KATHMANDU, Feb 11: Monday was just another day for Nirmala Panta’s mother Durga Devi. She was preparing to come home from work (she is a peon at the Bhimdutta Municipality office) when some media persons came to her and asked if she knew that police headquarters has scrapped the report of the investigations led by AIG Dhiru Basnet into the rape and murder of her daughter.
KATHMANDU, Jan 27:
I can't fly
in the sky
with splashing gleam
and carry some wind
on my wing's lap
I can't attract the world
by blowing my beautiful voice
But I won't flush any tears which can sink the lawn
KATHMANDU, Jan 11: If there is still something that worries Annapurna Rijal, a 66-year-old who can barely cook for herself, it is the health issues of the only man in her life. As she moves in and out of the decrepit little room she rents at Sanepa, Lalitpur she counts the days remaining till Thursday. That is when he visits her. He is now all of 70 and they do not talk much when they meet. The fire in their relationship has long subsided. But as soon as he has left, Annapurna starts the countdown to next Thursday. This is how it has been for over 15 years now.
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KATHMANDU, Dec 28: After many years of trial and error, Nepal Police has finally figured out a way to make community police functional. The Community-Police Partnership (CPP), launched by the law enforcement agency over a year ago, has reached out to thousands of local committees in making crime control a shared responsibility.
KATHMANDU, Dec 19: Lila Devkota, who died in a hit and run at Budhanilakantha on Saturday, was everything for her family. She was the emotional and financial pillar for four children and reliable support of her husband. A close relative told Republica that her eldest daughter left for Japan just six month ago in pursuit of opportunities there. And for this, Lila sold whatever jewelry she had besides incurring other arrangements. Another daughter, a Bachelor’s first year student in Kathmandu, collapsed on learning of her mother’s sudden death. She had to be hospitalized and given oxygen. “She could not take it, she collapsed,” the close relative said, cautioning not to intrude on the family’s tragic hour.
KATHMANDU, Dec 10: Even though cases of violence are largely being reported these days, this does not clearly include cases related to women with disabilities. Due to the lack of support at home and society, women who have physical or mental issues continue to be suppressed and silenced, and it is more so in the rural areas, they say.
KATHMANDU, Dec 8: Bir Bahadur Mahara, who won a gold medal for Nepal, defeating Pakistan’s Muhamad Faheem in Taekwondo in the ongoing South Asian Games (SAG), would probably be sweating it out in the searing heat of some Gulf country now had he not joined the Nepal Police six years ago. Or he would have ended up like his elder brother, toiling away as a laborer in some Indian town.
KATHMANDU, Dec 5: The glittering lights and huge fanfare at Dasharath Stadium during the opening of the 13th South Asian Games on Sunday captivated many, including Sunita Maharjan, 26, but only for some time.
KATHMANDU, Nov 28: The 16 days of activism against gender-based violence is currently unfolding in over 180 countries, and Durga Devi from a small village in western Nepal feels the connection as she has been at the receiving end for so long.
PHNOM PENH (CAMBODIA), Nov 20: Leaders of different countries including Nepal, the Philippines, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Afghanistan on Tuesday stressed collective efforts to combat poverty, conflict and global warming as they spoke at the Asia Pacific Summit 2019.
KATHMANDU, Nov 12: When she was undergoing first phase treatment at Kirtipur Hospital over a month ago following an acid attack, powerful messages of support from Bollywood big names like Amitabh Bachchan and Varun Dhawan kept 14-year-old Muskan Khatun going. There was also another person constantly on the phone to boost her spirits: Ujjwal Bikram Thapa. Thapa's life of compassion, kindness and selfless service is a story in itself .
KATHMANDU, Nov 5: The names Asha Kumari and Ritulal are tattooed on the 32-year-old woman’s hand. Asha has been married to Ritulal Sada for 16 years and they have four kids. On Saturday afternoon, Ritulal dipped her face in boiling fish curry just because she was slow with his lunch. The face became swollen, the eyes puckered up and the burned skin turned black.
KATHMANDU, Oct 23: Brought to Kirtipur Hospital after suffering an acid attack a month and a half ago, Muskan Khatun, 14, is under the care of doctors and nurses full time. She is given painkillers and other medication to keep her calm. But she screams out intermittently in sheer agony. At other times also there is pain written all over her face. She is gradually losing weight and looks frail.
Kathmandu, Sept 11: Republica’s investigation has found that some of the senior and “well-known doctors” in Kathmandu’s biggest hospitals have shown massive lapse of judgment when handling sensitive medical cases. Sheer negligence of doctors at Grande International Hospital in Dhapasi, Kathmandu has resulted in a series of medical mishaps, leaving patients and their families entrenched in a spiral of financial and emotional issues.
KATHMANDU, Feb 27: When the news of a farmer named Puran Mahato from Chitwan destroying a ton of cabbage after failing to get more than two rupees per kg was making rounds last month, Nepali students studying agriculture in Israel were shattered. “Is agriculture really a dying industry in Nepal?” they wondered.