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Ramjee Poudel Executive Editor

Our long contemplated dream is now realized as we unveil our first issue of Nepalese Voice. After a lengthy preparations, painstaking research and careful selection of team to draw upon excellence in individual disciplinary competencies and experiences, have formed the most prominent community based media group in “Nepalese Voice�. While representing Nepalese community in Australia, we will shine lights on the social and communal issues that was previously obscured or not dealt with. Our goal is to open doors to our community members for better and bigger possibilities. In saying that, we wish not to limit ourselves as a community media, as we strive to bolster our harmonious coexistence with South Asian community as well as the mainstream Australian society. In recent times, Nepalese community in Australia has seen the series of emerging print and electronic media but the quality, ethics, integrity and productivity have been in question. Nepalese voice shall fill the void and be the leader in driving our community to be an inclusive and accommodative one. Working in collaboration with various state level community organisations to non residential Nepalese organisation Australia in the issues of social relevance will be our focus. We will also be in the forefront in providing our perspective to the local and the federal government in policy making, effectiveness and implementation. Nepalese voice editorial team is excited and stimulated by the challenges and tasks ahead as the new milestone in our community based media is set. We welcome you to embark on this collaborative journey.

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Nepal in Australian Media

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Bollywood Connection

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Federal Budget 13-14

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Learn to be happy

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Nepalese Graduates

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Mission Election

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Hon. Nicholas Kotsiras MP Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Minister for Energy and Resources

I wish to extend my warmest wishes to the Nepalese Voice on publication of its Inaugural Issue. Publication like Nepalese Voice on are vital in ensuring that news and current affairs are communicated to Victorians of all cultural backgrounds. Victoria has been continually enriched by the different cultures, religions and languages that immigrants have brought with them. The Nepalese community has made a valuable contribution to the social, economic and cultural life of our state. It is therefore important that we continue to support newly arrived migrants and assist them to settle and become active members of the broader Victorian community. The Napthine Government is committed to ensuring that all Victorians have the opportunity to participate fully in our multicultural society. Victoria’s multicultural society is and will remain one of our state’s greatest assets and strengths I wish all readers of Nepalese Voice continued success and prosperity in the future.

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I am very pleased to know that one of our community news papers is coming out to play an active role to bridge between Nepalese community and the broader Australian community and I am very proud to convey my best wishes to “Nepalese Voice” on its inaugural issue. As our community continues to grow in its size and influence, it has become increasingly important for a strong media such as Nepalese Voice, to come into existence that can resonate with the community and people. Australia is a country where 260 different languages are spoken and more than 270 ancestries are identified, with this vastly diverse and multicultural society and Nepalese society itself being a bigger multicultural society it comes a challenge of establishing the social cohesion and tolerance. In these circumstances, Nepalese Voice can be a perspective of not only Nepal but also the South Asian region providing an access to multicultural affairs and policy making. Media has a pivotal role in social transformation. Even more so, the contribution of the community based media like Nepalese Voice in the Australian context can be monumental in providing economic and cultural benefits to the country. I once again wish all the best to the Nepalese Voice team for the future success of the magazine and eager to work closely in the issues of social relevancy.

Nepalese Association of Victoria

I am delighted to know that a Nepalese community magazine by the name Nepalese Voice will soon be seeing the light of day from Melbourne, Victoria, for a which a dedicated editorial team is already in the final stage of prepration for its official launching. I appreciate the endeavour and the undertaking both. As a monthly magazine expected to cover wide range of issues of common interest to the growing Nepalese community in Australia as well as to broader Australian community across this continental country, the new magazine in the English languagewould certainly contribute to further prompting mutual undersatanding, friendship and cooperative spirits between the two communitiesin Australia as well as between Nepal and Australia. With the steady growth in our bilateral relationship based on mutual respect and cooperation, people- to-people relations between our two countries have also been deeping further in recent years. The new magazine, I am sure, would play a catalytic role in further widening and deepening these friendly and cooperative relations for mutual benefits in the days to come. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all those involved in this nobel endeavour and wish all success to the new magazine.

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Mr Bom Yonzon President Nepalese Association of Victoria

I am profoundly happy to receive the news of the publication of “Nepalese Voice” from Melbourne. As our community is changing its social dynamic we need to be aware of how are we integrating to the society? And the media has a very important role in that. Our Victorian Nepalese community has been like a one big family as we have always been there for each other in the time of need. We would like that to continue and in this, I want Nepalese voice to be a voice for any social and communal issues that may arise in the future. In its inaugural issue, I wish Nepalese voice all the future success and I hope it can play a vital role in maintaining community harmony.

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Mr Deeepak Vinayak, JP South Asian Community Group Founder Patron

I am very happy that Nepalese Community is launching Nepalese Voice, a first Newspaper/Monthly Magazine in Melbourne/Australia from this June 2013. The Australian-Nepali Community has played a strong and significant role in strengthening Australia as a multicultural and Multifaith society. As a fellow South Asian I am proud to have been a part of your community and to have witnessed your community leaders effectively engaging with broader Australian communities and policy makers. I am confident that the Nepalese Voice will be a strong platform to promote and contribute to multiculturalism and social cohesion in Victoria and Australia.

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lese stretch ustralia

epalese population has now spread all over Australian continent island; from the northern top of Darwin to the southern tail of Tasmania, from the sunny beaches of the east to the mines in the northern shore and in the villages of the red land in the centre of the deserts. Nepalese community is regarded as one of the fastest growing communities with only 40 years of history of descent down-under. Nepalese residents are spotted in most of the cities and regional towns in almost all states and territories. With this stretch of Nepalese come along the culture of Lhosar, Ubhauli, Chhat, Teej, Dashain and Tihar. Hindu temples are being built in Tasmania, whereas Nepalese language schools are run in Perth, Sydney and Canberra. Thousands of Nepalese throng the Nepal Mahotsav ‘Nepal Festival’ held in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Nepalese music and songs are now played in multicultural events organised in different states and councils. Statistics show that there are about 26,000 well settled residents from Nepalese origin and the number is growing. The last ten years saw the biggest number of people migrating to Australia from Nepal.

Businesses on the rise Nepalese business people are making their mark in the Australian economy. A Nepalese-owned grocery in Darwin is an example. Our people are in business, small to big; retail to service sectors. Groceries, restaurants, mobile shops, money transfer services, education consultancies are to name a few. Lately, the number of investors has gone up. Melbourne based Shesh Ghale is an exemplary and successful businessman in Australia. Mr Ghale is listed in the wealthiest 200 in Australia for the last three years.

Culture Finding Ground Australia in the recent years has become a very profitable market for Nepalese movies. Every week, Nepalese language movies are released in the theatres in Sydney and Melbourne. Every now and then, Nepali flags are seen in the flag poles in Darling Harbour in Sydney and Federation Square in Melbourne. Nepalese artists are also spotted in these cities. Nepalese restaurants serve authentic Nepal-style dal-bhat, momo, dhido, aalu-bodi-tama and so forth. Charity and dinner nights are organised very often. Events like Mr and Miss Australia Nepal are also organised where Nepalese from all over Australia compete. Besides the biggest festivals like Dashai and Tihar, festivals of different cultural backgrounds are observed with much zeal among the community members. The calendars are always marked with cultural events, musical shows, poem and ghazal meets, dance parties and so on.

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Inter-National Marriages Many believe that love knows no boundaries. Cross-countries marriages are in the rise among Nepalese. These relations actually help strengthen bonds beyond borders, personally and culturally. Marriages have also reduced the cultural gap between our culture and westerners’. These couples say, ‘the first seed of love is sowed at work-place, university or socialising events which grows up and result in marriage. Suraj Shrestha from Patan is married to Gill Grolimund from Brisbane for 10 years now. Rajiv Ramtel, also known as ‘Laughing Chef ’ married Nikki McRobert in Sydney. This couple now has two children. Archana Shrestha added Dellala to her surname after getting married with Damien Dellala. There are many couples like these in Australia who have lived their married life with much love and respect for each other’s’ background.

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Nepalese Products in the Shelves Almost all the Sydney and Melbourne suburbs with Nepalese population have Nepalese grocery stores. They sell things ranging from gundruk, masyaura, jimbu and hing to jira, dhaniya and achar . Every month, consignments of Nepali cargos arrive the Australian bays with containers of toriko tel, gundruk, chawchaw, hand knitted carpets, handicrafts, silver crafts, pashmina, Nepali beer, etc. More than half a dozen companies are registered in Sydney alone to import goods from Nepal. Nepal is one of the best producers of noodles in South Asia. Many different brands of noodles are produced and shared with the rest of the world. These noodles are available and enjoyed immensely in Australia like in Nepal.

Academic Horizon Many professors and lecturers are now teaching in Australian universities and colleges. Many are busy with their researches in technology, health, education, social and industrial sectors. Dr Raju Adhikari and Surya Nepal are among them. They are principal research scientists at CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, which is Australia’s national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world. Many of our people are pursuing their doctorate degrees from different reputed universities here. Dr Hom Murti Panta, Dr Krishna Hamal and Dr Durgadutta Kandel are among dozens who hold offices of high designation at ministries of state and federal governments. Dr Hamal is a Senior Economist at the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics in Canberra, whereas Dr Hom Murti Panta is a Senior Economist with Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Bureau of Rural Sciences. Dr Durga Dutta Kandel is a Senior Hydrological Modeller at Murray Darling Basin Authority, one of the biggest irrigation plants. Not only have these Nepalese scholars been honoured at national level but they have also heightened our identity by far in Australia. Indra Ban, popularly known as Indra Didi, came to Australia 35 years back. She is the only Nepalese awarded with ‘Medal of the Order of Australia’ so far. There are 55 awards in the Australian honours system and the best known of these is the Order of Australia. Australian government conferred this recognition for her effort into making this land ‘multicultural’ with her outstanding service to the fledgling Nepalese community. Nepalese are also joining the police and army forces now. Currently, there are more than two dozens of our Nepalese in the Australian Army. Nepalese are making their significance felt as doctors, engineers, nurses, IT professionals, accountants, chefs and marketers among many other skilled occupations.

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Nepalese in Australia wherethey theylive, live, hatthey theydodo Where what andhow howthey they live and live?

NumberofNepaleseResidentsbyState NewSouthWales Victoria

local government areas, primarily for electoral purposes and for planning the distribution of government funds. Census data are also used by individuals and organisations in the public and private sectors to make informed decisions on policy and planning issues that impact on the lives of all Australians. The Census collects information relating to each person and household in the country but it is not concerned with information about individuals as such. The Census is taken to provide information about the community as a whole and about groups within the community. The ABS also has an obligation to comply with the Information Privacy Principles set out in the Privacy Act 1988. This analytical report about the Nepalese living in Australia is based on the 2011 Australian Census data. Arrival of Nepalese (who born in Nepal) in Australia

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ArrivalofNepaleseinAustraliabyyear 25000

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) conducted the recent Census of Population and Housing on 9th August 2011. The Census of Population and Housing is the largest statistical collection undertaken by the ABS and one of the most important to the nation to keep the record of population and housing. This was Australia’s sixteenth national Census, and marked 100 years of national Census taking in Australia. For this reason ABS employed more than 43,000 �ield staff to distribute approximately 14.2 million forms to 9.8 million households. The sixteenth Census of Population and Housing is a descriptive count of everyone who is in Australia on 9th August 2011 night, and of their dwellings. Its objective is to accurately measure the number and key characteristics of people who are in Australia on Census Night, and of the dwellings in which they live. Everyone in Australia is legally required to complete a Census form, to ensure that our Census data give an accurate and complete picture of our nation. This information provides a reliable basis for estimating the population of each of the states, territories and

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20000 15000 10000 5000 0 1961Ͳ 1970 1971Ͳ 1980 1981Ͳ 1990 1991Ͳ 2000 2001Ͳ 2010

2011Ͳ 9 Notstated August2011



Queensland SouthAustralia WesternAustralia Tasmania NorthernTerritory AustralianCapitalTerritory

Naturalised Citizenship Status: State

Australian

Not Australian

Not stated

New South Wales

2,211

12,689

397

Victoria

625

3,551

133

Queensland

259

1,784

95 44

South Australia

92

902

Western Australia

131

763

27

Tasmania

18

257

19

Northern Territory

37

303

11

Australian Capital Territory

85

199

3

Total

3,458

20,448

729

16% of the total Nepalese are naturalised as Australian citizens. The highest, 42% of total Nepalese living in Australian Capital Territory are naturalised. The lowest, 7% of Nepalese living in Tasmania are naturalised.17% are naturalised as Australian citizens in each state of New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia. Languages Spoken:

LANGUAGES SPOKEN AT HOME

According to the 2011 Australian Census, four Nepalese were arrived in Queensland in 1964 and they are currently living in the state of Queensland. The Nepali community in Australia experienced a signi�icant growth in new arrivals from 2001. The graph below shows more than 20,000 Nepalese were arrived between 2001 and 2010 and most of them are residing in New South Wales. This trend was only interrupted after 2010. Where Nepalese live? The highest, 62% of the total Nepalese are living in the state of New South Wales. The lowest, 3% of the total Nepalese population are living in three states, Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Northern Territory (NT) and Tasmania (TAS).

State

Nepali

English

Other Language

Total

Nepali Other

Victoria

3,982

194

133

4,309

92%

8%

Queensland

1,932

132

74

2,138

90%

10%

South Australia

967

50

21

1,038

93%

7%

Western Australia

850

44

27

921

92%

8%

Tasmania

276

6

12

294

94%

6%

Australian Capital Territory

258

14

15

287

90%

10%

New South Wales

14,461

509

327

15,297

95%

5%

Northern Territory

346

4

1

351

99%

1%

Total

23,072

953

610

24,635

The highest, 99% of Nepalese living in Northern Territory speak Nepali language at home. In other states Nepali language are spoken between 90% and 95%. 10% of Nepalese living in Queensland and Australian Capital Territory speak other languages, which include English.

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Overview of top ten Suburbs by State: NEW SOUTH WALES

VICTORIA

TASMANIA

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Rank

Suburb

Total

Rank

Suburb

Total

Rank

Suburb

1

Rockdale

1,072

1

Coburg

344

1

2

Ashfield

942

2

Brunswick

306

2

3

Strathfield

902

3

Glenroy

187

3

4

Kogarah

833

4

Reservoir

151

4

5

Auburn

830

5

Brunswick West

125

6

Hurstville

712

6

Preston

7

Campsie

709

7

Footscray

8

Granville

536

8

9

Marrickville

416

10

Lidcombe

406

QUEENSLAND

Total

Rank

State

Mowbray

60

1

Salisbury

73

Moonah

32

2

Salisbury North

60

Invermay

30

3

Prospect

50

Newnham

25

4

Kilburn

42

5

Glenorchy

14

5

Evandale

27

113

6

Lindisfarne

14

6

Plympton

20

110

7

Warrane

13

7

Blair Athol

18

Sunshine

98

8

West Moonah

11

8

Marleston

16

9

Noble Park

84

9

Mayfield

10

9

Murray Bridge

16

10

West Footscray

84

10

Lenah Valley

9

10

Adelaide

15

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Total

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Rank

Suburb

Total

Rank

Suburb

Total

Rank

Suburb

Total

Rank

Suburb

Total

1

New Farm

111

1

Perth

77

1

Stuart Park

43

1

Lyons

15

2

Surfers Paradise

75

2

East Perth

62

2

Wagaman

34

2

Macgregor

15

3

Southport

70

3

Victoria Park

48

3

Nightcliff

27

3

Garran

14

4

Darling Heights

66

4

Maylands

35

4

Darwin City

26

4

Belconnen

13

5

Kangaroo Point

66

5

Bayswater

32

5

Larrakeyah

26

5

Braddon

13

6

Windsor

62

6

East Victoria Park

29

6

Nakara

26

6

Franklin

13

7

Alderley

52

7

Queens Park

28

7

Alawa

24

7

Gungahlin

13

Ainslie

11

8

Woolloongabba

52

8

Redcliffe

24

8

Rapid Creek

15

8

9

Annerley

51

9

Highgate

21

9

Leanyer

13

9

Mawson

10

10

East Brisbane

49

10

Mosman Park

20

10

Millner

13

10

Nicholls

10

Data Source: 2011 Census of Population and Housing

Income:

The above graph shows 20% of the total Nepalese are earning between $400 and $599 per week. Only 1% of the total Nepalese living in Australia are earning $2,000 or more per week. The highest, 4% of Australian Capital Territory residents are earning $2,000 or more per week. Out of 280 persons earning more than $2,000 or more per week 134 persons live in the state of New South Wales. In other words 48% of Nepalese earning $2,000 or more per week live in the state of New South Wales. Profession:

ProfessionofNepaleseinAustralia 2500

Victoria

SouthAustralia

1500

WesternAustralia

1000

50years

49years

48years

47years

46years

45years

44years

43years

42years

41years

40years

39years

38years

37years

36years

35years

34years

33years

32years

31years

30years

age of 21 and 30 years old, which is 57% of the total Nepalese living in Australia. Marital Status:

INDIVIDUAL MARITAL STATUS State

Married

de facto Not married marriage

Not cable

New South Wales

7,665

340

1,164

6,127

Victoria

1,981

115

1,836

378

Queensland

1,059

54

754

272

South Australia

472

18

283

266

Western Australia

493

19

290

119

Tasmania

53

0

85

154

Northern Territory

210

3

106

32

Australian Capital Territory

152

6

97

32

Total

12,085

555

9,578

2,417

appli-

61% of the residents of the Northern Territory are married. 52% residents of New South Wales and Queensland, 49% of Victoria and 55% of Australian Capital Territory are recorded as married.

Queensland

2000

29years





NewSouthWales

28years

Age

WeeklyincomeinAus$

3000

27years

$2,000ormore

$1,500Ͳ$1,999

$1,250Ͳ$1,499

$1,000Ͳ$1,249

$800Ͳ$999

$600Ͳ$799

$400Ͳ$599

$300Ͳ$399

$200Ͳ$299

$1Ͳ$199

0

RESIDENTS BY GENDER

26years

1000

Gender classification:

25years

2000

24years

3000

23years

Persons

4000

22years

Persons

5000

2100 2000 1900 1800 1700 1600 1500 1400 1300 1200 1100 1000 900 800 700 600 500 400 300 200 100 0

21years

WeeklyIncomeofNepaleseinAustralia 6000

Person

Hindu, 13% are Buddhist and 8% are following other religions. 85% of Nepalese living in Northern Territory are Hindu. 17% of Nepalese living in Victoria are Buddhist.

Countofpersonsbyage

Tasmania

500 0

Religion: RELIGION ProfessionClassification



3% of the total Nepalese are working as manager in Australia. Out of total 736 Managers 524 Managers live in the state of New South Wales. The highest, 18% of Nepalese are classi�ied as labourers and 14% are providing community and personal services. Age: 2,625 persons are between the age of 0 and 20 years old and only 504 persons are over 51 years old. More than 14,000 persons are between the

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State

Hinduism

Buddhism

Other

Total

Victoria

3,227

733

349

4,309

Queensland

1,620

299

219

2,138

South Australia

838

105

95

1,038

Western Australia

715

127

79

921

Tasmania

199

19

76

294

Australian Capital Territory

242

23

22

287

New South Wales

12,339

1,904

1,054

15,297

Northern Territory

298

34

19

351

Total

19,478

3,244

1,913

24,635

79% of total Nepalese living in Australia are

State

Male

Female

Male

Female

New South Wales

9,196

6,102

60%

40%

Victoria

2,576

1,733

60%

40%

Queensland

1,163

973

54%

46%

South Australia

551

487

53%

47%

Western Australia

524

396

57%

43%

Tasmania

157

136

54%

46%

Northern Territory

212

140

60%

40%

Australian Capital Territory

160

129

55%

45%

Total

14,539

10,096

60% of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania residents are male. 53% of the residents of the South Australia are male. Next Generation: 1 , 1 0 3 children were born in Australia with at least one parent from Nepal. 46% of families living in South Australia have at least a child in their family.

Children Born in Australia State

Count

Ratio

New South Wales

498

45%

Victoria

198

18%

Queensland

141

13%

South Australia

164

15%

Western Australia

55

5%

Tasmania

12

1%

Northern Territory

8

1%

Australian Capital Territory

27

2%

Total

1,103

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An initiative for

Federation of Australia’s Nepalese Associations (FANA)

By Dr Raju Adhikari NRN ICC, Chair, SKI Task Force

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n few articles published earlier on this issue (Nepali Times, 2010, 2011), I had emphasized the need to establish the above federation structure as a priority and I am pleased to share the way forward and why the federation concept is more so become an urgent priority. (An article on this issue was also published by Nepal Australia News in May 2013 issue)

Nepalese Association: At the Cross Road With the constant increasing population of the Nepalese people, in past 10 years, many Nepalese community associations have been formed in various states of Australia to support community welfare and activities. Further, many sports clubs and cultural groups have also come into existence in the last 5 years to support the interests of our encouraging population of the youth. Business communities are on the rise as well and all above organisations are actively involved in supporting cultural and social needs of community whilst serving their specific interest. Today, there is approximately 50 associations Australia wide, of which only a few of them are however, registered. Due to the volunteer nature, most of the organisations are poorly resourced and also do not have the appropriate legal framework to represent the voice of the Nepalese community to the Federal government. Though some of the state based registered community organisations are doing good job in advocating community’s interest and developing good network with the state governments, but they not able to do so at the federal level constrained by the state’s laws. The representation of any community organisation at the federal level is an ultimate goal as Government in Canberra are the policy makers and allocate funds for the states for the migrant community. In not having a single entity to represent our voice at federal level is a matter of concerns for the whole Nepalese community. Further failing to take any initiative in a timely manner has left our communities behind in every aspect compared to other communities who have a strong voice, role and are lobbying the federal government for their communities. This also affects being recognised in return for their contribution to Australian society. Can NRN Australia be an option? NRN-Australia strongly feels that being

In not having a single entity to represent our voice at federal level is a matter of concerns for the whole Nepalese community. Further failing to take any initiative in a timely manner has left our communities behind in every aspect compared to other communities who have a strong voice, role and are lobbying the federal government for their communities. This also affects being recognised in return for their contribution to Australian society.

a mother organisation of the Nepalese communities, should play this role. President Mr Dhurba Subedi during his tenure had tried addressing this concern and suggested that NRN will take necessary step in this direction. Though the NRN main objective is for the social welfare of the Nepalese communities and channelizing their resources to the development of Nepal, NRN above initiative was considered a positive step amidst skeptism and having no concrete outcome since then has further confirmed this. Could or should the community rely on NRN Australia take this responsibility? The role and structure of Federation is quite different and its major objective lies not only representing the Nepalese communities and associations at a federal level but more importantly advocating for their rights and concerns while highlighting community’s contributions to the Australian society. Further, such an organisation needs to play the role of a think tank in advising and taking initiative in project of national significance such as recognition of Nepalese language, multiculturalism and advising federal government to help promote areas of mutual interest between the two countries. As an example, the issue of Nepalese language recognition is of great importance for us. Federal MP, Ms Julia Owen had once promised to look into Nepalese language recognition and if recognised officially, it would benefit Nepalese community immensely. Last year, Hon Chris Bown announced setting up a Multicultural committee comprising of representative from the various communities. It was a matter of pride that our own Mahindra Lamsalji was appointed to this committee. He is doing great job but has he got necessary institutional back up, support and resources to be the champion for this role. It is time to honestly admit that though NRN Australia has become successful in uniting the community, working towards its well being, voicing concerns globally and playing a lead role in global projects Dual citizenship, Labour rights, NRN registration, Social endowment fund, Charitable project, Cultural promotion, Capitol and Knowledge investment, Woman and Youth issues but it may not be able to undertake FANA’s specific role. Recently, a few amendments were made to the NRN Australia constitution to make it more inclusive and equitable; however, the main objective of NRN Australia still remains

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the same. The registered state based community associations are also constrained by State’s regulations to take such a role and responsibility. FANA is a necessity With the growing population and its diversity, we now need a better coordinated approach to represent a single voice of our community and associations to the Australian Government on issues of migration, education, legal and community rights. Having a federal structure of all associations, where state representatives from community’s associations join to form the team is the only option. FANA could represent advice and approach federal governments on issues that affects the Nepalese community directly and indirectly and will liaise with various community associations representing their concerns at national level. It would also play an advisory role and lobby federal governments for their support in projects of great significance for the community. The Federation will also work closely with our Embassy in Canberra which at the moment seems confused to deal with the community issues due to lack of such a representative organisation. This liaison with the embassy will help use the good will of Nepal governments for developing close relation at the federal level in meeting our objectives. Indian High Commission relationship with the Federation of Indian Association is a great example as they together steer the common objectives of supporting Indian community here. Indian High commission has set up annual awards to recognise distinguished personality of the communities, which also help catalyse Indian community relationship with Australia Government. A Case Study Indian’s community has ~ 100 organisations in Australia and they all are equally resourceful and effective in raising their own specific cultural identity and communities specific concerns as an Indian. The federation of Indian communities has established a strong linkage with the Indian High Commission and Australian Government and use effectively both government influence for supporting entire communities interest and interest of both countries. The federation has branches in different states as they all work as a team to meet their objectives. They have many flagship projects like Aged community

centre, Cultural ties, Woman rights, Counselling support, education and S&T cooperation etc. The organization receives necessary resource and funding from the federal government. This year alone, 65 Million $ was allocated to develop special ties between Indian and Australian S&T institutions in areas of mutual interest and Federation had played a key role in this. The Canberra government also find this relationship most practical and convenient to deal with entire Indians communities through one contact point. This concept has gone one step further where even countries from SAARC region has formed a network of organisation called SACLG to voice bigger issues of the region like migration, human rights, business, racism and role of multiculturalism etc. I am in the executive committee of this group and was impressed with their vision though they seem to be disillusioned sometime due to lack of coordination and leadership challenges. Other Asian communities have formed similar structure and they are doing wonderful job in uniting, representing and advocating their community’s rights. Moving Forward It is time that we look towards the future and develop a long term vision and policy for our community. The concept of the FANA structure and its role needs to discuss at length with the wider community. Victoria and Canberra is keen to take initiative in this direction and I have been requested to do some preparatory work to initiate the process of communicating this concept with community organisations. Later a task committee can be formed and be given the responsibility to do necessary ground work for its registration. I sincerely hope the Nepalese communities will support this initiative and add a new chapter in our glorious history and forge a strong linkage with the Australian government for the betterment of our community and country.

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NAV Excellence Award 2013 winners Recognised for their contribution towards Nepalese language and Culture GG Sahitya Sangeet Jamghat - Group GG Nepali Sanchar Media GG Melbourne Chautari

NAV Excellence Awards-2013 and annual gala dinner celebrated personal and social achievements of community trailblazers amid a special night. An elegant evening dedicated to recognising and rewarding excellence in Nepalese community saw the presence of who’s who of the civil society. Nepalese Association of Victoria (NAV) partnered with an event management company Solangture to hold this mega event that showcased the kaleidoscope of vibrancy through various musical and dance performances from local artists. Arrays of personalities were honoured for their contributions towards preserving the rich heritage of Nepalese arts, cultures and historical tracks in Australia and back home. Some of the non-Nepalese personalities and organisations were also recognised for their charity initiations in Nepal and overseas. Honourable consulate of Nepal for Victoria Mr. Chandra Yonzan had shortened his overseas trip to make it for this community celebration. Other guests present on the occasion were; Joe Capito,Chairperson,ECCV;Cr Tim Laurance,Mayor, City of Darebin; Cr Oscar Yildiz JP,Mayor,Moreland City Council; Mr Deepak Vinayak JP and People of Australian Ambassador 2012-13; Andrew Crisp APM, Assistance Commissioner North West Metro Region; Mick Hermans, Superintendent, North West Metro Region Division 4 Victoria Police, Nick Hatzoglou,Community Development Manager, Football Federation Victoria; Dr Manjula O’Connor, MBBS FRANZCP Med, Founding Director, Australian Centre for Human Rights and Health ; Dr Cam Nguyen CEO, AVWA, Mrs Thanh Kham Tran DangPresident, Australian Vietnamese Women’s Association (AVWA),Victoria, Australia.

Initiative, Leadership or Advocacy by an individual or an organisation GG Solangture GG Yeti Club GG Bharansher Rai GG Ram Kumar Shrestha Professional or Academic Achievement by an individual GG Shree Pant GG Atul Shrestha GG Rohan Khanal Commendable Service to Nepalese Community GG Sunrise Children’s Association (Ema Taylor) GG Peter Mcllumn Cancer Centre GG Paul Hameister

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hen Forbes magazine released a rich list early this year, many Nepalese felt proud to see Binod Chaudhary’s entry as a �irst ever billionaire from Nepal. A Nepali businessman had made it to the Forbes� billionaire list, becoming the �irst man from the Himalayan nation to do so with his fortune of whopping 1 billion USD. He managed to �lare 1342nd position in the wealthiest list, a signi�icant achievement for someone operating from one of the world’s most impoverished countries, Nepal, that has a per capita income of just $742USD.

How it all began? Chaudhary hails from a business clan with Indian roots. His grandfather, Bhura Mal, a textile trader from Shekhawati, Rajasthan, migrated to Nepal in the 19th century in search of livelihood. He opened a small textile store that used to supply goods to the erstwhile rulers. Bhura Mall’s �irst big break came after the great earthquake in 1934 when he was allotted a shop by the then Prime Minister Juddha Shamsher at Kathmandu’s ndu’s New Road. Chaudhary’s father Lunkaran karan Dass (91) was born in Nepal. He opened ed Nepal�s �irst departmental store. He also consolidated the business, opened Kathmandu’s du’s �irst cloth emporium and started other her businesses including construction, hosiery ery and making steel utensils. The eldest of the three siblings, lings, Chaudhary joined the business at 18, giving ving up his plan

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to study chartered accounting in India when his father developed a heart ailment. Fourty years later, he doesn’t have any regrets. His Cinnovation/Chaudhary Group has grown into a sprawling empire with more than 90 companies spread across 19 countries. He began his career as an assistant to a cloth merchant in Kathmandu. But soon started his own business and began supplying fabrics brought from India to the elite Ranas, the then rulers of the country. The big leap took place in the ’80s when Chaudhary started manufacturing instant noodles Wai Wai with the technical know-how from a Thai company. They had a biscuit manufacturing unit and a �lour mill to supply raw material. But since only 20% of the �lour was being used to make biscuits, they branched out to instant noodles which turned into the biggest noodle brand. Today over a billion packets of Wai Wai are sold in 30 countries annually. “The brand is recording 50% annual growth and is the second most popular instant noodles in the continent after Maggi.” INTERNATIONAL FORAY Having tasted success with Wai Wai, the group jumped into various sectors — from energy and telecom to biotech and tourism. But even this was too ‘little’ for ambitious Chaudhary as he started to dream of spreading wings outside Nepal. But it wasn’t easy

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as the country’s rigid laws prevented citizens from investing abroad. Chaudhary overcame that as he became a “notional” non-resident Nepali and started Cinnovation, the Singapore-based arm of the group, in the ’90s. “Cinnovation now accounts for 80% of the group’s turnover. While Chaudhary’s eldest son Nirvana is in charge of the businesses in Nepal, his other sons Rahul and Varun manage Cinnovation, which dabbles in hotels, resorts, real estate, food and beverage, �inancial services and cement manufacturing. Simplicity still his sophistication Despite the phenomenal career, the former singer of Radio Nepal and DJ at Copper Floor, one of Kathmandu’s �irst discotheques, still leads a simple life. He doesn’t have a snazzy lifestyle and likes to unwind with golf, movies and music. He even takes time out to go on a trek to the Himalayas every year. A former MP, he also has ambitions of plunging into serious politics one more time with the aim of changing Nepal’s economic destiny much like the way he did for his group.

Binod Chaudhary

Nepal’s first billionaire was once a local DJ Chaudhary hails from a business clan with Indian roots. His grandfather, Bhura Mal, a textile trader from Shekhawati, Rajasthan, migrated to Nepal in the 19th century in search of livelihood. He opened a small textile store that used to supply goods to the erstwhile rulers.

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By Jeevan Thapa

epal’s Identity in the world is characteristic of its natural beauty, Mt. Everest and a birthplace of Lord Buddha. Spectacular reflection of snow-capped mountains, splendid landscape, numerous temples with intricate ancient sculptures and ever-smiling faces of people attribute our pride to be Nepali, regardless of where we live. It is not different in the case of Nepalese living in Australia. Our community based media has been vital in depicting Nepal’s image as a beautiful, peaceful and culturally rich country. But how does the mainstream Australian media portray Nepal is an interesting discovery.

In 2010, when Anuradha Koirala , the founder of ” Maiti Nepal” was selected the CNN hero of the year, the leading Australian media such as ABC and Channel 10, featured her in their prime time. Similarly, the renowned optometrist Dr. Sanduk Ruit and his philanthropy work has always been an attraction in Australian. Sydney Morning Herald had in fact, once published Mr. Ruit’s accomplishments as its main feature.

With the Mt. Everest standing tall, Nepal’s popularity as the Holy Grail for mountain climbing and expeditions enthusiasts is not unknown. Australian media has always been generous when it comes to promoting the beauty of those mountain ranges and the geographical and environmental significance of Nepal. This is proven by the fact that Australian multicultural and multilingual broadcaster, SBS, recently featured Nepal’s elevating terrain in their show “World’s Most Dangerous Roads”. Many prominent media houses like Sydney morning herald, daily telegraph, the Australian, ABC and SBS have mentioned Nepal on many occasions as a reference point during their social debates. As we are heading into the Asian century, Australia holds great deal of interest in Nepal’s political happenings. Naturally, a country situated between Australia’s two biggest trading partners India and China can’t go unnoticed. Therefore, Nepal’s political situation gets written about a lot in Australian media. Whether its UCPN Maoist’s instigated civil war or the political realignments that occurred in the country at different times, Australian media has paid enough attention to it. In May 2007, Australian media got taken by storm when the Australian government honoured a Nepalese businessman who allegedly paid bribes to secure a contract for a Reserve Bank of Australia subsidiary. When the Australian embassy in Nepal honoured Mr. Himalaya Pandey, a Nepali businessman who allegedly used commission payments from note printing Australia to bribe Nepalese

officials to earn a contract to print 10 rupees polymer bill , it made the headlines in Australian media for a long period of time. In 2010, when Anuradha Koirala , the founder of ” Maiti Nepal” was selected the CNN hero of the year, the leading Australian media such as ABC and Channel 10, featured her in their prime time. Similarly, the renowned optometrist Dr. Sanduk Ruit and his philanthropy work has always been an attraction in Australian. Sydney Morning Herald had in fact, once published Mr. Ruit’s accomplishments as its main feature. Australian media not only observes Nepal’s geographical, political and social what about but people like Khagendra Thapa and Chandra Bahadur Dangi have also gathered enough media interests locally. Australian media labelled Guinness record holder Mr. Khagendra Thapa “an actor”, when he was officially named the shortest person on earth. Recently when another Nepali Chandra Kumar Dangi snatched the same title they chased him with the equal enthusiasm. Nepal’s progress as a cricketing nation is another much talked about topic in Australian media. Nepal’s entry in U-19 cricket world cup, Shakti Gauchan’s hatrick and the fact that Nepal and Australia are in the same group in U-19 world cup that was due to happen in Australia did a round in Australian media for a long time. Even though it might not all have been for the right reasons, Nepal’s been making news in Australian media for a while now. Email: j_thapa@hotmail.com

Book Review The Gurkha’s Daughter Author : Prajwal Parajuli Publisher : Quercus The 28-year-old Nepali origin author, Prajwal Parajuli, is the son of an Indian father and a Nepali mother. Prajwal tells the stories of ordinary folk, leashing his imagination too tight. His tales are so close to reality that each of his stories in “The Gurkha’s Daughter” begins with a map, showing you exactly where on the India-Nepal border or where within either country a particular short story is set. The stories read like little anecdotes. There is little metaphor in the telling, and the language is bare and rough. There is little smell of the native tongue in the English of these characters, almost nothing to mark them as distinct. So despite the often rustic setting, the characters are rendered quite colourless by their language. The stories appear promising. “The Cleft”, a tale of the servant-girl born with a cleft lip, dreaming of a life elsewhere; “A Father’s Journey”, the tale of a daughterfather relationship and the changes that occur with the daughter’s puberty are engaging. Somehow, even these fall a little flat in the telling, for the only spur for the reader is the unravelling of the plot, and there is little that makes one want to put the book down to savour a scene or a turn of phrase. Quercus, the UK-based publisher, should be commended for the choice of the cover picture, and the quality of production.

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Udit Narayan made Melbourne groove

Courageous Nisha proved that she is not all just good looks Nepali actress Nisha Adhikari has successfully completed her Mt. Everest expedition on 21st of may after seven attempts. Another kollywood actor Arjun karki had reached the summit three days earlier. Nisha headed up to Mt. everest on April 7 along with 12 aides reached the base camp on April 10. Nisha has now returned to Kathmandu and recieved a grand welcome from the film fraternity. In a press meeting organised to welcome an actress she said “ I carried a flag of Nepal film artist association to the top and today is the day we should all feel proud.” It was said that the expedition was sponsored by Mega Bank. Nisha had also taken a flag with the logo of the bank to take it to the summit.

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ccomplished singer Udit Narayan Jha enthralled Melbourne audiences with his mesmerising renditions to many Nepali and Hindi songs on 26th of May. Melbourne town hall was jam-packed with thousands of fans to see Udit perform his greatest hits. In the three hours long program Udit was seemingly more connected to his Nepalese fans as performing in front of so many Nepalese was taking him back to his struggling days of Nepal. Udit opened the evening with “Papa Kehten hain” the song that established him in bollywood. As the night progressed he sang some Nepalese songs such as “Kusume rumal” “Maya baiguni” and “kahile timro”. A little disappointing or rather insulting to his Nepali fans as he forgot the lyrics of a Nepali song, he,nonetheless, thoroughly entertained his screaming fans all evening with his unique performing style and original baritone. Udit Narayan began his career by singing in Nepali, Maithili, Bhojpuri and Nepal Bhasa when he was in Nepal. After receiving a music scholarship he came to India aspiring to be a bollywood singer. After a few years of initial struggle Udit has achieved so much as a singer that any Nepali could only dream of. His thousands of super hits now compare him with the likes of Mohaamad Rafi, Kishor Kumar and Lata Mangeskar. He was decorated by Padma shri award (India’s fourth highest civilian honour) in 2009 for his contribution to music. Udit has been living in Mubai for several decades now, however, he remains very much Nepali at heart. The program was organised by S-events and multimedia in collaboration with hello bollywood.

Glory of Daura Suruwal and Choli Nepal is blessed with one of the richest cultures in the world. Culture has been called 'the way of life for an entire society'. The sovereign- Nepal is multi-ethic and multilingual. The national attire of Nepal bears its own identity and importance. The origin and the base of the Nepali culture are rooted in the Vedic Age. The traditional attires and customs are taken to be an integral part of a nation's culture. A thousand years before the start of Bikram Sambat (Nepali calendar) the development of the definite set of attires that we have today started. During the Vedic Age people dressed in what we proudly take to be our

national attires today-Bhoto, Daura-Suruwal and Dhaka Topi (cap) for men and Sari and Cholo for women. Women wore these silky clothes as befitted their body in a silk manner. There is mention of the Nepali attires in Amarkosh written by Amar Banda as well. The Nepali attires are entwined with the culture as its base, and all Nepali people feel dignified in spreading its identity. The crest of this cap (Topi) is shaped resembling a Mt. Everest, and symbolizes the great Himalayas. These Bhadgaunle cap and Dhaka Topi are spangled with various decorations whose importance is known throughout the world.

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epal shares the border with India and so does the cultural value, arts and traditions. India’s movie industry is one of the world’s largest, producing thousands of movies every year. Ridiculous money, worldwide fame and glam lifestyle bollywood has it all. Here we have our own movie industry-Kollywood, where only few are making their bread and butter just by acting in film. So it is not surprising to see some of our movie makers trying to carve their niche in bollywood but with little success so far. When we talk about Nepalese in bollywood, actress Manisha Koirala, singer Udit Narayan, Aditya Narayan and cameraman Binod Pradhan, are some prominent personalities that reached the top of their career. Fired by their success many actors from Nepal have been trying to crack their way to bollywood.

Jharana Bajracharya, Malvika Subba, Usha Poudel, Niruta Singh and Sanchita Luitel are the few names that are camping in Mumbai with the avowed intention of getting a toehold. Among them Usha Poudel has even gotten a break with actor Rohit Roy to play his love interest in one of his movie. Jharana got a role in comic-thriller “Love in Nepal” but that of an item girl which did not showcase her real talent. Malvika was featured in the Movie “God lives in the Himalayas” which did not really help her advance her career. Nikhil Upreti was working in bollywood as a stunt man for a long time but his desire to be a hero lured him to Nepal and he has been based there since. Another model-turned actress Udita Goshwami is a niece of ex-priminister of Nepal Tulsi Giri. Even though she lived in India most of her life she likes to keep her Nepali

Rekha enters politics Kollywood actress Rekha Thapa has officially entered Nepali politics by taking a membership of the UCPN-Maoist Nepal. A recent program that was held in party’s head quarter “Paris Danda” welcomed an actress into the party. This bubbly star is likely to get a candidacy in upcoming constituent assembly election as MP. Apart from Rekha, UCPN-Maoist also planning to cash on some other Kollywood personalities to party’s advantage before the CA poll. Instead of sending “not so popular” political faces to the election party is preparing the list of these popular film stars to send them amongst the voters. Rekha had hinted her interest in politics when she joined Maoist supremo “Prachanda” in a political rally three years ago. Before this, other showbiz personalities like Yubaraj lama, Rajendra Khadgi, KP Pathak,Anju Pant, Basanta Kumar Shrestha, Udaya Subba, Mausami Malla and Rekha’s husband Chhabi Ojha had entered the party.

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When we talk about Nepalese in bollywood, actress Manisha Koirala, singer Udit Narayan, Aditya Narayan and cameraman Binod Pradhan, are some prominent personalities that reached the top of their career. Fired by their success many actors from Nepal have been trying to crack their way to bollywood.

connection alive. She has even expressed her desire to do a Nepali movie, should she get the right script. In the past, Mala Sinha, fell in love with Nepal and even married a Nepali man while in Nepal to film “Maitighar”. Besides some Nepalese appearances in Indian talent shows, actor Danny Danzongpa, Director Prakash thapa, Indian Idol Prashant Tamang, Saregama contestant Karma Lama and musician Ranjit Gajmer are few names

to connect Nepal to the largest entertainment industry of the world. “There’s the matter of looks. Nepali looks may not always appeal to the Indian filmgoer. Then there’s the question of talent. And finally, even if you have both, there’s the decisive thing called getting a break. To have everything coincided, someone needs luck” Says a film analyst.

Manisha beats cancer Nepali origin bollywood actress Manisha Koirala, has finally won her battle against cancer After undergoing six months of treatment in the United States she has finally been declared cancer free. Releasing a statement on social networking site, the actress said she is cancer free now. ''I burst out crying when I heard 'cancer free' I still have a long way to go in regaining my health, slowly and steadily. With your prayers and blessings I received during this phase I am sure that day too will come” the actress wrote. Manisha was doing up her new home when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer last year after which she went to New York for her treatment. Manisha has won the hearts of millions of bollywood and kollywood movie fans with her beauty and powerful acting in movies such as 1942-A love story, Bombay,Dile se and Saudagar.

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Budget 2013-14 By: Ramjee Poudel

Ou r p e r s p e c t i v e Our Perspective Treasurer Wayne Swan projected a deficit of $ 19.4 billion for the financial year 2013/14 in this year’s budget. This means nothing more than a number for so many. But what means more to them about the budget, is some key changes the government has made in its revenue collection process to bring the budget back to surplus of $ 800 million by 2015/16 and equally important are the areas that the government has allocated to spend the state treasury, impacting their daily lives. Brief Overview Predictably, Infrastructure has pulled $ 24 billion as the government plans to upgrade and expand large infrastructure programs around the nation. Julia Gillard’s commitment to better school and education for Australian children is backed up as treasurer Swan declares the funding of $9.8 billion dollars over six years to the school and education sector. Other winners of this year’s budget are the areas of higher education, disability, seniors and health. On the other hand, government has tightened the corporate tax system for multination-

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al companies to remove erosion and loop holes bringing the revenue of $4.1 billion. Individuals will be affected as personal income tax cut is scheduled to begin from July 2015 to help with the deferral until carbon tax estimates reaches $25.40. Similarly, a reduction in the time allowed to claim family tax benefits and child care assistance is expected to save the government $562 million over five years. Another important feature of this year’s budget is the discontinuation of the baby bonus; one of the Howard’s government’s signature reforms has been dumped and been replaced by a less generous scheme. Immigration point of view Budget claims, dealing with asylum seekers issue is going to cost the tax payers $2.9 billion, significant rise from $930 million predicted last year. This financial year, record 20,861 people have arrived in March and 1548 in April costing the government billions in management. Foreign aid had been diverted to help meet the asylum budget requirement but after raising concern the amount that can be diverted will be capped at $375 million per year.

After the budget, employers of overseas skilled workers can expect an increase in Sponsor monitoring activity and an increase in the sanctions for non-compliant employers in the form of fines.  It will also mean that the cost of sponsoring their employees will increase due to the rise in the fees and charges associated with that sponsorship. This is expected to result in a decrease of Skilled migration visa which government aims to offset by loosened up family sponsored visa scheme. Besides, 2013- Federal budget has not indicated any major changes from immigration perspective; however the rise in fees, introduction of new fees for visa applications and other administrative charges are forecasted to collect the government an additional $ 67 million over next four years. Since there is the massive existing cost to the commonwealth in administering the department of immigration and citizenship (DIAC), the migration program remains the main source of revenue for the government expected to inject $1462 million to the treasury in coming financial year.   After the budget, employers of overseas skilled workers can expect an increase in Sponsor monitoring activity and an increase in the sanctions for non-compliant employers in the form of fines.  It will also mean that the cost of sponsoring their employees will increase due to the rise in the fees and charges associated with that sponsorship. This is expected to result in a decrease of Skilled migration visa which government aims to offset by loosened up family sponsored visa scheme. The Government has promised $1.3 million over two years to improve the Permanent

Employer Sponsored Program building on the 201112 Budget announcement that the Government would streamline and simplify the pathway to permanent residency for Temporary Business visa holders.  The reforms streamline six visa classes to two (the Employer Nomination Scheme and the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme), amend a range of eligibility requirements for the visa classes, and consolidate the existing sponsored occupation lists into one. Budget committed to assist in Asia pacific development Julia Gillard’s government’s new budget has once again reaffirmed its increased assistance to developing countries in the Asia–Pacific region, with an emphasis on accelerating progress to meet the Millennium Development Goals. The budget has promised to continue delivering life-saving humanitarian assistance through its global partners to people in crisis. The 2013–14 Budget ascertains to implement the Government’s aid priorities. As stated in the Government’s Comprehensive Aid Policy Framework the Asia–Pacific region will remain the government’s highest priority in terms of funding, receiving around 86 per cent of the aid program in 2013–14. The commonwealth has realized that many countries in the Asia–Pacific region have made exciting progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets, despite persistent major challenges. In response, the Government has announced a new aid measure enhancing Australia’s commitment to development in the Asia–Pacific Region ($390.9 million over four years). This new measure will help make the MDGs more achievable in our region. This measure includes funding to improve outcomes against poverty, education and maternal health in target countries in the Asia–Pacific region. This new funding is going to benefit Nepal and other Asian countries in the areas of supplementary nutrients feeding programs, poverty, education, maternal and child health services and developments. 

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OPINION | 19

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Young Australian of the Year - 2013 Akram’s journey from Kabul to Kimberley paved the way... By: Ramjee Poudel

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verything we know usually comes in the form of story, a narrative that has a beginning and end. This story however outsets not ever end but to perpetuate for generations. This story exemplifies a true inspiration where the prodigy rose above his own adversity to change other’s lives. The very roughness of his own childhood stimulated him to inspire and motivate other disadvantaged communities. The Western Australian, Akram Azimi, 25, was awarded Young Australian of the year-2013 early this year at parliament house Canberra. He was recognised for his work mentoring people with disability and indigenous kids in Kimberley, WA. An outstanding student, doing triple major degrees in law, Science and arts at University of Western Australia, uses his academic, leadership and pastoral skill to help young kids in rural Australia. His philanthropic roles have included working with true blue dreaming, a mentoring network ,which helps disadvantaged Indigenous communities in Kimberley region as well as mentoring a small farming community of Wyalkatchem, WA. Akram also works with Special Olympics athlete to help raise community awareness of disability issues. This compelling story of Akram Azimi

The story of Akram Azimi means a lot more than said, to so many young immigrants coming to Australia every year. began when his family fled Afghanistan in 1999 to survive vicious civil war and Taliban’s hegemony to consolidate power amidst tribal fractions. Arriving in Perth with no English and no sense of future prospects he soon excelled academically and went on to become head boy of his school. He unleashed his potential to top his tertiary entrance exam among his classmates. Intent on giving back to his adopted country, Akram continues his award winning community social justice work parallel to his study. The story of Akram Azimi means a lot more than said, to so many young immigrants coming to Australia every year. Starting a fresh life-journey in a brand new country throws many challenges at them,

which if not met head on, can quickly turn into a worst life experiences. Irrespective of what spurs them to leave their country, it’s always nerve- wracking for any young immigrants to navigate their way through to a brighter and meaningful future in a new land. These new entrants face barriers such as Cultural differences, social connections and language causing them to feel alienated and left out. Akram’s story has not only shown the new possibilities for these young immigrants but also dismissed the lifelong prejudices in so many ways. His journey from an ostracised refugee kid to becoming a young Australian of the year has given every refugee kid a hope, a sense of purpose and has highlighted what is possible in life, if we put our mind and soul into something. As many of young immigrants struggle to form the deeper connection with their new found home owing to the subtleties of new way of life, Akram’s gratitude to his adopted country has represented a sense of acceptance and positivity. Akram Azimi’s journey from Kabul to Kimberley is not just a story of an individual accomplishments but a story that leads the way for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants for generations to come.

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20 | ENVIRONMENT

Mountain Tsunami Nepal paying the price of global warming By: Sabin Thapa

June 2013 |

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epal being a landlocked country clears away from the seismic waves of ocean tsunami. Unlike, the series of devastation caused by earthquake eruptions in the coastal countries such as Japan and Indonesia, Nepal has been faced with its own environmental hazards owing to changing climates. Tucked between India and China in the foothills of the Himalaya mountain range to its north, Nepal is suffering increasingly unstable rates of Himalayan glacier melting and therefore, concerning long-term viability of the ice in the face of global warming. 30% percent of world’s glaciers are in Nepal occupying 3252 Sq. Km. of Nepal’s total area. It is estimated; about 2323 glaciers are taking up to 75.7 Sq. Km. of this beautiful country. With the temperature rising, water flows from these melting glaciers until it breaks the natural glacial lakes can result in destructive precipitation of mud and water potentially wiping out the villages in lower Himalayan plateau. Scientists have discovered that the glacial lakes are rising by 10 to 20cm every year due to a massive liquefaction of ice dams. If the temperature rises by 4 degree centigrade, it is going to be impossible for these natural lakes to contain the water. In case of a powerful earthquake, the outbursts of these glacial lakes are going to catastrophic. According to a study conducted by an UN environment program, five major glacial lakes have already broken out and fourty is under threat. Chho-Rolpa, Thulagi, Imja, Gangapurna and Manang are in the brink of monstrous outburst. Especially, because of the fact that the temperature in the Himalaya is rising much faster than the global average

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Scientists have discovered that the glacial lakes are rising by 10 to 20cm every year due to a massive liquefaction of ice dams. the mountain community have more to worry about. Studies over thirty years have shown that the temperature in the Himalaya is rising eight times higher causing the ice to melt much quicker. The Imja Lake, the country’s second biggest, expanding over one square kilometre, estimated to hold 36 million cubic metres of water is now considered the biggest flood threat. The story of Khumbu and Khumjung region are no different. The locals are dreading the Dikcho Lake’s flood reoccurrence since 1985 that took many lives and washed away several homes downstream. The exact account of how many people would be affected by a glacial lake bursting remains limited, but experts say the floodwaters could reach as far as Nepal’s southern planes and beyond. Ten years ago Nepal launched a threemillion-dollar project funded by the Dutch government to lower the water level in the country’s biggest glacial lake, Tsho Rolpa, in the eastern Himalayas but no work has been done adequately as mitigate measures. As it is a global warming related problem, remains hard to directly invest towards solving the problem but instead the government and mountain communities should focus on creating awareness and early warning systems.

“Well, George, we knocked the bastard off!”

Mt. Everest losing its icy layer

These were the words Sir Edmund Hillary first transmitted to his fellow climber George Lowe when he and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay had successfully scaled Mt. Everest 60 years ago. This year’s diamond anniversary of that first ascent is especially poignant following the death of the last surviving direct member of the 1953 expedition – Hillary’s lifelong friend, Lowe – earlier in the year. In Nepal, many people celebrated the 60th anniversary of the conquest of Mount Everest and honored climbers who followed the footsteps of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. Among them is Italian Reinhold Messner who was the first climber to scale Everest without using bottled oxygen and the first person to climb all the 14 highest peaks in the world. Nepalese in Sydney carried a national flag to the bottom of the sea under “Mountain to sea” theme to celebrate the occasion to celebrate 60th Mount Everest day. Hillary and Norgay reached the Everest summit on May 29, 1953

We can’t imagine Mount Everest without its snow and ice, can we? The time may not be far away though. Because researchers have found that glaciers in the Mount Everest region including the Sagarmatha national park that surrounds the peak, have shrunk by 13 percent in the last 50 years and the snowline has shifted upward by 180 meters (590 feet). They have also been studying temperature and precipitation trends in the area and found that the Everest region has been warming while snowfall has been declining since the early 1990s. Members of the team conducting these studies led by Sudeep Thakuri, from the University of Milan in Italy will present their findings on May 14 at the Meeting of the Americas in Cancun, Mexico - a scientific conference organized and co-sponsored by the American Geophysical Union. Glaciers smaller than one square kilometer are disappearing the fastest and have experienced a 43 percent decrease in surface area since the 1960s, the report says. Because the glaciers are melting faster than they are replenished by ice and snow, they are revealing rocks and debris that were previously hidden deep under the ice. These debris-covered sections of the glaciers have increased by about 17 percent since the 1960s, according to Thakuri. The ends of the glaciers have also retreated by an average of 400 meters since 1962, his team has discovered.

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FASHION AND BEAUTY | 21

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unburn is a form of radiation burn that affects living tissue, such as skin, that results from an overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, commonly from the sun's rays. Usually, normal symptoms in humans and other animals consist of red or reddish skin that is hot to the touch, general fatigue, and mild dizziness. An excess of UV radiation can be lifethreatening in extreme cases. Exposure of the skin to lesser amounts of UV radiation will often produce a suntan.

How to prevent sunburn Sugeeta Rajbhandari

Some of the simple tips for sunburn you can follow everyday: • Avoid excess sun exposure like excess outing and swimming. • Never scrub your face excessively and always use natural soaps and lotion. • Do not apply milk cream or oily lotions to the sunburn affected area as it lead much pigmentation and damage to the skin. • Drink plenty of water every day as it keeps the skin which is sunburn moisturized and acts as a good substitute of the �luid which you lost by sun exposure. • Develop a practice of daily skin cleansing using natural face wash or mild soaps. • Apply natural sun protective cream on the skin before going out to the sun. • Wear sunglass when you are going out in the sun. • Do not use harsh chemical based soap, and face wash for washing sunburn face as it cause

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in�lammation and much damage to the skin. • Eat fresh fruits that are high in water content such as watermelons, oranges, sweet limes and cantaloupes.

You can follow the following effective home remedies for sunburn:

• Make a paste of some barley powder in milk. Add little olive oil to it. Then add honey and the white of an egg. Blend the whole thing into a consistent paste and apply it on the skin. This method is only effective for sunburns on the face. • Prepare a mixture of tomato juice in buttermilk, in the ratio of 1:6 by composition. Apply this mixture on the sunburned parts. This will help the skin to be healed very quickly. • Take cabbage or lettuce leaves and soak them in cold water or refrigerate them. When they are cold enough, lay them on the affected parts of the skin. This will reduce the sunburns and heal them. • Dip few drops of rose water in cold water and have a refreshing bath. This will act as a good sunburn reliever in the summer days. • For slightly more aggravated sunburns, you can have a tub bath in cool water. Be sure to keep the sunburned parts of your skin for at least �ifteen minutes in the water. • If the sunburn has affected your cheeks and the areas under your eyes, then used tea bags or slices of cucumber, potato and tomato can be placed on these regions. • Add few drops of sandalwood oil in the cold water and have a refreshing bath. This will cool down and relief the sunburn skin and keeps a healthy balance of your body. • Add few drops of vinegar in a bucket of water and soak a soft cotton cloth and put it on the face (except on eyes) and other body parts, this act as good sunburn reliever. • Prepare milk and water solution in a ratio of (1:1) and soak a soft cloth in this solution and put on face and other sunburn affected area. This will relieve discomfort caused from sunburn. • Mix 3-4 tablespoons of oatmeal in the water and take a refreshing bath. This reduces skin itching and irritation. • Mix few drops of peppermint oil in a bath tub and enjoy the refreshing bath. • Apply cucumber juice to soften the skin and reduce redness and in�lammation of the skin caused due to sunburn. Mix one tablespoon cucumber juice and one tablespoon milk and dab your face using this solution; this relives the burning sensation and puf�iness caused because of sunburn.

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22 | SPIRITUALITY

June 2013 |

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ur emotion changes many times based on the situations we are in. One moment, something pleasant happens to us and we are joyful. The next moment we receive a bad news and we start feeling sad. Then, we get a pay cheque in the mail unexpectedly and we are happy again. Next, on the way home, someone cuts off on the highway and we are enraged. When we get home we have nice meal and see our children’s smiling faces, we are overjoyed. Thus, if we select any one day in our life, we will find a variety of moods and emotions playing out. Sometimes we go through longer periods of depression and sadness. Many even try to drown their pain in self-abuse and take to alcohol or drugs. During the bad times we often question, why me? Am I ever going to be happy again? How are saints, mystics and those enlightened beings different than us? Saints realise that the soul is eternal and changeless. Life is passing show and the soul is an observer. Sometimes we see happy periods and at other times, sad periods. When we identify with the passing illusion or show, we experience ups and downs in life. There was once a seeker who would meditate in a room for several hours One day, a dark cloud passed above the building, darkening the room. Once the cloud passed, the room became light again. Suddenly, the seeker came out of the room, went into the street and began dancing and singing with joy. Seeing this, the master asked, “What has made you so happy and full of laughter today?”

The seeker said, “I have just figured out the secret to life. All life is Maya or illusion. One day the sky is clear. Then a cloud comes and darkens the sky. Then, the cloud passes and the sky is clear again. Such are the events of our life. All the ups and downs in life will pass away. This simple realisation brings forth a calm approach to life, revealing the fact that our true Self is the soul. The soul, a mere traveller in the physical world, wears a physical body and is given a physical mind even as we experience Maya and the transitory nature of existence. Life is like theatre. As the play progresses, there will be ups and downs in our role. We will have happy events and sad events. The key is to realise that each of them is like the dark clouds that too will pass. Although no one likes the sad parts, they will also pass. We should recognise their transitory nature and then move on. We should not become so caught up in them that we can no longer function. We need to be patient and wait for them to go instead of reacting to happy and sad moods as the play of our life unfolds, we can learn to remain calm. We can avoid the ups and downs of life by realising they will all pass. We should instead keep our attention on God and spend time daily in meditation and soul searching. In this way we can remain in a calm state. Then, like the seeker, we too can experience joy and laughter because we know that whatever happens is nothing but a passing dark cloud that will blow away to leave the skies clear once again.

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e often fall into the trap of our children’s tantrums while out for shopping. We give in to their unreasonable demand just to avoid public embarrassment. But what you can do even before that is to educate their children about money. The twenty-first century has seen a burst in economic growth worldwide. Information available at the click of a finger, higher purchasing powers and companies vying with one another to offer variety of commodities and services at unbelievable deals leaves even adult consumers confused. How do kids fare in this scenario? Welcome to the thoughts shared by millions of parent’s worldwide. As a parent, you want nothing but the best for your child. Kids today are highly street-savvy and tech-savvy, up-to-date with fashion and information. But are they financially sensible? In this time of advertising century we see so many products targeted at kids changing from just milk drinks and noodles to banks and financial institutions vying with one another offering saving and investment opportunities to anyone from babies in nappies to teenagers. Educating children and teenagers about income, expense, saving, spending, credit and investments has now become an essential challenge. While the right age to start educating your child about money is arguable, what is not under debate is that every youngster must learn about money. Financial literacy enables your children to appreciate what they have in terms of possessions and education. Children develop

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a sense of respect for the reasons due to which certain things are possible and others not. However, take care not to overwhelm your children with money worries and finance calculations. Here are some simple but important dos and the don’ts to develop ‘money sense’ in your child:

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Talk to children about money. Educate your child on banks and banking. Involve your child in home accounting. Allow them to shop for small necessities. Help with decision-making.

Don’ts • • • • •

Force your ideas and habits onto your child. Make large sums available to your child. Fight about money in your child’s presence. Wait for attainment of milestones to begin saving. Attempt to ape neighbours and friends.

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Science and Technologies | 23

| June 2013

Printing your own house, is it possible? 3D printing is not only limited to manufacturing of custom designed products. It could even be used to make a house instead of bricks and mortar.

By Kamal Raj Chapagain PhD student at Norwegian University of Science and Technology(NTNU), Norway

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magine yourself sitting in front of a computer working on a deadline, and you don’t have enough time to cook your own food. Ordering food from somewhere else also takes some time. Wouldn’t it be exciting if you can just download/buy your favorite

food item from the internet and print it. Well, it doesn’t seem impossible based on the recent progresses that have been made in 3D printing technology. 3D printing is a method of creating a 3D object by an additive process. This is in contrast with machining process where objects are created by traditional material removal techniques like drilling, milling and grinding. This technology enables objects to be printed with special materials, often plastic, instead of ink and paper. This technology is now used for rapid prototyping in industrial design, but it offers a lot of promises. It can also be used for mass manufacturing of products, but instead of traditional mass manufacturing process based on assembly line it could be produced locally. This manufacturing process known as distributed manufacturing could be a real challenge for existing mass manufacturing process. But for manufacturing of polymer products,

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oogle has unified the storage limits for Gmail and Google Drive, giving users 15GB of free storage across both products. Now instead of having a 10GB limit on Gmail and 5GB on Google Drive and Google+ Photos, users get 15GB overall. “With this new combined storage space, you won’t have to worry about how much you’re storing and where,” Google wrote in a blog post. “For example, maybe you’re a heavy Gmail user but light on photos, or perhaps you were bumping up against your Drive storage limit but were only using 2GB in Gmail. Now it doesn’t matter, because you can use your storage the way you want.” To keep track of how much you’re using, Google will update its Google Drive storage

there exists technique like injection molding which is less expensive for production in very large quantities. Even though 3D printing is expensive compared to these techniques it could be much more faster and even cheaper for production in smaller quantities. For large production of identical products, they are these days manufactured in countries where there is cheap labor cost and then sold to international markets. But small but a significant part of these business would be grabbed by 3D printing technology in future, especially for custom designed products. 3D printing is not only limited to manufacturing of custom designed products. It could even be used to make a house instead of bricks and mortar. Amsterdam-based firm Dus Arichitects is planning to print a canal house in the Dutch capital to promote 3D printing. But scientists are planning to take 3D printing to another level by combining this technology with tissue engineering. Some scientists at Princeton University are using 3D printing technology with electronics to create human ears. 3D printing technology is only limited to plastics, resins and similar materials nowadays. Engineers and scientists are working with edible materials so that 3D printing of food becomes possible. We will then have cartridges of fats, proteins and carbohydrates instead of ink cartridges. One of the advantages of printing food is that the food can be created with personalized nutritional contents.

3D printing technology is expanding in different dimensions, but there are some challenges too. Recently there have been lot of media coverage about it after world’s first gun printed with 3D printing technology has been successfully fired in Austin, Texas. Although it is in its infancy, the technology will grow and more advanced guns will be produced in future by printing. One can download/buy one favorite guns and print at home. The gun control would then be much more difficult. With each new inventions and discovery in science, there will always be a challenge. But with intelligence and morality of human being, we have always been able to fight with evils and we will continue fighting. Popular american physicist Richard Feynman have also addressed in his lectures The value of science (1955) that “If we make good things, it is not only to the credit of science; it is also to the credit of the moral choice which led us to the good work. Scientific knowledge is an enabling power to do either good or bad- but it does not carry instructions on how to use it”.

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page, which will let you hover over a pie chart to see how much storage you’re using across Google’s products. The change will be rolling out over the next few weeks, Google said. The move also applies to Google Apps users, who get 30GB of unified storage. If you still need more space, you can buy an extra 25GB for $2.49 per month or 100GB for $4.99 per month to start – and go all the way up to 16TB for $799.99 per month. In other cloud news, Microsoft today unveiled an update to Sky Drive that improves the layout of photos added to the service. Uploaded photos will display in a timeline view and will be organized into groups by time and event.

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24 | EDUCATION AND CAREER

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Nepalese Graduates? Know Yourself to Be Hired

By Jay Oli jay@bjeducation.com.au

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inding a job in an area related to your studies is important so you can best apply the knowledge acquired in the universities. For Nepalese Graduates (for the purpose of this article graduates who born and went school in Nepal) it can be challenging to compete with the locals (for the purpose of this article who born or went to school in Australia) graduates. Employers most of the time looking for certain soft skills in the new graduates which you think you might not have or at least you think you do not have as much compared to local graduates. This article will explain about employers’ expectations, Nepalese graduates’ general psychology and assure you why you should be confident and original to be the first priority to get hired.

What skills are employers expecting in recent graduates? Employers look at your qualification to ensure you meet their graduate requirements or requirement for entry level jobs. Besides qualification they are focused on your soft skills. Your entrepreneurial skills, interpersonal skills, people skills, networking skills, adaptability, team skills and communication skills. Most of the big organizations want graduates to explain these skills in one way or another.

Your reasons why you will not be hired Being a first generation Nepalese you have so many disadvantages to get into the Australian work force where compared with locals. Among these disadvantages language is the biggest barrier as well as communication skills, cultural differences and social etiquettes. The way we interact in daily situations in Nepalese environments is quite different from the way Australians do. Because of these reasons employers prefer not to hire you. Know yourself and leave all the excuses behind. ➢ Australia is home to more than 200 nationalities and a very interesting fact is the number of overseas born Australians is 6 million which is 27% of the total population (according to Australian Bureau of Statistics 2010) and I believe this will challenge almost all of those excuses made above.

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➢ You have already taken the greatest risk you left your country of birth stepping away your culture, families, friends and basically everything you used to think is yours or everything you already knew. Now when you have been asked about your entrepreneurial quality and you are not sure whether you have it or not. Is not the courage you have shown few years back to get out of your comfort zone, to challenge your beliefs and took calculated risk to come here in itself an evidence that you have this quality? ➢ How many friends you had and how many people you knew in Australia the first day you arrived here and count how many friends, brothers, sisters and uncles you have now here. How many people you know now in itself a proof of your interpersonal, people and outstanding networking skills. ➢ You enjoyed your good or even great life back in home. Imagine your life back then. How easy and great it was. Imagine what kind of work you did back in home if you did something. Just imagine. Now think your work as a kitchen hand, cleaner or checkout operator during your universities studies and you never complained about work, is not that in itself a demonstration of your adaptability? ➢ Do you love and play soccer, volleyball or cricket? I bet you do. Then you already know what is to be in a team and how to contribute and co-operate to make a team a great team. And if you were a captain there you are already a leader. ➢ You are applying for a graduate job means you are already an Australian university graduate. Is not that enough to prove to you that you already have great verbal and written language skills. ➢ The above was only possible because of your charismatic communication skills (people skill, networking skills, and language skills).

Be confident and be original in who you are and where you come from. The lack of confidence may make you try to copy others and when you do that you fail. You are no longer your unique personality. Copying is never as good as original. Being Nepalese you are also very hard working and honest. The time you show the confidence on you it is reflected in your cover letter and resume. or masters. Imagine how many of them are lucky enough to manage to come to highly developed country like Australia and graduated from universities here. Believe it or not, if you are an overseas born Nepalese graduate in Australia you are rare. You are already a dream of millions of others around the world. You have already got whatever you required. Be confident and be original in who you are and where you come from. The lack of confidence may make you try to copy others and when you do that you fail. You are no

longer your unique personality. Copying is never as good as original. Being Nepalese you are also very hard working and honest. The time you show the confidence on you it is reflected in your cover letter and resume. When you put original you, the unique you in front of your potential employer with your resume and cover letter it is not just a piece of paper anymore. Your future employer will be interested to see you once and the rest is yours.

Be Confident and Be Original

Imagine how many children used to get an opportunity to go to school in Nepal when you were young. How many of them left school before they finish primary level or secondary level. How many were lucky to cross the Iron Gate, ten plus two, bachelor

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NEWS | 25

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New Ambassador to Nepal

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oreign Minister Bob Carr today announced Mr Glenn White as Australia's next Ambassador to Nepal. Mr White is expected to take up his appointment in April 2013, replacing Ms Susan Grace. Mr White is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and is currently Director of the department's Counter-Terrorism Cooperation Section. He has previously served as Australian Ambassador to Jordan, Deputy Head of Mission in

Baghdad and Riyadh and as a Senior Civilian Monitor in the Peace Monitoring Group in Bougainville. Mr White holds Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Anthropology from the Australian National University. He is married with three children. Australia-Nepalese relations extend over 50 years. Two-way trade is worth approximately $25 million a year including Australian exports of food, animal oils and refined petroleum and imports of floor coverings and clothing Australia's development contributions since the 1960s include assistance in forestry, public health, education, water supply and sanitation, income generation and Australia Awards for post-graduate study in Australia. Australian assistance with peace-building and democratic development was A$29.9 million in 2012-13. Australia also works with the Government of Nepal, the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology and the Fred Hollows Foundation on reducing avoidable blindness in the region by developing safe and cheap procedures for cataract surgery. Australia is home to more than 26,000 people of Nepalese descent. Around 18,000 Australians visited Nepal in 2012.

UK minister optimistic about Nepal’s upcoming poll

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K Minister of State for International Development, Alan Duncan, recently visited Nepal and inaugurated a bridge constructed under the UK Aid. Before he

returned, Minister Duncan addressed a press meet and mentioned that he wanted to see how UK Aid is helping the poorest population of Nepal. The UK is planning to spend around £100 million between 2011-2015 on creating the opportunities and jobs Nepal needs. Boosting Nepal’s growth rate by just a third would lift an additional 170,000 people out of poverty each year. The UK is committed to helping Nepal make this a reality. Upon asked a question about Nepal’s current political situation Mr Duncan stated “I understand that there are some political parties that are in disagreement with the transitional arrangements to guide Nepal to the polling day. I had a useful and frank discussion with Mohan Baidya. I urged him to agree to participate in elections. I also asked him not to encourage his supporters to disrupt the vote. I offer the same message to other parties withholding their full support for elections: this is the only way forward”

Three Quarters of Bhutanese Refugees fled to West: says UN

Republic Day marked in Canberra

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ome 80000 Nepalese descendent Bhutanese refugees have fled to the west from camps in Nepal where they have been living for two decades after being forced out of their homeland, says the United Nations . According to the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, around 100000 have submitted their application so far. The Bhutanese refugees have been offered new lives in the United States and other western countries following the failure of years of negotiations to secure their return to Bhutan. Another 38,000 refugees still remain in the camps. All are ethnic Nepalese who fled across the border in the early 1990s; claiming persecution after Bhutan refused to keep them.

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he Embassy of Nepal in Canberra hosted a reception to mark the Republic Day of Nepal at the Embassy premises in Canberra this Thursday. Welcoming the guests, Ambassador Rudra Kumar Nepal highlighted the importance of the Day adding that Nepal is consistently moving ahead with its agenda of strengthening the republican set up and achieving peace and development in the country in spite of prolonged transition and ensuing challenges. He also expressed his happiness over the growing relations and cooperation between Nepal and Australia while appreciating the contributions made by the Nepalese community towards enhancing people to people relations. Among the persons addressing the func-

The programme began in 2007 following a lack of progress in years of high-level talks to secure their return to Bhutan. Some 66,000 refugees have left for the United States, while Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands and Britain have also taken thousands. The UNHCR said the total number of refugees to be resettled in the west is expected to reach 100,000 by the end of 2014. Refugee leaders have expressed fears that with so many people leaving the Nepal camps, pressure on Bhutan to allow the rest back home will fizzle. However, UNHCR representative held talks with the Bhutanese government officials last year about repatriation and with the international community would continue to work towards the option of voluntary repatriation.

News Reporter the Worst job tion were Dr. Durga Dutta Kandel, President of Australia-Nepal Friendship Society (ANFA), Dr. Hom Murti Panta, a Nepalese community member, academic and intellectual, Mr. Ramesh Sunam, Coordinator of Nepalese Students at Australia National University and Vice President of ANFS and Mr. Dharma Raj Prasai. They stressed on the need to consolidate the achievements made so far in democracy and the republican order and to continuously strive for peace, stability and development. They also pointed out the roles the Nepalese residing abroad can play to this end. The function was attended by Nepalese nationals residing in Canberra, Nepalese students, Embassy staff and their families.

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ccording to a survey conducted by a job website “Career Cast”, News reporter is the worst job of all. Website had considered the criteria such as physical labour, wages, work volume, working environment and future prospect of the job to come up with the best and the worst jobs list. Risk forecaster has been voted the most sought after job. Two hundred jobs were nominated for participants to vote. Interestingly, News reporter has been ranked even below the jobs of home servants, dishwasher, postman and home repairer. Actors, farmers and TV presenter’s jobs are in the worst list too. Survey showed along with the risk forecaster, Bio-medical engineering, IT engi-

neering, audiologist, financial planner and dental hygienist are the most desirable jobs. Similarly, professor has made it to 14th and surgeon in 51th position of the best jobs list.

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26 | POLITICS

June 2013 |

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Mission Election

By Bhadra Sharma bhadra.rukum@gmail.com

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etting the constitution written by their own representatives is a muchcherished dream of the Nepali people. This aspiration to fulfill this dream has pushed the people to take the street repeatedly. Be it 1990 People’s Movement or Peoples’ Movement of 2006, the same aspiration of common Nepali led these revolution to success. In yet another effort, the country is heading for the fresh Constituent Assembly election to have the new constitution after the 2008 CA dissolved without giving constitution in May 2012. Major political forces in Nepal have formed an election government under the leadership of sitting Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi to hold fresh CA polls. This was unprecedented as political party-led government used to hold the elections the past, not technocrats. Major parties had no other choice than the CJ-led election government as they refused to accept each other’s leadership in the election government. This led way for Regmi to be the head of caretaker set-up from judiciary head. Soon after the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly elections in May 27 last year key political parties- the UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and an alliance of Madhes based parties, Samukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morhca,—claimed the leadership of election government. They had their own argument in claiming government leadership. The months long discussion brought the political parties together to consent form a technocrat government. It is obvious that holding an election is a tough job. It cannot be held just because of wish of the government or the election. All the election contesting political actors, people’s participation and favorable environ-

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ment are equally important to make the poll a have been opposing the election citing various success. The failure of erstwhile Baburam Ram reasons. The Baidya led Maoist party, which Bhattarai’s plan to hold polls in November is also united 33 smaller parties, have been justifies the need of coordination and support demanding for the replacement of incumbent of all concerned sectors. apolitical government with a political one. In fact Bhattarai-led government had The government negotiation headed by Home also tried to hold CA elections under his own Minister Madhav Ghimire is busy in holding leadership after the demise of the CA. His talks with the disgruntled parties. The talks plan could not be materialized in the absence team had approached discussed with the of political consensus, commissioners at the Ashok Rai led Federal Socialist Party, Madhesi Election Commission and electoral laws. NC Janaadhikar Forum Nepal, Rastriya Madhes and UML that have been still accusing BhatSamajbadi Party, Tamsaling Rastriya Dal, tarai of dissolving the hard-earn CA without Khumbuwan Swayatta Rajya Parisad among consulting with them refused to participate others so far. in the elections. Their stand forced the Bhattarai to quit the government. But things are changed after apolitical The dispute over the provisions of the electoral act has government takes place. delayed to announce the poll date. Consequently, the The EC has now full Regmi-led caretaker set-up that was supposed to hold board. Some electoral polls in June, is still struggling to announce poll date. laws have already been With delay in declaring poll date EC, the government formulated while others are under consideration and parties are for conducting the polls in November. at the Cabinet. On the basis of these laws, the EC has started its technical, internal and administrative laws. As a part of poll preparation At the mean time major parties are dithe EC has launched a nation-wide voter roll vided regarding the provisions of the electoral update drive since April 22. Over 11 million act. An ordinance on Constituent Assembly voters of a total of 17.6 registered in 2008’s CA Member Act-2013 is under consideration at election are registered with the newly adopted the Cabinet as the parties sharply divided redigital voter registration. The 866 joint team garding one percent threshold provision and mobilized by the EC and Ministry of Home participation of crime convict in the elections. Affairs have been distributing citizenship cerThe Act has a provision of not allowing the tificate for those depriving of getting and their crime convict to contest the election unless he subsequent update into voter roll all across the or she completes six years of imprisonment. country. However, the EC has said that it will The Act has also proposed that those parties not be able to ensure Nepali Diaspora’s right securing less than one percent of the total to vote this time as well due to logistic and votes will be eligible for proportional electoral financial reason. system. The Federal Democratic Republic EC has started to register party. Of late, formed comprising UCPN (Maoist) and 26 parties representing the dissolved CA have Madhes based parties along with few smaller applied for the party registration and 120 proparties has been opposing both the provisions spective parties have taken application forms. while NC and UML are backing the election Challenges. Some of the political parties body’s provision. Majority allegedly crimiincluding the Mohan Baidya-led CPN-Maoist nal or crime convict politicians are affiliated

with the Maoist and Madhes based parties. Hundreds of Maoist cadres and leaders are accused of abducting, killing and torturing people during a decade long insurgency and some of them are also convicted by the court. Besides, the new row over number of CA member has made the situation more complicating. Before amending Interim Constitution 2007, all the parties were agreed to elect 491 (240 first past-the post, 240 proportional and 11 nomination)-member CA and similar arrangements were made in the ordinance. The Maoist party has now changed its mind. It has been demanding not to reduce CA member from previous one, 601--member jamboree CA. The dispute over the provisions of the electoral act has delayed to announce the poll date. Consequently, the Regmi-led caretaker set-up that was supposed to hold polls in June, is still struggling to announce poll date. With delay in declaring poll date EC, the government and parties are for conducting the polls in November. It is also speculated that the government’s decision to appoint controversial Lokman Singh Karki and focus on minor issues like transfer and promotion of civil servants may delay November plan. Constitution Psycho The CA elected in 2008 was dissolved without producing the constitution despite resolving almost all the contents of constitution writing. Except the forms of federalism and forms of governance the CA had resolved everything. Maoist party and other Madhes based parties united under the banner of SLMM along with some lawmakers from indigenous nationalities were for single identity based federalism while the NC and UML stood against their idea. The debate ultimately lead the hard-earn CA to the dissolution. Their position on federalism has not yet changed. Instead, they have been approaching voters with their conflicting agendas. Many suspect if the parties do not compromise their position on federalism again the efforts of promulgating new constitution will go in vain even after the CA was elected.

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epal’s premier charitable network obtained Enlightenment HELP NEPAL Network’s the same day. founder president Mr. Rabindra Mishra is coming to Australia to attend several fund raising dinner that’s being held across the country. Rabindra’s arrival will also mark HeNN Australia’s ten years in its journey of practical philanthropy. HeNN Australia has been instrumental in ingraining the charity spirit in local Nepalese in line with HeNN’s 100 million

already provided a support worth 139000$ through various projects in Nepal. The upDetails on ispage 12to raise 10000$ coming campaign expected to endeavour financial support to a school project in West Nepal and to “Beyond Blue” a charity organisation working towards assisting people overcome their depression and anxiety, founded by former Victoria Premier Hon Jeff Kenett. The launch of Help Nepal Network in 1999 was an attempt to encourage Nepalese and those who love Nepal around the world to provide assistance in the fields of health, education and overall development of rural Nepal. The Network has also been providing occasional support to disaster relief efforts. The network envisions a society where every relatively able individual contributes a small portion of their earnings for the benefit of those who are genuinely in need, naming it a 'Practical Philanthropy', an approach based on collectivisation. For booking and further information, please contact: Raju Adhikari: 0412853603 Jog Limbu: 0429585592 For more information about Help Nepal Network, please visit http://www.helpnepal.net

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28 | HEALTH

June 2013 |

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Where is Nepal at, with Malaria eradication? By Dr. Ramhari Chapagain MD (paediatrics) Nepal ministry of Health and population, Seti Zonal Hospital , Far Western Region, Nepal

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alaria is a Mosquito-borne infectious disease caused by protists of genus plasmodium. A bite from an infected Anopheles mosquito introduces the protists that travel through the saliva and into the human blood circulatory system. Malaria causes the symptoms that are typically consist of fever, headache, sweating and anaemia. Shivering, swollen liver and bladder are the other symptoms of Malaria. Out of five species of plasmodium, malaria caused by the plasmodium flaciparum is the most fatal one, since it’s more damaging to brain, kidney and intestines. Nepal is one of the few countries in the world that has been acutely suffering from malaria and its epidemic. 64 districts in Nepal are affected by this deadly disease, in which 13 adjacent to India. Jhapa, Ilam, Morang, Dhanusha, Mahottari, Sidhuli, Kavrepalanchowk, Nawalparashi, Bardia, Kailai and kanchanpur are the most endemic districts in terms of Malaria. Nepal’s 24 million people are at risk of catching malaria at least once in their lives. Even more so in South-Eastern

Terai because of more population density and hot and humid climate which is an ideal living conditions for mosquitoes and other parasites. In the world, 219 million cases of malaria are estimated to occur each year taking 660000 human lives. 68% of malaria deaths globally come from the ten highest-burden countries. In Nepal, wary of the situation, doctors prefer to use the anti-malarial drugs to cure even a common fever. According to a statistics, in 2011 alone, 22% of children with fever that were admitted in government hospital and 35% in private hospital were prescribed Malaria pills. In 2007, fifth National Malaria Control Strategic Plan was introduced, subsequently; government of Nepal has spent a lot of money from their state treasury in the area of public awareness, free treatment and prevention. The whole world has been struggling to get enough funds to get on top of this epidemic. In 2011, Nepal spent 2 million dollars in Malaria treatment and prevention. 29%of that money came from the government and

the rest were contributed by global fund and the UN related organisations. Despite having a long history of Malaria control and strategic plan, only 7% Nepalese population have an access to adequate malaria treatment. World Health Organisation started marking “Malaria Day” in April 24 since 2007. By celebrating a day, it is aimed to draw attentions from leaders, policy makers as well as commitments from general public. This year’s theme is “Spend in the future, Defeat Malaria”. It is an occasion to highlight the need for continuous investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control. It is also an opportunity for new donors to join the global malaria partnership, and for research and academic institutions to showcase their scientific work. According to UHO’s vision, Nepal does have commitments in Malaria control and policies are in line too. However, we fall short of our budget in the areas of parasite control, preventions, environmental cleanliness and our readiness in early diagnostic equipments. To overcome this, we need our leaders to

In Nepal, wary of the situation, doctors prefer to use the antimalarial drugs to cure even a common fever. According to a statistics, in 2011 alone, 22% of children with fever that were admitted in government hospital and 35% in private hospital were prescribed Malaria pills.

allocate enough funds on this sensitive public health issue. If statistics are anything to go by, We have certainly made a huge progress in the area of Malaria eradication in the last decade but there are still a lot to be done.

Turmeric (Besar in Nepali) detoxifies your liver Turmeric which belongs to the ginger family is predominantly found in tropical South Asian weather and is known for its slightly bitter, peppery flavour as well as its colour. Nepalese traditional medicine, called Ayurveda, has recommended turmeric in food for its potential medicinal value, which is a topic of active research. Its use as a colouring agent is of a primary value in South Asian cuisine. It is almost a must have ingredient in Nepalese/ Indian cuisine and is also used as a dye. Turmeric has a lots of health properties as well. Packed with anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is a natural antiseptic and anti-bacterial agent, which is why it is excellent to apply on cuts, burns and wounds. Down with a cold? Mix some turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk and have it at night. Experts say it is a natural liver detoxifier and painkiller. Some studies have shown that it is also known to prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer's and cancer. Trying to lose weight? It is known to boost metabolism. Certain inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis can be treated using turmeric.

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New Age Gardening

Declutter Your Home,

Live Healthier Almost customary in our culture, we have a tendency to keep piling up stuffs that we don’t even need, based on their sentimental value. Our homes are full of Books, free gifts, clothes, papers and even furniture that’s not in use, otherwise referred to as junk. Obviously they all hold memories but our homes can only hold so much. So start getting rid of them you will see the benefit that are worth the effort. It’s going to make your home look more spacious as well as some obvious health benefits. Follow these steps and live healthier and happier.  Be ruthless segregating what’s useful and what’s not. Don’t unpack them just to rearrange and put it back somewhere else.  What made sense for you to keep certain things five years ago may not be the same now. So look at everything carefully and review its usefulness now.  Workout the designated place for everything that you are thinking to keep, that will help you decide what is necessary.  Have you thought about going digital? No point clinging onto your 10 years old CD player when you can download hundred times as many songs in you iPod. Scan in your paperwork to avoid papers.  You don’t need to collect multiple items from one place as souvenirs. Keep one in the showcase and store the rest in your garage.  Furniture is the worst when it comes to cluttering your house as they take up a lot of space. Keep them to the minimum.

Hydroponic System New generations are inspired by the idea of urban living. In today’s busy lifestyle People prefer to live in a small houses and studio apartments with multi functional furniture and less decors. They tend to use the space optimally without having a negative impact on the environment. The way our modern dwellings are laid out, hardly any spaces are left for gardening but the new and innovative “Hydroponic System” has made it possible for us to grow coriander next to our computer table. Hydroponics is a subset of hydro culture and is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil. Terrestrial plants may be grown with their roots in the mineral nutrient solution only or in an inert medium, such as gravel, mineral wool, expanded clay or coconut husk. This system has been adapted around the world mainly for its soil less characteristic but it has much greater significance than that. Some of the reasons why hydroponics is being adapted around the world : 1. No soil is required in hydroponic system. 2. It has lower water consumption as it just gets recycled. 3. Does not exert any pollution to the atmosphere as the system is controlled. 4. Easier to harvest as well as stable and high yielding system. 5. Plants grow healthier since there is no chance of pesticides damage. There are six different types of hydroponic growing systems, Aeroponic, Drip, Ebb and Flow, N.F.T, Water Culture and Wick. Choose what suits your household the best and start growing vegetable in your own kitchen.

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30 | SPORTS

June 2013 |

By Anweshan Adhikari

No facebook till Nepal makes it to the world cup

Integrity Crisis in Asian Sports

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he recent spot fixing scandal in Indian Premier League has rocked the world cricket again. When Rajasthan Royals players S. Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila got arrested for allegedly being involved in spot fixing, the utter lack of transparency in IPL got uncovered. Just how deeply rooted these sports corruptions came to light when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) pointed finger at IPL chief Lalit Modi few years ago, but little was done to monitor the off-field activities of players,

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agents and hangers-on. Cricket, or for that matter any other popular sport, has never been a stranger to such scandals. From the time the Chicago White Sox “threw” the American baseball championship in 1919, sport has been fair game for book makers. And in most countries in Asia, where betting on sports other than horse racing is illegal, almost everybody following cricket has been aware that outrageously large sums of money were changing hands each time a big game was played. This is even more prevalent in Twenty20 cricket, which lends itself easily to fixing. From the time the South African cricketer late Hansie Cronje was found guilty in similar fixing so much has transpired since, including the type of fixing and the amount of money being exchanged. Spot fixing first came to light in the summer of 2010 when a News of the World expose nailed Pakistan’s Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir. Recent arrests of IPL players have once again tainted a bad reputation for everyone involved in cricket. A major cleanup operation is required in Asia cricket if this gentleman’s game is to retain the loyalty of its fans. And passivity and inaction on the part of the office bearer’s who run the game may turn out to be nothing but destructive towards this much loved sport.

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ou won’t find Nepalese national cricket team’s captain Parash Khadka in his face book fan page just yet. Going against the trend of celebrity face book fan page, this Nepalese cricketing hero has not jumped on to the bandwagon and there is a reason for it. Parash recently said “the day Nepal makes it to the world cup, you will find me in social media. But before that I won’t consider my career as a cricketer, successful.” Not only Parash but so many other Nepalese cricketers live with this dream to one day make it to the ultimate tournament of the cricket- The World Cup. What seemed like long, tiring and inaccessible journey till few years ago, Nepal’s possibility of playing a world cup has now become an achievable mission. Nepalese cricketers have persevered through the several hard knocks to bring Nepal to the position that it is now, as far as cricket is concerned. Nepal was greatly anticipated to reach 2007 cricket world cup but the dream crumbled when they got defeated by Fiji Islands by marginal three runs in ICC cricket league division two matches. Less known Papua New Guinea went on to win the final and made it to the ICC trophy the same year but Nepal only secured third position beating Qatar. Learning from the disappointment of 2007, Nepal was again prepared to compete in 2011 world cup qualifier with its best-11. But again, at New Jersey world cup qualifier in 2008, Nepal was restricted to 105 runs following a target of 142 set by stronger Afghanistan team. In 2010, Nepal triumphed over The United States making its way to ICC cricket league division-4. However, Nepal’s excitement was short-lived after getting beaten by Tanzania.

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What seemed like long, tiring and inaccessible journey till few years ago, Nepal’s possibility of playing a world cup has now become an achievable mission. Nepal collapsed half way through chasing the total of 117 runs presented by the African cricketers. This loss, nonetheless, had come as a blessing in disguise for Nepalese cricket. After NCC farewelled National Coach Roy Luke Dias, his successor Srilankan, Pubudu Dassanayake has helped Nepal reach many important milestones including ACC trophy and ACC 20/20 cup. Under Pubudu’s guidance, Nepalese cricketers have not only sharpened their individual skill but also have formed a strong national team that has a potential to fight any test playing nation in the world. Recently, on its way to the ICC cricket league victory Nepal beat The United States twice. Nepal substantiated its cricketing stature one more time, when it made a courageous come back after losing the first two matches in Bermuda. Nepalese bowling line up was destroyed by Bermudian batsman Stephen Taylor when he smashed 162 runs, followed by 6-wicket loss to Uganda. But Nepalese came back swinging in the rest of the play off against Bermuda, Oman and Italy. Nepal will now face 6-one day playing nation and second ranked countries like Uganda, Papua New Guinea and Hongkong before they have their dream of participating in the world cup reach the fruition.

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ne of the most decorated sportsmen of all time David Beckham has announced his retirement. The former England captain has confirmed his retirement after a professional career spanning 20 years; Beckham leaves the game as not only the most iconic British sportsman of the modern football but also as one of the most marketable celebrities on earth. As much as he was known for his free kick on the field, he was loved by his fans for his rock star life style off the field. Beckham played for some of the biggest clubs in the world including Manchester United, Real Madrid, Los Angeles Galaxy, AC Milan and latterly Paris Saint Germain, while becoming the most capped England outfield player of all time. Over the weekend, he became the first British player to win domestic titles in four different countries after claiming the League 1 championship with PSG, whom he joined in January in a deal in which he donated his entire wages to charity. Beckham enjoyed a glittering international career with England, winning 115 caps, the second most capped player in history behind Peter Shilton, while he played at three World Cups and two European Championships and captained his country for five years from 2001-2005. World’s soccer will forever miss this freekick specialist and waits to see him back on the field possibly in a new role.

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