Senior citizens happy about allowance increaseBy Aashish Mishra
On Saturday, while presenting the budget for the coming fiscal year of 2021/22, Finance Minister Bishnu Prasad Paudel announced that the old-age allowance would be increased to Rs. 4,000 per month from the current amount of Rs. 3,000. This has made senior citizens very happy.
Lessons From North AmericaBy Aashish Mishra
Nepali journalism has come a long way in terms of professionalism over the past few decades. The Press Council, in coordination with the Federation of Nepali Journalists, has prepared a code of ethics that most media houses and reporters strictly adhere to. However, we cannot deny that our media is not where it needs to be. We still have some distance to cover and a few significant things to learn and for that, we should perhaps look to North America. This continent has three coun
The day when highest peak was conqueredBy Aashish Mishra
Friday, May 29, 1992, the streets of Kathmandu saw an unusual rally, in which the ralliers were celebrating a day that many Kathmanduites, or indeed many Nepalis, did not even know existed. It was a rally marking the first ascent of Sagarmatha by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953, organised on a day dubbed by its participants as Sagarmatha Day. One of the people at the forefront of that rally was Jyoti Adhikari.
When COVID-19 confronts culture, rituals go onlineBy Aashish Mishra
On May 5, Puja Bhutiya’s worst nightmare came true. The 23-year-old, along with her parents and grandmother, tested positive for the coronavirus – two days before her wedding. This sent the family into a frenzy.
What Is News?By Aashish Mishra
What is news really? We all think we know what news is – the hourly bulletins on television, the printed information on newspapers or the contents media disseminate. But is that really news? What does the word “news” mean? What does it denote and connote? Di
Volunteer group connects helpers with helplessBy Aashish Mishra
A request pings up on the COVID Connect Nepal Viber group: “In urgent need of hospital bed with ventilator.” Less than a minute later, another request: “Patient in critical need of ICU bed.” A few moments later, yet another ping: “Ventilator. A very critical case.”
COVID-19 limits Rato Machhindranath Jatra to ceremonials for second yearBy Aashish Mishra
The chariot procession of Rato Machhindranath started and concluded in Lalitpur on Saturday. The longest chariot festival of Nepal that usually lasts for one and a half to three months was shortened to just a single day this year because of the second wave of COVID-19 that has engulfed the nation, said Chandra Maharjan, president of Jyapu Samaj which is one of the main bodies in charge of managing the festival.
The Fame Of MachhindranathBy Aashish Mishra
It’s the Bikram Sambat year of 546 and it has not rained in Kathmandu for more than a decade. The heavens have not let loose a single drop of water for the past 12 years, turning the fertile green valley into an arid desert. The rivers and ponds have dried, the crops have failed and Swo
Self-defeating Nature Of Vaccine DiplomacyBy Aashish Mishra
Vaccine diplomacy is proof that humanity no longer exists on the global stage. That countries have to appease more developed and better-equipped nations to give them life-saving jabs, that they have to prove to them that giving vital vials that can prevent the deaths of thousands and millions is in the superior nations’ “best interests” is a condemnation of the hierarchy that the world has turned into.
Gorkhapatra enters 121st year of publicationBy Aashish Mishra
“May all be happy, may all be healthy, may all be well, let none be unhappy.” It is with this slogan that Gorkhapatra began publishing in 1901, marking the beginning of print journalism and mass media in Nepal. Initiated by Rana Prime Minister Dev Shumsher, Gorkhapatra outlasted its initiator; it outlived the Rana regime; it saw the rise and fall of Nepal’s experiment with democracy; it experienced the absolute monarchy of the Panchayat years; it was the paper that published the [then proposed]...