| July 19, 2019

The little priest

On a visit to Pashupatinath temple, a rare sight caught my attention and I went to take a closer look. There was a boy, not older than 10 years, intensely studying the palms of a much older man. The look of concentration in his face and the professional way in which he was examining the fate lines spoke of quite some experience.

I found out that the nine year old kid – Subhash Ghimire – spends his Saturdays and public holidays around Pashupatinath with his parents where he can be seen tying the sacred thread around people's wrists and putting tika on their foreheads. He also does palm readings on the side and earns around 500 to 1500 per day. This he gives to his parents, Krishna Ghimire and Devi Ghimire.

Originally from Dolakha and currently residing at Ghotatar in Kathmandu, the family moved to the capital for better education and work opportunities. Subhash studies in grade two at Balsarathi Academy and is as good in studies as he is in palm reading. He came second in class in his recent exams. Subhash says he wants to be an army officer when he grows up and serve his country.

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In pictures: Scenes at OCE as SLC results were declared

KATHMANDU, June 16: The Office of the Controller of Examinations (OCE) published the results of the School Leaving Certificate (SLC) examinations on Thursday. Few students were seen outside the office as the results were not pasted in notice board unlike past years. 

It is the first results after the grading system was adopted. Three will be no SLC exams from the coming year.


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Bhume festival at Tundikhel

KATHMANDU, June 15: A special celebration has started from Wednesday at the Tundikhel at the heart of the Katmandu Valley on the occasion of Bhume festival celebrated by the people from Magar community.

In the festival, the land is worshipped with a belief that the worship prevents flood, landslide and earthquake among others natural calamities.

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I am not one who fails exams: Bhattarai

KATHMANDU, June 10: Coordinator of Naya Shakti and former prime minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai said that he would fight for the betterment of people and the country till the last.

"I have passed all my exams during my childhood and adulthood," Bhattarai added, "Now I am here to face my old age exams."
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Himachal Pradesh: The ultimate holiday destination

Himachal Pradesh is a good holiday destination for those who want some respite from bustling city life. Popularly known as the Dev Bhoomi—The Land of Gods, Himachal Pradesh attracts a lot of tourists who can be seen exploring the beauty of nature, participating in different adventure sports events, sightseeing, and enjoying the temperate and pleasant climate of the state round the year.

Standing in between the Tibetan plateau to the east, Punjab to the west, and Jammu and Kashmir to the north, the state also served as the summer capital of British Emperors during their rule in India. It is said that the state has 91 British era buildings and heritages. When I visited Himachal Pradesh in April, a lot of tourists cited this as the major reason behind their visit to this charming Indian state.
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Strike hits life hard (photos/video)

The normal life in the capital city has been disrupted due to the general strike called for Netra Bikram Chand led CPN Maoist. The usually busy roads have donned a deserted look with only a few public and private vehicles plying on the road.

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Canyoning experience at Nuwakot

I always wanted to go for a canyoning trip but had been failing to arrange one due to busy schedule. One fortunate morning, I received a call from Rajendra Lama, Chairman of Nepal Canyoning Association. "Please be at Grande Hospital tomorrow," he said, "We are heading to Nuwakot for canyoning." Such a luck it was!

We headed to Simle, Nuwakot some 35 kilometers from the capital city with a group of students, journalists and tourists. We received a grand welcome from locals at Simle. "I feel like going to a wedding party," friend Upendra Lamichhane said referring to grand welcome.

There are two water falls—Sanchahare and Thulchahare. The canyoning association has been providing training for the expedition. Thulchahare, the bigger one, has been selected for canyoning. We were asked to change for a special outfit for canyoning. After the change I started experiencing my cherish dream—canyoning. I was too scared to stare from the top.

My guide Dabindra Tamang who saw fear in my face suggested me to remain calm. He asked me to clap. As I clapped, I started experiencing a lot of self-confidence. It was really a great experience as water began splashing my face.

And I slowly descended. As I touched the soil, I started being more fear. "What if there was an earthquake," I thought.


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