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Friday, December 7, 2018

5 Things To Do In Narayangarh

A few minutes away from the Bharatpur airport, Pulchowk (Narayangarh) is the must-go place for any travelers thinking about stepping away from the touristic Sauraha. The raison d’être is: you can relax, and enjoy the vibes of the city.

Here are five things to do in Narayangarh:

  1. Chill out at ‘The Bridge Cafe’

Located close to the Narayani Bridge, you can not only enjoy a sip of coffee but also write what you want to. This is the perfect place to reflect on your life and envision the next move.

2. Enjoy the Night groove at Snooks Cafe & Pub

The hot and happening pub is close to the old Chitwan Medical College. You should go to this place to relieve your tensions.

3. Take a stroll alongside Narayani River

If you’re the romantic type then you should definitely head towards the riverbanks of the Narayani river and enjoy the local delicacies. You also have the option to take a ride on the boat. How bout dat?

4. Miss watching movies? Head out to QFX Jalma Cinema Hall 

I don’t think this needs any description. Have you ever tried watching movies alone? You should!

5. Try local delicacies at Chulho

This is a must go place in Narayangarh. Since it’s difficult to find a good place to dine, this place serves varied dishes that you will surely relish. Sometimes a picture speaks a thousand words!

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Shrinkhala Khatiwada

Shrinkhala Khatiwada is a 22 years old Miss World contestant in the ongoing global competition. Shrinkhala is the 2018 Miss Nepal and hails originally from Hetauda. She speaks three languages: Nepalese, English, and Hindi. Shrinkhala has a degree in Architecture and is currently working as an architect. She is also the National Chancellor for the International Association of Educators for World Peace and President of The One Home Foundation. Shrinkhala has aspirations to be the first female Prime Minister of Nepal. Ms. Khatiwada enjoys writing, reading, traveling, and trekking. She can also compose poetry very quickly and has been writing a children’s novel. Her personal motto is: You can do it”.

Here are five things about Shrinkhala Khatiwada that you didn’t know: 

1) I started school at the age of two and I practically started at the same time as my older brother. We grew up as twins even though we’re not — with the same circle of friends and the same level of education in classrooms.

2) Growing up, I wanted to be a pilot (until 10th standard) but I’m an architect now.

3) As a child, I used to love cats but as I’ve grown up I’ve become more of a dog person.

4) When I was young I could easily learn how to ride a bike but I never knew how to put the brakes on — it took me two years to learn how to put the brakes on when riding my bicycle.

5) When I was young I loved composing songs and could compose a song with five minutes notice.

HOW DO YOU FEEL AFTER WINNING THE MULTIMEDIA AWARD AND THE BEAUTY WITH A PURPOSE AWARD?

This is the first time that Nepal has shown so much interest in Miss World — the first time the entire country has come together to support someone and I’m so pleased it was me.

I dedicate the multimedia award to my country because of all the love and support I have received during Miss World.

I’m proud to be representing my country — so thank you for voting: this award is for you!

Winning a Being the Beauty With A Purpose award is a huge achievement and something I am very proud of. Beauty With A Purpose was the main reason I joined Miss Nepal because I wanted to compete in Miss World. For my project, I built a health center for an indigenous group called the Chepangs in my district — a group of people who live a semi-nomadic lifestyle and have very little access to healthcare and hygiene advice. The most important thing I would like to accomplish after competing in Miss World is to raise awareness of the causes I am passionate about.

DO YOU HAVE ANY MESSAGES FOR YOUR NEPALI SUPPORTERS/FANS?

I’m grateful, I’m overwhelmed and I never thought I would receive so much support from the entire country — and Nepalese people from around the world — when I started this journey.

I’m thrilled and I feel an even bigger responsibility to give back and do more for my country right now. I’m out of words; I’m just thankful.

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Miss Nepal confirmed in final 30 of Miss World 2018

SANYA, CHINA — In a double scoop tonight, Miss Nepal Shrinkhala Khatiwada secured two accolades in the final week of Miss World 2018: She won the Multimedia award for her activities which include over 100 million votes on social media and for preparing a compelling video to promote the tradition and culture in the city of Sanya as a tourist destination. Shrinkhala was also named first place winner in the Beauty with a Purpose project for the work she has done to provide water for a remote village.

Lining up with a confirmed place in the final which will be held on Saturday 8 December, Shrinkhala commented: “Thank you so much for voting for me and liking my content and sharing it. This is for my country who have been supporting me and loving me.”

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Kavre Court to decide soon on Peter Dalglish’s case

KATHMANDU — A government lawyer has informed Kathmandu Tribune that the alleged pedophile Peter Dalglish’s case will soon come to an end.

The lawyer didn’t say when the final verdict will happen but he said it won’t take a long time now.

Mr. Dalglish faces imprisonment for pedophilia.

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Accelerate progress against HIV/AIDS by making quality testing accessible to all

By Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia

Ensuring all people everywhere have access to quality HIV testing and can know their status is critical to preventing and controlling HIV/AIDS. Across the WHO South-East Asia Region, as across the world, many people living with HIV (PLHIV) lack access to testing and hence do not know their HIV status. This inhibits access to treatment and enhances the likelihood of AIDS-related complications and death. It also allows the virus to spread.

In recent years Member States have made strong progress in all aspects of HIV/AIDS prevention and control. Between 2010 and 2017 AIDS-related deaths declined by 40%. Between 2000 and 2017 new infections were more than halved, from 318 000 to 157 000. Still, an estimated 3.5 million people Region-wide currently live with the disease, with around 51% receiving Antiretroviral treatment (ART) and an estimated 36% completely unaware of their status. This must be remedied as a priority.

Fundamental to ensuring all people have access to quality HIV testing is harnessing the many innovations now available. Novel approaches such as community-based testing by lay providers, community-led testing and HIV self-testing are vital tools to help people know their status. To make this happen, countries must ensure WHO prequalified HIV self-test kits are registered with drug regulators and are readily accessible. They must also remove all structural barriers to access testing, including the need for parental consent for adolescents, for example.

Communities themselves must be encouraged to embrace HIV testing. This can be done via communication campaigns that strive to eliminate the stigma and fear surrounding the disease, and which tailor messaging according to key populations. This is especially important given nearly two-thirds of new infections in the Region occur among key populations, who are at a significantly higher risk of contracting the virus than the general population. As recent regional think tank meetings have stressed, empowering key populations to harness ‘Aids Assets’ will help prevent, test and treat HIV, thereby keeping them safe and reducing the disease’s prevalence.

While championing the need for each person to know their status – the theme of this year’s World AIDS Day – as the WHO TREAT ALL guidelines make clear, knowledge alone will not solve the problem: All cases should be provided free treatment as soon after diagnosis as possible, especially given WHO removed limitations on the eligibility of receiving ART in 2016. It is to the credit of each of the Region’s Member States that the WHO TREAT ALL guidelines have been universally adopted, with each of them striving to reach the 90-90-90 target by 2020.

To that end, WHO will continue to support Member States via technical and operational assistance as they work to ensure that by 2020 at least 90% of PLHIV in the Region know their status; at least 90% of those who know their status are on treatment; and at least 90% of those on treatment have suppressed viral loads. By sustaining present gains, accelerating progress, and harnessing the full power of innovation, these outcomes are within our grasp. They can – and must – be reached.

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Disgruntled Madhesh based parties soon to decide over the support to incumbent Government

JANAKPUR (ANI) — The longtime agitating Madhesh based party of Nepal, thRashtriyaya Janata Party-Nepal (RJP-N) will soon decide whether it will continue to support the incumbent Government led by Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, said party’s coordinator.

Rajendra Mahato, newly elected coordinator of the party on a visit to his constituency in Janakpur made these remarks while replying to a query of reporters about RJP-N’s support to the incumbent government.

Mahato said “We had supported the government but there has been no positive development from the government’s side in the direction of addressing our demands. No discussion has been made on the constitutional amendment, about the release of Resham Chaudhary and other prisoners, withdrawal of the cases lodged against the arrested protestors as well as the issues having a direct impact on the daily life of the people, such as peace, security, and good governance. In this critical phase the Rastriya Janata Party- Nepal (RJP-N) will be holding a meeting over the issues soon and on that meet, we will soon decide over the issue.”

The current government under the Prime Ministers KP Sharma Oli was formed in mid of February this year after his party secured a majority of seats in federal elections held in two phases.

The longtime agitating party RJP-N had supported the government upon being convinced over the addressal of their demands.

The amalgam of the Communist Parties of Nepal, the then Left alliance had 174 votes in the 275 members strong House of Representative. The then CPN-UML (Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist) whose chairman Oli is the current PM of Nepal has 121 seats in the parliament and MC has 53 members.

The agitating parties of Nepal the RJP-N and the Federal Socialist Party- Nepal who have 16 and 17 votes in the parliament also voted in favor of PM Oli which made him achieve the desired 207 marks hence completing the majority of two-thirds with 23 votes in addition. (ANI)

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Kathmandu Kings XI Talent Hunt set to kick off

KATHMANDU — A one-day Kathmandu Kings XI Talent Hunt cricket selection camp is set to kick off at Oasis Cricket Academy in Kumarigal on Saturday for the upcoming Everest Premier League (EPL) T20.

Organized by Kathmandu Kings XI, the camp is being organized for boys and girls aged above thirteen years old.

COO Raj Jung Thapa of Kathmandu Kings XI said, “Ace cricketer Kevin O’Brien and Nepali rising sensation Sompal Kami will mentor the cricketers, while the director Binod Das will also look after the camp. This will surely help them to learn and make a more positive step to cricket they are playing”.

Kathmandu Kings XI has already roped in Sikandar Raza and Rohan Mustafa for the upcoming EPLT20 edition.

“I think this is the first time in Nepal that we have opened the talent hunt for both male and female. I hope this positive step will spark a new idea to other franchises and help woman cricket as well. We have to give a chance to the next generation of players both male and female,” Mr. Thapa said.

You can download the application here.

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Friday, November 23, 2018

24 Tech Companies to Take Part in Nepal’s First Tech Titans Futsal Tournament 2018

KATHMANDU — The first ever Tech Titan Futsal Tournament 2018 is set to be organized on November 24 and December 1 at Dhanyentari Futsal Arena, Kathmandu. The event is an attempt to gather all the leading tech companies and celebrate the common aim of enhancing the face of the technology of our country.

Tech Titans Futsal Tournament 2018 is an effort to bring awareness in the tech scene in Nepal to show that tech companies are made more than just ideas and technology.

A total of 24 teams are participating in the tournament and showcase their outstanding futsal skills and compete to be crowned Nepal’s Tech Titans Futsal champion.

Organized by TechLekh.com, the event has been supported by amazing partners: Mobility Partner: Pathao; and, Sports Partner: Kelme Nepal. The sponsors for the event are Foodmario, Eminence Ways, Fusemachines Nepal, InFocus Smartphones, and Pasls.

The first day of the tournament is set to be a league tournament in which each team will play two matches. 16 out of 24 teams will qualify to the next level–the pre-quarterfinals.

All the matches from pre-quarterfinals, quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals will happen on December 1. Out of the 16 teams, one team will emerge as the ultimate champion of the Tech Titan Futsal Tournament 2018 and will take home a whopping prize amount of Rs 1,11,111. The Runner-up of the event will receive a cash prize of Rs 55,000.

Along with the cash prizes, the winning teams will also receive trophies, medals and certificates. In addition to that, the Best Goalkeeper, Best Player, and the Highest Scorer will also be awarded prizes, medals, and certificates.

A total of 10000 people are expected to visit the event during the two days of event.

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Nepali Churpi Goes Global

KATHMANDU — Nepali Churpi is in a high demand in the global market nowadays. Churpi, a Nepali-Tibetan delicacy, is a traditional cheese, like a ricotta. Traders now export Nepali Churpi to eleven different countries as a ‘dog chew’.

Churpi, which has its production unit in Ilam, has seen its business expand. Secretary of NCCI Prakash Jha says, “It also helps to uplift the national revenue”. He further adds, “It is a perfect source of income for countries like Nepal”.

The product’s largest consumer is the US. Whereas Canada is the second global market for the Nepali made Churpi. Israel is now the third largest market for the Churpi. “It will become the good source of income and it will flash the positive sign in the national economy soon,” adds Jha.

Ram Sapkota

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Hot air balloon tour lifting Nepal’s tourism

POKHARA (Xinhua) — When a giant colorful balloon appeared in the ground near the pristine lake of the Fewa Lake in Nepal’s most popular tourist destination Pokhara on Saturday morning, hundreds of people gathered for the unusual scene with excitement.

Soon, few crew members ignited a fire at the bottom of the balloon with the help of gas cylinders while the balloon slowly moved up towards the sky.

The historic moment was witnessed and appreciated by many including politicians, tourism and sports entrepreneurs, journalists and local people as the hot air balloon flight was commercially introduced for the first time in the city.

The inaugural flight, which was cut short due to high wind speed, was attended by Prithvi Subba Gurung, the chief minister of Gandaki province, whose capital is Pokhara.

“The hot air balloon will definitely contribute to the tourism of Pokhara. I believe that it will enable the tourists to spend more days in the city to indulge in such recreational and adventurous activities. It’s a positive start,” Gurung told Xinhua after experiencing the balloon flight.

He further shared that the balloon flight is expected to contribute to their mission to attract 2 million foreign and domestic tourists to the province in 2022.

Balloon Nepal Pvt. Ltd started the balloon flight service with an investment of 15 million Nepali rupees after receiving authorization from Nepal’s Civil Aviation of Authority, with two balloons bought from a Spanish company.

“Through the balloon flight, one can feel the majestic Himalayan ranges and the beauty of Pokhara closely. We want to support the tourism of the country through this recreational aviation activity,” company secretary Prabin Maharjan told Xinhua.

Maharjan said that as step one, the company is starting its commercial operation from Dhampus, a village located some 22 km away from Pokhara. The flight will enable the passengers to have a view of five mountains – Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Mardi and Himchuli.

According to the technical team members, the hot air balloon operation is not that complex, however, it requires certified equipment and experienced pilot, and most of all, good weather.

Currently, the hot air balloon is being operated by a professional pilot from India along with Nepali crew members.

Pilot Nitesh Parheik, who has been working in this industry since last few years, told Xinhua, “Pokhara valley is beautiful and people can see the stunning views of mountains from the top, so I think it’s a perfect destination for ballooning.”

He also explained that the balloon works after heating the air inside it with the burner. After the heat, the balloon becomes lighter than the cooler air on the outside which causes the balloon to float upwards. Generally, certified LPG gas cylinders are used to heat the air while the fabric used in the balloon are fire resistant.

The pilot, who has an experience of flying up to 10,000 feet, told Xinhua, “The balloon flight is totally safe as we follow globally recognized standards of safety. Passengers’ safety is always the foremost priority for us.”

On the first day, at least three commercial flights were held while hundreds of people booked the tickets. For Nepali people, the flight costs Rs 11,000 (about 100 U.S. dollar) while it costs 160 U.S. dollar for a foreign tourist.

The 26-year-old photographer Yush Dangol, who experienced the balloon flight on an opening day, told Xinhua, “It was my first time for such air adventure and it felt really amazing. I could see the good view of the city from the top.”

Air sports are quite popular in the Himalayan country, especially in the lake city Pokhara, which has been the major attraction for tourists. Besides hot air balloon, Pokhara hosts air activities like paragliding, ultralight flights, and skydiving among others.

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SMEs and Economic Growth in Nepal

Achieving and maintaining a reasonably high economic growth has been one of the major objectives of most of the countries in the world even in Nepal. Nepal is one of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in the world having a small economy with Rs 743 billion Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and $862 per capita income. The country has aims to graduate from LDC into developing by 2022 and graduate in the middle-level income country by 2030.

For the country, Nepal, agricultural sector, hydro-power sector, tourism sector, handicraft, different herbs have been regarding as competitive areas for the economic growth. The country needs to recognize such areas and strengthen them by allocating an adequate amount of budget along with implement effective monitoring mechanism. Moreover, the country needs to explore the sectors that have a significant contribution towards the economic growth of the country and formulate robust policies in order to reap the benefit from them.

In fact, despite agricultural sectors regarded as a mainstay for most of the Nepali, the contribution of such sector on GDP has been in declining trend. Similarly, the contribution of the industrial sector on GDP has been in the same trend for few years. However, the contribution of the service sector on GDP has been an increasing trend. This implies that Nepali economic has been shifting agricultural sector to service one.

In fact, the country has been exporting human capital and in return receiving remittance. Remittance does better to some extent in the short run. However, it cannot be regarded as a base for the sustainable development of the economic growth of the country.

There is no doubt that the country has been highly dependent on other countries like India and China for most of the product from agricultural to petroleum products, due to which the country has been facing widening trade deficit and likely to widening further.

Low production, consumptions habit of Nepali, inadequate utilization of available human capital, lack of sophisticated technology, solely depends upon India for petroleum product are some of the factors that attribute further widening trade deficit.

It is believed that the countries on the transition to industrialization can grow faster than those relying on the agricultural base. To carter those aforementioned problems, the country needs to establish enterprises especially Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) since they have a significant impact on the economic growth which revealed by many empirical studies conducted in most of the countries in the world. In fact, employment generation by SMEs is higher than the employment generation by large enterprises.

Generally, SMEs can be established, operated, flourished business activities with a small amount of capital. By the name, they are small but actually not in terms of their contributions towards generating employment opportunities, poverty alleviation, increasing entrepreneurial activities, among others. Moreover, SMEs are the drivers of the vehicle called the economic growth. Economic growth increases with the increment of the economic activities within the country. Industrialization is essential for the increment of the economic activities.

From the worldwide perspective, SMEs has been recognized as the backbone for economic growth and development. Establishment of enterprises is prerequisite for generating employment opportunities. Favorable macroeconomic policies encourage entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial activities thereby creating jobs, ultimately fuelling economic growth.

A high lending rate is one of the major bottlenecks for the growth of most of the SMEs in Nepal. SMEs are currently subject to the lending rate of around 16% whereas interest on auto and home loan is lower. This has hit the owners of SMEs and they are compelled to lay off their employees in order to keep debt servicing and operation cost lower.

For achieving sustainable inclusive economic growth, the country needs to create a favorable environment where enterprises can establish, grow, and flourish their business activities in smooth ways.

The monetary policy should be guided towards increasing credit flow to SMEs by lowering the bank lending rates towards them. The country’s macroeconomic policies should be guided towards sustainable economic development by achieving reasonably rapid economic growth through maximum utilization of available means and resources in order to become a self-reliant country, prosperous Nepal, and ultimately make happy Nepali.

Shanti Joshi
Currently studying MBA, WhiteHouse GSM

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Adolescent fecundity in Nepal: a health indicator of development

Adolescent fecundity has become the most exact bio-demographic and health indicator of development. The ignorance about sexuality and reproduction both in parents, teachers, and adolescents increases the early initiation of coital relations and of unwanted pregnancies. Extreme poverty and being the son or daughter of an adolescent mother are risk factors of repeating the early pregnancy model. As per a research in Kanachanpur District on March 2018, 27 mothers who visited Pipladi health post were between the ages of 16 and 19 years. Similarly, a research carried out by the Journal of Nepal Medical Association (JNMA) in a tertiary hospital in the western region of Nepal on Aswin 2018 says about the increase in the teenage mothers. According to JNMA, the mean age of teenage mother was 18.16±0.99 years.

With all these reports and researches we got to analyze why the rate of teenage pregnancy is being increased in every research. There are various reasons for rising in the teen pregnancy rate. A common standpoint is that majority of the teenage mothers had not completed their secondary education and were of low socioeconomic strata. And many of them are from Dalit communities. Uterine-prolapse, the birth of stunted children and other reproductive problems are common among teenage mothers. And with this, the very major cause of teen pregnancy can be said as poverty. With no any source for livelihood, we can find parents pushing their children for commercial sex works. In the context of Nepal, teenage pregnancy is more likely to occur in rural areas and this is also because of a lack of knowledge of pregnancy. The uneducated are the most victims. They just enter into a relationship without any caution. And the rate that we get from urban areas can also be because of friends influence. Some teenagers get into sexual relationships because of lust. In adolescent stages, both males and females go through some psychological and physical sexual feelings and may put into reality or act on it and end up with pregnancy. Along with these causes rape victims also come under teen pregnancy.

These pregnancies can be life-threatening, and limit girls’ opportunities to complete higher education. The situation is not getting better over time. We don’t see a projected decline in the adolescent birth rate, so we must act now. Education and awareness in the form of campaign, advertisements, road shows, and television or radio programmers are suggested for a decline in the rate of teenage marriages and teenage pregnancies in Nepal in the days to come. The action taken by the government regarding banning pornography from social networks and TV is a step towards minimization of teen pregnancy. Along with this, students and teenagers must be taught about sex especially in rural areas. When and how to have legal sex, the consequences of indiscriminate and casual sex, and the effects of teenage pregnancy. This must be done by God-fearing medical persons.

With the increase and decrease in the rate of teen pregnancy, there can be an indication about the declination and development of a nation respectively as it includes education level both in rural and urban areas, morality, health condition, economic condition etc. So, Nepal in the phase of development should also consider the ratio regarding teen pregnancy.

Sabita Hyanju
Kathmandu School of Law
B. A. LLB 2nd year

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Indian PM Modi’s visit to Nepal cancelled

KATHMANDU (ANI) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Nepal which was scheduled for next month has been canceled, an Indian Mission source in Nepal told ANI.

“Less than a month is remaining for his expected visit to Nepal but we haven’t received any internal memos and directives as of before which is very unusual and now we have been informed that his visit has been canceled,” the source from Indian Embassy in Kathmandu informed.

As per the source, Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Nepal was canceled due to his busy schedule and increasing election fever in India for next year’s general election.

“There used to be briefing and allotment of the embassy staffs to field for preparations and set out all the events on the place before a month of visit. This time there was no such events and we had suspected of high-level visit cancellation which is confirmed today (Thursday) only,” the source added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was expected to visit the Himalayan Nation on the occasion of Bibah Panchami on 12th of December bringing on Barat from India to Janakpurdham, the birthplace of Sita on the newly upgraded railway of Nepal.

The Government of Nepal also had planned to write to the Indian Prime Minister inviting him for a state visit at the time when he also was expected to inaugurate the Janakpur-Jaynagar Railway. (ANI)

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Chinese NGO to provide weaving and sewing training to Nepali women

The one-month long training project on “Weaving and Sewing” started in Nepal from Thursday under the Chinese NGO Good Will Foundation.

The project “Enable Nepalese women for life skill development through vocational training” has begun in coordination with a Nepali social organization Safa Sunaulo Nepal. Over 55 women from at least 15 districts will attend the month-long training.

The project was inaugurated by Mayor of Kirtipur Municipality Ramesh Maharjan in Kathmandu today. Officials of the Chinese embassy in Nepal were also present during the function.

Addressing the program, Mayor Shrestha said that the training is a good initiative which can play a positive role in the uplifting livelihood of women.

Similarly, Under Secretary at Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens Bharat Sharma said that such training is important for women to bring transformation in the family, community, and country.

“Nepal government is always committed to ending all sorts of discrimination against women, be it through constitution or policies. Now, it’s time for transformation,” said Sharma.

The official at the Chinese Embassy in Nepal Zhai Junfeng said that such programs are important for Nepal. He said that China will continue to support Nepal in its every aspect and to achieve its goal of ‘Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali.’

The representative of the Good Will Foundation Ma Zhijian said that the project will enable Nepali women to learn a new skill and to improve their living condition.

“Let’s work together to create better lives for Nepali people,” he said.

Earlier, Good Will Foundation had provided six-month long computer training to at least 20 Nepali youths.

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China Festival kicks off in Nepal with colorful shows

KATHMANDU (Xinhua) — The 8th China Festival kicked off in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu on Tuesday under the theme “Cultural Journey along the Silk Road.”

The event was inaugurated by Nepali President Bidya Devi Bhandari with the presence of visiting Chinese Minister for Culture and Tourism Luo Shugang and Nepali Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari.

The festival, which was initiated in Nepal from 2003, has been organized reflecting synergy and joint commitment of China and Nepal for cooperation and expertise sharing in safeguarding, promoting and managing cultural heritages.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Luo said that the festival had been working as a bridge to deepen the cultural exchanges and cooperation between the two countries.

Highlighting it as a Trans-Himalayan friendship, the Chinese minister mentioned that the Belt and Road Initiative had brought the two countries closer and boosted friendship between the two peoples.

At the ceremony, Adhikari spoke highly of the age-old friendship between Nepal and China as well as China’s contributions and support for Nepal.

“Nepal and China are linked with each other not just through geography, but also in cultural, historical and trade aspects,” the minister said.

Mentioning that China’s method of preserving culture is inspirational to the world, the Nepali minister said that such events are important to share each others’ cultures.

The festival presents Chinese specialties, culture and entertainment to the Nepali people to promote bilateral friendship and strengthen people-to-people relations.

The festival was opened with spectacular ballet dance performed by artists from National Ballet of China. The evening gala featured eight high-standard performances, which won appreciation from the nearly 500 guests.

Earlier on Tuesday, an exhibition was also held in Kathmandu, with the display of cultural and creative products from China.

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Nepal Promoted Experience Nepal at WTM 2018, London

Nepal’s participation at the World Travel Market (WTM) 2018 at ExCel, London, concluded successfully on Nov. 7, 2018, followed by Destination Showcase. The fair provided an ideal platform for fresh promotions, visibility of Nepal as an exotic holiday getaway, and in providing the latest information and updates in the UK market.

The fair was led by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) in coordination with 32 private sector tourism companies. The delegation was led by Chief Executive Officer of Nepal Tourism Board Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi. Private sector participants renewed their contacts and created new contacts during the fair. Nepal’s participation was bigger than previous years with bigger space centrally located with an attractive stand.

Tourism professionals, tour operators, private companies, members of the media, photographers, bloggers, and content creators from Britain and around the world visited the Nepal Stall at the WTM 2018. Many wanted to know about the situation in Nepal and about the different tourism destinations, while many inquired about the best way to promote Nepal. His Excellency Nepal’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom Mr. Durga Bahadur Subedi also visited the Nepal Stall with officials from the Nepal Embassy.

On Nov. 6, a soft launching of “Visit Nepal 2020” was held at the Nepal pavilion & honored to receive Mr. Hari Buda Magar, the international adventure hero with double amputee as a special speaker. The biggest highlight was “Lonely Planet presenting Nepal the award for Kathmandu “the best cities to visit in 2019”. The program was attended by British tour operators, media and friends of Nepal in London, and the delegation of Nepal and Nepali tour operators. The Evening included with virtual Nepali kitchen where the invitees enjoyed an array of Nepali snacks including chewla, bara, sel roti, aloo achar etc.

At the program, His Excellency the Ambassador of Nepal to the UK Mr. Subedi spoke about the amicable relations between Nepal and UK and was positive about the growing British market for Nepal. At the program.

Nepal also participated in a Destination Showcase Program at the Le Meridien on Nov. 7, as Headline Sponsorer of the event, where NTB educated 150 local tour professionals and potential sellers. The program highlighted Nepal as a destination among the UK and international tour operators.

On Nov. 8, the Nepali delegation attended the International Travel Crisis Management Summit (ITCMS) attended by tourism and travel experts from around the world. The summit had panel discussions on the management of the crisis in the travel industry. NTB CEO Mr. Joshi was also a part of one of the panel discussions where he shared Nepal’s experience as a destination in overcoming the tourism crisis after the 2015 earthquake. And NTB CEO was awarded highest IIPT Champions in Challenge Award 2018 from “International Institute for Peace Through Travel and Tourism” at the summit.

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5 Photos Prove Nepali Customers Are Not Happy With Daraz Nepal’s 11.11

China’s Alibaba recently acquired Daraz Nepal and Nepali customers hoped things would change. But to their dismay, Daraz Nepal’s 11.11 deal appeared to be more than a cliche. Here are five photos that prove their frustration:

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Who’s even Daraz Nepal fooling?

 

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The 10 best new Nepali rap songs right now

New kids in the block: they are fresh and fiery. Here are the 10 best new Nepali rap songs right now:

  1. Dong – Rap Sunn Tero Bauko

2. Sacar ( Lil Buddha )- Ganja Nation

3. BANG BANG by PRAKASH NEUPANE

4. Professor Trix – Paara

5. Brisk Timos – K Garnu

6. Bhaktapur Ma-Cobra KingiN’

7. DAWA ⚔ PROFESSOR TRIX-‘DESCENDED’↓

8. मेरो टोल – Rayu LeeZ ( Rapper BoyZ ) X The Big OD 

9. Mr.D – Saniwar (सनिवार )

10. Meri Bhaideu Na By MAHA KAAL (Paranormals)

 

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Enterprises and Economic Growth in Nepal

SHANTI JOSHI

Achieving and maintaining a reasonably high economic growth is one of the important objectives of many countries in the world, even in Nepal. Nepal is one of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in the world. Increase in economic activities within the country is a prerequisite element for the achieving high economic growth. The agricultural sector, tourism, hydropower, handicraft, different herbs, are regarded as competitive areas for the country Nepal. The country needs to strengthen such areas in order to take a competitive advantage as well as comparative advantages.

In fact, the country has been exporting a large number of human resources – regarded as the creator of resources (physical, technological, capital), a mobilizer of resources to the foreign land. That’s why human resources are known as resources of resources.

Achieving sound external stability is one of the major objectives of the central bank of Nepal. The country needs to maintain an adequate level of BoP, foreign reserve in order to keep external stability. Nepal needs immediate measures to fix the imbalance in export and imports.

The country has been failing to maintain an adequate level of external payment (technically referred to as Balance of Payment) i.e. fund outflow surpassed inflow by Rs 24.8 billion in the first month of the current fiscal year 2018-19 despite a robust growth in the remittance income. The surge in imports is hurting the country’s economy. According to the central bank report, imports surged like never before, leading to a greater outflow of the county’s fund. Also, the one-month data unveiled by Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) in September of current fiscal year, imports of merchandise goods surged by 54 percent to Rs 120.6 billion and on the other exports surged by mere 3.2 percent to Rs 6.9 billion. But the surge in imports is not a problem itself. However, the actual problem lies with Nepal’s inability to match its exports with imports. When the country is able to match its export with imports then this situation is said to be – the country is in a balance in trade position.

Another scary figure is that the country’s trade deficit which stood at 39 percent of Gross Domestic Product last fiscal year, is likely to widen further.

There is no doubt that the country has been highly dependent on other countries like India and China for the most basic agricultural product to the petroleum products, due to which the country is facing trade deficit.

The country has been facing a serious problem i.e the utilization of available human capital ineffective as well as efficient ways. According to the data 2017, around 1500 Nepali youths leave for overseas jobs on a daily basis.

Nepali youths have been utilized by foreign developing as well as developed countries for the development of their nations. But why the country Nepal cannot do the same? There is a sweet bitter truth is that mentally sound and intellectually young Nepali youths have been departing to a foreign land, and their power utilized by foreign countries.

Unless the utilization of available human resources especially the youths can be retained and engaged within the country, the country’s prosperity will remain a pipe-dream.

So, now the solution is that the country needs to create a compatible atmosphere where enterprises can flourish, migrant workers can return, effective utilization of remittance in order to increase in entrepreneurial activities in the country.

The government plan to set up of Industrial Enterprises Development Institute (IEDI) in all seven provinces can be a good move. In fact, always the country comes up with robust plan and policies. However, the problem lies at the time of execution. The concept of IEDI, however, is not new. It was established back in 1996 under the Industrial Enterprise Development Institute Act with an aim to develop human and knowledge resources for the entrepreneurship and business promotion.

Increment in entrepreneurial activities and enterprises especially small and medium enterprises would help to generate employment opportunities, utilize available local resources, and ultimately helps to become self- dependent country in the world. Consequently, the increase in economic activities within the country which brings economic growth in a positive move.

Shanti Joshi is an MBA student at WhiteHouse GSM.

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