Yearender 2016

The Rise of the Right

In 2006 Rastriya Prajatantra Party split due to ideological differences between the two factions led by Chairman Pashupati Shumsher Rana and General Secretary Kamal Thapa.

Binod Ghimire, Dec 29 2016

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End of an era

When Agam Singh Giri, a Darjeeling school teacher, handed Amber Gurung a page of lyrics in 1960, little did either know that they were about to set in motion a chain of events that would alter their lives, careers and the then still-evolving Nepali musical landscape.

Sanjit Bhakta Pradhananga, Dec 29 2016

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Silver linings

In a roller-coaster year for cricket, on field glories—including heroic displays at the U-19 World Cup and the 2019 World Cup Qualifiers—outshone off field wrangling that resulted in the suspension of the Cricket Association of Nepal by cricket’s governing body.

Adarsha Dhakal, Dec 29 2016

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Glory in despair

With a string of historic titles, football remained the most successful sport in the country in 2016.

Adarsha Dhakal, Dec 29 2016

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Books galore

Nepal’s publishing industry has been on the upswing of late. With the number of readers steadily growing and social media acting as a giant book club—connecting readers to the authors—it was of little surprise that Nepali literature flourished in 2016.

Samikshya Bhattarai, Dec 29 2016

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Unshackled

As Pushpa Basnet walked up the stage at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles to acknowledge a prestigious award, her children’s eyes, back at the Early Childhood Development Centre (ECDC) in Budhanilkantha, were keenly glued to CNN Live on YouTube.

Anup Ojha, Dec 29 2016

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Heroes in life as on TV

October 28 was a very special day for acting duo Sitaram Kattel and Kunjana Ghimire, better known as Dhurmus and Suntali for their famous characters loved by many on television.

Narendra Raule, Dec 29 2016

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Break a leg

With the five theatre houses in the Capital continually staging plays throughout the year, 2016 continued to remain a busy year for theatre in Kathmandu.

Timothy Aryal, Dec 29 2016

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Build Back Right

Hundreds of heritage sites in the country were reduced to rubble by the devastating earthquakes of April and May 2015.

DIPESH KHATIWADA, Dec 29 2016

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Taking the Plunge

Clearly, Deepesh Kumar Vaidya, founder and managing director of Kriti Capital and Investment, is not very happy with developments taking place in the secondary market.

Rajesh Khanal, Dec 29 2016

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The Journey Within

Looking across his yoga retreat, spread over 68 ropanis on Lovely Hill in Pokhara, Siroj Vijaya Koirala admits that his wishes have come true in a roundabout way.

RUPAK D SHARMA, Dec 29 2016

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A Year on Wheels

2016 remained a triumphant year for Nepal’s automobile industry, as it witnessed around 50 percent jump in turnover.

Rajesh Khanal, Dec 29 2016

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Best Smartphone Picks of 2016

While the original P85 was a subpar phone at best, the revamped P85+ is a phone worth considering the upcoming year.

Prajesh SJB Rana, Dec 29 2016

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Redefining mall culture

Ironically, the most iconic mall in Nepal came into existence out of serendipity rather than careful planning.

RUPAK D SHARMA, Dec 29 2016

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Food done right

The restaurant is not very lavish. It has a stripped-down menu. And it wants its guests to leave soon after the food on the table is over.

BIBEK SUBEDI, Dec 29 2016

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Greener Pastures

Prashiddhi Neupane’s preparation for abroad study had begun even before she took her grade 12 examination in April.

Binod Ghimire, Dec 29 2016

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THE YEAR THAT WAS TIMELINE 2016

December 2: Dr. KP Singh steps down as IOM Dean as per the demand of Dr Govinda KC’s hunger strike.

Dec 29 2016

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A year in photographs

The Super Moon hovers above Swoyambunath in the Capital on November 14.

Dec 29 2016

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From Strength to Strength

It is said that there are opportunities hidden in almost every challenge. In other words, problems, if treated as problems, will continue to remain as problems; but if they are taken as opportunities, they turn into opportunities.

Rajesh Khanal, Dec 29 2016

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Interpreter of Maladies

Keyoor Gautam, a medical doctor, knows exactly how people feel and react when they fall sick.

BIBEK SUBEDI, Dec 29 2016

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The bus is back

This song about the Sajha bus was an instant hit during the early 1990s, and it reminds us of the time when these green coloured vehicles were everyone’s favourite means of transportation both inside and outside the Kathmandu Valley.

Anup Ojha, Dec 29 2016

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Flying High

Come 2017, Nepal’s aviation industry, which has remained quiet for a long time, will be on the march.

SANGAM PRASAIN, Dec 29 2016

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The Best Foot Forward

Down a narrow alley in Hariharbhawan, Lalitpur, right opposite the Institute of Engineering, stands an ordinary grey building, four-storey tall. Inside, men sit in front of computers in small partitioned rooms on every floor, punching keyboards or brainstorming solutions.

RUPAK D SHARMA, Dec 29 2016

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The Good Fight

With a green surgical mask placed under his chin, Dr Jiwan Kshetry prepares to address a mass gathering at New Baneshwor, next to the Parliament.

Manish Gautam, Dec 29 2016

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Accidental Diplomats

Nepali diplomacy in 2016 was distinguished by instability and lack of coherence and consistency.

ANIL GIRI, Dec 29 2016

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Watching the Watchers

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and South Korean President Park Geun-hye were impeached from their posts over corruption charges by their respective parliaments this year.

PRITHVI MAN SHRESTHA, Dec 29 2016

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Left in the middle

Maoist movement saw a tumultuous 2016, where the party that waged a decade-long armed conflict continued to split.

TIKA R PRADHAN, Dec 29 2016

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Nepali Congress: A tectonic shift in leadership

In March, we witnessed the largest conclave of a political party that has proven itself as a major broker in state affairs, with one person featuring prominently behind the curtains—Sher Bahadur Deuba.

SARIN GHIMIRE, Dec 29 2016

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Half-hearted Peace

Nepal’s political actors take pride in the ‘home-grown’ nature of the peace process that ended the decade-long Maoist insurgency, overthrew the centuries-old monarchy and pushed Nepal on a trajectory towards federalism.

John Narayan Parajuli, Dec 29 2016

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‘Surreal’ is the 2016

The chilly month of December has often had ominous portends for Nepal. On 15 December 1960, for example, King Mahendra suspended the constitution, dissolved parliament and imprisoned B P Koirala, Nepal’s first democratically elected prime minister.

Dec 29 2016

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