News Makers 2017

Year of Elections but a lot more

When we look back at 2017, it will be remembered, more than anything else, as a year when Nepal turned a political leaf. Despite deep foreboding in various quarters, we successfully conducted elections to three tiers of government—753 local bodies, seven provincial assemblies and a federal parliament.

Dec 31 2017

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Making milestones

Nepal’s political transition has largely ended following successive local level, House of Representatives and Provincial Assembly elections. The Election Commission (EC) was dealing with a tall order holding the series of elections to implement the new constitution promulgated in September 2015 and to pave the way for the institutionalisation of a federal Nepal.

PRITHVI MAN SHRESTHA, Dec 31 2017

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Snapshots of 2017

Snapshots of 2017

Dec 31 2017

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Teeing up success

A household name in the domestic sporting fraternity, Shivaram Shrestha’s rise to prominence is nothing short of a fairy tale.

Ritesh Rijal, Dec 31 2017

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Torch bearer

As the ‘golden generation’ of Nepali cricketers that helped the country reach unprecedented heights on the pitch slowly begin to hang up their gloves, Dipendra Singh Airee has emerged as the new face of Nepali cricket.

Adarsha Dhakal, Dec 31 2017

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The future farmers

The founders of Aeroroots Pvt. Ltd. are now on a quest to realise their shared vision of a pesticide free tomorrow where the food will not be covered in harmful chemicals.

BIBEK SUBEDI, Dec 31 2017

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Man with conviction and integrity

Foreign influence in Nepal increased after it embraced a democratic set-up in 1951 with many foreign missions entering the country in the name of supporting the democratisation of institutions that had functioned under an autocratic Rana regime for a century.

Binod Ghimire, Dec 31 2017

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An immeasurable loss

With the passing of Dr Dina Bangdel’s on July 25, 2017 Nepal lost an outstanding art historian specialising in traditional Himalayan and modern and contemporary South Asian art.

KURCHI DAS GUPTA, Dec 31 2017

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A paper trail

In 2013, Bhintuna”Jya-poo” quit her job at an animation studio to pursue creative freedom.

Abha Dhital, Dec 31 2017

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Rewriting myths for the modern world

Poet Madhav Prasad Ghimire once described Ghanashyam Kandel as a writer capable of making nature cry, but had Kandel not won the Madan Puraskar, the prestigious literary award in Nepal, most reader would have never encountered his poetic vision.He is one of the few writers, who believes that an artist exists as the vehicle of his work and once the book is written the writer is no longer needed––naturally, a man with such beliefs has maintained a low profile.

Sandesh Ghimire, Dec 31 2017

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Against all odds

If it were not for Nirmala Gyawali’s perseverance, Nepal’s one and only Braille Library wouldn’t have existed. While establishing a library as such is a testimony to anyone’s hard-work and will to give back to the society, there is another facet that magnifies her contributions: Nirmala herself is visually impaired by birth.

Abijeet Pant, Dec 31 2017

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Theatre reborn

Women in Nepal have been harassed and abused but how often is that we see the stories of women, as experienced by women, brought to the fore of the cultural dialogue by films, theatre or the media?” asks Gunjan Dixit, theatre practioner and the co-founder of Katha Ghera, a theatre group.

Timothy Aryal, Dec 31 2017

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Hot emotions and cold truths

If you ask Deepak Rauniyar how he became a filmmaker, he will answer with a story of a fateful day in 2004:

Sandesh Ghimire, Dec 31 2017

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Method to the madness

Nepali film goers will remember for a while to come theconstricted, uncanny voice of the street goon Bhasme Don who made money by swindling gold swept into the Bagmati River during cremations. The character, after all, changed the concept of an antagonist in Nepali mainstream movies for ever. Bipin Karki, the man who played the character in the hit Pashupati Prasad, bagged several awards for his role. The awards were well deserved as he.

Anup Ojha, Dec 31 2017

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All aboard

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.

Dipesh Khatiwada, Dec 31 2017

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On a magic night

For a restaurant that began operation from a tiny straw hut, the fact that Moondance is now one of Pokhara’s highest taxpaying institutions is no short of a miracle. On a good day, the restaurant—located in the city’s prominent Lakeside district—draws over half a million rupees in business and features on the must-visit list of every domestic and international tourist who visits the Lake City.

SANGAM PRASAIN, Dec 31 2017

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Such great heights

IN POKHARAThe year 2018 is shaping up to be another banner year for Pokhara—the country’s popular adventure and leisure destination—after witnessing better-than-expected tourist arrivals and hotel infrastructure boom this past year.

SANGAM PRASAIN, Deepak PariyarDec 31 2017

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Ride along

Less than a year ago, when somebody without a vehicle wanted to commute in the Valley, they had one of three options: either hire a taxi that left a big hole in their pockets, suffer through the congestion of public vehicles or, even worse, walk through the dust and smog. But since the launch of Tootle, a ride sharing service, things have changed for the better.

ALISHA SIJAPATI, Dec 31 2017

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Agent of change

Last February when Rabindra Mishra decided to make an unexpected switch to politics, his mother wept. His father was not pleased with the decision either; neither were his circle of friends, well-wishers and relatives. Everyone he talked to tried to dissuade him from making the life-altering career change.

CHANDAN KUMAR MANDAL, Dec 31 2017

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Tremendous growth

For a doctor his age, Dr Bishal Gyawali’s achievements are already hard to match. Even before he formally began practicing Oncology, a branch of medicine that deals with cancer, his articles and research had garnered attention the world over. Now at just 30 years old, Dr Gyawali is an adviser to the British Medical Journal, a medical consultant at Anticancer Fund—a not-for-profit organisation based in Belgium, and associated with the prestigious Institute of Cancer Policy in the United Kingdom.

Manish Gautam, Dec 31 2017

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Double speak

Despite the legal arrangement to have at least 33 percent women representation in state mechanisms, the actual representation in the legislative body is dismal. There have been three national elections since the interim Constitution 2007 mandated, for the first time in the political history of Nepal, a fair representation of women in the government. Yet with each election, the number of women elected through the First- Past-the-Post (FPTP) system has been decreasing.

KAMAL DEV BHATTARAI, Dec 31 2017

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Biggest corruption case in Nepal’s history

On July 16, the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) filed cases against three members of the Tax Settlement Commission (TSC) at the Special Court on the charge of embezzling Rs10.02 billion in what is the biggest corruption case in Nepal’s history.

PRITHVI MAN SHRESTHA, Dec 31 2017

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The risk taker

One day in 1991, two 17-year-old boys visited the secretariat of the National Planning Commission (NPC) to meet with its vice chairman, Ram Sharan Mahat. Mahat, who later went on to become the Finance Minister six times over and is now a senior leader of the Nepali Congress, still remembers the meeting, during which the two had asked him to grant them scholarships to pursue further studies.

RUPAK D SHARMA, Dec 31 2017

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Love-hate couple

People were in a festive mood during the last week of September. There was a long public holiday due to the Dashain festival, and leaders of major parties were taking a break from political meetings. However, CPN-UML Chairman KP Oli and CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal were engaged in intense closed-door negotiations to explore the possibility of forming an electoral alliance with the ultimate aim of unifying the two parties.

KAMAL DEV BHATTARAI, Dec 31 2017

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Standing her ground

Confrontations between the executive and the judiciary aren’t new in the democratic history of Nepal. Time and again, disputes have arisen between the two crucial organs of the state.

Binod Ghimire, Dec 31 2017

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Silver lining

Four days after emerging victorious in the House of Representative elections from Kathmandu-4, Gagan Thapa left for South Africa to attend a meeting of the Lancet Commission on High Quality Health Systems on December 12. The focus of the meeting was health system quality in low- and middle-income countries and attended by veterans of the field.

Manish Gautam, Dec 31 2017

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