General Strike Day I Diary

Day 1 of four-day General Strike paralyzed lives in Nepal closing down the capital and transportation as protesters playing ‘catch me if you can’ game with police

By Ujjwal Acharya

The morning was as beautiful as usual. It looked all normal sans the rush of traffic and noise of blowing horns. People leisurely strolling around; chatting at tea-shops and commenting on the stories published in the newspapers.

But nothing was as usual in lives of the people of Kathmandu Valley. Though after a number of strikes in the past, strikes have become habitual to the lives of the people, it still affects their lives. They have to walk if they are employed or otherwise sit idle watching television or playing cards.

Throughout the day, I accompanied with photojournalist Bikash Karki went around the city to see the happenings. These happenings probably best reflect how the general strike went on the first day. Continue reading General Strike Day I Diary

On Photos: April Uprising I

The first-day of four-day General Strike saw closures, protests and police clampdowns

Photo Essay By Saroj Raj Adhikari

It was a story of make and break. The only debate was who were trying to make and who were trying to break. Protesters were burning tyres, policemen extinguishing them; protesters were chanting slogans, policemen were chasing them and protesters were putting disturbance, policemen were clearing them. Continue reading On Photos: April Uprising I

Maoists Attack on Sarlahi

Maoist rebels attacked Magalawa, the district headquarters of Sarlahi, kidnapping a few including Chief District Officer Bodh Raj Adhikari; army helicopter ‘crashed/gunned’ down

Reports, yet to be confirmed officially, said that at least five security personnel, three rebels and two civilians were killed while the rebels attacked Magalawa, the district headquarters of Sarlahi. The rebels simultaneously attacked District Police Office, District Administration Office, Armed Police Force Base, Royal Nepal Army’s Security Base and Security Bases at Nawalpur at 9:00pm yesterday, the release from Directorate of Public Relations of RNA confirmed.

An army helicopter MI-17 crashed at Kholachaur while it was on the flight to help the fighting security personnel, the release said.

The Maoists claimed they had gunned down the helicopter with a pilot and 10 army personnel on board. “This is the first time that the People’s Army has shot down a helicopter,” the rebel’s statement reads.

Meanwhile, the family of CDO Adhikari have appealed for his immediate release and organized a press conference today afternoon.