Teenage girl volunteers to cremate unclaimed bodies at AryaghatBy Binu Shrestha
Sapana Roka Magar, an 18-year-old girl, is found visiting mortuaries of the Kathmandu Valley hospitals inquiring about the unidentified bodies and volunteering to perform their last rites at the Pashupati Aryaghat as per the Hindu tradition. A teenage girl, she should be enjoying her days in college, but she is found cremating unidentified bodies accumulated in mortuaries of hospitals.
Questionable construction mars Swyambhu Stupa’s majestyBy Binu Shrestha
The extensive urbanization and haphazard development are posing a threat to the traditional urban houses of World Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu Valley. The new concrete buildings are often taller than the historic counterparts. The construction of new urban infrastructure has not only affected most of the monument zones, it has also reduced their aesthetic value with the haphazard construction of multi-storey buildings in their surroundings.
Pashupati master plan draws flakBy Binu Shrestha
The fourth phase master plan of the Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) has become a subject of controversy. Various stakeholders, cultural experts and locals have criticised the PADT’s plan and programme stating it was brought without any consultation and discussion with them and the plan was brought destroying the antiquity of Pashupatinath, the holiest site of the nation.
NRA faces flak for attempts to fill Ranipokhari with underground waterBy Binu Shrestha
The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has drawn widespread criticism over its plan to replenish the water in Ranipokhari from deep boring. Heritage conservationists have criticized the concept of deep boring to refill the water in this historic pond citing that the extraction of water from deep aquifers well will deplete the underground reservoirs and affect water cycles for a long time.
Nyatapole renovation completes in less budgetBy Binu Shrestha
When renovation and reconstruction of several cultural heritages and monuments of the nation have been moving by hiring contractors through tender process and foreign aid, Bhaktapur municipality has completed reconstruction of around 100 small and big heritages and monuments in volunteer support of locals and donation. The reconstruction completed spending less than the estimated budget and without receiving any foreign aid.
KMC, campaigners team up to revive stone spouts in capitalBy Binu Shrestha
The stone spouts or dhunge dhara, which are called hiti in Newari, were major sources of water in the Kathmandu Valley in the past. But over time most of them have either vanished or are in miserable condition, while others have dried up. Safely managed water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services are an essential part for preventing the spread of COVID-19. But many Kathmanduites face shortage of water even to wash hands frequently.
Govt decision big relief for National Archives, Archaeology Dept.By Binu Shrestha
The issue of relocating the offices of the National Archives (NA) and Department of Archeology (DoA) from their present location at Ram Shah Path has now been resolved after a Cabinet meeting on June 16 decided not to shift them from the present location.
Monkeys go berserk in Patan Durbar Square, assault menBy Binu Shrestha
For about a year now, monkeys have been posing a threat to Patan Durbar Square of Lalitpur. Monkeys rampage across the square, damaging the monuments and throwing bricks at the people passing by, increasing the risk of injury.
Pashupatinath income goes down by millionsBy Binu Shrestha
Ever since lockdown was announced on March 24, many places of worship have remained shut. Since the temples have remained inaccessible to the devotees, the management has incurred a massive loss, and the Pashupatinath temple is no exception.
Manpower shortage hits monument reconstruction hardBy Binu Shrestha
The reconstruction the monuments and temples, which were damaged by 2015 earthquake, is moving at a snail’s pace due to the ongoing lockdown. The earthquake had damaged 753 heritages, and reconstruction of 402 has been completed till 23 March.