Nepal – the country of the Buddha and the Mt. Everest

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without – Buddha

गोरखामा विश्वविद्यालय स्थापना गर्ने लक्ष्य : आलोकश्री ( सङ्गीतकार )

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 12, 2015

Alok_shreeAlok-Shreeघरमा पानी चुहिंदा ओभानो ठाउँ खोज्दै गुन्द्रीमा रात काटेको अनुभव संगालेका सूर्यकुमार खाती स्वीट्जरल्यान्डस्थित पाँचतारे होटलमा पनि सुतेका छन् । फरक यति हो, स्वीटजरल्यान्डको पाँचतारे होटलमा सुत्दा उनको परिचय संगीतकार आलोकश्रीको थियो ।

२०६३ मा जेबी संयोगीको शब्द तथा आलोकश्रीको संगीतमा भारतीय गजल सम्राट् जगजीत सिंहको स्वरको गजल-संग्रह ‘संयोग’ बजारमा आयो । ‘संयोग’पछि उनकै संगीतमा २०६३ मा ‘राष्ट्रियता’ २०६५ मा एसपी कोइरालाको एकल शब्दमा ‘उपमा’ र २०६६ मा विकास राणा र सुष्मा राणाको स्वरको ‘लुकेर लाएको माया’, २०६६ मै रूपक डोटेलको एकल स्वरमा ‘उमङ्ग’ गीतिसंग्रह श्रोतामाझ आए । ‘२०४६ सालदेखि प्रारम्भ भएको मेरो सांगीतिक यात्रा अहिलेसम्म सुखद छ,’ आलोकश्री भन्छन्- ‘भर्खरै बजारमा आएका गीतिसंग्रहहरू ‘लुकेर लाएको माया’ र ‘उमङ्ग’ ले पनि सफलता पाउनुले मेरा सबै मेहनतको श्रोताले कदर गरेको अनुभव गरेको छु ।’

मानिस सगरमाथा चढ्छ, विश्व देख्छ, विश्वकै अग्लो स्थानमा पुगेको गर्व अनुभूत गर्छ, अनि लुरुलुरु तल र्झछ,’ शिखरमा एक्लै पुगे पनि बस्ने मन गरे पनि आखिरमा बेसक्याम्प झर्नैपर्छ,’

घरमा पानी चुहिंदा ओभानो ठाउँ खोज्दै गुन्द्रीमा रात काटेको अनुभव संगालेका सूर्यकुमार खाती स्वीट्जरल्यान्डस्थित पाँचतारे होटलमा पनि सुतेका छन् । फरक यति हो, स्वीटजरल्यान्डको पाँचतारे होटलमा सुत्दा उनको परिचय संगीतकार आलोकश्रीको थियो ।

आलोकश्री यस्ता पात्र हुन्, जसले मेहनत र आत्मविश्वासकै कारण आफ्नो पहिचानलाई करोडौं नेपालीका माझ परिचित गराएका छन् । गोरखाको आँपपिपलमा पहिलो पटक आँखा उघारेका आलोकश्री जम्बो परिवारका सदस्य थिए ।

‘बुबाहरू चार दाजुभाइ तथा चार दिदीबहिनी हुनुहुन्थ्यो’ आलोकश्री भन्छन्- ‘त्यसमा पनि हाम्रा बा-आमाका पाँच सन्तान थपिएपछि परिवारको साइज झन्डै दुई दर्जन पुगेको थियो ।’ ‘आम्दानी भए पनि खर्च धेरै हुने भएकाले घर चलाउन मुस्किल हुन्थ्यो,’ उनी सम्झन्छन्- ‘कक्षा ८ मा पुगेपछि म पनि मेलापातमा व्यस्त हुन थालिसकेको थिएँ ।’ यसरी बिहान- बिहान गरेको कामबाट आउने २-३ रुपैयाँ जम्मा गरेर उनी महिनामा ५० रुपैयाँ पुर्‍याउ**थे, जुन विद्यालय शुल्क तथा कापी किताबमा खर्च हुन्थ्यो । Read the rest of this entry »

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आठ वर्षमै ब्ल्याक बेल्ट (फोटोफिचर/भिडियो)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 10, 2015

Bishank Rana could not be the first as Mark Garry already became the youngest person to achieve Karate Black belt at only 8 years old.
रोशन राउत : काठमाडौं : उनको नाम विशांक राना मगर। उनी भर्खर नौ वर्षका भए। उमेरले सानै भए पनि खेल क्षेत्रमा उनले हासिल गरेको उपलब्धि भने अपत्यारिलो छ। काठमाडौंको भानुभक्त मेमोरियल स्कुलमा कक्षा चारमा अध्ययनरत विशांकले कराँतेमा ब्ल्याक बेल्ट (कालो पेटी) पाइसकेका छन्।
कुनै पनि खेलाडीले कराँते सिक्न सुरु गरेदेखि ब्ल्याक बेल्टसम्म पुग्न सातवटा चरण पार गर्नुपर्छ। विशांकले पनि ह्वाइट, यलो, अरेन्ज, ब्लु, ग्रिन, पर्पल र ब्राउन बेल्टको चरण पार गरेर आठ वर्षकै उमेरमा ब्ल्याक बेल्ट पाएका हुन्।
कराँतेका उदीयमान खेलाडी भए पनि पछिल्लो समयमा आएर फुटबल खेलले पनि विशांकलाई मोहित पारेको छ रे। फुटबल खेलले उनको मन तान्नुको पछाडि कारण भने रहेछन्, -राष्ट्रिय फुटबल टोलीका चर्चित खेलाडी अनिल गुरुङ। 
उनले सन् २०१३ को सेप्टेम्बर ४ तारिखमा ब्ल्याक बेल्टको प्रमाणपत्र पाएका थिए। पक्कै पनि, यो असामान्य उपलब्धि हासिल गर्न उनले गर्नुपरेको परिश्रम सामान्य थिएन।

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Two Young World Class Girls’ Popular Songs

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 9, 2015

Ariana Grande-Butera, known professionally as Ariana Grande, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Born: June 26, 1993 (age 21)Ariana Grande Arrives In Tokyo

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बेलायतमा नेपाली विद्यार्थी उषा अर्याल सम्मानित

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 9, 2015

Usha-Aryalलन्डनस्थित लाइसेस्टर विश्वविद्यालयमा अध्ययनरत  २१ वर्षे नेपाली छात्रा उषा अर्यालले बायोटेक्नोलोजी युवा उद्यमी स्किम्स प्रतियोगिता (एस) २०१४ मा जित दर्ता गरेकी छन् । गुल्मी सिरसेन–५ कि अर्यालसहितको टिमले एस प्रतियोगितामा जित दर्तासँगै  २ हजार ५ सय पाउन्ड  हात पारेकी छन् ।

उनीसँगै अर्को समूहले पनि अवार्ड हात पारेको छ । जितसँगै अर्यालले सन् २०१५ को अप्रिल महिनामा अमेरिकाको टेक्सासमा हुने इन्सप्रेनरसिप स्किल इन द इन्टरनेशनल आरआईसीई बिजनेस प्लान प्रतियोगितामा समेत आफ्नो क्षमता देखाउने मौका पाउने छिन् । उक्त प्रतियोगितामा अन्य ४० देशका विभिन्न उद्यमीहरु समेत सहभागी हुनेछन् ।

‘यो बेलायतका लागि निकै खुसीको विषय हो, यस्ता क्षमतालाई विश्वभर फैलाउनका लागि हामीले काम गर्नुपर्छ’ बेलायतका विश्वविद्यालय, साइन्स एन्ड सिटिज मन्त्री ग्रेक क्लार्कले भने ‘हामीलाई यस्तै बैज्ञानिकहरुको खाँचो छ जस्ले यस्ता प्रतियोगितामा भाग लिन सकुन ।’ उनले यो प्रतियोगिताले व्यक्तिको बैद्धिक्ता, आत्मविश्वास तथा उद्यमी प्रतिभालाई प्रस्फुटन गराउने बताए । यस्ता व्यक्तिले मुलुकको आर्थिक विकासमा सहयोग पु¥याउनुका साथै नयाँ काम तथा रोजगारीको सम्भावना पनि प्रशस्त खुलाउने बताए । Read the rest of this entry »

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How a Nepali village girl became an ultramarathon champion via rebel army

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 9, 2015

Mark Sharp

Rai

Running up Lantau Peak from sea level in less than 50 minutes is a tall order, but to the diminutive Mira Rai, it’s all relative. “Hong Kong is very modern, but the mountains are not very high,” says the 23-year-old Nepali, who was in the city last month to compete in the Vertical Kilometre race to the summit.

Rai claimed victory in the women’s category in a time of 48 minutes, 32 seconds. Two days later, she defended her MSIG Lantau 50 ultramarathon title, won two months earlier. This time she was defeated only by the world champion in the class, Stevie Kremer.

Rai’s sporting achievements have been sudden and impressive. She took part in her first ultramarathon in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, just last March, after being encouraged by a friend. She finished first and went on to win a second race in April. In September, she left Nepal for the first time to compete in two races in Italy. Against a global line-up of top long-distance runners, she was crowned champion in both events. Rai is now on track to become her country’s first professional female elite athlete in the fast-growing sport.

It’s been a meteoric rise for Rai, but equally remarkable is the path she took to get where she is today. It was a trajectory that began when she ran off to become a child soldier in Nepal’s Maoist rebel army.

Rai wields an assault rifle as a 15-year-old Maoist rebel in Nepal.

The second of five siblings from a poor village near the town of Bhojpur, eastern Nepal, Rai pined to free herself from the yoke of subsistence farming. “In the rainy season we could grow crops, but if the weather was not good it was hard to grow anything. It was a very difficult life,” she says through a translator.

So at the age of 14, when she heard of a possibility to change her circumstances, Rai packed her bag and told her parents she was going camping for a few weeks. Instead, she spent the next two years living in a bamboo fortress with up to 600 rebel recruits.

“I wasn’t aware of the politics when I joined. At school, the student union used to organise activities like camping and sports, which I was interested in joining. I didn’t know it was really a Maoist campaign,” she says. “My family situation was not good and I was just looking for an opportunity to do something else with my life.”

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एक पीडित युवतीकाे मार्मिक पत्र: ‘मेरो जीवन निमोठ्नेहरू निर्दोष हुन् ?’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 17, 2014

Puja-Boharaमाननीय कानुनमन्त्रीज्यू, म अहिले अभिभावकविहीन भएकी छु । अपराधीहरू निर्दोष भनी छुटेकाले सबैले मलाई नै दोषी ठान्छन्, त्यसैले म आफ्नो गाउँ फर्किन सक्तिनँ । तसर्थ मैले सिंगो नेपाललाई आफ्नो घर मानेकी छु भने नेपाल सरकारलाई अभिभावक ठानेकी छु । त्यही अभिभावकहरूमध्ये सम्बन्धित क्षेत्रका मन्त्री हुनुभएकाले तपाईंलाई यो पत्र कोरेकी हुँ । तपाईंका दुई छोरीहरू हुनुहुन्छ भन्ने थाहा पाएकी छु । कृपया मलाई पनि आफ्नै छोरीझैं ठानी न्याय दिलाइदिनु हुन अनुरोध गर्दछु ।

मेरो किटानी जाहेरीले पक्राउ परी दोषी सावित भई १३ वर्षका लागि जेल चलान भएका ती बलात्कारीहरू छुट्नु भनेको के उनीहरू निर्दोष अनि मचाहिँ दोषी हुँ त ? यदि म दोषी हुँ भने मलाई तुरुन्तै कारबाही गरियोस्, हैन भने ती बलात्कारीहरूलाई पुनः पक्राउ गरी सजाय सुनाइयोस् ।

काठमाडौ, पुस १ – माननीय कानुनमन्त्री,

नरहरि आचार्यज्यू,

नमस्कार ।

म एउटा गरिब परिवारकी १७ वर्षीया छोरी हुँ । मैले तपाईंको नाममा पत्र लेख्न हुन्थ्यो वा हुन्नथ्यो थाहा छैन । तर पनि मनैदेखि आफ्नो अभिभावक ठानी यो पत्र कोर्ने दुस्साहस गरेकी छु । कृपया केही गल्ती भए सुरुमै क्षमा चाहन्छु ।

मेरो नाम पूजा बोहरा हो । घर सुदूरपश्चिम बैतडी जिल्लाको दुर्गम कैलापाल गाविसमा पर्छ । मेरो बुबाको यथेष्ट जग्गाजमिन छैन । त्यसैले उहाँले धनीको घरमा हली बसेर सात सन्तानको लालनपालन गर्नुभएको हो । मेरो बुबा गरिब र अशिक्षित भए पनि सायद शिक्षाको महत्त्व बुझेकैले होला, मलाई गाउँकै कैलाश प्राविमा भर्ना गरिदिनुभयो । मेरो भाग्य नै भन्नुपर्‍यो, जुन दिन विद्यालय टेक्ने अवसर पाएँ, कुनै परीक्षामा दोस्रो हुनु परेन ।

‘छोरी होस् त फलानोजस्ती’ भन्ने सुन्दा मेरा गरिब आमाबुबा गर्वका साथ सन्तुष्टिको सास फेर्नु हुन्थ्यो । अरूभन्दा तेज पढाइ भएका कारण मलाई विद्यालयले छात्रवृत्तिको सुविधा दिएको थियो । घरैनजिकको त्यो विद्यालयमा ५ कक्षासम्म मात्रै पढाइ हुन्थ्यो । त्यसपछि पढ्न अर्को विद्यालय जानुपर्ने भयो, जुन मेरो घरबाट डेढ घन्टाको उकालो-ओरालो जंगलैजंगलको बाटोमा थियो । एक त म सानी ९ वर्षकी थिएँ, अर्कोतर्फ जंगलको बाटो एक्लै जानुपर्ने भएकाले

मेरो आमाबुबाले ‘अब विद्यालय जानु पर्दैन, बरु विवाह गरिदिन्छौं’ भन्नुभयो । मेरो गाउँमा महिनावारी नभएकी छोरीलाई बेहुली बनाएर अन्मायो भने ठूलो धर्म लाग्छ भन्ने विश्वास छ । आमाबुबाको कुरा थाहा पाएर मेरा स्कुलका गुरुहरू घरमै आई सम्झाईबुझाई गरिदिनुभयो र मैले अर्को विद्यालय गएर पढ्ने अवसर पाएँ । Read the rest of this entry »

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Martin Place siege ended: Sydney siege gunman identified (Videos)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 16, 2014

Sydney siegePolice named the armed man who held 17 people hostage in a central Sydney café as “Sheikh” Man Haron Monis, a self-styled preacher of Islamic State on bail for accessory to murder.

Monis, 50, died at the end of a 16-hour siege at the Lindt cafe in Sydney’s Martin Place early on Tuesday morning.

But he was no stranger to Australian authorities.

Monis was born in Iran but moved to Australia in 1996 and was reportedly granted political asylum in 2001.

He first came to public notice in 2010 when he faced charges for sending offensive letters between 2007 and 2009 to the families of two Australian soldiers who died in Afghanistan – and the family of a trade official, Craig Senger, who died in the 2009 Jakarta bombing.

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Top 3 Richest Women in the World

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 13, 2014

Coming up with a list of the richest women in the world can be a tricky affair because there are very many rich women, and parameters of measuring wealth may differ greatly. That’s why you may end up with slightly different lists, depending on who has compiled it. Again, whether a given list presents the actual picture is not easily determinable because some women are not keen on disclosing their wealth. Experts mainly rely on publicly available information and what the woman in question is willing to disclose.

Holly Branson

She is the daughter of famous Sir Richard Branson. Holly has a medical degree which she received in 2007; she worked for a year in the neurology department of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Today her medical career is a thing of the past. She is involved in many of her father’s business activities around the world such as listening to South African kids pitch their startup ideas at the Branson Center of Entrepreneurship in Johannesburg, South Africa. Officially, Holly is listed as the special projects manager at Virgin. She is also on the board of Virgin Unite, an incubator for the many nonprofit startups. Holly has reported on Richard’s site that she’s expecting twins soon, and therefore you will probably not see her as much at charitable events in this upcoming year.

Holly Branson

Lydia Hearst

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Unbelievable: Vietnamese refugee gambled $1 billion in black cash at Crown Casino

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 11, 2014

BBgDojgA small shared Bankstown apartment, an old sedan, a job as a waiter and dole payments – such was the meagre world of Vietnamese refugee Pete Tan Hoang.

Except for as much as $1 billion that he gambled at Australia’s biggest casino, Crown Melbourne, in a little over a decade.

Hoang, 36, was shot in the face in September while waiting on a darkened street in suburban Sydney.

His murder has left police perplexed, but has also shined a light on massive laundering on behalf of a global crime syndicate with links across Asia and the Americas, and highlighted the scale of the narco money laundering problem in Australia.

Hoang’s story, his rise from a Vietnamese-born orphan living on a refugee visa to one of Australia’s biggest gamblers and money launderers, also raises concerns about how he was able to rort the system for so long and for so much money – particularly at Australia’s biggest casino.

Court documents from a recent case reveal Hoang ran as much as $1 billion in black cash through Crown between 2000 and 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

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Time Person of the Year: THE EBOLA FIGHTERS

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 11, 2014

By Nancy Gibbs

time-ebola-cover-person-of-the-year-141222Not the glittering weapon fights the fight, says the proverb, but rather the hero’s heart.

Maybe this is true in any battle; it is surely true of a war that is waged with bleach and a prayer.

For decades, Ebola haunted rural African villages like some mythic monster that every few years rose to demand a human sacrifice and then returned to its cave. It reached the West only in nightmare form, a Hollywood horror that makes eyes bleed and organs dissolve and doctors despair because they have no cure.

But 2014 is the year an outbreak turned into an epidemic, powered by the very progress that has paved roads and raised cities and lifted millions out of poverty. This time it reached crowded slums in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone; it traveled to Nigeria and Mali, to Spain, Germany and the U.S. It struck doctors and nurses in unprecedented numbers, wiping out a public-health infrastructure that was weak in the first place. One August day in Liberia, six pregnant women lost their babies when hospitals couldn’t admit them for complications. Anyone willing to treat Ebola victims ran the risk of becoming one. Read the rest of this entry »

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Saugat Bista: Nepali boy seeks to be youngest film director (Video)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 9, 2014

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Film sets can be quite unnerving for children, but Saugat Bista is very comfortable in such settings. In fact he is in control of what happens in the studio or outdoors.

Saugat BistaThis eight-year-old from Kathmandu has already directed a feature film and has his eyes set on the Guinness World Records to become the world’s youngest film director.

A student of Class II at Suryodaya School, Saugat’s film ‘Love You Baba’ is due to be released at movie theatres across Nepal this December.

Once that happens and his claim is accepted by Guinness, he will replace current record holder India’s Kishan Srikanth who directed ‘Footpath’ (2006) when he was just nine years old.

While Srikanth’s film told the story of an orphaned boy who wants to go to school, Saugat’s venture deals with the struggles of father as he attempts to raise his 10-year-old daughter alone.

“When I asked my father if I could direct a film he checked online and found that a nine year old from India had already done it. That gave him the confidence that I could also make an attempt,” Saugat told a gathering at the film’s launch last month.

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China Arrests Former Security Czar in Major Political Purge

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 7, 2014

Zhou Yongkang faces serious corruption charges

Zhou’s suspected rapsheet is extensive, according to Xinhua, the Chinese state newswire:

“The [party’s] investigation found that Zhou seriously violated the Party’s political, organizational and confidentiality discipline. He took advantage of his posts to seek profits for others and accepted huge bribes personally and through his family, the statement said. He abused his power to help relatives, mistresses and friends make huge profits from operating businesses, resulting in serious losses of state-owned assets. Zhou leaked the Party’s and country’s secrets. He seriously violated self-disciplinary regulations and accepted a large amount of money and properties personally and through his family. Zhou committed adultery with a number of women and traded his power for sex and money.”

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China becomes world’s largest economy – putting USA in second place for the first time in 142 years

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 7, 2014

By HUGO DUNCAN and DAVID MARTOSKO,

  • Figures show the Chinese economy is worth $17.6 trillion, compared to America’s $17.4 trillion
  • The IMF estimates China’s economy will be worth a whopping $27 trillion in 2019
  • The US has been the global economic performance leader since it overtook Britain in 1872 
  • White House seemed oblivious on Wednesday, crowing that ‘the economic policies that this president put in place are the envy of the world’

China has toppled America to become the biggest economy in the world, according to figures from the International Monetary Fund.

The White House seemed caught flat-footed by the news, crowing on Wednesday about America’s relative economic strength in comparison with the rest of the world.

The US has been the global leader since it overtook Britain in 1872, but has now lost its status as top dog.

The latest IMF figures show the Chinese economy is worth $17.61 trillion compared with $17.4 trillion for the U.S.

Economic battle:The International Monetary Fund has indicated that China, and not the US, is now the biggest economy in the world 

Economic battle:The International Monetary Fund has indicated that China, and not the US, is now the biggest economy in the world

Out of the loop? US President Barack Obama touted America's manufacturing economy during an Oct. 3 speech at an Indiana steel company, claiming that jobs and work orders were no longer 'moving to China or other countries'

Out of the loop? US President Barack Obama touted America’s manufacturing economy during an Oct. 3 speech at an Indiana steel company, claiming that jobs and work orders were no longer ‘moving to China or other countries’

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Priyanka Chopra’s Property Used to Run Sex Racket? (Video)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 28, 2014

Priyanka-ChopraPriyanka Chopra is in trouble over a property in Versova, which she has leased to a spa owner.

Recently, th Mumbai police raided the premises for allegedly being used to run a sex racket.

“This property belongs to Priyanka Chopra and her mother’s clinic is situated just next to this place. The entire floor (measuring 3,000 sq ft) belongs to Chopra. In the beginning of this month, the police had raided this place after they got to know that it was being used for sex trade.” a source told Mid Day.

As per reports Priyanka’s mother’s clinic too is situated on the same floor as the spa.  Earlier this month, the Versova police received information that the spa was involved in flesh trade, following which a someone was planted at the Spa to verify it. The person who visited the spa then alerted cops since the info was true and arrested a man and rescued three women who now have been sent to rehab.

Earlier this month, the police receivedinformation regarding the flesh trade being run in the Charisma Spa and Beauty Centre, based on which they busted the spa.

The investigators were successful in arresting Dinesh Chandrakant, the manager of the spa and rescuing three women, they, however, could not arrest the owner Manik Soni.

Soni is very popular with the Bollywood crowd.

“We are searching for Soni who is still at large. Once he is arrested we would get to know the details of the agreement between him and the actor.” reveals the investigating officer.

“The owner of the spa, Manik Soni, is on the run. He was a regular at many Bollywood parties and knows many television and film personalities. The investigation is on, and once the accused is arrested we will verify the agreement and then take action.” a police source told the daily.

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The $100 million woman Monika Tu and the Chinese appetite for Australian real estate

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 28, 2014

Monika TuMonika Tu calls herself a “property concierge” and says she can’t get enough Australian real estate for her cashed-up Chinese clients.

“Business is going extremely well and Australia becomes more and more popular for the Chinese,” she told 7.30.

Last year the head of Sydney-based company Black Diamondz set herself an ambitious sales target.

“My target was $100 million I remember, and I have reached now about $120 million,” Ms Tu said.

Her clients are wealthy Chinese businesspeople interested in high-end properties.

As she shows a potential client through a lavish $13 million home on Sydney’s lower north shore, she explains her business:

“I am dealing with high net worth foreign buyers and we specialise in luxury properties. Almost 100 per cent are established properties.”

Under Australian rules, all foreigners can buy new property but there are restrictions on the sale of established properties.

Real estate agent Robert Simeon believes some investors are using loopholes to get around the rules, especially those for temporary residents who are supposed to sell their properties within three months of leaving Australia. Read the rest of this entry »

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