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The Nepal Digest Thursday 12 Jan 95: Push 28 2051 BkSm Volume 35 Issue 7

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  Today's Topics:

        1. Letter to The Editor - Nepali Wedding Customs, Please Help!

        2. TAJA_KHABAR News From Nepal
                               Summary of Inflation News

        3. KURA_KANI
                  Economics - Re: Foreign Aid
                  Tourism - Re: Toilets
                  Politics - UML and Congress Properties
                                10 + Ways to Build Nepal
                  Environment - Arun III

        4. KATHA_KABITA
                  Poem - The Girl I Saw
                  Muktak - Kathaa and Pragati

        5. JAN_KARI

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********************************************************************** Date: Tue, 10 Jan 1995 09:28:36 MST To: "", From: Subject: Wedding etiquette and protocol

Dear Mr. Singh,

Would you be so kind as to give me some valuable advice and assistance? I need to know what is appropriate in the context of being an older brother of a woman who is marrying a Nepali. I am sure there are many things that I should know regarding proper deportment and actions in the course of the matrimonial arrangements, services and festivities. My sister and I are Americans who are unfamiliar with the Nepali customs and traditions. The prospective bridegroom's family is Hindu, from Katmandu, probably Newari Chhetri, but I am not certain. It would be very helpful to know what gestures, attire and wedding gifts or other signs of friendship and respect might be expected of me (and for my sister, too). HELP!

Many thanks for any information you may be able to provide.

Sincerely yours,

Mr. R. Wilson

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%%%%% only as a kid, I am unable to give detailed advices %%%%%
%%%%% except I remember brides receiving gold jeweleries. %%%%%
%%%%% Would somebody help Mr. Wilson please? %%%%%
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%%%%% Please attach a copy to TND for future requests. %%%%%

********************************************************************** Date: Tue, 10 Jan 1995 12:01:56 GMT To: From: (Ashutosh Tiwari) Subject: Re: foreign aids in Nepal.

cheung@CAM.ORG (Shirley Cheung) writes:

>I recently read few books about the culture, and the development of
>Nepal. I am aware of a great number of NGO's and other organized project
>teams present in Nepal today. However, due to the deep attachment of
>Nepalis to their religion and the bureacracy existed in both the Nepal
>government and the NGO, I wonder if Nepal will be able to accelerate its
>pace of development to match the Southeast Asian levels, ie. Vietnam,
>Thailand, etc.

Attachment to religion and the bureaucracy exists well and alive in BOTH Thailand and Vietnam. And you know what, it also exists well and alive in the United States too. So, just what is your point?

>I do not want to be too pessimistic on this. I only want to have some
>NGO's and other concerned ppl to comment on this issue.

>Religion is LIFE in Nepal. Certainly, religion has its own philosophy and
>cannot be viewed as "good" or "bad" through a foreigners' eyes. However,
>certain detachement from religion is necessary to deal with some issues.
>For example, if Hindu Nepalis do not change their religious beliefs, how
>can we, NGOs, help to alleviate the women issues there?

How should Hindu Nepalis "change" their beliefs to suit some NGOs' agenda? And how an NGO to decide that it's necessary for Nepalis to change their religious beliefs?

how about the
>overpopulation issue? It is only a marginal help to help women there. The
>real NGO effort should be directed at educating BOTH males and females
>(It is the males who do the repressing, they should need 2-3 times more
>education than females). However, doing so involves changing their
>religious beliefs which is not a simple/pleasant tasks for any NGO to do.

Religion, of various shades and hues, is what that has been giving emotional and social sustenance to many people across Nepal. Your call for "changing their religious beliefs" shows exactly what's wrong and misguided with your kind of NGO-approach to Nepal's
"development". You guys, well-meaning though you may be, but you just don't understand the complexity surrounding Nepal (Not that, as a Nepali, I know it any better either!)

If anything, you should be first learn how long a shadow that religion casts in many Nepalis' lives. And, I'll tell you, reading Dor Bahadur Bista's really-written-for-foreign-consultants, therefore simplistic, "Fatalism And Development" is no way to form your impressions about Nepal's various societies and their religious endurance.

>If no NGO can grasp and solve the ROOT cause of all these problems,
>Nepali will only progress at a snail pace.

NGOs like yours can never "grasp and solve the ROOT cause of all these problems" if you want to operate in Nepal by telling Nepalis why they should give up their Hindu religion! That's like trying to win American friends by telling them that they should give up their freedom of speech!

namaste ashu
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 1994 09:16:00 CST To: From: (SUDEEP ACHARYA) Subject: I won't be back till Aug

Your mail will be read when I return.

If you have something urgent, please contact 501-582-4879, in Fayetteville, Arkansas to get my telephone number in West Plai ns, Missouri.
 I will be working at Marathon Electric there from start of 95 to end of August


********************************************************************** From: (Gopal Shah) Subject: Matrimonial To: Date: Mon, 9 Jan 1995 11:48:05 -0500 (EST)

Thanks to all TND board members for this Matrimonial("Lami") section. Let's hope through this section many hearts will join together. At the moment, we have two candidates. If it works, we will have more candidates.


Name: "Raju" Name: "Daya" Height: 5' 8" Height: 5' 5" Weight: 165 lbs. Weight: 155 lbs. Caste: Brahmin Caste: Brahmin Age Group: 25-30 yrs. Age Group: 25-30 yrs. Education:BA in Chemistry,MBA Education: BA in Chemistry Job: Work in a chemical company Job: Work in a chemical company Location: Georgia,USA LOcation: Georgia,USA

Looking for: Height: 5' 1" + Height: 4' 11"+ Age: 19 yrs+ Age: 19 yrs.+ Education: undergraduate Education: undergraduate

Interested candidates/parents can send confidential email to PLEASE DO NOT CALL.All the confidential reports including names will not be disclosed.

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************************************************************************ Date: Jan 10, 1994 Forwarded by: Rajpal J. Singh <> To: The Nepal Digest <> Subject: Matrimonials

       Looking for 25 + years female.
       Caste no bar

  Name: Ramesh Shrestha
  Age Group: 25-30
  Profession: Self employed
  Phone: 312-665-0214

*************************************************************************** Date: Tue, 10 Jan 1995 16:58:10 GMT To: From: (Silent Do Good) Subject: 10+ ways to develop Nepal [part II]

{Special note to Ashu and Bhanu: You guys are really good poets. Keep it up! And, as far as my real identity is concerned, I am not about to reveal it anytime soon.

        I want my views to be accepted (or, rejected) based on their own intrinsic worth; they do not need to be seen through any gender/racial/ethnic/national prejudices.}

Here is the second part of 10+ things the Nepalese government should do to develop Nepal:

7) Make the king declare how much money he has in Swiss banks. Did you know that the Nepalese king is among the top ten richest royal families in the world? (source: _Der Speigel_.) What a joke for one of the poorest countries in the world. If he had invested the same money in Nepal, Nepal may have become one of the Asian tigers by now.

8)Stop paying the king, and his family any stipends (is it several hundred thousand rupees a month for the king alone?). A country like Nepal can hardly afford to support these white elephants--they are good to look at, but are of not much real use.

9) Make it illegal for people in high public office, or their family members, to open up secret bank accounts in Switzerland, or for that matter, anywhere else in the world. When they do open ordinary bank accounts, or make some investments outside Nepal, they should be required to make them known to a special committee in the parliament.

10) Make it illegal for any international bank to solicit clients in Nepal. At present, many banks from Switzerland, Isle of Man etc. do send out to prospective clients brochures on how to open 100% confidential accounts. I think they should have added this restriction as one of the GATT clauses. If they had done that a lot of third world high-level corruption would decrease drastically.

11) Destroy the royal palace to make a giant park. The Nepalese version of the Central Park. Make the royal swimming pool into a public swimming pool, the royal zoo into a public zoo, and the royal stable into a public horse-riding club.

12) Privatize all colleges and universities in Nepal, and let them have their own academic time-schedule, curriculum, and budget. That way even if one college goes on strike, students at other colleges will not have any excuse to follow suit.

13) Remove the position of the CDO (Chief District Officer) from the government. (The new government or the congress government might have already done that.) All that the CDOs ever did was arrest people randomly, and harrass anti-government people.

********************************************************************** Date: Tue, 10 Jan 95 16:09:57 CST From: (Sanjay B. Shah) Subject: Re: Bhanu's Posting on the Property Details of UML Ministers

        Bhanu's posting was not something that was unexpected, but
 it was definitely informative. I cannot supply details on how the other ministers earned their livelihoods, but I do know what the Hon'ble
 State Minister Salim Miya Ansari did to "make his ends meet". He used to threaten private industries in the Parsa-Bara belt with labor unrest if his monetary demands were not met. Some of the Marwari-owned businesses like Annapurna Textiles and Eastern Textiles were easy meat whereas others, notably Surya Tobacco were
 less amenable to his pressures. He was also influential in getting his supporters jobs in these industries. I must admit to one thing though, I'm not sure whether the money was used to bolster the party's war-chest or to acquire the property in Kathmandu.
        The fact that most of UML's ministers have properties in Kathmandu leaves me a very contented man. I am sure they will do nothing to impede the bullish trend of real estate in Kathmandu from which I also stand to benefit. I would have been more bothered if the Govt. had taken steps to discourage investment and speculation in real estate to encourage diverting investment to business and industry. So long as my goose is cooked, why should I bother, if others have to eat theirs raw, so be it. And the Govt. seems to agree with me.
        But then, does the Govt. have a big choice? If they work to undermine the real estate values in Ktm., come next election, they
 will be in for a nasty surprise. No wonder, PM Adhikari was talking
 of throwing out the property tax (I would be overjoyed if he did), but that is one tax that only taxes the "Urban Landlord" and provides much-needed revenues to the deficit-ridden budget. If the Govt. abolishes
 this tax then I'll say" Its business as usual". Sanjay Bikram Shah


********************************************************************** Date: Tue, 10 Jan 1995 18:13:14 -0800 To: From: bhushan@Tanner.COM (Bhushan Mudbhary) Subject: matrimonials

A great idea! But why identify oneself with a "caste". I just love people who say " No, I do not believe in the caste system, and yes I am a brahmin".

Lets do away with the caste bigotry once and for all.

Bhushan Mudbhary

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%%%%% "By all means get married, if you get an understanding spouse, %%%%
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%%%%% It's a WIN-WIN situation, isn't it? :-) %%%%

************************************************************************** From: To: Subject: KURA_KANI: Environment:- Arun Project & The World Bank Date: Wed, 11 Jan 95 06:35: 1 GMT

Dear All,

        Sorry to dig up the much debated issue again but I think the following article which has been cross-posted from the UNEP-INFOTERRA subscription list will be food for thought for all of us. Any comments on the included message may be directly addressed to <> "Sierra Club".

Cheerio SK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: January 9, 1995 Stephen Mills (202) 675-6691
                                                 Roni Lieberman (202) 675-7903


Washington, D.C.... Citing recent reports which reveal the World Bank's attempts to conceal investigation results of a proposed venture in Nepal, the Sierra Club today called for the colossal Arun Dam project to be canceled, and for smaller, less environmentally destructive projects to be considered.

The Sierra Club is supporting Nepalese environmentalists who believe that the Bank is pressuring their government to sign off on the $764 million project in an attempt to circumvent the World Bank's Inspection Panel findings and to preempt a comprehensive investigation.

The World Bank, Asian Development Bank and several bilateral aid agencies are proposing to finance the million-dollar project, costing more than Nepal's entire annual budget, in an isolated, biologically-rich and ethnically diverse mountain valley near the base of Mt. Everest.

"This dam represents precisely the kind of foreign aid rat hole that has caused some members of the new Congressional leadership to support sharp reductions in U.S. contributions to the World Bank," said Stephen Mills of Sierra Club's International Program. "One would think that after years of local and worldwide opposition to such environmentally destructive projects that the Bank would have learned a few things. Maybe 50 years is enough," continued Mills, referring to World Bank's 1994 50-year anniversary.

Nepalese citizen organizations have proposed a more sustainable approach to hydropower development, based on local knowledge and indigenous capacity. This alternative approach is based on decentralized, smaller-scale hydropower development, and emphasizes public participation and practical projects that take advantage of local knowledge, skills, materials, and equipment. This approach would result in much greater social and economic benefits for the Nepalese, while providing sufficient electricity for the country, starting with those who need it most in rural areas.

On December 20, 1994 World Bank management issued an internal update to staff which stated that the Bank's internal Inspection Panel "does not recommend that further work be done on exploring alternatives". The memorandum directly contradicts a December 16 Inspection Panel report which found policy violations in the Bank's alternative project evaluation.

The panel memorandum clearly states that the World Bank has not demonstrated
"that equivalent levels of effort were devoted to an alternative economic analysis," and that there was an "absence of a close examination of alternatives." "For Bank management to come into compliance with its own policies, a full investigation of viable alternatives must be a part of the project analysis," said Mills.

The World Bank has a long history of excluding indigenous people, non- governmental organizations, local experts and government officials from its decision-making process. In this case, the Nepalese government, which is still prepared to consider alterative energy projects, has repeatedly asked the Bank for more time to review the project proposal. The Bank is unyielding and is pressuring the Nepalese government to immediately indicate whether it wants to proceed.

Last year in an effort to further reform the lending practices of the Bank, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) former Chair of the House Subcommittee with jurisdiction over development banks, insisted on an exchange. In return for U.S. funding of the World Bank's International Development Assistance fund
(IDA), the Committee required the Bank to increase its "transparency" or openness to public review and to create a new independent inspection panel to review controversial projects.

"The World Bank is attempting to subvert the work of its own panel. A unanimous Bank board vote is required for an inspection to even occur," said Larry Williams, Director of Sierra Club's International Program. "These guys aren't even willing to play by their own rules when the risk is they may lose one of their pet projects," he continued.

"This represents the antithesis of sustainable development: a mega-project in a small country for the benefit of a small urbanized elite of industry, government officials and foreign contractors," said Mills. "In Nepal, the rural taxpayers and the environment will bear the burden."

Approximately 450,000 people from 10 ethnic groups would be adversely affected if the project is funded. The Arun III hydroelectric project will also directly impact the area's forests and wildlife because the forests surrounding the site would be cleared. A Nepalese NGO, the King Mahendra Trust has said that total deforestation is likely to occur in the Arun basin in less than 15 years because new roads would make access to the forest easier. And the World Bank itself recognizes the dam will block the movement of migratory fish, although no studies have been done regarding those impacts and the economic and social implications.

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Date: Wed, 11 Jan 1995 11:21:41 -0500 To: From: (W. I. (Bill) Stinson) Subject: The downside of going unnoticed

Re: Toilets and Tour-errism, posted by RaJesh B. Shrestha

>Has it ever occurred to anyone that the viewpoint of the Nepali people
>government) is that anything that can be done to discourage Western (and
>Eastern) tour-errism is, in the long run, what will save Nepal and her
>people from the fate of, say, Hawai'i and the indigenous Hawai'ian people?

Something to think about, of course. However, such devistation is not limited to Hawaii and Nepal. My native state, Florida, has over 4 times the population it had when I first became aware of such numbers in a junior high school civics class. A huge proportion of growth here is from "immigration," and I don't mean Cuban, Haitian, or Latian American. Even here in northern Florida, where growth hasn't yet reached the overwhelming rates that it has in central and south Florida, I grieve at what we have lost, both environmentally and culturally. I mention this to say that not only acknowledged "quaint" places suffer.

On the other hand, without all those articles in National Geographic, and all of those tourists who wanted to come and see for themselves (encouraged by local entrepreneurs who saw the opportunity to profit), ...without all that, Nepal might have easily suffered the fate of Tibet or Sikkim.

Perhaps there are no unmixed blessings nor any unmixed curses.

Bill Stinson <>

Bill Stinson voice: 904/875-4803

********************************************************************** From: (Arun Dhital) Subject: Literature To: Date: Wed, 11 Jan 1995 11:51:44 -0500 (EST)

                THE GIRL I SAW!

        The girl I saw, whether it was on dream,
        or was it my ellusion;
        seemed so real and right, but
        I guess I was just loosing my sight!
                Big, deep blue eyes, and mine of vast knowledge, she had;
                red golden chic like apples,
                oh, just to see her I was so glad!

        Long blonde hair, waivy like in the sea,
        she wont say anything, but smiled at me !

                Like rose petals were her lips,
                and when she smiled,
                could feel like a wind
                blowing swiftly and very mild!

        I was just standing, looking her
        and opened the door of my heart,
        hoping that she would come back,
        knowing that, there is a love !!
                                        Arun Dhital (norge)

************************************************************************ Date: Wed, 11 Jan 95 12:04:28 EST From: (Thomas L. Townsend) To: Subject: JAN_KARI

Please include the following ad in the matrimonial section. This is from my friend Arati Joshi Cacciolfi:

Please respond the following Ad by phone:513-767-7221 or fax:513-767-2092


TWO sisters looking for eligible Newars:
---------------------------------------- Born : Kathmandu Caste : Newar (Joshi) Age : 25-30 Education : T.U graduates Job : Holding jobs at Private offices at Kathmandu Height : 5' 1" slender Complexion : fair

A Newar looking for a Newari girl
--------------------------------- Born : Kathmandu Caste : Newar (Joshi) Age : 27 Education : T.U graduate (Physics) Job : Lecturer at Amrit Science College Height : 5' 8" slender Complexion : fair

N.B. He will be visiting his Sister in OHIO (April-May).

********************************************************************** From: Shailesh R. Bhandari <> Subject: Muktak To: Date: Wed, 11 Jan 1995 15:57:51 -0500 (EST)


                  Pratyek Nepali sanga Kehi garu vanne
                  Josh, jangar ra hausalaa chha
                  Voko pet ko byatha chha
                  Ritto khalti ko kathaa chha.


                  Kasle vanyo yo des(Nepal) ma pragati chhaina
                  Pragati chha,
                  Gati po chhaina.

******************************************************************* Date: Wed, 11 Jan 1995 16:23:48 -0500 (EST) Subject: Inflation through Mid-December (fwd) To: Nepal Digest <> From: Neal Cohen <>

  [This is only a minor-update of our report on inflation through mid-
  November. It incorporates just released data from the Rastra Bank. The attachment is the full document, it is in MS-DOS Word Perfect 5.2]
  For the year ending mid-December, urban inflation was 9.0%, up from
  5.8% in September. Inflation in November was 0.4% and in December
  prices fell by 2.3%. The rumors that merchants would raise prices fol-
  lowing the elections, is not borne out by Rastra Bank price data.
  Leading the increase in inflation in recent months has been pulses,
  edible oil and footwear. Vegetables and fruits, which had been increas-
  ing in price, fell in December. The price of rice fell in both Novem-
  ber and December. Most nonfood prices were relatively constant.
  This Desain inflation was one percentage point higher than average, the
  largest increase since 1991. In November inflation was just slightly
  higher than normal. The fall in December was slightly less than normal.
  Usually food and beverage prices fall late in the year, and this was
  noticed this year. The main source of inflation in recent months has
  been nonfood items. Food and beverage prices fell in the last three
  months by nearly 2%, while nonfood prices increased 1.5%. Other than
  pulses and edible oils no food items increased in price. The large
  increases in fruit and vegetable prices (they increased 8% in October)
  was negated by a 14% fall in December. This large a fall in December
  is not unusual, vegetable and fruit prices usually fall considerably
  in December and January. The fall in rice prices, was less than has
  been observed in recent years.
  Because inflation in tradeable items has been relatively steady, the
  source of Nepal's inflation is not increasing inflation in India
  (although that was true in November), but rather volatile inflation in
  non-tradeables which are controlled mainly by the rise in Nepal's
  money supply.

                                Neal Cohen, Economist, USAID, Kathmandu

********************************************************************** Date: Thu, 12 Jan 1995 09:20:01 GMT To: From: (Bhanu Neupane u)

[This is for somebody: Here you go, this time the estimated booty of Purba-kangresh ka mantri Haru ko, is on the table. A friend of mine, to whom this "prologue" is addressed to, has strongly objected of my posting such articles. He says, such articles demotivate him and "flick sparks" on his apolitical self. I would react simply by saying "Cool!". This should happen, at least we will have some "america-trained" rajnitigya to choose among a bunch of inept and "politically over-sensitized" Neta jees.]

Purba Prdhan Mantri Girija Prasad Koirala

House built in 9 kattha at 9 no. Ward, Biratnagar Municipality House built in 2 bigha 2 kattha 13 dhur at Dayaniya, Morang Land 11-7-14 bigha at Biratnagar Municipality 7 and 9 wards
(What he has given to his daughter and Shushma meorial trust is unstated.. (sure that worths millions) bank balance: ??????? (you've to guess, not stated)

Purba mantri Basu Risal

Plot at Kupandole (size not stated) 3 story (sp?) pukka house built in about 1 ropani at lalitpur ward no 1 8 ana plot at Kaushaltar, Bhaktapur Gold: 20 tolas Silver: 100 Tolas bank balance: ??????

Bal Bahadur Rai

Houses at Okhaldhunga and Kathmandu (? how many) Land 18 bighas in Rautahat, Dumariya, Biratnagar and Moi, Okhaldhunga Gold 20 tolas silver 70 tola Bank balance: ???? Share: Rs 100 (coop share, big deal eh!)

Jagannath Acharya

Only 4 houses at different villages in Bhaktapur Bank balance and share: Rs. 1,08,895,96 (Gasp!) Gold: 17.5 tolas

Shekh Idris

House (Kachcha and thatched) at Rampur, Rautahat 22 Bigha 1 Kattha, 10 dhur Land in Rautahat bank Balance: ??????

Ramhari Joshi

He is stil not separated and lives with his parents (yuk!). He has got nothing in his name to declare (good excuse eh!) Bank balance: ?????

Sailaja Acharya

House built in 5 kattha at ward no. 9 of Biratnagar Municipality Land (to be shared with Brother and mother) 68 Bigha 10 kattha at Urlabari, Morang and Harinagara, Sunsari Bank balance: ??????

Ramchandra Poudyal

House built in 6 ropani at Satiswara, tanahun House built in 7 ropani 9 kattha at Damauli Bazzar, Tanahun Land 35 ropanis Gold 6 Tola Silver 14 Tola Bank Balance:?????

Dhundi Raj Shastri

House built in 15 dhur in Khasyaoli Bazzar, Butwal Land Rupandehi 2 bigha 8 Kattha
        Arghakhanchi 35 Ropanis Gold: 16 tolas Silver 200 tolas Bank Balance: IRs: 100,000 in State Bank of India, Gorakhapur Branch

Maheshwor Prasad Singh

House Pukka in kathmandu House Pukka in Mahottari Land 28 Bigha 8 Kattha 7.5 Dhur (comon) Gold 35 tolas Silver 100 tolas Bank Balance ??????

Chirinibi Wagle

Houses: 1 at Bungkot, Gorkha
        1 at Chapakot, Gorkha Land: 49 Ropanis Bank Balance: 90,000 gold 9 tolas

Tara nath Rana bhat

1/3 of House+godown+land (?) Plot: 7 Ropani, 12 Ana, 1 paisa Gold 20 tolas Silver 55 tolas Bank balance: ?????

Khum Bahadur Khadka

2 story pukka House at Satbari, Dang Plot (size??) at Gaurighat, Kathmandu Land: 2 Bigha at Satbari, Dang gold 7 tolas silver 55 tolas Bank balance: ???????? [he was the second most corrupt Mantri after Laxman Ghimire in the purba mantri mandal. Obviously, Laxam Ghimire has not made his booty public. East consult has undertaken 36 crore worth of projects (I don't think I will have to explain why the projects were awarded to East Consult), of which "55 BIG percentage" is the overhead]

Gopalman Shrestha

3 Houses, one each in Syangja, Pokhara and Rupendehi plots: 8 Ana at Kupandole in lalitpur
        9 ana at Samakhusi, kathmandu Land : in Rupendehi 4 kattha 11 dhur
        in syangja 2 Ropani 8 ana Gold 70 tolas silver 101 tola Bank Balance: 3,50,000 Share: 3,27,500

Mahesh Acharya

House built in 2 bigha 4 kattha 3 dhur at ward no 3 of Biratnagar Munici. Plot 4 kattha at Bhimsen gola in Kathmandu Land 14 Bigha 8 kattha 3 Dhur at Pakali and Ekamba VDC of Sunsari district Bank Balance: ??????? Gold: he is still a bachelor

The funniest part in the whole story is -- Most of these mantris and Netas were either "undergroung" or "living in exile". Moreover, except of few the pedigree of rest are not THAT WEALTHY. Then how come these people are so much economically sound against a common Nepali janata, jagire and Kishan???? I don't have an answer, if any of you have, please- react and respond!


****************************************************************** From: (Rajendra P. Shrestha) Subject: Newsbriefs Date: 10 Jan 1995 23:32:47 GMT

January 8 Nepal, World Bank to discuss Arun-III project

   State minister for water resources Hari Pandey, speaking in Parliament, said that the Nepali governmetn has decided to send a ministerial level delegation to Washington to discuss the Arun-III project with World Bank officials. He said that the January 9 World Bank meeting on the project was not meant for taking a final decision on the project but for discussion of the Bank's Inspection Panel report. The minister said that the new government is not against the project and called for a national consensus on the matter. Earlier, one Nepali Congress MP had demanded that parliament be informed about the exchange of letters between the government and the World Bank concerning the project and urged the government to finalize the project, saying a delay in the project would incur big losses to the country. (Xinhua)

January 9 Nepal and Bhutan to Hold meeting on Refugees

   Home minster K.P. Sharma Oli informed the parliament that the fifth round of talks on the Bhutanese refugee problem will be held in Kathmandu in the third week of February. The fourth meeting of the ministerial joint committee was held in Thimpu in June 1994. There are over 100,000 Bhutanese refugees living in 10 refugee camps in Nepal. (Xinhua)

Probe Faults Guide in Nepal Alpine Accident Excerpts from UPI report

   A probe into the worst accident in the Nepalese Himalaya has determined that the expedition was ill-equipped and ill-experienced, a member of the investigating panel told UPI. On Nov. 13, 11 climbers -- including eight German, two Swiss and a Nepali -- were killed while climbing the 6,091-meter (19,983-foot) Pisang Peak. The probe found that the expedition's German guide was on the peak for the first time and was unfamiliar with the mountain, contrary to earlier claims by the German alpine club which organized the expedition. None of the European members had ever climbed a 6,000-meter (19,685- foot) peak, the probe found.

   The five member Nepali probe was headed by Partemba Sherpa who has twice climbed Mt. Everest. The panel has submitted its findings to the Nepal Mountaineering Association. The investigation found that all the climbers were tied by a single rope and not by three different ropes as was previously claimed by the organizers immediately after the accident. The probe also found that on Nov. 15 -- the same day of the elections in Nepal, atleast 12 helicopter flights operated in Nepali skies, scotching claims by expedition handlers that a rescue could not be launched because helicopter flights had been grounded for elections. Of the 12 flights that operated on election day, four were tourists flights, the source revealed. The probe could not determine the cause of the accident, the source said.

Nepali Government Bans Alcohol from State Parties Excerpts from Reuters report

   Nepal's new Communist government banned alcoholic drinks from official parties on Monday, but spared foreign leaders visiting the Himalayan kingdom from the prohibition.

   "His Majesty's government has decided to prohibit alcoholic drinks at all parties and receptions except those hosted in honour of heads of state or government, or foreign guests of equivalent rank," the Education, Culture and Social Welfare Ministry said in a statement.

   It did not say whether the ban was for cost-cutting, health or other reasons. But the official Rastriya Samachar Samiti news agency said the new government expected the edict to cut the cost of official parties in half.

January 10 Deputy PM invited to visit India

Excerpts form Xinhua report

   Nepali deputy prime minister and foreign minister Madhav Kumar Nepal has received an invitation from indian minister for external affairs Dinesh Singh for an official visit to india. The invitation was extended by indian ambassador to nepal BimalPprasad to the deputy prime minister at the latter's residence today, according to the nepali foreign ministry.

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