Stories By 'BASANTA PRATAP SINGH'
Fifteen out of 17 handmade paper factories in Bajhang district have closed down in recent years, putting many locals out of job, according to locals and the factory operators.
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Locals of Bajhang say that a large number of wild animals, including rare birds, have been killed and smuggled within the last two months from the district.
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Sudurpaschim Province Assembly lawmaker Devaki Malla, who was abducted on Friday by the cadres of the Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal, was released after four hours from Bagadipauta in Kedarsyu Rural Municipality-5, Bajhang.
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In a one-room shack in Kholi village in the western district of Bajhang, Laxmi Badi and her four children shiver the night away in hopes of warmer sunshine the next day. At night, they light a fire and try to stay warm.
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Bimala Bohara has been spending five days of a month inside a shed every single time she has had her period since her early teens. Now 28, Bohara said the worst aspect of Chhaupadi is practising the custom in the cold, when temperatures plummet and it is almost difficult to fall asleep inside the shed.
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Siddhu Bohara of Dhalaun in Saipal Rural Municipality-2, Bajhang has been living in darkness for the last seven years. Siddhu frequently falls down inside his house and has injured himself.
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