One Year Without Vehicle Horns

Vehicle HornsTraffic moves along a road in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Nov. 1, 2017. (Sara Hylton/Bloomberg News)

The use of vehicle horns has been outlawed in Kathmandu since April of 2017, the start of the Nepali year.  Many doubted the ban would be successful, but one year later, the streets remain quiet.

“To mark the new year we wanted to give something new to the people of Kathmandu,” said Mingmar Lama, the head of the traffic police at the time the ban was introduced. “The horn is a symbol of being uncivilised. We wanted to show the world how civilised we are in Kathmandu.”

The ban was later introduced in other parts of the country, including the tourist hot spot Pokhara.

Source:   Vidhi Doshi, India correspondent for The Washington Post based in New Delhi.


Tourism Up in Mustang

Tourism in Mustang

According to Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) in Jomsom, foreign tourism rose in 2017 by 34.49 per cent.  Of 52,475 tourists who visited Mustang, 4,115 visited upper Mustang, said Office Chief, Tulasi Dahal.  Tourists come from India, China, America, London, France, South Korea, Canada, New Zealand and Israel.  Among the many tourist sites are Lomanthang, Muktinath, Marfa, Thini and Kagbeni.




GoFundMe Campaign Aims to Reunite LGBT Refugee Family

If you watch all the way to the end of this video, you’ll see my son and his wife in a fireside chat.  It reveals a passion they hold for social justice in all of its forms.  May the New Year bring social justice to all of you no matter where you call home.

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How to Help Indie Authors

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UN Awards Medal to Nepal Army


Since becoming a member of the United Nations in 1955, more than 100,000 Nepalis have served in peacekeeping missions around the globe.  On December 14, 2017, a Nepal Army unit was rewarded with a United Nations Medal.   Stationed at Rumbek of South Sudan, the unit was awarded for its outstanding performance by UN Force Commander Lieutenant General Frank Mushyo Kamanzi.  UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres thanked Nepal Army for its role in maintaining peace in the world.

Earlier on November, a Nepal Police unit serving in South Sudan was awarded with a United Nations Medal for its excellent service in the South Sudan Capital of Juba.

Source:  The Kathmandu Post, 15 Dec 2017 




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Thamel walk-only plan – positive response

Walk Only Plan

A “Walk Only Zone” will make tourists’ movement hassle-free in the Thamel area after it saw heavy traffic congestion in recent years.

According to Sameer Gurung, president of the Thamel Tourism Development Council (TTDC), “This is not a complete blanket ban on vehicular movement inside the Thamel. We are just restricting some unwanted vehicles that are causing difficulties for tourists and everyone here,” said Gurung, adding, “Despite Thamel being the tourist hub of Kathmandu Valley and the whole country, tourists and other pedestrians are at risk here due to haphazard movement of vehicles in Thamel where roads are narrow.”