Advent of spring

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Photo by : RAJNEESH BHANDARI APR 04 – Come mid-March every year and villages in Humla wake up in a jovial mood, all ready to bid a fond farewell to winter and welcome the onset of spring. That was the case in the village of Bargaun this year, a little settlement in Humla in Nepal’s […]

Autism and education

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MAR 31 – Each student should have an individualised education plan, and only a joint parent-teacher effort can help autistic children learn Fourteen-year-old Kastup Lamsal is an autistic child. He sits aloof, doesn’t communicate with his peers, and is sometimes hyper. Kastup’s mother Rachana, 43, a nurse by profession, found her second child was different […]

Tea-time tales

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MAR 21 – It’s a foggy morning in Lalbandi, Sarlahi, and I need my morning tea. I’d thought about ordering a cup at the hotel I’m staying at, but the people there have recommended Binod Kumar Shah’s place instead, which they say is around a five-minute walk away. Apparently, Shah’s tea stall is a required […]

The show must go on

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KATHMANDU, JAN 31 – Sharada Bhusal Jha has her detractors, but the anti-corruption activist says she is determined to stick it out. On Saturday last week, a group of youths carrying a ‘corpse’ walked out of Khula Manch chanting “Ram nam satya ho, bhrastachar antya ho”. A barefoot lady seated in a wheelchair, head swaddled in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Close call

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MAY 25 – Last Wednesday, we reached the central office of Unity Life International Limited in Jawalakhel to collect the information on protest programme being held inside its premises. Everyone knows that Unity is charged of involvement in illegal insurance and deposit collection business. Unity’s head office was under the control of the police and […]