Glimpses of Kathmandu Valley from not so long ago.
Photographs from the 1960s and 70s in this week’s issue of @nepalitimes by Daniel W Edwards
There are many photographs from the early 1900s that give us an idea of what Kathmandu Valley looked like a century ago. Most of those pictures were commissioned by the Ranas, who brought in photographers from Calcutta to take snapshots of their opulent palaces. They are a valuable visual documentation of a Nepal before the country opened up to the outside world…MORE
The first US Ambassador came to Nepal 65 years ago this week to push for socio-economic reform
The first US Ambassador to visit Nepal arrived not by plane or car, but by horse. In February 1952, US Ambassador to India and Nepal Chester Bowles came to Kathmandu for meetings with King Tribhuvan. At the time, most ‘thulo manche’ who came overland from India were carried by porters in dandies, but not Bowles.
This was political theatre, he wanted to show he was different than the Britishers who had ruled in India, and prove that Americans understood the troubles of ordinary people. In Delhi, he had impressed the Indians with his fondness for bicycling around town and had also enrolled his children in Indian schools.
A year later, exactly 65 years ago this week, Bowles was back in Nepal to push a program for land reform aimed to improve the lives of average Nepali citizens. He met government officials, with Paul Rose and the members of the new US Operations Mission in Nepal (the precursor to USAID). In the 1940s and 50s the US was pushing for land reform around Asia, including Japan, Taiwan and South Vietnam as a way to counter the appeal of Chinese communism. …MORE
Shree Swasthani Brata Katha श्री स्वस्थानी ब्रत कथ
Shree Swasthani Brata Katha is a very popular ritual observed in Nepal in the Poush/Magh month (January – February) during winter. Goddess Sri Swasthani, known to grant wishes of her devotees, is worshipped from Poush Shukla Purnima to Magh Shukla Purnima.
Probe into Sumargi’s funds in second phase: State minister
Kathmandu Post / eKantipur
Jan 22, 2018-Minister of State for Finance Udaya Shumsher Rana has said that the probe into the property owned by controversial businessman Ajeya Raj Sumargi has reached the second phase….
Sumargi faces probe on the charge of illegal transfer of funds into the country and money laundering. A preliminary government report had shown that Sumargi and his companies have so far received $118 million (approximately Rs12.1 billion) and 380,000 pounds (around Rs52.6 million) from “suspicious companies” based in the British Virgin Islands, Cyprus, Egypt and Belarus.
Jan 21, 2018-The third iteration of Momos & More took place at the premises of Gateway College of Professional Studies, in Basundhara, on Saturday.
This iteration of Momos & More featured a variety of momo such as Crispy Crunchy Gundruk Bhatmas Momo, Cheese Spinach Momo, Pork Hawaiian Momo, Buff Chhoyela Momo, Spaghetti Pizza Momo, White Chocolate & Strawberry Momo, among others. …MORE
Nepalis eating less rice compared to a decade ago
Jan 17, 2018-Nepalis are eating less rice compared to a decade ago as changes in eating and spending habits take hold.
According to a journal entitled Food Security in South Asia and Self-Reliance in Paddy published by the Ministry of Agricultural Development, rice consumption per capita was recorded at 87.75 kg per year in 2011-13, down from 99 kg in 1999-2001. The journal attributed the drop to changing eating habits of Nepalis due to a burgeoning middle class.
Rice consumption per capita hit a record low of 82 kg per year in 1970-72, before jumping to 106 kg in 1989-91, according to the publication. …MORE
The Newa Architecture & building technology: Indigenous knowledge for earthquake resistance
Indigenous building culture anywhere develops without the benefit of processed knowledge. In such a situation, locally available building materials and the site geology initially influence the development of building technology and forms. Building cultures develop over time and over failures and successes of earlier attempts. The process of development of architecture in indigenous societies, also, shows precedence of response to socio-cultural and religious demands. Technological and material knowledge and skill seem to develop to match these demands as they sought permanency of construction to
satisfactory levels. Some societies, conditioned by their understanding of the material universe, have also sought ‘perishability’ as a requirement of building. …MORE