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Samiksha Shrestha

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‘Music is a greater weapon than a gun to bring about revolution’

Published On: December 1, 2022 04:49 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

Nelson Mandela once said, “Politics can be strengthened by music, but music has a potency that defies politics.” This is true in the case of the creation of Nepali artist Prakash Neupane. His music portrays the aspirations of the Nepali people and reflects the political turmoil in Nepal.

#Sexploration episode 9- Virginity

Published On: November 9, 2022 01:30 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

Virginity is regarded as taboo in most South Asian countries as well as in the Western parts. Cultural and religious traditions place exceptional value and significance on this state, predominantly towards unmarried females, associated with notions of personal purity, honor, and worth. Like chastity, the concept of virginity has traditionally involved sexual abstinence. In this regard, host Kriti Adhikari and guest Riju Dhakal, President of Yuwa, discuss the concept of virginity. Episode 9 of Sexploration talks about Virginity, the Religious History of Virginity, the Medical significance and concept of Virginity, and the Hypocrisy of Virginity.

#Sexploration- Episode 8 General Concept of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV): Marital Rape and Partner Violence

Published On: November 2, 2022 04:29 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

The cause of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and its effects are multifold. In many parts of the country, low education, prior exposure to parental partner violence during one's childhood, and husband's alcohol abuse have been shown to be associated with the risk of IPV. Similarly, traditional gender norms reinforce aggression and dominance and increase acceptance of partner violence. Our religious grounds, morality, and social norms around masculinity, femininity, male guardianship, and patriarchy, it has a strong influence on acceptance and normalization in the means of controlling women or correcting the behavior of one's partner. Those thoughts of inferiority and traditional mentality also act as a barrier even to the educated personnel.

Hotels, restaurants prohibited from charging extra VAT and service charges

Published On: October 21, 2022 06:22 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

KATHMANDU, Oct 21: Department of Commerce, Supplies and Consumer Protection (DoCSCP) has directed hotels, restaurants and bars to include all the applicable charges, VAT and taxes as per the market price in the price menu.

Everest Film Academy presents play titled 'Tantra'

Published On: September 14, 2022 03:00 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

A play titled 'Tantra' written and directed by Bholaraj Sapkota is being presented by Everest Film Academy's acting students at Kunja Theatre, Thapagaun, Kathmandu. The play is being presented from September 5 and will be carried on until September 24 at 5:30 pm except on Monday. Moreover, the play's extra performance is shown on Saturday at 1 pm and 5pm.

#Sexploration Episode 7 Reproductive Health, Education and Rights in Nepal

Published On: August 11, 2022 05:12 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

In Nepal, there is a number of activism going on to focus on the sexual and reproductive health, rights and education. However, the sexual health knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of people among both educated and uneducated as well as in urban and rural area seems to be narrow. Many people and women do not know that reproductive health rights and education come under their fundamental rights. Nepali society has a deep rooted traditional norms and beliefs relating to sex and sexuality. These issues are rarely discussed within the family environment. Young people who have adequate access/ medium to gather appropriate information and services about sexual and reproductive health (SRH) issues do not make effort. Little sex education is offered in schools and SRH are topics not openly discussed in families.

'Rato Tika Nidhar Ma' star knew at an early age he wanted to become an actor

Published On: August 8, 2022 11:30 AM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

It is said parents are the ultimate role models for their children. This was true in case of Ankit Sharma, the son of well-known Nepali actor and director Ashok Sharma. Following in his father’s footsteps, Ankit chose the film industry for a career. Ankit, now 26, first came to fame in 2019 with the film 'Rato Tika Nidhar Ma'. He started acting as a child, participating in his school plays. "My teachers used to encourage me to participate in various plays and then I became fond of acting," said Ankit. During his days in school, he landed a number of roles in theaters. One of the defining moments in his career was when he played the lead role in the musical drama 'The Lion King' (2010) by Jyoti Man Sherchan in which he played the role of 'Scar'. This not only catapulted him to a sudden fame, but also helped him to decide his future career. Over the years, he also played small roles in other plays such as 'Pied Piper' and 'True West'.

No peace

Published On: July 31, 2022 05:30 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

Slowly, my blood turns into alcohol,  Right now, I'm emotional, I know, I know, I know for sure, Until I just didn't know any more, Is it wickedness? Is it a weakness? I can't find the peace,

‘Gathamuga’ festival being celebrated today

Published On: July 26, 2022 06:08 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

The Newari festival which marks the death of mythical demon ‘Ghantakarna’ is being celebrated today by the locals of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur.

Vox Pop: Awareness about Cholera among youths

Published On: July 5, 2022 05:30 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

Apart from these initiatives, planning and warning of the District Administration Office (DAOs), health experts and the government, are the youths aware about this serious issue? Samiksha Shrestha of My City (Republica) talked to a few youths involved in different sectors of Kathmandu and Lalitpur metropolitan cities to find out how aware youths are about the spread of this disease and do they know the preventive measures and what to do if they get infected? Excerpts:

3 easy snacks recipes you can try at home

Published On: June 22, 2022 04:00 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

No restaurant dish beats the fresh snacks you make form your kitchen. Check out some mouthwatering snack recipes.

Thrash Metal band ‘Warheads Nepal’ representing Nepal in Bangalore Open Air Festival

Published On: June 17, 2022 02:30 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

The Kathmandu-based Metal Band 'Warheads Nepal' formed in October 2018 is representing Nepal in the Bangalore Open Air Festival 2022, India’s biggest and dedicated Pure Rock and Heavy metal open air music festival which will be held in December 3.

Show your love to your furry friend by grooming them. Here are 5 tips for grooming your pet dog at home

Published On: June 16, 2022 04:00 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

Regular grooming is important for dogs of all breeds – it helps them maintain a shiny, tangle-free coat and gives you the chance to check for parasite infestations and skin issues, improving their overall hygiene. Plus, grooming can be a one-on-one bonding experience for you and your pet. Grooming is an important part of being a dog parent.

Find out sacred place to worship and sink into peace away from all those negativity and toxicity. Here are five popular temples to visit at Bhaktapur

Published On: June 15, 2022 05:01 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

Thomas S. Monson states, "I think there is no place in the world where I feel closer to the Lord than in one of His holy temples." in the general conference ‘Blessings of the Temple’. This holds true as one finds peace and see life from a new perspective. Those who are lost in the chaos of world will again gain faith and hope. If you want to find out sacred place to worship and sink into peace away from all those negativity and toxicity, here are five temples for you to visit at Bhaktapur.

The difficult trail and adventure is full of risks. For not letting small risks trouble your journey; here are five essentials to plan and prepare for Hiking

Published On: June 14, 2022 06:12 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

If you are all set to go for a Hike trip, you should be concerned about including these five essentials for packing your backpack and preparing for your enjoyable moment. With this planning, you can enjoy your day to the fullest safely and comfortably.

Five home décor to customize your new house

Published On: June 12, 2022 06:23 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

As it is said, “Your home should reflect and tell the story of who you are, and be a collection of what you love.” So, to make your house a reflection of your story, here are five home décor tips to customize and personalize your new house.

Vox Pop: Youths find no point in implementing the order of mandatory embossed number plates

Published On: June 9, 2022 04:50 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

The Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport Management Department has issued a notice regarding the mandatory installation of embossed number plates in vehicles of Bagmati and Gandaki provinces. According to the notice reissued on June 7, 2022, Tuesday, the order is applicable for three types of vehicles;

Vox Pop: Youths Expect Substantive Changes from Kathmandu’s new Mayor Balendra Shah

Published On: June 5, 2022 02:32 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

Balendra Shah (Balen Shah) was recently elected the new Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City. Many young people actively participated in the election and chose Shah as the most suitable candidate for the mayorship of the capital city. In this context, Samiksha Shrestha of Republica’s My City talked to a few young citizens of the Kathmandu Valley to learn about their expectations of the new mayor in order to make Kathmandu a better city for them. Excerpts:

Indrachowk Newari Bara: A Local Newari Cuisine Eatery

Published On: May 27, 2022 03:04 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

Fancy restaurants and luxurious hotels are the least of your concerns when you are hungry. Good food is all you need. If you’re craving a Newari delicacy and are near Indrachowk of Ason, you happen to be around the best place to visit for authentic, cheaper and hygienic Newari Khaja set around the New Road area. Located at the heart of Kathmandu, Indrachowk Newari Bara serves simple and homemade Newari dishes that will leave your taste buds wanting more.

Feelings about myself

Published On: May 23, 2022 06:22 PM NPT By: Samiksha Shrestha

The happy place where I belong,  It does not feel the same, and  now it will never make me strong, The home is not the old home any more, Where we sang songs, played and laughed even on the empty floor, Now the place has every amenities,