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The Nepal Digest Wednesday 8 June 94: Jestha 28 2051 BkSm Volume 28 Issue 1

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********************************************************************** Date: Sat, 28 May 1994 21:54:49 -0700 From: eta947128@rccvax.ait.ac.th To: TheNepalDigest<NEPAL@mp.cs.niu.edu> Subject: Looking For Somebody.

I would like to contact with Mr. SAROJ KUMAR SIGDEL, A medical student studying in the USA. Please kindly convey this message through TND network. Thank you! Mahen Sharma email no : ETA947128@rccvax.ait.ac.th

***************************************************** Date: Sat, 28 May 1994 20:11:03 -0500 From: Eisen Chao <echao@home.interaccess.com> Subject: RE: A "little" Buddha, a little "buddhu", and a "Berta Lucca" To: atuladhar@vax.clarku.edu

 Little Buddha
 ==============
 Bernardo Bertoloucci's movie "little Buddha" is out. I just read a review in
 the New York Time.(May 25, page C13) I was offended.

 1. The review and the director belittle nepal and nepali sentiments.
 Kathmandu gets once mention. Nepal, none, is this the credit the Nepal
 government gets for hosting theis great director of "last Tango" fame who is
 more comfortaable "fucking God" and creating Marlon Brando category who is
 alienated in the existential angst of Europe that he wants his lover to make
 love to a swine?

 When Bertoloucci, who has turned out to a Nepali, "Berta Luccha"- the overly
 sly one, was trying to s creen the movie in kathmandu, the local Buddhist
 leadership both of tibetan and Newari sect took offense at the appellate
 "little" that was used in double entendre on Buddha, Berta Luccha claiming it
 meant underage Buddha ( the script is about young Buddha) but the Buddhists
 insisting that when the film is advertaised as such it belittles Buddha whome
 they venerate so much. How come he have the right to appropriate someone's
 sacred symbols and trash it as such. There were protests and delegations and
 the government came in between and the matter was "resolved" with Berta Luccha
 agreeding to the title "Little Lama" which the movie is really about, finding
 a lama reincarnate. But here he comes to the West and reneges on that for the
 love of the doallar and flashes the offensive title: "Little Buddha"
 I think he is a "Luccha."

 2. Another offensive element is the subtle text of the one photo they
 show. A venerable Lama who symboloizes the simple way of life kneeling with
 the hand touching the ground and the head looking down in front of Alex
 Wiesendanger, the Littel Buddha who is clad in unmistakable symbols of Western
 capitalism: sneakers, jeans, and t-shirt with a bevy of other Lamas looking on
 humbly. Yet the movies professes to project the other message: the virture of
 simple lifestyle.

 3. The whole idea of the script is offensive too. Why do Whites have to
 appropriate Buddha to trivialize. Why a white boy to be a Buddha. Is this not
 a subtle consolidation of the media constitution that whites alone are to be
 previleged. How is that different from the anguished cry of the UN Secretary
 General Boutros Boutros Ghali who said it was a scandle that the West was at
 least willing to talk about rescuing the Whites of Bosnia but the not blacks
 of Rwanda and Burundi who have been covered in the media as a race that are
 uncivilized. Racism runs deep despite the victory of Mandela, we have a hotel
 who ban blacks entertaining NaraSimha Rao, allegedly on the advice of Indian
 security agents who think blacks are danger. Reminds me of the black PCV who
 was hounded out of a Nepali village by little boys shouting "Habsi, habsi". oh
 yeah, there is is good deal of racism and deep prejudice against dark skin
 people even though Lord Krishna himself was the "Syam-Varna" or the black
 complexioned one.

 Amulya
 Clark University
 Worcester

*********************************************************** Date: Sun, 29 May 1994 13:19:06 -0400 From: rajendra@coos.dartmouth.edu (Rajendra P. Shrestha) To: nepal@mp.cs.niu.edu

Here's the full Nepali calendar for B.S.2051. The list of festival dates was provided by Nagendra Sharma. English dates are in brackets. You'll need a screen of at least 70 character-width to view the calendars without getting the lines jumbled up. I've put a copy of this in the Nepal Home Page.
                                                                            
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                Baisakh 2051 (April/May 1994)
--------------------------------------------------------------------- Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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                                         1 (14) 2 (15) 3 (16) 4 (17) 5 (18) 6 (19) 7 (20) 8 (21) 9 (22) 10 (23) 11 (24) 12 (25) 13 (26) 14 (27) 15 (28) 16 (29) 17 (30) 18 (1) 19 (2) 20 (3) 21 (4) 22 (5) 23 (6) 24 (7) 25 (8) 26 (9) 27 (10) 28 (11) 29 (12) 30 (13) 31 (14)
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- New Year's Day (14th April)

- Chaitrastami (Chaite Dasain) - 6 (19th April)

- Ram Navami - 7 (20th April)

- Nepalese Mother's Day - 27 (10th May)
====================================================================

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                   Jestha 2051 (May/June 1994)
--------------------------------------------------------------------- Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
--------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 (15) 2 (16) 3 (17) 4 (18) 5 (19) 6 (20) 7 (21) 8 (22) 9 (23) 10 (24) 11 (25) 12 (26) 13 (27) 14 (28) 15 (29) 16 (30) 17 (31) 18 (1) 19 (2) 20 (3) 21 (4) 22 (5) 23 (6) 24 (7) 25 (8) 26 (9) 27 (10) 28 (11) 29 (12) 30 (13) 31 (14)
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- Buddha Jayanti - 11 (25th May)
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                   Ashadh 2051 (June/July 1994)
--------------------------------------------------------------------- Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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                                1 (15) 2 (16) 3 (17) 4 (18) 5 (19) 6 (20) 7 (21) 8 (22) 9 (23) 10 (24) 11 (25) 12 (26) 13 (27) 14 (28) 15(29) 16 (30) 17 (1) 18 (2) 19 (3) 20 (4) 21 (5) 22 (6) 23 (7) 24 (8) 25 (9) 26 (10) 27 (11) 28 (12) 29(13) 30 (14) 31 (15)
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- Dashahara ( Day when you eat ten ingredients) - 4 (18th June)

- Bhanu Jayanti - 29 (13th July)
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                   Shrawan 2051 (July/August 1994)
--------------------------------------------------------------------- Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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                                                               1 (16) 2 (17) 3 (18) 4 (19) 5 (20) 6 (21) 7 (22) 8 (23) 9 (24) 10 (25) 11 (26) 12 (27) 13 (28) 14 (29) 15 (30) 16 (31) 17 (1) 18 (2) 19 (3) 20 (4) 21 (5) 22 (6) 23 (7) 24 (8) 25 (9) 26 (10) 27 (11) 28 (12) 29 (13) 30 (14) 31 (15) 32 (16)
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- Harisayani Ekadashi - 4 (19th July)

- Ghanta Karna (Gathe Mangal) - 21 (5th August)

- Nag Panchami - 28 (12th August)
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                   Bhadra 2051 (August/September 1994)
--------------------------------------------------------------------- Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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                                1 (17) 2 (18) 3 (19) 4 (20) 5 (21) 6 (22) 7 (23) 8 (24) 9 (25) 10 (26) 11 (27) 12 (28) 13 (29) 14 (30) 15 (31) 16 (1) 17 (2) 18 (3) 19 (4) 20 (5) 21 (6) 22 (7) 23 (8) 24 (9) 25 (10) 26 (11) 27 (12) 28 (13) 29 (14) 30 (15) 31 (16)
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- Children's Day - 4 (20th August)

- Rishi Tarpani Rakshya Bandhan ( Janai Purne) - 5 (21st Aug.)

- Gaai Jaatra - 6 (22nd August)

- Sri Krishnastami - 12 (28th August)

- Kushe Aunshi (Father's Day) - 20 (5th September)
  also Moti Jayanti on the same day.

- Haritaalika (Teez) - 23 (8th September)

- Rishi Panchami - 25 (10th September)
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                   Ashwin 2051 (September/October 1994)
--------------------------------------------------------------------- Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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                                                               1 (17) 2 (18) 3 (19) 4 (20) 5 (21) 6 (22) 7 (23) 8 (24) 9 (25) 10 (26) 11 (27) 12 (28) 13 (29) 14 (30) 15 (1) 16 (2) 17 (3) 18 (4) 19 (5) 20 (6) 21 (7) 22 (8) 23 (9) 24 (10) 25 (11) 26 (12) 27 (13) 28 (14) 29 (15) 30 (16) 31 (17)
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- Shorha shraddha begins on 4th (20th September), ends 19th Sept.

- Dasain Festival begins on 20th (6th October), ends 18th Oct.

  Ghatasthaapana - 20 (6th October)

  Fulpaati - 25 (11th October)

  Mahaastami - 26 (12th October)

  Mahanavami - 27 (13th October)

  Vijaya Dashami (TEEKA) - 28 (14th October)
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                   Kartik 2051 (October/November 1994)
--------------------------------------------------------------------- Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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                     1 (18) 2 (19) 3 (20) 4 (21) 5 (22) 6 (23) 7 (24) 8 (25) 9 (26) 10 (27) 11 (28) 12 (29) 13 (30) 14 (31) 15 (1) 16 (2) 17 (3) 18 (4) 19 (5) 20 (6) 21 (7) 22 (8) 23 (9) 24 (10) 25 (11) 26 (12) 27 (13) 28 (14) 29 (15) 30 (16)
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- Kojaagrat Purnima - 1 (18th October)

Deepawali (TIHAR) begins on 15th Kartik (1st Nov), ends 5th Nov.

- Crows' Day (Kaag Tihar) - 15 (1st November)
  
- Dogs' Day (Kukur Tihar) - 16 (2nd November)

- LUXMI PUJA - 17 (3rd November)

- Gobardhan Puja - Cows' Day and Ox's Day - 18 (4th November)
   (Gaai Tihar and Goru Tihar) on the same day
  
- MHA PUJA - (Self Worship Day) - also on 18 ( 4th November)

- NEPAL SAMBAT 1115 - begins the same day (18th Kartik 2051)

- BHAAI TEEKA (Brothers' Day) - 19 (5th November)

- Queen's Birth Day - 22 (8th November)

- NEPAL CONSTITUTION DAY - 23rd Kartik (9th November)

- Chhath Day (for our Terai Brethren) - 9th November

- Haribodhini Ekadashi - 27 (13th November)

- Baikuntha Chaturdashi - 30 ( 16th November)
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                   Mangshir (November/December 1994)
--------------------------------------------------------------------- Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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                                          1 (17) 2 (18) 3 (19) 4 (20) 5 (21) 6 (22) 7 (23) 8 (24) 9 (25) 10 (26) 11 (27) 12 (28) 13 (29) 14 (30) 15 (1) 16 (2) 17 (3) 18 (4) 19 (5) 20 (6) 21 (7) 22 (8) 23 (9) 24 (10) 25 (11) 26 (12) 27 (13) 28 (14) 29 (15)
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- Bala Chaturdshi (Satbiz chharne) - 16 (2nd December)

- Bibah Panchami (Ram Sita Marriage Anniversary) - 21 (7th Dec.)

- World Human Rights Day - 24 (10th December)
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                   Paush 2051 (December 1994/January 1995)
--------------------------------------------------------------------- Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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                                                   1 (16) 2 (17) 3 (18) 4 (19) 5 (20) 6 (21) 7 (22) 8 (23) 9 (24) 10 (25) 11 (26) 12 (27) 13 (28) 14 (29) 15 (30) 16 (31) 17 (1) 18 (2) 19 (3) 20 (4) 21 (5) 22 (6) 23 (7) 24 (8) 25 (9) 26 (10) 27 (11) 28 (12) 29 (13) 30 (14)
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- Christmas - 10 (25th December)

- H.M. King Birendra's Birth Day - 14th Paush (29th December)

- Late King Prithvi Jayanti and National Unification Day
                       - 27th Paush (11th January 1995)
=====================================================================

--------------------------------------------------------------------- Magh 2051 (January/February 1995)
--------------------------------------------------------------------- Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
--------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 (15) 2 (16) 3 (17) 4 (18) 5 (19) 6 (20) 7 (21) 8 (22) 9 (23) 10 (24) 11 (25) 12 (26) 13 (27) 14 (28) 15 (29) 16 (30) 17 (31) 18 (1) 19 (2) 20 (3) 21 (4) 22 (5) 23 (6) 24 (7) 25 (8) 26 (9) 27 (10) 28 (11) 29 (12)
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- Makar Sankranti - 1 (15th January)

- Swasthani Brat begins on 2nd Magh (16th January),
                      ends 3rd Falgun (15th February)

- Shahid Divas ( Martyrs' Day) - 16 (30th January)

- Sri Panchami - Saraswati Jayanti ( Basant Panchami)
                 Coming of Spring Festival - 21 (4th February)
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                  Falgun 2051 (February/March 1995)
--------------------------------------------------------------------- Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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          1 (13) 2 (14) 3 (15) 4 (16) 5 (17) 6 (18) 7 (19) 8 (20) 9 (21) 10 (22) 11 (23) 12 (24) 13 (25) 14 (26) 15 (27) 16 (28) 17 (1) 18 (2) 19 (3) 20 (4) 21 (5) 22 (6) 23 (7) 24 (8) 25 (9) 26 (10) 27 (11) 28 (12) 29 (13) 30 (14)
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- Swasthani Purnima -3 (15th February)

- NATIONAL DEMOCRACY DAY - Fagun 7 (19th February)

- Maha Siva Ratri - 15 (27th February)

_ Nepalese Women's Day - 24 (8th March)

- Fagu ( Holi ) begins on 25th Falgun (9th March) ends 16th March
=====================================================================

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                   Chaitra 2051 (March/April 1995)
--------------------------------------------------------------------- Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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                                1 (15) 2 (16) 3 (17) 4 (18) 5 (19) 6 (20) 7 (21) 8 (22) 9 (23) 10 (24) 11 (25) 12 (26) 13 (27) 14 (28) 15 (29) 16 (30) 17 (31) 18 (1) 19 (2) 20 (3) 21 (4) 22 (5) 23 (6) 24 (7) 25 (8) 26 (9) 27 (10) 28 (11) 29 (12) 30 (13)
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- Fagu (Holi) - 2 (16th March)

- Holi observed in Terai - 3rd March

- Ram Navami ( second time on the same year) - 26 (9th April)
======================================================================

        NEW YEAR B.S. 2052 BEGINS ON 14th April 1995.

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*********************************************************************************************** From: doshi@ee.ubc.ca (R. D. Doshi) Date: Mon, 30 May 94 17:34:18 -0700 To: nepal@cs.niu.edu Subject: Looking for friends interested inpower economics

Dear Friends,

I am associate professor of electrical engineering at the Tribhuvan University. At present I am a visiting professor at the University of British Columbia. My areas of interest are micro hydropower development and power economics. I am keen to further my knowledge of power economics. If any of you are associated with this field please be kind to establish contact with me. Otherwise you could also help me by providing addresses of professors working in this area. With best regards,

Dr. Rajendra Joshi

************************************************************** From: Anil Shrestha <shresth1@student.msu.edu> Subject: To: nepal@mp.cs.niu.edu Date: Tue, 31 May 1994 14:39:43 -0400 (EDT)

To: The Editor, The Nepal Digest From: A. Shresttha, Michigan State University, Subject: Formation of a Nepal Organization

    We are pleased to announce the formation of an organization called
" Friends of Nepal at MSU". The following people have taken up their assignments as temporary officers of "FONMSU":
    Advisor: Dr. King D. Beach
    President: Anil Shrestha
    Vice-President: Lakshman Sundar Shrestha
    Secretary: Krishna Mohan Shrestha

We invite membership from people of all nationalities in the greater Lansing and surrounding areas who are interested in Nepal. We also extend our invitation to the members of the University of Michigan community for joint efforts in organizing events of common interests on Nepal.
    We also would like to extend our belated congratulations to:
    Dr. Devendra Bajgain, Dept. of Resource Development, MSU
    Dr. Purna B. Chhetri, Dept. of Crop & Soil Sciences, MSU for successful completion of their Doctoral degrees. We are sure there are others who know them who want to join us in wishing them all the best for a great future.
    We also bid farewell and good luck to Dr. Jaya Raj Joshi and family who are leaving MSU for NC State on a new assignment. Finally, we are glad to have Dr. Uma Shankar Gupta among us for a few more years.

%%%%%Editor's Note: Congratulations! TND wishes you fun and success %%%%%
%%%%% with the organization. %%%%%
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************************************************************** Date: Wed, 08 Jun 1994 06:06:44 +1000 To: a10rjs1@cs.niu.edu From: Badri Bahadur Basnet <B.Basnet@mailbox.uq.oz.au> Subject: Congrtulations!!!

Rajpalji,

Would you please include this "Taja Khabar from Brisbane, Australia" in the next TND issue?. Many Thanks.

B.B.Basnet Brisbane, Australia

Mana Mohan and Rajani Ranjit are blessed with a baby girl. Both mum and daughter are well and are still in Royal Bribane Hospital. The cute little girl is given the name "Jehu Ranjit" by her proud parents. Congratulations to Mana Mohan and Rajni Ranjit.

Anybody, wishing to congratulate them can send mail directly to Mana Mohan in the following address: mohan@lacewing.cs.uq.oz.au

%%%%%Editor's Note: Congratulations Ranjit jyu! TND extends godd wishes %%%%%
%%%%% to the family. %%%%%
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********************************************************************** Date: Sun, 5 Jun 94 16:44:06 -0600 From: "Arbind" <arbind@maligne.civil.ualberta.ca> To: NEPAL@cs.niu.edu Subject: feed back-"Glimpses from Nepal"

Padam Sharmaji, I have great fun reading a very well written account of your visit back home, "Glimpses from Nepal". I love the details. Sad to hear about Bargachi in Biratnagar. I think you should keep up the writing. Your account sure helps me keep in perspective a lot of my expected visions of home, especially since I am hoping to visit in August.

Happy writing!

P.S. Talking about Bargachi, has anyone come across Dhirendra Karki. He was in ASCOL around '76 -'80. Yeah, a long time ago.

Arbind Mainali Edmonton T6G 2N4 Canada

********************************** Date: Mon, 06 Jun 94 05:17:41 EST From: Mahesh_Pradhan_at_UNESCAP1@un.org To: NEPAL@cs.niu.edu Subject: Taja_Khabar: Environment

        The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
                    Global 500 Awards, 1994

Some good news ! Read on for further details ...

NAIROBI, 23 May 1994 -- The United Nations Environment Programme
(UNEP) today announced that the Ghandruk Conservation and Development Committee of Nepal has been elected to its Global 500 Roll of Honour for its grassroots activities at the local level.
  The Committee, formed in 1987 under the guidance of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), comprises local people from Ghandruk village who have knowledge and wisdom in traditional resource management including forest management. The Committee is also involved in environmentally-sound small-scale development activities in order to enhance the quality of life of the local people. The Committee has been working to solve local environmental problems such as deforestation, landslides and pollution from tourism in the Annapurna Sanctuary area. The Committee has brought an innovative approach to conservation with sustainable rural development. In 1992, the Ghandruk Conservation and Development Committee won the J. Paul Getty Wildlife Conservation Prize for its environmental efforts.

"These individuals and organizations who join the ranks of Global 500 laureates have learned to participate as active and responsible members of the community, and have realized that global issues are, in fact, grounded in daily life and that actions in private life affect the larger environment", said Ms. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNEP.

The award will be presented in London, United Kingdom, at the World Environment Day ceremonies on Friday, 3 June 1994.

Some 563 individuals and organizations have been honoured since UNEP launched the awards in 1987. Among past winners are French marine explorer Jacques Cousteau, David Attenborough, producer of wildlife films, the late Chico Mendes (the Brazilian rubber tapper who was murdered during his fight to save the Amazon forest), Ms. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Prime Minister of Norway, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and Mr. Jimmy Carter, former President of the United States of America. They have since inspired countless people the world over to increase their efforts to conserve the environment and to initiate community action.

The Ghandruk Conservation and Development Committee is among 39 individuals and organizations, from all over the world, including six in the youth category, honoured this year for their dedication to the environmental cause.

"Global 500 laureates lend support to my conviction that many people want to take personal action to stem the tide of growing environmental problems", added Ms. Dowdeswell.

A network of all Global 500 laureates has been formed to forge global links and to implement ideas which can contribute to a more sustainable future.

Contact Address:

The Ghandruk Conservation and Development Committee P.O. Ghandruk Kaski Nepal
                    LIST OF 1994 GLOBAL 500 LAUREATES

ADULT CATEGORY

NAME COUNTRY Adams, Lorraine New Zealand Ajayi, Seth Sunday Nigeria Banya, Sama Siama Sierra Leone Castro, Jose Pedro Uruguay Cavoukian, Raffi Canada Chavez, Jesus Arias Mexico Choi, Yul Republic of Korea Conservation Development Committee of Ghandruk Nepal Eckert, Karen U.S.A. Ekins, Paul United Kingdom Fundacion Peruana para la Cons. de la Nat. Peru Gaskin, Molly R. Trinidad & Tobago Harada, Masazumi Japan Harmer, Gustav Austria Houghton, Sir John United Kingdom H.R.H. The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh United Kingdom Hueting, Roelof Netherlands Kabirizi, Joseph Zaire Kobayashi, Osamu Japan Labey, Marie-Paul France Lillehammer Olympic Organizing Committee &
   The Project for an Environment-Friendly Olympics of Norway
                                                Norway Moiseev, Nikita Russian Federation Owen-Smith, Garth & Jacobsohn, Margaret Namibia Palomino, Gonzalo Colombia Perlas, Nicanor Philippines Schultes, Richard Evans U.S.A. Tamir, Josef Israel The Chosun Ilbo Republic of Korea Vale, Brenda & Robert (Family) United Kingdom Vallely, Bernadette United Kingdom Vejjajiva, Leonie Thailand Wayburn, Edgar U.S.A. Zhongwei Gusha Forestry Farm P.R. China

YOUTH CATEGORY Gallegos, Omar Castillo Mexico Ali, Zulekha Pakistan Fundacion Ecologica Arcoiris Ecuador Kids for Coral Guam CenterStage Children's Theatre Troupe U.S.A. The Municipal Ecologic Brigade Nicaragua

******************************************************************* From: "Khatri, Sanjay" <khatri@msgate.columbiasc.NCR.COM> To: 'nepal' <nepal@cs.niu.edu> Subject: P. Sharma's Nepal Visit Date: Mon, 06 Jun 94 10:30:00 edt

Mr. Sharma, thanks for sharing your experiences in Nepal. It's quite refreshing to read the objective, first hand accounts of experiences in the country which is so near, yet so far. Thank you and keep it up.

Sanjay Khatri AT&T-GIS Sanjay.Khatri@ColumbiaSC.NCR.COM
(803)254-3046

********************************************************************* From: Puspa M Joshi <pjoshi@magnus.acs.ohio-state.edu> Subject: Dhanyabad To: NEPAL@mp.cs.niu.edu Date: Mon, 6 Jun 94 17:16:50 EDT

                               DHANYABAD
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Dear editors:
             I am sure that many other Nepali will agree with the thought that most Americans often use the word `Thanks' in ways that do not make sense to us. However, after spending several years in the U.S. my attitudes are slowly evolving. I understand more than ever before that we Nepali are very reluctant to use `Dhanyabad' even when it is quite appropriate.
     When I came to the U.S.A., I stayed in Washington D.C. with my relatives for a few days. After I came to Columbus it never occured to me to send a thank you card or to telephone to thank them because it is not a part of our culture. Now after becoming accustomed to American culture, I wish I had expressed my appreation to them, even though at the time I was not rude according to our Nepali customs.
     I have noticed the attitudes of other Nepali living outside changed similarly. My article, a few months ago in TND telling of Nepali festivities in Columbus played a role in reuniting two friends, one in here and one in Bangkok. My friend in Columbus thanked me warmly for reestablishing a severed friendship. And so, I send his thanks to you for creating and maintaining this channel of communication. Though, not all aspects of Americanculture are worthwhile to adopt, I do think that the notion of the frequent "Thank you" makes life more harmonious. Dhanyabad.

Puspa Joshi A.B.D. P.S. : Since I have started to send news from Columbus to TND, on two occassions I was unable to write of events because of the demands of my studies. So in the spirit of the saying `better late than never', let me note these items.
     1) Christmas/New Year gathering Dec. 1993. Sandeep Agrawal, an undergraduate student in business management invited the Nepali community to celebrate Christmas/New Year at his new apartment. It was a pot luck dinner and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the party. The party was exceptional because Nepali students who are singles not often known to organize in their home.
     2) The Wedding of Bivakar Shakya and Dina Bangdel, March 1994. Both are the doctoral students of the Ohio State University, but they were married in a monastry in Phidelphia because there is no Buddhist monastry in Columbus. After returning from Philadelphia, Mr. and Mrs. Lain Singh Bangdel (parents of Dina Bangdel) invited all the Nepalese in Columbus to a dinner party. A few months before when Mr. Shakya's mother was visiting Columbus she had organized a celebration, to mark the occassion of the couple's engagement, in her own Newar Buddhist faith.

********************************************************************* Date: Mon, 6 Jun 1994 21:38:16 -0400 To: nepal@mp.cs.niu.edu From: rajendra@coos.dartmouth.edu (Rajendra P. Shrestha) Subject: News item: Is Koirala guilty of corruption?

Source: The Independent, May 25th

Headline: Is Koirala Guilty?

"We stand by what we have written: our investigation has established the fact that PM Koirala was involved when the RNAC's General Sales Agency for Europe was awarded to Dinesh Dhamija," said RPP lawmaker Prakash Lohani, who was the convenor of the parliamentary sub-committee formed to investigate the airlines "efficiency and modus operandi." Lohani fully endorses the statement of the then RNAC board member Ramesh Dhungel, to the effect that the PM called a board meeting at Baluwatar April 6, 1993 and, in the presence of Dhamija, ordered the deal be finalised immediately. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) headed by CPN-UML MP Radha Krishna Mainali is now investigating the PM's alleged intervention in the award of Euro-GSA to Dhamija.
        Talking to The Independent May 24, Mainali confirmed that the Lohani report mentioned the PM's involvement in this controversial deal. "As the head of the probe committee, I don't want to speculate on the nature of the PAC decision" he said.
        Dhamija's authenticity as a business agent is suspect. He had originally stated there were five shareholders in his company, the First Airlines Representation Europe Limited, but is now saying he is the sole proprietor of it, which is actually a one-pound-paid-up capital venture.
        Letters written by Dhamija himself have also injected a complex element into the probe. In a letter written March 2, 1993, he said the company had a hundred-thousand sterling principal; in his next letter, Nov. 25, he wrote the capital amounted to 10,000 pounds.
        Tourism Minister Ramhari Joshy refused to comment on
"sub-judice" case. It may be recalled Joshy had once complained that former RNAC Managing Director, B. Daibagya, had told him that only orders from the PM would be followed.
        The commission of 34% to Dhamija is the highest-ever offered to any sales agent. Dhamija is also believed to be in partnership with PM Koirala's German son-in-law. The most recent revelation is that pro-Koirala MPs in PAC are trying to make Minister Joshy a sacrificial goat to save the PM's neck.

************************************************************** Date: Tue, 7 Jun 1994 08:15:24 -0700 From: "John C. Dana" <jdana@well.sf.ca.us> To: nepal@cs.niu.edu Subject: new immigration laws?

We folks here in SF who watch Nepal a bit more closely than others have just rec'd rumors about a massive shift in immigration policy. Could you confirm or deny this and pass on any details you might have.

Thanks very much,

-jd

ps. still have not rec'd tnd. please put me on the mailing list.

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************************************************************ From: mbhatta@sas.upenn.edu (Madhav Bhatta) Subject: Looking for a friend!! Hi,

I am posting this message on behalf of Rajan Bhattachan who goes to the University of Ballarat in Australia. Rajan is looking for a friend- Abesh Ghale- here in the United States. If anybody knows his wherebouts I would very much appreciate if you could give him either of the following e-mail addresses and ask him to contact us or send his address( e-mail or postal address or phone #) to either of us.

mbhatta@mail.sas.upenn.edu s911325@nugget.ballarat.edu.au

Thank you, Madhav Bhatta

********************************************************************* Date: Mon, 30 May 1994 23:48:43 CDT To: NEPAL DIGEST <a10rjs1@cs.niu.edu> From: SUDEEP ACHARYA <sa01@engr.engr.uark.edu> Subject: DV-1 visa

       INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE 1995 DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY(DV-1)

Q:What is the diversity immigrant visa lottery?

A:- Section 203(c) of the Immigration Act of 1990 provides for a permanent diversity program to begin in fiscal year 1995 (October 1,1994). The law makes available 55,000 permanent resident visas annually to persons from countries that have low rates of immigration to the United States. Under a complex formula in the law based upon statistical data concerning immigrant visas issued over a five year period, the visas will be apportioned among six geographic regions: AFRICA, ASIA, EUROPE, NORTH AMERICA, OCEANIA and SOUTH AMERICA. Africa includes all countries on the continent of Africa and adjacent islands; Asia extends from Israel to all North Pacific Islands, including Indonesia; Europe extends from Greenland to Russia and includes all countries of the former Soviet Union; North America includes Canada and Bahamas; Oceania includes Papua New Guinea and all countries and islands in South Pacific;South America includes Mexico, Central America , the Caribbean, and the continent of South America. a greater number of visas will go to those regions that have low immigration rates. Certain countries that have high rates of immigration, as determined by the law, are excluded entirely from the program. The countries and apportionment of visa numbers among regions may change each year depending upon changes in rates of immigration. To apply for the 1995 diversity immigrant visa lottery, carefully read and follow these instructions.

Q: Who may apply?

A:- You may apply if you are a native of any country or area except those defined as "high admission" countries. For 1995, "high admission" countries are: CHINA(Mainland and Taiwan), INDIA, PHILIPPINES, VIETNAM, SOUTH KOREA, UNITED KINGDOM(except Northern Ireland), CANADA, MEXICO, JAMAICA, EL SALVADOR, and the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, and their Dependent Territories. Natives of HONGKONG and NORTHETN IRELAND are eligible to apply.

Q: When are the applications due?

A:- Applications must be received at the appropriate geographically designated addresses between June 1, 1994 and June 30, 1994. NOTE: Applications received befroe those dates or after those dates will be disqualified.

Q: What are the eligibilty requirements?

A:- You must have at least a high school education or, its eqiovalent or, within the past five years, have two years of work experience in an occupation requiring at least two years training or experience. A high school education is defined as successful completion of twelve years of elementary and secondary education comparable to that of a high school degree in the United States. Work experience will be based on U.S. Department of Labor definitions. Documentary proof of education or work experience should NOT be submitted with th entry petition, but will be required later if application is selected.

Q: What is needed to apply?

A:- Only ONE entry may be submitted by for each applicant during this registration period. Submission of more thatn one entry will cause you to be disqualified. There is NO application fee or special application form. The request for registration must furnish the following information in a plain sheet of paper. All answers must be typed or clearly printed in the English alphabet.

       ON A PLAIN SHEET OF PAPER INCLUDE:

a) APPLICANT'S FULL NAME(LAST NAME SHOULD BE UNDERLINED)
   Last Name, First Name and Middle Name b) APPLICANT'S DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH
   Day: Day,Month,Year EX: 15 November 1961
   Place: City/Town;District/County/Province;Country c) NAME, DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH OF APPLICANT'S SPOUSE AND CHILDERN (IF ANY)
   The spouse and child(ren) of an applicant who is a registered for DV-1 status are automatically entitled to the same status. To obtain a visa on the basis of this derivative status, a child must be under 21 years of age and unmarried. Note: Do NOT list parents as they are not entitled to derivative status. d) APPLICANT'S MAILING ADDRESS
  The mailing address must be clear and complete, since that is the address to which the notification and instruction letter for persons who are selected for registration will be sent. A telephone number is optional, but is useful. e) APPLICANT'S NATIVE COUNTRY IF DIFFERENT FROM COUNTRY OF BIRTH

There are no other requirements to submit an entry to register other than what is specified above. No signature is required on the application.
  Q: Where should the application be sent? A:- You must mail your application to the address shown below for the region of which you are native. Note carefully th Importance of using the correct postal ZIP code for each region:

ASIA(except China(Mainland and Taiwan), India, Philippines, Vietnam and
     South Korea):
      DV-1 Program
      National Visa Center
      Portsmouth, NH00210, USA SOUTH AMERICA(except Mexico, Jamaica, El Salvador, and the Dominican
              Republic):
       DV-1 Program
       National Visa Center
       Portsmouth, NH 00211, USA EUROPE(except United Kingdom but Northern Ireland is included):
       DV-1 Program
       National Visa Center
       Portsmouth, NH 00212, USA AFRICA: DV-1 Program
          National Visa Center
          Portsmouth, NH 00213, USA OCEANIA: DV-1 Program
          National Visa Center
          Portsmouth, NH 00214, USA NORTH AMERICA(The Bahamas is the ONLY eligible country):
          DV-1 Program
          National Visa Center
          Portsmouth, NH 00215, USA

Q: How should the applicaion be mailed? A:- Applications must be submitted by regular mail or air mail only. Applications submitted by hand, datafax, messenger, or by any means requiring any form of special handling or receipt, such as registered mail, express mail, or certified mail will be disqualified. Applications must be mailed in a regular letter or business size envelope. The envelope must be between 6 inches and 10 inches ( approximately 15 cm to 25 cm) in length and between 3 1/2 inches and 4 1/2 inches ( approximately 9cm to 11 cm) in width. Typed or clearly printed in the English alphabet in the upper left hand corner of the front of the envelope must be applicant's native country, full name and mailing address(see example below). This information must give the same name and mailing address of the applicant as shown on the application sheet. Failure to comply with these requirements will disqualify the application. Any applications sent to an address other than indicated will be disqualified. EXAMPLE:(see above for appropriate ZIP CODE)

    { 6"- 10" or 15 cm - 25 cm }
    _______________________________________________________ __________
   [Your native country / $ .29 ]
   [Your full name / stamp ]
   [Your street address /--------] 3 1/2"
   [City, Providence, Postal Code ] - 4 1/2"
   [Counrty of Residence ]
   [ DV-1 Program ] or 9cm-11cm
   [ National Visa Center ]
   [ Portsmouth,NH 0021? ]
   [ USA ]
   [_______________________________________________________] __________

Q: What is meant by "native" ? A: - You are a native of the country in which you were born. You may also claim the country of birth of your spouse. You may claim the country of birth of either of parents if you were born in a country in which neither parent was a native or resident at the time of your birth.

Q: How are the winners selected? A:- All mail received during the application period is numbered within the appropriate geographical region. Each entry has an equal chance of being selected at random by computer. There is no advantage to mailing early or from any particular locale. However, if more than one application per person is submitted, all will be disqualified.

Q: What is the process to notify the winners? A: - Successful applicants will be noted by mail, so the mailing address provided must be accurate. Those not selected will NOT be notified. Winners will be instructed on how to apply for an immigrant visa. The spouse and minor childern of successful applicants may also apply for immigrant visas. All normal requirements and grounds of ineligibility for an immigrant visa will apply.

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