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07. September 2008

Google Homepage links Nepal-India Flood

Today at homepage i saw a link to Koshi flood which has affected Nepal and India . May be the link was shown to me based on my Geolocation ( the IP belongs to India ) . This is a good initiative from Google’s . Thanks Google.

25. January 2008

Nepal scripts the best child welfare story

This was printed on the India’s Number One English Daily . Feels Good .

Despite a devastating 10-year civil war, Nepal has scripted the best child welfare story in the world, slashing child mortality by over 65% and magically improving child healthcare.
“Nepal is one of the seven countries in the world that has been successful in cutting child mortality by two-thirds,” said Gillian Mellsop, Unicef’s Nepal representative, releasing the report ‘State of the world’s children’ in Kathmandu Thursday. “What is commendable for Nepal is that we were able to make this progress despite the conflict the country has experienced in the last decade.”

In 2001 in Nepal – one of the world’s poorest countries where remote villages lack healthcare, safe drinking water, electricity and sanitation – 91 children under the age of five died in every 1,000 children, according to the health ministry. Last year, the number was slashed to 61 per thousand, making Nepal one of the four top success stories in the world, the other three being Indonesia, Egypt and south Asian neighbour Bangladesh.
Worldwide, more than 27,000 children under five die every day, most of them from preventable causes.
Last year, more than 80 percent of the deaths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia.
The reduction in the child mortality percentage in Nepal was better than in its bigger neighbours China and India. China reported a 47 percent decline in its child mortality rate and India reported 34 percent.
“We are world leaders in this area,” said Yasho Vardhan Pradhan, director of child health division at the health ministry.“In Nepal, 5,000 children used to die of measles every year. But after our anti-measles campaign, there are only sporadic cases. Even in 2004-05, when there were shutdowns and devastation every day, we continued with our campaign, injecting 9.5 million children.”
Nepal’s other magic successes are axing iron deficiency by 77% and bringing 83% of Nepal’s 4.5 million under-five population under immunisation programmes. Pradhan attributes the success to the state’s willingness to embrace innovation and its faith in the communities that participate vigorously in childcare programmes. IANS

22. January 2008

Onscreen kiss is OK in Nepal

This was a news in a popular Indian channel news site .Excerpts Here. Found interesting enough to share

Traditional Nepal received its first onscreen kiss serenely, providing quite a contrast to southern neighbour India where kisses – on screen and off it – have ignited public frenzy and lawsuits.

Kagbeni, a Nepali adaptation of WW Jacob’s 20th century supernatural classic The Monkey’s Paw, that released in Kathmandu, Biratnagar and Pokhara city this month, has been receiving rave reviews with foreigners and the Nepali elite flocking to theatres.

Shot in Kagbeni village in mountainous Mustang district in north Nepal, the story revolves around a young apple cider maker and his wife who ask for gifts of an ancient monkey’s paw with dark powers and get a travesty of what they had desired.

Theatre actor Saugat Malla and Kathak dancer Deeya Maskey play the couple Ramesh and Tara who celebrate the arrival of a machine from the city that would boost their business by making love.

There is a brief but passionate scene where the two debutant actors lock lips and the kiss is used for the film’s promos as well.

Bhushan Dahal, CEO of Nepal’s biggest private TV station Kantipur, who also makes his directorial debut with Kagbeni, says he was surprised by the public reaction to the kiss and love-making.

“A lot of people talked about it when the promos were shown,” the 42-year-old told IANS. “But after the film was released, people hardly mentioned it.”

Dahal, who also hosts a chat show and is being courted as a celebrity model, feels the kiss was accepted because there was nothing “illegal” about it.

“Nepal is conservative but not to the extent of going to court,” he said.

“In the cities, people watch a lot of Hindi and English films. In the villages, a lot of Nepalis go abroad for work. They are all aware of that particular intimate moment and know it happens between a man and his wife,” Dahal said.

Maskey, who comes from a very conservative family, said she hadn’t known she would have to actually kiss someone when she auditioned for her role.

“The director convinced us about the scene,” she said. “It’s also a matter of trust, the credibility of the banner you are working under.”

When Malla kissed her, she said she retained her sense that it was simply acting, like her other gestures.

“I was a little nervous,” she said. “But there were people in front of us, behind us. That helped.”

The 26-year-old, who faced a lot of opposition from her family when she decided to dance in music videos, had kept her fingers crossed about their reaction.

“I was tense when the promos were aired,” she said. “But when the film was released, the scene merged with the plot and there was nothing over the top about it.

“My elder brother was the first to congratulate me. Thanks to ‘Kagbeni’, my family has now accepted my new career,” Maskey said.

In India, actress Shilpa Shetty was taken to court just because she was kissed by Hollywood star Richard Gere at a public programme to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS.

Perhaps it speaks volumes of Nepal’s serenity that after the hullabaloo, Gere chose to slip into Nepal for some peace and no one raised an eyebrow.

10. September 2007

Post About Nepal Airlines in Engadget….

It was interesting read ( more interesting because the news from nepal being on Engadget ) Read on

Nepal Airlines sacrifices two goats to fix a 757

We’ve definitely done some crazy things to fix our gear — we swear our Sawtooth Power Mac G4 actually ran faster after we dumped a can of Diet Coke into it — but we’ve never gone as Nepal Airlines recently did. Faced with intractable mechanical problems on one of the fleet’s two 757 jets, authorities at the state-run airline apparently sacrificed two goats to the Hindu god Akash Bhairab (pictured in the airline’s logo, to the right) in front of the plane, which promptly took the skies again problem-free. That’s pretty much all the information anyone has, but Nepal Airlines has confirmed that “the snag in the plane has now been fixed and the aircraft has resumed its flights.” We’re not going to comment on anyone’s religious beliefs here, but that had to have been the weirdest pilots’ announcement of all time.

23. May 2007

World’s highest cellphone call made From Mount Everest Nepal

 British climber Rod Baber made a  mobile phone (apparently using a MOTORIZR Z8, not a satellite phone) call from the top of Mount Everest. In fact, he made the record breaking call twice: the first to a voice mail account, the other to his wife and children. He even sent a text message to Moto which read, “One small text for man, one giant leap for mobilekind – thanks Motorola.” . The Motorola sponsored “world record” was made possible by a Chinese mobile base station installed with a line of sight to the north ridge. Officially, the calls were made at 29,035 feet (about 8,848 meters) in temperatures of -22 degress fahrenheit (-30 degrees centigrade) — so cold that Rod had to tape the batteries to his body just to keep them active.

Mr Baber also did not have much time to make the call because those climbing Everest typically only stay at the summit for 15 minutes. Making such a call is dangerous as talking into the handset meant he had to remove his oxygen mask.

Mr Baber also claimed a separate record for sending the highest text message.

From base camp before making the attempt to reach the summit of Everest, Mr Baber said: “Everest symbolises the greatest challenge to any climber.” He added that making the call from the mountain was a “once in a lifetime” opportunity.

listen to the call here at BBC

22. May 2007

Prachanda gets Nepal govt. to Pay Rebel Soldiers NRS 3000 a month

Kathmandu: After weeks of a psychological war with the government, in which the verification of rebel soldiers by the UN was held hostage, Nepal’s Maoist guerrillas finally tasted victory on Monday with prime minister Girija Prasad Koirala and his cabinet agreeing to pay rebel soldiers an allowance of NRS 3,000 each per month.
   At the end of the cabinet meeting, information and communications minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara, who was promoted to government spokesman from being the Maoist spokesman last month, said the ruling alliance had agreed to pay the monthly allowance as well as build fortified shelters in the makeshift camps currently housing combatants of the People’s Liberation Army.
   With the decision, the stalled UN verification process will resume soon, Nand Kishore Pun aka Pasang, senior PLA leader, said.
   The government capitulation comes after Maoist supremo Prachanda threatened to start an indefinite strike from Monday if the government did not better the conditions in the 28 makeshift cantonments where about 31,000 PLA soldiers have been staying since the signing of a peace pact last year. In recent times, storms have blown off the plastic roofs of some camps, while others were said to be infested with snakes and stalked by diseases.
   The management of the camps has been a serious bone of contention between the Maoists and the government, which has already given the rebels over NRS 1 billion. To pressure the ruling alliance into doling out more, the combatants have stalled the UN efforts to verify the number of genuine soldiers since last month. Finally, the cabinet decided to wash its hands of a nonwin situation and hand over the management of the camps to the physical planning and infrastructure ministry headed by a Maoist leader, Hisila Yami.
   The government gesture however is being deeply resented by a group of people living in worse conditions than the Maoist guerrillas in the capital’s roads for nearly three months.
   These are members of the Nepal Maoist Victims’ Organisation, people who have had a husband, father or brother killed by the Maoists during their decade-old People’s War and their land and house captured by the rebels. Though the Maoists pledged to return all confiscated public property when they signed the peace pact, they have not done so.
   I was imprisoned by the Maoists five years ago, says Pampa Budathoki, 49, who comes from distant Ramechhap district, a Maoist stronghold. They accused me of spying, beat me up and gave me 24 hours to leave my village. Now they are getting NRS 4800 a month, inclusive of food allowances, while I don’t have 48 paise to my name.
   I have been trying to meet Prachanda. If I meet him, I am going to ask him, who deserves the allowances? The people who were maimed for life and left unable to fend for themselves or the people who caused their woes?
   Three years ago, the chief of the organisation, Ganesh Chiluwal, was shot dead in broad daylight by the Maoists while coming out of his office in one of the busiest areas of Kathmandu. His killers are yet to be brought to justice.
   At first, we were hopeful we would get justice, says Nur Prasad Adhikari, one of the spokesmen of the group. But now with the Maoists in the government, our hope has evaporated.
   While the government is building 105 fortified shelters for Maoist combatants in Morang and Ilam districts in eastern Nepal, on Thursday, baton-wielding policemen demolished the camp in the capital where the victims had been huddling for three months and forcibly took away their meagre possessions.

Via Times of India

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