The Nepal Digest - Feb 17, 1995 (5 Falgun 2051 BkSm)

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The Nepal Digest Friday 17 Feb 95: Falgun 5 2051 BkSm Volume 36 Issue 12

  Today's Topics:

        1. TAJA_KHABAR - News From Nepal
        2. KATHA_KABITA
                 Poem - Yo Ho America Saathi
                 Muktak - Ek Muktak
        3. KURA_KANI
                 Education - Re: Book Review
                 Social - Re: TND List
                                Re: US Media on Nepal News
        4. JAN_KARI
                 Nepali Directory
                 Himal Magazine
        5. KHOJ_KHABAR
                 Roshan looking for Amaresh and Shrinivash

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 * News Correspondent Rajendra P Shrestha rajendra@dartmouth.edu *
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 * +++++ Food For Thought +++++ *
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 * "If you don't stand up for something, you will fall for anything" -Dr. MLK *
 * "Democracy perishes among the silent crowd" - Sirdar Khalifa *
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********************************************************************** Date: Tue, 14 Feb 1995 14:00:59 -0800 (PST) From: Sujata Rana <srana@u.washington.edu> To: nepal@cs.niu.edu Subject: e-mail address of TND subscribers(khoj-khabar)

This is in reply to Balkrishna Sharma's suggestion(feb 10) that the TND maintain a list of current subscribers for the same purposes as a telephone directory. I feel that while it is nice to be able to make contacts with as many Nepalis as possible, it is important to maintain privacy as well. what I like about TND is that it allows people to get news/views about Nepal and also to discuss issues of interest. BUT, it is also possible to get and enjoy TND, without having to actively participate in all discussion. What I mean to say is that TND gives me a sense of anonymity which is very welcome. When I chose to express myself on any issue, friends and acquaintances then get all necessary information to contactme. anyway, if my friends are good ones, i would already have given them my email address. To my mind, TND is not, and should not be, just a listing of all Nepalis in and around the 'net world.

For that purpose, i believe someone is already compiling a list of all Nepalis' email address and so on. he/she can be contacted at sbhattar@site.gmu.edu. That's my two pennies worth.

sujata Rana
 
*********************************************************** Date: Tue, 14 Feb 1995 19:05 EST From: ATULADHAR@vax.clarku.edu Subject: Re: The Nepal Digest - Feb 15, 1995 (1 Chaitra 2051 BkSm) To: NEPAL@cs.niu.edu

Patronizing Book Review?
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I found P. Onta's book review of "Tribals of Nepal" patronizing on the authors: Dr. Rajesh Gautam and some Thapa-Magar.

Onta, for example, takes the authors to task for what appears to be misuse of some english language as "hags" and "vegetabalizing". This strikes as a deliberate attempt to misunderstand the authors and punish them for their political project of highlighting an hitherto oppressed section of nepalese society, the "Tribals".

Anybody who is familiar with any Nepalese who did not have the opportunity to think in English thanks to Jesuit education instantaneously recognizes how many Nepali friends think in nepali and attempt a crude translation into English. I would bet that Dr. Rajesh Gautaum whose earlier publications has been in nepali does that. I am sure he was just trying to say some elderly women come to the rescue when they used the word "hag". I am not ready impute misogyny to these authors or patronizing attitudes to these authors without further contextual evidence.

As for "more sensitized discourse " on identity that the authors miss and their faults of romanticizing "savages" as "sojo" balanced or in someway Rousseauesque, the authors can hardly been blamed for what has been till recently a fundamental tradition of mainstream anthropology. I am sure Onta's version of avant garde historical theory will be open to future rebukes of obscolense when new critiques come their way.

given that modern nepal is antagonistic to any effort by the oppressed tribals to assert their identity, I welcome this book for all its "faults". I thank Onta for persuading me to find this and read it.

Amulya Tuladhar Clark University Massachusetts

************************************************************************* Date: Tue, 14 Feb 1995 19:52:17 -0500 (EST) From: Nirmal Ghimirez <NGH42799Q236@DAFFY.MILLERSV.EDU> To: nepal@cs.niu.edu Subject: Chuteko kabita

I was about to write that poem but suddenly something went wrongand I think you only got the introduction and the reason why i wrote it.

                   HO SAATHI YO HO AMRICA
                             SAATHI YO HO AMERICA

   kahile waiter,dishwasher ta kahile cashier
   kahile manager,supervisor,kahile taxi ta kahile limo driver
   sabai kisimko kaam garnuparcha yehaan
   Kaamo ijjat bhaikole sabai kisimko kaam garnuparcha yehaan

   Newton ko theory matra hoeen Descartes ko Philisophy pani
   Pythagorasko sadhya matra hoeen Beethovenko dhun pani
   Tax law matra hoeen criminal justice pani
   lekne matra hoeen januparcha sppech din pani

   Jati basepani akelopanko anubhav huncha
   jahile pani auta alien jasto lagcha
   katilai nachanda pani heellora hi bhanuparcha
   natra uncultured,uncivilized, barbarian bhnlan bhnne dar lagcha

   Abortion,rape ra crime ta jahile pani hunch
   Scientific discovery,technology ko khabar pani huncha
   Manab savyatako kehi jalak dincha
   Japanko marketko khabar jahile pani rakcha

   Unique ra I am different bhanne dheraiko awaaj sunincha
   Tar ke ma bhanne aaj samma bhujna sakeke chaina

   Tar kafkako metamorphosis jasto yo nagari badlicha
   sukrabaar ra sanibaar beer, wine ma yo dubdacha
   sombar office ma karmayogi jasto yo feri jagdacha
   ho saathi yo ho america the melting pot

  jagada gareko jasto lagekothiyo babu ra chora rahechan
  dui barsa aghi matra behegareko aaj divorce garechan
  Tar saathi sabile afno adhikaar yehaan paudachan
  tita fal ra mitha fal sabai yehaan paeencha
************************************************************************* From: dk@accunix.wjc.edu (Diwas Khati - student) Subject: directory To: nepal@cs.niu.edu Date: Tue, 14 Feb 1995 20:52:53 -0500 (EST)

Dear readers

If you want to have yourself included in a "directory" you can do so by sending me your name, add and e-mail. Any person/s sending me their names and cyberress (cyber address) for inclusion in the directory will be assumed to have consented to the circulation of their information in the network.

This program can be terminated at any time in the future, so please do not express your disappointment through the TND if you are not pleased for any reason. And be brief when writing to me....I do not wish to read multi-paged "bhaasan".

sawid
(stickman: courtesy of Jagadish Dawadi)

********************************************************************************************** Date: 14 Feb 95 23:22:05 EST From: Rajendra.P.Shrestha@Dartmouth.EDU (Rajendra P. Shrestha) Subject: News2/8-12 To: nepal@cs.niu.edu

February 8 Nepal Rastra Bank Releases its semi-annual Report Excerpts from Xinhua and Reuters reports

    Nepal's merchandise trade and current account deficits surged during the first six months of the 1994/95 fiscal year, the central bank said. The Nepal Rastra Bank said in its half yearly review of the Himalayan kingdom's economy that major economic indicators were positive.

   But it said exports of woollen carpets and ready-made garments fell sharply in the six months ended on January 15, pushing total merchandise exports down 14.3 percent compared to the same period in 1993/94 to 8.59 billion rupees ($ 172 million). Exports of carpets declined by 31.8 percent and that of ready-made garments by 3.8 percent, compared to last year. Exports of carpets were hurt by negative publicity of child labor and by a deterioration in quality stemming from over-production, they said.

   Merchandise imports soared 35.6 percent to 29.0 billion rupees ($ 580 million), the central bank report said. It did not give any reasons for the increase. The total trade deficit has widened by 79.7 percent to reach 20,403.8 million rupees (408.07 million us dollars), NRB noted. Nevertheless, total foreign exchange reserves as of January had stood at 39,565.5 million rupees (791.31 million us dollars) registering an increase of 206.5 million rupees over the level of reserves prevailing at the end of fy 1993-94, NRB said, and the available reserves would be adequate to cover about 8 months of merchandise imports.

   The bank said the current account deficit rose 41.3 percent to 2.46 billion rupees ($ 49 million). "Capital inflows have been insufficient to meet the shortfall," it said.

   Revenue mobilisation has increased and some restraints have been exercised in monetary expansion, improving the government's budgetary position, the central bank said.

   Net foreign assets declined 3.7 percent to 35.59 billion rupees ($ 711.8 million) and domestic credit expanded 7.7 percent or 62.27 billion rupees ($ 1.24 billion) during the six-month period compared to the same period in 1993/94.

   A considerable improvement in revenue receipts together with reduced spending under the budget has resulted in a considerable decline in the budgetary deficit of the government, the bank pointed out. the higher growth rate in resource mobilization has also contributed towards lowering the budgetary deficit by 45.0 percent to 1,352.7 million rupees (27.05 million us dollars) this year, nrb said. the budgetary deficit in the period has been financed through internal loans worth 250.0 million rupees (5 million us dollars) and foreign cash loans worth 1,843.1 million rupees (36.86 million us dollars).

   The national urban consumer price index rose 8.1 percent to mid-January 1995, down from 9.6 percent in the corresponding six-month period in 1993/94, it said.

   "The downward pressure on prices this year has been the outcome of relatively smaller increase in the price index for food and beverages," it said.

Nepal's Communists Woo Indian Investment By Nelson Graves in New Delhi for Reuters

    Nepal's communist deputy prime minister on Wednesday invited Indian industry to invest in the Himalayan kingdom's market-oriented economy and help unleash its huge but almost untapped hydroelectric potential.

   "I would like to invite the industrialists and businessmen for investment in collaboration with Nepal, " Madhav Kumar Nepal, who is also responsible for his nation's foreign and defence portfolios, told a luncheon with Indian business leaders.

   " Nepal welcomes foreign investment," Industry and Water Resources Minister Hari Prasad Pandey told the same group.

    Nepal's deputy prime minister said his country enjoyed excellent ties with its southern neighbour. "The relationship should be further nourished through the expansion of industry and trade-related activities," he said.

   He made no mention of the sizable $ 305.7 million trade deficit that Nepal ran with India, its biggest commercial partner, last year.

   But Pandey said Kathmandu wanted to review the terms of access to India's market. Currently New Delhi offers preferential terms for Nepal's exports which have at least 50 percent local or Indian content, including labour.

   "This is not sufficient," Pandey said without elaborating.

   The deputy prime minister sidestepped controversy over a hydroelectric project on Nepal's western border with India.

   The Tanakpur project was built by India after the Himalayan kingdom allowed the construction of a portion of embankment in Nepal in exchange for two megawatts of electricity and irrigation water from it.

   The Communist Unified Marxist-Leninist (UML) party which won power in last November's polls in Nepal strongly criticised the project during the election campaign, saying the previous Nepal Congress government had surrendered the nation's sovereignty.

   But the new deputy prime minister, who is also UML's general secretary, made no mention of the Tanakpur project and instead urged Indian businesses to help exploit Nepal's hydroelectric resources.

   "We are in a hurry to develop this vast resource," Nepal said, noting that the kingdom, one of the world's poorest countries, was currently generating only about 300 megawatts out of total hydroelectric potential of 50,000 megawatts.

   M.C. Verma, senior consultant with the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, said the new government was keen to develop ties with foreign private firms and wary of concluding agreements with the Indian government.

   "We have committed ourselves to a market economy with a supportive role of the government," Nepal said.

   Confederation of Indian Industry president Subodh Bhargava said:
"Reassurance of your market orientation will go a long way towards promoting our bilateral relationship."

Indo-Nepal Treaty to be Reviewed Excerpts from PTI, Reuters and BBC monitoring

   India is ready to hold talks with Nepal on amending a 45-year-old friendship treaty , Nepal's deputy prime minister said on Wednesday.

   "The government of India have not denied the discussing, examining or looking into the matter and are ready to have a talk over the issue," Madhav Kumar Nepal told reporters.

    Nepal, whose Communist Party of Nepal -Unified Marxist-Leninist
(UML) party leads a minority government, said his administration had no misgivings about India.

   He said the collapse of the Cold War, the rise of non-aligned countries and a regional South Asian group had changed the security scenario.

   "In the light of the changed circumstances, the treaty should be revised and made relevant to the times," he said.

   He said the foreign secretaries of the two countries would examine the provisions before the proposed visit of the Nepalese prime minister, Man Mohan Adhikari, to New Delhi later this year. Elaborating, Madhav Kumar Nepal said provisions like those related to security matters had to be made relevant to the existing realities.

   Kathmandu has also sought a review of the Tanakpur hydroelectric project on the Mahakali river to extract more power from India.

   The dam was built by India after Kathmandu allowed the construction of a portion of an embankment in Nepal in exchange for two megawatts of electricity and irrigation water.

   "There may be some understanding so costs and benefits should be shared equally," Nepal said.

   Madhar Kumar Nepal said he had also suggested that the whole of the Maha Kali river (Sarda river) be regarded as a package to ensure the equal sharing of costs and benefits by both countries. The congestion at Calcutta port and suggestion of an alternative land route through Bangladesh were also among the other topics discussed at the talks in new Delhi.

    Nepal said he did not discuss a proposal Adhikary made recently for work permits to restrict immigrant workers from India, saying the priority was now to provide Nepalis with citizenship certificates.

   "Without this we can't distinguish between Nepalis and non-Nepalis," he said.

   He said he promised to cooperate with India on checking anti-Indian militants. "Our land should not be used against India or against China," Nepal said.

   Indian officials say they arrested Yakub Memon, a key suspect in a series of bomb blasts in Bombay in 1993, after he crossed over from Kathmandu.

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   They say the city was used by Pakistani agents to fan terrorism on Indian soil. Pakistan denies the charge.

    Nepal, trying to bridge a $305.7 million trade deficit, also proposed the introduction of countervailing duty on Indian goods and easier exports to India.

   India now permits preferential imports if they have a 50 percent local or Indian manufacturing content. Nepal said his country instead sought a list of restricted items, goods outside of which should be freely given preferential status.

      A six member Nepalese delegation led, by Hari Prasad Pandey, the minister of state for industry and water resources, met India's federal minister of water resources and parliamentary affairs, Vidya Charan Shukla, on 8th February, the Indian news agency PTI reported.

   Both sides agreed to study feasible projects to maximize the benefits for both sides. Mutual cooperation in the water resources sector on rivers common to both the countries were also discussed in detail.

   Shukla assured delegation of all possible help on to sort out the issues. it was also decided that a secretary level meeting between the two countries would be held soon.

   Earlier, Madhav Kumar Nepal met Indian President Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma in New Delhi on 6th February, All-India Radio reported. Mr Nepal said that "multifaceted bilateral cooperation must be further promoted" . Mr Nepal met Prime Minister Narasimha Rao on 7th February, All-India Radio reported. The Indian premier offered India's
"expertise for laying broad gauge railway lines in Nepal and assured all possible help in the movement of goods into the Himalayan kingdom"
. Rao said New Delhi was willing to work with Kathmandu in exploiting natural resources in the region. According to the radio, Rao said: " irrespective of whichever government may be in place on either side, the friendship between the peoples of the two countries provides a stable foundation for trust and cooperation" .

   The Nepalese delegation held talks in New Delhi on 7th February, All-India Radio reported. The Indian side was led Commerce Minister Pranab Mukherjee. Nepal "sought India's support in accelerating the process of its development" and "also conveyed to New Delhi its commitment to develop excellent relations with India" , the radio said. At a luncheon hosted in his honour by Indian Commerce Minister Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi on 7th February, Mr Nepal said that the new government of Nepal was "committed to maintaining an excellent relationship with India based on cordiality, mutual respect and understanding," Radio Nepal reported. "A free and frank exchange of views between the two countries will go a long way towards reinforcing the relationship" , he said, and also noted that "the dimensions and depth of our relationship is so vast that routine dialogue at different levels becomes all the more important" .

February 10 Deputy PM returns to Kathmandu Excerpts from Xinhua report

   Deputy PM Madhav Kumar Nepal returned to Kathmandu this evening after a five-day official visit to Nepal. Speaking to Xinhua at the airport, Nepal sadi that the visit was a success which had
"consolidated and enhanced the good relations between nepal and india."

February 11 Nepal to Block Tibetan's March to Lhasa AFP report

   The Nepalese government is ready to check a planned protest march to Lhasa by Tibetan refugees living in India, Home Ministry spokesman Sri Kant Regmi said Saturday.

   His statement followed Nepalese press reports that the Tibetans planned to organize the march through Nepal as part of a protest programme on March 1O, the anniversary of the 1959 insurrection against Chinese rule.

   Kathmandu regards Tibet as a part of China and would not allow Nepalese soil to be used against any other country, Regmi said.

   "The Nepalese government is alert to check any activity that goes against this policy," he said.

   Prime Minister Mana Mohan Adhikari earlier denied that western countries were applying "political pressure" on his government on the Tibetan issue.

   "Even (if) such pressure comes, we will not succumb to it," Adhikari told AFP. "Our policy does not allow any move like the liberation of Tibet. We will not allow such things on the Nepalese soil against China because we think Tibet is an autonomous region of China."

   The ruling Nepal Communist Party-United Marxist and Leninist has sought to improve ties with Beijing which are seen to have soured when the previous Nepali Congress government allowed anti-China demonstrations by Tibetan refugees.

   More than 20,000 Tibetan refugees live in Nepal and have emerged as a resourceful community controlling the country's carpet industry, which earns more than 200 million dollars through exports.

   The Tibetans have also branched into low-budget hotels, lodges and restaurants, all of them proudly displaying photographs of their revered leader, the Dalai Lama, who fled Tibet in March 1959.

   The Nepalese government has said the Tibetans were free to do business in Nepal but has warned them against staging anti-China activities.

February 12 Deputy PM to visit 5 European Countries this Week Excerpts from Xinhua, UPI and Reuters reports

   Nepali Deputy Prime Minister Madav Nepal will begin a 12-day tour of five key European capitals this week, making him the most senior Nepali communist official to visit Europe since the party took power following November elections, a senior Foreign Ministry official said Sunday.

   He will spend 12 days in Germany, Switzerland, France, Britain and Belgium meeting government and opposition leaders, the Foreign Ministry official said.

   He is due to begin his European tour, his second since communists won power in November, in Bonn on February 15.

   Last week he returned from a visit to India, Nepal's populous southern neighbour, where he told government leaders that his country wanted to review a 45-year-old treaty that Kathmandu communists consider unfair.

   After two days in Bonn, Nepal, who also holds the foreign and defence portfolios, will go to Switzerland to address the 51st session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, then to Paris, London and Brussels before returning home on February 27.

   He old Reuters he would discuss economic cooperation with the European leaders.

   More than 60 percent of the cost of Nepal's economic development comes from Western donors, including multilateral lending agencies such as the World Bank. Germany is the top bilateral donor for Nepal.

    Nepal will meet German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel and Economic Cooperation Minister Carl-Dieter Spranger in Bonn.

   He said he would discuss ways of boosting the country's exports of hand-knotted woolen carpets which have been dramatically curbed because of a German protest movement against alleged use of child labour in Nepal to make the rugs.

    Nepal exported $ 180 million worth of carpets last year, with Germany's share $ 150 million, officials said.

   In France the foreign minister will inaugurate a conference of Nepali envoys based in European capitals.

   While in London, Nepal will meet British Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd and Defence Secretary Malcolm Rifkind.

********************************************************************** Date: WED, 15 FEB 95 17:53:48 JST From: 193041@JPNIUJ00.BITNET To: nepal@cs.niu.edu

Dear editor,

We've just recevied an emergency call from friends in Mexico. They tell us that the Mexican army has surrounded the city of San Cristobal in Chiapas, and that the hospital in the nearby city of Comitan is flooded with cas ualities. The press is being excluded from the area. The people being attacked are the Myan Indians, and other poor farmers, who've been denied land and food since the conquest.

They've asked that we try to get word about this out via email. While we have no further information beyond this one call I ask you to pass this message on, or tell anyone you think relevant via any means so that this do es not occur in silence.

Forwarded by Marjorie Larney

I am quite impressed and astonoshed by reading the following posting. If you th ink it to be worth posting, please do it. I would like to hear from the TND rea ders about it more. Regards. Bishwa from Int'l Univ of Japan

********************************************************************************************** Date: Wed, 15 Feb 1995 06:46:00 -0700 (MST) From: "ShiShir \"Sear\" Thapa" <ccsthapa@antelope.wcc.edu> Subject: Re: The Nepal Digest - Feb 14, 1995 (30 Magh 2051 BkSm) To: The Editor <nepal-request@cs.niu.edu>

Hey guys,

  I was just reading my issues of the TND and had an Idea, Would it not be a much better Idea if we put the news article on top of the page and then Editorials, and then personals etc. Then take the Ceadits and the copy rights and stick that at the end of the document, in other words have it as if would be if you were to open up any newspaper. Have the Headline issues up front and so on.... This is just an Idea so toss it around.

Sear Thapa

****************************************************************** Date: Wed, 15 Feb 1995 19:24:01 +0200 (IST) From: Kumar Yoshi <joshi@bgumail.bgu.ac.il> To: nepal@cs.niu.edu Subject: search for friends

Could anybody help me to find Amaresh Karmacharya and Shreeniwash Karki
(Botanists) who have been lost in US.

Roshan Shrestha Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva

********************************************************************** Date: Wed, 15 Feb 1995 15:39:24 -0500 (EST) From: Sharmila Devi Mali <devi@alder.circa.ufl.edu> To: The Nepal Digest <NEPAL@cs.niu.edu> Subject: Re: The Nepal Digest - Feb 14, 1995 (30 Magh 2051 BkSm)

To add to Mr. Rajesh's comment of why the western, particularly the U.S. news media doesn't give Nepal any press is because Nepalese are under-represented in the U.S. Our numbers are small compared with other minority groups. The object of the news media is to find some sort of
"news value" meaning who is this important to and should we, as the news media inform them.

And because of their decision, and that most people have never heard of Nepal, it only adds to the news media's definition of "news value." The editors and station managers figure, "no one knows where this place is and frankly neither do we." The then regard it as unnewsworthy.

But there is an answer. I suggest writing to the editors and station managers, tell these people that important happenings are taking place. Voice your opinions, show these media moguls that we are a powerful, active minority.

With Regards, Sharmila

************************************************** Date: Tue, 14 Feb 1995 23:23:43 To: nepal-request@cs.niu.edu From: himal@himpc.mos.com.np Subject: from Himal Magazine

The New Issue of Himal Magazine is just out. Its contents are listed below. COVER:

MODERNISE, OR ELSE BUILDING THE NEW LHASA by John Grey

The 1990s has seen an unprecedented modernisation offensive in Tibet, and an at tempt to transform the ancient capital into a frontier boom-town. But how much say do Tibetans in the future of their country?

  FEATURES:

A ELEGANT RETURN by Roger L. Plunk The Dalai Lama's presence in Lhasa would provide the Tibetan people not only wi sdom and spiritual sustenance, but also help them face their day-to-day problem s with confidence and resolve.

KANG RIMPOCHE TRASHED AND COMMERCIALISED by John V. Bellezza Mount Kailash, the holiest spot in Asia, used to be the unfrequented destinatio n of hardy pilgrims. It is fast becoming a dirty Disneyland.

FAILED ENVIRONMENTALISM by Jayanta Bandyopadhyay Southern governments are not well-prepared for the international environmental negotiations that are taking place, and the non-governmental organisations have
 not been of much help, either.

PHOTO ESSAY:

KATHMANDU, MAILO KATHMANDU Selection of pictures from the photo exhibition organised by Himal magazine (ma ilo = soiled, dirty) which traveled through the towns of Kathmandu, Patan and B haktapur in mid-December. The pictures deal with the weakening spirit of Kathma ndu Valley as air KNOW YOUR HIMAL:

ROCK SUMMIT, SNOW SUMMIT by Deepak Thapa Diehard scientific positivism is confusing the public by constantly revising th e height of Chomolongma. On behalf ofthe peoples of the world, it is time to ca ll a halt to this tomfoolery.

BRIEFS:

Himalayan cic for the upper crust Elephant menace? Try bio-fencing! If the Andeans can, why can't the Himalayans? Sunder Lal Bahuguna Rebukes NGOs Clandestine Climbing (The Pisang Accident Fallout) There but for the grace of Lord Pashupatinath goes the Himalaya PLACENAMES: gans-cen-mzod-lna or gans-cen-rje-lna A revolving restaurant on Nuptse Notes from along the Karakoram Highway

KATHA: "Citizenship made simple" -- Notes to my brother from Fanueil Hall. by P rem Krishna Gongaju

ABOMINABLY YOURS: The yeti on the difficulty she faces in getting a visa to far away lands.

REVIEW: Desmond Doig's "My Kind of Kathmandu" by Kunda Dixit

The 1994 HIMAL INDEX: Listing of all articles of 1994 HIMALAYA MEDIAFILE: Light commentary on what the Himalayan media is carrying. TWO-PAGE ABSTRACTS OF NEW BOOKS AND MAGAZINES MAIL

Announcement: Hard Livelihood: Conference on the Himalayan Porter 3,4 August 1995 Himal magazine is organising a two-day meeting to discuss portering in these mo untains. Topics will include: the portering life and changing economy; the impa ct of roads and air freight; health, nutrition, physiology; equity and collecti ve bargaining; futContact: Kanak Mani Dixit, Himal, PO BOX 42, Lalitpur Nepal Fax- 977-1-521013 Email: himal@himpc.mos.com.np

Announcement: Wanted: Staff Writer Himal magazine is looking for a person who can writer, edit and report in flawl ess English. S/he will be based in Kathmandu but must like occasionally rugged travel. While the position is open to all, for logistical reasons we are especi ally interested in

************************************************************* Date: Thu, 16 Feb 1995 15:52:00 EST To: A10RJS1@cs.niu.edu From: DGURUNG@CLEMSON.EDU Subject: MUKTAK (?)

     EK MUKTAK

RAAT KO ANTIM GHADI BANKI CHHA RAAT KO ANTIM GHADI BANKI CHHA (little louder) TIMI CHHOU MA CHHU HAMRO ANTIM RAHAR BANKI CHHA

Note: A friend of mine used to say this almost every time he had to face a Nepali crowd in any cultural event. So, as far as I am concerned it is by him (Fuleshwar Singh).

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