Stories By 'Pranaya SJB Rana'
Raamesh Koirala’s new book about the notorious serial killer Charles Sobhraj is a strange animal. Although ostensibly presented as a non-fiction memoir written by the cardiac surgeon who operated on Sobhraj’s heart, the copyright page of the book asserts that “This is a work of fiction.”
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Sumitra Danuwar, Anita Chapagain and Sushmita Rai first arrived at the Kobold Watch Company’s office in Kathmandu in July 2017. After growing up in a Maiti Nepal hostel, the three girls, all of whom are still in their teens, had just completed their tenth-grade exams and were looking for part-time work. The Pennsylvania-based watch company, run by German national Michael Kobold, had been running a shop out of Babarmahal since 2012 and was looking for help.
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The Nepal Tourism Board is seeking legal counsel to scrap its agreement to grant $200,000 to German watchmaker Michael Kobold for his fire truck expedition if the trucks don’t arrive by March.The Tourism Board is considering suing him for breach of contract following a Kathmandu Post report last month that revealed Kobold had signed the agreement on behalf of a non-existent company, CEO Deepak Raj Joshi told the Post. The board has already paid Kobold $100,000.
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In January last year, the Nepal Tourism Board signed an agreement to grant $200,000 to the Soarway Institute for Development for its project, the ‘Nepal Fire Truck Expedition,’ an initiative to bring second-hand fire trucks donated from the United States to Nepal.Behind this campaign, and signing on behalf of the Soarway Institute for Development, was German watchmaker Michael Kobold, who has been living on and off in Kathmandu for the past decade.
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For the first time, over 90 artworks from 37 contemporary Nepali artists are going to be exhibited at the Weltmuseum in Vienna next year in a showcase of modern Nepali art.
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While still in high school, Ashish Sinha and Kalash Tuladhar came across a rundown vin-tage Royal Enfield Bullet 350. As bike enthusiasts, this machine, rusty and water-logged, piqued their interest—they wanted to see if they could restore it.
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