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The Nepal Digest Wed Nov 19, 1997: Mangshir 6 2054BS: Year6 Volume68 Issue 2

Today's Topics:

                         Re: Separation of Powers?
                         Literacy project for Nepal's women
                         Nepali Magazine Boom
                         Nepal Summer Program at Miami University
                         Sports News: World Cup 98
                         Humor: BG meets Satan

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****************************************************************** Date: Sun, 9 Nov 1997 12:53:41 -0600 To: nepal@cs.niu.edu From: Rupesh Pradhan Subject: Re: Separation of Powers? Newsgroups: soc.culture.nepal

I agree with Joel's statement that Nepal should not go for a "presidential system", and I also agree with him in that the nature of a parliamentary system requires the legislative and the executive powers to be
"co-dependent". However, in the present political setup in Nepal, these two powers are not co-dependent, but they are both held ABSOLUTELY by one single body: the majority party's central committee (MPCC). And this is where the political instability comes from.

I pointed out in my earlier writings that the combination of our constitution and the parliamentary regulations de facto hands over both the legislative and the executive power --NOT TO THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PARLIAMENT as such-- but to the MPCC The recent anti-defection bill was the ultimate formalization of this.

One obvious consequence of this is that the opposition party --no matter how big it is-- has no role to play within the democratic mechanism. They obviously do not have any executive power (which is understandable), but hey also do not have any legislative role because both passing and blocking of any bill in the house is controlled by the MPCC.

As a result, there are only three options for the opposition party to do:

a) sit quietly in the parliament appearing to be quite useless and powerless until the next elections;

b) try to become the majority by building/destroying coalitions

c) go out to the streets with sticks and stones to show your might
--afterall you have quite a strong popular support!

Choice (a) above is not really a choice. It would be very dumb for any political party to appear useless and powerless in between elections. That would be equivalent to nailing your own coffin.

Hence as an opposition, one really has only two choices: (b) and (c).They try their best to get to power. If they can't, then they go to the streets with sticks and stones. What else are they supposed to do in a legal system where they have no role to play IN SPITE of their popular support as a political force?

No wonder there is so much hunger to be in power among political parties. Because being out of power means you are totally irrelevant in the political process even if you have 102 seats in the parliament.

And no wonder there is so much violence. Because if you are out of power, the only way you can demonstrate your political might is in the streets....where else?

In summary, I have argued that the two main problems in the current political scene in Nepal --excessive power hunger and excessive violence-- comes from the fact that there is no constructive role for the opposition
(the party out of power) to play in the political process. This lack of role for the opposition comes from the fact that our constitution gives both the legislative and executive roles to an outside non-elected body
(namely the MPCC) which has no DIRECT accountability to the people, and whose primary duty is to maintain the political might of its party.

(I remember when Nepali Congress tried to implement "one person, one position" policy on its members after winning the first general elections. The policy was a failure, because no central committee member wanted to give up their seat to become a minister....it was obvious that being a central committee member was much more lucrative thatn being a minister!)

The solution, then, obviously lies in taking these powers away from this body and giving the executive authority back to the "government" and legislative authority back to the "parliament" where they should belong.
(And this is what I meant by "independence" in my earlier posting: independent from the MPCC, and hence a clear demarcation as to which branch of the political institution should be doing what.)

Whether the nature of this power distribution is "independency" or
"co-dependency" --I really don't care much for words. But law making has to come from the parliament (where the opposition party can play a role) and executing them has to come from the government (formed by the majority party). They cannot be both bundled up together and handed over to the MPCC.

In my next posting I will attempt to propose some concrete steps that we can take in order to give the power back to the government and the parliament. And I will also explain how exactly this will give the opposition a more constructive role to play in law-making so that the absolute urgency to be in power and/or to throw stones in the streets is mitigated to some extent.

                                     Rupesh Pradhan
                           rupesh_pradhan@unc.edu

As promised earlier, let me try to propose some concrete steps that we can take to curb the "power hunger" and "political instability" as demonstrated by political parties in Nepal.

Let me first admit that I am neither a constitutional lawyer nor a political scientist. Hence whatever I say here will not be bulletproof...yet my hope is that this will at least lead us to thinking about the solution more seriously....and not just blame everything on
"irresponsible" politicians without giving a serious thought as to why is it that these politicians behave so irresponsibly.

Here are my suggestions:

a. Repeal the anti-defection bill.

This bill forces all the lawmakers of a party to always vote according to what their party central committee dictates. Besides taking the legislative power away from the parliament and handing it over to the central committees, this law has the added disadvantage of allowing lawmakers to be not accountable to their actions. They can always blame their irresponsible behaviour to their party central committee. This law also forces the lawmakers to vote against their constituency's desire and their own conscience whenever they come into conflict with the dictum of the party central committee.

Worst of all, this law effectively kills all the power the opposition party may have in influencing and affecting the nature of the bills passed through the house. The oppostion can never muster enough support or opposition to a bill by convincing some "moderate" members of majority party to vote with them. This means there will be no role for the opposition to play in the House floor....and hence will be forced to go to the streets every time they want to affect a legislation!

b. Amend the constitution to remove any de jure power given to the political party central committees.

Political party central committees should be mobilizing their party resources and supporters to strengthen the party. They should not be given the de facto role of making laws and running governments. How the central committee wields its power within a political party should be an internal matter of the party itself. But as far as the nation's laws and political setup are concerned, the central committee should have no
*state* roles.

Once this happens, the nations business will be decided by the elected lawmakers --who have direct accountabilty to their voters-- bargaining and compromising among themselves. This will encourage much better political discourse than out-screaming eachother at the Tundikhel Khula Manch, or out-stoning eachother at Ratna Park.

c. Change the constitution so that except for the Prime-minister, one cannot both be part of the Mantri-mandal (the executive branch) and a member of the parliament (legislative branch).

Though this is a very radical suggestion it has several very important implications for Nepal:

        1. It will separate the executive and the legislative powers even while maintaining its co-dependency through the fact that the prime-minister comes from the majority party.

2. We can have it such that the parliament needs to approve the appointment of each minister made by the PM. We can also make it slightly more difficult to impeach a minister than to aprrove his appointment. This would allow a minister to take tough decisions which may be slightly unpopular in the parliament. However, he cannot go overboard because he risks being impeached (if say more than 60% of the lawmakers decide so) or he risks bringing down his own boss the PM (if 50% of the lawmakers decide so.)

        3. It will bring more professionalism in the day to day running of the goernment because a PM can appoint anyone who he thinks will do a good job and has the qualification to do so. The PM is not limited to choosing from the pool of current lawmakers as to who should head a particlar ministry. (We can avoid the situation when Man Mohan Adhikari had to choose Bharat Mohan Adhikari --who admitted he had no idea about nation's economics in an interview right after his appointment-- as the finance minister simply because there was no one else.)

        4. This will curb the tendency to "award" ministries to people with an ability (because every appointment will be scrutinized in the parliaent).

        5. This will curb the practice of offering a ministerial position in return for a political favor made in the parliament, because for any paraliamentarian to take up a misistry, he will first have to resign his position in the house. Right now they can eat their cake and have it too...which allows such embarassing stupidities as voting against the government in which oneself is a minister...and then once the vote is unsuccessful, then continuing to hold on to the misistry!

        6. the most important implication of this will be that in spite of the co-dependency between the government and the parliament, their roles will be clearly separated and defined by the fact that different people are responsible for carrying out these different roles.

Of course, as I said, the above suggestions are not bulletproof and can be refined further: I am not a constitutional lawyer nor a political scientist....it's just a humble suggestion from a humble person. Suggestions, criticisms welcome.

                                     Rupesh Pradhan
                           rupesh_pradhan@unc.edu

****************************************************************** From: himalmag@mos.com.np To: Nepal@cs.niu.edu Date: Sun, 2 Nov 1997 21:28:47 +0000 Subject: from Himal in Kathmandu

PRESS RELEASE

First-Timers Bag Top Awards at South Asian Documentary Film Festival

KATHMANDU, Oct 28: South Asia's first documentary film festival concluded here today, belying initial expectations that Indian films would corner the top awards. Films from other countries stormed their way into the final reckoning of the three-member jury which awarded the prize for the Best Film to The Spirit Does Not Come Anymore, by Nepal's Tsering Rhitar.

The jury, comprising noted filmmaker Pankaj Butalia from India, well known theatre, television and film personality Salman Shahid from Pakistan and journalist and educationist Nalaka Gunawardene of Sri Lanka, found three such strong contenders for the second best film category that they decided not to choose between them. Instead they combined the purse for the second and third prizes and shared it among the three second best awardees.

Farjad Nabi's Nusrat Has Left the Building - But When? (Pakistan), Surajit Sarkar and Vani Subramanian's Meals Ready (India) and Anand Patwardhan's Father, Son and Holy War (India) were declared the Second Best Films of the three-day Film South Asia festival. (Oct 25-28).

Tareque and Catherine Masud's "Muktir Gaan" (Bangladesh) earned a Special Mention for "its powerful recreation of an event long forgotten by the world" - Bangladesh's war of liberation.

All the award-winners were present at the event, although Tsering Rhitar had to fly out of the country a day before the Jury's selection was announced.

The Best Film won a purse of USD 2500 along with a trophy and a citation, while the Second Best Films received USD 833 and a citation each.

The award-winning films were among the top 15 out of the Festival's total offering of 54 films that the Jury felt were "good enough to make the grade at any international documentary film festival."

"We would like to point out that three of the top four awards go to first films of filmmakers," added the Jury. "This may just be an expression of a new creativity. Too often, filmmakers to invest the seriousness and creative energy of their first films in subsequent ones. We hope this will not continue to be the case."

Over 130 entries were received from all over the region for the festival, organised by the bi-monthly magazine Himal South Asia. An unexpectedly high turnout of 45 filmmakers - some of them first-timers
- as well as journalists, from all the documentary filmmaking countries of the region, helped give the event a truly subcontinental flavour. The organisers remarked that this was the first such focused regional meeting of documentaries.

The film festival is a first-time effort by Himal South Asia to fill the vacuum in the sharing of audio-visual media, other than what is offered by government and satellite television channels. The link, the magazine believes, is the term 'South Asia.'

"Since Kathmandu has seized the initiative, we hope it will become a permanent venue for such a festival," said the Jury. "The independent South Asian documentary is still in its infancy and needs to be nursed for some time. Such festivals can go a long way in establishing fora at which voices from the sub-continent can be heard."

The best 15 films of the Festival will be screened at select venues at major metropolitan centres of the region. Dixit hopes that at least some of the filmmakers will be able to accompany the travelling festival. The next Film South Asia Festival is planned for 1999.

Please note: Himal South Asia is going monthly in January. Film South Asia '97 documentary festival is on 25-28 October.

GPO Box 7251, Kathmandu, Nepal Tel: +977-1-523845, 522113 Fax: 521013 himalmag@mos.com.np http://www.himalmag.com

Look for Film South Asia '97 at http://www.himalmag.com

*********************************************************** Date: Sun, 2 Nov 1997 20:50:36 -0500 (EST) From: Stormer19@aol.com To: NEPAL@cs.niu.edu Subject: stamps

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***************************************************************** Date: Tue, 4 Nov 1997 22:28:59 GMT To: NEPAL@cs.niu.edu From: carin@gn.apc.org (H Brown) Subject: Contact with a friend, please [Sangye Khan]

Earlier this year I had some contact with Sangye Khan, but unfortunately I have lost her e-mail address.

Helen Brown

           --"All that is necessary for evil to succeed
                                             is for good men to do nothing."
            

******************************************************************** Date: Wed, 5 Nov 1997 07:30:59 -0500 (EST) From: Langling@aol.com To: nepal@cs.niu.edu Subject: Re: Nepal

Yes, I agree with Rupesh Pradhan. We the people have to work hard. But we also need good leadership.

Gyurme

****************************************************************** Date: Thu, 6 Nov 1997 23:11:32 -0500 (EST) From: aiko <gs07aaj@panther.Gsu.EDU> To: nepal@cs.niu.edu Subject: Literacy project for Nepal's women

I read this on the Net; website is: http://www.cedpa.org/onthemov.html I was impressed to see that recently, as many as 20,000 Nepali women have learned to read! The Centre for Development and Population Activities, based in Washington, D.C., has been responsible for helping to establish a literacy program for the women of Nepal.

CEDPA, UNICEF, United Nations Population Fund, The Summit Foundation will help fund a conference in India on child trafficking. Reps from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Myanmar, Burma, China, the Maldives, The Philippines and Thailand will be coming on 8 - 10 December, in Bombay. A Nepali organization(name not given)recently helped 218! girls escape from Bombay brothels!

What does this all mean for those of us on TND and other electronic journals, living away from these events and places? It means this: that we all - Nepalese and non - ARE NOT POWERLESS TO DO ANYTHING IF WE REALLY WANT TO DO "SOMETHING". It also means this: That this is why I do not accept the defeatist attitude of some of my Nepali acquaintances, who sit around moaning and groaning about conditions in Nepal, predicting dire consequences for that beautiful country; who only look at the negative and then have the gall to contemptuously dismiss anyone who wants - or is trying - to do some good for the people. I recently had an acquaintance who returned to Nepal after many years away, and the first thing he did was to write a letter for the Nepalese guys still here, in the city where I live, telling them to not to bother coming back, that things were bad, Kathmandu was polluted, dirty, etc., etc.; in short, in his depressed state of mind, all he could do was to dwell on the negative aspects and not appreciate any of the beauty or joy of being back in the land of his boyhood. He had wanted to cut a swath here in the US, but the pressures and temptations were too much for him to resist, and he was returned home with nothing to show for his years away.

On the other hand, there are encouraging things like the wonderful group I have become acquainted with who are doing what they can to preserve the culture and spirit of Nepal. Made up of students and professionals, they do their best to organize activities to keep alive Nepal - especially for the second generation who have probably been born and rasied here in the US, and who only visit Nepal once a year or once every two years. From what I can tell, they show no contempt for their country, nor embarrassment either. They are proud to be Nepalese. Families are involved as well, and that's important. If Nepali families who have established themselves in various parts of the country, don't help and encourage single young Nepalese, who else do these young men and women have to turn to? It seems my area does not do much at all for the small community. To be sure, there are get-togethers, but other than those, there is no cohesive movement to really show concern for the young students who are here. Many have dropped out of school for lack of funds, and some have never returned; working instead at jobs that will never make them rich(if that is indeed their goal); nor are they career-track jobs. It's a cause for celebration when a young student does manage to continue his studies and work as well. We have a few, though not many.

I certainly hope that wonderful couple in Ohio is still continuing their efforts at keeping alive Nepali language and culture! Good things are heard about the community in the Boston area and out on the West Coast. Is the South the only place that seems lacking in comparison?

My contention is this: If FOREIGNERS are willing to go to Nepal and "do good", why not the native Nepali? A Swiss woman has been instrumental in founding homes for street children of Kathmandu. With the help of dedicated Nepalese, she trains the children in some sort of crafts or other job skills; she educates them, feeds them, and clothes them. She doesn't force them to stay if they don't want to. All she does is try to help them as best she can, to help them get some advantage to help them ease into an adult world easier when the time comes. An American doctor and his doctor-wife have been in Nepal since 1969! first working among the Gurung, establishing several small clinics and a hospital. He experienced much hardship and frustration, but he NEVER GAVE UP because HE CARED FOR NEPAL AND ITS PEOPLE! He is still there. Why does an AMERICAN DOCTOR have to be the one to administer to the Nepali people, who are in DESPARATE NEED of doctors, and why are Nepali doctors coming to the US where there are TOO MANY DOCTORS!! What's wrong with this picture?

When my graduate study is complete, I will take my Master's degree, go to Nepal and study for a Ph.D and work to help the women there, as well as the exploited women of India and Bangldesh. I know there are dedicated Nepalese over there who will be more than willing to help me. With the help of my Nepali colleagues, I will bring dignity and hope back into the lives of girls and women of Nepal, India, and Bangladesh. I will not let corrupt politicians, corrupt government, dirt, pollution, disease, hate, apathy, contempt, or fear get the best of me. This is why foreigners go to nepal because underneath the heartache, the dirt, the crime, the poverty, they see hope, beauty, something worth preserving; they see HUMAN BEINGS who deserve to have a chance.

On a final note: for me, maybe it's all about the grip Nepal has had on me since childhood, when I first saw photos of the imposing Himalayas, the terraced rice fields that looked so much like "my" Japan, the forbidding, windswept borders of Tibet. . . .The southern area of Asia has always held a fascination for me, and at last I have a chance to go and experience it, while at the same time, I can be a tiny part of helping to preserve it(not like a mummy is preserved), but "preserved" in the sense that its uniqueness is not taken away or lost, even as it moves towards the 21st Century to an uncertain future. But then, the entire globe is headed for an uncertain future. . . .?!?

Aiko A. Joshi gs07aaj@panther.gsu.edu Master's degree candidate, GSU

**************************************************************** Date: Fri, 7 Nov 1997 18:29:54 +0545 (NPT) To: NEPAL@cs.niu.edu From: sinhas@mos.com.np (Pratyoush Onta) Subject: Nepali Magazine Boom

Source: The Kathmandu Post, 7 Nov 1997

The Politics of Knowledge Noticing the Magazine Boom

by Pratyoush Onta

When I discussed the state of the Nepali language print media in Nepal with several journalists and media watchers in mid-1996, quite a few of them predicted that the next major boom would come in the genre of magazines. They were not referring to cinema or other 'entertainment' magazines, available in significant numbers in the Nepali media market over the last five years or so. They were referring to magazines whose contents would consist of general news and views. Some eighteen months later, we are beginning to see the results of the early phase of that boom. An unprecedented number of Nepali language magazines have hit the newstands in recent months even as some old ones (also some new ones) have ceased publication. Hence it is not too early to take a look at this growth.

Among the magazines that have been part of this boom, we can find such titles: Chandani, Grihajyoti, Everest Mirror, Golardha, Udgam, Sucharu, Him Sikhar, Yuba Spandan, Manobinod, Jana Apeksa, Karma Chetra, Naya Chintan, Ubhar, Pokhara Masik, Naya Parbat , Sarbottam and Samiksa. Pitching themselves as magazines that cover various aspects of the social field, their contents include materials of various genres. However, most lack both the length and depth necessary for serious analytic coverage of any subject. In this regard, Prasphutan (lately irregular), Kathmandu Today
('fortnightly' but published once a month on average) and Himal
(bimonthly) do a better job. These relatively more serious magazines, however, are yet to become financially fully solvent.

The boom market can also be seen in the variously 'left' magazines. After the demise of the very popular monthly Surya - whose circulation had surpassed the 20,000 mark - we saw Paurakh in late 2052 B.S. About a year later, we saw the monthlyEkkaisau Satabdi in the market. Associated respectively with the left weeklies Chalphal and Pratipaksa (the latter until Bimal Nibha's team took over the weekly), these two magazines are seen to be close to different factions within the CPN-UML. Naulo Aayam, a bimonthly, closely forwards the cause of Comrade Rohit's left party and supplements the work of the older monthly Bhaktapur , published by the Bhaktapur Municipality. Janajibro ,Janakranti and Nawa Chetana (formerly Naya Chetana) along with party magazinesJana-Youddha, Jana-Morcha and Maobadi are tied closely with CPN-Maobadi. Sikhar sympathizes with the left between the UML and CPN-Maobadi. Janaghosana, which could be associated with the left magazine brigade, has not been seen in the market since its three issues in 2053 B.S. None in this group, however, matches the regularity and circulation of the very successful monthly Mulyankan, noteworthy (in addition to its feature articles on the communist movement) for its serious treatment of subjects such as water resources, health, globalization and Nepali culture.

Magazines that focus on special subjects include Aarthik Darpan, a monthly that deals with the economy. Grahak claims to be an informative magazine aimed toward industrialists, businesspeople and consumers but I have seen only one issue of it thus far. Haka-Haki, a quarterly, is devoted to development-related subjects and is targeted to 'field workers'. Its layout is excellent and the contents of the three issues published thus far add to discussions on this theme fould in the five-year old semi-annual Bikas
(published by Sustainable Livelihood Forum). Prachi, published by INSEC for the past six years, continues to highlight issues related to human rights. The five issues of Kanun, a bi-monthly that looks at various subjects from the legal perspective, make for excellent reading. Asmita continues to highlight women's and gender issues in Nepal even under severe financial constraints.Bidushi covers these fields much more irregularly. To cover environmental issues, there is theYuba Jagaran Paryavaraniya Manch which claims to be a monthly but has been published very irregularly. Equally irregular is the Gorkha Sainik Awaj which voices the concerns of former and serving Gurkha soldiers.Aabriti made a brief appearance as a science magazine in 1994, and the field it vacated remains empty to date. Nepali sports lovers can choose between New Sports Time, a monthly, and Khel Sansar, a bimonthly. Various ethnic magazines (for lack of a better term) have also been published but they will be discussed in a separate write-up.

With respect to children's magazines, the monthly Nawa Pratibha edited by Radha Budhathoki Magar (one of the few woman editors in Nepal) hit the stands earlier this year. It will have to do a lot of catching up if it is to be a serious competitior to the most widely read children's magazine in the country, Muna, now in its eighth year of publication from the Gorkhapatra Sansthan and Sunakesra, a seven-year old children's magazine. Sansthan's popular 'youth' magazine, the ten-year old monthly Yuba Manch, however, has seen its circulation come down quite drastically in the past two years in part because of the huge success of Nawa Yuba , another youth-focused monthly. A product of Antarkriya Prakashan - the same organization that publishesMulyankan - Nawa Yuba has reached the 25,000 mark in less than two years, proving yet again that cheap entertainment and sexual gossip of the Nepali 'glamour' world are not necessarily what young readers want to read.

As far as magazines that have died or almost disappeared are concerned, I regret not seeing any further issues of the quarterly,Naya Paribes . In the three issues that were published in 2053 B.S., it showed lots of potential as a good reportage and views magazine. Similarly I regret the disappearance of Sampada, which in the first two issues that I saw did a good job of reminding ourselves of our human and material heritage. Among politics-oriented fortnightlies, the early demise of Paribes, Saramsha and Bishwamitra must be noted. Also missed are Sachet and Smriti .

I am sure that I have failed to list several other magazines. A single person can hardly keep track of all the publications that have been part of this Nepali language magazine boom. To mark the moment, however, we can make some general observations. First this boom has come in the wake of explosive quantitative growth in all sectors of the Nepali media and is facilitated by the increasingly affordable technologies of desktop publishing. Second, most of these magazines use photos without giving proper credits. Third, there is a preponderence of thought-pieces in these publications. Gorkhe propensity to deliver one's unresearched opinion on various subjects explains this phenomenon from the point of view of writers whereas the easy way in which bichar pieces can fill up the magazine's pages explains it from the editorial perspective.

Fourth, the contents of many of the magazine articles - their brevity and superficiality - are testimony to our current general inability to use the Nepali language for serious analysis of our society. This inability arises not because of inherent linguistic difficulties but because of structural and individual constraints inside the media sector in Nepal. Institutional support - both in terms of material and monetary resources and incentives - can hardly be found from publishing organizations that are usually in a hurry to put out magazine copies, but have no time to develop such necessary resources. Individual constraints generally result from no or poor training in journalistic technologies of writing and close to zero exposure to the analytic methods, styles and contents of social scientic inquiry. Nepal's higher education disaster and the inability of the few journalism training programs to give individual attention to trainees ensure poor analytic abilities in our journalists (this malaise is present across all sectors of the social field).

Despite these criticism, one must note that in the various magazines currently available, there is a fair amount of good reading materials for serious readers who are willing to do some amount of shopping. Hence, it is not too much to suggest that any prescriptions regarding what needs to be done in this genre of the media must be based on a close reading of the current crop of magazines and a close familiarity with concurrent developments in the media sector in Nepal. It has become all too easy on the part of various commentators to make fun of the Nepali language media without sufficient familiarity with the contents of these various publications and without demonstrated constructive engagement necessary for improvements in this field. The preliminary exercise begun here needs to be continued by others elsewhere in more depth. Moreover our media organizations and journalists need to engage in capacity building exercises
(in terms of institutional resources and personal skills) if the quantity boom is to be accompanied by a boom in respectable quality of our magazines.

********************************************************************* Date: Nove 13, 1997 To: The Nepal Digest From: Aiko A. Joshi Subject: [B95: ] IWTC Globalnet #99 (fwd)

Please make a special note of the work being done in Nepal regarding the oppression against girls and women. There is a website also that gives more details regarding the insidious trafficking of Nepali girls, as well as the disgusting practices of some tour operators.

If half of humankind is not treated with the same dignity and equality as the male half of humanity, how can we hope to survive as COMPLETE humans into the 21st century! This is not a problem that can be swept under the rug, or dismissed. This is a problme not only in Nepal and other Asian countries, but industrialized nations are just as callous towards the female half of their populations. Perhaps not to the extent as some more traditionally-minded nation-states; nevertheless, oppression - which takes all forms not necessarily always the more obvious ones - affects ALL women GLOBALLY, but in varying degrees.

Please email your protest via the website provided for Nepal. Do it for your peoples!
\ Aiko A. Joshi gs07aaj@panther.gsu.edu

---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Fri, 7 Nov 1997 15:56:58 -0800 (PST) From: International Women's Tribune Centre <iwtc@igc.org> Reply-To: beijing95-l@netcom.com To: beijing95-l@netcom.com Subject: [B95: ] IWTC Globalnet #99

IWTC GLOBALNET #99

WOMEN'S INITIATIVES AND ACTIVITIES WORLDWIDE by Anne S. Walker

International Women's Tribune Centre, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017, Tel: (1-212) 687-8633. Fax: (1-212) 661-2704. e-mail: iwtc@igc.apc.org

November 7, 1997

WOMEN DEMONSTRATE AGAINST ECONOMIC POLICIES IN PHILIPPINES, AFGHAN WOMEN'S NETWORK, GLOBAL STRATEGY TO COMBAT CHILD LABOUR, CAMPAIGN AGAINST SEX TRAFFICKING IN NEPAL, NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON WOMEN'S MOVEMENTS IN INDIA, NEW WOMEN, INK. BOOKS

Philippines women's group protests government economic policies: Gabriela, a national alliance of women's organizations in the Philippines, staged a cooking rally in downtown Manila on October 22nd to dramatize its protest against the government's economic policies and to demand higher wages. The women built a makeshift kitchen and portrayed the President of the Philippines as the chef "cooking up anti-poor policies" with such ingredients as: increases in oil prices, devaluation of the currency, and anti- labour laws. For more information, contact: Gabriela, P.O. Box 4386, Manila 22800, Philippines. Fax: (63-2) 9224-6901. E-mail:
<gab@mnl.sequel.net>.

Afghan Women's Network (AWN) established: Four Afghani women participated in the Beijing meetings, and came back to form this network. Groups were set up in Islamabad, Peshawar, Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif. The Kabul network ceased to exist after the Taliban took over. Women from AWN report that the situation in Afghanistan continues to decline. There are now more than 5 million Afghan refugees, 2 million of these internally displaced. The AWN has asked the United Nations: 1) To appoint a woman to the UN Peace Mission to Afghanistan; 2) to appoint a permanent representative on Afghanistan; 3) to encourage UN agencies to take a unified approach towards Afghanistan; and 4) to have the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women visit Afghanistan to collect information for her next report on women and armed conflict. CORRECTION. In Faxnet 98, we mistakenly said that Kandahar was an Iranian town. It is a town in Afghanistan. We apologize for the error.

Conference to seek global strategy for combating child labour: A 40-nation, ministerial conference was held in Oslo, Norway from 27-30 October 1997 to develop a global strategy to combat child labour amid mounting concern for some 250 million children who work in exploitative and hazardous conditions and face injury, illness and even death. The conference was called by the Government of Norway, in collaboration with ILO and UNICEF. For more information, contact: Communication Section, UNICEF at fax: (41-22) 909-55-09 (Geneva) or (1-212) 326-7506 (New York).

E-mail campaign to stop rape and sexual harassment of women in Nepal and India: An international grass roots organizing campaign is now up and running, targeted at the sex trafficking of women and girls from Nepal to the brothels of India, as well as rape and sexual harassment of women tourists by tour guides in Nepal. An interactive web site has been created both as a resource and a point of direct action on these issues. The web site is at: <http://blue-fox.com/nepal/sexh-tour.html>

Sixth National Conference on Women's Movements, 28-30 December 1997, Ranchi, Bihar, INDIA: This conference is planned as an open forum for women from all women's movements across India to share experiences of campaigns fought, victories won and lessons learnt. The three central themes are Displacement of Women, Increasing Violence Against Women and the Anti-Woman Character of the State. For further information, contact: Leo Fernandez, Jagori C 54, South Extension Part II, New Delhi 110 054, India. Tel: (91-11) 642- 7015 or 645-3629. E-mail: <leo@unv.ernet.in>

New supplement adds 24 new titles to Women, Ink. collection: Women, Ink.-the world's largest distributor of gender and development resources-has just added 24 new books covering a range of topics, from African feminism to trafficking in women to participatory video. A new category-women and the internet- features two guides to the world wide web specifically aimed at women. There are also two new titles in Spanish. To receive a free copy of the supplement, contact Women, Ink at: Fax: (1-212) 661-2704 or e-mail: <wink@womenink.org> or visit our website:
<http://www.womenink.org>.

****************************************************************** Date: Mon, 10 Nov 97 15:23:42 -0700 From: "kkthapa.UOP" <kkthapa.oramail@apollogrp.edu> To: nepal@cs.niu.edu Subject: On the humeros side by Kabindra Thapa

                        Could it be real?

The following recently appeared in the news letter published by the Apollo Group. Inc. in Phoenix, AZ.

Newsflash.....

REDMOND, Wash. - Oct. 21, 1997 -- In direct response to accusations made by the Department of Justice, the Microsoft Corp. announced today that it will be acquiring the federal government of the United States of America for an undisclosed sum. "It's actually a logical extension of our planned growth", said Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, "It really is going to be a positive arrangement for everyone".

Microsoft representatives held a briefing in the oval office of the White House with U.S. President Bill Clinton, and assured members of the press that changes will be "minimal". The United States will be managed as a wholly owned division of Microsoft. An initial public offering is planned for July of next year, and the federal government is expected to be profitable by "Q4 1999 at latest", according to Microsoft president Steve Ballmer.

In a related announcement, Bill Clinton stated that he had "willingly and enthusiastically" accepted a position as a vice president with Microsoft, and will continue to manage the United States government, reporting directly to Bill Gates. When asked how it felt to give up the mantle of executive authority to Gates, Clinton smiled and referred to it as "a relief". He went on to say that Gates has a "proven track record", and that U.S. citizens should offer Gates their "full support and confidence". Clinton will reportedly be earning several times the
$200,000 annually he has earned as U.S. president, in his new role at Microsoft.

Gates dismissed a suggestion that the U.S. Capitol be moved to Redmond as "silly", though did say that he would make executive decisions for the U.S. Government frower taxes, increases in government services and discounts on all Microsoft products.

About Microsoft: Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in

e, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing and free society every day .

About the United States: Founded in 1789, the United States of America is the most successful nation in the history of the world, and has been a beacon of democracy and opportunity for over 200 years. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the United States is a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation.

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*********************************************************************************************** Date: Tue, 11 Nov 1997 18:30:38 -0500 From: Art Jipson <jipsonaj@casmail.muohio.edu> To: tnd@nepal.org Subject: Nepal Summer Program at Miami University

If it is possible can you pass this along to the Nepal list. We are trying to disseminate information about our Nepal Summer Program. Thank you.

 -Art Jipson jipsonaj@muohio.edu

Nepal Summer Program

Miami University

Oxford, Ohio

The Sociology of the Third-World: Experience Nepal Sociology Summer program at Miami University-Ohio has been an ongoing effort for over five years. Each Summer the course gives students a chance to not just read about a non-Western culture but to experience it directly. This program is a six-week, eight credit course that runs from mid-May to Early July.

The course is designed to enable student to gain positive experience and knowledge outside of the conventional classroom. Students travel to Kathmandu, Nepal where they gain an understanding and appreciation of the social, cultural, and political experience and organization of a non-Western culture. The course is conducted in one of South Asia's most ancient and traditional societies. Along with the development of Nepali language skills, the course will provide the student with an in-depth overview through coursework, lecture, and field experience of Nepali culture, history, and society. Part of the program includes a field placement with a Nepali family after language and culture training. The first week of the program includes a research hike in the Himalaya mountain chain to address the ecological diversity of Nepal.

The program is constructed, implemented, and administered by Dr. Janardan Subedi with the services of academic assistants. Classes taught include language, anthropology, and sociology of Nepal in Kathmandu. To fully appreciate the experience, Nepali language instruction is a crucial component of the course. Student-to-language instructor ratios are purposely kept small and intense. Students are expected to complete a research project on Nepal from the topic of their choice in consultation with the academic staff. Depending on the student's research topic, field work and research options will focus on attaining data through a variety of research strategies including various forms of observation, archival, as well as traditional research methods.

Application deadlines are late December for Summer 1998 and January 1999 for Summer 1999. Students who wish to take part this year must contact the organizers by December 30, 1997!

Payment of the travel fees is due to the organizers or the sociology department around January. And the checks should be made out to Miami University. Please note that it is for the Nepal program on the check.
 The remainder of the fee is due in April.

Dr. Janardan Subedi and Dr. Art Jipson escort you to Nepal. We make all of the travel arrangements. A particpant needs a passport and a hepatitus vaccination. We take care of your visa - you send us the processing fee, a picture, and a completed visa form with your passport.

If interested or for more information, please contact:

Dr. Janardan Subedi or Dr. Art Jipson Department of Sociology, Gerontology, and Anthropology 375 Upham Hall Miami University Oxford, Ohio 45056 513-529-2637 (office) 513-529-2628 (dept) 513-529-8525 (fax) jipsonaj@muohio.edu

Or review the program's web page at http://miavx1.muohio.edu/~Nepalcwis/nepal.htmlx

Art Jipson Department of Sociology, Gerontology, and Anthropology Upham Hall, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 45056 513-529-2637 (o) 513-529-8525 (f) jipsonaj@muohio.edu Me: http://miavx1.muohio.edu/~ajjipson NCSA: http://miavx1.muohio.edu/~ajjipson/NCSA.htmlx Connells: http://miavx1.muohio.edu/~ajjipson/connells.htmlx

********************************************************* Date: Tue, 11 Nov 1997 10:06:04 -0500 (EST) From: "Avinaya S. Rana" <avinayar@touro.edu> To: tnd@nepal.org Subject: World Cup 98

SPORTS NEWS FROM AVI
+++++++++++++++++++

22 Countries have already qualified for FRANCE 98

      Mexico

      South Korea

      Scotland

      Austria

      Holland

      Denmark

      Germany

      England
                  Spain

                  Colombia

                  Argentina

                  Bulgaria

                  Paraguay

                  Norway

                  Romania
                           Cameroon

                           SouthAfrica

                           Tunisia

                           Morocco

                           Nigeria

                           Brazil

                           France

                                      The First Asia Country Qualify For France 98.

======================================================================= 21st Qualifier
                                 AFC ( Asia)

           The Country | The Road to FRANCE98 | The Team | Honours | Coach

      Land area:
                               99 314 km
      Population:
                               44 8500 000
      Capital:
                               Seoul
      Main cities:
                               Pusan, Yangyang
      System of government:
                               Republic
      Head of state:
                               Kim Young-sam
      Currency:
                               Won
      Time difference:
                               7 h ahead Paris

     6 September 97
                         South Korea- Kazakhstan
                                                       3-0
     12 September 97
                         South Korea- Uzbekistan
                                                       2-1
     28 September 97
                         Japan - South Korea
                                                       1-2
     4 October 97
                         South Korea - UAE
                                                       3-0
     11 October 97
                         Kazakhstan - South Korea
                                                       1-1
     18 October 97
                         Uzbekistan - South Korea
                                                       1-5

     16 points
     16 goals scored
     4 goals conceded

      Goalkeeper:
                                  SEO (age 23, 12 caps)
      Defenders:
                                  HONG (age 28, 90 caps)
                                  CHOI (age 31, 42 caps)
                                  LEE MS (age 24, 15 caps)
                                  HA (age 29, 76 caps)
      Mid-field:
                                  YOO (age 26, 38 caps)
                                  JANG (age 25, 1 caps)
                                  LEE KH (age 23, 13 caps)
                                  LEE SY (age 28, 13 caps)
      Strikers:
                                  CHOI (age 24, 15 caps)
                                  KO (age 31, 74 caps)

     Number of players used during the qualifying rounds: 31

     National team colours: black and red

     FIFA ranking (on 16 October 1997): 34th

          World Cup: 4 participations (1954, 1986, 1990 and 1994)

     CHA BUM-KUN
     For his country's fourth consecutive appearance in a World Cup finals, Cha Bum-Kun has
     one thing in mind: to help South Korea gain its first ever victory, and even to qualify for the
     round of sixteen. Since his appointment as team coach in January 1997, Cha Bum-Kun
     has instilled strict discipline into his team, as well as working on his players' conditioning
     and mental approach to the game. His ten seasons in the Bundesliga
(at Bayer
     Leverkusen and Eintracht Frankfurt) were excellent preparation for his current job. And so
     far, Cha Bum-Kun hasn't lost a single game in a World Cup qualifying match.

****************************************************************** Subject: Re: Separation of Powers? Newsgroups: soc.culture.nepal To: The Nepal Digest

>I appreciate the points Rupesh made in response to my post. I agree, in
>fact, with almost all of them.
>
>I would like to point out, for general clarification of terms, that when I
>refer to a "presidential" system I merely mean any system in which the
>legislative and executive branches are institutionally independent -- that
>is, in which neither one has direct control over the makeup or duration of
>the other. One could have a presidential system where the head of the
>executive branch was called "Prime Minister"; as long as the parliament
>had no power to vote him out, the system would still be "presidential."
>But like I said, this is just a clarification; it doesn't have bearing on
>any of Rupesh's responses.
>
>The crucial area that seized my interest in the remainder of the post was
>what exactly Rupesh sees as being wrong with the MPCCs' monopoly on power.
>Of course, in any multiparty democratic system, the majority party will
>set the agenda for the nation. In theory, every PCC comes up with a party
>platform and explains it to the people; the people vote for their favorite
>platform, thus giving the majority party a democratic mandate to impose
>it. In a parliamentary system, where the majority party also gets to
>nominate the executive leader, one party will almost inevitably end up
>dominating both branches of government. This is an advantage insofar as
>it helps the two branches to work efficiently together. It's a
>disadvantage because it inevitably gives lesser parties a smaller role,
>and tends towards a dangerous centralization of power. However, we
>shouldn't forget that in theory, the majority party has a popular mandate
>to put its policies into practice. If it proves corrupt or ineffective,
>it will be punished by the voters in the next election.
>
>If I understand Rupesh correctly, his problems with the Nepali MPCCs are
>mainly the following: 1. They have complete control over the "passing and
>blocking of legislation." Opposition parties are not only shut out of the
>executive branch, but out of the legislature, where they _should_ be
>allowed to play a role. 2. The primary concern of an MPCC is advancing
>"the political might of its party," not the welfare of the nation. 3.
>Individual members of the MPCCs are reaping significant financial rewards
>from their position.
>
>The first issue is the one I would be most inclined to question. Is it
>really true that the MPCCs have _that_ much power?
>
>None of Nepal's political parties are free of factions or personal
>patronage networks. How often does a true "MPCC" exist -- which is to
>say, how often and how easily can a Party's central committee really claim
>to control a majority of parliamentarians? Girija Prasad's government
>famously fell because not enough NC party members respected the Central
>Committee line. The RPP can't even decide if it has a central committee.
>Worst of all, for the last three governments there's even been more than
>one party involved -- which inevitably means more than one group of party
>czars quarreling over the spoils.
>
>It's true that the various party supremos and general secretaries have
>over-extensive patronage powers. Whenever their party gets into a
>coalition, they start rewarding their friends, family, and political
>allies with government posts, and paying off their business-house
>contributors through "tax breaks" or favorable policies. This is not
>democratic (obviously), and means that too much control is given to
>unelected individuals outside the government structure. I agree with
>Rupesh that independence of the government from such influences is
>crucial.
>
>But I'm not sure if I agree that the party committees really control
>Nepali government. Look at our most recently concluded example. Bam Dev
>Gautam's abuse of the patronage system was blatant... he was, as I recall,
>notorious for shutting his enemies out of power while bringing in people
>like Narahari Sangraula (the venal panchayat police officer). Yet he
>could hardly take a single step without fierce criticism from both the
>Nepal faction of his party and Man Mohan Adhikari (who opposed the
>coalition government on issues ranging from Sangraula's appointment to the
>anti-terrorism bill). Gautam's own party was continually blocking him --
>and now that he's out of power, he's accusing his fellow party bosses of
>sabotage. In this case, who _was_ the party central committee? Was
>Gautam a part of it or not? And if the UML can't be said to be
>controlling the Chand coalition, then who was?
>
>The evidence just doesn't seem to support the claim that the party central
>committees have a sweeping control over all the laws that are passed and
>executed. Various individuals from the majority party are able to exert a
>great deal of influence, but they are invariably opposed by other equally
>powerful figures within their own party. In these circumstances, I'm not
>sure it's accurate to talk about the power of central committees. Rather,
>I would argue that Nepali politics are dominated by strong individuals,
>who are only loosely tied within party structures, and whose supporters
>_never_ amount to a majority. These individual figures -- the Thapas and
>Koiralas and Gautams of Nepali politics -- have to constantly make allies
>with other individuals in order to maintain power, and alliances _within
>their own parties_ are often the hardest to make. If you want to gauge
>their support, you can't just count all the MPs from their party... you
>have to be sure you know how many support them personally.
>
>Seen in this light, the anti-defection bill didn't serve as the final
>clincher on a MPCC monopoly on power. It was a somewhat desperate attempt
>to diminish individual authority and give authority back to the parties...
>which is at least a step closer to putting authority into the democratic
>institutions, where it was intended. However, the parties in power have
>minimal interest in enforcing it.
>
>Nepal seems to me to be a country where, as the moment, no one is really
>able to exert control. Not the elected government, not the unelected
>party committees, and not even the party czars. This is essentially
>because, as Rupesh correctly points out, the government institutions have
>been hijacked by forces without democratic accountability. But I think
>these forces are less unified and less effective than the label "MPCC"
>gives them credit for.
>
>The question of accountability brings me to the second objection: that the
>MPCCs are interested only in party advantage rather than national
>advantage. Of course, the whole point of a democratic system is that the
>"political might" of a party ought to be contingent on whether or not the
>people believe it is helping them. If a party is not working toward the
>national advantage, it can expect to be voted out when elections roll
>around. Thus, out of self-interest, the party will try to further the
>interests of the nation.
>
>The most obvious problem with this in Nepal is the problem of election
>irregularities. If a party believes it can win by intimidating voters,
>stuffing ballot boxes, or postponing elections in certain districts, it
>will probably do so, rather than go through the much more difficult
>process of actually mending the country's economic ills. The Election
>Commission needs to be given teeth, as countless voices have been advising
>for years. A second problem is widespread popular disillusionment... the
>Nepali people have now seen every major party take its turn in power and
>accomplish next to nothing. Finally, there is always the problem (still
>prevalent in most advanced democracies) that some party may be able to
>convince the people that they have helped the country, when in fact their
>policies have accomplished little or nothing. The UML seems to be fairly
>capable of pulling off this kind of populist propaganda... whether they
>can back it up with real economic development remains to be seen. In
>either case, this behavior is a dodge which reduces accountability.
>
>The connection between electoral success and sound socio-economic policy
>has to be firmly established, or parties (and politicians) will continue
>to act without concern for undemocratic consequences.
>
>Again, challenges are welcome. Thanks to everyone who read and responded
>to my last posting.
>
>Joel Hafvenstein
>jhaven@minerva.cis.yale.edu
>
>
**************************************************************** Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 13:09:16 -0600 To: nepal@cs.niu.edu Forwarded by: RJ Singh <rjsingh@tis.com> Subject: Bill Gates meets Satan

>
>"Wiiiiilliam Gaaaates..."
>
> "Oh, hi, Satan. What's up downstairs?"
>
>"It's tiiiiime..."
>
> "Yeah, but we're still debugging Memphis, and Ballmer swears
> he'll wipe out Adobe before lunch, and Melinda wants to change
> the tile in the third-floor kitchen again, and..."
>
>"Sorry, Bill. I've given you too many extensions already, not
> to mention the Oracle8 launch event disaster, not to mention
> Steve Jobs' head on a platter."
>
> "Yeah, that was a good one. I think you enjoy this as much as I..."
>
>"Regardless, a deal's a deal. Your soul is mine, Bill Gates.
> And today is the day you pay your eternal debt to me."
>
> "Now, let's be reasonable here, Satan..."
>
>"Reasonable?!? You want reasonable?!? You're the richest man
> in the world! You've got a beautiful wife and daughter!
> Microsoft is the most powerful company on the planet! We're even
> using NT to run hell's WAN server! And frankly, it sucks.
> That's one of the reasons I've come to collect. If you can't get
> my network to run right, you'll spend the afterlife writing
> Windows applications that run on doorbells..."
>
> "What's your alternative, Satan? Netware? AppleTalk? OS/2?
> You're a funny guy for someone who breathes fire."
>
>"Well, God is porting all his heaven-critical applications to Java..."
>
> "Java?!? Stop it, Satan. You're going to make me wet my pants
> again like that time you told me to buy Novell for $50 a share."
>
>
>"Yes, Java, running on Sun servers, IBM plumbing and Oracle
> databases with thin clients accessing the apps via the web
> through Netscape Navigator."
>
> "That's not a solution, that's one of those Grimm's fairy tales
> that scare children to death. I have yet to see an NC actually
> being used to do anything except crash during demonstrations.
> Look, Java is a nice little language for animating web sites, but
> Shockwave after too many espressos isn't going to displace
> Windows as an applications platform on hundreds of millions of PCs."
>
>"Nevertheless, Java is the future of computing, and I'll be damned if
> I'm going to give God a strategic technology advantage!"
>
> "Satan, what if I told you I could kill off Java with a single word?"
>
>"Interesting. Tell me more."
>
> "Wait a minute. What's in it for me?"
>
>"I promise I won't turn you into Larry Ellison's bidet right this second."
>
> "Okay, that works for me. Here's the word...disable."
>
>"Disable what?"
>
> "Disable Java support in Internet Explorer."
>
>"You mean Microsoft's web browser won't run Java anymore?"
>
> "That's right, brimstone breath. You want to run Java, give
> Netscape 50 bucks per seat and pray that IBM doesn't buy the
> company to merge Communicator with Lotus Notes."
>
>"The Department of Justice will..."
>
> "Will what? Punish me because I won't support a product my
> enemies want to use to destroy my company? Chevrolet dealers
> don't have to sell Fords. Pepsi's restaurants don't have to
> offer Coke. Why does Microsoft have to support Java?"
>
>"It's an industry standard..."
>
> "It's an industry hallucination."
>
>"There will be a public outcry..."
>
> "From who? Network managers? MIS? The CIO? They're up to
> their nosehairs in Cobol getting ready for January 1, 2000.
> To them, Java is still a cute word for coffee."
>
>"What about all those spiffy applets on thousands of web sites?"
>
> "Microsoft owns 100 percent of the Apple and Windows preload
> market for browsers, and our overall share has gone from zero to
> half in two years. It's a safe bet most people will soon use IE
> for web access. If they come to a site that doesn't work because
> of Java, they'll simply jump to the next one. Trust me,
> developers will switch to ActiveX faster than you can say
> 'Playstation.'"
>
>"What about other platforms..."
>
> "Like Intel has competition?"
>
>"Interactive TV..."
>
> "We call it WebTV in Redmond."
>
>"Venture capitalists have invested billions..."
>
> "To get a date with Kim Polese."
>
>"Sun will write a plug-in..."
>
> "Not without the hidden APIs."
>
>"Of all my minions, you are my very favorite, Bill. You may stay."
>
> "Thanks, Satan. Now, about that Exchange license agreement..."
>
*********************************************************** From: Mohan.Amatya@dao.defence.gov.au To: nepal-request@cs.niu.edu Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 11:02:37 +1000 Subject: Congratulations

Dear Editor

I would much appreciate it if you could please publish in the next issue of TND the following letter (which I cc-ed earlier, but it seems to have lost). The letter relates a good cause with Dasai activities in Canberra, however, requires the following corrections:

1. Bharat Pokharel (not Adhikari) of Pokhara, currently at the ANU Canberra; 2. Mingma Lama (not Sherpa) of Pokhara Tibetan Refugee Camp, who runs the Tibet Shop in Canberra; and 3. Tenji (not Mingma) and Pam Sherpa of Solu currently settled in Canberra.

Thanking you in anticipation Yours etc Mohan Forwarded by Mohan Amatya/Defence Materiel/AU on 14/11/97 10:50 ---------------------------

Mohan Amatya 22/10/97 15:17

To: dastrek@ozemail.com.au, hamalk@dist.gov.au cc: nepal-request@cs.niu.edu, gubhaju@un.org Subject: Congratulations

The President Mohan Das Pradhan and the Secretary Krishna Hamal Nepal-Australia Friendship Society, Canberra

Dear President and Secretary

In the history of the Nepal-Australia Friendship Association of Canberra, I think, it was the first time a Dasai Party was organised with a complete course of Nepalese food prepared by Nepalese volunteers and with an aim at sending all the profit made from it to an Eye Camp in Nepal under the Fred Hollow Foundation.

It was a real success, compared to similar parties in the past.

It should be noted that Nepalese food (three dishes) was once served at a Dasai party when Dr B Gubhaju took the charge of organising it at the Woden Tradesmen's Club, where the rest of the food served was Indo-Chinese type.

It should also be noted that a similar attempt was made to make some profit from selling Maw-Maw-Cha and other at the Canberra Multicultural Festival. However, it was no success at all despite desperate efforts made by Dr Hamal. I think that was a hard lesson learnt and that really helped to plan the last Dasai party (held on 19 October) more carefully.

I extend my sincere congratulations to the Association for the success in the party and for its plan to send the profit to an Eye Camp in Nepal.

I know many people have offered their precious time for the preparation of food and organising the party. The Nepalese community of Canberra owes its thanks, in particular, and apart from Mohan Das Pradhan and Krishna Bahadur
& Uma Hamal, to Bharat Adhikari, Govinda Dahal (who suffered bone fracture on his palm while chasing goats for the party), Anu Lama, Tulsi Mudbari, Narayani Tiwari, Kusum Sakya, Shubha Sakya among the students at the Australian National University and Adhikari (Govinda, Pramod and Pradeep) family and Mingma & Pam Sherpa of Canberra.

I wish Govinda Dahal for his quick recovery, so that he can soon put his hands on the key-board for his demographic assignments.

I think this success story should serve an inspiration for other Nepalese groups/associations elsewhere for similar cause.

I would therefore like to request the Nepal Digest to bring it out in its next edition.

For those who have not heard of Fred Hollow Foundation: It was started by Professor Fred Hollow of University of Sydney (?) for the benefit of poor people of the Third World, for the improvement of their eye-sight by removing cataracts, inserting intra-occular (?) lens and for training in Australia of doctors from Third World countries etc. The Foundation currently has three intra-occular lens factories, one each in Nepal, Vietnam and Eritrea (Africa).

Congratulations once again,

Jai Nepal Yours etc Mohan

****************************************************************** Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 13:17:55 -0600 (CST) From: neeta <c697082@showme.missouri.edu> To: NEPAL@cs.niu.edu Subject: request

I'd like to know why many Nepalis do not wish to return to Nepal. We all more or less know the reasons but I'd like to hear from Nepal Digest readers. Also, how have they been living/working here legally/illegally, attending school etc? I will not mention names of those who do not wish to be quoted. This is for a short essay for my college newspaper. Please send your response before Nov 27. You may include reasons for going back or wanting to go back to Nepal - that would be more interesting! Thanks!

neeta c697082@showme.Missouri.edu

************************************************************* Date: Sun, 2 Nov 1997 20:53:31 -0500 (EST) From: Stormer19@aol.com To: tnd@nepal.org Subject: stamps

Hello there; I am a young stamp collector. I have not been able to find very many used stamps from Nepal. I would love to add some to my album. I want to ask a great favor. Is it possible you could send me some from friends or incoming mails? I realize this is an unusual request. I would really delight me. I want to thank you very much for your time. I hope I am fortunate enough to hear from you.

sincerely, Alan Gorton 8409 N.E. 140th Court Vancouver, Washington 98682 U.S.A.

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