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About Dipendra
Dipendra Rokka is a journalist based in Kathmandu, Nepal.
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Life trapped by floodwater

05 Jun 2024  |  myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com
Torrential rain caused severe flooding in Bhaktapur, leading to waterlogged settlements and inundated homes. Lumani Datta Parajuli, a local resident, experienced significant distress as floodwater entered his home during preparations for his mother's death anniversary rituals. The flood forced him and his wife to seek refuge on the first floor, resulting in the loss of their belongings and a sense of despair.

Failure to comply with traffic rules responsible for road accidents

05 Mar 2023  |  myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com
In Kathmandu, road accidents continue unabated due to poorly maintained zebra crossings, non-operational traffic lights, and sky bridges. Out of 300 zebra crossings, 60% are barely visible, endangering pedestrians. Additionally, 25 sky bridges are not in use. Over the past five years, there have been 27,150 road accidents. Jaya Raj Sapkota of the Kathmandu Metropolitan Traffic Police Division suggests that proper use of crossings and awareness programs could reduce accidents.

Final preparation underway for Mahashivaratri

02 Mar 2023  |  My Republica
Preparations for Mahashivaratri are in full swing at Pashupatinath, with the Pashupati Area Development Trust expecting around 1 million pilgrims. The festival, scheduled for March 4, will have three doors open to facilitate easy access. Approximately 7,000 Sadhus are anticipated to attend the event, which attracts thousands of devotees, especially from India.

Dipendra Rokka is a Photo/Video Journalist currently working at EKantipur.com( Nepal's Leading Media house).

Kathmandu gets facelift overnight ahead of Xi's visit

11 Oct 2019  |  myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com
Kathmandu underwent an overnight transformation in preparation for Chinese President Xi Jinping's two-day state visit, following an invitation from Nepali President Bidya Devi Bhandari. The improvements, which include repaved roads and decorated sidewalks, are similar to those made for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit last year. Locals are skeptical about the longevity of these changes, questioning the temporary nature of development that coincides with high-profile visits, while long-term infrastructure issues persist.

KMC clears up shops in and around Dharahara

26 May 2019  |  My Republica
Kathmandu Metropolitan City, with the assistance of Nepal Police, cleared up shops running in and around the Dharahara premises on Saturday. The local vendors had been previously notified to vacate the area following the termination of their contracts due to the destruction of Dharahara in the 2015 earthquake. Despite the notice, the shopkeepers did not comply, leading to the KMC's action of using dozers to demolish the shop infrastructures.

IN PICS: Nepal Army exhibits showmanship on Army Day

04 Mar 2019  |  myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com
Nepal Army celebrated 'Maha Shivaratri and Army Day-2075' at the Army Pavilion in Tudikhel, Kathmandu. Supreme Commander Bidya Devi Bhandari paid homage to martyrs and received the Guard of Honor. The event featured traditional military displays, including celebratory firing, marches, and drills. The Army Headquarters emphasized the day as a reaffirmation of the Army's devotion to the nation and its organizational unity.

Gambirdhoj: An untiring coin collector

08 Feb 2019  |  myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com
Gambirdhoj Joshi, a 65-year-old coin collector, has been preserving Nepal's history through his extensive coin collection for over 50 years. His shop, established by his father before the founding of Nepal Bank Limited in 1994, features coins dating back to 500 BC and the Lichchhavi era. Despite changes in coin design over the years, Joshi remains passionate about his hobby, emphasizing the historical value of his collection.

In pictures: Chhath in Kathmandu

13 Nov 2018  |  myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com
Hindu devotees in Kathmandu and Tarai districts celebrated the third day of the Chhath festival by offering arghya to the setting sun. The rituals included a holy bath and offerings of traditional food items like Thekuwa and Kasaar. The festival will conclude with worship and offerings to the rising sun, symbolizing wishes for prosperity, happiness, wellbeing, and long life for family members.

In pictures: Fulpati feu-de-joie at Tudikhel

16 Oct 2018  |  myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com
President Bidya Devi Bhandari observed the Fulpati feu-de-joie presented by the Nepalese Army at Tundikhel as part of the Bada Dashain festival. The event featured rifle and cannon salutes, march-pasts, and a parade forming the National Flag. Attendees included high-ranking government officials, diplomatic representatives, and dignitaries.

Bungee Jump in Bhotekoshi river getting speed again

02 Jun 2018  |  myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com
Bungee Jumping in the Bhotekoshi river, operated by The Last Resort, has regained its popularity after being severely affected by the 2015 earthquake. The activity, which involves a free fall from a 160-meter high bridge, is attracting both domestic and foreign tourists, and is listed among the top 10 bungee jumps in the world.

Nepal Student Union's protest against Deuba, inflation

25 May 2018  |  myrepublica.com
The Nepal Students' Union protested against inflation and price hikes in petroleum products in front of Balmiki Campus, Kathmandu. They also chanted slogans against their chairperson, Sher Bahadur Deuba, urging him to respect internal democratic practices within the Nepali Congress. Additionally, they appealed to the Supreme Court not to waive the jail sentence of former CPN Maoist Center leader Bal Krishna Dhungel, who is charged with the murder of Ujjan Shrestha during the Maoist insurgency.

Bisket Jatra begins

10 Apr 2018  |  myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com
The Bisket Jatra, a week-long cultural festival marking the arrival of the New Year, commenced in Bhaktapur with the towing of the Bhairavnath chariot from Taumadhi. The festival, rooted in tantric rituals and dating back to before the Lichhavi era, involves locals pulling the chariot to their respective communities until midnight. Historical records indicate that King Jagatjyoti Malla played a significant role in grandly celebrating this festival.

Gyalpo Lhosar celebrated with fanfare

16 Feb 2018  |  myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com
The Sherpa community in Nepal celebrated Gyalpo Lhosar, marking the beginning of the Tibetan New Year, with great enthusiasm on Friday. The year 2,145 is designated as the 'Year of the Dog'.

Gyalpo Lhosar celebrated with fanfare

16 Feb 2018  |  myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com
The Sherpa community in Nepal celebrated Gyalpo Lhosar, marking the beginning of the Tibetan New Year, with enthusiasm on February 16. The year 2,145 is designated as the 'Year of the Dog'.
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