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Archive for March, 2014

 

The Kumari story

When Nepal opened up to the outside world in the 1950s and the first early tourists started coming in, they were mandatorily required to photograph cremations at Pashupati, monks in Boudha and monkeys on Swayambhu. The other must-see was the Kumari Temple, and the living goddess of Kathmandu soon became a subject of enduring fascination for foreigners. Many […]


WasimZaman, 65

News that among the nine people brutally slain by the Taliban at the Serena Hotel in Kabul on 20 March was Wasim Zaman came as a shock to the many friends the Bangladeshi population expert had made in Nepal. Spotlightnepal.com Zaman, 65, was the Central and South Asia head of the United Nations Population Fund(UNFPA) based in Kathmandu from 1999-2004 and […]


Horse behind the cart

It has become the hallmark of political horse-trading in Nepal that the protagonists put the cart before the horse. It happens over and over again, just after the people have taken tremendous risks to reassert their trust in the democratic polity in 1990, 2006, 2008 or 2014 the honourable members of the elected House proceed […]


Saving Brazil’s blonde monkeys

The Golden Lion Tamarin is rescued from the brink of extinction in Brazil’s rainforest by protecting what is left of its habitat. Deep in the rainforest of Brazil’s Atlantic coast, there is a sudden rustle in the canopy high above. There are flashes of orange in a golden blur against the dappled sky. They look like birds, […]



 

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