Showing posts with label nepali news in english. Show all posts
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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Nepali Student to be city ambassador for Brisbane, Australia

International students from 28 countries, including Nepal, have been made official Brisbane ambassadors to showcase the city as one of the best places in the world to study, work and live.

Bibidh Subedi from Nepal, who has been living and studying in the city for eight months, is one of Brisbane’s International Student Ambassadors in 2019.

Mr. Subedi who is studying a Diploma in Information Technology at Queensford College says studying and living in Brisbane has been an incredible and experience in a wide variety of ways.

“Studying in Brisbane has been a great experience because of the high-quality educational resources and friends from all parts of the world,” Mr. Subedi said.

“I love that I get the chance to watch football at a pub with fellow football fans. Being a Brisbane International Student Ambassador will allow me to engage in the active promotion and positive representative of Brisbane and its education. If students in Nepal were thinking of studying in Brisbane, I would tell them that education in Brisbane is amazing and the opportunities after your graduation are enticing. The lifestyle and environment are equally great.”

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said Bibidh was appointed as a Brisbane International Student Ambassadors for the next 12 months at a special ceremony in April.

“Being a Brisbane International Student Ambassador will provide Bibidh a unique experience in our city because of all the opportunities which come with being involved in the program,” Cr Schrinner said.

The students will be involved with a wide range of activities and experiences across the city, including events such as the World Science Festival and Brisbane’s Student Welcome Ceremony, as well as taking part in native wildlife encounters and island escapes to tell our story about the city’s unique lifestyle. Brisbane had 95,000 international student enrolments in 2018, and Bibidh will look to showcase the world-class education institutions and accommodation options on offer to the city’s prospective students from Nepal and give them insight into day-to-day life in Brisbane.

Brisbane is increasingly positioning itself as an international study destination of choice in Nepal, where students receive a superior education alongside an enviable outdoor lifestyle. Brisbane now welcomes students from over 160 countries, who enjoy our internationally recognized universities, educational institutions, and thriving innovation and research hubs. Brisbane’s international students enhance the city’s culture by adding to the diversity of our city and creating cultural appreciation between all our students and the wider community.

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Mount Everest clean-up team picks up 3 tonnes of garbage

A special team has been tasked with cleaning up the world’s highest mountain, littered with garbage from decades of commercial mountaineering. Everest is sometimes described as the world’s highest rubbish dump.

A 14-member team sent by the Nepalese government to tidy up Mount Everest has so far collected three tonnes (3.3 US tons) of garbage including cans, bottles, plastic and discarded climbing gear.

“The clean-up campaign will be continued in the coming seasons as well to make the world’s tallest mountain clean. It is our responsibility to keep our mountains clean,” said Dandu Raj Ghimire, the head of Nepal’s tourism department.

Mount Everest has suffered increasing pollution over decades, with climbers leaving behind not only garbage, but also fluorescent tents, empty gas canisters and human excrement.

Read more: Cleaning up Mount Everest – the world’s highest rubbish dump

Environmental damage

The “Everest Cleaning Campaign” began on April 14 and is to run for 45 days, according to The Hindu news website. The team has been set a target of bringing back 10 tonnes of trash.

Team members will climb up as high as Camp 4, situated at 7,950 meters (26,080 feet), in their search for garbage.

The campaign coincides with the opening of the spring climbing season, which will see hundreds of mountaineers trying their luck on the 8,248-meter peak, accompanied by more than 1,000 climbing support staff. Last year, a record 807 climbers reached the summit, first conquered by the Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary of New Zealand in 1953.

Pollution through garbage is not the only environmental threat faced by the mountain: Scientists warned on Tuesday that global warming is also affecting its appearance, with the Khumbu Icefall on Everest’s Nepali side likely to disappear within decades.

Melting glaciers on the mountain have also exposed more trash and even human bodies that have accumulated there over the years.

tj/msh (AFP, Reuters)

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60 Second International Film Festival 2019 successfully held in Nepal

The 60 Second International Film Festival (60SIFF) is a film festival, presenting films with a duration of 60 seconds. 60SIFF provides a platform for all young talented filmmakers to showcase their 1-minute-long films to live audiences all over the world. Its mission is to empower the youth by nurturing a positive learning experience, improve the understanding of deep-rooted issues and enable freedom of expression by providing a platform that promulgates views of masses.

60SIFF seeks to bridge the gap between cultures and create strong global ties among aesthetically driven individuals, encouraging filmmakers to step up and ‘film’ their thoughts in 60 seconds on any of the given categories and with any facility, the most important element being talents of filmmakers.

Open Space Network (OSN), a country partner for 60 Seconds International Film Festival (60 SIFF), is organizing the 7th edition of the film festival in Nepal with 46 stories from 20 different countries in 8 Cites which includes Kathmandu, Biratnagar, Dang, Baitadi , Pokhara, Butwal, Bhairahawa and Nepalgunj on 25th April,2019 at the same time. This year 60SIFF came up with the aim of encouraging filmmakers to showcase their talent with leaving the subject matter open for all aspiring filmmakers to express their talent with any thematic focus. The films being screened are from 9 different genres including comedy, action, fiction, animation, art & culture, VR, drama, social and vlogs.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Thegana Services launches a new address system in Nepal

KATHMANDU — Thegana Services is pleased to announce the launch of “Thegana” a mobile phone App that’s compatible with both iOS and Android operating systems. Android version is available now and iOS will be coming in a week.

“Thegana” is a re-engineered address system which divides the surface of Nepal into 858 million squares that are (3m x 3m) each, and every one of them identified with unique fixed codes. The codes give addresses to everyone everywhere, allowing them to receive deliveries, access emergency services, register the address to a bank account, navigate to and from, and more. The main goal of “Thegana” is to provide everyone with an electronic address. “Thegana” code is more accurate than the existing physical street address. This means people can pinpoint a specific location anywhere in Nepal and communicate with it more quickly and easily than any other method. One of the key features of “Thegana” App is that it works offline.

In order to ascertain a user’s location, “Thegana” code is composed of 9 characters – the first 3 corresponds to a district and the latter 6 to a specific location in that district. For example, “Thegana” address for General Post Office, Sundhara, Kathmandu is KTM-P82746 (KTM for Kathmandu district); likewise, the address for Ashoka Pillar in Lumbini is RUP-F79GV6 (RUP for Rupandehi district). The last 6 characters can also be customized to one’s liking by registering it with the app. For example, we have customized our office address to KTM-HELLO. The Thegana App is a free download, available on both iOS and Android devices.  

“Thegana” will provide users with greater working flexibility by integrating and digitizing existing addresses and assigning unique “Thegana Codes” to them.  We at “Thegana” have worked hard to roll out the initial release Nationwide so everyone from every corner of the country can benefit from the power of “Thegana.” As we know, the addressing system in Nepal is poor, thus and we have incorporated crowdsourcing mechanism to collect, verify and digitize existing addresses.

In times of natural disasters, for example, “Thegana” can provide the simplest way to communicate with a specific location, which can be critical to effective disaster response, which “Thegana” is able to address effectively. The App also comes with the turn-by-turn navigation option.

Thegana Code can perform independent of existing physical address (if applicable). But as a solution provider, along with integration and simplicity, we also believe in aiding in improving existing infrastructure by providing authentic data to local and federal authorities so that the proper addressing system can be created. Thegana code can function both as an address and as a postal code for postal services too and serves as a solution to KYC requirement that financial institutions are struggling to comply with right now.

Thegana Services has already partnered with a few local authorities to provide a much-needed proper addressing system. Bouddha Ward No. 6, Kathmandu has taken that first step in addressing the need for proper addressing system by working with “Thegana.”

Bishal KC, Chief Executive Officer of “Thegana Services,” says, “We have been talking about ‘Smart Cities’ for quite some time now, and I believe smart addressing system is the foundation of making the rest of the features of ‘Smart City’ truly smart, as address is one of the basic elements of communication between individuals, businesses and public institutions alike. The lack of a complete, accurate and proper addressing system constitutes a major socio-economic challenge in Nepal. Without an address, we might as well be non- existent, let alone calling oneself a citizen of a smart city.”

He further stressed that this was an exciting moment for “Thegana Services,” and that the services of “Thegana” will ensure we remain at the forefront of the move towards flexible and mobile working reality.”

Thegana App has been designed to work seamlessly with our other services, enabling a rich user experience made with a modern mobile framework to meet user needs wherever and whenever they need. Finding a location has never been easier and remembering an address should not take any more effort than remembering your mobile number.

KC adds, “Our ability to offer customers the flexibility, simplicity, and mobility when using “Thegana” is a further example of how Thegana continues to evolve to meet the needs and demands of our growing customer/user base”.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Ease of Doing Business in Nepal

Country’s economic growth and prosperity depend upon the slope of economic activities within the country. Generally, economic growth can be gauged by the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The economic growth also depends on the capability of the nation to mobilize the available resources (physical as well as human resources).

In fact, achieving and maintaining a reasonably high economic growth is the most challenging task for any nation across the world, even in Nepal. For this, every nation has competitive areas and needs to be recognized so as to strengthen them.

A positive relationship exists between economic growth and the slope of economic activities. The attractiveness of any country with different aspects of the economy measured by different indicators, Doing Business indicator is one of them.

Generally, doing business indicator depicts how a country’s attractiveness in terms of establishing and flourishing business. Moreover, it also gauges how the country’s state of trade and investment climate in the country. This indicator becomes the major indicator for the foreign as well as domestic investors.

Countries which have been creating an investment-friendly climate for the potential, as well as existing enterprises, are the most developed in the world today. Economic growth and prosperity have a direct relationship with the number of enterprises, volume, and innovativeness in economic activities. However, Nepal is one of the weaker performers in this front. This statement supported by the analysis the rank of Doing Business Index. The researchers of World Bank measure 11 variables that they believe are important indicators related to individual businesses.

Nepal stood in the 105th position in the last year but this year the country has dropped to the 110thhinting the weakening state of trade and investment climate in the country as it has failed to simplify the tax payment process.

As we know that creating a favorable environment for investment in the business is prerequisite for increasing economic activities in the economy. Establishment of businesses in the country reflects the light of creating more employment opportunities which increases the level of income and indicates increment in aggregate demand in the economy. Such a result brings more consumption in order to upward the slope of the economy. Moreover, economic activities are highly correlated with the upward slope of the economy.

Establishment of enterprises in the country is one of the foremost pre-requisite factors for the expansion of the economic activities in the economy like the creation of employment opportunities, utilization of available resources, alleviation of poverty, among others. Creation of employment opportunity in the country regarded as pre-requisite for the expansion of the economy since it increases the level of income leads more consumption and finally, increases in GDP.

The notion that the private sector has substantial economic, social and development impact is now universally acknowledged. Promoting a well-functioning private sector is a major undertaking for any government. It requires long term policies of removing administrative hurdles and strengthening laws in order to promote the enterprise in the country as well as increase investment in the competitive areas from foreign and domestic investors.

For obtaining high economic growth the country requires a high chunk of investment in developmental sectors, especially for the country Nepal the government should utilize the allocated fund for capital expenditure. The growth needs a high level of investment in order to increase in the level of employment and income and finally, the country directs towards the path of economic prosperity.

Shanti Joshi

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Embassy of Pakistan, Kathmandu organized Ambassador of Pakistan Scholarships Program

KATHMANDU — On 24 April 2019, Pakistan Embassy Kathmandu, organized the 7th Scholarship Award Ceremony at Hyatt Regency, Kathmandu for Nepalese students. Four Hundred students of Secondary/Higher Secondary Schools of Nepal were awarded scholarships amounting NRs. 10,000.00 each. Besides Scholarships, Mr. Ramesh Thapa from Shree Pashupati Secondary School, Parbat was awarded the 2019 Best Student Gold Medal.   

Rt Honorable, Mr. Ganesh Prasad Timilsina, Chairman National Assembly of Nepal, Mr. Bidya Sundar Shakaya, Mayor Kathmandu, Dr. Mazhar Javed, Ambassador of Pakistan and Mr. Muhammad Abrar Afzal (Counsellor Political and Education) handed over scholarships to the students.

Speaking at the occasion Chairman National Assembly appreciated the efforts by Pakistan Embassy to create people to people linkages between the two countries especially in the field of Education. Pakistan Ambassador expressed his desire to further enhance these relations. Ambassador of Pakistan scholarship program has been growing in terms of a number of students awarded ever since it was initiated seven years ago.

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Khalti Gets License From Nepal Rastra Bank To Operate As A Payment Service Provider (PSP)

KATHMANDU — Nepal Rastra Bank has provided Khalti with a license of Payment Service Provider (PSP) under its ‘Payment and Settlement Bylaw 2072‘ for Wallet Services through telecommunication technology and internet. Along with digital payment services, now Khalti can also provide domestic money transfer facility and mobile financial services in Nepal.

Khalti was launched by a team of young entrepreneurs on 26 January 2017 and since then it has been focusing to impact the lives of people through its innovative technology and services. After getting the license, Khalti team is encouraged to take financial services to the next level. It will work to bring Offline services to Online (O2O) and make the lives of people easier.

Elated after being awarded the PSP license by NRB, Manish Modi, Managing Director of Khalti shared,

“Digital payment is a very recent phenomenon in Nepal. Still today, people have to walk for days to reach district headquarters to perform tasks as simple as paying electricity bills. We are excited to get the license from NRB. It has encouraged us to expand digital payments more aggressively across the country. We aim to expand our services in rural and remote parts of Nepal and add different verticals to our platform. We will work to make online payments possible in every corner of the nation to achieve the vision of Digital Nepal. We will work to bring access to finance to the underprivileged population of Nepal and simplify their lives.”

As per Nepal Telecommunication Authority’s latest MIS report, the country has over 132% mobile telephony penetration and 59% broadband internet penetration. Likewise, NRB’s latest statistics show that over 6 million people use mobile banking in Nepal, and the number of internet banking users is around 1 million. However, as per WorldBank’s 2017 Global Findex Database, only 45% of Nepal’s population is banked. So, a digital payment system like Khalti can play a significant role to bring the unbanked population to the digital platform and provide financial services.

Khalti provides various utility bill payment services, mobile recharge, DTH recharge, domestic flight booking, movie ticketing, event ticketing, hotel booking, newspaper subscriptions, and payments at online shopping sites among others. Furthermore, Khalti offers users with cash back on almost every transaction.

Currently, more than 8,00,000 people regularly use Khalti for various bill payments services.

How to download Khalti app and make digital payments?

Khalti app can be downloaded from khalti.com/download

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

NASA set to launch Nepal’s first nanosatellite (Watch Live)

KATHMANDU — American space agency, NASA, is set to launch Nepal’s first nanosatellite today.

You can watch the live telecast here:

https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html#public

 

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

French national Georges Igor Himansky arrested in Nepal for pedophilia

KATHMANDU — Nepal’s federal crime agency, Central Bureau Investigation, has arrested French national Georges Igor Himansky for pedophilia charges. The sixty-nine-year-old man was found with two boys in a sexual manner from a hotel in Thamel April 12.

The CBI also found an ID of the man associated with the NGO, Association for the Protection of Children. This gave him easy access to prey on young boys.

This was his seventh visit to Nepal. The crime agency found these belongings from the hotel room: one APC-Nepal identity card, Kamasutra book, three mobile phones, one intel tablet, and vaseline blue seal cream.

In 2000, Himansky was arrested in France for sexual charges.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Empowering Nepali Women by giving them access to Basic Hygiene

FALANGSAGU, NEPAL — During a development program initiative to help women in remote areas learn how to deal with their menstrual needs in a safe and eco-friendly way, a silent truth is foreseen: Being a Woman in Nepal is not easy.

Menstruation is a cornerstone of gender inequality in many cultures. This story follows those empowering women by giving them access to hygiene.

Women Periods: An insightful daily reminder of their condition and Status

In Nepal, Women suffer from many obstacles in their life.

We could start by stating the obvious. Talking about the fact they are under-represented in the decision making positions. For example, in the political world where 36.2% of women have a chair at the national assembly, and only 2.4 % are elected mayor of their town. However, 93% of the deputy mayors or vice-chairpersons are women. A perfect illustration on how she is considered in rural districts: The second most important person, making men the first.

But this story goes back on the problem they have to face even before starting a career or having a voice aged enough to be heard.

Indeed, as soon as they have their first menstruation, around 14 years old, they are forced to acknowledge a sad reality: Their basic biological needs are still seen through a traditional and patriarchal point of view, using menstruation to justify exclusion. Therefore considered a handicap not worth dealing with. This is how ancient belief in traditional societies build strong taboos what should be nowadays considered as what it always was: just a natural process.

Thus, being able to fulfill here basic hygiene needs becomes a challenging task leaving many victims behind. A deadly crisis, as a handful of women and children, has already been reported dead this year. The following issues recently revealed by Nepal in Data illustrate the dangers and the extent of exclusion. A position in which many women across the country have to go through once a month.

Here are the following alarming numbers: 2,9% are forced to follow the Chaupadi ritual during their menstruation period, 2,7% have to stay in animal sheds, 2.8% have to eat different food and 2.3% are absent from school. It basically means that in every classroom of Nepal they are at least one girl plunged in darkness, solitudes, anger, and shame during here periods. Forced to think that her body is a physical argument justifying the drastic treatment she will go through during the rest of her life.

more on https://kathmandutribune.com/nepal-another-women-dies-while-exiled-during-her-periods/

Sanitary pads distribution programs

Thankfully, today it is a situation that is slowly evolving in a positive way.

Many NGO’s, foreign visitors, and local social worker put in a lot of effort to help women, especially in remote areas, to learn they don’t have to be ashamed of who they are. On the contrary, they need to celebrate it, to talk about it, in order to learn more about the tools put in their disposition so they can have access to a normal life.

People like Raj, Alize, and Kevin, lead them on this road towards gender equity. A fragile path, still under construction.

Last month the two foreigners and the Nepali guide collected 2 000 thousand dollars to buy toothbrushes, soap, panties, and reusable sanitary pads. They then took the road to Falangsu a small village in the Sindhupalchok district. Where they spent a whole week going in 8 different communities, and 7 different schools. In which no less than 1,350 children were given dental hygiene sets and 650 women were given reusable sanitary pads.

And it was not just about giving. They also explained to them why and how to use these pads. Because hygiene is above all good habits before being products.

They also put in place a “leadership program” to give responsibility among the community and, on longterm, independence. The idea is to follow up on the use of these sanitary packs. Observe if there are used properly, and if not, understand why. And hopefully, in a few years, these women will not have to wait for outside help in order to take care of their menstruations properly. But will be able to openly talk about their issues and make sure the local store is equipped to help them.

More information soon on: NTM Digital TV (Youtube) 

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Saturday, March 30, 2019

BJP Leader Vijay Jolly Anguished on Nepal Minister Rabindra Adhikari’s death in “Nepal Airbus Helicopter Tragedy”

NEW DELHI, INDIA — Senior Indian BJP Leader Vijay Jolly is anguished on the death of Nepal Minister for Civil Aviation, Culture & Tourism Rabindra Adhikari along with six other Nepali citizens in Nepal Airbus helicopter tragedy on 27th Feb 2019.

It may be recalled that French Airbus Helicopter S-350 crashed soon after takeoff. Besides the Minister, pilot, owner of Yeti Airlines & Deputy Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal – total seven VVIPs & eminent Nepali citizens died instantly. Their families demand to know the technical reasons for this crash stated BJP leader Mr. Jolly.

But even after lapse of one month, onsite investigation not conducted by airbus Paris based headquarters’ team is strange & unfortunate said Jolly. A two page memorandum on the issue was delivered by Mr. Jolly addressed to CEO, Airbus at its New Delhi office (Copy enclosed). Jolly in his memo alleged that since 21st May 1997 up-till 27th Feb 2019, airbus total 22 helicopters have crashed in Nepal. And hundreds of Nepalese have died.

BJP Leader Jolly stated that French Airbus company should have conducted onsite investigation in this helicopter tragedy. So that its findings could avert future mishaps. But till date airbus has not sent its technical team for onsite investigation. This callous & non serious attitude of airbus is painful & inhuman. Jolly posed a questioned that “When airbus even after the death of a Nepali VVIP has not acted then How could airbus ensure safety & security of ordinary citizens while flying on their aircrafts ?

In the meanwhile, Mr. Jolly complimented the sustained efforts of Public Sector Innovator  Nepali citizen Dipendra Kandel for seriously pursuing the matter so as to empower the Nepal Civil Aviation Sector.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

#TrashTag Challenge’s Creator, an origin Story just begging for a Nepali Sequel

The inventor of the trash tag has no desire for his idea to disappear in the depth of mass information once again. He decided to share with us his story and motivation to give a second kickstart to his concept sadly already turning out to be “has-been”.

And as for me, I would like to show you that Nepal has an opportunity to become a leading actor in this wannabe environmental cult saga. Ladies and Gentlemen, turn off your cell phone and get ready for a great picture. Oh wait, finish reading this article before running outside with bin bags, gloves, and goodwill.

Will the #TrashTagsurvive?

Last week, we and everybody ells were talking about the latest trending environmental story: The #TrashTag Challenge 

But as usual, the spotlight was quickly turned to another “fresh content”. But I think we will all agree it’s unfair to turn our backs on a what was an unusually good use of the internet, in favor of another cheating billionaire, unconscious politician or this week hot feed: the microwave challenge. And no, we are not going to discuss why turning around butt naked on your kitchen floor is more relevant, or interesting, than picking up and cleaning up the pieces of trash left by a more evolved form of its own species. Desecrating mother’s nature most magnificent bosom, or staining her less-known but no less vital features.

So let me the honor of rebooting what is considered by the environmental fanbase as what should be a classic: the Trashtag challenge.

Because let’s be honest, there is no origin story material in knowing who was the first man to through a piece of cheese on a baby’s face. And I am afraid the answer would turn out to be a more worrying statement than an inspiring story to be shared with future generation (if ever they were given the chance to exist or the prosperity to give a damn).

A question they may ask: Why did our parent’s parents let us 3 feet in the acid water of the melted artic? (read: Humanity has Officially Condemned the Arctic to Disappear)

Steven Reinold, because every story has its proud father figure.

The smiling American on the right side of the previous picture considers himself as an “Adventure Philanthropist”. He belongs to a new creature of good habits, modern-day rare but growing race of ethical travelers. Noticeable as they are those who don’t visit a country only for the guide book pictures but to help improve them.

Steven likes the outdoors, as he proved by investing himself in a variety of outdoor companies and organizations. You may ask yourself why would that make him any different from other mainstream humans who enjoy a Saturday walk in the fresh air: Every hero has to go through a tough “accident” in order to make him special. And I think Steven’s inadvertent accident is self-explanatory to his profound love of nature.

Tell us your story Steven, and why is it worth reading? 

“This whole thing started in 2015 when my friend John Heyward and I were on a USA road trip. A littering accident involved a receipt from an outdoor gear store blowing out of my car window. I was so devastated that I vowed to pick up 100 pieces of trash to atone for the incident.

As I traveled around picking up trash in different locations the idea for #trashtag was born. Then, UCO Gear, one of my outdoor sponsors, jumped in to help springboard the #trashtag project into existence.

The beauty of the #trashtag is that through social media you are connected to nearly everyone on the planet. On one fortuitous day, a man in Arizona reposted a picture of a man cleaning up trash in Algeria. He posted the right picture, at the right time, with the right keywords and all of a sudden people all over the world were cleaning up and posting their efforts with #trashtag’s. Also, after all of the ridiculous challenges that have circulated the internet of late, it was just the perfect time to shift the paradigm.

The impact of the worldwide effort is simply mind-blowing. Honestly, I’m trying to step back and enjoy things and to just be present in this somewhat historic moment. By design, #trashtag was meant to go “viral” but I never dreamed it would reach these proportions. I hope this movement sparks all kinds of conversation conversations and reminds people that they can make a difference.”

Why did it take 4 years for #trashtag challenge to make its comeback?

“The #trashtag project had wonderful success initially and continued to grow organically until it recently went viral. I think after all of the silly “challenges” that have circulated the internet people were ready to get behind a viral trend that was positive.

The trend never really died out. I’m seeing that in reports but I never stopped picking up #trashtag’s now the previous effort is just in the shadow of the viral challenge. I would like to see #trashtag become a staple, not just another internet challenge that fades out. That’s part of the reason I try not to equate it to a challenge, it’s more a way of life.”
Please share your point of view about, new technologies, environment and third world countries. How can they be linked in these modern days and age for the best, and for the worst? 
“The #trashtag phenomenon is proof that we are connected to the entire world. I’ve seen so many clean up efforts in remote places of the world that it is mind-blowing! After only a few hours in Kathmandu, I met a young man named Yubaraj Bidari who had heard of the #trashtag project! He’s a young activist and artist who paints and donates a portion of the proceeds to help the less fortunate in Kathmandu. Seeing his youthful exuberance about helping others and picking up #trashtag’s gave me hope for humanity!”

Nepali is digging it!

Nepal is a sadly infamous polluted country. Despite the beautiful sceneries it offers to its inhabitants and visitors, it doesn’t take long to find the poisonous gifts left behind by random hikers.

From the city corners of Kathmandu to the Everest mountains tops, not finding a bottle or a plastic bag behind a stone or suffocating a floor is a miracle. And if someone bragged witnessing the contrary, he would be called a liar.

But local social media has been proving to all of us that Nepali youth is gradually more concerned about their country’s future. And among the many “acts for tomorrow”, the Trash tag continues to appear in random facebook and twitter feeds.

Tourist such as Steven also joins the worldwide phenomenon on a local foreign level, by cleaning up trails victim of the irresponsible actions made by others.

Nepal, you are now on the right path of change. Some countries are well known for their economy, others for their politic, why not be a famous country for its environmental actions?

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Saturday, March 16, 2019

In Kathmandu, Local Organic Fruits and Fresh Stories Delivered to your Door Step

KATHMANDU — In a world were chemicals and mass importations have invaded our plates, who doesn’t enjoy buying nice fresh locally produced groceries helping sustain the small economies of his own country? Based on that idea, numerous eco-friendly delivery systems are seeing the day in Kathmandu. Directly bringing to its customer’s farfetched groceries from the deep challenging landscape of Nepal.

I have tried many different options before Green Growth. I would put the fruits and vegetables out for 2 weeks, and only green growth products were still fresh. Their products are so good we don’t even go to the restaurant anymore. Other companies there don’t go and get the products themselves. There just buy them in the city market and wash them with water.” said a Customer.

In 2016, Green-growth was the first to introduce the new digital organic market in Kathmandu. Numerous Competitors have joined the race since (Metro Tarkari, Kathmandu Organics…), but its original introducer offers more than the deliciousness and satisfaction of organic dishes delivered at your front door.

With their platform, you don’t only have the name and location your apple or cheese originates, you also have the beautiful story it carries.

Agriculture is a beautiful song of the elements and culture, the perfect components of a good tail sustaining love for our environment and the ones living in harmony within it. A poetic assessment Green-growth understands. On their website, you can retrace the journey of your colorful tasty food basket by reading numerous biographical articles.

I don’t sell food, I sell stories.” declared its founder and owner Saurav Dhakal.

His promises?

First of all, they are cheaper than in stores, as Green Growth takes care of logistics from post-production, to delivery, and distribution.

The business is the result of a non-profits company efforts, Story Cycle (we will soon release an article about). The main objectives promised by its motivated good-willing team, is to promote Nepal’s heritage, by using digitalization and storytelling, to help expand tourism, which assists local producers and artists in the development of their activity. Thus, their common purpose is not personal and industrial economic growth, but the development of tourism in order to help small remote businesses and family traditions and secrets.

Second, an eco-friendly gesture.

Even if the delivery system requires motorbike running on gas, Saurav Dhakal declared their company was planting trees to counter their Carbon Emission and deliver a zero-emission annual review.

Finally, it is very easy to use. With more than 200 clients who seem satisfied by the service. The system put in place for orders makes it easy to go green and responsible.

The internet can be a fussy complicated word. Innovation makes passed knowledge acquired quickly obsolete. But the simple form filling system gives you the time to breathe. Far from a complicated overcrowded website, it ables you to choose the elements you wish composed your weekly basket. Manang Apple, Shiitake Mushroom, Junar, yak cheese, candy peanuts… you just have to check the boxes of the google forms, wait and enjoy the organic pleasure.

 

So, next time you thinking of making your weekly menu more responsible and organic, just have a look online and try one of the many options offered by the ethical innovations of our time and age. By just changing your everyday habits, you too can be part of a countries positive future.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

5 Strange Traditions and Cultures of Nepal

Nepal is a land of diversity. This diversity brings us the various cultures, traditions, and customs that Nepalese people follow over the country. Here are 5 strange customs that are followed in Nepal:

Gufa/Bahra: An early teenage girl marrying the sun, a raging fire might sound astonishing but the tradition is actually done in Nepal. This tradition is followed by Newari people where the girls aging 10-14 have to stay in a dark room for 12 days before their menstruation. This tradition is also known as ‘Surya Darshan’ as the girl gets married to the sun on the 12th day. The main purpose of this ritual is for the protection of girls as it is believed that the sun will protect the girl from bad people around and the evils. Gufa is one of the most important rituals in Newari culture as it reflects the maturity of the girl.

Gai Jatra: Going by its name, it might seem to be a festival of cows but this actually is a festival where one person from each house that has suffered a loss that year takes part in a parade where they dress up in crazy costumes and drag a colorful cow behind them. Some people even dress up as cow themselves. On this particular day, people can make fun of any and every social norms and value and even can make jokes on powerful people belonging to the political field. This tradition started when a prince from the Malla Era, son of King Pratap Malla. Due to this event, his wife, the queen fell in a lot of grief and remained sad most of the time. Since the king loved his wife dearly, he could not bear the situation his wife was in. To show his wife that death was inevitable, he ordered people who have suffered a loss to come out on street and do a parade to remind the queen that she wasn’t the only person to lose a loved one.

Jhuma Pratha: This ritual is followed in the western and far-western Himalayan regions of Nepal. In this pratha, the second daughter of the family is offered to a gumba. This tradition is followed by Buddhists. The girl can get an education in the gumba but she has to devote her entire life to the gumba. The girl cannot get married in her entire life even if she is in love with someone. There is no clear history of how and when this tradition started. Even though the pratha is disappearing there are still some people who follow it.

Bel Bibaha: Similar to the gufa tradition, this tradition also belongs to Newari culture. A Newari girl gets married three times in her life: with bel (wood apple), the sun and a boy. Commonly known as ‘lha’, in this ceremony, pre-adolescent girls are married to the wood apple fruit. The wood apple fruit is specific as it symbolizes Lord Kumar, son of Lord Shiva. This ritual is performed to signify that the girl remains fertile for the rest of her life. Typically, anyone who performs this marriage is never considered widow; as even though her real husband dies, she still remains married to Lord Kumar.

Sky Burial: This unique tradition is observed in the Himalayan region of Nepal, especially the Upper Mustang and Dolpa. In this tradition, when a person dies, his dead body is left in specific sky burial designated site so that the body can be eaten by scavenger birds and animals. This ritual is performed because, in Tibetan tradition, it is not important to burn or preserve the corpse as it is just an empty vessel. Sky burial is also a reasonable choice as the soil in those areas lacks the required nutrients; the dead body provides necessary nutrients for the soil to be fertile.

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