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Archive for December, 2014


Jet has bird strike

A Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Kathmandu had to make an emergency landing as the engine caught on fire. The accident occurred at 12.20 pm on December 29, 2014. According to the source, the engine of Jet Airways flight VTJBH 268 caught fire after striking a bird. However the fire was under control as the […]

Bad air

Gagan Thapa in, 27 December Kathmandu’s denizens have long battled chronic issues related to transportation, polluted air, waste management, and shortages of energy and drinking water. For those of us who can afford it, inverter and generators, private transportation and water tankers are easy alternatives to long power cuts, overcrowded public transports and scarcity of drinking water. But in […]

In a stateless state

Eighteen-year-old Neha Gurung had dreams to become a doctor. But, when she went to submit her forms for her MBBS entrance exams, she was rejected. Neha was asked to submit her citizenship certificate, but she didn’t have one. So, she had to search for a subject course that didn’t require her to show citizenship papers […]

Art for heart’s sake

On November 2012 a young Nepali woman returning from Saudi Arabia was raped and robbed by immigration police in Kathmandu. Protests swept Kathmandu. Public outrage over the crime spilled into the streets in front of the Prime Minister’s official residence in Baluwatar and expanded to include other incidents of violence against women in the country. The movement […]

Foreign hand

Editorial, Annapurna Post, 16 December The country’s increasing dependency on foreign aid for development has turned many people to hold out their hands rather than use them for hard work. When leaders start appeasing donors, foreign interference becomes direct. The Indian-led 12-point agreement in November 2005 between the parties and the Maoists against the king […]

Nepali woman jailed for abortion

A 24-year-old Nepali migrant worker has been sentenced for undergoing an abortion in Malaysia, raising questions of the legitimacy of the crime while human right activists seeking a revision of the case on court. Bukit Mertajam Sessions Court sentenced Nirmala Thapa, a Nepali woman who worked in a factory in Penang, to a one-year imprisonment […]

Maithili art on exhibit

Stunning paintings that demonstrate the vibrancy and artistic range of the Maithili tradition will be on pre-Christmas exhibition and sale at The Taragaon Museum at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The artists belong to the Janakpur Women’s Development Centre (JWDC), a cooperative established in 1989 by Claire Burkett, an American artist and philanthropist. JWDC has five […]