Dashain at a distance

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OCT 26 – Much to my mother’s chagrin, I couldn’t make it home to Pokhara this Dashain. But I wasn’t alone. Most journalists like me working in broadcast media don’t get an actual break during Dashain, or any other festival for that matter. Although newspapers do remain closed for a few days, it is not […]

Reimagining the newsroom

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JUL 27 – Most of my journalist friends in Nepal seem to operate under the impression that multimedia journalism is a distant thing of the future, yet to make much of an impact in the country—a “passing trend”, they might even call it. But from what I’ve observed during the seven years that I’ve worked […]

Youth Unemployment a Global Crisis

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By Rajneesh Bhandari As I am reporting the ILO’s first ever Youth Employment Forum at their headquarter in Geneva, Switzerland, the statistics released on youth unemployment is quite shocking. The reported titled “Global Employment Trends for Youth 2012” was released this week and it gives a very alarming picture that every youth should think and […]

Silent sufferers

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MAR 30 – Four-year-old Binu Dangol enters the room with her mother and father, dressed daintily in a blue t-shirt and trousers, her hair done neatly, but I can see that she’s scared. She leans away at the sight of me and my camera, ready to take flight, and I have very little idea of […]

Nepal to integrate 6,500 Maoist ex-rebels into army

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November 03, 2011|Rajneesh Bhandari and Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times Reporting from Katmandu, Nepal, and New Delhi — Nepal took a step closer toward a comprehensive peace deal with an agreement to integrate about 6,500 former Maoist fighters into the nation’s armed forces and offer compensation packages to other ex-rebels. In a seven-point interim deal […]