Aditi Baral

The contributor for Republica.

Exhausted and on empty stomachs, youth demonstrators still refuse to give up on their motive

Published On: July 1, 2020 08:30 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, June 31: Just when the daylight was fading into dusk on Monday, Sudan Gurung was rushed to the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj. On a hunger strike for four consecutive days, without ingesting food or water, his body had become weak and it eventually flaked out. However, despite physical complications, giving up on the motive behind the strike wasn’t an option for Gurung – he stood firm and determined and continued with his hunger strike even when he was admitted to the emergency ward of the hospital.

As Covid-19 cases soar, KUKL indifferent to social distancing

Published On: June 29, 2020 03:53 PM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, June 29: Last week Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) office announced vacancies for several posts. Ever since the vacancies were announced, the head office in Tripureshwor has been receiving hordes of applicants forming a queue outside the office. Most of them are seen completely defying social distancing measures. The scene with hundreds of people packed in a narrow row looks frightening given that we’re in the middle of a pandemic where social distancing measures are crucial for preventing the spread of the contagious virus.

KMC to tax dog-owners, register pet dogs and track them through GPS technology

Published On: June 24, 2020 09:50 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, June 24: When animal advocate Sneha Shrestha first heard about the Kathmandu Metropolitan City’s (KMC) new rule regarding owning dogs, she was delighted and content. Shrestha, the founder of Sneha's Care, one of the largest animal welfare charities of Nepal, always wanted the authorities to come up with sturdy rules for animal well being. “I was pleased when I first heard about the new rule as it will greatly help in controlling the numbers of street dogs and the problems these dogs are facing as well as creating,” she said.

Public taps installed by local units are now being stolen, vandalized

Published On: June 19, 2020 02:35 PM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, June 17: When Krishna Bahadur Karki was scudding from his home toward Sundhara to re-open his roadside shop on Sunday, he was pleased to see a tap stand right next to his shop. The public tap stands were installed by local units across the valley before and during the lockdown.

Family of male acid attack victim runs out of money; despite constant calls for help, authorities choose to stay unreceptive observers

Published On: June 15, 2020 11:38 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, JUNE 15: After being sent back home from the Maharajgunj-based Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) about a month ago, 26-year-old Ramraja Thapa has been readmitted to the hospital. Although Ramraja's family had to quarrel enough with the hospital authorities to get him admitted, the anxiety of managing money for his treatment grips them tight.

Fascinated by youth's demonstration, some people provide free food, water to protestors on their own dime

Published On: June 14, 2020 08:31 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, June 14: While the main streets across Maitighar Mandala observed hundreds of protestors demonstrating against the government's dreary response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Samarpan Jung Karki sat inside a roadside cafe, just beside the same street, waiting for the protest to end. Starting from forenoon, 28-year-old Karki, accompanied by his friend Madhav Thapa were busy arranging packets of food they had ordered to feed the protesters - for free. They weren't there to protest but to help the protestors with free food.

Businesses are gradually reopening, but are they embracing proper safety precautions?

Published On: June 12, 2020 10:50 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

While big corporations claim they have put in place adequate safety measures including PPE for their staff, many small businesses struggle to go beyond masks, sanitizers and ropes to combat coronavirus

'Education sector in post COVID-19 world will need more than surficial turnaround'

Published On: June 9, 2020 06:43 PM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, June 9: Although the current situation created by COVID-19 has brought adversity to the education sector, experts state that it has rather exposed the loopholes and flaws in our teaching-learning system and hinted at the changes that need to be made.

Amid apprehensions of food scarcity, urbanites resort to vegetable farming

Published On: June 3, 2020 06:14 PM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, June 3: Had it been a time when the world was not exposed to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Sanjib Pathak would have been consulting students now– those willing to apply for foreign universities. But the 32-year-old consultant has now been spending time in his home in Naikap, reading books, but generally making the most out of his time practicing vegetable gardening.

Nepalis take to social media platforms to pay tribute to massacred royal family

Published On: June 1, 2020 10:28 PM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, June 1: Recalling the gruesome incident of the royal palace massacre that took place on this day 19 years ago, Nepalis have taken to various social media platforms to pay tribute to late King Birendra and the royal family.

Most eateries in Valley switch to active home delivery services, but recouping the loss caused by COVID-19 lockdown is a long run

Published On: May 29, 2020 06:25 PM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, May 28: After shutting its business for weeks due to the lockdown, one of the most sought-after restaurants in town, Bajeko Sekuwa is now running back on track with active home delivery services. Although the restaurant hasn’t been able to function like in the pre-lockdown phase, the operators are content that they are able to provide service to their customers and possibly pay salaries to their staffs. “We are satisfied that we have been able to stand up to the expectations of our customers but the major satisfaction we have is that the home delivery service has made it possible for us to pay salaries to our staffers even in a time of a crisis,” said Sanjib Kumar Timalsina, head of operations at the restaurant.

CNN Hero Doyne helping people in dire need (with video)

Published On: May 26, 2020 04:30 PM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, May 26 : It has been more than two months since both Nepal and India closed their borders. However, the border areas continue to receive thousands of Nepalis returning home from India. Every person has a story of struggle and pain – all just to return home. The situation along the border reflects a humanitarian crisis in the making. For the past few days, Maggie Dyone, 2015 CNN Hero of the Year and founder of Blink Now Foundation, has been doing her best to lend a helping hand to the people in and around Surkhet.

From finding new hobbies to becoming productive, COVID-19 lockdown has been quite fruitful for some

Published On: May 25, 2020 08:00 PM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANMDU, May 25: Aakriti Khanal remembers how before the COVID-19 lockdown she used to be a different individual as compared to now. “I was a book-worm who was almost a nerd, always reading books,” she recalls. However, the period after the lockdown has been quite eccentric for her. In a bid to cope with the ongoing lockdown, she has now developed a few new hobbies and enjoys having discovered them. Sketching and watching anime are her current major hobbies.

How pet parents are bonding well with their pets amid lockdown

Published On: May 23, 2020 07:55 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, May 23: If Bojo and Jobo could speak human languages, they wouldn’t forget to mention about the inimitable happiness they’re feeling at present. They are mostly seen wagging their tails and revealing smiles with relaxed eyes and ears. These are the main signs shown by happy canines.

Some Nepali celebs think this is the most effective way to stop cyber harassment

Published On: May 22, 2020 07:25 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, May 20: With the hope of stopping cyber misconducts, some Nepali celebs have formed a Facebook group called ‘Zero tolerance’. The group is a private one and has limited people who share information on issues and seek solutions. The most discussed issue in the group is the portrayal of female celebrities in media platforms.

COVID-19 pandemic likely to unleash a long-term mental health issues in Nepal

Published On: May 20, 2020 11:20 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, May 20: To flatten the COVID-19 curve, countries have taken various measures. As nationwide lockdown extends, people across Nepal have been talking about mental health. “Lockdown has posed a serious threat to mental health and the well-being of people, which will last for a long time to come,” said Dr. Ritesh Thapa, director and consultant psychiatrist at Rhythm Neuropsychiatry Hospital.

Freedom of expression gone wrong? Paatal Lok angers Nepalis who seek apology from Indian actor Anushka Sharma

Published On: May 19, 2020 10:30 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, May 19 : Nepalis have been raging in an opinion war over the use of vulgar words on Nepali women in a new Indian web series titled Paatal Lok, an Amazon Prime production.

Hoteliers join hands to provide free food to stranded tourists facing financial hardships

Published On: April 12, 2020 08:27 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, April 12: Each morning at 11 am, Rameen Masumi and Arsalon Somanyan head for Hotel Northfield in Thamel to collect free food that the hotel has been distributing to foreigners stranded in the area as a result of the nationwide lockdown enforced by the government to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Masumi and Somanian came from Iran for a month-long trip to Nepal.

Kathmandu breathes relaxed as lockdown improves air-quality

Published On: March 31, 2020 09:13 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMAMNDU, March 31: Nearly a week after the government imposed a temporary lockdown across the nation to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Kathmandu Valley and other major cities have started to witness a significant improvement in their Air Quality Index (AQI). On Monday, Kathmandu's AQI was measured to be 85, which is considered as moderate.

Valley's waste collection resumes

Published On: March 29, 2020 11:25 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, March 29: Lately Ghanashyam Adhikari has been waking up with many questions wandering in his head. When the major question is 'when shall this lockdown end', the other question is when will the sanitation workers and garbage men come for garbage collection?