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Participating in Best Australian Blogs 2013 Competition

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 9, 2013

Dear all,

BB2013_NomineeThis blog (www.ramkshrestha.wordpress.com) and http://nepaleseg.blogspot.com.au (this one competing as new blog) are participating in the “Best Australian Blogs 2013  Competition” . The People’s Choice round will launch on Thursday 28 March 2013. Please be ready to start click-voting on these blogs from 28 April 2013 at 5 pm (Sydney local time). The voting doesn’t open until 28 March. When it does, I will let you know with instructions, including a link to the voting form. Among few blogs I chose this one as more regular visitors from all over the world in this blog and there are direct links to go to Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement blog and Complete Nepal blog in the side bars. This is another small attempt to promote Nepal as the country of the Buddha and the Mt. Everest.

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Nepal was promoted in Pako Festa, Australia

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 23, 2013

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23 February 2013 Geelong, Australia: Geelong, the second biggest city of Victoria in Australia, transformed into a multicultural melting pot as thousands flocked to the thirty-first annual Pako Festa. It incorporated an extravagant street parade featuring around ninety floats and hundreds of performers representing forty-five affiliated ethnic communities and around sixty other community groups and organizations. The street was lined with stalls selling traditional foods and arts and crafts, and nine separate stages in the precinct offer performances of music and dance as well as interactive workshops and exhibitions. Pako Festa has become Victoria’s premier multicultural event, attended by well over hundred thousand people in each of the last three years and estimated to inject close to $2.5 million dollars into the local economy just over the course of the day itself.

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Because of very nominal Nepalese in Geelong, Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement Global Coordinator Mr. Ram Kumar Shrestha requested other Nepalese communities living in other cities to use Pako Festa as opportunity to promote Nepal as the country of the Buddha and the Mt. Everest. His idea was for Nepal to take advantage of this big gathering from different counties to try to dismiss misinformation of Buddha’s birthplace. Nepalese Association of Victoria President Bom Yonjan, Nepali Sanchar Managing Director Pramod K Soni and Namaste Nepal News Chief Editor Sabin Thapa, and Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement Victoria Committee were active for necessary input and mobilized community members to participate in the festival to promote Nepal as the country of the Buddha and the Mt. Everest. Nepalese communities promoted Nepal through flags, banners, Nepali music, dance, Nepali dress and stalls. Miss Nepal Australia 2012 Deepashree Shah represented our country with a Kumari dance. Read the rest of this entry »

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Buddhist Sites in Greater Lumbini Area

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 16, 2013

Buddhist Sites in Greater Lumbini Area

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  • Tilaurakot: The ancient capital of the Shakya Kingdom, which was the kingdom of Buddha’s father, with remains of the fortification wall with gates and remains of the citadel; Prince Siddhartha lived here until 29 years of age; site in Tentative World Heritage List
  • Niglihawa: Birthplace of Kanakmuni, who was one of the four Buddhas of the Bhadrakalpa era (which is a long and immeasurable period of time of the sages, and it is also the present eon); site has a broken Asoka Pillar erected by Emperor Asoka in 249 BC
  • Aurorakot: Ruins of a rectangular fortified area; believed to be the natal town of Kanakmuni Buddha
  • Sagarhawa: A forest with a long lake known as Lumbusagar; thousands of Shakyas were massacred by King Virudhaka out of vengeance; ruins of hundreds of stupas built in their memory were excavated by German archaeologist Anton Fuhrer between 1897-1898
  • Gotihawa: Remains of an Asoka Pillar to mark Krakuchhanda’s birthplace; Krakuchhanda was also one of the four Buddhas of the Bhadrakalpa period
  • Kudan: Site where Buddha met his father, mother, wife and son for the first time after his renunciation; his son Rahul was ordained by Buddha’s most revered disciple
  • Sisahaniya: important archaeological site of the Maurya-Kushan era; believed to have an ancient Buddhist monastery and a fort Read the rest of this entry »

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APECF signs agreement for Greater Lumbini

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 8, 2012

KATHMANDU, Nov 7: The Chinese international non-government organization (INGO)- Asia Pacific Exchange Cooperation Foundation (APECF) – on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Lumbini Development Steering Committee (LDSC) for the development and preservation of all aspects of ´Greater Lumbini´.

Executive Vice Chairman of APECF Linus Xiao Wunan and chairman of the LDSC Puspa Kamal Dahal signed the agreement targeting to invest more than US$ 3 billion to develop Lumbini as an international peace city.

Speaking at the MoU signing ceremony, Wunan said further investment in Lumbini depended on the political leadership of Nepal. “We are positive to support it, but it will depend upon the policy of Nepal´s government,” said he. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gerald Howarth Attacks Joanna Lumley’s ‘Disgraceful’ Gurkhas Campaign

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 27, 2012

A Conservative defence minister has said the “disgraceful” campaign by Joanna Lumley on behalf of the Gurkhas has led to some of his Aldershot constituents leaving the town.

Gerald Howarth, the minister for international security strategy, said the number of Nepalese men who had served in the British Army deciding to move the the UK was putting too big a strain on local services.

In 2009 Lumley, with the backing of David Cameron and Nick Clegg, helped convince the then Labour government to allow Gurkhas who retired before 1997 the right to settle in the UK.

But speaking on BBC Radio Surrey on Monday, Howarth said the decision had been a mistake and was adversely affecting his constituency, which is the home of the British Army. Read the rest of this entry »

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Miss Nepal Malina Joshi is WWF’s Young Conservation Ambassador

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 25, 2011

24 NOV, KATHMANDU. WWF Nepal formally welcomed Miss Nepal-World 2011, Malina Joshi as the sixth Young Conservation Ambassador for WWF Nepal amidst a function organized in Kathmandu on 24 November 2011.

“It is indeed a pleasure to welcome Malina as our sixth Young Conservation Ambassador. I am hopeful that Malina will be able to take the message of biodiversity conservation amongst the younger generation. I would also like to acknowledge with gratitude, Sadichha’s commitment and contribution for biodiversity conservation during her tenure as WWF’s Young Conservation Ambassador” said Anil Manandhar, Country Representative of WWF Nepal. Read the rest of this entry »

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UN Gen Secy agrees to support greater Lumbini development

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 9, 2011

THT ONLINE

KATHMANDU: Former Prime Minister and Chairman of the UCPN-Maoist Pushpa Kamal Dahal, aka, Prachanda met United

Former Prime Minister and Chairman of the UCPN-Maoist Pushpa Kamal Dahal shakes hand with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday at UN headquarters in New York.

Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday at UN headquarters in New York.

Dahal is in New York as the Chairman of the High Level National Steering Committee for the development of Greater Lumbini, seeking international assistance for the development of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in Rupandehi district, about 300 km southwest of Kathmandu.

During the meeting, Dahal briefed the UN Secretary General about the commitment of the Government of Nepal to develop Lumbini as a world peace city as a pilgrimage and a heritage city with inclusive livelihood programs for the people living around there.

Prachanda explained to Ban Ki-moon that the recently formed High Level National Steering Committee reflects strong and long-term commitment of the Government of Nepal to the preservation and development of all aspects of Greater Lumbini with a
multi-stakeholder approach through national and international support.

While urging Moon to form a broader Lumbini development international committee under his chairmanship, Dahal said, spiritual dimension of Lumbini for world peace fits in very well with the noble ideals of peace and justice of the United Nations.

“Lumbini would be developed as an enduring source of international peace, harmony and understanding.” Read the rest of this entry »

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ब्रिटिश म्युजियमलाई बुद्ध जन्मस्थल जानकारी सच्याउन थप दबाब दिऔं

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 6, 2011

कान्तिपुरमा यही कार्तिक १६ मा नविन पोखरेलद्धारा तयार पारिएको सामग्री “ब्रिटिश म्यूजियममा वुद्ध भारतमा जन्मिएको भ्रामक सन्देश“, नेपालीपत्रको बर्ष ६ अंक १८ मा प्रकाशित नबिन पोखरेलकै “….बुद्धबारे जताततै भ्रम” र नेपालीपत्रकै सोही अंकमा नै प्रकाशित रामकुमार श्रेष्ठद्धारा लिखित “नक्कली लुम्बिनीले उब्जाएका जटील प्रश्न” पस्चात म्युजियमले आफ्नो फेसबुक पेजमा कुटनीतिक भाषा प्रयोग गरी आफूले बुद्ध भारतमा जन्मिएको भनी उल्लेख नगरेको भनेको छ भने नेपालमा जन्मेको भनी भन्न पनि सकेको छैन । 
म्युजियमकै भाषा यस्तो छ: In light of recent comments about the Buddha’s birthplace, we would like to reassure you that the Museum does not state that the Buddha was born in India. We state that the Buddha was born into a small kingdom that flourished in north-eastern India in about 500 BC. The kingdom covered a reasonably wide area in the northern plains, along with several others of the time. When the Buddha’s mother was expecting, the family decided that she should proceed north to the hills to give birth. This she did, but gave birth along the way, in Lumbini at foot of the Himalayas. The site of Lumbini is in Nepal about 20 miles from the modern border with the Republic of India. If you are aware of an instance where the incorrect information is written or posted please let us know where so we can look into it. You are welcome to leave comments about this subject on the main wall but please note that comments about this subject on unrelated posts will be deleted as they are off topic. Please see further information about commenting in the info tab. Read the rest of this entry »

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Breaking News: Leaders seal the ‘Peace Deal’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 1, 2011

KATHMANDU, NOV 01 – The peace process that was started five years ago in 2006 is likely to witness its logical conclusion. The meeting of the top brass leaders of the major political parties—Nepali Congress, CPN-UML, UCPN (Maoist) and the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha—on Tuesday agreed on contentious issues of the peace process and sealed the deal.

UML leader Bhim Rawal publicised the deal amid a press conference organised at the Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai’s official residence in Baluwatar.

Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, NC President Sushil Koirala and UML Chairman Jhala Nath Khanal signed on the pact at PM’s residence.

According to highly placed source, the leaders have agreed to integrate 6,500 former Maoist combatants into the Nepal Army in an individual basis. Likewise, the rehabilitation package has been agreed upon Rs. 500,000 to Rs. 800,000 as per the rank of the combatants, the source added.

Meanwhile, Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal is trying to take his deputy Mohan Baidya—leader of the party’s hardliner faction—into confidence.

As soon as Baidya agrees, the leaders are close to signing a peace deal, sources said.

Likewise, the leaders have reached an understanding to form a technical panel for the rank determination of the combatants. Read the rest of this entry »

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ब्रिटिश म्यूजियममा बुद्ध भारतमा जन्मिएको भ्रामक सन्देश

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 29, 2011

नवीन पोखरेल  लन्डन, कार्तिक १३ –

वर्षेनी विश्वभरका करिव ६० लाख पर्यटकले अवलोकन गर्ने सेन्ट्रल लन्डनस्थित ब्रिटिश म्यूजियममा शान्तिका अग्रदूत गौतम बुद्ध भारतमाजन्मिएको भ्रामक र गलत सन्देश छ ।

‘द डिपार्टमेन्ट अफ एसिया’ कक्षअन्तर्गत ‘द लाइफ अफ द बुद्ध’ शीर्षकमा टांगिएको दस्तावेजमा बुद्धिज्मलाई भारतको धर्मअन्तर्गत राख्दै ‘बुद्धको जीवनी शुरुवात गर्दा उहाँ छैंटौं शताव्दीको मध्यतिर उत्तरपूर्वी भारतको एक शाही परिवारमा जन्मिनुभएको हो’ उल्लेख छ । बुद्धको जन्म महारानी मायाबाट लुम्बिनीको मृगस्थलमा अद्भूत तरिकाबाट भएको त्यहाँ उल्लेख छ ।

‘उहाँ दरवार रहँदा विवाहित हुनुहुन्थ्यो र उहाँबाट एक छोरा भएको थियो । उहाँले आफ्नै आँखाबाट बिरामी, भोका र मृत्यु देखेपछि मानव जीवनमा यी घट्ना किन भइरहेका छन् भन्ने जिज्ञासा लिएर भौतिक जीवन त्यागी बोधगयाको वृक्षमुनी बसि ध्यान गर्नुभएको थियो,’ म्युजियममा उल्लेख छ । उक्त दस्तावेजमा बुद्धको मृत्यु ४८० बीसीमा भएको र उनको समाधिपछि बुद्धका उपदेश शिष्यहरुमा बाँडिएको लेखिएको छ ।

ग्रेट रसेल स्टि्रटमा अवस्थित विश्वकै पहिलो राष्ट्रिय स्तरको यो सार्वजनिक संग्रहालयका कर्मचारीले भने गलत तथ्यबारे अनभिज्ञता प्रकट गरे । ‘हामी त यहाँ उल्लेख गरिएको जानकारीमात्र पर्यटकलाई वर्णन गरिदिने हो, अन्य कुरा थाहा भएन,’ एक कर्मचारीले भने ।

बि्रटिश म्यूजियमका निर्देशक निल म्याकग्रेगोरले विश्व इतिहाससम्बन्धी जानकारी दिन बीबीसी रेडियो फोरमा प्रस्तुत गरेको एकसय श्रृंखलाको ‘अ हिस्टि्र अफ द वल्र्ड इन हन्ड्रेड अव्जेक्ट्स’ मा समेत बुद्धबारे त्यही भ्रमपूर्ण तथ्य प्रसारण भएको थियो । Read the rest of this entry »

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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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International Folk Music Film Festival, Nepal-2011

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 16, 2011

Music Museum of Nepal (NEMIM) is going to organize International Folk Music Film Festival, Nepal 2011. Already lots ofindividuals and institutions from different countries are interested to participate in the festival. This program is sponsored and supported by Alliance Fraincaise in Kathmandu; Handicraft Federation of Nepal; Kathmandu University Music Department; Nepal Academy of Music and Drama; Nepal Sanskritik Sansthan; Nepal Cultural Corporation; Oscar International College (College of Film Studies); Sweta Sadan College, Sama; Tribhuvan University Music Department and UNESCO Nepal.

Chief CoordinatorYadav Kharel, Film Director and Nepal Academician

Overseas CoordinatorNorma Blackstock

SecretaryHomenath Bhandari, Music Museum of Nepal Read the rest of this entry »

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The Lumbini project: China’s $3 billion for Buddhism

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 16, 2011

By Melissa Chan

The town of Lumbini in Nepal is where the Buddha was born as Prince Gautama Siddhartha, before achieving

”]enlightenment more than 2,500 years ago. Now China is leading a project worth $3bn to transform the small town into the premier place of pilgrimage for Buddhists from around the world.  Little Lumbini will have an airport, highway, hotels, convention centre, temples and a Buddhist university. That’s in addition to the installation of water, electricity and communication lines it currently lacks.

That’s a lot of money anywhere – but especially for a country like Nepal whose GDP was $35bn last year. That means the project is worth almost 10 per cent of the country’s GDP. So what does China want back?

The organization behind the project is called the Asia Pacific Exchange and Cooperation Foundation (APECF), a quasi-governmental non-governmental organisation. Its executive vice president, Xiao Wunan, is a member of the Communist Party and holds a position at the National Development and Reform Commission, a state agency.

On Friday, APECF held a signing ceremony for the project with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Read the rest of this entry »

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Buddha Jayanti Quizz Competition

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 11, 2011

Kapilvastu Day Movement Canada is celebrating Buddha Jayanti 2011 with different programs. In Greater TorontoArea, documentary screening on life of Buddha and an intellectual discourse followed by the movie screening would be organised. In Vancouver, Kapilvastu Day Movement and NCSBC Youth Club (NCSBC YFC) are organizing Quiz Contest on 15th of May, 2011. The Vancouver program is sponsored by PNEFA and PACE Canada College.

Program details and reading materials For the Quiz Competition:
Vancouver Program Details
First Answering Team 1 min
Next Team – 20 second each
Total Questions: 40 Questions
If there is a tie 3 questions will be provided to each team in tie until the tie breaks.
Concentrations
1.       Nepal
2.       Lumbini
3.       Kapilvastu
4.       Buddhist population in Canada
5.       Buddhist Population Worldwide
Date: May 15, 2011
Time:  1:00PM – 3PM
Venue: Bear Creek Park Surrey

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Indian grand design to build duplicate Lumbini in vain

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 15, 2011

Indian efforts to substantiate the birth of Lord Buddha in India by constructing similar duplicate Lumbini in Aligadhawa of Uttar Pradesh have gone in vain.

The recent discovery of the contemporary town of Buddha’s time in Tilaurakot of Kapilbasto by a research team of UK Durham University has thrown cold water on India’s ploy to claim the Light of Asia as belonging to India. The Archaeologists led by Professor Robin Coningham have come up with the findings that there lay remnants of palace, four-land road, city, orchard among others under the earth in the present birthplace of Gautam Buddha.

 

Duplicate Lumbini site being constructed by India in Aligadhawa, Uttar Pradesh Read the rest of this entry »

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