LHASA, Aug 28: The usually quiet city came to life with hundreds of people, if not thousands, thronging the Drepung Monastery in Lhasa, capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). They came as early as five in the morning for the Shoton festival that started this year, according to the Tibetan calendar, on August 25.
"This is a regional Tibetan festival and it´s celebrated in different parts of Tibet," says Zou Yuheng, a staffer at the TAR Information Office, explaining that Drepung Monastery in Lhasa, which is the largest monastery in the world, is the main venue for the festival
DANG, Aug 28: Two weeks ago when the family he had feared was washed away by the flooded Babai river returned to him alive, Khuita Chaudhari of Motipur village was the happiest man. His wife Kanika and son Motilal had clung on to a tree overnight to survive the mighty flood that wreaked havoc in the region. However, with survival now becoming very hard for lack of shelter and enough food, Chaudhari feels life is worth living only for those who are better-off.
No sooner do clouds cover the sky on any given day than he begins to worry. If that happens during the night, sleep becomes a secondary consideraation as rushing to a safe zone if necessary becomes paramount. The Chaudhari family was allowed to sleep at a local school for a few days. Chaudhari thought that the government would be thinking about victims like himself. But they did not come with any support other than a few packets of instant noodles. In addition, the school has asked him to vacate the premises.
KATHMANDU, Aug 28: Nepal´s authorities have rubbished Uttar Pradesh (UP)´s Chief Minister (CM) Akhilesh Yadav´s accusations that India´s northern neighbor caused the flooding in his state.
Talking to the Indian media in Lucknow after touring the flood-hit villages of Uttar Pradesh this week, Yadav reportedly accused Nepal of causing devastating floods in his state by not sharing flood data with India.
KHOTANG, Aug 27: A government employee has been sentenced to two and half years in jail for attempted rape on a service seeker at the District Administration Office.
Khotang District Court sentenced Karnakhar Acharya, non gazzeted office at DAO, to jail and disqualified him from holding any public post in coming days, for trying to rape a woman who reached the office to make passport.
KATHMANDU, Aug 28: The US mission in Nepal, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), will contribute more than $450,000 in food assistance to the UN World Food Program in Nepal for victims of recent floods and landslides.
The US contribution will enable the WFP to purchase approximately 450 metric tons of locally and regionally produced rice, legumes and other important food commodities, US Embassy in Kathmandu said in a press statement on Thursday.