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Nepal Earthquake: Why retrofitting can be a better option for reconstruction

Though the government realised it quite late, retrofitting has been an effective and economical technology to build back better for people whose houses were partially damaged in the 2015 Nepal earthquake. It was in 2012/13 that Min Prasad Nepal (now 67) and his wife Saraswati (now 56) built their new house on a hill at […]

The story of Seto Machhindranath: Kathmandu’s god of rain

Ram Kaji Shrestha, 49, is making sure the chariot of Seto Machindranath, a deity worshiped by Hindus as the god of rain and Buddhists as Awalokiteshwor, is ready by Sunday. He has been volunteering to build the chariot which stands high at Durbar Marg for the last decade. He does this because he feels the […]