The environment children grow up in and the things that surround them during their childhood shape their lives to a great extent. But out of all the things that move and inspire us, everyone has that one moment, book, person, movie, quote or experience that stays with them forever. It is what we turn to when things look bleak or what motivates us to keep going when we think we can’t. Here, some people share their secrets.

Embracing differences

June 14, 2019 08:29 am

In the book The Stranger by Albert Camus, the protagonist, a man named Meursault, is sentenced to death essentially for being not sad enough about his mother dying. He is considered a stranger in the society because he did not behave in the way people assume one should whenever they face a personal tragedy. The story was a medium through which Camus wanted to show that if you don’t maintain a certain façade, to meet the societal standards of what is deemed right and wrong, or in his own word “when one doesn’t play the game”, you are considered a dangerous alien capable of bringing ruin to the community, and society at large.

ROLPA, Jan 22: Ujal BK, 55, is a very busy man. He keeps traveling from one village to another carrying a bag filled with rudraksha, bells, traditional utensils, and some incense sticks.

Competing for influence

January 14, 2019 01:30 am

Is the United States flashing a friendlier face or is it a ploy at unsettling China which sees Nepal as the most vulnerable among its 14 neighbors?

ROLPA, June 13: Jagu Gharti, 78, describes himself as not a very devout Hindu. However, he is familiar with other people's faith and culture in his village.

KATHMANDU, Jan 24: Various leaders have suggested discouraging political influence in development of local-levels.

NEW YORK, Oct 29: Researchers have found that participating in a brief intervention delivered by their peers in community settings can help youth and adolescent to reduce smoking.

KATHMANDU, Oct 12: Arguing that 'militant cadres' of CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) could unduly influence the polls, a section of leaders from the ruling Nepali Congress (NC) are exerting pressure on Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to hold the two-phases of polls in one go.

BHARATPUR, September 1: CPN (UML) leader Madhav Kumar Nepal said the recent delineation of the electoral constituency was not appropriate.

KATHMANDU, August 4: Experts on election affairs and election constituency delineation affaris have suggested the Constituency Delineation Commission (CDC) to refrain from political influence while federating the election constituencies for provincial and parliamentary elections.

KATHMANDU, July 20: International non-government organizations (INGOs) are spending over Rs 89 billion since last fiscal year in various constitutional organs and government ministries, including those considered sensitive in terms of national security.

ITAHARI, July 4: Two heavyweights of Madhesi politics, Nepal Loktantrik Forum's (NLF) Chairman Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar and Federal Socialist Forum Nepal's (FSFN) Chairman Upendra Yadav have sustained their influence in their home district of Sunsari.

Maoists lose influence in Gorkha

May 19, 2017 01:00 am

GORKHA, May 19: CPN (Maoist Center), then UCPN (Maoist), had won all three election constituencies of Gorkha in Constituent Assembly (CA) elections of 2008 and 2013. Its leader Baburam Bhattarai, who is now the coordinator of Naya Shakti Nepal, had won one of the constituencies, getting highest number of votes.

KATHMANDU, Feb 1: At a time when many government hospitals are in a pathetic condition, the Ministry of Health (MoH) doled out more than Rs 2 billion in three years to community hospitals and NGOs with political access.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 6: The hooliganism at the European Championship in France could affect the availability of alcohol at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.