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Indian External Affairs Minister meets PM Koirala

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KATHMANDU, July 26: Visiting Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj called on Prime Minister Sushil Koirala at latter’s official residence in Baluwatar on Saturday.

During the meet, Indian Minister Swaraj said that her visit is intended to revitalize the Nepal-India Joint Commission and to send out message that India’s courteousness towards Nepal has further heightened with formation of a new government there. [More]

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Dr. Gerda Pohl is currently a general practitioner physician working at CIWEC Clinic in Nepal. An Austrian, she has traveled to and lived in various countries. She spent a significant part of her childhood in Africa, did her medical school later in Germany, and moved to England first and then to Nepal to work.

The Week’s Roshani Dhamala caught up with Dr. Pohl to talk about her experiences in Nepal so far.

 
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  • Are you on time?
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    Youths talk about punctuality

    KATHMANDU, July 25: It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Nepal is a country where very few people understand the true value of time. We hardly reach anywhere on time, and we have ample excuses to our rescue—‘I couldn’t catch a bus in time,’ ‘There was a terrible traffic jam,’ ‘I couldn’t iron my dress in time due to load shedding,’ etc. In fact, we’ve excused ourselves so often that our habitual tardiness has become a tradition—the tradition of ‘Nepali time’ in which one can expect someone to be at least half an hour late.

    And while we know that this so-called tradition needs to be given up right now, it’s so deeply rooted in our society that it needs some time to get over it. In this edition of chitchat, we sat down with five youths to know about their perception of punctuality, their experiences with tardiness, and their views on what we can actually do to get rid of Nepali time.   [More]
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