LPG Gas Cylinder – don't panic, It's not Expiry Date

Were you one of those who received an email warning your LPG gas cylinder might have expired? The emails comes with the following photo of a gas cylinder with D-06 written in it indicating the fourth quarter of 2006. This coding only applies to the cylinders manufactured in India under the ISI guidelines. As, the cylinders supplied in Nepal are imported from India, they also apply to the cylinders available in Nepal.

The truth is, it is not a "true" expiry date!

It is the date of next Statutory Testing. It sure is riskier to use that has passed the testing date but be assured, the life of the cylinder is not expired. For example, as of now, all the cylinders should have the writing at least A-12 or higher to confirm that the cylinder is tested for it’s safety.


If you haven’t received the warning email, here is what the email looks like:  Continue reading

Dandi Biyo – Is it the Nepali National Game?

Dandi Biyo is a very simple game, and is equally dangerous. Some say it is the National Game of Nepal. But, there is no documentary evidence to prove it (at least, I don’t know. If you have more information please comment.)

I am not against this sports being a National game. But, before a decision is made, there should be certain prerequisite of sportsmanship and safety of players and spectators. To illustrate my point let’s analyze the following photo:


In the photo above CPN-UML leader KP Sharma Oli is seen inaugurating Dharan Sports Tourism Festival, by playing Dandibiyo in Dharan on April 27‚ 2011.


Before the ‘sport’ considered a sport, let alone a ‘National Sport’, there has be a standard for everything that is used in the sport. These standards are required so that the competitions are fair and the result of one game can be compared to another. A slight variation on the length of dandi or biyo can have a very different result.


Some points to be noted:

  • A sports need to have standard playing gears. The dandi KP is using to play the game is a simple piece of wood. If it were to be a sport, that piece of wood should be standardized in terms of the type of wood, length, diameter and grip friction.
  • Same applies to the biyo piece. Length, diameter, tapering angle and so on should be standard.

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Air Hostess’s Lady Gaga dance for your safety!

dancing-air-hostess.jpgThe flight attendants on Cebu Pacific Airlines, a low-cost Philippine airlines, have given a fun twist to the safety instruction always delivered before every flights.

The dull and routine demonstration was made much more interesting when the flight attendants do the safety demonstration while dancing to Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” and Katy Perry’s “California Gurls”.

The Cebu Pacific airlines started the new method, to get the message across as an experiment. The fun filled demonstration however doesn’t replace the boring, age-old safety demonstration before the plane takes off. The dancing demonstration starts only after the plane takes off. Below the video of one of the demonstration, taken by a passenger –  Continue reading