Progress of Terai-Madhes Prosperity Programme encouragingBy Aashish Mishra
To uplift the lives of the socially and economically disadvantaged communities and bring about proportionate infrastructural development in the plains, the federal government launched the Terai-Madhes Prosperity Programme (TMPP) three years ago in the fiscal year 2018/19. Since then, it has consistently maintained an annual progress rate of above 85 per cent.
Rajamati Boosts Nepal Bhasa MovementBy Aashish Mishra
Movies are an important tool for cultural conservation. Through their employment of sound and visuals, they can contextualise a culture, present its vibrancy and give the audience a reference point to decide what and how an ethnic group is. They preserve and promote a community’s language and lifestyle and, when used strategically and tastefully, can attract outsiders towards the depicted community’s structures. That is why cultural movements around the world have utilised movies as an effective...
Born from Trump’s gag rule, SheDecides grows into global campaignBy Aashish Mishra
On January 23, 2017, the then American President Donald Trump signed an executive order reintroducing the Mexico City policy or the ‘global gag rule’ as it came to be commonly known. The rule banned any non-governmental organisation working with US federal funding anywhere in the world from providing abortion-related services. Trump’s move was anticipated but its scale was not. The gag rule has been implemented by every Republican president since it was first introduced by Ronald Reagan in...
Stone At The BorderBy Aashish Mishra
There once used to be a saying in Bhaktapur that a blinkered horse turned east from Ason will go in a straight line to Bagbazaar, Battisputali, Sinamangal, Bayakha, Nikosera, Siddhapokhari and ultimately reach Taumadhi in Bhaktapur. This saying is not as popular these days though, perhaps because it doesn’t hold true anymore. If one were to try the same thing with a horse today, they best not get attached to the steed because it would get hit by traffic before reaching Battisputali. Or, if it managed...
Holi revellers found flouting COVID-19 precautionsBy Aashish Mishra
This year, like last year, the authorities had requested people to avoid crowds and adopt precautions while celebrating Fagu. But unlike last year, the people didn’t respect the request, choosing to come out in groups and celebrate in close proximity without wearing masks or sanitizers.
59% construction works of postal highway completeBy Aashish Mishra
As per the data provided by the Postal Highway Directorate (PHD), 59 per cent of the physical construction work of the Postal Highway is complete. Meanwhile, its fiscal progress stands at 61 per cent.
The Impact Of Media CoverageBy Aashish Mishra
The past few months have been very charged politically here in Nepal. The dissolution and thae subsequent reinstatement of the House of Representatives, the internal rift in the ruling Nepal
Lalitpur Metropolis installs smart street lightsBy Aashish Mishra
Lalitpur Metropolitan City (LMC) has installed 669 smart street lights as part of its campaign to make Lalitpur a smart city. According to Rudra Prasad Gautam, division chief of the Urban Development Division of LMC, these lights are equipped with sensors that sense the traffic volume and activity in the area and dim or brighten as needed. They also detect sunlight and turn off automatically in the morning.
Nepal’s first woman engineer recounts odds she faced all alongBy Aashish Mishra
If you have ever walked by the office of the Agricultural Development Bank in Ram Shah Path, the old computer centre on the Singha Durbar premises or the Birendra International Convention Centre (present-day seat of the federal parliament), you have walked by the buildings designed, fully or in part, by Nepal’s first female civil engineer Shanti Malla.
Kathmandu’s Link With KarnatakaBy Aashish Mishra
Stating that Nepal and India share cultural similarities is an understatement. The relationship between the two countries is evident from the traditions and lifestyle of their people. But many may not be aware of the relationship between Nepalmandal and South India. Some aspects of the Mohani (Dashain) festival offer slight glimpses into this relation. For instance, on the day of Kuchhibhwe, the Newa residents of Kathmandu Valley eat on banana leaves, a custom it shares with various groups of South...