Pooja Chauhan

The contributor for Republica.

Women in Nepal Army: Challenges and opportunities

Published On: March 29, 2017 12:03 PM NPT By: Pooja Chauhan

KATHMANDU, March 29: After standing for almost an hour through traffic jams in a crowded public vehicle, two of the passengers rushed to the front row to grab a seat. They were just about to stretch their cramped muscles when somebody from the back pulled the sweater of one of them and said: ‘Excuse me, you are not allowed to sit here, these seats are reserved for women.

FSU election held at RR Campus amid tensions

Published On: March 29, 2017 12:00 AM NPT By: Pooja Chauhan

KATHMANDU, March 29: After months of disputes, Ratna Rajya Laxmi Campus (RR) finally conducted the Free Students Union (FSU) election on Tuesday.

Traffic congestion a nightmare for Valley denizens

Published On: March 21, 2017 08:47 AM NPT By: Pooja Chauhan

KATHMANDU, March 20: For the past few months, Yogesh Shrestha, a teacher known for his punctuality and promptness, has not been able reach school on time which has badly affected his class. Despite leaving home an hour earlier than usual, he still can't manage to reach the school on time due to heavy traffic jams which have become a daily routine these days.

Street children vulnerable to addiction

Published On: March 14, 2017 01:50 AM NPT By: Pooja Chauhan

KATHMANDU, March 14: As most of the street children start using psychoactive substances at a tender age of eight or nine, they are likely to get addicted before reaching 15, which ultimately reduces their average life expectancy, argue experts working for the welfare of such children.

Live-in relationship 'victims' lament lack of law

Published On: February 25, 2017 05:45 AM NPT By: Pooja Chauhan

KATHMANDU, Feb 25: 'Sometimes a rash decision is enough to make you cry your whole life'. That is the deeper understanding of life by thirty four years old Anita Gurung [name changed] who realized that life is not always as beautiful as in the movies when her own love of 16 years ultimately refused to marry her in spite of having two kids.

Pashupati ready for Shivaratri

Published On: February 23, 2017 08:08 AM NPT By: Pooja Chauhan

KATHMANDU, Feb 23: The Guthi Sansthan has said that it has completed all the celebratory and ritualistic preparations for Maha Shivaratri, a major Hindu festival dedicated to Lord Shiva, to be observed tomorrow.

Age bar for FSU candidacy divides students

Published On: February 21, 2017 09:32 AM NPT By: Pooja Chauhan

KATHMANDU, Feb 21: When the 42nd Senate of Tribhuvan University (TU) recently announced, for the first time in the country's history, to set an age bar restricting candidates above 28 years of age from participating in the upcoming Free Student Union (FSU) elections, the decision was welcomed by a majority of students. But for some, it became an “unnecessary burden”.

Free information for students going to Australia

Published On: February 20, 2017 12:40 AM NPT By: Pooja Chauhan

KATHMANDU, Feb 20: Youngsters flocked Landmark Education over the weekend to attend a two-day seminar organized in the capital with the aim of disseminating information about some of the renowned universities of Melbourne, Australia.

Govt to remove padlocks from TU colleges

Published On: February 16, 2017 08:22 AM NPT By: Pooja Chauhan

KATHMANDU, Feb 16: A cabinet meeting on Wednesday announced to break the padlocks at various Tribhuvan University-affiliated colleges before the free students union (FSU) elections.

13 years on, gang rape victim's family still awaits justice

Published On: February 13, 2017 05:30 AM NPT By: Pooja Chauhan

KATHMANDU, Feb 13: On February 12, 2004, a 17-year-old girl was gang-raped and killed by Nepal Army soldiers for her alleged involvement in the Maoist party.

The Trump 'Effect' on Nepali students applying for US

Published On: February 11, 2017 05:00 AM NPT By: Pooja Chauhan

KATHMANDU, Feb 11: Rakesh Bista, an ambitious youngster, shook his head in great despair and disappointment after the results of the recent US presidential election. Bista, who aspired to have an American degree ever since he discovered his aim to be a successful computer engineer, thought the US election result could now affect his dream.

Kathmandu becoming mask town

Published On: February 3, 2017 01:00 AM NPT By: Pooja Chauhan

KATHMANDU, Feb 3: In a crowded microbus at Dholahity, a young man of around 20 seems to be desperate to look outside the window screen to find out where he has reached. But, the black smoke and heavy dust blurs his view and leaves him disoriented for a while. Suddenly, he heard the conductor shouting 'Satdobato!' and rushes toward the door.

Road widening drive adds to woes for wheelchair users

Published On: January 26, 2017 12:20 AM NPT By: Pooja Chauhan

KATHMANDU, Jan 26: Despite his disability, fifty-year-old Bel Gurung of Khumaltar, Lalitpur was never a burden to his family members as he never troubled them seeking favors. He was self-reliant and did his works himself. But the ongoing road widening drive of the government has thrown his normal life out of gear.

'Excessive cold to remain for one more day'

Published On: January 2, 2017 12:40 AM NPT By: Pooja Chauhan

KATHMANDU, Jan 2: While several parts of the country on Sunday experienced intermittent rainfall as well as snowfall, meteorologists have stated that the extreme chill will continue for one more day. This sudden drop of temperature is the result of the howling winds that entered Nepal from the Mediterranean Sea, according to the experts.