Nepal – the country of Mt. Everest and Buddha

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The Gurkhas

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 28, 2011

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Rising river threatens to flood wide areas in eastern Nepal, India

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 27, 2011

By: The Associated Press

KATMANDU, Nepal – Officials say rising water levels in a river known for flooding in eastern Nepal could cause it to burst its banks and inundate large areas of villages.

Disaster prevention engineer Mohan Bhattarai says rain is continuing to fall and water levels on the Kosi river already have exceeded the danger level.

The river about 250 miles (400 kilometres) southeast of Kathmandu is known for flooding large areas in Nepal and across the border in India.

Bhattarai said Monday that workers are attempting to enforce the river’s banks.

Nepal’s monsoon season began earlier this month and lasts until September. The rains often trigger landslides in mountain areas and floods in the southern plains.

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Development plans along Indo-Nepal border in limbo

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 27, 2011

BAHRAICH: A number of schemes being run by the Centre for development of Indo-Nepal border area are in limbo owing to the laxity of the officials.

Reportedly, under its Border Area Development plan, the Centre had released Rs 14 crore and Rs 8.40 crore in 2009-10 and 2010-11, respectively, for the development of three districts — Balrampur, Shravasti and Bahraich — in Devipatan division along the Nepal border. The funds were to be used for construction of roads, electrification, and setting up of primary health centres and educational institutes.

However, owing to the lax attitude of officials the projects remain pending.  Read the rest of this entry »

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अम्बर गुरुङ मानार्थ महासेनानी

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 22, 2011

काठमाडौं, अषाढ ८ – सरकारले सैनिक गानका सङ्गीतकार एवम् गायक अम्बर गुरुङलाई मानार्थ महासेनानीबाट सम्मान गर्ने निर्णय गरेको छ ।

बुधबार बसेको मन्त्रिपरिषद् बैठकले सङ्गीतकार गुरुङलाई मानार्थ महासेनानीको दर्जासहित सम्मानपत्र तथा नगद पुरस्कार प्रदान गर्ने निर्णय गरेको सरकारका प्रवक्ता एवं शिक्षामन्त्री गङ्गालाल तुलाधारले जानकारी दिए ।

मन्त्रिपरिषद् बैठकले गीतकार स्व. गोपालप्रसाद रिमाललाई मरणोपरान्त मानार्थ महासेनानीको दर्जा तथा उनकी धर्मपत्नीलाई नगद पुरस्कार र सहायक गायक फत्तेमान राजभण्डारीलाई नगद पुरस्कारसहित सम्मानपत्र प्रदान गरिने निर्णय गरेको छ ।

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नेपाल-भारत सुरक्षा अधिकारी बैठकमा सधैं पूरानै एजेण्डा

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 22, 2011

ठाकुरसिंह थारु

बाँके, अषाढ ८ – नेपाल-भारत सुरक्षा अधिकारीबीच बर्षमा दुई/तीन पल्ट बैठक हुने गरेको भएपनि सबै बैठकका एजेण्डा उस्तै हुने गरेका छन् । दुई देशबीचका स्थानीय अधिकारीबीचको बैठकको छलफलको ऐजेण्डा स्थायी छ ।

दसगजामा रहेका पीलरको सुरक्षा, सीमामा हुने आपराधिक गतिबिधी, हातहतियार ओसारपसार नियन्त्रण गर्ने विषय ती बैठकहरुका लागि स्थायी एजेण्डा हुन् ।  त्यसैगरी, अबैध काठ तस्करी, वन्यजन्तु चोरी शिकारी, सीमा अतिक्रमण, चेलिबेटी विचबिखन, चोरी तस्करी, लागुऔषध नियन्त्रण बारे बैठकमा छलफल हुने गरेको छ ।

गएको साता बाँके र बर्दिर्याका सुरक्षा अधिकारीहरुले भारतको बहराईचमा भएको बैठकमा ती पुरानो एजेण्डालाई नै निरन्तरता दिए । पटक-पटका बैठकमा ती विषयहरुमा नै निर्णय भएपनि  व्यवहारमा कहिल्यै कार्यान्वन भएको छैन ।

बाँकेका प्रमुख जिल्ला अधिकारी कृष्णचन्द्र घिमिरले नेपालका तर्फबाट ९ वटा एजेण्डामाथि भारतीय अधिकारीहरुसंग छलफल गरेको बताए ।

मोस्टवान्टेड सूचीमा रहेका अपराधिहरु भारतमा निर्वाधरुपमा बसिरहेको भन्दै पक्राउ गर्न नेपालका अधिकारीहरुले सहयोगका लागि आग्रह गरे । यस अघिको बैठकमा नेपालका सुरक्षा अधिकारीले तीन दर्जन मोस्ट वाण्टेड अपराधिहरुको सूची भारतीय अधिकारीहरुलाई बुझाएका थिए ।

भारतीय भूमिमा बसेर नेपालमा अपराधिक क्रियाकलाप गरिरहेको भन्दै उनीहरुलाई पक्राउ गर्न नेपालका अधिकारीहरुले माग गर्दै आएका हुन । तर, भारतीय सुरक्षा अधिकारीहरुले आश्वासन दिने तर उनीहरुलाई पक्राउ गर्ने कार्यमा सहयोग गरेका छैनन् ।

सशस्त्र समूहले भारतभुमिबाट नै व्यवसायीहरुसंग चन्दा माग्ने गरेको गुनासो नेपालका अधिकारीले गर्दै आएका छन् । तर, भारतीय अधिकारीहरुले भने नेपाल प्रहरीले बुझाएको अपराधीहरुको खोजतलास जारी रहेेको र हालसम्म नभेटिएको जवाफ फर्काए ।  Read the rest of this entry »

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Facebook Upshot: Nepal – the Country of the Mt. Everest and the Buddha

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 22, 2011

A photo album was created in Facebook yesterday with the title “Nepal – the Country of the Mt. Everest and the Buddha“.  One of the objectives to create the album in this International Network is to give hands to “Nepal Tourism Year 2011” to promote Nepal. After this album some friends from different countries are either tagging themselves  or tagging to their friends and some are sharing in their walls. Let’s see this example:

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भारतीय प्रहरीद्वारा लुटपाट

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 21, 2011

कञ्चनपुर, अषाढ ७ – कञ्चनपुरको दक्षिणी क्षेत्रमा रहेको रामपुर विलासीपुरमा मेडिकल सञ्चालन गर्दै आएका लालबहादुर सिंह थापाबाट भारतीय प्रहरीका जवानले सोमबार नगद र मोबाइल सेट लुटेर लगेका छन् ।

सादा पोशाकमा आएका एसएसबीका जवानहरुले ‘डाक्टरको बहानामा मलखाद तस्करी गर्ने’ भन्दै आफूसँग रहेको रु.१० हजार पर्ने मोबाइल सेट र नगद रु.सात हजार लुटेर लगेका पीडित थापाले बताए ।

भारत कम्पोजनगरमा कार्यरत ती प्रहरीमाथि कारबाहीको माग गर्दै स्थानीय प्रहरी र सीमा क्षेत्रमा रहेको भारतीय एसएसबीलाई समेत जानकारी गराएको पीडित थापाले बताए ।

यसैबीच सेती महाकाली मुक्ति टाइगरको नामबाट सर्वसाधारणसँग जबर्जस्ती चन्दा असुल्ने गरेको आरोपमा प्रहरीले भीमदत्त नगरपालिका–५ वनखेतका राजेन्द्रसिं महरालाई पक्राउ गरेको छ ।

चन्दा असुल गर्न व्यापारीहरुलाई दिइएको पर्चामा लेखिएको मोबाइल नम्बर ९८४८७२०९८४ को आधारमा उनी पक्राउ परेको प्रहरीले बताएको छ ।

सेती महाकालीलाई टुक्र्याउने चलखेल बढेकाले त्यसलाई बचाउन सहयोग गर्न भन्दै झलारी र वाणीका व्यवसायीहरुसँग उक्त सङ्गठनका अध्यक्ष सत्यप्रकाशका नामबाट पर्चा जारी भएको थियो ।      Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal to build £1.9 billion ‘Buddhist Mecca’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 20, 2011

China is providing funds to Nepal to build a $3 billion (£1.9bn) ‘Buddhist Mecca’ to attract millions of pilgrims and spiritual tourists to the birthplace of the religion’s founder Gautama, Lord Buddha.

By Dean Nelson, New Delhi, Peter Foster in Beijing

Lumbini is a Unesco world heritage site that attracts half a million pilgrims every year from China, India, Japan, Sri Lanka and Thailand to its sacred ponds, gardens and temples.

Planners hope to build an airport, hotels, convention centres, new highways, temples and a Buddhist university at the site on Nepal’sWestern border with India, where Lord Buddha was born about 2,600 years ago.

The scheme is supported by a Chinese government-backed foundation and has brought together an unlikely alliance of Nepali government ministers, Prachanda, the former prime minister and leader of the Maoist insurgency, and Paras, the former crown prince, whose family Prachanda ousted from power.

It also has the support of Steven Clark Rockefeller, the heir to the Rockefeller dynasty. According to Nepali officials devout Buddhists spend more time at the other three main pilgrimage sites in India because Lumbini does not have the infrastructure necessary for longer stays.

Sarnath, in India’s Uttar Pradesh, where Buddha first taught “dharma” or natural law, Bodh Gaya in Bihar, where he found enlightenment under the Bodhi tree and Kushinagar where he found “nirvana” in death, are all drawing increasing numbers of high-spending tourists, and Nepal’s government wants to increase its share of the spoils. Read the rest of this entry »

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Another Chinese foundation plans to raise $ 3b to make Lumbini ‘magnet for Buddhists’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 20, 2011

Months after plans of a Chinese private sector company to invest Rs 8 billion to develop Lumbini as an International

Buddha Center hogged media headlines there comes news that a Chinese-backed foundation is planning to raise $ 3 billion to help Nepal develop Buddha’s birthplace.

According to Reuters, the Asia Pacific Exchange and Cooperation Foundation plans to raise the aforesaid amount at home and abroad “to build temples, an airport, a highway, hotels, convention centres and a Buddhist university in the town of Lumbini.”

Interestingly, UCPN (Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal is the vice-chairman of the foundation which aims to transform Lord Buddha’s birthplace in southern Nepal “into a magnet for Buddhists in the same way as Mecca is to Muslims and the Vatican for Catholics”, the report adds.

The foundation signed a memorandum of understanding with Nepal government last month to jointly develop and operate Lumbini.

According to the report, the foundation also pledged to bring communications, water and electricity to Lumbini.

“Lumbini will transcend religion, ideology and race. We hope to rejuvenate the spirit of Lord Buddha,” Xiao Wunan, a devout Buddhist who is executive vice president of the foundation, told the news agency.

The development of Lumbini will also help boost government revenues, create jobs and improve infrastructure in the impoverished corner of Nepal, the report cited the memorandum as stating. Read the rest of this entry »

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दाहालसम्वद्ध चिनियाँ संस्थाले लुम्बिनीमा २ खर्ब २५ अर्ब लगानी गर्ने

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 19, 2011

पूर्ण बस्नेत, हङकङ, असार ५- एकीकृत माओवादीका अध्यक्ष पुष्पकमल दाहाल संलग्न चिनियाँ संस्थाले लुम्बिनी क्षेत्रको विकासमा करिब २ खर्ब २५ अर्ब रुपैयाँ लगानी गर्ने भएको छ। नेपाल सरकारसँग मिलेर लुम्बिनीलाई अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय बौद्ध केन्द्रका रुपमा विकास गर्ने रणनीति अनुसार दाहाल सम्वद्ध एसिया प्यासेफिक एक्स्चेन्ज एण्ड कोअपरेसन फाउण्डेसनले उक्त रकम जुटाउन लागेको हो।

एमाले-माओवादी सरकारबनेपछि चैतमा काठमाडौँ आएका फाउण्डेसनका अधिकारी र संस्कृत मन्त्रालयबीच यससम्बन्धी सम्झौता भएको छ।

चीन सरकारको सहमतिमा फाउण्डेसनले ‘लुम्बिनी नगर विकास’ अवधारणा अनुसार बौद्ध गुम्बा, विमानस्थल, रोड, होटल, सम्मेलन केन्द्र तथा बौद्ध विश्वविद्यालय निर्माणमा लगानी गर्न लागेको हो। मुस्लिमको मक्का र क्याथोलिकको भ्याटिकन जस्तै बुद्धको जन्मस्थल लुम्बिनीलाई अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय बौद्ध केन्द्रका रुपमा विकास गर्ने सहमती अनुसार परियोजना अघि बढाइएको बताइएको छ। फाउण्डेसनले लुम्बिनीमा पर्याप्त मात्रामा सञ्चार, पानी र विद्युत पुर्‍याउने प्रतिवद्धता पनि जनाएको छ।

लुम्बिनीको विकासले नेपालमा पर्यटक वृद्धि गरी राजश्व बढाउने, रोजगार सिर्जना गर्ने र पूर्वाधार विकास गर्ने दुई पक्षबीचको सम्झौतामा छ। “लुम्बिनीले धर्म, विचार र जातको भावनालाई माथ गर्नेछ, बुद्ध भगवानको भावना पुर्नउदय हुनेमा हामी आशावादी छौँ, फाउण्डेसनका उपाध्यक्ष स्याओलाई उद्धृत गर्दै रोयटर्सले बेइजिङबाट लेखेको छ।
फाउण्डेसनको हङकङ वानचाईस्थित सम्पर्क कार्यालय स्रोतका अनुसार लुम्बिनी विकासका लागि चीन र अन्य देशबाट २२ अर्ब ५० करोड रुपैयाँ जुटाउने अभियान सुरु भैसकेको छ। परियोजना सफल बनाउने उद्देश्यले दाहाल आफै लगानी जुटाउन सक्रिय रहेको र त्यही क्रममा उनले मलेसिया, सिंगापुर र पछिल्लो पटक चीन भ्रमण गरेको स्रोतको दावी छ।

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Nepali National Songs

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 18, 2011

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Mahakali Treaty & Pancheshwar multipurpose project

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 17, 2011

The Treaty on integrated Development of Mahakali River had been signed between the Government of India and Government of Nepal in February 1996, which came into force in June 1997 (Mahakali Treaty) . Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project on river Mahakali  known as Sarda in India is the centrepiece of the Treaty. India- Nepal Joint Group of Experts (JGE) has been overseeing the physical and financial progress with respect to finalization of Joint Detailed Project Report of Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project. All the related field investigations have been completed and Detailed Project Report is to be finalized after resolving the pending issues, which are under discussion with Nepal. The project will have will have power, irrigation and incidental flood control benefits etc..

Sapta Kosi High Dam multipurpose project and Sunkosi Storage cum

diversion scheme

 

As per the understanding reached between Government of India (GOI) and His Majesty’s Government of Nepal (HMGN), it has been agreed to conduct joint investigations and other studies for the preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) of Sapta Kosi High Dam Multipurpose Project and Sun Kosi Storage-cum-Diversion Scheme to meet the following objectives in terms of fulfilling the requirement of both the countries from its development :-

(i)       Hydro Power Generation;

(ii)      Irrigation Development;

(iii)     Flood Control/ management; and

(iv)     Navigation.

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India-Nepal Extradition Treaty

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 17, 2011

TREATY OF EXTRADITION BETWEEN 
THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA AND
THE GOVERNMENT OF NEPAL
Kathmandu, 2 October 1953

The Government of India and the Government of Nepal, being desirous of regulating extradition of criminals 
as between the two countries, have resolved to enter into a new Treaty of Extradition with each other, and 
have for this purpose, appointed as their plenipotentiaries the following persons, namely, 
THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA: His EXCELLENCY SHRI BHALCHANDRA KRISHNA GOKHALE, 
Ambassador of India in Nepal, 
THE GOVERNMENT OF NEPAL: THE HON'BLE SHRI MATRIKA PRASAD KOIRALA, Prime 
Minister of Nepal, Who having examined each other's credentials and found them good and in due form have 
agreed as follows 
Article I 
The two Governments hereby engage on a basis of strict reciprocity to deliver up to each other those persons, 
who, being accused, or convicted, of a crime committed in the territory of one Government, shall be found 
within the territory of the other Government, under the circumstances and conditions stated in the present 
Treaty. 
Article II 
Neither Government shall be bound in any case to surrender any person who is not a national of the country 
by the Government of which the requisition has been made, except where such person is accused of having 
committed the offence specified in clause (10) of Article 3.

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Gorkhaland for Sale

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 16, 2011

The newly elected Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjeeannounced on 7 June that the West Bengal state government has come to an agreement with the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), the party leading the agitation for a separate Gorkha state since 2007. Gorkhaland was supposed to be carved out of West Bengal in India and encompass the current district of Darjeeling in the Himalayan foothills.

Darjeeling district is culturally distinct from the rest of the state by its primary language (Nepali instead of Bengali) and its character as a melting pot of religions and ethnicities (various indigenous tribes and immigrants from Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan). Now the leaders of the GJM have dropped the demand for a separate state and instead reached an agreement with the West Bengal government to form a new hill council with elected representatives to govern in a semi-autonomous fashion.

It seems that history has just repeated itself. The demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland is not new. In the 1980s, Subhas Ghisingh and his Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) led a violent two-year conflict for a separate Gorkhaland state. In 1988 Ghisingh accepted a political settlement, signing a tripartite agreement with the governments in Kolkata and New Delhi that gave partial autonomy to the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGCH), the governing body for the district of Darjeeling.

The 2007-2010 agitation was directed as much against the West Bengal government as it was against the leaders of the GNLF. The GJM accused the hill council of siphoning funds and claim that some GNLF functionaries, including Ghisingh, have amassed personal fortunes with money allocated for development. In short: the opposition parties like the GJM were not satisfied with the autonomy granted in the 1980s as it did nothing to improve the living conditions in the region (high unemployment, water shortages, road conditions that deteriorate every monsoon, and landslides). Since the second agitation started, there were frequent strikes affecting government offices, schools and transportation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chandni Chowk to China ‘banned’ in Nepal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 15, 2011

[This is old news posted in “The Hindu”, but still relevant and reposted here again. ]

Kathmandu (IANS): As protests continued to erupt on the streets of Kathmandu Thursday over Bollywood’s first Kungfu comedy “Chandni Chowk to China”, cinemas in Nepal stopped screening the controversial film, saying they had replaced it with other films.

All Kathmandu valley cinemas, from multiplexes like Jai Nepal, Kumari, Gopi Krishna and Barahi, to smaller ones like Guna and Ashta Narayan, hurriedly dropped the Akshay Kumar-Deepika Padukone starrer and began showing the earlier Bollywood release “Ghajini” or waited for another Bollywood film “Raaz” to be released Friday.

The decision, that would cost the distributors of the films millions of rupees, was taken after angry protests began over the erroneous claim in the film that the Buddha, Nepal’s best-known religious icon, was born in India.

“The Buddha was born in Nepal, learn to respect Nepal’s identity and sovereignty,” students screamed during a protest rally before an engineering college in the valley Thursday. In the Lainchaur area near the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu, protesters marched in silence, waving placards. Read the rest of this entry »

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