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The Nepal Digest Saturday 18 Feb 95: Falgun 6 2051 BkSm Volume 36 Issue 13

  Today's Topics:

        1. TAJA_KHABAR - News From Nepal
        2. KATHA_KABITA
                 Poem - Alas
        3. KURA_KANI
                 Education - Re: BKS
                 Social - Re: Western Media on Nepal
        4. JAN_KARI
                 Journal Reviews
                 Attention Civil Engineers
                 Nepali Restaurant
        5. SODH_PUCHH
                 Nepali Constitution
                 Nepali Homepage
        6. KHOJ_KHABAR
                 Anak looking for Yogendra

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 * Editor/Co-ordinator: Rajpal J. Singh a10rjs1@mp.cs.niu.edu *
 * SCN Liaison: Rajesh B. Shrestha rshresth@black.clarku.edu *
 * Consultant Editor: Padam P. Sharma sharma@plains.nodak.edu *
 * Discussion Moderator: Ashutosh Tiwari tiwari@husc.harvard.edu *
 * TND Archives: Sohan Panta k945184@atlas.kingston.ac.uk *
 * Book Reviews Columns: Pratyoush R. Onta ponta@sas.upenn.edu *
 * 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: Wed, 15 Feb 1995 18:12:12 -0500 (EST) From: kenneth pumford <kpumford@umdsun2.umd.umich.edu> To: The Nepal Digest <NEPAL@cs.niu.edu> Subject: Re: The Nepal Digest - Feb 14, 1995 (30 Magh 2051 BkSm)

Reading Ajit Shrestha's letter cross-posted from SCN that dealt with reasons why the West ignores Nepal, I found myself taking exception to two of his three points. He was actually on track with his first reason
- South Asia is poor. There is no need to look much further than that when searching for an explanation for the Western media's lack of attention to Nepal that Ajit perceives.

Much as I like Nepal, in the big scheme of things where economic and military power are what count, Nepal doesn't carry much weight. A single automobile factory here in Michigan or a single chip factory in California has a larger influence on the world economy than the entire GNP of Nepal. With the situation unlikely to change for the forseable future, Nepal isn't likely to cut a larger path across Western newspaper pages any time soon.

As for Ajit's suspicions that Nepal is ignored because of its communist government, that scarcely has to be answered, does it? The Sino-Soviet examples of how not to run a country, which operated under the title of communism, so discredited the word that any little country that has a fling with communism is much more likely to be viewed as an interesting curiousity than a threat to the world order. To refute Ajit's third postulated reason for media overlook of Nepal, Nepal's non-Christianity, brousing through the major newspapers and news magazines of America should quickly convince anyone that non-Christianity is not a liability these days. The major media's anti-Christian bias is in fact well documented.

Thankfully the importance of the major media is becoming less and less as alternative information sources become more widespread. Thanks to Rajendra (cheers, clapping) and others like him, and indeed all those who contribute on the Net, the amount of information available on Nepal and every conceivable topic is increasing all the time.

***************************************************************** From: ponta@sas.upenn.edu (Pratyoush R. Onta) Subject: journal review To: NEPAL@cs.niu.edu (tnd) Date: Wed, 15 Feb 1995 18:28:44 -0500 (EST)

The following was published in Spotlight weekly dated 9 September 1994

Journal Review by Pratyoush Onta

The first journal to be introduced here is Adarsha, which comes as an English supplement to the journal of the Samsodhan Mandal, Purnima. For the benefit of those new to the Nepal research scene, it must be stated here that the latter journal in Nepali has been in print for the last thirty years. Publishing initially the work of the about 20-member Mandal constituted in the main to perform rigorous research in indology and the political history of Nepal, it now has become an irregular but still important voice of historical scholarship of a group whose size has been greatly reduced due to death and resignation of its original members.

The first and the only issue of Adarsha thus far seen in print was published in 1993. In an introductory note entitled "Why This Supplement?" Mahes Raj Pant, one of the present editors of Purnima, writes that the objective "in publishing the English-language supplement is to disseminate the research of the Samsodhan-mandala to a wider audience." This issue contains three articles by Pant and one jointly authored by Bholanath Paudel, Dhanavajracarya Vajracarya and Gyan Mani Nepal. This latter is entitled "A Historical Gloss on the Kautaliya Arthasastra No. 1" with a subtitle "Kautalya's Thoughts on Rana Rule."

Of Pant's three articles "On the Meaning of sabdakara", "On Reading The Gopalarajavamsava" and "The Kuvalayanandaparisista by Vijnanakesarin"P general readers including historians will find the second one to be most interesting and useful. In it he provides a long critical reading of The Gopalarajavamsavali (Wiesbaden, 1985) jointly produced by Dhanavajra Vajracarya and Kamal P. Malla. This book is a facsimile edition of the earliest known vamsavali from Nepal and comes with an introduction, a transcription, a Nepali and an English translation. The importance of the vamsavali for the ancient and medieval history of Nepal has been long recognized. The Wiesbaden production and Pant's review of it both contribute significantly to the user-friendliness of the document, although as Pant points out, many important aspects of it still remain to be fully understood. The other two essays by Pant will mostly be useful to indologists.

Six issues of the European Bulletin of Himalayan Research (EBHR) - the second journal to be introduced here - have been published thus far from its editorial home located at the South Asia Institute (SAI) of Heidelberg University, Germany. In the maiden issue published in spring 1991, the editors explained that the EBHR would act as a forum that would keep European scholars doing research in the Himalayas informed of state-of-the-art research in their field. EBHR is inter-disciplinary in its coverage that has included review articles, book reviews, research reports, interviews, and news reports of exhibitions, seminars, and conferences. The Bulletin has also carried notes on relevant archival holdings in Heidelberg, London, Cambridge, Paris, and Italy and a report on the activities of the Nepal German Manuscript Preservation Project since its inception in 1970.

The first issue contains a brief write-up on private Nepali newspapers that would be useful to any researcher interested in the recent political history of Nepal. In the second issue Richard Burghart and Martin Gaenszle make perceptive comments on selective 'witness literature' published after the jana andolan in an article entitled "Martyrs for Democracy: A Review of Recent Kathmandu Publications." A review of Dor B. Bista's Fatalism and Development, notes on research on oral traditions in Nepal, on the conflict between conservation and human needs in Chitwan, and on Himalayan studies at Oxford are also included.

A review article of recent studies of oral ritual text in Nepal by Gaenszle and some comments on it by Andrs Hofer can be found in the third issue. A review article by Antje Linkenbach on "Ecological Crisis and Social Movements in the Indian Himalayas" and a review of A. R. Foning's Lepcha, my vanishing tribe have been published in the fourth issue. An interview with Mahesh C. Regmi highlighting his forthcoming book on the Gorkhali empire between 1768-1814 has also been published there. An article focussing on western social anthropology's recent contributions to a better understanding of the development processes in Nepal written by Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka is the most important item in EBHR's fifth issue.[This was written, in part, to "answer" the charge made by some Nepali academics that foreign anthropologists have done no "useful" research in Nepal. See Himal Sept/Oct 1992 issue for a discussion of this
"charge".] Therein we can also find a brief note on "Samkalin Sahitya and the Democraticisation in Nepali Literature" by M. Hutt, an interview with Dr Tirtha B. Shrestha, one of Nepal's foremost botanists, and a report on the ruins of an early Gurung settlement.

In the sixth issue, an article reviewing recent work on pilgrimage in the Himalayas written by Eberhard Berg, reviews of D. Kumar edited Nepal's India Policy and G. Toffin edited Nepal: past and Present and interviews with P. L. Singh and Lok Raj Baral have been published. A report entitled "Economic development and human resources in the Kingdom of Bhutan" by Volker A. Hauck can also be found there.

Also included in the sixth issue is an obituary for Richard Burghart, one of the founding editors of EBHR who passed away on 1 January 1994. One of the finest practitioners of historical anthropology, Burghart contributed in a pioneering manner to the study of Vaishnavite sects and their relationships with the Nepali state (a topic further explored by the French anthropologist Veronique Bouillier), the concept of the nation-state in governmental discourse in Nepal (a topic that needs to be extended beyond the official discourse level), and the place of hierarchy in Hinduism. His contributions to research in medical anthropology in Nepal is also of importance. Just before he died he had been researching on spoken Maithili language (see a 1993 article in Modern Asian Studies).

As was Burghart's wish, this reviewer hopes that EBHR would eventually develop into a full fledged journal. It is also hoped that it will be a forum where all interested researchers of the Himalayas can participate in an equal footing, whether or not they are institutionally or otherwise located in Europe. END

(p.s: Since the publication of the above review, issue No. 7 of EBHR has been published and it contains, among other things, a review article by M Hutt of a recently published Nepali dictionary whose exact citation escapes me. It is also hoped that Burghart's writings, published and unpublished ones, will be published together in a volume or two that will make them more accessible. If such a collected work is being planned, its printing in Kathmandu would make its price affordable for Nepal-based academics).

************************************************************ Date: Wed, 15 Feb 1995 17:29:15 -0600 (CST) From: DBM6640@ACS.TAMU.EDU To: NEPAL@cs.niu.edu Subject: "SODH-PUCH"

Hello friends(TND members),

       I am Deepak studying at Texas A&M University.I need to know about Nepal's constitutional framework: Nepal's constitution(2047 B.S.),structure
 of the Government; checks and balances among the prime minister, supreme court,and the parliament; prime minister's power.

      I would highly appreciate if anybody could take his/her spare time and help me by sending summary of our constitution in laymans' language.

Bye!!

yours, Deepak B. Malla e-mail: DBM6640@ZEUS.TAMU.EDU

************************************************************* Date: Tue, 14 Feb 1995 08:04:58 -0500 (EST) From: kenneth pumford <kpumford@umdsun2.umd.umich.edu> To: nepal@mp.niu.edu Subject: BNK Comments

I've only read the last few issues of TND so it appears I've missed a good deal of the opinions on BNK expounded upon on these pages. At the risk of repeating earlier comments though, I want to throw a few comments into the fire and see what sort of reactions they evoke.

During two years as a teacher in schools in the gau in Baglung and Myagdi Districts, I recall both years hearing excited talk of the scholarships to study in KTM available for poor gau boys who did well on selection exams. While in Myagdi in the District center where the test was administered, those in the school where I taught were less sanguine about the chances of one of our students being selected. The teachers complained that "Our students haven't got a chance. Rich people from Kathmandu who have relatives or land in the area send their kids out here to take the exam." Those non-resident students were products of good Kathmandu boarding schools and overly ambitious parents.

It's hard to believe that abuse of the entrance test system is limited to the districts I happened to be in. The concept of BNK is laudable in my opinion, but in light of the unlevel playing field that is so widespread in Nepal (e.g.; aaphno manchhe-ism, ghush khane chalan, no rule of law, etc) I doubt that the selection system for BNK is functioning as intended. More likely BNK is receiving funding year after year because it is another source of benefits for the families and relatives of the Kathmandu elite.

At any rate, that's how things are seen by many people in the gau that I know.

*********************************************************************************************** Date: Thu, 16 Feb 1995 11:50:29 -0500 To: nepal@cs.niu.edu From: rajesh@koz.struct.civil.saitama-u.ac.jp (Rajesh Adhikari) Subject: support for making TND subscribers list handy

I fully support the proposal put by Mr. Balkrishna Sharma for updating and circulating the TND member list. I would also like to thank Dr. P.P. Sharma for taking the lead in compiling and updating the list. I would be thankful to you guys if you could include our names also in the list and send us a fully (or partially) compiled member list.

Rajesh Adhikari | Dr. Amita Adhikari (Pokharel) email: rajesh@koz.struct.civil.saitama-u.ac.jp (for both)

*********************************************************** Date: Thu, 16 Feb 1995 01:16:32 -0500 (EST) From: Ashutosh Tiwari <tiwari@husc.harvard.edu> Subject: Re: TND In Nepali? To: nepal@cs.niu.edu

        RPI's Jagdish Dawadi's suggestion that the entire TND be published in Nepali (or at least, in Romanized Nepali like yesari) may sound like a good idea. But it should NOT be carried out for these two reasons:

        First, often a word in Romanized Nepali (RN) or a string of words in RN may be a pleasure to read on the screen. Yes, at times, it may even do a better job than its English equivalents in conveying certain ideas or thoughts. On other occasions, it may even 'spice up' certain thoughts or comments by giving them a certain "Nepali" twist, whatever that is.

        But, quite frankly, long sentences in RN, one after another, is very difficult to read and make sense of on the screen. And they often end up becoming an unnecessary strain for the readers, requiring them to do a colossal 'amount' of close text-reading, for which they may have neither the time nor the patience, regardless of how gahiro their passion for Nepali bhasa runs.

         [A confession: When muktaks are too long they look like kabitas, and overwhelmed, I just skip them -- feeling enormously guilty. Sorry, Shailesh! But, honestly, I do struggle through the shorter ones :-)]

        Second, many TND subscribers (including some of Nepali origins) do NOT read/write or understand Nepali language. Often, they may be able to figure out the CONTEXTUAL meanings of a few Nepali words and phrases that occur in certain postings. But continuous long strings of sentences in RN are likely to turn them off from TND, especially when TND, for better or worse, is their ONLY regular window into Nepal and things/ideas Nepalis.

        I, for one, would like TND to continue its publication in English
(with occasional Arabic/Sanskrit/Nepali/Bhojpuri/Byasi/Newari/Thakali/Tamang/ Whatever words and phrases allowed in, ideally with accompanying translations by the contributors) for the simple reason that it's just more practical and a lot less head-aches to all. For now, anyway.

        Other comments, ideas, disagreements on this are welcome on TND.

namaste ashu

******************************************************88 Date: Wed, 15 Feb 1995 14:39:00 PST To: Nepal Digest <nepal-request@cs.niu.edu> From: "Khanal, Bushan" <@wdni.com,> Subject: Answer to Ranjan's Question on TND Feb 15th

Ranjan Panth writes:

> Can you tell me how much the following people have "given back" ? ( If you
> know them, of course.) Sitaram Joshi, Subodh Bhatta, Sanjay K.C. and Kiran
> Thapa have not ever thought about rural health or anti-AIDS. You may
> say that they are the exceptions.

     Sitaram Joshi, who came board 2nd after being kicked out of BKS (from boarding housing, but not from the school) couple of months before the SLC exam, had an offer to study at Harvard for an undergraduate degree. He instead chose to study @ Bangladesh where he completed his medical school. I think he is back in Nepal right now.

Bhushan.

*********************************************************************************************** Date: Thu, 16 Feb 1995 09:30:00 EST To: A10RJS1@cs.niu.edu From: DGURUNG@CLEMSON.EDU Subject: TIBET-NEPAL-CHINA (NEIGHBOR WATCH) : (7 LINES ONLY)

Dear Netters:

I think, it is too bad that our government can not support the cause of Free Tibet. One might say: well, we are bound by treaties. But treatisies are man made. Here is a related news cross-listed from the WTN.

New Nepal government: Tibet "an inseparable part of China" Text of report by Xinhua news agency BBC SWB 13 Feb 95

Kathmandu, 10th February: The Nepali government regards Tibet as an inseparable part of the People's Republic of China, said a Home Ministry spokesman today. The newly-elected UML [United Marxist-Leninist] government will be firm in its policy of not allowing its soil to be used against any other countries and will continue to do so in the future, said the spokesman. Source: Xinhua news agency, Beijing, in English 1425 gmt 10 Feb 95

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*********************************************************************************************** From: rshresth@black.clarku.edu (RaJesh B. Shrestha) Subject: Introducing Shangri La Home Page ... To: nepal@cs.niu.edu Date: Thu, 16 Feb 1995 11:31:01 -0500 (EST)

Following the sucess of WWW, including Rajendra's Nepal Home Page, I would like to introduce Shangri La Home Page:

http://aleph0.clarku.edu/rajs/Shangri_La.html

Shangri La (strictly not "Shangri-la"!) Home Page presents the natural and geographical aspects of the entire Himalaya and the vicinity areas of Burma
(Myanmar), Tibet (China), India, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan -- from the Namcha Barwa in the east to Trich Mir of Hindukush in the west. Since the major part of the Himalayas is located within or bordering Nepal, most of the information in Shangri La Home Page pertains to Nepal Himalaya.

I have attempted to include a comprehensive listing of known Himalayan peaks. Although Deepak Thapa of HIMAL magazine maintains only 20% of peaks above 6,000m in Nepal are identified, there are already close to 200 peaks (> 5000m) identified in Shangri La Home Page, including some amusing ones as Kharane Tippa and Jethi Bahurani (!), both in Nepal. Browse through what's listed, and please advise me at rshresth@black.clarku.edu if you know of any that's not included.

Shangri La is more than mountains. Included also are pictures and text of wildlife (birds, animals, etc), lakes, glaciers, hamlets and hill-tops of the region. By no means is the collection complete however and I would love hearing any more from you (you will, of course, be given credit). You can also enjoy some fine writings romanticising the natural largesse of the region or you can learn about the existing national parks and conservation projects. When you have had too much, you can jump to one of the exciting links in the web I've compiled.

I wish you a good time in Shangri La!

Accessing the Web:
-----------------

You can realize the full glory of the Web on a fast, full-color graphics workstation like the Suns (running X-Window), Macintosh and PCs (running Windows). Either versions of NCSA Mosaic or Netscape can be used. However, you can still access the Web on any dumb terminal, albeit what you get is text-only. But, the text-only transmission is really fast and is great for plain "surfing" around. For text-only link to the Web, *telnet* to one of the following sites nearest you :
  www.njit.edu [USA/NJ] (login: www) ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu [USA/KA] (login: www) www.twi.tudelft.nl [Netherlands] (login: lynx) rsl.ox.ac.uk [UK] millbrook.lib.rmit.edu.au [Australia] telnet.w3.org [Switzerland] www.huji.ac.il [Israel] www.edu.tw [Taiwan] (login: www)

Once in lynx (or another text-browser), press G to jump to Shangri La Home Page. Type at the URL: http://aleph0.clarku.edu/rajs/Shangri_La.html

Although you won't get the graphics and mouse-control, you can still enjoy the bounties of nature in Shangri La in text-mode.

Good luck.

Rajesh B. Shrestha rshresth@black.clarku.edu (mind the sp! please)

***********************************************************8 Date: Thu, 16 Feb 1995 17:20:54 +0000 (GMT) From: GIRI J N <J.N.Giri@city.ac.uk> To: The Nepal Digest <Nepal@cs.niu.edu> Subject: Attention all civil/water/river engineering students

Greeting 2 u all

i am pg student of river engineering @ City uni london , just recently returned from a mega field trip to nepal notably surveying the river bagmati catchment(catchment of my research)from its head ( fromvalley exit) to Karmaiya(east-west highway bridge.

I am developing a numerical flood model of the river bagmati(2700kmsq) using a commercial package which i hope to adapt for the steep middle himalayan river (avr slope= .013). If my model simulates fairly accurately a storm/flood event say the july 93 flood (peak discharge approx 16,000 cubic meter/sec), the flood catchment model could be incooperated into the flood forecasting strategy for the basin currently being investigated by JICA and Department of Hydrology and Meteorology. I am vey keen to network with fellow engineers and researcher who are involved or even just interested in this highly essential research field. I believe one should learn how to crawl before walking; similarly Nepal should first attempt to understand even in basic form, the river mechanics of its violent and unique himalayan rivers,before its national planners and politicians start dreaming greedily about the benifits and the potential of hydropower.I say first say thing first.

As the subject of flood routing and computational river hydraulics is specialised, my journey so far has been lonely,however i am a keen to get input to my research, with this short introductory message , I hope I will be able to get in touch with people in this field.

Take care all!!!!

Joti Giri MSc City University , London Tel : 0171- 793-1831 Fax:0171 237-7941 Email:J.N.Giri@city.ac.uk

********************************************************************** From: Anak K Shrestha <ashresth@magnus.acs.ohio-state.edu> Subject: koj khabar To: NEPAL@cs.niu.edu Date: Thu, 16 Feb 1995 18:00:31 -0500 (EST)

Dear friends,
     I am trying to get a hold of my good friend Mr. Yogendra B. Shakya, a graduate of St. Xavier's(batch of 1990). The last I heard from him, he was at British Columbia, Canada, finishing up his 11 & 12. If you know his whereabouts, please contact me at
     ashresth@magnus.acs.ohio-state.edu I would very mcuh appreciate your kindness.

Sincerely, Anak K. Shrestha

******************************************************************** Date: 16 Feb 95 18:48:35 EST From: Rajendra.P.Shrestha@Dartmouth.EDU (Rajendra P. Shrestha) Subject: News2/13-15 To: nepal@cs.niu.edu

February 13th Regional Disarmament Meeting Held

Excerpts from Xinhua report

   The 7th asia-pacific regional disarmament meeting organized by the united nations center for disarmament affairs started here today. Deputy Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal inaugurated the 3-day meeting.

   Evgeniy Gorkorskiy, Chief of UN Global and Regional activities branch and the un center for disarmament affairs, said in this opening statement that the meeting is to address six topics including:
--openness and assurance of security, --regional approaches to disarmament, --the future course of the regional forum of the association of southeast asian nations (asean), and --efforts towards risk reduction and maritime security in asia and the pacific. present at the meeting were 38 participants from 24 countries including nepal, switzerland, new zealand, mongolia, australia, the united states, russia, china, japan, canada, the democratic people's republic of korea and the republic of korea. the first asia-pacific regional disarmament meeting was conducted in 1989 in nepal and has been continuously held in the himalayan kingdom every year.

20th Try at the S.L.C. Excerpts from UPI report

   Ram Kumar Uprety, a 36-year-old health worker living 60 km east of Kathmandu spent the last weekend making his 20th consecutive attempt to get his secondary school certificate. He took the test along with more than 150,000 students nationwide. The exams for the secondary school certificate concluded Sunday. Uprety was undaunted by his previous failures, saying he felt confident of passing the exam this time. If not, however, he said he plans to ''keep trying until my daughter gets through high school.'' His daughter will be eligible to take the test in a few years. Uprety said he scrimps each year to be able to afford the cost of the exams. ''I save just enough from my job as a health worker to meet the 2,000 rupees ($40) required for exams annually,'' he said.

$4 million loss due to Plague Excerpts from UPI report

   Nepal lost $4 million, most of it in tourism revenues after travelers afraid of the plague stayed away from September through December last year, a study reported Tuesday. Dr. Surendra Pradhananga of the Katmandu Research Center said the tourism sector suffered the most because of the plague breakout in neighboring India. Ironically, no cases of plague were reported in Nepal. Although Western arrivals decreased during the four months, Indian arrivals increased as Nepal's southern neighbors fled their homes to vacation away from the disease, the study s aid. Overall Indian arrivals increased by 15.31 percent in the 4-month period, while Western arrivals dropped by 6.7 percent in the same period, the study said. The survey's authors also speculated that tourists avoided Nepal out of fear that violence would accompany the November-December mid-term elections.

February 15 Deputy PM leaves for European Tour Excerpts from DPA, Xinhua and UPI reports

   Nepali Deputy Prime Minister Madav Nepal headed for Europe Wednesday on a five day trip described by officials as ''a working visit'' designed to boost support for the nation's first communist government. The visit is the first by a Nepalese leader to Europe since the November elections.

   ''In Europe, I will try to explain the policies of the party and the government to the leaders there. I will also try to promote bilateral official relations during my visit,'' said Nepal, who is also the nation's defense and foreign minister, before leaving Kathmandu.

   The official will begin his two-week visit in Germany before going on to Switzerland, Great Britain, France and Belgium. He will meet his counterparts in these countries. In Geneva, Nepal will also address the 51st session of the United Nations Human Rights Commission, to which the country was elected in January. And in Paris the deputy prime minister will address a meeting of European Nepali ambassadors. Nepal will return home on February 27th.

Trade Deficit reaches Record Level DPA report

     Nepal's trade deficit reached a record high in the last financial year with no prospects of being narrowed down in the current year, the official English language daily Rising Nepal reported Wednesday.

    The newspaper said the nation's trade deficit almost doubled from 17.42 billion rupees (348 million dollars) in fiscal 1992-93 to 32.32 billion rupees in fiscal 1993-94.

     Nepal's imports came to 51.57 billion rupees, far outweighing exports of 19.25 billion rupees.

    The trade deficit with India was 15.29 billion rupees last year, the largest deficit with any one country. Imports from India came to 17.87 billion rupees while exports to India were 2.58 billion rupees.

    The trade deficit for the current 1994-95 financial year is predicted to rise even higher because of a drop in traditional Nepalese exports, particularly hand-knitted carpets to Germany.

*********************************************************************************************** Date: Thu, 16 Feb 1995 19:29:08 -0500 (EST) From: Ashutosh Tiwari <tiwari@husc.harvard.edu> Subject: Mistake To: nepal@cs.niu.edu

        My apologies to Jagdish Dawadi for thinking that he is at RPI, when, in fact, he is at the University of Rochester. Should have had my fact checked.

ashu

********************************************************** Date: Fri, 17 Feb 1995 00:04:54 -0500 (EST) From: Ashutosh Tiwari <tiwari@husc.harvard.edu> Subject: Additional volunteer teachers in Boston To: nepal@cs.niu.edu

        The Nepali-language classes for America-grown Nepali kids continues to attract more and more adult Nepali teachers in Boston, Massachusetts.

        Latest trio to join the ka/kha/ga-teaching team (in addition to the eight tutors listed before) is:

         9.Santosh Hamal, Tutor (Graduate student, Northeastern U.)
        10.Namita Kiran, Tutor (A professional at Waltham, Mass.)
        11.Buddha Maharjan, Tutor (Student, Quincy College)
 
        There are now 11 Nepali teachers for 8 Nepali kids. Now that's a ratio which even those thinking of attending Cornell University's summer Nepali-language program might envy!! :-) :-)

        The Greater Boston Nepali Community (GBNC) takes its palpali topi off to Co-ordinator Sunil Shakya and his fellow-tutors for their energy and enthusiasm for this program -- DESPITE their being full-time students and full-time professionals elsewhere. With people like these, hey, anything is possible. Seriously.

        For details, send e-mail to Sunil at sshakya@lynx.dac.neu.edu

        The GBNC also extends a warm "swagat-cha" to Hemendra Bohra who rejoins Harvard University as a student after working on his own self-initiated (village development) project in Darchula, Nepal, his hometown, for more than a year. Welcome back to Cambridge, Hemendra!

namaste ashu

******************************************************************* Date: Fri, 17 Feb 1995 09:54:00 EST To: A10RJS1@cs.niu.edu From: DGURUNG@CLEMSON.EDU Subject: Correction on "EK MUKTAK"

     Correction: GHADI should read PRAHAR, that rhyms better.
                  How about that?
     EK MUKTAK

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

********************************************************************** Subject: Nepali Restaurant Date: Fri, 17 Feb 95 11:29:00 edt From: Sanjay Khatri

I recently visited Amsterdam where a group of Dutch friends and I stumbled upon the Sherpa Restaurant in the heart of city. My European friends were thrilled at the prospect of a Nepali cuisine, and quite frankly, after weeks of Sauerkraut and Schnitzel, so was I. Unfortunately I lost the business card, so I can't post the address. It is in a square in the city center that is bustling with eateries from around the world. The owner is a Mr. Sharma from Kalimati, and Madan is the "maitre de", who fluently spoke Dutch and charmed the pants off my European cohorts. The menu is Nepali, through and through. No Tanduri and Naans here. We ordered Kothays, Gyakok (a Tibetan potpourri of meat , noodles and vegetables) and a Daal- Bhat-Tarkari-ra-Masu thali. The ambiance and the service truly exemplified the essence of Nepali hospitality and Mr. Sharma went above and beyond the call of duty by serving drinks on the house. Needless to say I felt like a proud narrator of Nepali culture and cuisine in the course of the meal. Two Thumbs Up for The Sherpa Restaurant, a must-visit when visiting this extraordinary city.

Sanjay Khatri

********************************************************************** Date: Fri, 17 Feb 1995 13:52:35 -0500 To: nepal@cs.niu.edu Subject: Hillary and Chelsea Clinton to Nepal From: hdhungel@dolphin.upenn.edu (Himesh Dhungel)

Hilary and Chelsea Clinton will be traveling to Nepal in the last week of March. They are traveling to Pakistan and India first and taking a detour. Hilary's private personnel are going to Nepal in a week's time to make the necessary arrangements.

I heard about the trip from a fairly reliable source. Just thought SCN-readers might be interested or wanted to comment on the Clintons' trip.

********************************************************************** Date: Fri, 17 Feb 1995 15:33:38 -0500 (EST) From: Nirmal Ghimirez <NGH42799Q236@DAFFY.MILLERSV.EDU> To: nepal@cs.niu.edu Subject: Alas!

Sometimes situation comes and you tend to feel alienated and frustrated.The words written at such times becomes poetry. I am not trying to put frustration but am trying to create something from it.

                                    ALAS!

   In search of knowledge, I came in wilderness
   To awake! but alas I slept to darkness
   Surrounded by Wild animals in wilderness I was
   From here,there was no escape such my destiny was

   In instinct,and sense pleasure they survived
   In anger, agony,emotion and excitement they survived
   Trapped in the prison of technology they survived
   For food, pleasure and comfort they survived

   Individualistic,selfish and fake they were
   In quest of physical comfort, in mentalpain they were
   Physical pleasdure and comfort was their goal
   For this limitedness ssatisfied them all

   Nothing they had tocall their own
   Alas! nothing, nothing of their own
   For it was "I" and alwaus lost in "I"
   Alas! they had everything but could not escape from "I"

****************************************************** From: dk@accunix.wjc.edu (Diwas Khati - student) Subject: directory To: nepal@cs.niu.edu Date: Fri, 17 Feb 1995 15:44:46 -0500 (EST)

Dear readers (reposted)

If you want to have yourself included in a "directory" you can do so by sending me your name, add and e-mail at <dk@accunix.wjc.edu>. Any person/s sending me their information for inclusion in the directory will be assumed to have consented to the circulation of such information in the network.

This project can be terminated at any time in the future without prior notice, so please do not express your disappointment through the TND (TND might not be the right place for that objective) if you are not pleased for any reason. And be brief when writing to me....I do not wish to read multi-paged "bhaasan".

TNDeers,
   To address some questions regarding the directory compilation project
(by the way, thanks for the support), your name and address will be listed in the directory in the way shown below. For different reasons, only your name and E-Mail address will be listed in a standard way. In some instances some information, like College name, office, dept. etc will be also added. If requests come from countries other than the US, the country will be also mentioned.
  For example, the standard way of listing will look like this for Mr Beer Bdr's entry:

Nepali, Beer Bdr. <e-mail address>

if necessary, the listing will be modified to:

Nepali, Dr Beer Bdr. (TheBigUnivColo) <e-mail address>

foreign addresses will be listed as:

Nepali, Beer Bdr. (Nepal) <non US e-mail address>

hope this answers some of your questions.

sawid

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