Scores of monuments still stand in support of wooden polesBy Binu Shrestha
Even six years after the massive earthquake of 2015, some historic temples and monuments in the World Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu Valley are still standing in support of wooden and iron poles. The tilted temples awaiting their renovation and reconstruction works standing in support of multiple wooden poles are eyesores to locals as well as tourists.
Dharahara ready, inauguration todayBy Binu Shrestha
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is scheduled to inaugurate the newly rebuilt historic Dharahara on Saturday. The inauguration is happening exactly six years after the 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck the country on April 25 of 2015, reducing it to rubbles.
Bode’s tongue-piercing festival beginsBy Binu Shrestha
When Buddha Krishna Baga Shrestha will pierce his tongue on April 15 during the famous tongue-piercing festival of Bode in Madhyapur Thimi, he will be doing it for the eight years in a row. The three-day fasting, which culminates in piercing the tongue, has started from Monday. In addition to taking only water, Shrestha has to stay away from women and animals, as a rule.
Jatras, Festivals of BhaktapurBy Binu Shrestha
The three cities in the Kathmandu Valley- Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur are known for their culture and festivals. Among them, Bhaktapur is famous for having special festivals, which the locals observe in their unique ways.
Smart toilet friendly for women, disabledBy Binu Shrestha
Mushroom trader Raj Kumar Nakarmi of Balambu used to arrive at Buddha Park of Swayambhunath early in the morning to sell mushroom. Having to spend almost the entirety of the day there -- catering to customers and bargaining for prices, Nakarmi did not have any option but to use public toilets to relive himself. A few months back, the prospect of using those alarmingly unhygienic publ
Bode gears up for tongue piercing festivalBy Binu Shrestha
With the famous tongue-piercing festival of Bhaktapur’s Bode approaching, Buddha Krishna Baga Shrestha is preparing to take part in the daring adventure for the 8th time. The festival was canceled last year due to a growing fear of coronavirus transmission. He had pierced his tongue for the first time 11 years ago. Later, he stopped giving continuity to that work.
Shivaratri preparations completeBy Binu Shrestha
The Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) is ready to welcome hundreds of devotees on the day of Shivaratri on Thursday. All preparation works for this year’s Maha Shivarati have completed, PADT said at a press meet on Tuesday.
Six years after quake, Sanskrit University building awaits reconstructionBy Binu Shrestha
It has been six years since the devastating 2015 Earthquake rocked Nepal -- killing about 9,000 people and flattening over 600,000 structures in its wake. Today, many of those damaged houses and monuments stand erect and restored back to their former glory while several others are under reconstruction.
Lead-laden noodles still being soldBy Binu Shrestha
Whether as snack or meal, noodles feature prominently in the diet of an overwhelming majority of Nepali people. To enhance their taste, noodles are invariably accompanied by seasoning powder, which has been found to be adulterated with traces of lead, a toxic heavy meal, flouting the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) standard of 0.0025 mg/kg.
Campaigners breathe life into the long-neglected stone water spoutsBy Binu Shrestha
Traditional stone water spouts, which were concealed under bushes and shrubs, are now being restored back to their former glory thanks to the relentless efforts of campaigners. Advocating the need for the preservation of such culturally significant structures since the last couple of years, these campaigners have been successful in their attempt to excavate hidden and neglected stone spouts (hitis) within the Kathmandu Valley.