News from Nepal August, 2012 (consolidated)

Girl students’ skirts too short in Chitwan – The inspection team

Aug 10, 2012 @ 17:46

The inspection team sent by Higher Secondary Education Council from Kathmandu visited the colleges in Chitwan  district for inspection and finding girl students in higher secondary schools (+2 colleges) wearing short skirt, has advised the length of skirt should be below knee.

According to the District Education Office (DEO, the team made this suggestion after monitoring many higher secondary schools and the team also found many ‘+2′ colleges in Chitwan with lack of fully-equipped laboratories and libraries. They also found the poor condition of other school infrastructures like classes, canteens and toilets. The school buildings housing students beyond their capacity were also found.

The inspection team was sent after receiving complaints that the colleges in Chitwan were being run without proper infrastructures and there is connection between colleges and bridge course and tuition institutes for mutual benefit.

Gai Jatra Celebrated
Aug 4, 2012 @ 12:21

Gaijatra, the festival of cows was observed across the country on Friday. It is the festival celebrated by Newar community in which families, who have lost their members and relatives during the year paraded the streets, especially in the Capital, disguised as cows or with actual decorated cows, in memory of the deceased.

‘Gai’ or ‘cow’ helps departed souls cross a cosmic river called Baitarini in their journey after death, according to the religious scriptures. And according to another popular belief, King Pratap Malla initiated the festival in the 17th century to console his wife, who was in deep sorrow due to the untimely demise of her son Chakrapatendra Malla. Everyone in the country tried to make her laugh by coming out with cows and mimicry and also showed that she was not alone who have lost someone.
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