The shortest man in the world, Khagendra Thapa Magar and top three Miss Nepal contest winners including Miss Nepal 2010, Sadichha Shrestha, first runner-up Sahana Bajracharya, and second runner-up Sanyukta Timsina were chosen the Goodwill Ambassadors of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) for the promotion of tourism in Nepal.
Khagendra’s theme message reads: "Shortest man in the world from the highest mountain in the world invites you to visit Nepal."
Miss Nepal Sadichha was appointed the Brand Ambassador of Nepal Tourism Year 2011 (NTY-2011) in the first week of September. She is also the conservation ambassador of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Nepal.
More photos of Khagendra with the beauty queens follows (photo credits – onlinekhabar, nepalnews, and nagariknews):
Nepali Film – Sambandha
Casting - Dilip Rayamajhi, Poojana Pradhan, Simanta Udash, Anusha Sahi, Puspa Shrestha etc.
Story/Director: Rabin Shree
September 22, 2010 was Indra Jatra in Nepal. The only living goddess in the world, Kumari, was carried in chariot while the Prime Minister, President, and high level official witness the procession.
Indra Jatra is the festival to remember Lord Indra, the king of heaven, and the god of rain. In Newari, this festival is also called Yanya Punhi. It is believed that the festival was started by Lichhavi king Gunkamadev in Kaligat Sambat 3822. Indra Jatra also marks the beginning of Dashain and Tihar festivals.
The festival begins with the carnival-like erection of a ceremonial pole, known as Yosin, accompanied by the rare display of the deity Aakash Bhairab. The Aakash Bhairab is represented by a massive mask spouting beer and liquor.
This is the only time of year the households throughout Kathmandu valley display images and sculptures of Indra and Bhairab. The Kumari, the only living goddess in the world, leaves the seclusion of her temple in a palanquin and leads a procession through the streets of Kathmandu to thank Indra, the rain god.
Every year, Indra Jatra begins from the Dwadasi of Bhadra to Aswin Krishna Chaturd asi, a total of eight days. Previously the festival was a week-long until King Jaya Prakash Malla in 1765 B.S. added a day to pull chariot through Naradevi, Nhyokha, Ason, Indrachwok and Hanuman Dhoka.
In one old saying, it is said that Indra’s mother needed a type of flower found in Nepal, parijat, for some religious ritual. Indra disguised himself as a human and came to the earth to fetch the flower. But, Indra was unlucky to be caught during stealing the flowers. The people tied Indra with ropes. A statue Maru Tole in Kathmandu depicts the tied Indra and is still being worshipped.
In Indra Chowk, Akash Bhairava bust, decorated with flowers, is displayed. The Akash Bhairava’s head is related to the epic, Mahabharata. Some even believe it to be the head of the first Kirat King Yalamber.
Some of the variety of performances during Indra Jatra are the dances of Sawa Bhakku Bhairav from Halchowk, Lakhes from Majipat, Devi Nach and Yeravat hathi (Pulukisi) from Naradevi, Mahakali and Kathi Maka Nach from Bhaktapur. These dances take place around the ancient Royal Palace, Hanuman Dhoka.
Indrajatra is the only time PuluKisi (Indra’s Elephant) dances in the public.
Other Lakhe dances are also very popular in Indra Jatra.
In the Lakhe and Sabha Bhakku dance, Lakhe chases Sabha Bhakku and Sabha Bhakku teases Lakhe. Lakhe dance of Majhipat is one of the most popular dances in the Jatra.
To promote Lakhe dance tradition, Narayangarh Bus Park Tol Sudhar and Bus Byawasthapan Samiti is organizing third National Lakhe Dance Competition on September 21 and 22, 2010. The first and second such competition were held in 2064 and 2065 BS. The winner, first runner-up and second runner-up will receive Rs. 30,000, Rs. 20,000, and Rs. 10,000 respectively. All the other participating teams will also be awarded Rs. 5,000 for their participation.
Do you remember the photo of Karishma Manandhar in which she shows her panties – the black one on brown dress ?
Seems like, after seeing the photo published in web, she realized the bad combination – black panties on brown dress!
After the incident, she might have decided to try on a better combination.. How about a red panties on black skirts?
Save the Himalaya awareness rally, UN New York, held on Sept 21, 2010. More on the event is posted here.
In spite of the controversy caused by Minister Deepak Bohara for the participation in the program, ‘Save The Himalaya’ was successfully held in New York on September 21, 2010.
Appa Sherpa, 20 times Everest climber and other 20 Nepali mountaineers attended the walk. There were a total of 200 people including Nepali and foreigners in the rally. Home Minister, Bhim Rawal and Forestry Minister, Deepak Bohora addressed the rally.
Among the participants were the mounteneers – Appa Sherpa, Dima Gombu Sherpa, Tenji Sherpa, Pasang Rinji Shrepa, Serab Jangbu Sherpa, Angbabu Jimba Sherpa, Lakpa Gelja Sherpa, Kipa Sherpa, Lakpanorbu Sherpa, Angchiri Sherpa, Migma Nurbu Sherpa, Sonam Sherpa, Migma Chiri Sherpa, Dawa Steven Sherpa, and A.C. Sherpa.
An analysis on what might be the reason behind the past-King Gyanendra, Paras and Himani’s increased social and religious activities. Video courtesy – Avenues TV.
Sushil Koirala was admitted to Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) for treatment of infection in his lungs, within a few hours of his victory in the party election.
The doctors have told that the illness of the newly elected president of Nepali Congress is related to the excessive effort during the preparation of the election. According to the doctors, he will stay in the hospital before for five day.
Due to the illness, Koirala could not attend the vict
ory rally organized in Kathmandu. Earlier, the 12th general convention of Nepali Congress had elected Sushil Koirala as the next party president.
NC General Convention has elected Sushil Koirala as the new president. Final voting result: Sushil Koirala – 1652 (elected), Sherbahadur Deuba (1317), Bhimbahadur Tamang (78). Read the rest of this entry »
The first Nepali TV to be broadcasted through satellite in the entertainment history, Channel Nepal, is going to come-back in your living room from Friday, September 24, 2010. The new management of the TV is full of young, energetic, and experienced VJs, anchor, and producers. The team of 12 lead by Sumitpratap J.B. Rana will focus on entertainment theme in the start. News, views and analysis will follow in coming days.
Nepali movie - Mission Love In Sikkim (मिसन लभ इन सिक्किम)
Starring – Bikranta Basnet, Jayakishan Basnet, Rushma Rai, Nagendra Rijal, Bhanu Gurung, Pabitra Bhattarai etc.
Director - Shovit Basnet
This movie was Salon Films’ fifth production and the presentation of Shovit Basnet.
Single part movie
After 20 years and hundreds of movies in Bollywood, the Indian movie world, Manisha Koirala did her second Nepali movie under the direction of Dipendra K. Khanal.
The movie named "Dharma" will mark as the reentry of Manisha in Nepali cinema. After her marriage with Samrat Dahal, she is seeking ways to settle down in Nepal. Her desire to produce a Nepali movie can be taken as the indication that she wants to move back home.
Talking in a program organized in the World Trade Center in Kathmandu for the release of audio of Dharma, Manisha told that she is planning to produce a Nepali movie. She also told that she has already started working on the script.
Nose, in our society represents ‘pride’ and the Nepali mountaineers residing in the US have asked the organizers to ‘save the nose’ while conducting ‘Save the Himalaya’ program in New York.
The Forest Minister, Deepak Bohara, had collected Rs. 1.5 million from 10 mountaineers in Nepal to ‘take them to the US’. The Embassy, decided otherwise and Mr. Bohara had to go to the US alone.
23 Nepali mountaineers have decided to boycott the program amidst the controversy of the top minister being too greedy in his last days at office. The fastest Everest climber of 1998 and World Record holder of the 2000 ed. of Guineess Book, Kaji Shrepa, is leading the 23 Mt. Everest summiteers to boycott the Save the Himalayas rally in New York.
S and R Films Productions presents
Newari Movie – Bara Si
Casting – Sunil Shrestha, Babita Poudel, Ramesh Adhikari, Shriys Bhandaari, Narayan Devi Pradhan, etc.
Story/Direction/Editing – Raj Shakya
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Photos of Sanchita's pregnant belly