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Aditi Baral

Aditi has been covering social affairs for Republica Daily since June, 2019.
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“The Digital Lawyer” shows how TikTok can be used for good (with video)

Published On: September 19, 2020 01:00 PM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, Sept 19: Until five months ago, she was a novice in TikTok. Now, with her inimitable approach on the platform, 24-year-old Mamta, better introduced as the ' digital lawyer’, has become a phenomenon on the platform.

Friends came together to help the people in need during lockdown. They are now feeding thousands in Kathmandu and beyond

Published On: September 17, 2020 07:20 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

Feed the Hungry Nepal, an organization led by a group of school friends is feeding thousands of helpless families

Statue found in Dhulikhel resembles Ekanamsa statue in Patna Museum, Bihar: Historian Dhungel

Published On: September 3, 2020 08:30 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, Sept 3: The ancient statue of a Kirati woman found in Dhulikhel has now been transferred to the National Museum in Chhauni. The Department of Archaeology (DoA) on Sunday transferred the statue to the National Museum from the Municipality Office in Dhulikhel. The statue was found by the locals on August 23.

Srijanasutra wants to be the game changer in Nepali creative industry

Published On: August 28, 2020 07:43 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

Srijana Sutra has helped more than 90 people find jobs in the creative industry

Statue found in Dhulikhel could be 3,800 years old, claim local archaeologists

Published On: August 26, 2020 08:57 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, Aug 26: Archaeologists and heritage conservationists are excited about the recent discovery  of an ancient statue in Dhulikhel. The statue was found about 300 meters below the surface on the Araniko Highway, in Dhulikhel Municipality-3 of Kavre, by the locals a few days ago. This has animated the social media as well.

Newly-minted doctors urge the government to deploy them on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19

Published On: August 25, 2020 10:20 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, Aug 25: Medical doctors who recently completed their undergraduate degree (MBBS and BDS) have been impatiently waiting to put their skills to use. Thousands of students who completed their medical internships have been waiting for the government to deploy them to work on frontlines of the fight against COVID-19.

How an organization is planting seeds of empowerment in rural Chepang villages of Makwanpur

Published On: August 13, 2020 03:43 PM NPT By: Aditi Baral

For years, Praja’s village with a majority of Chepang community has lived with dry and dreary surroundings. An ethnic minority, Chepangs are a group of people mainly inhabiting the rocky ridges of the Himalayan range in central Nepal.

Care home creates imposture scene of finding an abandoned neonate to collect donations

Published On: August 4, 2020 09:17 PM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, Aug 4: Concerns from all sides were rising last week when news of a woman finding an abandoned neonate was circulating all over social media.

KMC’s decision to introduce Nepal Bhasa as a compulsory course to school students elates linguists and cultural experts

Published On: August 4, 2020 02:20 PM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, Aug 4: Elementary school students from grade 1 to 8 in schools across Kathmandu Metropolitan City will now be taught ‘Nepal Bhasa’ as a part of their academic course from the new academic session. Like most of the compulsory subjects taught in schools, the course will carry a total of 100 marks.

Govt collects over 0.35 million rupees in two weeks from face mask rule violators

Published On: July 23, 2020 02:04 PM NPT By: Aditi Baral

As the nationwide lockdown is eased, police brace up to take sturdy actions against people not wearing face masks, breaching rules regarding sanitation protocols

Outside visitors are banned but the elderly living in old age homes learn to adjust to the new normal

Published On: July 15, 2020 04:45 PM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, July 14: A silver padlock has been hanging at the main door of Pashupati Briddhashram for the last four months. The surrounding area across the holy temple is hushed and quiet, worlds apart from the situation when the pandemic was unheard of. The first thing anyone gazing at the main gate of the Briddhashram would see is the silver padlock that has been hanging on the door since March 14, 11 days before the government imposed a nationwide lockdown on March 24. But the Briddhashram isn’t closed and inside remains 125 elderly. The place has been their home for many years.

Juggling between work and family life, working parents play the double role even in this time of pandemic

Published On: July 11, 2020 07:55 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, July 11: Getting back to work during a pandemic has meant very different to Bishnu Aryal and her husband Bidhyut Raj Pandey. Struggling to fit in between the roles of responsible guardians, parents of two kids and individuals with jobs, all at once, the couple often find themselves at the receiving end of unceasing duties. “Days have always been full of activities after the pandemic. Sparing a huge time for looking after our kids has become a crucial part of our routines,” says Aryal, a mother of two. “These days I’m not just a mother, I’m also their tutor, and often their playmate. Multitasking has become an inseparable word to define my current circumstances.”

Authorities should act before suicide becomes a pervasive health crisis, say experts

Published On: July 6, 2020 11:59 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, July 6: It was 1:30 on Wednesday night. The District Police Office in Dang received a phone call from an unspecified individual complaining that a girl was trying to commit suicide by coming live on Facebook. Perplexed if the complaint was a hoax or a serious one, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Sivha Bahadur Singh and few other police officers rushed to find the location. The caller had given clear details about the girl’s Facebook account and hints of her location. However, the team failed to track the spot until the next two hours.

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