KATHMANDU, March 14: The Nepalese bourse remained closed on Sunday and Monday on national holidays with the exchange opening only three out of five trading days. Stocks resumed trading on Tuesday where the benchmark Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse) index saw massive selling pressure triggering three circuit breakers of 4%, 5% and 6% at different time intervals. In the truncated trading session of just over an hour, the index slid over 86 points. The market overturned its losses recouping over 73 points on Wednesday only to give up most of its gains in the last trading day of the week. Thursday saw a drop of 45.91 points. Overall, the index shed 58.52 points or 4.08 points in the week to end at 1,377.18.
On a bike ride to my room from office, I encountered a tourist bus at Tripureshwor. Some unmasked Chinese faces were peering outside. I sped up and overtook the bus. Once far from it, I released my breath. Initially, it felt strange but after a short contemplation, I discovered that I was consumed by the fear of coronavirus epidemic. My experience is an example of how coronavirus in mind is far more terrorizing and threatening than coronavirus infecting the body. The fear is even more intense in densely populated city like Kathmandu. Should we run away from people whom we suspect of being infected or should the government as well as non-government actors initiate awareness programs to fight against the debilitating effects of the virus in the public psyche?
Fear is a common emotion that most people feel time and again in their lives. Although the general perception is that eventually, people will automatically grow out their fears, that isn’t really the case. A lot of people (children and adults alike) are in a constant battle with something that makes them fearful. What is fear and how can you get a grip on it? Here, we have psychologist Karuna Kunwar explain how fear develops in an individual, how it can affect your life and how you can overcome it.
JUBA, Jan 26: Tracing his fingers over the metal fencing at a United Nations protected site in South Sudan’s capital, Nhial Nyuot Nhial hung his head as he contemplated going home after years of civil war.
My heart raced as I stepped walked on bridge that would take me to the bunjy spot. My legs started to tremble and all I could hear was the sound of the Bhotekoshi River flowing down. As I peeked downward, I noticed that the drop was 160 meters -from the suspension bridge.
JAJARKOT, July 29: Three days ago, Gita Khadka of Junichande Rural Municipality-4, Bista Tole was banished to a chhaugoth (menstrual hut) . She will be permitted to re-enter her house only after two more days. Despite being an educated person, Gita has no option other than sheltering in the menstrual hut like hundreds of other girls, and this is because of the fear of upsetting the deity.
RASUWA, July 28: The District Administration Office, Rasuwa has prohibited movement of transport trucks exceeding locad capacity of five tonnes towards Rasuwagadi. The prohibitory order was put in place from yesterday after a bridge at Ghatte River at Gosaikunda rural municipality-2 suffered damage by landslide.
WASHINGTON, July 19: Gay-rights supporters who thronged the Supreme Court plaza after justices declared same-sex marriage a constitutional right expect to have little to celebrate if Brett Kavanaugh replaces Justice Anthony Kennedy, the author of all the court’s major gay-rights rulings.
ITAHARI, July 19: When Saptakoshi floods wreaked havoc in 1966, the then government relocated the victims of Baharahkshetra to a forest area. Since 1966, massive Saptakoshi floods have been recorded 13 times.
What is fear? I ask, is fear a stimulus of our body? Fear stimulates our brain to initiate an action. But, fear is associated with the mentality of a person and cannot be generalized. Rather, it should be individualized. Every individual carries a different perception, with varying mental status leading to a contrasting definition of fear from one person to another.
DHADING, June 29: Locals of northern parts of Dhading which was badly affected by the 2015 earthquakes have expressed their fear about the high possibility of landslides in their settlements. The locals have no other option than living amidst fear in the landslide-prone areas.
SIRAHA, June 25: As the monsoon advances, Pashupati Mukhiya recalls the heavy flooding of last year. A local of Kalyanpur-2 of west Siraha, he bitterly remembered the heavy losses he had to bear after floods in Kamala, Lohajara and Ghuri rivers inundated his village and washed away cattle, crops and destroyed properties.
GORKHA, May 27: The fear of losing the final or the third installment of the reconstruction grant has forced earthquake victims in Gorkha to erect their houses in a rush. Those who were listed as beneficiaries but had not yet started rebuilding their houses have fast been building new houses.
TAPLEJUNG, May 20: Over five dozen mountaineers set to climb Kanchanjungha have returned from midway fearing avalanche. According to a seasoned mountaineer, Pemba Gyalenj Sherpa, they were alarmed by poor weather, rain, extreme cold and snowfall since the last few days.
JUMLA, March 2: Recently, the Netra Bikram Chand-led outfit Nepal Communist Party wrote to the elected representatives of Jumla district and told them to resign their posts immediately or face consequences. Following the development, panic has set in among the representatives.
MECHI, Feb 4: The news that a new bridge will be built over the Mechi River has elated a lot of people except for the 27 families of Mechidanda, Kakkadvitta who have been living under the fear of being displaced.
MECHI, Feb 3: The news that a new bridge will be built over the Mechi River has elated a lot of people except for the 27 families of Mechidanda, Kakkadvitta who have been living under the fear of being displaced.
BIRGUNJ, Dec 16: Traders in Birgunj fear congestion at India’s Kolkata port again as there has been a delay in returning containers. Over a 1,000 containers are still waiting at Birgunj dry port and traders importing via third country say that this delay is likely to repeat congestion at the Kolkata port which had seen congestion for about three months from August to October.
KATHMANDU, Dec 6: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has called on voters to confidently take part in the tomorrow's elections of the House of Representatives and State Assemblies, stating the government has guaranteed full security for the polls.
Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has urged voters to cast their votes without any fear as effective and reliable security has been arranged for the first phase of elections of House of Representatives and Provincial Assembly for Sunday.
KATHMANDU, Nov 18: The leader of Nepali Congress Ramesh Kumar Mahat has accused that the opposition party for inciting violence due to fears of defeat in upcoming House of Representatives and Provincial Assembly elections. He stated that continuing attacks targeting election candidates was against constitutional laws and order and created fear among voters.
KATHMANDU, Nov 7: Nepali Congress central committee member Dr. Dila Sangroula has stated that women contestants are very few on first-past-the-post electoral system of upcoming election to the House of Representatives and state assembly, because of defeating fear.
KATHMANDU, Oct 29: When the Nepali Congress (NC) picked senior leader Ram Chandra Poudel as the party’s official candidate for the federal parliament polls from Tanahun-1, hundreds of leaders and cadres in his home district took to the street demanding a rethink of the decision. The biggest opposition came from another powerful NC leader Govinda Raj Joshi, one of the several aspirants for the ticket. Joshi and his aides have warned to boycott Poudel if he doesn’t give up his claim on the seat.
Many would-be entrepreneurs let their fear of failure stop them from starting a business. Maybe it’s because of all the statistics we’ve heard (you know, the ones that tell us that 90 percent of all new businesses fail within three years, or something along those lines).
Jennifer Lawrence is still shaken up about the leak of her private images in 2014. “When my publicist calls me, I’m like, ‘Oh, my God, what is it?’ Even when it’s nothing. I’m always waiting to get blindsided again.”
KATHMANDU, June 16: General Secretary of CPN-UML Ishwor Pokharel has accused one of the ruling parties-Nepali Congress- of deferring local level elections slated for June 28 in Province 2 for reason of fear of defeat in the local level elections.
From an ordinary village boy to being the captain of Makalu Air, Sangye Gelek Lama has come this far with all his hard work and audacity to dream above his imagination. He has been flying with Makalu Air for seven years now. After working as a co-pilot for five years he was upgraded to Captain in 2015. He was the flying captain of Makalu Air, who along with his co-pilot survived the airplane accident in August, 2016.
Republica’s Sonam Lama caught up with Sangye Gelek Lama to talk about the setbacks and experience that he has witnessed so far in the field of aviation.
KATHMANDU, Jan 24: While the 45th president of the USA, Donald Trump, was delivering his inaugural speech on Friday in Washington DC, Badri Pun, president of a gay organization in Nepal was among those compelled to listen carefully every word he uttered.
KATHMANDU, Nepal, Aug 30: The image of the teacher's body tied to a tree and riddled with bullets still haunts his son 14 years later. Communist militants allegedly dragged the Nepalese man from the class he was teaching and then killed him for refusing to give part of his salary to fund their bloody rebellion.