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Recalling PN Shah on National Unification Day Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Deep Raj Sanyal, KATHMANDU: As the nation marks the 296th birth anniversary of King Prithvi Narayan Shah and the National Unification Day on Thursday, it is a sombre occasion for all Nepalis to objectively recognise the significance of the Nepali nationhood and the national rebuilding process in..

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Fulpati feu-de-joie at Tundikhel Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

KATHMANDU: A Fulpati celebration was organized at the Army Pavilion, Tundikhel today on the occasion of the great festival of Nepalis, the Bada Dashain festival. The Fulpati feu-de-joie was performed in the presence of President Bidya Devi Bhandari. The Nepalese Army soldiers opened celebratory..

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Rishi Panchami being observed today Saturday, August 26th, 2017

KATHMANDU: Hindu women across the country are observing the Rhishipanchami festival today as per the rituals. The festival, the concluding day of the Teej, is observed on the fifth day of bright half moon of the month of Bhadra. Hindu women reaching their menstruation period observe this festival..

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Where does Nepal’s climate budget go? Saturday, August 19th, 2017

Krishna Sapkota, KATHMANDU: A least developed, mountainous and land-locked country – is globally ranked as one of the most vulnerable countries due to adverse impact of climate change. This ranking is also justified in the fact that in recent years, the country has witnessed recurring climate..

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Bhutanese refugees press for relocation of the rest of refugees Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

KATHMANDU: The Bhutanese Refugee Camp Management Committee Jhapa – Morang has advanced a five – point demand to the government seeking to internationalize the refugee problem. At a press conference held today at Reporters' Club, CPN (Maoist Centre) lawmaker, Aman Lal Modi, stressed that the..

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KATHMANDU: The tagadharis or those who wear the 'Janai' (the sacred thread) around their bodies from the left shoulder change the sacred thread today after having a haircut and a bath on the occasion of 'Janai Purnima', also known as 'Rishi Tarpani'.  This year, Nagpanchami and Janai Purnima are..

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Ropain mahotsav to promote tourism, preserve culture Thursday, June 29th, 2017

POKHARA: The ropain mahotsav (paddy plantation festival) has been organized in a bid to promote tourism and preserve culture in the touristy city Pokhara on the occasion of the Ashar 15 and the 14th Rice Day today.  The ropain mahotsav is being marked for 13 years here. The 14 mahotsav was..

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Nepali women row against tide of discrimination on tourist lake Thursday, February 16th, 2017

KATHMANDU, (REUTERS): Batuli Bhujel weaves deftly through the colorful wooden boats and paddles into the shore of Phewa Lake in west Nepal, stepping lightly out of her boat and steadying it as she helps her young passengers off. For years, Bhujel has paddled tourists out at dawn to be rewarded..

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Forbidden love: Valentine’s Day banned for some in Asia Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

JAKARTA-ISLAMABAD, (REUTERS): Valentine's Day celebrations on Tuesday were banned by authorities in parts of Indonesia and Pakistan, home to Asia's largest Muslim populations, saying the romantic tradition encouraged casual sex and ran counter to cultural norms. In Indonesia, officials from the..

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As young move away, traditional craft dies out in Nepal Sunday, February 12th, 2017

BHAKTAPUR, (AP): For generations, the residents of the ancient Nepali town of Thimi supplied the rest of the Himalayan country with everything from tiny clay lamps used in temples to massive grain storage jars. Locals still mix clay and throw it on potters' wheels, then leave pots to dry and..

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Here Breezes In the Yummy Festival of Tihar Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Purushottam Dhakal, LOS ANGELES: As we have just bid adieu to Dashain, the greatest festival of Nepali Hindus, we are already on the verge of the second greatest festival Tihar. Tihar is greatly revered by Hindus both in Nepal and India and elsewhere. Here in the U.S., Hindus celebrate Tihar, the..

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Hindu households say they deserve public holiday on festival Sunday, October 30th, 2016

By Manoj Rijal, NEW YORK: Sushma, a working lady of Nepali origin living in Woodside of Queens in New York City, had to make special adjustments on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, to be able to celebrate Dashain, the biggest annual festival of Nepali Hindus. She told her employer one week in advance..

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Nepalese celebrate Vijaya Dashami today Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

KATHMANDU: The biggest cultural and religious festival of Nepalese, Vijaya Dashami, is being celebrated across the country on Tuesday, on the 10th day of the waxing moon in the month of Ashwin as per the lunar calendar. On Vijaya Dashami, the most significant day of the 15-day Bada Dashain..

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Ghatasthapana today Saturday, October 1st, 2016

KATHMANDU: Ghatasthapana, the first day of the Dashain festival, is formally beginning on Saturday with pujas being offered to Goddess Nava Durga and sowing of the jamara – seeds of wheat, maize, rice and barley grains grown for ten days until they reach a few inches long - in an earthen pot half..

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Women celebrate Teej festival with fasting, fun Sunday, September 4th, 2016

KATHMANDU: Teej, a festival of Hindu women, is being observed with fasting and fun across the country on Sunday. The women pray for good health, longevity and happiness of their husbands. Clad in red saris and glittering ornaments, women folks throng Shiva temples from early in the morning. They..

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The Sino-US Trade War – Why China can’t win it Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

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