It marked a terrific moment in history when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart of the time Nawaz Sharif shook hands during the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit in Kathmandu. It raised the hope for better relations between two nuclear rivals. Nepal had mediated this handshake and it was covered widely by the media at home, across the region and beyond.
Two months ago, my Sri Lankan friend at Pondicherry University told me: “Hambantota was an ambitious project for former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He was a development lover and he was in a mood to make his constituency a second largest city after Colombo.” He first approached India for this, which when it rejected, he turned to China. Rajapaksa begged China for development infrastructures in coastal land, explained.
If you plan to trek Himalayan range to have exotic experience in life, Gokyo trail offers more than you would expect. The Rejo La commonly known as Renjo pass lies in an altitude of 5,360 meters in the middle of the trail, but it’s like a final destination. The reasons: You have the majestic Himalayan range around you, and the Ngpzumpa glacier as well as Gokyo Lake in the background.
Four months after Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal announced in the parliament to operate 100 city buses in major cities of the country, the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MoFALD) has asked four municipalities based in the Kathmandu Valley to register a joint company to operate large buses across Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur.
Septuagenarian Saila Poju, a local of Byasi of Bhaktapur, has been constructing the wall of the historic Vatsala Devi Temple in front of the 55-Window Palace at Bhaktapur Durbar Square since the last two months. His son and some other locals have been helping the 72-year-old in reconstructing the temple, which was damaged by earthquakes last year.
Archaeologists of Nepal and from Durham University in the UK have found a mandala structure used for building the foundations of Kasthamandap Temple hundreds of years ago.
The government bodies have taken initiative to use timbers from the Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve of Far Western Region for the reconstruction of the historical Kasthamandap Temple.
Experts have said that the reconstruction and renovation of heritage sites by foreign governments has been taking time as they lack proper and detailed knowledge about Nepal’s arts, culture and heritage.
A group of experts from the Department of Archaeology (DoA) and Durham University of the UK has been carrying out post-disaster excavation at Jagannath and Gopinath temples in Kathmandu Durbar Square, which were partially damaged by last year’s devastating earthquakes.
The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has sought clarifications from the World Vision International following complaints registered against the organization with regard to the reconstruction-related work it is carrying out in earthquake-hit districts.