Stories By 'MOHAN GURAGAIN'
As three layers of elections are necessary to implement the federal structure outlined in the 2015 constitution, political parties are coming together to form electoral alliances or to announce party mergers.
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While Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba was in the suites of India’s presidential palace, flood-hit people in Nepal’s plains did not have clean water to wash down the chiura and chauchau delivered by relief groups. Hungry children had no dry spot to sleep on.
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Who’s afraid of the dark? Or rather who does not have the fear of facing the star-lit night, staring at them in deafening silence in the midst of their utter loneliness? The breeze caressing one’s shin like a cat brushing past with its fluffy tail, the wind howling, two shiny eyes fixing a gaze on you.
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There was a time in my village when we turned to the radio to tell the time. Ghatana Ra Bichar: 7:30pm; English news: 8 o’clock. The only watch at home, which needed winding every 24 hours, would often not keep the time correctly, be away with an older brother, or sometimes just broke down altogether.
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Last month the Newars of the Valley paid homage to the Rato Matsyendranath with a month long jatra inviting bountiful harvest. Amid the din of the jhyali, and pomp and fanfare, revellers followed the Rain God’s chariot as it made its way from one tole to another in Patan’s urban core.
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In one of his parting speeches as prime minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ said on a celebratory note that he had set an example for others by honouring a gentlemen’s agreement to pass on the reins of power to an awaiting coalition leader.
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