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Buddha birth place issue honesty on “Kaun Banega Crorepati”

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 26, 2013

Popular Indian TV program Kaun Banega Crorepati, Super Star Amitabh Bacchan and the participant-winner of Rs. 6,40.000 became honest on Buddha birth place issue despite many Indians’ want. Even Zakaria never apologized for his mistake in his book “THE POST-AMERICAN WORLD” despite all sorts of pressure. Good on you.

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Newsweek Editor Fareed Zakaria Apologised Tactfully


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Asia’s Nobel Prize for fighting Nepal’s flesh trade

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 25, 2013


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ramon32KATHMANDU, July 24 While thousands of Nepali girls and women continue to struggle in red light hell in some corner of the country or abroad, a team of survivors of a similar fate who are fighting endlessly for the rescue of other victims of the flesh trade, has been nominated for the highly prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award.
Shakti Samuha is among the five latest winners of the award, which is considered Asia´s equivalent of the Noble Prize.

But even at the moment of glory, the eyes of team members are moist and their smiles not free of pain. Chairimaiya Tamang and Sunita Dunuwar, two of the 15 women who founded Shakti Samuha in 2000, could not stop empathising with many other Charimaiyas and Sunitas who are waiting to be rescued from a living death of satisfying the lust of many every single day. The two were informed this morning about the selection for the Magsaysay, which will fetches them $50,000.

“We were so soaked in the darkness of that hell that it is always there deep inside us. And we feel deep in our hearts that countless Nepali girls and women are still trapped in that situation, although a smile might often break in our faces,” said Tamang. Read the rest of this entry »

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700 square kilometers encroached upon

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 22, 2013


No other issue fuels anti-India sentiments in Nepal more than border encroachment. While left-leaning parties continue to whip up Kalapani and Susta, reports of border dispute with China have also begun to surface with more frequency of late. What is the state of Nepal’s frontiers with India and China? Is Nepal’s territory shrinking?Mahabir Paudyal, Koshraj Koirala and Prem Thapa sat down with renowned border expert and former Director General of Survey Department Kalapani, Sugauli, to find out.

Can you enlighten us on the state of encroachment of our borders?
Nepal shares 1,880-km border with India with 26 districts adjoining the giant neighbor. There are claims and counterclaims at 71 different locations. Of this, the most disputed is Kalapani-Lilmpiadhura area of Darchula district. There is a history behind the encroachment of 37,000 hectares of land there. During the 1962 Indo-China war, Indians were looking for a place where they could be safe and yet harm Chinese troops should the latter make further inroads into India. Indian troops found Kalapani the perfect place to do so. They thought they could use the 20,276-feet high butte there as their station to thwart the Chinese attack and disperse Chinese troops, by rolling down rocks and stones if everything else fails. They occupied Kalapani for this purpose and have been doing so ever since. Susta of Nawalparasi is the second largest encroached upon area with 14,500 hectares in dispute. But nature seems to have played a big role in this encroachment. By the time Nepal signed Sugauli Treaty on March 4, 1816, Narayani River was flowing toward north-south from Triveni Ghat. Subsequent floods changed the river course. The river began to erode Nepali land and India could claim more and more of Nepal’s territories.

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अस्ट्रेलियाको एमएन टेलिभिजनमा नेपाल भाषा कार्यक्रम म्हशिका ।।।

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 19, 2013

With Premdhoj

सिडनी, अस्ट्रेलिया:  नेपालको प्राचीन भाषा- नेपाल भाषामा नेपाल बाहिर पहिलो पल्ट अस्ट्रेलियामा नेपाल भाषाको टेलिभिजन कार्यक्रम प्रसारण भएको छ । एक्जेक्युटिभ प्रोड्युसर महेन्द्र ओली, प्रोग्राम होस्ट गंगा बहादुर नेम्कुल, क्यामरा म्यान एबं एडिटर सौरव मानन्धर  र प्रोग्राम कोअर्डिनेटर सुमन सिवाकोटीको प्रयासले नेपाल बाहिर नेपालको कला संस्कृति, प्राचीन नेपाल भाषाको जगेर्ना एबं यसप्रति समर्पित ब्यक्तिहरुको चिनारी दिने मूल उदेस्य लिएको र भाषा कुनै समूह बिशेषको नभै सबैको साझा हुन् भने सबैमा जागरण दिन यस कार्यक्रमले मद्धत पुराउनेमा संचालक संमूहले विश्वास लिएको छ – संचालक समूहका एक संदस्ले बताए ।
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Press Release over Mahabodhi blasts

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 9, 2013

Press Release over Mahabodhi blasts.

Nine low-intensity blasts took place early on Sunday morning – leaving two monks bodhgayainjured – in quick succession at the 1,500-year-old Mahabodhi temple, which is annually visited by millions of pilgrims from all over the world.

The temple’s sanctum sanctorum and the Bodhi Tree, under which Lord Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment, did not suffer any damage in the blasts which shook the holy town.

Anil Goswami, Union Home Secretary of India, said in New Delhi that serial explosions inside and outside Mahabodhi Temple complex were a terror attack and NIA and NSG teams have been sent for post-blasts investigations. Security has been beefed at the temple and adjoining areas, Bihar police chief DGP Abhayanand told reporters, adding CCTV footage was being examined for leads to the terrorists.

The explosions, the first of its type to target the town and the temple, a UNESCO heritage site, took place between 5:30 and 5:58 am. The explosives were set off by timers.

Buddha is revered as a Messenger of Peace. He is known as the Light of Asia but is also the Light of the World as his message of peace and non-violence has become more relevant. “All of us can learn from the Buddha’s spirit of compassion. His timeless teachings can help us to navigate the many global problems we face today. The need for global solidarity may seem like a modern concept, but it is not. More than 2,500 years ago, Buddha taught that nothing exists in isolation, and that all phenomena are interdependent. Just as profoundly, he taught that we cannot be happy as long as others suffer and that when we do reach out, we discover the best in ourselves.” said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Read the rest of this entry »

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मेलबर्नको भानु जयन्तीमा छ: बर्षिय आर्जन पौड्यालद्धारा कविता बाचन

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 8, 2013


७ जुलाई, २०१३ कोबर्ग पुस्तकालय हल, कोबर्ग मेलबर्न: करीब दुई बर्षदेखि प्रत्येक महिनाको पहिलो आइतबार बिदेशमा बसेर पनि नेपाली साहित्य र भाषाको संरक्षण र सम्बर्द्धन कार्यमा जुटने अभिप्रायले नियमित रुपमा आयोजना गरिंदै आएको साहित्यिक कार्यक्रमलाई आज २०० औं  भानु जयन्तीको रुपमा भब्यताका साथ मनाइयो । कार्यक्रमको बिशेष आकर्षण छ: बर्षको आर्जन पौड्यालको नेपाली भाषामा कविता वाचन बन्न पुग्यो । बिदेशमा कत्ती नेपाली केटाकेटीहरुले नेपाली बोल्न नसक्ने, बोले पनि लेख्न र पढन नसक्ने अवस्था छ । यस्मा अभिभाबकको पनि अहं भूमिका हुन्छ । यसरी आफ्ना बच्चालाई आफ्नो भाषा सिकाउने मात्रै नभएर यत्ती सानै उमेरमा नेपाली भाषामा नै साहित्य लेख्न र पढन सक्षम बनाउने आमा पार्बती पहाडी र बुवा माधव पौड्याल हुनुहुन्छ । आर्जनकी आमा पार्बती पहाडी आफै कबियत्री हुनुहुन्छ र हरेक साहित्यिक कार्यक्रममा कविता बाचन गर्ने गर्नुहुन्छ । उहाँको कविता संग्रह पनि प्रकाशित भएको छ ।

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Establishing Buddha statue program in Hague (Video)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 5, 2013

A Buddha Idol is placed at the Peace Palace, the Headquarters of International Court of Justice (ICJ) in Hague, the Netherlands. Although international icons and historical sculpture, including Statue of Liberty have been kept in ICJ headquarters, the idol of the lLght of Peace was missing. Mr Surendra Shrestha, Coordinator of Lumbini Kapilvastu Day Movement (LKDM), UK and Adviser Non-Resident Nepalese (NRN), UK had raised the issue and The International workshop on “Lumbini Development : The Possibilities and Challenges” organized by Third LKDM, Dec 1, 2011, Kathmandu, proposed Nepal Government to carry this important job. Government of Nepal fulfilled the responsibilities thought its Embassy at Belgium. NRNA Provided the Idol and at a grand inaugural function it was placed at the court on June 24, 2013.
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ADB grants USD 20 million to train unemployed youths in Nepal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 1, 2013


Kathmandu: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has granted USD 20 million for market-oriented skills training to thousands of unemployed and underemployed youths in Nepal.

“Nepal critically needs higher and employment-centric economic growth, and the lack of skilled labour is a key constraint,” said Kenichi Yokoyama, Country Director of the Manila-based money lender.

“The project will focus on improving the training for young people in the construction, manufacturing, and services sectors where there are large skill gaps,” said Yokoyama. Read the rest of this entry »

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