Nepali Times

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An electric trolley for Goma

From The Nepali Times (17 September, 2018) If you can find time, do go to Jorpati to visit Goma Dulal who has just got an electric trolley to help her move about. I first met Goma 16 years ago, when the Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre was being established at the Khagendra Nabajiban Kendra precincts in
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From The Nepali Times (16 March, 2018) Confusion over the two ends of the runway also reflects a separate tragedy of the mismanagement of Kathmandu airport Dramatic mobile video emerged on Wednesday showing that BS211 had earlier nearly hit the mountain and crashed at Gagalphedi before turning back south towards the airport. Video: Shikharnews TV/YouTube Things
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Tragedy at TIA

From The Nepali Times (16 March, 2018) Tribhuvan is Nepal’s only international air portal, and it is in disarray — representing the state of a country wracked by ineptness and inefficiencies caused by political sharing of the spoils. When the US-Bangla Dash 8 turboprop fell from the sky on Monday afternoon, it snuffed out the
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Confusion in the cockpit

From The Nepali Times (12 March, 2018) The last four minutes of conversations between the US-Bangla Flight 211 pilot at the TIA Air Traffic Control indicates a possible confusion in the mind of the pilot about the Runway 02 (the southern end) and Runway 20 (the northern end). Even as the Bombardier aircraft is on
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Fasten seat belts

From The Nepali Times (8-14 December, 2017) Brace yourselves for a ride into uncharted constitutional territory Nepal’s descent into Hades in the democratic era began in 1995 when the fringe party that was the CPN-Maoist lifted arms against a democratic system that was barely five years old. This downward spiralling continued through a series of
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Leave the politics to us

From The Nepali Times (24-30 November, 2017) Incoming ambassadors and donor agency heads have an opportunity to learn from the past To repeat an anecdote from an earlier column, in a southern African country some years ago, a friend was told excitedly by a Danish diplomat: “I am applying for Nepal as my next posting.”
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Still silently crying

From The Nepali Times (10-16 November, 2017) People without faith in the state migrate for survival, the new Constitution must change that Ludwig Stiller SJ wrote in The Silent Cry (Sahayogi, 1976) on how Nepalis were pauparised in the aftermath of empire-building attempts following unification. The people were taxed beyond survival and sustainability, and so
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Lhotshampa, Rohingya

From The Nepali Times (27 Oct-2 Nov, 2017) Burma’s pernicious populism and a preoccupied world abandon the Rohingya The Rohingya tragedy should resonate much more in Nepal than elsewhere in South Asia, because its genesis is nearly identical to the tragedy of Bhutan’s Lhotshampa. The main difference is one of scale, as Bhutan too carried
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Who teaches us democracy?

From The Nepali Times (22-28 September, 2017) Obfuscation and hand-wringing will not help as we prepare to face the world While at the United Nations Secretariat two-and-a-half decades ago, my work station was the press officer’s desk some steps down to the left from the main podium from where the world leaders speak. If I
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