Showing posts with label peaceful nepal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label peaceful nepal. Show all posts

Friday, April 19, 2019

President Bhandari to start China visit on Wednesday

President Bidya Devi Bhandari leaves for a four day visit to Qatar, on Monday, October 29, 2018.

Kathmandu, April 14

President Bidya Devi Bhandari embarks on a week-long state visit to China from April 24, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday.

Bhandari is to visit China at the invitation of her Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. She is scheduled to participate in the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be held in Beijing and address the Forum, according to the ministry.

The President will hold delegation-level bilateral talks Chinese President Xi, which will be followed by a signing ceremony, according to the ministry.

President Bhandari will be accompanied by Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Chief Minister of Province No. 3 Dor Mani Paudel, Federal Parliament members, high-ranking government officials, Ambassador of Nepal to China, representatives of the private sector and media persons.

The delegation returns on May 2.


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Nepal Supreme Court shoots down govt ban on PUBG

Kathmandu, April 19

Nepal’s Supreme Court has struck down the government’s ban on the popular mobile game PUBG.

A single bench of Justice Ishwar Khatiwada, responding to a writ petition filed by advocate Prabin Subedi, issued an interim order to the government to not enforce the ban.

Subedi and other petitioners in the case had argued that the ban would curtail fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution.

The government last week banned the game saying that the game was to blame for numerous untoward incidents across the country.



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Human Rights Watch urges Nepal to stop prosecuting journalists, social media users


Kathmandu, April 19

A prominent international rights watchdog has urged the Nepali government to stop prosecuting journalists and social media users for peaceful reporting and online expression.

In a statement on Friday, Human Rights Watch has also urged the government to review the Electronic Transactions Act, 2006, which has been used by authorities to prosecute online journalists as well as social media users.

“The government of Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli should review and reform the Electronic Transactions Act, 2006, which has been repeatedly used to unlawfully muzzle speech, and ensure that any new or revised legislation upholds freedom of expression,” said the rights body.

HRW says that at least six journalists, including Pokhara-based Arjun Giri, have been arrested under the Electronic Transactions Act after the Oli administration came to power in February 2019.

“Nepalis have fought hard for their democratic rights so it’s especially troubling that a government elected on a promise to uphold constitutional freedoms is intimidating and restricting Nepal’s vibrant public discourse,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director. “The government should drop their investigation of Giri and stop harassing people for expressing their peaceful views.”

The HRW has cited two separate reports produced by Freedom Forum and Committee to Protect Journalists which have talked about the violations of press freedom in Nepal since the Oli-led administration came to power in February 2018.

The watchdog has reminded Nepal to adhere to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and respect the right to freedom of expression, including the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas of all kinds, in any medium.

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Minister Yadav urges Bahrain, Sri Lanka, Mauritius to invest in Nepal

Kathmandu, April 19

Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies Matrika Prasad Yadav has urged his counterparts from Bahrain, Mauritius and Sri Lanka to invest in Nepal.

The minister, who is in Bahrain, met Industry Minister Zaid R Alzayani, Mauritius’ Somidul Bholah and Sri Lanka’s International Trade Minister Nalin Bandara to discuss bilateral relations and call for investment. Nepal’s embassy in Bahrain said that Secretary Yam Kumari Khatiwada and Ambassador Padam Sundas was also present during the meeting.

The embassy said that the three ministers expressed commitment to work together with Nepal in the future.
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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Sarina Prabasi: Inspiring US immigrants to fight for their American dream

Sarina Prabasi, 45, has never been this busy. The CEO of a reputed nonprofit organisation takes care of two young daughters and runs three coffee shops in New York with her husband. She now wears the hat of an author.

This woman of Nepali origin has an incredible career trajectory that many aspire to follow.

On April 9, Tuesday, Sarina launched her book, The Coffeehouse Resistance: Brewing Hope in Desperate Times, at one of her coffee shops in New York City.

Organising an event in the middle of the week is always challenging; as people tend to go back home from work rather than attend events. It was a Tuesday evening, but Sarina seemed confident that her well-wishers would come and support her. And, they surely did.

More than 100 attendees graced the event. Most of the attendees were local residents who had a profound love for Sarina’s coffee shop which has become a hub for the local community to engage with each other.

At the book launch, she read some excerpts of a chapter from her book where she talks about her marriage to an Ethiopian, Elias Gurmu.

She read, “So begin the preparations for the only Ethiopian-Nepali wedding that we know of… We are married by an Ethiopian Orthodox priest and also have a simplified Hindu ceremony.”

The audience burst into laughter as she detailed more about her marriage.

In this book, Prabasi shares her story from Nepal to Ethiopia, and finally settling down in New York City, where she along with her husband runs three coffee shops.

“I think anyone who has ever left their home and moved to another place – even if it’s in the same country – will be able to relate to the book,” she said,” Anyone who has travelled or dreamt of travelling, anyone who is interested in activism.”


Prabasi was born in the Netherlands in 1973. Her father, Satish, was teaching at the International Institute of Social Studies at The Hague.

As a child, she grew up in India, China, and Nepal, as her father’s job took the family to several places.

When she was in the fifth grade, her family moved back to Nepal. She finished her high school from Lincoln School in Kathmandu.

After that, she wanted to go abroad to study and expand her horizons. Interestingly, there were some pushbacks, she recalls.

“My immediate family was always very supportive and is still my champions,” she elaborates. “In 1990, when I was applying to colleges in the US, there were some extended family and family friends who questioned sending a daughter to study overseas. Wasn’t it foolish?”

She graduated from Smith College in Massachusetts with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics in 1995.


After her graduation, Prabasi interned at a nonprofit, Action Against Hunger, in Washington, DC, in 1995 for about three months.

Like many international students and new immigrants in the US, she remembers, she shared a house with five roommates those days.

“Now I look back on it, it was like one of the best times of my life,” she states.

She got her first job as a Programme Assistant at PACT, a nonprofit international development organisation in Washington, DC.

While working there, she took a year off to pursue her Master’s at School of Oriental and African Studies in London in 2003.

“A Master’s degree is a basic requirement in my field. I felt if I wanted to progress in my career, I needed to do this,” she says. “However, that I had worked before getting my Master’s really helped me.”

Consequently, when she was nearing the completion of her Master’s degree, PACT offered her a job in Ethiopia as their Deputy Country Representative.

“I didn’t hesitate to say ‘Yes’,” she says.

Then, in 2006, she was offered the role of Country Representative for Water Aid in Ethiopia.


Prabasi met her future husband, Elias Gurmu, in Ethiopia. Elias was a successful entrepreneur in restaurants, taxi service, and pharmaceuticals. After knowing each other for five years, they got married in 2009. In 2010, their first daughter was born.

Sarina and Elias both were doing well in their professional careers, but something was bothering her.

“Despite all the pleasures of our privileged life in Adis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, there is no doubt that we live in a controlling and authoritarian political system. We are careful in sharing political opinions and criticising the ruling party or their decisions,” she writes in her book. “We love our life in Ethiopia, but we can’t ignore what is all around us.”

Thus, they decided to move to New York City.

New York life

It wasn’t an easy decision for both of them to move to NYC in their late thirties.

“It was a tough decision, but also we were both ready for a change and to try something new,” she says.

Neither of them had any jobs waiting for them when they went to the States in 2011, and they were surviving on their savings which was quickly evaporating.

Sarina recalls those times in her book.

“I interview for jobs, I try to renew contact with old acquaintances, and I try to help my husband find his feet in this new city of millions,” she writes.”But there are days when it seems we have made a terrible mistake.”

“All the doors seem to be closed. We simply don’t have the network of close friends and family who could make introductions for us and connect us to the skills and resources we need.”

Thankfully, after a few months, Sarina landed a small consulting assignment with an international nonprofit; a temporary relief for her.

Her temporary relief soon opened a way to the permanent relief; she was offered a job with Orbis International, a blindness-prevention organisation. Gradually, she moved on to become the CEO of WaterAid America in 2014.

Buunni Coffee

With her husband Elias’s entrepreneurial skills, the couple opened their first coffee shop in 2012 in New York City. They named it Buunni, which came from the word “bunni,” which means “brown” in the Ethiopian language.

Their coffee shop became a hub for community activism, especially during the 2018 midterm elections.

At present, they are serving coffee in three locations in the city.


When asked about how she thought of writing her book, The Coffeehouse Resistance: Brewing Hope in Desperate Times, Prabasi says, “My mom and I had been encouraging my dad to write a memoir of his life and I was helping him with that. His book will come out later this year, and in the process, I got inspired to write my own story, too.”

“I found that I really enjoy writing and I hope to continue,” she adds.

In her own words, the book is about “building a community, claiming a home and fighting for American dreams.”

“My journey has been one full of surprises, and not a straight and linear path,” she says. “I’ve also taken some big risks, and believe in knowing when it is time to leave a role.”

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Nepali Army corporal injured in Pokhara blast

Pokhara, April 18

A Nepali Army corporal attempting to defuse an improvised explosive device in Pokhara has been injured, officials said.

The army was called in after a suspicious object was reported near the Provincial Assembly building in Pokhara-3. Corporal Dharma Thapa and his team discovered a denotator and they trying to defuse the bomb when it exploded.

Kaski Police spokesperson DSP Rabindra Man Gurung said that the injured personnel has been rushed to Fishtail Hospital for treatment. Authorities said that they have received several calls reporting sucpicious objects around the city on Thursday.

This comes as the banned communist outfit Netra Bikram Chand enforces a nationwide shutdown on Thursday protesting a government crackdown against the group. While private vehicles can be seen on the road, public vehicles remain off the road. Schools and colleges are also shut.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Nepal fail to qualify for ICC U19 Cricket World Cup


Kathmandu, April 18

Nepal have failed to qualify for the 2020 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup.

After the UAE defeated Oman by 10 runs in their match under the Asia Regional Qualifier being held in Malaysia, Nepal’s disqualification has been certain. The UAE earned 10 points from five matches whereas Nepal earned 6 points from three wins.

They had lost the match against the UAE by one run.

Nepal’s last match against Kuwait is underway currently.

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