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CNN’S SUMNIMA UDAS CROWNED ‘JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR’ AT WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT JOURNALISM AWARDS

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 14, 2014

Sumnima Desai
CNN International’s Delhi-based Nepali origin correspondent Sumnima Udas has been awarded ‘Journalist of the Year’ at the inaugural Women’s Empowerment Journalism Awards. Udas was recognised for her sensitive and incisive reporting on gender issues including the December 2012 New Delhi gang-rape, the plight of acid attack victims in India, and the courageous stance taken by young Indian women fighting back to ensure the safety of women in their neighbourhoods. The Awards held in Singapore, honour outstanding achievements in reporting on women’s issues in Asia Pacific. Entries came from Australia, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Read the rest of this entry »
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LKDM Friend of Nepal Award 2013 to Brad Clarke and Graeme Kent

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 22, 2014

Brad Clarke and Graeme Kent received LKDM Friend of Nepal Award 2013 on the occasion of 5th Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day. The award was given by Consulate General of Victoria His Excellency Chandra Yonjan in a function after Pako Festa parade in Geelong on 22nd of February, 2014. The award was supposed to be awarded on 1st of December, 2013 in a function organised in Melbourne, however; Mr. Clarke and Mr. Kent could not attend the program because of their program in Nepal.

LKDM Friend of Nepal Award to Brad Clarke

Justification of the Award:

“Australia and Australians fall in love with Nepal, the birthplace  of Buddha and home to Sagamartha, Mt. Everest.  When Australians travel to Nepal, we are captured by the physical beauty of the Himalaya and its people.  We celebrate the wealth of Nepali hospitality and genuine kindness to each other and leg-weary travellers alike” – say  Graeme Kent and Brad Clarke.

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Indira Ranamagar nominated for ‘Children’s Nobel’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 10, 2014

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Indira RanamagarIndira Ranamagar , a Nepali child rights activist, is among the three candidates nominated for this year’s World Children’s Prize, also known as the Children’s Nobel.

Ranamagar has been nominated for her 20-year struggle for prisoners’ children in Nepal.

“She grew up in extreme poverty and had to fight to be able to go to school. Even as a young girl she knew that she wanted to help other people who had hard lives,” according to the the website of the foundation that presents the award.

The other two candidates in the running are Malala Yousafzai , the teenaged Pakistani education activist attacked by the Taliban and John Wood, a former manager in Microsoft.

Yousafzai has been nominated “for her courageous and dangerous fight for girls’ right to education”, according to the website.

“She started to speak out for girls’ rights at the age of 11, when the Taliban banned girls from going to school in the Swat Valley in Pakistan,” it stated.

“Malala defied the rules and kept going to school. Her life was under threat and at times she had to go into hiding. Finally, at the age of 15 Malala was shot and almost killed by the Taliban on her way home from school. But Malala survived.”

According to Yousafzai’s candidate profile, the Taliban thought they could silence Malala by killing her.

“Instead they gave her an even stronger voice, which can now be heard all over the world,” it stated.

“John Wood has been nominated for the 2014 World’s Children’s Prize for his 15-year fight for children’s right to education,” his candidate profile reads.  Read the rest of this entry »

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HOW KATHMANDU IS CHANGING OVER NEXT THREE YEARS!

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 20, 2013

Kalanki Chowk in Kathmandu after Three Years

You wouldn’t believe how the face of Kathmandu is changing over next three years, or at least has been proposed to change. Nepal government’s visionary plan of overhauling the capital’s ring road structure has kicked off already and it will be interesting to see fantastic changes in road infrastructure developments of the valley.

Eight lanes with a four-lane carriageway, two-way relief lane, two-way bicycle track and two –way pedestrian path with necessary bus bay, overhead bridge, parking and more; similar to roads of developed international cities in a nutshell. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shesh Ghale big step in Australia: Queen Victoria Market set for 50-storey tower on doorstep

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 16, 2013

A proposed development for the corner of William and Franklin streets has towers of 50 and 30 storeys. A planned 50-storey apartment and hotel

A proposed development for the corner of William and Franklin streets has towers of 50 and 30 storeys.
A planned 50-storey apartment and hotel

A planned 50-storey apartment and hotel development on the front step of Queen Victoria Market could be the first of a swag of new high-rise towers to overlook the market.

Developer MIT Australia has lodged a planning application for two towers of 50 and 30 storeys with a 210-room hotel and 609 apartments at the corner of William and Franklin streets.

The site is next to land the state government recently transferred to Melbourne City Council as part of plans for a $250 million redevelopment of the market. Read the rest of this entry »

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Solidarity for world peace and interaction programme conducted

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 13, 2013

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Dr. Krishna Aryal m Norway : 10th December, Oslo, On the occasion of the celebration of 5th anniversary of the Global Movement of Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement, The National Committee of the movement of Norway organized a street show program about Buddha and Lumbini, Nepal as his Birthplace in front of the Nobel Peace Prize distribution building, Oslo city Hall. This is the day when the Nobel Peace Prize Distribution Ceremony held for 2013. This Nobel Peace Prize for this year has been awarded to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Read the rest of this entry »

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Proposal to establish Buddha statue in World-Trade Center

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 4, 2013

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1st of December, Berkeley, CA Dr. Kishore Sherchand: The First Meeting of the Executive Committee of Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement, California State Committee was held on the auspicious occasion of 5th Lumbini-Kapilvastu day at Berkeley, CA. The meeting passed resolutions including to forward a letter to the “The One World-Trade Center” (also known as Freedom Tower) New York requesting to place a Buddha Statue as symbol of Peace in the center on behalf of the Lumbini – Kapilvastu Day Movement. The meeting also passed including the fulfillment of its committee members, and other important events such as Buddha Jayanti (Visaka Day) Observation in a collective way. Peace March Pass in San Francisco Downtown and other major cities, and honoring Buddhist scholars, social activists. etc. The meeting was chaired by the Ad hoc Committee Coordinator Kishore Sherchand. — in Berkeley, CA, United States. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Exciting’ Discovery At Buddha’s Birthplace

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 26, 2013

After a three-year dig, archaeologists may have found the Buddha’s exact birthplace and more details about when he was born.

Thai monks gather on walkways around the Maya Devi Temple, where archaeologists have been excavating an ancient shrine. Pic: Ira Block/National Geographic
Thai monks gather on walkways around the Maya Devi Temple, where archaeologists have been excavating an ancient shrine. Pic: Ira Block/National Geographic
The shrine is once thought to have contained the tree beneath which the Buddha was born. Pic: Ira Block/National Geographic
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Frank Vermeersch as Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement Europe Advisor

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 20, 2013

Frank with Ani

Frank Vermeersch has been appointed as Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement Europe Advisor. By profession Mr. Vermeersch is an Engineer in Chemistry and is working in the capacity of Belgium-Nepal Friendship Association President. He initiated to establish Ani Choying Foundation too on  Internationally renowned nun and musician and Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement Global Advisor  Ani Choying Drolma’s demand and NRN Chief Patron and Consulate General of Nepal to Germany HE Ram Thapa’s advice.

Frank with Amb Pokharel and F minister

Frank Vermeersch with Ambassador and finance Minister

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Even after Bedi Twitter apology, the first “Buddha” serial with misinformation

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 20, 2013

Buddha_Zee_TVBuddha born in NepalCreating misinformation on Buddha birthplace from Indian side is not a new issue and Nepali side is very furious from this kind of regular drama and attempt to take an unnecessary advantage from Buddha’s Global importance. A recent Hindi language television serial, “Buddha” launched by Zee TV Network already frustrated Nepalese by Indian over interference.

 In reaction Nepalese did not limit them only in social medias, but also on September 13, staged demonstrations in the streets of Kathmandu against the serial, Nepal Cable TV Association blocked the channel when the new series on the life of Buddha premiered on Sunday (Sept. 8) and which prompted the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu to post hastily the next day, September 14th, on its Facebook wall, “The question of where Lord Buddha was born was settled over 2000 years ago when Emperor Ashoka installed the pillar with his inscription in Lumbini. Buddha was born in Lumbini, which is in Nepal.”  And also actor and TV presenter and commentator Kabir Bedi Twitter apology appeared, “Yes, my friends, I mis-spoke. Forgive me. Lord Buddha was certainly born in Lumbini, Nepal. My apologies to all whose feelings were hurt.” And this issue got space in International papers like Huffington Post and Washington Post as well.

 Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement wrote letter to Chairman of Cabinet of Nepal Khil Raj Regmi, however; some Movement activists informed that when they had gone through the serials on line specially the first serial was very embarrassing because of not corrected misinformation. This clearly shows that Movement guess and writing letter to Chairman of Cabinet of Nepal were correct. And wrote another letter to him as our guess was correct and the scenario is changed now.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Ishani makes Nepal proud like never before

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 29, 2013

Ishani makes Nepal proud like never before

Nepal for the first time in history has been able to come in Top 10 with a 5th position. Ishani Shrestha had already won a title “Beauty with purpose” and now by being able to make her a decent place in the Top 10 finalist she has undoubtedly craved a space for Nepal.

Though Ishani couldn’t make it to Top 5, she performed really well. The entire country is proud with her performance. She rocked Nepal’s identity with her grace, beauty, talent and dedication of course. It was indeed disappointing for everyone not to find her in Top 5 because she had become a semifinalist by capturing a 5th position in the countdown. Read the rest of this entry »

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Indian Friends, Do Not Make Everyday April 1st

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 8, 2013

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We are in the 21st century, not stone age. This is epoch of internet, WikiLeaks, and Google. These days, even internet media is dominated by social media. Our deeds and words become our identity. Before acting and speaking, we must think. Otherwise minor mistakes could ruin our identity. As neighbours we always need to be close and for that we must respect each other. India faked Lumbini, Indian ambassador even said Mt. Everest is in India, duplicate Indian Pashmina spoiled our International market. Lots of rumours are frequently created by the Indian side on Buddha’s birthplace. They know this is wrong, yet they are doing it. Misinforming intentionally is a big crime. As neighbours we want everybody to respect India as a honest country. For this India must not make fool of the world through unnecessary rumours. Despite lots of apologies due to floods of voices against their wrong information, India is continuously launching Grand TV Shows misinforming Buddha’s birth place. Indian friends, do not make everyday April 1st.

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Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement’s 18th National Committee, Norway formed

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 4, 2013

Dr. Krishna Aryal Bergen, 2 September 2013

With the ground reality that Lumbini in Nepal is the birth place of Gautam Buddha, aiming to clarify the confusion among word community and rectify wrong information printed about the Buddha’s birthplace in many text books and religious books wherever in the world, and be supportive to the development, expansion and protection of Lumbini in Nepal, the Lumbini – Kapilvastu global movement started from 1st December 2009, with a purpose to spread the real message that Buddha was born in Nepal by encouraging every Nepali to publicise the reality and rise the national dignity, the 18th National Committee Norway of Lumbini – Kapilvastu Day  Global Movement has been formed with a provision to include more advisors if necessary, for now with  2 advisors  and 11 coordinators in the presence of Europe advisor Mr. Damodar Prasad Acharya.

Norway committee

Opening the possibility as necessary to expand the committee later, the 11 member National Movement Committee in Norway consists of following coordinators: Read the rest of this entry »

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Buddha Birth Place Correction in Nan Tien Temple

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 31, 2013

[As we heard about Budhha birth place misinformation in the biggest Buddhist temple – Nan Tian Temple, last year we decided to try our best to correct the misinformation there. I requested Consulate General, NSW HE Deepak Khadka to write a letter to the temple to create favourable environment to our team to have authority to take video inside the temple, however; the team found that the misinformation was already corrected. We were happy but also surprised. When I met Mr. Manoj Pant he shared his story and I asked to write at least few paragraphs. On behalf of Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement, I would like to thank Mr. Pant for the information and this small article.]

By Manoj Panta

Nan Tien Temple known as “Southern Paradise” is the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere. It is situated atmanoj-panta Berkeley – a suburb of Wollongong in the state of New South Wales. It is one of the branch temples of Fo Guang Shan, founded in 1965 by Venerable Master Hsing Yun, which has over 200 branches worldwide. Since the opening of the temple in October 1995, it has become a new venue not only for local but also for international tourists and also acts as an important cultural centre bridging different cultures.

It was early 2010, I went to visit Nan Tien Temple with my family in weekend. That time we used to live in Wollongong. We were impressed with the temple and glad to see such a big and neat Buddha temple in our local area. I was overwhelmed, excited even can’t explain my inner feelings, however; I was devastated when I noticed “Buddha was born in India” on their information board. I did not know what happened with me after that. In one way I was shocked and very sad. So I could not stop myself without complaining about the wrong information on Buddha’s birth place. According to Buddha philosophy also it was absolutely wrong to give wrong information..

There was one monk inside the temple, I asked him about the head of the temple and told him that I had some questions to clarify about Buddha.

In fact I did not ask any questions to him I told him in one go. I raised the issue of the information on the board about Buddha birth place where it was clearly written that he was born in India. I said that the information was absolutely wrong. I added him that I was from the city where Buddha born and it is in Nepal. He was speechless and again I requested him not to give such a wrong information to the world. “In my next visit I don’t want to see this kind of wrong information as that is also against Buddha’s philosophy”- I said to him.  Read the rest of this entry »

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ADB grants USD 20 million to train unemployed youths in Nepal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 1, 2013

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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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