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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

26 Sep 2018 - 2:37PM

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

China’s cultural debt to a Nepalese artist in the 13th-century court of Kublai Khan
Photo Kathmandu adopts an artistic approach to Nepal’s post-conflict, earthquake revival
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

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

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

Below-the-radar Beijing: places to see, eat and drink that most tourists don’t get to
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

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

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

China making HIV self-test kits more accessible to plug gap in testing of at-risk groups
TV drama features Nepal's first female PM but it is far from becoming reality
‘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.

13 May 2015 - 11:23AM

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

‘I ran for my life through the streets of Kathmandu as another earthquake rocked the city’
Twitter fiction: a story in 140 characters with @TalesOnTweet
'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.

27 Apr 2015 - 1:15PM

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.

'There are no houses left': Nepal struggles to deal with aftermath of earthquake
Indian pre-school teachers make a difference in poor communities
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.

21 Apr 2015 - 10:17AM

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.

Nepal's burn victims face tortured fight for justice
Nepal film festival to make overseas debut in Hong Kong
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.

25 Jan 2015 - 7:09AM

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.

Conservationist strives to save Kathmandu's architectural heritage
Nepal picks education official Gyan Mani Nepal as first Integrity Idol
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.

10 Jan 2015 - 10:47PM

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

Nuwakot, an authentic taste of rural Nepal without the tourist herds
Abuse and 20 hour shifts: Plight of Nepalese domestic workers seeking 'Gulf Dream'
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.

27 Oct 2014 - 9:02PM

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.

Animal rights activists want Nepal's sacrifice festival stopped
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.

21 Sep 2014 - 10:57AM

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

Rock star nun: how Nepal's rebel with a cause became an unlikely sensation
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.

10 Aug 2014 - 6:45AM

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.

Draft marriage law hangs over Nepal's LGBT community ahead of rights parade
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.

31 Jul 2014 - 1:56PM

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.

Nepal's 'bamboo schools' open doors to education thanks to Uttam Sanjel
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.

21 Jul 2014 - 1:03PM

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.

Disappearing acts: Delhi's 'magicians' colony' is braced for the bulldozers
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.

3 Jul 2014 - 12:43PM

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.

Google Glass and drones leading the fight against poaching in Nepal
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.

5 May 2014 - 9:04PM

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.

Three generations of Rohingya living in India trapped in a stateless cycle
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.

7 Apr 2014 - 11:48PM

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.

Former living goddesses in Nepal find it difficult to return to normal life
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.

24 Mar 2014 - 4:06AM

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.

Women climb Indian, Himalayan peaks to defy stereotypes
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.

21 Feb 2014 - 3:49AM

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.

Crowdfunding platform Nyaya raises cash for health care for Nepal’s poor
Nepal's 'health army' has transformed the lives of people in remote areas
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.

23 Jun 2013 - 6:33AM

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.

Retired British Gurkha, 88, stateless in Nepal as he waits for citizenship
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.

29 Jul 2013 - 6:18AM

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.

Kathmandu area cashes in on Chinese tourist surge
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.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:51PM

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.

Nepali museum to honour stolen art of nation
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. 

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

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. 

Nepali women still plagued by archaic practice of imprisonment during menstruation