Upendra Lamichhane

The contributor for Republica.

“They neither let me live nor die”

Published On: May 23, 2023 04:30 PM NPT By: Upendra Lamichhane

KATHMANDU, May 23: "They neither let me live nor die," said Binu Yadav, who has been on a hunger strike for 13 days, sitting on the main road in Maitighar Mandala. Due to her lack of nutrition, she has had to be hooked up to a saline IV.

Development, the Bhaktpur Way!

Published On: May 21, 2023 12:40 PM NPT By: Upendra Lamichhane

With the end of Biska Jatra, the Bhairab Rath of Bhaktapur has been garaged for this year. However, the chariot of development continues to parade in the Island of Goodness, Bhaktapur Municipality. The new development practices initiated by the municipality have made the ancient city of Lichhavi era more vibrant. In contrast to other municipalities in the country, Bhaktapur Municipality has charted a unique path towards development symbolized by the moving-forward chariot of Bisket.

Why is KMC moving its office paying over six million rupees in rent a month?

Published On: March 28, 2023 10:45 AM NPT By: Upendra Lamichhane

KATHMANDU, March 28: The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) appears to have lately started focusing on other tasks while forgetting to address the main problems of the city. Many people have been surprised by KMC’s preparation to move to a new building with an expensive rent, ignoring the existing physical structures that are under construction and need to be strengthened.

Holi revelers celebrate Colorella ~ Holi Carnival 2023 by Radio Nagarik 96.5 (Photo Feature)

Published On: March 6, 2023 02:52 PM NPT By: Upendra Lamichhane

KATHMANDU, March 6: Radio Nagarik 96.5 and Republica daily on Monday successfully organized a special Colorella ~ Holi Carnival 2023 in the capital to mark the festival of colors.

Turkey's ‘miracle baby’ interests Nepal’s ‘miracle boy’!

Published On: February 11, 2023 11:00 AM NPT By: Upendra Lamichhane

KATHMANDU, Feb 10: The tragic stories and pictures after the devastating earthquake in Turkey that killed more than 15,000 people in Turkey on Monday are watched by millions of people around the world sitting in their rooms. One out of these millions is the 'miracle boy' of Nepal, Sonis Awal, who was rescued from the ruins after 22 hours in the 2015 earthquake.

In Pictures: Rights activists staging street drama demanding justice for Nirmala Kurmi arrested

Published On: January 23, 2023 04:36 PM NPT By: Upendra Lamichhane

KATHMANDU, Jan 23: Police have arrested the rights activists, who were staging street drama at Maitighar Mandala demanding justice for Nirmala Kurmi of Banke.

“We trust journalist Rabi Lamichhane but not Home Minister Rabi Lamichhane”

Published On: January 17, 2023 05:15 PM NPT By: Upendra Lamichhane

KATHMANDU, Jan 17: The women activists from Banke who have been protesting at Maitighar Mandala for the past some days seeking justice for Nirmala Kurmi got confused when Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Rabi Lamichhane reached the venue of their sit-in protest on Saturday. Ruby Khan, the leader of the protest, said that they were in a dilemma after Home Minister Rabi Lamichhane asked them to stop the protest, promising them that he would deliver justice by getting the Nirmala Kurmi case investigated.

Do people have to die for potholes to be filled?

Published On: August 24, 2022 12:30 PM NPT By: Upendra Lamichhane

KATHMANDU, August 24: Potholes have made the Dhobi Khola Corridor, which was once lovely, unsafe. The risk of accidents has increased as the potholes on the road are not repaired on time.

‘Flood is bad, govt's dishonesty is worse’

Published On: August 11, 2022 04:23 PM NPT By: Upendra Lamichhane

KATHMANDU, August 11: Narayan Prasad Mainali of the landless squatter’s settlement along the Manohara River in Bhaktapur spent the night in waist-deep water on Tuesday due to the flood caused by incessant rain. Mainali, who was living in a small hut with her two children, told Republica that he had lost the hope of 'living' at that time.

Delay in culvert construction leads to inundation in Kapan

Published On: August 7, 2022 02:47 PM NPT By: Upendra Lamichhane

KATHMANDU, August 7: Locals said that Kathmandu’s Kapan has been facing the problem of inundation due to the delay in the construction of a box culvert. They said that since the contractor could not complete the construction of the culvert on time and it is not clear how much time it will take more, there is no immediate solution to the inundation problem of Kapan. By mid-July this year, culverts 1400 meters in length should have been constructed, but only 160 meters have been constructed.

Distribution of smart licenses delayed as officials buckpass their responsibility

Published On: June 19, 2022 05:01 PM NPT By: Upendra Lamichhane

KATHMANDU, June 19: It has been nine months since Sunil Bada of Bungamati, Lalitpur received his renewal chit. But he has not yet been provided with the ‘smart license’.

US Ambassador Berry tastes Aila and says, “It’s strong!”

Published On: June 2, 2022 07:00 PM NPT By: Upendra Lamichhane

A special ceremony was organized at Patan Durbar Square to mark the completion of the renovation of cultural artifacts in the area with the support of $ 150,000 donated by the US government’s Ambassador Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) program. The celebration was also a part of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of Nepal-US diplomatic relations.

‘Balen Shah has already won hearts, now election remains’

Published On: May 16, 2022 01:22 PM NPT By: Upendra Lamichhane

On Sunday, the area near Bhrikutimandap was rejoicing over the lead maintained by Shah in the vote-counting so far. The ambience was no less than a celebration of victory, as if Balen had already won the mayoral race.

Why are Nepalis happy?

Published On: March 23, 2022 04:11 PM NPT By: Upendra Lamichhane

Nepal occupies the 85th place in the world and the top position in South Asia in terms of happiness, according to the 10th edition of the World Happiness Report 2022 released ahead of the annual International Day of Happiness on March 20. However, this piece of news came as a surprise for many in Nepal who thought there is hardly anything to be happy about in the country for the past some time. But the Nepalis are still happy. Here is why and how.

Mountain women’s problems are taller than the mountains

Published On: March 9, 2022 11:52 AM NPT By: Upendra Lamichhane

‘Women in the Himalayan region are still going through the ups and downs of inequality and discrimination. Illiteracy and health problems make life really, really difficult for women in the region.’

Who is to blame for these casualties?

Published On: July 29, 2021 06:42 PM NPT By: Upendra Lamichhane

Vehicles have been lazily stopped in a line at the Amlekhgunj-Pathlaiya road section inside Parsa National Park. At the end of the line, there is a vehicle with a message written on its rear side - "Save Tiger''. However, beside it, a 10-year-old Royal Bengal tiger is seen lying on the road, bleeding from its mouth.

Blind but not in the Dark: The Story of Visually-Impaired Football Fans

Published On: June 24, 2021 11:00 AM NPT By: Upendra Lamichhane

These visually-impaired Nepalis not only watch football but they have also created images of the football stars in their minds. Visually-impaired Surya Limbu who is a diehard fan of France said Mbappe must be a bit short and fair-skinned while Messi must be fat and dark-skinned.

Lockdown leaves some dairy farmers without fodder

Published On: April 9, 2020 10:13 AM NPT By: Upendra Lamichhane

LALITPUR, April 9: Sahadev Niraula, 48, says he was never this upset in his life. When Republica telephoned him on Wednesday morning, he said he was bringing fodder in his bike from Khokana of Lalitpur. If he fails to manage enough of it on time, his cattle may die, he said.

The story behind 'photo of the year'

Published On: February 9, 2020 09:04 AM NPT By: Upendra Lamichhane

KATHMANDU, Feb 9: A baby with an unusually large head and fragile body lying helplessly in front of a woman, seemingly the baby's mother, caught the attention of a photo journalist Navesh Chitrakar while he was walking past a road in Kathmandu on March 1, last year. The woman apparently from the Madhes community was begging for help. Chitrakar, who is associated with Reuters, introduced himself to the lady, received her contact number and captured the image of the two in his camera.

A buffalo farmer in Bhaisepati

Published On: January 18, 2020 08:57 AM NPT By: Upendra Lamichhane

LALITPUR, Jan 18: Sahadev Niraula, 48, has no idea why the place where he lives at is called Bhaisepati (Bhaisi is the Nepali word for a buffalo). But he indeed has a huge business associated with buffaloes at Bhaisepati of Lalitpur and earns as much as Rs 150,000 a month from it. It has been five long years since buffalo farming has kept him quite busy and happy.