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कपालबाट बिजुली निकाले विद्यार्थीले

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 31, 2011

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SIKKIM: Gangtok show for Prashant film – India premiere to be in sikkim

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 31, 2011

Telegraph

Gangtok, July 29: Prashant Tamang’s third Nepali film Kina Maya Ma will premiere in India with a screening

Chunnilal Ghimire at the news conference in Gangtok. Picture by Prabin Khaling

in Gangtok on August 27.

Gangtok-based filmmaker Chunnilal Ghimire said the premiere would be at Vajra cinema hall. “After the movie runs in Gangtok for some time, we will take it to Darjeeling and Kalimpong for screening,” said Ghimire. This is the first feature film of Channel Ace Productions run by Ghimire.

Although a love story, the film has references to the Gorkhaland movement in Darjeeling, the hometown of Indian Idol 3 winner Prashant, who plays the lead role.

If Sony’s talent hunt through the music reality show launched Prashant as a singer four years ago, it also sowed the seeds of a new party that now controls the Darjeeling hills.

In 2007, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha was born after its president Bimal Gurung cashed in on the strong anti-Subash Ghisinghsentiment that swept through the hills during the campaign to help Prashant win the contest.  Read the rest of this entry »

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NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh meets Minister for Development of North East Region

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 31, 2011

The Himalayan Beacon

The delegates in conversation with the minister. Click on the image to enlarge.

29th July 2011, New Delhi: A delegation of Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh comprising Parisangh Secretary General Sukman Moktan, Gen Sec CPC Munish Tamang, National Co-ordinator of Gorkhaland Task Force R. Moktan, Central Office Incharge B. M. Pradhan and National Executive Member Navin Subba met the Minister for Development of North East Region (DONEAR) Pawan Singh Ghatowar at his office today at Vigyan Bhawan Annexe in New Delhi.

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Nepal Army Stand

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 30, 2011

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बुद्धको जीवनी एनिमेसन फिल्ममा

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 29, 2011

सन्तोष रिमाल, काठमाडौं, साउन १३- ‘म हिन्दुस्तानी हुँ। तर, भारतले बुद्ध आफ्नो देशमा जन्मेको हल्ला फैलाउँदा साह्रै झोक चल्छ,’ बुद्धको जीवनकथाझल्काउने एनिमेटेड फिल्म ‘गौतम बुद्ध’ बनाउन व्यस्त निर्देशक तुलसी घिमिरे यसलाई बुद्धबारे धेरै भ्रम चिर्ने फिल्म दाबी गरे।

‘हामीलाई धार्मिक र दार्शनिक पक्षसँग त्यति धेरै सरोकार छैन। तर, अकाट्य कुरा के हो भने गौतम बुद्ध कपिलवस्तुको लुम्बिनीमा जन्मिएका हुन्। जुन नेपालमा पर्छ,’ भारतीय फिल्मकर्मीले समेत बेलाबखत बुद्धको जन्मस्थलको विषयमा भ्रामक प्रचार गरिरहेको चर्चा गर्दै त्यसलाई चिर्ने अठोट गरेका छन् उनले। बुद्धको जीवनकथाका थुप्रै रोचक तथ्य फिल्मले उजागर गर्ने जिकिर समेत छ उनको।

कपिलवस्तुका राजकुमार सिद्धार्थ गौतमले गृहत्यागको बाटो रोजेको कथा उनको फिल्मले भन्नेछ। ‘विभिन्न श्रोतव्यक्तिको भनाइ र अनुसन्धानका आधारमा केही नयाँ र अभिरुचिपूर्ण तथ्य देखाउन खोजेका छौं र त्यसलाई तर्कसंगत ढंगले पुष्टि गर्ने प्रयास पनि,’ थरिथरिका मिथकको जालोबाट बुद्धको स्पष्ट जीवनी देखाउने काम उनलाई निकै चुनौतीपूर्ण लागेको छ।

तीन वर्षअघि इन्जिनियर छत्रहरि कार्कीले राखेको प्रस्ताव स्विकार्दै घिमिरेले ‘गौतम बुद्ध’को निर्देशकीय जिम्मेवारी सम्हालेका हुन्। नेपालमा बनेको पहिलो एनिमेटेड फिल्मको निर्देशक बन्ने ‘ग्ल्यामर’ले उनलाई केही हदसम्म लोभ्याएको पनि थियो। कलाकारलाई भावनामा बगाउन र त्यसमा दर्शकलाई डुबाउन माहिर निर्देशकले यो फिल्म थालेको तीन वर्ष पूरा भएको छ। अझै दुई वर्ष काम सकिने छनक उनले पाएका छैनन्।  Read the rest of this entry »

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नेपालीको खेत हडपेर भारतीयले धान रोपे

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 29, 2011

१३ साउन, बारा । बाराको दक्षिण झिटकैया गाविस-६ मा नेपाली किसानको खेत बलजफ्ती हडपेर भारतीयले धान रोपाईं गरेका छन ।

सिमावर्ती भारतीय गाँउ औरैयाका बासिन्दाहरुको एक समूहले भारतीय सिमा सुरक्षा बल एसएसबीका जवानहरुको सहयोगमा एक साताअघि नेपाली किसान अम्बिकाप्रसाद जैसवार, चन्दि्रका, किशोरी, रामकृत, कामेश्वर, रामप्रवेश हजारा, विरेन्द्र पासवान र मनोज चमारको करिब डेढ बिगाहा खेतमा धान रोपेका हुन् ।

भारतीय पक्षले नेपाली किसानले पुस्तौदेखि भोगचल गर्दै आएको जमिन कब्जा गर्न यसअघि पनि पटकपटक प्रयास गर्दै आएको स्थानीय अम्बिकाप्रसादले बताए । ‘तर यसपटक एसएसबीसहित आएर उनीहरुले कब्जा गरे,’ अम्बिकाप्रसादले भने ‘आफ्नो खेत लुटेर अर्काले धान रोप्दा पनि टुलुटुलु हेरिरहयौँ । रोक्ने आँट आएन ।’ तीन बर्षअघि धान रोप्न भनेर आएका भारतीयलाई स्थानीयले प्रतिकार गरेर धपाएपछि उनीहरु नेपाल छिर्न सकेका थिएनन् । औरैया ग्रामका नरुलहोदा मियाँ ठकुराईको अगुवाईमा भारतीय नागरिकहरुको समुहले नेपाली भुमी कब्जा गरेकोे अम्बिकाप्रसादले जानकारी दिए । भारतीय नागरिकहरुले नेपाली किसानलाई जमिन छोड्न यसअघि निरन्तर धम्की दिँदै आएको स्थानीयले बताएका छन् । Read the rest of this entry »

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May the Corrupt Rot भ्रष्टाचारीलाई किरा परोस्

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 29, 2011

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दशगजा

Posted by completenepal on July 28, 2011

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Especially for the Gurkhas

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 27, 2011

It wouldn’t be wrong to call Moon Lim Huiying the Florance Nightangle as she is a nurse by profession and wishes to travel to war zones to tend to wounded soldiers and in the war ground she says she will not judge the victims as friends or foes but simply as fellow human. Her liking for soldiers deepened when she got to know the Gurkhas in Singapore.

Following is poem from her to fellow Gurkhas.

“To all the Gurkhas of the world,
Can you feel my very own words,
Are you fighting like a samurai with a sword,
Or praying for your brothers to the lord.

You all are heros with no fear,
Just armoured with your weapons and some gear,
Charging into the fortress but your enemies cannot hear
Not even afraid of hearing death with your ears.

I will salute you all till the end,
Fighting not for your country and not for your land,
But for someone else’s home and their sand,
You are heros and I know you will do what you can.

I wish that I had the chance on this very night,
To curve my name on my friend’s khukri under the light,
So that he will remember when he draws this knife during his fight,
The Moon that is following his every move to strike.

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Gorkha Memorial Park

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 27, 2011

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Charimaya Tamang: from brothel to meet Clinton

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 25, 2011

By Sudeshna Sarkar

When Hillary Clinton hugged Charimaya Tamang, the 34-year-old Nepali woman had reason to be proud. While all the other nine heroes feted by the US secretary of state were lawyers and officials, she was a former victim of Mumbai’s notorious Kamathipura red light area who was being honoured for battling trafficking.

charimaya Tamang

It was a long march to recognition and triumph by the woman who was sold to an Indian brothel owner at the age of 16 and tried to kill herself during her 22-month life of hell in Kamathipura.

“I tried to hang myself,” Charimaya, back in Kathmandu after last month’s Washington trip, told IANS. “But the shawl I had used frayed and I was left alive. I thought god must have saved me for a purpose.”

When a raid by Indian cops in 1996 led to Charimaya’s release from the brothel along with nearly 200 other trafficked victims from Nepal, she realised during her seven-month stay in a transit home in India what her mission was going to be.

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Charimaya Tamang poses with her recognition as an anti-trafficking hero conferred by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington last month. Read the rest of this entry »

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Anil Chitrakar CNA Interview

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 24, 2011

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Clip of the Day

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 22, 2011

 

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What happened to the dream of a Buddhist Mecca?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 21, 2011

By Sanjaya Dhakal

In the hot, dusty plains of south-western Nepal sits Lumbini, one of the holiest places for about 350 million Buddhists

Some monasteries have been built at Lumbini - but the master plan for its development remain incomplete

around the world.

Centuries ago a baby was born in Lumbini who went on to become the Buddha and many have long cherished plans that Lumbini could be developed into a Buddhist destination, comparable to Mecca, Islam’s holiest site.

But now buildings sit half-finished and empty fields lie neglected. More than a decade after Unesco designated it a World Heritage Site, Lumbini runs the risk of slipping into obscurity and promises to transform the site remain unfulfilled.

The most recent announcement was made by a Chinese group called the Asia Pacific Exchange and Co-operation Foundation, which declared it would raise $3bn (£1.9bn) to develop Lumbini by constructing airports, highways and hotels.

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LUMBINI

  • Located in the south-western Nepali plains 300km from Kathmandu and very close to India’s border
  • Birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, probably around 566BCE, who later become the Buddha
  • Designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1997
  • Surrounded by large zone in which only monasteries can be built and no commercial premises
  • The site has a number of ancient ruins of monasteries, a sacred Bo Tree and a bathing pool – more is yet to be excavated

But both the Nepalese or Chinese government authorities claim to be in the dark about the grandiose scheme. The group insists that it is preparing a five-year plan to implement their idea of “developing Lumbini like a Mecca city”.

Yet it is unclear what stage the proposals are at and whether they will truly see the light of day.

Another Chinese organisation has proposed building a 100-metre-tall statue of the Buddha in Lumbini at a cost of more than $55m (£35m). The Nepal government has accepted this proposal but the groundwork is yet to begin. Read the rest of this entry »

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Summit Squabble: Nepal Will Finally Measure Mount Everest’s Height

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 20, 2011

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What are a few mountain meters between friends? But when those “friends” are China and Nepal, you never know how a petty disagreement will end. Nepal now plans to put all confusion aside by measuring the height of Mount Everest on its own.

Known as the world’s tallest peak, Nepalese officials have never actually measured the height of the mountain that sits squarely between the two countries. Commonly thought to be 8,848 meters high, China touts the height at a mere 8,844 meters. That’s a massive four-meter difference, for those keeping score at home.

(MORE: British Teen Becomes Youngest Seven Summit Climber)

Of course, other unsolicited attempts to measure the mountain have even placed it as high as 8,850 meters. With the first measurement in 1856 at 8,840 meters, Everest has come a long way. And grown plenty, apparently, too.

A spokesman with the Nepalese land reform and management ministry told the AFP that China uses its own height measurement when discussing the mountain. And since Nepal has no official tally of its own, why not figure this thing out, right? Read the rest of this entry »

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