ICYMI: Here are our top stories from Wednesday, May 22Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (May 22, 2019).
Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (May 22, 2019).
Here’s how Muslims in Kathmandu feast during Ramadan
During this month, Muslims do not eat or drink during daylight hours because fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam. The other pillars are shahadah, which is the declaration of faith; zakat, or almsgiving; salat, the five daily prayers; and the hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca.
Ramadan is a month to instill self-discipline and empathy. And the act of fasting is symbolic of that spirit. It is said to redirect the devotee’s heart away from worldly pleasures and bring him closer to God.
United Nations urges Nepal to change its rape and sexual violence law
The United Nations Human Rights Committee has urged Nepal to investigate the rape of a woman during the decade-long conflict, while also highlighting the need to adapt its laws related to rape and sexual violence and remove obstacles faced by victims to accessing justice and compensation.
The committee’s decision on Tuesday came in response to an individual complaint from a woman, identified as Fulmati Nyaya, who was the victim of rape, torture and forced labour during the armed conflict in 2002. Maya, whose name has been changed to protect her, was only 14 then.
It was only in 2014 when she attempted to register a complaint that she came up against Nepal’s 35-day deadline for reporting rape.
250 people want to climb Everest today. Not everyone will make it.
A week before the favourable window to reach the top of the world shuts down, a staggering 250 climbers were waiting at the final camp on Tuesday night, hoping to reach the top of Everest by Wednesday morning.
However, the unusually high number of aspiring climbers aiming to make it to the top on the same morning has once again raised fears of overcrowding—and a traffic jam—at the steep and dangerous slope of the world’s highest peak.
According to government officials, the 250 climbers have been camping at the 7,900-metre point of the mountain, popularly known as Camp IV, to begin their final summit push on Tuesday night.
Chitwan company launches Nepal’s first disposable eco sanitary pads
Miteri Jaibik Sanitary Udhyog launched Nepal’s first disposable eco sanitary pads on Tuesday. The disposable eco sanitary pad uses 100 percent biodegradable products that can be disposed in 180 days including the package, claimed the company. After the successful trial of the disposable eco pads, the industry introduced the pads in the market
With awareness gradually growing for eco-friendly pads, a handful of organisations are taking the initiative to produce it in recent days. The practice of using modern pads is still relatively new in Nepal, with women opting to use recycled old sarees and towels instead.