnson Shrestha, Kathmandu, Apr 23 2019
    Photo: Pixabay
    For today’s office-goers, laptops have become an indispensable part of daily life. Even though you might have a desktop machine at work, incidental work at home and on the go require portable laptops that are light, easy-to-use, up-to-scratch and affordable.

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    School reconstruction faces a huge funding gap of Rs27 billion

    Binod Ghimire, Kathmandu, Apr 22 2019
    Post file photo
    Four years after the devastating earthquake, the government is yet to ensure necessary budget, which amounts to billions of rupees, for the reconstruction of school buildings, which could mean thousands of students will have to study in makeshift structures for a few more years.

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    Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Project: Installation of penstock pipes likely to be completed in early May

    PRAHLAD RIJAL, Kathmandu, Apr 23 2019
    A general view of Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Project in Dolakha. Post File Photo
    The Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Project expects to finish installing the penstock pipes by the first week of May. These immense tubes carry water from the reservoir to the turbines to generate electricity, and the complex task of fitting them is one of the most challenging parts of the project’s hydro-mechanical component.

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    Main News

    Freed Haliyas seek skill training for employment

    BHAWANI BHATTA, Apr 23 2019
    There are 36 freed Haliya families like Mohan’s whose houses are being built at Baghphanta as a part of freed Haliya rehabilitation programme that started in mid-September with the help of a non-governmental organisation.
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    Senior citizens, disabled people get social security grant at their doorsteps

    PRATAP BISTA, Apr 23 2019
    Senior citizens of Kailash Rural Municipality, a remote local unit in Makwanpur district, have heaved a sigh of relief as the rural municipality has started providing elderly allowance at their doorsteps.
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    A philanthropist gives Rs30 million to construct spinal injury hospital in Chitwan

    RAMESH KUMAR PAUDEL, Apr 23 2019
    A philanthropist in Narayangadh, Chitwan, has pledged to donate Rs 30 million to set up a hospital for the treatment and rehabilitation of those suffering from spinal injuries and spinal related diseases.
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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.