|Art by: Karen Haydock|
On 12 March 1988, the weather forecast for the Kathmandu Valley in the Rising Nepal read: ‘Partly cloudy with temporary thundershowers’. No prediction of impending doom. There was just a note that the sun would set at 6:17 pm – two hours and 47 minutes after the final match of the Tribhuvan Challenge Shield Football Tournament was to begin at the Dashrath Stadium in the capital. Two minutes into the match, the Bangladeshi team, Mukti Joddha Sangsad, scored a goal against Nepal’s Janakpur Cigarette Factory. Eighteen minutes later, a hailstorm brought the game to a halt.
Romila Thapar addresses invitees at the
Southasian relaunch of Himal Southasian,
IIC, New Delhi, January 2013.
flickr / The US Army
On 1 December 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai accused the US of cutting fuel supplies to Afghan security forces. Despite US pressure, Karzai continues to stall the signing of a Bilateral Security Agreement.
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