Stories By 'Dipesh Khatiwada'
Every time Captain Bed Upreti landed at the Tribhuwan International Airport, he would notice an Airbus 330 that had become a part of the furniture at the already crowded tarmac of the only international airport of Nepal. On March 2015, the jet had skidded off the runaway, and halted all international flights to the country for four days.
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The last time Kathmandu elected a mayor to head the city was almost two decades ago—when Keshav Sthapit was elected as mayor, and Bidur Mainali the deputy mayor.
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Standing under a traffic light at Thapathali, Diwani Chaudhary is directing the office-hour traffic, manually. The Thapathali traffic light systems is one of the 365 placed at various junctions in the Capital. It is not one of the five that are still operational.
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With concerns over the lowest-bidder tender system and disregard for traditional building methods, locals remain wary about the haphazard reconstruction of heritage sites in the Valley
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Although the reconstruction of Boudhanath Stupa, one of the World Heritage Sites, has been completed as a result of the initiative taken by the Boudhanath Area Development Committee (BADC), reconstruction of other heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley has been delayed by almost a year.
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Tihar is upon us and needless to say Kukur Tihar will be populating the news and social media feeds again this year.
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