Quake-stricken desperately waiting for government aid

DHADING: Chandra Bahadur Chepang's house at Simthali of Mahadevsthan VDC – 2 collapsed during the earthquake, but he is yet to receive housing reconstruction grant. He had shown his demolished house to a team of technical experts dispatched by the government but the team did not mention his house in the reconstruction aid list. Chepang's family is currently living under a makeshift shelter with a thatched roof. Chepang has already notified the VDC office of the need for support as he has..

15 years after royal palace massacre, late prince’s fiancee eyes political role

Yubaraj Ghimire, KATHMANDU: Fifteen years after the royal palace massacre shattered her dream of becoming a future queen of Nepal, Devyani Rana is again contemplating a role in politics. Rana , 44, became an active member of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal (RPP-N) recently, and she is likely to contest the election for the central council which, if she wins, would make her a delegate to the party’s national convention. Her father, Pashupati Shumsher Rana, is one of the three contestants..

Nepal extends tenure of commission probing conflict abuses

KATHMANDU, (AP): The commission investigating deaths and abuses during Nepal’s communist insurgency received a one-year extension Thursday after being unable to finish its work on thousands of claims and complaints collected from victims and their families. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission received 58,052 claims and complaints since it was formed in 2015, and its tenure was to have ended this week. More than 17,000 people are believed to have been killed in a decade of fighting..

US-bound Bhutanese refugees left in limbo in Nepal

JHAPA, (AFP): Kalimaya Magar had given away most of her belongings as she prepared to leave the refugee camp in Nepal for a new life in the United States. But after more than two decades of waiting, her departure — originally scheduled for this week — was cancelled in an instant after US President Donald Trump issued a temporary ban on refugee arrivals. The US has been the largest recipient of Bhutanese of ethnic Nepali origin who say they are fleeing persecution in the tiny Himalayan..

Myanmar army killed and raped in Rohingya ethnic cleansing: UN

GENEVA, (REUTERS): Myanmar’s security forces have committed mass killings and gang rapes of Rohingya Muslims and burned their villages since October in a campaign that probably amounts to crimes against humanity and possibly “ethnic cleansing”, the UN human rights office said on Friday. Witnesses testified to “the killing of babies, toddlers, children, women and elderly; opening fire at people fleeing; burning of entire villages; massive detention; massive and systematic rape and..

7-Year-Old Asks Trump, Have You Ever Had No Food, No Water For 24 Hours?

DAMASCUS, SYRIA, (IANS): This is the question a seven-year-old Syrian girl Bana Alabed -- who has garnered worldwide attention by tweeting about her life in Aleppo in Syria -- asked the US President Donald Trump in a fresh video. "Have you ever had no food, no water for 24 hours? Just think of refugees and the children of Syria," asked Alabed on Twitter. Alabed had earlier responded to a tweet of Trump wherein he had argued that the intention of his immigration ban was "about keeping bad..

Barack Obama’s Dog Bites White House Guest In The Face: Report

WASHINGTON, (AFP): An 18-year-old girl, visiting the White House as a guest of President Barack Obama's family, suffered a cut below her eye after she was bitten by the first family's dog, Sunny, according to a media report. The girl, who was not identified, was bitten in the face on Monday when she went to pet the 4-year-old Portuguese Water Dog, TMZ.com reported. The bite left a gash under the girl's eye and she was treated by President Obama's family physician Dr Ronny Jackson who said she..

U.S. designates Osama bin Laden son as terrorist

By Manoj Rijal, NEW YORK, (ANS): The U.S. Department of State has declared Hamza bin Laden, a 27-year-old son of former al-Qaida chieftain Osama bin Laden as a terrorist. In an announcement on Thursday, the Department of State has designated Hamza bin Laden as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under section 1(b) of the Executive Order 13224. The Order imposes sanctions on foreign persons determined to have committed or pose a serious risk of committing acts of terrorism that..

Mahottari locals join hands with Dhurmus and Suntali

MAHOTTARI: In a benevolent gesture, many people and organisations from Mahottari have rolled up their sleeves to help artist couple Sitaram Kattel and Kunjana Ghimire to build houses for the people of the marginalised Musahar community in the district. They have donated money ranging from Rs 25,000 to Rs 10,000 to the Dhurmus-Suntali Foundation to help the couple, popularly known as Dhurmus (Kattel) and Suntali (Ghimire) for building the Musahar settlement at Bardibas-2 a sample settlement..

Nepal Moves From One Year of Living Dangerously to the Next

By Biswas Baral, KATHMANDU: The year that started with the blockade of the India-Nepal border by Madhesi protestors ended with the obstruction of Nepal’s national parliament. At the start of 2016, the Madhes-based parties, as a part of their protest against the newly-promulgated constitution, stopped the entry of vehicles at key border points – and India had tacitly supported them. Those five months of the blockade, coming hot on the heels of the 2015 earthquakes, were a nightmare for..

Nepali girl suffocates to death after being banished for menstruating

By Gopal Sharma, KATHMANDU, (REUTERS): A 15-year-old girl in western Nepal suffocated to death after being forced to stay in a poorly ventilated shed because she was menstruating in an age-old Hindu practice banned over a decade ago, police said on Tuesday. Roshani Tiruwa's body was discovered by her father early on Sunday in mud-and-stone hut in Gajra village in Achham district, 440 km (275 miles) west of Kathmandu. "While we are waiting for the post-mortem report for the cause of her death,..

“Proof that we can rebuild”: Ordinary citizens restore historic site in Nepal

KATHMANDU, (AP): A year and a half after a colossal earthquake destroyed hundreds of treasured historic sites across this mountain nation, Nepal on Tuesday celebrated the restoration of the first major one to be rebuilt - an iconic Buddhist monument topped in gold that towers above Kathmandu. One of the largest of its kind in the world and a major tourist attraction, the Boudhanath stupa was repaired not with government funding, but with private donations from Buddhist groups and help from..

Asylum seekers receive two years work permit in the US

LOS ANGELES: Bringing a change in its previous policy in favor of asylum seekers, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has increased the period of work permit from one year to two years. According to a USCIS statement, the new policy would be effective from October onward. "Effective October 5, 2016, (the) USCIS has increased the validity period for initial or renewal Employment Authorization Documents for asylum applicants from one year to two years," says the..

Nail workers left to bite their nails amid highly unhealthy working environment

Staff Writer, NEW YORK: When a customer drops into a typical Nepalese beauty parlor in Kathmandu, Dharan, Pokhara or any part of Nepal, she is supposed to get all the services meant to enhance her beauty. The services may range from bridal make up to regular facials, haircut, nail polish, threading and the foot works, among others. However, in the United States, a customer cannot find all the services in one single beauty parlor. She has to visit different beauty parlors for different..

A self-made brand-name called Dr. Bishnu Maya Pariyar

By Kishor Panthi, NEW JERSY: A village girl born in a poor family of Taklung village in Gorkha district, Nepal has come across several ups and downs in her life and finally she has now a distinct identity of her name: Dr. Bishnu Maya Pariyar. Dr. Pariyar is recognized not only by Nepalis but also by other Americans for her distinguished works in the field of women rights for the victims of domestic violence, rights of the Dalits – the former so-called untouchables and social justice and human..

UNLAWFUL IMMIGRANTS: Border-crossing alone won’t bring American dream true

Bijaya Ghimire, COLORADO: Illegal immigration to the United States of America through Mexico has triggered heated national debate in the US these days. Republican frontrunner and business tycoon Donald Trump, in his campaign, had earlier said that a ten feet tall wall should be erected along the border with Mexico to stop illegal immigrants from entering America. Trump has clearly stood against immigration, and commented harshly against illegal immigrants during the Republican primaries. The..

‘Lost Between Both Worlds’: Why Afghan Sikhs, Hindus Are Leaving ‘Home’

KABUL, (REUTERS): On a bright day in downtown Kabul, Jagtar Singh Laghmani was in his traditional herb shop when a man turned up, drew a knife and told him to convert to Islam or he would cut his throat. Only bystanders and other shopkeepers saved his life. The incident earlier this month was the latest attack on a dwindling community of Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan, the country struggling with growing insecurity caused by an Islamist insurgency and economic challenges. Once a thriving..

Nepal-US hold second TIFA council meeting

Washington D.C.: The second U.S.-Nepal Trade and Investment Framework (TIFA) Council Meeting has affirmed that the bilateral trade and investment relationship has great potential and could be realized through adoption of enabling policies.  The meeting was co-chaired by United States Trade Representative Michael Froman and  Nepali Minister of Commerce Jayant Chand. The two governments candidly expressed their interest in strengthening bilateral trade and investment in a manner that..

Will Oli’s stubbornness pays ??

Dev Prakash Tripathi, KATHMANDU: There has been some degree of silence against Nepal Prime Minister’s move when KP Oli called on the opponents and the criticizing leaders to support him saying only he can take stands against India. Oli’s remark has also kept his opponents flexing muscle for Government change, kept mum so far. It is almost certain that Oli led government would continue in power until the next elections if situation did not go unprecedented. Till few weeks before the budget..

Age no bar for education: 68yo man is tenth grader at western Nepal school

PHEDIKHOLA, (REUTERS): Nepali grandfather Durga Kami brushes his bushy white beard, puts on his school uniform and, with the aid of his walking stick, trudges for over an hour to class for another day of learning. Poverty prevented Kami finishing his studies as a child and achieving his goal of becoming a teacher. Now 68, the father of six and grandfather of eight goes to school six days a week to complete his studies and escape a lonely home life following the death of his wife. Walking..

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