Stories By 'MOHAN GURAGAIN'
The east-west tour led by Naya Shakti coordinator and former prime minister Baburam Bhattarai across Nepal’s mid-hills has brought to light, once again, the plight of the people living across the country’s largest geographical region.
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The authorities find it offensive when the fearless speak the truth. The singer’s attempt to voice the present-day reality irked the supporters of those who currently run the state’s affairs, even though Sharma’s satire was directed against successive governments.
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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. 
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Referring to the sweeping authority that the parliament reinstated after the 2006 people’s movement wielded, to strip the king of all his historic and constitutional powers, people often said in jest that Nepal’s legislature was unable to do only one thing—to make the rivers flow upstream.
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Waste is a sign of prosperity—the more you earn, the more you dump. It is only the wealthy that throw things away, the poor have little to discard. This rag, that piece of wood, a length of pipe, crooked nails, lids of jars—they could all be of some use some day.
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Kathmandu sets numerous national records in Nepal. It is the biggest city of the country, most populated and most polluted. As the country’s largest metropolis, its population composition is also hugely diverse. Furthermore, as the Valley holds much of the country’s wealth, it is Nepal’s biggest market.
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