Nepali Afghanistan and Iraq victims seek compensation, justice
According to the US Labor Department, approximately 300 Nepalis have filed compensation claims for deaths or injuries in the US war zones. However, experts believe the true number of Nepali casualties is far higher.
‘Cheap’ Nepali deaths in US war zones
In Afghanistan and Iraq, Nepalis who are injured or killed while working for American contractors are often sent home with only token compensation, or none at all.
Hundreds of young, healthy Nepalis die sudden deaths in foreign lands. No one knows what’s killing them
Otherwise healthy men in the prime of life suffering cardiac arrests do not constitute ‘natural deaths’, say rights activists.
Athletes spend the best years of their lives playing sports, but are often left with little to retire on
Things have gotten better with the establishment of domestic leagues, but a majority of players are still working second jobs in order to make a living.
The chairman has an identity crisis
Pushpa Kamal Dahal is torn between his two selves: an insidious, crafty Prachanda who will go on the offensive to get what he wants, and a gentle, pragmatic Pushpa Kamal who can placate opposing factions and win over the media.
The Nepali film industry has lights, camera, action—but no substance
The industry is in the doldrums primarily because most films neglect the basics of filmmaking--a good script with memorable characters, cinematography, and sound design.
Nepal’s best hotel hit the bottom. Can it rise again?
How a high-end resort fell victim to the nation’s political vicissitudes, becoming a microcosm of how politics and conflict impact businesses.
How politicisation is dragging Kathmandu University down
Ever since the appointment of vice-chancellor Ram Kantha Makaju, allegations of financial impropriety and a monopoly over decision-making have continued to haunt the university.
In this Nepali city, the North Korean dream is alive—and it's thriving
The city of Bhaktapur, ruled for over three decades by Narayan Man Bijukchhe, has long stressed self-reliance over everything, and everyone else.
Kathmandu’s rivers are becoming violent—and are gradually vanishing
Buildings and roads have encroached on the floodplains and banks of the Valley’s rivers and every monsoon, the rivers rise to take revenge.
For Nepali women seeking work in the Gulf, new routes and old risks
Despite restrictions from traveling to the Gulf countries, desperate Nepali women are falling into traps of trafficking agents who are exploiting new routes to take them out of the country.
When drug companies, pharmacies and doctors all benefit, patients pay the price
Drug companies are marking up the prices of their medicine to recoup their unethical investments in doctors and retailers.
We have too many pines and it’s not a good thing
Pine trees might have helped repopulate the country’s barren mid-hills but they could also have led to springs drying up and reduced vegetational diversity.
“They turned me into a living corpse”: For victims of the Maoist insurgency, no justice and no peace
Over 13 years after the peace agreement, transitional justice process has largely been held hostage to partisan interests, with both the political parties and Army playing for time.
Once gushing with water, Nepal’s springs are rapidly drying up
Springs across the mid-hills have been losing water for decades, but things have gotten worse since the twin earthquakes four years ago.
The fight for fighting crime: Inside the Nepal Police’s investigation unit
The country’s crime investigation body has come a long way, but challenges persist.
Under the guise of humanitarian aid, high-profile paedophiles are abusing Nepali children
Loose laws, illiteracy and poverty, along with an unsuspicious welcome of foreigners, have turned Nepal into a haven for Western paedophiles.
Why Nepali football is still failing to make a mark
Players and coaches attribute the national football team’s lacklustre progress to mismanagement, minimal investment and the lack of a domestic league.
How Donald Trump’s anti-abortion rule is creating a dystopia for Nepali women
A joint reporting by The Kathmandu Post and BuzzFeed News shows the US Republican Party’s longstanding opposition to abortion is playing out in a nightmarish way in the country.
Electric vehicles are the future of mobility, but is Nepal ready?
Electric vehicles could combat air pollution and reduce the country’s dependence on imported oil, but there’s still room for more effective policies and support infrastructure.
A private hospital’s negligence has an infant on the verge of death
A string of errors and oversights by doctors at Grande International Hospital has destroyed a 15-month-old child beyond repair, his parents allege.
Janakpur is decked out in saffron, and not everyone is thrilled
The city government has been providing saffron paint for homeowners for free, or at a discount, to showcase the city’s heritage. But many are concerned about the colour’s links to Hindu nationalism.
Less than a year later, Nepal’s men of #MeToo are back to work
When women came forward to share stories of sexual harassment, there was hope that powerful men were finally going to be held accountable. But today, it’s business as usual.
The rise and fall of Nepal Airlines
Once the country’s largest employer and the largest earner of foreign currency, Nepal Airlines was brought down by the two evils that plague most other public bodies in Nepal—mismanagement and corruption.
Nepal’s growing reliance on imported hybrid seeds risks devastating consequences
A majority of seeds used by farmers across Nepal for both grains and vegetables come from outside the country, and scientists say that’s not good news.
Trees could save Kathmandu. But can Kathmandu save its trees?
As more trees and open spaces disappear in the name of urbanisation in the Kathmandu Valley, unwelcome—and unhealthy—changes are expected to arise.
How Nepal’s oldest hospital, and the government that runs it, continue to fail the country’s poor
Beset by a lack of staff, mismanagement and political interference, Bir Hospital has become a shell of its former self.
Kathmandu Valley’s stone spouts were once gushing with water. Now they’re slowly disappearing.
Threatened by haphazard development and a growing water crisis, Nepal’s ancient water management system is drying up.
How Nepal became obsessed with instant noodles and why it’s here to stay
Thirty five years since it was first introduced, Wai Wai has taken over the country, becoming part of the Nepali staple diet. But not everyone is happy with its ubiquity.
How climate change is altering apple farming across Mustang
Hotter temperatures and erratic rainfall are wreaking havoc on—and redrawing the agricultural map in—Nepal’s apple capital.
Things are improving at the Pashupati Home for the Elderly, but conditions remain bleak
New regulations and improvements in facilities and infrastructure have been instituted, but much more could be done.
Yak herding is vanishing in Upper Mustang. So are the yaks.
Amid geopolitical concerns, a changing climate and the increasing intrusion of the modern world, young nomads are abandoning their traditional way of life.
Many Nepalis hope to reach Europe. But their dreams end in Libya.
Despite a high rejection rate, Nepalis continue to apply for asylum in Europe in large numbers, often choosing perilous paths through the North African country to cross into Europe.
Nepali winemakers, buoyed by demand, are experimenting and innovating in local vineyards
Though most Nepali wines are sweet and fruity, producers are moving towards bold and robust flavours, hoping for a boom.
Physically punishing students is ineffective, harmful and illegal but teachers continue to do it
Many school teachers, and even parents, still believe that physically disciplining students is sometimes necessary.
A Nepali man’s odyssey from Dang to San Diego
How a man from the town of Tulsipur set his sights on the United States, risking his life and millions of rupees, only to return home with nothing.
How Nepal’s communications minister went from being a reporter to a hardline politician against free press
The Minister for Communications and Information Technology, who started his career working for left-leaning publications, is now one of the prime minister’s most trusted ministers, and a spokesperson for the government.
This is why leopards are entering our cities
Rapid urbanisation and a lack of prey are pushing leopards towards the cities—and humans.
Big beer companies have a monopoly on the market. Now some beer lovers want to change that.
Nepal has long been lager land for beer lovers, with no real other options available. But a small group of craft brewers are optimistic about the future of microbrewing in the country.
From mellow to high: How the movement to legalise marijuana is lighting up Nepal
Despite a long and storied history of cannabis in Nepali culture, the cultivation and consumption of marijuana remains illegal, punishable by harsh jail terms and steep fines. Some people say it’s high time that changed.