Nepal’s indigenous languages on the verge of extinction

Posted On June 28, 2013

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DEV KUMAR SUNUWAR

Of the many reasons behind the endangerment of indigenous languages, the foremost is the biased attitude of the state to different mother tongues.

Surya Sunuwar, 30 a student of sociology at Tribhuvan University can speak Nepali as fluently as any other native speakers. But whenever he mutters, he automatically switches to his native language – Koinch (Sunuwar).

“And sometimes I become a joker,” says Sunuwar. “It’s because I use Sunuwar language the most, (more than Nepali), at home (with my brothers in Kathmandu) and relatives with whom I spend most of my time.”

It is obvious, as he was born and raised in Khinji-Phalate in Okhaldhunga District where the Sunuwar indigenous community is densely populated and they mostly communicate in their Sunuwar mother tongue which is also prevalent in Ramechhap and Dolakha districts.

According to the National Census Report 2011, as many as 37,898 people can speak their Sunuwar mother tongue out of the total of 55,712 Sunuwars. (Read More)

Posted On May 10, 2013

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Dream comes true for ‘slumdogs’

Posted On June 1, 2009

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DEV KUMAR SUNUWAR
KATHMANDU:

Life was a nightmare for Krishna Pariyar, when he was living in a slum along the banks of the Bishnumati River. Besides the pungent smell from the river he also had to deal with the frequent threats that this hut would bulldoze his hut, the only ‘property’ he owned.

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Govt to tackle high school dropout rate

Posted On April 15, 2009

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DEV KUMAR SUNUWAR
KATHMANDU, April 14 -

The government has made final preparations to launch a two-tier scheme to tackle the low enrollment and high dropout rate in schools in some 21 districts along with five districts of Karnali region.
The Educational Guarantee Scheme (EGS) is set for launch
on Wednesday, coinciding with the beginning of the new academic session. The first phase concludes on April 27 while the second phase will run through April 28-May 8. (Read More)

Rains raise health alarm

ISHWOR N. RIJAL & BABURAM KHAREL
KATHMANDU, April 12 –

Kathmandu Valley denizens and Tarai people beware! Vector-borne diseases are likely to give the populace a hard time in the absence of serious efforts to keep the diseases at bay.
The Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD) under the Ministry of Health and Population has warned that water-borne diseases will break out in the wake of intermittent summer rains. (Read More)

Sunlight to feed national grid

Posted On April 12, 2009

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DEV Kumar Sunuwar & Pragati Shahi
KATHMANDU, April 9 -

Fed up with extended load-shedding hours? Don’t lose hope, for there’s a ray of hope for the power-starved denizens of Kathmandu Valley.
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40,000-yr elephant footprint in Valley

Posted On April 7, 2009

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BY DEV KUMAR SUNUWAR
KATHMANDU, April 1 –

A team of geologists and sedimentologists from Japan and Tribhuvan University (TU) have discovered 40,000 and 24,000 years old footprints of elephants respectively on two separate soil sediments in Kathmandu Valley.
These two finds suggest that elephants lived in the Valley in those ages, according to geologists. (Read More)

Mobile toilets boon for city

DEV KUMAR SUNUWAR & PRAGATI SHAHI
KATHMANDU, April 7 –

More than a year ago, a group of European tourists came to visit the Patan Durbar Square, paid entry fees and strolled around. In the middle, one of them had an emergency. He looked around for a toilet, but found none. (Read More)

Form panel to push the agenda

Posted On April 5, 2009

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Janajatis seek role in statute-making
DEV KUMAR SUNUWAR
KATHMANDU, April 3 – Over 20 organisations of Indigenous peoples, including the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN), have formed a committee to make the state set up a mechanism to ensure indigenous peoples’ participation in the constitution-making process. (Read More)

Marketing journalism

Posted On April 5, 2009

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Pratyoush Onta

Two facets of the journalism profession in Nepal should be evident to anyone who observes the media scene. First the profession is socially exclusive to a high order. Second, journalism in Nepal has become a somewhat dangerous profession. (Read More)

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