Last on the hat-trick beauty contests, Republica Miss Teen 2009 is held on the last day of 2009.
In the event, Shriya Poudel was awarded the crown of Miss Teen 2009. Shriya has become the seventh Miss Teen in itâ€™s history.
Molika Rimal was the first runner-up and Avita Tamrakar was second runner-up of the event.
Out of the total 44 applicants, the top 24 contestants were selected for the final event.
Yogita Maharjan has won the Miss Newa 2009 title in an event organized by Nepalese Fashion Home in Kathmandu. There were 36 beauties aiming for the title in the final of Miss Newa.
Sabina Dangol was first runner-up and Alisha Shrestha was second runner-up in the event; winning NRs. 30,000 and 10,000 cash prizes respectively. Alisa also received the Best Dress award.
She said love don’t come easy
But it’s a game of give and take
You can’t hurry love â€¦
That was from one of Phil Collinsâ€™ song. Who else can validate the notion that one canâ€™t hurry love than Pooja Lama? Pooja was involved in a scandal, then she got married, started living separately after two weeks of marriage, and now she admits that she canâ€™t live with her husband.
Pooja Lama, scandal/marriage timeline
The first of the three beauty contests was organized at the Rastriya Nachghar, Jamal, Kathmandu on Friday, Dec. 24, 2009. The event was organized by by the Everest Fashion Home.
In the event, Tsering Moktan was awarded Miss Teen Tamang 2009 title. Amrita Moktan won the first runner-up title and Dechhen Chukti Dong won the second runner-up title.
The Miss Tourism 2007 and second runner-up of Miss Nepal 2009, Kunchan Moktan handed the Miss Tamang crown to Tsering. With the crown, Tsering was also awarded with Rs. 15,000 cash and Miss Personality award. The first and second runner-ups were also awarded with a cash of Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 5,000 respectively.
Other award winners are:
Sunil Babu Pant should be hailed to be courageous enough to announce that he is a gay and win election in a relatively conservative Nepali society. Now, he is representing the minority community in the Constituently Assembly (CA). Pant, 36, a computer engineer by training, won CA election from Gorkha district. He is one of the five CA members representing CPN(U), a small communist party.
Apart from being a CA member he is in LGBT (lesbian gay bisexual transgender) rights group in Blue Diamond Society, a society representing gay/bisexual people in Nepal.
If Pant is to be believed, he is not the only gay member in the parliament. He claims to know at least five more gay/lesbian members, personally.
Chemistry geek might have changed his/her career to make this park bench.One visitor to the make site, where it was originally published, believes that the table is made on the Wake Forest University campus in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
The youngest son of Bhuwan KC is going to act in a movie with his father. Bhuwan KC and his son Anamol will act as father and son in a home production movie called â€˜Sathi ma Timroâ€™.
Bhuwan wanted at least one of his siblings to work in films for which he has found Anamol interested and capable. His older son Bivek and daughter Kajol are studying in the US.
Anamol KC is studying in grade 10 and is appearing in SLC exam this year. Apart from acting Anamol is also interested in singing. He likes to sing rock and pop songs.
Women on the Frontline – video documentary series on violence against women and girls is presented by Annie Lennox.
It is about a woman, Sushma, escaped from brothel she was sold, in India.
(Publishers: UNFPA, dev.tv, Austrian Development Cooperation, UNIFEM; Year of Release: 2008)
There was the time when the government didnâ€™t allow Miss Nepal to be held and this is the time when at least three beauty contests are being held in a week.
Tamang beauty contest, Miss Teen Tamang 2009, is being held on December 25 (Poush 10). As I wrote previously, Newari beauty contest, Miss Newa 2009, is being held on December 30 (Poush 14). And, Republica Miss Teen, supposed to be held on December 21 has moved to December 31 (Poush 16) due to the Maoistâ€™s nationwide general strike for three days starting Dec 20.
Is that all? Or, did I miss some more beauty contests?
If the trend continues, someday we might be proud to be called – â€˜Nepal, the land of beautiesâ€™.
Republica Miss Teen 2009 Participants
Anju Panta and Shreya Sotang won two awards each in the 13th Hits FM music award, 2066. Anju was awarded with the Best Female Vocal Performance and Best Record of the Year for Ghazal song â€˜Nabirse Timilaiâ€¦â€™ (video attached below).
Shreya Sotang was awarded with Best Pop Vocal Female and the Best New Artist award. It is to be noted that Shreya is daughter of Uday and Manila Sotang, who also won the Best Vocal Collaboration title.
I wrote about the 16 year old kid who made a Solar Car with limited resources and budget in Baglung, western Nepal. Kushal was hailed by everybody and an insurance company General Insurance Co. Ltd. provided free insurance for him. The short documentary on Kushal and his attempts to build different things, was prepared by Motherland Nepal a California based organization.
NEFTA KTV Film Award 2066 took place at the Soaltee Crowne Plaza on December 16, 2009. ‘Ma Timi Bina Marihalchu’, a film by Bhuwan KC, won the award for Best Film. Bhuwan KC himself won Best Actor award for the same movie and the actress of the movie, Jharana Thapa, also won the Best Actress award. The movie bagged a total of nine awards including best singer, dress design, fight direction, script and editing.
Kishor Rana got the Best Director award for his movie ‘Mr. Mangale’. Mr. Mangale became the second best movie with six awards including best dialogue, best character actor, best comedy actor, child actor, and best background music. Movies ‘Silsila’ and ‘Sandesh’ bagged three awards each.
Rajesh Hamal was awarded the Mahanayak, based on his overall acting career. Similarly, Dr. Bhola Rijal was awarded with the Life-time Achievement Award.
One of the many ethnic communities, Newar community, has been conducting its own beauty pageant, Miss Newa, for the past few years. This year, 36 participants are choosen from Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Dolkha, Dhading, Terhathum, and Dhangadi for the final contest to be held on December 30, 2009.
Apart from Miss Newa, other ethnic community beauty contest – Miss Sherpa and Miss Gurung started in the year 2004. Miss Newa followed them and the first Miss Newa was organized by Nepalese Fashion Home in the year 2005. Since then Miss Newa is organized annually. Ms. Sabita Shrestha was crowned the first Miss Newa (2005). Ms. Subita Pradhan (2006), Ms. Supriya Tuladhar (2007) and Ms. Aakasha were the crown holders in successive years.
Last yearâ€™s Miss Newa 2008, Akasha Bajracharya will handover the Miss Newa crown to the winner of this yearâ€™s title.
When news about marriage of Charles Sobhraj with a 20-year-old Nepali fiancÃ©e, Nihita Biswas was released I wrote â€˜â€¦ loving and marrying a killer with approval of a lawyer mother looks a bit fishy!â€™
Avenues TV aired an interview of Nihita in which she claimed that Sobhraj was innocent and her love was for life. I wasnâ€™t alone on suspecting their affair. Film director Narayan Puri was watching the interview and decided to cash on the story.
â€œI watched the program with the girl saying confidently she knew about his past but yet was ready to marry him and I was very impressed,â€ Puri said. â€œI realized that itâ€™s not only people with a positive image who have fans. It can happen to even a prisoner behind bars. I also realized what an intelligent man Sobhraj was and how his taking to crime was a loss for society.â€
Chiranjivi presents Shiva Regmi’s
Nepali film – Yuddha
Starring: Shiva Shrestha, Nikhil Upreti, Sanchita Luitel, Mithila Sharma, Nandita KC, Usha Poudel, Suleman Shankar, Guest actors -> Saranga Shrestha, Dilip Rayamajhi, Kiran KC, Gopal Raj Mainali etc.
Story/Direction – Shiva Regmi