The Kathmandu Post Features

An antibiotic apocalypse is coming and Nepal is not ready for it

Antibiotics are overused and misprescribed in both humans and animals across the country. Doctors and researchers say that bacteria are evolving faster than ever, developing resistances to the most commonly used antibiotics, making infections harder to treat.

As open spaces shrink, Kathmandu’s youths flock to futsal courts to play the beautiful game

But futsal’s popularity in recent years cannot be ascribed to the lack of open spaces alone. There are multiple other factors. In the game, players touch the ball frequently, which some players say make it more exciting; games do not get disturbed by rain or wind; and the futsal hubs provide facilities such as showers and eateries. It has also paralleled the popularity of compact, shorter versions of sports in other parts of the world.

Is Nepal’s #MeToo movement finally taking off?

But in Nepal, #MeToo stories have led to more counter accusations than introspection. Two alleged perpetrators, for example, pushed back -- former Kathmandu mayor Keshav Sthapit decried the “rape of men’s rights”, while former Tribhuvan University lecturer Krishna Bahadur Bhattachan accused the women of trying to attack the indigenous people’s movement with “baseless allegations”.

Nepal’s indecision on same-sex marriage leaves couples in limbo

Today, over a decade after the Supreme Court’s verdict and four years after the committee’s report, same-sex marriage remains unrecognised, putting couples like Pant and Melnyk in limbo, with no decision in sight. Two years ago, the couple visited ministry after ministry to seek help for a spousal visa for Melnyk, before filing a case against the immigration office.

Discarding age-old taboos, more Nepalis are eating pork

Once explicitly forbidden for these ‘upper castes’, pork has started to become a new favourite, reflecting changing attitudes and more cosmopolitan approach to the variety of cuisines available in the Kathmandu Valley, brought in by migrants from across the country.   

This is what it takes to get a foreigner to Everest

Every year in the spring, hundreds of aspiring Everest climbers from all over the world arrive in Nepal, hoping to conquer the mountain. But months before the climbers even land in Kathmandu, the country’s capital, hundreds of yaks, porters, sherpas and cooks from dozens of outfitters head to Everest Base Camp to make necessary preparations for the climbing season.

Nepal’s honey and beekeeping industry is about more than profit

This phenomenon is not confined to Nepal--bees are dying all over the world. Colony collapse, a phenomenon where worker bees vacate a hive and leave behind the queen, has become more frequent. Climate change, destruction of ecosystems and pesticide use have all been cited as reasons but no clear consensus has emerged.

Nepal’s peace came with a promise for justice—but it’s been painfully slow

The imminent departure of the key people in charge of investigating and recommending punitive action for crimes committed during the 10-year-long insurgency that pitted Maoist rebels against the country’s security forces has not only thrown the timeline for completion of the transitional justice process into uncertainty but also raised serious doubts about whether the government, which the Maoists are a significant part of, and the political structure are committed to delivering justice to the conflict victims.

Roads to nowhere

Shailung Construction holds contracts for the maintenance of many roads in Kathmandu Valley. Its performance on all of them has been found wanting.

With erratic rain and snowfall, Humla struggles to adapt to a changing climate 

In the warmth of the December sun, little children run around dusty alleys while elderly women, scarlet-shawled and bedecked in heavy brass ornaments, lazily smoke out of wooden chillums. The school is closed for the winter, so the children get to stay home for two months, and the elderly women have little else to do but bask in the sun while it is still warm outside. The water has not frozen yet, so the younger women wash clothes and bathe at the village communal tap. Early in the morning, tendrils of smoke rise from small stone-and-mud houses.

Kathmandu’s roads are widening, but there’s no space for pedestrians

Early at dawn on March 5, Jenu Shrestha got off the bus at Balkhu and did what had become a habit. She looked left, then right and left again before crossing the road to get to her college. The next thing she recalls is opening her eyes, several hours later, in the Intensive Care Unit at Grande Hospital. She had been hit by a speeding motorbike.

The Bagmati is dead—and there’s nothing we can do about it

Madhukar Upadhyay, like many who grew up in the 70s and 80s, recalls swimming in the Bagmati as a child. The waters were pristine then, as translucent as glass, with fish abounding. “My dad’s generation even used Bagmati’s water for drinking, after only a quick decantation process,” he says.