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Why government is hell bent for “Nijgadh Airport”

This piece is written giving benefits of doubt to government based on the interview and giving more dimensions to the debate.  Don’t mistake us as supporting the project or advocating for.




Let’s assume there is no ill intention.  Let’s think Nepal government, or to be more precise, NCP-led government has real good plan and reasoning behind why they want to spend billions of dollars for an airport of Kathmandu size.  Let’s give them all the benefits of doubt – all in good faith.

There is no official statement as such on why but going through old interview in Nepali Times of late Rabindra Adhikari, Aviation Minister then, the man behind bringing back this 90s agenda from coma, had said this in an interview, where he was asked.

Q.  Why this mega Int airport when two more international airports coming up in Bhairawa and Pokhara …

Rabindra Adhikari:  You cannot compare Bhairawa and Pokhara with Nijgad. Not even Kathmandu will match Nijgad Airport’s scale and scope. It will be an international air hub — a real game changer for Nepal’s economy. International flights from over two dozen cities will be landing every day, tens of thousands of passengers will catch connecting flights. Planes will also be making stopovers for refueling. It will be bigger, more advanced and busier than any other airport in Nepal.

Reading between the lines said by Rabindra Adhikari, that is what government is up to — it is making an International Air Hub.

Government is not building this airport to lower air congestion or whatever you call it focusing on Nepalese people alone.  They are up to something bigger and that is Air Hub.

What is Air Hub

Airline hub or hub airport is an airport used by one or more airlines to concentrate passenger traffic and flight operations at a given airport.

To put it in a perspective, let’s say three people from Pokhara are flying to US, 5 from Kathmandu, 2 from Bhairahawa, 1 from Nepalgunj, 10 from Chitwan, and there is only direct flight to US from Nepal.  The airline cannot go to each airport to pick its passengers, so what happens in real world is different airlines bring these people to one airport, from where the direct airline for US to take them.  That one mother of all airport is called Air Hub.

You must be aware that every Nepalese (or Indian) flying to US are generally first taken to Dubai and then from there, will be taken to US.  The Dubai Airport here acts as Air Hub.

That’s basic understanding of Air Hub.

Now, you may say, “But then, even in that case, Nepal does not have that many passengers to cover the handling expenses of Air Hub.”

Exactly.  So that means, government is eyeing to much bigger picture.  They want Nepal to be Air Hub, not to concentrate passengers from different parts of Nepal alone but different countries from South Asia (and other regions) from the continent.  Maybe, they want to be alternate to Dubai or Hong Kong, that Indian flight passengers or Bangaladeshi or Sri Lankian flying to US or Australia to be brought to Nepal, from where direct flights operate.

Air hub is not only about passengers but also to deal with cargoes and many other air-industry related activities.

What’s the benefit

When you are connecting points for everyone, you can earn good money through freight charges, services charges, fuels, and many other trades and charges.  Not just that but also, when you are center point, you attract more businesses around, adding more to GDP.  So basically, huge boost to country’s economy.


Going by the interview, Nijgadh Airport seems like an ambitious investment plan of Nepal government, hoping, if it succeeds to build one, Nepal can get good return along with national pride.  Now, of course, there is a threat from India which only gives one entry point and yet to see how diplomacy will succeed to get India cooperate with Nepal to turn into an Air Hub.

So in case you are thinking and wondering why Nepal needs such a massive airport when we already have 3 international airports, now you have the clue.  Tax payers money is not enough to build such Air Hub by Nepal alone, and it needs to borrow the money from somewhere from someone.  The other side will only give money when they know the plan that seems realistic and feasible.  If Nepal gets the money, there is something really promising in the plan.  At least, let’s hope so, giving the benefits of doubt to the government.

We wrote this piece giving benefits of doubt to government based on the interview and giving more dimensions to the debate.  Don’t mistake us as supporting the project or advocating for.

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Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)



Our human face is composed of various small functional and cosmetic units. One of them is our eyes. Eyes serve both as functional (a sensory organ of sight) and cosmetic (it is used to express emotions and do eye contact), so one can say that eyes play a vital role in both your functionality and beauty.

So, it’s not surprising that people get worried when the areas around their eyes face unwanted changes like drooping eyelids or saggy eye bags, since the area around the eyes play equal role in both aesthetic and functional value. To solve the woes of eyelids, there is a surgical option called Blepharoplasty, which is the surgery around the eyelid area, which might be helpful to those seeking to remedy it.

What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty, simply explained, is the plastic surgery operation for correcting defects, deformities, and disfigurations of the eyelids; and for aesthetically modifying the eye region of the face. Medically, according to the Indian Journal of Opthamology, it is a surgical procedure in which the eyelid skin, orbicularis oculi muscle, and orbital fat are excised, redraped, or sculpted to rejuvenate the aesthetic look of the patient along with correction of any functional abnormality.

Why is Blepharoplasty done?

According to WebMD, as skin ages, it gradually loses its elasticity. A lack of elasticity plus the constant pull from gravity causes excess skin to collect on the upper and lower eyelids.
Excess skin on the lower eyelid causes wrinkles and bulges. On the upper eyelids, an extra fold of skin can hang over the eyelashes and get in the way of seeing.

So, Blepharoplasty is done to remove excess skin from the upper eyelids and reduce bagginess from the lower eyelids. It can be done for cosmetic reasons, i.e. to enhance the aesthetic look of an individual or it can to done to improve eyesight of people for whom the hanging eyelid causes partial visual impairment (usually on the elderly population)

Before and After

As you can see in the image below the visible difference from before and after comparison.

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Should I get Blepharoplasty?

If baggy eyelids or droopy eyelids run in your family, or droopy eyelids are giving you trouble in your vision or you simply want to enhance your aesthetic appearance of the eyes, you may consult with a plastic surgeon to discuss your options. Usually, if you are in good health, you can go ahead with the procedure.

What are the risks?

Blepharoplasty, like all other surgeries, carry some risks, but due to the advancement of medical technology, all the risks are either temporary or easily mitigated. However, talk to your doctor to determine if any other factor increases the risk in your case.
Some of the risks include:

  • Infection and bleeding
  • Dry, irritated eyes
  • Difficulty closing your eyes or other eyelid problems
  • Noticeable scarring
  • Injury to eye muscles
  • Skin discoloration
  • The need for a follow-up surgery
  • Temporarily blurred vision or, rarely, loss of eyesight
  • Risks associated with surgery in general, including reaction to anesthesia and blood clots

All these risks can be mitigated and Blepharoplasty is considered safe in general.

If you are thinking of getting Blepharoplasty done, you may book a consult at AAVARAN skin Clinic or use their app to move ahead with the process.

Sponsor of this post is Aavaran Skin and Hair Clinic located at Durbarmarg, Kathmandu, which is known for professional Botox treatment in Nepal through certified doctors. We have collaborated with Aavaran Skin and Hair Clinic in creating informative contents as part of our mission of creating an informed society.

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What is Botox Treatment



Perhaps one of the most common non surgical cosmetic treatments in the world is Botulinum toxin therapy, more commonly known as Botox. In this article, we seek to explore what Botox is, the process of this treatment and the pros and cons of this treatment.

What is Botox?

According to the Journal of Drug Sciences, Botulinum toxin (Botox) is a drug made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. In large amounts, this toxin can cause botulism, an illness that affects the nerves.

Botox has been used since the 1970s in the field of ophthalmology, and in the last 20 years, its use has expanded to various health scopes, especially dermatology. In addition to its cosmetic applications, Botox is currently used in the treatment of spasms and dystonias, by weakening involved muscles, for the 60-70 day effective period of the drug. The main conditions treated with botulinum toxin are: Cervical dystonia (spasmodic torticollis) (a neuromuscular disorder involving the head and neck) Blepharospasm (excessive blinking).

How does the process of treatment work?

The Journal of Drug Sciences states that Botulinum toxin exerts its effects by paralyzing skeletal muscle. The pharmacological site of action is at the neuromuscular synapse. In cosmetic applications, a Botox injection, consisting of a small dose of botulinum toxin, can be used to prevent development of wrinkles by paralyzing facial muscles.

The process of administering this treatment is quite short in itself, usually taking less than an hour for the entire session.

When treating fine lines and wrinkles, the dermatologist injects botulinum toxin into targeted muscles on the face or neck. This temporarily relaxes the targeted muscles, causing fine lines and wrinkles to diminish.

According to EmedicineHealth, for the procedure, the patient is placed in a somewhat raised position on the exam table, and the areas to be injected are cleansed with a nonalcohol cleanser, such as Hibiclens or Betadine. Some physicians will apply a topical anesthetic, such as EMLA cream or some alternative, at this time.

The Botox is then injected into the desired areas. Typical injection patterns include about four or five areas on each side of the forehead and two or three areas on either eye area. More areas can be injected by skilled physicians, depending on the type of wrinkles and the desired effect for the patient. It is common for pressure to be applied if an area seems to be bleeding after the injection. While ice is sometimes applied beforehand for comfort reasons, direct pressure is much more effective than ice for control of bleeding and bruising.

Before and after result

As you can see the visible difference. That’s what Botox injection. It smoothens wrinkled skins and thus popular for cosmetic surgery.

Side Effects

According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, if any patient develops side effects, these tend to be mild and temporary.

The injections, rather than the botulinum toxin itself, cause most mild side effects. For example, a patient may occasionally bruise. If this happens, the bruising lasts about 1 week.

After receiving injections, people have also experienced:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Soreness
  • Bruising
  • Mild headache (uncommon)
  • Weakness in a neighboring muscle, leading to a temporarily droopy brow or eyelid (rare)
  • Signs and symptoms of botulism, including problems breathing, swallowing, or speaking (very rare)

Pros and Cons of the treatment


  • – The greatest advantage of this treatment is its ability to take years off of your appearance by eliminating even minor lines and wrinkles.
  • – Another major advantage of this treatment is that it is completely non surgical.
  • – The treatment is also temporary, so if you receive the treatment and are not satisfied with the way it turned out, after 4 to 6 months your face will be back to the previous state.
  • – It also takes a short amount of time for the procedure as compared to other treatments. According to American Association of Dermatology and EMedicine the entire process takes only around an hour, with the actual process of injecting taking less than 10 minutes.
  • – There is no down time, i.e. one can get back to their normal activities (with some precautions) almost immediately after the treatment. Unlike surgeries, this doesn’t take a long rest time.
  • – The results are also visible immediately. It takes between 2 hours to 2 days to visibly observe the results.


  • – The advantage of this treatment being temporary also works as the biggest disadvantage, since if one is satisfied with the treatment, they will have to undergo regular treatment every 4 to 6 months.
  • – Botox treatment is slightly expensive. Since this requires regular treatment, the cost can add up.
  • – Since Botox works by temporarily paralyzing some of the facial muscles, it may prevent your face from making certain expressions. Always check how you’ll look after the treatment with your doctor.

In conclusion

Botox is largely considered a safe, non surgical treatment for people seeking to removing the lines and wrinkles from their face. If you seek to get this treatment, you may contact a dermatologist for a consult.

Sponsor of this post is Aavaran Skin and Hair Clinic located at Durbarmarg, Kathmandu, which is known for professional Botox treatment in Nepal through certified doctors. We have collaborated with Aavaran Skin and Hair Clinic in creating informative contents as part of our mission of creating an informed society.

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The stories behind the places



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Every place got its name for some reason. There is always a story behind that present generation may not know, so we asked KMAG followers to share the story behind the name of their place. We got the following stories, which may or may not be true but sounds convincing.


It used to be the turning for going towards Birta Bazaar, so people started calling it Birta Jane Mod , turning point to Birta Bazaar, giving birth to the name Birtamod.


Its name came from the bahals (Bahal is a type of courtyard found amongst Newar communities in Nepal.) surrounding the Lokeshwor Adinath Temple at the top of the hill. In Newa language, bahals at the top is called “chwaye bahal’. So, the original name of is Chwaye Bahal, that people later mispronounced and called Chobhar.


There used to be a water mill down there. Hence, people started calling it Ghattekulo.


There were 32 stone statue of butterflies (angels) placed inside the inner walls of Ram Mandir, which led to the place being called Battisputali.


There was the palace of Babar Shamsher there, so people started calling the place Babarmahal.


This place was previously terrorized by a robber named “Lale,”and he was captured and kept inside the jungle. Later, when people had to go to that place, they started referring to it as “Tyo Lale bandi bhako thau” (the place lale was captured), which later changed to Lalbandi as the short term.


This place got its name changed from its original one because of a huge poster of the film “maitighar” being placed there. It caused the people to call the place as Maitighar itself.


There are multiple stories to this place.

  1. In Sanskrit language, “Vyagra” meant “Baagh” and “Lunatiti” meant “Luna”, which is defined as cutting/chopping. At one point in history, this place was full of dangerous tigers (Baagh), which was terrorizing the lives of people living there. So, a group of strong Magar men from the community started killing the tigers to keep the place safe. Since the intention was to clear the place of tigers, the name of the place became “Vyagra Luna” which later mispronounced to “Baglung”
  2. “Bagh” is also a common word in Khas language and “Lung” means a line. Since there were many tigers walking around in the areas in lines, the place got named “Baghlung” which later was mispronounced to “Baglung”
  3. In Magar language, “Wag” means high lands while “Lung” means flat spaces. If we look at the geographical space of Baglung, it has some high hills and some flat spaces. Hence, the word “Baglung” may refer to high and flat spaces combined.


The name for this place was initially “ghodhai” because of the large amount of horses found there. Later, with the passage of time, it became known as Ghorahi.

Bajhapatan, Pokhara

Some 20 years earlier, before Seti Gandaki Hydro Project, the land was barren and nothing except Ground Nuts used to grow there. Hence Barren = “Bajho” which later changed to Bajha and the name of the place became Bajhapatan.

Mangalbare, Jhapa

The place was named Mangalbare after the weekly market, which used to happen every Tuesday (Mangalbaar).

Chipledhunga, Pokhara

A huge stone lies on the main bazar, which used to be very slippery. Hence the name was derived of “Chiple” (Slippery) and Stone “Dhunga”.

Tamghas, Gulmi

At one point in history, on top of Arjun Daada, there was a palace of a really cruel king. He used to rule his people with extreme taxation and rules such as sending the first harvest to the king — a part of everything like meat, alcohol etc were to be given to the king before the people could eat it. Not only that, he made it mandatory for newly wed brides to spend their first night at his palace. The rule was not limited to his citizens only, but to every wedding party that passed in the way.

One day, a Brahman from Dhurkot was passing with his wedding party (janti) and newly wed wife from the same way, where he was ordered to send his new bride to the palace. He obliged and took his wedding party to stay the night at the foothills of Arjun Daada, which is currently known as Sota Deurali. But, his bride was suspicious of the intentions of the king, so she collected some cow dung and made two “kundas”, filled one with cow milk and another kunda with Resunga’s water. There, she proclaimed that “If anything happens in the palace with me that compromises my truthfulness or character, I will die and these kundas will be filled with blood. If nothing happens, I shall return and the kunda will have milk and water only.” Saying that, she left for the palace.

Next morning, both the kundas were filled with blood. The wedding party called the locals and showed them the kundas, asking what’s happened there. The locals went to the palace to search for the bride, and found her dead. Upon asking the security guards of the palace, they were informed that the bride had put some curse on both the oppressive king and his people who were allowing him to oppress them before she died. That message was relayed by the locals to the wedding party and the Brahmin. Upon learning that his bride was no more, the Brahmin also cursed the king and his followers by saying ” From now on, no one who lives here or rules here shall ever be able to drink milk in the morning, the Thakuri kings who ruled here will have all there heredity destroyed, no one who rears horses here shall prosper” and he also died. The wedding party and the locals could only watch the “tamasha” of him dying, without being able to do much.

The locals realized the atrocities of the king had been done to their wives also, who could only stay silent in his fear. That angered the locals and they killed the king. Since kings were considered a reincarnation of lord Vishnu, when the news was spread to other kingdoms, it was called as a “tamasha” that happened.

That day on, the place became known as “tamasha”, which later was mispronounced to “Tamash” and now is called “Tamghas”

Till date, there are two temples: one where the bride died at Arjun Daada and another at the place the groom died. To avoid the curse of the bride and the groom, to this day, newly wed couples worship in the temples.


Jomsom comes from two words: “Dzong” meaning fort and “Sampa” meaning new. From mispronounciation, it later became known as Jomsom.

Aathrai, Tehrathum

Long ago, eight powerful Rai Kings used to rule the place. Aath = Eight, Aathrai. Although the majority of population there is of Limbus, the name has stuck at Aathari.


Name came from historic temple of “Badeshwor Mahadev” located in the area, that the area later be called Baneshwor.


Dillibazar was named after Dilli Jung Thapa, the engineer who designed Charkhal Adda, which is also the state penitentiary.


Everyone knows that after Prithvi Narayan Shah invaded Kathmandu, he cut the nose of most (or all) who fought in the Malla army. The site where he did was Sinamangal, present day Pepsicola area now known as Purano Sinamangal. “Sinaya” in Newari means nose. They also erected a temple to worship the god of nose, apparently.

PN Shah also gave lands to his entourage who followed him from Gorkha, mostly Brahmin cooks and errand force, at what is now the western side of TIA. That area along with the present day Airport was called “Gauchar” because after the war for unification, those settlers adopted cow herding as their profession and the present day airport had lush greenery to provide fodder for cows.

Eventually century later when the Airport was built there, those people living on the lands occupying present day airport were given lands at the present day Sinamangal (also robbing cows from their fodder), areas around Kathmandu medical College to Bhatkeko pul and hence airport separated old and new Sinamangal.


Some of the ancient names of Banepa were Banepur, Baniyapur, Banipur . As it had trade relationship with Tibet from ancient period, Banepa is also known as “Bhont”, “Bhonta”, “Bhon dey(भोंदेय्)”. Banepa is the combination of two words i.e. “Bane” means ‘Business’ and “Pa” means ‘Place’. Therefore, “Banepa” means ‘Place of Business’.

Hallanchowk, Lakeside

People who owned land there sold it in a cheap price and they spent the money to drink alcohol. After that, they used to walk around the area while drunk, fumbling and high. So, that junction was given name ‘Hallan chowk’


This place was named as the junction of two hills: Kavre hill and Palanchowk hill.


There was a palace of Jagat Jung Rana (son of Junga bahadur) and he had a big cow shed (goth) there in a rice field (taar), so it was called Gothatar.


Sunars(goldsmiths) lived here in the village (gaun) hence the name Sunargaon!


Katari is the name of a weapon used to cut wood/ wood log for furniture purpose. Two rivers “Tara” and “Kakaru” pass by the place, which give the shape of weapon “katari”, hence the name.


This place was initially called Chhatrapati after the umbrella (chatra) shaped “paati” present there. Later, chhatrapati became mispronounced to Chhetrapati.

Manik Path, Dharan

A kind-hearted person named Manik Shrestha donated most of his private land to make path for main road. So, to honor and acknowledge his contribution, members of community welfare named it as ‘Manik Path.’


In between Trishuli river and Taadi River, there used to be 9 forts (kots) in the 9 hills, namely Dhaibungkot, Dhadingkot, Ramkot, Firkepkot, Salyankot, Bhairabkot, Malakot, Belkot and Simalkot. A new fort was created at the center of all these forts, which led to its name being “Nawa kot”, i.e. new fort, which was later mispronounced as Nuwakot.


The river’s actual name is Rudramati, but because dhobis (people who used to do laundry) used the riverbank for laundry work, so the river was named as “Dhobikhola”


The name Gorkha comes from “Gau” (Cow) + rakha (Rakshak), i.e. protector of the cows. It is believed that Lord Shiva in the form of Lord Gorakhnath himself trained Prithvi Narayan Shah and his army to protect cows, hence the name.


There are several theories on the origin of the name Chitwan:

  • 1. The name Chitwan is a composite of the Sanskrit words चित्त, transliterated “citta” meaning heart, and वन, transliterated “vana” meaning jungle or forest. Thus, the meaning of Chitwan is Heart of the Jungle.
  • 2. Chitwan was a dense forest ruled by the Tharu God-King Chitrasen Baba, thought to an incarnation of Vishnu. Today, the Tharu worship his idol during HariBodhini Ekadashi in Chitrasari en route to the village of Sauraha. Ban (वन) is the local word for a forest, according to this theory, the area was called Chitra Ban (Chitrasen’s forest) which then became Chitwan.
  • 3. The Chitwan forests were populated by leopards and Bengal tigers and, since the Tharu term for a leopard is Chitra, the area became Chitwan.

Disclaimer: The above information is collected from KMAG community. All of them may or may not hold the truth. If there is any false information or alternative story on any place listed above, please write us at [email protected]. You can as well send us stories on more places that we have missed out in this article, so that we can add them in the list.

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