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Aditi Baral

Aditi has been covering social affairs for Republica Daily since June, 2019.

Govt schools in Kathmandu Valley ill-prepared to prevent spread of coronavirus

Published On: March 7, 2020 10:16 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, March 7: While private boarding schools have already started adopting preventive measures to tackle the possible spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), it has been found that most government-owned schools have failed to take any precautionary measure to contain the possible spread of this fatal virus among students.

Ex-govt secretary’s wife ‘fatally attacked’ at home, domestic help found dead

Published On: February 11, 2020 07:30 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, Feb 11: Muna Karki, the wife of former government secretary Arjun Karki, who was seriously injured after an attack inside their house, died on Monday afternoon. Their domestic help was also found dead inside the house.

Despite regular operations, broomer machines fail to impress Valley denizens

Published On: February 6, 2020 08:34 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, Feb 6: Although broomer machines are seen operating in the Kathmandu Valley on a regular basis, they have drawn criticism from the operators as well as the general public for not being suitable for the road and environment of the Valley due of some major technical drawbacks they have.

Nepali students in Wuhan desperate to return home

Published On: February 6, 2020 08:13 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, Feb 6: Nepali students wishing to return from Wuhan – the Chinese city at the epicenter of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak — are frustrated and angry because of delays by the Nepal government in evacuating them. The students are on the verge of mental breakdowns. They are confined to their rooms and are desperately awaiting help from the authorities in Kathmandu.

Unheard stories about the 'banner guy'

Published On: January 26, 2020 08:41 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, Jan 26: An elderly person of average height, with face covered with long and grey beard and clad with traditional Bhandgaunle topi and wearing white shirt bearing Nepal's national flag and self-written slogans is often seen wandering in down-town Kathmandu.

Tear down these walls, says Lalitpur mayor

Published On: January 22, 2020 08:16 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, Jan 22: As a part of its city beautification campaign, Lalitpur Metropolitan City has started to tear down old brick walls and build new ‘fence walls’ at three different places. These walls, as claimed by Mayor Chiribabu Maharjan, are called ‘less obstructive fence walls’ and the metropolitan office has plans to build them around Pulchowk Engineering Campus, Jawalakhel Football Ground and Lagankhel Football Ground.

'Smoke from Australian fires will not have direct impact on Nepal'

Published On: January 18, 2020 09:24 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, Jan 18: Amid forecast of the US-based National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) that the smoke from Australia's fires will make a full circuit around the world, there are concerns around the world if this would leave impact on other countries as well. Meteorologists and atmospheric scientists in Nepal, however, say there is no need to panic although there are some chances of receiving slightly visible effects in the sky over this Himalayan nation should the fire keep on razing at a dangerous pace.

Valley weather to clear from today

Published On: January 10, 2020 07:45 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, Jan 10: After gloomy weather with active winter rainfall for many days, most parts of Nepal are set to see improved weather conditions beginning Friday, according to the Meteorological Forecasting Division (MFD).

20 habits to quit in 2020

Published On: January 1, 2020 02:08 PM NPT By: Aditi Baral

'New Year new me' is a catchphrase most of us think of when we think of New Year. There might be a number of habits that we may want to change or give up. Changing each and every one of them might not be possible. However, here are 20 habits that you should consider quitting in 2020.

Chengdu Int'l Railway Port wants Nepal to launch its pavilion there

Published On: December 31, 2019 07:17 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

CHENGDU, Dec 30: The Chengdu International Railway Port which has established a new model of the modern service industry in Sichuan Free Trade Zone, has wished for Nepal to set up a National Pavilion there as other countries have done. At present, this port has allotted space for six pavilions of different nations, while 13 other nations have already signed contracts to establish their national pavilions to showcase their products.

100’s group wants to spread warmth to all 77 districts

Published On: November 26, 2019 09:02 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, Nov 26: Every morning while waiting for his school bus at Anamnagar, Sashank Khadka sees people bringing trunks of clothes to a donation rack. The donation rack has been there for about four months now receiving many clothes donors and takers every day.

US official lauds Nepal’s progress in justice reforms

Published On: November 23, 2019 07:41 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, Nov 23: Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Jorgan K Andrews has said that Nepal has been doing well in the sector of justice reforms and security sector.

Valley cities go for more fitness spaces

Published On: November 21, 2019 08:34 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, Nov 21: Keeping the health and well-being of the public in mind, all metropolitan cities and municipalities in Kathmandu Valley have started going for fitness spaces and public parks in their respective areas.

15th century idol stolen from Patan spotted in Dallas Museum

Published On: November 21, 2019 08:04 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, Nov 21: An idol stolen from a temple in Patan in 1984 is currently on display at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Many people still count on friends, family to land a job

Published On: November 12, 2019 11:54 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, Nov 12: Shuvam Khatri, 24, is working in a construction company as a logistic officer for the past four months. His desperate hunt for a job to build a career in engineering sector almost went in vain until one of his uncles recommended him to the construction company he is currently working in.

Thousands expected to join 'Occupy Tundikhel' campaign today

Published On: November 9, 2019 07:22 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, Nov 9: Concerned over the ever-increasing encroachment of public space in the capital city, thousands of people in Kathmandu are joining the 'Occupy Tundikhel' campaign in Khulla Mancha starting Saturday.

Asia-Pacific mayors vow to work for sustainable, resilient cities

Published On: November 7, 2019 08:50 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, Nov 7: Mayors of over a dozen metropolitan cities of the Asia Pacific region have vowed to work together in the field of sustainable urban development. They made a pledge to work together to establish more sustainable and resilient cities during the International Seminar on Heritage and Sustainable Tourism that kicked off in Lalitpur on Wednesday.

Kathmandu wonders if Delhi's pollution comes to haunt it

Published On: November 4, 2019 07:44 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, Nov 4: In view of the worsening air quality in Delhi, environmentalists in the country have urged the stakeholders for timely measures to prevent a similar level of pollution in Kathmandu.

Number of passport seekers increases sharply after US demands passport number for DV lottery

Published On: October 23, 2019 09:28 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, Oct 23: The mandatory provision of the Diversity Visa of the United States to include the applicants' passport number from this year has resulted in a dramatic surge in the number of persons seeking passport.

Valley woefully unprepared for big fire incidents

Published On: October 19, 2019 08:01 AM NPT By: Aditi Baral

KATHMANDU, Oct 19: Last week’s massive fire at Victory Lounge on Durbarmarg destroyed property worth over Rs 60 million. The club located on the sixth floor of a private building caught fire after an electrical short-circuit. Was this a tragedy just waiting to happen? The incident exposes an egregious lack of resources and manpower for dealing with big fires that may break out in Kathmandu Valley.