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Myagdi women play Naumati musical instruments, break tradition Monday, May 7th, 2018

MYAGDI: Breaking the tradition of only males playing the naumati baja (an ensemble of nine traditional musical instruments), women from Myagdi and currently residing in Pokhara, Kaski have started a new culture of women's participation in the tradition. Naumati music is played on any special..

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Pre-monsoon active Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

KATHMANDU: Monsoon activities remain active in the country since the past week since the pre-monsoon came into effect. Moisture-laden winds originating from the Bay of Bengal and Westerly winds have resulted in a change in the weather conditions causing rainfall, according to the Weather..

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Yarsagumba harvest season less than three weeks away Friday, April 27th, 2018

DOLPA: The annual Yarsagumba harvest season will officially start in Himalyan district of Dolpa from May 15. According to Shey Phoksundo National Park, the permit letters will be distributed for stipulated amount for entry inside the Yarsagumba Patan sector located within the park for picking the..

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Dhorpatan awaits decision on buffer zone status Monday, April 23rd, 2018

BAGLUNG: After six years of tireless efforts, the government is yet to declare Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve a buffer zone. The announcement could not go ahead three years ago even after reaching the final stage following protest from the local residents. The process which moved forward after an..

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Rajamama Kusunda, lone speaker of Kusunda language, no more Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

TANAHUN: Rajamama Kusunda, who was the only surviving speaker of the Kusunda language, has passed away today at the age of 65. The Kusunda is a tribal community on the verge of extinction. With Rajamama's death has come the end of the spoken Kusunda language and it has raised concern who will..

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Rato Machhindranath ascended on chariot Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

LALITPUR: The Rato Machhindranath, the God of rain and good harvest, has been ascended on the chariot. Main priest at the Machhindranath Temple took the God on the chariot on the auspicious hour this evening. Although the god is placed on the chariot, the pulling of the chariot begins on..

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Buddha Krishna gets his tongue pierced Sunday, April 15th, 2018

KATHMANDU: Buddha Krishna Baag Shrestha, 48, of Bode, Thimi, today pierced his tongue in the Bisket Jatra (a religious function) for the sixth consecutive year. This tongue piercing festival is observed on Baishakh 2 every year. He got his tongue pierced amid a huge crowd at Pancho Ganesh temple..

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Bisket Jatra begins in Tokha Saturday, April 14th, 2018

KATHMANDU: Bisket Jatra, an annual festival celebrated by the residents of Tokha, has begun today. The four-day event that starts on the first four days of the Nepali New Year (Baisakh 1 to 4) sees a cart with god and goddess (Ganesha and Kumari) on top being pulled through the town. A wooden pole..

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Shrinkhala Khatiwada crowned Miss Nepal 2018 Thursday, April 12th, 2018

KATHMANDU: Shrinkhala Khatiwada has been crowned Miss Nepal World 2018 at the Hidden Treasure Miss Nepal 2017 pageant in the Capital on Wednesday evening. Manita Devkota won the title of Miss Nepal-Universe 2018 while Priya Sigdel bagged the title of Miss Nepal-Earth 2018 and Ronali Amatya was..

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Bisket Jatra begins Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

BHAKTAPUR The Bisket Jatra celebrated for a week on the arrival of the New Year began here by towing the chariot of Bhairavnath from local Taumadhi. The towing of the chariot began Tuesday evening. The locals from the upper and lower belt of Taumadhi area pull the chariot to their respective..

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Where girls forced to miss schools during menstruation Friday, April 6th, 2018

Prem Raule, BAJURA: The Kirtichaur Secondary School based in Manakot of Gaumul Rural Municipality-5 in Bajura has presently 250 girl students. But those who have already entered monthly cycle miss schools at least five days in a month. False beliefs associated with this natural cycle of female..

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Seto Machhindranath chariot procession reaches Hanumandhoka Monday, March 26th, 2018

KATHMANDU: The annual chariot procession of Seto Machhindranath – the god of rain and good harvest – has reached Kalbhairav in Hanumandhoka from Asan this evening. The procession that started on Sunday (Chaitra Shuklaastami) was pulled up to Asan in the first day. After worships from the..

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Sparrows begin feeling the heat of climate change and pollution Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

KANCHANPUR: Sparrows that used to be seen around in large numbers around the house and farm are now not much seen. Their population has diminished over the years. The commonest of birds, the sparrow, has started feeling the heat of the climate change and is on the verge of disappearance from..

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485 thousand 586 students to sit for SEE this year Monday, March 19th, 2018

KATHMANDU: A total of 485,586 students are sitting for the Secondary Education Examinations (SEE) scheduled to be held from March 22. The examinations taking place first time as per a new curriculum will take place at 1,956 centers set up across the country, the National Examinations Board..

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Trump, Bolton and the Syrian Confusion Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

It’s a messy, though typical picture. US President Donald Trump wants to pull out forces in Syria. When announced in December, jaws drooped and sharp intakes of breath..