A team formed in Japan by the Nepali mission has rescued 44 Nepalese from Sendai and 14 from Fukushima in buses. Over 57 Nepalese have been relocated from areas in Japan hit by the tsunami and nuclear radiation, mostly from Fukushima and Sendai and have already headed for Tokyo.
The Nepali mission in Tokyo has estimated that over 200 Nepali citizens needed to be evacuated from Fukushima and Sendai to either Tokyo or other safer places in buses and vans. The Nepali mission said “We have sought help from the central as well as the provincial government to bring them back.”
In this respect, Nepali Ambassador to Japan, Ganesh Yonjan and Deputy Chief of Mission, Durga Bahadur Thapa, met officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and discussed Nepal’s token aid and shared the missing list of Nepali nationals.
Meanwhile, the Japanese Embassy in Kathmandu on Wednesday issued a statement “We would love to show our sincere appreciation for your warm support for our country suffering from a huge disaster,”
For Donation for tsunami-hit in US dollars and Nepali rupees, the amount can be deposited in account numbers 8047670 of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation’s Ginza branch and 01-0002089-71 of Standard Chartered Bank Nepal Ltd, Lazimpat branch respectively, according to the statement of the Embassy. Cash donation can be handed over to the Nepal Red Cross Society, Kalimati.
On Wednesday, Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) has revoked its decision of stopping the circulation of notes with former King’s image. NRB has issued notice the notes with former king’s image can be transacted as before.
Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has claimed, NRB did not publish a notice about the bank note policy in the gazette as required by law and called Deputy Governor of NRB for enquiry.
CIAA had directed NRB not to implement the decision now as the policy was implemented without following the existing regulations.
Are you a Twitter user? The micro-blogging platform in which you can’t type more than 140 characters (yes, it is character, not words).
In the recent time, Twitter has become very popular in the world. Some Nepali have also started using it. Encouraged by its popularity in Nepali users, Kantipur Daily has started publishing a section called "Sataka Twits". In the section one of the reporters copies twitter posts of his/her friends and publishes. When I saw the section last week, I felt a bit uneasy. The section this week is really awkward. One guy, in the published post is telling that he has borrowed his friend’s password to check-out the lady friends there (I thought his name deserves to be removed in the following cutting of the newspaper).
I have a couple of questions, for the publishers.
As I had already talked on previous article about how Nepali reviewers review movies. And I also wrote about how is it done. During the release of the movie Swor, my notion about the irresponsibility of Nepali reviewers proved right.
Different newspapers published reviews of Swor and they tried their best to create to discourage audience not to watch the movie. I am not saying that those reporters did wrong reviews. They were were right in their point of views. They did their best to show all the negative points of the movie.
Most of the reporters were able to point most of the negative points of the movie. My thumbs up to the reporters whose reporting helped the director of the movie, Prasanna Poudel in realizing the weakness of his movie.
The District Administration Office (DAO), Chitwan, on Wednesday ordered Rubel Chaudhary, the son-in-law of Former Deputy Prime Minister and Nepali Congress leader Sujata Koirala, to appear before the DAO for hearing within seven days taking into consideration the statements of Shah’s supporters—Ganesh KC and Shiva Bahadur Pandey. A case of Tiger Tops resort firing related to former prince Paras Shah and Bangladeshi national Rubel Chaudhary was held on today at the DAO which was filed against Shah for opening fire at Chaudhari in Tiger Tops Hotel on December 11, 2010.. Shah was arrested on December 14 in Pokhara and on December 16, he was freed on bail Rs. 10,000 and date. Chaudhary has already skipped the hearing over the incident twice, while the accused, Shah, showed up at the DAO on March 3 during the first hearing and during this second hearing, Shah called in sick and did not appear before the DAO, handing over all the legal issues to his attorneys. He, however, manage
d to visit Dolakha with his wife, Himani Shah.
The directive issued by Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB), with a cut off date of March 15 to withdraw all the bills with former king’s image, has created confusion among the common public and make them hurried to Government banks for exchanging currency notes.
Even some private banks and financial institutions refused to accept the notes with former king’s portrait on March 14.
But, no need to worry, NRB has made it clear that bank notes with former king’s image won’t be demonetized even after March 15.
NRB Spokesperson Bhaskarmani Gyawali said such notes can be exchanged from 123 branches of Nepal Bank Ltd, Rastriya Banijya Bank and three other private banks throughout the country at any time. One Global Bank branch, five branches of Everest Bank, two Nepal Bangladesh Bank, 45 NBL and 70 RBB branches have been designated by the central bank for this purpose.
The Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) has requested the public not to take notes with former kings’ image and to exchange their notes with kings’ images and torn notes till today from the banks and financial institutions. NRB is preparing not to transact such notes from Tuesday (Chaitra 1) onwards. It has also issued a directive to the banks and financial institutions for it. NRB’s directive has come following its previous decision to replace the torn notes and notes bearing portraits of former kings The central bank said it will not be compelled to exchange such notes from Tuesday
On Sunday morning, a fire caught five storeys building at Dharan-5 of Sunsari district and property worth around Rs. 10 million has been destroyed.
Police informed that the fire has devastated the house of Narayan Palikhe including eight shops in the house.
It is reported that Indira Palikhe got injured while trying to salvage some of her valuables. She is undergoing treatment at the BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences.
The house owner Palikhe told that the fire was triggered by an electric short circuit from a newly joined inverter at around 2:45 in the morning. Then it went out of control when it blew off the gas cylinder in the kitchen.
It was taken under control after two hours with help from three fire brigades, sources confirmed.
Nepali actor Rajesh Hamal is currently in Japan and he has witnessed the devastation due to earthquake and tsunami. Rajesh is currently living in a city located about 300 km from the earthquake epicenter. The place is told to be safe for more earthquake damages.
Hamal was reported to be living in tents in the open area to be safe from any damages caused by earthquake. This is a good news for the fans of Rajesh Hamal and we hope he will return back as soon as possible.
According to the Japanese prime minister, this event is the biggest crisis in Japan after the World War 2. About 10,000 people are feared to have died in the earthquake. About a dozen Nepali living in Japan are reported to be missing.
Panche Baja (literally – five musical instruments) is a group of five traditional musical instruments played in Nepal during certain auspicious occasions like marriages. A small band of five people (traditionally, called Damahi) can form the musical band to perform in such occasions. The five instruments are:
- Dholaki (Two sided drum, similar to Madal)
- Tyamko (small kettle drum)
- Damaha or Nagara (kettle drum)
- Sahanai (a short pipe instrument) and
- Jhurma or jhyali (cymbals)
Panche Baja – the five musical instruments – Dholki (Top left), Tyamko (Top right), Damaha (Bottom left), Sahanai (Bottom center), Jhyali (Bottom right)
The Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC), the state owned oil monopoly, has increased the prices of petrol and aviation fuel effective from Sunday.
As per the new price structure, the price of petrol increased by Rs 9 and reached Rs 97 per litre.
Likewise, the NOC has hiked the price of aviation fuel to Rs 90 per litre from Rs 80. However no changes have been made in the prices of diesel, kerosene and cooking gas.
NOC said that the prices of petrol and aviation fuel have to be increased due to the rise of petroleum prices in the international market.
On Friday night and Saturday morning, a day after a giant temblor set off a devastating tsunami killing hundreds of people in Japan, quake tremors have been felt across Kaski in Western Nepal, with the epicenter located around Hemja and Lahachowk of the district.
The tremor of magnitude 4.3 on the Richter scale was registered at 10.33 pm on Friday night. Likewise, another quake of 3.4 magnitude at 4:13 am, 4.4-magnitude at 5:15 am, was recorded on Saturday morning in the area, the National Seismological Centre (NSC)
The Kathmandu District Court on Friday remanded a gunman, Jasjeet Singh alias Vijay from 47-Sarojani Nagar, Lucknow who was arrested after shooting down Yunus Ansari in the Central Jail.
Singh is reported to have walked into the jail entered the visitors’ room on the pretext of visiting Charles Sobhraj Gurumukh and attempted to kill Mr Ansari at point-blank range with a UK-made revolver on Thursday in front of the guards.
He has been charged under the Arms and Ammunition Act. And police are also preparing to further book him for attempted murder. However, questions are being raised on the security lapses and possibility of police personnel involvement in the crime.
During investigation, it has been found that there is a link between the attempt on Ansari’s life with the murder of media entrepreneur Jamim Shah, who was gunned down in broad daylight in Feb. Investigators are looking into all possible angles.
Sumnima Dewan has been crowned as Miss Mongol 2011 on March 12. Contestant number 13, which proved to be her lucky number, is from Kathmandu and was the favorite to win the contest. Miss Mongol was organized by Action Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., sponsored by Sky-Shop-Smart Shoes.
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