Inside the ugly world of Nepali restaurants in Finland

  • An investigation by a Finnish newspaper shows the dark side of the Nepali restaurant business, revealing systematic exploitation of workers, many of whom come from western Nepal.
Paavo Teittinen, Apr 19 2019
Nepali workers say if anyone goes to the police or authorities to complain about working conditions, the owners would make it difficult for them to find work again in any Nepali or South Asian restaurant.
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Stitch together, stick together

    Apr 20 2019
    The two brothers work from 8 am to 6 pm everyday. Every morning, they collect their equipment—Bharat from a tyre workshop and Ram from a barber shop nearby. Bharat and Ram make about Rs 25,000 and Rs 20,000 per month, respectively.
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    Nepali workers in Qatar struggle for jobs after being duped with lucrative pay and free visa promises

    • Agents, recruiting agencies, and employers lure workers promising the freedom of working with companies of their choice
    CHANDAN KUMAR MANDAL, Apr 19 2019
    Photo courtesy: AP
    Nepalis who go to Qatar on free visa--commonly known as Aazad Visa--which the agents claim would provide them with the freedom to work with any employer in Qatar, are often stranded without any jobs in the Gulf nation.
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    Most of the sporting facilities at Nepalgunj Stadium in a shambles

    ADARSHA DHAKAL, Nepalgunj, Apr 20 2019
    The state of under-prepared and incomplete sporting facilities including the swimming pool (left) at the Nepalgunj Stadium which is hosting the eighth National Games. Post Photo: Keshav Thapa
    A covered hall inside the Nepalgunj Stadium premises is laced with a banner reflecting the pre-event mood of the Mid Western Sports Development Committee The local organising committee boasts through a script which, if translated into English, says: “Mission Eighth National Games

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    Telecom authority and central bank announce plans to regulate digital financial service providers

    PRAHLAD RIJAL, TSERING D GURUNG Kathmandu, Apr 20 2019
    Photo: Shutterstock
    In an effort to facilitate and regulate digital payment systems and businesses in the country, the Nepal Telecommunications Authority and the Nepal Rastra Bank have signed a memorandum of understanding to work jointly to introduce regulatory policies for digital financial service providers.

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    15-year-old boy dies in police custody; family claims torture

    PARWAT PORTEL, BIRTAMOD, Apr 20 2019
    Ramesh Karkidholi sits in front of a picture of his son Kiran who died in police custody on April 14. Post Photo: Parwat Portel
    Kiran Karkidholi, 15, of Mechinagar-6 was found dead while in custody of the Area Police Office in Birtamod, Jhapa, on April 14. According to the police statement, Kiran had died of suicide by hanging from the toilet ceiling.

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    Watch ‘A Mero Hajur 3’ if you like seeing Anmol KC do his thing. Otherwise, it’s a waste of time.

    ABHIMANYU DIXIT, Kathmandu, Apr 19 2019
    The basic plot of the film is unoriginal. Nepali filmmakers seem to believe that there is a formula for a romantic film with young people. First, titling your film like it’s a sequel, even though it has nothing to do with the other films in the franchise.

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    ICYMI: Here are our top stories from Saturday, April 20

    Post Report, Kathmandu, Apr 20 2019
    Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (April 20, 2019).

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    Main News

    Musahar people deprived of citizenship certificates

    BHARAT JARGHAMAGAR, Apr 20 2019
    More than 50 Musahar people of Shovapur Dalit Musahar settlement in Lahan Municipality-15, Siraha, are still deprived of citizenship certificates.
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    Jurisdiction row between local and federal governments continues—this time on appointing teachers

    Binod Ghimire, Apr 20 2019
    The representatives of the Municipal Association of Nepal, an umbrella body of the municipalities, say the federal government continues to treat local governments as its subordinate bodies.
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    It’s time to rethink the arts

    Ayushma Regmi, Apr 20 2019
    In my uninhibited foray into art, I have descended down the chaotic labyrinth of my untamed madness and, like Gibran, felt an urge to throw off my masks, put to test my inadequacies and fears, to breathe, to survive, to be. My madness has become my freedom.
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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.

    Arts and Entertainment

    Life & Style

    Fiction Park

    Kha-leh Shu

    Eric Crockett, Apr 14 2019
    She passed below going to milk the cow as I came up the rickety metal stair to the top floor of the village guest house and I grinned and waved. She grinned back, shy and surprised. The forested hillside rose behind where monks lived alone in stone huts below the snow crusted ridge.
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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.