YEMEN, June 23: The so-called “liberators” in Yemen are sexually and physically torturing detainees at secret prisons. Survivors recall disturbing stories laden with gruesome interrogation tactics for extracting false confessions. Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen attempts to portray themselves as the bearers of freedom and reason.
NEPALGUNJ, Aug 21: When flood hit his village last week, Chhabikala Pun of Lalpur village was among the thousands of people to leave their homes. By the time she started fleeing the scene, her house was fully inundated by water. She is now back in her village after spending a week in a local public school only to find her house in ruins. “Nothing is left now. The house is not there,” she lamented. “It feels very bad to roam around here,” she added.
Fifteen-year-old Nima Tamang is originally from Ramechhap. He came to Kathmandu eight months ago and started selling khapse (a Tibetan pastry) in Baudha. He lives with his employer in Baudha, where they produce Khapse. Nima said his two other friends also sell khapse with him. He makes around Rs 1,000-Rs 1,500 a day. Nima shared that his employer had brought him and his two other friends from Ramechhap to Kathmandu to work. He gets food and accommodation from his employer, and sends home Rs 6,000 each month for his family. Nima supports his parents, three sisters aged 10, seven and six, and a brother aged five. Being the eldest child, he feels the responsibilities on his shoulders even at such young age. He said he has never been to school. When asked if he liked to study, he timidly answered no. His aim in life is to keep selling Khapse to a point when he earns enough money to open his own Khapse factory. He works five days a week and enjoys the weekends roaming around Baudha with his friends. During work days, he sells Khapse from 6 am to 7 pm.
Kathmandu, March 17: “I was 12 years old when I got my first cell phone, and I was the first one in my class to have one,” said Priyana*, who is now an undergraduate student. Her father used to live abroad and her mother was always busy at office, and so they bought her cell phone to stay connected. Her phone quickly replaced her bicycle, and to a certain extent, even her best friend.
KATHMANDU, March 13: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Development Kamal Thapa has said clarified that his party will not support the constitution amendment bill in the present status.
KATHMANDU, March 11: Former Governor of the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB), Yubaraj Khatiwada, has said that agro subsidies should be provided through cooperatives rather than directly handing it over to individuals.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: A Malaysia-bound AirAsia X plane which took off from Sydney ended up in Melbourne instead after the pilot entered the aircraft's wrong longitudinal position, safety officials revealed Wednesday.