Four years since the earthquake, Gorkha Durbar still in ruins

  • The seat of Gorkha empire that led to Nepal as we know it today was destroyed in 2015 earthquake. Reconstruction began two years ago, and it’s only a quarter complete
HARIRAM UPRETY, SANJAYA LAMA, Apr 21 2019
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Four years later, the palace remains a ruin.The palace, built during the reign of King Ram Shah in the 1600s, was considered a masterpiece of Newar architecture and the symbolic heart of Gorkha district. Seven Shah kings ruled Gorkha from the palace before Prithvi Narayan was crowned the king. Gorkha Durbar was everything—a fort, a palace and a temple in its nearly 350-year history.
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Pressure mounts on ruling party to initiate action against its general secretary

  • Bishnu Poudel’s Baluwatar land deal has landed in controversy but leadership is maintaining silence
TIKA R PRADHAN, Apr 21 2019
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Pressure is mounting on the ruling communist party from its own leaders to initiate action against Bishnu Poudel, general secretary of the party who has been embroiled in a controversy for buying a piece of land in Baluwatar in January 2005.
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Tara Devi Pun: The spiker who is set to retire as undisputed weightlifting star

ADARSHA DHAKAL, Nepalgunj, Apr 21 2019
Nepal Police Club weightlifter Tara Devi Pun at the Nepalgunj Stadium on Saturday.POST PHOTO: KESHAV THAPA
Weightlifter Tara Devi Pun is a National Games veteran. In the twilight of 22 years of a successful domestic career, Pun never knew how it feels to become second.

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Why development efforts in the country go down the drain—almost always?

Arjun Poudel, Kathmandu, Apr 21 2019
A roller is used on the freshly laid asphalt in the Bouddha-Jorpait road section. Post file photo
The road section in front of the Amrit Science College in Lainchaur is a work in progress—perennially The Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited fixes water leakage in the area and the Department of Roads fixes the road every 15 days.

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Enrolment drive a ritual if poor families don’t get support, experts say

Binod Ghimire, Kathmandu, Apr 21 2019
Students stand in lines to get enroled in a school in Baitadi, Sudurpaschim Province.Post photo.
The government’s annual school enrolment campaign is more of a ritual and it lacks substance as, despite claims, the drive fails to bring all out-of-school children to the education system, experts and stakeholders say.

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Nepal Airlines grounds Chinese-made planes for lack of instructor pilot

SANGAM PRASAIN, Kathmandu, Apr 21 2019
A Chinese-made Y12e aircraft at Tribhuvan International Airport.POST FILE PHOTO
All four Chinese-made Y12e and one MA60 planes of Nepal Airlines has been grounded for a long time, causing the state-owned carrier millions in losses.

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Main News

Government to take steps to control haphazard throwing of used recharge cards and tobacco packets

Anup Ojha, Sanjaya Lama, Apr 21 2019
The Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers has decided to take initiatives to control the practice of haphazardly throwing used recharge cards and tobacco products’ packets on the roads as part of a fresh bid to beautify the city.
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Government comes up with ‘wildlife friendly’ road design to prevent roadkill

CHANDAN KUMAR MANDAL, Apr 21 2019
All the roads—including major national highways—which traverse through forest areas and protected parks of the country will have to maintain a set of standards for ensuring the safety of wildlife, according to a new model developed for infrastructure projects.
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Time is ticking: Ghantaghar may just give up due to the lack of technical support and the government’s indifference

ABANI MALLA, Apr 21 2019
For the past 124 years, Ghantaghar has been projecting accurate time--with occasional dysfunctions--throughout the years. But that may change soon, as the man who ensured that the monumental time teller is up and running is set to retire.
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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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Life & Style

Fiction Park

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.