Unlikely heroes

CHANDAN KUMAR MANDAL, Aug 19 2017

When floods triggered by incessant rainfall this week gushed into homes and began sweeping people away, many residents in the flood-hit regions in the Tarai were caught flat footed.
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Floods are devastating but its aftermath can be just as deadly. Even as homes and properties remain submerged, the threat of the outbreak of diseases, many of them life-threatening, looms large.
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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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This week, the government imposed restrictions on non-governmental agencies and private individuals from dispensing relief materials to those affected by the floods that have inundated large ports of the Tarai without coordination with the authorities.
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Our incompetent government has decided to release a billion Rupees from the Prime Minister Disaster Relief Fund to our Home Ministry to help the folks affected by floods and landslides in the country.
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Deluged

MADHAV GHIMIRE, Aug 19 2017

On Thursday, Sunita Rai of Itahari Submetropolitan City, Gairigaun-4, spent the whole day digging through her home, now caked with a thick layer of mud and debris.
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Even a river flows backwards once every twelve years,” says Parbati Rajak, a 41-year-old tea shop operator in Hatkhola, Biratnagar, quoting a Nepali adage on resilience, “So, is there any option but to pick ourselves up and try to restart all over again?”
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Swept away

Post Report, Aug 19 2017

Almost a week since the floods, the water levels in affected districts have been gradually receding. In the past one week, 35 districts were affected, displacing more than 18,300 families, and affecting at least 75,000 families.
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When I walk throughthe always open doors at work,I take off the heaviness in my heart,put on a smile,some kajal,
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How do you go about striking a conversation with a total stranger without sounding like a creep? Imagine the stranger is elegant, composed and beautiful, one who immediately strikes your fancy and then captures the better part of your mind.
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Rajendra Parajuli, whose collection of short stories—Shukraraj Shashtri ko Chasma—has been nominated for this year’s Madan Puraskar, has four story collections, one poetry anthology and a novel to his name. Parajuli,
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Ram Maya Sunar had two miscarriages. Then she had a daughter, who died of pneumonia when she was one. “My second child died from tuberculosis at just six months.
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