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बाल गायक प्रेम परियारसंगको जम्काभेट

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 29, 2013

Prem Pariyarखाना खान मलेखुमा बस रोकियो, एउटा सानो केटो गीत गुन्गुनाउदै थियो त्यही छेउको होटेलमा । म खान छोडेर निस्कें र उसलाई मेरो लागि कुनै गीत गाउन लगाएँ । उसले हुन्छ भन्ने बित्तिकै साथीहरु क्यामेरा लिएर निक्ले । गीत गाएपछि रियाज गर्छौ भनेर सोध्दा “त्यस्तो ठाउँ नै छैन ।” भनेर उत्तर दिए उनले । जान्छौ त काठमाडौँ मसंग मैले सोधें र भने “पढ्ने र रियाज गर्ने पैसा मेरो पकेट मनी बाट जसरी भए पनि मिलाउछु” । कति भन्दा पनि उसले मानेन । “तिम्रो नाम के हो” भन्दा प्रेम परियार हो भनेर जवाफ दिए । पछाडी खोला पारी बस्छु भनेर औलाले देखाए उनले । त्यसपछि हामी यो भिडियो लिएर घर फर्कियौ | केहि महिनापछि हामी फेरी गयौ उसलाई लिन भनेर । मलेखु पुगेर यता उता (यही भिडियो देखाउदै) र उसको नाम भनेर सोध्यौ कहाँ बस्छ त्यो केटा ? हामीहरुले थाहा पायौ कि उसलाई कोही टिभी रिपोर्टरले काठमाडौँ ल्याइ सकेका रहेछन । अनि, हजुरहरुसंग सानो अनुरोध गर्छु कृपया यो भिडीयोलाई सकेसम्म धेरै शेयर गरेर सहयोग गर्दिनुहोला |

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Meet Australia’s youngest magazine editor

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 29, 2013

amardeep-gillHe’s nine. He’s from West Pennant Hills. And he is better dressed than just about anyone to have worked in the Time Out Sydney office before. Seriously, those mustard slacks were outrageously cool.

He’s Amardeep Gill, our new (temporary) editor, and he’s calling the shots for our special Kids’ issue of Time Out Sydney. It’s out Wednesday June 26 and overflowing with great ideas for what you should be doing with your kids in Sydney.
Amardeep was chosen above dozens of entries, and the competition was stiff – five other finalists were so talented we roped them in as ‘contributing editors’. “I’m honoured to have been chosen to edit this issue of Time Out Sydney for all the kids out there – and their parents – who want to have a good time in Sydney. Sydney is a great place to grow up. There’s just so much to do.”
Amardeep’s favourite thing to do is to go bushwalking near his home. “I like to follow the nature trails in Cumberland Forest, Bidjigal Reserve and Lake Parramatta with my family.” He’s also a big fan of the Maritime Museum. “I can’t wait to see special exhibitions Rescue and East of India,” he says, looking forward to the next school holidays, “as well as my usual hangouts, the submarine and the lighthouse.” And – a pre-requisite for any Time Outeditor – he’s a foodie who loves Japanese food like sushi and katsu chicken. Check out his reviews of great Sydney kids’ menus in the July issue.  Read the rest of this entry »

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नेदरल्याण्डको द हेगमा लुम्बिनी-कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियानको सत्रौं राष्ट्रिय समिति गठन

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 27, 2013

Netherland National Committee

२४ जुन, २०१३ हेग, नेदरल्याण्ड, दामोदरप्रसाद आचार्य:  विश्वमा शान्तिका अग्रदुत र एसियाको प्रकाशको रुपमा परिचित गौतम बुद्धको जन्मस्थल नेपालको लुम्बिनीमा भएको विषयमा कतिपय देशका जनतामा रहेको भ्रम र पाठ्यपुस्तकहरुमा समेत रहेको गलत जानकारीहरुलाई सच्याउन प्रयास गर्ने उद्धेश्यका साथै छिमेकी मुलुक भारतले विहार राज्यको पिपरहवामा नक्कली लुम्बिनी कपिलवस्तुको निर्माण कार्य अन्तिम चरणमा पुर्याएर विश्वभर शान्तिका अग्रदुत गौतम बुद्धको जन्मस्थल लुम्बिनी कपिलवस्तु नेपालमा भएको शास्वत सत्यलाई दिग्भ्रमित बनाउदै गएको परिवेशमा लुम्बिनी-कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियान (कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियान) को सूत्रपात भएको हो ।

बुद्धकै जन्मस्थलका तर्फबाट अन्तराष्ट्रियस्तरमा सिर्जित दिग्भ्रम र दुष्प्रचारलाई निराकरण गरी बुद्धको जन्मस्थल नेपालमा रहेको सत्यलाई दृढताका साथ स्थापित गर्ने प्रयास गरेको अवस्था नदेखेपछि अन्तत: विदेशमा छरिएर रहेका नेपालीहरुले जनस्तरबाट सन् १ डिसेम्वर २००९ ईतिहासमा  पहिलो पटक कपिलवस्तु दिवसको नामबाट १ डिसेम्वरलाई विश्व दिवसको रुपमा विश्वभर बुद्धको जन्मस्थल नेपालमा रहेको तथ्यलाई स्थापित गर्न विभिन्न कार्यक्रम गरि मनाउने कार्यको थालनी भयो ।  Read the rest of this entry »

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अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय अदालतमा बुद्धको मूर्ति स्थापना (तस्विरसहित)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 25, 2013

सन्तोष न्यौपाने/उज्यालो । नेदरल्याण्ड, असार ११ – नेदरल्याण्डको हेगमा रहेको अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय अदालत भवनमा गौतम वुद्धको मुर्ति प्रतिस्थापन गरिएको छ ।

Buddha establishment

नेपाली दुतावास बेल्जियम र गैर आवासीय नेपाली संघ एनआरएनको सहयोगमा पिस प्यालेस भनेर चिनिने अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय न्यायालय भवनको तेश्रो तल्लामा २ दशमलव ५ फिट अग्लो गौतम वुद्धको मूर्ति प्रतिस्थापन गरिएको हो ।

मूर्तिको साथमा राखिएको प्लेटमा बुद्ध नेपालमा जन्मिएका हुन् भन्ने विवरणसहित बुद्धको सन्देश कुँदिएको छ । वुद्धको मूर्ति राखिएको भवन १ सय वर्ष अघि निर्माण भएको हो । Read the rest of this entry »

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Buddha gift to Julia Gillard by Nepalese Community

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 21, 2013

Assistant Minister Hon David Bradbury, MP Hon Ms. Michelle Rowland, Primi Minister Rt. Hon. Julia Gillard, Ram Kumar Shrestha and Mahendra Lamsal
Assistant Minister Hon David Bradbury, MP Hon Ms. Michelle Rowland, Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Julia Gillard, Ram Kumar Shrestha and Mahendra Lamsal

Prime Minister Office, Canberra, Australia, 19th June, 2013 On behalf of the Nepalese community living in Australia Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement Global Coordinator Ram Kumar Shrestha and Australia’s Sub-Continent Ministerial Consultative Committee Member Mahendra Lamsal jointly presented the gift of Buddha statue and peace wish letter to the Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard. While presenting the gift Mr. Shrestha and Mr. Lamsal said that Buddha was born in Lumbini, Nepal and, hence; Nepalese community decided to present Peace symbol Buddha statue wishing peace in Australia along with its prosperous development. Prime Minister Gillard thanked for the gift and wish letter and expressed her happiness to have opportunity to decorate her office with the peace symbol Buddha. Immediately after the program Prime Minister Julia Gillard garnished her office show case by the Buddha statue presented by the Nepalese community.

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Tweets From the Cosmos: Tune In

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 21, 2013

By Deepak Chopra

Deepak ChopraWhen Twitter first appeared, I responded to their idealistic side, which aimed to form a global community that could create change beyond national boundaries. Tweets are now used for a million reasons that don’t aim as high. But it occurred to me that tweeting might be an excellent way to test the shift in consciousness that has been long awaited and equally long pooh poohed.

Who is right, the skeptics who see no evidence that consciousness is rising on a mass scale or the futurists who foresee a completely altered humanity? It’s impossible to measure such a huge phenomenon, but I decided to start small. On a daily basis for the past two or three years I’ve tweeted about cosmic consciousness, mind outside the brain, the nature of reality, the failure of materialism to explain awareness, and other Big Ideas on the edge of acceptability by mainstream science.

To my surprise, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Each tweet starts a dialogue almost the instant the tweet starts circulating. Naysayers and skeptics also participate, but instead of dominating the conversation — or crushing it — which is what you’d find in official scientific circles, the main result is open, eager curiosity.

Here are the three most popular tweets from a day last week:

1. Photons have neither color nor brightness. The world is made manifest through the light of awareness.

2. Taking existence for granted & assuming that science or religion are the path to truth are the greatest impediments to awakening.

3. The perceived physical world is a representation of a perceiving physical brain. Both the world and brain are immaterial in their essence.

Although each one states my own viewpoint, the statements are broad enough to be good debating topics, and each touches on a mystery that needs exploration. Read the rest of this entry »

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Writings from Israel, Nepal and Myanmar included in UNESCO world register

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 21, 2013

Credit: UNESCO

19 June 2013 – Documentation on Holocaust victims, a collection of Buddhist scriptures written on stones from Myanmar, two rare manuscripts from Nepal and diaries belonging to Ernesto Che Guevara, are among 54 new additions to the UN educational and cultural agency’s Memory of the World Register.

“The items presented by Israel, Myanmar, Nepal are the first inscriptions on the register for these countries,” the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said in a news release on the newest additions to the prestigious list recognizing documentary heritage.

These items were selected by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) from among 84 petitions submitted for selection by 54 countries and the International Commission for the International Tracing Service (ITS).

They were chosen earlier today by the International Consultative Committee for the Memory of the World programme, now meeting in Gwangju, Republic of Korea, and approved UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. Read the rest of this entry »

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Deaf pianist hits the right notes by helping other disabled performers

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 16, 2013

For Ron Tan, who was born with 80 per cent hearing loss, teaching himself to play the piano was a turning point in his life.

“I realised that what I really want is to produce music, and that has to come from my heart.”

And having discovered and developed his own passion, Ron is now eager to help other people with disabilities stoke theirs.

His talent management outfit for special needs performers, called Inclusive Art Movement (I.AM), is one of the entries in the Singapore International Foundation’s Young Social Entrepreneurs program, which seeks to inspire, equip and enable youths of different nationalities to embark on social enterprises. Read the rest of this entry »

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Form Traveller System Bridge Construction: Out-spanning Traditional Methods

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 16, 2013

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The use of form traveller systems offers significant cost savings for bridge construction projects throughout the world. We’ve partnered with Miguel Barreto from ConstruGomes of Portugal to highlight the key aspects of form traveller systems: how they offer cost advantages over traditional construction systems, in what situations they can best be utilized, and how they function.

Form Traveller System Bridge Construction: Out-spanning Traditional Methods

 Form Traveller Specifics

Form travellers can be employed during cantilevered concrete girder construction when a bridge pier can be used as a starting point. Opposite directions of span construction are facilitated by using the top of a pier as the initial anchor point for two separate form travellers (each pair of form travellers operates as a unit). Cantilevered construction is allowed by moving each pair of form travellers farther away from a pier in tandem. The weight is therefore always balanced, and the static forces on the pier maintain equilibrium. The incremental movement of each pair of form travellers is the critical path to project completion. Read the rest of this entry »

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How’s Buddhism spreading in Africa?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 16, 2013

By Rev. ILukpitiye Pannasekara Nayaka Thero

Buddhism came to other countries few years ago by different Buddhist teachers from different countries. They have established it properly and continue up to now.

But, very recently it came to Africa not more than 100 years history of Buddhism. It is very new, but, many countries like as Tanzania, Botswana, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi and South Africa have many Buddhist temples, organizations, centers and academic studies. Therefore after looking way back we can have some happy progress in future.

Among those countries Tanzania, Botswana, Kenya, Uganda and Malawi have one Buddhist temple in each country.
But, South Africa is having more Buddhist centers, temples and organizations which teach different kinds of Buddhist practices.

Especially University of South Africa (UNISA) (www.unisa.ac.za) is having some Buddhist studies up to Doctorate Degree studies under the religious studies. And also at University of Botswana (www.ub.bw) teach distance and internal Buddhist studies. Therefore it is better to open our Buddhist view about Buddhism in Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

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To Know Yourself: Why It Matters

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 12, 2013

By Deepak Chopra

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Wisdom has become a musty word even though it described the highest vision of life for many centuries. In a previous post I described what the wisdom principle is. But the only real test must come in daily life. Someone who makes wise choices in life should wind up happier and more successful than someone who doesn’t. This test depends on knowing what wise choices are and what they aren’t.

One can take a very broad view of wisdom – it was taught by Jesus, Buddha, Confucius, Plato, and Muhammad, different as they were from one another. Because we classify these figures as either religious or philosophical, the application of wisdom to the hard realities of work, family, relationships, and so on has been largely ignored. That, I think, is a grave mistake. Wisdom is about skill in living, here and now.

In the earlier post I suggested that the first requirement for anyone who wants to be wise is a desire to know reality. The world’s wisdom traditions agree on this point. The desire to know reality implies many things. The first is that reality doesn’t exist right before your eyes. It is veiled by illusion, and illusion is born of the mind. Here is a list of illusory ideas that countless people live by, today, as much as they did two thousand years ago. Read the rest of this entry »

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बुद्धकै देशमा बुद्धप्रतिको श्रृंखलाबद्ध बेवास्ता र अनादर?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 11, 2013

बौद्ध गुम्बा अथवा बौद्धमार्गीहरुमाथि संसारको कुनै पनि कुनामा हुने आक्रमण स्थानीय समस्याको रुपमा सीमित नहुने बर्तमान बिस्व सन्दर्भमा लुम्बिनीको बिकासमा झन्डै साँढे चार दशक बिभिन्न अन्तराष्ट्रिय ब्यक्ति र संस्थाहरु अथकित तवरबाट लागिपर्दा पनि बुद्धकै देशका तर्फबाट भने खासै चासो नदर्शाइनुले नतमस्तक हुनु पर्ने अवस्था सिर्जना भैरहेकोमा सुर्खेतको दु:खद घटनाले विश्वको सामू अझै नतमस्तक हुनु पर्ने अवस्था सिर्जना गरिदिएको छ । हामीले पस्किने आदर्शहरु र स्पष्टिकरणहरु मात्रै व्याबहारिक रुपमा हाम्रो नतमस्तकको औषधी बन्न नसक्ने भैसकेको छ ।

रामकुमार श्रेष्ठ

Ramराष्ट्र संघका तात्कालिन महासचिब ऊ थान्त १९६७ मा लुम्बिनी भ्रमण गरेपस्चात १९७० मा राष्ट्र संघमा एउटा अन्तराष्ट्रिय समिति गठन गराए र संयुक्त राष्ट्र बिकास कार्यक्रमले जापानी आर्किटेक्ट प्रो। केन्जो टाङेलाई लुम्बिनिको बिकासको विस्तृत कार्य योजना बनाउन लगायो जुन १९७८ मा तयार भएको थियो १९८५ मा संपन्न गरिने लक्ष अनुरुप, तर साँढे तीन दशक बितिसक्ता पनि त्यस्ले पूर्णता नपाउँदै प्रो योङ हून क्वाकद्धारा अझ ठूलो गुरु योजना बनाउने काम संपन्न भैसकेको छ । १९८१ मा राष्ट्र संघका अर्का महासचिब कुर्त वाल्डहेइमले लुम्बिनीको भ्रमण गरे भने १९८९ मा अर्का महासचिब जाभियर पेरेज डे केलारले । १९९७ मा युनेस्कोले लुम्बिनीलाई बिस्व संपदा सूचिमा पर्यो । १९९८ मा बिस्व बुद्धिस्ट भेलाले लुम्बिनीलाई “Fountain of World Peace” घोषणा गर्योा भने १९९९ मा राष्ट्र संघले प्रो क्वाकलाई “Fountain of World Peace”  अबधारणानुरुप लुम्बिनी बिकास कार्य योजना तयार गर्ने जिम्मा दियो । २००४ को बिस्व बुद्धिस्ट भेलाले लुम्बिनीलाई “बिस्व शान्ति शहर” को रुपमा घोषणा गरे । २००८ मा राष्ट्र संघका बर्तमान महासचिब बान्की मूनले लुम्बिनीको भ्रमण गरे भने २०१२ मा उन्को दोश्रो नेपाल भ्रमणको तयारीलाई बिस्व जनमानसलाई आस्चर्य चकित तुल्याउँदै केही नेपालीद्धारा नै तुहाउने काम भयो । २००९ मा श्रीलंकाका रास्ट्रपति महिन्दा राजापाक्सले नेपाल भ्रमण गर्दा औपचारिक भ्रमण शुरु गर्नु अघि बुद्धको जन्मस्थल लुम्बिनी भ्रमणलाई प्राथमिकतामा पारे । त्यसरी नै बहुचर्चित एपेक र युनिडो आफ्नै किसिमले कृयाशिल छन लुम्बिनी बिकासको लागि । यसरी अन्तराष्ट्रिय स्तरका संस्थाहरु र ब्यक्तिहरु करोडौंका आस्थाका केन्द्र शान्तिका अग्रदूत बुद्धको जन्मस्थल लुम्बिनी बिकासमा उच्च प्राथमिकताका साथ निरन्तर लागिरहँदा बुद्धकै देशका नेपाली भने अरुले गरेका सहयोग कार्यन्वयनलाई समेत प्राथमिकतामा पार्न नसक्ने, आफूले पनि केही नगर्ने र अरुले केही गर्न लाग्दा समेत उल्टो बिभिन्न बहानामा ब्यबधान र भ्रम सिर्जना गर्ने गरेर नेपालको लुम्बिनी बिकासलाई पूर्णता दिन नचाहनेहरुको सपनालाई साकार पार्ने कामले गर्दा बिस्वब्यापी महत्वका बुद्धको देशका भनेर गर्ब गर्न सकिन्छ बिदेशमा भन्ने मानसिकता कतै नतमस्तक हुनुपर्ने अवस्थामा परिणत हुने त होइन भन्ने चिन्ता देखिन थालेको छ धेरैमा आजकाल । Read the rest of this entry »

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Environment: Nile, Ganges to flood more as planet warms

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 11, 2013

imagesClimate change is likely to worsen floods on rivers such as the Ganges, the Nile and the Amazon this century while a few, including the now-inundated Danube, may become less prone, a Japanese-led scientific study said on Sunday.

The findings will go some way to help countries prepare for deluges that have killed thousands of people worldwide and caused tens of billions of dollars in damage every year in the past decade, experts wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change.

Given enough warning, governments can bring in flood barriers, building bans on flood plains, more flood-resistant crops and other measures to limit damage.

Overall, a “large increase” in flood frequency is expected in south-east Asia, central Africa and much of South America this century, the experts in Japan and Britain wrote.

Severe floods would happen more often on most of the 29 rivers reviewed in detail, including the Yangtze, Mekong and Ganges in Asia, the Niger, the Congo and the Nile in Africa, the Amazon and the Parana in Latin America and the Rhine in Europe.

Flooding would become less frequent in a handful of river basins including the Mississippi in the United States, the Euphrates in the Middle East and the Danube in Europe.
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Three year old kid explains why he doesn´t want to eat meat

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 11, 2013

Buddhists see the problem of war as a karmic one; the solution is seen as the practicing and teaching of correct ethical behavior. Good deeds lead to good consequences, bad deeds to bad. If we are encouraging war, how can we get a peaceful world? The most fundamental moral precept in Buddhist teaching is to respect for life and the prohibition against taking life. The taking of life not only covers human life but all sentient beings. If we end killing, the world will definitely be at peace. Writing in Physics World, Calvert calculates that the animals we eat emit 21% of all the carbon dioxide that can be attributed to human activity. This suggests that if the whole world becomes vegetarian, the global warming problem will be minimized a lot. Consumption of a vegetarian food can contribute to more peace minded citizens in the world. Peace or war, therefore, is our decision. This kid knows the problem, but we not.

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Cable car in Launcing in Kathmandu

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 10, 2013

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People in the capital need not have to spend hours to go to Kurintar of Chitwan to ride on a cable car, they could soon enjoy the service in the Kathmandu Valley itself.

They would enjoy the service in the Kathmandu Valley within two years of the start of construction of the project to connect Chandragiri Hill (Mahabharat Hill) with Thankot VDC near Godam as it has been already started.

As per the project, Thankot VDC in the Kathmandu Valley would be connected with the historical hill, Chandragiri, above Kirtipur Municipality through a short trip of around 10 minutes. Read the rest of this entry »

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