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Archive for September, 2014


Feline shrewdness

  Alliance Française of Kathmandu has been organising Les jeudis du cinéma (The Thursdays of Cinema) during September and for three weeks, movie buffs enjoyed an eclectic selection. From teenage comedy (The French Kisses) to classics (The Big Day by Jacques Tati), from drama (Violette by Martin Provost) to documentary (The Shebabs of Yarmouk by Axel Salvatori-Sinz), it was an […]

Death of justice

Nanda Prasad Adhikari, who had been on hunger strike for 11 months to demand justice for the war-time murder of his son, died on Monday afternoon at Bir Hospital. His wife, Ganga Maya, is still on hunger strike and knows that her husband is now dead. The elderly couple had been on intravenous feeding in the hospital’s intensive care unit for the […]

Encouraging womentrepreneurs

Kathmandu has joined the worldwide network of 200 cities in organising Startup Weekends with its fifth edition in the capital this week. In over 54 hours, ten teams of aspiring entrepreneurs worked at Startup Weekends Kathmandu (SWK) on business ideas in varied fields – from music, to environment, including transport. There was a dramatic rise in the number […]

Nurse’s book wins Madan Prize

As a young girl in Chitwan, whenever Radha Paudel complained about not having new shoes or pencils, she remembers her father telling her that children in Jumla didn’t even have enough to eat. When she grew up, Radha became an anesthesiologist at Bharatpur Hospital and applied for a more senior position. There were only two openings: a relatively […]

Pokhara tries to save its famous paddy

Urban sprawl and out-migration has reduced the production of Pokhara’s rare rice Pokhara once used to be renowned for its indigenous rice variety called Pokhareli Jethobudo, which is also the first traditional seed variety for which Nepali farmers were given intellectual property rights. Pokhareli is an aromatic rice that is in very high demand all […]

Blood and mud

One World Theatre unveils a fascinating production of In the Red and Brown Water in Kathmandu Tarell Alvin McCraney’s In the Red and Brown Water is a lyrical tragedy set in the ‘distant present’ of the fictional town of San Pere, Louisiana, and relates the story of Oya, a young woman who ‘runs like the […]

False start

Locals oppose an addition to the Changu Narayan museum gallery The inauguration of an important new gallery addition to the Living Traditions Museum of Changu Narayan was disrupted on 6 September by disgruntled locals who said they were not consulted. The gallery, called ‘Now and Then since 464 AD’ would have complemented the UNESCO World Heritage site […]