21 years old Ranju – Mayor candidate of Kathamandu, Karishma suggests Hamal to participate in election

Bibekshil Nepali has chosen a young and deserving candidate for the post of Mayor in Kathmandu. Although there is a little hope of her winning the election, she sure seems to be an interesting candidate. Let me dive into who Ranju Darshana is.

Who is Ranju Darshana?

Born in 2052 BS, Ranju lives with her single mom. She is currently doing her Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies in National College, Baluwatar.

ranju

Ranju wasn’t fan of the city closure for a political agenda. She is the advocate of disciplined politics. She told that her candidacy is the protest against “political syndicate.”

Ranju Darashana had been quite active in all the programs and protest program held by Bibekshil Nepal for the last three years. She says that she has a goal to make the city clean and beautiful.

Who are the other candidates of Mayor in Kathmandu?
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Rajesh Hamal, was the Sovereign states protocol broken? Bidhya Devi Bhandari India visit

At the time when the Indian President Pranab Mukharjee visited Nepal, five months ago, the Nepali superstar, Rajesh Hamal had written the following status:

“The head of the present Nepal government who ironically, once upon a time propagated the concept of ‘New Nepal’ has in course of time shaken the very foundation of being Nepali. The protocol amongst sovereign states should be on a reciprocal basis…”

The President of Nepal visited India on April 17, 2017. While Pranab Mukharjee was welcomed by the President, the Vice President, the Prime Minister, the Finance Minister and a lot of top level officials in Nepal, India’s reciprocal was really disappointing.

Video report:

In the beginning there was nobody to welcome the president of Nepal at the airport. Nepali ambassador to India Deep Kumar Upadhaya welcomed the president when she got out of the airplane. The Indian government didn’t sent any high level officials but a deputy minister of the ministry unrelated to Nepal was sent to receive Bhandari. Krishna Raj, the deputy ministry of Women and Children Ministry, welcomed Bhandari.

A video report about the statement of Rajesh Hamal:
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Ronali Amatya wins Miss congeniality, Miss Eco International 2017 title goes to Canada

Nepali beauty, Ronali Amatya as won the Miss congeniality title at the Miss Eco International 2017 beauty contest held in Egypt from April 1 to April 15. On the last day of the contest, Amatya was awarded with the title.

Video report (update)

Miss Eco International 2017 winners

The crown of Miss Eco International 2017 title went to Miss Canada, Amber Bernachi from Ontario, Canada. The 27 years old beauty from Canada is the 1st runner-up to the Miss Universe Canada 2016. The 1.65m beauty, Amber Bernachi, was crowned the Miss International Canada 2016. Bernachi had also participated in Miss International 2017 held in Japan. She was one of the Top 15 in the contest. Amber Bernachi is a BA in Business Administration and a BA in Political Science graduate from the University of Windsor (Canada).
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Paras and Himani talked, relationship – unsure!

The relationship between ex-prince Paras Shah and ex-princess has been going through a rough road for the last few years. Paras and Himani are living separately since Paras’ return from Thailand two years ago. It is not only the relationship with his wife, his relationship with his parents is not good either.

They only meet in special functions and they don’t seem to talk to each others. But, that changed in the party organized to celebrate the Bratabandha of Paras’s son, Hridayendra Shah at Soltae Hotel. The party with invitation to guest exceeding 3,000 was huge and included high level personality in the country. Although the Prime Minister was not seen in the party, the president and other high level official were present.

Hridayendra’s parents Paras and Himani were seen together in the party. They also talked briefly but the way they talked wasn’t that cordial. Paras seem relaxed and comfortable talking to Himani but Himani seem tensed and more focused to the guests than Paras. When Himani smiled at the end of the conversation, Paras didn’t look happy.

Watch the video report:


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3000 guests at Ex-King Gyanendra party at Soltae Hotel, Himani kept the crown at home

Almost 3,000 guests have arrived at the party organized by ex-king Gyanendra Shah to mark the Bratabandha of his grandson Hridayendra Shah. The bratabandha itself was held last week. I wrote about the bratabandha and a video about the incident.

The bratabandha was held in a private ceremony held at their residence, Nirmal Niwas. Only a few photos of the event were made available.

At the time of this writing the party is going on. I have obtained a few photos of the event:

In the main event the ex-princess and her daughters wore the royal looks by wearing crowns. But, in the party at Soltae Hotel, Himani has kept the crown at home.
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National anthem of Nepal

I had initially written this post on Jun 24, 2007. The videos posted at that time are removed. So, I created a video myself – a National anthem video to add in this post.

The National anthem before the country became a republic nation was King’s anthem. The anthem only talked about the king and his land. I will prepare a video about the old national anthem and will update this post in a few days.

When I was a little kid, we had to sing the anthem everyday in the morning.
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Biography of the Wild Prince of Nepal – Paras Shah

One of the most controversial royal family member in Nepali royalty – Paras Shah has gone trough a very tough time in his life. A prince without a hope to ascent to the throne – suddenly and unexpectedly became the crown prince. But, before he could enjoy the princehood and wait to be crowned – monarchy was abolished.

Here is the full biography of the unlucky crown prince:

Paras as a Person

Family timeline:

  • 30 December 1971 – Born to Gyanendra Shah (father) and Komal Shah (mother)
  • 25 January 2000 – Married Himani Shah
  • 12 December 2000 – Purnika Shah was born (Daughter)
  • 30 July 2002 – Hridayendra Shah was born (Son)
  • 16 October 2003 – Kritika Shah was born (Daughter)

Paras was uncontrollable. He wouldn’t listen to his parents or anybody else. When sober he behaves perfectly normally. But, under the influence of alcohol, he becomes uncontrollable. Every time he makes a mess, he usually is drunk. So, most of the incidents have happened in restaurants and hotels.

His relationship with his wife doesn’t seem to be that good. But, Himani seem to be living comfortably with her in-laws.

Education – Paras was educated in Budha Nilakantha School and St. Joseph College in Darjeeling. He also attended a US college and a British College. But, he never completed his undergraduate degree. One of the professors had told that was a mediocre student (ser ref 2).

– Paras did his Junior High from North Point, Darjeeling.

– High School from Budhanilkanta School, Kathmandu.

– Schiller International University and The United Kingdom for further studies in Business Administration.

In music paras loves the rock and heavy metal of Metallica and Guns and Roses. In sports he’s into swimming and basketball. He’s also a keen player in Chess and Monolpoly.
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Congratulation Mira Rai – The Adventurer of the Year 2017 of National Geographic Channel

Nepali ultra-marathon runner, Mira Rai, has been chosen the the Adventurer of the Year 2017 by the National Geographic Channel. Rai was one of the 10 adventure sports personalities nominated for the award.

Documentary of Mira Rai:

The nine other contestant Adventurers of the Year 2017

  • Runner Mira Rai
  • Paraglider Antoine Girard
  • Ocean Advocate Shannon Switzer Swanson
  • Park Protectors Pete McBride and Kevin Fedarko
  • Rock Climber Ashima Shiraishi
  • Cave Diver Krzysztof Starnawski
  • Celestial Circumnavigators Hōkūle‘a Team
  • Kayaker Semit Lee
  • Wilderness Defender Kristine McDivitt Tompkins
  • Mountaineer Colin Haley

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Ex King Gyanendra visits Shital Niwas, on president daughter marriage, the venue of his own marriage

On January 16, 2016, the ex-King of Nepal, Gyanendra Shah visited Shital Niwas – the president’s government residence to participate in the marriage of the younger daughter of the president, Bidhya Devi Bhandari. It was a coincidence that Shital Niwas was also the venue of the marriage of Gyanendra Shah some 46 years ago. At that time, the venue was used for royal events and as a guest house for foreign dignitaries. As a prince, Gyanendra Shah had married Komal Rajya Laxmi Shah in 2027 BS.

Video report:

During the marriage ceremony, Gyanendra was surrounded by the leaders of Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP). RPP is the party formed by the former Panchayat System leaders. The party led by Kamal Thapa and Lokendra Bahadur Chand is considered pro-monarchy and pro-Hinduism. Gyanendra told, “I remember the days of my marriage.”

In the recent days, Gyanendra has been releasing politically motivated press statements. He had expressed his dissatisfaction over the way the leaders have been working and the foreign influence in the Nepali politics.
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Living Goddess in Nepal, Kumari

A 10-YEAR-OLD girl, worshiped as a living goddess in Nepal has had her title reinstated after defying tradition and visiting the US. Temple authorities at her home town in Bhaktapur were quoted as saying that the visit had tainted her purity, and that they were beginning the search for a successor.

Sajani shakya reinstated

Kumari, living goddess of Nepal

But yesterday they said she would not be stripped of her title because she was willing to undergo a “cleansing” ceremony to remove any sins. Sajani Shakya was one of the three most-revered Kumaris, who are honored by Hindus and Buddhists alike.

Human rights activists believe that the tradition constitutes child abuse.

I will post a detailed review of Kumari tradition in coming days.

Update on March 3, 2008

Living Goddess Kumari, Sajani Shakya, Retired

sajani Shakya Last year, Sajani made international headlines after she visited the United States to promote a film by British company about the ancient practice. Some religious authorities criticised the trip, saying it was against tradition. They even threatened to strip her of the title, but the threat was later withdrawn.

In a latest news, The 11-year-old Sajani Shakya was revered for nine years as the Kumari of the ancient temple-town of Bhaktapur. Kumaris traditionally retire when they reach the age menstruation.

Kumari Tradition in Nepal

Kumari is some times called a Living Goddess in Nepal. It is a tradition of worshipping young pre-pubescent girls as manifestations of the divine female energy or devi in Hindu religious traditions. The word Kumari is derived from the Sanskrit Kaumarya, meaning “princess”.

The pre-pubescent girl os selected from the Shakya caste or Bajracharya clan of the Nepalese Newari community. The selected Kumari is revered and worshiped by Hindus and Buddhists in Kathmandu valley. There are several Kumaris in Nepal. The best known Kumari is the Royal Kumari of Kathmandu who lives in the Kumari Ghar, located at a palace in the center of the city.

The selection of kumari is a very rigorous process. As of 2010, the Royal Kumari was Matina Shakya, aged four, installed in October 2008 by the Maoist government that replaced the monarchy. Unika Bajracharya, selected in April 2014 as the Kumari of Patan, is the second most important living goddess in Nepal.