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Amid reservations, government bent on amending Human Rights Act

  • Rights watchdog says the move is aimed at reducing its role as an agency subordinate to the government
Binod Ghimire, Apr 26 2019
Despite serious reservations from the constitutional rights watchdog, the government looks bent on forwarding the bill to amend the National Human Rights Commission Act-2012, some provisions of which human rights defenders say undermine the commission’s authority.
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New edition of Vagina Monologues tackles harassment and patriarchy on a personal level

  • The play comes in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment against theatre practitioners, and centres around female actors expressing anger at growing incidents of violence against women in the country
TSERING D GURUNG, Apr 26 2019
Post Photo: Tsering D Gurung
Four years ago, when a group of female theatre artists began working on a Nepali adaptation of the landmark feminist play The Vagina Monologues, many, particularly men, were curious.
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Crowded Kathmandu’s few remaining open spaces are being steadily encroached upon

Anup Ojha, Kathmandu, Apr 26 2019
Post Photo: Elite Joshi
On Wednesday morning, Kathmandu woke up to a rude reminder of just how vulnerable the city remains to earthquakes. Two back-to-back earthquakes of magnitudes 5.2 and 4.3 shook Kathmandu within a span of 11 minutes, a day before the fourth anniversary of the April 2015 earthquakes, serving as a reminder--and a warning--of lessons unlearned.

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Are beauty pageants still relevant in modern Nepal? The debate continues.

ALISHA SIJAPATI, Kathmandu, Apr 25 2019
Auditions for Miss Nepal 2019 were recently held at Hotel Annapurna in Kathmandu. A video-clip from the same audition went viral on April 5 where pageant choreographer and one of the judges (second from left) Rachana Gurung Sharma chastises 22-year-old contestant Ashmita Maharjan for appearing in the audition without make-up.Post Photo: Kabin Adhikari
The post was a response to yet another viral Miss Nepal video-clip, this time less savoury than Khatiwada’s introductory video. In the clip from the auditions to this year’s pageant, choreographer Rachana Gurung Sharma is seen chastising 22-year-old contestant Ashmita Maharjan for appearing in the audition without makeup and in glasses.

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Court tells authorities not to collect tax from Ncell for the time being

TIKA R PRADHAN, Kathmandu, Apr 26 2019
When the Supreme Court on April 9 issued the full text of its February verdict on Ncell capital gains tax issue, it was largely believed that the matter was finally put to rest and that the long-drawn-out debate as to who should clear the tax liability—buyer or seller—had come to an end.

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Stakeholders realigning Jajarkot-Jumla road

BHIM BAHADUR SINGH, JAJARKOT, Apr 26 2019
The Rangshi section of the Jajarkot-Panchkatiya-Jumla road is currently being realigned to solve a dispute between stakeholders and the local citizens of Jajarkot.

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Police record statement from Kiran’s family

PARWAT PORTEL, Apr 26 2019
Police have recorded statements from the family members of 15-year-old Kiran Karki Dholi who died in custody of Birtamod Area Police Office in Jhapa on April 14.
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As government recalls envoy to Qatar, six of Nepal’s foreign missions are now without ambassadors

ANIL GIRI, Apr 26 2019
With the government decision to recall Nepal’s Ambassador to Qatar Ramesh Koirala, six Nepali diplomatic missions have been without their chiefs from Thursday.
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Post-quake recovery works hit as 4,000 workers resign en masse

NAYAK PAUDEL, Apr 26 2019
Around 4,000 technicians working for the National Reconstruction Authority in 32 earthquake-affected districts have resigned en masse, saying that they have not received any allowance and facilities for months.
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Flash floods and landslides triggered by torrential rain in Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua have killed at least 58 people, injured dozens and displaced more than 4,000, authorities said on Sunday.

A search for more possible victims was under way in the town of Sentani, which was hit by flash floods late on Saturday. Fifty-one people were killed and 74 injured there, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of the national disaster agency, told a news briefing.

Heavy rain caused landslides in the nearby provincial capital of Jayapura, killing seven there, Nugroho said.

Soldiers pulled alive a 5-month old baby from under the rubble of his house and took him to hospital, Papua military spokesman Muhammad Aidi said.

The number of victims “will probably increase because the evacuation process is still taking place and not all affected areas have been reached,” Nugroho said.

About 4,150 people are sheltering in six evacuation centers, he said.

Hundreds of houses, three bridges and a Twin Otter airplane parked at the airport were damaged by the floods. The Sentani airport, the province’s main transport hub, remained open.

TV footage showed mud and large logs on Sentani’s main roads after floodwaters receded.

Disaster authorities have warned local governments of flash flood risks due to deforestation in the mountains surrounding the town, Nugroho said, adding that in 2018 Jakarta sent seedlings intended for tree-planting.

“Forest destruction in the Cyclops mountains have increased for use as firewood and to turn the land into plantations,” Nugroho said.

“Since 2018 we have warned the Jayapura government to be careful of flash flood risks because of this deforestation,” he added.

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Remembering a rebellious girl

Ujwol Shrestha, Apr 21 2019
 As I said this in a soft spoken voice, tears rolled down her rosy cheeks. With gentle affection I caressed her hair. She stopped crying. For almost twenty minutes, we just sat there in silence staring at  the cat. No words. Sometimes words are unnecessary if the feelings are genuine. And my feelings were genuine. For all her stubbornness and rebellious manners, I had a profound affection for Tibrata. I knew she was a lonely girl and was yearning for love and affection.
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Saturday Features

Internet cafés or ‘wangbas’ in China create a space for internet addicts

Tripty Tamang Pakhrin
Internet cafés in China have created a new space where people lose themselves within the virtual world of online gaming--a chance to explore an experimental world without any impediment.

'Nepalis come across a huge wall that divides one part of the world from another'

Avasna Pandey
The presence of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah at the helm has only made things worse. These people are bent on hardening borders, rather than dissolving them.

The beatmaker

ABANI MALLA
On a cold and rainy winter’s day, 19-year-old Sagun Khadka sits at a cafe in Jhamsikhel, listening to hip-hop on his headphones.

Shreesha Bhandari’s Athot deserves to be read by young people seeking guidance

MOHAN GURAGAIN
Without failing to shed light on the importance of time, Athot stresses that what we failed to do in our lives are not less important than what we actually did. 

Guffadi: Our Oli government is not a communist but a truly wild capitalist party

Guffadi
Once again, let us congratulate our Oli government for passing the Medical Mafia Bill. Now, Dr KC should go home and rest.

Celebrating a century

Prakash Chandra Timilsena
Calmly seated in a chariot pulled by her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, Mayju Maharjan observes her fifth janko—a rare ritual, called Mahadivya Ratharohan, where an elder is celebrated for completing 108 years, eight months, eight days, eight hours, and eight seconds around the sun. 

The paper trail

Prakash Chandra Timilsena
In 1995, 50-year-old Nima Sherpa moved from Dolakha to Kathmandu with a plan—he was going to take traditional Nepali lokta paper to the world. Sherpa had realised that products made of lokta, which were easily available in his village, could make it big in the international market.

Life and art are inextricably blended into each other

Timothy Aryal
Mekh Limbu’s art needs little elaboration. It speaks the truth, laid out for all to see and reflect on. It’s real; it’s quiet, keening and sharp. Take his installation ‘How I Forgot My Mother Tongue’, for instance, which was part of the Opposite Dreams exhibition displayed during the Photo Kathmandu festival last year.

Raamesh Koirala’s book about Charles Sobhraj is confused, leaving the reader unsure of whether this is a memoir or a novel

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.” Perhaps this was an (glaring) oversight on the part of the publisher, but given the manner in which the book unfolds, it might be an accurate characterisation.