People set to avoid Tika visits this DashainBy Binu Shrestha
Ganga Khanal, a resident of Kusunti, Lalitpur has asked all her relatives to not visit her home for ‘Tika’ this year. In the current unfavourable situation, health and safety are more important than celebrations. There is an ubiquitous fear of the pandemic. “Staying home and celebrating Dashain with family members is safer than visiting relatives,” Khanal, who lives with her husband and a young son, said. “I love to invite relatives and have gatherings at every big and small festival....
COVID-19 may curtail animal sacrifice in DashainBy Binu Shrestha
The festival of Dashain is around the corner. During the festival, people offer worship to deities by visiting temples. However, this time all temples have remained closed since March 24 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the first time that temples have remained closed for such a long time -- seven months. People are eagerly waiting for re-opening of temples. But owing to the alarming situation of coronavirus cases in the Kathmandu Valley and beyond, they are not likely to re-open even in Dashain. As...
Heritage reconstruction moving steadilyBy Binu Shrestha
Reconstruction works of the cultural heritage, monuments, religious places, which were damaged in the 2015 earthquake, are moving at a steady pace. Gorkha earthquake had damaged 753 heritages across the country, of which 444 have been completed so far, historic Ranipokhari being one of them. Monuments, including World Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu Valley are under reconstruction.
Migratory birds get favourable environment amid the pandemicBy Binu Shrestha
The global COVID-19 pandemic has positive effects on migratory birds, as their activities are less disturbed due to sharp decrease in the movements of people and vehicles amid lockdowns and other restrictions. The limited movement of people means birds are less under human disturbance. Some rare migratory birds have been spotted in the Kathmandu Valley and other parts of the nation in recent weeks, said Hem Sagar Baral, a noted ornithologist of Nepal. In between the lockdowns in Nepal, some rare...
Heritage lovers restoring neglected hitis and falchasBy Binu Shrestha
Shreena Prajapati, 21, of Kamal Binayak, Bhaktapur has been actively working to conserve the heritages. She was busy cleaning and restoring hitis and falchas last month. She is one of the heritage lovers who joined the heritage campaign a couple of weeks ago. Some group of youths left with free time after the government imposed the prohibitory order to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus are using it in heritage conservation by cleaning and restoring of hitis and falchas (rest houses). The...
NAST developing advanced visitor service robotBy Binu Shrestha
Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) has developed a highly advanced visitor’s service robot. The robot developed by engineer Roshan Pandey, faculty of technology of NAST along with technical experts called Innovative Group, is the first of its kind ever built in Nepal. “We are now developing the highly advanced robot in human shape (Lady Robot),” said Pandey. He further informed that the robot is based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) with deep machine learning methods. It can...
Half sanitisers in market ineffective to kill virusBy Binu Shrestha
Nearly 45 per cent of 21 hand sanitisers tested in Kathmandu are completely ineffective to kill any virus, revealed a microbiology study conducted by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST). Two microbiologists of NAST, Dr. Tista Prasai Joshi and Samikshya Kadel, carried out a month-long study, which showed that 45 per cent hand sanitisers were ineffective to kill even normal germs. Only 55 per cent hand sanitisers are effective against the virus, the report said.
Colourful Indrajatra ends up as a low key ritual due to COVID-19By Binu Shrestha
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has cast its shadow on the celebration of Indrajatra, one of the most exciting and revered festivals of Newar community of Kathmandu, this year. Regarded as the hub of festivals and celebrations of the Newar community, Hanumandhoka and Indrachwok have witnessed negligible turnout of devotees this year amid the fear of coronavirus. Every year on the day of Indrajatra the city usually would have the streets abuzz with people, chariot processions, masked dances, religious...
Safe disposal of COVID-19 related waste challengingBy Binu Shrestha
With the surge of COVID-19 cases across the nation, waste management and sanitation at the healthcare institutions have become a new challenge to the government. The hospitals, quarantine centres, healthcare facilities and individuals are producing more waste, including masks, gloves, gowns and other protective personal equipment. In order to contain the transmission of the virus, safety management and safe disposal of such wastes are vital.
Cremation of virus victims emerging as a big challengeBy Binu Shrestha
With the escalating COVID-19 pandemic in the recent days in Nepal, death toll from the coronavirus is also increasing gradually. The infection rate is going higher day by day with the detection of over 400 new cases every other day. Nepal continues to witness resurgence in the number of cases of COVID-19 over the recent days, including increasing trend of infection in the capital.