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State restructuring going against the decision made by first CA unacceptable: Bhattarai

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KATHMANDU, Aug 23: Former prime minister and UCPN (Maoist) leader Dr Baburam Bhattarai has said that the numbers of the provinces and the federal model of the country should be based on the recommendation made by commission and committee formed for the purpose in the past.

Speaking at an interaction program organized by Federal Democratic Front in capital on Saturday, Bhattarai said that the restructuring of the state going beyond the suggestions and recommendation made by by State Restructuring Commission and State Restructuring and Devolution of State Power Committee of the first Constitution Assembly (CA) would not be acceptable. [More]

  Reality behind closed doors  
  BY NITYA PANDEY  
 
Barring a handful of exceptions, there are very few people who take in other people’s children with the sole intention of providing a good home and better education for them.

For thirteen years old Pratima Bhujel,* parents and siblings are like faint shadows of a distant past. She was only four years old when she was brought to Kathmandu to work as a domestic help. Every single day for the next nine years, she worked for the same family. During this time, she was never allowed to talk to anybody back home, go to school, eat enough food or take a brief respite from the household chores.

“I was forced to carry huge jars of water from the nearby stone tap. If I failed to wake up at five and get water the first thing in the morning, they would tie me up, push me to the floor and hit me hard,” she says, pointing to the side of her face that used to be covered with cuts and bruises. “I also had to clean the house, wash the clothes and do the dishes for all seven members of the family.”

 
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    KATHMANDU, Aug 22: Our country, Nepal, is surely rich in culture, tradition and customs. Many people around the world can’t get enough of our vivacious rituals and values. But some of aspects of the same customs and traditions need to be revised. Take for example the misconceptions related to women’s menstruation cycle. Women are practically treated as ‘untouchables’ during those days. They’re kept away from sources of water and male members of their family, and they’re even told that various food items can rot if they touch them while menstruating. They aren’t even allowed to offer their prayers in temples…they need to stay away from Gods. If any woman does what she has been prohibited to do while menstruating, she’s labeled a sinner.

    Every year, the Brahmin and Chettri community of the country celebrate Rishi Panchami, (it falls a day after Hindu women’s biggest festival Teej) to wash off the ‘sins’ they have committed throughout the year by menstruating. On the particular day, they gather around nearby lakes or ponds and scrub their bodies with special soils and shrubs that are believed to ‘purify’ their otherwise ‘polluted’ bodies. In the end, after purifying themselves, they offer puja to the Sapta Rishis.    [More]
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