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Archive for July, 2013


Ani la

UNICEF Nepal has featured Ani Choying Drolma in a public service announcement for its campaign to end violence against children that it is airing over television channels and in cinema halls around the country. At a function on Wednesday, Ani (pictured above) recalled how as a girl she and her mother suffered domestic violence from […]

Selfish nationalism

When Mohan Baidya led CPN-Maoist announced that his party was interested in cooperating with ex-king Gyanendra Shah to safeguard’s Nepal’s sovereignty, it set off an uproarious debate on nationalism. With NC president Sushil Koirala urging political parties to make elections a success and CPN-M chairman’s vehement opposition to elections, the common man is stuck in […]

Business of elections

After the Election Commission announced its Code of Conduct last week for the November polls, Nepal’s business community has also revealed its own code in which it has told political parties it will not contribute to campaign financing. At a function attended by government head Khil Raj Regmi, the National Business Initiative (NBI) on Sunday […]

Lost crown and country

Pranav Budhathoki So it seems that former king Mr Gyanendra Shah hasn’t learnt the lesson that helicoptering to remote areas clad in Wayfarers and offering a limp hand with an inverted lower lip to listen to the public’s grievances had its days. Doling out relief supplies, albeit through daughter-in-law’s charity shop, to help people in […]

Mukarung in NC

Shrawan Mukarung in Naya Patrika, 28 July Leftist poet Shrawan Mukarung joined the Nepali Congress party last week. His remarks over an unreliable mobile phone line: I never used to be in any political party. Yes, now I have joined the NC after giving it a lot of thought. Today, communism is irrelevant. All communist […]

Marsyangdi blues

Construction work on the 50 MW Upper Marsyangdi Hydroelectricity Project has been stopped because of protest and vandalism by locals. The majority investor Sino Hydro of China sent letters to the Chinese Embassy and representatives of political parties saying they faced losses of Rs 400,000 every day work was halted, and that repeated opposition by […]

Belbari’s victim speaks

Maya Sarki’s testimony, I was returning home that evening when someone grabbed me from the back. Before I could scream for help,he pushed me to the ground and covered my mouth. It was already dark so I couldn’t recognise the attacker, I presumed it was Jiwan from the village. He had me in a […]