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Archive for July, 2014


Ketis on K2

Three Nepali women climbers on Saturday became one of few women to have summited K2, which at 8,611m is the second highest mountain in the world. Maya Sherpa, Dawa Yangzum Sherpa and Pasang Lhamu Sherpa are part of the K2 Women for Change Expedition which is regarded as much more difficult than Mt Everest. The mountain, […]

Toxic tarkari

Despite awareness and crackdown, pesticide-laced vegetables still poisoning consumers Suddenly the danger of pesticide is splashed all over the mainstream media, and the Nepali public is aware about poisonous vegetables. But while urban consumers do not have safer alternatives, farmers have been adversely affected by falling demand for produce. The Ministry of Agriculture blacklisted vegetables […]

Half truths, no justice

As the ambulance carrying the remains of the five young men of Dhanusha made its way from the District Police Office to Devi Chok in Janakpur on Wednesday morning, a sizable number of curious bystanders had gathered for the procession. For the families of the deceased, however, it was a moment they had been anxiously awaiting for more than 10 years. […]

Dhanusha 5

More than 10 years after their disappearance and murder, the remains of the five young men from Dhanusha is finally being handed over to their families today at Devi Chowk in Janakpur, the same place from where they were picked up by the joint security forces. Earlier today morning, Bed Bhattarai, acting secretary of the […]

Watered down

Bikas Thapa, Annapurna Post, 18 July Nepal has received from India a proposal themed on ‘Power Development’, the ratification of which would put Nepal’s water resources in its southern neighbour’s control. According to points III and IIIa of the new proposal, only companies okayed by India would get to invest in hydro projects, Nepal itself […]

Drama, tragedy, irony and surprises at the Cup of Cups

Just days before the first World Cup game on June 12 in Sao Paulo, as final touches were being given to stadiums, walls being painted at bus stations and chairs being polished at airport, the scene was looking very similar to an Indian wedding, where the bride’s house is a picture of chaos till the groom’s party […]

Gold for Sapana

Devaki Bista, Himal Khabarpatrika, 13 July When Nepali Times met 16-year-old Sapana*(pic, right) last month, she was training hard for the 8th World Taekwondo Cultural Expo in Korea and showed no sign of her traumatic past. This week, she has returned from the tournament with a gold medal. For the seven other Nepali participants, who […]