Bibek Bhandari

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China’s cultural debt to a Nepalese artist in the 13th-century court of Kublai Khan

Forgotten Arniko’s profound contribution to Chinese art and architecture can still be witnessed today

Forgotten Arniko’s profound contribution to Chinese art and architecture can still be witnessed today

26 Sep 2018 - 2:37PM
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
Below-the-radar Beijing: places to see, eat and drink that most tourists don’t get to

An alternative to 798 Art District, a place to satisfy your Cantonese food cravings, a rooftop restaurant you can actually get a table at, some obscure bars - try something new on your next trip to China’s capital

An alternative to 798 Art District, a place to satisfy your Cantonese food cravings, a rooftop restaurant you can actually get a table at, some obscure bars - try something new on your next trip to China’s capital

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
China making HIV self-test kits more accessible to plug gap in testing of at-risk groups

Amid rising incidence of the disease among China’s young and talk of a generation haunted by HIV, use of kits bought from e-commerce sites is on the rise. But counselling is needed too

Amid rising incidence of the disease among China’s young and talk of a generation haunted by HIV, use of kits bought from e-commerce sites is on the rise. But counselling is needed too

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
10 Aug 2015 - 3:52PM
‘I ran for my life through the streets of Kathmandu as another earthquake rocked the city’

Kathmandu-based journalist Bibek Bhandari gives a startling account of the panic in the Nepalese capital after another quake struck on Tuesday.

Kathmandu-based journalist Bibek Bhandari gives a startling account of the panic in the Nepalese capital after another quake struck on Tuesday.

13 May 2015 - 11:23AM
2 May 2015 - 10:33PM
'There are no houses left': Nepal struggles to deal with aftermath of earthquake

The city is calm under an overcast sky. But there is an eerie feeling. There are hardly any vehicles on the streets and only a few grocery shops are open. People huddle on corners recalling "the big one" as they look at newspapers splashed with images of death, despair and destruction.

The city is calm under an overcast sky. But there is an eerie feeling. There are hardly any vehicles on the streets and only a few grocery shops are open. People huddle on corners recalling "the big one" as they look at newspapers splashed with images of death, despair and destruction.

27 Apr 2015 - 1:15PM
16 Apr 2015 - 4:25PM
Nepal's burn victims face tortured fight for justice

For Nepalese burn victim Rita Dangol, the scars on her face and body are a haunting reminder of a twisted love story that ended the night she was engulfed in flames.

For Nepalese burn victim Rita Dangol, the scars on her face and body are a haunting reminder of a twisted love story that ended the night she was engulfed in flames.

21 Apr 2015 - 10:17AM
14 Feb 2015 - 10:31PM
Conservationist strives to save Kathmandu's architectural heritage

When Chandan Shrestha discovered that a 200-year-old house in his Kathmandu neighbourhood was being demolished and replaced by a concrete structure, he intervened before it vanished like many of the other heritage buildings in Nepal's capital.

When Chandan Shrestha discovered that a 200-year-old house in his Kathmandu neighbourhood was being demolished and replaced by a concrete structure, he intervened before it vanished like many of the other heritage buildings in Nepal's capital.

25 Jan 2015 - 7:09AM
12 Jan 2015 - 8:17PM
Nuwakot, an authentic taste of rural Nepal without the tourist herds

Nuwakot is the ideal destination for those hankering after an authentic taste of rural Nepal without the tourist hordes, writes Bibek Bhandari.

Nuwakot is the ideal destination for those hankering after an authentic taste of rural Nepal without the tourist hordes, writes Bibek Bhandari.

10 Jan 2015 - 10:47PM
23 Dec 2014 - 12:01PM
Animal rights activists want Nepal's sacrifice festival stopped

The Gadhimai temple in southern Nepal is preparing to celebrate its quinquennial festival in which thousands of animals are sacrificed to please the Hindu goddess of power.

The Gadhimai temple in southern Nepal is preparing to celebrate its quinquennial festival in which thousands of animals are sacrificed to please the Hindu goddess of power.

27 Oct 2014 - 9:02PM
Rock star nun: how Nepal's rebel with a cause became an unlikely sensation

Ani Choying Drolma tells Bibek Bhandari about escaping a traumatic childhood to blaze her own trail as a world-famous singer and a philanthropist.

Ani Choying Drolma tells Bibek Bhandari about escaping a traumatic childhood to blaze her own trail as a world-famous singer and a philanthropist.

21 Sep 2014 - 10:57AM
Draft marriage law hangs over Nepal's LGBT community ahead of rights parade

As activists prepare for Nepal's annual gay pride parade, draft laws that would restrict their rights have cast a shadow over the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) population.

As activists prepare for Nepal's annual gay pride parade, draft laws that would restrict their rights have cast a shadow over the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) population.

10 Aug 2014 - 6:45AM
Nepal's 'bamboo schools' open doors to education thanks to Uttam Sanjel

In Nepal, quality education, considered to be within an exclusive domain of private schools, comes with a hefty price tag. But one private institution is out to revolutionise the idea of affordable education for all.

In Nepal, quality education, considered to be within an exclusive domain of private schools, comes with a hefty price tag. But one private institution is out to revolutionise the idea of affordable education for all.

31 Jul 2014 - 1:56PM
Disappearing acts: Delhi's 'magicians' colony' is braced for the bulldozers

As the vibrant Kathputli Colony prepares for redevelopment, its resident puppeteers, snake charmers and street artists fear losing their homes will also destroy their livelihoods, writes Bibek Bhandari.

As the vibrant Kathputli Colony prepares for redevelopment, its resident puppeteers, snake charmers and street artists fear losing their homes will also destroy their livelihoods, writes Bibek Bhandari.

21 Jul 2014 - 1:03PM
Google Glass and drones leading the fight against poaching in Nepal

An animal welfare group in Nepal has concluded an experiment with Google Glass to help track and document the characteristics of endangered rhinos as part of efforts to combat poaching.

An animal welfare group in Nepal has concluded an experiment with Google Glass to help track and document the characteristics of endangered rhinos as part of efforts to combat poaching.

3 Jul 2014 - 12:43PM
Three generations of Rohingya living in India trapped in a stateless cycle

Most teenagers have books in their backpacks, but Ashokur Rahman's bag has his most-prized possessions: a refugee card from the UNHCR, and a single-entry visa from the Indian government that expires in 2015.

Most teenagers have books in their backpacks, but Ashokur Rahman's bag has his most-prized possessions: a refugee card from the UNHCR, and a single-entry visa from the Indian government that expires in 2015.

5 May 2014 - 9:04PM
Former living goddesses in Nepal find it difficult to return to normal life

Chanira Bajracharya was once a living goddess. As a Kumari, she lived in a temple, was carried on a chariot during festivals and worshipped by thousands of Hindus and Buddhists.

Chanira Bajracharya was once a living goddess. As a Kumari, she lived in a temple, was carried on a chariot during festivals and worshipped by thousands of Hindus and Buddhists.

7 Apr 2014 - 11:48PM
Women climb Indian, Himalayan peaks to defy stereotypes

En route to a historic climb of Mount Nanda Devi, people told Harshwanti Bisht that the sacred peak didn't accept women. But Bisht and two others became the first female mountaineers to reach the summit of India's highest peak in 1981.

En route to a historic climb of Mount Nanda Devi, people told Harshwanti Bisht that the sacred peak didn't accept women. But Bisht and two others became the first female mountaineers to reach the summit of India's highest peak in 1981.

24 Mar 2014 - 4:06AM
Crowdfunding platform Nyaya raises cash for health care for Nepal’s poor

Despite severe stomachache, Gorakh Bahadur Saud walked for three hours to reach Bayalpata Hospital in Accham in rural Nepal where he was diagnosed with an intestinal obstruction so severe that it required surgery to prevent a rupture.

Despite severe stomachache, Gorakh Bahadur Saud walked for three hours to reach Bayalpata Hospital in Accham in rural Nepal where he was diagnosed with an intestinal obstruction so severe that it required surgery to prevent a rupture.

21 Feb 2014 - 3:49AM
20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM
Retired British Gurkha, 88, stateless in Nepal as he waits for citizenship

Despite living in Nepal for more than three decades, obtaining permanent residency and giving up his British citizenship, Lieutenant Colonel John Philip Cross (Retired) said he had yet to become a Nepali national.

Despite living in Nepal for more than three decades, obtaining permanent residency and giving up his British citizenship, Lieutenant Colonel John Philip Cross (Retired) said he had yet to become a Nepali national.

23 Jun 2013 - 6:33AM
Kathmandu area cashes in on Chinese tourist surge

The south side of Kathmandu's tourist hub of Thamel has transformed itself into a cluster of Chinese commerce - restaurants, hotels, travel agencies, shops and even a hospital in this backpackers' haven are strictly targeting Nepal's northern neighbours.

The south side of Kathmandu's tourist hub of Thamel has transformed itself into a cluster of Chinese commerce - restaurants, hotels, travel agencies, shops and even a hospital in this backpackers' haven are strictly targeting Nepal's northern neighbours.

29 Jul 2013 - 6:18AM
Nepali museum to honour stolen art of nation

In past decades, Nepal has suffered the loss of hundreds of its gods and goddesses. But a Nepali artist is on a mission to return the smuggled deities home - if not in their originally sculpted forms, then as replicas.

In past decades, Nepal has suffered the loss of hundreds of its gods and goddesses. But a Nepali artist is on a mission to return the smuggled deities home - if not in their originally sculpted forms, then as replicas.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:51PM
Nepali women still plagued by archaic practice of imprisonment during menstruation

After a bath, on the fifth day of her menstrual cycle, Sunita BK said she was “cleansed” and ready to return to her house. For the past four days, BK, 19, had been forced to live in a makeshift shed known as a “goth” that serves as a temporary confinement for women during menstruation. 

After a bath, on the fifth day of her menstrual cycle, Sunita BK said she was “cleansed” and ready to return to her house. For the past four days, BK, 19, had been forced to live in a makeshift shed known as a “goth” that serves as a temporary confinement for women during menstruation. 

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM