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Lumbini at risk: Factories continue to be built at Buddha’s birthplace posing an environmental threat, by Ram Charitra Sah (kp 17/05/2016)

Two statues of medieval period stolen (kp 12/05/2016)

Rainbow country: Promoting cultural diversity is important as it will lead to sustainable development, by Anita Yadav (kp 08/05/2016)

Rebuilding works begin at Patan Durbar Square (kp 06/05/2016)

Ranipokhari undergoes renovation for first time, by Anup Ojha (kp 02/05/2016)

Girls ‘wed’ Hindu god to protect from widowhood: Custom is believed to ensure that the god will outlive her mortal spouse (kp 01/05/2016)

Bhaktapur heritage rebuilding starts (kp 26/04/2016)

Reconstructing Kasthamandap: Using modern engineering principles while maintaining heritage ambiance is important, by Ananta Baidya (kp 24/04/2016)

Ranipokhari renovation begins Sunday (kp 23/04/2016)

Still not too late, by Rishi Amatya (kp 23/04/2016)

UNESCO launches new reconstruction project: The project places priority on the recovery and rehabilitation of the monument zones of Hanumandhoka Durbar Square and Swayambhu (kp 19/04/2016)

Heritage for nation building: Social and political scientists have established the fact that heritage is the best means to strengthen awareness of national identity among citizens, by Basant K. Chaudhary (rep 18/04/2016) [But it will only function if you understand that Kathmandu valley and Hindu culkture are only prats of national identity among others!]

(Ab)Using our heritage, by Rishi Amatya (kp 16/04/2016)

Rise – but at what cost?, by Priyanka Gurung (rep 15/04/2016)

Bhaktapur monument reconstruction begins (kp 10/04/2016)

A rising Nepal: Heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley destroyed in the earthquake are being rebuilt faster than homes, by Smriti Basnet (nt 08/04/2016)

First heritage structure renovated (rep 05/04/2016)

Tenders ‘soon’ to rebuild Kasthamandap Mandir, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 03/04/2016)

Govt seeks donations to rebuild Dharahara (ht 31/03/2016) [???], Ministers to donate a month’s salary to rebuild Dharahara (ht 01/04/2016) [They obviously have many other sources of income!], MoFALD staff donate salary for Dharahara (kp 03/04/2016)

Ex-Kumari of Bhaktapur looks forward to devoting her time to studies, by Pratichya Dulal (kp 26/03/2016)

Building bridges From the debris, by Marissa Taylor (kp 26/03/2016)

How to braid two cultures together: Kathmandu Valley's exemplary assimilation of generations of Newar Muslims, by Seulki Lee (nt 18/03/2016)

Govt to renovate six ancient cities (kp 17/03/2016)

Kakre Bihar temple being restored, by Motilal Paudel (kp 16/03/2016)

Thamel’s Ga Hiti stone spout to be rebuilt (kp 13/03/2016)

Quake effect on Bisket Jatra: Debris may put spoke in chariot wheel, by Anup Ojha (kp 10/03/2016)

Monetary offerings: Pashupatinath loses Rs9.2m, by Anup Ojha (kp 02/03/2016)

Heritage rebuilding from today: Reconstruction campaign will formally begin from Sundhara, where the Dharahara once stood, says minister (kp 16/02/2016), ‘Citizens’ fund’ for new Dharahara, by Anup Ojha (ht 17/02/2017), Nepalis asked to chip in for rebuilding iconic Dharahara (ht 17/02/2016), Reconstruction of cultural heritage sites expedited (ht 17/02/2016), Towering question: Without an idea of the cost, how much money does the government want to collect from the public? (kp 18/02/2016), Bhimsen’s follyThe tower should be reconstructed with scientific plans, not with nationalistic fervour, by Abhi Subedi (kp 21/02/2016)

Finish master plan, PM tells Lumbini staff (kp 15/02/2016)

DoA starts debris sorting at Hanumandhoka (kp 07/02/2016)

Nepali patience and heritage conservation: What is being violated is the shared cultural heritage of Kathmandu; Every person that calls Kathmandu his or her home should be outraged, by Dipesh Risal (kp 06/02/2016)

DoA, KMC locked in monumental row: Archaeology office directs metropolis to halt project to build fences, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 05/02/2016)

Artistic difference: Some Department of Archeology provisions are putting off artists from participating in the reconstruction works, by Priyanka Gurung (rep 05/02/2016)

KMC to reconstruct Yamaleshwor Temple of Ranipokhari, by Anup Ojha (kp 03/02/2016)

House panel directs government to organise international Buddhist conference in May (ht 22/01/2016)

State-of-the-art: Folk Culture Study In Nepal, by Prem Khatry (rn 19/01/2016) [part 2 (26/01/2016), part 3 (02/02/2016), part 4 (09/02/2016)]

Heritage rebuilding on course, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 18/01/2016)

Post-earthquake reconstruction: Works begin at Pashupati area (kp 03/01/2016)

Facing extinction: Private and other guthis have vanished due  to the financial burden of keeping them active, by Meera Rajchandary Amatya (kp 15/12/2015)

Idols, sculptures of damaged sites safe: DoA, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 14/12/2015)

Bishwarupa temple to be reconstructed (kp 09/12/2015)

Reconstruction works of heritage sites yet to begin, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 28/11/2015))

The town as a museum piece: Patan Museum has become the main tourist attraction in the town’s cultural rebirth, by Hannan Lewsley (nt 20/11/2015)

Past glories: Nepali heritage monuments are a blend of various styles introduced by artisans at different periods of history, by Hari Shrestha (kp 17/11/2015)

Damaged historical sites: Experts to wrap up post-quake excavation (kp 15/11/2015)

Time and space: The Photo Kathmandu festival is a negotiated conversation about space with the city of Patan, by Pranaya Shamsher JB Rana (kp 07/11/2015), Time Travel with Photo Kathmandu, by Sangita Shrestha (ht 07/11/2015)

Pujari Math to be restored: Bhaktapur Municipality has given top priority to conservation of cultural heritages (ht 05/11/2015)

Reconstruction of world heritage sites in limbo: All seven Valley sites included in the World Heritage List in 1979 for their archaeological, historical, cultural and religious significance have sustained damages, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 14/10/2015)

Quake impact on heritage sites: Expert team begins post-disaster survey (kp 09/10/2015)

KMC felicitates ex-Kumaris: Former Kumari Rashmila Shakya says there are several misconceptions regarding Kumaris and they should be cleared (kp 03/10/2015)

Rebuilding what is holy: Kathmandu Valley has always rebuilt its temples after earthquakes, but this time the international community wants to help, too, by Sahina Shrestha (nt 25/09/2015)

History matters: There is an urgent need to initiate the task of restoring heritage sites, by Medharaj Adhikari (kp 13/09/2015)

Heritage reconstruction: Focus on seismic resistance, by Ananta R. Baidya (ht 07/09/2015)

Hanumandhoka restoration project to start after Dashain (ht 05/09/2015)

KMC conducts preliminary damage assessment of Rani Pokhari (ht 03/09/2015)

Art and the city: Demolition of traditional structures in Kathmandu in the name of urban planning will be tantamount to cultural suicide, by Devendra Nath Gongal (kp 02/09/2015)

KMC launches Bagh Durbar reconstruction, by Thomas Bogaty (ht 16/08/2015)

IFLA conference on protecting destroyed libraries in Nepal (ht 13/08/2015)

Preserve traditional architecture of damaged sites: Experts (ht 03/08/2015)

Shared motivation: There is a possible threat of reconstruction of historic monuments falling into disarray, by Kai Weise (ht 01/07/2015)

Panel formed to reconstruct Hanumandhoka, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 31/07/2015)

Visitors ignoring ‘restricted zone’ signboards: Getting too close to vulnerable structures supported by beams in Kathmandu Durbar Square, by Thomas Bogaty (ht 26/07/2015)

‘Baghdurbar to be rebuilt in 3 yrs’, by Anup Ojha (kp 24/07/2015)

Protecting the ruins: The earthquake has raised fresh fears of a surge in theft of Kathmandu’s religious objects, by Sarthak Mani (nt 24/07/2015)

Kumari forced to break decades of seclusion (kp 21/07/2015)

Works on Buddhist Circuit begins formally (kp 19/07/2015)

Rs 200 million sought to rebuild Kashthamandap, by Thomas Bogaty /ht 18/07/2 15)

Manakamana reconstruction begins, by Sudip Kaini (kp 17/07/2015)

Separate fund to rebuild lost heritage (kp 16/07/2015)

Discussing Rennovation At Hanumandhoka Complex, by Prem Khatry (rn 14/07/2015)

Freedom and loss: The loss of Bungamati’s wooden universe is a stark reminder of our responsibility, by Abhi Subedi (kp 12/07/2015)

Rebuilding heritage sites: KMC urged to implement restoration policy pronto (ht 12/07/2015)

Resurrecting Kasthamandap: The shrine after which Kathmandu was named withstood many quakes in the last 900 years but came down in this one, by Sarthak Mani Sharma (nt 10/07/2015), Places I remember: I watched the world go by sitting at the window of my grandmother’s house behind Kasthamandap, by Kamal Ratna Tuladhar (kp 11/07/2015)

Buildings of archaeological importance: All eyes on durbars, temples; no attention to private houses, by Anip Ojha (kp 09/07/2015)

Historical objects of Swoyambhu being secured (ht 09/07/2015)

KMC uses app to locate heritage (kp 08/07/2015)

Whiter Culture Studies In New Nepal?, by Prem Khatry (rn 07/07/2015)

Remains of heritage structures damaged in quakes rotting in rain (ht 07/ß7/2015)

Bhaidegah begin restored to its original style, by Jessica Rai (ht 05/07/2015)

Valley’s monuments ‘not in danger’, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 04/07/2015)

Quake-hit libraries struggle to operate in rains, by Sabitri Dhakal (ht 27/06/2015)

In a bid to keep history alive: After all, temples are the evidence of the cultural and religious events that would otherwise by dismissed as myths, by Sachi Mulmi (rep 27/06/2015)

After the aftershocks: From Changu to Sankhu the youth are pitching in to help rebuild Kathmandu Valley's historic towns (nt 26/06/2015)

Carving out a niche: Rebuilding temples won’t just restore our heritage, but also create jobs by reviving the woodcarving industry, by Sonia Awale (nt 26/06/2015)

KMC for detailed assessment of heritage houses of Valley (ht 25/06/2015)

Valley lawmakers submit memo to PM (ht 25/06/2015)

Rebuilding heritage monuments will take years, by Sujata Awale (ht 21/06/2015), Damaged heritage to be rebuilt in original form (kp 23/06/2015)

Hope and faith amidst destruction, by Sangita Shrestha and Sabitri Dhakal (ht 20/06/2015)

Retrieving the value of destroyed heritage, by Kai Weise (ht 20/06/2015)

Our worldly heritage: Reviving the cultural energy of Kathmandu Valley is a Nepali as well as South Asian project, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp 19/06/2015)

Reopening of heritage sites: UNESCO says safety concerns must be priority (ht 13/06/2015), All heritage sites in Valley to reopen tomorrow, by Thomas Bogati (ht 14/06/2015), Heritage sites reopened for public, by Anup Ojha (kp 16/06/2015), Heritage sites reopen, but safety concerns remain: Govt wants to send message to tourists: Nepal is safe UN body says damaged structures could pose threat (ht 16/06/2015), Don’t believe everything you hear, says TourMin, by Sangam Prasain (kp 16/06/2015)

Rebuilding Patan Durbar Square, by Jessica Rai (ht 13/06/2015)

Art experts promise to aid restoration project: The government has been urged to come up with a concrete plan to restore the historical monuments (kp 12/06/2015)

Bhaktapur is waiting for you: Historic town will formally open again to visitors from 15 June, by Peregrine Frissell (nt 12/06/2015), Bhaktapur to open on monday for tourists (kp 14/06/2015)

Manakamana renovation works start: The temple of the wish fulfilling Hindu goddess Bhagwati had tilted 9-12 inches towards the northeast during the quake, by Bhushan Yadav (kp 09/06/2015)

Saving Swayambhu: UNESCO consultant says up to 70 per cent of Swayambhu may have to be rebuilt, by Stéphane Huët (nt 05/06/2015)

Heritage sites to reopen for public from Aug (ht 04/06/2015)

Locals seek permission to rebuild Chandra Binayak (ht 03/06/2015)

Hanumandhoka Palace Museum artifacts at risk: Experts say salvaging the valuables tough as building is too vulnerable (ht 03/06/2015)

Ruins of ancient structures in urgent need of protection, by Thomas Bogaty (ht 31/05/2015), Doleshwor reconstruction starts tomorrow (ht 31/05/2015)

Where history and everyday life mingle, by Sabitri Dhakal (ht 31/05/2015)

Faith survives, by Sewa Bhattarai (kp 30/05/2015)

Earthquake response for cultural heritage getting organised, by Kai Weise (ht 30/05/2015)

Our battered libraries: With monsoons almost here,protecting books and manuscripts becomes a major problem for City’s libraries, by Sabitri Dhakal (ht 28/05/2015)

Saving culture and history, by Chahana Sigdel (kp 27/05/2015)

Nepal Academy of Music and Drama starts awareness campaign (kp 27/05/2015)

Nepal, the spiritual roots to recovery, by Roger Pol Droit (kp 26/05/2015)

Damaged heritage sites continue to attract visitors: Those visiting these areas of historical and cultural significance say the monuments must be restored, by Som Nath Ghimire (ht 21/05/2015)

Rs 1.5 billion required for reconstruction, says PADT (ht 21/05/2015)

Quake-hit museums to stay shut indefinitely, by Ashok Dahal (rep 21/05/2015)

Finding Bhoto: Invaluable cultural Heritage, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km 20/05/2015)

Ancient idol of Lord Bishnu found in village (ht 20/05/2015)

Memories that was Basantapur Durbar Square, by Sabitri Dhakal (kp 20/05/2015)

Machhindranath’s bhoto recovered from debris (ht 19/05/2015)

Call for turning Ratna Mandir into ‘nat’l heritage site’ (kp 20/04/2015)

Saving artefacts, sculptures: UNESCO calls for establishing inventories (ht 18/04/2015)

Manjushree statue in final stage, by Som Nath Ghimire (ht 16/04/2015)

Labyrinthine layers: The more one starts to understand Newari architecture, the more one gets entranced by the cities built in accordance with its age-old aesthetics, by Rachana Chettri (kp 11/04/2015)

KMC preparing inventory of houses more than 100 yrs old, by Thomas Bogaty (ht 09/04/2015)

Government studies Lumbini master plan, by Amrita Anmol (kp 08/04/2015)

Sorhakhutte Pati to be relocated, by Thomas Bogaty (ht 04/04/2015)

Govt wants traditional houses saved (kp 28/03/2015)

Traditional stone spouts face extinction threat: Experts call for action to conserve such ancient taps which also have religious significance (ht 26/03/2015)

Coming soon: The Bagmati Heritage Walkway; A walkway will revive the forgotten cultural heritage along Bagmati river, by Tufan Neupane (nt 13/03/2015)

Preserving Nepal’s soul: United States have been investing heavily in heritage conservation of Nepal, Stéphane Huët (nt 13/03/2015)

DoA urges all to be clear about World Heritage Sites in Nepal: Says Protected Monument Zones are different and they must not be mistaken for WHS (ht 24/02/2015), DoA to request govt to correct errors (kp 01/03/2015)

All that bling: We adorn historical monuments with shallow, sometimes modern, accoutrements as if we were trying to make visible the advances we have made from when the monuments were created, by Dipti Sherchan (kp 14/02/2015)

Swasthani Brata Katha concludes (ht 04/02/2015)

Kakre Bihar to be renovated at Rs 110 million, by Motilal Poudel (kp 27/01/2015)

Pashupati to have 200 solar lights, by Anup Ojha (kp 25/01/2015)

Cremation site workers halt service (kp 14/01/2015), Aryaghat workers’ strike leaves grieving families distraught (ht 14/01/2015), Cremation workers strike demanding better pay, perks, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 14/01/2015)

Locals urge authorities to relocate Sohrakhutte Paati, by Anup Ojha (kp 14/01/2015)

Buddhism on tour: Nepali and Indian governments must invest in infrastructure development along the proposed Buddhist circuit, by Hari Man Lama (kp 11/01/2015)

Sacred or profane?, by Sewa Bhattarai (rep 09/01/2015)

Documents / Websites

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