Four tumultuous decades of live music in Nepal

Prism in a photo from 1978. This is the original line-up that got the Soaltee Contract in 1979. From left to right: Pemba Lepcha, Prolad Roka, George Subba and Dinesh Rai.

Dinesh Rai

A game changer in hydropower

Proper implementation of the two new Indian policies on cross-border hydropower and energy banking will make Nepal the biggest exporter of electricity in the whole of Asia

Bikash Thapa

Kathmandu as a cosmos

Artist Suman’s 16th solo art exhibition at the Baber Mahal-based Siddhartha Art Gallery, with 29 exhibits, kicked off on Jan 23. Inspired by the rich Maithili heritage, the artist uses acrylic and natural dyes to paint. (Photo: Robin Neupane)


Why is ‘this’ road one-way, and why is ‘that’ not?

When a road is made one-way, the Metropolitan Traffic Police Division gets lots of complaints from the public about having to waste time and petrol in taking a longer route. But there are collective benefits to it

Akriti Manandhar

The mythical, symbolism-laden stories of Swasthani

A popular ritual among Hindus, the recitation of Swasthani Brata Katha, which is dedicated to Goddess Swasthani, starts from the full moon day in mid-January


What will happen to two transitional justice bodies?

The extended tenure of the two commissions the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission on Inves­tigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) expires on Feb 10.

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

Continued civil servant adjustment controversy hindering...

Number of civil servants required In the federal government : 46,000 In the provinces : 22,000 At the local level : 67,750 Total civil servants at present : 86,000

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

Lack of homework adds doubt to new alcohol rules

Perhaps the most troubling aspect about the new regulations is lack of homework. This risks not only a backlash. It could also promote hooch. In neighboring Bihar, the number of those killed by spurious alcohol has shot up following the state’s blanket...


The place of alcohol in Newari community

A woman struggles to get a few drops of a traditional Newari liquor on the occasion of Indra Jatra at Basantapur, Kathmandu. The alcohol coming out of the deity Shweta Bhairab’s mouth is taken as a blessing | Uma Bista

Akriti Manandhar

Can alcohol be blamed for gender-based violence?

The women’s cell of Nepal Police is yet to get any complaints about drunken wives beating up their husbands. But the number of women who report physical abuse from their drunk husbands has been steadily rising

Akriti Manandhar

New alcohol regulations: The government take

According to a survey carried out by the Institute for Health Matrices and Evaluation (IHME) in the US, mortality by alcohol in Nepal increased by 376 percent between 1990 and 2016. Excess use of alcohol claimed 3,972 Nepali lives in 2016, it says (Photo:...

Pushpa Raj Acharya

Into the unknown world of dark web

Even the governments of the countries with developed IT surveillance mechanisms are struggling to police the internet. If anything, by pushing people into the darkest reaches of the web, the government seems to be inviting all kinds of unwanted troubles

Prajesh SJB Rana

Some facets of new alcohol regulations in Nepal

As the government hopes, regulating alcohol could do some good, like reducing domestic violence and curtailing some other crimes. But there could also be many unwanted consequences, including on tourism

Sunny Mahat

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