Menstruating women are still being banished to outdoor sheds—and it’s killing them

  • Despite legislation in place to counter Chhaupadi, a lack of commitment from local leaders and an absence of implementation mechanisms continue to take the lives of women in Nepal’s far west.
TSERING D GURUNG , Feb 22 2019
Photo courtesy: Navesh Chitrakar / Reuters
Despite being outlawed by the Supreme Court in 2005, Chhaupadi is still widely prevalent in the country. More than 70 percent of women in parts of mid-western districts still practise Chhaupadi, according to the 2014 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey findings.
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Home Minister Thapa meets injured of Nakkhu bomb explosion

  • Government to bear all costs of treatment of the injured
  • Family members of deceased Gurung refuse to receive body
Sanjaya Lama, Feb 23 2019

Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa on Saturday visited Mediciti Hospital in Lalitpur to take stock of the health condition of people injured in the improvised device explosion that took place outside Ncell Headquarters in Nakkhu, Lalitpur on Friday night.

Minister Thapa assured the victims and their relatives that the government would soon bring the culprit (s) to justice.

Thapa was accompanied by Inspector General of Nepal Police Sarbendra Khanal and Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu and Deputy Inspector General SaileshThapa Chhetri.

Singh Prasad Gurung, 49, from Lamjung district, Urusha Manandhar, 25, from Kavre and Pratiksha Khadka, 26, from Bagdol were seriously injured in the incident

Incapacitated in the incident, Gurung breathed his last during the course of treatment in Mediciti Hospital at arond 1 am on Saturday, police said.

A group of unidentified persons had detonated a bomb outside the gate of the headquarters of Ncell, a private mobile company, at Nakkhu, Lalitpur at around 7:30 pm yesterday. Windowpanes of five nearby buildings were shattered in the explosion.

Minister Thapa said that the government will bear all costs of treatment of the injured and will provide proper compensation to the family of the deceased.

Meanwhile, kith and kin of Gurung have refused to collect the body arguing that they would not trust the verbal commitment of Minister Thapa and sought written commitment.

According to PahiloPost, Gurung was a retired Singapore police. Gurung, who was heading towards his home in Nakkhu, Lalitpur, on his vehicle, when the incident occured. He is survived by a daughter and a son.

Following the incident, police have rounded up six persons to investigate their connection in the explosion. They have been kept at the Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu, police said.

Nepal Police spokesperson Uttam Raj Subedi said no one has claimed the responsibility of the expolsion yet and no pamphlets were found at the incident site.

It has been learnt that unidentified persons have torched Ncell towers in various places outside the Kathmandu Valley.

Earlier on Friday night, an Ncell tower was set on fire in Pokhara Metropolitan City-27, Kaski district.

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This is what life is like for those disabled as a result of the decade-long civil conflict

    KISHOR SHARMA, Feb 23 2019
    On June 16, 2011, Ananda Pandey had returned from school and gone to the fields to weed maize when he found a strange object buried under a stone. Curious, the 12-year-old began to dig it out.
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    An Australian institute is forcing students to change their subject, Nepalis say

    • Students from other institutes are concerned after the country’s regulatory body cancelled registration for a technical college earlier this week.
    Binod Ghimire, Feb 23 2019
    Photo credit: Shutterstock.com
    An Australian technical institute, which had been enrolling nursing students despite not having official accreditation, has begun forcing the students to change their major course as its chances of receiving approval from the country’s nursing and midwifery council appear slim.
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    Nepali society’s answer to recounting abuse

      Rosha Pokharel, Feb 22 2019
      With The Kathmandu Post’s February 7 report about decades-long sexual harassment at the reputed Lalitpur Madhyamik Vidhyalaya (LMV), the #MeToo movement in Nepal came a long way.
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      CYC Attariya clinch DPL-3 title

      SAILENDRA ADHIKARI, Kathmandu, Feb 23 2019
      CYC Attariya's players celebrate after winning the title. POST PHOTO: HEMANTA SHRESTHA
      CYC Attariya defeated Mahendranagar United by three wickets to claim the third edition of Dhangadhi Premier League (DPL) at Fapla Cricket Ground in Dhangadhi on Saturday.

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      Top bureaucrats are getting shuffled due to conflicts of interest

      ANIL GIRI, Kathmandu, Feb 23 2019
      Several top bureaucrats under the KP Sharma Oli administration have been transferred between ministries due to conflicts of interest with the political leadership over the last year, hinting cracks in the governance system and a potential political crisis if the tendency goes unchecked.

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      While the government is keen to set limits, new media has the potential to lead public discourse

      MOHAN GURAGAIN, Kathmandu, Feb 22 2019
      The authorities find it offensive when the fearless speak the truth. The singer’s attempt to voice the present-day reality irked the supporters of those who currently run the state’s affairs, even though Sharma’s satire was directed against successive governments.

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      A victim of the Nakkhu bomb blast has died in the hospital

      Post Report, Kathmandu, Feb 23 2019
      Crowd gather in front of Ncell Headquarters gate in Nakkhu, Lalitpur following a bomb blast on Friday night. Photo: Aakar Anil's on Twitter
      A person injured in an improvised device explosion in front of Ncell Headquarters in Nakkhu, Lalitpur on Friday night has died.

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      Main News

      Meet Chepang, the Nepali band in New York taking grindcore by storm

      Pranaya SJB Rana, Feb 23 2019
      With two drummers and often two vocalists, this band of Nepali immigrants to the US produces music that is fast, hard and loud. They even got a shoutout from Anthony Fantano,  self-proclaimed as the “internet’s busiest music nerd”. In this email exchange with the Post’s Pranaya SJB Rana, Chepang talks about their unique sound, what constitutes ‘immigrindcore’ and their approach to political music.
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      International Finance Corporation Vice President Stoiljkovic meets Foreign Minister Gyawali

      Post Report, Feb 23 2019
      International Finance Corporation’s Regional Vice President for the Asia and the Pacific, Nena Stoiljkovic, met with Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali on Friday. 
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      At least three injured after a bomb explosion in Lalitpur

      NAYAK PAUDEL, Feb 22 2019
      Three persons were injured when an improvised explosive device exploded outside Ncell head office in Nakkhu, Lalitpur on Friday.
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      Money

      World

      At least 41 Indian tea plantation workers have died from drinking toxic bootleg liquor after receiving their weekly wages, and 20 are critically ill in hospital, a government minister said on Friday.

      The deaths come less than two weeks after more than 100 people died after drinking tainted alcohol in northern India.

      At least seven women were among the dead at the plantation in the northeastern state of Assam, 310 km from the state’s financial capital, Guwahati.

      “So far 41 people have died after consuming spurious liquor,” Assam Power Minister Tapan Gogoi told Reuters by telephone.

      Another 45 people have been hospitalized and 20 are in a critical state after nearly 100 people drank the liquor on Thursday, local lawmakers from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party told Reuters.

      Dilip Rajbnonshi, a doctor at the government hospital in Golaghat, said the deaths were due to “spurious country liquor”.

      Deaths from illegally produced alcohol, known locally as hooch or country liquor, are common in India, where many cannot afford branded spirits.

      Arts and Entertainment

      Sports

      Dauphins Family of Cameroon advanced to the final of the Tilottama Gold Cup football tournament with a 2-0 win over Rupandehi XI at the ANFA Academy grounds in Devinagar on Friday.

      The victory meant Dauphins are now just a win away from completing a hat-trick of titles in less than a month. They have already won the Pokhara Cup and Budha Subba Gold Cup titles coming into this tournament. Didier Tina scored both the goals for Dauphins. Tina scored the first early in the second minute through penalty which they earned after Bhusari handled the ball inside the area. The forward added the second in the 84th minute to seal a passage to the final.
      Rupandehi coach Pukar Gahatraj said his team failed to lift itself after conceding an early penanlty. “Our players were demoralized after trailing so early in the game, and despite improving their game in the latter half they were unable to find back of the net,” said Gahatraj. Dauphins coach Jo Angraula said his team earned a hard fought win. “It made us really difficult match the pace of the local team but luckily we ended up on the winning side,” said the Dauphins coach.
      Nepal Police Club (NPC) will take on Chysal Youth Club in the second semi-finals on Saturday. NPC had defeated Manang Marshyangdi Club and Chysal had dispatched Sankata Club in the quarter-finals.

      Life & Style

      Fiction Park

      An unlikely crush

      Pooja Dhakal, Feb 17 2019
      Even though the whole day, a midsummer day, had been swelteringly hot, the atmosphere drastically cooled off as the fat old sun began to set. The gentle breeze teased the flower buds and the branches of the trees were thrown into a sudden oscillation. My hair, too, was swaying with it.
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      Without failing to shed light on the importance of time, Athot stresses that what we failed to do in our lives are not less important than what we actually did. 

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