Poojana Pradhan to entertain in a Holi program in Dubai on March 2

Actress model Poojana Pradhan ‘Stri’ is going to participate in a cultural program to be held in Dubai to celebrate Holi festival. The program to be held on March 2, 2012 will also feature local artists who will also show their various talents for the entertainment of the audiance.

Poojana_holi_dubai

The program to be held in Imperial Suites Hotel, Bar Dubai is supported by various Dubai based organizations and is managed by Ashish Purush and Jayram Lama.

News from Nepal January, 2012 (consolidated)

King Tribhuvan’s statue going to be removed from Shahid Gate

Jan 2, 2012 @ 17:33

The government on Monday has decided to remove the statue of late King Tribhuvan Bir Bikram Shah from Shahid Gate through a Cabinet meeting and place it at Narayanhiti Palace Museum.

At present, Tribhuvan’s statue is in the middle of the statues of four martyrs – Ganga Lal Shrestha, Dharma Bhakta Mathema, Dashrath Chand and Sukraraj Shastri – at Shahid Gate.

Deputy Prime Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha said that the government took the decision as “it is inappropriate to display the king’s statute along with the great martyrs.”

Meanwhile, today’s cabinet meeting also decided to hold international conference in Kathmandu on climate change in mountainous countries on April 5-6 and to appoint Ram Kumar Yadav as the acting general manager of Nepal Drinking Water Corporation removing Dharma Dev Bajimaya from the post.

Advertisement

Vehicular movement decreased by 50%

Jan 3, 2012 @ 17:46

About 50 % vehicles are only running throughout the country due to shortage of petroleum product from few days.

According to Saroj Sitaula, Treasurer of Federation of National Transport Entrepreneurs’ Associations of Nepal, daily 70,000 to 80,000 public vehicles are run but at present, only 20,000 to 30,000 are running. It is affecting badly in the business of transport entrepreneurs who have taken loan to buy vehicles and further they have to pay to transport workers.

So, transport entrepreneurs on Monday staged two hour sit-in at the Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) in Babarmahal in the Capital demanding to ease the supply of petroleum products.

Entrepreneurs resort to protest against the acute fuel crisis in various parts of the country.

Fuel shortage has affected even the private vehicles and has decreased its movement.

Fuel supply to ease from Friday: NOC

Jan 4, 2012 @ 13:24

Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) on Wednesday said that the supply of petroleum products will be eased from Friday as the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has already increased the supply of fuels after the payment of the due amount.

The state-owned oil monopoly, NOC, paid IRs 1.5 billion on Tuesday and IRs. 430 million on Wednesday to the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), said NOC Spokesperson Mukunda Prasad Dhungel.

The smooth supply of fuel will be experienced from Friday as the IOC has increased in the volume of petroleum supply, Officiating managing director of NOC, Suresh Kumar Agrawal said.

The NOC had signed a loan agreement of Rs 1.5 billion with the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) on Monday and of Rs. 1 billion with Citizen Investment Trust (CIT) after getting approval from the government a month ago.

Media writes quoting Dhungel that the smooth supply of fuel in the market will be for certain period as the loan assistance is not sufficient to ease the supply on the long-term basis. It further writes, the only alternative to get rid of the shortage of fuels in the country is the readjustment in its price as said by Dhungel.

The NOC is incurring Rs. 1.28 billion loss a month as the selling price is below its purchasing rate from India.

Woman become active to save rhinos in Nawalparasi

Jan 5, 2012 @ 17:39

Women in Agheuli VDC of Nawalparasi have become proactive to protect and preserve rhinos.

According to RSS news, they are formulating local-level policies and have formulated a rule to esquire anyone including those entering the village without showing identity, on suspect of rhino poaching.

To protect rhinos in Gundred Community Forest under the Amaltari Mid-zone Forest Users Committee, women have started daily patrolling in the village and forest entry points.

Chairperson of Kanchanjunga Women Group, Meena Mahato, informed that daily patrolling is a part of their efforts to protect rhinos living in the local community forest.

Explosion in busy Newroad

Jan 6, 2012 @ 18:00

Friday afternoon at Newroad, a busy place in Kathmandu, a minor blast went off.

According to police, the explosion was carried out by using a one litre capacity pressure cooker packed with explosives. No human causality or any damage of property has been reported.

There was not found any leaflets or any other materials like noticed in other earlier blasts. No one has taken the responsibility of the blast.

According to DSP Dhiraj Pratap Singh at Metropolitan Police Circle Kathmandu, “The cooker doesn’t have the lid and traces of sulphur can be found”.

Hits FM Music Awards distributed

Jan 7, 2012 @ 16:53

Friday, 15th Hits FM Music Awards 2068 was organized in Kathmandu at Tribhuwan Army Officer’s Club, Bhadrakali and distributed various awards under 20 categories.

Among the songs and albums registered at Hits FM from Baisakh 1, 2067 to end of the year, 95 songs were nominated for all the awards.

Lifetime Achievement Award, a separate award category, is awarded to the prominent figure of the music industry for his/her lifelong contribution to the music field and, this year, poet and lyricist Chhetra Pratap Adhikari was honoured with this award.

Other Hits FM Awards-2068 winners under various categories are as below:

  1. Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Pushpa Gurung (Rog ho ki ya dosh ho)
  2. Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Om Bikram Bista (Gahro paryo)
  3. Best Vocal Collaboration: Anju Pant/Narendra Pyasi (Jaam kyare)
  4. Best Performance by Group or Duo with vocal: Albatross (Chhaina)
  5. Best New Artist: Seema Sangraula, (Ke nai runchha)
  6. Best Rock Vocal Performance: Albatros (Chhaina)
  7. Best Female Vocal Performance: Sangeeta Rana Pradhan (Haasi Haasi)
  8. Best Male Vocal Performance: Narendra Pyasi (Maya O Maya)
  9. Best Song Originally Recorded for a Motion Picture Soundtrack: Suresh Adhikari (Kasle choryo mero man)
  10. Best Pop Composition: Jems Pradhan (Garho parto)
  11. Best Rock Composition: Albatross (Chhaina)
  12. Best Arrangement: Amul Karki (Haasi Haasi)
  13. Best Composition: Ashish Abiral (Maya O Maya)
  14. Folk Record of the Year: Tulsi Parajuli (Patan ko Paatalo Chiura)
  15. Folk Album of the Year: Rup Kumar Rai (Ram Saili)
  16. Pop/Rock Album of the Year: 1974 AD (Aaat Aaathaana)
  17. Album of the Year: Rajesh Payal Rai (Rai is King)
  18. Song of the Year: Kali Prasad Rijal (Nadi Tarera)
  19. Record of the Year: Narendra Pyasi (Maya O Maya)

Accusing the govt being most corrupt, MJF-N withdraws support

Jan 8, 2012 @ 14:44

 Madhesi Janadhikar Forum –Nepal (MJF-N) on Sunday afternoon made a formal announcement of withdrawal of party’s support to the current government led by Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai.

Organizing a press conference in the capital, MJF-N chairman Upendra Yadav announced, “MJF-N pulled back its support to the government citing that the current government is the most corrupt in Nepal’s history.” Yadav further added, ‘the current government has failed to make any progress on peace process and constitution drafting ‘.

MJF-N also accused the government for not integrating 10,000 Madhesis into the Nepal Army as per the previous agreement.

Addressing the conference, party Chairman Upendra Yadav said that the party would now stay as an active opposition party.

Withdrawing the support was decided by meeting of the MJF-N central committee held on Friday.

Five get 12 yrs jail sentence for gang-raping Buddhist nun

Jan 10, 2012 @ 17:33

The Sankhuwasabha District Court on Monday slapped jail sentences on five persons including driver, conductor, and handyman, to 6-12 years in prison for gang raping a 21-year-old Buddhist nun.

The victim, a resident of Bhojpur, was on her way to Khandbari from Dharan on June 24, 2011 when the incident happened. The bus was enroute to Khadbari, Sankhuwasabha from Dharan in Sunsari.

A single bench of district judge Shaligram Koirala of Chainpur District Court, Sankhuwashabha sent Raj Kumar Limbu (21), Bhuwan Korangi (24), Sobhit Magar (17), and Abhishekh Magar (18) to 12 years in prison. One Drona Bahadur Rai (27) was sentenced to six years in prison for abetting the convicts. Each of the convicts was also slapped a fine of Rs 50,000 to be paid as compensation to the victim.

The nun, unconscious after the incident, was admitted to the BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences and then to a hospital in India’s border town of Siliguri.

Local cadres of the Sanghiya Limbuwan Rajya Parishad took the five under control after hearing of the crime and handed them over to the police. The case was filed by Krishna Bahadur Tamang, the victim’s father.

Heavy snowfall in Daman and Simbhanjyang, tourists visit

Jan 13, 2012 @ 16:49

Heavy snowfall at Daman and Simbhanjyang along the Tribhuvan highway has affected daily life. Since early Friday morning, it has been obstructing public transportation too between Hetauda and Kathmandu.

According to RSS, Area Police Office in Palung said, snow as high as three feet has accumulated on the roads and snowfall still continues.

Meanwhile, every day, the number of tourists visiting Daman and adjoining areas is increasing to observe the snowfall and play with snow.

Especially youths from Hetauda, Birgunj and Kathmandu are coming.

Jiabao to visit Nepal for few hours

Jan 13, 2012 @ 17:13

Prime Minister and Party secretary of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, Wen Jiabao, is visiting Nepal for few hours only on Saturday, according to high-level sources in Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Jiabao would be in Nepal for five hours and then would be flying to Doha of Qatar. The visit schedule has not been disclosed yet by the Foreign Ministry.

However, it is confirmed that Jiabao will meet Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai on his visit.

Earlier, Jiabao had postponed his Nepal-visit, which was scheduled to begin from December 20 due to domestic reasons as said by China. However, the reason behind the postponement was speculated as security concerns.

Nepal, China sign eight deals on short visit of Jiabao

Jan 14, 2012 @ 16:13

The current premier and Party secretary of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, Wen Jiabao arrived in Kathmandu at around 11:53 am for a five-hour visit.

A unit of Nepal Army based at the Tribhuvan International Airport accorded 19-gun salute to the Chinese premier in his honour.

During this short visit, Nepal and China have signed eight agreements following talks between Chinese premier Jiabao and Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai Saturday afternoon.

The government of China has agreed to pledge US$ 750 million grant assistance to Nepal for the next three years. Other agreement are budgetary support worth US$ 20 million for this year, infrastructure development, cultural programmes, upgrading of transit points, assistance for infrastructure development of Nepal Police, assistance for voluntary retirement of the combatants and upgrading of Pokhara airport.

According to RSS, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha and Foreign Minister of China signed the agreement on dry port management in Nepal-China border, frontier pasture agreement, and agreement on exchange of assistance between the foreign ministries of the two countries.

Similarly, Finance Minister Barsha Man Pun and his Chinese counterpart signed the agreements on economic and technical assistance promotion, establishment of training academy for the Armed Police Force of Nepal, and three others on providing various logistic supports to the Nepal Police.

Jiabao flew off to Doha, Qatar after his short Nepal visit.

Shyam Sundar Gupta arrested on abduction charges

Jan 16, 2012 @ 15:09

Lawmaker, Former Minister and chairman of Nepal Sadbhawana Party (Anandi Devi), Shyam Sundar Gupta was arrested on Monday from his residence in Siddharthanagar-5, Rupendehi district.

A police team deputed from Kathmandu Metropolitan Crime Division arrested lawmaker Gupta for his alleged involvement in kidnapping of a Kathmandu-based Marwari businessman Pawan Sanghai on the basis of statement given by two persons who were arrested by the police from Hetauda on Sunday..

Businessman Sanghai was kidnapped from Kamaladi GaneshThan, Kathmandu in December 21 and three weeks later, Sanghai had returned home safely after paying hefty ransom. Although his family has not disclosed the exact amount of ransom, police source believe that several crores rupees have been paid to secure release.

Nepal-India home secretary-level talks: Nepal to train Indian police

Jan 18, 2012 @ 07:32

The two-day Nepal-India home secretary-level talks concluded in New Delhi on Tuesday. In the talk, it was agreed for the first time that Nepal is allowed to provide policing training to the Indian police.

According to 26th point of 10-page minutes of the meeting as per the Kathmandu Post, “The Nepalese side offered training opportunities to the Indian police personnel of tourism and community policing.” Source said, “Indian side is happy with the offer as Nepal has excellent track record in community and tourism policing.”

The meeting agreed to hold regular meetings of the chiefs of Armed Police Force (APF) and Director General (DG), SSB, India. It was agreed that IF, APF and DG, SSB shall meet annually.

The meeting discussed about strengthening measures to check the movement of terrorists and other miscreants using international airports as transit points, growth of religious fundamentalism on Nepal-India border, proliferation of Madrasas, anti-India propaganda by some Nepal’s FM radio stations in the border areas and misuse of SIM cards.

In the meeting, India agreed

  • to prevent harassment of Nepali nationals by the Indian police personnel
  • for a joint inspection and maintenance of missing or damaged boundary pillars at least once every two years.
  • to provide training and capacity building support for combating cyber crimes, economic offences, and on forensic sciences, training for customs officials, prison officials, immigration officials, police officials and chief district officers.

Protest against fuel price hike

Jan 19, 2012 @ 17:31

Youth organizations of eight major political parties including youth organizations of the ruling UCPN (Maoist) have announced phase-wise protests against the government decision to hike fuel price.

Earlier in the day, 13 student unions of the major political parties had already announced their protest programmes against the fuel price hike.

Maoist  youth front YCL, Nepali Congress (NC)-aligned Tarun Dal, UML’s Youth Association Nepal, Tarai Loktantrik Phant, and other youth fronts, announced various protest programmes in a joint press conference organized in the Capital on Thursday.

The protest programmes include joint demonstrations on January 20  in the Capital, protest assemblies on January 21 at major junctions in the Capital including Baneshwor, Kalanki, Jawalakhel, Chabahil, and Sallaghari of Bhaktapur, nationwide exposure assemblies on January 22,  demonstration in front of Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) office for two hours on January 23, torch rally in Kathmandu on 24 and valley shut down on January 25.

The NOC, on Wednesday, had announced increment in the prices of petroleum products. With the hike, the price of petrol has reached Rs 115 per litre while that of diesel and kerosene have reached Rs 85 per litre. Similarly, the price of cooking gas has reached Rs 1500 and airline fuel has reached Rs 100.

The price of petrol has increased by Rs 10 per litre, the prices of diesel and kerosene by Rs 9 per liter each and the price of cooking gas by Rs 175 per cylinder.

NOC said that the price of the petroleum products was revised to meet the increasing loss it had been bearing. As per the previous price, NOC said that it was bearing a monthly loss of 1.78 billion rupees.

Nepal Army Officer injured while defusing bomb

Jan 21, 2012 @ 16:12

A Nepal Army Officer got injured while defusing a bomb planted at a grocery shop in Gaur of Rautahat district Saturday morning.

The injured has been identified as Hom Bahadur Raut, Nepal Army lance corporal of Amar Dal and is receiving treatment at Rautahat district hospital. He sustains injury in his leg. The condition is reported to be normal.

The bomb was planted at a grocery shop owned by Binod Jaiswal of Sarmujawa VDC-4.

Meanwhile, the district coordinator, Abinash Singh of Samyukta Terai Madhes Mukti Party has owned the responsibility of the plantation of the bomb.

DIG Koirala confesses to murdering his wife

Jan 22, 2012 @ 12:06

Armed Police Force Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Ranjan Koirala, 44, has confessed to killing his wife, Gita Dhakal, 36, during a police interrogation Sunday morning, sources claim. Further details about the murder have not revealed yet.

Koirala was detained by the Metropolitan Police Crime Division, Hanumandhoka, over the disappearance of his wife. His wife had gone missing from her Budhanilkantha residence since January 11.

A joint team of Kathmandu Police Range and Metropolitan Police Crime Division (MPCD) on Sunday arrested Koirala from Nagdhunga when he was entering the Capital from outside the Valley.

Saturday night, the body of a woman was found dumped in Palung, Makawanpur and DIG Koirala was detained today morning to find whether there is any connection between his missing wife and the body,  according to police spokesperson, DSP Dhiraj Pratap Singh.

Earlier, police had refused to register an abduction complaint of Gita’s relatives against him citing the lack of solid evidences. Then her relatives had lodged a kidnapping complaint at National Human Rights Commission, National Women Commission and the Prime Minister´s Office.

Koirala claimed that they had been living separately for over ten years.

News article or ‘Murder tutorial’?

Jan 24, 2012 @ 06:05

An illustrated article on how the Nepali Police DIG Ranjan Koirala killed his wife, published in Nepali daily Kantipur, seems more like a tutorial now how to kill rather than a news article.

The police officer, Koirala, who was had a master’s degree on Criminal Psychology and had  worked in Crime Branch in Nepal Police, had experience on such crimes and he had done his best to hide his crime. Publishing all the details of the crime in the newspaper makes it looks more like a procedure of committing such crime than preventing it.

dig_crime_report_ more_like_a_tutorial

Read the full article in Kantipur webstie (in Nepali).

We hope the journalists take their social responsibilities more seriously and publish only the details that is required to explain the situation.

[Our previous news article about Koirala confessing of murdering his wife.]

Bhattas’ of Pashupati to get salary, Offerings in treasury

Jan 24, 2012 @ 15:22

A proposal of paying fixed salaries to priests of the Pashupatinath temple authorizing the Culture Ministry to handle the monetary offerings to the Hindu shrine has been submitted to Culture Minister Gopal Kirati.

A subcommittee formed in November last year to maintain transparency of monetary offerings has proposed this according to which the four sections of “sacred” priests—Bhatta, Bhandari, Bishet and Rairakami—will receive salaries and perks as provided to civil servants by the government. The Mul Bhatta, chief of the four Bhatta priests, will receive Rs 40,000 monthly and a daily allowance of Rs 3,000. The remaining three Bhatta priests will receive Rs 30,000 per month and Rs 2,000 in daily allowance as published in ekantipur

As 101 Bhandaris are handling temple affairs for a period of one month in turn, Kirati said that there are some technical problems for their salary.

According to Kirati, 8 Bishets, who are responsible for managing logistics at the main temple, have already been receiving some amount of money as salary from the Pashupati Area Development Trust. It is equivalent to that received by a section officer in government service. Rairakamis receive salaries as non-gazetted government officials depending on their responsibility.

Fuel price reduced but, protest to continue

Jan 26, 2012 @ 07:57

The government has reduced the price of after a protest by the student organizations. Announcing the government decision to reduce Rs. 3 per liter on petrol, Rs. 4 in kerosene oil and diesel, and Rs. 85 per cylinder in cooking gas, the Minister for Commerce and Supplies, Lekh Raj Bhatt, told that the reduction will impact in the supply.

Minister Bhatt told that he had to reduce the price on pressure and he expects the availability of petroleum in the market to be further limited.

The protesting 13 student organization have however rejected the moderate price reduction. They have demands the government to scrape the price hike altogether. They have also told that the protest will continue until the price hike is reversed.

Nepal Oil Corporation had increased the prices of diesel and kerosene to Rs 85 per liter from Rs 76 per liter. The price of petrol was raised to Rs 115 per litre from Rs 105 and the price of cooking gas was raised to Rs 1,500 per cylinder from it’s previous price of Rs 1,325.

Even after the current reduction, the petrol still costs Rs. 112 (Rs. 7 net increase), kerosene and diesel costs Rs. 81 (Rs. 5 net increase), and cooking gas costs Rs. 1415 (Rs. 90 net increase).

No_petrol_petrol_pump_sign

Students pelt stone at Minister Rayamajhi

Jan 26, 2012 @ 12:02

Students pelted stone at the vehicle of Minister for Local Development Top Bahadur Rayamajhi in Palpa on Thursday.

When minister Rayamajhi was traveling near Bhairav Sthan, activists of Nepali Congress-aligned Nepal Students Union (NSU), CPN-UML-aligned All Nepal National Free Students Union (ANNFSU) and All Nepal National Independent Students Union-Revolutionary Sixth (ANNISU-R) protesting against fuel price hike pelted stones. Police detained eight students.

The protest against fuel price hike from student unions is still going on though the Ministry of Commerce and Supply on Thursday has announced nominal decrease in the prices.

Defence Army members arrested

Jan 27, 2012 @ 12:04

Police on Thursday made public five members of Nepal Defense Army (NDA) who were arrested for finding involved in bomb explosion cases at Thapathali and Peepal Bot, New Road, in Kathmandu.

The NDA is a Hindu extremist group and demanding re-declaration of Nepal as a Hindu kingdom.

On the accuse of terrorizing public and extorting 27 individuals, the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) has arrested 28-year-old Pulis Bishwas aka Jagat Narayan Chaudhary of Morang, 26-year-old Pramod Kumar Mahato aka Pariwartan of Sarlahi, 26-year-old Nirmal Lama aka Bishal of Makwanpur, 30-year-old Jagat Bahadur Thapa aka DSP Prakash of Nawalparasi and 22-year-old Cham Bahadur Thapa “Rajan” of Tanahun from different locations.

According to the CIB, the mastermind behind the series of bomb blasts in the Capital was Phani Raj Mainali, the NDA’s supreme commander who is currently serving a jail term at Dillibazar prison since 2009 after being convicted of attacking churches and other religious places.

Police said they had found that the communication was going on between Mainali and his group members through letters delivered by Jagat Bahadur Thapa. Police have confiscated five mobile sets, two SIM cards and letters written by Mainali from those arrested.

Saraswati Puja being observed

Jan 29, 2012 @ 07:53

Sripanchami, also known as Saraswati Puja is being observed Saturday all over the country by worshiping the goddess of knowledge, Saraswoti.

From this day, the sun starts moving to the northern hemisphere causing long days and signaling the advent of spring season. So, this day is also known as ‘Basanta Panchami’.

Devotees and students visited Saraswoti temples on this day across the country. They throng Swoyambhu, Maitidevi, Nilsaraswoti temple at Gairidhara and Saraswoti temples in other districts.

Students also worship their pens and books to please Goddess Saraswoti.

26 persons found involved in NAC spare parts theft

Jan 29, 2012 @ 15:03

A probe committee formed to investigate missing spare parts of the Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has recommended action against 26 persons as per the existing law who were involved in a series of spare parts thefts.

The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoTCA) had constituted a four-member high-level probe committee under the coordination of Joint-Attorney General Thok Prasad Siwakoti to look into the missing spare parts of NAC.

Organizing a press conference in Kathmandu on Sunday, the Committee urged Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation, Lokendra Bista Magar to take action against those 26 persons.

However, name of accused persons has not been disclosed yet.

Within a span of less than a year, NAC has lost a fly away kit and spare wheels of its Boeing 757 and the landing gear of its Twin Otter aircraft which are estimated to be worth Rs 150 million.

Protest against fuel price hike

Jan 29, 2012 @ 16:14

The 13 student unions agitating against the government decision to hike the prices of petroleum products on Sunday announced second round of protest programmes.

According to media, the student unions will organize a protest rally on Jan 30 and 31 and submit a memorandum to Chief District Officer on Feb 1 to raid the petrol pumps and gas depots, raid in the depots of petrol pumps and cooking gas on February 2-4, hold mass gatherings on the streets with empty cooking gas cylinder on February 3, demonstrate at Minister’s official residence located in Pulchok on February 5, and stage sit- in protest in front of Singhdurbar gate on February 6.

Students, not accepting the nominal reduction, have been demanding a complete revocation of the decision to hike the prices of the fuels.

Nepali girls trafficked to China, working under vulnerable conditions

Jan 30, 2012 @ 14:23
The study conducted in Khasa and Kuti of Tibet by Maiti Nepal for a month reveals that Nepali girls, who have been trafficked to China by luring them of dignified and decent jobs, are working under vulnerable conditions in different cities.

RSS writes quoting the study that Nepali girls are forced to work in cabins, restaurants, lodges and dance bars and their documents were under the control of owners of dance bars and restaurants so that the Nepali girls can return home during their convenient time only.

The study reveals that among 137 interviewed girls, 50 per cent said they were working under hardships against their interests.

The survey shows most of girls are from Tamang, Gurung, Rai and Limbu communities and most are from bordering areas of Sindhupalchowk district including Tatopani and others. Girls from 17 districts including Sindhupalchowk, Kavre, Kathmandu, and even Tarai have also gone to Chinese city.

The study found it was more difficult to get rid of the Chinese bars and restaurants than escaping from the Indian brothels. However, Nepali girls are earning high income than in the Indian cities. They are earning Rs 8,000 to Rs 15,000 per month, according to Program Officer at Maiti Nepal, Sindhupalchowk, Madan Chaulagain.

Chaulagain said that from Friday Maiti Nepal has established its office in Kodari aiming to bar the Nepali girls from going in Chinese cities for doing risky jobs and a campaign has been started in Dhunche VDC, the district headquarters of Rasuwa district, to control human trafficking there.

Marriage problems in Nepali movie sector

UPDATE – 2016:
Simpal Khanal married a UK resident businessman of Pakistani origin. Rekha has legally divorced in August of 2016. Shayam Bhattarai has also gone to the USA (I don’t have any information if Shyam has met Ranjana Sharma there).

UPDATE: November 2014:

2012 – Actress Rekha Thapa ended her 10-years-long marriage by divorcing Chhabi Raj Ojha. Rekha is having affair with Sudarshan Gautam and Chhabi has high hopes to marry Shilpa Pokharel. (report of Rekha’s divorce, Chhabi talking about his interest on Shilpa Pokharel, and Sudarshan talking about marrying Rekha Thapa.)

2012 – Actress Priyanka Karki‘s marriage with Rochak Mainali didn’t last more that two years. The Miss Teen 2005 revealed about the divorce in 2013, after a year of the event (more about Rochak and Priyanka’s divorce).

2014 – Suleman Shankar (Iku) divorced his wife of 5 years Jaya KC (report on Iku’s divorce).

Saranga Shrestha – Saranga married a US citizen and divorced. She is currently married to a young Nepali guy, Ramesh, living in the USA. Saranga and Ramesh have a daughter.

** Original article continues**

Divorce in Nepali movie sector has become a common happening these days. Divorce brings in pain and problems and doesn’t come easy for both the parties involved. The traditional Nepali society has made it even worse in terms of setting a ‘bad example’ in the society.

Let’s analyze some of the high profile problems in marriages of the personalities of Nepali movie industry:

Bhuwan KC / Sushmita KC  – Bhuwan KC is known for his affairs with various ladies.  Bhuwan KC’s first marriage with Bijaya KC ended when Bijaya went to USA with their kids. Bhuwan found Sushmita KC as his second wife. That too didn’t lasted long and they ‘divorced’ until they reunited again after the release of “Ma Timi Bina Marihalchu”. But, they have divorced again. Bhuwan’s affair with Sharmila Dangol didn’t go far and he is living alone these days. We won’t be surprised if Bhuwan and Sushmita get together after the release of ‘Sathi Ma Timro’ as predicted by friends in Films Nepal. (update- they didn’t get together, but there is rumor that Bhuwan is having an affair with Jiya KC)

bhuwan_sushmita

 Continue reading

RIP Sushila Rayamajhi

Actress Sushila Rayamajhi has lost the battle against cancer and died on on Thursday, January 26, 2012 in B and B Hospital, Gwarko. The dead body is being kept in Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj.

sushila_rayamajhi

Sushila had married twice and has a daughter from one and two daughters from another marriage. Sushila was suffering from a cancer in her womb for the last few years.

 Continue reading

Nepal Banda photos – protest by student wings of parties including ruling party

As announced earlier, 13 student wings of nine different political parties, including the ruling party, have forced-close the Kathmandu valley on January 25. There are no vehicles on the street and the businesses are also closed. The only vehicles allowed on the road are press vehicle, ambulance, and vehicles of foreign embassies.

The youth organizations have announced that they won’t even sit in negotiation table until the government takes back the recent price hike. Here are some of the scenes seen in Kathmandu streets:

protest_against_price_hike

 Continue reading

Manisha Koirala caught dead drunk in a party

manisha-koirala-drunk_escortedWe haven’t heard much good news about Manisha Koirala these days. Her re-entry in Nepali movie wasn’t that effective and the marriage didn’t work either. She had been seeking inner peace by visiting various yoga camps and she still doesn’t seem to have gathered herself up, yet.

Manisha was caught in a very unpleasant drunken state at a newly opened restaurant. It was the opening ceremony of the new restaurant, Versova, owned and operated by her ex-boyfriend Prashant Chaudhari.

Dressed in black-grey dress, Manisha, wasn’t able to control herself and was escorted to her residence by her friends.

 Continue reading

Prachand's new residence – purchased for Rs. 103 mil. ?

It shouldn’t have been a big deal whether the Maoist Chairman , Prachanda, purchased or leased the new residence. Everybody needs a residence and a leader like Prachanda wouldn’t fit in a small house. At the same time, leaders needs to be transparent on everything they do and shouldn’t try to hide things specially related to financial dealings.

prachanda_residance_inside_gate

Prachanda’s son Prakash, in his Facebook post, told that the new residence is leased f
or Rs. 60,000 a month. The quoted lease amount is believed to be extremely cheap for such a building made on a land of three ropani. There was a rumor that the building wasn’t leased but purchased. A weekly newspaper, Sanghu, has published a details on the purchase of the building and asked Prachanda to be transparent on the financial dealings on the purchase of the new residence.

 Continue reading

Chapali Height – copy paste poster again!

The poster of Chapali Height released yesterday are copied from an Michael Douglas’s English movie Basic Instinct. It’s not only the poster, the name also has a similar design.

basic_instinct_chapali_height

It’s not only the poster, the name of the movie is also inspired by the movie.

chapali_height_name_chori

With these similarities, it’s anybody’s guess what the story should be like!

 Continue reading

Politics on the peak, CPN Maoist team preparing the Mt. Everest ascent

A team comprising of 11 mountaineers including the central committee member of Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) Krishna KC and Chairman Prachanda’s son Prakash Dahal have headed to climb 6,000 m high Langtang mountain. This climb is in preparation of climbing the Mount Everest.

Mountain_team_Langtang

After the intention to climb the world’s highest peak, party’s team had been practicing mountain climbing for the last few months. After the 20 days climbing training in Langtang, the team is ex
pected to climb Mt. Everest in this year’s season.

The Mt. Everest climbing team includes Krishna KC, Prakash Dahal, Yuvaraj Dulal, Bina Magar, Shivakumar Dangi, Mukunda Pokharel, Dinesh Shrestha, Ishu Bhatta, Madan Chudal and Maheshowr Phuyal.

mt.everest_team_cpn_maoist

Our best wishes for the team for the success of Langtang ascent and their ultimate Mt. Everest climbing!

 Continue reading

Best value Copy-Paste offer ?

Art students copy the arts of renowned artists to learn and understand the technique. Such a practice is not meant to steal  other’s creativity and say that it is their own creation.

After witnessing such unethical practices in Nepali movies, it is time other sectors also resort to stealing other’s creations. Shuphal Kafle of Ujyaalo 90 network has found that the popular Republica advertisement was in fact copied from the advertisement of a Ukraine based company Kiev Assist.

republica_copy_paste_advertisement

The advertisement of Nepali newspaper reads “Best value offer! perfect combination of information and & entertainment” instead of the original “KIEV ASSIST UKRAINE”. Does that mean, Republica offers the “best value” copy-paste offer?

I am not 100% sure that the photo was the Ukrainian website’s original creation. Similar types of photos are also available for purchase for the use in print and digital media and this photo might be one of them. Even in such cases, using such photos for it’s own advertisement shows the lack of maturity and dedication of the media house, as big as Republica.

Such a copy-paste practice is very common in Nepali movie industry. The posters of Nepali movies Premika, Ghamanda, Hifajat, K Yo Maya Ho, Tridev etc. were found to be exact copies of different Hollywood and Bollywood movies. It seems, other sectors are joining the copy-paste trend!

Miss Jyapu to be held on March 17

We already have various ethnic beauty contests like Miss Newa, Miss Gurung, Miss Sherpa, Miss Tamang and so on. It seems such ethnic contests haven’t been able to include all the sub-ethnic communities. That might be the reason Miss Jyapu is going to be organized soon. Jyapu is a small sub-community within Newa or Newar community, opting agriculture as their profession. By default, Miss Newa is supposed to include all the beauties from Jyapu community.

miss Jyapu

Miss Jyapu 2012 is going to be organized on March 17, 2012 (Chaitra 4. 2068 BS) and application for the beauties of age between 18 and 24 is open now. The particip
ants will be taught about the traditional agricultural practices and typical Newari tradition.

After Miss Jyapu (agriculture professionals) it seems, we will have more beauty contests like Miss Gubhaju (Newari Priests), Miss Shrestha (Merchants), Miss Pode (fishermen, sweepers), Miss Chyami (sweepers) and so on in the near future.

UPDATE: Miss Jyapu Beauty Pageant 2012 Registration Form

Prachanda's new house / Everest Bank building / owned or leased ?

The CPN Maoist chairman Prachanad has moved to a new residence in Lazimpat from his earlier home of the last five and half years, in Naya Bazar.

Kantipur published a photo of a red brick house as Prachanda’s new house. But, Prachanda son, Prakash Dahal, has posted a facebook wall post, accusing the newspaper of publishing the building of Everest Bank as their home.

prakash_dahal

kantipur_prachanda_moving_to_Lazimpat_house

Although various media have told that the new residence is their own, Prakash said in his Facebook profile that the new house is also rented for a limited time. To the question about the rumor that the house was their own, Prakash replied:

rented_house_prachanda

The photo below is the actual residence of Prachanda (Photo credit – Nagarik).

prachanda_new_house

In Nepalese context, it is not easy to believe in politicians. These days, it is even harder to believe the newspapers or media.

Talking about irresponsibility of Nepali media, Nepal Samacharpatra and Avenues TV published a "Research Based" news by researching a comedy article – saying that Bollywood actor Amitabh Bhachchan has Nepali roots. But, even after a lot of ridiculation, the media houses haven’t felt the need to clarify their news.

Let’s hope, Nepali newspaper will act a
bit more matured in the future and we we will always be told the truth!

Loot – A Nepali movie review

Loot‘ is a Nepali movie. It doesn’t cater the Bollywood flavor. Although the concept of item songs comes from Bollywood, and Loot has made a full use of it, that hasn’t ruined the Nepaliness in the movie.

Loot_poster_1

The item song ‘Udhreko Choli’ and it’s popularity has helped in the marketing of the movie. But, that is not the whole story.Simplicity in story, the style of story telling, better than average acting, no nonsense scenes in the movie are some of the positive aspects in ‘Loot’.

 Continue reading

Maghe Shakranti different moods and modes of celebrations

Maghe Shakranti is celebrated in various ways in different parts of Nepal. By default, it is about eating various delicacies and enjoying the day in the best way possible. Here are some of the highlights of this year’s celebrations.

The following dance party organized to mark Maghe Shakranti is in full swing (photo credits Dilli Limbu):

maghe_shakranti_dance_party

In the following photo a huge crowd in Taruka, Nuwakot is waiting to witness a bull fight (Photo credits – Janak Raj Bhatta).

Bull_fight_in_Nuwakot.Taruka

Although bull fight, popular in France is reticulated for brutality and inhuman killing of bulls, the Nepali version of bullfight doesn’t involve any blood-shed and is fun for people. People from all over Nepal (specially from Kathmandu) come to enjoy the event.

 Continue reading